Peter's Monday Blog - NEW WOE Short Story: Two Sides Of The Party & NEW Complex Addition - An unbelievable new Haunted Hotel!
Hello, My favorite WOE Friends!
It is Monday! A new week begins, and so does your creativity. As we get ready for May, think about a short term goal you may be able to complete in May. Me? I need to get serious about my weight loss. I have a problem eating at night, watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. I'm sure if I can cut that out, I'll be cutting back quite a few calories.
I have written a new WOE Short Story: Two Sides to every Party - Two high school teens paths cross at a popular party, which alters both their lives forever. Part 2. will be available on Friday. You can start reading by clicking the ad below or finding it in the WOE Short Stories section. Enjoy!
I have attached the new WOE HR Picture - When You Can't Decide, at the end as well.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. WOE Cares Need to Know will be providing useful information throughout the month to bring awareness and help stamp out the stigma that mental health can bring up.
We have already covered depression. The next topic will be posted on Wednesday. There is a new page that contains all the past topics for the WOE Cares Need to Know. You can find the link under WOE Cares or on the WOE Cares page, under the current weekly topic.
Monday's New Complex Addition
I think you'll really love this new hotel as much as the Rain Forest Hotel I told you about last week. This one is actually going to be built right behind the existing Complex, behind Castle Mare. It will be called The Castle Mare Inn. This hotel will be totally unlike any other hotel in the world!
All of its 150 rooms will feature special effects galore. From the spider web chandelier hanging in the main lobby to the monstrous pipe organ to the long dining room tables, this place will have it all.
Yes, you will hear creaking in the middle of the night. You will see ghosts going down the hallways and staircases, you will hear moaning and the sound of chains. Things will appear and disappear.
Each of the 150 rooms will have their own effects. There are no kitchens because all the meals will be served in the dining room. Due to its popularity, guests can only stay for one night. You will check in at lunchtime. Have lunch and dinner. Watch a scary movie in the theater (complete with numerous startle effects in the audience), and then retire to your chamber.
If you wake up in the morning, you will be treated to breakfast before departing back into the "living world."
The Inn will be treated differently than the other onsite hotels because it is an "Experience hotel." It will not have Complex privileges, because once you check in, you don't leave until morning if you survive. However, if you're staying at one of the other onsite hotels, you will have Complex privileges on those days your there.
Expected to be open in September of 2020, just in time for Halloween.
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a productive week! Until next time,
Peter's Amazing Friday Blog - NEW WOE Short Story addition: Reflections & WOE Complex tour - The Brand Name Hotels!
Greetings, my Amazing WOE Friends!
Another week of work is about to end for many of you. Students are wrapping up their classes and preparing for finals. Good Luck!
This week, I am proud to announce a new addition to the WOE Short Story section: Reflections. Reflections will be a series of reflective writing pieces of how the author feels at that point in time!
I wrote this first piece yesterday. It has been a week of loss for my two previous neighbors from our old neighborhood. One just lost his mom and another his dad, uncle, and aunt within a few weeks.
Years ago, Jennifer lost her mom, I lost mine, and a close family friend of mine growing up. We also lost our family dog. All within a year of each other. It was a very trying time, just as it is for my former neighbors.
It made me think of how I always look to the future for growth and prosperity when I should be looking no further than what is in front of me! I understand the first writing: Life with Love is deep. But it was how I felt at that point in time.
You can find it by clicking on the picture ad below.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Value Your Opinion.
This weeks WOE Complex tour takes us to the Brand Name Hotels. There are seven hotels on the outskirts of the property, but not considered "onsite hotels." They are national chain hotels all connected by monorail. Here is a tour extracted from chapter 19 of the WOE Story. I am touring with Carl, a WOE medical facility liaison.
"Carl and I then took the Exit Conveyer from the Complex to the Daily Visitor Hub and then took a monorail to where the brand name hotels are. Smaller than the monorails that bring guests back and forth to the Daily Visitor Parking Garage, these monorails run on demand and also have forward facing seats with seatbelts. The monorails carry about forty passengers each and run on one of three tracks to and from the brand name hotel area.
