Monday, January 31, 2011
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Sunday, January 9, 2011
I have made some progress on the Everyman’s Library “Essential 100”. Not as much I would have liked, but some. I found myself pausing from time to time to read about Peter and the Starcatchers or of Finn and the other Kingdom Keepers. I also bowered a book from a friend entitled Waking Walt. Interesting read. And there have been other Disney related books here and there. But, the “Essential 100” is a multi-year project and I am working through it. Currently I am involved in A Tale of Two Cities.
Let’s see, the “not so good about others”. I didn’t make it to the Gulf Coast and I didn’t lose 28 pounds. We won’t go into that subject other than to say I am working on it again. Though I made multiple trips to Walt Disney World, I was unable to meet up with my friend Ryan on any of them. But we were able to meet for dinner in Waynesville, North Carolina one evening last year. It was nice for Mrs. Doc and myself to share a nice meal with Ryan and his wife. I will say that I had a great few days in the parks with my good friends from England, Dave and Susan Steer and their two sons Ben and Jake.
Photography? I am still working at it, and will continue to do so. In fact, I hope to work at it with more fervor this year than last.
And as for the Number 1 resolution for 2010, well, it is the same this year. I feel I am a good husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, in-law, and friend. But, we can all do better in all our relationships and that is my intent.
But let’s look at this year. The object, the goal, for this year is downsizing and simplifying. I have been having thoughts along this line for a good part of this past fall, but as 2010 drew to a close I became aware of just how complex my life had become, how cluttered it was. Not just the physical clutter of having many years of accumulating around me, but mental clutter – the clutter of having too much going on. I found myself running so that I was unable to do the things I enjoy doing most, or working towards creative goals and projects that I sat for myself. Example: I love to draw, but I never have the time and could never seem to make the time.
So, as I move forward in 2011, simplicity is key. I hope that when this year closes and we visit this theme again in 2012, that I can tell you that life is slower and more creatively fulfilling. I’ll keep reading. I will continue to visit Walt Disney World. And yes, I’ll keep blogging. Hopefully I’ll post an article that will be of some interest to you and, I hope that from time to time a really nice photograph will catch your eye.
Here’s to 2011! I hope your year provides you with many fulfilled dreams!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
As an ongoing feature of The Disney Obsession, I will add articles from my bride that have some connection to that influence Disney has here. To start, she recently wrote about the new Disney Cruise Line ship, the Disney Dream, and outlined five characteristics unique to the Dream.
"Disney's newest ship, the Disney Dream is scheduled to leave from Port Canaveral for its Maiden Voyage on January 26, 2011. No matter what age, Disney fan or not, you will love all the unique offerings of the Disney Dream.
This is very first water coaster at sea ever! It's not for the faint at heart though as this coaster travels 765 feet and features an exciting ride down and around 4 decks. Part of the ride slides guests over the sea with nothing below but water. As the Disney folk say, "it’s splashtactular!"
Guests whose quarters do not include a direct ocean view will still have a "room with a view." Those staying in the Inside Staterooms will see the exact same thing as those in Oceanside Staterooms thanks to Magical Portholes. Each Inside Stateroom has a real-time view of the sea. As an added surprise for those with Magical Portholes, guests will be able to see some of Mickey's animated friends stop and wave as they swim by their porthole from time to time.
Adults have 9 clubs to choose from where they can get away for an adult beverage aboard the Disney Dream. The Sky Line boasts a digital fireplace, which is the only one of its kind in Disney's cruise ships. But the most unique offering of this club is the breathtaking, ever changing backdrop to the bar. Tall "windows" (7 LCD big screens) line a wall that offer a life-like view of some of the world's most beautiful skylines in the world. It is said to appear as if one is looking down from atop a high rise.
Virtual art pieces can be found throughout the Disney Dream ship and are referred to as Enchanted Art. Each piece suddenly comes to life whenever someone walks up to them. Some will interact with the person in front of them and others will interact with another piece of art. These amazing Enchanted art pieces can be found in various art forms. Some will be photographs, some animated posters, oil paintings or paper models.
"It's Biggest Yet!
The Disney Dream is the largest of Disney's current cruise ships. She is 47,000 tons larger, 2 decks taller, 151 feet longer, and its beam is 15 ft wider than the other two Disney ships. The Disney Dream can hold 4,000 passengers and has 555 more crewmembers than the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
There are several perks being married to someone who is, what I lovingly refer to as, a "Disney Geek." We are going on the Disney Dream in about 7 weeks. I am so excited!"
Looking at the calendar, we have 49 days until we sail! I am sure we'll have a bit more to say before we set out on this adventure, and afterwards.
Oh, and if you take a notion, here is a link; please drop by my wife's article and leave a comment. You can also comment here if you'd like.