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Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 550,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 10 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

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What the Hell Happened to Lebeau’s LeBlog


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I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday season.  I know I did.

This is just a quick entry to let everyone know what I am up to blog-wise.  My output has slowed down as of late.  But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on Le Blog.  As those following Le Blog on Facebook are aware, I have gone back to the beginning of the popular “What the Hell Happened” series to update all of the 32 existing articles.

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Lions and Tigers and Crabs, oh my


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With half the group, including the resident 6 year-old, no longer with us, the remaining four luxuriated in bed at Pop Century a little longer than on previous mornings. A quick breakfast and timely bus arrival worked in our favor, though, and we were at the gates of Animal Kingdom by 9:30ish with our last park day ahead of us and one more challenge for me to take on…

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Ruined at EPCOT


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I had originally planned for a late start to our Monday morning, reasoning that a crowd which had been up late at the Christmas Party would drag a little. To my surprise, everybody but my Dad was up and raring to go in time for rope drop at EPCOT. I was able to convince my family that EPCOT would be less crowded than Animal Kingdom on Monday based on touringplans.com’s statistical predictions. I’m not sure if that turned out to be true or not. My brother said rope drop was the busiest they’d ever seen at EPCOT. My guess is that the following guest trickle over the rest of the day was small, because the park never seemed very busy after that.

I was more than happy to get an early start, though, because I had three more challenges to tackle before the end of Tuesday, and all three could possibly be completed there at EPCOT.

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Outlast! Outplay! Outwit?


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Some Disney aficianados attend Mickey’s Vey Merry Christmas Party with the unique events in mind. They crowd in to see the seasonal parade and fireworks display. They flock to special shows and character dance parties. They gobble up gratis cookies and hot chocolate like it’s going out of style. If I was local and had an annual pass, I might treat it the same way. But I only get to the Magic Kingdom every once in a while, so I’m still focused mostly on the rides.

A Sunday party event day typically offers short waits.

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Prepared and Served with Flair


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My number one aim since planning this trip was to see the “New Fantasyland” expansion at Florida’s Magic Kingdom. The top concern for several months has been whether there would be seats available in the Beauty and the Beast themed “Be Our Guest” restaurant. I had spent most of a day back in the summer pressing redial over and over, enduring a steady cascade of busy tones, and then finally finding there was no space available for our party of seven. Multiple follow-up attempts over the last couple of months were also unsuccessful.
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The Lebeau Family Christmas Tree 2012


The holidays are always a hectic time of year.  I am always amazed how many days worth of preparation go into getting ready for a few minutes on Christmas morning.  Last year, I wrote a post about the tradition we have of putting up the tree on Thanksgiving weekend.  This year, there are some new ornaments to share.  And a few new pictures of older ornaments I didn’t include last year.

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Stolen Hours


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After having good success with a solo day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I was emboldened to take advantage of an inexpensive 4th day ticket. My family was due to arrive for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Sunday afternoon, a ticket which would get us into the Magic Kingdom at 4pm. A seven person group would almost certainly drag a bit and suffer from indecision, so I grabbed my last few hours of autonomy and enjoyed them to the fullest.

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Daffystardust at Disney World: Theme Park Junkie?


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When I opened the email on Thursday, I thought it must be a mistake. When I got a second one the next day, it started to sink in. Somehow I had remembered the wrong departure time for my Saturday flight.

So…I made the most of it.

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Top Ten Movie Trilogies


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To celebrate the release of The Hobbit, I’m counting down the top 10 movie trilogies.

As always, there are a few rules to review.  In this case, what constitutes a trilogy.  Obviously, a series of three films is technically a trilogy.  However, while three is a minimum requirement, I won’t disqualify a film series that extended beyond three films.  Ideally the series should contain three films that tell a tightly connected story.

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Walking Dead: Differences Between the TV Show and the Comic Book


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The popular TV show, The Walking Dead, has made several drastic departures from the comic book it is based on.  Changes are to be expected.  There are things you can do in a comic book that would never make it past TV  censors.  And the pace is very different.  The comic book can blow through an entire TV show worth of story in a few panels.  But these differences have completely changed the context of events on the show such that sometimes events no longer make sense.

Now that the show is taking a break until next February, I thought it would be fun to go back and re-read the issues of the comic book that the third season of the show is based on and look at how the show differs from the source material.  Warning: the following article contains spoilers for both the show and the comic.

I won’t spoil later issues of the comic for those who aren’t caught up.  And I will try to avoid spoilers that may be incorporated into future episodes of the show.  Although the way the show jumbles up the events of the comic, it is sometimes hard to guess when they might go back and pick up some plot point they had previously passed over.

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Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 8 “Made to Suffer”


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The Walking Dead, for all its faults, works best when it sticks with action.  I won’t say the show handles action well.  Because it really doesn’t.  The logistics which are necessary for a good action scene are never right.  But when the show sticks with the zombie stuff, it’s easier to overlook the nonsense.  As such, the action-packed mid-season finale was about as good as the show gets.

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Boardwalk Empire: Never Safe Again


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HBO’s Boardwalk Empire dove headlong into a full-scale gang war tonight. There were winners. There were losers.

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