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How I Met My Company (Part 3)

How I Met My Company (Part 3)

“Mud season” is the unofficial fifth season in states like Michigan and Ohio – the period between winter and spring when one hopes for another snowstorm to cover the filthy piles of blackened snow that line the roads. Skies are always cloudy and...
How I Met My Company (Part 2)

How I Met My Company (Part 2)

It’s just before 11:00 AM when the phone rings in my office at the E.F.MacDonald Travel Company in Dayton, Ohio. “Hello, this is Marilyn.” “Hi. My name is Herb Medrow. I’m calling because you sent me a resume. I own an incentive travel...
How I Met My Company (Part 1)

How I Met My Company (Part 1)

In October 1977, Jimmy Carter is into his 10th month in office. With 33 home runs, Steve Garvey leads the Dodgers into the World Series against the Yankees, and the most popular shows on TV are “Laverne & Shirley” and “Happy Days.”...
Oh, The People We’ll Meet!

Oh, The People We’ll Meet!

Whenever I’m asked, “What’s your favorite country?” my response always elicits a quizzical look. “Really?” they ask – always with incredulity. “Why India, of all places?” I’m then at a loss for words as to...
Happy as a Pink Pig in _______!

Happy as a Pink Pig in _______!

  Wow. Or, better yet: WOW! It’s the Monday morning of Labor Day weekend, and I’m feeling especially grateful. Grateful that the heat has dissipated here in the LA area. Grateful that we didn’t have to evacuate because of flooding in Texas or a...
Dead bodies, glitter baths, and pink toilet seats…

Dead bodies, glitter baths, and pink toilet seats…

(Ellen here filling in for Marilyn as she leads a group of WOWees on a Croatian cruise and post-trip to Slovenia (so jealous!!).) I did my stint as a motel maid (that’s what we were called back then) in the summer of 1977. I had just turned 14 and was excited to start...