I come from a family of readers. I married a reader. Gave birth to three readers. Indeed, at home we even removed a bathtub from one of our bathrooms and replaced it with bookshelves (not to worry, we still have a tub plus three showers; remember, my husband's a farmer).
So when young Josh emailed and asked for a photo to illustrate a post from three years ago (because he was re-reading the HoliBlog), there was just no saying "no." (Plus, I see I promised in the post to someday post a photo. Oops. I guess today's the day.)
Here's his email request:
I'm 11 years old and make a yearly pilgrimage to Holiday World every year from Columbia, Illinois. My name is Josh and as I was reading through the archives again, on May 26, 2005, you said something about a very long street sign reading Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Could you please post that picture my friends and I are all very curious to see it!
When our Human Resources staff reached out to other departments asking who wanted to pull an "all nighter" to get a record amount of new-hire paperwork processed, they didn't mention dress code.
I guess Ryan equated an all-nighter with a pajama party and felt he arrived suitably attired.
He's a nut.
He's started to introduce me as his "second mom." I'm not sure whether to feel complimented or a little bit frightened.
The work started at 4 pm and wrapped up around 11:30 pm, bless them.
Meanwhile, we took advantage of this being spring break by holding several Orientations.
As the new Hosts and Hostesses learn about our Four Cornerstones (Safety, Service, Friendliness and Cleanliness) they get some hands-on experience.
Kind of gross hands-on experience, actually. Poor Derek didn't know what he was volunteering for when he raised his hand.
That's fake vomit in the container. It's nasty enough to make a bit of the real stuff start stirring around in one's gut.
The challenge is to learn to safely remove the gloves without getting any of the revolting goop on your hands. Eric, our Director of Admissions, is walking him through the process. (Eric was once our Marketing Intern — see Ryan, there's hope!)
In past years, we've simply done the glove-removal demonstration. It's nice to see we've made it more interactive and colorful, if a bit nauseating.
Just goes to prove that all sorts of things come up during Orientation.
Gary: Methuselah. They said on the news yesterday that this was a "200-year rain." And today they're calling it a "500-year rain." Well, I remember the last time we had a 200-year rain and a 500-year rain. Just call me Methuselah.
(For the record, the Bible says Methuselah lived to be 900+ years old.)
Well, Methuselah and the rest of us are drying out and heading back outdoors.
What are these things popping up like mushrooms on top of the Holiday Theater?
They're part of the new look for the theater.
It took me the better part of a week, but I was able to sneak a copy of the design for you to see:
I especially like the sentries out front.
Wonder if that's the new uniform for our Security Staff…