old Town Trolley Tours quiz challenge

Castmember Spotlight: Kristopher McQuage-Loukas

May 19th, 2016

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I was born and raised in Baytown, Texas. After graduating high school, I decided to join the ever exciting field of Facility Maintenance. I’ve been working maintenance, in some form or another, for about ten years and I’m always amazed by the new things you can learn every day.
In 2012, I decided I was done with the Texas heat and wanted to know what a real winter was like. I joined the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum just in time for the snowiest winter on record in Boston. See? That day I learned to not open my big mouth about wanting to see what a real winter was like.
I’m currently living in Revere, MA with my wife.

Which talent would you most like to
have?
I’m currently teaching myself to juggle.
Who are your favorite writers?
Greg Rucka, Gene Luan Yang, Gail Simone
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Cup of coffee and a comic book
What is your favorite vacation spot?
A small cabin on a lake in Northern Maine
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Aquaman

Castmember Spotlight: Amanda Varnam

May 12th, 2016

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I was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio. I have a twin brother and two older half brothers. I am the youngest. I share a Valentine’s Day birthday with my twin, my oldest half brother, and my dad. After I graduated high school, I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend College of Mount St. Joseph. There, I earned a B.A. in History and played NCAA D3 Women’s Lacrosse. The only next step for me was graduate school.
I moved to Washington D.C. to attend George Washington University. While at GWU, I completed two internships, one at the Textile Museum and the other at the Supreme Court of the United States. Throughout high school, college and grad school, I hated public speaking.  Presentations caused my hands and limbs to shake uncontrollable and made me sick to my stomach. When words came out of my mouth they were jumbled, inaudible, and unclear. A requirement of the SCOTUS internship was conducting lectures for the public and tours for guests of the justices. I hated it until I realized I loved it and excelled at it.
After a year and a half, I earned my M.A. in American Studies with a concentration in museums and material culture. I moved to Norfolk, Virginia for love. I worked at Jamestown Settlement educating children on the first English settlement and at Cape Henry Lighthouse enlightening visitors on the first federally funded lighthouse in the U.S. Love didn’t last so I move back to Washington D.C. The first job offer I received was with Arlington National Cemetery Tours Inc. The rest is history.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being happy, healthy and successful.
Which living person do you most admire?
All female service members, especially the two who recently
completed ranger school and the current female Tomb
Sentinel in training. They are examples of everything a woman
can be powerful, smart, strong and brave.
What or who is the love of your life?
Lacrosse. I would give anything to play again at a competitive
level.
What three things will you always find in my
refrigerator?
Cheese, yogurt, and eggs.
Who are your favorite writers?
Allen Ginsberg, Diane Di Prima, Charles Dickens, Virginia
Woolf, Bret Easton Ellis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and F. Scott
Fitzgerald

Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day from Old Town Trolley Tours®!

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Locals Receive Free Admission

May 6th, 2016

Residents within our six cities can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.*
It’s Simple, Fast & Best of all… Free!

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Simply choose your Hometown city and fill out a brief form. Sign up today and rediscover the magic of your hometown with the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass.

And be sure to also visit us at www.historictours.com and explore our tours and attractions in your hometown.

***Each Hometown pass holder rides free when accompanied by a guest who has purchased A FULL FARE adult ticket. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth or by calling 866-753-7975. Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Hometown Pass is not valid for packages.***

Castmember Spotlight: Janice Pauley

May 5th, 2016

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I was born and raised in the Battle Creek, Michigan area, Cereal City USA! After college I ventured out west for new experiences and to widen my horizons.  Having come from a very small farming community in the Midwest, I was in for a real culture shock settling into my new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I embraced the culture and adored all of the colorful foods, vibrant music, and non-stop activities all while raising a family.
After some life changing events, I found myself moving back to my hometown in Michigan and attending a High School Reunion.  There I met up with my current husband.  We had been neighbors and classmates growing up and soon realized that we belonged together as adults.  Merging the past with the present, and the future, we joined our families together and vowed to leave the snow-laden North for the sunny Florida South once our children were grown and out of the house.
We took several Florida vacations looking for the best place to settle down and after numerous trips to St. Augustine, we decided that this was the place.  We fell in love with the city, the culture, and the history.  Having ridden and enjoyed the Old Town Trolley Tours in St. Augustine and Key West, I decided to apply for the Call Center position here at the National Contact Center when the job was posted.  I thought it would be a great way to use my past experiences and skills, while telling guests about our wonderful city.  To my surprise, I now explain tours and attraction features, in detail, to guests in 6 cities (of which four I haven’t visited yet).  This job has been a great learning and growing experience for me and I enjoy the variety of challenges we are faced with every day.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family at the beach.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Walt Disney World
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My husband Scott (but my children and grandson are a
close 2nd)
If you die and come back as a person or thing, what do
you think it would be?
Tigers are my favorite animals. They are so majestic and regal.  I
would want to come back as one so I could stroll amongst them.
What three things will you always find in my refrigerator?
Yogurt, cheese, and fresh fruits and vegetables

