It’s been a big week with friends in town, the company’s annual luncheon, the attacks in Paris on Friday, and then Disneyland and ukulele shopping.
Thursday’s big company luncheon was fun but I had a little bit of a blood sugar episode; my coworker rescued me with a banana from her purse, which saved my life. Later they joked I had robbed the banana from her baby! The next day I came to work with two bananas for her. The company’s CEO gave a pretty inspirational presentation about the company’s achievements, and then announced the company was treating us all to the Star Wars premiere at a famous theater in Hollywood. His announcement was accompanied by some actors in Star Wars costumes, so we all got a chance to take pictures.
That night, my new toaster arrived, and I was so excited I took a selife.
Friday was awful. By the time I found out about the attacks, the swat teams were just entering the Bataclan. I spent a lot of time reading the #porteouverte hashtag, which was inspiring until it got junked up by people promoting it rather than using it. The next day was a bunch of tri-color facebook flag overlays and sanctimonious grief-shaming.
As much as I love and cherish my French friends, and appreciate their life and cultue, I do feel like French society has failed for decades to integrate their Musilim population. That’s a journey they have to make on their own, and I can only watch hopefully. I just dread that the reaction of the French populace will be one of nationalism and retaliation. That’s a dread I have. My hope it is that they will respond with liberté; fraternité; et égalité in the face of this violence, rather than a bullhorn rally over the rubble. Courage, mes frères, soyons courageux.
The best part of this week was yesterday, when I met with K and K and the kids in Disneyland. The last time I was in Disneyland, I was in high school. I watched Captain Eo and that’s all I remember.
Yesterday I showed up and we went on Auto-topia. I rode in a car with Big E, and we kept stopping traffic for fun. Later we happened to be walking past Hyperspace Mountain, which is set to open tomorrow. Big E noticed that people were moving through, so we went to peek, and TOTALLY GOT LET IN for a soft opening run. It was awesome! Except for the roller coster part, which I hate, but the rest of it was awesome. Big E and I were fist-bumping about it for the rest of the day.
Afterward K and I got our hands stamped and bolted to go ukulele shopping. At one shop, there was a nice ukulele with an ugly solid-wood front, and the store owner tried to tell us that was a good thing. I had to eat some rescue macadamia nuts in the parking lot.
Next we went to Little Tokyo and saw a couple of instruments that were way out of our price range but were SWEET AS. We left empty handed and K was filled with regret. Then we went and had horribly horribly shitty bentos in Little Tokyo; the mahi mahi was FISHY! And I was filled with regret.
We made it back to K’s hotel in Aneheim in time for pool party. After that we went back into the Disney complex and shopped around until our table came free at the m.f. Rainforest Cafe. I had to have a rescue hot dog during the two hour wait, but I definitely spoke Spanish and got a discount. Later I was wondering why I was having such trouble controlling my blood sugar, and then my activity band started vibrating and told me that I had tripled my step goal! No wonder.
After dinner we took the kids back into the park and watched the fireworks/son et lumière show at Cinderella’s castle, and then the Main Street Parade. While we were sitting in a park bench waiting for the parade to start, a maroon blazer discretely invited us to sit in the VIP reviewing stand, right where the parade route turned. Best seats in the park! Afterward I said goodbye and was home 30 min later.
Today is another day of ukulele shopping; unfortunately I have to do it solo today.