Monthly Archives: January 2012

Magical!

I was able to break into my web site and make a post thru my iPad. I am having a great time. I visited with the Swishers last night along with Kris and their new pup, Rosie. What an energetic bundle of love she is!
It’s always so good to visit them. I can just relax and be myself. Today I went up to the city of Orlando to visit Ben and Laura Downey. We went to lunch at a REAL Chinese restaurant that served Dim Sum style. It was an awesome experience. I was worried that my little tummy would not be able to consume much but boy was I wrong. It was an incredible experience. I have known Ben for 19 years. He was just a lad and now he is an adult and an incredible young man. His wife, Laura, is of Chinese descent and she is one of the loveliest people I I’ve met. They are so happy together and so in love. Warms my heart!
Unfortunately I missed my mass date with Tim, Cindy and Kris. It’s so hard to see everyone.
I’ve been really lucky to be able to have wonderful weather here. I am conscious that I will return to winter. But I go back knowing that Spring is one day closer.

I Heard the Mouse Call My Name!

Mom and Dad at Disney's Boardwalk in 2004.

It seems that right before I leave for vacation something big always falls in my lap. There are several things going on that I really don’t have the answer to and it’s very frustrating to know that lives are depending on me. I can only do so much but I will do what I can and that is the best way I can put it.

This morning I called two very old friends of mine from childhood. They lost their brother last night to cancer. Cancer sucks! They had hoped to see their brother at the end of the month but God had other plans. I know the feeling of not being able to say “goodbye” to a loved one. When my sister and brother died, there were no goodbye’s….they were just gone. Tony’s death was especially difficult because we were never allowed to see him because he was not viewable. This hurt us so very deeply. So, having walked that walk I called the two sisters to convey my heartfelt sympathies. And it was, indeed, heartfelt!

One of the things i had to do was call my sister, Susan, just to hear her voice. I, for selfish reasons, want her to move back to this area because I miss her so much. I have a special bond with her and I feel like the world is slipping away from me by not having my niece and nephew around to give them a sense of identity. I think her husband has the same feeling. He suffered the loss of both of his parents within a one year span and I have not been there for him physically to give him the support he needs.

I am also very mindful of my parents whom I am so lucky to still have but even with them being here, I see them slipping away. Mom is getting thinner and looking her age. My dad who is in a nursing home actually looks better than her. I shared a story with my sister about how I bought my mom a new phone and how she doesn’t know how to use it. Trying to explain the technical aspects of what a phone can do is exhausting BUT funny too. She doesn’t get it and thats okay!

In the meantime, i need to get through this next day and a half so I can enjoy my

The REAL Vacation

Disney's Boardwalk

It never fails. Whenever I go on vacation there is always someone who’s ready to say, “He’s going away again?” My reply is: “THAT’S RIGHT! AND I DESERVE IT!” After 18 years of hearing this I still get a little perturbed BUT then I forget. Especially as I am relaxing in the comfort, luxury and splendor of being in the Happiest Place in the World.    I’m staying at Disney’s Boardwalk which is prime Disney property for the Disney Vacation Club members.

I’m leaving on January 16th and have rented a car for my 10 day vacation. Yes, I know I was gone for 12 days in Oct/November in Europe but that was a working vacation as I am the tour director. A small portion of my touree’s are Senior Citizens and need extra love and care.

At my Disney condo, i can really relax, go out to dinner, visit friends and family members who reside in Florida and just move around as I wish. That to me is a vacation!

I especially love to dine at the Flying Fish Cafe located right here at the Boardwalk. They have the best crab cakes I have ever had. What makes this place extra special is that they recognize my recurring face and I even have my own waiter whose name is Didi. Now, in reality, Disney did not hire Didi especially for me but every time I visit, there he is! He remembers my name, he knows my likes and dislikes and just makes me feel special. I also love going to the ESPN Sports Bar for a few frothy libations. That’s where my bartender, Aaron works. He too knows my favorite beverage and my name.

I learned a long time ago that the sweetest sound that a person could ever hear was the sound of their own name. Perhaps this is why I try so hard to learn people’s names. I want them to know I took the time to get to know them and that they are important.