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Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 12:52 PM
Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos! I'm back with a brand-new trip report about our recently-completed 11-day, 9-state, 2341.4-mile road trip through America's Rust Belt. How did we arrive at the decision to make this trip our vacation for the year?

<<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

Dateline: September 2010.

We had just returned from a wonderful week at Walt Disney World (you can read about it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38408203&posted=1#post38408203)), and naturally wanted to start planning our next vacation rather than consider the reality of returning to work, laundry piles, etc.

Me: So where should we go next year?

DW: Disney World!

Me: I agree. Let's start planning.

DW: Wait...your parents won't be going with us and paying for the lodging next year.

Me: Crap. (thinking) Have we hit the lottery yet?

DW: No.

Me: Ok, Disney World is out. What else can we do?

DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

Me: It probably needs to be someplace within driving distance. (snaps fingers) Hey, I have an idea!

DW: An idea? What is it?

Me: It's a new thought born out of inspiration, but that's not important right now.

DW: No, I mean, what's your idea?

Me: We could drive out to Chicago and back, doing a big loop to hit various attractions and destinations along the way. We loved Chicago when we were there in 2007. And there are a bunch of DisDads and other friends out that way that we could meet up with, too.

DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

Me: Yes. Yes, they are.

DW: So you want to drive thousands of miles in the middle of summer cooped up with 3 kids in a minivan going to places we've never been before and hang out with people you've never actually met? What could possibly go wrong?

<<<(More wavy effects and end-of-flashback noises)>>>

Thus, the 2011 Rust Belt Road Trip was born. Our cast of characters:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HEm0yJj_iXI/TjtYXd8UQ1I/AAAAAAAACl8/NJuLceUBOvY/s720/IMG_9846.jpg

ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.

DD: Sarah. Age 9. Native Delaweenie. Future paleontologist or architect, or perhaps paleo-architect. Also loves movies and National Parks.

DS: David. Age 7. Native Delaweenie. Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through. Loves sports, sports and anything to do with sports.

DS: Scott. Age 5. Native Delaweenie. Future...something. Scotty's kind of unique. May end up a veterinarian, with his love of animals (especially dogs). May end up a late-night-talk-show-host. I dunno. Whatever he does, it'll be entertaining.

If you're still reading along, welcome! Also: what's wrong with you? In any case, I assume you're along for the ride, so thanks for being here!

Coming Up Next:We travel to Paradise! And then Pittsburgh.

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 12:53 PM
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Trip Report Shameless Plug Center (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42432616&postcount=210)

Day 1: July 21, 2011
Miles to Go Before We Sleep (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42209889&postcount=35)
Putting the "Fun" in Funicular (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42258188&postcount=92)
Cuyahoga! (I just like saying "Cuyahoga") (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42299145&postcount=136)
X-Winging It (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42360069&postcount=168)

Day 2: July 22, 2011
Pigskin Paradise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42434662&postcount=214)

Day 3: July 23, 2011
The Lake Effect (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42531429&postcount=272)
A Long Walk on a Short Pier (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42570485&postcount=294)

Day 4: July 24, 2011
Warning: Science In Progress (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42653439&postcount=319)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles. And other stuff. (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42708469&postcount=354)
The Twilight Zone Before The Tower (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42770561&postcount=385)

Day 5: July 25, 2011
Double The Fun (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42843323&postcount=421)
Meets, Greets, and Stuck On The Street (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42903318&postcount=455)

Day 6: July 26, 2011
Musical Fruit and Cow Pies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42996748&postcount=487)
Dino-Mite! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43053889&postcount=512)
Stopher & Puh-sketti (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43129336&postcount=539)

Day 7: July 27, 2011
The Day We Gave Our Kids Blunt Instruments (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43176435&postcount=566)
Another Trip to Paradise (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43250866&postcount=603)
A Little Heavy Water Never Hurt Anybody (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43321137&postcount=634)

Day 8: July 28, 2011
Back In Time and Tunneling Down (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43387059&postcount=652)
Stuffing Our Pie-holes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43427907&postcount=667)

Day 9: July 29, 2011
Country Roads, Take Me Home (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43480817&postcount=691)

Day 10: July 30, 2011
What Goes Up... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43522470&postcount=722)
Black Water (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43640496&postcount=754)

Day 11: July 31, 2011
To Infinity And Delaware (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43702290&postcount=784)

The Afterschool Special Part (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43775676&postcount=824)
Next Trip Currently Under Construction (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43775676&postcount=825)

KatMark
08-10-2011, 01:06 PM
Am I first?

Now back to read. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

****Okay, I've read. Great itntros!

I've plugged your TR on my PTR. :goodvibes

RodBelding
08-10-2011, 01:06 PM
Joining in! Can't wait to read about it! :thumbsup2

scott2997
08-10-2011, 01:10 PM
Hilarious Mark...following....it's gonna be a great ride :rotfl2:

All7OfUs
08-10-2011, 01:21 PM
Hey Mark, thanks for the shameless plug! Under the best of circumstances it would have taken me months to find this sucker!

glennbo123
08-10-2011, 01:37 PM
:woohoo: More adventures of Capt. Oblivious, Mrs. Knowitall, and company! Can't wait! :banana:

(And thanks for the heads-up!)

P.S. Loved the Airplane!-inspired dialogue.

FreezinRafiki
08-10-2011, 01:54 PM
<<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

Ooooo...high effects for a Trip Report. I have high hopes for the rest of it!


DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

:wave2:

I can't wait to be intrigued by the first part, excited about the part that I'm in, then generally lose interest after that!

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 01:54 PM
Am I first?

Now back to read. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

****Okay, I've read. Great itntros!

I've plugged your TR on my PTR. :goodvibes

:welcome: Kathy! You are indeed first! Pick up your prize at the customer service desk.

I'm glad you'll be reading along! (and providing a celebrity cameo) (spoiler)

And thanks for posting the link! I need to go catch up on your PTR now.

Joining in! Can't wait to read about it! :thumbsup2

:welcome: Paul! Thanks for reading!

Hilarious Mark...following....it's gonna be a great ride :rotfl2:

Thanks Scott, and :welcome:

Hey Mark, thanks for the shameless plug! Under the best of circumstances it would have taken me months to find this sucker!

:welcome: Liesa! I'm glad you found me ok. It's more fun with you around!

:woohoo: More adventures of Capt. Oblivious, Mrs. Knowitall, and company! Can't wait! :banana:

(And thanks for the heads-up!)

P.S. Loved the Airplane!-inspired dialogue.

:welcome: Glenn! Thanks for joining in.

And you didn't think I could quit the movie-quoting cold turkey, did you? :confused3

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 02:00 PM
Don't want you to feel left out with the smilies, so :welcome: Barry!

Ooooo...high effects for a Trip Report. I have high hopes for the rest of it!

Um...yeah...about that...:confused3

I can't wait to be intrigued by the first part, excited about the part that I'm in, then generally lose interest after that!

Wow, thanks! ...I think.

And way to spoil another celebrity cameo. Sheesh.

mickeystoontown
08-10-2011, 02:00 PM
Followed the link from Kathy's pre-trip report. Looking forward to reading more.

afwdwfan
08-10-2011, 02:03 PM
It has been a slow day at work... I was glad to see your shameless plug when I got back from lunch! :thumbsup2

Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos!
Ned Flanders - The Simpsons :lmao::rotfl2:

DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

Mark, you are a lucky man to be married to a woman who thinks like that!:worship:

DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club?
Ok, now she's just over thinking things... we're not that psychotic... are we?:confused3

ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie)
You said it...:rolleyes1

perhaps paleo-architect.
So would that be the study of houses dinosaurs lived in, or someone who designs buildings to house dinosaurs when some white haired billionaire plays with nature and clones them from DNA obtained from fossilized mosquitoes?:confused3

Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through.
Good idea. Get him started on them now so that he doesn't have to explain his head getting 2 hat sizes bigger after he's been in the big leagues for 5 years.:thumbsup2


I look forward to reading about your trip... and maybe making fun of you when the opportunity presents itself. :rolleyes1 :lmao::rotfl2:

middlepat
08-10-2011, 02:06 PM
DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?


Slightly Psychotic? C'mon, we are full blown psychotic! :rotfl2:

Can't wait to hear about your trip.

FreezinRafiki
08-10-2011, 02:10 PM
Ok, now she's just over thinking things... we're not that psychotic... are we?:confused3

I'm not psychotic at all. Oh, I've tried to see the future - crystal balls, tea leaves, huffing gasoline fumes - but none of it worked. :(




Luckily the voices in my head tell me everything I need to know about the future!:woohoo:

Mrs. Knowitall
08-10-2011, 02:12 PM
ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

Dude. You're still 36.



DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.


:wave2: (And for the record....I'm a few months older than the Captain....who apparently is having a senior moment and thinking that he's older than he really is.) :rolleyes1

KatMark
08-10-2011, 02:14 PM
Dude. You're still 36.




:wave2: (And for the record....I'm a few months older than the Captain....who apparently is having a senior moment and thinking that he's older than he really is.) :rolleyes1

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: She's already on you, Mark.

Julie, sorry I didn't get to meet you when you were here.

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 02:38 PM
Followed the link from Kathy's pre-trip report. Looking forward to reading more.

:welcome: Thanks for coming over to my neck of the woods!

It has been a slow day at work... I was glad to see your shameless plug when I got back from lunch!

:welcome: Andy! That's a much better greeting than Barry's.

Ned Flanders - The Simpsons

+1 :thumbsup2

Mark, you are a lucky man to be married to a woman who thinks like that!:worship:

::yes:: Very lucky indeed.

(Well, most of the time. See below.)

So would that be the study of houses dinosaurs lived in, or someone who designs buildings to house dinosaurs when some white haired billionaire plays with nature and clones them from DNA obtained from fossilized mosquitoes?

Jurassic Park! Oh, wait...

Actually, I was hoping it meant she would be hired for the renovation of the Dinosaur ride at AK. :thumbsup2

Good idea. Get him started on them now so that he doesn't have to explain his head getting 2 hat sizes bigger after he's been in the big leagues for 5 years.

That's the plan. Then I'll teach him how to ignore autograph-seeking kids and act extra surly towards the media. :rotfl2:

I look forward to reading about your trip... and maybe making fun of you when the opportunity presents itself.

Like that has ever happened before. :rolleyes1

Slightly Psychotic? C'mon, we are full blown psychotic! :rotfl2:

Can't wait to hear about your trip.

Well, I was trying not to scare off the others.

:welcome: Nemesis!

I'm not psychotic at all. Oh, I've tried to see the future - crystal balls, tea leaves, huffing gasoline fumes - but none of it worked. :(




Luckily the voices in my head tell me everything I need to know about the future!:woohoo:

Are they telling you anything about the Cubs' chances this year? :confused3

Dude. You're still 36.

And with that, let's all say :welcome: to my lovely bride, Mrs. Knowitall!

Hi honey! :wave2:

See that? She rips on me without even so much as a greeting, and still gets the big welcome smiley. She obviously has trained me well.

:wave2: (And for the record....I'm a few months older than the Captain....who apparently is having a senior moment and thinking that he's older than he really is.) :rolleyes1

See, I was trying to plan ahead, since I really will be 37 in a couple of months, and these TR's live on forever and ever, and it's really a pain in the butt to have to go back and keep changing numbers over and over to keep things up to date. So I was being proactive here, keeping the TR as low-maintenance as possible. Remember, there's always a method to the madness.:scratchin

Or I'm just an idiot. I wonder which explanation you guys will accept.

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: She's already on you, Mark.

Julie, sorry I didn't get to meet you when you were here.

:headache: I feel somewhat relieved that you didn't meet her... :rolleyes1

So now do I go back and edit the first post with my correct age, or do I leave it as evidence of my idiocy? It's not like there won't be plenty more evidence down the road.

jason4024
08-10-2011, 02:41 PM
Just found your report. Cant wait to follow along!

marvali
08-10-2011, 02:52 PM
I'm here and joining in! Will try and get back soon to get caught up.......

KatMark
08-10-2011, 02:53 PM
I feel somewhat relieved that you didn't meet her... :rolleyes1

Oh, Mark. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

So now do I go back and edit the first post with my correct age, or do I leave it as evidence of my idiocy? It's not like there won't be plenty more evidence down the road.

I say leave it alone so everyone sees the REAL you. ;)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-10-2011, 02:57 PM
The chance to follow an Oblivious TR form its inception!
Cool! Sign me up.

BTW: is it possible for something oblivious to actually have a beginning?

afwdwfan
08-10-2011, 03:07 PM
:welcome: Andy! That's a much better greeting than Barry's.
What else would you expect from a guy who wears a shirt with... well, I'll let you get to that part of your TR before we discuss that.:lmao:

Actually, I was hoping it meant she would be hired for the renovation of the Dinosaur ride at AK. :thumbsup2
I've never really understood why everybody hates on that ride.:confused3
I kind of like it.

So now do I go back and edit the first post with my correct age, or do I leave it as evidence of my idiocy? It's not like there won't be plenty more evidence down the road.
You've already screwed up and been called out on it. You might as well just leave it.:lmao::rotfl2:

Captain_Oblivious
08-10-2011, 03:28 PM
Just found your report. Cant wait to follow along!

:welcome: Jason! Glad you're here!

I'm here and joining in! Will try and get back soon to get caught up.......

:welcome: Marv! I know you're busy, but thanks for coming along!

I say leave it alone so everyone sees the REAL you. ;)

:sad2:

:lmao::rotfl2:

The chance to follow an Oblivious TR form its inception!
Cool! Sign me up.

BTW: is it possible for something oblivious to actually have a beginning?

:welcome: Rob!

:scratchin If someone writes a TR but there are no readers, did the trip actually occur? :confused3

What else would you expect from a guy who wears a shirt with... well, I'll let you get to that part of your TR before we discuss that.:lmao:

I'm gonna have to create a spoiler warning smiley soon...

I've never really understood why everybody hates on that ride.:confused3
I kind of like it.

No, you misunderstand. I like Dinosaur, too. I just see my daughter's interests as the perfect way to try and get employee discounts at WDW...you know, if they would choose to have her work on something like that. :idea:

You've already screwed up and been called out on it. You might as well just leave it.:lmao::rotfl2:

Well, it'll be correct someday.

middlepat
08-10-2011, 04:13 PM
:scratchin If someone writes a TR but there are no readers, did the trip actually occur? :confused3


{shameless plug}
I think this is in reference to my trip report HERE! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2758799)
{end shameless plug}

I figure, what's a nemesis for if not to steal readers from your trip report.

