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 Review of Raven @ Holiday World
4 Rating Posted by: Timberman on 6/28/2007 11:19:00 PM
Once upon a summer day blazing, I stood in line upward gazing /
At a roller coaster whose feats inspire lore. /
Through the leaves I did espy rising against the sunny sky /
A lift hill climbing, climbing from the forest floor. /
The top was only 80 feet above the floor. /
Eighty feet from top to bottom and nothing more.

Such dimensions these days are modest, and if I might be truly honest /
I wondered if this stop might be a brief detour. /
The Voyage lay awaiting yonder, and I would not easily wander /
From the ride that was beckoning, beckoning as a lure. /
I had come to Indiana to chase that lure. /
All else seemed a mere distraction and nothing more.

I climbed into the Raven’s back seat and soon enough we taxied /
Up the lowly lift hill of which I spoke before. /
Then the train that lift hill crested and my attention was arrested /
By the sudden launching, launching of the four. /
In the rearmost car the asses numbered four /
That down the first drop would touch their seats no more.

At this point I should mention the Raven held my full attention /
As we careered through the forest at full bore. /
As we sped along the course, I was awestruck by the force /
So much so that verily, verily I did ignore /
The Voyage; even the Voyage I did ignore. /
I thought only of the Raven and nothing more.

Then, I give you my word, we were launched more sharply skyward /
By an even fiercer drop the ride had kept in store /
Not only to surprise us but even more so to chastise us /
For our doubts lingering, lingering heretofore. /
The doubts that had plagued us heretofore /
Of Raven’s status would plague us now no more.

Still, the Raven would not rest but became even more possessed /
As faster and faster through the woods it tore. /
CCI thus understood that when it comes to building wood /
Bigger is not better, better is hardcore. /
Few coasters twice as big are so hardcore. /
May the Raven impart this lesson ever more.

[With humble apologies to Edgar Allen Poe]


Review Comments

hrrytraver on 6/29/2007 8:20:23 AM said:
calls to mind my practice in college of writing dirty sonnets in the shakeperean mold to give to my paramours.LOL
adriahna on 6/29/2007 1:21:08 PM said:
Damned clever, Timberman... I love this.
PhantomNik on 7/5/2007 1:56:50 PM said:
Absolutely fantastic review, Timberman! Its funny, cause I actually pondered possibly writing my review for Raven set to the rythm of the famous poem....but lord knows it would have never turned out this good! Amazing job, and Im glad you thoroughly enjoyed your Raven rides as well. Now I just need to find time to add my HW reviews, especially for their fine coaster triplets.
Timberman on 7/5/2007 7:50:35 PM said:
Thanks for the comments and your kind indulgence as the cultural references range further and further afield. Clearly Ive had some time on my hands this summer.
Hercules on 7/5/2007 8:13:40 PM said:
It was a great read and an interesting concept for sure. I just wish there was a little more depth in it all. You didnt really say too much about the ride overall, though, you did say that you enjoyed it. I just dont get why you enjoyed it from what you wrote. Good job though. It was very entertaining.
ginzo on 7/27/2007 7:10:07 PM said:
Its big.

Its bad.

Its what youve been cravin.

So hang on tight,

enjoy your ride on the Raven.

(Humble apologies to the poor Raven ops that have to recite this dreck all day.)

I have to agree with Hercules. This stylized review is form over function. And Im most interested in hearing more of what this woodie freak has to say about one of the finest woodies out there. Would you be willing to pen an epilogue?
Timberman on 7/28/2007 6:45:16 PM said:
You think thats bad, ginzo, the poor schmucks who operate El Toro have to recite, in its entirety, T.S. Eliots "The Wasteland" between each dispatch.
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