A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart. – Zeus (Hercules)
I know, I know, it’s been awhile. But listen, it’s hard to take the time out to write when you’re working everyday, have family in town for a week and on top of that, in the midst of living the most exciting time of my program to date. It’s been a little over two weeks since I last wrote to you all and a lot (no surprise here) has happened. By a lot, I mean A LOT has happened to myself in the past 15 days and can’t wait to share it with all of you.
Since the last time you heard from me, like I mentioned, a lot has happened. Where do I even begin… Ok, got it! For starters, for the first time since I made the move down here, I got to see my brother! Between the two of us, for a solid week, we were able to live a dream each of us have had for years, which was to explore and hang in Disney with just the two of us. No offense to mom and dad, but with us two being older and my “younger” brother being almost 20, just seemed like the perfect time to enjoy a trip to our favorite destination together.
It was a great week nonetheless, as this was most likely my last time I would see him for the year, but it was time well spent and was happy we were able to live out a dream. But, I’ll get into all of that later. After he went back home to Illinois, I got the opportunity to enjoy the World Showcase in Epcot the best way possible, drinking around the world! It was a first for me as this is the first time ever, I’ve been able to go to Disney and drink and to do so with great/fun company, I couldn’t have asked for a better first DATW experience. Despite it raining cats and dogs the entire time.
That whole week alone was a wild ride. In that week, I worked the most I have during this program and quite frankly, in my life. In the midst of that week, going back to the previous week, I worked nine straight days. Just the week alone, when my brother was down here, I worked 45 hours, while on top of that closed down three parks in back to back to back days. As you can imagine, my average steps for the week was a bit higher than normal.
Despite working my tail off and continuing to keep my motor going, it was an absolute blast! Leading into this following week, I have started to excel at my new location with Galaxy’s Edge. I had the honor of working the first cast preview day and have been doing so ever since Aug. 1st. With working at the Cantina everyday (are bar location) and now recently beginning to work at the Milk stand, despite it being a lot of work, I am beginning to excel and love my new job! Within just a weeks time of these cast previews, I have gotten so much more comfortable with the travelers, the system and more importantly, my fellow coworkers. No offense to Sunset Ranch, my old location, but when I go into work now, I don’t dread it. I don’t roll my eyes at having to do something and am truly loving the situation I am in right now. And this is coming from me who hasn’t had two days off in a week in over three weeks!
Overall though, I know I just hit you all with a lot and have much, much more to get into, but my time here has only gotten better and can’t wait for the coming days and weeks. Work is good, the people in my life are great and I’m so excited for whatever life will throw at me next. All in all, lets really dive into these last two weeks…
To start us off right, we’ll begin like we always do, with my Disney Adventures List. As we sit here on this fine day, the king of my adventure still belongs to my home park, Hollywood Studios. I have been there ten times on my program, with Magic Kingdom in second with eight times, Animal Kingdom in third with seven and Epcot rounding it off, but gaining with five. With my pass, I’ll only be allowed to go into Hollywood until Aug 28th. The day before Galaxy’s Edge opens, so as you can tell, I’m trying to get burned out with it as much as I can. We’ll see how the numbers are next week.
To begin diving into my past two weeks, I’ll start with what has happened recently. This past Monday, I was able to meet up with a neighborhood friend and explore Disney together. For my whole life really, me and Becca lived right down the street from each other. We grew up together, went to the same schools all the way through high school, had the same classes, hung out a good amount of times during high school and always saw each other at the park across the street from us. Since her move down to Florida just over a year ago, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reunite and explore some Disney magic together.
If there was one thing I remembered about her from our childhood, it’s that her and her family loved Disney and had been there numerous times, just like I did growing up. To put things into perspective, and I think she said it best when we were waiting in line, we were the only two people our age growing up that really loved Disney and cared to show it with people. So, she was able to drive the hour and a half up here, we hung out at my apartment for a while and caught up, then went to explore the parks!
