Peter's Finally Friday Blog- WOE Complex tour - A look behind Galactic War: The most sophisticated and advanced roller coaster in the world!
Salutations, my dear WOE Friends!
It’s finally Friday. For many of you, a short work week was probably welcomed. It’s already starting to get to warm out there, at least for me.
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard, Part 3. is now online! This story is getting thicker and will definitely expand. Jump on into the reading and get caught up if you haven’t started yet. You can find it in the WOE Short Stories section or by clicking the ad below.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Mental illness shouldn’t be treated differently.
How am I doing? Have an idea on a picture HR can create? An idea for something cool at the WOE Complex? How about my Blog’s or WOE Short Stories? Send me an e-mail and let me know! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s WOE Complex tour - A look behind Galactic War: The most sophisticated and advanced roller coaster in the world!
Before I give you a look behind the scenes, here’s a description of the attraction, taken from Chapter 18 of The World of Entopia: The Story.
“Galactic War... is the top-rated indoor roller coaster in the world. It features a combination of virtual reality and a high–speed roller coaster. Each 16-person rocket has a plasma-dome cover, to create the illusion you’re in a different world. The video is so real, you are entirely immersed. The story takes place in a faraway galaxy, between two fighting planets, both looking to destroy the other. You are recruited to join one of them by being randomly chosen and assigned a side. There are over 100 battle combinations between the planets. The battle comes complete with proton missiles and laser beam weapons, as well as acrobatic flying. You will be chasing other rocket ships or be chased. You fly through the galaxy at super high speeds, which feel like 1,200 mph. The virtual effects will make you feel like you’re dropping thousands of feet.
The Galactic War attraction is by far the most advanced ride system in the world. No headsets or special glasses to wear. You will feel the rush and excitement as you speed toward the fires below and rocket to super-fast speeds upward. The coaster is very smooth, as it uses rubber tires, and each 16-passenger rocket can swivel and tilt. The rockets use their own power to generate intense speeds and quick bursts of acceleration.
The entryway into the Galactic War show building is like walking into a science fiction movie. There are several areas you pass while walking deep into the attraction where you can watch the rockets fly in and out and straight down into the floor. A hole will open right before the rocket comes shooting straight down from above. The recruit training rooms are also geared to get you amped up and ready for a real Galactic War, by telling you all the terrible things the other planet did over the years to the one you’re helping to fight for. They make sure to garner your sympathy and anger.”
I was taken on a tour behind the scenes by Roger, the Director of Systems Engineering a few days ago. I always thought the entryway to the attraction was impressive. But once we went into a secret passageway and entered the “backstage area,” my jaw dropped!
All I could see was intermingled track everywhere. So much track that it was almost on top of each other. Cris-crossing, looping, going straight up and straight down.
We walked along these catwalks which traveled through the labyrinth of tracks. I must admit, my poor eyesight did give me a slight problem, but Roger had a flashlight to help guide me along.
At times, the rockets would come zipping right by us, sometimes at speeds up to 125 n.p.h. You could feel the gust of wind as they quietly zipped past us.
The most impressive part of the tour was the control room. Located in the middle of the attraction, the enclosed room seats about six employees who watch and monitor about 30 different screens.
“Each ride vehicle has its own camera and two-way intercom for communication. If an emergency button is pushed, we can see and hear everything that is going on in the vehicle. There are twenty-five spots we can pull a vehicle into and render help if need be. Each rocket can be controlled independently, and the computer system will assist us in slowing down the others following behind.
Because of the different track configurations and ride experience possibilities, there can be ten trains running at the same time.”
We then took an elevator up 200 feet to the highest point, where an Employee is stationed in case of emergencies.
“This is Mike. He is watching monitors and is ready for any emergencies. He is an EMT and can have the vehicle stop at this point and render medical assistance until additional help can come from the medical clinic located in between this attraction and Castle Mare. If for any reason the ride stopped here, he could also get the guests out quickly and safely. No two-hour wait and needing the assistance of the fire department.”
I was impressed as I always am. Roger tells me that to this day, the Galactic War attraction has not broken down once in all these years. “We take great pride in our work and make sure the Guests is taken care of. After all, they’re here for a good time. We’re not going to let a lack of preventative maintenance ruin that.”
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy your weekend. For those of you working, Thanks! Until next time,
Peter's Wednesday Interview Blog - Interview with Dr. Vissio - Head of Psychological Services at the World of Entopia.
Hello, my WOE Friends!
