Family vacations are like a roller-coaster ride

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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 5:00 am

I didn’t step inside the office last week, although hopefully readers didn’t notice.

Even though I had five stories in last Friday’s paper, I finished typing four of them before boarding a plane headed for Florida.

The Short Family Vacation lasted a full seven days.

And, yes, it was glorious.

Between public meetings, games, fire calls, police chases and evening interviews, I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like to with my 9-year-old son, Jack.

So when we get a chance to escape the madness of the weekly newspaper gig and pal around together at a Florida theme park, we jump on a plane and don’t look back.

We’ve been to Orlando a handful of times since Jack was born and we love visiting Disney World, SeaWorld and the Universal Studios theme parks.

When Jack was little, he was all about the characters.

We’ve waited in line to grab face time with Mickey Mouse, Buzz and Woody from “Toy Story,” Spider-Man, Captain America and even “Frozen” celebs Anna and Elsa, although good luck getting Jack to admit he was dying to meet those two.

But, like any kid, Jack’s interests have changed as he’s gotten older.

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