Sunday, November 4, 2012

November 5, 2012: From Portsmouth, OH to Orlando, FL

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

No, I’ve not been hacked. Today is Guy Fawkes Day, a holiday in England for over 400 years, the day memorializes the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up Parliament and bring down King James I (yes, that King James). Traditionally, Guy is burned in effigy on a bonfire accompanied by fireworks.

The image of Guy Fawkes grew in popularity with Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta and the eventual release of the movie adaptation. Don’t burn anyone today, in reality or effigy but do attend some fireworks. Might I suggest Wishes at the Magic Kingdom or Illuminations at EPCOT?

In 1911, Leonard Slye was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Leonard’s family lived in a tenement on 2nd Street where Riverfront Stadium was built in 1970. Leonard joked that he was born at 2nd base. The Slye family moved to Portsmouth, Ohio where Leonard grew up and became familiar with horses and the skills associated with cowboys. These skills would pay off for him later as a singer and actor, the famous Roy Rogers. His voice can be heard in Disney's Pecos Bill segment of the 1948 Melody Time. I strongly suggest you visit Frontierland and enjoy a burger or taco salad and one of the best fixing bars in the world, Walt Disney World that is.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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