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16 June 2005 - 5:16pm
Mrs. Koch and I were chatting outside the front gate yesterday. It's always easy to find her in the morning, as she likes to greet our Guests as they approach the admissions area.
"Hey! That's the lady on TV!"
Sometimes families stop to talk for a minute or two, maybe ask a question; but usually they just smile, nod and keep moving.
All of a sudden, with no warning, the day threatened to turn ugly.
There it was -- off in the distance -- coming toward us:
A piece of trash.
As the breeze lifted the paper napkin, it flew loftily toward us.
Coming right at Mrs. Koch.
Our Queen of Clean.
(Now, what does that make me? Her henchman? Henchwoman? What's a "hench"?)
The breeze picked up and became a gust. The napkin unfolded and careened past the strollers and wagons, overtook the mom pushing the pram with the twin baby boys.
GET THAT TRASH!
We jumped into action and gave chase.
Since the napkin was floating just above the ground, moving along at quite a clip--the best way to catch it was, of course, to stomp it.
You try to get just a bit in front of it and then step firmly on it with your clean, white sneaker.
(How embassassing. People are watching. People with cameras.)
Mrs. Koch graciously held back at the end to "let" me capture the offender. As I turned around triumphantly, with the piece of white paper crumpled in my hand, I saw the crowd.
Smiling sheepishly, I realized there were probably a few cynics who thought this was a staged production. Or that we were chasing a $100 bill.
Nope. Just two middle-aged women fighting the good fight.
One scrap of refuse at a time.
16 June 2005 - 5:16pm
Alrighty, class, let's review:
1. The capital expansion budget for 2006 is $13.5 million;
2. The expansion will include both Holiday World and Splashin' Safari;
...and last week's HoliHint promised to answer the following question:
Which themed-section will host Holiday World's portion of the '06 expansion?
What about 4th of July?
Don't think Will is going to put his "John Hancock" on that one.
So, what's left?
A new themed section?
A new holiday?
The first in 22 years?
Yeah, right ... did you really think I would give out that many details?
I think we'll save that for the big announcement.
And when will that be?
There's a good chance we can let you know the date when we gather again for next week's HoliHint.
15 June 2005 - 5:16pm
If you've read earlier posts, you understand the trepidation we feel when someone messes with our two-way radio numbers.
It's happened again.
For a good reason, of course. We've added additional channels. And moved the "administrative types" from Channel 1 to Channel 3.
As of about 4:00 pm CDT yesterday, we 100s are now 300s.
Which makes me Unit 360.
No wonder I feel all turned around.
14 June 2005 - 12:06pm
If you could invite your closest friends to spend the day at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, would you be able to come up with a list of 20 friends?
Well, a sweet teen named Kelli was granted a "Make A Wish" today, and her list of friends tops 150!
And Kelli has already made a few new friends:
Have a wonderful day, Kelli. It may be a bit cloudy today, but your smile will make the sun shine through!
11 June 2005 - 5:16pm
About once a week, an email reply comes back to me, marked:
The e-mail account does not exist at the organization this message was sent to. Check the e-mail address, or contact the recipient directly to find out the correct address.
How frustrating! Now the person who emailed us thinks we gave him or her the brush off!
That we didn't care enough to take the time to send a reply.
(I really do hear that voice in my head in such situations. I know, I know. I'm teetering on the edge.)
One time (yes, I remember the particulars; it bothers me that much) it was someone asking about accessibility. Another time, a question about food allergies. A third about our kennels. All valid questions. I had the answers and sent them out.
Anyone else hear Elvis crooning?
Return to sender ... address unknown.
Anyway, it just happened again. A sincere email from a teen from Michigan. His name is Jeremy and he's visiting early next week. An obviously intelligent fellow -- rather intense, actually. (I went into Mommy-mode and reminded him to have *fun* during his visit.)
Jeremy ... if you're out there ... your email address isn't working. Sorry! I saved the reply and will send it again if you email me back with a working address.
Okay, now I have to get Elvis out of my head ...