Posts Tagged ‘Vacations’

Disney Yet Again (Part Five)

February 25, 2020

Now that I think about it, there was one event worth the telling that happened.  (It had slipped my mind because I’d already told the tale elsewhere.)

One of my son L’s favorite places to eat at Disney is Casey’s Corner, and on our last visit he got to toss out the opening pitch (a tradition at Casey’s when it opens its doors in the morning).  This was followed by the crowd singing  “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (another tradition when Casey’s opens), and my son enthusiastically joined along.

But he didn’t know all the words.

So now whenever I hear “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” I’m going to hear my son singing, “Something, something, SOMEthing!”

Disney Yet Again (Part Three)

February 21, 2020

The short form of what happened is that we were rushing to leave the park and L’s Mother misjudged a curb.  By the time I realized what was about to happen, I had enough time to shout “Curb!” before she pitched forward into the street.  She caught her toe on the way down, but it otherwise didn’t seem too bad, so we made our way to the Skyliner.

It was in the air that the adrenaline started to wear off and the pain really started to set in.

So once we reached the hotel we alerted some staff that we might need some aid because while it certainly could have been a bad sprain, it also could have been a break.  Lacking on-site first aid facilities, this necessitated calling for paramedics either way.  (Why four were sent, I truly don’t know.)

After some examination, an obvious break was ruled out, and be it sprain or minor fracture, the proceedure remained more or less the same, tape up the toe and see if it gets better or worse.

It got better, and by morning L’s Mother was (carefully) able to walk again, so our vacation continued (more or less) unabated.

Disney Yet Again (Part Two)

February 20, 2020

I’m chalking up the one significant terrible moment to inertia since it essentially stemmed from L. doing everything but asking, “Are we there yet?” literally within minutes of us leaving the driveway.  I thought he was kidding.

He wasn’t, and suffice it to say that I struggled for many an hour against the tone that set up in me, but once we all got into the idea that we were going to have fun, we did have fun.  Oh, sure, lots (and lots) of things went wrong this trip, some minor, some . . . less minor, but nothing that truly dampened our spirts.

Mind you, it helped that L’s Mother enjoyed the company of the four paramedics that had to be called for her . . .

Disney Yet Again (Part One)

February 19, 2020

So we went to Disney again last week.  (And once again, “Thanks,” Mom.)

Snark aside, things went pretty well with only one (albeit prolonged) significant terrible moment for me.  Since the last time there were three, this is a VAST improvement, and gives me continued hope for the future.

“Glad I Could Make You Happy, And Thank YOU!”

September 27, 2019

(Looks like there’s a lot going on in the political world right now that I could address, but in the words of Weird Al, that would be a hassle and take up all my free time, so I’m going to tell a story about popcorn instead.)

When I was at Disney World last week, I was sent on an errand halfway across Epcot.  I volunteered for this, mind you, but it was going to be a long walk.  Just as I was starting out I saw a popcorn cart and remembered that at some point I was also supposed to pick up a popcorn bucket for later refill.  So I picked one up and, since I had a long walk ahead of me, I had it filled with the flavor of popcorn only I like (Buffalo Bleu Cheese).  It made the long walk alone a lot more pleasant.

Fast forward to the next day when I knew I’d be getting a popcorn refill for everyone else.  The inside of the bucket was seriously stained from earlier, but nothing a few moments wiping it out didn’t cure, so having done that, I didn’t give it another thought.

Until I went to refill the bucket a little while later and the guy told me there’d be no charge.  Now, refills are cheap, but not that cheap, so I asked him why.

“Simple,” he said.  “Day in and day out people bring their nasty buckets to me for a refill, and I don’t like looking at the buckets sometimes, much less touching them, so whenever I see someone has taken the time to clean the bucket, it makes me happy.  So . . . no charge, and thank you!”

I Can Forgive The Lack Of Fire And Smoke, But Not That

September 24, 2019

So we survived another Disney trip last week.  (Odd timing, I know, but that was the time Mom was available to meet us there.)  All in all it was a good trip, with my biggest complaint being that while I know it was supposed to be “not so scary,” the Headless Horseman’s horse shouldn’t prance under any circumstances!

Fun Stuff (Part Four)

May 24, 2019

This last one I feel a little bad about (but only a little).

The first time L’s Mother and I went to Disney World, we ate at a particular place that we’d always said we wanted to go back to someday.  So . . . someday finally came around on this last trip, and after our food had arrived, the server (knowing we hadn’t eaten there in years, and had made a special trip to do so this time) asked how everything was.

“Well,” I sighed, “I’m going to have to be ‘that guy,’ I’m afraid, because, honestly, the food isn’t as good as I remember.”

The server looked absolutely crushed at this (which is why I feel a little bad), so I followed up with my planned joke as quickly as possible.

“It’s better,” I chuckled.

(For the record, I was forgiven by the server for this.)

Fun Stuff (Part Three)

May 23, 2019

This next one was more fun for other people than for me, but a deal’s a deal.  Since it turned out we were going to be at the parks on my actual birthday, I agreed to wear the “I’m celebrating” button and a set of ears if they could come up with something that I could make work with my hat.  So after a bit of surgery on a Minnie Mouse Ear Headband to remove the bow, we had something workable, and out “Disney bedecked” I went.  I even wore a Disney shirt.

(It said “I Tried To Be Happy, But I Got Bored” and had a picture of Grumpy on it, but I wore it.  Even at the “happiest place on Earth” I’ve still gotta be me because that makes me happy.)

Fun Stuff (Part Two)

May 22, 2019

Another fun moment was when L’s Mother screamed at the appropriate moment when the lights go out in the Haunted Mansion.  I wasn’t there for this particular moment, but I was there when she did this once before years ago.  That time she got a round of applause from all the other guests, and if she hasn’t warned me what she was about to do, they probably would have had to peel me off the ceiling since I was the one standing right next to her.  I’m told reactions were similar this time.

Sometimes I wonder if she missed her calling as a scream queen.

Fun Stuff (Part One)

May 21, 2019

Last week I said that this week I’d probably talk about the fun times we had on our vacation, and that’s still the plan, but I’ve run into a snag.  As I sit down to write this now, I realize a lot of the fun times just don’t translate well into stories because they’re essentially minor variations on the “rode a favorite ride again/saw a favorite character again and a good time was had by all.” theme.  Fun stuff, but not exactly gripping literature.

One thing that does stand out to me right now is L. and me designing our own car at the Test Track to make the most powerful race car with a hybrid engine ever designed.  That was cool.  (Still not gripping literature, but it’s a good place to start.)