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,