The seven brand name hotels are laid out in a horseshoe pattern, and each has a covered monorail station in front of their hotel. Each elevated monorail station connects to each hotels’ second floor, and the walkways connecting the hotels and the monorail stations are all enclosed and air-conditioned. To summon a monorail, you simply push the “summon” button at each station. Coming back from the Daily Visitor Hub, you’ll need to push your station hotel name in the monorail to be dropped off at your hotel.
Each brand name hotel is owned by the respective brand and is unique and geared toward their guest’s particular taste. Each hotel is a national chain and has its own reward program and guest following. They are all constructed to fit into the horseshoe pattern, with the interior of the horseshoe designated for aquatic recreation, entertainment, and shops. Much of the interior area is covered with pools, slides, diving boards, food carts, cafes, stages and plenty of fun activities. The hotel guests can use any pool or go anywhere in the recreation area. They can even go to another hotels restaurant. There’s a covered shopping district that opens in the morning until late at night.
Carl says the brand name total hotel occupancy is about 3,000 rooms. The WOE has 7,600 (5,000 for Hotel Family, 1,200 for Hotel Couples, 600 for Mayberry Town (55 +), and 800 for the Complex Hotel). Of course, the amenities at the brand name hotels are not the same as those for the WOE. Guest staying there must pay $50 for admission to the Complex or $25 if they are a WOE Member, and the access is for the day only, not the length of your stay like at the WOE Hotels. You also must make reservations to visit the WOE, even though you’re staying at the brand name hotels. 95% of guests would rather stay on property, but if there is no room, then the brand name hotels are the next best option.
At night, all the pools are illuminated, as well as the trees and the outside of the hotels. The WOE Systems Engineering Sight and Sound department helped design and maintains the lighting packages. The WOE also provides entertainment for the stages throughout the evening and night. Outside of the lighting, entertainment, and transportation, there is no other affiliation between the brand name hotels and the WOE, but they do have an excellent working relationship."
Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend! Until next time,
Peter’s Wednesday Blog – Interview with Casper - A fourteen-year-old boy who has been through a traumatic experience gets a new family and a trip to the World of Entopia!
Hello, my awesome WOE Friends!
I have attached the latest HR Picture; Eat What Matters.
It is Wednesday, the middle part of the week for many. Me? It’s my time to share a story about someone else very special; Casper.
A few weeks ago, I was watching the opening ceremonies at the WOE State Fair. They start at 9:30 a.m. every morning and include singing with a live band and the Citizen of the Day, Hero of the Day, or the Child of the Day.
The Citizen or Hero and their family receive a three day and night vacation, all expenses paid for, including airfare. The Child of the Day is for children ages ten through nineteen that have had a traumatic experience or upbringing. They get a five day and night vacation.
I was watching Casper and his family receive their special treatment on stage and Casper got to hit the “launch” button to “wake” the State Fair up. This swoosh of lights and pyro is a great way to open the State Fair, the Center Section of the WOE Complex.
They don’t tell you why the Child of the Day was selected, because that is personal. But I wanted to congratulate him, and his mom wanted him to tell his stirring story.
I hope you find it as touching as I do!
“My mom and dad loved me very much!” Casper started off with. We were very tight as a family and did almost everything together.
We would travel to Disney and stay on property or at a less expensive hotel often. We had annual passes and were called a 'Disney Family.'
We would always joke and poke fun at each other, just to get a rise out of them. We weren’t rich, but we made do and used Disney trips as an escape.
When I was twelve, I remember my dad coming home from work and telling us that he was laid off of work. It was devastating! My mom cried on and off that whole night because my dad was the only one who brought money home.
As the days wore on, I remember hearing my mom and dad get into discussions about the money and finances.
My dad would say, ‘We can’t afford that and why did you buy something that costs so much?’
Within a few weeks and my dad not having any luck finding another job, the discussions started turning into arguments.
We canceled our planned summer vacation and didn’t go to Disney anymore.
We didn’t joke with each other as we used too, and tensions were always high.
