Thursday, July 11, 2013

July 12, 2013: Eat Mor Chickn

Today is Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day. If you show up dressed as a cow, you will get a free meal. If you show up at least partially dressed like a cow you will get a free sandwich. There is even some printable stuff you could wear to at least get a free sandwich including a sign with the classic, “Eat Mor Chickn,” message. If you’re at Walt Disney World, get some awesome chicken nuggets. I’m sure the cows would approve.

It's a small meal after all.

Today is Simplicity Day. The idea is to live a more simple life. To this end, the creators of this event chose to observe it on Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. Since we’ve mention Thoreau, he was born on this day in 1817. Live simply and be happy. That’s one thing I like about vacationing at Walt Disney World, simplicity, one card or band that takes care of everything. Our rooms, meals and tickets all combined in a simple package and paid before we are even on property. You can even get a fine travel agent to book it all and take care of all the arrangements. We use Marsha Gabauer at The Magic For Less. She has booked five or six of our nine Disney trips for us. Tell her I said, hey. They do reward references and I am a schoolteacher.

As an eighth-grade science teacher, one topic that I cover is the periodic table of elements. In our study of elements, we cover carbon and one form of carbon that we cover is Buckminster Fullerene, Bucky Balls. These molecules are 20 atom spheres of carbon that resemble a soccer ball or a geodesic sphere.

As you may know, Spaceship Earth, is a geodesic sphere. More than 500,000 of these have been built, in various sizes, around the planet. Our sphere at EPCOT is 265-feet wide.

Richard Buckminster Fuller was born on this day in 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts. Not only did Fuller come up with the geodesic dome/sphere but he also coined the phrase, “Spaceship Earth.” Go, ride it, and appreciate the fragility of our planet. I get a thrill every time my time machine turns backward.


1961: The first draft of a screenplay was completed for a new Disney film. The film will become iconic and an instant classic, Mary Poppins. Ride the monorail in honor of Mary. If you don’t understand why, look up the MayPo braking system.

1854: George Eastman was born in Waterville, NY. Eastman invented the Kodak camera. Kodak has sponsored a number of things at Walt Disney World. Look for plaques indicating their sponsorship. They are going to be fewer and fewer.

1914: My almost daily recommendation of Casey’s. Babe Ruth made his baseball debut… pitching for the Boston Red Sox.

1937: Bill Cosby was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The classic comedian, Cosby has appeared on The Muppet Show and as Barney Satin in The Devil and Max Devlin. Grab some Jell-O pudding and head for Muppets 3-D. Those Muppets tie in with a lot of famous people.

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

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