^I was thinking the same thing! I'm definitely loving that color, and looking forward to seeing it loom above the KI skyline when I approach for the first time next year!
diamondzznspurs wrote:I enjoy meeting up with people when it works out, and it seems like KI is the place I've done that mostly, lately! Years ago I met a bunch of people at CP from a site I frequented at the time (now defunct), and many of them are still close friends! However, I also have met people, particularly from one site and club which shall not be named, who were A-holes, for the most part (ironically, at a KI event), and then of course there's the ones you always hear about who frequent Enthusiast events, that are... shall we say, socially challenged.
I have to jump in here....I know this was posted a while ago but wow someone that actually feels the way I do. I consider myself an enthusiast and my homepark is KI. I've been thrilled with the announcement of Orion and feel VERY lucky to have so many good coasters in one park. Granted CP is my favorite and only 5 hours away, but I don't get there as often. I don't understand how people are complaining and judging when the coaster hasn't been built yet. I was at the announcement and even though we knew what was coming it was still really exciting. I have had issues w a certain group/person in another group that went as far as to try to get me kicked out of ACE and KI. I couldn't believe when I got a call from ACE saying so and so says you're threatening him. Smh He kicked me out of his group because I had an opinion, every park has their strengths and weaknesses but in his group you don't dare ever say anything negative. Sadly, he has the backing of KI even though numerous people have all complained about how nasty he is. This all happened right before Coasterstock in May and it was really uncomfortable running into him and his cronies. I absolutely love KI and love meeting new people in our travels. If people are so upset about this coaster than that's just less people waiting when I get in line! I've lurked in this group for quite a long time but have rarely commented, maybe I should have more, you guys seem to be of the same mindset as I am. I'm glad I started looking around again.
When I started reading the first part of your post there, I was thinking, "Man! This person is EXACTLY like me!" Then I realized it WAS me!
I'm glad you commiserate regarding the "bad egg" issue you can definitely encounter among enthusiasts. I swear, I've never seen another "enthusiast" fandom that can sometimes seem so anti-social, dour, and unenthusiastic about what they supposedly love!
Still, I have had primarily positive experiences in person with other enthusiasts, and always enjoy meeting up, and spending time with other like-minded people! Just so long as they know and understand I'll probably have three of my kids with me, as they're all coaster-lovers too, and my primary riding partners!
It's good to have you back here! TPR may not be perfect, but from my venturing around the world of internet coaster enthusiasm over the past 20 years, I do think it's the best community I've found, at least that's still currently around!