Peter's Friday Blog - The conclusion to Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard is now online! & Hotel comparison!
Good day, WOE Friends!
It's finally Friday! I hope you had a productive week. I've been feeling myself again and after the vacation and sick time, finally getting back into the routine.
As you'll see from some of the pictures from our trip, my diet was shot from the beginning. We stopped at McDonald's three hours into our trip. But being that I was sick, I actually lost two pounds. Jennifer only gained two, but has lost it since! I keep saying I'm going to start a new diet plan, but as of yet, zero. Soon, I will have different news. Soon.
I'm very excited to announce the riveting conclusion of the WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard! Part 8. is now online! Find it on the WOE Short Story Page or click on the ad below.
I included the WOE HR Picture: Don't Gawk.
I will be adding more pictures to Peter's Pics this weekend.
WOE Complex tour/behind the scenes - Comparing Hotel Family to our vacation hotel.
I must tell you, there is absolutely no comparison from one hotel to the other; other than they both have beds, and a bathroom.
I will tell you my thoughts on the place we stayed for six nights in Peter's Pics soon. But let me start the comparison here.
The beds: We had two Queen beds. Jennifer and I slept on one while Sally slept on the other. We are used to sleeping in a King bed. This caused Jennifer to lay on her side, away from me, just so we could fit comfortably (remember, we need to diet). Sally wore earplugs due to Jennifer's snoring. Hotel Family has a Sleep Number King bed in the en suite. There is a Queen bed in a separate bedroom if you're sleeping three to four. Yes, the two bedrooms will be a little more, but well worth it.
Bathrooms: One bathroom, with one sink in the whole room. Compared to two bathrooms and a kitchen sink. It's tough to wash or even rinse everything in the bathroom sink.
Living room and dining room included. The extra room meant you didn't have to eat and watch TV from you're own bed. Both have balconies.
Suite Butler to control the temperature, music, order food, supplies, towels, maid service, calendar, order/swap tickets & reservations, and more. Hotel: Call down or walk to the front desk.
Portal Box - Order your food, beverages, supplies right to your Portal Box. No opening the door, no room service fee or exorbitant prices, no tipping, and all private. Our hotel had a microwave that had to be unplugged and plugged back in to reset and a mico-fridge.
The Meal Plan. Yes, this does cost $25 each per day. But what we spent on food outside the hotel was ridiculous. We spent over $50 for breakfast, not including tip and $70 for a basic BBQ for lunch. For $25 a person, you get three full meals that can be eaten at the Hotel, the Complex, dine in or room service, and includes snacks and midnight dessert buffet.
Lots and lots of toddlers. And they were very loud with lots of energy. And they were everywhere; shows, hot tubs, restaurants, you name it! At the WOE; age ten and up!
I loved sitting on our balcony and looking at the mountains. But I sure miss the amenities and comfort of Hotel Family.
I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the conclusion of Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Greetings, fellow WOE Friends!
I hope you all are doing well! The summer season is upon us, and so is the heat. The WOE is jamming with hot concerts, shows, and attractions. But it's always 72 degree's inside. I love it!
I have included the latest HR Picture: We are all Insecure.
WOE Cares Need to Know topic this week will be Schizophrenia. It will be available later today. Stay tuned to Facebook or Twitter to know when it's ready or check back this evening. You can always find past topics in WOE Cares Need to Know page, listed under WOE Cares.
I updated Peter's Pics with our visit to Ober Gatlinburg. I videoed the trip to the top of the mountain in the aerial tramway and finally made a video, which is now on YouTube. The video isn't the best by any means but does offer great views of the mountains and ground below. It also allows you to feel what it's like to be a passenger.
I will hopefully get better at videotaping and editing, for your sake.
This week's WOE Interview/Story - Patty - A mother of two searching for a way out.
I hope you enjoy it!
"By the time I was 40, I knew with two young kids, an abusive husband, and a dead-end job, I was trapped.
I mean, I worked as a hostess at a restaurant, lucky to make 30-hours a week. When I was younger, I traded my chance of a good education in for a role as a mom. The father of my first child was too young and self-absorbed to be bothered to help raise his son. The burden fell on my parents and me.
