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The Captain Takes Over The Happiest Place On Earth

Before I inevitably starting bitching about it, let me start by saying that I do not think that the Disney Corporation is intrinsically evil.  There are MANY things I wish that they would do differently, but I don’t place them on the same level that I place soulless, life-crushing behemoths like Wal-Mart .  I guess you could say that I have a love-hate relationship with the company that Walt built.

Last weekend Megan and I made a trip down to Orlando and stayed at Disney World on Saturday.  Megan’s benevolent parents are nice enough to let us use their time-share at Disney from time to time, and Saturday was one of those times.  We met up with our friends Amir and Julie who also happened to be in town for the weekend.  We didn’t actually spend much time at Disney, but instead went shopping most of the weekend.1

Apart from our spacious resort room, the most time that we spent at Disney World was on Saturday nite at a place called Downtown Disney .  This is basically the outdoor shopping and restaurant district at Disney that doesn’t have an admission.  While Downtown Disney is very neon and chocked full of touristy nonsense like Planet Hollywood, it also has some decently authentic stuff.  This is where we gravitated, specifically the Irish Pub.

I enjoyed a plate of sausages and several mugs of Boddingtons while gawking at the sheer number of overweight tourists wearing shorts and sandals with socks.  They had a pretty groovy Irish band playing in the bar, and the hostess wearing the skimpy dress got up on the bar several times and danced a jig.2 Quite a good time.

Afterwards, the four of us hit a couple of bars.  We ended up at some Cuban bar that was packed full of Cuban dancing to the live band.  Once we settled in here one of my favorite people made a rare appearance, Tipsy Megan!

Tipsy Megan is a lot of fun.  She laughs at everything and demands to dance every five minutes or so.  I actually indulged her for a song and tried my best not to look ridiculous dancing next to a bunch of highly skilled Cuban couples.  I did not succeed.

Still, we had a great nite and the trip overall was quite relaxing.  This is because we didn’t spend that much time actually at Disney World.  Even though I enjoy a trip to Disney, after about 48 hours I start to complain about everything around me.  I will spare you a rant about the amount the insane amount of drivel that Disney produces .  Lets just say that being surrounded by Disney for a prolonged amount of time slowly drives me crazy.

Alright, I need to focus on the positive.  First, Disney World is where the Atlanta Braves’ spring training facility is located.  Why is this important?  Because the St. Louis Cardinals will be playing a spring training game at Disney on a weekend in March, and I’m planning on attending.  I am officially throwing out an invitation to my friends to attend the game with me.  The games are on Sunday March 16 and Monday March 17 , anyone who is interested let me know.

The biggest positive about Disney World is that it services as a convenient location for ESPN awards shows, such as the one my neighbor Mark attended a couple of weeks ago.  He was at Disney to attend the college football awards shows, and actually got to meet many of the biggest stars in college football.  Here’s Mark with Mr. Missouri, Chase Daniels.

Mark, being the awesome guy that he is, managed to snag me a hat and get it autographed by Chase.  Not only that, he also snagged an autograph from Florida’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow!  How badass is that!  I have to give Mark a big Ach, Ja for being such a thoughtful guy.

Disney World is what it is.  I’m learning how to accept Disney as best as I can, especially seeing as I will probably be in Orlando a lot in the near future.  So yeah, I’ll try to be less like the Donald Duck I am usually am and more like Mickey Mouse.

Ciao,

The Captain

1  Actually, Amir and I rushed through our shopping and then went to a near-bye cigar shop.  What a great way to kill time while the wives were shopping.  We got to relax on these big leather sofas and watch a movie (Naked Gun 33 1/3 for some strange reason) while smoking our stogies.  Good times.

2  You should have seen all of the middle aged fathers stare at this girl while she was dancing.  I could definitely tell this was as close to a strip-club as most of these men would get in a long time.

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