We're at the half-way point of our week already. We're also almost at the end of the month and the summer season has officially started.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: You're not Perfect.
The WOE Cares Need to Know topic for this week is Borderline Personality Disorder.
Although Mental Health Month is wrapping up, we will continue to offer topics on mental health periodically in the WOE Cares Need to Know section. We invite you to go to the National Institute of Mental Health whenever you would like to know more about a topic. You can find their link on the bottom of this post or in WOE Cares section.
If you haven't read the WOE Short Story: My Best Friend, Abby, you may want too. It's a story about a teenager who has schizophrenia and hallucinates about someone being her friend. It is located in the WOE Short Story section.
This week's WOE Interview/story is with Dr. Vissio. He is the head of Psychological Services at the World of Entopia.
I hope you enjoy it!
"Dr. Vissio, I am glad you took the time to meet with me and to tell us what is so important about your department and how important it is to the WOE."
"Hi, Peter. I'd be happy too. I am a board certified MD and specialize in Psychiatry. I also have a Ph. D. in Psychology and a Masters in social work. I've been practicing for over 25-years. The psychological services offered here at the WOE are extensive because they need to be.
We have seven people in our department, four of them psychologists (including myself). We have three social workers/counselors. All of our doctors in the medical facility have extensive training in psychology and can spot warning signs and offer immediate help whenever needed. All of our management, supervisors, and security all have many hours of mental health training.
Our department concentrates on those who have some sort of disorder or mental health problem. We offer support groups, one-on-one therapy, and many techniques to help everyone cope with a loss, anxiety, phobia, traumatic episodes, or any other issue they may have.
Every WOE Employee and Entertainer gets a routine physical every six months, not yearly. And fifteen minutes of the exam is spent talking with them. If a doctor feels they may need to follow up with us, then they simply walk down the hall and into one of our offices.
This applies to anyone who needs or just wants to talk to any of our staff. No appointment is necessary but helpful. They can see the therapists or doctor of their choice, close the door and sit and talk.
We have Employees and Entertainers that may have a concern and will text or e-mail their therapists for a quick question. We also offer a 24-hour helpline."
"I understand that seeing a therapist is not necessarily confidential, just the patient and doctor conversation is. Is that correct?"
"Yes, There is and should be no embarrassment in seeing a mental health professional. Just as there is no embarrassment in seeing your eye doctor or dentist. Nobody is embarrassed to have their computer worked on, right? Well, your brain is a supercomputer, equipped with emotions. Unlike computers, we can feel empathy, love, heartbreak, loss, etc. No other computer, even ones with artificial intelligence, can match the human mind.
Most mental illnesses can be brought on by a combination of heredity and environment. Many kids and adults may have experienced brutal trauma in their lives.
The problems they have are often not their fault. The reason many people won't seek help is because of the stigma many still have about mental illness. Before we understood what was really going on in the mind, and before new medications were created to help with hallucinations and other effects, many were scared of those who had disorders. Even now, people may picture mental hospitals based on what they've seen in movies and TV. They may be scared to seek help because of what others may think of them.
There is also not enough financial support to help. We need much more funding to hire more mental health staff nationwide and with our veterans, who are still suffering from the effects of combat."
"I have a family history of mental health disorders, and I've seen doctors who don't always do the best job to help their patients. They tend to `short change' them, and many hospitals will keep them until their insurance is about to run out."
"Yes, You're right, Peter. But this happens throughout all the medical community. Some doctors do unnecessary surgeries. Hospitals are going to try and charge you for everything they can. There are abuses, and we need reform and accountability in all the medical community, not just psychiatry.
I worked in private practice and saw patients at a local mental hospital. I was appalled at how little time many doctors spent with their patients. Very much like when you're hospitalized with a medical condition, doctors may come in and review the patient's chart, write a quick note, and leave. Maybe not even seeing the patient. And many can be very hard to get a hold of when the patient needs medication.
I also didn't like the way many of the patients were treated by the staff. Many mental health techs had only a high school diploma and were paid minimum wage. They were the ones who spent the most time with the patients.
One day, I was visiting my patients at the hospital, and after seeing all of them, I was asked by the director to come to his office. He told me I was taking too long with my patients and needed to make my sessions much quicker. He said other doctors were complaining that I made them look bad. Plus, they only had one room for us to meet in, with 30 patients.
I couldn't believe it. These people needed to talk to me. To get help. They were at their worst. Couldn't I spend 30-minutes with them every few days?