One night, I was awoken by them arguing in the living room. I heard my dad yell, ‘How am I going to get a job with the recession?’
My mom just kept telling him to hang in there and have faith. But my dad, who was religious, would say, ‘Is faith going to pay our bills?’
I really missed the family trips to Disney and being so close as a family.
About three months after he was let go, my dad told us the bank was kicking us out of our home because we couldn’t pay the mortgage. ‘We had used up our savings.’ he said.
This place that I grew up in was soon to be someone else’s, Now, my bedroom would be used by another kid or used for something else.
We moved into a small hotel apartment that was run down and had a lot of bad people living in it. My dad was trying to earn any money he could through day labor jobs. He would come home from work exhausted and grumpy.
After one day of hard work, my dad came home with a six pack of beer.
My mom wasn’t happy at all, but couldn’t say anything, because he told her he needed to feel better about himself. This continued on each day he came home.
Sometimes, as he sat to watch TV and drink, he would make comments that could be cruel to mom or me. He would say things like, ‘Why don’t you get your butt out there and get a job, instead of laying around here all day?’ he would say to my mom.
But my mom offered to try and get a job, but he wouldn’t have it. He was too proud. ‘I make the money in this family.’
The drinking became worse over the next few weeks. He then turned to whiskey and getting even drunker. He became angry at the situation and would lash out at mom and me.
We hated it. But there was nothing we could do.
On my thirteenth birthday, I woke and went to school. When I came home, mom said she made my favorite meal; spaghetti and meatballs. Except there was no real meat and the sauce was very runny.
She told me she was sorry she couldn’t give me a really nice gift and gave me a couple of used books and this key chain of my favorite superhero.
My dad never even wished me a happy birthday and was partially drunk when he came home. He continued to drink and was pretty drunk when I went to bed. I was later woken up by him yelling at her. He was blaming her for everything. She was just crying.
Then I heard the sound I never want to hear again. I heard this slap and then my mom started to scream. When she did, he started beating her. I came running out and begged my dad to stop.
He yelled at me and told me to go back to my room, or I was next.
He continued to hit my mom. I jumped on him and started hitting him. But he was much stronger than me and threw me to the ground. He then started hitting me in the head.
Then, he collapsed down on top of me. My mom had hit him in the head with a baseball bat. He was unconscious.
We called the police and the paramedics. Unfortunately, my dad never came out of the coma and was later taken off of life support.
As time went by, my mom found someone else. His name is Pat. ‘Say hi, Pat.’
And this is my little sister, Jenny, who is eight.
Several months ago, we received notice in the mail that I was chosen to be a Child of the Day here. Today is my birthday. I am now fourteen.”
His mom then said to me, “Casper, why don’t you tell Peter what they gave you as a birthday gift?”
“Oh yeah! They gave me this envelope with our breakfast this morning. Inside was a birthday card, and there were four annual passes to Disney. I couldn’t believe it!”
Then, with tears in her eyes, Casper’s mom said, “He is my superhero.”
Thanks for reading. Until next time,
Hello, fellow Earthlings,
I do hope all of you had a wonderful Easter and were able to spend time with your family and friends. We were fortunate enough to have Sally and her boyfriend, Keith, attend church with us. My father and his girlfriend joined us later for a cookout.
Today is Earth Day. I have been watching the Netflix series; Our Planet. I can tell you, I have been very moved by the sheer magnitude of how much harm we have already caused to so many living organisms. But it is also astonishing to think, that if we start slowing down and give our planet time, she can recover.
Only in the last 100 years have we done so much damage. Yet the previous 9,900 years, we were not as destructive. We cannot put profits before our animals, our forest, our oceans, and our children.
Earth Day should be EVERY DAY!!!
I have included the new HR Picture - Our Earth - Our Home.
Due to the Easter holiday weekend, there is not a new WOE Short Story this Monday (sorry). But I promise to have a new one for Friday. Feel free to check out any of the now eleven stories in the WOE Short Stories section.
