List and a Rant

It is Friday, therefore we have a list. With a rant at the end.

We are having a tentative spring here in The Mitten.

It was 69 yesterday!!! I wore sandals!!! I saw something GREEN poking up in the yard!!!

Our lawn no longer looks like a herd of wildebeests wintered there. All the flatness is starting to rise.

We have lost some bushes, that is apparent.

I am beginning to see work out there. Cutting back the decorative grasses, gathering the pesky, remaining leaves. Moving pots around. Bare patches of dirt needing flowers.

I am not ready to physically do any of said work yet. Hopefully soon.

I have come to the conclusion that I am a fan of the Mia Clarisonic Skin Cleanser. The Ab-Cat is as well. She would say that her skin condition is much better because of less breakouts, but I would say she has a healthy glow that she didn’t have before. Maybe exfoliating is the key.

I think they should make one for feet, I could benefit from such a tool. Oh, I guess there is always a power sander.

I used a recipe for baked fish that I saw on a blog. It was truly heinous. Honey kindly said maybe it just needed to be a little more crispy. I said unfortunately that would not help the TASTE.

We had birthday club last Tuesday. As we were leaving Keelody commented that everyone is in the midst of big changes. She is right, it must be our age and life phase.

We don’t really like all the change.

We would like to start walking, that would be a nice change. I am not quite ready to physically do this yet. Hopefully soon.

There are world problems and personal things to solve. We might even find that dang Malaysian plane if we put our minds to it. Might could.

Why are the phones of the passengers still ringing? This plagues me.

Anyone watching American Idol? I am not sure who is the frontrunner or who I would like to win. 

I am sure that the one guy Caleb looks exactly like a young Meatloaf. That’s what we call him, Young Meatloaf.

There are two gals from the Detroit area, that would be fun if one of them won!

Honey always calls the African American fellow Jasper. Consistently, for some unknown reason. His name is C.J.

I read online this morning that a group of parents of autistic children are suing Walt Disney World over their new line waiting policy, supposedly put into place to stop line jumpers. Here is a quote from the article:

“The change in policy follows several cases of where guests were paying for disabled guides or using fraudulent GAC cards to get on rides without the wait.”

I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a cop out on the part of the Disney people.

Things have changed in this particular aspect since our days of going to theme and amusement parks. When we started, you could go to the exit of rides and shows (where there were no stairs but they had ramps) and they would just take you in. AWESOME PERK!

They would even let you ride twice in a row because of the difficulty getting on and off a ride.

At some point in our travels, they started with the pass thingy that gives you a set time so you can come back and not have to wait in line in the hot sun for extended periods of time.

I guess able bodies riders were upset about all those disabled, and their families, just cutting in front of everyone.

In their case, autistic children have limited ability to wait for long periods. In the case of the physically handicapped, it is more often the risk of dehydration, sunburn, or inability for a multitude of other reasons.

I can remember telling Abby that the perks of Disney World might just be the very best thing about being handicapped. Seriously, if people knew the ins and outs of travelling disabled, the disappointments of not being able to do so many things, the indignities of the rudeness and carelessness of others, just the logistics of getting around, there should be NO grudges held about a little first class service.

And if you think that the families of the disabled are somehow not entitled to the perks? Cry me a river, because those people have their entire lives disrupted plenty, they don’t need to be separated from their own people all day, waiting in lines at the happiest place on earth. We are family, we are doing this together!

I am not sure when we noticed that they were clamping down, but we did start to notice that large groups of people, with park rented chairs and minimally handicapped guests, might have started causing them to change all the rules.

I am not saying that there are not reasons for people to use park rented wheelchairs. The elderly, broken legs, recovering folks are just as deserving. You can’t always determine the health of someone at a glance. But I do think some were just renting the chairs for the pass and the perks that came with it. Disney obviously did too.

I believe that is called taking advantage. Or playing the system.

I have long maintained that if you arrive at the park in your own, custom made wheelchair, you are really handicapped, and not just trying to get out of waiting in line.

I am sure the parents of the autistic children would be glad to bring you a note from their doctors saying the exact same thing.

All that to say, don’t put more rules in place for the handicapped, GO AFTER THE LINEJUMPERS AND ABUSERS OF THE PASSES!!!!!!!

That is the end of the list and I will now, thankfully, step down from my soapbox.

Have a good weekend.

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1 Comment

  1. deb said,

    April 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Are they not allowing any special consideration for handicapped? I agree with you, why should the people who really need a break be penalized because of the abusers.
    I really like Young Meatloaf, he could win!
    I think a TGIF list is in order for me too….gonna go do that right now.


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