World of Entopia
Stories Prelude 3
All the employees love when the entertainers have their special after-hours parties and get-togethers. They are forbidden to ask for autographs and pictures. Frankly, they are used to seeing them around, even during regular operating hours when most guests don’t recognize them. But it’s still awesome to see singers, actors, TV and movies personalities and others, eating and enjoying themselves with others and their families.
These entertainers don’t have that pompous “I am a star” attitude here. They aren’t treated like a superstar by the staff and aren’t bowed down too. To the employees, they are employees also, just more popular.
The village has been much better than I anticipated. I think I love the people the best and the closeness you feel with each other. You are expected from day one to interact with your neighbors and go to many of the events they offer. There is no “caste system” here. No fancy cars in driveways, no mansions, no special privileges given to the upper management. We all are a community, and we all enjoy being together, like one big happy family.
Throughout the Village are indoor and outdoor playgrounds for the kids and basketball, volleyball, tennis, and putt-putt golf for everyone. It’s nice to see parents let their kids out to play by themselves, without having to be supervised. At night, the entire outside is lit up with various lights to create a colorful tapestry for the Village.
The Employee Village has over 7,000 residents and growing. Kids can start school at age two, and the mother or dad can spend the first two years raising them if they want, or longer if they wish. The family will receive one allowance, but everything else is taking care of. Absolutely no expenses; no rent, mortgage, electric bill, cable, insurance premiums or deductibles, car payment, food bill, nothing!
You may use your allowance to buy “extra” items at the mall, online or other stores around the Village and buy gifts, send money to someone else in your family, put it toward a vacation or buy a vehicle. The vacation can be bought through the HR Department for s steep discount on airfare, hotels, food, etc. The vehicles can be bought at .05% above costs. But you don’t have to buy a car, as you can “borrow” one when needed. But some Resident’s prefer to have their own car to travel to the surrounding community or take road trips in their own vehicle.
Yes, the Employee Village is a utopian town. Everything taken care of, easy access to work, plenty of fun activities, great neighbors and safety. Absolutely no guns, cars on the road, and predators lurking for you. It makes me wonder if this is similar to what Disney may have been thinking when he envisioned Epcot?
Thanks for reading! Talk later.
World of Entopia
Stories Prelude 2.
So, let me catch you up on what’s been going on at the WOE. First off, Jennifer, Sally and I are living on the property in our own apartment. A beautiful three bedroom, two baths (about 1,400 sq. ft.), porch and a carport in the parking lot covering our golf carts.
We’re on the second floor of the Juniper Complex, which has about two hundred family style apartments with porches all facing the woods. The view is very similar to when we stayed at the Hotel Family. They have staff that takes care of the many birdbaths and feeders around the back of the apartments. We enjoy sitting on our porch and watch the birds, squirrels, and rabbits frolic and play.
Our golf carts are stored in our covered space and are always charging when not in use. We use them to go to the Village market, mall, pool, or Employee Parking Garage, Both Jennifer and I have one and Sally can borrow one if needed.
The Village has over two-thousand apartments and six hundred homes and duplexes. We have our own shopping and entertainment mall, complete with grocery store, boutique stores, movie theater, twelve restaurants, and many grab-and-go food and coffee/tea lounges too.
All the lounges are open 6 am – 12 am and offer free coffee, tea, and specialty drinks, made to your liking. They offer fresh fruits, baked goods, cereals, and snacks. The whole Village has excellent wi-fi, and there are numerous shady spots all over with benches, picnic tables, and lounge chairs.
The Village has a comfortable, and laid-back vibe and all the employees greet each other as they pass on the walkways, in the parks, or talk while waiting in line. The walkways and golf cart paths are covered to protect you from the heat, cold, and rain. They have heaters mounted in the ceiling to help keep you warm on those frigid days.
The entire Village has an extensive people mover transportation system, called the Village Shuttle. The Village Shuttle is completely enclosed and connects to the WOE Complex, mall, Employee Parking Garage, WOE Academy (school), and a few other places. They’re 16 neighborhood stations that you can board and get dropped off from. The Village Shuttle is similar to the Circle Shuttle and has connecting tubes and tracks like the Zipvators use at the WOE hotels that connect to the Complex.
Ours station is only 30 feet from our building and has an enclosed pathway to get there. So, when the weather is nasty, you can go to the Complex or mall without being exposed to the outside elements. However, they prefer that you use your golf cart or better yet, your feet, to get you around when possible. They wish to promote more time to experience outside instead of being in air conditioning and indoors all year long.
The Village Center has a massive three-acre lagoon pool. Complete with slides, diving boards, zero entry points and areas where the depth reaches twelve feet. There are lap sections, yoga, sunbathing areas and tons of lounge chairs. In the evenings, they have a DJ or band playing music, and you can grab your breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of three grab-and-go eateries around the pool.
