Way back in the annals of time, when Jack was a young man, a strapping young man I might add he had an incident at Disneyland.
I was all of 20 when that fateful day came. My fraternity had held its formal at the Disneyland hotel. It was a night of many memories, or should I say few memories. Yes, we were drinking. We drank so much the fish fled from our presence for fear that their habitat might be destroyed.
It was a bad combination of young, dumb and stupid, not to mention way too much alcohol, but that was Saturday night and this tale is about a single event that took place the next day, Sunday afternoon.
We were tooling around Disneyland, frequently hanging our heads because the happiest place on earth is not that much fun when you are hung over. Then it becomes, loud chaotic, and somewhat unpleasant.
The boys and I were in Tomorrowland waiting for our dates to exit the bathroom. I don’t remember what we were talking about, it could have been the mystery of why women need partners to pee, but again it is so long ago who knows.
Someone thought that it would be a good idea to go on Space Mountain, but the way my head was pounding I was not that person. So begged off and told everyone that I would meet them after they had finished the ride.
As I was walking through the park I bumped into one of the characters, it was Tweedle-Dee or maybe it was Tweedle-Dum, who can tell. All I know is that he pushed me.
He pushed me and I tried to say excuse me and step by him. I figured that it was all in jest, but apparently I was wrong. As I tried to step around him he blocked my way and pushed me again. It wasn’t very hard, but enough to get my attention.
I told him that I wasn’t kidding. It was hot, I was hungover and I was not in the mood to play, but he persisted in trying to block my way.
Finally I lost it, I grabbed the portly character and body slammed him onto the ground. I tried to get up and run but he grabbed a hold of my leg at which point in time I started smacking his hollow head with my open palm.
He still wouldn’t let go. So I flung myself on top of him and made like Hulk Hogan coming off of the ropes. I remember yelling at him, telling him to release me.
While all this was going on I can remember hearing a little kid yelling and pointing at us, “Dad, dad. He is beating up Goofy!”
I looked at the kid and growled something at him. In the meantime I was able to free myself from the corpulent character’s grasp and made a hasty retreat back to the hotel. I had images of being arrested, but fortunately it never happened.
It was a number of years before I returned to Disneyland because somewhere out there, he waits for me. I know it. Somewhere out there in the distance I have a date with destiny.
Tweedle-Dee and I will dance again, but this time there can be only one.