When I heard about the World of Entopia opening, I sent my resume in hoping for an interview. I told them what I envisioned for mental health and how important it was. Three days after I e-mailed my resume, I heard a knock at my front door. My wife opened it and let them in. To my surprise, it was two Employee Scouts and Steven C.
He wanted to meet me personally and said he was intrigued by what I had to say. He told me his family also had mental health issues and wanted a superior program that no one was embarrassed to use."
"`I don't want any WOE Employee to have to call a confidential number to get pre-approval. I want them to be able to call and get in the same or next day.`"
"When I told Steven C. I would like them to also be able to walk directly into our offices, he said, I believe the WOE will be a far better place to work and live with you in our family.'"
"Thank you, Steven C. and the World of Entopia. We are all feeling mentally better because of you!"
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Monday Blog - WOE Complex Expansion Update - New, Unique Super Thrill Ride coming to the Science & Discovery Section!
Good Day, my intelligent WOE Friends!
Today is Memorial Day, and many of you may be off of work because of it. While enjoying the beach, cook-out, or any other fun activity you may be doing, keep those who have given of their own lives to defend this country and all of the freedom we cherish in mind. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable day!
The WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard - Part 2 is now online! Click on the ad below to go directly there.
The WOE Short Story was revised yesterday. I had inadvertently placed another version that still had grammar errors within it. I have replaced the version and will be sure to re-check the entire story shortly. Apologies to those of you who may have found the errors to be annoying. I am still learning the craft of writing and know you will find mistakes in my blogs and short stories. Jennifer does help look over most of my work, as does Grammarly. But it's not professional. Thanks for bearing with me.
Family vaca - Jennifer, Sally, and I will be taking a family "road trip" vacation to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg within a few weeks. We will be exploring Dollywood, The Titanic, a few dinner shows and Ober Mountain. I will have plenty of photo's, reviews, and video to share when we get back. I just purchased a video camera and will be creating a few short videos (not vlogging) of the Smoke Mountains and other places we visit.
This week's WOE Expansion Update - New, Unique Super Thrill Ride!
I know most people think of roller coasters when I say super thrill ride. But this one is even better! Instead of being flipped upside down seven times and possibly feeling a little sick to your stomach at the end, this attraction/thrill ride will take you on a journey few ever get to experience.
You will be timed going down narrow, twisting, banked ice turns, at speeds up to 100 m.p.h., in a gravity-powered sled. Yes, you will be Bobsledding! You and three others will sit in an actual Bobsled and experience what Olympians experience. The thrill of actually descending downhill on a mountain, going into banked turns at high speed will be incredible.
The Alpine Bob sleighing Experience will be housed in the New Science & Discovery Section of the New Complex. It will focus on gravity, G-force, and how physics work on the body.
This super attraction will be the tallest yet and be entirely enclosed. It will resemble an actual mountain when going down.
But it gets even better: Once you reach the finish line and hear all the cheering, you'll see your time. Then, in traditional Olympian competition, you will be chair lifted to the top again and get to do it all over. Then your times will be combined, and the results put on your free team photo.
There will be four Bobsled courses running at the same time. Each one will be slightly different. When you reserve your next "race" in the future, the computer will choose a different track for you automatically.
Also, the computer will pick the shortest person to sit in the front and the tallest in the back. You can reserve rides together as a four-man team when making your reservation.
I promise this will be one of the most talked about thrill rides in the world when it opens next year!
"Nothing is out of our reach! If we dream or imagine it, we can and should build it!" Steven C.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Finally Friday Blog - WOE Complex Tour - The Disappearing Plate and Sally is now in a magic show!
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
We made it to the end of the week! Hopefully, you accomplished something good or maybe even something great!
Speaking of something great; Sally, my seventeen-year-old daughter, and magic lover has started as an assistant for Mr. Minselli, her idol. Her first show was today. She will be helping with two to three shows a week while she attends school, and a few more when she has a break. She also started part-time as a hostess for the Magic Plate. She's starting to earn her own money.
She gets to help with two to three big illusions on stage. She is also learning to do card tricks. She hopes soon to be doing close-up magic in the Houdini Theater queue or The Magic Plate Restaurant. She wishes to be a teacher, like her mom, but she's doing the magic for pure fun! Go, Sally!
We have a brand new WOE Short Story: Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard. Alex returns to the place he never thought he world again. This new story follows the WOE Short Story: The Elevator in the Graveyard. You can find both in the WOE Short Stories section. Click the ad below to start reading Back to the Elevator in the Graveyard now!.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Kids Mimic their Parent's Ability.
