the further adventures of

Mike Pirnat

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84/365: Rockets' Red Glare

84/365: Rockets' Red Glare

After leaving Castaway Cay, the evening brought us a special treat--not only was it the night of the always-fun pirate party, complete with an amazing fireworks show launched from aboard the Disney Dream, but we had the special privilege of passing the Disney Fantasy on its shakedown cruise. Both ships engaged in what's known as a "horn battle", where we each took turns blasting tunes at one another on the ships' horns. Then after the Dream's fireworks show, the Fantasy launched into her own, the first (and I believe still the only) time such a display has occurred.

The day was also notable for me because Liz and I went parasailing for the first time at Castaway Cay. After being scared out of my mind leading up to our turn, I was surprised to discover how calming and serene the actual experience was, suspended gracefully in the sky with no sense of the distance between our feet and the water far, far below. I'd definitely like to try it again...

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82/365: Enchanted Garden

82/365: Enchanted Garden

The morning after the epic conclusion to the Disney World parks, we boarded the Disney Dream for a five-day cruise. I could gush and gush about how much I love cruising with Disney, but then I'd never get around to actually finishing this 365 project, so I'll keep it short.

Once we boarded the Dream, our first stop was the Enchanted Garden restaurant, where the decor subtly cycles from day to night and back again.

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356/365: Beginning to Look

356/365: Beginning to Look

Woke up with a sudden resurgence of the Death Cough and promptly lost my voice, so I ended up working from home today while the snow fell and the wind whipped at anything unfortunate enough to be outside. Luckily, this meant I was home to catch the snowfall during the light. I'll probably be cursing the snow before the week is out, but for now it finally feels normal in a way that most of 2012's weather hasn't.

I'm breathlessly excited (maybe that's just the illness?) to have finally hit single digits--nine more days to go!!

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355/365: Story Time with Wilfred

355/365: Story Time with Wilfred

So people usually try to do something fun and memorable for our monthly Tech All-Hands meetings at work, but it'll be a long time before anything rivals Zac Paladino, dressed as Wilfred, wearing a "Naughty/Nice" cap (turned to "naughty", of course), sitting by the fire, calmly reading the epically hilarious composition, "The Night Before Hack Day".

Milestone alert! 10 days to go! Ten! TEN!!!

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