When it’s time to stand up, and dust off the Passport

Well it’s been a long and eventful vacation, but it’s just about time I transformed back into me, ready to begin performing once again.
This vacation has been full of high moments and good times, if you’ve been following along you’ll remember we started off in Toronto with our adventure at the Hilton. Following that was New York, then a short visit to Los Angeles.
After that we visited my home town Noosa, during which time my brain almost stopped. After that we traveled to Melbourne and have been here for 2 weeks.
In a few days we travel back to Noosa for a couple days, after which I’ll catch a ride to Brisbane International Airport BNE and catch my first flight taking me back to the United States..
Sorry if my writing is a little unusual this post, it’s very late where I am in Australia and I’ve been up all night gaming with my good friend, a luxury I’m never afforded while away from Australia. I’m gonna miss doing stuff like this!
If you can imagine a couple of dudes in their early 20’s sitting around computers with headphones on, surrounded with junk food packets then you minds eye may have found me.
I’m the guy carving chunks of cheese with some very sturdy crackers while singing ‘Night Cheese’ from 30 Rock and blowing some guys head off on League of Legends.
But this practice along with many others will need to be thrown aside in exchange for a suitcase and a dream.

(If you can tell me the Disney reference in the previous sentence I will blog a post singing your praises).

But what practices? I hear you ask. What needs throwing aside?
Try to imagine if you will someone who is extremely active seven days a week for six months, who is somewhat careful about diet and is run ragged to the point of mental and physical shut down. You then allow this person six weeks to do whatever he likes with no accountability for his decisions. He simply needs to return fit and ready for the stage.

Needless to say I ate whatever I wanted, did as little as I could manage, and scoffed at the idea of learning the new shows I am required to perform as soon as I return.
However, as it was always going to, the time has come that I’ve realized my hair is too long and gross, my skin is dry and undermanaged, and I’ve grown softer around the middle.
Yes a vacation of living la vida however the hell I wanted has left me with the clogged up krabby body of a 50 year old couch potato, so something must be done.

A cleanse is my normal answer, and what I did every 6 months or so back in the days when I was a little more on the ball, and went a little less “all out” on vacation. I just need to find something efficient, easy, and preferably liquid or something that I can just ingest and allow to do it’s thang.
If anyone has any wonderful ideas do let me know, I’m totally up for suggestion on this. How do you turn your body around? How might you take a soft squishy pile of 6 ft 3 inch clay and make it into a strong healthy performer again?
I’m determined to clear my skin up, wash out my body, and freshen myself before my flight to Miami next week.
Totally do-able right?

So the plan in my mind right now, some kind of liquid cleanse stuff to drink.
Then maybe some kind of yoga or pilates for the body, and something besides my acne skin stuff to smoothen out the roughness of my skin.
I will make sure to keep you posted on my progress preparing myself for a return to real life.
I will also inform you on my other preparations for my travel across the world, I’m sure the way in which someone prepares for a trip such as that would interest at least some of you. 🙂

Well I’m gonna go and finish up this game I’m playing with my friend now, once I’m traveling again this life I have on vacation will be but a dream,
I hope to see you again soon, thanks for reading along and enjoy your day! 🙂

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Disney Cruise Ship in Australia

