Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Jun 27, 2016
Our Trip To Disney World - RN 037

Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a magical experience. Here's the run down of our four days in the parks:

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Not as hot as I had expected a June trip to mid-Florida would be

Waited for 30-45 minutes to get on the ferry. The monorail, which is faster, was not going at the time

As soon as we got into the park, Merida got to meet Snow White. I wanted to get intros from park cast members, but was afraid it might get them in trouble

Next, we waited in line to meet Merida, the princess our daughter was named after

Then we caught the Festival of Fantasy Parade

Carousel – Kayla laid down on a shady part of the pavement like a hobo

It’s A Small World - Merida slept through the whole thing

Waited in long lines all during the day to meet various characters

Noah insisted on riding Splash Mountain with me and Evan in the hopes of getting soaked - barely got sprinkled

Met back with family for the light parade, then headed to the castle for the fireworks show. Merida peed on me.

We lost Evan, but got to see the laser show on the castle while we searched for him

Merida said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”


Day 2: EPCOT

Again, not as hot as expected

At this recording, parking at all parks is $20 for a regular car

First was Spaceship Earth

Next, Me, Noah, Evan, and Mike (AKA PA-PA) rode Mission Space 

Next was the World Showcase. I wanted to eat at the Mexican restaurant in the Aztec temple because I remembered loving the food there 9 years ago. The restaurant was closed to change over to dinner service. We went to the pick-up window Mexican restaurant next door for lunch. Noah hated his food. Kayla and I loved our empanadas.

More waiting in line to meet characters and princesses

Kayla, Noah, Evan, and I split off from everyone else to walk around the World Showcase and that took the rest of the day. It was too hot to really spend much time in one place and our feet were killing us, so we did the express version.

Merida looked up at me with those blue eyes and said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”

We ate a late supper at Denny’s afterward. Merida peed on me.


 Day 3: Hollywood Studios

Dear God, it feels like we’re melting outside. That’s the heat we were expecting.

Didn’t take any audio at Hollywood Studios because there was so much to get done. Our half of the family left out a little earlier than the rest. We met up after deciding that my mom needed to have a wheelchair. The past two days had nearly killed her.

Lots more line waiting to meet characters

Epcot had not had as many people, but Hollywood Studios was elbow to elbow

Star Tours was first in the Star Wars area of the park because my wife is a Star Wars fanatic and this was what she was there to experience

Main attractions we wanted to experience were the FROZEN show, DISNEY JR show, the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST show, the TOWER OF TERROR, ROCKIN' ROLLER COASTER, and FANTASMIC (the light show).

Nothing disappointed. However, the FROZEN show stood out to me above all of them. It is a CAN’T MISS if you go to Hollywood Studios. The combination of live performance, video, and effects partnered with the sing-along aspect is simply the purest form of Disney magic

On a negative note about our FROZEN experience, Noah’s phone slipped out of his pocket and was nowhere to be found when we went back to look.

On a positive note, the cast member who found it, turned it in and we were able to get it back at the end of the night.

Merida turned her angel face toward me and said, “Daddy, I don’t want to leave.”


Day 4: The Magic Kingdom (Part 2)

A prayer to start the day: Dear Heavenly Father … please forgive us for whatever we did that sent us to the firey depths of hell. The sun is actually baking my eyeballs through my shades.

Carousel of Progress was first

Space Mountain: We had fast passes for four of us to ride twice. Kayla determined after the first go-round that roller coasters are now off the menu for her. She didn’t attend the second ride. Here’s a clip from Space Mountain.

More long waiting lines to meet characters

We watched the Festival of Fantasy parade again, then headed to the Peter Pan ride. We weren’t overly impressed with that one. However, coming out of Peter Pan, Merida needed a change.

Merida, Noah, and I rode Dumbo

Then we were off to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction

We ended our final night at Disney World with Aladdin’s Carpet ride and the Jungle Cruise

We were afraid Merida would not want to leave, but we got lucky and she fell asleep on the way out



We’ve decided that not only will Kayla and I take a romantic trip back to Disney World hopefully in January, but that we would like to come back every couple of years if possible … Just not when it’s so infernally hot

 NOTES:            Lizards


                        And Frogs … oh my!

Jun 17, 2016
Let's Talk Skin Cancer - RN 036

Skin cancer is no laughing matter. While it feels good to wear as little as possible in the heat of the summer, the truth is that the sun does more than warm us. Prolonged exposure to the sun introduces harmful radiation that can be bad for your skin. Fair skinned people are especially susceptible to the dangers and I am living proof. Having had four skin cancers removed from my back and another one biopsied and found to be a Basal cell carcinoma in June (2016), I can attest to the problem.

If you are going to be under direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time, here are three things you might consider:

1. Clothing specially designed to provide SPF protection

2. Additives that give SPF protection to your laundry

3. Sunblock with an SPF of 75 or higher

It may not seem like the "cool" thing to do (See what I did there?), but for me, skin care and hopefully the prevention of future cancers trumps having a tan.


Jun 14, 2016
Recurring Dreams - RN 035

I have four recurring dreams that seem to be common among many of us.

1. Snakes - May represent fear

2. Tornados - May represent a volitile situation

3. Tidal Waves - May represent overwhelming negative emotions or positively, it may represent the cleansing of a bad habit and the start of something new

4. Teeth Falling Out - May represent the regret of something said

* Interpretations drawn from

This week's Positive Review: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Jun 3, 2016
A Conversation With My Son - RN 034

There was no traveling for work this week, so my son and I jumped into the car and headed to Anderson, SC for a little thrift store treasure hunting. On the way, we decided to recorin d our conversation talking about our plans for the summer.

One of the activities we mention is GEOCACHING. Geocaching is a family friendly treasure hunt using GPS technology and can be done around most towns or in rugged terrain. To find out all about this fantastic hobby, visit the official website at: