The afore-mentioned J. Lileks has been enjoying a family vacation in Orlando, FL at Disneyworld and writing about it in his blog. Now several things about this are true. The fact that reading about Disneyworld fills me with longing means that I am more homesick than I realized, where homesick in this context is “longing to be someplace familiar”. On more than one occasion in my adult life I have had business reasons to be in Orlando, and in each case was able to sneak away with a colleague for a day reliving my childhood in the Disney empire (especially Epcot). I have also recently visited the more adult-oriented fare at Downtown Disney both in Orlando and Anaheim. I had realized a few weeks ago that I was quite homesick for this sort of entertainment when I priced a long weekend at Eurodisney but gave up on the idea when I realized how sad it would be to visit there alone. The Lileks commentary on the Disney experience is dead-on how I feel about it; it’s not cheap, but it’s remarkably clean and the infrastructure is amazing. I have not had the opportunity to see it through a child’s eyes since I first went aged about 10, so I can only imagine how fun that would be these days. And yes, I know I’m tragically uncool for admitting I enjoy this schmaltz or miss it in any way. This expat thing is a killer, what can I say.
The other amusing piece out there in the blogosphere today includes a hypothetical sample of what would happen if Lileks tried to write straight news, along with such equally implausable gems as Sylvia Plath’s weather forecast and Bill Shakespeare’s Star Tribune Wedding Announcements (featuring both Puck and a character called the “OLIVE GARDEN SERVING WENCH”). Even if you have no interest in the blogging style of Lileks the other sub-pieces of this wry commentary are absolutely priceless.
(many thanks to Dad for keeping me on top of the Lileks news from this distance)