New WOE Expansion plans - New Rain Forest Hotel
You know about the massive water sections going in, including the main center section. I also told you about the hotel going above the new fun zone. But this other hotel will be absolutely unique and so serene. It will be located within a tropical rain forest.
The four hundred suites will be in different buildings located throughout the indoor rain forest, where guests will be canoeing, tubing, and kayaking their way through it's winding beauty. Complete with rain on a sporadic basis, animatronic animals and birds, perfect ambient lighting, waterfalls, bubbling creeks, streams and much more!
You will be able to sit on your balcony and watch mother nature only the way the WOE can create her. I promise you this will be an incredible experience.
Steven C. and the rest of the Systems Engineering Department think there will be more experiences like this added in future hotel expansion plans.
Thanks for Reading! Hope you enjoy your work week. Until next time,
Hello, fellow WOE Friends,
I hope your week was what you expected, and you were able to become further ahead of whatever you were working on.
There is a NEW WOE Short Story; My Best Friend, Abby - A 16-year-old finds friendship in someone no one else can see. Click on the story ad below to start reading or find it in WOE Short Stories.
This story is adding to the WOE Cares about mental illness awareness we need. It is essential that those affected get proper treatment, to live productive lives. It is also vital to stop the stigma of mental illness being something bad or evil.
Way before there were understanding and medication, many may have thought different about those affected may have experienced. But the mind is so complicated and powerful, that any change can alter someone reality.
It’s also why the WOE will continue to promote information on mental illness and drug abuse. The WOE Cares, and so should you!
I have added the new WOE HR Poster; Mental Illness is just like any other illness, to the bottom.
Tour of the current WOE Complex – The State Fair
The State Fair is the centerpiece of the WOE Complex. I have taken this from the WOE Story, Chapter 4. Sally and I are there for our second day and are riding the rides, while Jennifer takes it easy in one of the Rest Lounges.
I Hope you enjoy it!
“Sally and I rode so many rides from each of the State Fair-themed areas: The Classic Era - rides from the ’60s through the ’70s; the Pop Era - 80’s & 90’s; and Millennial - 2000’s through today. Each area is separate and has its own theming set to that time-period. The lights, games, music, and even the food and food prices are set to that period. Yes, it’s cheaper to eat in the Classic Era, and the portions are a little smaller, but still a lot of food for your buck. In fact, the Classic Era’s food is so popular, they have a large picnic area with picnic tables to accommodate everyone. There are even commercial grills that the staff use to cook the hamburgers and hot dogs; and because the picnic area is in the front of the Classic Era area, you can hear the World Stage and watch the entertainment from the giant screens outside the covered World Stage venue. You never have to pay for a drink, because they are always free at many beverage stations around the Complex.
The State Fair rides vary from the classic scrambler to high-speed roller coasters that are intertwined with other rides and coasters. There is a 400-foot drop tower, called; The Dive Bomber. This drop ride takes you up 400 feet, then turns your seat 180 degrees so that your upside down, holds you there for at least 30 seconds, then powers you down at 100 MPH.
Many of the rides close to each other share the same music, while others use their own. During special concerts at the World Stage, the music will play on every ride and be shown on video screens around the State Fair. This is mostly done during special events. All the rides are built or re-built by the WOE engineering department. They know every nut and bolt of every ride. I’ll talk more about their engineering later when I meet Roger, the head of Systems Engineering. Of course, there’s no tickets or armbands to deal with. If you’re staying on property, you can zip over and just jump on a ride or coaster. The same goes for visiting Fun Town USA.
While Sally and I were riding the rides and having fun, Jennifer went to one of the Rest Lounges to relax a bit and read from her Kindle. These Lounges are enclosed and very quiet. They are designed to give someone who needs a little quiet time, and a reprieve from all the music and lights, a peaceful break. I’ve even gone in there and seen people napping. It’s also a great waiting area for parents while their kids ride the rides. Parents also enjoy the entertainment at the World Stage as well. Either way, it’s far better than just sitting on a bench and waiting hours for your family to finish riding the rides."
