From College Life to 9 to 5

February 7, 2013 by Tim Samson in


“Don’t rush it, Amanda. You’re going to be wishing you were back in class soon!” Famous words of my mother this past year telling me not to wish my last semester of college away. I was so eager to finish college, and now I have to admit, unfortunately, my mother was right! Painful words to say!

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Hall, I recently just joined the world of marketing at Morey’s Piers as an intern and have the pleasure of working with Maggie, Alison, and Tim. I graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations. I’m a true Jersey girl and always will be. Make that a true “South” Jersey girl, not to get confused with Snooki and JWow. I don’t spend my days GTL’ing, well maybe the tanning part, but only on our gorgeous beaches. I grew up in Wildwood Crest. I went to Crest Memorial and Wildwood Catholic, and then ventured down to Baltimore for four years. (Go Ravens!) But, I have to say there is truly no place like home!

When I was younger I loved to go up to the piers with my dad and brother. My brother and I would count down the days until winter was over and Morey’s Piers would officially open again. We would anxiously wait until the day we drove by and saw the rides going. “Dad, look they are open now!” My Dad would tell us, “Oh, no I don’t think so, they told me they are just “testing” the rides!” He didn’t have us fooled for long. Even now at 22 I still love to go up to the waterparks and spend the day with my dad. I might even have more fun now than when I was little, especially with the swim up bar in Ocean Oasis! It’s crazy to see the other side of things now from the offices and everything that goes into making Morey’s Piers truly special. I look forward to my time here and getting to work with and learn from all of the fantastic people who make up Morey’s Piers. Don’t forget, 52 days until opening day!



Beth Haney says:

August 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

great story.  I feel the same way about Wildwood.  The memories of my summers down there with both family and friends will never be forgotten.  I live in Delaware and most of the folks here venture down to Dewey, Rehobeth, Bethany, etc.  I have visited Dewey twice in my life and dont care to go back.  The Wildwood’s surpass the Delaware beaches by a long shot.  Those who voted Dewey as the #1 family beach resort must have never been to Wildwood or the shores in Jersey for that matter.  Anyway, my Wildwood roots go back a bit further than John’s.  I was first introduced to Wildwood in July of 1968 (two weeks old).  We stayed on 23rd avenue at a house that is still there and looks the same today.  We have since purchased a home in wildwood crest (well in 1976) but I will never forget where my memories started.  I can still remember walking to the beach on 23rd avenue and passing the Thunderbird Motel and The Lollipop.  I have a vague memory of some of the rides that were there when i was a lot younger such as King Kong; Keystone Kops; the Hell Hole; Jungleland and i could go on but dont recall the exact name of all of them especially the rocket ride i used to go on that i have yet to come across a photo of to help describe to my kids.  I have many stories,  memories I could share but would be here all day.  I can understand why Wildwood may change John’s attitude when he visits there as it is a time to put the daily stresses or of work and/or school on hold.  I only wish the summers were longer like they seemed when i was younger.  Im lucky to get down there about five or six times over the summer as well as the winter but that is just to check on the house.  The winters are quite similar to a ghost town sometimes for those who have never ventured down in january or february.  Oh, how can i forget the many festivals in North Wildwood such as the Irish Festival and the Blues Festival.  Two awesome events that vacationers must check out.  Admission is free.  The music and atmosphere as well as the overly friendly people will have you hooked.  okay, i could go on but i better stop.

Christian Garing says:

August 24, 2011 at 10:52 am

Yeah. Great story.  I know what you are talking about when you cross into “Wildwood By the Sea”  I usually get that feeling by “The Off Shore Motel” right when you get off the Parkway.  That is an isntant “WE ARE HERE !” feeling as we cruise down Rio Grande.

In regards to being a “Different Guy”  YES !.  I too am a differnet guy around Wildwood time.  My dad has taken me down every year since I was born.  And now I am taking my kids down every year.  So we have a long history of going down.  The “Different Guy” i become is a crazed mad man leading up to the vacation.  Whereas I am typically a laid back person, going into that week’s vacation, I get crazy.

“Honey - I know we said we would leave at 7 am but we need to kick that back to 6am”

“I loading the car up, I know, its only Thursday, but i dont want anything to go wrong”

“Yes, I called the crib rental place back in Febrary, its reserved”

The minute I leave Wildwood, I start planning for the next trip down.

I enjoyed your story.

Jessica Wiley says:

August 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

ya know staffers, u might wanna spray eeverything down and the rides too, make sure miss Irene doesnt try to knock anyone or anything over.  and i definitely enjoy that we’re now able to bring on our own stories of moreys and being on vay-kay in the wildwoods to the site. its very thoughtful of you to let some guests create their own article entries.  Hopefully after this season comes and goes, more ideas, and stories come about onto this blog so we can all keep up with everyone and everything.

Wildwood, NJ says:

August 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

John, great story!  There is nothing wrong with a weekend starting on Monday.  Life is short, spend it in a great place with the people you love.

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