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Disney Creativity & Innovation book

Backstage Disney retirement

Backstage look at creating seemingly insignificant Disney plastic toy figure photos. The towel helped (a little) keep me dry.
It ain’t the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.
Little more context. See the top shelf characters as well as the lower left posse?
Is that the ocean? yes.

Backstage Disney retirement.

Front row seat.

As a participant in 2014.

And…

As the spouse of a participant on Valentine’s Day 2020.

So cool.

Hey curators (and god bless you for your skill set), this is what i mean by curator. You have no insider experience. An interview with a Disney legend, or executive is not the same as working with the legend or executive.

Not. The. Same.

Ever.

Riff is now completed.

Please watch your head and step as you exit the vehicle.

If you bump your head, please watch your language.

(Over and over and over)

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When Your Life Changes

She’s in an enviable position

35-year Jiminy Cricket award.

She’s in an enviable position.

Who?

My wife.

Thirty-five Magical years.

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He's Just Lucky

Disney retirement update

Florida homeowner swimming pool
Sometimes i work while floating on a raft.

 

Two days away from the end of my first year of Disney retirement.

Just yesterday i told a former Disney Institute colleague (he asked how i was enjoying retirement), “i’m working harder than ever, just not as much”.

Today is not a good day to put your dreams on hold.

Or is it?

 

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Rewards

Cool weather and silly rewards

High School spirit week
Freshman jump to an early lead during Spirit Week.

 

Cool weather and silly awards. On the short drive home from the High School safety assembly, i stopped at Publix for a few groceries.

It was a surprising wonderful few moments.

Parking in the shade, the car windows already down, there was a great song on the radio. i sat in the car until it was over, and couldn’t remember the last time i did that without feeling the stress of being late.

The Fall air was cooled even further by the breeze and walking in in just a t-shirt felt wonderful.

Without a list, i grabbed a cart and began in the produce section and casually worked my way around.

Made (unrushed) small talk with employees at two stations. And had a nice talk with the young man who pushed the groceries to the car and loaded them in.

To top it off, as i turned onto our street, the family who will soon be breaking ground next to us sat on a blanket under an Oak tree – later they shared they were having a prayer service for all the animals (including the ants) that will be displaced by their future home.

 

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Jokers Are Wild

The weather was a perfect metaphor

Orlando's Best Keynote Speaker jeff noel

 

(photo: The one on the right inspired the notion of ‘early retirement’)

The weather was a perfect metaphor. It was stormy. Cloudy. Torrential rain. The opposite of the perfect party weather. Unusual for Central Florida.

Such is life.

Make the best of whatever comes our way.

And along the way, be incredibly organized so no matter what happens, you can deal with it in joy and gratitude.

We didn’t get to spend a fraction of the time we could have out on Disney’s Contemporary Resort observation decks, which provide the best views in the entire 40+ square mile complex.

But we were still in the Napa Room. 🙂

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