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Happy Halloween from Alcatraz Media!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Everyone at the Alcatraz Media & Reserve123 Atlanta Headquarters would like to wish you a ghoulishly great and frightfully fun Halloween! We had a pretty sweet lil’ office party and enjoyed candy, cupcakes, and laughs at costume choices throughout the day, and decided why not share a few fun highlights with our awesome travel pals? Here are a few of our favorite costumes!

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Dra and Nicara

Nicara and Dra looking fabulous

First up we have Nicara, one of our lovely Reservations Agents, as Little Red Riding Hood. Don’t let her sweet smile deceive you though – she totally destroyed that Big Bad Wolf, all by herself.

Next to her is Dra, one of our awesome Group & Charter Sales Support agents, as a crossplay of Alex DeLarge from the film “A Clockwork Orange,” a 1971 film that was written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange about a dystopian, future Britain.

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Alcatraz Media Trivia Game at the Atlanta Headquarters

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Atlanta Office Headquarters

We all had a great time in the office last week with our Trivia Game! This was a game to see how well we know each other.

The object of the game was for everyone (or a decent amount of people) to write something interesting about themselves that not many others would know. Whoever could match them most facts to people correctly would win!

This was a tough challenge. We have a lot of cool, ambitious, unique, & talented employees here at Alcatraz Media & Reserve123. Everyone was speculating and second-guessing all week… Now, all the answers can finally be revealed!! :D

 

Here are all of the facts followed by the correct answers for our trivia game:

1. I was the first person in US history to reverse an adoption.  Answer: Lia

2. I tried out for the 1992 Olympics (Event 400 yard Dash). Answer: NiCole

3. When I was born I had a long vertical scar on my neck. My mother had surgery on her neck when she was a child and carried that scar on her neck all of her life, until I was born. Her scar disappeared when I was born! Answer: Barbara

4. I like to collect currency from different parts of the world. Answer: Raimari

5. I have the physical challenge of Cerebral Palsy. Answer: Rachelle

6. My family breeds Boykin Spaniels. Answer: Ben

7. I turned 15 while on a mission trip to Honduras & Nicaragua. Answer: Michelle

8. I had a poem published in a book when I was 13. Answer: Sheria

9. I can interact with people from all walks of life without judging. Answer: Sonya C.

10. I won the “Delta’s World Adventure Challenge with Carmen Sandiego,” which was a geography / essay writing contest in 1995 based on the kid’s game show on PBS. In my story, V.I.L.E. crook Wonder Rat stole the AJC news building in Atlanta and hauled it off to Australia! Answer: Lauren

11. My dream job title is “Commissioner of Major League Baseball.” Answer: Fauve

12. I was the first female newspaper carrier in my home town. Answer: Theresa

13. I once dated movie & TV star Delta Burke (before she or I became very famous). Answer: Tony

14. I learned to drive a stick shift when I was about 12 years old. Answer: Disa

15. I have written over 300 poems and am currently looking to publish a poetry book by this time next year. Answer: Charisse

16. I was a 4-time representative for the Piano State Convention. Answer: Modesty

17. All of my doctors are shocked that I’ve never had a cavity. Answer: Dra

18. When I was little I wanted to be a Killer Whale Trainer at Sea World. Answer: Jason

19. I am a scraper, which means I like to make scrapbooks. Answer: Darlene

20. I take Brazilian jiu jitsu during my free time. Answer: Siran

 

We were TIED for a top winner, so we used a names list randomizer to choose.

• Rachelle (11 correct answers!)
• Sonya W. (11 correct answers!)

And… The winner was………… Sonya W.!!!

Sonya chose a great gift card to Target.

 

And Honorable Mention went out to:

• Rachelle (11 correct answers)
• Michelle (9 correct answers)
• Sonya C. (8 correct answers)
• Theresa (7 correct answers)
• NiCole (7 correct answers)
• Tamesha (6 correct answers)
• Sheria (6 correct answers)
• Modesty (6 correct answers)

Great job everyone! We may have to do this game again soon… ;)

Crazy Hat Week at the Atlanta HEADquarters!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Here at the Reserve123.com & Alcatraz Media headquarters in Atlanta, we do more than just provide outstanding customer service and reservations for more than 11,000 tours, attractions, and activities in over 550 destinations and 85 countries. We work hard, and we play hard, too. Recently we have started having fun office contests every week, and last week was our Crazy Hat Week!