If you haven't read this week's WOE Cares Need to Know topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder, please do. It has crucial information every parent should definitely read, and it's great for anyone to have this understanding of what Autism really is. Knowing is the first step to understanding.
This week's WOE Complex tour: The Magic Plate
I mentioned this restaurant in the WOE Story. Sally, Jennifer and I ate there a few nights ago, and man is it a blast.
The whole restaurant is loaded with special effects and has roaming magicians that perform close-up magic at your table. There are also several small stages where magicians will bring up a guest and perform a trick or illusion. Everything is broadcast on screens around the restaurant.
The Magic Plate is very highly themed and interactive, much like Dining in the Basement, in The Dark Room. As you enter and wait to be seated, the tricks start coming. Portraits on the wall change, and things from across the room appear and disappear.
When we got our menu's, we were looking at all the choices, when all of a sudden, all the prices disappeared. Then they came back. We also had a candle on our table that would periodically extinguish itself and then reignite.
One of the magicians who came to our table made me laugh so hard, I almost spit out a mouth full of food. His name was Bill, and he was fantastic at coin tricks. He made Sally's eyes get huge several times.
The roaming magicians spend about five minutes at each table, and you will likely have two to three during the time you are there. Plus, there will be a periodic stage show somewhere around you.
It's a lot of fun, and if you have the WOE Meal Plan, you can use a lunch or dinner credit and pay nothing more. As usual at the WOE, drinks, and tax are always included, and there is no tipping. At the end of your meal, you get up and walk out. I love it!
I hope you have a great weekend. Please keep those who have sacrificed themselves for this country in your thoughts and prayers on Memorial Day.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter’s Wednesday Interview Blog – The Dean Family take a vacation at the WOE to try and save their marriage!
Greetings, WOE Friends!
I hope all is well with each of you who are reading this. If not, then hopefully it will be soon!
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Human Greed and Selfishness. If you’ve read the WOE Story and been following me, you’ll know how much I agree with this statement. So many people in business just want to make as much as they possibly can. Sometimes, there’s no point in which they say, “I guess I’ve had my fill.”
But what happens? The money keeps being taking from others who could benefit more. I remember a shop owner once told me, “People visiting here only have so much money to spend. The more stores you add, the less money there is to go around.”
I think of that when it comes to health insurance, pharmaceuticals, theme parks, entertainment venues, etc. The more they take from us, the less there is to go around. When gas prices drop, people have more money to spend on restaurants, hotels, airfare, cars, and more. The money gets spread around. Not siphoned off to a few large companies and shareholders.
WOE Cares Need to Know topic for this week is Autism. The information will be available by 4:00 p.m. today.
This week’s Interview/Story is with the Dean Family. On the verge of a divorce, they take one last family vacation together to try and make things work.
Frank is a 45-year-old married father of two young ladies, Lea, 10, and Tina, 14. Diane is his wife of 25 years. I met them last night for dinner, and they shared their story with me.
I Hope you enjoy it!
“We met in our first year of college. We were both from out of state and taking the same major, business. I noticed how pretty she was months before I got the nerve to even talk to her.
She was very pleasant and down to earth. Not hung up on her looks like many of the other young women on campus.”
“He was handsome. Still is. Very shy and I knew he really liked me because he was so nervous. We sat down together for lunch in the cafeteria and told stories about our high school days and how much we hated them.
It was so funny, because Frank told this one story about him getting `pants’ in the school hallway, and I laughed so hard, milk came shooting out of my nose.”
“Oh, how I remember that. That was hilarious.”
“Tell me what brought you two to the WOE and what happened with this seemingly great start to your relationship, I asked them.”
“Well, we continued to see each other and eat our meals together. I finally asked her out on a real date, and she accepted. Two and a half years later, we both graduated and got married.
Life was harmonious and fun for a while. We didn’t have the kids until later in our marriage because we wanted to focus on our careers. The problems started because we both were at the peak of our jobs and had been promoted several times each. We were both working in upper management and were required to work many long days and evenings and take many business trips.
This worked well until we had Tina. Then it was, `Whose turn is it to give her a bath, do her homework, get her ready for school?’ “
“Frank and I were very happy doing what we did for a living. But we were always arguing about who should raise Tina. For some strange reason, we thought having another one would make things better for Tina and us. So, Lea was born.
But it didn’t. It only made things worse. We wound up hiring a live-in nanny to help raise them. We would get text messages when they did something for the first time; like walk, talk, and go to the potty by themselves. We were awful parents!
