We just spent 5 days at Disneyland and it had the usual clueless people stopping in the middle of a crowded path to discuss where they wanted to get dinner, or whether Johnny really needed to go to the bathroom. (Trust me, he does. There's one 40ft behind you. Why don't you step aside and use it, rather than stopping right in front of us?) In fact it seemed to be less than the usual number despite heavy crowds on the weekend. I don't think any of us got slammed in the ankles by a small child pushing their own stroller. Well, there was the woman who kept trying to walk up Mrs.k2002's back while in line; sorry ma'am but we can't make it go any faster!
There were two things that stood out, though.
First, on Friday there were a lot of middle school (11-13yo) musical groups performing over the weekend and were enjoying some free time in the park. Most were pretty well behaved. We ran into one group that wasn't. On the Haunted Mansion they talked all through the intro and the stretching room; loud enough that you couldn't hear the narration. Then on the ride, some girls decided that they needed to scream. The. whole. way. through. This isn't a ride that's terribly scary. So, nobody could hear the music or the sound effects. Once, during a stop, some boys from their group yelled across the way to be quiet, which only encouraged them more. Unfortunately, this group wasn't wearing school shirts, or I would have let their administration know. Or lectured them about the fact that some people there had been saving up for years and that might be their only opportunity in their life to visit the HM, only to have it ruined by kids who could think only of their own kind of fun. Not to mention that these kids would have been very upset by people disrespecting their performance, but thought nothing of disrespecting the artists, writers, engineers and musicians who made the HM what it is.
Monday night we went out for a fancy dinner at Napa Rose. This is a very elegant restaurant, but one that treats everyone well, whether you're wearing a suit and tie, t-shirt and shorts or a princess costume with high-top tennis shoes. Our dinner went well until a woman was seated at a nearby table. She reeked of perfume. I was at least 10 feet away and could smell it clearly. I had to switch seats with Mrs.k2002 because she was closer and was having a reaction to the perfume, despite having taken an antihistamine earlier. While I'm all in favor of people doing things that make them feel good, there are limits and bathing in perfume is one of them. Fortunately, we were 3/4 of the way through our meal so it didn't last too terribly long.