I’ve got a lot to be happy about. I’m an American, good family, good job, good church and, today, two other things that made me real happy. First, I saw Wreck it Ralph at the Cinemark in the Huntington Mall. We loved it and saw several friends, Baileys, Thompsons and Wests at the showing. The movie is a great story about finding and becoming satisfied with who we are, even if that means we are the bad guy but not a “BAD guy.” One great surprise was one of our musical favorites, Matt Thiessen, has a song, “When Can I See You Again,” in the movie. Matt is the leader of Relient K and a sometimes co-conspirator in Owl City. My daughter wants to marry Matt Thiessen, she is 20, an excellent singer and a ginger.
Relient K, Columbus, Ohio: Saint Patrick's Day, 2007
"Sunny With A High of 75" from the above concert.
The second thing that has made me so happy today concerns some gentlemen that I met a few years ago when I was a chaperone at Camp Electric at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. It has been announced that Pillar, one of the most Rockin’ Christian bands in the US, has reformed with its most popular lineup: Rob Beckley, Noah Henson, Kal-el and Lester Estelle. Pillar will have a new album out in 2013 and, after seeing Third Day on Jay Leno last night; it looks like a good year for Christian Music. Don’t forget that Walt Disney World has the annual Nights of Joy in September each year with some of the top acts in Contemporary Christian Music.
My daughter, Allison, with Rob Beckley of Pillar at Camp Electric.
Need some excuses?
It’s National Candy Day!!! After Halloween, there has to be some extra candy somewhere around the house. If there isn’t any to be found, get to the Goofy Candy Company or any WDW outlet and sweeten up a bit.
In 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill. Mary Todd lived in Lexington, KY where you can visit her home and a small park that bears her name. Perhaps most important, Mary Todd always claimed that the man she married would become president of the United States and, in November, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States of America. If you’ve read the earlier blogs you should be able to predict where this is going… The Hall of Presidents, of Course. I have a reason to go to The Hall of Presidents every day of the year, why should this one be any different?
Will Rogers, the great American cowboy humorist, was born on this day in 1879. Rogers was an iconic figure in popular American culture and he became fast friends with Walt Disney. Walt had several ideas to include Rogers in several projects but his untimely death in 1935 ruined those plans. Later, Will Rogers was floated as a third host of the American Experience with Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. The plans advanced to the point that an animatronic figure of Rogers was designed for the attraction but he was dropped before the attraction opened. So, today, give a little love to Will Rogers, visit the American Experience, and imagine the attraction that could have been.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.