Just got back from Florida today. In my absence, winter came to an end and spring arrived, looking remarkably similar to... more winter.
Orlando is rather an amazing place. I read en route that more than 800 plane loads of tourists unload at Orlando airport every day, all of whom spend their entire stay at one of the many Disney or Disney-esque parks. In five days of wandering through the acres of theme parks with monstrous 1-2 hour line-ups, I never once saw or encountered a discontent or upset tourist. In fact, I don't think I ever bumped into a single less- than-courteous employee at any of the parks or hotels. The place is abuzz with happy customers.
Some curiousities though. Even though our hotel was on an artificial canal, and the temperature was about 85 american degrees, there was a near complete absence of insects. A few ants and that's it. No mosquitoes, moths or flies. Just what do they spray down there.
At the Hard Rock Hotel, where we stayed, there were no signs of recycling anywhere.(Except,perhaps, old rock stars) I couldn't recycle my newspaper if I tried.
Nobody leaves the parks for the city. We asked around to see where in Orlando we could go for some shopping or café lounging and got mostly blank stares. Eventually we were told of Winter Park district but the taxi driver had no idea where it was. It turns out to be, in fact, a very nice little district to escape to. I wonder if the locals prefer to keep it hidden?
While I was down there I read about Florida's new Academic Freedom bill, which places the state right up there in the lunatic race for creationist supremacy. It does seem somewhat appropriate, however, given that any supreme Intelligent Designer out there could surely take a management lesson or two from Walt Disney.