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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by das_boot » 24 Jun 2021, 18:05

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That's different class compared to our equivelent tourist theme parks like Thorpe Park or Alton Towers, which are rough as a badger's arse.Particularly the latter, cos it's northern, obviously.
West Midlands, actually, you bloody southern shandy drinker. The northern theme parks would be Lightwater Valley or Flamingo Land…

Also I don’t think it’s fair to say Alton Towers is rough in the slightest— or at least perhaps it’s been a while since you were there last? It’s pretty decent, far more family oriented than most, and they’ve legitimately chucked people off the parks for swearing on the rides 🤷‍♂️
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Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Spectral Knight » 24 Jun 2021, 21:27

Haha, triggered!
A four hour drive makes it the North to me. ;)

I was last there almost 6 years ago (the Smiler was still shut from that big accident). It's not "rough" in terms of the rides, which frankly are better than almost any other theme park I've been to, it's just generally a bit more unkempt and dishevelled than its US equivalents (at least Disney / Universal / SeaWorld). Like more rubbish on paths, less tidy landscaping, tables not being cleaned quickly. All that sort of thing.

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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Blackcyclops » 24 Jun 2021, 21:38

Yeah you can tell it’s an overall poorer country than say France, UK or Netherlands…the corruption in government is very real. Us Americans complain about corruption but the vast majority of our local govts work pretty well. In Italy it’s a whole different story…some gret AP reporting on it is out there.

Sometimes as an American, not to get all “finger waggy”, you forget how relatively newer our “things” are in comparison to other European countries. Like we have poverty here but our poorer parts of the country (with the exception of our Native American reservations, which can resemble parts of Syria post-civil war) just generally look newer than other places because overall they are just older.
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Post by Nu-D » 25 Jun 2021, 00:39

I’ve never been to Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana or Montana (unless you count the time my flight had to make an emergency stop in Montana to get a passenger to the hospital: but I never even got off the plane). In all of the remaining 46 I have at least spent the night and spent a few hours doing something other than highway or airport travel. I’ve spent a week or more in 29 of them. I’ve lived in seven.

I’ve visited seven (maybe eight) Canadian provinces: BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and possibly Manitoba.

I’ve been to four Central American countries: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica.

I’ve been to all four countries in the UK, and Ireland.

I think that covers it. I feel like I’m forgetting a trip or a country.

Italy is high on my list of destinations I’d like to visit and have a reasonably realistic chance of doing so in the not-to-distant future. Japan and Argentina, are also on the list, though those are harder trips particularly since I’d want to get to some of the more remote parts.

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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Jindianajonz » 25 Jun 2021, 02:14

Ooooh, i'm kind of a travel junkie: Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Canada, Portugal, Spain, UK, France, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Guam, Australia, French Polynesia, Namibia, Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Some only for a day or two, but I can at least say I've spent the night in each of them, as well as on every continent. I've also been to most of the coastal US and a few of the states in between.

I'm starting to plan a trip to Iceland in September. Has anybody been? I'm worried that some of the mountain roads will likely be shutting down for winter, but I'd imagine there will still be plenty to do to fill a couple weeks.

Nu-D: Argentina and Japan are fantastic. Buenos Aires had some of the best food I've had abroad. I was having steak dinners and red wine every night for $10-$15 USD- so much so that I gave myself gout before a two week cruise!

EDIT: Actually, come to think of it, pretty much everywhere had better food than the US. There were no countries where I universally hated the cuisine, though a few places (Bulgaria, Russia, and Namibia) were mediocre in a lot of places but with a couple of real standouts. The biggest surprise was Australia- I'd often have eggs, bacon, toast, and tomatoes for breakfast, but something about them just tasted so much richer than the US. I think a lot of it comes down to produce- folks here can't pick out quality fruits and veggies, and as a result they are grown for appearance over taste (I'm looking at you, Red Delicious apples!)

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Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Spectral Knight » 25 Jun 2021, 02:38

Damn Jindiana, I thought I held the cards for international travel but you've got me beat on both number of countries and the spread of them geographically. That's an impressive list, Mr Air Miles!

Spain is always a funny one for me. It is the destination of choice (either mainland or the islands) for so many British holidaymakers and I've never been. For context, my boss goes there lots. Like Every. Single. Year. Lots.

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Post by Jindianajonz » 25 Jun 2021, 02:54

I did Spain over Christmas and New Years (in fact, a lot of my travel happens over the holidays, for maximal leave usage and avoiding the busy season), and had a great time. I started in Lisbon, Portugal, but then swung down through Andalucia- Seville, Cordoba, Granada- then back up to Barcelona. Seville was a blast- awesome old city (though I'm American, so I'm VERY easily impressed), as was Barcelona. Hands down the best food I've had anywhere- it's incredible how delicious tapas are for a couple bucks a meal. I only wish I had done Granada earlier, as the Alhambra gardens weren't much to look at in the winter, but the Alcazar at Seville was lush and green thanks to the spring-like weather.

