The next in a series of some of my favorite movies, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. What a mouthful.
It’s impossible to think about the new Pirates movie without comparing it to the previous ones. Does it have the novelty of Pirates 1? Does it have the thrilling action sequences of Pirates 2 and 3? Did it feel a little off like Pirates 4?
Good news! Pirates 5 feels most like a return to the characters and plot of Pirates 1 to me with bits of Pirates 2 thrown in. This will probably be good news to most of the long-time fans of the series.
Jack is once again being hunted by a monstrous force from the uncharted waters of the ocean. This time instead of a ship of dead fish people, its a ship of dead ghost people led by ghost Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Continue reading →
Last weekend my wife and I took an unplanned trip to Disneyland!
We were talking on Friday night about how some people take vacations by going to the airport and just asking for a ticket to the next plane leaving the runway.
I said that doing that was unreliable. “What if you ended up in a boring place? Or a place that you couldn’t afford? It makes more sense to go to some place that you know you’ll like for a vacation, like Disneyland.”
My wife and I went to Disneyland for our honeymoon, so going again will always bring back happy memories for us.
She said she was actually interested in going. Disneyland is fun so I wanted to go to. We decided we’d leave early Saturday morning and spend all day at the park before getting a hotel room and returning Sunday morning.
We looked at plane tickets first, but those cost about $800 for both of us to fly from Sacramento to Anaheim.
We drove instead. A little over 400 miles and 6 hours not counting breaks and traffic.
This was the first long road trip i’d bern on where I was the person driving. It was exhausting, but definitely worth it!
We went through a lot of farm land and dairy land. My wife is a vegetarian and when we passed the occasional stockyard she would clasp her hands together and say, “I love you moo-cows! Someone cares about you! I hope you are safe!”
We checked in to our hotel and headed on over to Disneyland for lunch. It was great being back where we’d had our honeymoon.
After lunch we rode all our favorite rides, Pirates, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Splash Mountain, and Haunted Mansion (seen above). Dinner fit in there somewhere as well.
At the end of the day we saw the firework display and got to watch the Fantasmic water and light show. I LOVE Fantasmic because of the animatronic dragon near the end. It rears up out of the stage and breaths fire on the river. It’s amazing! I’d love to show you, but the show is difficult to capture on video because most cameras aren’t able to handle the sudden changes in light that the show has. Your eyes can handle it, but mechanical cameras are too slow.
Afterwards we went back to the hotel and collapsed. We drove on back the next day!
It was a super fun trip and my first unplanned vacation ever. Plus I had my best friend with me, my wife!