We didn’t have time for ourselves, let alone our kids.”
Diane and I tried counseling. But we loved our jobs and refused to give on either side. The kids weren’t raised by us, but by someone who wasn’t even a family member. We could barely make it to their birthday parties.
Divorce papers were prepared prior to us coming here. But we decided to make one last ditch effort to see if a family vacation could save our marriage and help us be better parents.”
We purposefully stayed in a section of Hotel Family - History, with no internet or WI-FI. The first two days were terrible. We were so used to being in constant contact with our companies, and now we had no communication. We bickered and fought in front of the kids. Our own kids saw us fight on our family vacation. Part of this vacation was for Lea’s tenth birthday. She has always wanted to be here.
On day three, we started to get used to no phone, computer, or any business. We sat on the balcony and watched the birds, squirrels, and rabbits play. We rode rides with the kids and started seeing shows together. I began to notice how much these kids meant to me. I watched as they held my hand and laughed at my lame jokes.”
“Lisa started telling me about the boys she likes. She told me about school and her friends. I started to feel like a mom.”
“The girls went to Fun Town USA with us, and we had a ball roller skating, dancing, playing VR games together. We were having a blast. Then the girls started going out a few times on their own to The State Fair. Diane and I ordered our dinner to the suite and had an evening like we haven’t in years.
As a family, we ate together, went to the water park together, did so many great things as a family. Having all the time to just be with each other and nobody else has changed who we are.
On day seven of our ten-day vacation, Diane brought me a cup of coffee on the balcony and sat down. We talked about how much fun we were having and how we needed to cut back on our jobs and focus on our kids and our marriage.
Then, she started crying. I asked her what was wrong. She said she didn’t want to lose me and see the family split up. I began to cry myself.”
“When we told the kids Frank, and I were going to stay together, they both wildly cheered and jumped around. Tina had tears in her eyes and told us she had never had this much fun as a family. Lea said this was the best birthday gift she could have gotten. “I got my parents for a birthday gift!”
Thank you, World of Entopia! You saved our family!”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Munchy Monday Blog - The Conclusion of Both Sides of The Party & WOE Expansion/New Rides Update!
Hello, fellow WOE Friends!
I hope today finds you ready for another week's work journey. If not, hopefully, the caffeine will soon kick in. I had a great time with Jennifer, as we went to Orlando on Saturday. I added some pictures of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Peter's Pics.
I was hoping for a good result on Saturday from the scale. Unfortunately, I went up 1.5 lbs. That was a real bummer. So, what did I do on Saturday? Pretty much ate terribly and went to a buffet. It carried over into Sunday.
But today is Monday! I am off to a new start and will work even harder! I only mention this because I'm sure many of you can relate to this challenge or another one you may be facing. Stay strong, and we will fight together!
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party is complete and online! The fevered climax may surprise you! Find it in the WOE Short Stories section or click on the add below to finish reading.
I have attached the latest H.R. Picture from Saturday: Perception.
WOE Expansion News and Updates!
I've been telling you about the new WOE Complex being built next door to the current one, as well as The Alley that's being built in between the two But there are also new rides being added to the existing Complex that will be opening in June.
In the State Fair's Millennial section is a brand new ride/attraction called The Monster. Sally and I rode it during the Residents After-hours Party preview. It is fully enclosed in a building that is shaped like a giant monster. You sit in twelve seat trains, with an acrylic roof. Four rows of four seats each with its own harness. The Monster is a wild-mouse roller coaster, but entirely in the dark, except for the special effects. The enclosure allows for air to be circulated inside the train to give you a faster moving feeling and enhances the soundtracks acoustics. You will reach speeds of 60 M.P.H. and experience up to 4 g's of force and several intense drops and climbs. The Monster will 'eat your adrenalin up!'
Another new ride will be opening in The Dark Room, called Space Tube. This wild new ride will make any brave thrill seeker think twice about boarding. Twelve people ride one behind the other on a sled, inside a lighted tube. You get launched at 120 M.P.H. forward, then straight up three hundred feet in this tube. You'll then sit in a verticle holding position for ten seconds, then get launched backward at the same speed back to the station. This is the only backward launch anywhere. The lights in the tube make it feel like your being zipped through a space continuum. What an experience. Once was enough for me.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Finally Friday Blog - WOE Complex tour- Behind the Scenes of the Residents After-hours Party & More!
Hallo, My Favorite WOE Friends!
