Tuesday, July 4, 2000: By the time I made it back to my hotel room at the end of the day, I had one hundred eighty-one photos stored in my digital camera (not counting the bad ones I deleted during the day to free up space), completely filling up its 32MB memory card.
But I'm skipping ahead -- let's cover first things first. As I went outside this morning, I realized just how close new construction in Florida is to pristine untouched alligator-filled wetlands. This hotel is mere feet away from it, in fact.
After carefully checking for alligators, I hopped into my rental car, then paused a moment to think. Okay, I'm in Florida now... where do I want to go first?
Hmmmm... where to go first... an image is forming in my mind...
Hey, how about the Lego Imagination Center in Downtown Disney? Yeah, that's the ticket...
As I was parking in the Downtown Disney lot, I saw two drivers both trying to force their way into one parking space in the packed lot, as they were both yelling loudly at each other. Not pleasant, and I hope this isn't an indication of what most tourists are like out here!
Not much had changed with the Lego store since the last time I saw it, except for the addition of a lion and a pooh bear. The owl was there last time, but I photographed it just 'cos I like it, perched high on its lofty perch.
They had the whole line of Star Wars Lego sets (some of which haven't made it out to west coast stores yet), including the long-fabled Star Wars Bucket. They also had a Star Wars diorama display with this interesting scene in it, in which Qui-Gon Jinn has beheaded poor Darth Maul:
The display was rotating slowly; I kept trying to photograph this scene, and I kept missing. A salesperson noticed and came over to stop it for a moment so I could get a clear shot... then when he noticed what I was photographing, he embarassedly opened up the case and gave Maul back his head. Whups.
Some of the older Lego creations outside the store are showing a lot of wear and tear.
But the sea serpent is as healthy as ever!
I stopped by a Disney pavilion in Downtown Disney, and saw the happiest pile of Eeyores I've ever seen, which I photographed for a friend of mine who likes Eeyore.
But I don't have much free space in my luggage to cart Lego or Eeyores back home with me. So, where should I go next?