Of course now I actually have to go and post an update at some point

nodnol
08-10-2011, 04:20 PM
Subscribing
I also have to tell you that I thought of you yesterday. We watched Ghostbusters and there were a lot of good quotes for a TR, I thought.

theduck619
08-10-2011, 04:41 PM
Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos! I'm back with a brand-new trip report about our recently-completed 11-day, 9-state, 2341.4-mile road trip through America's Rust Belt. How did we arrive at the decision to make this trip our vacation for the year?

<<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

Dateline: September 2010.

We had just returned from a wonderful week at Walt Disney World (you can read about it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38408203&posted=1#post38408203)), and naturally wanted to start planning our next vacation rather than consider the reality of returning to work, laundry piles, etc.

Me: So where should we go next year?

DW: Disney World!

Me: I agree. Let's start planning.

DW: Wait...your parents won't be going with us and paying for the lodging next year.

Me: Crap. (thinking) Have we hit the lottery yet?

DW: No.

Me: Ok, Disney World is out. What else can we do?

DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

Me: It probably needs to be someplace within driving distance. (snaps fingers) Hey, I have an idea!

DW: An idea? What is it?

Me: It's a new thought born out of inspiration, but that's not important right now.

DW: No, I mean, what's your idea?

Me: We could drive out to Chicago and back, doing a big loop to hit various attractions and destinations along the way. We loved Chicago when we were there in 2007. And there are a bunch of DisDads and other friends out that way that we could meet up with, too.

DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

Me: Yes. Yes, they are.

DW: So you want to drive thousands of miles in the middle of summer cooped up with 3 kids in a minivan going to places we've never been before and hang out with people you've never actually met? What could possibly go wrong?

<<<(More wavy effects and end-of-flashback noises)>>>

Thus, the 2011 Rust Belt Road Trip was born. Our cast of characters:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HEm0yJj_iXI/TjtYXd8UQ1I/AAAAAAAACl8/NJuLceUBOvY/s720/IMG_9846.jpg

ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.

DD: Sarah. Age 9. Native Delaweenie. Future paleontologist or architect, or perhaps paleo-architect. Also loves movies and National Parks.

DS: David. Age 7. Native Delaweenie. Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through. Loves sports, sports and anything to do with sports.

DS: Scott. Age 5. Native Delaweenie. Future...something. Scotty's kind of unique. May end up a veterinarian, with his love of animals (especially dogs). May end up a late-night-talk-show-host. I dunno. Whatever he does, it'll be entertaining.

If you're still reading along, welcome! Also: what's wrong with you? In any case, I assume you're along for the ride, so thanks for being here!

Coming Up Next:We travel to Paradise! And then Pittsburgh.

I am in. I hear there are some celebrity Disdad sightings along the way. You never mentioned the key lime pie of awsomeness :confused3

I would have paid for everyones admission to the childrens museum for a slice of awesome key lime pie. :worship:

theduck619
08-10-2011, 04:49 PM
Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos! I'm back with a brand-new trip report about our recently-completed 11-day, 9-state, 2341.4-mile road trip through America's Rust Belt. How did we arrive at the decision to make this trip our vacation for the year?

<<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

Dateline: September 2010.

We had just returned from a wonderful week at Walt Disney World (you can read about it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38408203&posted=1#post38408203)), and naturally wanted to start planning our next vacation rather than consider the reality of returning to work, laundry piles, etc.

Me: So where should we go next year?

DW: Disney World!

Me: I agree. Let's start planning.

DW: Wait...your parents won't be going with us and paying for the lodging next year.

Me: Crap. (thinking) Have we hit the lottery yet?

DW: No.

Me: Ok, Disney World is out. What else can we do?

DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

Me: It probably needs to be someplace within driving distance. (snaps fingers) Hey, I have an idea!

DW: An idea? What is it?

Me: It's a new thought born out of inspiration, but that's not important right now.

DW: No, I mean, what's your idea?

Me: We could drive out to Chicago and back, doing a big loop to hit various attractions and destinations along the way. We loved Chicago when we were there in 2007. And there are a bunch of DisDads and other friends out that way that we could meet up with, too.

DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

Me: Yes. Yes, they are.

DW: So you want to drive thousands of miles in the middle of summer cooped up with 3 kids in a minivan going to places we've never been before and hang out with people you've never actually met? What could possibly go wrong?

<<<(More wavy effects and end-of-flashback noises)>>>

Thus, the 2011 Rust Belt Road Trip was born. Our cast of characters:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HEm0yJj_iXI/TjtYXd8UQ1I/AAAAAAAACl8/NJuLceUBOvY/s720/IMG_9846.jpg

ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.

DD: Sarah. Age 9. Native Delaweenie. Future paleontologist or architect, or perhaps paleo-architect. Also loves movies and National Parks.

DS: David. Age 7. Native Delaweenie. Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through. Loves sports, sports and anything to do with sports.

DS: Scott. Age 5. Native Delaweenie. Future...something. Scotty's kind of unique. May end up a veterinarian, with his love of animals (especially dogs). May end up a late-night-talk-show-host. I dunno. Whatever he does, it'll be entertaining.

If you're still reading along, welcome! Also: what's wrong with you? In any case, I assume you're along for the ride, so thanks for being here!

Coming Up Next:We travel to Paradise! And then Pittsburgh.

I am in. I hear there are some celebrity Disdad sightings along the way. You never mentioned the key lime pie of awsomeness :confused3

I would have paid for everyones admission to the childrens museum for a slice of awesome key lime pie. :worship:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-10-2011, 08:32 PM
:scratchin If someone writes a TR but there are no readers, did the trip actually occur? :confused3


Actually… ::yes::

You’ve picked up four times as many followers in two pages, then I succeeded in picking up in an entire TR and a third of another one… yet I do remember taking the trip. Actually, my bank account remembers taking the trip but I digress.

Looking forward to the ride (maybe I’ll learn what I’m doing wrong :lmao: )

GoHerd1028
08-10-2011, 08:41 PM
I'm here...will Ryan reynolds be cast to play me in the movie version of this trip report?:rotfl2:

dvczerfs
08-10-2011, 08:43 PM
Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos! I'm back with a brand-new trip report about our recently-completed 11-day, 9-state, 2341.4-mile road trip through America's Rust Belt. How did we arrive at the decision to make this trip our vacation for the year?

<<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

Dateline: September 2010.

We had just returned from a wonderful week at Walt Disney World (you can read about it here (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38408203&posted=1#post38408203)), and naturally wanted to start planning our next vacation rather than consider the reality of returning to work, laundry piles, etc.

Me: So where should we go next year?

DW: Disney World!

Me: I agree. Let's start planning.

DW: Wait...your parents won't be going with us and paying for the lodging next year.

Me: Crap. (thinking) Have we hit the lottery yet?

DW: No.

Me: Ok, Disney World is out. What else can we do?

DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

Me: It probably needs to be someplace within driving distance. (snaps fingers) Hey, I have an idea!

DW: An idea? What is it?

Me: It's a new thought born out of inspiration, but that's not important right now.

DW: No, I mean, what's your idea?

Me: We could drive out to Chicago and back, doing a big loop to hit various attractions and destinations along the way. We loved Chicago when we were there in 2007. And there are a bunch of DisDads and other friends out that way that we could meet up with, too.

DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

Me: Yes. Yes, they are.

DW: So you want to drive thousands of miles in the middle of summer cooped up with 3 kids in a minivan going to places we've never been before and hang out with people you've never actually met? What could possibly go wrong?

<<<(More wavy effects and end-of-flashback noises)>>>

Thus, the 2011 Rust Belt Road Trip was born. Our cast of characters:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-HEm0yJj_iXI/TjtYXd8UQ1I/AAAAAAAACl8/NJuLceUBOvY/s720/IMG_9846.jpg

ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.

DD: Sarah. Age 9. Native Delaweenie. Future paleontologist or architect, or perhaps paleo-architect. Also loves movies and National Parks.

DS: David. Age 7. Native Delaweenie. Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through. Loves sports, sports and anything to do with sports.

DS: Scott. Age 5. Native Delaweenie. Future...something. Scotty's kind of unique. May end up a veterinarian, with his love of animals (especially dogs). May end up a late-night-talk-show-host. I dunno. Whatever he does, it'll be entertaining.

If you're still reading along, welcome! Also: what's wrong with you? In any case, I assume you're along for the ride, so thanks for being here!

Coming Up Next:We travel to Paradise! And then Pittsburgh.

:lmao::lmao: that was a riot mark!!! i love the conversation, sounds like tammy and myself.:lmao: anyway, im in, see what happens when you make a public post, anyone can show up!!:lmao:

dvczerfs
08-10-2011, 08:45 PM
I'm not psychotic at all. Oh, I've tried to see the future - crystal balls, tea leaves, huffing gasoline fumes - but none of it worked. :(




Luckily the voices in my head tell me everything I need to know about the future!:woohoo:

huffing gasoline, that explains the shirts!:lmao:

KatMark
08-10-2011, 08:54 PM
huffing gasoline, that explains the shirts!:lmao:

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

Captain_Oblivious
08-11-2011, 09:42 AM
{shameless plug}
I think this is in reference to my trip report HERE! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2758799)
{end shameless plug}

I figure, what's a nemesis for if not to steal readers from your trip report.

Of course now I actually have to go and post an update at some point

Shameless plugging of Trip Reports is not only expected, but encouraged! :thumbsup2

Subscribing
I also have to tell you that I thought of you yesterday. We watched Ghostbusters and there were a lot of good quotes for a TR, I thought.

:welcome: Katharina! I'm glad to have you here!

So if you had to use a quote from Ghostbusters to describe me, would it be, "You're more like a game show host."? :rotfl:

I am in. I hear there are some celebrity Disdad sightings along the way. You never mentioned the key lime pie of awsomeness
I would have paid for everyones admission to the childrens museum for a slice of awesome key lime pie.

:welcome: aboard David! Sure, now you offer me admission. :rotfl2:

I am in. I hear there are some celebrity Disdad sightings along the way. You never mentioned the key lime pie of awsomeness
I would have paid for everyones admission to the childrens museum for a slice of awesome key lime pie.

Ever get that feeling of deja vu? :confused3

Actually… ::yes::

You’ve picked up four times as many followers in two pages, then I succeeded in picking up in an entire TR and a third of another one… yet I do remember taking the trip. Actually, my bank account remembers taking the trip but I digress.

Looking forward to the ride (maybe I’ll learn what I’m doing wrong :lmao: )

Well, most of these folks read my previous report. I also may or may not have shamelessly plugged it to them... :rolleyes1

And they're just nice folks. I read their stuff, they read my stuff, that sort of thing. No biggie.

Anyway, let me take this opportunity to push Rob's in-progress Disney Cruise TR as well! (see his siggie for link) He just finished up a nice little digression on vexilllo...vexillani...vexillollipop... the study of flags. :thumbsup2

I'm here...will Ryan reynolds be cast to play me in the movie version of this trip report?:rotfl2:

:welcome: Steve! Let's go with Johnny Depp. I read this article (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star) not long ago explaining why Ryan Reynolds isn't really a movie star. :rotfl2:

:lmao::lmao: that was a riot mark!!! i love the conversation, sounds like tammy and myself.:lmao: anyway, im in, see what happens when you make a public post, anyone can show up!!:lmao:

:welcome: aboard Dave! Don't worry, I'm used to the abuse by now.

huffing gasoline, that explains the shirts!:lmao:

:lmao::rotfl2: Wait, do you mean Barry's shirts or mine? :confused3

dvczerfs
08-11-2011, 09:51 AM
Shameless plugging of Trip Reports is not only expected, but encouraged! :thumbsup2



:welcome: Katharina! I'm glad to have you here!

So if you had to use a quote from Ghostbusters to describe me, would it be, "You're more like a game show host."? :rotfl:



:welcome: aboard David! Sure, now you offer me admission. :rotfl2:



Ever get that feeling of deja vu? :confused3



Well, most of these folks read my previous report. I also may or may not have shamelessly plugged it to them... :rolleyes1

And they're just nice folks. I read their stuff, they read my stuff, that sort of thing. No biggie.

Anyway, let me take this opportunity to push Rob's in-progress Disney Cruise TR as well! (see his siggie for link) He just finished up a nice little digression on vexilllo...vexillani...vexillollipop... the study of flags. :thumbsup2



:welcome: Steve! Let's go with Johnny Depp. I read this article (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star) not long ago explaining why Ryan Reynolds isn't really a movie star. :rotfl2:



:welcome: aboard Dave! Don't worry, I'm used to the abuse by now.



:lmao::rotfl2: Wait, do you mean Barry's shirts or mine? :confused3

barry. hes the one huffin gas.:lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
08-11-2011, 02:01 PM
Like any good road trip, this one started the night before. Julie and I (ok, mostly Julie) had spent the past week slowly packing luggage and gathering most of our worldly possessions to pack in the van. This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on). Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.

We also made sure we had the most essential items for our road trip: a working portable DVD player and power cord, and the kids' Nintendo DS's. Oh, and these (check out the orange teeth!):

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vve3mH_Oy_4/TjtXJUrQjeI/AAAAAAAACUQ/T6zTfLZXxUw/s720/IMG_8991.jpg

We had at least 8 hours of driving to do on Thursday plus a couple of sightseenig stops, so our plan was to leave the house at 6:00 a.m. Lest you think this was some kind of torture on our kids, 6:00 a.m. is about when they normally wake up each day. Yup, even on Saturdays. Which means it's normally when Julie and I wake up, too. So getting up slightly earlier wasn't much of a problem.

