Best. Present. Ever.

If you’re a podcast listener, you already know that The Coaster Crew is a regular mention in our #HoWoPo Feedback segment.

Long story short (I’ll try, anyway), The Coaster Crew is one of our “partner clubs.” Several members attended last season’s HoliWood Nights event and were intrigued by the lone green foot that was part of our auction for Give Kids the World. They bid, and subsequently won, the green foot. And the rest is history.

Yes, every few weeks (and sometimes more frequently), we see a tweet from The Coaster Crew, showing the Big Green Foot enjoying his time with Holidog and all their friends. During one podcast episode several months ago, Lauren declared that the tweeted photos were so awesome, she thought they should be made into a coffee-table book.

And today her dream came true:

The Big Green Foot has a mysterious past. It doesn’t match any of our costume characters, current or past. It just arrived one day and we kept it until it made more sense to auction it.

The Coaster Crew certainly got a kick out of The Foot. Hope you do, too.

Podcast: Christmas Crazies

With Christmas fast approaching, we recorded our final podcast episode of the year today.

The PodSquad doesn’t quite catch the brilliance of Turkey Lurkey Time. No matter what you think of the lyrics, you will surely be blown away by Donna McKechnie (the tall “office worker” in this performance on the 1969 Tony Awards) and her dancing skills:

We didn’t get too far into our ‘cast when Santa Justin arrived with all sorts of menu items to try:

Matt, Justin and Eric

We each got to sample four different pizzas …

Pizza sampler

… plus Sidewinder Fries and Firecracker Shrimp:

Firecracker shrimp

Matt provides a Firecracker update. Here’s Painter Joe working on one of cars:

Firecracker Car Being Sanded with Painter Joe

And what about that HoliWood Nights theme?

HoliWood Nights 2017 | "Jurclassic Park"

Here’s the TPED video:

What does Bacon Boy look like, you ask?

Here he is:

And it wouldn’t be a podcast without The Coaster Crew and their Big Green Foot:

Just in case you can’t picture that Big Clock in Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen, here’s a snap of Leah counting down the days till Christmas:

Leah and the Big Clock

We’ve enjoyed putting this podcast together for you and would love your feedback! Please post comments here on the HoliBlog or tweet them, using the hashtag #HoWoPo.

Merry Christmas to all!

Podcast: December dreams

It’s been a full month since the #PodSquad assembled, so we kicked off December with memories of Thanksgiving, a mannequin video, and plans for 2017:

Here’s the AtlasObscura article about our “thematically relevant roller coaster.”

So sad about the loss of Mrs. Brady.

Florence Henderson with the Kochs

From left, Leah Koch, Florence Henderson, Lauren (Koch) Crosby, and Lori Koch.

And let there be no question about Florence’s finest performance:

Rest in Peace, Florence Henderson.

The Coaster Crew outdid themselves with the Big Green Foot this month:

We revealed a number of Easter eggs from this week’s “mannequin video”: We may have missed a few – I’m sure you’ll let us know.

Proof that Matt really texted me a photo of his sock:

We talked about National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here’s Bill Koch’s Navy photo from 1942.

Bill Koch in Navy 1942

We mentioned the new Holidog Height Chart, now on sale in the HoliShop.

Holidog Height Chart

Conversation, of course, returned to bacon and bacon soda when we saw this Coaster Crew tweet:

An incredible photo of Thunderbird:

Thanksgiving greetings from Coaster Crew:

We got off-track (imagine that!) and talked about Words With Friends:

Words with Friends

Matt is a really good player. I saved those “You Beat MattEckert” for a ridiculously long time.

And finally … during our 70 Degrees of Separation game, we talked about the Educated Animals (watch for them around 3:50 into the video):

Thanks so much for listening!