Halfway through our PCS move from FT Hood to FT Belvior (by way of Arlington). Some observations:
- Travelling with two kids and two cats is not an order of magnitude tougher than travelling with one kid and one cat. However, the space requirements do expand considerably.
- The total stress level in the car appears to be a constant. If I am calm, Mrs. O is looking for a fight, or one of the kids is having a meltdown. This may be related to Boyle's Law.
- The inventor of the air conditioner should have his own national holiday.
- So should the inventer of the car-battery powered DVD player. Especially since we have one that splits into two units, so that each kid can watch her own movie without having to argue over the choice.
- Disney does a much better job of just about everything than Universal does, in terms of theme parks. The Harry Potter section of Universal Orlando highlights how badly Universal can screw up a great idea.
- A van moving down a highway at 70 MPH drops an inflatable mattress from the roof rack. How many miles past the point of ejection is it no longer worth going back to try to retrieve the shredded mattress?
- Our route takes us through TX, LA, AL, MS, FL, GA, SC, NC and VA. In all of those states, there is only one Democratic governor. We will be extra careful going through North Carolina.
- The average velocity of an unladen swallow is 22 meters per second. The windshield of our minivan is a lot faster than that swallow. A lot harder, too.
- McDonald's does a superb job of marketing to kids. Trying to get my three-year-old to eat Wendy's chicken nuggets (or whatever they are called) instead of McDonald's is tougher than waterboarding a terrorist.
- Quite a few recognizeable Muslim families (women covered in chadors, but no niqabs, men with beards but short hair) at the Orlando theme parks. None of the Muslim women wore anything that could be characterized as cheerful or humorous. No mouse ears, Disney buttons or the like, just the black or white head coverings and full-body outfits. Some of the men wore park t-shirts, but again, nothing really whimsical.
- The It's a Small World ride seems to be the source of most liberals' view of international relations. I cannot exaggerate how syrupy and sentimental it is. Its presentation of a collection of identical animatronic puppets whose only differences are cliched ethnic clothing is the embodyment of the skin-deep diversity that leftists love. The song sucks, too.
It's a world of garbage
a world of s#/+
and you'll soon be up to your neck in it.
The UN is a sham
and the greens are a scam
it's a small world after all...
More to follow.