Last weekend, I attended my first ever TST meet-up, by a series of events leading me there. (If you were there, you probably know what I'm talking about.)
I was early getting to the plaza, and was waiting about 15 minutes for everyone to arrive on the monorail, which I knew was coming, due to MattyH telling me beforehand.
We all queued up to get in for ERT, and absolutely everyone was so approachable and easy to talk to! We queued [size=0.7em](and queue switched)[/size] for Oblivion, before heading over to The Smiler, and waiting for it to open for half an hour. When the ride finally did open, we had, let's say, an awkward situation with the other forum. I believe we waited about an hour in total, but that was fine, as we were all having a mini soshe!
We headed over to Dark Forest (or as someone called it, Abandoned Farm), and went on both RITA and ThTHIRTEENteen. Unfortunately, 13 was only running 2 trains, so it took a very long time for us to board and dispatch. #TRIMS
We then had lunch! Some of us went to the Tavern (which apparently was a mistake), some went to Mexican Cantina (which apparently was also a mistake, due to wedges not being available), and the rest of us went to the Fried Chicken Co in X-Sector! I would like to thank whoever's idea it was to go there, because you have introduced me to Spicy Chicken burgers (I don't normally like spice), which were delicious!
Then... 'it' arrived. Having not had much of 'it' so far, it was inevitable that ‘it' would happen during the group photo and pin badge give out. Nuff said.
After this, we headed up to Rapids, but we just couldn’t help ourselves from having a spin on Marauder’s, which was hilarious! 5 people in a barrel? Don’t think so, mate!
So a relatively disappointing Rapids ride as we didn’t get that wet, then up to Duel and RMT, before heading over to B&M Valley! Complete faff after Nemesis with meeting up, but Air wasn’t too bad! Then myself, Alastair and BigAl (even though I didn’t know it was them at the time) had a flip on an unnaturally dry Ripsaw! They really need to sort the angles of those fountains. :/
Another ride on The Smiler was last, and after a 35 minute hour and a half queue, and a good couple of breakdowns, we got on, only to find that after ‘half way corrected’, it would start hailing, extremely heavily. :/
A walk back up Towers Street with TowersStreet was accompanied by the music cutting out half way up, and a photo with Shawn Sanbrooke at the turnstiles! (See #NoFilter.) Then a monorail back to the SLH where I waited for my ride home, and MattyH and Jonathan stayed with meh! How loveleh! Highlights
Meeting everyone for the first time!
Feeling so welcome! (Shoutout to MattyH, BigHairJoe, AstroDan, Kaycee, and of course Sam)
Showing complete respect to Submission.
Taking the mickey out of a certain other group of people.
Sam’s David Attenborough impression in the RITA queue!
Having my first ever spicy chicken burger!
Being introduced to The Fried Chicken Co.
Realising that stacking is indeed slacking!
Singing “Happy Birthday” in the Air queue.
Awesome cycle on Ripsaw!
Expecting no one to be there, but quite a lot of people in the SLH bar after the meet!
Smiler in the hail.
Leaving, still being a Sub-Standard virgin, even though I didn’t particularly want to go on.