Nathan water bottle

Hydration Part II: Nathan SpeedMax Plus Water Bottle Review

As threatened promised, I bring you a running water bottle review! I used to use a $5 Mickey Mouse water bottle on my runs, which was just barely the right size and shape to be tenable. Unfortunately I fell on the boardwalk again a couple weeks ago (I KNOW! I’m being more careful, I promise!), and while I was luckily fine, I lost that water bottle in the kerfuffle. I put out a call on my Instagram for suggested replacements, and Nathan’s water bottles rose to the top of the heap. After perusing the options, I went with the...

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Walt Disney and his dinosaur friend

Thoughts While Watching: Disneyland Goes To The World’s Fair, 1964

And we’re back with another entry in my Thoughts While Watching series! Marvel as I drop pithy comment after pithy comment about vintage Disney media in real time! I hope! (I hope it’s pithy, anyway; I’ve given up on time.)* * More thorough explanation here. Today we are diving into a most intriguing “World of Color” episode entitled “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair.” Given that it first hit television in 1964, I think it’s safe to say we’re heading to New York. If you’re any kind of Disney fan – and if you’re here that seems likely –...

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Treadmill

Uh, I Forgot How To Run On A Treadmill

The last time I had used a treadmill? Oh, early March 2020. And gee, can you think why? OH, ONCE I LOVED A TREADMILL There was a time in my life when the treadmill was nearly the ONLY way I ran. Hills? Terrain? Weather? I didn’t know them. All I knew was the inside of a gym and the consistency of the treadmill. Those who claimed to hate the thing, that it made running so much harder, only served to render me befuddled. WHY? You could put on TV, plunk a water bottle down in the cupholder, and begin....

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WDW trip report - Pop Century

Pop Century Stole My Hair Towel & Other Lost Stuff

Question for you frequent WDW visitors: how much of your lost stuff do you think Disney has collected over the years? I ask because back in January, Pop Century Mousekeeping STOLE my hair towel!!!! JK, I’m confident it was an honest mistake. Housekeeping is stretched really thin right now with understaffing issues, and they’re working quickly. My hair towel was white, and while I kept it out of the bathroom, they were probably just grabbing everything without inspection. I filed a missing item report and emailed Disney but no one ever got back to me. 🙁 Oh well; it...

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Airplane drinking problem

Runner, Hydrate Thyself (Try My Water Hack!)

You’re gonna hate this, but it’s true: drinking more water really will help. Help with what? Oh, everything. This goes double for runners, obviously. When you work out, you sweat, and when you sweat, you lose water, and you have to put that water back if you want to perform at your best and/or not die. During physical activity of some length, sports drinks can be a superior option, but on a whole nothing can replace plain ol’ water. Yet it’s surprisingly hard to drink enough, right? … Right? Sometimes I can’t tell the difference between experiences that are...

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Donald in Mathmagic Land

Happy Friday: Donald In Mathmagic Land

Got a minute for some nostalgia on nostalgia on nostalgia for today’s Happy Friday post? Yeah? Donald Duck will be there – yeah, I figured you’d like that. Also we’re doing some math – NO WAIT COME BACK! Not math math. More like “your teacher is hungover and therefore will be replacing the lesson plan with a movie” math. There ya go. Have a seat; you’ll dig this. I don’t remember when I first saw the 1959 Disney short “Donald in Mathmagic Land,” but my best guest would be 5th grade. My G/T math teacher was cool like that....

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El Coqui Water Park

El Coqui, The Water Park By The Sea

Puerto Rico is a wonderful place, and you should all come visit me immediately. I’ll show you my favorite running trail, and afterward you can hurl yourself into the ocean. You’ll love it. One thing PR expressly does not have, however, is theme parks. Nor less elaborate amusement parks. Nor even traveling fairs. If you don’t count zip lines and funiculars (which I might – more on that in a second!), there’s nary a ride to be had on the whole island. No roller coasters, no dark rides. The closest I can find is go-karts but I don’t really...

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Tron

C’mon, Tron: Lightcycle Run, What’s Taking So Long? Well, Pat Can Explain

Listen, I don’t force Walt Disney World on people. But when you’re around me a lot, well… let’s just say Pat has now been to WDW 3 times since we met and subscribes to the WDW subreddit. Which leads us, believe or not, to the theme of today’s blog post: why is it taking so long for Disney to build the new roller coaster Tron: Lightcycle / Run in Orlando when it’s ostensibly just a copy of an already existent ride in Hong Kong Disneyland? (Image above is direct from Disney and was found here. It details progress from...

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