Sneaking in a little blogging, in bite size pieces.
Disney is the most perfectly realized theme park there is — and the best managed. The others may have great rides or attractions, but they fail complete at the level of detailed perfection that is so natural to Disney.
We’ve now used Priceline twice to stay at 4 and 5 star hotels for 50% off and, based on that “n” of 2, I can state that I’m very pleased with PriceLine — and with the hotels. After two miserable nights at a reputable chain, we spent a night at the Omni, and I can really recommend the Omni to anyone who is interested.
Disney is studiously apolitical. Not all parks are. We also went to Sea World, which operates near several military installations. It’s unabashedly pro-military. I appreciated that, but wished I liked the park better. It has some good stuff, but pales next to Disney (including in such essentials as crowd management). Interestingly, unlike Disney, this park was filled with ultra-Orthodox Jews and Muslims with burqa swatched women in tow. Go figure.
Speaking of Sea World, I spent time in an endless concession’s line talking to a nice man next to me. I don’t remember how the talk morphed from children and rides to North Korea, but I made some low key sarcastic comment about the place, followed by the line “such a useful country.” The man just lit up. He lives in a liberal community and thought the same as I did, but never said it. He right away followed up with a complaint about airplane security, which is so busy making sure to treat everyone as a potential terrorist so as not to offend the real terrorists that it ruins vacations and impairs its own effectiveness. The man and I agreed that the best bet is profiling plus heavy duty random checks.
George Clooney’s willingness to hide out to help Obama, for fear of conservative smears, shows again how frightened your true liberal is of exposing himself to the marketplace of ideas.
Already in the 1920s, my grandmother had a beloved doctor who told her that moderation in all things is the key to good health. Seems he was right.
Speaking of excess, San Francisco pulled the plug on the most wild and debauched public Halloween celebrations around. Apparently they were getting a little too violent for the City to handle.