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SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Old crafts
« on: September 11, 2019, 08:24:20 AM »
Not a craft per se, but I miss the big music box in the HH during the fall . . . .

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 10, 2019, 08:13:10 AM »
I hope the large Rejoice comes back during OTC.  That display was by far the classiest part of the decorations.

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: 1966 SDC Film Transfer - Vehicle Footage
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:15:24 AM »
Thanks for posting that.

That is the SDC I was introduced to--my first visit was just a few months earlier.  O! to go back there!

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: September 03, 2019, 12:04:03 PM »
  But as long as they are adding some things you like.  And still keeping others that you do, then it seems they are still covering you pretty well.

Sir Willow, you're one of the last people I wish to dispute, but the core of the problem is right here.  The plans to get rid of things that we enjoy--like FM--EVEN IF they replace them with substitutes means that they would not be covering us well. 

As I said above, this is my problem (and that of those who are like-minded):  I get that.  But I believe that this is the place to raise these issues, is it not?  Among a chorus of voices calling for new this and new that, I feel a responsibility to raise my own voice in a call for preservation. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 30, 2019, 08:30:54 AM »
My point was--and remains--that not everyone goes for the rides.  There are people who don't want the rides, and we are a population who also spend $$$ at SDC.  Make enough changes, and you will alienate us.  The city *may* bring in enough new blood to compensate, but it might not, either.  Besides, we don't need another 6F or WoF in the area. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:15:45 AM »
If that pisses off the traditionalist, too bad. 

Too bad?  Well, pissing off a portion of your public is rarely a good idea.

But you illustrate nicely a (an admittedly fuzzy) dividing line.  Rides, rides, RIDES:  you go for the rides.  With the exception of some truly traditional "rides," we go to avoid them.  We never go to WoF, 6F, or any other amusement park.  SDC has what we want (if in diminishing proportions). 

You may feel yourself free to dismiss us as irrelevant, but I hope the PTB aren't so myopic.  Our money is just as good as yours, and, given your own posts, we appear to spending more of ours at SDC than you are.  That statement isn't a judgment of your tastes or choices, just an accountant's perspective. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:35:23 AM »
Just to illustrate the problems they have to take into account, my family represents a minority but viable population that has no interest whatever in coasters at all and every interest in maintaining the classics.  That's not just my wife and I but also our two sons.  We go to the city for the shows, the music, the train and FM as well as the ambiance and the crafts.

The PTB have a real problem trying to attract the chittlins of the world and still hang on to the palallins.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:29:57 AM »
We've done Sun/Mon on Labor Day before, and Monday, especially, was a real joy.  Weather will be a factor.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:21:52 AM »
Marine Dictionary:
Boat:  Noun.  A hole in the water into which the owner pours money.  The best two days of boat ownership are the day the owner buys it and the day the owner sells it.

I say these things as a guy who grew around boats and *really* wished he had time for them now.  Were I closer to the lake, I'd have one (not counting the ancient 12' V-bottom rowboat currently sitting next to my shop:  anybody want to acquire a 1957 7.5 hp Evinrude?).  I very much enjoy boating, but I just cannot indulge myself.

That said, it wouldn't take me away from the City.

And I would rather pay to go to SDC than be paid to go to Six Flags.   ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: August 20, 2019, 08:07:29 AM »
We went quite a bit in Spring.  Summer has not been possible because of schedule and funds (a trip costs a great deal more than just the ticket, especially as we have passes).  We're hoping to make it at least three more times this year.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDCís 2021 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:30:03 AM »
I don't disagree with your choices, KBCraig (it's hard to find someone who wants the originality more than I do--I consider ALL the roller coasters aberrations!), but I am realist enough to know that the new ride will attract quite a few.

Still, I especially support any effort to keep FM (sans the shootout, if possible).  I want the rockfall back  8)

But I have and will continue to make my voice heard concerning its survival, even in its shootout form.  Along with the train and the stagecoach, FM defined SDC for me.  We've lost the stagecoach.  If we lose FM, I will feel like someone ran over my puppy.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: August 14, 2019, 08:46:41 AM »
I hope they manage to re-incorporate the "REJOICE" sign reflected in the new Lake Silver during OTC.

I am ambivalent about the new ride, not because I don't like it or because I don't think it will be popular, but because I am pretty sure I won't be able to tolerate riding it myself.  I don't do SDC for rides, anyway, but I did ride LR a couple times.  The rapids there were about the limit my back can take.  I don't think it will tolerate the new version (and I don't like heights AT ALL).

But I am sure it will make many people happy, so I am not complaining.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Trip Reports
« on: August 06, 2019, 08:55:33 AM »
Speaking of which, has anybody heard from Paige?  We miss her!

You know what?  I still have that dream.  SDC isn't perfect; I don't aim at perfection.  but I do love the past.

As a practical matter, I dont' want to live at SDC so macu as to move back to the lake area.  Important years of my childhood (2 - 7 years of age) were spent living literally on the shore of Bull Soals and Table Rock Lakes.  SDC was a big part of that experience, but so were the fishing, swimming, boating, and other aspects of living there.

My wife and I hope to retire there (though there is no way we'll be able to afford lakefront property!).  Having SDC a 30 minute drive (or less) will be good enough for us.  And maybe, just maybe, we can work there . . . .

I have never understood the obsession with "perfect" communities. I would never live under an HOA; I don't even like zoning.

Freedom is frequently messy, but it's always beautiful. If you want to control what is done with a piece of property, buy it.

This.  I will never willingly return to living in an incorporated area.

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