Thanks for reading! I do hope you have a great weekend and a blessed Easter. Until next time,
Peter’s Wednesday Blog – Interview with Sam – A 25-year-old man suffering from mental illness visits the WOE on a family vacation and experiences something he has never felt before.
Hello, my wonderful WOE Friends!
I hope you’re all making progress in your lives and are enjoying the Spring air.
I have attached the latest HR Picture; A Well-Deserved Apology. Feel free to share or retweet any of these to your family, friends, or co-workers. I’m sure they would appreciate the thought.
This week's WOE Cares Need to Know is; Depression. Read about it's symptoms and treatment at WOE Cares on the website or by clicking the WOE Cares picture below.
This week's Wednesday Interview is with Sam.
I met Sam and his parents on their recent vacation to the WOE three months ago. After their fifth day, Sam started to change in ways his parents never seen before. They wanted to share their story with all of you.
I hope you enjoy Sam’s Story.
“Sam was very young, maybe around eight, when we realized he wasn’t making friends and playing with all the toys we bought for him for Christmas and his birthday,” his mother told me.
“I just didn’t enjoy playing with things for long. After a few minutes, I would get bored,” Sam said.
“As time went on, his symptoms became worse, and he needed to start seeing mental health doctors. They put him on medication, and it did help for a while, but as he grew older, he would have to keep getting it readjusted. When he was in high school, things really became bad,” His mom said.
“The kids found out I was seeing a psychiatrist and made fun of me. They said I needed to see a ‘quack,’ because I was ‘crazy.’”
“Mental illness has this stigma, you know? People think that you’re so different because you need to see a therapist. But what about people who need to see doctors because of other reasons? I guess if you walk funny, talk funny, or look weird, they’ll make fun of you for that too.
But it still doesn’t have that same stigma as mental illness does. And yet, more people need help. Kids today are more stressed than the last generation. Most of that is from social media. How many Facebook Friends or Instagram or Twitter Followers does one person has compared to another? Social media can make someone really popular online, which translates to being really popular at school. You can be so popular, it’s like being a star.
In my experience, the way many patients are treated with mental health issues are terrible. There is usually not enough money to hire more therapists, and some Psychiatrists and some mental health hospitals operate just like most any other business or hospital; money first!
When we came here on our vacation, I started to feel really sad. I didn’t want to go to the Complex, see any shows, ride any of the rides, nothing. I just wanted to lay in my bed and sleep.”
“Then,” his mom said, “while we were eating breakfast on our third day, a waiter asked Sam if everything was okay. Sam said no, and the waiter asked him why. Sam told him he felt depressed because all he could do was watch everybody else have a good time, but not him.”
All these people were laughing, smiling, and yelling with excitement. Even my parents. I didn’t want to spoil anyone’s time, but I wasn’t into it. I just wished for the vacation to be over quickly, so that we could go home.”
“He looked forward to this trip for so long. He loves magic and the laser shows, the parade, and attractions. But he just wasn’t feeling it when he got here,” his mom said.
“The waiter suggested Sam see the doctor in the medical clinic. And believe it or not, when Sam agreed, he came back with an appointment already set up for Sam that morning.
We were taken to the medical facility and met this wonderful nurse, named Jessica. She took all of Sam’s information, then led us to an office where we met Dr. Matterson. He is both a psychiatrist and a psychologist. He spoke with Sam for about an hour and asked if he could start him on some different medicine to help his mood.
The next morning, Sam woke up and came knocking on our bedroom door, saying, ‘Hey, sleepyheads, wake up! We have a lot to do today, and I’m pumped up and excited.’
We haven’t seen Sam this happy and full of fun, in maybe ever,” his mom said.
“I have never felt this good in my life! It’s like Dr. Matterson found the right medicine after all these years,” Sam happily explained.
“I’m telling you Peter; this is some vacation. Sam is having the time of his life thanks to the WOE. “
I asked the mom and Sam what the medication was that Dr. Matterson prescribed. They told me they didn’t know because it was only made here in our pharmacy.
I asked how they would be able to get refills, and they said, “They would send them to us, free of charge.” But they also said, “There could be a time where Sam may not need to take it at all.”
