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Catching up… Oz, Epcot and the Rape of Nanking

I haven’t written much lately so here’s a quick catch-up.

I got a promotion a few weeks ago, and then I was very honored to receive a special award at work, too. The job is keeping me busy, but it’s going well.

Last weekend, my son and I were invited to tag along for a special screening of Oz The Great and Powerful. We both liked it a lot. It was a little long for my taste, but well made. And I like director Sam Raimi’s little nods to other work he’s done (Evil Dead hand, possible deadite, and I think a line from ED too). I’ll be curious to see if this launches more Oz tales on film.

That movie screening was brought to us by the official Disney Parks Blog. We even made the recap video they posted. 

The screening took place at Epcot and we spent the day there prior to the event. I made my son a photo scavenger hunt for Epcot and we spent most of the day doing that. This was his first time getting all 100 objectives in the scavenger hunt. I’ll post another blog eventually with the full list.

That morning was also the day of the Disney Princess Half Marathon. We knew some people running in the race and got there early to offer some encouragement. We saw my friend Alison, and then Alexander spent about an hour giving high fives and encouragement to all the other racers who went by. It was very nice of him, though he didn’t even understand why it was nice when he was doing it.



I’ve still managed time for reading. I read The Silver Linings Playbook and liked it much better than the movie, even though I liked Jennifer Lawrence in the film. I think the book probably handles things a little more realistically. And the denouement of the film is really the middle of the book.

I read a book called Dear Coca-Cola…. This is one of those books where a guy who thinks he’s funny writes letters to corporations and then prints their responses. The first book I read like this was Idiot Letters by Paul Rosa (http://www.amazon.com/Idiot-Letters-Paul-Rosa/dp/038547508X). It was published in 1995, and while pretty funny, I think there was subtext in the commentary on corporations and the people who work for them. There were a couple of other similar books by a guy named Ted L. Nancy, which was a pseudonym. These were much more focused on the humor, and not in a good way. But still, these books were better than Dear Coca Cola.

But after that “humor” reading, I was ready for something more serious, so I started reading The Rape of Nanking. I don’t have a lot of words at this point… I haven’t finished the book yet. I’m reading it in little pieces. It’s a tragedy and a real life horror… and that doesn’t even begin to describe it. I think it’s an important book, giving the history of a nightmare in war, as well as digging into the depths of the depravity of man. I don’t think I’ll do a real review on it, but I recommend the book.

After this, I’ll need to pick up something a little more light-hearted. I bought Jimmy Buffett’s Swine Not? at the Dollar Tree, so maybe that… But if you have any book recommendations, let me know!


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Photo Safari Scavenger Hunt

Some of you may have seen previous blogs of photo scavenger hunts I put together for my son at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both of those were based off this one that I put together for coworkers for a team builder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I removed 4 items that were specific to our team. Feel free to substitute your own to get it up to 100. This same list was used at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, pretty successfully as well.

Welcome to the DAK Photo Safari. In this safari, you will be documenting your experience with photographs of possibly difficult things to find around the park. It will require a great attention to detail. If possible, try to capture at least one member of your safari group in each picture. None of these photos will require you to ride a ride. To be successful, some subjects may require a little creativity, but don’t bring anything from the list into the park with you.


  1. Dragon
  2. Henson characters
  3. An animal in a habitat where it doesn’t belong
  4. Someone in mid-jump in front of the entry to a new land
  5. Lions
  6. Tigers
  7. Bears
  8. Three boats
  9. A car built before 1970.
  10. A Coca Cola sign in another language.
  11. A brass drinking fountain
  12. A celebration button
  13. A Mickey Mouse balloon
  14. A Cast Member performing a magic moment, take 5 or going above and beyond.
  15. An Airstream trailer
  16. A castle
  17. A crate
  18. A barrel
  19. A hero
  20. A bell larger than your head
  21. A footprint larger than your head
  22. A golden trowel
  23. A waterfall
  24. A Christmas greeting from a previous decade
  25. A payphone
  26. An attraction queue with two stories
  27. A frying pan
  28. Lost and Found
  29. A child too large to be in a stroller, in a stroller
  30. A moose
  31. A squirrel
  32. Huey/Duey/Louie
  33. A basketball hoop
  34. A jukebox
  35. Lychee
  36. Cupcakes
  37. Something healthy
  38. An airplane
  39. A hotel
  40. Something Hawaiian
  41. A quarter in a fountain
  42. Food that can’t be bought in the park
  43. Something from Florida in California / Something from California in Florida
  44. Non-American currency
  45. Mosaic tiles
  46. Turnstiles
  47. Ropes holding something up
  48. Ropes holding something down
  49. A stroller parking sign
  50. A sign that prohibits something
  51. Two trashcans that look different in the same photo
  52. Something in a merchandise shop that costs less than a dollar
  53. Something in a merchandise shop that costs more than $500
  54. Something labeled “Limited Edition.”
  55. Guests studying a map
  56. A typographical error
  57. An upside-down tree
  58. A flag from another country
  59. A fireplace
  60. A wait time posting more than 30 minutes
  61. A clock mounted to a wall
  62. A member of the team using a drum
  63. Flowers in bloom
  64. An island
  65. Something Olympic
  66. Ants
  67. A fish
  68. Bats
  69. Snow, not on a mountain
  70. A pirate
  71. A princess
  72. A pineapple
  73. A sponge
  74. A starfish
  75. A Guest wearing socks with sandals
  76. A hidden Mickey
  77. A Guest wearing neon colors
  78. A Guest doing something they should not be doing
  79. A Guest who looks like a celebrity
  80. A Cast Member doing something they should not be doing
  81. Spilled popcorn
  82. A Mickey Mouse sticker
  83. Someone wearing a rain poncho
  84. A working fountain
  85. A bird bath
  86. A bird eating people food
  87. One of the seven dwarfs
  88. A family photo
  89. Something hiding
  90. Something camouflaged
  91. Something with 8 legs
  92. The king
  93. A net holding something
  94. “Thank you” in another language.
  95. Something from Australia
  96. A character that cannot sign his/her name with a pen

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Photo Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago, I posted a Magic Kingdom Photo Scavenger Hunt that I did with my son. This weekend, we wanted to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, so I put together another scavenger hunt for him for the rest of the day.

The rules remained pretty much the same as last time:

Welcome to Alexander’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Photo Scavenger Hunt. In this scavenger hunt, you will be documenting your experience with photographs of possibly difficult things to find around the park. If possible, try to capture at least one member of your group in each picture. None of these photos will require you to ride a ride, though you may find some of the objectives in a ride. To be successful, some subjects may require a little creativity, but don’t bring anything from the list into the park with you.

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