We actually got a late start: 6:04 a.m. After a quick stop at the World's Greatest Convenience Store (http://www.wawa.com/WawaWeb/) for breakfast and

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Cmm72RHRGp0/TjtXJHals7I/AAAAAAAACUM/_qXoiTw_XzU/s720/IMG_8989.jpg

...we were on our way. Soon, we crossed the Pennsylvania line and saw this mileage sign:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D1q8_pbyX38/TjtXIGUalYI/AAAAAAAACT8/6G680DhDn6Q/s720/IMG_8978.jpg

Clearly, we were starting things out on the right track. Although I think this place was just advertising the fact that they weren't far from Delaware:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-nik4tjs1TSg/TjtXIE76AmI/AAAAAAAACT0/bdtUBdSRxjY/s720/IMG_8982.jpg

That's also not too far from glennbo123's neck of the woods, so it could be a reference to them as well. And Glenn, I would have arranged to stop and say hi, but this was about 7:15 on a weekday morning. So you're welcome. :thumbsup2

We finally rolled through the town of Paradise, PA. I remember riding the historic Strasburg Railroad (http://strasburgrailroad.com/) several times over the years, and the conductors always followed the same script. They announce, "Welcome...to...Paradise!" just as the train pulls into an overgrown, grimy maintenance yard. :rotfl:

You'll be happy to know that Paradise has its own hardware store, and the Paradise Motel offers both air conditioning AND color TV. My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.

We did indeed find the very thing you would expect to find in Paradise:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iJrUFKm1mvU/TjtXIBT8MyI/AAAAAAAACT4/Vt1M2fLm1xI/s720/IMG_8979.jpg

It was a humble (of course) one-story office. Sadly, it was closed that morning. I was hoping to see a "Gone Fishin'" sign on the door, but no luck.

Moving back into the fallen world, we met up with a couple of our closest friends, Bob and Kathryn and their two boys. We had found out they happened to be traveling to Ohio on the same day, and naturally we invited them to caravan with us for the day. Soon we were on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, heading for Pittsburgh.

In the course of my obsessive-compulsive vacation research, I've collected several books to help me choose destinations I want to visit and spectacular roads to drive. These include:

National Geographic's Drives of a Lifetime (http://www.amazon.com/Drives-Lifetime-Worlds-Spectacular-Trips/dp/1426206771/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1YP9T2C9EYYWX&colid=1RYVAY8XE83TC)
National Geographic's Guide To Scenic Highways and Byways (http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Scenic-Highways-Geographics/dp/1426200560/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I3Q13LL738D453&colid=1RYVAY8XE83TC)
Reader's Digest's The Most Scenic Drives In America (http://www.amazon.com/Most-Scenic-Drives-America-Spectacular/dp/0762105801/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1G389C5YVWTRH&colid=1RYVAY8XE83TC)

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is featured in none of these books.

From Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, it's some hills and farmfields and lots and lots of guardrail. So it was a good time for the kids to pop in their first movie. I believe they chose Mulan. Sarah isn't real big into the Princesses, but she has a soft spot for Mulan. Why? Because she isn't afraid to get dirty. :love:

The drive to Pittsburgh wasn't too bad. There are a few tunnels through the Allegheny Mountains to break things up and provide interest. Plus, I can torture Julie, as she has never been a fan of driving through tunnels. Or over bridges. Good thing she married a civil engineer! :thumbsup2

Along the way, I got a call from Christopher (stopher1 on the boards), another DisDad I was (spoiler warning!) planning on meeting during the trip. As I drove, I spoke to him using our high-tech hands-free system: Julie puts the phone on speaker and holds it near me while I drive and talk. :mic:

I (or rather Julie) hung up and then checked the rear-view mirror to see...no Bob and Kathryn. :confused3 They'd simply vanished along the way. One minute they were there, and the next...gone! :eek: Had they been abducted by aliens? Suffered a horrifying (and silent) crash? Ditched us completely?

I pulled over to the shoulder, and a couple of minute later we got a call--their son needed an emergency pit stop, as it were. Or, as he so eloquently put it, "The poopies are coming! The poopies are coming!"

So, um...they'd catch up in Pittsburgh.

We hit some traffic on the highway into Pittsburgh, but it was just an accident that needed to be cleared and didn't hold us up too much. Soon we were pulling into the parking lot at the food of our destination, right on schedule at lunchtime:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DAOeQ1fzbp8/TjtXNO6jMOI/AAAAAAAACVQ/xb0_XcHVXs4/s720/IMG_9039.jpg

It was here that we faced our first crisis of the day: where the heck was the bathroom? :confused3

Coming Up Next: Seriously, where the heck is the bathroom? And is the view from the top worth it?

middlepat
08-11-2011, 02:28 PM
You'll be happy to know that Paradise has its own hardware store, and the Paradise Motel offers both air conditioning AND color TV. My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.


Riiight...... :rolleyes:


We did indeed find the very thing you would expect to find in Paradise:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iJrUFKm1mvU/TjtXIBT8MyI/AAAAAAAACT4/Vt1M2fLm1xI/s720/IMG_8979.jpg


I always wondered where the home office was. Funny, I never considered Pennsylvania. :confused3


The drive to Pittsburgh wasn't too bad. There are a few tunnels through the Allegheny Mountains to break things up and provide interest. Plus, I can torture Julie, as she has never been a fan of driving through tunnels. Or over bridges. Good thing she married a civil engineer! :thumbsup2


I think she was hoping you'd focus on Environmental Engineering, because who doesn't love a guy who can quote the finer points of waste water management?


I (or rather Julie) hung up and then checked the rear-view mirror to see...no Bob and Kathryn. :confused3 They'd simply vanished along the way. One minute they were there, and the next...gone! :eek: Had they been abducted by aliens?


Maybe?

Suffered a horrifying (and silent) crash?


Possibly?

Ditched us completely?


Ding ding ding.... we have a winner! :banana:


I pulled over to the shoulder, and a couple of minute later we got a call--their son needed an emergency pit stop, as it were.


Ok, so maybe not. :rotfl2:


Or, as he so eloquently put it, "The poopies are coming! The poopies are coming!"


Ah we've all been there, haven't we?


Coming Up Next: Seriously, where the heck is the bathroom? And is the view from the top worth it?

Crossing fingers (and other apendages) hoping that the answer to this question (and others) comes soon. :worried:

KatMark
08-11-2011, 02:30 PM
Like any good road trip, this one started the night before. Julie and I (ok, mostly Julie) had spent the past week slowly packing luggage and gathering most of our worldly possessions to pack in the van. This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on). Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.

We also made sure we had the most essential items for our road trip: a working portable DVD player and power cord, and the kids' Nintendo DS's. Oh, and these (check out the orange teeth!):

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vve3mH_Oy_4/TjtXJUrQjeI/AAAAAAAACUQ/T6zTfLZXxUw/s720/IMG_8991.jpg

Good to see we have the essentials very handy for breakfast. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

We had at least 8 hours of driving to do on Thursday plus a couple of sightseenig stops, so our plan was to leave the house at 6:00 a.m. Lest you think this was some kind of torture on our kids, 6:00 a.m. is about when they normally wake up each day. Yup, even on Saturdays. Which means it's normally when Julie and I wake up, too. So getting up slightly earlier wasn't much of a problem.

We actually got a late start: 6:04 a.m. After a quick stop at the World's Greatest Convenience Store (http://www.wawa.com/WawaWeb/) for breakfast and

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Cmm72RHRGp0/TjtXJHals7I/AAAAAAAACUM/_qXoiTw_XzU/s720/IMG_8989.jpg

If that truck had said "Starbucks" I would have been on it's tail. ;)

You'll be happy to know that Paradise has its own hardware store, and the Paradise Motel offers both air conditioning AND color TV. My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.

Julie, you are a saint!


I pulled over to the shoulder, and a couple of minute later we got a call--their son needed an emergency pit stop, as it were. Or, as he so eloquently put it, "The poopies are coming! The poopies are coming!"

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:Oh, how I remember those days. :lmao:

It was here that we faced our first crisis of the day: where the heck was the bathroom? :confused3

Coming Up Next: Seriously, where the heck is the bathroom? And is the view from the top worth it?

Great start, Mark. Can't wait to read more (comments in red throughout).

afwdwfan
08-11-2011, 03:03 PM
This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on). Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.
Excellent strategy, Mrs. Knowitall!:thumbsup2

(check out the orange teeth!)
Impressive! I'm sure you're proud.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D1q8_pbyX38/TjtXIGUalYI/AAAAAAAACT8/6G680DhDn6Q/s720/IMG_8978.jpg

Clearly, we were starting things out on the right track.
Heck yeah! The Museum of Farm Machinery is a great way to start your trip.:thumbsup2 :rolleyes1

and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.
You mean she laughed silently on the inside, right?

I was hoping to see a "Gone Fishin'" sign on the door, but no luck.
:lmao::rotfl2:

Because she isn't afraid to get dirty. :love:
Again, you should be proud!:thumbsup2

As I drove, I spoke to him using our high-tech hands-free system: Julie puts the phone on speaker and holds it near me while I drive and talk. :mic:
Was she eating cheeseballs too?:confused3 She could be your own personal Orangetooth.

I (or rather Julie) hung up and then checked the rear-view mirror to see...no Bob and Kathryn. :confused3
Unfortunately your friends weren't there... fortunately, neither was Fed.:rotfl2::thumbsup2

It was here that we faced our first crisis of the day: where the heck was the bathroom? :confused3
Oh no! :scared1: That is a crisis. I hope the poopies aren't coming!

glennbo123
08-11-2011, 03:32 PM
Oh, and these (check out the orange teeth!):

Those Utz folks obviously use all-natural ingredients.

We actually got a late start: 6:04 a.m. After a quick stop at the World's Greatest Convenience Store (http://www.wawa.com/WawaWeb/) for breakfast

Oh, you should have waited and gone to Jenny's Diner. You passed it along the way...it's on Rt. 30, just before the Rockvale outlets. Really good for breakfast, and BIG portions! :thumbsup2


...we were on our way. Soon, we crossed the Pennsylvania line and saw this mileage sign:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D1q8_pbyX38/TjtXIGUalYI/AAAAAAAACT8/6G680DhDn6Q/s720/IMG_8978.jpg

I know exactly where that is! In fact, we took my dad to the "museum of farm machinery" that's advertised on the sign there, oh about 20 years ago. He has a restored tractor that he takes to the county fair every year, so he's into that kind of thing. We have a great picture from that day, that's probably a "you had to be there" kind of story, but I'll tell it anyway. He came upon a "Disc/Plow", which apparently is a combo disc and plow thingee, all-in-one (who knew, right?), which he was impressed with. So my mom took a picture of us in front of it. He was smiling away, while Judy and I stood behind him with our hands pressed to our faces, feigning amazement at the Disc/Plow. He had no idea until he saw the picture weeks later. He he he.

That's also not too far from glennbo123's neck of the woods, so it could be a reference to them as well.

"Could be"? ;)

And Glenn, I would have arranged to stop and say hi, but this was about 7:15 on a weekday morning. So you're welcome. :thumbsup2

I had probably already been at work for a couple of hours already. :rolleyes:

My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.

Good thing you didn't drive through Intercourse. Julie would've kicked you the second you opened your mouth.

We did indeed find the very thing you would expect to find in Paradise:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-iJrUFKm1mvU/TjtXIBT8MyI/AAAAAAAACT4/Vt1M2fLm1xI/s720/IMG_8979.jpg

I'd never made the connection with "Office" when I've seen that. Pretty funny!

(It's an orphange, if anyone's curious.)

It was a humble (of course) one-story office. Sadly, it was closed that morning. I was hoping to see a "Gone Fishin'" sign on the door, but no luck.

That may be your best joke yet! Matthew 4:19.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is featured in none of these books.

Wha? :confused3

It was here that we faced our first crisis of the day: where the heck was the bathroom? :confused3

I guess Bob and Kathryn's son is looking pretty smart about this time, huh?

Flossbolna
08-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Mark, I thanked you for your PM and forgot to subscribe... How stupid can one be?? Fortunately Katharina alerted me to the fact that you had a new update!

The trip seems to be off to a great start - but how are you going to top Paradise? Most people make paradise their vacation destination and you just drive through... :confused3

Mrs. Knowitall
08-11-2011, 04:47 PM
This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on). Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.

Hey. Occasionally I have a good idea.

Lest you think this was some kind of torture on our kids, 6:00 a.m. is about when they normally wake up each day. Yup, even on Saturdays.

He's not joking about this.


My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!:rotfl2: No, really....


Sarah isn't real big into the Princesses, but she has a soft spot for Mulan. Why? Because she isn't afraid to get dirty. :love:

AND she knows how to fight!


Plus, I can torture Julie, as she has never been a fan of driving through tunnels. Or over bridges. Good thing she married a civil engineer! :thumbsup2

What does it mean that you married a elementary and special ed teacher? :confused3


As I drove, I spoke to him using our high-tech hands-free system: Julie puts the phone on speaker and holds it near me while I drive and talk. :mic:

Again, he speaks the truth. I'M his smart phone.



Excellent strategy, Mrs. Knowitall!:thumbsup2

THANKS! +1 for me! :thumbsup2



Was she eating cheeseballs too?:confused3 She could be your own personal Orangetooth.

:rotfl2: :rotfl: :rotfl2:





Oh, you should have waited and gone to Jenny's Diner. You passed it along the way...it's on Rt. 30, just before the Rockvale outlets. Really good for breakfast, and BIG portions! :thumbsup2

Yeah, my SIL said the same thing about Jenny's. mmmmm......pancakes......:cloud9:

dvczerfs
08-11-2011, 04:52 PM
nice update mark. i offened wondered were his main office was? thats ok, dont call me or anything, drove through my back yard and didnt even know you were there. :lmao:

GoHerd1028
08-11-2011, 06:31 PM
[QUOTE=Captain_Oblivious;42206315


:welcome: Steve! Let's go with Johnny Depp. I read this article (http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6716942/the-movie-star) not long ago explaining why Ryan Reynolds isn't really a movie star. :rotfl2:
[/QUOTE]

Even Better!! Captain Jack will make an appearance along the Ohio River!!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-11-2011, 10:38 PM
This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on).


Brilliant


Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.


We already assumed that to be the case, and so I repeat…
Brilliant!


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vve3mH_Oy_4/TjtXJUrQjeI/AAAAAAAACUQ/T6zTfLZXxUw/s720/IMG_8991.jpg


Mmmmmmm… Styrofoam covered in powdered imitation “cheese product”…
That’s breakfast! That’s nutrition! That’s…
Oh heck, pass that barrel over here so I can get me a big ol’ hand full.


Lest you think this was some kind of torture on our kids, 6:00 a.m. is about when they normally wake up each day.


My young’en has grown out of that phase (to be sure). I can get him up early, but little things like human interaction and the English language utterly elude him until about 10:30.


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-nik4tjs1TSg/TjtXIE76AmI/AAAAAAAACT0/bdtUBdSRxjY/s720/IMG_8982.jpg


So… it’s close to paradise but not quite paradise? Would that make it purgatory?


