Saturday, March 9, 2013

March 10, 2013: The hills are alive, with the sound of... Telephones.

I am a science teacher. As a science teacher, I understand that all living things serve a purpose but I will argue that viruses are not living things and they are nothing but a nuisance. As a science teacher I am around 130+ children each day and they, very generously, share their diseases. One of my dear students has shared yet another virus with me. I would love to have the license number of the truck that they ran me over with last night. Arrgh!

Let’s move on. Richard Haydn was born on this date in 1905. Haydn gained fame playing tightly wound, nasally, overly proper characters. He became the go to guy for aristocratic buffoons in television and movies. Haydn’s most famous role is probably that of Max Detweiler, the friend and promoter of the von Trapp family in The Sound of Music. You know there is a Disney connection coming so here it is: Haydn was the voice of the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland and he also appeared in the 1967 live-action movie The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin. How shall we celebrate Richard Haydn? In light of recent developments with the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as a television pilot, let’s go ride it in honor of Richard Haydn, preferably over and over, late at night, actually best about 1 AM.

Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1983. I was 21 years-old, audible sigh. Underwood won season four of American Idol, helped with the soundtrack for Enchanted (“Ever, Ever After) and helped launch the American Idol attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The American Idol Experience is pretty cool as an observer, but as a participant it can tie up a huge amount of your day. The big reason to be a participant is, if you win the daily contest, you get a guaranteed audition for the show. My daughter was in the competition and did very well. She lost to a lady who was a vocal coach and owned her own theater but she made it on stage and we were in the audience to vote for her. If you’re a great singer, give it a shot, if you’re not, go and vote. And, lest we forget, it is air conditioned, mmmm, Florida + air conditioning = heaven.

Today is the International Day of Awesomeness. I know nothing about this day of observation other than to say that any day at Walt Disney World is a day of awesomeness. That’s not an excuse, that’s a fact.

Today is Land Line Telephone Day. This one I understand because this is also the day, in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call to Thomas Watson. Our favorite landline telephones are in the red telephone boxes in the British Pavilion at EPCOT. You can call these phones and talk to someone at Walt Disney World. Unless they have been changed the numbers are:  Right Booth: 407 827-9861, Left Booth: 407 827-9862, Center Booth: 407 827-9863.

Today is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time in the USA. You should have moved your clocks forward one hour. If you were late for church this morning, now you know why.

Finally, on this date in 1849, Abraham Lincoln filed a patent for a device to help move boats across obstacles in streams. Although his invention was never used or even built, this fact makes Abraham Lincoln the only president in the history of the USA to hold a patent. In honor of this momentous event, let us ride the paddlewheel boat through the Rivers of America. Lincoln gained his inspiration on the actual rivers of America, running flatboats and not killing vampires.

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

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