Had the honor on Wednesday of moderating a panel in Lowell about policing in America, 2016. The panel featured leaders from the law enforcement community, including, among others, Lowell Police Superintendent William Taylor and former Lowell and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis.
Wait - what's the Disney connection?
At the front side of the panel, a former colleague from the Lowell Police Department - looking right at you Debbie Kenney - took some creative liberty with my bio and added a new descriptor to the end of it. So after a recitation of my professional background, Lowell Police Capt. Paul Leferriere then added a new piece to my curriculum vitae - Disney Runner.
So there it was. Police leaders from all over not just this country, but Canada as well, heard me labeled a Disney Runner.
And I'm just fine with that designation.
The ID allowed me to dust off some pictures from the Cook family roadtrip of just about one year ago, a blogalogue that never quite got finished because a whole lot of other life issues popped up in the process and bumped some entries from the journal.
So for those of you not into travelogues and vacation pics spotlighting this incredible world of ours, , you might want to skip this post (not to mention a whole bunch of others to come.)
It gets the thumbs up, though, from fellow Disney Runner Andrew.
We had already done the interior of the parks the day before, so this particular morning's run was relegated to running through the environs outside the parks.
We were there to help the park celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Clearly, the crowds didn't realize from whence I was running, as they were facing the wrong way to cheer me on.
Andrew was scouting out somewhere we could return for breakfast.
(Don't worry, beignets were on the menu a short time later)
The first, and still the greatest in Andrew's eyes.
King of his own Kingdom
Out of the park's plaza, it was back to the hotel, with palm trees lining the way
And if nothing else, they provided a pretty cool photo landscape for a morning run
Even with the subject matter
Quick and easy, that was our Disneyland miles. Elsewhere on this blog, I've chronicled some of our other runs on the Florida side, both in recreational runs and in the DisneyWorld marathons of 2014 and 2016.
So yeah, you're right, Debbie. I am a Disney Runner, and damn proud of it.
Thanks for helping me update the bio!