San Diego, part 2: Goofy

August 12, 2006

Here’s Tom with his Goofy balloon.

On Wednesday evening, we went to Seaport Village in San Diego. This is a neat touristy place with shops, restaurants, street vendors, and all right on San Diego Bay. Overhead, the fighter planes and military helicopters zoom in and out as they land at the nearby Coronado Navy complex.

One of the highlights of our time at Seaport Village was the burnout guy who made character balloons for the children. He looked disarmingly like George Carlin, wore a bowler hat and vest, and made some of the most elaborate twisted-balloon cartoon art I’ve ever seen. Tom and I got in line to get one made up for him while Lily and Alex browsed the shops. We had to wait about fifteen minutes as he made balloons for a couple other little kids. While we waited, Tom and I perused our choices; the man had a posterboard full of little thumbnail images of cartoon characters that he could produce from long, skinny balloons. Tom surprised me when he locked on to “Goofy.” I didn’t know he knew who Goofy was and was briefly concerned that I let him watch too much TV. But he just kept saying, “Goofy! Goofy!” With his little voice, he says it a little like “Gyuhfy!”

Well, we waited and waited for our turn. When we finally reached the head of the line, the balloon man asked Tom (who had just been chanting Goofy’s name) what he would like. Tom looked him in the eye and said, “Scooby Doo!” I said, “No, you want Goofy.” And Tom said, “Yeah, Goofy!”

When I told Alex about this, we laughed and both remembered what it was like to be a little kid, be sure of something, and then blurt out something different. In any case, he LOVED the Goofy balloon and spent most of the rest of the vacation bonking Lily with it in the hotel room.

On the way home through the Imperial Valley and the Sonoran Desert, Goofy was invited to ride in the trunk on top of the luggage. Around Gila Bend, AZ, (the hottest place on earth), we heard an explosion in the trunk.

Goofy Balloon
b. August 16, 2006
d. August 18, 2006
“You were much loved.”

3 Responses to “San Diego, part 2: Goofy”

  1. Alex Says:

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  2. pinknest Says:

    lol! awww. i blurt out random things too from time to time.

  3. Brett Says:

    He’s the sweetest boy. I’m touched by his little self so much, his little words, his small ways.

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