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Written on 2001-09-08, at 11:38 p.m.
dizboy's disturbing daily diet...

1 Eggs Benedict

1 Carafe FRESH Orange Juice

1 King Size Peanut Butter Twix

1 Shrimp and Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Parmesan Cream Sauce

1 Sam Adams

1 Slice Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

3 Cigarettes

Who went to Cheesecake Factory tonight?

Me.


This morning my father came over to have breakfast with me.

At 9AM.

Yuck.

My mother was flying up to our house in New York, so Daddy decided to come round and wake me up after the airport.

Now, this wasn't too bad, however, when I went downstairs, I see good ol' pop in a Cherry Red 2002 Explorer.

ME: "WHAT is THAT?"

DAD: "Your Mother wanted a new car."

ME: "But the last Explorer was a 2000."

DAD: "Your hair's orange."

ME: "You're very observant, ok, do not ever, EVER, lecture me when I call home for money again."

DAD: "I don't remember it being orange when you were a baby."

ME: "I mean, MY car is falling apart, and that's 3 new cars in 2 years."

DAD: "Then again, that was a long time ago, you're 23 now, that's pretty old."

ME: "Look, are you going to make fun of my hair all day?"

DAD: "No, I'll stop...are you about ready to eat, carrot-top?"

So, see where I get it from now?

I mean, IT'S NOT EVEN 2002 YET. He's driving future cars, and I'm the one who needs to spend better. Bah.


I'm listening to "They Might Be Giants" right now. I forgot how much I like this group.
So, on Friday night, I had my overview for "Halloween Horror Nights XI: No More Clowning Around." I get ahead of myself....

For anyone who doesn't know what Halloween Horror Nights is, allow me to explain.

Every year, for the month of October, Universal Studios here in Orlando turn the park into a giant haunted house type of thing at night.

Now, I must say, nothing really scares me.

Ghosts?

No.

Blood?

No.

Insects?

No.

Republicans?

Ok, just a little bit.

But this event is TERRIFYING.

There are haunted houses that are totally black, and all you can feel are things brushing your face, people screaming, zombies bungee jumping down on top of you, severed limbs piled all around.

In general, really scary.

People come running at you from the streets, there are enormous men with chainsaws, covered in blood attacking tourists.

And then....the clowns.

Oh, the clowns.

Last year was the first time they really played up the clown aspect, but apparently, MANY people are very very scared of clowns.

So last year, there were clowns everywhere.

No.

KILLER clowns.

I must say, that even I found this a tad unsettling.

Now this years story is still under wraps, even to us, but it has to do with some psycho killer (go figure), who hates clowns, so he killed them all, hence the theme "No More Clowning Around".

So this year seems like it will be quite fun, then again, it always is.


Now, someone pointed out to me that I never talk about my Theme Park life...in fact some people probably don't even know about it.

Let's see...I've worked for Walt Disney World for a little over 6 years now, and for Universal for about 2.

I've been with Disney since I was 17 years old, which probably accounts for a lot of my bitterness towards tourists and children.

If I recounted my entire Disney history, this entry will run longer than "CATS", but I'll touch on some of the important stuff...

I started out in 1995 at Magic Kingdom, then went to the Wilderness Lodge Resort to work front desk, then in about late 96, I went over to Disney MGM Studios, and worked at the Animation Studio for a while as a Production Assistant while they were finishing "Mulan". At that same time, the beginning of 1998, I was asked to be a part of the opening Entertainment team of Disney's Animal Kingdom, which I did. Summer 1999, I was invited to be part of a workshop of a new show concept at Disney, which eventually became "Tapestry of Nations" at Epcot, and so from that, I was on the opening team for the Millennium Events. Since then, I've been between Animal Kingdom, and Epcot Entertainment.

Like I said, I've done far too much there as far as shows, parades, events, to mention them all, but it's a wonderful company to work for, and I wouldn't trade my time there for anything. I've been on TV, been in the newspaper, on a Disney Sing-A-Long video, met about every celebrity there is, was part of the making of a Disney Animated Feature, and performed on two Disney CD's.

So yeah, it's been a little bit more than "fun".

Universal, well, not as exciting, but I've done Horror Nights there for the past 2 years, and the atmosphere there is MUCH more laid back than Disney, which I think makes for happier Cast Members. Disney people can grow kind of bitter after a while, which makes them easily spottable in clubs.

They'll be the ones in the corner, cigarette in one hand, drink in the other, scowling and wearing something sleeveles.


I saw Michael Jackson once.

There was a segue in my mind, but it didn't quite come out how I wanted it, so I'll save that story for another time.

Be well...

-JOHN-


Your Host and Emcee...dizboy.

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