According to the Official Rock Father™ Seasonal Calendar (first revealed here), Fall/Autumn runs August 15-October 31 with the overlapping Halloween Season running September 15-October 31. That said, my favorite time of the year has begun, and for those looking for a fall travel adventure, the folks at Visit Orlando note that the City is conjuring up 78 days (and nights) of Halloween fun this year! From "Theme Park Frights" to "Boo! Beyond the Parks," there's something for everyone, with many highlights posted below.
I try to keep things fun and lighthearted around here, yet the world won't let me. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to look at the news and think "didn't know them," or "don't care," but the reality is, I care... we all care. I have a bad habit of waking up to horrible news, a habit that I'm well-aware is shared by many, with 9/11 and the disintegration of Space Shuttle Columbia being two examples of where I simply opened my eyes to see the tragedy on television. Social media wasn't full-blown back then, and today I made the mistake of checking my phone first-thing... still in bed, but with my wife at my side and my girls playing. The news that something terrible had happened in Orlando -- just days after another heinous act in that city -- was unavoidable, as were the never-ending "thoughts and prayers" delivered by the tens of thousands via status update and tweet, none more insincere than those delivered by politicians, with tweets by some such as GNC Chair Reince Priebus being called out for essentially being "copied and pasted" from their statements about past tragedies. Sandy Hook, Boston, that jerk in Fox Lake - we're long-past the whole "truth is stranger than fiction" thing, because real life is more twisted and terrifying than any media created for purpose of entertainment or to be fear-provoking. This country is a mess, and "thoughts and prayers" will do nothing to help anyone... but the proper actions and reactions just might.
Brand unity is something that the folks at Kia Motors USA have really nailed over the past few years. Whether you're driving an entry-level model, or a fully-loaded luxury vehicle, the experience is distinctly Kia, and there's a comfort level in that feeling that's hard to surpass - no matter if you're in a car, crossover or minivan. When I last found myself behind the wheel of their best-selling nameplate, the Kia Optima, it was the 2014 Hybrid model. While we enjoyed that car, the 2016 Optima has been redesigned, and I recently had the opportunity to do a little roadtripping in Florida at the helm of the SX Turbo Edition - the perfect family ride for rockin' the road.
Today we have a guest blog from a fellow Rock Father - Tom Stevens, guitarist/vocalist of NOKTURNEL, expert snake handler, and Disney aficionado. Together with his wife, Eloisa, they've got Orlando down to a science, and today Tom's dishing on Disney's BoardWalk Villas.