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    michigan Great Adventure.

    That's wonderful, Mr. Roberts. So glad you feel well enough to make a trip. Hope you have a safe and fun trip. I'll have to look it up and see what they have that is different.
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    Have you ever been on son of beast?

    SOB blew down in a wind storm during construction. They rebuilt and finished it; a mistake in my opinion. It had a lot of problems and was finally torn down, long overdue.
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    Halloween Troll vs Christmas Elf

    Ha. Funny, Mr. Roberts. Had trouble getting these to play for some reason, just got bits and pieces. But whoever thought putting a striped red shirt on an ugly troll would turn it into an elf made an error in judgment. It's still an ugly troll with a red shirt. Let's hope they do not repeat this mistake.
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    Santa's Toy Factory, 2005

    I had completely forgotten we had to choose dates. Do remember we went twice. Guess we got lucky and had decent weather once that I recall and once quite cold. Definitely no way to get people in. Who wants to be there in miserable weather? It just seemed very expensive at the time. If we could have used our passes we would have gone more, I'm sure. You are probably right on your reasoning, Mr. Roberts. Makes sense to me.
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    Santa's Toy Factory, 2005

    This is a pretty clear video for its age, Mr. Roberts. You know I never actually heard why they only did it one year; must have been the low attendance and expensive costs. It was quite nice in some ways.
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    Santa's Christmas Wish 1992

    This is great, Mr. Roberts. We only went to this winterfest twice; it was so expensive. Mostly we walked around looking at lights, bought some holiday gifts, and ate. I don't think we watched any shows; don't actually remember. That seems longer ago than it was. There was a place on International street that had the best soups and chili. We hit that up both times. Don't forget food very often. Most shows we've seen I just see and don't keep room in the old brain to retain them. Too much other stuff up there. Concerts, however, I can recall back to the first one I saw over fifty years ago as a teenager.
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    Santa's Toy Factory, 1991

    As well done as these shows were, Mr. Roberts, what I find most interesting is the difference in video quality. Like when I watch old M.A.S.H. shows. The difference in technology is vast. Kind of like comparing old photos from original color to today's pics. As I recall, the original fest had the best Santa we'd ever seen. I'm sure not the same each year or even every night, but we seemed to catch the same one every time we went one particular year, early eighties. I swear the guy could almost make adults believe. I'm talking about the one that was in the Santa house for kids to visit. These videos are so fun to watch. Thank you.
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    Santa's Christmas Wish 1992

    Wow, how did you track this down, Mr. Roberts? Thanks so much for posting. I still don't remember but think probably we just didn't watch any of the shows. I'll go over this a couple times and see if shakes anything loose in the memory bank.
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    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    Well, malls sure are dying quick everywhere these days. But we are of the same mind, Mr. Roberts. Have thought from the time the park opened that they should have the train run around the perimeter. And thought about it each time we went to Stricker's Grove. It would cost untold millions now. And I guess would have to be elevated or underground past the entrance. And wow, had never thought about the direction the trains run in different places, but you are right as I think of several I have been on over the years. Wonder why that is. Stricker's is counter-clockwise, and so is the one at Columbus Zoo. They are, however, very small, so don't know if that should count in the equation. Big train at Stone Mountain is clockwise.
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    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    It is out of the way and people tend to stay in specific areas. My thought on the antique car return would be the cost of gas (they could probably figure out how to do electric) and the pollution it caused. Never could stand the exhaust smell and it traveled around. Usually once something is gone and people are used to the absence, it is difficult to bring back interest. I don't think it would thrive anywhere actually, not anymore. People tend to move on to other things. And they don't need to bring new rides every year. They could improve general things and get pretty much the same effect from my point of view. Would hate to see the tower garden area disappear as well. Barbecue place sounds like a plan; no way could I ever eat burritos at an amusement park. But no matter what they do, or don't do, you are right, Mr. Roberts. People will still complain.
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    The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

    Well, that's nice to hear, Mr. Roberts. Bunch of the younger ones rode it; I did not. There was a very long line. Quite popular. They do have a lot of everything to offer, for sure. The food alone was worth the visit.
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    The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

