Monday, September 22, 2014

Oh, Pooh

It goes without saying that Disney stuff can be highly collectible, or at least highly sellable, and we routinely pick up items from the Magic Kingdom.  On Saturday, I found a huge framed Winnie the Pooh shirt that had been autographed not only by the bear himself, but also by assorted other characters from Hundred Acre Wood and other Disney realms.

Pooh - “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”
Now, I know that the less enlightened among you are saying to yourself that the autographs aren’t real.   I immediately thought the same thing when I saw the frame.  I mean, after all, everyone knows that Eeyore is illiterate, and that Mary Poppins stopped giving autographs after the nanny labor union had a contract dispute with Uncle Walt.

I pestered the owners for the identity of the signers, but they stood by their assertion that every autograph was authentic.   I waffled for a minute to “think it over, think it under,” as Pooh once said, before handing over my five dollar bill.

Whether the shirt actually was signed by costumed characters at the Disney parks, or signed by family members to create a one of a kind piece of wall art is immaterial.  It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as Ms. Poppins would say; was a steal at $5; and perfectly will complement our Disney display in Ella’s Eclectic Emporium over the fast approaching holiday season.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned Duc, our exchange student from Vietnam, who is now a freshman architecture major at Pratt Institute in New York.  He is doing well, as expected, and says that both his teachers and classmates are “awesome.”

He does, however, complain about his lack of a social life due apparently to the workload, and the fact that he “has never been challenged like this” in his life.  Deciding that he needed a little perspective, I decided to provoke him on Facebook:

Me: If architecture is proving too difficult, you can change to a liberal arts major, and work at McDonald's when you graduate.

Duc: I never said that.

Me: Say it with me, “You want fries with that?”

Duc:  I will not say it, but you said it, though.

Me:  True, but people who say it probably had a social life in college.

Duc: Yeah, but they don’t do great things.

Me: Exactly … so stop whining and do great things.

Duc: Whatever.

Like most first year college students, Duc is struggling with balancing his academics against being on his own in a big city full of temptations.  However, there is no doubt in my mind that Duc will do great things in the future.

Have a great week everyone.

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