The father of my daughter denied doing anything that would constitute bringing a child into this world, so he felt he was free to go and procreate some more with other women.
When I met Fred, he had an excellent job, a beautiful home, good looks, and made me laugh. But like most women, he made me feel like my young kids, and I would be taken care of.
After two years living with Fred, he started to change. He began to try and control where I was going, who I hung out with, how I dressed, and how I talked to him.
At first, it wasn't too hard to adjust, but then he became more strict and controlling over the next few months. I knew it had become more abusive when he delivered his first slap to my face for telling him I didn't want to play hostess to his friends in skimpy clothing.
I had made so many poor choices while growing up, it was impossible to tell my parents, who were happy I finally got it together, I screwed up again.
I just needed to be a good wife and get my kids through it. Where else could I go? My job didn't even provide health care unless I worked so many hours a week, which few ever did,
Over the next year, Fred was successful in subduing me, and I learned to use makeup to cover up my mistakes.
On a slow Monday afternoon, two men and a woman came in for lunch. I sat them and gave them their drinks. We talked briefly. About ten minutes later, the woman went to the bathroom. When she came out, she sat on the bench near the front door and played on her phone.
What I didn't know is that she was watching me work. After a bit, she came up to me, and we started talking. She asked me about my kids and family. I never said a word about what I was going through, but I never needed too.
When they all left the table to leave, they passed by me, and the woman handed me an envelope with my name on it. She asked me to open it in private.
Later, I went into the women's bathroom and opened it in the stall. All it said was, "Patty, you're needed elsewhere! Accept a chance to make a difference for others, your kids, and yourself. We are here for you!"
There was nothing else in the letter. No name, phone number, nothing. I tore it up and threw it away. Three days later, I received a text, "Accept our offer?"
I knew it was from them. I just spent three days thinking about the letter, wondering and dreaming of what life could be like without Fred. I texted back, yes!
On a Saturday morning, Fred was out of town. I received a knock at my front door. I opened it, and there were the three people I seated last week. The woman said, "We have a moving van. Pack all your things. It's time."
I started breaking down immediately. She comforted me and then we all pulled everything together, including all the kids' toys. Within two hours, the truck was packed, and we were riding to the airport.
The WOE legal team helped me file for divorce, and my kids and I are living on the property. I am going to school to learn to be a social worker, as I work as a hostess here in the MoonEatery.
You never know where help may come from if it does at all. But you should be ready and willing to accept it if and when it does. Thank you, WOE!"
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Greeting, my fellow WOE Friends!
I hope you all are doing well! I am pleased to be back in a somewhat better rhythm. The writing will soon pick-up, and I should be back to a regular schedule shortly.
As I mentioned last Friday in my tale of woe, I had a very serious bout of food poising last Monday evening. But I am happy to say I am finally rebounding! I am sorry for the lack of consistency you were used too. Please bear with me!
I will continue to add pictures and write about our trip in Peter's Pics.
I will also try and get out the promised writing for the importance of father's in Reflections soon.
WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard - Part 7. was released on Thursday. Part 8. (or the conclusion?) will be released on Friday.
I have been learning to edit video in Adobe Premiere Pro. Of course, I thought it best to try and work with it before watching the video tutorials. Well, you probably know how that turned out. I am making progress and will hopefully be releasing decent videos soon.
New WOE Complex Expansion update: Tasteopia: Discover Taste
OK. Most everyone has either a sweet tooth or salt addiction. Me" It's salt and chips. Well, a new restaurant that will be opening in the Discover and Science Center in the new Complex, called Tasteopia, will allow you to understand why you have this desire and then allow you to experiment with taste.
After a short instruction period, you will be led into the "Lab" where you will be able to taste many different foods that are either sweet or salty, from around the world. But you will be a test subject. Your partner will be giving you the items knowing what they are and where they're from. You will not. You'll be doing the same to your partner as well.
There is nothing bad or disgusting with the food. The point is to understand how your taste buds work and "experiment" with different tastes to hopefully expand your food pallet.
I can't wait. My pallet is limited. So this should help me better understand spices and tastes.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Back Friday Blog! Finally back from vacation. Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard Part 7. & WOE Cares Need to Know: Cocaine.
