Oceans of Fun!

Yesterday I made a cute little pinny, which took me back! That is one of the wonderful things about upcycling old vintage and unusual fabrics, the memories it brings back. Once apon a time I worked at Sea World the theme park here on the Gold Coast, I had moved up from Melbourne and so wanted to work at a theme park! My first job at Sea world was in hospitality, having had experience in other hotels and restaurants. Well serving hot chips and soft drink would be nothing to talk about if it was not the fun environment I worked in. Lucky my days selling burgers did not last long, I then worked in one of the smaller restaurants, seeing the dolphins each day made my job an enjoyable one. At night Sea world held a number of functions, from weddings to larger corporate affairs with 1000’s of guest, so I was then working during the day and some nights! I left Sea World to travel our great big land, but returned again 2 and half years later to get my old job back! Again I was working in the many restaurants and then working the night functions as well. This is where I met my husband Kris, who was an apprentice chef. You would think I did enough time there, but no I started cleaning the rides and other areas before the park opened too, some days, I would do all three jobs. Morning cleaning, day restaurants then night functions! What I loved about working with such a huge organisation, is the job opportunities. I tried out for the water ski team, did not get it, I think once I fell into the water and came out looking like a drowned rat, my chances were gone!! I was not the ski team type, small maybe, they need someone for the top of the pyramid, but gorgeous in any situation – no! But I did try out for a job in the helicopters and got it. That was fun, no more hospitality or cleaning! I was now selling tickets for the helicopters, loading the customers on and even going on many joy flights. That was a great time, a wonderful team of pilots, engineers, office girls and us out in the park. Lots of running around chasing up tour guides of Asian visitors, getting everyone organised, wedding groups and making sure the brides train was all tucked in, and my favourite popping the Make a wish or Starlight kids and families on a flight and watching their little faces. Helicopters lead to guest services, working on the gate taking the tickets, oh the lines in the busy times, working in the information booths, selling tickets to dolphin swims, so many enquires and problems that go with such a big organisation…..Kris and I got married, then I fell pregnant with our first boy…we both left Sea World and headed back to Melbourne. But like I said, it is funny seeing one piece of fabric with a picture of SeaWorld on it and all those memories come flooding back.  There you go, you now know a little bit of my past x

 

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