Since we don't live there anymore, can we wax nostalgic and sugarcoat our time in Orlando?
Like how there was NEVER any traffic driving up and down 192 between John Young and 535?
Or how I-Drive always took less than 10 minutes to get from place to place? Especially on Saturday nights? Between the Central Florida Pkwy and the Universal area?
Oh, and if you needed to stop at a fast food place that tourists frequent they didn't cheat and up the 99 cent menu to 1.49?
The following streets were always free and clear of accidents: Fairbanks, Colonial, Goldenrod, the Beeline, Kirkman, Curry Ford, Conroy, Hiawassee, Ivanhoe, Sand Lake....?
The Monsters of the Midday? No, wait. I don't miss them.
But I do miss Real Music Weekends.
I miss O Boys BBQ.
I miss eating at Disney's restaurants for 50% off every year at Christmas (Cast member perk--one of the only ones).
I miss Jungle Jim's and the little plastic animals and mermaids in the drinks.
I miss Gooding's and their damned overpriced stuff and shitty selection...but with FOUNTAINS in the lobby (the Crossroads) and Chinese animatronic children and a panda bear singing (Splendid China shopping center)!
I miss Old Town.
I miss the big orange on 192.
I miss Church Street...sometimes.
I miss hanging out for hours at Virgin and then heading over to a vendor for some Italian Ice, writing dirty messages on the Zen Board at Hoy Poloi, and then watching a movie with a thousand tourists at AMC.
I miss the guy with the parrots at Pointe Orlando near Armani Exchange.
I miss the chick who sings The Girl From Ipanema at TuTu Tango.
I miss the college radio days with the kick ass concerts at Rollins (mid 90s).
I miss the soapy faux snow at Celebration.
I miss having an empty theatre at the Celebration movie theatres (sshhh...it's a secret).
I miss the four corners. Having two Publixes within a few miles of each other, in different counties. One in Orange, where all the tourists went and one in Lake, where all the locals went.
Don't miss having both of them long distance to call, though.
I miss walking out my front door and seeing Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life (This is when I lived on the western end of Kissimmee).