…the conductors always followed the same script. They announce, "Welcome...to...Paradise!" just as the train pulls into an overgrown, grimy maintenance yard.


Now that sounds like purgatory. So just how bad must “Almost Paradise” be?


My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.


Awwwww… ain’t she sweet? Pretending to laugh at your pointless babble like that… My wife does that same thing to me (the two of them must have gone to different schools together).


It was a humble (of course) one-story office. Sadly, it was closed that morning. I was hoping to see a "Gone Fishin'" sign on the door, but no luck.


That… is funny. :lmao:


National Geographic's Drives of a Lifetime
National Geographic's Guide To Scenic Highways and Byways
Reader's Digest's The Most Scenic Drives In America

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is featured in none of these books.


Hummm… That sounds a whole lot like the Interstate Blues ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42005435&postcount=61) chapter in my current TR.


"The poopies are coming! The poopies are coming!"


:lmao: :lmao: :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


It was here that we faced our first crisis of the day: where the heck was the bathroom?


This seems like it's becoming a bit of a trend

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 09:38 AM
I always wondered where the home office was. Funny, I never considered Pennsylvania. :confused3

It's always where you least expect it.

I think she was hoping you'd focus on Environmental Engineering, because who doesn't love a guy who can quote the finer points of waste water management?

Well, I do give her a lot of crap.

I had to take a Wastewater engineering course in college. We even got to tour a wastewater management facility (yes, the girls just flocked to us in college). I saw one huge tank that was empty except for one guy standing in the center with a hose cleaning it. All I could think of was Bill Murray in Caddyshack.

Ding ding ding.... we have a winner! :banana:

I wasn't asking what YOU would have done.

Ah we've all been there, haven't we?

::yes::

Great to see we have the essentials very handy for breakfast. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

Cheese balls: quite possibly the world's most synthetic food.

Julie, you are a saint!

::yes:: Too bad she's stuck with me. :sad2:

Excellent strategy, Mrs. Knowitall!:thumbsup2

:thumbsup2

Heck yeah! The Museum of Farm Machinery is a great way to start your trip.:thumbsup2 :rolleyes1

Barry seemed really interested, too. Next time you guys are in town, I'll...drop you off. :rotfl2:

You mean she laughed silently on the inside, right?

Hysterically, silently, it all means close to the same thing, right? :confused3

Again, you should be proud!:thumbsup2

Was she eating cheeseballs too?:confused3 She could be your own personal Orangetooth.

::yes:: Love it! I need to get my marketing guy on this.

Unfortunately your friends weren't there... fortunately, neither was Fed.:rotfl2::thumbsup2

You never see Fed coming!

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 10:00 AM
Those Utz folks obviously use all-natural ingredients.

I'm sure all of the chemicals are in their natural state.

Oh, you should have waited and gone to Jenny's Diner. You passed it along the way...it's on Rt. 30, just before the Rockvale outlets. Really good for breakfast, and BIG portions!

My brother and SIL ate there and raved about it (and didn't come close to finishing the pancakes). I would have loved to do breakfast there! But given that we were trying to get to Pittsburgh by lunchtime, I didn't think we had the time for a sit-down breakfast. :idea: Maybe we need to schedule a DIS-breakfast there...

We have a great picture from that day, that's probably a "you had to be there" kind of story, but I'll tell it anyway. He came upon a "Disc/Plow", which apparently is a combo disc and plow thingee, all-in-one (who knew, right?), which he was impressed with. So my mom took a picture of us in front of it. He was smiling away, while Judy and I stood behind him with our hands pressed to our faces, feigning amazement at the Disc/Plow. He had no idea until he saw the picture weeks later. He he he.

Nice work! I approve. :thumbsup2 So is Disc/Plow a technical term, or is "combo disc and plow thingee" the correct name? :confused3 :rotfl:

"Could be"?

Only the glennbos know for sure.

I had probably already been at work for a couple of hours already. :rolleyes:

Ugh. Really? That just seems...wrong. :headache:

Good thing you didn't drive through Intercourse. Julie would've kicked you the second you opened your mouth.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Well, you know I never would stoop to such juvenile humor in this forum. And for everyone else reading, yes, there really is an Intercourse, PA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercourse,_Pennsylvania). And it's a very nice town.

That may be your best joke yet! Matthew 4:19.

:thumbsup2I have very astute readers.

I guess Bob and Kathryn's son is looking pretty smart about this time, huh?

::yes::

Mark, I thanked you for your PM and forgot to subscribe... How stupid can one be??

You're asking a guy who got his own age wrong? :lmao:

The trip seems to be off to a great start - but how are you going to top Paradise? Most people make paradise their vacation destination and you just drive through... :confused3

We couldn't stay in paradise...that's just what they'd expect us to do. :cool2:

Hey. Occasionally I have a good idea.

:love2:

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!:rotfl2: No, really....

Is that sarcasm? It can't be. I distinctly remember I was amusing somebody in the van.

AND she knows how to fight!

:worship:

What does it mean that you married a elementary and special ed teacher? :confused3

Well, we've already established that I not so gud wid da numberz.

Again, he speaks the truth. I'M his smart phone.

::yes:: Except the GPS feature seems to have been disabled. :confused3

Yeah, my SIL said the same thing about Jenny's. mmmmm......pancakes......

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-aKbboXycWAE/TXfUVL3ehnI/AAAAAAAAB6k/B4Z59UiTGOU/drooling_homer-712749_gif.png.jpg

nice update mark. i offened wondered were his main office was? thats ok, dont call me or anything, drove through my back yard and didnt even know you were there. :lmao:

Thanks, Dave!

I thought you were way up in the Poconos? :confused3 That would have been pretty far out of your way...

Even Better!! Captain Jack will make an appearance along the Ohio River!!

popcorn::

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 10:08 AM
Brilliant

:thumbsup2

We already assumed that to be the case, and so I repeat…
Brilliant!

:mad:

Mmmmmmm… Styrofoam covered in powdered imitation “cheese product”…
That’s breakfast! That’s nutrition! That’s…
Oh heck, pass that barrel over here so I can get me a big ol’ hand full.

It was either that, or chocolate cake for breakfast. Bill Cosby says it's ok. :thumbsup2

My young’en has grown out of that phase (to be sure). I can get him up early, but little things like human interaction and the English language utterly elude him until about 10:30.

I know those days are in my future. But right now, if we get to 7:00, we've slept in. :faint:

So… it’s close to paradise but not quite paradise? Would that make it purgatory?

:scratchin I suppose it just might! :rotfl2:

Now that sounds like purgatory. So just how bad must “Almost Paradise” be?

I heard they got so bored, they made a museum dedicated to farm machinery.

Awwwww… ain’t she sweet? Pretending to laugh at your pointless babble like that… My wife does that same thing to me (the two of them must have gone to different schools together).

Was it part of your marriage vows too? :confused3:rotfl:

That… is funny. :lmao:

Thanks!

Hummm… That sounds a whole lot like the Interstate Blues ( http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42005435&postcount=61) chapter in my current TR.

Why, yes. Yes, it does. I prefer to see this as a sign of similarities in great writing as opposed to out-and-out plagiarism. :rolleyes1

This seems like it's becoming a bit of a trend

I like gritty, you-are-there realism in my travel writing, don't you? :lmao:

FreezinRafiki
08-12-2011, 10:12 AM
Like any good road trip, this one started the night before. Julie and I (ok, mostly Julie) had spent the past week slowly packing luggage and gathering most of our worldly possessions to pack in the van. This included strategically packing suitcases so that we'd only have to unload one at a time when checking into a hotel for the night (Bag 1 had clothes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and so on).

Oooohhhh....smart. :worship:

Obviously, since this was both clever and wise, it was Julie's idea.

Yeah, we already figured that one as soon as we decided it was a good idea.


We also made sure we had the most essential items for our road trip: a working portable DVD player and power cord, and the kids' Nintendo DS's. Oh, and these (check out the orange teeth!):
Is that map on her lap? Goodness, I hope she wasn't navigating while eating Cheese Balls
Sarah: "Dad, make sure you get off the turnpike in Bedford. The road is closed after that because of some kind of orange smear."
Mark: "Crud. That's going to put us way behind schedule"
Julie : < silently weeps to herself >



You'll be happy to know that Paradise has its own hardware store, and the Paradise Motel offers both air conditioning AND color TV.
I would expect nothing less. I would also expect they have those beds you put a quarter in and they vibrate.


My Paradise jokes were flying fast and furious as we drove through, and Julie laughed hysterically at each and every single one.
Are you sure that catalytic converter was hooked up right? I sounds like the exhaust fumes were being vented into the passenger compartment.

Ditched us completely?
I'll need to get some pointers from them. I tried my darnedest, but I just couldn't shake you. You were all over me like Nnmdi Asmga...like Nnnadmi Amugshada...like Nani Agmushada....heck, like Charles Woodson. He's a better corner anyway, plus is name is actually pronounceable.


I pulled over to the shoulder, and a couple of minute later we got a call--their son needed an emergency pit stop, as it were. Or, as he so eloquently put it, "The poopies are coming! The poopies are coming!"
I prefer "prairie dogging" or, when I'm in a Mike Meyers sort of mood "I've got a turtle head pokin' out" (Must be said with a Scottish accent)




Heck yeah! The Museum of Farm Machinery is a great way to start your trip.:thumbsup2 :rolleyes1
That's what I said when I saw this pic on Facebook! Heck with the city slickers, Andy - let's go!


You mean she laughed silently on the inside, right?

No. I'm sure she laughed silently on the outside. One the inside she cried hysterically.



Even Better!! Captain Jack will make an appearance along the Ohio River!!
Think less "Pirates of the Caribbean" Johnny Depp, and more "Alice in Wonderland" Johnny Depp. :rotfl2:

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-12-2011, 10:32 AM
It was either that, or chocolate cake for breakfast. Bill Cosby says it's ok.


+1 for catching the reference :lmao:
(We’re all quoting somebody most of the time)


Was it part of your marriage vows too?


Which one…the “pretending to laugh” vow or the “pointless babble” one?
Never mind… I just checked and they're both in there.


Why, yes. Yes, it does. I prefer to see this as a sign of similarities in great writing as opposed to out-and-out plagiarism.


“Great writing”? Us?


I like gritty, you-are-there realism in my travel writing, don't you?


Fiction has nothing on reality. Well… actually it does is terms of marketability and merchandising, but that’s not the point.

Is it?

afwdwfan
08-12-2011, 10:33 AM
He came upon a "Disc/Plow", which apparently is a combo disc and plow thingee, all-in-one (who knew, right?),
No, most plows have disks on them. I thought everyone knew that. :confused3 :lmao::rotfl2:

Nice work! I approve. :thumbsup2 So is Disc/Plow a technical term, or is "combo disc and plow thingee" the correct name? :confused3 :rotfl:
:sad2: City slickers


I heard they got so bored, they made a museum dedicated to farm machinery.

Yeah, they put it in the building that used to house the defunct civil engineering museum.:mad:

:rotfl2:


That's what I said when I saw this pic on Facebook! Heck with the city slickers, Andy - let's go!
I'm in! What's not to like about horsepower and steel? :confused3


I prefer "prairie dogging" or, when I'm in a Mike Meyers sort of mood "I've got a turtle head pokin' out" (Must be said with a Scottish accent)
Don't forget the Larry the Cable guy line about taking the Browns to the Super Bowl.:thumbsup2

middlepat
08-12-2011, 10:48 AM
Yeah, they put it in the building that used to house the defunct civil engineering museum.:mad:

:rotfl2:


Now THAT is FUNNY!!!! :rotfl2:
Andy, I'm sending you the bill for my new monitor as this one is now covered in coffee.


Don't forget the Larry the Cable guy line about taking the Browns to the Super Bowl.:thumbsup2

Cleveland is getting a football team?

afwdwfan
08-12-2011, 10:59 AM
Andy, I'm sending you the bill for my new monitor as this one is now covered in coffee.
Just send it to your nemesis. I hold him responsible for me making that comment. I'd be happy to buy you a replacement cup of coffee though.:thumbsup2

Cleveland is getting a football team?
Who said anything about Cleveland?:confused3 :rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 11:16 AM
Yeah, we already figured that one as soon as we decided it was a good idea.

This seems to be a consistent comment...

Is that map on her lap? Goodness, I hope she wasn't navigating while eating Cheese Balls
Sarah: "Dad, make sure you get off the turnpike in Bedford. The road is closed after that because of some kind of orange smear."
Mark: "Crud. That's going to put us way behind schedule"
Julie : < silently weeps to herself >

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

I would expect nothing less. I would also expect they have those beds you put a quarter in and they vibrate.

I didn't go in to check, but let's just assume they're fully equipped.

Are you sure that catalytic converter was hooked up right? I sounds like the exhaust fumes were being vented into the passenger compartment.

Of course it was. The pink elephants were laughing at my jokes, too.

I'll need to get some pointers from them. I tried my darnedest, but I just couldn't shake you. You were all over me like Nnmdi Asmga...like Nnnadmi Amugshada...like Nani Agmushada....heck, like Charles Woodson. He's a better corner anyway, plus is name is actually pronounceable.

Except the Raiders got rid of him so they could play Asmo...that other guy.

No. I'm sure she laughed silently on the outside. One the inside she cried hysterically.

Look, Julie smacking me in the arm is part of how she laughs. No, it is.

Think less "Pirates of the Caribbean" Johnny Depp, and more "Alice in Wonderland" Johnny Depp. :rotfl2:

:lmao::rotfl2: *shudder*

+1 for catching the reference :lmao:
(We’re all quoting somebody most of the time)

Yeah, that's where our best material comes from. I love that bit, by the way. Always cracks me up.

Which one…the “pretending to laugh” vow or the “pointless babble” one?
Never mind… I just checked and they're both in there.

::yes::

“Great writing”? Us?

Hey, somebody has to pump us up here.

Fiction has nothing on reality. Well… actually it does is terms of marketability and merchandising, but that’s not the point.

Is it?

So I need more aliens in this story? :confused3

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 11:25 AM
That's what I said when I saw this pic on Facebook! Heck with the city slickers, Andy - let's go!

