That was actually a retired 5 year-old cat that never really worked out for the show. Didn't like crowds. Ha! Take that. Shouldn't be turning animals into curiosities for the masses in the first place. They do seem physically healthy enough visually, but I'm no vet. Most of them seemed starved for social interaction. The poor monkeys broke my heart when they called out to me. Of course, I was pretty vulnerable just from having to leave the cat with them after falling for it pretty hard. He was such a big, hairy, drooling sweetie of an orange tabby.
I have much choice in my job, as do most people in the park. I responded to an ad for tour guides in Daily Variety and discovered just how competitive the job was, which only made me more interested in it, of course. VIP was simply the next level for me after I'd done enough tram tours and expressed an interest. My lead status was sorta the same deal. I interviewed for management, but that was somewhat premature. More like a shot across the bow to let them know I was interested, and it was very effective, since all managers involved in the interviews were very impressed and are expecting good things from me in the future. Maybe I'll have more say in what goes into our restaurants in the park some day. It's actually a pretty damn great company to work for, which was one of the most shocking discoveries of all once I started working for someone besides myself again.
I'd prefer you don't reference me anonymously or otherwise in your letter, but I can't see how it would hurt to reference employees in general. Our lower grill is horrendously unhealthy. The upper grill is marginally better, but I'm often stuck in the Lower Lot, due to the way my VIP tours are best structured, depending on what time my trolley is assigned for the VIP backlot tour.
You might want to request as compensation for your troubles a VIP tour for two with a guide who understands your needs as a vegan and can assist you more personally during your visit (they're worth $135 each, so don't expect
it, but I'm trying to creatively help). If that doesn't raise a flag in my fellow department members immediately, assuming that is offered to you as a guest retention tactic and you call and set something up, I would be shocked. They would very likely assign you to a tour with me as your guide. You just need to make sure they follow through with that on the form, since the reservations go through multiple hands, and the initial reservation-taker won't necessarily be doing the scheduling of guides. But if it did work out, I could then run back to the grill and buy you apples, bananas, and that sort of thing when we go on break. That's the sort of care my VIPs can always expect. BTW, the employee grill's veggie burger is halfway decent, but it's Gardenburger, and I'm fairly positive it's not
vegan. Also pretty sure it's the same one at Mel's. The only reason I can even fathom for it to be hidden as a menu item is that Mel's probably never carried a veggie burger. They're such a new concept that it probably doesn't fit the retro image. Still, screw that. Put it on the menu. I will also try to remember that. In fact, the more actable items you can e-mail me to bring up, the better chance I'll have at getting something done about it, or at least getting legit responses from top people at the park. Feel free to e-mail me about any of this from my profile. I only visit VB
once a day, if I have the time.