The 'Hallo' should be a 'hello' in German. But being that I can't speak more than one language, I hope Google was right. I do respect others who can speak more than one language. I know it's easy for us to knock someone who doesn't speak English as their primary language. But imagine how we would sound trying to speak their language?
Project update; I'm still not eating at least two hours before bed. I believe the scale will be good to me Saturday (hopefully!). I hope you were able to accomplish something good this week. If not, try harder next!
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party is nearing its riveting conclusion! Part 6. is now online! This story is an excellent read for anyone, particularity for parents and teens. You can find the story in WOE Short Stories or by clicking the ad below.
If you haven't read this week's WOE Cares Need to Know Topic: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, do try to. There is also a video explaining more!
I have attached the latest HR Picture: Opinions.
Time for Friday's WOE Complex Tour: Behind the scenes of the Residents After-hours Party!
This week Sally, Jennifer, and I attended a Residents Employee Party at the Complex. The WOE hosts many different after-hours parties throughout the year. Many are for the WOE Guests and can last until 4:00 a.m. in the morning. A few can actually go all night; for New Year's Eve and Halloween.
Every two weeks, the entertainers who live on the property get to come to the Complex after hours and visit one of the five Sections. They can bring their whole family and ride the rides, attractions, watch movies, shows, eat at the restaurants, etc. These are always concealed from the Guests.
While the Guests may be enjoying Metamorphoses and Club Wheels in Fun Town USA, the entertainers could be in The Dark Room, Show Town, The Continents, or even the State Fair for up to four hours after the regular Complex hours have ended. The Guests staying in the Complex Hotel cannot see the entertainers in the State Fair, because the Systems Engineering group utilizes special effect lighting and sound to prevent them from being seen. To the Guests looking at the State Fair from their balcony, it seems like the State Fair is sleeping.
The entertainers love the after-hours events, and so do their families. The employee's love these after-hours events as well and have the same benefits. They offer onsite babysitting for any children under ten so mom and dad can play. The kids six through nine have all sorts of cool things they do around the Complex away from their parents and have a ball.
On certain nights of the year, the WOE puts together a Residents After-hours party that combines the Entertainers and the Employee Residents. These events are much bigger and last throughout the night, usually until around 6 a.m. when they serve breakfast. There is free food served around the Complex, entertainment, unique food and drink treats, and free alcohol (limited, of course).
What makes this event so special is everyone: The entertainers, WOE Management, and all the Residents get to intermingle, and have a blast!
The employee's who volunteer to work, do so for a three -hour shift, then get the rest of the time off. For doing that, they get one day off their regular work week to be used at another time. If they choose to work two shifts, then they get two days off.
On this event, they had every Section except The Continents open. Fun Town USA reopened at 1:00 a.m. after all the daily Guests were gone and the Section received its nightly cleaning. The entertainment featured Journey, with Steve Perry making a guest appearance, on the World Stage. The music and video was piped throughout the Complex.
The Employee Residents are prohibited from asking for autograph's or taking pictures with any of the Entertainers. As we are told beforehand, "Just enjoy yourself and take all the memory pictures you want. This is your home. You'll probably see them again soon!"
I love this place!
Thanks for Reading! I do hope you have a great weekend! Until next time,
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
I hope you all survived the first few days so far. It's starting to get warmer outside, and summer will soon be here. The WOE will be heating up the entertainment with a new summer parade in Show Town, called Sizzlin Fiesta. It will be taken the place of the Music Sensation Parade, which runs at 8:00 p.m.
The Sizzlin Fiesta Parade will feature a Latin Carnival feel, with a lot of music and dancing. It will run from June 1st - August 1st. The Music Sensation Parade will then be relaunched, with fresh lighting, music, and effects!
I have attached the newest HR Picture: Being Different is Being Unique.
This week's WOE Cares Need to Know topic: is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. You can find the information in WOE Cares.
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party will be coming to an end soon. Be sure to read along as we approach the climatic end!
This week's Wednesday Interview is with Kevin. This is more like a give and take, than an interview.
I met Kevin a few weeks ago while watching the World Stage performances. He was sitting with his wife and twelve-year-old son, watching the dancing and listening to the music. I walked over and introduced myself and told them how nice it was to watch them just enjoy themselves, as a family.
We started talking, and he wanted to vent about how expensive health insurance is getting and how lucky we were to have the medical facility.
"You all have it made here! No insurance premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles, no pre-certification needed. I do wish everybody did the same thing."
"They all could, if they wanted to," I explained.
