Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Dancing and Disneyland

Last week I went to Disneyland with a writer friend. I hadn't planned to do it. I'd planned to save my money and stay professionally focused at the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim. But Disneyland was just across the street and my cousin and my daughter and her baby met me. The baby and I danced around a fountain. Later, he chased birds. They went home at a sane hour and friend, Fran, and I looked at each other and said, "Let's go." We went to Disneyland at six at night and rode rollercoasters, watched fireworks, ate ice cream, and found some clones of Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. The weather was perfect and we had the best time. Now this is entirely out of character for me (ok no one out there say cheap - I heard you - or self-sacrificing, not me) but I did it. I smiled at the man in the ticket booth and happily accepted his assessment that I was a senior. Silver hair is good for something. I let myself loose to play. Fred made me do it. He went and died and I remembered that life is short and you might as well play, and jump for joy while you can.

Intro #2 The Puppeteer: I can't go to Disneyland without thinking of my other daughter who loves puppets and politics equally. When she was little she was so scared of those big puppets in Pirates of the Caribbean that she tried to jump out of the boat. Since she moved to Wisconsin she is scared of thunderstorms.

Info #2 Thunderstorms: In the Midwest they really do look like black walls of clouds. My daughter, the puppeteer, says the ones that create tornados look green. I didn't see any green storms when we drove across Michigan this month, but we did meet a lot of hail. I also read once that you can set your TV to channel 13 and a tornado will make static on that channel. I'd check with better sources before depending on either of these as cues to take cover.

Opinion #2: I generally prefer puppets to politicians.

Books #2: I say let's stick with dogs for the moment. I have a couple more suggestions to add to the list from the comments. Anyone read a new dog book, as in this year's pub date? And what about that Dorothy in Wizard of Oz? Was she your favorite? I preferred Toto. I can't pick a favorite from the three sidekicks and the flying monkeys scared me. Did you have nightmares about tornados after reading that book?


Troy-Michelle Reinhardt said...

Suzy- I haven't read it myself, but "Marley" or a title something like that, seems to be a big hit in the world of dog lovers this year.
Glad to hear you had so much fun in Disneyland. Dan calls it a magical place - "open your wallet and your money magically disappears!" :-) I still find it to be enchanting though. Glad to read about the girls and your grandson!

sunihali said...

Hey, Suzy

I'm crazy about thunderstorms. Crazy! My family thinks so anyway. They could care less, but from the first rumble or hint of darkening skies I'm as excited as a kid, well, duh, at Disneyland. Embarrassing, really.

Did anyone mention the Kjelgaard dog book series? Big Red, Irish Red, Stormy? I have them all, and each one looks like it's been run over by a truck, beat up, (okay, dog-eared), and taped together because dogs and the Hardy Boys were the only things my eldest wanted to read about when he was a kid.

So, speaking of books, how's the new one coming?

Suzanne Morgan Williams said...

Susan - one of my earliest memories is of watching night after night of thunderstorms out my bedroom window when I was five and a whole series of storms flooded our area. Because of Wizard of Oz, I was more scared of tornados - although they weren't likely to happen. Now I watch for fires when we have lightning, but I love the show. And yes, I'd just added Big Red to our list - one of my favorite books as a kid. Suzy

Vaquerogirl said...

Suzy- I have a crazy friend that plasters herself to the windows when she hears a storm coming...hmmm...wonder who that could be! I admit that I have taken my children 'storm watching' when they were small enough to sling around. I also have been in a few hellacious storms in the Midwest as a kid- and I was told by my relatives who lived there about ball lightning, and lightning coming through plumbing pipes, and through phone lines... all scary stuff and who knew if it is true?
As for Dog stories- I read "Beautiful Joe" as a kid and when I pick up that book, even today, I can remember the text as if I had read it yesterday.And what about the book about the Besinji in the Louisiana swamp? The dog was named Lady and they made a movie about it? And don't forget Rin Tin Tin, or the original "Lassie"( great book) or the spin off "Laddie". And my kids loved Benjii, the book and the movie. I' sure there are more- but I have to go to work now!
See ya!
Barb G

Suzanne Morgan Williams said...

Barb - my neice was zapped by lightening in Connecticut while she was playing Nintendo during a storm. It shot her across the room, toasted the machine, and burned her fingers. She seems to be none the worse for the wear - just graduated from med school and soon could be your doctor. A relative of an inlaw was killed by lightening when he was a teen. Suzy

Vaquerogirl said...

Yikes! I guess it's all true!

The Lone Coyote said...

Interesting that my lightning story came up since reading your post made me think of it. I can vouch that it did indeed happen and that I had a numb spot on my thumb for years afterwards where I was pressing the A button as the lightning zipped through the controller. The Nintendo had to be replaced but the game, the controller, and I all survived.

We hit the California Adventure park at Disneyland on one of my residency interview jaunts to LA last winter. The "Soaring Over California" ride is amazing and we went on it multiple times. It's definitely worth the trip.