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24 August 2009 - 5:55pm
After working here a while, some rather surreal situations become almost commonplace.
Hearing "Monster Mash" playing from little rocks on the ground on a sunny June day.
Waving "hello" to a five-foot-tall, fluffy puppy dog, and half expecting him to answer.
Parking a few spaces down from "S. Claus."
And then there's this:
Not sure whether one of the Lewis & Clark Trail cars decided to take a joy ride and visit his friends in the Thanksgiving section...or if there was a bit of maintenance that needed to take place in the shop, but our crew member returned it safely before the park opened that morning.
Thanks to one of our IT interns for taking this photo. Another surreality: his name is Pat Koch (no relation). The funny part is Patrick is totally into computers and Mrs. Koch never met a computer she couldn't do without.
10 August 2009 - 9:07pm
That solemn statement was made by eight-year-old Dalton. He's from Mason, Ohio, and his mom entered this photo in our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest.
Dalton's mom grew up in Vincennes and visited us often when we were called Santa Claus Land. She's impressed, she says, with "what you've done with the place."
Do you have some special photos from a past visit to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari? Become a Fan on our Facebook page and upload them. Must be at least 13 years old and not a park employee or relative of one. And who knows? You just might win two tickets.
8 August 2009 - 10:46pm
Working for a family-owned business is almost always a pleasure. But every so often the staff witnesses the personal side as it seeps over to the business side. Every so often, Will and Mrs. Koch go from being business-owner-and-his-director-of-values to simply son and mother.
Will offered to share an example, and how he gets around it:
I enjoy chocolate chip cookies very much. The ladies in Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen get a kick out of my fairly regular visits in there (OK—almost daily). On the other hand, Mom has been in there and told them that I shouldn’t have chocolate chip cookies, because of my “condition.” (Will is diabetic.)
So, Laverne developed a plan to overcome this obstacle—she created a bag designed to disguise the harmful goodies as healthful fruit. Now, when I go to Mrs. Klaus' for my cookies, I take the bag with me and no one’s any the wiser.
Well, the cat's out of the bag now, Will. From now on you may need to don a funny nose, glasses and trench coat to obtain your contraband.
Indeed, your last cookie may have crumbled...