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Random Talk / Re: Christmas Check In...
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:53:55 PM »
Wish I was in Branson today; I'd give anything to be back in 30+ degree weather... It's -1 degrees where I live currently.

Our high/low forecasts for Sunday and Monday: -2/-20, 0/-24. I went to work at noon on Friday under bright blue skies; it was -6. We did get up to the forecast high of -3, though.

Random Talk / Re: Christmas Check In...
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:46:07 PM »
And Merry Christmas to you and yours!

We thought our oldest son and his wife would be coming from Fort Drum, but their travel day was Friday, right as the weather hit. They get lake effect snow there, so they drove for three hours and only made it 60 miles before turning back. They didn't even get as far as Vermont, which would have been worse, so as much as we'll miss having them, we are glad that they didn't risk it.

Tomorrow is Baby Girl's 28th birthday, and she and her fiancÚ will be with us. We're not exchanging gifts among the grownups, so our youngest (15) has the whole pile. LOL

Other Parks / Re: Dogpatch Update 12/17
« on: December 23, 2017, 09:17:36 PM »
I am not far from Harrison and have many attachments there.  Harrison is not the hotbed of racism they have been saddled with.

I have friends from Harrison and Newton County, and I agree: just like my all-white home county (Polk), most of the racists moved there because it's almost all white, and weren't born there.

But there's still the connection, and when this snake-oil salesman moves in promoting "heritage", it's pretty clear who he's hoping to attract.

Branson Talk / Re: Uber in Branson
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:25:25 AM »
You would not want to pay the surge fee at peak times -- like the 2-3 hour waits reported for this week.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: SDC- Holiday Theme Park
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:20:31 AM »
It's funny that a park that is 100% Christmas-themed came in at number 5. On the other hand, it is tiny compared to the others. It's also just 8 miles from my house.  :)

Yes, all the rides are for the little ones. It's a huge regional draw, considering they only have about four acres of parking.

Speaking of which, it's time for a re-telling of the greatest Christmas story of redemption: Mick Foley, AKA "Mankind" the wrestler.

Take their suggestion: don't read the article, just click the audio, close your eyes, and listen. When you're done, you can go back and read the article and browse the photos if you'd like.

Life is good in northern New Hampshire.  :D

Other Parks / Re: Dogpatch Update 12/17
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:15:15 AM »
When I first saw the news on FB (the day it broke), I was disheartened. I've followed the progress of restoring the property, and was pleased.

But when it comes to any kind of identity movement, the word "heritage" typically imagines a heritage that never was, and projects a future that will never be.

I haven't looked at the group's FB page, so I don't know anything about alt-right connections. With the proximity to Harrison, it's an easy connection to make, though.


I'm a native Arkie who rejects racism, so this doesn't make me happy.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Future SDC Development Speculation (Long-term)
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:58:00 AM »
I don't think this type of tiered pricing system would work at SDC simply because a vast majority of those who visit the park are season pass holders.

I haven't kept up. What are the official numbers on that (or at least educated estimates)?

I know there are at least a substantial number of SP holders in the total visitor numbers, and they can't be blocked out unless there are tiers of SP tickets.

How many SP holders buy just because they're going to be there for a week, but not visit at any other time?

I know the PTB have all the answers to this, but it's privileged information.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: September 02, 2017, 01:28:22 AM »
Coaster fans are driving a lot of revenue to SDC, but SDC is not a coaster park. It's not an amusement park. It remains a theme park, which happens to have some awesome rides.

Construction/Rumors / Re: New Steam Engines Arriving at SDC
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:47:19 PM »

There was one engine that didn't match any of the current ones.  You can actually see that one now when going by the round house.  It looks nothing like the others, and is not a steam engine at all.  It won't be used for pulling the trains, but is very useful for moving around cars on the tracks when they need to, or doing track work, along with other uses.  So it is currently in use.

It only makes sense to have a little diesel dodger for utility work.

Random Talk / Re: Eclipse.........
« on: August 20, 2017, 10:42:17 PM »
I have no plans for it (only 58% blockage in northern New Hampshire), but I was disappointed to see that A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court isn't playing on any cable channels.

Random Talk / Re: This is August?
« on: August 20, 2017, 01:27:39 AM »
My lovely bride is from Shreveport. Last week I showed her the 7-day forecasts: 74-98 there, and here in northern NH our forecast was 41-74. She fretted about it being so warm up here.

I'll take this any time, thank you. Staying warm at -29 in February is easier than trying to stay cool at 100F and 70%RH.

That dark drop launch is cool.

Branson Talk / Re: Shepherd of the Hills. Not going to Open
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:30:42 PM »
I'm also old school, and I think both the tower and the zipline were terrible attempts to add value to the property.

In the '70s-80s, mostly local actors delivered their lines with perfect clarity, and it was a beautiful dramatic production with the occasional light-hearted moment. By the late '90s, the dialogue was so "hillbilly'd-up" that it was incomprehensible, and the comedic skits were so overdone that the story was lost. No slight to our favorite local long-time comedic actor, but the production really didn't need any over-the-top comedy.

Were I king, I would cut down the zip lines and dynamite the tower, and take the entire thing back to what it originally was: a reasonable dramatization of Harold Bell Wright's story, on the grounds where it took place.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2018 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: July 10, 2017, 12:05:46 AM »
Just checking in for the first time in a couple of months. I don't know what this ride will be, but I agree that it's huge!

Good to see Junio popping back up here, too.

Ok, here you go SDC/ train fans.  Part 1 of 2 of pranks and silliness that we pulled on the Frisco Silver Dollar train.  If you've ever been on the train, you'll get a kick out of this one (and maybe seen some of these things)  If not, you'll still get a good laugh out of this I hope.  I'd love feedback.

And if all goes well, part 2 will hopefully be up Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.

I've never worked at SDC, but I've ridden the train many times.

I'm sure you had fun with your fellow train robbers, and maybe got a laugh from the crowd at the end. Was it just polite laughter because they were polite?

As a guest, I really don't want to strain to listen to bad crackling audio of actors putting on a show. The train robber skit used to be about the Bolins interacting with the guests, and getting laughs up and down the line from other riders within direct earshot of those around them.

I know, I'm just a crotchety old-timer from the '70s. I don't have much sympathy for people who think their job is supposed to be entertainment for themselves and their friends.

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