souvenir cups

I used to work in a theme park in a line-order restaurant (serving guests and serving employees) some of my stories.

>An elderly British couple came in, the woman asked for tea. I inserted the tea bag, filled the cup with hot water over the bag, capped it, sleeved it, and handed it to her. She looked at me in abject fear and confusion before turning to her husband and asked “An American who knows how to make tea, WHAT IS THIS?”

>A different elderly British couple asked if the Fish and Chips we served was real fish and chips, I told them it was until the health department said we had to stop serving it in news paper. The wife thought this was hilarious.

>A man came through, looked at our menu and said that our food looked good but was way too fatty, I agreed and jokingly said that “you know what they say, a heart attack is just your body’s way of saying ‘I have eaten all the delicious food the world has to offer and now I am ready to die.’” The man thought I had a valid point and ordered a double cheeseburger, his wife was significantly less amused.

>A couple with a young child approached with the distinct repeated sound of air being blown through the souvenir cup straw. The father asks for a refil, after I fill the cup he sighs and with a deflated tone says that he regrets teaching his son how to make noise with the straw. The mother slowly nods her head with pursed lips and a look of “I told you so.”

>A kid asks how much longer the restaurant is open. I tell him that we close when the park does in 360 minutes. Kid freaks thinking everything is about to shut down, so does his dad until he does the math and realizes that that was six hours.

>A platoon of soldiers comes in during our breakfast hours, having a week’s leave after basic before getting sent to their assignment. The each order an English Breakfast (eggs, sausage, country potatoes, fired english muffin) with a Belgian waffle (we only have two waffle makers because we don’t normally get that kind of traffic in the morning) we stop taking breakfast orders at 11. We give the last soldier their breakfast at 1. We have to tell lunch customers we are no longer serving breakfast as we give breakfast to these people idling about.

>Guy from Philadelphia asks if our Philly Cheese Steaks are “real.” I tell him no, describe why. My coworkers are pissed, he thanks me for actually knowing what he asked and orders one. Tells me he can’t tell the difference. I use that in my response from then on.

>Guy from Delaware asks if our Philly CheeseSteaks are “real.” I say no, but people from Philly have said they can’t tell the difference. He orders one, stops me while I’m making it and asks where the Cheese-wiz is. The guy in front of him from Philly angrily asks if he’s from Delaware. The guest angrily replies that he is. A fight almost breaks out. My coworkers learn that I was not joking when I said people from Philly take their Cheese Steaks seriously.

>Man comes in asking for beer, tries to prove his age with an ID held together with scotch tape. Gets pissed when I deny him service and ask for alternate proof of identity.

>Woman tried to use void ID to purchase alcohol. Produces valid ID when asked for alternate ID (she had moved so she had to have her drivers license changed). Insisted that the ID with the word VOID punched into it was still good because it had not yet expired.

>Old woman angrily demanded to know where I was after my day off. Claimed I was the only person in the park who knew how to make fish right, and demanded that I tell my manager that they were no longer allowed to serve fish on days when I was not working.

>Guy in charge of all the restaurants in my area of the park is performing an inspection during set up and decides to QC the aforementioned fish. Declares it to be “nice and flaky, like a lot of the people who work here.”

>Tram driver angrily yells at me for serving hot food that will make him sleepy and crash a tram full of guests. I tell him that I don’t control the menu or food policies and that his meal voucher doesn’t cover the salad bar, which is written on the voucher. He asks how he could be expected to read that when he doesn’t have his glasses?

>See a coworker doing a half-assed job closing as I’m getting ready to clock out at doors. I tell him if he half-asses it he won’t have to answer to one of our supervisors, he’d have to answer to the coworker who has been at the park longer than many of the workers have been alive. He laughs. The next day the elderly coworker demands to know who closed last night, I tell her about my conversation with the closer. She takes closing shift from me so she can “teach” him how to close. He never doubted my cleaning advice again.

Jurassic Galaxy (Jurassic World/Guardians of the Galaxy Crossover)

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Originally posted by owengrady-imagines

Peter Quill, savior of the galaxy and self-proclaimed legendary outlaw, was currently acting like he was seven years old. Gamora was strongly debating whether or not she should just turn around and wait on the Milano for the weekend to end. After all, she didn’t understand the Terran concept of “birthdays”, nor did she much enjoy the body paint she’d been covered in to blend in. It was uncomfortable enough as is, but the scorching heat and throngs of inconsiderate people didn’t make it any better, and Peter’s behavior was going to throw her into a murderous rage any time now. How could she have let herself get roped into this little field trip?

Because he is your friend, that’s why. Oh right. It was such an inconvenient luxury, having friends.