Castmember Spotlight: Jennifer Johnson

April 28th, 2016

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I was born and raised and spent the majority of my life here in beautiful St. Augustine.  One of my favorite things is waking up to the salty smell of the marsh on low tide and I cannot imagine living away from the ocean.  This is my third year with OTT St. Augustine and I can honestly say it’s been the best decision of my working career.  Two of my work days are spent as the assistant for HR/Payroll manager and the other three days I work as the assistant to the AR/AP manager.  My co-workers are like my extended family and it’s a pleasure to work and laugh with such amazing people.  My greatest joys are my five children (three biological, two step).  Raising five children brings multiple challenges and they keep me on my toes, but they continue to teach me something new each day.  I’m blessed to have my best friend as the love of my life, my fiancé Michael, who embodies everything I’ve ever wanted.  When I’m not at work you can find me out soaking up the sun while roaming the creeks off the intercostal waterway chasing red drum, trout, and flounder.

What three things will you always find in your
refrigerator?
Datil pepper sauce (homemade of course)
Real butter (it’s the best)
Beer (the perfect end to a long day)
What do you consider your hero?
My grandfather- the best man I have ever known
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Delacroix, Louisiana- popping corks on a red drum fishing
charter.
What is your greatest fear?
Spiders – they creep me out.

Earth Day

April 22nd, 2016

Happy Earth Day from Old Town Trolley Tours®!

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Castmember Spotlight: Kristina Prince

April 21st, 2016

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I was born in Baxley, Georgia; a no Starbucks, one traffic light kind of a town. When community theatre wasn’t enough, I enrolled at Valdosta State University. I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre with a minor in physics. Don’t ask why, it never made sense to anyone else either.
After graduation I went on to work in professional theatre for the next five years. I spent as much time back stage as I did on stage. I’ve been a performer, a seamstress, a dresser, a costume designer, and a wardrobe mistress.  The only problem with working in theatre is moving from contract to contract. When I decided to put down roots I moved to Savannah.
I applied for every job I could find. I had taken my first ghost tour when I was twelve and since then it had been a dream to give them one day. When I got the call from Old Town Trolley, it was a dream come true. Especially when you factor in that I had accidentally applied for a Conductor position not a Ghost Host. In February, I’ll have been working here for three years.  I’ve learned every facet of the Ghost & Gravestones Tour, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be able to sing. And anyone who has heard
me try, would really love for me to be able to sing.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing,
what do you think it would be?
I would be a cat.  They have all of the humor and intelligence
of people, but with far more napping time.
If there was one place you would like to live besides
your current city, where would it be?
I’d live in Malmo, Sweden.  The city is full of history, and
beauty.
What is your most treasured possession?
I have a Claddagh ring that was given to me when I was 11.
I’ve worn it every day for 20 years. I feel awkward without it.
If you could choose one reality TV show to be on,
what would it be?
Project Runway. I’ve been making my own costumes and
clothing for years. I’d love to see how far I could get.

Castmember Spotlight: Jerrale Tyjah Morris

April 14th, 2016

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My name is Jerrale Tyjah Morris and  I was born in San Diego, California.  I absolutely love San Diego, it’s my home, but in my teen years I didn’t feel the same way.  I personally believe very few people can appreciate the city they went through puberty in, which lead me on my journey around America.  I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana when I was twenty one.  I live to visit that city.  It was amazing while I was there.  One of the things that I’ve learned is if you’re moving to New Orleans get a job at a bar during Mardi Gras.  You can have just as much fun and get paid for it!  After I left New Orleans, I went to the Mid West.  I wanted to see snow.  I had never lived in snow before.  Moved to Dayton, Ohio and Chicago.  Had an amazing time in both cities.  I eventually moved back home with a new found love and appreciation for this city.
I started working at Old Town Trolley in February 2014.  I saw the employment opportunity online.  I was a little confused because the interview process was slightly different than what I was used to.  It was a group interview which was slightly animated.  We were asked about our previous work history.  After the group interview we were given a script told to memorize as much as we could and we would be filed giving them a presentation of the script.  I was extremely nervous.  I stuttered a few times and “figuratively” kicked myself after.  A few days later John Savage called me back and my time at OTT San Diego started.  It’s been a really great experience so far.