I recently received an e-mail from Sam. He told me, “I’m enjoying life, medicine free!”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Hello, my WOE Friends!
We're back to Monday. For some, I dedicated the title of why you may be moody. Of course, being moody can be caused by other reasons as well. Since Jennifer and I have been dieting, we've been less moody. The junk and fat really put you in a sort of bad mood sometimes.
Sally used to say that when we ate a lot of junk, we tended to bicker more. I'm sure it's true.
NEW WOE Short Story; Five Lucky Medallions - A young woman gets the chance to change the lives of five people, including her own. But does she?
I released the new WOE Short Story early. Instead of the traditional Monday morning, I released it Sunday evening to gauge support.
If you haven't read it yet, be sure to read the conclusion of The Freedom Street Council. I can tell you there will be another series, and it will most likely have a new part posted once a week (similar to a serial). If you've enjoyed the first two series (Welcome to the Neighborhood and The Freedom Street Council), I think you'll LOVE the next one. More to come.
Saturday, I released a new WOE HR Video, called Appearing Thoughts. If it's well liked, we can do more. I will soon be able to help put these together with more of a movie style than the current slide show style. I think there's also room to create or add new pictures that aren't already in the HR Section. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please e-mail me.
You can find the new video under the HR Posters and Videos section, entitle HR Videos or by clicking here.
This weeks WOE Expansion Update
A massive new arena will be added to the new WOE Complex. It will seat up to 10,000 guests comfortably and with great views. The seating will have the same advantage as the other venues, which will seat guests according to their height when reserving their seat. Some seats can lower and rise by computer. This will give everyone a great view.
The arena will feature two unique shows a day, each show running two to three times daily. Unlike the Harmony Theater, there will be no additional charge to see any of the performances. A few of the shows that will be featured will be from touring entertainment, like Monster Truck and motor-cross competitions, ice skating shows, and a few custom WOE shows that will have guests talking for months after.
Next Monday, I'll let you know about one of the new onsite hotels that I think you'll really like.
I hope you all have a great and productive week!
Thanks for reading my blog! Until next time,
Peter's Finally Friday Blog – WOE Short Story; The Freedom Street Council – Part 5. CONCLUSION Is now Online! & the difference between staying at a WOE hotel and “real pricing.”
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
Friday is finally Here! Hopefully, your week was productive. Whether working at your job, taking care of your kids and home, or studying for your classes, you accomplished something.
I used to have a philosophy of “Why do something today, if I can put it off til tomorrow.” Unfortunately, tomorrow never came for many projects. I learned a hard lesson when it comes to cars. “If the noise goes away, it doesn’t mean it fixed itself.”
As I’ve gotten older, I know if I don’t do it when I think of it or make myself a note, it will slip by and cost me more later. Words of advice from Peter.
Here is some great news! The WOE Short Story; The Freedom Street Council Part 5., the Conclusion, is now online!! I won’t say much about the ending until Monday. Click on the ad below to start reading. I do hope you enjoy reading it this weekend!
I have attached the latest HR picture – Believe in what you can See. This may be interpreted somewhat different by many of you. But the aim is toward gossiping and not believing something someone said about someone else, unless you see it yourself.
This week’s WOE Complex tour touches on the onsite hotels and "Real Pricing." A stark contrast to what you normally see out there today. Extracted from the WOE Story, Chapter 3.
All the hotels on the property offer 23-hour suite rental, so you can choose your check-in time when booking anytime between 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. If you choose to check in at 11 a.m., then your check out time is 10 a.m. the next morning or whenever your check-out day is. Plus, you have access to the Complex your whole stay. Usually, hotels offer check-in at 3 or 4 p.m. and check out by 10 or 11 a.m. the next day. These small windows allow too many guests to “bunch- up” when coming and going. When visiting relatives at their time-share, we would sometimes have to wait fifteen minutes just to get an elevator that wasn’t packed when checking out.
