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30 January 2008 - 5:27pm
We get all sorts of emails this time of year. Surprised?
It's really sweet.
Families are starting to plan out their summer trips. Some email to ask a question or two. Others (mistakenly) think I can book their rental RV for them. Still others are fairly bursting with excitement and just want us to know they're planning a visit.
A few minutes ago just such an email arrived ... all the way from the Netherlands!
Midas wanted us to know his last visit was in 2006 and he's looking forward to driving 475 miles out of his way to bring his family here during their visit to the U.S. in July.
Midas ... we're touched.
28 January 2008 - 6:24pm
24 January 2008 - 12:14pm
...it's all right to remember the warmer temps of summer, and your family's trip to Holiday World.
Jake from Marietta, Georgia, did...and kindly sent us a link to his video postcard.
(Hint to Moms and Dads: To avoid actually going to the YouTube
site, click on the arrow in the center of the screen, which will start
the video. That way you'll stay here on the Holiday World website.)
Here's Jake's video:
What a great video! I laughed! I cried! I got a little woozy! I remembered it's lunchtime...
23 January 2008 - 2:11pm
A number of years ago, I thought I'd finally hit on the right title for Mrs. Koch.
It was time to move on from "Queen of Clean."
She's not the "director" of a specific department, so that wouldn't work.
And "Owner's Mom" just doesn't have the right panache.
Suddenly it hit me: Matriarch.
The quintessential queenly moniker.
She hates it.
Today, the Lincolnland Economic Development Corporation held its annual membership meeting. Mrs. Koch was one of the featured speakers, so I signed up to attend.
As the LEDC president introduced Mrs. Koch, I stage-whispered to tourism friends at my table, "Say a prayer he doesn't call her 'matriarch.' She really, really hates that."
Right on cue: "...let's have a warm welcome for the matriarch of Holiday World -- Pat Koch!"
My table lapsed into giggles. And Mrs. Koch's first words to the group of about 120: Oh, I wish they'd come up with something else to call me.
Um, Mrs. Koch? Be careful what you wish for: My husband, Gary, called a bit ago to tell me Jim from WBDC radio had a lively report on his 4:00 pm newscast. Jim chose not to call Mrs. Koch our matriarch (one publication a while back actually called her the park's patriarch). Instead: "...and one of the featured speakers at today's luncheon was the Mother Goose of Holiday World, Pat Koch."
23 January 2008 - 11:34am
We're not talking temperatures.
Holiday World opens for the season in 100 days.
At grade school, the kiddos celebrate 100 days with parties and special activities.
Here, we all catch our breath and dig in a little harder.
Want to keep track with us? Head back to our homepage and click on the "Countdown 'til Open" button at the top of the yellow navigation bar (on the left of the page; you may need to click on "refresh" to see it the first time).