The Unbearable Banishment: The goodbye look

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The goodbye look

Disneyworld is pretty much the last thing that comes to mind when I think of taking some time off and going away on a relaxing holiday. But then I get this:

I know what happens.
I read the book.

I believe I just got the goodbye look.

So that pretty much settled that. I'm going to Disneyworld. I just got an e-mail from a friend who is, as this very moment, vacationing in Venice. It was a lifetime ago that I saw Italy and it'll be another lifetime until I can return. Until then, I'm off to the happiest place on earth. So help me Bog, it had better not rain. Not for the kind of money I had to burn.

Won't you pour me a Cuban breeze, Gretchen?

* * *

Last Sunday, The New York Times printed their semi-annual fashion magazine, T. This was the spring issue. It's thick and glossy and nothing but ads, really.

One spread featured Lou Reed wearing a Rick Owens jacket ($1,602), t-shirt ($286) and pants ($750).

Lou Reed!

Wearing a friggin' $286 t-shirt!

I guess I'm glad for Lou because he certainly did earn it, but it makes me kind of sad, too. When I was a tyke, I saw Lou tour his Sally Can't Dance album at Cleveland's Music Hall. He had platinum blond hair. At the beginning of the show, someone walked a dazed Lou out to the mike at center stage, strapped a guitar on him and he stood rooted in that spot for the entire show. But he got through it!

Now he's a model.

Okay. As Bukowski put it, scramble two.


Blogger Sausage said...

The happiest place on earth!!!
Good luck mate, bring a shitload of $$$$.
I am heading over to O-town this afternoon for an audition for the bairn.
Cheers, Sausage...

March 15, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

model n. miniature representation of a larger object.

March 15, 2011 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sausage: I'll be there on the weekend with a wallet stuffed with American dollars. Leave a light on.

kykn: Or...something that was once perfectly sinister.

March 15, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I can't talk. I stomped like anything when we had to skip Disneyworld in favour of Downtown Disney due to funds.

But we did Universal Studios et al, which made up for it.

Hopefully she'll not be as camera or as autograph shy as I was when my parents took me to Disney aged 5. I wouldn't go near anyone or have any photos. She doesn't look like she minds though :)

March 15, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger sukipoet said...

aw, your daughter is so sweet. what a kind dad you are! you might even have fun. (though I confess i have avoided disneyworld so far. if i had grandkids it might tempt me.

March 15, 2011 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

You just have to put your Zen on, and you will have a great time. Disney is sort of fun when you see it through the eyes of a kid.

March 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Jo: Are you kidding? She's already got her autograph book and Sharpie ready. My mission will be to try and get them to break character while signing.

Suki: Yes, I consider going to Disneyworld a Heroic Act. I will live vicariously through their eyes and have a fine time, I'm sure.

Cat: Ha! I wrote that response to Suki before I read your comment! Great minds think alike.

March 15, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

have a magical day! yeah, get used to hearing that line, sugar! xoxoxo

p.s. give in and go with the flow, it really is a lot of fun!

March 15, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Kono said...

There will come a moment when you'll look at your kid and the expression on their face will be worth more than 10 times what you spent, i saw my oldest son's expression during the parade before they closed for the night, it moved his mother to tears and damn near did his old man.

March 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Kono said...

Oh and no comment on Lou, but i will say i bet that little girl can work her daddy over pretty good when she wants something.

March 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sav: I'm all talk and posturing, really. This is our second trip and I remember the first with great fondness. But I don't want to lose my cool quotient by saying nice things about Disney.

Kono: I'm worried about my daughter's near mystical gaze. When they're asking for something with that look, everything falls out of focus and I get dizzy.

March 15, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Sausage said...

Too bad we could not meet up for a drink with the families, it's about 45 minutes from Dis to my house in Palm Coast.

March 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

Good luck getting "It's a Small World" out of your head after that boat ride!

Happy Trails - in about 10 years? You'll wish they wanted you to take them to Disney for Spring Break, instead of begging to go to Daytona with their friends!

March 15, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

I'd like to do Disneyworld again. Went there in '95 with someone who's idea of being able to say "I've been there" was to have read the sign as you drove past. We did actually go in... for about 2 hours... a whirlwind tour and I did nothing but walk. A huge disappointment! The kid in me wants more.

Have fun! I am sure your girls will cherish the memories for their lifetimes. :-)

Love the look on her face! I can see why you give in. ;-)

March 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger mapstew said...

I've been to Disneyland Paris 4 times! Twice with the kids! :¬)
Have fun, take pics, eat fast-food. You'll be glad you did. :¬)

March 15, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Micky a kiss from me.

March 15, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sausage: Don't think that didn't cross my mind!

Daisy: Yeah, right. So now, "A Small World" is in my head RIGHT NOW. That's all it took. That song is pure evil.

Ponita: We are making a point of going because they are the perfect age for this sort of thing. Truthfully, I probably have no business taking vacation right now but I'm a firm believer in living your life (within reason).

map: Thanks. I'd feel a LOT better if I were going to Disneyland Paris. (No offense, Sausage.)

Dolce: I'll give Mickey a kick for you.

March 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Ms Scarlet said...

$750 for a pair of knickers?

March 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Scarlet: For some reason, I'm more outraged by the t-shirt. Who in their right mind pays $289 bucks for a t-shirt?!?!?! It's crazy! Even if money isn't an issue. Idiots.

March 15, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the way you say you're taking "all the girls" to Disneyworld.
Mrs Wife has a good 'un in you.

March 16, 2011 at 2:49 AM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

Can you bring me back one of Donald Duck's tail feathers?

March 16, 2011 at 3:54 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah well...just bite down hard on the leather strap...

Okay just kidding. It will be fun--as you say, the vicarious pleasure in their happiness! Let us know if you do get a princess to break character!

March 16, 2011 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Your children will love you for ever and they'll never forget the experience. Our Disney, as kids, was camping in a tent on the edge of Lake Windemere and there was an enormous upended tree which became my brother's castle and we caught fish and cooked them on a primus stove.
Your little girl is such a sweetie.

March 16, 2011 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

MIT: Yes, as if I own them.

nurse: I'll pluck a tail feather for you anytime.

Leah: I thought of you when booking this trip. Didn't you just visit there? And, yes, I'm ready for a meet-up when the weather improves. We can walk the Promenade.

Pat: Thanks for your kind words and the memory. I hope my little girl doesn't use her sweetie powers against me.

March 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM  

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