Photodump: Disney, Ducks, Dinner

We have some visiting guests this week, which meant voyaging out to a couple of Disney parks. Always nice to have a reminder that when you’re outside for a while in Florida in August, it’s REALLY HOT. Scott got a little pink on top of his head. But fun was had by all. (He actually beat me at Toy Story Midway Mania for the first time EVER.)

We saw the Cowboy Woody doll in a couple of places. But next to Jessie, it made a packaging peculiarity even more perplexing: why does Jessie get to wear her hat, while Woody has to straddle his? Awkward.

I was first drawn to this Tinkerbell because of her oddly stiff and large dress. Then I fell in love with her thousand-yard stare. I knew Tink was a little cray-cray in the head, but don’t let this one near a knife.

I think this Disney hotel is taking the penny-smashing machine trend a little too far. It’s like a mini-Vegas, but the only thing you win is a smooshed coin. Though to be fair, half of these machines were quarter-smashers. Which seems like a waste of a good quarter, if you ask me.

In other central Florida news, were you aware that we don’t do emissions testing on our vehicles?

That’s right — your vehicle can spit out as much stink and smoke as it likes; we won’t make you fix it. After all, the winds blow everything out to either the ocean or the gulf so fast, we don’t have to worry about pollution!

Yeah, it kind of disturbs me, too.

But the wildlife flourishes nevertheless. Remember the ducks from a while back? They’re getting bigger! And it turns out we have at least TWO families of ducks here at our apartments.

These were part of a crew of about a dozen. I think there were two mother ducks in the group (I believe the farthest-right duck in this picture is a mom) and ten or so slightly-smaller ones. And if you make the right kissy-sounds, they come waddling right up to you. Then they see that you’re not offering any food, and they stalk away in a huff.

Ah, an excellent segue into the topic of food:

We visited our beloved Texas de Brazil last night, because we finally got our anniversary 2-for-1 coupon. (The anniversary itself is Wednesday the 17th, by the way. 15 years. Unbelievable!) The food was fantastic as always. This was just the trip to the salad bar — fried cheese, bacon, salami, shrimp, salmon, artichoke, and some potatoes. And a bowl of the lobster bisque, which may be my favorite soup in the world. Don’t worry, I also wolfed down some sausage, filet mignon, flank steak, and parmesan pork loin.

Although I have to admit, the bacon on the salad bar was a little too … even.

Ah, that sounds better.

Last but not least, and completely unrelated to anything, I found this in the Target “1 Spot” section.

Pardon me while I turn my rant on. THAT’S NOT A MACE! THAT’S A FLAIL! ARRRGGHHHH!

Ah, better. They also had giant axes, also made of this fake Nerf stuff. Part of the “baby’s first LARP” line or something, I guess.

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  1. I LOVE YOUR PHOTODUMPS! I always laugh; I read this one aloud to my hubby (and described the photos); and I LEARNED something (he knew the difference between a mace and a flail – thank you SO MUCH for pointing it out so he could explain it to me)!

    Now I just need to know what “LARP” could possibly be.

    missy Reply:

    LARP is “live action role play”. I’ve never larped, myself, so I’ll point toward Wikipedia for a fuller picture:

    I believe that LARP can also encompass things like Ren Faires and Civil War re-enactments (although I may be wrong, and deserve a flailing for such opinions).

    BI Fan Reply:

    thank you – it makes sense, but obviously I didn’t care so much as to look it up myself (and no, I’ve never LARPed either.)

    Just makes the ACTUAL post w/pic even funnier!

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