Together, we went to Animal Kingdom first as I was able to show her Pandora for the first time and got to ride Kilimanjaro Safari’s and got the opportunity to get really close with some giraffe’s! After that, we headed on over to Hollywood Studios as we got to ride hers and I’s favorite ride with Rock N’ Roller Coaster and got the opportunity to show her Toy Story Land for the first time as well. It was great and I felt really sweet being able to show her two of Disney’s newest lands and know deep down that she really enjoyed it and had a good time.
After that, she went on back home as she’s in the midst of an extended road trip, but it was great to catch up with a friend from home. I think my snapchat caption for the picture we took, said it best and I’ll say it here again just because it’s fitting. However, in the end, we were just two kids from Somerfield enjoying the wonders of Disney together. Overall, it was a great time and I hope that this isn’t the last time we do this for the rest of my time while I’m down here. Wish you nothing but the best Becca!
Better Late Than Never
To begin this posts BLTN, I’ll start off with a celebration. This past week, I got the chance to go to my first ever immersive bar over at the Polynesian Resort. The Polynesian is known for its Hawaiian theme from its rooms, to its lobby, restaurants, you name it, its Hawaiian. The other day, however, we went to the bar called Trader Sam’s to celebrate my roommate (which guess his name really quick, 3… 2… 1..) yep, you guessed it, my roommate Sam’s birthday. It was something he had planned out about a week or so in advance and was happy I got off from work a little early to make it over there to celebrate his special day. But that’s just the reasoning, let me tell you about the experience though.
First off, I’ve never been in a bar where they actually spray water on you on purpose. Like, if you’re going anywhere for that matter and someone comes up and sprays water on you, the initial reaction is telling them to stop or running away from it. Whatever the case may be, but in this one, you entertain it and laugh with it. Depending on what kind of special drinks you got from the menu, there may or may not be a little show that goes on for it as you get the drink itself. I won’t spoil it for you because it’s so hard to explain and may not make sense by doing so, but if you’re ver going to go to a bar or want a special type of experience than just your average time at one, you got to go check it out.
The specials they have are mostly rum based, but like anywhere, you have your tequila and vodka options to go with it. All I have to say, is I got two drinks and quite frankly don’t remember what I paid for them, but it was damn worth it. A little tip for if and when you end up going in there, I suggest not ordering just a beer. Trust me, it’ll save you some embarrassment and if you’re just going to be one of those people, then don’t bother coming in. Getting a bud light in there is one of the things where you say to yourself, yea it’s on the menu and they do serve it, but you shouldn’t be coming in for that. Save that for the hundreds of other places that you can get that.
Overall, it was a great time and gave me and the four original roommates of our six-man home the chance to be together again, joining a nice drink and some quality time with one another. Happy Birthday Sam!
Another BLTN moment for me, was being able to drink around the world for the first time. For as long as I can remember, doing this has always been a Disney staple for adults to do. As a kid growing up going to Epcot all the time, I soon realized just how many alcoholic options there were across this section of the park. Little did I know until I was 15 that they had a food and wine festival every year that literally has alcohol in the special time of the year, but it was great to cross this off the Disney bucket list.
To start off, I went with one of my new co-workers Emma. We had begun talking about it during training for GE throughout the week and even though we wish more people had come, it was a pleasant time with just the two of us. We started on the right side of the World Showcase (which is new for me because I usually always start on the left) but it ended up being a great decision. With beginning in Canada, I started off with a beer just to get my alcohol taste buds going and began making our way around slowly. After that, I went to get another beer, from all places in Japan, then to America for a drink called the Galaxy or something like that, and then ended the night off with two different margaritas from Mexico. Which, if there is one thing my friends back at school got me to love, it’s tequila.
