Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The happiest place on earth, especially if you've just lost your job...

My new home.
Anyone who lives where I do knows that job security has become a wee bit of an issue lately.  I'm not going to go into the politics and the grandstanding and the nitty gritty details of it all, if you're interested you can read all about it for yourselves.  But it suffices to say that, like most of my compatriots, I've considered options and contingency plans in case the worst should happen.

But of all the possibilities I've checked out, I think I like this one best.

For those of you who can't be assed to go read the article, I'll give you the cliff notes.  A couple of friends who both lost their jobs last year came up with the perfect plan to get new ones.  Did it involve interviews?  Retraining?  A deal with the devil?  No, their plan was to spend the year at Disneyland.

Best!  Plan!  Ever!

They each got an annual pass for their Christmas gift, then decided that, Murphy's Law being what it was, if they had a pact to spend every day for a year in the happiest place on earth then a job would crop up to spoil their lovely plans.  Awesome!  This is definitely my kind of logic, I'm totally on board!

I may be a little fuzzy on the details, but I'm going to go with the assumption that if I'm willing to buy an annual pass for around $650 I can pretty much live at Disneyland for an entire year.  There's a castle there, right?  I'll just move in there.  I'm going to assume that it comes equipped with a full compliment of staff.  I hope the cook is competent.

But in all seriousness, the plan is genius!  It's just a shame I'd never be able to do it.  After thinking long and hard, I came to the realisation that there isn't a single place in my city, or perhaps even my country, where I'd willingly spend every single day for a whole year.

Australia is a great place, and I'll scowl fiercely at anyone who says differently, but we just don't have anything of the magnitude of Disneyland.  Pretty much all of our theme parks, while being nice enough, really only have a couple of days in them, and I can't think of a single other attraction or location I'd point to and say was the equivalent.

Oh well, another great plan thwarted by living in a sparsely populated, albeit beautiful, country.  I suppose I'll have to take the more prosaic route of job hunting if I ever find myself out of work.  Oh Australia, why couldn't we have enormous tourist traps?  God knows we've got the space!

It's a damned good thing we've got Vegemite to make up for it, that's all I'll say.

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  1. Haha, that's brilliant! Yer, can't say I'd want to spend 365 days at Dreamworld. The thought actually terrifies me. I just look at those Big Brother housemates and shudder. I hope your job is safe so you don't have to migrate to the USA! ;)

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    1. Oh god, a whole year with the Big Brother lot! Terrifying!

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  2. This is a BRILLIANT plan!! In fact, my husband just lost HIS job, so I think we should make a beeline straight for Disneyland...;)

    Great post!

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    1. Absolutely! I'll even let you move into the castle, as long as you keep a room free for me ... just in case...

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  3. I'm curious to see how this goes, or what would really happen if you tried to move into the castle. I think some Disney police might step in pretty quickly. The mouse is always watching.

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    1. I'm going to guess that the Disney Police are pretty scary, mouse ear hats and all.

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  4. Kellie, I grew up at Disneyland (well, Anaheim, but I went to Disneyland ALL. THE. TIME.) Your friends' idea is indeed brilliant! The happiest place in the world for sure, and if I DIDN'T have a job, I'd consider living there!!! haha. Good luck on the job hunt!

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    1. I suppose if you lose your job then the happiest place on earth is where you want to be :D

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  5. Vegemite! I would have to be very hungry. And I don't think they serve it in Disneyland.......

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    1. Well that's a travesty! Vegemite is awesome and delicious ... and don't you listen to anything the guys I sent some to a few months back say, they just didn't appreciate it's uniqueness.

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  6. I suspect that Disneyland would be ripe for learning how to be a successful pickpocket. All those families distracted by children and toting around money for overpriced hot dogs and mouse ears. It could be a new career path?

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    1. Ooh, I could become a crime lord, with my own cartel of homeless youth who all pick pockets for me! Hmm, I'm pretty sure I've read that somewhere before ...

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  7. I don't know. Disneyland is fine when the weather is nice, but in the summer it gets hot and stinky there. And every-freaking-day? Piss-off, love life and social interactions and vacations, I have to creepily go alone to a children-focused amusement park. Something weird and desperately Peter Pan about this plan.

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    1. I suppose there is something a bit dodgy about grown adults spending so much time there without kids.

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  8. If I was going to live in Disneyland I think I would set up camp among the animatronic "It's a small world" scenes. And of course participate in them when people floated by.

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    1. Sounds like a solid plan, but wouldn't the singing drive you insane eventually?

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  9. I dunno...I think Tassie could be described as our Disneyland... it may not have amazing rides, but it does have great scenery ...and vegemite
    Lesley
    xx

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    1. I hadn't considered that! But can you get a season pass to Tasmania for $650?

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  10. I think I'd enjoy a year in prison more than a year in Disneyland. I'm an upbeat guy but all that forced cheer and wholesomeness would drive me batty.

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    1. Prison wouldn't be so bad. Free food, you could go back to school and they'd pay for it, and all the sex you can handle, whether you want it or not.

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  11. I was half-way through reading the article and, I suppose, really getting involved in it (!) when I had the thought, 'Why am I reading this?' lol I'd completely forgotten about you, Kellie, I'm sorry to admit!

    I remember that my father always used that logic when waiting for our restaurant meal. He would light a cigarette and sure enough..

    Would the beach work? It's always beautiful there..

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    1. That's true. I could become a beach bum! I'd have to get myself a metal detector though.

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  12. You're funny! I grew up visiting Disney World, not too sure about living there. The castle would be quite roomy. LOL!
    I've heard Australia is a great place to live. :)

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    1. It is a good place to live, but bloody hot in the Summer. And all our animals kind of want to kill us.

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  13. I hope you survive the job cuts, Kellie! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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    1. Thanks :)

      I'm pretty sure I'll be okay, but with things the way they are no one can really guarantee anything at the moment.

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  14. Growing up in Southern California, (gasp) Disneyland can get boring if visited too often, kind of like going to work every day even though it is the happiest place on earth (and I'm sure one of the more expensive places too). Parking alone could feed a family of four for a day or even more. But it is always an adventure there......

    betty

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    1. Ah, but that's why you'd move in instead! No parking, not commute. Sure you have to share with a six foot talking rodent, but we all have to make sacrifices.

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  15. wish we had Disneyland in my country (that sentence just made me laugh ironically :)

    Well, at least you're living in Oz, and you are ruled by wizards and magicians there, yes? No? How come? I have wrong informations :) Well, at least you have Hugh Jackman and Holy Valance to droop upon :)

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    1. Oh yes, there are wizards galore down under! We're just lousy with them! It's the only reason anyone manages to live past the age of five with all the deadly animals we have meandering around.

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  16. I want the money to move somewhere warm and stay ther. Somewhere tropical and gorgeous where the sun shines,and the waves dance, and people are happy to be there. Does this exist?

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