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Another RotorDave USA travel odyssey thread! LA,Vegas,NYC,PAPA, down to Memphis


By rotordave

3 years ago



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#301 3 years ago

That pizza looks great! But we went for the classic Coney Island option today.

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#302 3 years ago

Came to Coney Island twice in 2006 to reside the Cylone and it was out of action. Today finally the Cyclone was working and we got to have a ride. It must have blown people's minds when it opened in 1927.

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#303 3 years ago

Rode it for the first time in 1979. Do they offer re-rides for $5.00? IIRC, it was $3.00 back then and re-rides were $1.00. Last time I rode it I think it was $6.00 to ride. Today it's $10.00 US.

#304 3 years ago
Quoted from MrBally:

Rode it for the first time in 1979. Do they offer re-rides for $5.00? IIRC, it was $3.00 back then and re-rides were $1.00. Last time I rode it I think it was $6.00 to ride. Today it's $10.00 US.

Yep, $10 a ride today. Didn't see a price for a re-ride.

We also rode on the new Thunderbolt. Very cool new coaster. Also $10 a ride. There was an old wooden coaster also called Thunderbolt that stood in the same spot until it was demolished in 2000.

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#305 3 years ago

Coney Island is a funny sort of place .. Sort of full of old glories from its hey-day in the early 1900s. Today it is still functioning, and there were some people around and riding on the rides, but it's still pretty run down.

I took a photo of this building opposite Nathan's in 2006 and said it would make a cool apartment conversion. 10 years later, it's still sitting there. Amazing nobody has ever done anything with it.

Check out the "Coney Island palm tree" too ...

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#306 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

We also rode on the new Thunderbolt. Very cool new coaster. Also $20 a ride.

Wow! I guess I'll stop bitchin' about my $200 Universal annual pass.

#307 3 years ago
Quoted from mcluvin:

Wow! I guess I'll stop bitchin' about my $200 Universal annual pass.

Sorry, typo ... It was $10 a ride, same as Cyclone.

$200 a year for Universal is cheap ... I think a Disneyland Annual pass is now like $1000 bucks. Insane. Isn't Six Flags like $100 a year and you can go to all the Six Flags parks around the country?

rd

EDIT ... Just checked, indeed the dearest Annual pass for Disneyland is $1049 USD. The cheapest option is $600 USD. F**k the mouse.

#308 3 years ago

My parents rode that Parachute Jump ride on their Honeymoon in 1949. I remember seeing it abandoned in 1979. And a few years later with my dad. He recalled riding it and the fun it was.

#309 3 years ago

$10 is still a bit rich for me. Take a family and poof! there goes $40 or $50. Universal Orlando is a great deal. They used to offer buy a year get a year free, but there is so much more to do now. I don't feel bad about it. The concerts alone are worth it.

#310 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

EDIT ... Just checked, indeed the dearest Annual pass for Disneyland is $1049 USD. The cheapest option is $600 USD. F**k the mouse.

We rarely do Disney as it ain't cheap and really not as good as Universal IMO. But the best time to do it is when they are doing Very Merry Christmas. It's a not so secret secret they will let you in if you show up a few hours before it is supposed to start. Once it does start they kick everyone else out of the park. You can ride everything you wanted to ride in just a few hours. Before and after ride the monorails and check out all their hotels' Christmas decorations. It's about the only time Disney truly seems magical to me.

#311 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

EDIT ... Just checked, indeed the dearest Annual pass for Disneyland is $1049 USD. The cheapest option is $600 USD. F**k the mouse.

But you get a really cool RFID wristband... It can be programmed to open your hotel room door if staying at a Diss knee resort.

A small price to pay for the CONvenience.

#312 3 years ago

Right! About to walk 20 blocks to see Mac Sabbath. Rock n rollllllll

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#313 3 years ago

Send in the clowns.....

#314 3 years ago
Quoted from bflagg:

Send in the clowns.....

They're up next.

First band was SYKA, a hard rock band with a lady singer. She could belt it out ... They did a good cover of Crimson and Clover.

Second up was US Americans, sort of an Alt-rock vibe. They did a cool cover of The Ocean. Lead singer was more of a performer than a world beating vocalist.

rd

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#315 3 years ago

Whoa. That Mac Sabbath poster looks great.

#316 3 years ago

Mac Sabbath were pretty cool!