    That's too bad, Mr. Roberts. It looks good on video. Think I mentioned before we did go to Darke County fair once and it was about as good as State. Not quite, but still top notch. Saw on the news there were several shuttle accidents at Darke this year and they stopped running them and were using golf carts, but never heard any followup as to what caused the issues. Went to the Franklin County fair when we lived there decades ago. It was also very small but at the time, at least, it was a good fair and well run. We enjoyed it. They had a fun crash derby too, included with admission then. They ran out of seating space one year and were putting people who were willing on top of semi trailers. That was a terrific view and a good time. Ha, first time I'd though of that for about forty years.
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    The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

    Fun to see, Mr. Roberts. Thank you for sharing. This looks like a well-cared for fairground and certainly a good crowd. It's surprising how many county fairs in Ohio date back to the 1800's. Guess there wasn't a lot to do back then. Maybe that's how they got started. Don't know if it's just Monday morning viewpoint but the cows and horses in this all seem to look depressed. Pigs and the goat look happy, though, as does the munching bunny and the curious fowl.
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    My day at Cedar Point

    Those are some interesting numbers, Mr. Roberts. Not what I would have thought either. But I understand the interest in the fire, even after all this time. And that Arcade looks a lot better than any others we've seen at least. You have quite a following. Good variety of subject matter and very good video. Hey, lot more interesting than cat videos. I've enjoyed all of them immensely.
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    My day at Cedar Point

    What a fun video, Mr. Roberts. You put this together very well. Looks like a good time was had by all. Thank you for sharing. Very enjoyable.
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    Cedar Point Shores

    It definitely seems like a ripoff to charge extra when it's not that large. Maybe they want to keep the crowd size smaller and that's why they require additional admission. Do you think that's a possibility, Mr. Roberts? Intent to just focus more on the many coasters angle?
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    Cedar Point Main Midway Arcade.

    Fun video, Mr. Roberts. Wonderful old building. Would have liked to have been there in the Big Band era. This is so bright. If I ever win the lottery, I want a room full of old pinball machines, one of my favorite things. Don't care for the modern day versions. I used to be pretty good in my younger years....
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    Cedar Point Shores

    Well, it sure is bright and shiny there, Mr. Roberts. Nice video; thank you for sharing. They sure have a lot of separate admission fees. That would be a big burden for many.
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    A quick look at Magnum XL-200

    Don't know how you get these, but excellent video again, Mr. Roberts. Like being right there. I remember friends took their daughter to CP, first time, years ago. She rode every coaster and pronounced each one dull and boring. She was 12 or so. Still find that funny. No fear at all. Still afraid of nothing and almost forty.
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    Valravn at Cedar Point

    Excellent video, Mr. Roberts. Didn't realize the rows were so wide; it makes it look very unstable. I remain in awe of the brains who dream up and create these structures. Far beyond my imagination.
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    Maverick at Cedar Point

    Very nice, Mr. Roberts. Good music too. Thanks for sharing.
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    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    Again, I agree, Mr. Roberts. Wouldn't think it wise to move something like that a second time. Wonder what Geauga Lake looks like now. Bet the water park will be packed this weekend with the oncoming heat wave. We shall hibernate in the a/c.
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    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    I have heard the rumor as well, and agree with all your speculations, Mr. Roberts. Never liked the Falls; only time I have seen people there in years is on very hot days when they want to get cooled off. We walked by and watched a few times. Don't think it could be called a major attraction either. The setting is nice, though. Also gave up on A.E. and Vortex long ago as well. Did see they are building a new coaster at Cedar Point and agree it's doubtful they would bring another one to the park right after Timbers, but again, you never know. I can see something being moved, though don't see the reasoning behind the expense and complexity of doing that, now or in the past when it's been done. Guess that's why someone else makes the big bucks to decide these things.
  24. Didn't take the mention of the breakdowns as a problem; it just is common probably everywhere with every new ride. At least that's been my experience. Maybe a lot of the time it's just a simple error, a reset or something similar as you said, due to the excitement of the operators matching that of the crowd. I'd be a wreck for sure. As you said, Mr. Roberts, just part of the experience. Cannot remember how long it took for lines to lessen for the past couple new ones.
  25. Very, very nice video, Mr. Roberts. Well done. I like the musical accompaniment as well. Sounds familiar but cannot place it. Haven't the stamina to stand for that long; they'd have to haul me out on a stretcher after a couple hours. The people in line do seem very calm; I would have expected more excitement, but probably the time in line wore them down. Every new ride seems to break down opening night. But hopefully they will work out the kinks and the lines will lessen as the novelty wears off.