So today is the start of MouseFest 2008. People got on a cruise ship and have sailed off to ports
unknown well known. And I’m not on the ship. I won’t get to sit in either of my standard seats at the Castaway Air Bar or the Heads Up Bar. I won’t get to share a cheese plate with my friends in the Cadillac lounge. I’ll miss Deb effortlessly finding some new personal “hot button” of mine that I don’t even know exists and then pushing it to her hearts content for the entire cruise (I swear it’s like having a sister from a previous life when she’s around). And I’ll miss all of those things.
Nor will I be at Disney World in four days when that kicks off. I’ll miss the Dessert parties, my standard beer at the Rose and Crown. The rides. The characters. The friends. Oh the friends we’ve made, mostly thru Beci, that we get to see at Mouse Fest. Matt, Mike, Mike, and Len – the WDW Today guys. Deb and the rest gang from AllEars.net. Lou Mongello (clever how I got both URLs in there for Lou ). Not to mention Linda, Amy, Mark, Steve, and the rest – too many to list here. And of course the entire MouseFan.Travel team (Yes, that’s a valid URL). And I’ll miss all of those people.
But mostly I miss my wife. 11 years ago, on the 6th of December we got married in Las Vegas and then headed directly to Walt Disney World. By chance, MouseFest almost always disrupts out anniversary. We’ve talked about getting divorced and remarried at a less busy time of the year just so we could have a chance to be together on our anniversary. This year it doesn’t matter, as I’m half a world away from MouseFest, across the international date line, in Singapore. I think I’d rather just have a refresher wedding at Disney World (or perhaps Disneyland Paris, which I’ve developed an odd affinity for…).
So if you’re at MouseFest this year, land or sea, and you read this and then see Beci, tell her Chris says happy anniversary.