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Showing posts with label Six Flags. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Six Flags. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Six Flags: The Better Late Than Never Blog

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the Six Flags anthem. Take it from here, Mr. Six! Alright, with that out of the way, let us begin. On the 3rd of June, a friend and I accompanied another friend and his girlfriend to Six Flags Magic Mountain. I had never been there before, so I was actually quite excited to be invited along for the ride.

I would like to explain one little thing first. My friend was originally going to give me a free pass, but then, I decided to invite another friend. In hindsight, my friend actually had two free passes (in addition to the season passes that he held for himself and his girlfriend), but we had sort of agreed to just one before I brought my other friend into the equation (who he had never even met before). So, my friend instead gave me a coupon. I entered the park for around $25, and my other friend entered for free. The reason behind this friendly gesture being, I knew (beforehand) that he was short on money. Besides, this way, he does not owe me anything, and we all have a genuinely fun day at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The $80 that my friend still owed me from last year's trip to Disneyland hung over our friendship like a storm cloud, and I did not want the same thing to happen with my other friend. Owing money to someone can certainly damage (or even destroy) an otherwise solid friendship.

Thankfully, the park was not very crowded on the day that we went. It was not exactly like National Lampoon's Vacation, but we did manage to get on every ride in less than 10 minutes, and that is an A+ in my book. Our first ride was aboard Revolution (formerly known as Great American Revolution). Why is it called Revolution, you ask? Well, it happens to be the world's first modern roller coaster to feature a vertical loop. As the train approaches the loop, riders are instructed to place their heads against the headrest. I am not one to ignore a direct order given to me on a roller coaster, so I did just that. I usually do not handle looping coasters very well, but I must say, Revolution was a very smooth ride. Following that, we slowly worked our way to some of the bigger rides in the park. Ninja has a train that is suspended below the track, giving riders the feeling of flight. I only wish that I could have ridden in the front. Colossus is a wooden roller coaster, and a damn good one at that. It features two identical side-by-side tracks, and drops in excess of 100 feet. I did manage to ride this one in the front, and it brought me to tears.

The Nightmare Before Six Flags

'The Night Before Six Flags' is a previously Space Ruckus: The Official Forum exclusive prequel to 'Six Flags: The Better Late Than Never Blog.' Both articles were written in August of 2010. I felt this chapter focused a little too heavily on the negative aspects of that trip, and having recently fallen out with Jovani following that year's Comic-Con, I thought it best to reflect on the good times. That said, while it may be a bit crass at times, it does spell out a few things about my friendship with Jovani.

It twas the night before Six Flags... and what a night it was. Okay, a little exposition before we begin. John and I agreed to sleep over at Jovani's apartment the night before our trip to Six Flags. In theory, this would save a little time the following morning.

There was something off about the whole thing from the moment that we arrived. Jovani decided to psychoanalyze John not long afterward, and what I mean by that is, he literally made him open up about everything. No stone was left unturned. It made me very uncomfortable, and I felt like stepping in (for John's sake), but was not exactly sure what to say.

As the day wore on, John and I were both beginning to grow hungry, and this is where I learned that Jovani was not a very good host. I suggested that we order a pizza, and have it delivered to the apartment. Well, the high and almighty one was not hungry, for he had in his hands a great big bowl of corn flakes, which he proceeded to eat directly in front of us. John and I finally took the hint, and left to find our own meal. We stopped in at Little Caesars, and ordered two large pizzas. They were delicious, by the way.