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31 May 2005 - 3:32pm
Since when is it a sin to enjoy your job?
There's a lot of chuckling going on around the office as we drop a hint here and there regarding next year's record expansion project.
Sometimes, even more information is uncovered internally as the days progress. (In other words, I head over to the Main Office and ask some questions.)
For example, I just found out that the Snowy White Gravel Road is actually an access road to get supplies back to Bahari.
It'll be mighty handy in the coming months, as the Snowy White Gravel Road is into multi-tasking.
Rich Davis, at the Evansville Courier & Press, grilled me hard last Friday, trying to unravel the mysteries woven throughout the HoliBlog.
And WTVW-TV called a bit ago; they're doing a story for this evening's newscast.
This is fun.
So much fun, in fact, that we're delaying the announcement.
No, not because we want to -- we've hit a scheduling snafu and need to make the announcement a bit later than the originally planned June 16. (Sorry!)
On Friday, Rich asked if it made me nervous -- would all this hype end up causing a big let down at some point. After all, in the past we've always been buttoned-up tight until our announcements (usually held in the fall months).
This truly has been an adventure into uncharted waters.
I must admit, I'm a worrier. My mind constantly shouts, "What if?!"
Mrs. Koch and I laughed about this the other day. That advice, "Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff," doesn't work with our personalities.
With us, it's all big, huge, hairy stuff. (Although "stuff" could surely be replaced with a more properly descriptive word.)
But of this I'm certain. Folks who love Holiday World & Splashin' Safari will be absolutely enamored with our expansion plans.
29 May 2005 - 3:32pm
This is one of those contests where you have to be listening to the right radio station at the right time if you want a chance to win.
"Win what?" you ask.
Ain't it a beauty?
All you need to do is listen to WBKR radio station. Weekdays, sometime between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm CDT, there will be an announcement to "call in to win." If you manage to be Caller #10, you get a place on The Revolution.
That's right. If you'd like a chance to win, you need to capture one of the 33 spots on "the wheel":
On June 18, all the finalists will climb aboard our new Revolution and when the ride stops, there will be only one winner.
Want to know more?
I took a photo of the truck window:
(My apologies to the fellow who was trying to use the ATM machine while I was taking these photos. I promise I didn't peek!)
Want to know even more? Head over to the WBKR website for all the rules and regs.
Please don't email me asking to sign up another way, because...
(All together now): You have to listen to win!
29 May 2005 - 3:32pm
Mrs. Koch always has cute stories about her grandchildren (she has 11; #12 is due in July).
Beautiful little Anna was here last week.
She's two years old (and just-barely-two, not nearly-three).
When Mrs. Koch took her to our Rudolph's Reindeer Ranch so that she could go on one of the kiddie rides, Anna had her own plan:
Go ride coaster!
It's in her blood, we figure.
In case you're wondering, the height requirements apply to the Koch children and grandchildren just as they do to everyone else. No exceptions. Not ever.
Four or five seasons ago, it was tough. Four of the grandchildren are the same age. Two were tall enough to ride The Raven and The Legend, and two were not.
The "vertically challenged" grandkids ate a lot of string beans that summer, believe you me! But until they were tall enough, "Go ride coaster!" had to remain the height of fantasy.
28 May 2005 - 3:32pm
Received an email from Connie yesterday.
Asking about old brochures.
Santa Claus Land brochures.
Connie's not a collector, though.
Not of brochures, anyway.
It's just her daughter's photo was once in a Santa Claus Land brochure. Somehow, over the years, Connie's copy of that brochure was misplaced.
Connie was a college chum of a member of the Koch family. She was invited bring her daughter to a pre-season event in the mid-1970s. Silly little Kimber Lee put her sunglasses on upside-down and played on a "springy" ride.
Now the next generation is interested in seeing this photo, so Connie emailed from Texas asking if we could dig up the picture for her granddaughter.
And here it is ... from our 1978 Santa Claus Land brochure:
Now we have three happy generations grinning over this photo.
And maybe a few honorary cousins.
27 May 2005 - 6:32pm
How cute are these little guys?
Rachel took this photo last week down at Crocodile Isle (thanks to the parents for giving us their permission to do this).
We had chilly temperatures that day, so those little fellows must have used their super-powers to keep warm!