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Photo TR: It Came From Wes's Closet

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:05 pm

So here's the deal: I used to big a big freaking roller coaster nerd. Obviously I still like coasters and parks, but not even to a tenth of percent of how I used to be back in high school. At some point, I realized this obsession was a detriment to my social life, so I took a long break and focused on other interests that I loved as well.

Still, I had amassed a bunch of extremely hilarious and probably embarrassing coaster crap over the course of my obsessive years. I was over at my parents' house today to do a bunch of laundry and decided to dig around my closet in my old room to find some of the "awesome" memorabilia. So here it is.
Some old coaster books, including a Time Warner era guide to all the Six Flags properties.
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Remember when X and Deja Vu were new? I do. So does this cup.
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I think this may be my only patch, or at least the only one I could find. Any takers (Jeff?)?
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SFMM used to sell the commemorative coins for each of the parks roller coasters. Here's the Colossus one.
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Stealth's opening season at PGA.
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Before it was Six Flags America, it was Adventure World. Also notice the glowing review from Cal Ripkin Jr at the bottom.
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An older postercard for Viper. Looks like Sylvester has the correct reaction to the coaster.
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HEY JEFF!!! Remember this CD?!?!?!
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Embrassing Photo Time. Here's me and my friend (and little brother) celebrating Batman's opening in 1994.
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My stepdad and I braving Batman.
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Circa 1998, here's me with the wood used to build Ghostrider at Knott's.
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My friend and I rocking out on Steel Force at Dorney.
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Here's a glimpse into how f***ing nerdy I was: A Photo of Riddler's construction wall with....
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...ACTUAL paint chips from the wall. Yes, I saved paints chips from a construction wall. Oh god.
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Were YOU cool enough to rock a Ghostrider wallet?
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Some prizes from when I got on the hot seat at Millionare at DCA.
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ACE magazines. These aren't old, they just showed up in the mail today.
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The Ghostrider Media Day press package! One of the first times I met Robb was on that day.
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Indiana Jones Adventure decoding card for the Mara language in the queue. They handed these out the first couple years of operation.
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Some sort of photo collage I made for an art class. Yeah. Pathetic.
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The VERY first enthusiast made coaster tape, Coastered!
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An Indiana Jones commemorative Disneyland ticket from 1995.
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An Alpengeist poster that hung proudly on my wall for years...why wasn't I getting laid?!
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HAT TIME! A sweet Alpie hat!
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Millionaire Hat from getting a certain number of questions right in the hot seat.
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Goliath hat, I think we all got these on media day.
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I'm not sure if it was for the movie or the coaster, either way it's retarded.
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This is the worst hat in existence!!! Why does Dueling Dragons spawn the absolute worst apparel of any coaster?
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"Hey ladies! My name is...hey wait...where are you going? Don't you wanna hear about my track count??"
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An old Figment doll back from when Imagination kicked ass (ie: no scary Eric Idle moon face)
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Bad t-shirt section. Here's Ghostrider and Dodonpa (I think to Dodonpa one was given to us at a Solace where Stan Checketts talked)
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Riddlers and Superman: The Escape....pretty terrible.
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Yeah, rock this Steel Force shirt and impress your friends and family.
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Steel Force mousepad, my mom actually still uses this!!!
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I think this is a piece of wood from Boulder Dash, they sold them in the gift shop. Worst $5 ever spent.
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I'll leave you now with this...a CCI tarp (they used to ship the wood with these) I got from Knott's that I hung on my ceiling. Seriously, how did I ever get ANY action?!?!?!
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A letter from B&M. I, like nearly every coaster obsessed teen, wanted to design rides for them.
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Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:10 pm

...WOW... That is a lot of random roller coaster sh!t.

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:20 pm

This is your best post yet.

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:23 pm

Is that Jesus on the Boulder Dash wood?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:24 pm

Awesome stuff, Wes. I think I see King Henry VII in the Boulder Dash wood! I guess I'm still in that stage you were, just not collecting much but pictures. I'm going to try to get into mechanical engineering, but who knows.

-J "I have an old 1996-1997 SFMM video...that's it" Z

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:28 pm

Yeah, this pretty much sums up my closet/bedroom at home too. I am so ASHAMED!

--Robb's old school movies...check
--Letter from coaster company/park CEO...check (bonus 10 pts to me for having it framed at the time...oh my)
--Worthless pieces of Ghostrider wood...check
--Stolen park banners...check
--Coaster books...check
--Patches...let's not go there.

Even though looking at all this old stuff is sure to give you some head-shaking, "What was I thinking?!" moments, it's hilarious to look back and reminisce about it too. And hey, some people never "grow out of it," so give yourself a pat on the back for doing so. Thanks for the laugh!

But hey...umm....I'll give you $5 for the paint chips. And $10 for the sweet DD hat. :roll:

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:28 pm

:| Wow... Paint chips from RR? I thought I was bad for getting at SFOT at 8 when it opened at 10..

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:30 pm

RIP Psyclone wrote:Is that Jesus on the Boulder Dash wood?

Probably a spooge stain. Haha. I actually think there was a small metal placard on it but it fell off.

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:43 pm

haha, wes, you are awesome. This makes me feel better about myself, but its really only because I never got into much park merchandise... I think you should give your Dragons hat to cool Rich to compliment his shirt and in turn create the greatest outfit ever

Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:50 pm

Oh, this was all sorts of awesome. I loved the DD hat. That needs to be a prize in some sort of TPR contest.

And this:

ACE magazines. These aren't old, they just showed up in the mail today.

is funny because it's true...

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