March 2-13, 2006
Another swimsuit at Hua Hin:
The Grand Floridian at Disney World is very pretty from the outside. But, inside, its rooms are getting ... ah ... a bit 'long-of-tooth'. Hey, we are here for the ride ... not the sleep.
I love you!
We are back from Disney World. Though it is about a 4 hour drive from here it is like entering another world ... not all of it wonderful in the good sense.
Disney's cable supplier has a distinct sectarian bent to it (*). And our room's bedside drawer contained more than the 'normal' Gideon bible (**). I do not know if "The Little Bride" was standard issue or just something left behind by a zealot guest.
(*) Perhaps this just reflects the wants of its mid-Florida viewers and not that of the Disney management.
(**) Reading Genesis was amusing...it is so Disney.
PS: Reply from THOCBDC editor:
These "Chick tracts" are infamous. I've mainly heard about them from online acquaintances. There's quite an extensive web site available, however.
I can't believe that they're present as an official Disney policy, but I would also have thought that Disney - which is all about policies, as I understand it - would remove any unauthorized material from a drawer between guest visits. Weird!
OK, Paul, my feeling was that this Chick thing was left behind by a weirdo Christian and that it has nothing to do with Disney policy. My guess is that, being a busy weekend at Disney, it was a drawer that was not checked. Hey, who even looks in the Gideon drawer? [Editor's note: We do!]
PPS: We did have fun on the secular rides.
'Spring Break' has brought its first visitors to the Elbo Room and its supporting beaches. The rite usually starts as just a tinge of skin but as the crucifixion (cruci-fiction?) remembrance gathers head more and more flesh is bared in order to better worship the sun that Genesis says revolves around the earth.
Even the "creeping" (*) creatures are out and about.
(*) Is it 'creeping' of 'crawling' things that Genesis goes on and on about in its first few pages?
PS: Why this little part of the world (www.sark.info) is still the best:
Island cuts back feudal influence
The island with Europe's last feudal system has voted against completely abolishing the role of landowners in its government.
After an extraordinary meeting the group which runs Sark, the Chief Pleas, agreed to reduce the number instead.
Landowners will now be reserved 14 seats in the Chief Pleas, with the total number of seats on the body reduced from 52 to 28.
The other 14 seats will be made up of elected people's deputies.
The public will also vote to decide which landowners are given seats.
The current set-up is that the legislature gives all 40 landowning tenants an automatic seat in Chief Pleas, with a further 12 seats for elected Deputies.
The measures were approved by 25 votes to 15 and the move follows European human rights laws which mean Sark can no longer be run in the same way.
The island has come under pressure to adopt universal suffrage, in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, who live on the nearby island of Brecqhou, petitioned the Queen's Privy Council that the current system breaches EU human rights laws.
That was rejected but the Sark government was told to rethink its plans.
Some doubt remains whether the Privy Council will approve Wednesday's changes as having gone far enough.
But Sark's Seneschal, Reg Guille, said Chief Pleas are prepared to defend their decision in the European courts and a fund is being started to cover legal costs.
Spring Break continues ...
PS: Sometimes you can be proud of your own mother (*) ... especially when she makes the papers. OK, my mom did this about 70 years ago ... but, I just found the clipping in one of her old TWA scrapbooks. Go Mom!
(*) She was Irish ... that explains the door slamming.
PPS: I wonder if I can Google the street where she went 50MPH? And how much is a 1937 ten dollar fine 'worth' today?
Watcharee babysat today for Anthony.
The husband of her friend, Gig, was rushed to the hospital yesterday with a gall bladder attack. It is not serious and Rick expects to be back on the job in a few days. But it is scary for a little kid.
... and there is a strange cell phone 'movie' of a Thai Super Star.
Las Olas is also an adult street.
It's been a bad month for W on the fronts of the thinking magazines: from the left through the middle and all the way to the right W comes across as being strange. Newsweek and Time did not cover him as they were running stories on "Diet Hype" and "What's New for your Heart".
Meanwhile here at THOCBDC Watcharee found a tray of corkscrews that had long remained in the shadows.
Next: Part II