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9 August 2007 - 9:11am
During the season when the phone rings at home, I always assume it's "work" calling.
Even though it usually isn't.
In fact, in my 16 years here, I've caught myself almost answering the phone at home with, "Holiday World, this is Paula..."
That didn't happen last night, but still this conversation seemed to be natural fodder for the HoliBlog.
The phone rang at 9:23 pm...
No. No Flo.
(at this point I started laughing)
...we sound like a Dr. Suess book!
Dr. Seuss ... you know ... the children's books.
Doctor ... oh, never mind. I think you have the wrong number.
7 August 2007 - 8:17am
I sometimes wonder what the rest of the office staff thinks while Will and the park directors are in our weekly "staff meeting."
...'cause we laugh a lot.
Often, quite raucously.
Lori really set us all off with this story...
She's the director of the water park. The other day, a female guest approached her with a question:
Guest: You know that lady on your commercials -- that Koch lady?
Guest: And that guy ... that guy who's on some of the other commercials?
Lori: Yes, that's Will Koch.
Guest: How long have they been married?
Our conference room erupted with mirth. Will looked stunned, a deer-in-the-headlights look locked on his visage.
When the room calmed down a bit, Lori continued:
I quickly explained that they aren't married ... they are mother and son.
Mrs Koch didn't miss a beat: "Lori, you should have told her Will married me for my money."
Another roar of laughter.
I glanced over at my boss; Will had put his head down on the table.
6 August 2007 - 12:47pm
We introduced Eric a few weeks back.
I think he sneaks into the Holidog Inn with his one-liners and makes the pooches howl.
Here's his latest...
We received a lovely email from a couple in Texas. They wanted to thank us for the wonderful visit they had with us recently.
And, of course, they wanted to let us know what ride they thought we should add next to the park.
A steel coaster. In a new Easter-themed section.
I dutifully forward all suggestions to Will, Mrs. Koch, and our staff of directors.
Eric didn't miss a beat.
"Hey! We could name the coaster Bunnies of Steel!"
1 August 2007 - 11:28am
It's really a thrill to be featured on the cover of a magazine.
And to have a multi-page, color article.
But 17 pages?!
Well, that's ... almost embarrassing.
That's right, RollerCoaster Magazine is the official publication of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
The editorial staff asked for my help in putting together a feature story after The Voyage premiered last season, so I enlisted the help of Will plus the four Gravity Group engineers. They each provided an article on a different topic related to the design and construction of The Voyage.
With your permission, we'll get dramatic and cheesy for a minute: This article includes some never-before-released photos and rare design graphics. (Rare, because we didn't use them...)
If you're not an ACE member but you'd like to purchase a copy ($8 per copy, which includes postage), fill out this form and specify "Issue 101."