Mark Terry

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Disney Lowlights

April 9, 2009
Since feedback would suggest nobody's reading these posts, let me get to the crapola part of the trip and then get back to your regularly scheduled programming, ie., me analyzing belly button fluff.

--one of my group's kids had a panic attack. Apparently there's a love triangle aspect to that. He's got a girlfriend at home (or did), but he was sniffing around another girl, who was hanging with a friend, and another guy was also sniffing around her, and when they weren't paying sufficient attention to him, he got to hyperventilating and ended up in the infirmary. Oh, the drama (Because, after all, chicks dig needy men--snort). I don't doubt the panic attack was, er, real, but the band directors weren't too fussed about it because apparently they've seen it before--about three times a week.

--one of my kids, unfortunately, got to rough-housing and fooling around with friends and did a face-plant on the pavement. His parents were on the trip, but we were pretty worried about him. He finally ended up at the Emergency Room and was diagnosed with a small concussion. He's fine. I suggested we get a T-shirt made up for him that said, "I Went To Disney World But All I Got Was This Stupid Concussion."

--The concussion kid's grandmother was on the trip. She's great. She's 82, clear as a bell, and hell, she was riding the roller coasters. Unfortunately, we had made it back to Detroit and were walking to the bus and she stepped off the curb wrong and fell and broke her nose. She's fine, as it turns out, but it scared the hell out of us. She spent some time at the ER with one of the chaperones and my wife talked to her son the next day and although she looks like she went a couple rounds with Mike Tyson, she's fine (Thank God).

--One of the kids got pulled out by security because she was carrying a snow globe in her luggage. TSA treated her like a terrorist, didn't say anything to any of the chaperones or even see if she was traveling with an adult. They grabbed her out of line and walked away. When we asked the TSA what was going on, they said, "We don't know." TSA--bad, you handled this wrong. They x-rayed it and then took her to a place where she could mail it home. Meanwhile, she's the girl the two guys were sniffing around, and our DQ went off on another panic attack because "he wasn't there for her in her time of need." A calming talk and a placebo took care of that.

Aside from that, there was just the usual: Larry, Darryl and Darryl got in a fistfight over something, but worked it out over a 10-pound bag of M&Ms; half the kids hated each other and broke off into other groups, then back again, over and over again, apparently working it out over fast passes or Gummy Bears or something. Lots of drama, some small incidences, but otherwise everything worked out fine and in retrospect was a great trip.



Blogger spyscribbler said...

Totally reading, LOL... just didn't have anything interesting to comment, LOL. But gosh, that's hilarious!

Wow, the drama! Man, and that one family. Sheesh. They all went home bandaged up!

6:41 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Yeah, I know the band director called Jeff and said, "I don't know how to tell you this, Jeff, but... we're never going to let your family come on a trip again."

Oh, I should point out that Jeff and his wife were driving the van with all the instruments and uniforms, so when his mother fell, he and his wife were around Kentucky or something, while we were all in Detroit. The two kids were with us as well.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

And you can't take a snow globe on board because . . . ?

8:08 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

More than 3 ounces of liquid, apparently.

8:15 AM  
Blogger B. Nagel said...

TSA = No idea about customer service. I understand that the job they do is extremely important, I just wish they'd hire a competent liaison to help communicate with the general public.

I also would not want to travel with faceplant family.

word ver: fante. The new fruit drink that comes in NINE hellish flavors!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

B. Nagel
--I'm rather troubled by the notion of TSA pulling out a minor without any indication they checked for a parent, guardian or chaperone traveling with her.

I understand the importance of the job as well, as well as what a headache it must be, but nonetheless they're going to get more cooperation from the public if they communicate what they're doing and why.

9:01 AM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

I have to agree with you, Mark. There should be no pulling minors away without notifying parent or guardian. That is way beyond... I don't know. That's just plain wrong. I thought you weren't even allowed to interrogate a minor without parental/guardian permission and/or presence or something.

If it's not wrong, it certainly should be.

10:31 AM  
Blogger B. Nagel said...

With you all the way. They should have done a reasonable search for a guardian upon discovering her minority status.

As the old saw goes, more flies with honey.

word ver: (this one's even better) butballa. Needs no explanation

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I must say, I love your t-shirt idea.

Now, tell me, did the band have any performances on this trip, or was it just for fun?

5:15 PM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

On Sunday morning they had a 2-3 hour clinic with some Disney musicians. They discussed how they worked, then they sight-read some tunes, then recorded them and they were sinc-ed to Disney cartoons.

Then later Sunday night they marched in the pre-Spectral Magic Parade.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Based on my too many years of publishing amateur magazines, I suggest that lack of response doesn't mean nobody's reading or enjoying your Disney adventures but rather that they aren't as easy to comment on as writing topics where everyone has an opinion. Invariably, with fanzines some of the best material didn't reel in comments simply because there were no "comment hooks." In fact, the more polished pieces,which didn't really ask questions or require anything further, got fewest comments of all.

Too bad about the broken nose but I guess at 82 you have to be thankful it was the nose and not the hip.

Man, that TSA crap illustrates why I won't be flying soon.

8:44 PM  

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