"How? I mean, we were paying $340.00 per month in premiums. Then you have to pay $30 per office visit to your primary, $80 for an office visit to a specialist, and more for any diagnostic tests, like an MRI, until we meet our deductible. Now, they're raising the premium to $440.00, plus vision and dental are separate. The deductible is now $1,400.00, and the specialists are $95 per visit.
My son needs to see a psychiatrist for his depression every few weeks. That really adds up at $95 per visit, two a month."
That's before anyone even has to go to the hospital. It 's ridiculous!"
I told him I absolutely agreed and was faced with the same situation when Jennifer was sick. "I thought we would be financially ruined. Plus, Jennifer was dying. If it weren't for Steven C. offering me this job and Jennifer getting cured in their facility, I don't know where I'd be."
Then I explained how the WOE is so different than other companies or organizations, "Here, it's about equality. Not greed and prestige. We all live in comparable houses, all swim in the same pools as the company brass and doctors. We have harmony and enjoy our work together."
Kevin told me "Many would call that socialism and the rich deserve their money."
"They can call it whatever they want. A label doesn't necessarily make something terrible. If you go back thousands of years, many people lived in harmony, without having much to squander about. However, many civilizations did the opposite and dealt with war and discontent among its people.
As I've said before, greed is the main reason life isn't fair to most people. If a doctor wants to practice medicine, then keep his tuition low or free, and let him give back to his community to pay it back. Now, they can become a millionaire and blame the costs of doing business on the cost of student loans.
Universities should be doing research for cures and new medicines. Let them double the price of what it costs them and reinvest the profit back into more research and more equipment.
We shouldn't have to buy our meds from another country. We shouldn't have drug reps going into doctors offices and giving them promotional gifts and kickbacks from the drugs they prescribe.
Then I said, "We shouldn't make a profit off of healthcare or education. Non-profit doesn't mean people within the company or organization aren't getting rich."
We did enjoy or rant together. But in the end, I knew he still had to deal with that financial burden when he went back home. I didn't. Thank you, WOE.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Good day, my fellow WOE Friends,
Monday matters - Because we have a new week in which to do something else productive! I have been doing much better in not eating several hours before bed, and not stuffing myself before that two hours. I've learned that chewing gum helps take my mind off of eating while watching Netflix.
I hope you were able to spend time with your family this Mother's Day if you're a mom, and vice versa if you have a mom. We took Jennifer out to eat and then she and I watched the sunset together.
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party - Part 5. is now online! If you haven't started reading it, please do. It's getting very intense! You can find it in the WOE Short Stories section or by clicking the ad below.
New WOE Complex Expansion update
I recently learned of some new details about what will now be officially called Circus Town. This circus-themed section will include a number of unique areas, like the ones I already mentioned: The Big Top, Super Human Feats, and Game of Chance Row. But there will also be History of the Circus Museum, several attractions, rides, and a few restaurants. I will tell you more about them as details become available.
The Big Top will be an actual circus show housed in a circus-like tent. It will have three shoe rings, a Ring Master, and even a circus band. There will be limited animals, like rescue dogs or birds performing tricks and stunts, but no large animals or big cats. Instead, they will use look-a-like animals on wheels. They will move their feet, trunks, tails, jump, and even make sounds. The performers will also be able to do tricks with them! The faux animals will be made of part puppet, animatronic, live people, and a few other secrets to making them appear real.
You will also see many of the acts you were used to seeing in the traditional circus, but "super-charged." Performance acts like the trapeze, and the high wire will perform feats and stunts never seen before. There will be daredevils, stunt shows, and many surprises.
Steven C. told me the reason they wanted to add a circus theme was due to the closing of the Ringling Brothers, and Barnum and Bailey Circus. "I went to see them as a child, and as the years went by, took my daughter to see them as well. It's a shame, so many people lost their livelihoods doing what they loved. We wanted to see the circus come alive again, but with a 21st Century spin."
The Big Top Circus will run two to three 90-minute shows a day. The acts and performers will vary each day, and sometimes each show, to give the performers time to rehearse and time off. Each show could be quite different than the one you saw just three days earlier.
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Peter's Remembering Mom Friday Blog - A message to mom & WOE Complex tour - Behind the scenes of Composers in Light!
Hello, my fellow WOE Friends!
It's about time! Friday is upon us, but so is Mother's Day!
Hopefully, you accomplished something this week. Even if you're not working, anything you do to help yourself improve or someone else improve is an accomplishment. If you didn't, there's always next week!
If you haven't looked at this week's WOE Cares Need to Know yet, check it out. Its topic is Anxiety Disorders. You can find it in WOE Cares.
