So, I have this Disneyland app. I have almost never in my life downloaded an app before, save for some free antivirus for my phone, but for once, this particular app looked pretty darn useful. It shows you wait times for rides, locations of restaurants and shops. And it shows you where various characters can be found.
I was so excited for my upcoming trip to Disneyland that I was constantly checking this app just for the fun of it and getting a general idea of the wait times for different rides throughout the day. I learned that certain rides close temporarily throughout the day (so if my favorite ride is closed, I mustn’t fret, as it will probably return shortly…as long as it’s not under…refurbishment!). I even learned where all the characters can typically be found. While I don’t exactly care about tracking down any particular Disney characters, I find the whole notion of seeing where they are on a map rather amusing. Continue reading Bonus Time: Why’s Woody in the Woods?
For the last three months or so, I have been keeping a secret. Before you begin jumping to conclusions, no, I am not secretly a goose. I was actually planning a trip with my mom to Disneyland. The secret was not from her. She knew all about it. The secret was just from everyone else because I wanted it to be a surprise. (Yes, I did recently enter a sweepstakes, the prize to which would have been a free trip to Disneyland. Clearly such a thing was not necessary when I already had a trip planned to that very place. Nevertheless, who can pass up the chance to win a free trip to the “happiest place on Earth”? And in case you were wondering, no, I didn’t win.) Continue reading The Duck Returns…from a Trip Somewhere
It was four years ago that I teamed up with Hatm0nster and Cary (from Recollections of Play) to create the collaborative gaming community known as United We Game. It was here that viewpoints could be exchanged and opinions respected, as in the end, we are all a community, a community of unique individuals united by a singular passion. Over the years, we have grown and have even expanded into Youtube to share our love of gaming in another medium with an even larger audience.
It’s time we took the next step. Continue reading Virtual Bastion is Coming
Another silly and random bonus post is here, and this one involves avian babies. I was at the hardware store looking for a carbon monoxide detector when I discovered, much to my delight, that this was the time of year they have baby chicks! The first sign was the chicken coop they had on display just past the main entrance. The second sign was the chirping. Cheeping. Cheerping! Continue reading Bonus Time: Chicks and Ducks Need Hardware, Too
I am a historically unlucky person. This is not a complaint, per say, but a simple fact. I regret that this is so, but alas, it is so very so. I first became aware of the inexplicable animosity Lady Luck feels for me when I was a duckling, and I entered a simple elementary school-wide contest. There were various baskets filled with goodies, and we simply needed to place our tickets on the baskets we wanted most, and the ensuing drawing would determine the winners. Based on the number of baskets, there should have been dozens of winners, if I recall correctly. The fact that I didn’t win anything was not the baffling part. What was, mind you, was the strange fact that nearly every one of my friends was the proud winner of something. Aargh, my much younger self had said. No, I was not a pirate back then, but aargh was my unhappy response, nonetheless.
As upset as I was on that sad day back during my ducklinghood, the situation remains now an amusing conundrum more than anything. Alas, I could be struck by lightning on a clear and cloudless day, if fate willed it! In fact, I once fell down…probably one of the only times in my life that I fell flat on my life, more or less, and what was there to break my fall? Why, a cactus. Yes, a cactus. I had to pull about half a dozen long, thick needles from my hand, and the ring finger of my left hand, which had been pierced in the joint, remained paralyzed for about a month afterward. At the time of my unfortunate tumble, I tried to soothe my wound with a bit of water, and do you know what happened next? I got chased by a bee. No joke. I think it was a thirsty bee, but either way, I did not appreciate its company in that moment. Continue reading Who Will Win the Kingdom Hearts Sweepstakes?
As many of you may know by now, the Duck likes to bake. That doesn’t mean I’m good at it or can devise cunning, new recipes that are entirely my own. That also doesn’t imply that I own an apron that says, “Kiss the Cook” because…what, why’s that a thing? (On a side note, never do what an apron tells you, especially an apron you have never met before.) But I bake stuff sometimes. And it’s fun. And yet, considering I am in no way a professional baker, I am sometimes lacking the necessary supplies or the knowledge to find said supplies. Honestly, it took me years to find almond paste. Who knew it looks like a sausage and is packaged in a long, thin box? What kind of sick game are they playing at! Continue reading Do You Know…The English Muffin Man?
The other day, I couldn’t find my kitty Elsa. She spends most of her time with me in the living room, either on the blankets on the couch, specifically placed there as an extra soft place for her to nap, or on a dining room chair. With the cat missing from her two most frequented spots, I went searching for her. Continue reading Bonus Time: Yet Another Cat Nap
Remember puzzle wall? Sure you do. You just don’t remember that you remember puzzle wall. Ahem, well, my rather mundane quest to decorate the emptiest wall of my room has finally proven to be a success. All the puzzles have been safely returned to their box (sniff, I miss them, but surely I’ll figure out a way to hang them up properly in the future), and my Disney posters have just arrived in the mail. There are five of them, all vintage, 50’s-style, which I really like. Four are small posters for the park and various attractions and the last and largest of them all is a neat Peter Pan poster. Continue reading Puzzle Wall…Meet Vintage Disney Wall!
A select handful of people may be aware that the Duck has a Youtube channel. Well, the channel has been neglected for a good while now, partly due to the fact that creating videos for United We Game’s channel has been my highest priority this past year. Nevertheless, I have decided to finally give my personal Youtube channel the love and attention it so deserves. Continue reading Bonus Time: The Duck’s Youtube Channel
During my recent and ongoing quest to do something different with my life, I have been…redecorating. It probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for me, it kind of is. You see, I have been more or less living with much of my possessions in boxes for the past several years. When you have changed houses as often as I have, you eventually grow tired of packing everything up time and time again, and thus, I decided I’d save myself the trouble by not unpacking to begin with. Boxes also make pretty good tables, I have learned. Continue reading In Remembrance of the World’s Most PuzzlingWall