Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 23, 2012: Grim, grinning ghosts.

This is a wonderful Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving has been very insular with our family and close friends involved in what amounts to three days of eating and praising God for his blessings to us. Our Thanksgiving really lasts three days. Day one was at my Mom’s house with Mom, her friend Bonnie, My brother, Bob, and his family and my family. This is a day of recapping the year for us, enjoying everyone being together for one of only a couple of days that we are all together during the year.

Today was the second day of Thanksgiving, a much larger, louder celebration at my Mother-in-law and Father-in-law’s house. There’s a bunch of us and we are together quite often. The gathering is growing larger with Brad’s wife Sherry now part of the family, Caylyn’s fiancĂ© Allen and my son Matt’s girlfriend, Leslie. That’s eighteen for Thanksgiving Dinner and boy do we truck in the food. My son is hopped up on stuffing this year and I think he ate at least a pound or two of stuffing.

Tomorrow is day three of our festivities and the smallest celebration of the season: myself, Deana, Allison, Matt, my nephew Ben and Matt’s girlfriend, Leslie. In years gone by we have spent Black Friday doing what other American’s will be doing tomorrow, shopping. But Black Friday has gone horribly wrong and this year we are not participating. Black Friday used to be getting up about 4 AM, going through the drive through for a hot breakfast biscuit and hitting the stores starting at 6 AM and finding cool stuff. Not any more. If you fall into the trap that the stores are setting you will not spend any time with your family, you will spend all of Thanksgiving shopping for Christmas. Christmas is the second greatest holiday of the year, after Easter, but not at the expense of Thanksgiving. I wish all the stores and shoppers well but I refuse to surrender my family time to save a couple of bucks on something I probably didn’t really want.

Why go to Disney today?

On this date in 1863, a patent was granted for a process of making color photographs. Wow, I didn’t realize that there was a way to take a color photograph that long ago. Go to Walt Disney World and take some pictures, or use a PhotoPass photographer, they are really good and know how to get the pictures you want. The ultimate is probably to get a ride picture, especially a well-posed ride picture. If you don’t already know, ride the rides enough to learn where they take your picture, get a group together and agree on a pose for your ride pic. PhotoPass+ lost our best one, a picture on the Tower of Terror. I even had a receipt. Oh, well.

1887: Boris Karloff. Karloff is more associated with another Orlando citizen that features the young wizard with the interesting scar on his forehead. Now that does not mean that there is no connection with Walt Disney World. Karloff made a little cartoon you may have heard of, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Karloff is the narrator but when the Grinch sings, another great voice takes over, Thurl Ravenscroft. Thurl had the greatest voice in recorded history, I’m not kidding. He was the voice of Tony the Tiger, he sang the Grinch’s song, he sings in the Haunted Mansion, his voice is in Pirates of the Caribbean, he is the voice of Fritz in the Tiki Room. Karloff had a great voice and portrayed some of my favorite creepy characters, so why not tribute them both and ride the Haunted Mansion today?

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

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