The Home Folks' Hazard
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I was on a trip to Florida, and I had just a little personal time - enough to get over to Epcot Center at Disney World, which is a really cool place. You know, they've set it up so it's like you're actually in several of the big countries of the world; some of which I've actually been to for real. And it was just really great to be in touch with kind of the world that way. Now, I had a very busy working week, and I had to get over there quickly. I didn't really have a lot of time. So, I grabbed a van, actually part of a limousine service. And as we were getting near Epcot, I said to the driver, "Man, I'll bet you drive here in your sleep, don't you? I mean, this is something you do all the time. You probably do it with your eyes closed." He said, "Oh, yeah, man, I could. I've been here so many times." I said, "Yeah, and I'll bet you've been at Epcot many times, haven't you." He said, "Yeah, I have." I said, "Well how many times have you actually been in Epcot?" He said, "Oh, I... I've never been in." He just brings people there. Well, you know what, it's so often that way isn't it?
I mean, you live right on top of what tourists come from all over the world to see, but you don't go in there yourself. We moved to the New York area to Northern New Jersey, and we were really eager to explore what was there. And we'd say to people who were born there, "Hey, been over to the Empire State Building? Been to the Statue of Liberty? Been to this battlefield in New Jersey or this beautiful country store in this little country town?" And they go, "No, I think it's boring here, and no, I haven't been there." You know, we were discovering it. There was a lot of great stuff. They'd never been to see it. See, it's common for us to be close to something for so long that we miss it, including the one thing that we can't afford to miss.
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