It’s the end of the Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend filled with good times with family, friends, and good food. We had out of town family visit us. Here’s a picture of our family dinner:
The day after Thanksgiving, instead of going to Black Friday Sales, which I tend to avoid every year anyway, we went to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. If you want to be thankful about your life and what you have, please go to the Museum of Tolerance and visit the Holocaust Exhibit. It’s amazing.
I wanted to take pictures, but we weren’t allowed to. We were told we would pay a fine if we were caught taking pictures, so we didn’t take any. Although, I did see other people sneaking pictures on their camera phones.
The best part of the exhibit was when you enter, you’re given a card with a picture of a child that lived during the Holocaust. Throughout the exhibit, there are computers where you can put your card in, and it will tell you a little about that child’s life. At the end of the exhibit, you get a whole printout of the child’s life and whether or not they survived the Holocaust. Out of the six people in our group, four children made it through the Holocaust and two died. My child lived and is still alive today. One of us got a child that is still alive and actually volunteers at the museum.
The best part of the museum was that they had guest speakers that day. With time being a concern because the museum was closing soon, we had to choose between the floor of the museum that talked about Tolerance or go listen to a guest speaker that had survived the Holocaust. Three of us had already seen the floor of the museum that talked about Tolerance (I recommend it if you have time), and all of us wanted to listen to the speaker, so that’s where we headed next.
The speaker was amazing. He had such an optimistic outlook on life even though he’d been through some harrowing times. He’s spent time in a ghetto, in hiding, and in labor camps (including Auschwitz or Buna-Monowitz, the labor camp). At one point he was on a truck that was taking people to Auschwitz-Birkenau (death camp) and Auschwitz – Monowitz (labor camp). Without realizing it, he was in the group to go to the death camp, but something told him to sneak out of that group and go with the other. So he did, which saved his life. He was about 18 or 19 when the U.S. Army liberated him.
After liberation, he spent time in Germany, then went back to Poland (where he was from), and then went back to Germany before he went to the United States. From his family, two of his three sisters, and one of his two brothers survived. He lost his parents, one sister, and one brother. His remaining family all eventually immigrated to the United States.
In the States, he worked as a watch repair man and eventually as a jeweler.
He applied to become a U.S. Citizen, which made him eligible for the draft. Apparently, being a Holocaust survivor didn’t exempt him from the draft. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At one point he was stationed in Occupied Germany, which he found ironic as a few years before he was imprisoned in a labor camp there and now he was a part of the operation to occupy the country.
As I stated earlier, he had such a positive outlook on life even after everything he had gone through. Someone in the audience asked him about this, and he said that life was what you made of it. There was no point in being bitter because that made you unhappy and it didn’t help your situation.
At the end, he shook everyone’s hand. As my aunt said, it’s not everyday you get to shake the hand of Holocaust survivor. And that opportunity is getting less and less as that generation gets older and older.
He says that he does these talks so that people know the story of the Holocaust and that people know that it really happened, because he was there.
So I thank him for sharing his story.
Disneyana Fan Club Convention 2012 Wrap-up Post 1
The Disneyana Fan Club Convention was held July 19 – 22 in Anaheim, California. I’ve been attending yearly for the past few years. It’s always a good time with awesome speakers that teach us about all things Disney. It’s an awesome time for any Disney fan.
I originally was going to do this in one post, but it’s way too long. It’ going to be broken up into two, maybe three posts.
My group of Disney friends and I arrived at Disneyland on July 17th to help celebrate Disneyland’s 57th birthday. We had lots of fun riding a bunch of rides. Unfortunately, I missed riding my favorite ride, Pirates of the Caribbean because I almost fainted from heat exhaustion. Thankfully my friend Sharon (thank you again!) grabbed me, found a cool place for me to sit and made me drink lots of cold water so I wouldn’t faint. It was hot that day. And heat is never my friend. While I’ve never fainted because of heat, I’ve come close and that was one of those times.
Anyway, one of my favorite things during the day was watching fireworks go off along Main Street, USA as we sang Happy Birthday to Disneyland. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to take pictures of the fireworks .
At night, we went to a special event to listen to some special speakers. We went to a part of Disneyland I hadn’t been to before. Shocker, huh?
We were in Aladdin’s Oasis, which I’ve walked by but never explored. Here’s the outside.
This is a lion statue on the inside.
These are our guest speakers. John Muskgee and Ron Clements who have worked together on many things, but they talked about The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Click on their names to find out more about their works.
One trivia thing we learned – The song A Part of Your World was almost scrapped from The Little Mermaid. The animator of the scene went to bat for the scene and saved it.
The next day, Wednesday, we stayed at the hotel getting ready for the Convention. We helped get things set up for the next few days. We filled goody bags, got silent auction prizes ready, and cut out burlap chair scarves (I was covered with burlap for the rest of the day!). My favorite thing I did was play with the hot glue gun. I put together table decorations with the hot glue gun. I’d never used one before. It’s a lot of fun. Does anyone need hot gluing done?
Thursday was the official start of the convention. We checked ourselves in the afternoon and set up a silent auction for dinner that night. The night’s dinner was a Goofy Celebration (Goofy is 80 years old) and a benefit for Ryman Arts. Ryman Arts is a program that helps students learn about the arts. We hold a benefit for it every year. Click the link above to find out more about Ryman Arts.
Unfortunately, again, I forgot my camera for this event.
Our speakers for the night were a couple of Ryman students who told us how Ryman had affected their lives. Both girls graduated high school and are currently attending college. They were absolutely thrilled to be at the benefit so that they could tell us about their experience with Ryman and the fact that some Disney animators and legends were in attendance.
And on that note, each table had a special guest – a Disneyana Fan Club Legend. The legend we had at our table was Dickie Jones and his wife. Dickie Jones was the voice of Pinocchio. Both of them were very sweet and lovely dinner guests. Also, Dickie Jones brings his own pen to sign things. He keeps a blue Sharpie and a blue ballpoint pen with him because he doesn’t like to sign in black. Why? He says black can be altered in photographs or photocopies but blue can’t. He signed a marionette doll of Pinocchio for the live auction – right on the legs so there would be no question that he signed it.
And since it was a Goofy Celebration, who better to be our main speaker, but Goofy himself? Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy, is always entertaining, and on this night it was no different. He had us laughing throughout his speech. He told us that as the years go by, he feels like he’s more like Goofy in a lot of ways. He told us how he fell off his ladder while putting up Christmas Tree lights, had his pants ripped off on the first rose bush he fell on and continued on to fall into a second rose bush all while having Christmas lights tangle all over the place. Isn’t that just something you can see the real Goofy doing?
We had a really fun night and start to our convention. I’ll continue with the fun in later posts. Have a wonderful weekend all!
Oh and that silent auction and live auction I mentioned we had at the dinner? We raised $7,000 for Ryman Arts!
This is the final check-in for this round. I didn’t get as much done this round and was only active in posting updates in the last week and a half.
My goal was to write for 30 minutes 3 times a week. I don’t really know what the time was that I used to write, but I do know that I have approximately 3,500 words on a new story that I didn’t have before this round started.
I starged a new goal this past week that I will continue on through the break between rounds. I’ve read the first three chapters of Larry Brooks Story Engineering and want to finish it before the next round starts.
How did you do on your goals?