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We had three finalists in our contest – Jason, Cheryl and Raimari:

Jason, Lord of Asgard and God of Thunder!

Cheryl with a fabulously festive hat

Raimari with an amazingly creative updo

It was really tough to pick a winner. Everyone did a such a great job! But we finally decided that our winner is… JASON! Jason got to pick out his favorite $50 gift card from a variety to choose from for winning.

 

Although John & Carolyn could not participate in the contest (because they work remotely from Florida), they did send in an awesome picture of themselves in silly hats, so they are well-deserving of our Honorable Mention:

John & Carolyn (and that cute rabbit with them) rock!

Thanks to those who participated! Stay tuned for more office fun soon… ;)

Happy Thanksgiving from Reserve 123!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! We hope that you will celebrate it with your loved ones and hope that you will be in the kitchen helping that brave soul prepare the turkey! We all have so much to be thankful for and tomorrow we get to share our thanks with the people we care for the most.

We would like to share a couple of things that we are thankful for:

“Family, friends, health… our pet family… and having great jobs!” – Carolyn

“I am thankful that I have been blesses to see another year. I am also thankful for great family, friends, and for working with wonderful people. The list goes on and on, but I will stop right there! J” – Tamesha

“My family. My friends. My sanity. <– not necessarily in this order.” – Sacki

“I’m thankful to have a fun job, a family that loves and helps me, and great friends that support me.” – Michael

“I am most thankful to have God as my guide each day, I am thankful for my family, friends, and daily encounters with new people. There are a lot of things that I can name to be thankful for so I won’t go on and on about it, but most of all, I’m thankful to have life, health, strength, and a job in an unstable economy.” – Chae

“I’m thankful for my parents because they’ve supported me and all my crazy ideas and put with my weird humor for a very long time.” – Kris

The Reserve 123 staff wants to wish you a wonderful and fantastic Thanksgiving!

Meet Janice – Accountant during the day and… if it’s a busy day, an accountant at night as well

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Janice doesn’t dress like this every day, but if she did, it would make accounting a lot more fun. I may actually start a petition for weekly Janice costumes.

The majority of us don’t care too much for numbers. With numbers, there is always an answer, even if the answer is zero that unravels the mystery of a parabola in some graph we have forgotten how to read, there will always be an answer. Unfortunately, those answers can get a bit large and complicated with decimals and multiplication. Throw in some division in there and you got yourself at least an hour’s worth of work for me. (I’m kidding!) This is why we love Janice so much. She and Sacki crunch these numbers together and financial tasks are completed, and most importantly, people get paid. She makes numbers into money, and I take that money and buy food and stupid apps for my phone, which is why I think she’s the bee’s knees.

Janice not only does the number crunching, she and Michelle make sure the office is running smoothly by fixing computers and throwing away random office plants I’ve never seen before (who knew there was practically a tree growing in Tony’s office?). She does all of this with a smile and a couple of jokes in between tasks. Buzzing around the office, Janice is always in a good mood and is willing to help anyone who asks.

So meet Janice, you may end up loving her as much as we do.

K: What do you do at Reserve123?

J: I am an accounting manager. I work with Sacki, and we process all of the payroll and the supplier invoices for payment. We also handle all of the company banking

K: What is your favorite city and why?

J: My favorite city is Monaco just because it’s beautiful, the people are kind, and the scenery is awesome!

K: What city would you like to visit?

J: I would like to go to Honolulu. I’ve never been to Hawaii, so I would LOVE to go! It’s one of those bucket list things to do. I would also like to go to England, but I’d rather see Hawaii first!

K: Besides experiencing a new city, what is your favorite part about traveling?

J: I like going to the out of the way places like the cafes and meet the locals. Ask them “What do you do for a living” or “How many children do you have?” I enjoy human interest type stuff and get involved with the culture.

K: What is your advice for starting a conversation with a local?

J: Find something you want to compliment or something you want to question them. It’s especially easy to compliment women on their jewelry or clothes. I mean, who doesn’t like getting complimented?There are a lot of times where people are just really friendly and are not intimidating at all.

