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Construction/Rumors / Times Revelations
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:30:26 PM »
The New Times, today, claims 2018 is the last year for the Wild West Show and for It's a Wonderful Life.

It also still announces Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Parade is still scheduled.  I thought last year was supposed to be the last year for that parade.

Ozark Marketplace / There's No Busyness Like School Busyness
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:43:41 AM »
My newest book focuses on teaching.  I've collected my thoughts and reflections into one volume for educators - There's NO Busyness Like School Busyness​.  A majority of the text has been completed and is currently being proofread and edited.  I hope to offer this book online before school begins.

In this volume, I go all the way back to the beginning, when I had to interview for my first teaching job in Oklahoma.  I talk about the journey from that first class in the inner city, through my experience with the terrorist bombing four and a half miles from our class, and the 2011 EF5 tornado that cut our school year short in Joplin.

While short accounts of those events are part of School Busyness, they are not the focus of the book.  Instead, I wanted to share some of the lessons I've learned in the last 27 years - the ups and the downs.  In fact, the book begins with this:

After nearly 30 years as an educator, after experiencing many ups and downs, I set fingers on the keyboard and intentionally pattered out some wisdom that I hope makes sense.  Whether you’ve been in the classroom for a quarter century or you’re just starting out, you should find something here that will help you along the journey.

There was a time when I was ready to leave – actually a couple of times if we’re being honest.  I had heard about teachers hitting a wall, being burned out, leaving the profession prematurely.  I had heard the short longevity for teaching, and I vowed to never let that happen to me.
But it happened.
And it happened at a very inopportune time.
I had been teaching for two decades.  It was too late to start over, and too early to retire.  I was invested in a profession I loved, and it had become a profession I despised.

This book is intended to make teachers think and give them some practical tips and ideas to help them develop their teaching muscles.  Hopefully many will find it useful and maybe even motivating.

Branson Talk / Mountain Coaster Damaged in Storm
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:27:18 AM »
It looks like this attraction is going to be closed for the foreseeable future.  Saturday's storm took its toll on the mountain coaster:

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Ride Names
« on: January 02, 2017, 11:58:41 AM »
The recent comments about TGS (The Giant Swing) being referred to as the barn swing has me thinking:  what other rides are there that people do not refer to by their given names?  While we don't refer to Fire in the Hole as the Bald Knobber ride, we seem to have given other rides more generic terms.

Some rides could be branded/named/themed better:

The American Plunge is called The Log Ride.

The Giant Swing is called The Barn Swing.

I doubt any of the Fireman's Landing or Grand Exposition rides are called by their names; most people describe what they look like instead of what they are named:  the balloon ride, the elephant (or Dumbo - ugh) ride, the big ships, the little ships, the teacups, the swings, the frogs, the dogs, etc.

Some of these might have been left unnamed, and most people wouldn't have noticed, but it's probably someone else's fault about AP and TGS.  AP was probably always known as the log ride, but since losing theming so badly it really is just a log ride now.  TGS should have been named something more specific, like Wilson's Barn Swing.  And while we're at it, where are the Wilsons?  Shouldn't all the operators be Wilsons?  Deeper theming would have branded TGS better.

What do you call some of these rides?

Branson Talk / New Belle Survey
« on: August 11, 2016, 06:57:38 PM »
Three concepts:

General Silver Dollar City Talk / MOVED: Where in the City? (2016)
« on: March 30, 2016, 05:30:31 PM »
This topic has been moved to [SDC Memories/Park History] - just because that's where the game is traditionally located.

Other Parks / What Strategies Should Manby Employ at SeaWorld?
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:04:44 PM »

SeaWorld can't seem to catch a break, with "84 percent decrease in profits in August" and pop stars publicly denouncing them.  This report points to uphill battle for former HFE CEO Joel Manby, now CEO for SeaWorld, who insists, "We will continue to fight with the facts, because the facts are on our side.”

It's about time we got something fun started.  I never started a "Where in the City?" thread, this year, so try this:  give me some famous quotes (They don't have to be from the movies.), but alter them slightly to reflect something from our beloved park.

"You had me at Howdy."

"We're off to see Doc Harris...Follow the Cardiac Hill."

"These are not the convicts you are looking for."

Surely some of you can beat those examples.

If Flooded Mine must go, what does its last season look like?  Is it advertised as "Flooded Mine's Final Season"?  Is there final season merchandise?  Special rides at Christmas (recall the candy mine)?  How does SDC pay tribute to Flooded Mine when it is gone?  Does Obama visit to pardon the prisoners?  Oops, sorry, that last one just slipped out.


Other Parks / Orlando Wet 'n Wild Closing
« on: June 17, 2015, 11:17:47 AM »
Wet 'n Wild Orlando: Universal Orlando to Close Water Park in 2016
Park officials announced Wednesday that Wet 'n Wild Orlando would permanently close Dec. 31, 2016. The park has been in business since March 1977.

With bigger brands in the area opening bigger, newer, more advanced parks, it looks like this old staple is closing its gates.

SDC Memories/ Park History / MOVED: SDC Pigeon forge
« on: May 15, 2015, 03:51:43 PM »
This topic has been moved to the Dollywood Discussion Board.

Branson Talk / Richard Branson
« on: March 19, 2015, 10:04:10 PM »
So, we can only wonder if and what Virgin's Sir Richard Branson might invest.  I just read about this in the Branson Daily Independent.

Here's the link to his original blog post, which already sports a number of comments from the locals:


General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Performers in Joplin
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:40:20 PM »
This would be awesome.  My daughter and I just finished a stint at Joplin Little Theatre with roles in the Christmas production, and now David (Scrooge) and Rachel (Ghost of Christmas Present) are returning home for a fundraiser concert on the same stage, performing songs from Steve and Eydie no less.




Directed by Carolyn McGowan
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Cecie Fritz
Choreography by Angela Lowe

featuring  Branson performers and JLT alums
plus a company of JLT veterans

Highlighting love songs from the song book of
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

One Performance Only  ~~~  Reservations a MUST!
All Tickets $10.00

Branson Talk / Dewey Short Visitors Center
« on: August 01, 2014, 04:49:46 PM »
We visited the Dewey Short Visitors Center at Table Rock Dam, this morning, and even though the new facility is pretty, there is relatively little inside.  There is a great overlook of the dam, all the normal spiel about endangered animals and using sustainable materials, etc., a little hands-on room with animal pelts, snake skin, and the like, but all in all we felt like the old visitors center actually had more to see and do.  It's sad that they waste the opportunity (along with a lot of money) to present some really cool exhibits about the dam itself and the wildlife that benefits from the lake.  I understand their mission, but I can go to a retail store (Bass Pro) and get the same message in a much more effective and innovative way.  The old place even had a pretty good gift ship with appropriately themed items, but the new place has nothing - no shirts, no posters, and barely even a rack with conservation tracts.  Color me disappointed.

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