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Monday, December 7, 2009
Inside the Magic Kingdom?
Tonight we attended a nice dinner, given by our church, for all volunteers. I'm not doing much these days, but hubby is, so we were invited. Let me first say, that this is not our church building. The dinner was hosted at an assisted living home in our town. I'm not sure why, but it was a nice building.
We had live music to eat by!
Pastor Jeff said a few words based on the book "Inside the Magic Kingdom," which explores the seven keys to the phenomenal success of the Disney enterprises. One of those keys is in the way it treats employees. Basically the idea is positive reinforcement, with no feedback being just as bad as negative feedback. Thus, they decided to say a very nice "thank you" to volunteers. After dinner the program was some improv comedy by a group from Grand Rapids called River City Improv. Two of their skits were very funny.
This skit called on two volunteers from the audience. The audience supplied a work place idea (in this case, an office). The girl in green and the guy were from the improv team. They could talk, and they made up a discussion on the fly. This one had the girl as the guy's manager and she was calling him to account for losing a ream of paper. Well, that was all immaterial, and pretty much lost to view, as the part that made it hilarious was that the team members could talk, but not move. The two from the audience (ladies in the red and pink shirts), had to move the team members as if they were jointed dolls. So they had to follow the fast conversation and try to move the improv's bodies into positions that made sense with the dialogue. It was hard to get a picture that really captured it, but this was the best one I shot.
Another funny skit was set up by asking the pastor to pick some ordinary thing he had done in the course of the day. He said "I went home to feed the dog." So the skit proceeded with the team doing a breaking news broadcast of the scandal just reported about the pastor feeding the dog. It went on and on about dogs all over the city being fed, and paparazzi gathered on his lawn to try to catch pictures of the dog being fed. Then they did an interview with the "pastor's parents" as to how they felt about the dog being fed. So that is what is happening in the picture above. Well, Jeff's parents were there, and I managed to catch them during the "interview." Jeff is on the left, then his oldest son, and his parents are on the right.
Just a fun evening.