Gamora did her best to look on the bright side. Earth was much prettier than she imagined it to be, though, the people were certainly disappointing. Peter would always be her colleague and friend, but there was no denying that he was quite attractive and she figured…well she figured that perhaps others of his race would be the same way. But either way, she was not there to people watch. She was there to see dinosaurs…and babysit, apparently.

They were in the lobby of a large hotel, and the pair was standing in front of the marble front desk. Peter was drumming his hands against the top as he rattled off confirmation numbers and reservation names between flirting with the check-in girl, but Gamora paid no attention. Instead, she was focused on the actual desk itself. Etched into the stone was an insignia of what Peter had explained to be bones of a certain type of dinosaur, and below it were blocky letters reading “Jurassic World”.

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Musings on Madam Secretary 2.17

Oh, those McCord women. How I love them. “Higher Learning” hit me right in the feels. Secretary McCord shed her State Department cape and donned her ripped (a woman after my own heart) jeans in an attempt to become simply Mama McCord. Of course world chaos would follow the McCord women. I mean, the show is called “Madam Secretary,” after all.

Throughout the series, Elizabeth has been on a personal teeter-totter, trying to balance life in the State Department with her life as wife and mom at home. Admittedly, my heart hurt a little for her in the first scene when she had to convince Alison that she should even go on the visit to Rafferty. It sunk even more when Elizabeth saw Stevie’s packed suitcase. She just wants to be Mrs. McCord, mother of Alison. Unfortunately, that’s as realistic as me becoming the Queen of England.

Balloons, banners and a band welcomed the McCords to Rafferty. I only got pencils and cling-on bumper stickers when I visited colleges. Maybe a plastic souvenir cup was thrown in, too, but that was only at the private schools. Despite Alison’s best hopes and Blake’s best attempt, remaining anonymous was virtually impossible. Shocking. It kind of makes me wonder what college visits are like for the Chelsea Clintons or Malia Obamas of the world. Heck, even Téa herself will be going through that process soon with her kids. I just picture schools tripping over themselves, promising things like rainbow unicorns and dusting every dorm in the glitter of fairy tears. No, thank you. I’ll take my anonymity. I understand where Alison was coming from. Her life was turned upside down and she’s now living in the public spotlight, desperate to be your average American teenager. If a band welcomed me to a college, I’d probably look for the nearest rock to crawl under and live for eternity. However, Elizabeth is doing her best. Cut the woman some slack. And Alison did. Eventually. And it was glorious. More on that later.

“Higher Learning” made me miss college. Tray sledding. Righteous indignation over some obscure wrong. Red Solo cups. Ah, the memories. (I don’t miss the communal bathrooms and shower shoes, however.) I applaud the Rafferty college students for taking a stand on a cause, but this episode showed how much the students didn’t know what they didn’t know. “That’s what you get for giving everyone a trophy for showing up” was the mic dropped by Stevie, also a college student, but one with a unique inside look on the world due to her mother. To solve this crisis within a crisis, Secretary McCord dug into Mama McCord’s brain and went in for the kill: Brian Lindstrom’s parents. Thank Baby Jesus and the spirit of Steve Jobs that Skype and FaceTime weren’t around when I was in school. Brian Lindstrom should’ve been so lucky. Of course Elizabeth didn’t just drop the virtual smack down and leave. Ever the mother, she used the opportunity as a teaching tool and a time to encourage further action against social injustice. Honorary mention goes to DS Agent Matt for his deadpanned “Sorry if I violated your safe space, Brian.” That delivery was gold.

This episode demonstrated just how much the McCord girls are growing up to follow in their mother’s footsteps. I don’t mean they’re lining up to become the next public servant. Stevie, whose transformation has been so sudden it’s given me whiplash, is now Elizabeth 2.0. She drops truth bombs and comes in with the reality checks. Admittedly early in the season, I feared she’d be six months pregnant with Harrison’s baby by this point. (Thank you, Barbara Hall, for going against the stereotypical plot line.) Even Alison’s verbal takedown of College Bro Dude about fascism had undertones of her mother. Just don’t tell her that.

The McCord women bonding did a heart good. They needed the release and, quite frankly, we the viewers did, too. The light moments have been sorely missing this season, considering the darker plotlines. This makes us appreciate these sweet family scenes all the more. (Insert me pleading for a show of the McCords on lockdown inside their home for the 9834796th time.) I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the characters and the actors when they went barreling down the snowy hill. The laughter was so genuine. Also, Téa wiping out and still ending up on her butt? Girlfriend has done this before. That’s tray sledding talent.