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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Anna Raven » 25 Jun 2021, 05:27

EphemeristX wrote:
24 Jun 2021, 15:01
das_boot wrote:
24 Jun 2021, 13:29
Hmmmm

Portugal, Mainland Spain, Corfu, Menorca, Fuertaventura, Dublin, Belgium, France, DC and New York. Technically we also got a smoke break between DC and New York, so whichever of the states is on that highway 🤷‍♂️. Also Scotland ❤️ and Wales

My bucket list includes: more of America, Canada, South America, the parts of Africa I won’t be killed just for being gay, Japan, whichever country Transylvania is in because ya boi’s still a slut for the spooky, Oz/NZ, Norway and Iceland because if I die without seeing more of the northern lights than I saw when they fleetingly appeared when I was visiting Dundee, I’ll be LIVID.
You also get northern lights in Canada and Alaska.

I've been to... about 20 states. Mostly south east. Major city-wise, I've been to Chicago, Detroit, and New Orleans. Detroit at night was beautiful in a sort of terrifying way. Not because of the economic decline (my home town looks similar), but because the night sky is lit up with jets of fire like some sort of techno-industrial sci-fi landscape.

Because the US is so big, we don't have quite the need to visit other countries as other folks. We can visit just about every climate type without leaving our borders. Everything from tropical beaches to desert to deep woodlands, tundras, mountains, even rainforest. It's kinda wild that I took all that for granted for so long.
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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Blackcyclops » 25 Jun 2021, 06:10

Jindianajonz wrote:
25 Jun 2021, 02:14
Ooooh, i'm kind of a travel junkie: Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Canada, Portugal, Spain, UK, France, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Guam, Australia, French Polynesia, Namibia, Antarctica, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Austria, and Italy. Some only for a day or two, but I can at least say I've spent the night in each of them, as well as on every continent. I've also been to most of the coastal US and a few of the states in between.

I'm starting to plan a trip to Iceland in September. Has anybody been? I'm worried that some of the mountain roads will likely be shutting down for winter, but I'd imagine there will still be plenty to do to fill a couple weeks.

Nu-D: Argentina and Japan are fantastic. Buenos Aires had some of the best food I've had abroad. I was having steak dinners and red wine every night for $10-$15 USD- so much so that I gave myself gout before a two week cruise!

EDIT: Actually, come to think of it, pretty much everywhere had better food than the US. There were no countries where I universally hated the cuisine, though a few places (Bulgaria, Russia, and Namibia) were mediocre in a lot of places but with a couple of real standouts. The biggest surprise was Australia- I'd often have eggs, bacon, toast, and tomatoes for breakfast, but something about them just tasted so much richer than the US. I think a lot of it comes down to produce- folks here can't pick out quality fruits and veggies, and as a result they are grown for appearance over taste (I'm looking at you, Red Delicious apples!)

Are you an extreme traveler?

I watched a documentary about this guy who was one, William Baekeland and it was super interesting some of the very remote places he traveled to.
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I know it’s a lot of horror fans here, anybody have thoughts on the Halloween Kills trailer?
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Re: Random Thoughts

Post by das_boot » 25 Jun 2021, 09:33

Spectral Knight wrote:
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Haha, triggered!
A four hour drive makes it the North to me. ;)

I was last there almost 6 years ago (the Smiler was still shut from that big accident). It's not "rough" in terms of the rides, which frankly are better than almost any other theme park I've been to, it's just generally a bit more unkempt and dishevelled than its US equivalents (at least Disney / Universal / SeaWorld). Like more rubbish on paths, less tidy landscaping, tables not being cleaned quickly. All that sort of thing.
Two hours of that is getting out of London (I want to say the M25?). By train you’re less than 2 hours :-p

Yeah, but also there’s large parts of the park that are MEANT to look unkempt— it’s post-apopaloptic

No, I do get what you mean, although I absolutely LOVE Alton Towers. It’s my favourite UK theme park
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Post by Spectral Knight » 25 Jun 2021, 12:32

Not from where I'm from! (actually, it's probably about 3 hours drive, plus throw in 15 minutes for a piss break and a coffee).

Don't get me wrong, it is great and I'd probably agree on being the best UK park (though Thorpe Park runs it close!), I just think it's general British lackadaisicalness that means it's not as well kept as the US parks I've been to.
Last time we were there we actually stayed up there at the Splash Landings hotel as a bit of a 30th birthday treat from my missus. The restaurant in the main hotel was pretty good - they gave us a free cake (this was after my dear love had booked the 'birthday' package for hotel) meaning we had to scoff two full cakes between the two of us over the course of two nights!

I used to love Chessington as a kid because it had the zoo too, but they kind of dialled back on the thrill rides, and it's a bit more 'family' orientated, but the thrill ride focus seems to have moved over to Thorpe Park, which is ideal, as it's only a bus ride from where I live now.

