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  1. 4 minutes ago, chibul said:

    And yet hospital systems in Phoenix, Houston and Miami are being overrun. We overtax the health care system and thousands more die from ailments they can't get treated for, that they would've normally survived. Or you have a hospital that can't spare the resources to try and save the life of the 80 year old grandfather, who wouldn't have gotten the virus if his younger grandson had been more responsible.

    Why is it that certain demographics don't matter? Because it inconveniences others? That's not acceptable.

     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. 

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  2. 12 minutes ago, gad198 said:

    Pop quiz time.  I'll post the answer and the link to the answer immediately after the question.  All answers are as of the time of this writing:

    1. In Ohio, the 20-49 age group has what percentage of the positive COVID tests? Answer: 60%. (Source)
    2. In the US, what is the probability of someone in that same 18-49 age group requiring hospitalization for COVID? Answer: 1 in 1,600 (Source)
    3. In the US, what is the probability of someone under age 18 requiring hospitalization for COVID? Answer: 1 in 20,000 (Source)
    4. In the US, of the people in the ER, what is the percentage of those individuals admitted strictly due to COVID and/or flu-like illness?  Answer: 3.6% (Source)
    5. In the US, for every one person who dies due to PIC (pneumonia, influenza, COVID), this many people are dying of something else? Answer: 16 (Source)

    No one is saying that there's no risk.  At some point though, we need to understand what the actual risk is and make decisions with real data.  We need to stop focusing on the number of cases.  The cases are primarily affecting people in the 20-49 age group who are overwhelmingly not being severely affected.  We know the number of cases is definitely under-counted, possibly by a factor of 10 (Source).  There's almost no possibility that the hospitalizations and mortality numbers are under-counted.  Why is the science and data being ignored right now?

    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. 

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  3. 27 minutes ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    Just when him and his girlfriend decided it was urgently needed to kiss and neck.

    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.  

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  4. 24 minutes ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    The markers in the queue line are spaced 12' apart.  So they are staggered.  If you stop at the line and hold your position, I found that the people behind you will catch on.  So I think they handled it well and logically.  I just would make sure not to touch the railings, I saw a YouTube "star" alternate between making out with his girlfriend, put his hands down his shorts, and then touch the railings.

    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. 

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  6. 8 minutes ago, shadowscare said:

    I know this is more sad than funny, but I literally laughed out loud reading this!

    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. 

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  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. 29 minutes ago, chibul said:

    Delaware County, and I'm envious. Our county doesn't have the balls to do that withour Holcomb directing it.

    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. 

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  9. 8 minutes ago, shadowscare said:

    DeWine needs to grow a pair.

    Look, overall both he and Amy Acton have done a good job of trying to contain the virus, doing their best to find a happy medium in the face of some brutual and unfair attacks and criticism. But when he rescinded the mask order after one day because it, and I quote, "offended some Ohio residents" I was dumbfounded.

    A pandemic that has killed thousands and has had a crippling effect on the economy and mental health doesn't care about anyone's feelings or their misconstrued interpretation of "freedom" or "tyranny". It's well past time for them to put on their big boy/girl pants and swap out their tin foil hats for a mask.


     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. 

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  10. 12 minutes ago, disco2000 said:

    People have been timing dispatches at home ever since the Diamondback webcam was operational LOL...

    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. 1 hour ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    My neck gaiter, with the nose covered properly, does not fog my glasses.  Unfortunately, I cannot wear this at work.

     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. 

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  12. 12 hours ago, super7 said:

    Definitely.  A great place to chill and enjoy the view ruined by the air quality. 

    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! 

  13. 32 minutes ago, disco2000 said:

    Well we now have a few days to question which sanitizer they will have in the park and if it will kill us:P


    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. 

  14. 6 minutes ago, PatchesC said:

    So max I saw for passholders week is 1750 spots per entry time, 5 times slots to enter. 8750ppl in the park, if everyone rode Orion at 16ppl per train that will be 547 cycles. 1641 minutes at only the 3min cycle :blink:. That's insane lol

    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!! 

  15. 28 minutes ago, Joshua said:

    Has the park made a statement as to why they made the change? Claiming it's to shun smokers seems a bit much. If so, they would ban it wholesale from the park. 

    Also, if it was anti-smoking push, because "families and stuff," I doubt they would place the new smoking area at the front gate, where everyone could see. 

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the park has made an official statement regarding why they made the change. But it could easily have much to do with the pandemic (itself a respiratory virus) and their current mask policies. If so, then in theory this change would be temporary. 

    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 

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  16. 1 hour ago, King Ding Dong said:

    I suppose the same could be said for the roads and highways.   We all had to pass a written test, driving test and vision test; we know the rules. All the turn lanes are marked, stop lights working, speed limit signs everywhere. They did what they could, no need for moving violation enforcement, it’s up to us as humans to do what is right.  

    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. 

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  17. 23 minutes ago, chibul said:

    But I mean ultimately...if they're not going to enforce rules as simple as social distancing in queues? They probably shouldn't be open, unfortunately.

    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. 

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  18. 11 minutes ago, chibul said:

    See, I can't agree with that. If parks aren't doing their part to enforce social distancing (which is even more important than masks), people need to know about that. 

     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."

  19. Just now, robintodd said:

    My wife heard a tip to put a napkin between the mask and the bridge of your nose.  That way the napkin will soak up the moisture and your glasses won't fog.

    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. 

  20. 13 minutes ago, IceePirate said:

    Hey, from your earlier post, I would like to wear a neck gaiter or even surgical mask, but the park made their blue masks as apart of our uniform. They're kinda terrible cloth masks tbh, and we can't bring our own

    That's not ideal for sure, but I suppose it could be worse... somehow it could be worse. 

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