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The Box

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For the first time in my life I feel traped in a box.  As Americans, we are raised being told "you can do anything you put your mind to."  While we all hope that that is true, it really isnt.  Compared to a lot of other misfortunate people out there, i know I have no right to wine.  However, I still have had this feeling for a while now, that I am cramped, and stuck.  My life is trapped.

I actually blamed it on the fact that I have been sitting on my computer all the time, in the corner of my apartment.  However, I realized its about much more than that.  I feel like I am "in a box" as far as my career path (and life) is concerned.  

I am in a different environment than anywhere else in the world.  I have transitioned to a life here.  I love it.  However, I am paid crap, and I seem to be stagnate in my line of growth and development at work.  As much as I try and want to move forward, I do not.  

The system would say: transfer... it will help you get what you want.  It will open up new doors.  It is true, but what if it doesn't open enough doors?  What if I get to the point where I realize that I cannot go any farther.  I would have wasted another yeargetting adjusted to a new area.  It makes it even harder to make the decision if this wont work, and if its time to do something else.

Don't get me wrong.  I love the job.  However, the longer I am told "just keep doing what your doing, and it will happen again" the more tired I will get of my current situation.

I somewhat blame this feeling on just sitting around all the time when I am not at work.  Money is preventing me from going out and doing things every day.  But I could --and should-- start going to work-out again every day.  But its hard to get in the habit, and stay in it.  I can do it for about two weeks, then I start making excuses not to go.

I am veering off the subject, so it's probably time to stop writing.  

The Greatest Place on Earth

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While I find myself worried about work a lot, every once an a while I get reminded why I work in the greatest place on earth.

Tonight, It was two animation greeters dancing in the Animation courtyard to the "dance party" music.  And I laughed, and said to myself, "this is what we get paid to do."

If you bitch about your jobs at Walt Disney World, you are taking it too seriously. You work for a company that pays you to make our guests happy.  In order to do that, you can be crazy, go all out and have a good time.

It is really hard for me to accept you hating your job when you work for WDW.  You can hate your managers, you can hate your pay rate, but how can you hate your job?

If you do, you need to find that one place, that one thing, at WDW that will remind you why you work here.  Find those two cast members dancing in the Animation courtyard... or the families on the carousel at Magic Kingdom, or the child a cast member just made stop crying.  

We work in the worlds largest playground.  Sure there are things wrong with where we work, sure there are bad people. But if you cant find the good in what we do, then you have no heart.  There is nowhere else on earth you can do what we do, and get a way with it.

I am not sure why I felt like writing this. But as soon as I noticed those two cast members tonight, having a great time, I said to myself, I need to write a blog about this.  It was just one of those moments where things hit you.

Inauguration Day

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Message to and from Obama
Message to and from Obama,
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Today was interesting. I actually had a great day at work. After a sorta rough day yesterday, today being my Friday (and a ten hour Friday at that).

I opened the Backlands today with my bff at work, Paula and funny guy Dave Yunker. Paula is pretty amazing. We call her the mom of the Showkeeping team. I have pretty much managed to keep my days off the same as hers for most of my time on the team to date. So, we spend most of our weeks working together, which I love.

The mood at work this morning from all of our cast was pretty amazing! Everyone was happy. You could tell even just looking at the small demographic of my 630am track talk. We told the cast that the inauguration would be broadcast live backstage for them to watch on their breaks and lunch breaks. There were random cheers and cast members talking about what a great day it would be. Not usual for a track talk at the crack of dawn. People were happy.

Of course, I was happy too. It just felt good that this was a sign of change. I know people say that one person does not make that much difference... but that really isn't true. Obama sets the tone of our government. He may not make the laws, but he will set the standard for what he expects from the law makers.

Obama has already pledged to shut down Guantanamo Bay. One of the biggest violations of what we believe in as a nation. Our justice system has always been "innocent until proven guilty," and as Americans we should be above torture. Closing Guantanamo will be a symbol that Bush bull headed style of doing things is over. We don't have to be bullies to get what we want in the world. Peace and diplomacy is the solution for a civilized society, and I am glad President Obama is making that clear.

President Obama has to be going into office with more public opinion support than any other president has started with. He can make a difference. I believe he will. Lets hope he will be as good as all the hype. I know a lot of people out there are expecting to be let down. I am not. I want him to stand up, stand for what he believes in, and show this world what a true America is about. We are a compassionate nation, and the good majority here indeed does care about everyone else, and the well being of the world.

There is soo much that he can accomplish. ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I know some people that might disagree with that, but I do believe it. It is not an easy task, but it can be done.

Goodbye SK

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Today I finished my last shift as a GSM for Studios Showkeeping.  It was really hard.  I made it okay through most of the day.  I was the last manager for SK to leave, and when I listened to a goodbye voicemail from a co-worker Paula, it hit me.  I started crying right there in the middle of Ops 3 at 10:00 at night.  It wasn't time to leave.  It sucks.  

I am going to miss everyone on the Showkeeping team.  It has been soo much fun.  I made such amazing friends, and learned so much about myself.  I will never ever forget anyone.  I will never be able to repay those who helped me grow so much as a person. 

Thank you.

And I work at 6:45... shadowing Tower open.

1 Day Left

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Today is my Friday.  I have a three day weekend starting tomorrow.  However, this morning was my last morning opening with the veteran cast of Sunset boulevard.  I broke the news to them this morning while pushing water in TOTS.  They were all very nice to me, and told me I "would be statused in no time."  I will never truly know what the cast at Studios Showkeeping thought of me.  But I like to think that I at least left somewhat of a good impression by the end of my 7 months with them.  

I am so sad that my time with this team as been cut to an abrupt end.  I didn't get to know the cast as much as I wanted.  I really feel like I should have had more time.  I was at home on the Studios Showkeeping team, but now I am being told it is time to move on.

So, now I return to Sunset with a positive outlook and attitude for the future.  I begin my hunt for a new TA, and a hunt for a new park to coordinate at in the mean time, to gain exposure and experience.

Although, I am not afraid to admit: I am very sad that Saturday night, is my last night.  I am being forced to leave my home. :(

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