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Random Talk / Re: Non-political politics: I won!
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:42:39 PM »

Anyhoo, what do you see wrong here?  ot a rant and I'm pretty sure it would likely have more  of a negative effect on my political leanings.

"The House’s current size — 435 representatives — was set in 1911, when there were fewer than one-third as many people living in the United States as there are now. At the time, each member of Congress represented an average of about 200,000 people. In 2018, that number is almost 750,000.

"This would shock the Constitution’s framers, who set a baseline of 30,000 constituents per representative and intended for the House to grow along with the population. The possibility that it might not — that Congress would fail to add new seats and that district populations would expand out of control — led James Madison to propose what would have been the original First Amendment: a formula explicitly tying the size of the House to the total number of Americans."

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:33:34 PM »
I have no emotional connection with AP....I'd love them to repurpose that area and create a new water ride.

I’d love for that whole area to be rethemed as a real lumber camp

...with Jim Owen's Float Trip.

Construction/Rumors / Re: Fire in the Hole changes coming?
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:28:07 PM »
This a perfect opportunity to redo it with the show scenes using modern tech. The coaster at the bridge should have a drop track element ar the burning bridge followed by a slight launch into some dark elements.
Like it was using the old tech of 40 years ago?

Random Talk / Non-political politics: I won!
« on: November 15, 2018, 11:20:08 PM »
No politics or partisanship involved in this announcement, just a personal brag:

On my first-ever attempt at public office, I won my race for state representative in New Hampshire. It was close: just four votes. The long-time incumbent asked for a recount (so would I, had it been four vote the other way), and the recount came out with exactly the same numbers.  :)

NH has 400 state representatives for 1.3 million people, and the office pays all of $100 a year. It's not a profession; it's a huge pain to serve.

I still wanted to share and brag a bit, though.  ;D

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2019 Project(s) and Park Developments
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:55:39 PM »
Another "new" engine will be coming online next season.  They won't run another Davenport on the line.  These bigger boys don't have any problem making the loop -- and no I don't ever see them expanding the current loop.

Parking lot shuttle.  ;D

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:12:13 PM »
I keep waiting for my notice, I usually do the ducks twice a year..  SInce I spent my money supporting them, I may be liable also :o

I wouldn't be surprised if you get a class action notice, informing you of your rights for being so traumatized that it could have been you.

Branson Talk / Re: Ride The Ducks Boat Capsizes in Storm
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:09:00 AM »

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: October 27, 2018, 06:42:33 PM »
Here is a picture from circa 1970 of the building on the left as you enter The Flooded Mine (still there today).   Back in those days you would have a ticket you would get punched before entering a ride, and I believe this guy was out there to do the punching.

That's correct.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2018 Trip Reports
« on: October 26, 2018, 07:01:25 PM »
I understand about shoes. Theme-appropriate footwear is both expensive and uncomfortable. Forty years ago, wearing Grandpa's old hunting boots was cheap and easy, but it's not that way today. For one thing, Grandpa is probably still wearing them. ;)

I think even Miss Mary would give in on this. Not about the wristwatches and cell phones, though.

I have a regular ATV (Polaris Sportsman 500), but I only use it for plowing snow.

The side-by-sides and UTVs are pretty popular here for trail riding, though. If you've seen the NH episodes of North Woods Law, you've seen where I live.  :)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refill Cups
« on: September 22, 2018, 10:30:41 PM »
If the price difference would break them, the refillable cups wouldn't be offered in the first place.

They sell them knowing that the vast majority will only be used for one visit. Fans who hang onto theirs year after year for repeat visits are obviously worth a lot more than a nickel's worth of soda (which is all that 50 cent price difference costs them).

SDC Memories/ Park History / Re: Pictures from the Past!
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:38:40 PM »
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of The Lucky Silver Mine restaurant complex on Main Street.

Parking stripes still visible. :)

The theming is better Classic SDC than anything SDC has put out recently. (I know, it's a simulation, but it looks good.)

Random Talk / More ADA news about parks
« on: August 24, 2018, 06:09:41 PM »
This is specifically about Disney, but we've had discussions about the American with Disabilities Act as it applies to SDC. I don't think it belongs in SDC talk, nor other parks talk, so I'm putting it in Random Talk.

I quote from law professor Eugene Volokh's "Short Circuit" roundup of recent U.S. Circuit Court decisions.

"Disney theme parks accommodate individuals with cognitive disabilities by allowing them to skip the line for all rides with wait times of less than 15 minutes (which is most rides) and to schedule appointments at rides with longer wait times. They are never required to wait in lines. Parents (in 30 separate lawsuits): Not good enough. Our kids still have meltdowns. Eleventh Circuit: Disney might not be complying with the ADA."

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