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Do you enjoy amusement parks?


I have always enjoyed amusement parks, although I haven't visited any lately. I worked at Six Flags Over Georgia for two summers, 1969-1970. I wasn't actually in the park, however. I was a parking lot attendant and a shuttle tram driver and spieler. But with my employee pass, I could visit the park any time I wanted to when I was not working. And I did. A lot. Did I mention there were about 700 teenage girls working there? Out of about 7,000 applicants? Yes, Six Flags selected smart and pretty ones. It was heaven when I was 17 and 18 years old.

I can't for the life of me remember the name of the first amusement park I visited. It was a small-time local operation. I think my sister worked there on Saturdays for a short time. I was probably about five years old then so my memory is a bit fuzzy. The place had a little miniature train, motorized swings, and a small merry-go-round as rides. They sold cotton candy and sno-cones and other junk food. I think they had a little petting zoo, too, and maybe a pony ride. It closed when I was still quite small, and I remember seeing the weeds grow up in it as we passed by over the years.

I saw other amusement parks in my youth, like Ghost Town in North Carolina, and I had dreamed of visiting Disneyland when I was a kid. But I think Six Flags Over Georgia was the first full-blown modern amusement park I visited. Disney World was yet to be.

The Great American Scream Machine at
Six Flags Over Georgia. In 1973, it was the tallest,
longest, and fastest roller coaster in the world
and is still ranked in the Top 50 wooden coasters.
Six Flags opened in Atlanta in 1967, and my brother worked there in one of the concession stands while he was in college. The next year, his student deferment gone, he was in the Army, and the following year I worked at Six Flags while he handled a scout dog in 'Nam.

I enjoyed the whole park in those days. I loved all the roller coasters, thrill rides, and haunted houses. I don't do those activities anymore, a concession to my somewhat advanced age. I have been to Disney World several times and generally enjoy it. I like Universal Orlando too. I actually got to go to Universal Orlando before it officially opened. Here's the story:

I qualified for a company trip after my first full year in insurance sales, so Mrs. Dragon and I went on the all-expenses-paid jaunt to Orlando in April 1990, staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, which was amazing. The first night, the company rented the entire Hard Rock Café and had a live band. That was pretty cool. Another night they surprised us by busing us all out to Universal Orlando. The park wasn't open to the public yet, but they were close to the opening date (June 7, 1990) and they needed a dress rehearsal, I guess. It was about 90% ready.

As we came in the gate, the company had big tables of appetizers and an open bar set out for us. As we moved farther into the park, we hit the salad bar, then the entree spread and, finally, the dessert tables. Bars were scattered everywhere. There were absolutely no lines for anything as the couple of hundred of us were the only people there. So we ate and I drank (Mrs. Dragon was two months pregnant) and we visited attractions and had our caricature done and were teased by Marilyn Monroe and W.C. Fields. The motorboat show in the lagoon and the fireworks extravaganza capped it off.

On our final night there, the company had a banquet, and the popular country-rock band Alabama played a private concert for us. We truly had a blast pretending to be one-percenters for a few days. Mrs. Dragon made a scrapbook of the whole trip.

So I like amusement parks and have visited many in my life, but I doubt I'll visit any again unless one of my boys gets busy and finds a wife and produces grandkids. At the rate things are moving, I may be too old to shuffle through a park by then...if I'm still around at all. But enough about me. How about you?

Do you enjoy amusement parks?

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Universal Studios sign courtesy cityprofile.com
Universal Studios aerial view courtesy progresslandblog.com
Alabama courtesy en.wikipedia.org

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Los Angeles Kossacks: Shanikka's Red Carpet Lunch 3/15 - With Pictures


by Dave in Northridgefor Los Angeles Kossacks

The LAKossacks welcome shanikka to their fair city. Many people attend. Here are few photos:

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Chacounne meets Kossacks from MD and DC


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The DC and Maryland Kossacks welcomed Chaucounne on her visit to attend a conference in DC. It was a last minute meet-up pulled of by mimi.

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Photo Diary: NYC 3/16 Meetup is PACKED! (food pr0n, too!))


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Thank you, sidnora, for the great photo diary recap. So many terrific photos of our NYC Kossacks and all their food pr0n. It looks like everyone had a really good time. There's still time to rec her diary.

Here's only two photos of the many that belinda ridgewood, joanbrooker and Denise Oliver Velez provided:

L-R: the camera-shy Yasuragi (yes, she weally showed up!), belinda ridgewood, kathny, malloy, Miscweant, No Exit, Son of Broccoli, jfdunphy, mightymouse, plf515, sidnora, Mets102
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Four Kossack regional groups descend on the California State Capitol
to demand that Governor Jerry Brown ban
the oil and gas production process known as fracking


by navajofor Connect! Unite! Act!

Representing Northern California, the SFKossacks, Central Valley Kossacks, Paradise & Chico Kossacks and the Silicon Valley Kossacks gathered on the mall of our state capitol in Sacramento on Saturday, March 15th to protest fracking. Governor Brown has the ability to ban the environmentally destructive, water-intensive oil extraction practice known as hydraulic fracturing in California. The state is in a severe drought and the last place our water should go is into fracking. It is estimated the protesters numbered around 4000. We endured the hot sun which sent the temperatures into the 80s as we gathered midday to make a lot of noise and get the attention of the Governor.

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TIME: 10:00 AM
LOCATION: Federal Courthouse
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Baja Arizona Kossacks 4th Annual Picnic

TIME: 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Home of Mr. & Mrs. sneakers563
Address by Kosmail to RSVPers • Tucson

ORGANIZER: Send Azazello a kosmail to attend.

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Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 First Avenue South • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.

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DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

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LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
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Tuesday, May 13th

SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for LeftOfYou & Expat Okie

TIME: 11:00 AM, Early lunch!
LOCATION: Yank Sing
Rincon Center, 101 Spear St. • San Francisco

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. LeftOfYou
3. Expat Okie
4. side pocket
5. Justice Putnam
6. dharmasyd
7. Lorikeet
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