The one thing missing from the episode was a joint scene between Elizabeth and Henry. They tend to ground each other and, thus, ground us the viewers. Even though they were in different cities, the McCords still managed to connect at night, like always. Of course it was on the phone, which wasn’t ideal, but they took the time to check in. That’s what makes their marriage so strong. Elizabeth even slept on what is typically Henry’s side of the bed. It could’ve been haphazard. It could’ve been camera blocking. I choose to believe it was purposeful. Because I’m a sap.

Speaking of Henry, he’s knee-deep in Jibral Disah. The Jose Battle of Passive Aggressiveness is now in Round #4586. “Murphy Station” is like a game of ping pong with Jane in the middle, looking for earplugs or another uterus of sanity. “Losing Mimi was a pretty big risk.” “Not my call.” Ouch. You could see the dagger fly across the room into Henry’s heart. The dude already internalizes everything. Let’s just add this to Dmitri, Russia, his father, his sister…..

Henry once again proved why his experience makes him perfect for this job. (No, I’m not still fully on board with this. Yes, I’m along for the ride.) Between his religious scholarly expertise and his personality, he was able to extract key information from Laila. He related to her on a personal/professional level, told her she can help change the world if she spills her guts, and promised to help get her family out of Libya and get her back in the classroom. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Dmitri and his sister would agree. I’d like to think that although Henry used the same techniques he resorted to earlier this season, he’s come to realize where the cliff is and how to draw himself away before he falls into the abyss. Get back to me after this situation causes some sort of breakdown. Yes, I’m still waiting for a breakdown.

Henry in his new job is being portrayed like Elizabeth is in hers: the reasonable sensible one, the person to use kindness instead of jumping straight to force, the one offering alternatives no one else has thought of. In certain scenarios, they’re both made to appear they’re the only competent person who swoops in to save the day in a room full of inept coworkers. As much as Elizabeth is Mrs. You-Don’t-Even-Know-There’s-A-Box, Henry is Mr. What’s-A-Box? Their kids will never be able to get away with anything. The psychological warfare game alone….

Along those lines, and this is probably an unpopular opinion, I did roll me eyes and literally say “of course” when the crisis was buttoned up so perfectly in Chile. Even the dude on the mountain survived an avalanche. Sometimes I feel like Madam Secretary is the Full House of political dramas in the sense that every crisis is solved in 42 minutes. There have only been a few failures, Dmitri being one of them… and I’m still not satisfied with how those repercussions magically disappeared by the end of one episode. Even when Elizabeth fixed the problem with Brian Lindstrom, the music swelled as she made her point and then came in to save him from his parents. Of course that was the mother in her and I applaud her for not hanging him out to be cut off from his parents. I also like that she has so many wins in her column. I just wish they weren’t all so neatly wrapped up so quickly. Feel free to take away my fan card.

Something I noticed more this episode than any before is the growing talk about elections. Daisy mentioned it. Russell mentioned it. They made decisions about what to do in Chile to keep certain members of Congress happy, eluding to elections. As much as I think Conrad has the personality of a pet rock, I don’t want Elizabeth to be president. It’s too early. She’s still getting her State Department legs. Wait until Season 5 or 6 *coughCBS *cough* before even possibly exploring that option. Even though I think she’d be exceptional in that position, I’m still not sure I want her in the Oval Office. Although it would be a gold mine in terms of storyline potential, it would mean more time at work, taking away those Team McCord scenes we crave. Get back to me in a few seasons. *Cough* CBS *cough*. Clearly there’s something in my throat.

Other things:

–Elizabeth trying to slyly grab pastries in the State Department is like a child swiping candy, hoping her parents don’t see her. Also, Elizabeth smelling food/wine is my new favorite side show.

–Stevie pulling confetti out of Elizabeth’s eye was so sweet. I have no idea why this 3-second scene struck me, but it did. Probably because it seemed so real. Not many other shows would “waste” the time with something so insignificant, but it shows how far the mother-daughter relationship has come in the last 2 seasons.

–I loved seeing the McCords in their “comfies.” Plaid pajama pants, ripped jeans, t-shirts. I swear this week’s wardrobe came straight from Téa’s own closet. I just picture her saying, “Don’t worry, guys. I got this.”

–“Jason could be in for a surprising birthday present.” Proving that she’s first and foremost a mother.

–Pissed off Russell. Everybody drink.

–Stevie and Alison had matching hats in the McCord kitchen. The family that wears accessories together….

–“Are you never not fully groomed?” “It’s before 10pm.”

