Travel tales

November is IAAPA Expo time around here. Several of us head to Orlando as speakers, committee chairs, or buyers. It’s an incredible trade show. Here’s a series of HoliBlog posts from November 2007′s trip to the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions Expo: Destination: Orlando.  The night before I left, I told my youngest…

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My coaster-crazy kid

It was getting close to bedtime for James last night. My second grader had grabbed a good book and made himself comfortable on Daddy’s side of the bed. (Stories from the good book, actually.) It seemed a good time to sneak in for a cuddle, so I slipped in on my side and got ready…

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Snow day!

… well, there's snow out there, but we're here. If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at our Construction Cam, as the sweep of the area shows some lovely precip. (I refuse to call it "the white stuff.") Last night at home, when I realized it was snowing, I turned on…

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Trip report: Part 1

We always get such a kick out of receiving "trip reports" from our guests; thought maybe you'd enjoy hearing about a trip some of us just took. Coming back from a business trip and back to the office, it's always hectic "catch up" time, so this report will come in several chunks. The trip was…

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When numbers mean, well … not much

Although my career choice doesn't make it obvious, I really like math. My math SAT score was 80 points higher than my English. Go figure. Our three sons are all math-heads. Tom, a math major, just started a position at JPL. (Now we can't joke with him, Hey, it's not rocket science! Sigh.) Tom and…

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“Are you out of your mind?!”

Lovely. My seven-year-old just hollered, "Are you out of your mind?!" to his teacher. Teachers, actually. Swim teachers, to be precise. They laughed and encouraged James to try. And off he went, paddling away. Still "beating up" the water too much, but a vast improvement from a week ago. Some of the Splashin' Safari lifeguards…

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A mother’s prerogative

… is to be really rotten once in a while. Yesterday evening, my son James and I headed down to The Voyage. I had to check on a few things in preparation for media coverage on Opening Day. Then I saw it. That sign. The "Are You Tall Enough To Ride?" sign. Now James has…

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Lawdy, Miss Scarlett!

… we've been asked to add a "birthing room" to our park. Could you imagine? Free unlimited boiling water? Holidog to pant along as your breathing coach? A miniature height-measurement stick to get the official length of your tiny bundle? Would it be in the Labor Day section? We've come to the conclusion that the…

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A year late?

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…

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Mother’s Day hits twice

I tease Thomas that he's my egghead son. John, 13, is my musical son. And James, 5, is my farm-boy son. They're all bright fellows, but Tom is what I sometimes refer to as "scary smart." I have, by the way, a newspaper clipping of an article stating that bright sons get their brains from…

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