What is your greatest fear?
Drowning.  That said, I love swimming.
What is your favorite occupation?
I love the idea of being a wildlife photographer.
What do you deplore most in your friends?
I have a really eclectic group of friends from all walks of life.
They are all really great people but I would say we all have the
ability to communicate our feelings good and bad effectively.
So we avoid serious arguments and when they do happen we
can actually resolve them.  I surround myself with extremely
understanding people.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing,
what do you think it would be?
I think I’d come back as a Main Coon kitten.  They are the
most loving and cuddling cats, but they are still cats and
extremely mischievous.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A great dinner with close friends amazing conversation and no
cell phones.   I don’t allow phones at the dinner table so I am
lucky to experience perfect happiness a lot.

Meet Our Buyer, Lynn Dalton!

April 7th, 2016

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I was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia and was one of the few students that went from 1st grade to 12th grade in the same small town of Hephzibah, Georgia. My father was in the Army and retired the year I was born, so when my parents bought their first home in Georgia, we stayed there.  I have 2 living sisters and 1 that passed in 1992.  My dad passed away from cancer in 2003, but my mother, thank goodness, is still alive and still lives in Augusta.
While attending high school in Hephzibah, I was in charge of the new automotive service department at the high school, so you could usually find me underneath the hood working on race cars.  I was the first female to graduate from my high school with a Certificate of Automotive Repair.  When I graduated, I stayed in Augusta for a few years after marrying my high school sweetheart.  I wanted to travel and get out of the area and he didn’t, so he stayed and I moved to Jacksonville.
After living in Jacksonville for a year, I moved to New York for a brief time and then to Woodbridge, New Jersey.  I worked mostly retail during these years, but knew I wanted to do more with my life. After leaving the worst snow and ice storms I had ever experienced, I moved back south to Charleston, South Carolina.  In Charleston, I completed my undergraduate degree in Business and Computer Technology.
On September 9th, 1989, my entire world changed.  I was living on the Isle of Palms, a small island off Mount Pleasant, South Carolina when it was hit by Hurricane Hugo.  I lost all of my possessions including my clothes, personal items like pictures of my family and friends, and my apartment.  I was lucky that I was safe, but it took the wind out of my sails for a long time.  I moved back to Augusta and lived with my parents until I could figure out what to do next.
I think that event changed me and how I looked at life.  I decided then to live life to its fullest every day and never “wait” for the right time to do whatever you want to do. Fast forward to May 2008 when I decided to move to Key West and I never looked back and have no regrets.  Life is too short…live it!

Which living person do you most
admire?
I would have to say my mother.  She has
overcome some many personal obstacles
in her life from being brought up in an
orphanage from a very young age, losing
her daughter (my sister) and her
husband (my dad) and surviving cancer
when she was 42 years old.  She turned
80 years old this year and is still as active
as ever!
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is to be diagnosed with any form of Alzheimer’s.
The thought of losing my memories of my life and my loved ones
would be unbearable. Which is why I am a supporter of stem cell
research.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The most deplorable trait I see in others would have to be
those individuals who “bad mouth” the United States.  My father
fought in WWII and the Korean conflict in order for me to have
my freedom.  Supporting and respecting our leaders should be
the norm but there are those who choose to speak harshly about
their decisions.  Everyone has the right to their opinion, but It
think it can be expressed in a more respectful manner.
What is your favorite occupation?
My favorite occupation is my current position as a Buyer!  I’m
not just saying this as a plug either!  What other job can you work
with fun people, travel and shop for a living!  Every woman’s
dream I would say!  Seeing the new trends and having the
freedom to make decisions based on my collective knowledge of
the industry, then seeing it pay off in the sales at the store level is
basically the best reward of all.
What do you most value in your friends?
In my small circle of friends, I most value their honesty and their
ability to “pick up where we left off” when I see them again.
Some friends I see frequently and others not as much, but my
true friends never make me feel bad for not picking up the phone
every week or two to talk to them.  When we do connect again,
it is like we just saw each other the day before.  My friends, like
myself, will always give you an honest answer to any question –
good, bad or indifferent

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