Disney Parks Get Their Force On

Disney boss Bob Iger delighted and surprised fans at the D23 Expo this year with the announcement that both Disneyland and Disney World would be adding a Star Wars Land. Construction is slated to begin in January for a 2017 opening. To whet fans’ appetites in the meantime, the theme parks have opened Season of the Force, a group of Star Wars-based attractions. Yahoo Movies recently toured Disneyland’s version. Click through for a virtual visit of your own.

Star Wars Land Concept

The 14-acre Star Wars Land will feature two attractions (a Millennium Falcon ride and a battle between the First Order and the Resistance), as well as themed shops and restaurants (including a cantina!), all populated by humanoids and aliens based on the films. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Land Concept

Disney Imagineers promise to construct a completely immersive environment. When you’re in Star Wars Land, you shouldn’t be able to see any other part of the park. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Star Wars Land Concept Art

The Falcon ride got the loudest ovation at the D23 announcement and is expected to be a huge draw. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Hyperspace Mountain Concept

For the Season of the Force overlay of Tomorrowland, which will extend into 2016, the iconic indoor Space Mountain coaster has been rebooted as Hyperspace Mountain, putting visitors in the cockpit of an X-wing while scenes of galactic dogfights play out all around. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Launch Bay Concept Art

While some of the Season of the Force attractions are temporary (like Hyperspace Mountain), the Launch Bay combines character meet-and-greets, replica props and models, and a high-end gift shop featuring collectibles. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Chewbacca Meet-and-Greet Concept Art

The Launch Bay allows visitors to choose a light side or dark side, culminating in a character encounter with either the huggable Chewie or the terrifying Darth Vader. (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Season of the Force Entrance

The signage has been erected just outside Tomorrowland, which is now dominated by Star Wars. (Credit: Disney)

Star Tours

Before The Force Awakens even hit theaters, the Star Tours virtual ride was updated to include the Jakku confrontation between the Falcon and TIE fighters as well as appearances from Finn (John Boyega) and BB-8. During Season of the Force, the Jakku scene will be part of every ride; once the promotion ends, it will be part of the random rotation of scenarios. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Phasma Accessories

The Launch Bay highlights include replica props, including the “Chrometrooper” from The Force Awakens. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Phasma Helmet

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First Order Flametrooper

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Kylo Ren Lightsaber Hilt

The new bad guy’s saber is said to be “an ancient design.” (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

First Order Shuttle

Kylo Ren is transported from his Star Destroyer, Finalizer, to planets and other ships in this sweet ride. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

First Order TIE Fighter

The red swath identifies this model as the two-seated Special Forces TIE. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

TIE Pilot Uniform

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Imperial Navy Crafts, Uniforms

A vintage TIE fighter (right) and the speedy TIE Interceptor flank an Imperial Star Destroyer. In the back, a TIE pilot outfit (left) and Imperial officer uniform are visible. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Star Destroyer

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Darth Vader, TIE Advanced

Darth Vader and his distinctive fighter from A New Hope. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rey Costume, Millennium Falcon, Han Blaster, X-Wing, Poe Blaster

This display is dedicated to the good guys. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber

The laser sword that Luke lost in Cloud City resurfaces in The Force Awakens. The display reveals “someone salvaged it from the city’s industrial depths. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Millennium Falcon

The greatest ship in the galaxy. ’Nuff said. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Resistance X-Wing, Poe Blaster

Poe flies the standard-issue T-70 model on his mission to recover the map to Luke Skywalker. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rey’s Speeder

Reminiscent of an old-fashioned tractor, Rey cobbled together this vehicle to haul her salvage to Unkar Plutt. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rebel Pilot Uniform

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X-Wing Fighter

The original T-65 model used to destroy two Death Stars. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


One of the most reliable starfighters in the film saga, appearing in the Clone Wars and remaining a key vehicle in the Galactic Civil War. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rebel Spacecraft, PIlot

Among the items on display in the Rebel Alliance case are a couple other alphabet-inspired fighters. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Tantive IV

The Rebel “blockade runner” is the very first ship on screen in the very first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Fett Family, Slave I

The first family of bounty hunting and their ride. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


The Launch Bay features an area inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina, provided you’re not a droid (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Dejarik Table

Alas, the holochessboard doesn’t work. Let’s get some Imagineers on that pronto. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

2-1B Sconce

Among the various droid heads repurposed as lighting is this medical droid model, best known for tending to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)


This Wookiee never runs out of hugs. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Boba Fett

Not as cuddly as Chewie, the Madalorian-armored rogue is among the characters who pops into the cantina. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

BB-8 Cookie

The spherical droid makes for a sweet snack during downtime from galactic exploring. (Credit: Disney)

