Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Feet are Swell. I Mean They Swell, at WDW. #fb

So, my wife and I go to Walt Disney World in Florida a few years ago. It was hot, and sweaty. My body loves fun. It will be involved with fun, wherever it is, but my body is whimpy when it comes to pain. My feet can't stand too much pain. And now, a little weather info.

Florida is a wonderful place to go, except the weather pattern is like the guy at the gas station giving you directions to some place he's never been. He just makes it up as he goes, and he knows if you don't know where you're going, you'll never find your way back to the station, and if you do, you'll end up buying a Slim Jim and a Monster drink - so Goober wins either way. Oh right, the weather in Florida.

We've been to Florida a few times; Once when everyone in the world, including Nostradamus wrote that it would me nice, and it was so hot, the Devil had to wear a hat. Another time, we packed short and tank tops, and it was 51 degrees. Okay? Weird weather. Anyway, one trip (the hot one) it was muggy. Not slightly humid. I mean muggy. It was so muggy, when you turned on the shower head, it said, "It's not even worth it".

So, my body is going to Disney. Yay! Woo Hoo, and then the mugginess began to visit my feet. Mugginess said, "Hey, I know you're size 13 and all, but you should expand - in width, cause it's muggy." That particular year, I bought Vans shoes. I love Vans shoes, however this particular pair had quite stiff sides, and my feet began to swell, and swell, and swell. My body began to protest, and then my mouth went into whine mode.

I tried everything from loosening laces to wearing flip flops, then the blisters began to appear. I remember the day that I waved the white flag to the Muggy weather, and spent $50 ($30 for the taxi and $20 for the new extra large shoes) to get relief.

Bottom line - Humidity makes you feet swell, and Shower heads can talk. That is all, for now.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  • Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. That number represents one sixth of all the turkeys sold in the U.S. each year!
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
  • Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
  • Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds – about the size of a German Shepherd! (But turkeys are normally not used as police animals.)
  • A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
  • The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."
  • Turkeys are known to spend the night in trees! (Maybe to escape the Thanksgiving table?)
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
  • A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees--one of the main reasons they're able to elude some hunters.
  • The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
  • There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.