Everyday for the past three years, I've seen and read about the MILLIONS of Americans who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, lost their insurance coverage and basically lost their minds. EVERYone is suffering and the news media is right smack on top of all this, naturally scaring me to death, with all the absolutely horrible financial crookedness that is overtaking our country. By the hour, I might add.
Further, I'm crazy ass scared at every damn image I see of families who were once happy as a larks, zipping through life with a lovely, safe home, two great paying jobs, a decent car, savings in the bank, etc. etc. and who are now, boom. Homeless and lost and have no future whatsoever for ever rebuilding a life of ease. Not to mention no more health care plan of any sort. It makes one bleed for their misery.
That's the story for about seven eighths of Americans. For the OTHER eighth of Americans?? OMG... talk about a 180 degree turn. They apparently have no clue whatsoever that there is a financial crisis at ALL. How do I know this??? Easy. I actually went to a place where American dollars are flowing like spring water!! Seriously.
I just returned from Disney World for five days. Need I say more?
NOT A ONE OF THE FIVE BILLION PEOPLE IN ORLANDO'S LAND OF ILLUSION, WITH FAMILIES OF FOUR OR MORE, HAVE EVEN A CLUE THAT AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR SAVINGS, THEIR INCOME, THEIR HOME OR THEIR MEANS TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. I am telling you... I was stunned.
In Disney World everyone is living the good life beyond beLIEF and there is simply no evidence at ALL from Mickey on down that anyone is this country is on the verge of personal bankruptcy. In a nutshell... all of Mitt Romney's constituents must be enjoying vacations at the moment. All in the Magic Kingdom, too! It's mind boggling, if you ask me.
I am telling you... in Disney World, life is but a major party of free flowing cash and a PRETTY DAMN PRICEY PARTY AT THAT. I never SAW so many people shelling out at LEAST $1000 a day for a family of four. Me? Only had to shell out $800 a day since 1.) I brought no children with me and 2.) I stayed in the priciest accommodations available. But that's a whole different story altogether. Besides, I'm retired and I have a nest egg already, so I don't even count in this group. Besides, I'm already hip to the devastating woes of our world economy. I don't think the Disney groupies are, however.
See that picture up there?? It's of a guy who is one of the millions in Disney World that must be oblivious to America's money woes. The country is in crisis... boom. This guy takes his family to the Play Ground of the South and so he can happily shell out dollars and dollars and dollars to see: his kids dine with Goofy and his wife in a bikini by the pool. I happened to catch him as I was checking out. He was checking in.
In the meantime, aside from the fact that Disney is bringing in more money than Ft. Knox itself, my other stunning moment was to see HOW MUCH THIS FAMILY OF FOUR PACKED FOR THIS VACATION!! Have you ever SEEN this much luggage?? I couldn't get over it!! I was so struck that I had to actually go over to the Mother of the group and ask: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO PACK ALL OF THIS?? Uh... a full week!! Which is also how long this and many other families are spending in Money World. Had I had to pack this much I'd have hired a personal maid in no time. And, I'd bring her along just to UNpack. Man... this Brave New World that Disney has going, just totally knocks me out.
Granted, while I wasn't busy being struck by all sorts of living and/or monetary phenomenons in the City of Magic, I was indeed having the time of my life. And, yes, I was contributing plenty to the Walt Disney World economy along with all the others. With pleasure, I might add. No wonder. The place is FANTASTIC.
On the other hand, I'm banking on the fact I loved it MORE than all the rest since I'll just BET everyone else put all their costs on a credit card. Me?? I paid in cash. MAJOR DIFFERENCE. Thus, unlike many of the others... the smile I'm wearing in all MY pictures are sure to be just as genuine even when my bills arrive.