The Drunk That Saved Pittsburgh

The first and most enduring memory of my trip to Disney World is of the shuttle bus ride from the Orlando airport to the hotel. Prior to my trip I had thought that the entertainment wouldn’t start until we actually arrived at Walt Disney World (aka The Costliest Place on Earth). Thanks to the gratuitous disbursement of alcoholic beverages by the airline, the early entertainment was provided by a representative of a Pittsburgh chemical company who flew to Orlando on “business.” It’s a good thing he took a shuttle bus because I’m sure that after the flight Mr. Pittsburgh had no business being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. He barely had any business being allowed in a motor vehicle. The fumes he was giving off could have been lethal if we couldn’t have opened the windows. His partner was a bit more inhibited, but seemed to be, to the endless amusement of Mr. Pittsburgh, a cell phone person (for an explanation, go back two posts). Mr. Pittsburgh’s partner was either trying to call his wife, or trying to sell his motorcycle, (which incidentally is listed on Each time the more sober of the two was cut off from his wife on the cell phone, Mr. Pittsburgh would repeatedly shout, “Oooo…Ooooo Call her back! Oooo…Ooooo Call her back!” (He was attempting a poor imitation of the Gwen Stefani song Hollaback) At one point he became so agitated in his Rainman-like chanting that he literally began banging his head on the window of the van. Our driver, Jose, was very alarmed by this. Sensing Jose’s concern Mr. Pittsburgh would occasionally shout, “Hey Jose! How much longer?” He must have asked this at least 3 or 4 times in a 30 minute span. After I suggested that my kids watch the ponds and rivers by the road for alligators, Mr. Pittsburgh shouted, “Hey Jose! Are there alligators or crocodiles here?” The one other apparently sober passenger who wasn’t part of my family quietly pointed to Mr. Pittsburgh and whispered, “I wish there were alligators here.”

4 responses to “The Drunk That Saved Pittsburgh

  1. So what you’re saying is your kids got a good lesson about public intoxication from a fine fellow from Pittsburg? That’s sweet! Better that they learned what not to do from him rather than from Mickey Mouse. 😉Lois Lane

  2. Reblogged this on The Phil Factor and commented:

    Since I’m on vacation this week at Disney and not writing, I thought you’d enjoy this classic Phil Factor post from my May 2005 trip to Disney. The picture with the meme was added today because in 2005 the internet meme hadn’t been invented yet.

  3. My friends have determined that Disney must have secretly brokered itself sovereign nation standing with its own currency, a currency I might add which has a massively unfavorable exchange rate to the US dollar. There is no other reason a breakfast consisting of a waffle the size of your palm should cost the same as a dinner for two and a movie.

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