Ronald did some stage diving at the end. \m/

Reasonable crowd here for Mac Sabbath. Mainly an older crowd though ... In NZ the crowd would be 18-40. Id say here it was 35-60. Maybe all the young dudes in NYC are listening to crappy DJs instead.

rd

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#317 3 years ago

Was it all sabbath parodies or did they cover other bands? I'm sure Metal Church with rock. Springsteen is playing msg on Monday too. Think you made the right choice!

#318 3 years ago
Quoted from str8cash:

Was it all sabbath parodies or did they cover other bands? I'm sure Metal Church with rock. Springsteen is playing msg on Monday too. Think you made the right choice!

Springsteen ... Snore.

Yep, Mac Sabbath played only Sabbath songs.

Here is a vertical iPhone video for your viewing pleasure. (Forgot to turn the phone sideways lol)

rd

#319 3 years ago

Deep dark in the depths of Manhattan, NYC, clandestine meetings of Pinball ladies occur.

This group of ladies are called Belles and Chimes.

Today we got invited to attend and compete. Well, the ladies did. No men can play. Today's event was in a secret fabric warehouse location...

So me, Greg Poverelli and Crazy Levi grabbed some beers and watched.

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#320 3 years ago

Evidently Carl had been earlier and left a plate of nice Deli Meats.

Also, I learnt that bags of popcorn need to be three times the size of a human head.

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#321 3 years ago

Sweet hidden arcade!

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#322 3 years ago

Danni was in the cash! Second place.

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#323 3 years ago

Our hosts today at Belles and Chimes ... Crazy Levi, Anna and Jade. Cheers guys!

rd

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#324 3 years ago

Today was really fun y'all! All the ladies at Belles and Chimes were super nice and cool and it was a very enjoyable experience

The only problem... Stern's 'Stars' machines. That game hates me to an extent that is undefinable. But I still had fun

Ended the day off with a fabulous slider from Arbies. Absolute fabulousness

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#325 3 years ago
Quoted from Danni_NZ:

Ended the day off with a fabulous slider from Arbies. Absolute fabulousness

She liked her Arby's so much she went and rang the bell.

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#326 3 years ago

Well done in the comp Danni . Won't be long and you'll be playing better than your Dad ... oh wait , Hang on , you already do !!

#327 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

She liked her Arby's so much she went and rang the bell.
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EWEWEWEEWWWEWWW That's a terrible photo of me eewwwwwew. I look so unhappy y'all.

Just jokes I don't really care.

Guess having a cold doesn't help nothin'

#328 3 years ago
Quoted from MIL:

Well done in the comp Danni . Won't be long and you'll be playing better than your Dad ... oh wait , Hang on , you already do !!

Ohhhhh burrrrrrrrnt to the ground right there. (To be honest I think he's gotten used to it) but the shots have been fired real good.

#329 3 years ago
Quoted from MIL:

Well done in the comp Danni . Won't be long and you'll be playing better than your Dad ... oh wait , Hang on , you already do !!

Scotty, I'm just the support crew these days.

rd

#330 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Scotty, I'm just the support crew these days.
rd

Might have to change your name to "Roadie - Dave" .

Good luck to both of you in the upcoming IFPA 13 .

#331 3 years ago

I love me some Arby's and Stern Stars.

Nice to see Levi in his natural habitat. Pretty cool hidden arcade.

#332 3 years ago
Quoted from MIL:

Might have to change your name to "Roadie - Dave" .
Good luck to both of you in the upcoming IFPA 13 .

Roadie Dave ... Like it! Also harks back to my band days. I sure lugged around a lot of musical shit back in the day.

rd

#333 3 years ago
Quoted from Danni_NZ:

The only problem... Stern's 'Stars' machines. That game hates me to an extent that is undefinable. But I still had fun

Mwahahahahaha!
Is the short stint with my Stars still giving you nigHTMAres Danni?
Drain, drAIN, DRAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN!!! (And then, drain some more! )
I wouldn't worry about it too much though.
Your poor Mom and Dad (Roadie) went several days straight last trip trying to tame it, but fell short in cutting the cosmic high score mustard.

They say in space, no one can hear you scream...but on Stars, they sure can hear you cuss!

#334 3 years ago

Loving the green shirt, Danni and Dave!

