I had a stopover in Washington DC and arrived in Orlando a half an hour behind schedule. And then, there was a computer glitch at the rental car parking lot, pushing things back another half an hour, and another computer glitch at the hotel. Needless to say, I arrived at my first meeting an hour late--just in time for break! Good timing, I say.
Here's a shot looking out from the balcony of my hotel room, at the Wyndham resort...
After the meeting that night, one of the members of the PR Committee let us into Epcot, to view an exhibit they were sponsoring. And since we were in there, anyway, we decided to check out a few rides. My favorite was the human crash test dummy ride. After that, I was tired, and left my group to get some rest, but actually ended up walking through Pleasure Island for an hour or so before making my way back to the hotel room.
The next day our first conference session started at one, which gave me time to drive through Orlando--and pick up a pair of sandals and a shirt. I also made time for writing. Here's another shot of my balcony, but see if you can pick up a reverse shot of Mr. NoCompromises, sitting in his chair...
The sessions lasted until five, and I did the schmoozing thing, but I was a bad boy and ducked out of the reception held at five. Why? One reason:
In case you can't tell (my camera was not working well during this trip), that's Splash Mountain, which was the one place that I wanted to go during my trip. To me, Splash Mountain is the Holy Land--whoever designed this ride is a freaking genius! I also went on Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and the Peter Pan ride (fitting), finishing up with the fireworks display at eight at night.
All in all, I'm very poor, but it was really worth it. I spent a lot of the time on the trip saying to myself, "I can't believe how happy I am." And I mean it...I'm not certain things could ever get any better than they are now (well, if I were to be published, that'd be a start...and I've definitely been thinking about that topic quite a bit--but that's a story for another post...)
Also, want to spend some time talking about the recent elections. I have definite concerns and fears that I need to articulate. But more on that later, let's just keep this post happy, shall we?
(Insert inane smiley face here, please)