Darth by Chocolate, the Pastry Menace

If you prefer something more decadent than crispy rice cookies, you can turn to the dark (chocolate) side. (Credit: Disney)

BB-8 Sippy Cups

One of the most popular items during our visit was the BB-8 souvenir sippy cup, because riding Star Tours is thirsty work. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Chewie Stein, Han Solo Carbonite Lunchbox

For an additional price, your refreshments can come in these collectibles. (Credit: Yahoo Movies)

Rose Parade Float Concept

A Star Wars Land-inspired section was one of three displays (along with Cinderella’s castle and Frozen’s ice castle) featured on Disneyland’s entry in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. (Credit: Disney)


by Erin Belieu

Wherever you’re from sucks,
and wherever you grew up sucks,
and everyone here lives in a converted
chocolate factory or deconsecrated church,
without an ugly lamp or souvenir coffee cup
in sight, but only carefully edited objets like
the Lacanian soap dispenser in the kitchen
that looks like an industrial age dildo, and
when you rifle through the bathroom
looking for a spare tampon, you discover
that even their toothpaste is somehow more
desirable than yours. And later you go
with a world-famous critic to eat a plate
of sushi prepared by a world famous chef from
Sweden and the roll is conceived to look like
“a strand of pearls around a white throat,” and is
so confusingly beautiful that it makes itself
impossible to eat. And your friend back home–
who says the pioneers who first settled
the great asphalt parking lot of our
Middle were not in fact heroic but, really,
the chubby ones who lacked the imagination
to go all the way to California–it could be that
she’s on to something. Because, admit it,
when you look at the people on these streets,
the razor-blade women with their strategic bones,
and the men wearing Amish pants with
interesting zippers, it’s pretty clear that you
will never cut it anywhere that constitutes
a where, that even ordering a pint of tuna salad in
a deli is an illustrative exercise in self-doubt.
So when you see the dogs on the high-rise elevators
practically tweaking, panting all the way down
from the 19th floor to the 1st, dying to get on
with their long-planned business of snuffling
trash or peeing on something to which all day
they’ve been looking forward, what you want is
to be on the fastest Conestoga home, where the other
losers live and where the tasteless azaleas are,
as we speak, halfheartedly exploding.

why-birds  asked:

You said that, since you are based in Florida, you already got to go to Diagon Alley. I'm going this weekend (I'm really excited) do you have any opinions, pointers, or tips you could share? Thanks.

I do! I’m gonna answer this one publicly cause I got another ask about it and my messages have been getting eaten nonstop and I’d hate for this not to get to you! So…

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What’s the best way to beat the heat and quench your thirst when visiting Disneyland Resort? I have two words for you! Goofy’s Glaciers!

These ever-popular drinks, available in a 16 oz. or two different souvenir cups, have previously only been found at Walt Disney World Resort. However, these frozen treats have now made their debut in locations here at the Disneyland Resort.

I know what you’re thinking … “What flavors are available? Where can find them?” I dare you to tantalize your taste buds with a Cherry flavor which is available at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure park or at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District. But if it’s Blue Raspberry you seek, you’ll find it at Pooh Corner in Disneyland park.


“Alright guys, what would you like to do first?”

“I want to ride The Haunted Mansion.”

“I want to get Mickey Mouse ears wit my name on dem.”

“OH! I want to get a souvenir cup. The one with the lid that’s a Goofy hat.”

“Can we find one of dose balloons dat’s like a big clear balloon and inside is the blue balloon dat’s Mickey shaped? I’ve wanted one of dose since I saw dat one commercial wit dem in it.”

“Okay… you both do realize that you’re in your 30s, right?”

anonymous asked:

Agegap!jongyu anon here. Sorry about the prompt, what if they are neighbours and jonghyun is a teenager when he meets the little neighbour jinki(10-12 years old) and adores him instantly. he sometimes babysits him and watches him grow.

Jonghyun is seventeen when he’s conscripted into watching the neighbor’s kid for the first time.

He takes the babysitting job knowing that it’ll be easy money- how hard can it be to watch a twelve-year-old for a few hours every other weeknight? His parents are pleased that he has a job and is apparently developing a work ethic. Jonghyun is pleased that he has money of his own to spend on taking his current girlfriend out to dinner.

What he doesn’t expect is to actually wind up liking the kid. Jonghyun had expected to reach some kind of understanding with his new charge- the kid doesn’t misbehave and give Jonghyun any trouble, and Jonghyun might find himself convinced to once in a while bend a few of the kid’s parents’ rules- like bedtimes, for example- and that would be that. Mutual tolerance, no more.

But, no, little Lee Jinki has to somehow be both painfully cute and infuriatingly perfect.

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