I wanted to take a break from some of my “thinking” posts and just chit chat with my readers. I calling it mish mash free for all, as that’s what popped into my head. I often find it enjoyable to just read what’s going on in the life of my favorite bloggers, so that’s what this post is all about. What’s up with me, and anything else I feel like rambling about.
Fun at Disney
We went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom last weekend. We have annual passes, so we go quite often. Every time we visit any of the Disney parks, we have a blast. Our daughter is three years old, and it’s a magical age. She thoroughly enjoys Disney, especially the princesses and fairies. On this particular trip, we headed out to the park around 2:00pm. We usually go for just half a day, and this time we decided to catch the fireworks show. I’m going to let you in on a couple little secrets. The Magic Kingdom has a special parking area for AAA diamond guests, these are guests that book their vacation through AAA. This parking is very close to the front gate, so close there is no tram stop here. Here’s the first secret… If you go to the park in the afternoon, nobody monitors this parking area, you can just drive up and get a great parking spot.
It’s very hard to pick a day that is less crowded than others. I am baffled at the seemingly random days that are either packed or empty. This day was probably an average day, with 30-60 minute lines on most rides. Since it gets darker earlier, the fireworks were at 8:00, even though the park was open until 10:00. Here comes the next secret… after the fireworks, most everyone left! That meant we were able to get on rides with NO LINES AT ALL! Before the fireworks, we rode 4 rides in about 4 hours. After the fireworks, we rode 7 rides in an hour and a half.
Through the Eyes of a Child
I’d like to share some pictures my daughter took. We upgraded our camera a couple years ago, and still had the old one laying around. We gave it to our three year old daughter figuring no big deal if it gets broken. Well, she’s really taken to it, and managed to figure out how to work it. I’m finding it a great way to view the world through the eyes of a child.
We got a new kitten the other day. A neighbor found him abandoned and brought him home, but due to a dog/cat conflict of interest, the cat had to go. I mentioned it to my wife when she got home, and the immediate response was YES! Well, I wasn’t expecting a yes so quickly, but I knew that my daughter would love to have a cat. I must mention at this point that we do already have one cat. He’s part Siamese, and is very skittish. The slightest little thing frightens him, and he is terrified of the high pitch shrieks that can come out of my three year old daughter. In her entire three years in this life, she has only been able to pet him a handful of times. So, needless to say, she is ecstatic with the new kitten. He will actually sit still, while she pets him, and they chase each other all around the house. We offered to let her name the new cat, and she immediately came up with a name. It’s like she didn’t have to think about it at all. So, we have a new cat named “Bunny Bunny.”
A Little Entertainment at Home
I’m excited that Netflix is finally making their Instant View movies available on the PlayStation 3. I’ve been waiting for a way to view their streaming movies in my living room. We don’t have cable television, so we do a lot of Netflix instead. Also in PS3 news, I’ve been playing a lot of Ratchet and Clank lately. In case you are wondering Ratchet and Clank is my all-time favorite game/series, and I was so excited that the new one came out. It’s one of the few games that I’ll actually pay full price for.
A Great Day Jeepin’
The weather Saturday was amazing. Not a cloud in the sky all day, and the temperature was just right. A perfect day to take the top down on the Jeep. In the morning I participated in the Orlando Veteran’s Day Parade with the Orlando Jeep Club. Every year we participate in this parade to provide transportation to various veteran’s groups, especially for the older veterans that would have difficulty walking the one mile parade route. In the past, we have ridden with the Tuskegee Airmen, the Battle of the Bulge Veterans, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. It’s always a good time to meet people that have been part of history. This year, we didn’t get assigned a group, and just had a few Jeeps recruited for transportation. We were all a little disappointed, but still had a great time participating in the parade.
To top of a great day of top down Jeepin’, we had our monthly meeting at the New Smyrna speedway to watch some auto racing. We were invited by the owner of the track to do a parade lap around the track before the start of the race, and he also gave us free tickets to stay and watch the races. We’ve done parade laps before at the Daytona International Speedway, and that was cool due to the venue, but they were very strict with the rules, and our top speed was maybe 5 mph. On this night however, we cooked it around the New Smyrna Speedway at about 45 mph, which is pretty fast for a lifted Jeep around a race track. By the time we left at about 10:30pm, the temperature had dropped, so I bundled up, turned on the heat, and enjoyed the drive home with the cool wind whipping around inside the Jeep.
Free for All
Well, that’s about all I have. I just wanted a day to keep things light, and for you to get to know me a little better. I want to thank everyone that reads my blog, and those that leave comments. Comments are very important for us bloggers, as it helps us gauge reaction to our content. I also want to thank my fellow bloggers, many of whom support my blog by leaving comments. I’d like to give a little back to these fellow bloggers. Since today is a free for all day, the comments will be free for all as well. Feel free to plug your blog, include links, or say anything you’d like. (I’ll check the spam filter in case any of you get flagged, and push those posts through as I see them.) I am giving you free reign to advertise you blog, your, website, or you products in today’s comments section! Have fun!