Speaking of which, we're sold out of most sizes...time to reorder! Or redesign, with our upcoming move around the corner, no longer on Chicago Street!

-Mark

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#335 3 years ago
Quoted from marcos:

Loving the green shirt, Danni and Dave!
Speaking of which, we're sold out of most sizes...time to reorder! Or redesign, with our upcoming move around the corner, no longer on Chicago Street

It's Dannis favorite shirt ... She's wearing it at most pinball comps.

Thanks again for the kind gifts.

Good luck with that move! Moving a large amount of pins is hard work ...

Dave.

#336 3 years ago
Quoted from NimblePin:

Mwahahahahaha!
Is the short stint with my Stars still giving you nigHTMAres Danni?
Drain, drAIN, DRAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNN!!! (And then, drain some more! )
I wouldn't worry about it too much though.
Your poor Mom and Dad (Roadie) went several days straight last trip trying to tame it, but fell short in cutting the cosmic high score mustard.
They say in space, no one can hear you scream...but on Stars, they sure can hear you cuss!

Hahaha too true

I'll be back to your place one day and I WILL BEAT THAT MACHINE... who am I kidding I can't play that machine at all.

Quoted from marcos:

Loving the green shirt, Danni and Dave!
Speaking of which, we're sold out of most sizes...time to reorder! Or redesign, with our upcoming move around the corner, no longer on Chicago Street!
-Mark

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Oh my goodness I love that shirt SO MUCH!!!! I love the fabric it's made out of. It's so comfortable and it's a great fit and it's cozy and lovely and I love it

I love it more than lamp

#338 3 years ago

I love carpet, I love desk

#339 3 years ago

Today we got the subway down to Harlem and walked back down to 36th via Central Park.

Central Park is huge. 800 odd acres from memory. It was a stroke of genius by the city planners to leave this huge area in the middle of Manhattan.

1000s of people out walking, running and biking through the park.

rd

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#340 3 years ago

Seems like an awful lot of time to be outdoors not playing pinball. Still was a very nice day, so I'll allow it.

That's a pretty fat squirrel.

#341 3 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Seems like an awful lot of time to be outdoors not playing pinball. Still was a very nice day, so I'll allow it.
That's a pretty fat squirrel.

Squirrels ahoy in Central Park. Thousands of em. Plus a rat. And turtles in The Reservoir too!

It was a nice day out yesterday, but a real chilly wind. We had to head in for a Thai curry to heat up!

rd

#342 3 years ago

It was a beautiful day here in Indiana yesterday as well. I took the top of the Jeepster and just drove through the country. A little rain shower popped up but it was no big deal.

#343 3 years ago

Squirrels. Everywhere.

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#344 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Right! About to walk 20 blocks to see Mac Sabbath. Rock n rollllllll
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They just played here last week, I missed the show sadly.

#345 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Squirrels ahoy in Central Park. Thousands of em. Plus a rat.

Lucky sighting!!

A rat is a very thing to find indeed in NYC. Consider yourself blessed!

#346 3 years ago

Came across to Hoboken, New Jersey on the PATH train. Man, this place is quiet compared to the chaos just across the Hudson River!!

Fiona and Danni wanted to go to Carlos Bakery, the bakery of the Cake Boss guy on the Food Channel. There were dozens of people, mainly tourists I'm guessing, queued up for his cakes. You had to get a number at the door and wait for the number to be called (common for you USA folks but extremely uncommon in NZ). About half an hour wait to get your cakes.

Danni got a cheesecake and we both had a cannoli. Cannoli is a pastry thing with creamy stuff inside. Not bad ...

rd

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#347 3 years ago

It's so cloudy today, a good photo of Manhattan was not going to happen ....

rd

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#348 3 years ago

keep an eye out for black squirrels - they are kinda rare but exist!

#349 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

You had to get a number at the door and wait for the number to be called (common for you USA folks but extremely uncommon in NZ).

HA.....Good thing you don't have to deal with DMV in America.

#350 3 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

the bakery of the Cake Boss guy on the Food Channel

Very overrated bakery items IMO, especially for the price! You can get better at local stores anywhere but you cant get the whole "I was at the bakery that is on TV" experience which people in the States absolutely love!

Quoted from rotordave:

It's so cloudy today, a good photo of Manhattan was not going to happen ....

Manhattan on a cloudy day is better picture than Hoboken on a clear sunny day!!!

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