I have attached the latest HR Picture: View from The Other Direction. I love taking walks. I can tell you that walking the street in the opposite direction gives you a different view. The same goes for many things in life; anything can appear different if looked at in a different way.
The WOE Short Story: Both Sides of The Party - Part 4. is now online!
WOE Complex Tour - Behind the scenes of the new show: Composers in Light.
Last night, I had a chance to go see the latest Hologram Theater show: Composers in Light. It was held after hours for the employees, as it has for the past six nights.
I can honestly tell you this show exceeded my expectations. I have seen other shows there, but this new one took it to the next level . The show features hologram images, video, and the music of Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Jurassic Park, and more; and brings it to life like never before!
It's literally like you have on 3-D glasses, and it's taking place right in the middle of the Theater. But you're not wearing anything. It's all done using hologram lasers, LED screens, plasma bubbles, and many other patented special effects. But the best part of any WOE show is the story-line. It tells a great, well thought out story about a twelve-year-old pre-teen who has these incredible dreams. And because they are dreams, anything can happen.
I was able to look at the underground after the show, in the "belly" of the Hologram Theater, All I could see was a mechanical web of steel arms and platforms with lights and screens on them. They can all lower and raise from the main floor, as well as the ceiling.
We then went back out and upstairs to the control room of the Hologram Theater. This is where the 'brains' of the Theater are. The control room looked like a mini version of a NASA Control Room.
"The Hologram Theater is run by twenty-five separate computers and has a full backup system for all of them. In a worst case if both show systems go down, we can perform the show from this control room manually. This show will go on, just like every other show, no matter what," said Roger, the director of the Systems Engineering Department.
"This is the playroom for the Sight and Sound Division. New lighting, video, and effects are all tested here, before being installed in Metamorphoses or the Harmony Theater," Roger explained.
What a theater and what a show! Thank you to the people who put this together!
Mother's Day is Sunday. I wanted to share my thoughts on my own Mother. Sally and I will be taking Jennifer, an outstanding mom herself, to a local Japanese Steakhouse. Make sure to tell your mom how much she means to you, whether in person or by prayer.
A message to Mom
Growing up, I thought of my mom as more of Hitler than a nice, sweet lady. It seemed like anytime I wanted to do something fun, I would always get the "We'll see" response.
I hated that response. It was if she could hold it over my head. Maybe I would behave better or do all my "duties" (chores) she would call them.
I had to clean the bathrooms, even hers, every weekend. Keep my room clean, the kitty box clean, and shake out the area rugs and vacuum once a week.
But when I moved out, we started calling each other every week or two, after 11 p.m., to get the lowest long-distance rates (before cell phones).
We would talk about our families, favorite TV shows like ER, and sometimes politics. Our conversation would last an hour to an hour and a half.
My mom was very good at guilting me. Especially when I would tell her Jennifer, Sally and I were taking a two-week vacation. She would know we didn't always have the money and could always put the money in our home instead. "Priorities."
But our family vacations were worth every penny. For we bonded and discovered far more than anything, we would have gained by putting the money into new carpets at home.
My mom had diabetes and all the symptoms that came with it. The last ten years of her life were very difficult for her and my dad. But she always kept a positive attitude and didn't complain much at all.
I remember her asking me what my favorite meal of hers was growing up. I truthfully couldn't come up with one in particular, which I know kind of hurt her feelings.
An eye doctor told her she had fluid buildup in her one eye and needed it drained. She didn't even know she had a problem. The doctor drained the fluid but also damaged her eye, which caused her to lose her vision in that eye. The eye doctor never admitted any wrongdoing or offered an apology.
Once, we were all discussing how he should be held responsible for what he did, but my mom got a little angry and told us the eye was the least of her problems and not to worry about it.
My mom spent her last four months in a rehab center and hospital with cancer. On our last visit to see her, she smiled and talked, and we had a great visit. The following evening, my dad told me she passed in her sleep.
It's funny because many people miss their mom right after they pass. For me, I feel like I am missing her more as time goes by.
Mom, I am grateful for all that I took for granted. For always giving me a second chance when needed and holding firm when necessary. For accepting me as I was. For allowing me to quit, when you knew I had enough. For watching my low budget, bedroom magic shows, for including me in almost everything, and for every holiday meal you ever cooked.
On this Mother's Day, I thank you and all the moms who sacrifice of themselves to raise their kids with good morals, values, and love.
May you always know that I love you and thank you for a job well done! Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
Thank you for reading! Until next time,