The REAL Vacation

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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.

2 thoughts on “The REAL Vacation

  1. And, of course, it’s always music to our ears to hear the cast members say, “Welcome home!”

  2. By the way, when I was in the foyer before Mass this weekend, I also heard one of the other “favorite” digs from parishioners: “Back from Disney? Must be nice to have money for vacations.” as if to imply that I use parish funds.

    My response was, “Didn’t your parents ever teach you how to save? Mine did. That’s how I am able to go on vacation. By saving money from my paychecks.”

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