Friday, December 28, 2012

December 29, 2012: All you need is... a signature.

Yesterday we had a house full of children from 8th grade through college. When my home is full of these young people, I have no idea what is going on in the world unless I am on my laptop surfing news. They have sung and played video games all afternoon. As I write this blog they are in the living room trying to organize the next a capella super group. I don’t see this becoming a lucrative situation. It is fun though and I’m sure that this laughing will continue until it has turned into crying.

Speaking of world famous singing groups, this date in 1974 is considered by many to be the end of the Beatles. The Beatles ended in 1970 but, like any other huge financial institution, it takes a little time to get the paperwork in order. John Lennon was staying at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World when the stack of paper was delivered to him and, with a simple signature; he dissolved the bonds that made the band (the other three Beatles had already signed the documents). Legend has it that on this trip to WDW, Lennon particularly enjoyed riding the monorail. In fact, he did something that I have done with my family; he rode up front with the monorail pilot and he did it a couple of times. Now you can’t ride with the pilot any more (an after hours crash a few years ago ended that practice) but you can and should ride the monorail. In fact, a true WDW fan understands that the monorail is one of the few attractions that you can ride at absolutely no charge. So go, ride it, now.

Matt riding up front with the pilot of the monorail at WDW (2006). This is no longer allowed after a tragic, after hours accident.

Another view from the front of the monorail

Angelina Jolie’s daddy, Jon Voight was born on this day in 1938. Mr. Voight has made dozens of movies but in our little universe he played Mr. Sir in Holes and Nicolas Cage’s father in both National Treasure movies. Get to the World Showcase in EPCOT and search for the national treasure in each country’s pavilion (I recommend playing the Agent P game to accomplish this task).

A sign for the Kim Possible activity at EPCOT (2009), now Agent P.

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

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