No, most plows have disks on them. I thought everyone knew that. :confused3 :lmao::rotfl2:


:sad2: City slickers

I'm in! What's not to like about horsepower and steel? :confused3

I always thought they were a lot more fun and interesting when they're moving. They lose their appeal when they're sitting in a room, collecting dust.

Yeah, they put it in the building that used to house the defunct civil engineering museum.:mad:

:rotfl2:

Oh, you mean this one (http://nbm.org/)?

I know, it's surprising that there is such a museum. Most civil engineering wonders (like, I don't know, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, etc....) are too big for a museum.

Oh, and uh...the roads leading up to these attractions are great, too. Ahem. :rotfl:

I prefer "prairie dogging" or, when I'm in a Mike Meyers sort of mood "I've got a turtle head pokin' out" (Must be said with a Scottish accent)

Don't forget the Larry the Cable guy line about taking the Browns to the Super Bowl.:thumbsup2

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: I like Bill Simmons' suggestion of using the phrase, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach."

Now THAT is FUNNY!!!! :rotfl2:
Andy, I'm sending you the bill for my new monitor as this one is now covered in coffee.

Oh, go buy some toxic mortgages, will ya? :headache:

Cleveland is getting a football team?

Who said anything about Cleveland?:confused3 :rolleyes1

:lmao::lmao:

middlepat
08-12-2011, 11:32 AM
Oh, go buy some toxic mortgages, will ya? :headache:


You selling yours?
:rotfl2:

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 11:34 AM
You selling yours?
:rotfl2:

Make me an offer I can't refuse. I'll throw in a free computer monitor.

middlepat
08-12-2011, 11:39 AM
Make me an offer I can't refuse. I'll throw in a free computer monitor.

Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day – accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 11:56 AM
Someday, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day – accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day.

:thumbsup2 Grazie, middlepat. Grazie.

afwdwfan
08-12-2011, 12:01 PM
I always thought they were a lot more fun and interesting when they're moving. They lose their appeal when they're sitting in a room, collecting dust.
Ok, I'll give you that one.

Oh, you mean this one (http://nbm.org/)?
:eek:

I know, it's surprising that there is such a museum. Most civil engineering wonders (like, I don't know, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, etc....) are too big for a museum.
How many of those are in Delaware?:confused3

Oh, and uh...the roads leading up to these attractions are great, too. Ahem. :rotfl:
Again, how many of those are in Delaware? :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

dvczerfs
08-12-2011, 12:37 PM
pending on where you came up, i was probley an hour from where you were. i have clients out that way, i would have driven an hour to meet the captain and mrs knowitall and the oragne toothed kids !!!:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-12-2011, 12:38 PM
So I need more aliens in this story? :confused3

That’s a good start. Zombies… Vampires… Transformers… You get the idea. Oh… and explosions! We need more explosions. And while I’m thinking about it… you have started designing the action figures haven’t you?

Captain_Oblivious
08-12-2011, 12:59 PM
How many of those are in Delaware?:confused3

Again, how many of those are in Delaware? :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Uh...

We're building one that will look like this:
http://www.johnweeks.com/cablestay/pics/irbr01.jpg

So that's something, right?

pending on where you came up, i was probley an hour from where you were. i have clients out that way, i would have driven an hour to meet the captain and mrs knowitall and the oragne toothed kids !!!:thumbsup2

Well, now I know! I will have to remember this for next time. :thumbsup2

That’s a good start. Zombies… Vampires… Transformers… You get the idea. Oh… and explosions! We need more explosions. And while I’m thinking about it… you have started designing the action figures haven’t you?

Did someone call for random explosions? They're not from this trip, but who cares?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kq4GABcJ-m8/S6LKqsSqrzI/AAAAAAAAAwU/QLLGHSShjro/s640/P1010405.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-swhCwBS-92w/TLzyvrXL6NI/AAAAAAAABQI/CrVQpY6V0uM/s720/IMG_5057.JPG

As far as action figures go...I'd be worried about scaring the poor kids.

Mrs. Knowitall
08-12-2011, 02:38 PM
Well, I do give her a lot of crap.

Again, he speaks the truth!



Hysterically, silently, it all means close to the same thing, right? :confused3


Umm....I think so?




Well, we've already established that I not so gud wid da numberz.

Gud point.



::yes:: Except the GPS feature seems to have been disabled. :confused3

You ARE the GPS.


pending on where you came up, i was probley an hour from where you were. i have clients out that way, i would have driven an hour to meet the captain and mrs knowitall and the oragne toothed kids !!!:thumbsup2

Really? 'Cause we're a lot less exciting in person....just ask the Sommers....

afwdwfan
08-12-2011, 02:39 PM
Uh...

We're building one that will look like this:
http://www.johnweeks.com/cablestay/pics/irbr01.jpg

So that's something, right?

::yes::

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-12-2011, 04:12 PM
Uh...

We're building one that will look like this:
http://www.johnweeks.com/cablestay/pics/irbr01.jpg

So that's something, right?


I was recently on a bridge that looks a whole lot like that…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D0-209.jpg

…except for the cross-members


Did someone call for random explosions? They're not from this trip, but who cares?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kq4GABcJ-m8/S6LKqsSqrzI/AAAAAAAAAwU/QLLGHSShjro/s640/P1010405.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-swhCwBS-92w/TLzyvrXL6NI/AAAAAAAABQI/CrVQpY6V0uM/s720/IMG_5057.JPG


Now we’re getting somewhere!


As far as action figures go...I'd be worried about scaring the poor kids.

Judging by the historical actions of our corporate leaders:
Profit should never be hindered by mere consequences (so long as those consequences do not affect the profiteers)

Myself… I think you’re the one that has the right answer in this situation.

All7OfUs
08-12-2011, 05:01 PM
Lovely chapter full of the normal funny stuff! Unfortunately, my retarded internet won't let me the see the Paradise joke photo... Poopie!!!!!

I would multi quote the heck out of this in order to give it full justice, but a birthday party calls me, and a headache is kicking my hiney... Just know, I've come and hung out for a spell. :hippie:

Cinderella's Fella
08-12-2011, 05:42 PM
Hi Mark and company, I'm along for the rust ride. This is the first trip report I've read. Not much trip but a fun read. On the subject of explosions,

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110331013128/uncyclopedia/images/2/28/Explosion_mushroom_shaped.gif

will this do?

jenb1023
08-12-2011, 09:00 PM
As a Harrisburg area native, I am quite insulted that the PA Turnpike got a mere mention in your first day's travels. I mean who wouldn't love a road that requires payment upon entering the state as well as when you exit the road/state??? ;)

BTW - you should have driven through Intercourse and Bird in Hand - that would have given you stuff to joke about for days! :lmao:

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

KatMark
08-12-2011, 09:15 PM
Lovely chapter full of the normal funny stuff! Unfortunately, my retarded internet won't let me the see the Paradise joke photo... Poopie!!!!!

I would multi quote the heck out of this in order to give it full justice, but a birthday party calls me, and a headache is kicking my hiney... Just know, I've come and hung out for a spell. :hippie:

As a Harrisburg area native, I am quite insulted that the PA Turnpike got a mere mention in your first day's travels. I mean who wouldn't love a road that requires payment upon entering the state as well as when you exit the road/state??? ;)

BTW - you should have driven through Intercourse and Bird in Hand - that would have given you stuff to joke about for days! :lmao:

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while. ;)

GoHerd1028
08-12-2011, 09:27 PM
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while. ;)



Shari is following too!! So you have three LOL:rotfl2: She just lurks with my name...Imposter!!

KatMark
08-12-2011, 09:33 PM
Shari is following too!! So you have three LOL:rotfl2: She just lurks with my name...Imposter!!

Lurker or not...she is welcome. Hi Shari. :wave2::wave2:

Millie12591
08-13-2011, 02:31 AM
I finally made it over here! :wave2: Thank you for the invite. :laughing:

Millie12591
08-13-2011, 02:33 AM
Hey Mark, thanks for the shameless plug! Under the best of circumstances it would have taken me months to find this sucker!

::yes::

Millie12591
08-13-2011, 02:37 AM
Dude. You're still 36.




:wave2: (And for the record....I'm a few months older than the Captain....who apparently is having a senior moment and thinking that he's older than he really is.) :rolleyes1

Julie's here!!! :woohoo: :yay: :banana: :woohoo: :dance3: :cheer2: :woohoo:

marvali
08-13-2011, 07:12 AM
Okay Mark, finally all caught up! Great start to your trip! Love the way you worked those cheese balls into the story....... :thumbsup2 With the start going through Paradise, I can't wait to see what other wonderful destinations you have ahead of you (although I guess it will be all downhill from there...) :rotfl:
I was recently on a bridge that looks a whole lot like that…

http://i682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/RuledByVenus/TR%202011%20June/D0-209.jpg

…except for the cross-membersIf that's the bridge I think it is, I've been over it a few times myself!
As a Harrisburg area native, I am quite insulted that the PA Turnpike got a mere mention in your first day's travels. I mean who wouldn't love a road that requires payment upon entering the state as well as when you exit the road/state??? ;)

BTW - you should have driven through Intercourse and Bird in Hand - that would have given you stuff to joke about for days! :lmao:With such wonderful names of towns I think I need to take a trip to PA soon! Is there a nice hotel in Intercourse? Staying there for a few days sounds like a lot of fun...... :rolleyes1
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while. ;)Not only do I think you could handle it, I'm guessing somewhere in the future of this TR we will get photo evidence you enjoy being the only female surrounded by a bunch of men!!! ;)

Poolrat
08-13-2011, 01:25 PM
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while. ;)

Another girl in the house !!!!!:woohoo:


Sorry for any delay but work has been taking WAY too much of my time lately. :rotfl: I need to stop that.


What a great start and I hope your friends made it to the pit stop in time and if I ever put a large bucket ofcheese balls inthe back seat- well lets say i would have orange seats and well as orange teeth. :lmao:

Mrs. Knowitall
08-13-2011, 02:35 PM
Julie's here!!! :woohoo: :yay: :banana: :woohoo: :dance3: :cheer2: :woohoo:


hee-hee!! HI!!!:wave2::wave2::wave2::wave2:

Glad there are plenty of girls following along! (It was a great trip!)

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 09:50 AM
You ARE the GPS.

We don't need no stinkin' directions. And where we're going, we don't need roads.

Really? 'Cause we're a lot less exciting in person....just ask the Sommers....

Is that why they don't return my calls? :confused3

I was recently on a bridge that looks a whole lot like that…

Jacksonville, right? That does look like a cool bridge.

Lovely chapter full of the normal funny stuff! Unfortunately, my retarded internet won't let me the see the Paradise joke photo... Poopie!!!!!

I would multi quote the heck out of this in order to give it full justice, but a birthday party calls me, and a headache is kicking my hiney... Just know, I've come and hung out for a spell.

Thanks for reading along! The picture you were missing was probably the one that pointed out "Christ's Home Office" in Paradise, PA. :thumbsup2

Hi Mark and company, I'm along for the rust ride. This is the first trip report I've read. Not much trip but a fun read. On the subject of explosions,

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110331013128/uncyclopedia/images/2/28/Explosion_mushroom_shaped.gif

will this do?

:welcome: Randall! I am honored to be your first TR read. As a bonus, everyone else's TR's will look much better to you now! :rotfl2:

As for the explosion... impressive! :darth:

As a Harrisburg area native, I am quite insulted that the PA Turnpike got a mere mention in your first day's travels. I mean who wouldn't love a road that requires payment upon entering the state as well as when you exit the road/state???

BTW - you should have driven through Intercourse and Bird in Hand - that would have given you stuff to joke about for days!

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

:welcome: Jen! Thanks for following Kathy over here.

I was trying to come up with a more florid description of the PA Turnpike and basically came up with this: :confused3

You gotta love PA town names. I'm sure none of my readers would get tired of those jokes, but then again, this is a highly classy and upper-crust Trip Report, and we can't allow ourselves to descend into the gutter. Now pull my finger!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while.

So women are avoiding me? Strange, I just had a flashback to high school.


Shari is following too!! So you have three LOL:rotfl2: She just lurks with my name...Imposter!!

I'm starting to understand where your love of sparkly things comes from. pixiedust:

Lurker or not...she is welcome. Hi Shari. :wave2::wave2:

:wave2: Hi Shari!

I finally made it over here! :wave2: Thank you for the invite. :laughing:

:welcome: Camille! Glad you're here!

Julie's here!!! :woohoo: :yay: :banana:

::yes::

Sometimes I think, "Woohoo! Julie's here!" :woohoo:

Then I read her comments where she rips on me and think: :sad2:

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 09:58 AM
Okay Mark, finally all caught up! Great start to your trip! Love the way you worked those cheese balls into the story....... :thumbsup2

:welcome: Marv! Cheese balls are a DisDads tradition, started by our very own FreezinRafiki.

With the start going through Paradise, I can't wait to see what other wonderful destinations you have ahead of you (although I guess it will be all downhill from there...) :rotfl:

What do you mean? We're going to Pittsburgh next, which is pretty much the same thing. :confused3 :rotfl:

With such wonderful names of towns I think I need to take a trip to PA soon! Is there a nice hotel in Intercourse? Staying there for a few days sounds like a lot of fun...... :rolleyes1

What happens in Intercourse stays in Intercourse.

Not only do I think you could handle it, I'm guessing somewhere in the future of this TR we will get photo evidence you enjoy being the only female surrounded by a bunch of men!!! ;)

I'm still shocked Kathy didn't run screaming from the restaurant. Or any of the other patrons, for that matter.

Another girl in the house !!!!!:woohoo:

:welcome: Pat!

Sorry for any delay but work has been taking WAY too much of my time lately. :rotfl: I need to stop that.

::yes:: Clearly your priorities are out of whack! :rotfl2:

What a great start and I hope your friends made it to the pit stop in time and if I ever put a large bucket ofcheese balls inthe back seat- well lets say i would have orange seats and well as orange teeth. :lmao:

Well, that would never happen in OUR fan. Mostly because I moved the cheese ball bucket up to the front, so I could reach it easier. That's where all the dust is. :lmao:

Glad there are plenty of girls following along! (It was a great trip!)

I feel so much better!

FreezinRafiki
08-15-2011, 10:29 AM
Really? 'Cause we're a lot less exciting in person....just ask the Sommers....
Actually, it's just Mark. The rest of you exceeded expectations.

Okay Mark, finally all caught up! Great start to your trip! Love the way you worked those cheese balls into the story
It wasn't a conscious decision by Mark. Cheeseballs just work themselves into the trip.


