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