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January 23, 2009

Being Ralphie Parker...

I've been identifying with Raplhie Parker lately. If you don't know him, Ralphie is a nine-year-old boy; the main character in Jean Shepherd's "A Christmas Story".

Every day after shool, Ralphie runs home to check the mailbox and see if his Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Ring has finally arrived.

Just like Ralphie, I've been obsessively checking my e-mail inbox to see if a message has finally arrived from Tourism Queensland letting me know that my application video for "The Best Job in the World" is finally online and ready to be shared with the world.

I know how Ralphie felt. When you want something so badly, the anticipation feels almost unbearable! You start to feel ill with excitement! I want to share my application video! I want to share it today!

When Ralphie finally gets his decoder ring and the secret code from the radio program, he runs upstairs and locks himself in the bathroom to decode the urgent and top-secret message from Little Orphan Annie. With his little brother desperate to use the toilet and his mother pounding on the door, Ralphie works feverishly to decode the message. What could Little Orphan Annie be saying in her secret message? Does she need help? Can Ralphie decode the message in time?

You can find out here:



This morning, I received an e-mail from Tourism Queensland. WOOHOO! It read...
Over the last couple of weeks we have received a large number of applications. Due to this high volume it is taking slightly longer for our staff to review and process them so that they appear live on the site.

We hope to complete this process as soon as possible and you will receive an email within the coming weeks notifying you of the status of your application.

We cannot tell you how excited we are by the level of response from around the world and we appreciate your interest and patience.
Weeks.

Weeks!

Well, I guess you're all going to have to wait a little longer to see my application video and I'm going to have to wait a little longer to share it with you. In the meantime, we can all be sure to drink our Ovaltine.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aarrgh! As often as you've been checking your email, I've been checking your blog.
Mom

Jennybell said...

We were in Cleveland today where they have restored Ralphie's house and it's open to the public. We didn't stop

Meandering Michael said...

Wow! I totally would have gone in, just to see what that furnace looks like...

Gen said...

Well, as anonymous says it sounds like we're all in angst together.

Anonymous said...

You're gonna put an eye out with that thing.

Matt, Kara and Hunter said...

ARRRGGG!

:)

Lindsay said...

Had some today just for you.