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"While camping in Wyoming last week, I taught IceTowers to my niece and nephew, ages 5 and 7, my 13-year-old son, and a nine-year-old random kid from the campsite next to ours. They LOVED it, especially after the youngest finally understood the rules." -- Alan A., on the Icehouse mailing list

Thursday, July 25, 2002
by the Wunderland Toast Society

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What's Going On? The Store Displays Have Been Printed!
This week we are very pleased to report that, after many false starts, redesigns, and changes of plans, the colorful cardboard "point-of-purchase" display tray we've been developing has finally been printed! Here you see Kristin and Stu Clark (the Tim-Bar sales guy who hooked us up with this printer) just after the very first one was die-cut and assembled. Isn't it beautiful? We're extremely pleased with how they turned out and we're really excited about finally getting these things out onto game store shelves. We're certain they will make a big difference in getting consumers to take a look at our entire product line. Expect to see one soon in a game store near you!
Here's another picture from our plant tour of Oxford Innovations... all those stacks next to Bob the Production Manager are printed cardboard sheets waiting to be fed into the die-cutting machine. From here, the next step will be to ship them down to ROI, our assembly contractors, where they'll be put together and shipped on to ACMS, our fulfillment house, who'll ship them out to stores as they order them. Thanks once again to everyone at all of the companies that help us work our magic!

Also this week, Alison and I went with Kristin and Gina to help them celebrate their birthdays with the traditional day of roller coaster thrills. This year, we went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, home of Apollo's Chariot, Alpengeist, The Loch Ness Monster, and the Big Bad Wolf, four of my favorite coasters, at one of my very favorite theme parks. Needless to say, it was a great day.

Here are a few pictures I took during a ride on Alpengeist. (Actually, these are frame-grabs from a little quick-time movie I made with my really great little digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 775. For awhile now I've been making little 10-second silent movies... someday when we have more disk space available, I'll start putting these little movies up for download.)

Also, here are some pictures of Gina having fun with one of the lorikeets you can visit in an aviary there:

Have you played any games today?Andy

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Thought Residue
At first I felt ripped off by the so-called "new country" at Busch Gardens... "Ireland" isn't the totally new place I was expecting, but instead just a re-theming of an area once known as "Hastings." But although I felt mislead, I like the changes quite a bit. It's a nice improvement.
The best new theme-park innovation I've seen in years is the "single-rider lane" they've added to the line for Apollo's Chariot. It allows singleton riders (or groups willing to divide up) to board immediately by filling in otherwise unfilled seats on the coaster. But when the lane was closed (as it often was) it became very aggravating having to wait, watching trains roll out with empty seats - particularly when they were in the front!
"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." -- Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg Trials


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