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
We're back from Gatlinburg, and I have a lot to share with you! But first, I must apologize. I had all intentions of keeping up the writing and even blogging from our trip.
Well, if you've read the WOE Story, then you'll know I have a vision problem and like packing late into the morning before we take off. On this morning, I sent out my Monday Blog and packed up the computer and HDMI cord, to connect to the hotel's TV. I use a 50" TV in my office as my computer monitor.
When we got to the hotel in Pigeon Forge, it was wasn't very good at all. It was very outdated, and the air conditioning cut out twice while we were there for just ten minutes.
We wound up canceling that reservation and getting another hotel in Gatlinburg. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi was terrible. When I went to hook up my computer and use our hot spot, I realized I forgot my computer's power cord. Sally's computer is a PC but used a different wire. Jennifer has an Apple.
All of my files and programs are on my computer, but even the ones I had stored in the Cloud, I would have needed decent internet and a large screen TV to access.
So, yes, good intentions fell short, and I left you without any updates, except pics to our Instagram account.
I also came down with severe food poisoning on Monday evening, and I'm still trying to recover. I am going to the medical facility later today to get checked out. I should be getting things back up to speed shortly, as I start to feel batter.
I'll be telling you much more about our trip in the coming days and weeks. But I wanted you all to know that I didn't mean to leave you hanging.
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard, Part 7. is now online!
WOE Cares Need to Know topic: Cocaine. What is it? What is Crack? How does it affect the brain? Why is it so addictive? Read about it in WOE Cares.
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great weekend. I'm glad to be back with you!! Until next time,
Peter's Monday Blog - New attraction in the Science & Discovery Section: The History of Science - Time Capsule Travel.
Hello, fellow WOE Friends! 9
Welcome back to the work week! For those of you who worked over the weekend, I hope you enjoy your days off during the week.
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard, Part 6. is now online! It's a little short, but I felt it is was a good place to end. Part 7. will be available on 2/17. I will be writing a passage for Father's Day to be included in Reflections this Friday. There will also be another passage the following Friday 6/21. I hope to be soon writing two separate WOE Short Stories a week, with each having a new part every week.
I have added new pictures and a short review of our trip to Universal and IOA last week. I did take some video, but since it was my first time shooting, I need some more work and need to learn how to edit before asking you to watch them. You can see the new pictures and a few unique pics at Peter's Pics (page is under Peter's Blog) or click the add below to go directly there.
Road trip - Yes, we are off on a road trip to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I am taking all of you with me! I am looking forward to spending quality time with Jennifer and Sally. But I hope to be sending pictures to our Instagram account, as well as sharing what we've been doing on my blog to make you feel included.
I will have plenty of pictures, videos, and reviews of our stay once we get back. The regular blog schedule of WOE Expansion, Tours/Updates, and Interviews/Stories will return on Friday, 6/21.
WOE Expansion Update: History of Science - Time Capsule Travel.
Inside the massive Science and Discovery Section of the new Complex, will be an amazing new attraction called: The History of Science - Time Capsule Journey. Climb into your Time Capsule and go back, way back, to the beginning of time and learn what scientist knew at that time and as we come forward.
Meet the most famous scientists in the world and see where they lived, went to school, and go into their laboratories. Understand what they knew and understand why some of their theories were ahead of their time.
The History of Science tour will amaze you in so many ways. See the experiments they performed, hear about their struggles, and the opposition to such forward thinking from their community and even their peers.
You will leave with a deeper appreciation of what we know and how we learned it when your Time Capsule arrives back at the station. Science buff or not, you could learn more in 45-minutes than in a lifetime.
Thanks for reading! I'll talk to you soon from Tennessee. Until next time,
Peter's Finally Friday Blog - Upcoming Summer Concerts at the Harmony Theater and the WOE Complex and More!
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
It's another Friday, and it's June. That means the summer is starting to heat up, entertainment wise, at the WOE.
How have you been doing on your personal or work goals? Did you make any progress? I didn't. I gained a pound each of the last two weeks and with the family vacation coming up, I know I'm doomed!