The WOE thirteen-hour check-in/out window allows more flexibility for guests to come and go and doesn’t have this “mass exit” the next morning. It also gives you more time to enjoy everything. But be warned; If your check-out is at 11 a.m., you must be checked out by then. If you return to your room at 11:15 a.m., your door will not open, and your digital display will say something like, “Please see concierge for assistance.” In other words, you’re in trouble and will be paying more. Housekeeping only has one hour to get that room ready for the next guest, so time is crucial.
There is no resort fee’s, which are considered ‘extra revenue’ by other hotels. Like airlines, hotels have been steadily adding extra fee’s after they lure you in with a low rate. Fee’s like parking for $20, resort fee for $20 or more, and high-speed internet for an additional fee. Your $120 room just went to $171.20, with tax. That’s a significant difference. Any price you see listed at the WOE includes everything.
In most other restaurants, you also have added charges: Drinks, tip, and tax. If you ordered a $10 meal, a drink for $2.00, add .07% sales tax, plus 20% for gratuity, now your $10 meal went from $10 to $15.41. That’s over 50%. At the WOE, all meals include drinks (except alcoholic), and tax is included. There is entirely no tipping. If you leave money on the table, they will credit the money back to your account.
They call this “Real Pricing” and feel that the price should include everything that is associated with the cost of doing business. Never a surprise or difference in price when you check out. Believe me, this pricing is very popular among their guests.
The rooms are cleaned by “teams” of housekeepers since the turnaround window is so short. It’s common to see three – four people cleaning a room at a time. They are very efficient, and everyone is a citizen and can speak English. Many housekeepers are also students earning a degree at the WOE University, and many also live on the property.
Thanks for reading! I do hope you have a great weekend, whether working or not. Until next time,
Peter’s Wednesday blog – Interview with Wilson – A School teacher at the end of his rope, gets a new environment to teach in.
Hello, Fellow WOE Friends,
We are at the weekly half-way point for many of us. I hope you're doing well!
I have attached the new WOE HR Picture - Kind all the Time.
This weeks WOE Cares Need to Know is on Opioids. Find out about them and more in WOE Cares, on the website.
This weeks Wednesday Interview is with Wilson.
I met Wilson a month ago. I’ll wait until the end to tell you where. Wilson is a 56-year-old man with a wife and two grown children. He had taught school for 36 years. Here is his interview/story.
I hope you enjoy it!
“At the age of sixteen, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. And I knew I wanted to teach in elementary school. I was a band geek, played the trombone, and did all the marching you can imagine.
In college, I was always told by students studying other majors that teaching was a dead career. They said the pay was lousy and the students were awful. I never listened much to what they said.
I knew of the trouble teachers had. I watched the news and read the newspaper and saw teachers striking for more pay and better working conditions. Heck, even my parents weren’t too happy about my career choice, because they knew of the struggles teachers had.
But passion is passion and on I went. I first started teaching for a public school. A few of the students were downright awful. Mean and nasty, even to me. I then went to a private school and taught there for the next 32 years. I taught third and fifth grades. Over the years, I’ve seen many changes. The biggest has to be the children and the parents. A percentage of the kids can’t seem to remember what was taught just the day before. And many parents don’t make their kids sit down and do their homework or study.
Nowadays, it seems some parents think that once a child is potty trained and can dress and bathe themselves, their job is done. But in fact, it’s still going on. They need to spend that time with their kids helping them study. Review for tests and assist them with school projects.
I understand many families have two working parents or there may be a one parent household. But to not help them when they can, is letting the kids down. It puts a larger burden on the teachers to try and help support these kids.
I have heard of other teachers who teach in public schools where the students threatened them or threw objects at them. And these are kids in elementary school. There were schools that gave out free breakfast and lunch because the kids wouldn’t have any food to eat otherwise.
The nation and state keep changing curriculums, too many companies are making considerable profits off of the schools, and the unions can make it very difficult to fire teachers who don’t possess the desire to teach anymore.
For 32-years, I dedicated myself to teaching. To try and make a difference with young minds. But the reality of everything came to a head when I was accused of yelling at a student who started a fight with another. I guess I lost my cool at that particular point in time.