As I finish up my time here in Melbourne I’m finally seeing a little of what it means for a city to become a port of call for a cruise ship, and it’s eye opening.
Melbourne is going to be a port for an unnamed cruise ship for six months over the holiday season, and the signs have begun going up around the city warning the locals of what to expect.
Such warnings include which tram travelers should start heading to work earlier to avoid being unable to board completely full trams crammed with cruise visitors. Signs with warnings of population surges, and which roads will be crowded and at which times.
I’ve found it interesting because I knew that ships make an impact in the cities and countries they visit, but I never imagined people and councils actively preparing months ahead of time for a ships arrival.
I can only imagine how an Australian city might react were a Disney ship ever to decide to sail into an Aussie port. Whenever we sail through panama aboard my ship the Disney Wonder, hundreds of people turn up at the visitor information centre on the waters edge to wave us in.
We blast the horn for them (remember our horn sounds to the tune of ‘when you wish upon a star’) and Mickey and Minnie stand on the open deck and wave back.
We make a huge impression on the ports of poorer countries, ones that can greatly benefit from the surges of tourism we bring. For the wealthy ports however, such as American and Canadian ports, I never imagined until now that they would notice us much at all.
Because of the power of the Disney brand I have heard that every year when the Disney Magic sails into Europe, ports there make a big deal of her arrival.
But for a country such as Australia, Disney’s presence here is incredibly limited for such a developed country with the standing we have with the world.
Australia is a full scale, first world country that contributes to the planets economy, and Sydney at least is among the worlds most well known and respected cities. My point is that we are not an obscure island nation with a population of 50 people and no cities.
With all of this in mind, why are there no Disney stores, no Disney Parks, no Disney Headquarters that can recruit and audition people and run things properly? (There is a modest Disney headquarters, but it doesn’t do a lot more than run the Aussie Disney website which is far in-superior to the US equivalent).
Disney has no presence in Australia, which is a real shame because I think we have a large Disney starved population that would gobble up the occasional bone thrown our way.
My theory is that when Disney announces and unveils the two more ships I’m sure are being built in Germany at this moment, the smallest ship (my ship, the Disney Wonder) will be sent somewhere new to expand the market. My theory is Asia and Australia.
With a Disney starved market, and a population that loves to vacation, how would Australians react if a Disney cruise ship was sent to port in Sydney Harbour?
If you have a theory let me know! How would you react if Disney came to town? Would you pay for a local Disney vacation that didn’t require you to fly to the other side of the world? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
With two new ships I would imagine that the Wonder would be sent to Asia/Australia, and with the expansion of the Panama Canal due to be finished within 2 years that the Magic can take the Wonder’s place heading to Alaska.
Once the Magic is heading to Alaska, the Dream can take the Magic’s place in Europe and head there every year. This will leave the Fantasy continuing her current cruises in the Caribbean, along with the two new ships. Three ships running the Caribbean will lessen the strain the two ships currently have meeting demand in this very popular cruise area.
With three ships running the area it’ll be easier to incorporate ports we only have time for some of the year, such as Jamaica and way out to Hawaii.
Time will tell whether I’m right with my theoretical planning. 😉
Well, It’s only about a week now until I return to my Disney ship on the other side of the world, I’ll be flying to Miami to meet her on the 19th of this month.
I’ll speak to you again before then however, and thanks for reading. 🙂
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What Grinds my Gears about Movies/TV

I’ve decided today that I need a day to do nothing and think, so after having lunch with a friend I’m spending the rest of the day thinking.
It’s been great! I’ve been lying around in various places around the apartment I’m renting while Im in Melbourne, and have done little more than destroy bottles of vanilla coke and think about what makes me mad.
So here follows a list of things I’m passionately annoyed about in movies and television, it’s a bit of an unusual post, but I hope it gets you thinking about the little things about this world that need changing.

Boys between 12 and 17 starring in any movie. Has anyone seen diary of a wimpy kid: dog days? These films are a great example of how decent books can become horrific movies. Problems include crappy acting, a rubbish script, and just the fact that everyone is unlikable. But the worst thing for me is listening to the 14 year old protagonist’s breathy awkward speaking voice. Between these ages a males speaking voice is a shaky, unstable weak sound that is a chore to listen to. So hearing it quiver and stumble through crappy narration was a real ear-sore. He honestly sounds like he has serious nodules on his vocal folds with his rubbish airy sounding voice. How did he get cast? Without a strong commanding speaking voice you have no place in acting I think. So all teenage boys with this problem, for the love of GOD just wait it out.
News anchors fake voices. No-one talks like that! I hope I don’t offend when I say, it’s the lady anchors voices that sound the most fake. If any woman approached me to tell me anything with a voice like that I would freak out and wonder if she was about to burst into tears. Although, at least it’s clear. I feel like this problem might be region specific though, I never really think about it until I’m watching the news in Australia.
Coincidences in movies. Find a more creative and relatable way to move the plot along!! I’m a bit of a hypocrite in regards to plot, I love musicals and can think of no better way to move the plot forward than with a song. But in non-musicals if your movie overuses coincidences, 80’s montages or supporting actors being ok with the unforgivable acts of protagonists than I’m gonna yell at it.
Dads being disrespected in movies and tv shows. Dads on the screen are trying to provide for their families the best they can, and what do they get? Wives getting mad at them for working to much. You don’t like it? Then help him!! But what’s worse is the kids disrespecting him and being celebrated for it. A great example of that is every Disney channel show ever mad. Disrespecting dad is the most common joke ever, but I’m not laughing. These shows push the image of a family that barely exists anymore. Dad working, mum cooking, a couple kids and a lotta money. I’m wondering with this class of family on the brink of collapse, and so many people without a father at all, how is anyone laughing watching dad get dumped on for everything he does? Someone please write a new joke.
Experts in various fields using scientific language and genuine enthusiasm to sell piece of crap products. How much money is a celebrity chef being paid to put his credibility on the line and tell me to buy a rubbish frozen meal? I mean once I eat that rubber food I’m never gonna listen to him again! And how much is that famous coffee enthusiast getting paid to sound like a coffee loser as he plugs a subpar instant coffee? I trusted you!!

Do you agree with anything I’m mad about? Let me know 🙂 subscribe if you’d like to read more and I’ll update you again soon.