The employee meal plans work much like the meal plans at WOE Hotels. You can get three main meals a day at any of the Village eateries and Restaurants (including the mall). Snacks are also included. You also get an allowance to spend at the grocery store to make meals yourself. This is necessary because although eating out is easy and convenient, you find yourself wanting to eat by yourself (or with your family) for privacy or for a change in selection.
Jennifer, Sally and I have a food allowance of $500.00 a month. So, we buy our fruits, vegetables, cereals, and meats, at the store. We sometimes pack a lunch for work and sometimes we eat at the WOE in one of the many employee lounges or one of the six cafeterias. The cafeterias make unbelievably tasty foods and change up their menu regularly.
OK. Here is a nice perk when working at the WOE. On your days off, you can visit the Complex and enjoy the State Fair and Fun Town USA. Also, on certain days of the month, the shows and attractions have an employee party before or after regular operating hours, where they can enjoy the attractions and shows. They make sure to swap the employees who worked for one party, so they don’t have to work the next few (rotate).
Thanks for reading! Talk later.
World of Entopia
Stories Prelude 1.
Two years have gone by since I found out Jennifer had been cured and I was given a job by Steven C. A lot has occurred since then, and I have interviewed many guests and employees, and I have written about their stories.
Instead of writing another full story, I’ve decided to share the interviews and stories one at a time, online and in my new blog. I will also be sharing with you essential and exciting updates about WOE, my family and other places I have visited.
The stories you’ll read about are all heartwarming and inspirational and renew your faith in humanity. So often, we become engrossed in the everyday troubles of society and forget that everyone we interact with is human, just like us.
Everyone; your neighbor, co-worker, boss, family member, cop, store clerk, doctor, and even the pastor at your church, have their problems. Maybe it’s their bills they can’t pay, their illness, legal trouble, marital rift or whatever. Everyone has some issue or problem they must contend with. Heck, even Sally, my now eighteen-year-old daughter, has her issues, which I’ll explain later.
So, when we interact with each other on a daily basis, we tend to forget about their situations and naturally focus just on ours. There’s nothing wrong with that because it’s normal. But when someone pisses us off, we should stop for a brief second and think of them in that way. Think about them as being human, just like you, and maybe understand.
True, some people are just full-time A-holes, no matter what. But, sometime back in their life, something or someone was possibly the cause of what you see today. Now, their bitter, angry, and not patient with you.
Some people are just too selfish or self-centered to think about others, especially when driving. You know the ones; tail-gaiters (aka butt sniffers), being cut off (I call these drivers who don’t use their turn signal when changing lanes, Sliders), and the infamous merges, who race to the end of their lane, put their left turn signal on and then cut-in. Fun times!
I’ve personally observed this behavior for years as a passenger. Those who race to the front and cut-over pass their time to everyone else. Not fair, but true. They feel good about it, and yes, this frustration causes stress, which we then bring home to our own family because someone left the milk out.
Even if you have everything in the world: Money, health, good home, family, you’ll always have something that bothers you. After all, you’re human, and that’s just what humans do.
My stories are all about humans and their struggles with life. But they're also about them being given a second chance, a new beginning, or a break by other humans.
Since that time with Steven C. and all the good news, I’ve got a lot to tell you about Jennifer, Sally, Steven C., and the new attractions, shows, rides, events, and all about my new job. I’ll be telling you this over time, usually every seven to ten days.
Be sure to follow and Like us on Facebook and Twitter to be informed of everything! I hope I can convey all the good that comes from the WOE and hope you follow me along the way.
Thanks for reading! Talk later.
Launched in November 2018, I am hopeful you will like and enjoy the new World of Entopia website! Feel free to explore the WOE Complex and all the sections, read the World of Entopia Story, follow my Blog for updates and Q & A, and see what the WOE HR Department creates for its employees in HR Posters and Videos.
In 2019, I will be adding much more! I would like to hear your feedback and what you want and don't. My job as the Resident Author for the WOE is to share what happens here with all of you. Please be sure to Like and Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to know when new items have been added.
Greetings, fellow WOE Fans,
I am happy to announce a new addition to the World of Entopia website; HR Photos and Videos. The WOE HR Department creates inspirational, motivational, and public service posters, flyers and videos for its employees. They can be found in many employee break rooms throughout the Complex.
I thought it would be a great idea to take some of them and share them with all of you. Feel free to use them for yourself and share with others! New items will be added periodically, so check back often or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to see them as soon as they come out.
If you have any suggestions or comments, you'd like to see done, please write me an e-mail or connect through one of the social media platforms.