The goodbye look

Disneyworld is pretty much the last thing that comes to mind when I think of taking some time off and going away on a relaxing holiday. But then I get this:


I know what happens.
I read the book.
I believe I just got the goodbye look.

So that pretty much settled that. I’m going to Disneyworld. I just got an e-mail from a friend who is, as this very moment, vacationing in Venice. It was a lifetime ago that I saw Italy and it’ll be another lifetime until I can return. Until then, I’m off to the happiest place on earth. So help me Bog, it had better not rain. Not for the kind of money I had to burn.

Won’t you pour me a Cuban breeze, Gretchen?

* * *

Last Sunday, The New York Times printed their semi-annual fashion magazine, T. This was the spring issue. It’s thick and glossy and nothing but ads, really.

One spread featured Lou Reed wearing a Rick Owens jacket ($1,602), t-shirt ($286) and pants ($750).

Lou Reed!

Wearing a friggin’ $286 t-shirt!

I guess I’m glad for Lou because he certainly did earn it, but it makes me kind of sad, too. When I was a tyke, I saw Lou tour his Sally Can’t Dance album at Cleveland’s Music Hall. He had platinum blond hair. At the beginning of the show, someone walked a dazed Lou out to the mike at center stage, strapped a guitar on him and he stood rooted in that spot for the entire show. But he got through it!

Now he’s a model.

Okay. As Bukowski put it, scramble two.

24 thoughts on “The goodbye look

  1. I can’t talk. I stomped like anything when we had to skip Disneyworld in favour of Downtown Disney due to funds. But we did Universal Studios et al, which made up for it.Hopefully she’ll not be as camera or as autograph shy as I was when my parents took me to Disney aged 5. I wouldn’t go near anyone or have any photos. She doesn’t look like she minds though 🙂

  2. aw, your daughter is so sweet. what a kind dad you are! you might even have fun. (though I confess i have avoided disneyworld so far. if i had grandkids it might tempt me.

  3. Jo: Are you kidding? She’s already got her autograph book and Sharpie ready. My mission will be to try and get them to break character while signing.Suki: Yes, I consider going to Disneyworld a Heroic Act. I will live vicariously through their eyes and have a fine time, I’m sure. Cat: Ha! I wrote that response to Suki before I read your comment! Great minds think alike.

  4. There will come a moment when you’ll look at your kid and the expression on their face will be worth more than 10 times what you spent, i saw my oldest son’s expression during the parade before they closed for the night, it moved his mother to tears and damn near did his old man.

  5. Sav: I’m all talk and posturing, really. This is our second trip and I remember the first with great fondness. But I don’t want to lose my cool quotient by saying nice things about Disney.Kono: I’m worried about my daughter’s near mystical gaze. When they’re asking for something with that look, everything falls out of focus and I get dizzy.

  6. Good luck getting “It’s a Small World” out of your head after that boat ride!Happy Trails – in about 10 years? You’ll wish they wanted you to take them to Disney for Spring Break, instead of begging to go to Daytona with their friends!

  7. I’d like to do Disneyworld again. Went there in ’95 with someone who’s idea of being able to say “I’ve been there” was to have read the sign as you drove past. We did actually go in… for about 2 hours… a whirlwind tour and I did nothing but walk. A huge disappointment! The kid in me wants more.Have fun! I am sure your girls will cherish the memories for their lifetimes. :-)Love the look on her face! I can see why you give in. 😉

  8. Sausage: Don’t think that didn’t cross my mind!Daisy: Yeah, right. So now, “A Small World” is in my head RIGHT NOW. That’s all it took. That song is pure evil.Ponita: We are making a point of going because they are the perfect age for this sort of thing. Truthfully, I probably have no business taking vacation right now but I’m a firm believer in living your life (within reason).map: Thanks. I’d feel a LOT better if I were going to Disneyland Paris. (No offense, Sausage.)Dolce: I’ll give Mickey a kick for you.

  9. Ah well…just bite down hard on the leather strap…Okay just kidding. It will be fun–as you say, the vicarious pleasure in their happiness! Let us know if you do get a princess to break character!

  10. Your children will love you for ever and they’ll never forget the experience. Our Disney, as kids, was camping in a tent on the edge of Lake Windemere and there was an enormous upended tree which became my brother’s castle and we caught fish and cooked them on a primus stove.Your little girl is such a sweetie.

  11. MIT: Yes, as if I own them.nurse: I’ll pluck a tail feather for you anytime.Leah: I thought of you when booking this trip. Didn’t you just visit there? And, yes, I’m ready for a meet-up when the weather improves. We can walk the Promenade. Pat: Thanks for your kind words and the memory. I hope my little girl doesn’t use her sweetie powers against me.

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