This child was a trouble maker and didn’t respect the teachers. He was going to the school on a scholarship, and his mom just didn’t care about raising him right.
Later that evening, the news headlines were about another school shooting massacre. As before, I knew little would change to stop this senseless violence. Our school used to have ‘lock-down drills.’
It was too early for me to retire, but I couldn’t take the stress anymore. I resigned at the end of the school year.
I picked up a part-time job at a local hardware store, and we struggled financially for a while.
Then, one day I was at the store when a family came in looking for a new lawn-mover. The little girl was about the age of my former students, so I asked her what she thought of school.
She told me she loved it! She said they go to school almost all day long, but they have fun things they do throughout the day. She said when they go home, they don’t have any homework or studying.
The family was so pleasant to talk to! The father told me I should look into getting a job there. I asked him where, and he gave me a name and said it was like a private school. I never heard of it. But I told him I would consider it.
He gave me his business card and told me to give the number on the card a call and tell them who I was.
I thanked them, and they went on their way, deciding not to buy a lawn-mover at that time.
The next day, I looked at the business card. It said, ‘Scott James – Associate Education Supervisor.’ But no school district name. I decided to give them a call, as I really did miss teaching.
When the lady answered the phone, I told her my name was Wilson. She told me they’d been expecting me to call and said they had an opportunity for me to teach at the WOE. My wife and I would get a place to live, healthcare, food, all for free. We would even get an allowance and retirement.
Peter, I know Jennifer is a teacher here because I work with her. I have enjoyed teaching so much these last two years!
I later found out that Scott was an Employee Scout. But he didn’t want me to know. He wanted to see if I was still interested in teaching.
I sure am! Have been since I was 16.”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Mindful Monday Blog- WOE Short Story; The Freedom Street Council Part 4. is now online! & WOE Expansion plans - The Alley!
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
Welcome back to the work week! I'll be hard at work this week interviewing and capturing these wonderful stories from our employee's and guests.
The Freedom Street Council Part 4. is now online - "Mindy was fearful of what could happen and tried to talk her dad out of it. But Paul knew, as the leader, he had to be there. Paul asked her not to tell her mom when she got home from work. Mindy agreed." Continue reading by clicking the ad at the end of this blog.
I have included a powerful picture/poster from our HR Department that was released over the weekend.
If you haven't checked out the re-themed HR Posters and Videos section, please do! It now has calming music and backlighting to help calm you down as you peruse through the thought-provoking pictures. You can find it in the HR Posters and Videos section of this website or by simply clicking on the new HR picture below.
WOE Expansion Plans
Here's some news for those of you that love to hang out until the late hours of the morning, love to shop, and just have fun! The new WOE Complex is being built adjacent to the current one. But the area in between the two of them will be a brand new entertainment and shopping district, called The Alley. The Alley will resemble a large, city street alley, with stores, clubs, and fun activities to do throughout. All the stores will be unique, and a few will be an extension from The Continents. This will allow you to buy goods from a particular country. They will include clothing, household items, technology, music, videos, etc. They will also provide free package delivery to your onsite room or the Brand Name Hotels. If you're a daily visitor, they will send it to the central Hub to pick up before you board the monorail to the parking garage.
The clubs will all have a theme and include Blues, Jazz, Disco, Comedy, Karaoke, rock n' roll, and today's hits. Each will have live entertainment starting in the evening and running into the morning hours. There will also be many national and international acts that make guest appearances without notice. Many of these clubs can hold 1,200 - 2,400 guests.
In the Alley itself, and in many "hide-away' areas, will be games and activities guests can play or enjoy for free!
The shopping will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. and the clubs will usually open from 8:00 p.m. - sometimes 4:00 a.m. or later on special events. The clubs will only be accessible to guests staying on property or at the Brand Name Hotels, and they will sell alcohol with fewer restrictions, but no drunkenness will be allowed. It will also be for guests 18 and up.
This will be an excellent addition for those who love to shop or want more after-hours action when Fun Town USA closes. Much to look forward to in 2020.
Thanks for reading! I Hope you have a great day! Until next time,