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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Pastor Karl gets to meet WALT at Disney World!

Well, once again we left a day early for CPC so that we could take a bit of the local culture. Since the conference is at the Walt Disney World, we grabbed a park hopper and took in Animal Kingdom and Epcot, neither of which I'd ever been to.
For the most part, everyone got along just great. This is Steve and Amy Tanner. For those who don't know, Steve is the Director of Web Operations for Kidology.org. If you want a great write up of what Kidology is doing at CPC, his blog has a great description, I couldn't do better, so read his.

First stop was the Animal Safari... and I was pretty impressed. There were a lot of animals and ride was a lot longer than I expected. We saw a bunch of animals you normally wouldn't see in your own neighborhood, and the jeep ride made it a lot more fun than a trip to the zoo. (Where the animals are always indoors sleeping anyway.)

I won't bog the blog with too many animal pictures, (I know its always better in person), but it was pretty cool so see so many animals up so close.

Here is Steve and Sara taking a picture of some wart hog type creature. Technically, I'm not sure if ANYONE actually SAW any wild animals, since everyone was looking at them through view finders and digital camera screens!

OK, now THIS was strange. Not sure the deer in my neighborhood stand on their hind legs to reach the better berries! Here's a close up:

I bet even Santa's reindeers can't do that! I'd like to say i was quick with the camera, but actually, he stood that way for several minutes!


National Geographic will probably want the negatives for the picture of this 'CAT.'

The coolest thing, I think, is this huge tree that is carved all over with animals. You can see some of them here, but as you weave through the branched to get to "It Stinks to be a Bug" (or something to that effect) you see tons of animals carved in the tree. It really is a very creative work of art. Steve and Amy even discovered a carving that they said looked like a certainly family member, though I wasn't allowed to blog which family member they said it looked like:

Next, we drove over to DINO LAND! I love how the world continues to promote the 'meoter desctruction of dinosaurs' even though all the fosil evidence points to a world wide flood destruction of the dinosaurs and that man and dinosaurs lived at the same time, but I guess you can't have science supporting the Bible, can we? Oh, no! People then might have to accept the other things the Bible says, like personal responsibily for how they live. Sorry, I skip the sermon. Just hard to listen to all the lies presented as facts, but other than that, there was a lot of fun stuff to see and do.

And boy oh boy, the dinosaurs were sooooo realistic, I nearly gotten eaten by one:

I barely escaped this encounter with a furocious prehistoric beast! This area of the park was a little cheesy, but fun. The DINO COASTER was like a neighborhood carnival ride, but it was a lot of fun. As usual, I video-taped the experience for those who couldn't be there. I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS, and while this ride was nothing near the excitement of the ones I recorded and posted from Cedar Point, you might still enjoy it.

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Next it was off to EPCOT Center, which I undestand stands for Experimental Pricey Community of Tourists? (well, the experiment is a huge success!)

In the United Kingdom, I bought a Brit Bobbie hat and whistle. And, just so the world knows, I knew something trivial that Tanner didn't know: our American expression, "COP" for policemen comes from Britan where it stood for "Constable On Patrol."

It was a good thing I got the hat and whistle, I was able to prevent my wife from spending all our money on tea stuff at the store that claims the biggest collection of tea in America.

But this Brit is really a RED BLOODED AMERICAN who would die for this country if his life were ever needed. Having been to 14 different countries so far, there really is no place like home - not even a close second. Don't get me going, but this nation is worth fighting to defend. Every life lost defending it is a tragedy, and yet another reason we must win at all costs. It no mystery to me why so many people want to come here. No other place on earth offers so much hope and opportunity for ANYONE.

Evening brought time for the fireworks. While it was fun, it didn't come close to the awesome fireworks at DisneyLand earlier this month. It had a great beginning that turned out to be the best part. Then there was a looooooooooong time of watching a big rotating globe with videos on it, and then a good ending. But the highlight, as mentioned in the title of this post, was getting to actually meet WALT of Walt Disney World!

Such a humble man, Walt is willing to work a common job as a store employee in the Mexican area of Epcot Center. Obviously, he just was there for a day to get close to the people. But with my keen eye for detail, I spoted his name tag and got my picture taken with him!

Even Steve Tanner, the ultimate difinitive Disney expert doesn't have his picture with WALT of Disney!



At 5:55 PM, January 24, 2006, Karl'sDad Bastian said...

You posted a photo of the wood carving of my face without my permission. Love, DAD

At 11:31 PM, January 24, 2006, Mommymeepa said...

Hey Karl, Love the hat. My favorite picture is of you and Sara in front of the Tea Store. Sara, what did you buy?

I'm so jealous that you got to meet Walt of Disney. Very impressive. I will have to go looking for him next time I go.

Love ya,

At 10:53 AM, January 25, 2006, Jordan said...

I always heard 'COP' came from the word 'Copper' which was in reference to the copper buttons the old Britain cops used to have on their uniforms. Constable on patrol makes sense, though. Interesting.

At 10:55 AM, January 25, 2006, jordan said...


It turns out we are both wrong on the cop issue.

At 12:52 PM, January 25, 2006, Karl Bastian said...

BAH! what does Random House know about anything? don't believe everything you read on the Internet. (unless its on my blog)

At 2:03 PM, January 25, 2006, Pipsqueak said...

Little bro teaches Big Bro a thing or two:

Jordan: ok, how about http://www.wordorigins.org/wordorc.htm

Karl: ah, what do they know

Jordan: or: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=cop&searchmode=none

Jordan: i found it on an Oxford Web site, too, but whatever...Karl is King :-D

Karl: Bah

At 2:05 PM, January 25, 2006, Jordan said...

And hey! Believe what you read on the internet! I get paid to write for a Web site :)


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