Agent Moosh

His name is Matthew, but a young nephew decided long ago it was easier to call him Mamoosh.

The name stuck.

Mamoosh has been visiting Holiday World as long as we've had wooden coasters.

And it's not a simple trip across town. Mamoosh lives and works in L.A.

But he keeps coming back every year. I'd like to think it's to see me, but it's probably those coasters.

Yes, that must be it. When asked by his employer for his recommendations of top coasters to ride, Moosh (as his close, personal friends call him) didn't have to give it much thought.

Happily, Moosh's boss is a magazine editor. So that coaster list ended up as the current issue's "Fave Five."

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And tell them Mamoosh sent you.

Anything but this!

"Take my place in line, take my pulse, take my temperature, take my wife…but not this!"

The coaster maintenance technicians sure do get attached to their trains.

Voyage train

"Maybe if we hold on real tight, they won't take them away from us this year…"

70 years later

There's a lovely ceremony planned for Sunday. Read more about it here.

One of the comments posted by a reader (below the article) is a request for a photo of Santa Jim.

Here's a sweet one:

Koch kids, circa 1968

You'll recognize Santa in the middle. That Will's little face at the top of the wreath. Heading clockwise in the wreath are younger brothers Dan and Philip plus sister Kristi. Baby sister Natalie isn't in the shot.

The grip is our own Pat Koch, bringing all three generations into the picture, which is from the late 1960s.

Dust + Rainfall = Mud

And that's a good thing.

Pilgrims Plunge job site

They're still moving dirt on the job site. Packing it down, too.

The rain was welcome. It was like walking on the moon out there, after the dry summer.

Pilgrims Plunge construction site in 2008

In case you missed the tweet yesterday, Will says the massive footer at the base of Pilgrims Plunge's lift tower will include 200+ yards of concrete in one enormous block.

Have you ever even eaten a bon bon?

A friend in Boston teased me just yesterday about, "After this weekend, you're all off till spring, right?"

He's a thousand miles away, but I know Rus ducked when he hit the "send" button. Them's fightin' words around here!

So I was tickled when Will addressed the topic in his latest blog post for BlooLoop.com.

Recipe from Mrs. Koch

Following a tweet about a magazine requesting a recipe from Mrs. Koch, we were asked to post it here.

“Santa’s Daughter’s” Christmas Citrus Chicken and Rice

Cook time: 35 minutes, Servings: 4

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1-3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Sautéed orange slices.

1. Cook chicken in medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat for 10 minutes or until browned. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

2. Add the broth, orange juice, onion and rice. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

3. Return chicken to skillet. Cover and cook 10 more minutes or until the chicken and the rice are cooked. Stir in parsley.

4. For appearance, sauté orange slices in a hot nonstick skillet until lightly browned.

5. Garnish chicken with orange slices.

I'm rather stunned the recipe didn't include one more step:

6. Clean up the kitchen. And the rest of the house while you're at it.

The meeting

Whenever I explain this blog to the uninitiated, I use the phrase "pull back the curtain." This online journal allows us to give you a peek behind the scenes. (It also permits me to use big words such as uninitiated.)

So today we bring you into a meeting.

It was a Pilgrims Plunge meeting, with a bunch of engineers and Sandor, the president of IntaRide.

Pilgrims Plunge meeting

That's Mike, one of our GMs on the left and Sandor on the right. He's from Switzerland. You wouldn't believe the stack of design paperwork he brought to the meeting. (But then, if you forget something, it's a long way home to get it.)

The meeting included talk about conduits and electrical panels. I amused myself by posting occasional tweets.

This photo is OTS (over the shoulder), with Sandor holding a design sheet showing the elevator tower.

Pilgrims Plunge construction meeting

That's Steve in the background. As Director of Development, he choreographs the construction dance.

Site work begins next week and should take 7-10 days. Then foundation work starts.

The tower will go up in a week.

Not a week from now. When it's time, it'll take about a week.