K: If you can do a U.S. road trip, what kind of road trip would it be?

J:I would like to go to every national park in every state. If they don’t have a park, I’ll go to a state park or a big city… that is something I would definitely like to do one day.

K: What would be three songs you would have on your travel playlist?

J: Gotta have The Eagles – Hotel California, Elton John. Really, anything that’s 1970s to 1980s rock and roll music.

K: Driver or passenger on these road trips?

J: Oh I’d love to be a passenger. I hate driving; I actually prefer to fly. I admit that I am not a good driver…ugh I just find driving boring and tedious.

K: Oh even if you have a limousine?

J: Oh if I had a limo and I’m the passenger, no problem! A little champagne, a little music, and we’re good to go!

K: Your opinion on Hawaii floral shirts during vacation – Yay or nay?

J: I think they’re great. Do what you want to do!

K: In unrelated travel news, how have you fared at the chili cook offs you have attended?

J: We’ve done very well. We’ve placed 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 10th!

K: How many speeds do you have?

J: Two – off and high. I really do! I’ve been told that all my life.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com

Halloween Costume Contest

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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We like to celebrate Halloween as a week long event, at least, in our blog. ;)

Not only did we celebrate the holiday with food, we also dressed up for our costume contest! We had flappers, demons, spies wandering through our office as we worked throughout the day anticipating for 5:00 p.m. to roll around and start our festive office after party! Ha ha, just kidding… or am I?

Allison dressed up as a flapper

Barbara is wearing a witchy disguise in the office.

We have Janice dressed up as… well, I’m not really sure. I think the office narrowed it down to an American patriot, an Occupy Wall Street protestor, and umm… we’re just not sure. 

John dressed up in classic Halloween garb – a demon giving you a thumbs up. 

Kris dressed up as a rocket because there aren’t enough rockets in the world.

Lauren dressed as a seductive vampire (who can resist a girl in a cape?).

Michael dressed as the better half of the Twilight series, Edward.

Michelle wore a pretty cool skeleton costume. Get it?!

Tony dressed up as the suave 007.

We were happy to see people participate in the contest, but there was only one winner and that winner is…

Me!

Hooray, I won! *does the happy dance* I win a night in the Hotel Midtown. I have 24 hours in a room to myself that is free from any responsibilities. What shall I do, what shall I do…

Perhaps do a little bed jumping. Make signs for the my window so the people can read it from below. Maybe write my name in lights and see if I can see my name from the ground.  Swim about half a lap in their indoor pool because I’ll get so tired I’m afraid I’ll drown if I try to do a whole lap. Get my shoes shined…

What do you think I should do with my free night in a hotel? Comment below, por favor!

- Kris
http://reserve123.com

Tis the Season for Goose Hunting

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Yup, that's a cat... and his name is Goose. ;) Don't ask.

Yup, that’s a cat and his name is Goose. ;)

It is the beginning of another Goose Hunt! Goose Hunt is about hunting the Goose badge on our website Reserve123.com.It’s a badge that has been placed on a new tour that all of us at Reserve 123 are pretty excited about. It has been “Goose Approved” and is waiting to be found by you!

We’ll help you along with the hunt by giving clues on our Twitter and Facebook, so if you’re not our fan or follower (or any kind of status that begins with an ‘F’ evidently), what are you waiting for? Email your answer to Kristina@reserve123.com with the subject – ‘Goose Hunt’ and a link to the tour page with the Goose badge.

The winner of Goose Hunt will get you $25 off any tour!

Some freebie hints:
- First off, we know that Goose is on a tour page, so he won’t be chilling out in our ‘About Us’ section, though you’re more than welcome to read it!
- Don’t forget, he’s on a badge, so he will be located on the top of the tour page.

Ok, enough freebies. Here is clue #1: The tour is in a gorgeous city where people prefer a different mode of transportation instead of cars.

Good luck with the Goose Hunt and stay tuned for the next clue!

October 27 – Clue #2: The tour is in a city that has a museum where they display a painting that was once maliciously sprayed with acid.

- Kris
http://reserve123.com

Congratulations Brooke!

Friday, October 21st, 2011

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We’re happy to announce that Brooke from Charters is ENGAGED!