Is that why they don't return my calls? :confused3

I was going to, but I figured that since the mail takes 12 days to go from Wisconsin to Delaware, the lag on the phone call would be terrible.

jenb1023
08-15-2011, 10:57 AM
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I was afraid besides Julie that I was going to be the only female following this TR. It was really scary there for a while. ;)

You are welcome! Looks like there are quite a few of us now! :yay:

With such wonderful names of towns I think I need to take a trip to PA soon! Is there a nice hotel in Intercourse? Staying there for a few days sounds like a lot of fun...... :rolleyes1

What is really funny is that most of the towns with the "interesting" names are Amish towns. I think they are a little racier than they let on!

:welcome: Jen! Thanks for following Kathy over here.

I was trying to come up with a more florid description of the PA Turnpike and basically came up with this: :confused3

You gotta love PA town names. I'm sure none of my readers would get tired of those jokes, but then again, this is a highly classy and upper-crust Trip Report, and we can't allow ourselves to descend into the gutter. Now pull my finger!

So did you type that with a straight face? :lmao: Thanks for the welcome!

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 11:23 AM
Actually, it's just Mark. The rest of you exceeded expectations.




:lmao: im gonna have to stop pickin on you mark. im starting to feel sorry for you. :lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 11:38 AM
Actually, it's just Mark. The rest of you exceeded expectations.

Sounds about right.

It wasn't a conscious decision by Mark. Cheeseballs just work themselves into the trip.

A trip without cheese balls is like Phineas without Ferb.

I was going to, but I figured that since the mail takes 12 days to go from Wisconsin to Delaware, the lag on the phone call would be terrible.

We're sending a CD of our pictures to you guys. I'm debating carrier pigeon or Pony Express.

What is really funny is that most of the towns with the "interesting" names are Amish towns. I think they are a little racier than they let on!

Well, they don't have TV, internet, iPods or Angry Birds on their smartphones. So besides cow-tipping, they have to find something to do.

So did you type that with a straight face? :lmao: Thanks for the welcome!

(trying to remember the last time I did something with a straight face)

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 11:42 AM
:lmao: im gonna have to stop pickin on you mark. im starting to feel sorry for you. :lmao:

That's ok. I'm a Philly fan, I'll just throw batteries at everybody.

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 11:46 AM
That's ok. I'm a Philly fan, I'll just throw batteries at everybody.
:lmao: dont forget snowballs!:lmao:

middlepat
08-15-2011, 11:49 AM
Actually, it's just Mark. The rest of you exceeded expectations.

::yes::

FreezinRafiki
08-15-2011, 11:50 AM
We're sending a CD of our pictures to you guys. I'm debating carrier pigeon or Pony Express.
Try smoke signals. Just let me know if you're going to encode the JPG files using big endian or little endian before you start.



Well, they don't have TV, internet, iPods or Angry Birds on their smartphones. So besides cow-tipping, they have to find something to do.

Soooo close. I thought you would go for they lyrics to Werid Al's famous "Amish Paradise" (Youtube it - it's worth the 4 minutes of your life that you will never get back!)
There's no phone, no lights, no motorcar
Not a single luxury

afwdwfan
08-15-2011, 12:03 PM
Soooo close. I thought you would go for they lyrics to Werid Al's famous "Amish Paradise" (Youtube it - it's worth the 4 minutes of your life that you will never get back!)
There's no phone, no lights, no motorcar
Not a single luxury
If you want good Amish lyrics, Google the Electric Amish.:rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 12:04 PM
Try smoke signals. Just let me know if you're going to encode the JPG files using big endian or little endian before you start.

Totally had to google that. The "endian" stuff, not the smoke signal part.


Soooo close. I thought you would go for they lyrics to Werid Al's famous "Amish Paradise" (Youtube it - it's worth the 4 minutes of your life that you will never get back!)
There's no phone, no lights, no motorcar
Not a single luxury

*facepalm* Should have thought of that. Hanging my head in shame.

KatMark
08-15-2011, 12:07 PM
:lmao: im gonna have to stop pickin on you mark. im starting to feel sorry for you. :lmao:

Nah...I think he likes the abuse. ;)

marvali
08-15-2011, 12:57 PM
We don't need no stinkin' directions. And where we're going, we don't need roads.Back to the Future

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 01:20 PM
We pulled into the parking lot at the base of the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh around 12:30 p.m. or so...right on schedule. It was now time for that world-famous Oblivious Family Road Trip Lunch tradition: peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in a parking lot. This tradition goes back many years, even when I was a boy and my father was taking us on road trips. As a way to cut costs, we carry a cooler in the back of the van so we can carry the stuff we need for a cheap lunch. We've proudly eaten PB&J in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

As Barry once pointed out, you can probably imagine a scene along the lines of Lt. Dan's family history in Forrest Gump: the Oblivious Family eating PB&J at Bunker Hill, The Alamo, Gettysburg, Bastogne...

In any case, I had an extremely healthy lunch of PB&J, cheese balls, and cookies, washed down with Coke Zero (no calories! :thumbsup2). Bob and Kathryn called to say they were at the Incline...where were we? We replied to say no, WE were at the incline, where were they?

After several minutes of childish back-and-forth, we figured out that they had followed their GPS directions...to the top of the hill. :headache:

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No problem. We'd simply ride up to see them. After a pit stop. With the last break having come mid-morning, we were all ready to use the facilities.

The Duquesne Incline is one of two funiculars in Pittsburgh (the Monongahela Incline is the other). A funicular (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funicular), of course, is a set of two tram cars carried up an inclined plane by a cable. The two cars counterbalance each other. In Pittsburgh, they're called inclines, probably because people feel weird trying to use "funicular" in everyday conversation.

We walked into the lower station and hunted around for a bathroom. Couldn't find one anywhere after a quick hunt. No problem, we decided. These are old buildings, first built in 1877:

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Maybe the main building with the bathrooms is at the top of the hill. So we went to pay our fare. The clerk, an old lady with a 5-packs-a-day voice who could probably do a decent Barry White impersonation, informed me that fares were "exact change only". Since all I had was a twenty, I had to hit the convenientely-located change machine.

You know those gold-colored dollar coins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_coin_(United_States)) the government keeps trying to introduce that nobody uses? They're all stored in the Duquesne Incline change machine, and I was soon the proud owner of 20 of them. I felt like Captain Jack Sparrow with my doubloons weighing down my pocket. But I was able to give 13 of them back to Cigarette Lady and get our tickets. In just a few short minutes...we were movin' on up!

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https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Zpb5IfQqIZo/TjtXJ8UCzNI/AAAAAAAACUU/7WmCNITXJXg/s720/IMG_9003.jpg

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As we glided up the rails, Dave looked around him and said, "Whoa. It's a little fast." I'd say we were going at least as fast as the cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway. :rolleyes1

But the kids loved it. After all, what kid doesn't love train cars? This goes for big kids, too.

We met Bob and Kathryn at the top and took the short walk to the observation deck, where we were treated to this view:

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Breathtaking. We stood and stared at this view (and snapped lots of pictures) for quite a while. As far as breaking up the monotony of long drives go, I highly recommend funiculars and jaw-dropping views. :thumbsup2 In case you're wondering, that's the Allegheny River coming from the top left of the picture, and the Monongahela River flowing from the right to form the Ohio River at bottom left.

Here's Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-L94R9mIp82c/TjtXLXcTSpI/AAAAAAAACUw/NZUfUWPohZk/s720/IMG_9014.jpg

And PNC Park, where the Pirates allegedly play baseball:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-83bUyd6AGSI/TjtXLdxWvrI/AAAAAAAACUs/0Gk3pViH0t4/s720/IMG_9015.jpg

All kidding aside, I would LOVE to see a baseball game there, simply because the stadium has one of the most stunning backdrops (http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/pictures/ig/pnc_park/sunset_view.htm) of any in the game. Unfortunately, I have a bad-luck streak running in which teams are usually out of town when I'm there. And with that statement, I've just teed up yet another easy joke at my expense. You're welcome.

We also made sure to make a record of our presence, so future generations would know that we had once stood in this very spot.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p0VnWqZbVok/TjtXMZGHXlI/AAAAAAAACVA/KIeLPYA-uy8/s720/IMG_9026.jpg

Sightseeing done, it was now time to find the bathroom, especially since Scotty was doing the patented Tinkle Tap-Dance. We searched the station high and low. They had a gift shop. They had a snack bar. They had a self-guided tour of the inner workings of the machinery. They had no bathrooms. Finally, we asked a worker, who cheerfully informed us that the bathroom was in the lower station. :headache:

I was about to suggest we all just go back out onto the observation deck, take care of business and shout, "Here's what I think of your scenic view!", but saner heads (read: Julie) prevailed, and we rode the tram back to the bottom. After another fruitless search of the building, we asked Cigarette Lady. She helpfully informed us:

(This is better if you imagine Barry White saying it) "There's a couple of porta-Johns out back."

Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go. In any case, we'd wanted a break from driving, a ride on a funicular, and a scenic view. We got all 3 in spades. What do you think, Dave? Riding in trams is cool, right?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QUzki4uYFQs/TjtXOKJr6bI/AAAAAAAACVk/EAbKtQ8E6-0/s512/IMG_9033.jpg

Yeah.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_w5vQ9DcODg/TjtXKwiyM1I/AAAAAAAACUo/zUDyXjHHcTo/s720/IMG_9012.jpg

Coming Up Next: Ohio! Where we let our kids play with big hammers.

Captain_Oblivious
08-15-2011, 01:30 PM
If you want good Amish lyrics, Google the Electric Amish.:rolleyes1

Don't know that one...you wouldn't steer me wrong, would ya? :confused3

Nah...I think he likes the abuse. ;)

I'm just grateful people are actually reading this.

Back to the Future

+1 :thumbsup2

FreezinRafiki
08-15-2011, 02:00 PM
As a way to cut costs, we carry a cooler in the back of the van so we can carry the stuff we need for a cheap lunch. We've proudly eaten PB&J in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Hmmm. You didn't do this when we met up. Which tells me that either
a)You didn't think we were cool enough to invite into a longstanding Oblivous Family Tradition
b)PB & J that sat in a cooler in a van for 4 or 5 days would probably be pretty nasty.


As Barry once pointed out, you can probably imagine a scene along the lines of Lt. Dan's family history in Forrest Gump: the Oblivious Family eating PB&J at Bunker Hill, The Alamo, Gettysburg, Bastogne...

"Ate PB&J" is much better that the Lt. Dan's "Fought and died" :thumbsup2


Maybe the main building with the bathrooms is at the top of the hill. So we went to pay our fare. The clerk, an old lady with a 5-packs-a-day voice who could probably do a decent Barry White impersonation, informed me that fares were "exact change only". Since all I had was a twenty, I had to hit the convenientely-located change machine.
Was she in in a toll booth, or sitting on a round bed with a purple bedspread, lava lamps and a fog machine?

In just a few short minutes...we were movin' on up!
That's the Jeffersons, not Barry White. Try not to get your 70's nostalgia confused.

As we glided up the rails, Dave looked around him and said, "Whoa. It's a little fast." I'd say we were going at least as fast as the cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway. :rolleyes1
Yes, but were you banging into the center rail the entire time?

In case you're wondering, that's the Allegheny River coming from the top left of the picture, and the Monongahela River flowing from the right to form the Ohio River at bottom left.
Did you have an pronunciation contest with the kids? First person to correctly pronounce all 3 rivers gets to hand out wedgies to the other two.


And PNC Park, where the Pirates allegedly play baseball:

Sometimes the Cubs play there. And sometimes little leaguers play catch in the parking lot. I'm not sure which would have fewer errors.:sad2:

Unfortunately, I have a bad-luck streak running in which teams are usually out of town when I'm there. And with that statement, I've just teed up yet another easy joke at my expense. You're welcome.
How cute, you threw us a softball about baseball teams.


Sightseeing done, it was now time to find the bathroom, especially since Scotty was doing the patented Tinkle Tap-Dance. We searched the station high and low. They had a gift shop. They had a snack bar. They had a self-guided tour of the inner workings of the machinery. They had no bathrooms. Finally, we asked a worker, who cheerfully informed us that the bathroom was in the lower station. :headache:
Mark, there are two immutable laws of plumbing:
1) Hot goes on the left
2) [redacted] runs downhill

It just makes sense for the bathrooms to be down there.


(This is better if you imagine Barry White saying it) "There's a couple of porta-Johns out back."

Did they have disco balls?


The pictures are fantastic, Mark. As is the narration. :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
08-15-2011, 03:03 PM
We pulled into the parking lot at the base of the Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh around 12:30 p.m. or so...right on schedule.
Wait a minute... there's a schedule??? :confused3


As Barry once pointed out, you can probably imagine a scene along the lines of Lt. Dan's family history in Forrest Gump: the Oblivious Family eating PB&J at Bunker Hill, The Alamo, Gettysburg, Bastogne...
If you're going to go with the Forrest Gump reference, you should definitely go on to explain all of the various ways in which PB&J can be enjoyed the way Bubba does with shrimp.:rolleyes1


After several minutes of childish back-and-forth, we figured out that they had followed their GPS directions...to the top of the hill. :headache:
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

.
We walked into the lower station and hunted around for a bathroom. Couldn't find one anywhere after a quick hunt.
Don't they have any bushes or trees around the parking lot? :confused3

You know those gold-colored dollar coins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_coin_(United_States)) the government keeps trying to introduce that nobody uses? They're all stored in the Duquesne Incline change machine, and I was soon the proud owner of 20 of them.
:headache:

I felt like Captain Jack Sparrow with my doubloons weighing down my pocket.
Excellent reference to POTC and Jake and the Neverland Pirates!:thumbsup2 I think the word "doubloons" has become one of my favorites ever since Jake and the Neverland Pirates came on TV. There just aren't very many places you can use it.:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

And PNC Park, where the Pirates allegedly play baseball
I'd laugh, but that's hard to do the way the Reds are performing right now.:sad2:


I was about to suggest we all just go back out onto the observation deck, take care of business and shout, "Here's what I think of your scenic view!", but saner heads (read: Julie) prevailed, and we rode the tram back to the bottom.
You shouldn't have given saner heads time to prevail. :lmao::rotfl2:

Don't know that one...you wouldn't steer me wrong, would ya? :confused3

Of course not! It is a band from Central Indiana that was started by the producer of the Bob and Tom show. They actually have a few albums and play concerts. Basically they parody rock songs and re-write them as if they are 3 Amish guys named Barry, Graeber and Carl. Here's some of the lyrics of Black Bonnet Girls... I'm pretty sure you can figure out what song that is a parody of

Ohhh, you gonna paint that barn tonight
Ohhh, down beside da lantern light
Ohhh, you gonna finish all your chores
Black bonnet girls you make the Amish world go round

I was just an Amish boy
Full of purity und joy
Knew darn well that I was holier than thee
Left alone with Cousin Greta
What a naughty baby sitta
Heathen woman, you made a Mennonite out of me

middlepat
08-15-2011, 03:38 PM
And PNC Park, where the Pirates allegedly play baseball:


I've said it before and I'll say it again, being a Cubs fan I cannot comment on the futility of other baseball teams. :headache:


Unfortunately, I have a bad-luck streak running in which teams are usually out of town when I'm there. And with that statement, I've just teed up yet another easy joke at my expense. You're welcome.