Beforehand, I wouldn’t even look twice at a marg, now? It’s actually something I’m suggesting on getting every time I go out for a drink. Just something about it that makes you feel good. Anyways, it was a nice time to spend with Emma though. We got to know each other a little more, shared some laughs, made some jokes and go to enjoy some drinks of course! In addition, I was able to cross off going on the Frozen ride for the first time on my program and have now been on every ride in Epcot. Two parks down, two to go. But all in all, it was a great time with her and can’t wait for the many adventures we’re go on in the future together. She’s hands down one of the realist people I’ve met on this program and in life and you can’t teach people to be real.
Also, for anyone who’s going to give me a hard time about doing the frozen ride, two things: 1. I sorta had to/wanted to go on it and 2. Emma also looks like Anna from the movie. Take that for what you will, but *shrugs, you can be the judge of that yourself.
Highlight of the Week(s)
Well, we’ve reached the top moment of the post with HOTW. Being that this is a two week post, for the first time, we’ll have two highlights of the week. The first, and to no surprise for week eight, goes to being with my brother for that week. I can’t stress it enough how much of a joy it was to be have the Jarosik boys back together in our go-to spot. It was a pleasurable time being there with him and for the first time on the program, I felt completely full. Just something about family that does that for me.
Everyday together was a great one and we were able to do everything we wanted to from a parks perspective. Granted, we weren’t able to do everything I wanted due to working an extreme amount of time everyday he was here, but in the end, sometime is better than no time.
The real highlight although, came on his final full day here as I got to show him my new home on the planet Batuu in Galaxy’s Edge. When I first heard of the days he was coming down, I knew that having the first day of previews was something I had to have. So, that’s what I did. I positioned myself and was granted the first day of the preview to be able to give him an experience, like no other. Seeing his reaction as he was inside the land was awesome. I mentioned this to him and my mom, but I haven’t seen him smile so much in a long time. I would sit here and say I hope he enjoyed it, but judging by the way he acted, I know he did. Plus, he got all the pins he can ask for!
The other highlight of that tour with him, was I was able to get him into the cantina that I work at. It was a shot in the dark, but we got in at the right time and thankfully, he got to enjoy a spot that I work at on a regular basis. In addition, we also got to try the different milks we have within the planet and got to take a ride in the Millennium Falcon.
To Adam, you may or may not read this so I’m just going to assume and put this in here. You know bro? Life is full of some pretty awful people. People who will try to tear you down, break your spirit and play with you mentally. However, those that do, are the ones that are the most troubled and broken. Don’t let those broken get to you. With as many awful people in the world there are, there are more better people to counter it. Care about those who give a damn about you and care for you. Spend time thinking about those who want to be in your life instead of those who don’t/aren’t. If they can’t accept you or don’t like the way you are, then it’s simple, fuck em.
Be the person you want to be. Like myself, you are a king and a king bows to no one. You’ll be good. You’ll do great at school this year and before you know it, it’ll be January, I’ll be home and we can do some damage there. I love you man. Looking back at it more so in the past few years, I’m very fortunate to have a little brother. Yea being an only child would’ve been something, but it also would’ve been more boring as well. And being bored is no fun. All in all, stay up and keep continuing to progress. As your older brother, I’m extremely proud of you and the person you are becoming. Do not let people bring you down.
With that said, my last HOTW goes to my job. I really have been excelling at all three of my new locations right now and am extremely grateful to be in the position I am in. From a professional standpoint, I have never been in a better spot and am only growing and becoming a better person, friend and worker for the company I so dearly desire. However, I have my work cut out for me.
So far, I will call myself a good worker in GE. Good is, well, good. But I don’t want to be just that. I wan’t to be great and know I will be great within a short time. Not just because I sort of have to, but because I want to. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to throw myself into my work like this and every second spent on it has been enjoyable. Within another couple of weeks I plan to reach that goal and will be ready for the grand opening come Aug. 29th. But that’s about it.Just continuing to learn, make friends and become the person, I’ve always been meant to be.
For my viewers, thank you for reading this looonggg post about me and my last two weeks. I know I was behind and will make sure this doesn’t happen again. Nonetheless, much love to everyone and hope you all enjoy your weekends! Let’s get better, today.