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25 July 2006 - 12:00am
Mike Kelly just retired from his position as Travel Editor of the Toledo Blade.
So what's he doing now?
Traveling and writing stories for the paper.
Mike was a lot of fun. It was nice to have a fellow descendant of the Emerald Isle to trade stories with on a pleasant weekday morning in June.
I came close to telling him he reminded me of a character Craig T. Nelson would play (remember him in Coach?). He provided just enough not-quite snide comments to keep us chuckling.
Happily, his humor seeped into his feature story, which ran on Sunday.
This companion story tells about the rest of his press trip.
So nice to see that Mike is enjoying his hard-earned retirement. Nothing like a change of pace to make all those years in the salt mines worthwhile.
24 July 2006 - 12:00am
Larry and Korey from The Gravity Group are here today to ride The Voyage.
... with another park's owner.
Anyone else around here feel a slight tinge of jealousy?
Doesn't it hurt just a bit? After all we've meant to each other over the past two years ...
Planning an incredible future for both parties.
Sharing wonderful photos.
Taking countless long, freezing-cold-to-the-point-of-being-miserable walks in the woods.
Carefully examining our highs and our lows, hoping against hope to finally achieve perfection.
Celebrating together when our goal was met.
And now ... so soon ... they're moving on to a new conquest.
If that other park has a blog, I won't be able to look. It would be too painful.
I guess we always knew this day would come. Just not so soon. And when the hurt fades, we'll wish them well.
At least we'll always have ... The Voyage.
9 July 2006 - 12:00am
If you've ever stayed in Splashin' Safari till closing time, you may have noticed the chair thing.
As the supervisors walk from water ride to water ride, they straighten the chairs. Lined up evenly, they're ready for the next day. This is done rather subtly prior to closing and then they really go to town. All the chairs are lined up, ready for the opening, when they'll all be rearranged again. (Will refuses to call them chairs; they're "towel holders" in his book.)
On Tuesday, we reopened a portion of Splashin' Safari just before the 4th of July fireworks got underway.
Lori, the director for Splashin' Safari, stood out on the island by the entrance to Congo River.
Those chairs. Freshly straightened, they would soon be grabbed and rearranged all over the island.
She joked to another employee, "Would you go over and ask everyone to please remember exactly where they got their chairs and be sure to return them after the fireworks?"
The fireworks were great. The oooohs and ahhhhs were outweighed only by the cheers and applause. Hearts were swelling with patriotism and emotion.
But for Lori, the most emotional moment came when she turned to start dragging scores of chairs back to their places.
Every last Guest, without being asked, took his or her chair back to its place of origin on the island. All lined up, neat as a pin. Ready to go for July 5.
God bless America!
9 July 2006 - 12:00am
Anyone else out there a cornball who loves to listen to old radio shows from the '40s?
Thanks to satellite radio those shows are available again, 60 years later.
And the commercials are a hoot. Either the plugs are non-too-subtly inserted into the script or the cracky, nasally voice of Henry Aldrich belts out a jingle.
Tums for the tummy. And Jell-O, yum, yum, yum!
A Kraft Foods employee emailed the other day, so pleased to see in our pictorial history book that Santa long ago posed for an advertisement with a variety of products, including Jell-O.
Upon closer inspection, it appears that it was Jell-O pie filling.
Lemon pie filling to be exact.
Mrs. Koch might need a slice of pie to keep her energy up as she autographs all those books, which are available in our shops and through our website.