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27 July 2005 - 5:16pm
The delivery arrived this morning.
Eighty-thousand times three, actually.
Wouldn't all fit in the storage trailer.
When Steve told us about the upcoming delivery in Monday's staff meeting, I gasped, "Where will we put them all?"
Steve misunderstood and gave me quite a look: "In the coaster structure, of course."
Good grief. Maybe I need to darken the shade of my hair a tad.
Eventually the facts came out -- we'll fit all we can in the storage trailer and the rest will be stacked next to it.
Closer inspection reveals a bit more information.
According to Steve, we were to receive the following:
- 80,000 bolts
- 80,000 nuts
- 80,000 washers
There was no mention of screws.
Maybe that is a bonus barrel. You know--buy 80,000 bolts, get a free barrel of screws.
With the end of the month comes park-wide inventory. I know April is looking forward to counting all that plush in her department.
Wonder who counts the bolts?
27 July 2005 - 6:25am
The other evening, my youngest son and I came back to "work" to enjoy a few hours in the park together.
James had never tried Monsoon Lagoon before; he was beside himself with glee and was literally the last one to leave.
As the water park closed, and we headed back toward Holiday World, I heard an almost familiar noise.
What was it?
Could it be?
Remember a year ago, how we were supposed to get clobbered by the 17-year cicadas? I started getting emails from folks back in February who were concerned about planning their vacation around the invasion.
It was alarming, to say the least.
So were the websites I went to, in order to learn more. Talk about ug-ly bugs!
I calmed down, though, when I thought to ask around -- do a bit of research. Surely I could poll the folks who worked here 17 years ago. Wouldn't it be reasonable to surmise that if the cicadas weren't here 17 years ago, they wouldn't have laid those incredibly-long-gestational eggs?
Happily, there was no memory of cicadas from 1987.
And no cicadas in 2004.
But now ... wait ...
That loud, harsh, snapping sound.
More and more ...
Louder and louder...
Coming from every direction...
In my defense, it was less than a split second before I recognized it was the sound of soaking-wet flip-flops making my heart palpitate.
But for that brief nano-second it was very scary indeed.
26 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Just because the announcement is in the past, doesn't mean the hints and teasing have gone away.
Perish the thought!
Tomorrow, we will receive a huge delivery on the Snowy White Gravel Road.
Included will be 80,000 ... things.
We'll post some photos and more info once the trucks arrive in the morning.
Hope you can hold it together till then.
25 July 2005 - 5:16pm
22 July 2005 - 5:16pm
Visitors to the park in the coming days who notice that Mrs. Koch isn't in place outside our Front Gate each morning...
Fear not; all is well!
With the arrival Grandbaby #12 imminent, Mrs. Koch is out of town for a while.
Meanwhile, we hope this message will do:
Are you ready for fun?
We're so glad you're here!
Please put your shirt on, sir.
Oh, what beautiful children you have!
What's your favorite ride?
Yes, I'm the lady from the commercials.
Please keep my park clean today!
We miss you, Mrs. Koch -- but you're where you need to be right now. And when that happy time comes, give that grandbaby a smooch or two from all of us!