But I also know that when I get back, I will be starting a new diet (once more), this time one I create (once more). I feel like, even though most of these diets aren't successful, they're better than just adding weight continually.
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard, Part 5, is now online! Click the ad below to start reading or go to the WOE Short Stories Page.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: We are Beautiful Together.
This Week's WOE Complex Tour/Information
The summer entertainment is upon us, and the music will soon be at a fevered pitch. Many around the world consider the WOE Complex to feature the best in entertainment. Any entertainer that performs at the WOE must be top caliber. Many world-renowned musicians never play here, because they aren't sharp and don't practice enough. It's a shame.
The bottom line: Any band or entertainer who performs at the WOE will deliver an exceptional performance. Just as you deserve.
The Harmony Theater will be hosting many concerts this summer. From June 15th - August 15th, two legendary bands will be reuniting and performing together for the first time in years. I cannot, unfortunately, tell you their names, because they are only announced to WOE Members and those registered already.
The Harmony Theater seats up to 25,000 guests. The sound engineers for the Theater also work in the recording studios in the Entertainers Village. The lighting is directed and controlled by the Sight and Sound department, a division of the Systems Engineering Department.
Each band and entertainer works with a show writer, director, and producer. They customize each show for the WOE and will perform that show multiple times a few months, or at various times throughout the year.
Bands like ZZ Top and Rush can perform a custom 90-minute set, with special effects that would be too costly on the road. They can perform up to 12 times a month, 9 months a year.
The convenient parking and monorail transportation to and from the Theater, Onsite Hotels, WOE Complex, custom Harmony Speakers, top-notch entertainment, and custom seating; make the Harmony Theater the ultimate entertainment venue.
A lot of sizzling is yet to come to this fully air-conditioned Complex this summer!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy your weekend. Until next time,
Peter's Wednesday Interview Blog - Bob learns a valuable lesson while vacationing with his family& More!
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
Happy `midway point' for all you Monday - Friday workers. Do you have any summer plans? Family road trips? Or any family visiting you?
Summer is already upon those in Florida. Jennifer, Sally and I went to Orlando today and let me tell you, the heat is on! So is the humidity.
If you're coming to Florida for a family vacation, especially Orlando to visit the theme parks, be prepared for the heat. It will zap the energy out of you. Make sure to soak up air conditioning whenever you can and stay hydrated. Also, wear a hat and sunscreen.
I'll be adding a few pictures, a short review, and hopefully some video (if it comes out alright), later this weekend in Peter's Pics.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: The Worst part about Racism below.
WOE Cares Need to Know topic: Prescription Stimulant Medications (Amphetamines). Bennies, Black Beauties, Hearts, Roses, Skippy, Speed, The Smart Drug, Uppers, Vitamin R. The information will be available later today at 4:00 p.m.
This week's WOE Interview/story is about Bob. Bob learns a valuable lesson while visiting with his family on vacation at the WOE.
I hope you enjoy it!
OK. This interview is not really an interview, but a story about a family who recently visited for a week. I wanted to write about Bob and what happened to him, and he was happy to share with all of you.
When Bob, his wife, Bertha, and two young boys arrived on this particular Tuesday morning, they stood out. Within moments of them coming from the airport, guests and employees heard Bob loudly correct his wife for not moving quick enough, for the way her hair looked, and the way she was dressed.
The loud corrections continued through the Hotel Guests Hub check-in process, to the Family Hotel, and even at the water park and dinner. The young boys seemed used to the fact that their dad would loudly correct their mom in front of others, for any reason what's so ever. Unfortunately, Bertha was used to it too.
On the third day of their visit, things continued as they have been. At times, Bertha would even be corrected before a show or going on an attraction. It seemed that she just couldn't do anything right. Bob would often yell at her behind closed doors because she just wouldn't change.
But later on Friday, Bob had to go back to his suite to get something Bertha forgot. When he got to his suite, he picked up the item and then heard a man yelling at someone in the next suite. Being that the walls are pretty thick, he was surprised to be able to hear anything at all.
The yelling became louder, and as he put his ear up to the wall. He could hear the man say to someone else that they were worthless, irresponsible, couldn't dress themselves or act appropriately in public. Just as Bob would say to Bertha.
