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22 June 2005 - 5:16pm
At last we know: On Wednesday, July 13, we will announce the 2006 expansion project.
It will be held in the Hoosier Celebration Theater at 11:00 am CDT.
Anyone visiting the park as a guest that morning is welcome to listen in and cheer with us.
So, which holiday will be announced?
Can’t tell you which one till 7/13, but we can tell you it’s one of the following (included are some rather remarkable suggestions for rides that have been suggested to us through emails and posts on Internet forums):
Presented in alphabetical order, of course:
April Fools ... “…with a bunch of queue lines with no rides.”
Arbor Day ... “Will Koch likes trees – doesn’t this make sense?”
Arbour Day ... (one of our Canadian neighbors suggested this one)
Easter ... “How about a family/kiddie coaster called the Cotton Trail?”
Groundhog Day ... “…part of a ride could go underground and pop up again…”
Mother’s Day ... “Name a ride The Stork.”
New Year’s ... “A coaster could be named The Countdown.”
St. Patrick’s Day ... “Lots of rides for the little people.”
Thanksgiving ... “Free unlimited gravy!”
Valentine’s Day ... “What about The Heartbreaker?”
Only two more HoliHints to go!
22 June 2005 - 5:16pm
18 June 2005 - 5:16pm
The lifeguard crews aren't the only ones having fun after-hours.
The games crews recently got together for a friendly little competition:
According to April, their director:
The eight teams were paired up and they each got to play three games of Skeeball in the first round, with the winner advancing to the "Final Four." Five games were played in the "Final Four" and then the championship game consisted of seven games each from our final two teams. The scores were tallied by the number of tickets won by each team.
Everyone had a blast – some coming up with cheers and chants, dressing up, and then some serious competing.
The final game came down to the "4 Hot Mamas and their Sugar Daddy" team and the "Sign Up w/Me" team.
Here is the Mamas/Daddy team in all their finery:
Those who are still in uniform have made the traditional "I'm off the clock" fashion statement by untucking their shirts.
Back to April's report: We didn’t let anyone know the score of the final round until the last game – this of course was driving everyone crazy. In the end, Sign Up w/Me pulled out an upset over the heavily favored 4 Hot Mamas and their Sugar Daddy with a final score of 292 to 261.
It was a fun couple nights and everyone enjoyed it – so much so they are asking when the next tournament will be.
Here's the "Sign Up w/Me" team after their win with the "Bob the Rock" trophy.
Bob the Rock?
Yes, of course. Bob the Rock.
It seems Bob the Rock once took up residence in Tori's office.
It's not a large office, and Tori decided one day it was time to downsize her ... um ... decor.
Although surely some items were permanently removed from the office building, Bob the Rock simply moved across the hall.
Into April's office.
A few minutes ago, April told me that when she realized she needed a trophy, she looked around her office. Bob the Rock seemed to be the natural choice.
Yes, of course. Why have all that cool, colorful plush from your office serve as a trophy?
Not when Bob the Rock is available.
I never thought to keep a rock in my office, much less to name it.
Must be a generational thing.
16 June 2005 - 5:16pm
...it really works.
Just ask Sheldon.
He's been a sweeper at a park for a number of years.
Really nice guy. Always a smile on his face. Good role model.
After work yesterday evening, he stopped by a local C-store for a snack.
While in line to pay, a lady noticed his park uniform and started up a conversation.
She'd been at Holiday World with her family that day and had a great time.
...until it was time to go home and she saw she had a flat tire. Rats!
An employee had cheerfully changed her tire for her and before long they were on their way. She wanted to know whom to contact at the park to say thanks for the help.
Sheldon explained the options ... call, write or email. They paid for their items and said good-bye.
Moments later, Sheldon was in his truck, taking a bite of chicken.
A bone caught in his throat.
He grabbed his water, but that didn't help. He couldn't breathe.
Sheldon was choking.
He was still parked at the C-store. He jumped out of the truck and turned toward the people milling around the parking area. His hands reached for his throat, the universal signal for choking.
Within seconds, his friend from line ran up and grabbed him from behind.
She knew the Heimlich Maneuver, thank the good Lord.
It didn't work the first time.
So she did it again, harder this time.
The bone came loose and Sheldon could breathe again.
He came by my office a bit ago, hoping we'd heard from the lady as he wanted to get in touch to thank her again. In the aftermath last night, he didn't ask her name.
The Good Samaritan had already called and talked to Mrs. Koch this morning, so Sheldon has a name and a number.
And a friend for life.