By , November 17, 2012
Kevin Young

Hey guys/girls!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks, but here’s a quick update on what’s been happening in the last few weeks.

Firstly, steel has left the building! Chord and diagonal pieces left for the powder coater, their last stop before arriving in Orlando, FL.  It’s exciting to see the project beginning to move into its next stage.  Still on the topic of structural pieces for Fun Spot, we have begun working on the 5×5 pieces that will make up the vertical posts for this ride.  Let me tell you now, 5×5 is NOT very easy to work with, and requires two guys at all times.  Josh and I have come up with a decent system to get the work done though, so things have started to run much more smoothly.

Also, Colin and I have each gotten the opportunity to travel the last couple of weeks.  I travelled to Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT, this past week, and it was very interesting to see how our engineers get all the information to build  & repair rides at parks.  This was my first real chance to participate in surveying anything, and it was definitely worthwhile from a learning standpoint.

Since we do more than work during this internship, it’s worth noting that I’ve gotten to help with a couple of cool things outside of GCII in the past month.  First, I’ve gotten to help work the Elysburg Haunted House.  The house benefits the local fire departments around here, and Chris invited us interns to come out and have a good time scaring some local victims.  It was awesome! You’d be amazed at people’s reactions when they walk through a forest and the trees start moving and making noises right around them. That was my first working experience at a haunted house, and I would definitely do it again.

Also, I was able to help Chris with his model of the new GCII junior shuttle, and more importantly learn how a coaster comes together.  He builds his models completely from scratch, and it’s amazing how realistic they look after completion.

Well, that’s all for now, hope you’ve enjoyed this quick update.  Headed home to Nashville for Thanksgiving!

Until next time!

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