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Post by EphemeristX » 25 Jun 2021, 13:58

Blackcyclops wrote:
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I know it’s a lot of horror fans here, anybody have thoughts on the Halloween Kills trailer?
I'm so goddamn ready.
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Post by Jindianajonz » 25 Jun 2021, 16:13

Blackcyclops wrote:
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Are you an extreme traveler?

I watched a documentary about this guy who was one, William Baekeland and it was super interesting some of the very remote places he traveled to.
No, it sounds pretty cool though. I've done tours for the more remote places I've gone to (camping safari through Namibia, cruise to Antarctica) but for the most part I stay in cities. I used to do the hostel thing a lot, and still like the environment, but I've gotten too old and value sleep too much to share dorms and bathrooms with people.

AirBnB was a real game changer for my traveling. It hits that sweet spot in price between hostel and hotel, and retains a lot of the local flavor compared to a generic Hilton or Hyatt.

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Re: Re: Random Thoughts

Post by Blackcyclops » 25 Jun 2021, 17:02

EphemeristX wrote:
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Blackcyclops wrote:
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I know it’s a lot of horror fans here, anybody have thoughts on the Halloween Kills trailer?
I'm so goddamn ready.

Reframing the franchise the way the reboot did just goes to show how far horror has grown in terms of maturity. Not to get too stuck on nostalgia but it felt like after Scream and the like, mainstream horror felt like it was embarrassed of being horror in and of itself. So then it became the torture porn era, then the “reboot everything but make it Rob Zombie-edgy”. But once you got into the era of the Babadook, Get Out and such…horror became a place you could do mainstream, be funny and be good. And that’s translated into a pretty sweet spot for Halloween. I’ve rewatched the H20 era of stuff and it’s actually kinda shameful how the franchise was really trying to be Scream but with Michael Myers instead of just embracing the sheet terror involved with it’s mythos. Now it’s gotten back to that while also shaking alot of the bad tropes of frankly a less sophisticated and more moralistic era.
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Post by tokenBG1009 » 25 Jun 2021, 18:44

AirBnB is the perfect example of a good idea that just ended up being run into the ground by rampant growth.
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Post by BardicOne » 26 Jun 2021, 02:31

Blackcyclops wrote:
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I know it’s a lot of horror fans here, anybody have thoughts on the Halloween Kills trailer?
I am abstaining from the reboots. I enjoy the the first two Halloween films for what they are and thought H20 was a perfectly fine follow-up with the premise of "she knew somewhere inside Michael wasn't dead". I even give Resurrection of what it TRIED to do: Michael finally kills his sister, has no family left. Goes home and in the process of dealing with people trying to treat him and his crimes as entertainment and urban legend destroys his house, the last physical proof his family was ever there. BAM, full story of a person who felt compelled to destroy his own family and anyone who got in his way. Solid Story, some parts executed poorly but done well.

4-6 don't exist in my world either. 3 is a standalone and we don't mention it as part of the Myers Saga.

Rob Zombie never understood what made Myers what he was and messed it all up. B for effort but missed the mark. Don't need the "it wasn't about family that was a mistake and I regret it" reboot by Old Man Johnny. Don't want it. I like my Mythos as it is.
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Post by EphemeristX » 26 Jun 2021, 05:26

What's weird is, I enjoy all versions of the timeline. 1-2-4-5-6. 1-2-7-8. 1-R. It's like multiverse theory. I can accept they all exist superimposed with eachother, and neither of the timelines take away from the others. I even enjoyed the Rob Zombie ones for what they were. I hated 8 though.
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Post by BardicOne » 26 Jun 2021, 14:52

As I said, 8 had a good outline to it. I can see the potential that got it greenlit. It just didn't rise to the occasion as it got too bogged down in what was "currently hip and trendy" instead of being a classic Halloween film.
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Post by Spectral Knight » 26 Jun 2021, 18:30

The (now former) Health Secretary of the UK instigates the greatest restraints of civil liberties the country has seen in peacetime. At the same time, he's having hanky panky in a publicly owned office with a woman he put on the public payroll for £15,000 for less than a month's worth of work. Goes without saying both are married (to other people).

With BoJo as our PM, I thought the levels of sleaze couldn't be surpassed. I consider myself suitably corrected.

The absolute BEST thing is the Tories are STILL miles ahead of the competition in the polls. Britain loves itself a top shagger or few.

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Post by das_boot » 26 Jun 2021, 19:36

Ignoring the above post to avoid absolute brain death, however…

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Post by Spectral Knight » 26 Jun 2021, 19:51

Congrats HotKnives.

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I thought I would never see the day Pete Wisdom got married. Congratulations!
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Post by Anna Raven » 26 Jun 2021, 21:03

Congrats hotknives!!
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Post by Gremlin » 29 Jun 2021, 16:53

Congrats Hotknives. Getting married during a pandemic is stressful, did it last year.
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