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Brooke and Sean

Sean, Brooke’s boyfriend of two years, popped the question in a weekend getaway to Stone Mountain. They climbed to the top of the mountain where he asked the big question.

Thinking it was a joke, Brooke couldn’t believe that he was asking her hand in marriage until he finally showed her the ring! Brooke and Sean have playfully talked about the idea of marriage, but she was completely surprised when he decided to ask her that weekend!

Brooke and Sean first met when their friends set them up on a blind date. Like all blind dates, they can be a bit scary, but Brooke’s friend ensured her that Sean would be a perfect match. When Brooke finally met Sean, she was instantly smitten with him, and the rest is history.

When she told her mother about the engagement, her mother started to cry tears of joy. When she met Brooke’s then-boyfriend Sean, she bought a dress, which she didn’t reveal to Brooke until a year ago. She knew for sure that he was the man for her daughter! Brooke made the announcement to her mother by asking her, “Do you still have that dress?”

There’s still much excitement in the air, and Brooke is starting to make arrangements for the wedding. They are planning a small, romantic ceremony on a Florida beach for the spring.Because of the intimate setting, Brooke, her sister, and another friend will be planning the wedding.

What was supposed to be a quiet weekend turned into a cherished memory for both Brooke and Sean. Congratulations from the Reserve123.com staff!

- Kris
http://reserve123.com

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Monday, October 10th, 2011

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Justin, one of our ticketing agents, recently took a trip back home to New York City and scored tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Though Justin was never really a comic book person, he strongly recommends watching the show whether you’re a Marvel nerd or not!

Being the adventure-seeker that Justin is, when he received tickets to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, he jumped to the opportunity to see what all the buzz was about. At first, Justin was skeptical about seeing a superhero tale translated into Broadway but was very pleased with the performance. He was delightfully surprised to see how seamless the show transitioned from action to singing and dancing.

One may think of an awkward burst of song right before Peter Parker whisks away a damsel in distress, but Justin stressed that there was none of that. The songs were songs about what they were doing and not necessarily these grandiose belts of devotion to your friendly neighborhood superhero, so the singing did not feel out of place.

The dancing was a different story in that choreographers fused dancing and fighting into examples of athletic feats. The dance/fight sequences reminded Justin of Brazilian Capoeira dancing and even compared it to Michael Jackson’s iconic Beat It music video. He definitely enjoyed all of the dance scenes but his favorite was the robbers scene where Spider-Man made his first appearance and swoops down onto the stage.

Justin raved about how often the performers were off the stage and suspended in the air. What makes this show so different from other shows is that they really do bring the show to you. “It’s a very audience involved show,” said Justin. Several fight scenes became acrobatic stunts over audience members, and at one point, Spider-Man even perched on top of a platform right next to the balcony seats.

“It kind of made me jealous,” Justin said jokingly, “here I am in the orchestra seats, and Spider-Man is chilling out right next to the nose-bleed seats!” He pointed out that no matter where you are seated, you’ll be guaranteed a show. Don’t worry if you happened to grab seats in the orchestra level, Spidey will make a couple of appearances down there too.

Even beyond the performance, Justin was impressed with the overall experience. He arrived 10 minutes before the show, and though the line was long, it moved quickly.Organized and friendly, the staff at the theater helped everyone from finding restrooms in the lobby to getting their seats before the show. Like every fabulous show, there were also plenty of stands to buy your Spider-Man swag (you have to get souvenirs for those not lucky enough to see it!).

To book tickets to Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, go here.

To see more tours and activities in New York City, go here.

(All photos by Justin)

-Kris
http://reserve123.com

Meet mini Miss UGA

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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Michelle's door was decorated on the day we found out in the office!

Michelle’s door was decorated when the office found out she was having a baby girl! 

Along with being a tv nerd, an office swiss army knife, and a UGA fan, Michelle will soon be able to tack on mother to her titles.

In Michelle’s profile post, we found out she was having a baby but we weren’t sure of the sex. A couple of weeks ago, Michelle announced to the office she’s having a baby girl! She and Stu have already named her Allison Marie.

We are very excited for these two and hope for all the best!

- Kristina
http://reserve123.com/


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