He started to hear a woman cry hysterically while telling him how sorry she was for disappointing him.
Bob felt terrible for her. As he left his suite, he thought about knocking on the door to ask if everything was alright. He stood outside his door, but before he made up his mind, a family of five came walking down the hall, greeted Bob as they passed him, stopped in front of the suite next door, and went inside.
Bob was sure there were people in there already, but who were these people who just went in?
On Saturday, Bob heard yelling in the suite on the other side while using the restroom. It was a different male voice and another woman crying.
On Sunday, as Bob was walking down to the water park to join his family, he could hear more men yelling at their wives as he passed by their suites, but he could see no one.
As Bob met his family, he started crying in front of Bertha. "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for everything I ever said or did to hurt you. I love you so much!
Bertha embraced Bob and said, "I know you care about me and love me. I am a grown woman and not be all you expect all the time, but I love you too and know how much you really do care."
"I heard what it felt like for Bertha. I saw in the mirror who it was. It wasn't who she married and loved. It was my own anger, and it was ugly. Now, I feel nothing but love for someone who tolerated so much for so long That, is love. Now, I am thankful I was helped."
Bob and Bertha renewed their marriage vows on Monday in the WOE Chapel and went home as a new couple and a happier family.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Hello, my WOE Friends!
Welcome back from the weekend! I hope you had a little fun and quality family time.
Jennifer and I went to a Major League baseball game on Friday and were given field passes by a friend. We watched the players in batting practice and warm up catching balls on the field. I couldn't believe the prices they were charging for food and drinks! $5.00 for a bottle of water. $10 for a can of beer. Jennifer and I purchased a refillable cup for $10.50. The thought was we could get as much water as we wanted. But, we got soda instead. And being we are trying to lose weight, that made it a bad choice. What made it worse is how we refilled it a few times to "get our money's worth." Not smart on our end at all.
We are going to start our diet very seriously when we get back from vacation. I know, we say it all the time. But we have too! I don't want to carry this weight as we continue to get older. I want to lose it before health problems start to arise.
Speaking of vacation - we will be embarking on our road trip June 11 - 19th. But I am hoping to take you all along by keeping you updated with my blogs and Peter's pics. I'll be sending pictures right to our Instagram Page as I capture them.
I have included the latest HR Picture: I'll start my diet tomorrow. Where do you think that idea came from?
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard, Part 4. is now online! Alex tries out his new Magic Persuasion with a simple handshake. Find out on who and if it worked. Click the ad below to start reading or find it in the WOE Short Stories section.
This Week's WOE Expansion Update: Funland - NEW VRE Extreme Go Cart City Race!
OK. Most of us love driving go-carts. I love them because I can drive. Due to my poor eyesight, I can't drive on the roads. So driving these guys are going to be a lot of fun! But one thing we're not supposed to do while driving go-carts is to bump each other. Until NOW! The new VRE (Virtual Reality Experience), Extreme Go-Cart City Race, is one you can tear up the competition on.
Each racer and navigator gets into a go-cart racer, complete with a real racing steering wheel, and gas/brake pedals. It even has sensors to let you know when a sharp curve is coming up, or a sharp incline or descent is. Each car is equipped with a GPS monitor, which your navigator/passenger will use to help you get to your destination.
Just like the technology used for Galactic War, the Systems Engineering team are using the same plasma domes over each racer.
But it gets even better! There will be other cars on the road. Because you are illegally racing through a major world city. The city will be chosen randomly. And yes, you will be driving up on sidewalks, through the subways, and even through parks. Thirty drivers will start at one end of a world-renowned city and race to the finish line. There will be a first, second, and third place winner. Each will have their picture taken in the Winner's Circle.
Bump and push the other racers, even the taxi cabs, out of your way! Watch the pedestrians, though. Each one hit causes you a five-second penalty. You can feel the impact of hitting another car from behind (not full effect though, of course. We don't want any whiplash).
The cops will be chasing you, and you will hear a lot of horn honking from the city drivers. Each ride will last approximately twenty minutes. Reservations are recommended, but not required.
I can't wait for this to open. The New Complex is coming along. It's getting better and better!
Thanks for reading! Until next time,