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31 May 2008 - 7:31am
Did anyone else grow up watching the Lawrence Welk Show?
My strongest recollection of that show is how the musicians all smiled -- even while playing their instruments.
My dad would marvel (okay, he made fun) at the delirious grins on every last one of the musicians as they played. (How in the world do you smile while playing trumpet, clarinet, or flute? Somehow, they did it.) We laughed at the thought of Mr. Welk hollering at them in his thick accent to, "Smile! Smile!"
This photo that Lori sent me of Craig cleaning up a ... um ... HoliMess made me think back to that show.
This next week we have special Hospitality Training for all of our Hosts and Hostesses. I wonder if we're planning to show any clips of the Lawrence Welk Show ... or maybe if just threatening to do it would do the trick.
28 May 2008 - 2:50pm
I'd just completed giving a travel writer from Nashville a tour and was starting back to my office.
A nice lady stopped me.
Nice lady: Where in the world is the entrance to Congo River? (She seemed at her wit's end.)
Me: The Congo River? Here, just turn around, it's right over here. (Maybe 10 paces away. She'd just walked past it.)
Nice lady: Oh, good grief. I can't believe it's right over there.
Me: It's okay. You're on vacation.
Nice lady (smile gone from her face): No. I'm not. I'm chaperoning a fifth-grade class.
Me: (Gulp.) Oh. Well. In that case, you're definitely not on vacation. Sorry. I'm really, really sorry.
The nice lady/teacher laughed out loud and went to search for her class.
24 May 2008 - 12:39pm
A roller coaster wedding?
Are you CRAZY?
Been asked that more than once the past month or so.
Well, if you head over to the homepage at Fox News Channel's website, you just might notice it's the featured video front and center.
Here's the direct link to their story.
When I asked Elvis to sing "(Can't Help) Falling in Love" to the newlyweds, he asked: "Oh, so that's their favorite Elvis song?"
Uh, no ... that's my favorite Elvis song. (Actually it's a tie with "Devil in Disguise" but I didn't need to toss a coin to decide.)