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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Speed: The Ride

Postby chadster » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:44 pm

I agree, certain areas of Vegas look like scene out of Israel, but who knows, maybe the North end will one day be the new South end....nah, who am I kidding

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Speed: The Ride

Postby chadster » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:38 pm

Huh, no one wants free stuff eh? Maybe I should through in a set of playing cards from one of the naughty party pits.

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Speed: The Ride

Postby QueerRudie » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:39 pm

Another great update again, Chad.

In a lot of ways, with the relocation of Speed, it's good to see the ride in it's original 'element' prior to being gussied up again in the future. For me, it was one hell of a shuttle loop- and one I'm glad to see returning in the future.


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Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Pacific Park

Postby chadster » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:19 pm

Greetings and welcome to this weeks edition from Pacific Park in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Built in 1909 the pier almost met the wrecking ball in the early 70's but locals refused to let it go which forced the city council to create the Pier Restoration Corporation. The carousel building, known as the Hippodrome was designated a L.A. County historical landmark by Uncle Sam.

Today the Pier is made up of kiddie and family attractions and houses several restaurants including Bubba Gumps. Speaking of Gumps, ever wonder if they serve fresh fish? Does Hot Dog on a Stick sell all beef hot dogs? Well, you're in luck! I have that answer to those questions and many other's so get ready, it's gonna be a blast!
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Welcome to Sunny Santa Monica! What on earth could we be doing here today, hmmmm....
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Why is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Muscle Beach? Why no! It's a mini Morgan kiddie hyper!
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So let's head on over
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And a beer in my hand, life is good today...
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Yuuup! Looks like a pier. I'm I allowed to even use Yuuup! anymore?
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Who are these two ugly sons of bitches?
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Caught two kids trying to break in, called the cops, cops came, took the kids to foster home, parents went to jail. True Story.
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Cirque was in town with Ovo, sadly I didn't have time to see this production which I understand is really good. So if you are in the area, see it before it leaves.
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Before the park opened, RD and I did some exploring. Didn't realize they had a Gumps.
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Hey look, they are getting a food delivery!
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WTF?!?!?!?!?!!!! FROZEN FISH??? THE OCEAN IS RIGHT THERE! So now when you see fresh shrimp, fresh cod, fresh whatever advertised on the menu, yeah, it was fresh, 6 months ago. And to boot they are using the Walmart of food, Sysco. They are now dead to me. #GordonRamseywouldshutitdown
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Buy tickets to see the Whole City!
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Grab a burger and some crap.
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After you grab a burger and some crap, you can walk with your crap, your burger too perhaps.
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Or maybe sit on the beach with your burger and crap.
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Then when you get done on the beach you can buy more crap.
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Some famous movie was filmed here.
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Classic movie foto
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And here is what the other side of the Pier looks like. So now you have seen the pier.

Oh, wait, you want to see what's inside the park, well, ok.
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I'll take a #2.
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So I guess we are going here so RD can get his credit. Feeling sad and pathetic, I decided to ride again.
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Intense G's are being pulled in that helix.
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More airtime than El Toro
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For you lift hill nerds.
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For you lift chain nerds.
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And I couldn't leave out the anti-rollback nerds.
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So we turn and turn in the helix, pulling tons of G's and was able to get a few aerial shots.
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These were super tough to get, the intensity was so much I almost could hold the camera.
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So I hope everyone appreciates the fact that I struggled through almost grey out conditions to get these past few foto's
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Ok, that's enough, get me off, I'm gonna puke.
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So before we left, we went to check out the Carousel.
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Hand crafted goodness.
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ACEr's have their own private seat!
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Hey look it's the original Hot Dog on a Stick stand!
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WTH?!? Turkey Dogs?!?!? SCREW THAT!
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That's it for this week, hope you enjoyed! Check back next week for another California Park that just might include a ticket giveaway for Give Kids the World!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby Meteornotes » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:46 pm

Ha! My guess that Bubba Gumps did not serve fresh fish was correct! I demand a shout out to Ice Bat in your next report.

I thought this was a cool little park to spend a couple of hours at the one time I visited. And I'm always a fan of being at a park near the ocean. Well, as long as it's not the Jersey shore...

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby cfc » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:02 pm

ACEr's have their own private seat!

Alas, but that would be my seat, as well.

I, too, am shocked that Bubba Gump's shrimp isn't fresh!

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby David H » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:48 am

I'm not sure if people are being serious or joking, but very little of the shrimp served in the US is fresh. That's because most of it comes from Thailand or Indonesia or elsewhere in southeast Asia. And seafood can't generally stay fresh long enough to transport around the world. The main exception to this would be down south where you'll find some Gulf shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but since the oil spill, fewer restaurants are carrying that, despite claims that it's safe. (Although you might think that a place called Bubba Gump's would be more likely to sell fresh Gulf Shrimp!)

I work for a restaurant that makes a really big deal out of only serving the freshest fish. We even fly Wild Salmon in fresh from Alaska and Dover Sole in fresh from Holland. But even we serve frozen shrimp. In fact, it's just about the only seafood we sell that's frozen, besides calamari, which is similarly almost always frozen in the US.

If you're eating at a nicer upscale seafood restaurant, I'd generally suggest choosing something other than shrimp or calamari. It's not that it's not good, it's just not going to be that much better than you can get at a cheaper restaurant, whereas the other fresh fish should be a lot better. Save the shrimp for the cheaper restaurants.

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby Chrisrad » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:52 am

^ I don't think it has to do with just the shrimp being frozen; it's the fact that everything they sell is frozen.

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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby eddie200330 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:07 pm

Well, it was frsh before it was frozen.....does that count?? LMAO
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Re: Chadster's Vacation Adventures: Photo TR Pacific Park!

Postby beatle11 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:52 pm


Very disappointing. Bubba would be spinning in his grave if he knew.


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