Shoot, my mom still laments over that loss. Every season.
And almost 100 less carries.
Way too many NC cities in the top 100. I have lived in OH, KY, and NC, and Carolina by far has the worst driving of those three states.
Exactly. I never minded him leaving. People change jobs and move across the country all the time. It was the way that it was handled that made it so bad. Had him leaving just happened, there still would have been people that hated him, but it would have been far fewer than after he publicly took a dump on the area/city he grew up in imo. His letter when he came back seemed to indicate that he realized that, as well.
Me too. Blink and he's gone. And I guess I don't have the magical touch that some parents have to tell my child not to do something once and have him listen immediately. I guess I should just keep him locked in his room until he learns to listen the first time to every command so that he isn't a menace to society.
My 2 year old son tells me he wants to play with just about every animal he sees at the zoo. It's what they do. They are young. They don't understand the danger associated with the animals, they just see them as fun. Heck, half of their disney movies are about fun wild animals (Lion King, Tarzan, Finding Nemo, Jungle Book, etc.) The danger isn't real to them.
I tell my boy that the lion at the zoo isn't like the lion's on his Disney show. Doesn't mean that he is going to get that through his head the first time. And all it takes is 2 seconds of turning to ask an employee for help and he could be gone. It's just a sucky situation for all involved, and one that could happen to anyone who has kids that age.
Not to mention that if you go to gun shows, there's all kinds of people selling who don't necessarily follow the law. My concealed carry instructor said that even he bought one without running it a few years back, ran it after he had purchased it, and it was stolen.
Yeah, I know, it just sucks having ridden it before it was tamed. Still a fun ride, but just a shadow of its former self, imo.
El Toro is the only airtime coaster I've been on where I was glad the lap bar was stapled to my legs. I rode it opening season, not really knowing what to expect, and wow! Completely blew me away. Not to mention the first drop has a great head-chopper.
RMC topper is the only way I'll probably ever ride Mean Streak again. I agree. Haven't ridden one yet (Iron Rattler, NTG, and Lightening Rod this summer!), but I've heard nothing but rave reviews.
A few thoughts of my own on the coaster issue:
1. Millennium Force is the best I've been on (over 150 in the eastern US). Love that ride. Went to a coaster event in '02 where we got to ride it after the park closed down until 1am. The last 10 minutes or so, they shut down the lights that illuminate the side of it. This was before the horrible spot lights of TTD, so it was absolutely pitch black out on the island. Best roller coaster ride of my life.
2. For many years, I had an "Ohio has the best hands down" attitude, but the more I've travelled, the more I see that while we have some great rides (and even some of the best imo), there are some really great rides out there. Superman at Six Flags New England, Dueling Dragons (before they didn't let you duel anymore), and Intimidator 305 are all great steel coasters that are up there on my list. El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Thunderhead, and The Voyage are all better than the best wooden coaster you'll find in Ohio, which to me is the Beast. While I absolutely love the Beast, it just isn't the same coaster with all the brakes on it. If they ran it without brakes, it would shoot back up my list.
3. We lost some good ones when Geauga Lake closed down. Dominator (now at King's Dominion) and Big Dipper (RIP) were two of my favorites.
4. Give me Blue Streak over the Mean Streak any day. Blue Streak has great airtime along with some old time roughness, but is very re-ridable.
News to me, but they changed the name of Top Gun to The Bat a few years ago. This is just Top Gun. That's Banshee that you see in the background. Here's is a 1981 pov.
Btw, Navy, since you mentioned Busch Gardens Williamsburg, you ever ride Big Bad Wolf? That drop over the river was awesome!
Yeah, rode it last summer. Frankly, wasn't expecting much since they already had I-232, but man was it intense! Surprised me for sure. Not as good as Millie in my opinion, but definitely one of the best of the B&M speed coasters.
Love Alpengeist, although I found it to be a little rougher than other inverts I've ridden. Fantastic theming and just some monster elements. I especially love the dive into the shack after the mid-course brakes. Have you been to Busch Gardens Tampa, Navy? Montu is their invert, and it is my personal favorite invert. Great pacing, great trench runs/feet choppers, and good theming. It was also my 100th coaster, so I'm a little partial to it, haha.
The only thing that I've ridden that's close is Superman at SFNE. If that had had the T-bar restraints instead of the U-shaped bar, it might be close to edging it out. Superman is a great coaster with an excellent layout.