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Thrills & Chills

Posted at 5:59 AM on June 15, 2009 by Dale Connelly (23 Comments)

Radio Heartland offers you an opportunity to see Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson at the Cedar Cultural Center The Fitzgerald Theater this Wednesday Night, June 17th.
We have three pairs of tickets to give away.

Kasey & Shane are from Australia and are on a short U.S. tour with just a few stops, including a live broadcast on A Prairie Home Companion this past weekend.

Take advantage. Take a chance. Enter the drawing. Obey the rules.
I wish you the best of luck.

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Better luck than the people running the Six Flags Theme Parks in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The company declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this weekend. The parks will remain open and the hope is that bankruptcy will help Six Flags recover it's "whooosh"!

Dealmaker and entrepreneur Spin Williams thinks this is a great development. I signed up for Spin's E-Alert Network to get regular updates on the discussion at the meeting that never ends.
Here's his latest:

Great strategic decision by Six Flags!

Declaring bankruptcy puts the theme park company right in step with the overall American experience. As you know, there's no thrill ride like the economy, and sliding into bankruptcy is extremely terrifying in a way that is horribly real and totally unforgettable. We kicked it around at the meeting and the group recommends re-branding the entire Six Flags experience as a wild ride on the financial rollercoaster. They need to embrace this calamity, own it, and re-package it as family entertainment!

All the rides should get new names.

The Great American Scream Machine" should become "Wall Street Wailer".

"The Dare Devil Dive" can be "The Credit Default Swoop".
Runaway Mine Train" would work as "Sub-Prime Subway".
"The Viper" could stop hearts quicker as "Upside Down Mortgage".
"Skull Mountain" would be extra scary as "Meeting with H.R."
"Giant Drop" ... that one can stay the same.

Park customers will be able to confront their worst fears and come away victorious. What's a little personal bankruptcy when you've ridden "The Liquidator" and laughed about it? It's terrible to lose your home but not quite as gut wrenching as riding "The Balloon Payment"!

My advice? With their shares worth almost nothing, we at the meeting are bullish on Six Flags!

Personally, I'm going to hold off on what appears to be Spin's "buy" signal.
I've never been much of a thrill seeker when it comes to roller coasters and things that twirl you around and shake the change out of your pockets.
Or worse.
How about you?

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