{foreshadowing} popcorn::


I was about to suggest we all just go back out onto the observation deck, take care of business and shout, "Here's what I think of your scenic view!", but saner heads (read: Julie) prevailed, and we rode the tram back to the bottom.


I'm sure that you wouldn't have been the first... or the last to have "christened" the hill. :rotfl2:


Coming Up Next: Ohio! Where we let our kids play with big hammers.

Great update Mark! :thumbsup2 Makes you actually want to stop in Pittsburgh.

Sometimes the Cubs play there. And sometimes little leaguers play catch in the parking lot. I'm not sure which would have fewer errors.:sad2:


Unfortunately I know the answer to this question after watching yesterday's Cubs game. :headache:


Mark, there are two immutable laws of plumbing:
1) Hot goes on the left
2) [redacted] runs downhill

It just makes sense for the bathrooms to be down there.


For an example of #2, see the Chicago river.


The pictures are fantastic, Mark. As is the narration. :thumbsup2
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::yes:: :thumbsup2

I'd laugh, but that's hard to do the way the Reds are performing right now.:sad2:


:sad2: You can join us Cubs fans soon.


Ohhh, you gonna paint that barn tonight
Ohhh, down beside da lantern light
Ohhh, you gonna finish all your chores
Black bonnet girls you make the Amish world go round

I was just an Amish boy
Full of purity und joy
Knew darn well that I was holier than thee
Left alone with Cousin Greta
What a naughty baby sitta
Heathen woman, you made a Mennonite out of me

:rotfl2::rotfl2:
This killed me.
Clean up in Cubicle #10... Clean up in Cubicle #10.

KatMark
08-15-2011, 04:06 PM
We also made sure to make a record of our presence, so future generations would know that we had once stood in this very spot.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p0VnWqZbVok/TjtXMZGHXlI/AAAAAAAACVA/KIeLPYA-uy8/s720/IMG_9026.jpg



Great update, Mark. The scenery photos are beautiful -- well done.

Love the family photo. :thumbsup2

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 04:06 PM
great update mark!! im glad you had coke zero, dont want to od yourself on all the sugar.:thumbsup2 that could be the theme of your next trip. pb&j around the states! got to start taking pics of eating pb &j sands. in every place you visit. looks like im gonna have to head to pitts, there no restrooms out there!!!! glad you guys are having a good trip. :thumbsup2

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Great update, Mark. The scenery photos are beautiful -- well done.

Love the family photo. :thumbsup2

except for that stupid lookin hat mark has on.:lmao:

KatMark
08-15-2011, 04:10 PM
except for that stupid lookin hat mark has on.:lmao:

Better than the Flyers shirt he had on when he met me...the Hawks fan. :lmao::lmao:

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 04:16 PM
Better than the Flyers shirt he had on when he met me...the Hawks fan. :lmao::lmao:

:lmao: gotta give him credit, wearing that stuff in other cities. (there i go giving him credit again.):lmao:

KatMark
08-15-2011, 04:21 PM
:lmao: gotta give him credit, wearing that stuff in other cities. (there i go giving him credit again.):lmao:

You have to stop that.

I see you'll be at DW in 43 days; we'll be there in 40. :)

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 04:33 PM
You have to stop that.

I see you'll be at DW in 43 days; we'll be there in 40. :)

we will be at okw, where are you guys staying?

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 04:35 PM
we will be at okw, where are you guys staying?

ok, i see your rotating banner now.:lmao: well have to meet up. ill pm you my cell number and see if we can meet?

KatMark
08-15-2011, 04:49 PM
ok, i see your rotating banner now.:lmao: well have to meet up. ill pm you my cell number and see if we can meet?

We are at the AKL the nights of the 23 and 24th and then move to the OKW until the 29th. Please do send me your number...I'd love to meet up for a drink or something if we can fit it in.

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 05:03 PM
We are at the AKL the nights of the 23 and 24th and then move to the OKW until the 29th. Please do send me your number...I'd love to meet up for a drink or something if we can fit it in.

:lmao: sorry mark, making plans to meet!!:lmao: sounds good, we are in a one bedroom in the hh area. we will be pulling in on the 27th hopefully around 8pm. the 28th we dont have much planned. are you a texter or a talker? im a texter.:lmao:

KatMark
08-15-2011, 05:05 PM
:lmao: sorry mark, making plans to meet!!:lmao: sounds good, we are in a one bedroom in the hh area. we will be pulling in on the 27th hopefully around 8pm. the 28th we dont have much planned. are you a texter or a talker? im a texter.:lmao:

I have no idea what section we are staying in (these are points from a friend that we are using...we've never been to OKW). I love texting...and hate talking on the phone (I do enough of that at work). We will be at the MNSSHP on the 27th and the Studios the morning of the 28th and Epcot in the afternoon/evening. I think we are going to try to take a pool break the afternoon of the 28th, but plans keep changing. Let's definitely exchange numbers. Mark will tell you I'm quite charming, won't you Mark???? ;)

GoHerd1028
08-15-2011, 05:05 PM
You got some fantastic pictures with this update!!! The story is pretty entertaining too!:thumbsup2

dvczerfs
08-15-2011, 05:08 PM
I have no idea what section we are staying in (these are points from a friend that we are using...we've never been to OKW). I love texting...and hate talking on the phone (I do enough of that at work). We will be at the MNSSHP on the 27th and the Studios the morning of the 28th and Epcot in the afternoon/evening. I think we are going to try to take a pool break the afternoon of the 28th, but plans keep changing. Let's definitely exchange numbers. Mark will tell you I'm quite charming, won't you Mark???? ;)

ok, its on its way!! im glad we could hijack marks trip report.:lmao:

Poolrat
08-15-2011, 06:02 PM
A stunning view!

Too bad you didn't ask Patty or Selma where the bathroom was BEFORE you took your ride. She would have had the same answer, just a whole lot sooner.

Glad your son made the trip back down the incline without leaking. :lmao:

DisDadDoc
08-15-2011, 07:20 PM
Another girl in the house !!!!!:woohoo:


Sorry for any delay but work has been taking WAY too much of my time lately. :rotfl: I need to stop that.


What a great start and I hope your friends made it to the pit stop in time and if I ever put a large bucket ofcheese balls inthe back seat- well lets say i would have orange seats and well as orange teeth. :lmao:

Eileen's reading it. She just doesn't have a login yet, so she's lurking...:rolleyes:

Mrs. Knowitall
08-15-2011, 08:58 PM
I was about to suggest we all just go back out onto the observation deck, take care of business and shout, "Here's what I think of your scenic view!", but saner heads (read: Julie) prevailed, and we rode the tram back to the bottom.

Someone ask Mark about another time he uttered that phrase.....:rolleyes1



Hmmm. You didn't do this when we met up. Which tells me that either
a)You didn't think we were cool enough to invite into a longstanding Oblivous Family Tradition
b)PB & J that sat in a cooler in a van for 4 or 5 days would probably be pretty nasty.

Or c) By the time we met up with you we were sick of PB&J




The pictures are fantastic, Mark. As is the narration. :thumbsup2

Thanks! I'll take credit for the pictures! :rolleyes: hee-hee!



Eileen's reading it. She just doesn't have a login yet, so she's lurking...:rolleyes:

Hi Eileen!!!!!!:wave2::wave2::wave2::wave2:

glennbo123
08-15-2011, 09:51 PM
It was now time for that world-famous Oblivious Family Road Trip Lunch tradition: peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in a parking lot. That tradition is probably more widespread than you know. ;) As Barry once pointed out, you can probably imagine a scene along the lines of Lt. Dan's family history in Forrest Gump: the Oblivious Family eating PB&J at Bunker Hill, The Alamo, Gettysburg, Bastogne... Love it! I can see it now... Bob and Kathryn called to say they were at the Incline...where were we? We replied to say no, WE were at the incline, where were they? After several minutes of childish back-and-forth, we figured out that they had followed their GPS directions...to the top of the hill. :headache: :rotfl2: That Bob and Kathryn are so silly. :sad2: The Duquesne Incline is one of two funiculars in Pittsburgh (the Monongahela Incline is the other). A funicular (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funicular), of course, is a set of two tram cars carried up an inclined plane by a cable. The two cars counterbalance each other. Well of course. In Pittsburgh, they're called inclines, probably because people feel weird trying to use "funicular" in everyday conversation. Pittsburghers wouldn't want youns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_English) to feel awkward. As we glided up the rails, Dave looked around him and said, "Whoa. It's a little fast." I'd say we were going at least as fast as the cars on the Tomorrowland Speedway. :rolleyes1 Daredevil Dave. :) We met Bob and Kathryn at the top and took the short walk to the observation deck, where we were treated to this view: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FXkVJ6do8DU/TjtXL4gMukI/AAAAAAAACU4/UOc1IJhkn-8/s720/IMG_9021.jpg Breathtaking! Breathtaking. Oops, that's what you said too. Okay, um....beautiful! Coming Up Next: Ohio! Where we let our kids play with big hammers. Ow, I hate when I do that (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/84/84ewillie.phtml).

Flossbolna
08-16-2011, 05:47 AM
Cool funicular!! I have been on several of those, but they are always fascinating! And I think it is very cool that it is an engineering landmark! As the daughter of a civil engineer I am used to those being important sights wherever I visit! :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 09:10 AM
Hmmm. You didn't do this when we met up. Which tells me that either
a)You didn't think we were cool enough to invite into a longstanding Oblivous Family Tradition
b)PB & J that sat in a cooler in a van for 4 or 5 days would probably be pretty nasty.

I think Julie's version is the correct one. Plus, there was no guarantee we'd be able to open the tailgate of the van in that Chicago parking lot.

"Ate PB&J" is much better that the Lt. Dan's "Fought and died" :thumbsup2

Yes. Yes, it is.

Was she in in a toll booth, or sitting on a round bed with a purple bedspread, lava lamps and a fog machine?

I couldn't tell for sure. The big disco ball was in the way.

That's the Jeffersons, not Barry White. Try not to get your 70's nostalgia confused.

We're just invoking a mood more than a specific piece of nostalgia.

Oh, and +1 :thumbsup2

Yes, but were you banging into the center rail the entire time?

It was a smooth ride. Probably because Dave wasn't driving.

Did you have an pronunciation contest with the kids? First person to correctly pronounce all 3 rivers gets to hand out wedgies to the other two.[?QUOTE]

You're going to have to come with me on these trips so you can give me these ideas at the right time. This could have been a spelling contest, too.

[QUOTE=FreezinRafiki;42258737]How cute, you threw us a softball about baseball teams.

And you refused to play hardball.

Mark, there are two immutable laws of plumbing:
1) Hot goes on the left
2) [redacted] runs downhill

It just makes sense for the bathrooms to be down there.

Good point. Again, where were you when I needed you? :confused3

Did they have disco balls?

What porta-john doesnt? I would have traded them in for air-fresheners, though.

The pictures are fantastic, Mark. As is the narration. :thumbsup2

Thanks, Barry. I'm having a lot of fun with this, but you know what that's like. And Julie gets the credit for the photography.

Wait a minute... there's a schedule??? :confused3

Well, it's more like guidelines.

If you're going to go with the Forrest Gump reference, you should definitely go on to explain all of the various ways in which PB&J can be enjoyed the way Bubba does with shrimp.:rolleyes1

Good idea! There's PB&J on bread, and uh...

The PB&J milkshake at 50's Prime Time Cafe...

And that's about all I have to say about that.

Don't they have any bushes or trees around the parking lot? :confused3

Actually, no. It was a big wide-open gravel lot. Although they did have a pedestrian bridge over the road...:idea:

Excellent reference to POTC and Jake and the Neverland Pirates!:thumbsup2 I think the word "doubloons" has become one of my favorites ever since Jake and the Neverland Pirates came on TV. There just aren't very many places you can use it.

Really, shouldn't we all be using pirate terms more often? Start saying "avast, ye scalawags" as part of your normal conversation. Your friends will love it!

You shouldn't have given saner heads time to prevail.

But then you guys would have said, "Pictures or it didn't happen!" and, well...

Of course not! It is a band from Central Indiana that was started by the producer of the Bob and Tom show. They actually have a few albums and play concerts. Basically they parody rock songs and re-write them as if they are 3 Amish guys named Barry, Graeber and Carl. Here's some of the lyrics of Black Bonnet Girls... I'm pretty sure you can figure out what song that is a parody of

Ohhh, you gonna paint that barn tonight
Ohhh, down beside da lantern light
Ohhh, you gonna finish all your chores
Black bonnet girls you make the Amish world go round

I was just an Amish boy
Full of purity und joy
Knew darn well that I was holier than thee
Left alone with Cousin Greta
What a naughty baby sitta
Heathen woman, you made a Mennonite out of me

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Oh my goodness, that's hysterical.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, being a Cubs fan I cannot comment on the futility of other baseball teams. :headache:

I would have jumped in on all this Cubs-bashing, but it just feels excessive.

I'm sure that you wouldn't have been the first... or the last to have "christened" the hill. :rotfl2:

No doubt. Men tend to think alike that way.

Great update Mark! :thumbsup2 Makes you actually want to stop in Pittsburgh.

Thanks! Pittsburgh's a nice city. Julie and I were there a few years ago on the 4th of July. They had the fireworks display right over the Point State Park where the 3 rivers meet. That was pretty cool.

