Monday, January 7, 2019
Visitors to Orlando, the good the bad and the ugly! ;-)
Automobile’s of Art:
Hope your weather is good this January!
We spend time at tourist destinations. We are only a couple miles from Disney now. I often wonder if I could handle living permanently in the temporary society of the tourist destination.
Our crew entering the 100 mile wilderness was international. l-R Gordie (professor from Kenya), Me, Fred (25 yrs in Africa) Son Mark, born in Missouri and about 4 yrs in GITMO!
I thought of this yesterday when we decided to run to Walmart. HA! I had forgotten. They were trying to keep the shelves stocked but were losing the battle and the clerks actually looked haggard.
Disney, Universal, and the other attractions bring people of all nationalities, dress and languages. Most in a hurry, but friendly and mannerly. Yes, there are the few RUDE ones.
Funny how one rude person will ruin a trip or day if you allow it? We of course are not in a hurry, and the few rude ones I overlooked. As we walked around my mind was going back to the hike of the Appalachian Trail. It too attracts people from all over the world. Most are courteous, respectful and appreciative of the host country.
Trail names are common. Very few hikers are nasty. One exception was the ‘Flying Dutchman’. A strong and fast hiker, who openly said he came to America to show the Americans how to hike. His goal was to set a record. One guy from Ireland openly challenged him. We do not remember seeing them, but they passed us somewhere in PA or NY. He did eventually beat the Irishman to Katahadin, but earned very few friends and did not set a record.
Along the hike there are ‘shelters’. Every shelter has a log book for expressing one’s self. Every entry by the Dutchman made me angry. He was openly taunting and anti-US, which I thought was unnecessary since he was a visitor. We have visited many countries and never felt it necessary to tell them how to live.
Grandma was hiking the trail, the kids flew over from Norway to hike a few day with her.
Anyway I am not sure I would want to live in a big city or a tourist destination spot.