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Postby Electerik » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:09 am

^ I've often thought how fulfilling it must be to be so well-regarded back home that they paint you on gourds.
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Postby speedmetal » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:50 pm

I think I did a really good job with my black and white photos that I took. Don't you, Smisty?


Well perhaps if you would have taken some yourself. I could answer that question. Just wait until you see my pictures of Sir Goony's Golf.

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Postby disneymoc » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:28 am

speedmetal wrote:
I think I did a really good job with my black and white photos that I took. Don't you, Smisty?


Well perhaps if you would have taken some yourself. I could answer that question. Just wait until you see my pictures of Sir Goony's Golf.

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When were you guys at Sir Goony's? You were right in my back yard!

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Postby Electerik » Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:48 pm

disneymoc wrote:When were you guys at Sir Goony's? You were right in my back yard!


Two days ago. But it was the one in Knoxville, not Chattanooga. (And this one was even funkier!) Photos when I get around to it. :devil:
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Postby larrygator » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:31 pm

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Rastuso wrote:Are teh big coasters at Dollywood open for the Christmas event? How cold does it have to get for them to close?


All the coasters run as long as it's above freezing.


Is it at 40 degrees or 32 degrees that they shut the coasters? 40 degrees sticks in my head as the temperature.
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Postby disneymoc » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:01 am

Electerik wrote:
disneymoc wrote:When were you guys at Sir Goony's? You were right in my back yard!


Two days ago. But it was the one in Knoxville, not Chattanooga. (And this one was even funkier!) Photos when I get around to it. :devil:


I was about to say. If you were going to the one here, you would have been underwater. Stupid floods.

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Postby ernierocker » Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:06 am

larrygator wrote:
Is it at 40 degrees or 32 degrees that they shut the coasters? 40 degrees sticks in my head as the temperature.


I remember it as being 40 degrees as well.

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Postby Electerik » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:12 am

Okay, I admit I'm not sure. I thought it was freezing, but I could easily be wrong. It could also be that they have different temps for different coasters. I'll try to find out the official answer and report back.

But, for now, we have two remembrances of 40, so let's go with that.
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Postby Electerik » Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:14 am

Parrot Mountain is one of those attractions I've always wanted to check out, but hadn't gotten around to because I was concerned that it would suck. But, that's the beauty of this thread: It gives me an excuse to go to those kinds of places anyway--secure in the knowledge that, at the very least, I'll be able to post pictures about how bad it was.

However, suction turned out not to be the case here. All I knew about Parrot Mountain, going in, was that there were lots of birds, it was religious, and that it was so high up a scary mountain road that we'd have to do it when we had a car.

I think it's safe to say that we were pleasantly surprised.
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The parking lot in the foreground is actually Dollywood's.
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It's about a mile or so from here to the top, all of it steep and winding. Interestingly, bus parking is down here. So good luck to those folks.
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The parking lot at the top is not entirely straight.
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The entrance is very photogenic.

Admission is normally $15.00 for adults, but Misty got us in free through her employer.
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This is actually the exit gift shop. Nice, eh?
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Some birds are in cages, some aren't.
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It's also a "gardens," which makes anything better, in my book.
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Hello.
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Well, it's not gonna stay a secret for long with that sign out there.
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Oh, it's an aviary! (Or, as my old co-workers back at Discovery Cove used to call them--much to my annoyance--"a bird aviary.")
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Not very many birds in this one, oddly enough.
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I like rule #7. It sort of makes it like a video game: Come feed the birds, but watch out--some of them bite!
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Smisty decides to give it a shot.
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Wait, almost every pole has the warning sign on it. :P
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Misty sticks to the small birds.
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"Oh, come on! We won't bite you that hard!"
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"I'm a stupid bird."
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Moving right along....
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"This bird prefers open grasslands, so we've stuck him in a metal cage with a concrete floor. We're sure he'll like that."
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"Let us out of here!"
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Though there are lot of statues and such throughout, this area is the most religiously-concentrated.
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Jesus's tomb, I presume. But where's Jesus??
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S'okay, I found him.
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It is rather pretty.
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And now, the highlight of our visit: We get to feed the lories some juice!
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"Oh crap, get 'em off me!"
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"What? They seem friendly enough."
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"AHHH! They're injuring me! HELP!"
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"I really don't see what the big deal is...."
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"I WILL KILL YOU!!! YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!!!"
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"Who's a pretty birdie?"
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Misty recovering from her ordeal.
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Oh yeah, she hates me.
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"How about some more caged birds, then?"
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Kookaburra. They make that "Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh" noise you here in movies when people suddenly realize they're in a scary jungle.
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'Ello!
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Let's not take grandma here.
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These guys hate their own sign. "Stop telling people about us!"
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This is a toucan. There is absolutely no evidence that his name is Sam. Or that he is even a "he" for that matter. Or that he or she enjoys milk.
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Photos are not allowed inside, but this is where they keep the baby birds. It also doubles as the world's most expensive gift shop, as you can buy them.
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The basketball hoop is really not helping dispel the illusion that these restrooms and gift shop are in somebody's house.
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The cheaper gift shop.
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It also houses a snack bar.
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"My child." - "Yes, God?" - "You must collect birds!"
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If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm not religious. Still, I do appreciate nice sculpture and pretty fountains. And no one tried to convert me. So I'm not complaining.
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And that's Parrot Mountain. It's actually pretty darned nice. And right next door to Dollywood.
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Postby Electerik » Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:14 am

Okay, I confirmed it with Dollywood: It must be at least 40 degrees for any and all of the coasters to operate. Sorry to Rastuso (and everyone else) for the misinformation earlier.
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