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14 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Just got in from taking a newspaper editor from Muncie on a tour of the park.
Big surprise -- it was raining. (It's been a bad week in that department, thanks to remnants of Hurricane Dennis.)
She and her party didn't want a rain poncho, so I didn't feel right putting up my umbrella, since it wasn't large enough to shelter everyone.
We got down to the water park at about 10:30 am, and had to "cross the chains" to continue our tour.
Usually this is rather intimidating, as a mass of swimsuit-clad guests push toward us, hoping to follow us in without us noticing. But those chains stay up until precisely 11:00 am.
"Sorry...just 20 more minutes and we'll be ready to go! Thanks for coming!"
With the steady drizzle (we convinced ourselves it was good for our complexion), there weren't too many people waiting.
The ones who were waiting to start their visit in the water park stood patiently by the chains ... in their swimsuits and bare feet ...
Huddled under umbrellas.
14 July 2005 - 12:00am
Well, I guess we got your attention!
Man, oh, man.
When I asked the producer who was on site yesterday from WEHT TV if he knew how many people would have been able to stream our announcement before their site sent out "NO MORE!" error messages, he said, "Forty thousand."
And I just heard from the creator of CoasterBuzz ... my friend Jeff sent his compliments, along with this message: CoasterBuzz set its record for simultaneous users Wednesday around 12:30 EDT. We had about 2,000 unique users hitting us at once. That's more "buzz" than Millennium Force, X, Dragster, Kingda Ka ... any of the big announcements in the last five years.
I'd say Holiday World made the right decision.
Yes, we're definitely getting that impression.
And if one more person emails me suggestion we name the three coaster trains the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, I'm going to cry.
Those were Christopher Columbus's ships ... back in 1492.
We're talking more modern times (and the Mayflower) which sailed in 1620.
Okay, I admit it, I had to double check those facts, too.
13 July 2005 - 5:16pm
13 July 2005 - 7:30am
Just had an email from Germany ... the difference is seven hours for them.
13 July 2005 - 4:17am
Does anyone know the time difference between the UK and us?
Just received a nice email from a fellow who want to stream the announcement today -- and wondered what time he should tune in from over there across the pond.
I think the difference is seven hours ... meaning it'll be 6 pm in England. But I'm not positive.
Does anyone know for sure? (Please email me if you do.)
By the way, here's the direct link to the streaming page.
...and there's a nice article in this morning's Evansville Courier & Press.
Just a few hours to go!