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  1. The point I think that's being made now, is they tried. The governments of the states tried to open things back up, and trusted everyone to be adults about everything. Some chose to be adults about everything, and decided it was best to take precautions to be safe, most didn't, and we saw a huge spike in cases and hospitalizations. Adults can't be trusted to behave as adults, so now the back tracking and mandating is happening. This could have been far more simple and smoother if there wasn't a movement to do everything possible to try to get sick, and the general lack of care about what's really going on. (Just so no one has the ability to say "I don't think people are actually doing everything possible to try to get sick, see this article... https://abcnews.go.com/US/alabama-students-throwing-covid-parties-infected-officials/story?id=71552514 ) Honestly, when you compare the US to other countries, we should all be embarrassed by what has happened here. We were given the guidelines to combat this, and far too many have decided they just don't care. Now here we are.
  2. That's all well and good, it really is, but I don't even like to have my allergy symptoms flare up, let alone get a cold, or worse, something like the flu (or worse). I'm not hiding in my house, I am going out and enjoying my life, albeit far more carefully than I have in prior years. That data all looks positive for folks that don't mind being sick, but for me, I'll still live a little more carefully.
  3. I mean, sometimes you've just got to. Editing to add..... what possesses people to decide that climbing all over each other in the sun on a 100 degree day is an exciting idea? I've never seen the luster of the idea.
  4. So, safe to say too that said "Youtube star" was likely also practicing mask removal procedures while in line for a ride?
  5. I usually only go to Meijer to do my grocery shopping anymore, because it just seems over all safer. People have their masks on, you can visually watch the people spraying down the carts the minute they roll them in, and the physical distancing people are doing is far better.... however, I had to go to Walmart last night because they are the only place local that sells my multivitamin. I can't begin to tell you how disappointing it was. That was easily the fastest in and out of an establishment I've ever had.
  6. I should probably add to this that I also have anxiety inducing claustrophobia and was very worried that a mask would end up triggering me going into a psycho spiral, so for the longest time, I did everything possible to not wear one. After my first night at the climbing gym it took me about 20 minutes to get over the stress it caused, and since then, I haven't had an issue.
  7. A question I have for folks that have been to the park during an actual day.... What is the climate of the humans like? Are people being jerks to one another for the sake of being jerks, or is it similar to any other day during any other situations? I want to go pretty badly, but I also don't want to deal with people being jerks towards each other.
  8. If they would have done it 3 months ago, we wouldn't be doing it in July, but ya know, muh rights.... Frankly, Holcomb needs to say statewide, but he's too scared to. His last address, he talked about it, and basically said, in not so many words, "I'm scared I won't get re-elected if I don't give in to the cry babies." Man, the pterodactyl screams heard round where I work yesterday when it was announced were deafening. I'm one of about 3 people working here that actually wears something. Mine is a neck gaiter, so it's not the top notch of protection, but way better than nothing, and super comfortable vs other forms. I have to wear it at the climbing gym, and it isn't a big deal to do it while I'm exercising, so, ya know, sitting at your desk isn't going to kill you.
  9. I live in Marion County in Indiana. Starting July 9th we have a mask mandate here. I'm interested to see if that sticks or not. With seeing this, I'm afraid it wont.
  10. When I look, their webcams are still down... am I missing something somewhere? edit... never mind, I read that wrong. Diamondback.... I saw that and immediately went to Orion, and thought the cams were back up.
  11. No joke, as this conversation is happening, Tom Petty's "The Waiting is the Hardest Part" is playing on the radio at work.
  12. The pics make me feel like the overall theme is very well implemented. I like it a lot!!
  13. That was my choice for protection as well. I feel bad for you that you can't wear it at work, way more comfortable in my opinion, but mine manages to fog my glasses... There's just no win when you're blind and trying to not kill people.
  14. You can certainly tell that the original TV commercial was done by Hanna Barbera. That was like a scene straight out of Scooby Doo.
  15. Does it appear to anyone else as though they closed in the queue line area for FOF? Kind of an interesting move!
  16. I do enjoy sitting on that patio back there, watching Diamondback, sipping a beer from their bar quite often. Very nice little area for sure!
  17. LOL! Methanol in hand sanitizer? That's a treat right there. I have spent a large amount of my life in the drag racing world, where methanol gets used frequently, and can tell you, when that methanol hits your nose, you're going down.
  18. You.... you did the math? That's actually awesome!! However, this is also assuming you're at the very end of the line of 8750 people, so realistically you likely won't be stuck in line for 1641 minutes. I guess being that they're only open 8 hours per day, there is a strong possibility that riding Orion is going to be the only thing that people do in their visit though!!
  19. If I had to guess, it's likely going to be a forever thing. Disney did it already, and I think the majority of their customer base saw it as a positive. Lets be real, the number of people that smoke still is dwindling, the number of people that hate smoking is growing. I feel like there is a strong possibility these smaller regional parks likely look to Disney and Universal for social cues like this. When the huge parks continue to maintain attendance, while telling people to go outside to smoke, then the small regional parks are willing to give it a shot. I vape, used to smoke.... I'll walk outside to do so. My typical day at the park is usually about 13 miles of walking, so I can tell you pretty easily that I'm by the front gates at least 4 or 5 times in my visit, and have no issue making those times I'm up front a time to wander out to the smokers patio. I also am one of those people where if it's not convenient for me to go vape, I likely won't. I know for some folks, the smoke or the vape is an hourly occurrence, and I understand
  20. That is a fantastic point! And honestly, the park has security. I'm not sure if they have ENOUGH security to police this matter, but they do have security.
  21. I do agree with this, up to the point where, people are highly autonomous. As far as I'm concerned, the park appears to have made strides to do what they can do. They've marked safe distance, they've asked folks to follow the rules, they have signs up all over the park requesting you to remain socially distant. They did what they could. From there on out, it's about people doing what they need to do. You aren't wrong in that the park does have some onus to do what needs to be done, but in my opinion, they did it. They set up markers, they put up signs, they made it known that this is what is expected. From there, it's up to us as humans to do what is right.
  22. I get both ends of this argument, but we are all intelligent enough to know by now how the general population of our country is behaving in regards to the pandemic. You and I both know that some will abide by the guidelines, some wont. What ends up happening when you start going all "Karen" on social media is that it draws the attention of the folks that have the authority to say "shut it back down, they aren't following the rules."
  23. That sounds like another interesting tip!! I frankly have more than enough trouble with just the neck gaiter. I have some pretty severe anxiety inducing claustrophobia, so just wearing the mask is enough, adding more layers may make it worse. If I may too.... I'm off on another point right now, I saw over the weekend that there were some folks posting pics from other parks that have opened already complaining because social distancing was not being followed. Look guys, I know that the new thing is putting people and places on blast for not adhering to guidelines... but please just don't. We are finally reaching a point where the parks can open. We are finally reaching a time where we are being able to have a little fun, don't get the parks shut back down after their first weekend by sharing these pictures online and drawing attention to the fact.
  24. That's not ideal for sure, but I suppose it could be worse... somehow it could be worse.
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