Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Columbia times two

The Columbia. Icy. Forbidding. Oh wait, that's Mount Everest. The Columbia is actually pretty inviting. Even IF there are creepy guys in watching you from the ropes, like giant, stripey spiders. Several ladies are emerging from "below decks", squinting in the sunlight like squinty squinters. I don't know, I'm just writing.

See those guys up at the stern rail? They seem to think that something is mighty amusing. Every time I see somebody smiling at Disneyland I get suspicious. What are they up to? What kind of shenanigans are being shaniniganed? Why are they so darn happy? I have questions.


PTA Transit Authority said...

Fine pictures from a great attraction.

(by the way Major its me Richard Viewliner Ltd) this is my new transportation blog.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

More great Columbia pics. One of the coolest attractions in DL.

(by the way Major its me Richard)this is my regular blog. :-) lol

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Yes, what are those guys smiling about???? There must be some shenanigans they know about...

outsidetheberm said...

Aw, but it's worse than you think, sir. Those guys on the stern rail are not only smiling, they too, are squinty squinters - the worst kind, you know. SMILING squinty squinters.

Thanks for the laugh. And for the new vituperative insult. Funny stuff!

Nancy said...

very nice....: D

one of my most envied, The Columbia is one of the awesome attractions we dont have at WDW that i was really looking forward to seeing on our first trip to DL...

i see three babushkas there in picture number one, including a one of the 'below' deck ladies...however, WE WANTS THE RED'ED!! *complete with cat-eye glasses no less...

Progressland said...

Any chance for a close-up of the Columbia Cast Member? I wonder if it's Randy Bright!

Chiana said...

Ah Columbia. Not a land of white dust, of kidnapping and extortion, but a craft of saw dust, of sailors and exploration. Wooden decks, hewn by hand (replaced more recently by decks hewn with help of Black & Decker?). A deck to be swabbed by back-breaking labor, while below decks there's genuine massive copper crockery to cook salt pork in lard and boiled beans for the belly! Not that you would so much as you could... Set sail under Nature's own deisel!

But seriously, it's a grand sight to behold, and the surprisingly authentic presentation of that great chapter in history and adventure is highly commendable as well as enjoyable. She enriches us a bit for seeing her and being aboard her. Long may she sail:

"If sailor tales to sailor tunes,
Storm and adventure, heat and cold,
If schooners, islands and maroons
And Buccaneers and buried Gold,
And all the old romance, retold
Exactly in the ancient way,
Can please, as me they pleased of old,
The wiser youngsters of today:
-So be it!"

Robert Louis Stevenson