Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 22, 2013: I wish my father, George, was here.

There are a few people whose birth changed the entire world. Had they not been born, our lives today would be radically different. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was born in Virginia in 1732. Washington was a citizen first, always; he saw that as his highest calling, citizen of the United States of America. When he could have been King, he chose to limit his power and the duration of that power. Washington set the tone and cast the mold that all future Presidents should adhere to and it is a shame that some have failed his example, renounced their role as the first citizen and nudged us ever closer to tyranny. May we honor the original intent of the office and the man who determined what the timbre should be? Visit the Hall of Presidents and recognize truth and honor.

Paul Dooley is one of those actors that you see in television shows and movies your entire life but don’t actually know his name but you know him when you see him. Dooley was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1928 and he appeared in his first television show in 1963. We honor him here to day because in 2006 he starred as Sarge in Cars and a number of related sequels, shorts and video games. You know there are a number of ways that we can honor Dooley but today let’s visit the Art of Animation resort at Walt Disney World.

Today is National Margarita Day. I am not a drinker but these are as much a frozen dessert as they are a drink. Colorful, cold, tasty, what is not to love and, if you don’t want the tequila, order it virgin? At EPCOT, in the Mexico pavilion, there is a stand that sells frozen margaritas; do I need to say more?

Is Goofy a dog? Pluto is a dog. Goofy’s as much like a person, as he is a dog. Either way today is Walking the Dog Day and, in recognizing the day, let’s consider Goofy a dog as well as my hero. You can eat with Goofy at Chef Mickey’s, you can ride with Goofy on Goofy’s Barnstormer, and you can snack with Goofy at Goofy’s Candy Company. In fact, if you go to Walt Disney World, it’s hard to avoid Goofy and it’s hard to keep from being a little goofy.

A moment of silence please, we have entered sacred territory. On this date in 1630, Indians introduced popcorn to the pilgrims. Popcorn borders on a sacrament in our home. People pay for my popcorn, no joke, I pop the popcorn at all the Lawrence County High School football games and I have tried to share what I do to make great popcorn. I know that I have talked about this before but when I retire, I would love to move to Orlando and run the Orville Redenbacher Popcorn stand outside the Beauty and the Beast show in Hollywood Studios or the stand between the train station and customer service at the Magic Kingdom. I love popcorn, just keep quiet if you don’t.

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

1 comment:

  1. Popcorn smell great! WHen are we getting to the excuse of having a spa day???????? I need one soon