The famous inspirational quote “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it” is attributed to an evangelical preacher named Charles Swindoll. If I had given you one hundred guesses, would you have guessed these were the words of a wise old man? I might have thought it was a Taylor Swift lyric. Or perhaps originally created as a meme on Instagram. Or it was some cutesy, mega-produced foyer welcome sign sold on Pinterest. Regardless of its origin, it is true that our lives take many turns and each decision we make during the Choose Your Own Adventure affects how we turn each page.

Wait. Maybe it really was Taylor Swift‘s advice after all. And even if she didn’t say it with the sage wisdom of Mr. Swindoll, she at least was much more cute and playful when she instructed all of America to Shake it Off. After facing adversity, it is important to rebound and react positively rather than dwell on what might have been. Everything will be okay. And likely, better than it ever was before.

REBOUND; verb (used without object); 1. to bound or spring back from force of impact, 2. to recover, as from ill-health or discouragement; verb (used with object); 3. to cause to bound back; cast back; 4. Basketball. to gain hold of (a rebound); noun; 5. the act of rebounding; recoil; 6. Basketball, ball that bounces off the backboard or the rim of the basket, an instance of gaining hold of such a ball; 7. Ice Hockey. a puck that bounces off the gear or person of a goalkeeper attempting to make a save; Idiom; 8. on the rebound, after bouncing off the ground, a wall; after being rejected by another;

I used to have a rotten temper. Most of that was fueled from being hyper competitive within every challenge. I was easily irritated by a lousy performance in the batter’s box. I let one poor golf shot affect decision-making for the next few holes. I slammed down equipment in disgust and cussed under my breath. I was a miserable playing companion. As I’ve grown up and mellowed out, I have learned there are plenty of things more important than making double bogey and won’t let a sliced tee shot ruin the rest of my day. I am still competitive and driven to be successful, but ultimately would prefer to end the day on a positive high note rather than sulking about a lost contract or rinsing a Titleist on a short par-3.

Of course there are still times when I get upset. Recently I took a spot at the bar for Taco Tuesday, the only seat that was open. It was one of those goofy, slightly lower table tops on the end of the bar. But regulation-size bar stools were still there, leaving an awkward friction between my legs and the underside of the surface. All of the waitresses slid the used glassware in front of me as if I wasn’t sitting there, waiting for someone to clear them for the dishwasher. That would have been a great job for the bartender, but she was too distracted texting and tindering and gossiping with an off-duty coworker. I gave up trying to get her attention and made a meal of chips & salsa and Tecate and exited the bar in a huff. The empty schooner of beer fit nicely with all of the other glasses that had gathered at my spot.

I am fully invested in the Blackhawks and trust they will rebound with another strong performance in Game Two against Anaheim. The first game of the series saw the Hawks dominate action for the first half of the contest, despite the scoreboard stating otherwise. I am excited to watch Chicago skate circles around the Ducks and return to United Center having earned a split of the first two games.

My folks visited California and we did a good job packing as much as we could into their brief stay. We were sporting Wednesday night at the Angels Mariners game. We were touristy Thursday afternoon at Disney California Adventure, and even went on a few attractions; I spiked my hair to make sure I was tall enough to ride. We were over-served Thursday night on Second Street in Long Beach where we had a perfect view of the big screen to watch the Blackhawks sweep the Wild. We were active and soaking wet during our 18 holes at Pacific Palms. And we were grateful to have spent so much time together when I dropped them at LAX late Friday night, eagerly awaiting my trip home this summer.

Grizzly River Run at California Adventure #soaked
Grizzly River Run at California Adventure #soaked
Angel Stadium
Angel Stadium
(WAY TOO HIGH)  Mickey's Fun Wheel
(WAY TOO HIGH) Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Walt Disney

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois. He and his brother Roy co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which became one of the best-known motion-picture production companies in the world. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was the founder of theme parks Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Walt’s father was Elias Disney, an Irish-Canadian, and his mother, Flora Call Disney, was German-American. Disney was one of five children, four boys and a girl. He lived most of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri, where he began drawing, painting and selling pictures to neighbors and family friends. In 1911, his family moved to Kansas City, where Disney developed a love for trains. His uncle, Mike Martin, was a train engineer who worked the route between Fort Madison, Iowa, and Marceline. Later, Disney would work a summer job with the railroad, selling snacks and newspapers to travelers.Disney attended McKinley High School in Chicago, where he took drawing and photography classes and was a contributing cartoonist for the school paper. At night, he took courses at the Chicago Art Institute. When Disney was 16, he dropped out of school to join the army but was rejected for being underage. Instead, he joined the Red Cross and was sent to France for a year to drive an ambulance.

When Disney returned from France in 1919, he moved back to Kansas City to pursue a career as a newspaper artist. His brother Roy got him a job at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio, where he met cartoonist Ubbe Eert Iwwerks, better known as Ub Iwerks. From there, Disney worked at the Kansas City Film Ad Company, where he made commercials based on cutout animation. Around this time, Disney began experimenting with a camera, doing hand-drawn cel animation, and decided to open his own animation business. From the ad company, he recruited Fred Harman as his first employee.

Walt and Harman made a deal with a local Kansas City theater to screen their cartoons, which they called Laugh-O-Grams. The cartoons were hugely popular, and Disney was able to acquire his own studio, upon which he bestowed the same name. Laugh-O-Gram hired a number of employees, including Harman’s brother Hugh and Iwerks. They did a series of seven-minute fairy tales that combined both live action and animation, which they called Alice in Cartoonland. By 1923, however, the studio had become burdened with debt, and Disney was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Disney and his brother, Roy, soon pooled their money and moved to Hollywood. Iwerks also relocated to California, and there the three began the Disney Brothers’ Studio. Their first deal was with New York distributor Margaret Winkler, to distribute their Alice cartoons. They also invented a character called Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and contracted the shorts at $1,500 each.

In 1925, Disney hired an ink-and-paint artist named Lillian Bounds. After a brief courtship, the couple married.

A few years later, Disney discovered that Winkler and her husband, Charles Mintz, had stolen the rights to Oswald, along with all of Disney’s animators, except for Iwerks. Right away the Disney brothers, their wives and Iwerks produced three cartoons featuring a new character Walt had been developing called Mickey Mouse. The first animated shorts featuring Mickey were Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho, both silent films for which they failed to find distribution. When sound made its way into film, Disney created a third, sound-and-music-equipped short called Steamboat Willie. With Walt as the voice of Mickey, the cartoon was an instant sensation.

(full entry at biography.com)


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