October 9 marked a special day for me - my 10th anniversary of being cancer-free. Since my original prognosis was 2-3 years, I was feeling pretty good about making that milestone. I wanted to spend some time reflecting on the journey that brought me to this day. What to do? I was NOT going to work. A long bike ride? A day at the beach? A long hike? Soaps and a bottle of vodka? No, I'm going to Disneyland!
I arrived at the park to be greeted by loooonnnng lines for the trams, so I set off on foot.
Riddle: How many lift operators does it take to change a light bulb?
First stop - Esmeralda to see what my future has in store.
I was glad to read I 'will have a long life...' I also had a chuckle when she told me I 'will probably marry an artist...' My wife is an artist. FREAKY!
Next stop - the wishing well to drop off a few wishes for family members that I've lost to this lousy disease since I was first diagnosed.
Does Dopey look like he needs a potty break?
Why the long face dude? You work at the Happiest Place on Earth!
Half past June! Time for me to go on HMH.
Then a relaxing spin on the Mark Twain. This guy was telling us to slow down.
Good advice for all...
Good news! The Grateful Dead was playing in Frontierland. So I sat for a short set: Mexicali Blues, Casey (Jr.) Jones, Sugar Magnolia Gardens...
One of my annual traditions is to have a margarita to toast my completion of another trip around the sun. I'm very superstitious, and I don't like to turn down a margartia. So off to Tortilla Joe's via the monorail...
BTW: I'm not a big fan of turning the monorails into skyway billboards. Bad show in my book.
After the marg, I stopped by DCA for a spell.
Soon to be on Ebay?
What did Daedalus say about flying too close to the sun?!?!
(I've melted wax to fix my wings.)
It was a warm day so I chilled in the Animation Building.
I will beat the odds
I can go the distance
Coincidence? I don't think so.
BTW: If you have not seen the Toy Story Zoetrope it is worth the trip.
With the day winding down, I took a final spin on one of my all-time favorites.
(That would be Space Mountain, not Honey I Shrunk My Imagination.)
I asked this guy for directions on the way out.
Thanks for everything Walt.
Until next time...
(I would like to thank all of the wonderful pictures that did not make this report. Perhaps next time...)