March 11, 2005

Gratuitous Long Distance Posting (TM)

Hellooooo, Llamaland! Robbo here, transmitting from an undisclosed location near Port St. Lucie, Florida. Although I haven't got back to Ol' Virginny yet, I couldn't resist the opportunity afforded by the In-Laws of taking a quick peek to see how things were going here (the fact that we appear to have vaulted in the TTLB rankings during my absence is, how shall I put it, disturbing to say the least. Sniff.)

Also, I wanted to give you a quick preview of the ideas I'm knocking around for a series of extended posts on my experiences with Der Maus. After five minutes of brain-storming this morning, I currently see it as a five-part series under the general title Fear and Loathing in Disneyworld:

Part I - Slouching Toward Kissimmee - a travelogue of the I-95 roadtrip experience with reflections on Americana.

Part II - Mickey's Lair - Impressions of staying on-site in Uncle Walt's Cultural Reeducation Camp.

Part III - At The Stillpoint of Destruction/ At The Center Of The Fury - or - How To Be Entertained Within An Inch Of Your Life - Forty-eight hours on the ground in the Magic Kingdom.

Part IV - Gratuitous Domestic Posting (TM) - or - No, They're Not My Children - War stories from riding herd over a pack of over-stimulated kiddies.

Part V - Conclusion - On All Things Rodential - A summary of my impressions from this week.

I will just say here that most things were pretty much as I expected them to be. Nonetheless, the kids had fun, the grandparents got to spend a lot of time with them and even the Butcher's Wife was forced to admit that I behaved myself very well. All in all, I think the trip has been a success.

Now comes the hard part. It's about thirteen hours of actual drive time between here and the Butcher's House, not counting stops. The forecast is for a snowstorm moving into Virginia Sunday, so I think I'm going to have to try and do the whole drive tomorrow in order to beat it in. My opinion of the success of the trip may alter somewhat, depending on how the journey home goes.

In the meantime, we're off to see the incredibly annoying Robin Williams in the movie Robots this afternoon. I'll be sure to post a review of it if and when I can.

Thanks again to the LMC and Kathy for holding the fort this week. Regular Robbo Posting probably will return on Monday. Until then, have fun, be good and Yip! Yip! Yip!

Posted by Robert at March 11, 2005 08:41 AM

Rob, I fear that if you don't break the trip home into two parts with some highlight in between - a stay at a super hotel or lunch at a snappy tourist attraction - you may tarnish your trip by ending it as slavedriver.

Then again, the snow we had here yesterday made things incredibly tricky. Did someone forget to change the thermostat to spring?!?

gratuitous personal note: I'd be tickled pink if you'd check out my new blog and even more so if you had feedback for me. Not that it'll drive any traffic your way, but you are blogrolled.

Posted by: tee bee at March 11, 2005 12:20 PM

Stay safe, driving carefully, and Godspeed.

Posted by: Christina at March 11, 2005 01:15 PM

No, no, no, Robbo. Stop for the night at South of the Border. (snicker).

OK folks, Robbo is coming back. Have you gotten rid of the bodies yet?

Posted by: RobertJ at March 11, 2005 03:28 PM
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