We are officially on the payroll at Dollywood. This week has been busy with all the pre-employment stuff. First there was the trip to wardrobe for our costumes, then there was orientation, & finally the "on the job training". Wardrobe was a trip. We finally got to see what we would have to wear at Red's Diner & now so can everyone else once Mary gets the pictures posted on FB. Red's is a 1950's theme restaurant so think poodle skirts & soda jerks. No, I am not the one in the poodle skirt but Mary looks cute as a button in hers. I got lucky, just black slacks, white polyester shirt, & the paper soda jerk hat. It is hysterical.
Next was orientation. Every time I think I have seen my last series of workplace safety films here they go again. Not any more entertaining & just as ridiculous, but the company does have to cover their butt. Then we take a tour of the park in miserable weather that is only good for staying in bed all day. Add to that films & lectures that amounted to corporate pep talks & another 8 hours goes down the drain. Soon we may actually get to work.
Drum roll please. They day is finally here where we go to work in our complete uniform/costume. The day is still just training but at least we got to work the jobs we were hired for. I must say that the manager was friendly, helpful, & genuinely concerned about his employees. Not something I could often say at the PO. The rest of the crew was also helpful & a lot of fun to work with. It almost feels like a family with everyone working together to make the day fun as well as productive. Red's ,we have been told, is one of the busiest places in the park so cooperation is needed to make it work. It really looks like we are going to have fun here so the rest of the summer should be a blast.
Anyway, it has been a long day & we are tired(in a good way) so we will call it a night soon. So goodnight from our home in Pigeon Forge because....
Home is where we park it,
Frank & Mary