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Postby wrebbit » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:49 pm

^^and^
But what if the people of the 2007 trips get this privilege? Then it would be completely difficult to ever get in a trip, so R&E don't do that. I think it's okay for the UK-trip, but don't overdo it
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Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:50 pm

Yeah sorry Andy, but I see nothing wrong with rewarding a group of 51 people that were willing to take a chance on us!

Just so you don't freak out anymore, you should realize that less than half of the Exclusive Cliquey UK group will be doing Spain, and only a handful will be doing the Midwest or Japan.

Being that you haven't actually signed up for any of our trips I'm also trying to figure out why you seem so angry?!?!

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Postby methylene » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:53 pm

wrebbit wrote:^^and^
But what if the people of the 2007 trips get this privilege? Then it would be completely difficult to ever get in a trip, so R&E don't do that. I think it's okay for the UK-trip, but don't overdo it


What if Robb and Elissa grow sick and tired of planning trips for 150 different people a year and the groundhog doesn't see his shadow next year and global warming floods all coastal amusment parks and California falls into the Pacific and France goes to war with England and Fox becomes a 24/7 porn channel and little bo peep can't find her sheep and WHAT THEN OH GOD WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!1!

Hypotheticals on top of "What-ifs" are just plain absurd at this point.

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Postby coaster05 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:54 pm

AndyGiles wrote:If you ask me, it seems completely wrong that the people on the UK trip get right of first refusal on all subsequent trips.

I thought the whole point of TPR was to build a coaster community. With this kind of system, you're simply going to get an exclusive club of the same select people who go on these trips every year.

If I was running it, I would put all people who have already been on a trip in the lottery and not the other way around.

It simply means that these trips will become "cliquey" and newcomers will feel like outsiders.


Go ahead and run one. I am sure you have the time to do all the work that they did then criticize them for how THEIR system is run. Anyone and I mean anyone could have went to the UK. There was a chance, albeit slim, that it could have blown up in our faces, yet I committed my wife an myself to 6,000 dollars with people I had never met on a site I hadn't visited. If you don't think that is worth anything I am truly sorry.

Here is my thing. I have known R&E for less than a year and had never talked to them before June 9th. What they are doing is totally selfless and should be accorded that respect. They are not making money on these trips and to be honest I have no idea how they can do this. You are entitled to your opinion, but I feel it is very unfair and disrespectful. I consider both of them my friends, which is not a term I use loosely, and I will stick up for them.

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Postby wrebbit » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:01 pm

Anyone and I mean anyone could have went to the UK


That's not true. Those who didn't had a job then and thus didn't earn any money, those who where too young, those who didn't get permission from their parents, etc. They just couldn't make it to the UK, but that doesn't mean they don't want to attend the trips!
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Postby AndyGiles » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:03 pm

^^ I think my post has kind of been misinterpreted.

I think it's great that these trips are being organised and I would love to go.

My problem is that for work reasons, I can't plan that far ahead. By the time I know when I can get holidays, the trip will be full. Many of those spaces will have been taken up by people who have been on these trips already, which seems a shame as it prevents other people from experiencing all the fun!

I guess it's my problem that I can't book holiday that far in advance...I was only venting my frustration out aloud and didn't mean any harm.

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Postby deguy123 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:04 pm

They are planning the trips so really they can do whatever they want and have whatever system they want. I don't see why these few people are getting so mad.

A few good points were made, the UK'ers aren't all going to go on all 3 trips next year and I bet half of people who say they are sending in the money, will not.

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Postby coaster05 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:04 pm

I would say each trip will have around 35 non ukers. If you can't schedule your vacation now, you have until in Feb 1st to get your deposit back. That is approx five months before the trip I would hope you could schedule your vacation by then.

If I misinterpreted the post I apologize though I stand by my statement.

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Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:08 pm

AndyGiles wrote:^^ I think my post has kind of been misinterpreted.

I think it's great that these trips are being organised and I would love to go.

My problem is that for work reasons, I can't plan that far ahead. By the time I know when I can get holidays, the trip will be full. Many of those spaces will have been taken up by people who have been on these trips already, which seems a shame as it prevents other people from experiencing all the fun!

I guess it's my problem that I can't book holiday that far in advance...I was only venting my frustration out aloud and didn't mean any harm.


How far can't you plan ahead? You can always put in your deposit now, then drop out before the 2nd on is due! Also, why don't you email me and say: "Hey Elissa, I really want to go on Trip X but I can't committ this far in advance, can I be 1st on the waitlist? Anyone else have this problem? What do you suggest?" I would have thought that to be a nice idea as opposed to complaining about our system!

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Postby larrygator » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:09 pm

AndyGiles wrote:If I was running it, I would put all people who have already been on a trip in the lottery and not the other way around.

It simply means that these trips will become "cliquey" and newcomers will feel like outsiders.


Whew - As a UK participant, I'm glad you are not running it. :lolr: Keep in mind that 2006 was one trip (50 spots), this year there are 3 trips (150 spots). I don't think anyone from the UK Trip is planning to go on all 3, maybe Jeff or Derek who frequently travel with R&E anyway and help out.

Most of us took a chance spending between $3,000-$4,000 a per person putting our faith in an unproven system.

As far as being cliquey R&E had a core of 5-6 people they knew beforehand on the UK trip and many of us newbies to traveling with R&E had similar concerns. R&E did a great thing in creating the exclusive UK Trip message boards and most people got a chance to learn the personalities and quirks of others before the trip.

What's to stop a trip from being cliquey if it is all newcomers and in signing up there are ten friends from California, and four mates from the UK, and three couples who know each other from Chicago.

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