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Cedar Point is My Favorite Joint

Mark Gets Present from BirdBy Dave Rigotti

Last week, Quicken Loans took some of us interns (associates) to The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.  That’s right, we went to Cedar Point.  What was really cool about the trip was that our tickets and bus (the bus was very nice, by the way) were paid for by Quicken Loans. 

We boarded the bus at 8am and left for a fun filled day.  After a 2 hour (though it seemed to be much shorter) ride, we were there.  The place where steel, fear, and friends mesh to make for a truly unique experience.

While picking up our tickets, a bird left a little present on fellow intern Mark Messing’s Diff shirt.  He was disappointed since I’m sure his DIFF shirt is his favorite, so he went and immediately cleaned it off.

Interns on Top Thrill DragsterUpon entering the park, we immediately went to Top Thrill Dragster, the ride that goes over 400 feet and 120 miles per hour.  It was incredibly intense so we got picture ($12 later).  Check out our Diff shirts!

After filling up with food (while it rained for a few minutes), we trekked off to Millenium Force, a $25 million 305-foot steel monster.  During our long wait Cedar Point had a fairly decent DJ mixing up some new (and old) tracks.  It was fun to look around and see everyone dancing in line and forgetting about the 2 hour wait that lie ahead.  The ride, of course, was absolutely amazing.  It wasn’t my first time, but I was still surprised by the speeds, g-forces, and the hill.

After recovering on some bumper cars, the Iron Dragon, and a few other civilized rides, we went on MaXair.  Described by Cedar Point as a “Giant Frisbee thrill ride” (do I want to ride a frisbee?), I was really impressed by MaXair.  It had a wait time of only 20 minutes and it travels at 70 mph.  Not bad.

Dave Poses by UT BusAfter playing some games and eating some more food, it was time to leave.  On our way out to the bus, I happened to see a flash of gold and navy blue on the side of a bus.  Could it be?  Yes!, it was!  The University of Toledo (where I go to school) had brought a bus.  No one happened to be at the bus, so I took a nice picture. 

The ride back was filled with karaoke through the bus’s microphone.

It was a wonderful day.  Thank you Quicken Loans!

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  1. When I was a kid my folks often took me to Cedar Point and/or the Zoo. The Zoo smelled better.

    Posted by: Smitty | August 2, 2007
  2. that angle of the first pic makes the guy in the brown look like an absoloute giant!

    Posted by: Mark | August 2, 2007
  3. Awesome!!

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | August 2, 2007
  4. Gosh Mark it looks as though you are about to drop the big F-Bomb on that ride… C-L-A-S-S-Y

    Posted by: Edson | August 2, 2007
  5. Let’s see if good, old Carowinds (outside of Charlotte, NC) can even hold a candle to the classic Roller Coast (TM). I love Cedar Point.
    Glad to hear you had fun, Dave! Oh, and Mark, what did you do to deserve the bird poop, anyway? You know those birds are smart…

    Posted by: Christy | August 3, 2007
  6. OMG! This trip rocked. One of my favorite memories of the summer and our internship. What a great day to be a kid again. And karaoke…my ears still hurt :)

    Posted by: Cassie Bixler | August 3, 2007
  7. UT huh? I have bad news and good news for you. The good news is that I went to BGSU. And I already began this post with the bad news. Ha!
    Falcons and Rockets can’t get along can they? :)

    Posted by: Paul J. Pickett | August 3, 2007
  8. @ Paul -
    OSU or U of M?

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | August 3, 2007
  9. Dave – I was never a big OSU fan and now that I live in Michigan and my wife is a Spartan….I’ve got to say I don’t really care about either one of those schools. I’d say OSU if I had to. What say you?

    Posted by: Anonymous | August 6, 2007
  10. Paul,
    There is still hope for UT / BG yet. OSU baby!

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | August 6, 2007
  11. Why is it that people in Ohio love Ohio State, when the VAST majority never went to the school? It is just unhealthy.

    Posted by: O-H-I-O - See mom, I can spell | August 7, 2007
  12. The same reason why people love the Tigers, but don’t live in Detroit.

    Posted by: Dave Rigotti | August 7, 2007
  13. Every college has a state biased fan base of people who never went there.
    There are plenty of U of M fans who never went to U of M.

    Posted by: Mark | August 8, 2007

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