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Paulsen: Summer is going on in the South

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:48 a.m. CDT

I attended a newspaper conference in Orlando, Fla., this past week. The meeting was at the Coronado Springs resort on the Disney property.

The weather was like summer in full bloom. It was 85 to 90 degrees every day plus lots of sun. We won a few awards at the newspaper meeting and made a presentation before the group of 350 people in attendance.

There were lots of good meetings and seminars to attend.

Disney sure seems to have it figured out. They give you a new magic band to wear on your wrist like a watch. The magic band opens your room door and lets you charge from anywhere on the Disney property.

Whether it was by the pool, at a gift shop or at Downtown Disney, you could charge with a wave of your magic band. Another interesting thing was when you got a cup for your soda, the regular paper cup had some kind of a chip in it that kept track of your number of refills and how long you could use the cup.

You could have three refills over three hours and then your cup “expired.” Every time you refilled your cup, it would tell you how many refills you had left and how much time before the cup “expired.”

I see why people “save for a lifetime” to go to Disney. There are no big discounts on any of the food unless you bought a daily food plan.

I’m not sure that was a bargain either. Most of the entrances into any of the parks were $100 or more — unless of course you want to buy several days at once.

The Magic Kingdom was packed the day we went. Some rides took over an hour to get onto. Our group had an outing one night to SeaWorld. They let us use the Manta roller coaster as part of our outing.

The first group on the ride got stuck almost upside down for over 15 minutes. They had to get a rope ladder and unload about 45 people from the ride. One person ended up going to the hospital with some heart situations. An interesting evening!

Tax day

For all of you who have been waiting to do your taxes, this weekend may be the time. On April 15 the tax man will want his money. It is never very fun having to write the IRS a check unless of course you got a big lottery check or some fun windfall like that.


Look for a full line up of all the Easter egg hunts going on in the area next week in the newspaper. The annual event is always a great time for all the kids.


The Masters golf tourney takes place this weekend. It is always a treat for golfers. The winner gets a green jacket and — as with most Iowans — we yell for Zach Johnson to win the event.


It looks like the event is in trouble again. It seems like every few years they have a bunch of trouble in Ames with the event.

I have a feeling this may be the end of the event. With people in the hospital, overturned cars and a long history of rowdiness, this should just about end the festival.

Captain America

If you have a chance, catch the new Captain America movie playing at the Strand Theatre. The movie is a good one. The superheroes plus the good versus evil theme is played out to perfection.

Thought for the week: “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” Mae West

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