One of these days, I want to try a Primanti Brothers sandwich (http://www.primantibrothers.com/) there.

FreezinRafiki
08-16-2011, 09:43 AM
I think Julie's version is the correct one. Plus, there was no guarantee we'd be able to open the tailgate of the van in that Chicago parking lot.
Whatever do you mean? :crowded::crowded:


You're going to have to come with me on these trips so you can give me these ideas at the right time. This could have been a spelling contest, too.

Official Stupid Idea Guy of the Oblivious Family Vacations.®
As long as I get that ^^ on a t-shirt and some PB&J, I'm in! (Better embroider it on a polo shirt, too, just in case we go somewhere nice.)


One of these days, I want to try a Primanti Brothers sandwich (http://www.primantibrothers.com/) there.

Yes, yes you do. I had one (ok, a few) in Fort Lauderdale a few years back. The owner "retired" down to Florida and opened one down there. Soooooo good.

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 09:51 AM
Great update, Mark. The scenery photos are beautiful -- well done.

Love the family photo. :thumbsup2

Thanks Kathy! :goodvibes Julie will be happy you liked the photos.

great update mark!! im glad you had coke zero, dont want to od yourself on all the sugar.:thumbsup2 that could be the theme of your next trip. pb&j around the states! got to start taking pics of eating pb &j sands. in every place you visit. looks like im gonna have to head to pitts, there no restrooms out there!!!! glad you guys are having a good trip. :thumbsup2

They definitely need your help with the bathroom situation! This could be a lot of new clients for you.

except for that stupid lookin hat mark has on.:lmao:

That's a first-place stupid lookin' hat, mister.

Better than the Flyers shirt he had on when he met me...the Hawks fan. :lmao::lmao:

I knew you and Brian would both appreciate that shirt.

:lmao: gotta give him credit, wearing that stuff in other cities. (there i go giving him credit again.):lmao:

I'm printing out this comment and framing it!

Ok, now it's time for the social-networking portion of this TR. Feel free to find something to do to pass the time.

I see you'll be at DW in 43 days; we'll be there in 40. :)

we will be at okw, where are you guys staying?

(counting ceiling tiles)

ok, i see your rotating banner now.:lmao: well have to meet up. ill pm you my cell number and see if we can meet?

(drumming fingers on desk)

We are at the AKL the nights of the 23 and 24th and then move to the OKW until the 29th. Please do send me your number...I'd love to meet up for a drink or something if we can fit it in.

(twiddling fingers)

:lmao: sorry mark, making plans to meet!!:lmao: sounds good, we are in a one bedroom in the hh area. we will be pulling in on the 27th hopefully around 8pm. the 28th we dont have much planned. are you a texter or a talker? im a texter.:lmao:

(playing Solitaire)

I have no idea what section we are staying in (these are points from a friend that we are using...we've never been to OKW). I love texting...and hate talking on the phone (I do enough of that at work). We will be at the MNSSHP on the 27th and the Studios the morning of the 28th and Epcot in the afternoon/evening. I think we are going to try to take a pool break the afternoon of the 28th, but plans keep changing. Let's definitely exchange numbers. Mark will tell you I'm quite charming, won't you Mark???? ;)

Zzzzzzzz...huh? What? Oh, yes, absolutely! What was the question?

ok, its on its way!! im glad we could hijack marks trip report.:lmao:

I think I'm going to have to send you guys fake text messages from each other while you're down there, just to mess with ya.

middlepat
08-16-2011, 09:53 AM
One of these days, I want to try a Primanti Brothers sandwich (http://www.primantibrothers.com/) there.

Oooo... that looks good.


Yes, yes you do. I had one (ok, a few) in Fort Lauderdale a few years back. The owner "retired" down to Florida and opened one down there. Soooooo good.

Lauderdale you say... :scratchin
Hmmm, I have to be down in Miami for business some point in the next 6 weeks, I may have to take a short drive for a sammich. (and yes, that is the proper Chicago annunciation). :rotfl2:

dvczerfs
08-16-2011, 09:59 AM
I have no idea what section we are staying in (these are points from a friend that we are using...we've never been to OKW). I love texting...and hate talking on the phone (I do enough of that at work). We will be at the MNSSHP on the 27th and the Studios the morning of the 28th and Epcot in the afternoon/evening. I think we are going to try to take a pool break the afternoon of the 28th, but plans keep changing. Let's definitely exchange numbers. Mark will tell you I'm quite charming, won't you Mark???? ;) good morning mark and kathy!:lmao:

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 09:59 AM
You got some fantastic pictures with this update!!! The story is pretty entertaining too!:thumbsup2

Thanks Steve! :goodvibes

A stunning view!

Too bad you didn't ask Patty or Selma where the bathroom was BEFORE you took your ride. She would have had the same answer, just a whole lot sooner.

Glad your son made the trip back down the incline without leaking. :lmao:

+1 for the Simpsons reference. Nice work!

I guess we could have made it work in an emergency. That's one of the advantages of being a guy...the world is your toilet. :thumbsup2

Eileen's reading it. She just doesn't have a login yet, so she's lurking...:rolleyes:

:tiptoe:

Hi Eileen! :wave2: Is your husband reading this TR too? :confused3

Someone ask Mark about another time he uttered that phrase.....:rolleyes1

:rolleyes1

Or c) By the time we met up with you we were sick of PB&J

::yes::

Thanks! I'll take credit for the pictures! :rolleyes: hee-hee!

:worship:

That tradition is probably more widespread than you know. ;)

So you're a cheapskate too? :rotfl2:

That Bob and Kathryn are so silly. :sad2:

Obviously. Or their GPS is a practical joker.

Well of course. Pittsburghers wouldn't want youns (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_English) to feel awkward.

Very nice! Love the local flavor.

Daredevil Dave. :)

:sad2:

Breathtaking! Oops, that's what you said too. Okay, um....beautiful!

I believe the phrase you're searching for is "Great minds..." ;)

Ow, I hate when I do that (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/84/84ewillie.phtml).

+1 :thumbsup2 for the SNL reference! I vaguely remember watching that skit way back when...probably in a re-run or something. It was hilarious, though.

Cool funicular!! I have been on several of those, but they are always fascinating! And I think it is very cool that it is an engineering landmark! As the daughter of a civil engineer I am used to those being important sights wherever I visit! :thumbsup2

Thanks Magdalene! Sounds like you could teach Barry and Andy a lesson or two...:rolleyes1

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 10:04 AM
Whatever do you mean? :crowded::crowded:

:rolleyes1

Official Stupid Idea Guy of the Oblivious Family Vacations.®
As long as I get that ^^ on a t-shirt and some PB&J, I'm in!

I like it! And I was wondering what to get you for Christmas.

(Better embroider it on a polo shirt, too, just in case we go somewhere nice.)

Well, you saw our pictures on FB. What are the odds we ever go anywhere nice?

Yes, yes you do. I had one (ok, a few) in Fort Lauderdale a few years back. The owner "retired" down to Florida and opened one down there. Soooooo good.

They look awesome. I think we first saw them on the Food Network or Travel Channel and said, "Yup, that's going on the list!"

Oooo... that looks good.

::yes::

Lauderdale you say... :scratchin
Hmmm, I have to be down in Miami for business some point in the next 6 weeks, I may have to take a short drive for a sammich. (and yes, that is the proper Chicago annunciation). :rotfl2:

I love it when a plan comes together. We'll need a full report, by the way.

good morning mark and kathy!:lmao:

:wave2: pirate:

KatMark
08-16-2011, 10:13 AM
good morning mark and kathy!:lmao:

Good morning, Dave. Hope you have a great day! :goodvibes




:wave2: pirate:

Good morning, Mark. How the heck are you this fine morning?

FreezinRafiki
08-16-2011, 10:15 AM
Someone ask Mark about another time he uttered that phrase.....:rolleyes1

Oops. I had seen this but must have forgotten to multiquote it.

Anway....


Mark, can you tell us about another time you used the phrase "Here's what I think of your scenic view!"? (And let's make sure it's the time that Julie is thinking about.)

afwdwfan
08-16-2011, 10:17 AM
Someone ask Mark about another time he uttered that phrase.....:rolleyes1

Hey Mark. I think it is story time!:rolleyes1

Well, it's more like guidelines.
Pirates of the Caribbean:rolleyes1

Good idea! There's PB&J on bread, and uh...

The PB&J milkshake at 50's Prime Time Cafe...

And that's about all I have to say about that.
You claim a multi-generation PB&J eating heritage and that's all you've got??? :confused3

Actually, no. It was a big wide-open gravel lot. Although they did have a pedestrian bridge over the road...:idea:
That is where an SUV is better than a van. It's hard to open sliding doors to stand between.:lmao::rotfl2:

Really, shouldn't we all be using pirate terms more often? Start saying "avast, ye scalawags" as part of your normal conversation. Your friends will love it!
Aye Cap'n! Now pass me the rum.

But then you guys would have said, "Pictures or it didn't happen!" and, well...
Certain things are exempt from that rule... Mainly things we don't want to see and that would definitely be one of them.:rotfl:

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Oh my goodness, that's hysterical.
They were huge around here in the mid-90's. They even had kiosks in the mall selling Electric Amish CDs and merchandise. I remember they had these shirts that looked like the Notre Dame leprechaun, except he was a "fighting Amish." :lmao: They have some great material.:thumbsup2

FreezinRafiki
08-16-2011, 10:20 AM
Lauderdale you say... :scratchin
Hmmm, I have to be down in Miami for business some point in the next 6 weeks, I may have to take a short drive for a sammich. (and yes, that is the proper Chicago annunciation). :rotfl2:
901 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Right across from the street from the beach, and they're open 24 hours!


Well, you saw our pictures on FB. What are the odds we ever go anywhere nice?
Dinner on Sunday in Chicago. :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-16-2011, 10:51 AM
Good morning, Mark. How the heck are you this fine morning?

Hi Kathy! I can't complain. Well, I could, but you wouldn't want to hear it.

Oops. I had seen this but must have forgotten to multiquote it.

Anway....

Mark, can you tell us about another time you used the phrase "Here's what I think of your scenic view!"? (And let's make sure it's the time that Julie is thinking about.)

Hey Mark. I think it is story time!:rolleyes1

Well, it's really not much of a story. My wife and I honeymooned in Arizona at the Grand Canyon. Facilities are rare in the wilds of Arizona, and you of course need to stay well-hydrated in the desert. We did a hike on the Kaibab Trail, and I may or may not have "christened" the Grand Canyon. I also may or may not have used the "Here's what I think of your scenic view" line. :rolleyes1

Pirates of the Caribbean:rolleyes1

+1 :thumbsup2

You claim a multi-generation PB&J eating heritage and that's all you've got??? :confused3

I didn't say we were creative, I just said we ate a lot of it. Besides, if it ain't broke...

I once saw a Mr. Rogers episode way back when in which he decided to make a PB&J-and-popcorn sandwich. I don't know what possessed him to do it. Anyway, he did so, took a bite, and then had all he could do not to puke. Instead, he calmly placed the sandwich in a plastic bag and said, "It's very good. I think I'll take it home with me." Best. Mr. Rogers. Ever. :lmao::rotfl2:

That is where an SUV is better than a van. It's hard to open sliding doors to stand between.:lmao::rotfl2:

Should I be worried about the way you think? Nah.

Aye Cap'n! Now pass me the rum.

pirate:

Certain things are exempt from that rule... Mainly things we don't want to see and that would definitely be one of them.:rotfl:

Can't blame you there. I wouldn't want to see it, either.

They were huge around here in the mid-90's. They even had kiosks in the mall selling Electric Amish CDs and merchandise. I remember they had these shirts that looked like the Notre Dame leprechaun, except he was a "fighting Amish." :lmao: They have some great material.:thumbsup2

:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 I will have to do more research...

901 North Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Right across from the street from the beach, and they're open 24 hours!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-aKbboXycWAE/TXfUVL3ehnI/AAAAAAAAB6k/B4Z59UiTGOU/drooling_homer-712749_gif.png.jpg

Dinner on Sunday in Chicago. :thumbsup2

That was a classy spot. :thumbsup2

All7OfUs
08-17-2011, 11:21 AM
Yup, believe it or not, I just read your last update... the one about tram cars. For some odd reason the word "funicular" reminded me of "folliculitis" which is a nasty infection of your hair follicles that get all itchy especially in your arm pits or other "delicate places". Just thought I had to share that.

Captain_Oblivious
08-17-2011, 01:04 PM
Yup, believe it or not, I just read your last update... the one about tram cars. For some odd reason the word "funicular" reminded me of "folliculitis" which is a nasty infection of your hair follicles that get all itchy especially in your arm pits or other "delicate places". Just thought I had to share that.

Well...thanks for sharing.

Now I feel like I need to take a shower. :rotfl2:

jenb1023
08-17-2011, 07:33 PM
Great update! Makes me want to visit Pittsburgh which I rarely do - sad since I am in the same state! I've seen the inclines but have not ridden in one. Heinz Field :lovestruc - I would love to see a game there some day but the prices are a little crazy! You got some great photos!

Too much banter to comment on but I am :rotfl:!

theduck619
08-17-2011, 07:38 PM
I was once at the Grand Canyon and experienced this weird pop up shower out of no where............hey wait a minute :scared1::scared1::scared1:

dvczerfs
08-17-2011, 08:54 PM
hay mark, you made me hungry for a pb & j sand. reading your trip report. had two today for lunch!!!:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-18-2011, 08:33 AM
Sorry it took me so ling to get back over here. Work has been interfering with my chosen profession of slacking off.


It was now time for that world-famous Oblivious Family Road Trip Lunch tradition: peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches in a parking lot.


My family did this when we were traveling as well. Our “road trips” we generally just traveling to see the relatives, but any excuse to go somewhere else was fine by me.


In any case, I had an extremely healthy lunch of PB&J, cheese balls, and cookies,


You mean y’all didn’t finish up those cheese balls way back there in Amish country? It looked like it was only about five or six gallons worth. You should’a knock them out in just a 100 miles or so.


After several minutes of childish back-and-forth, we figured out that they had followed their GPS directions...to the top of the hill.


You got to be specific when talking to a GPS


You know those gold-colored dollar coins the government keeps trying to introduce that nobody uses? They're all stored in the Duquesne Incline change machine, and I was soon the proud owner of 20 of them.


The rest of them are stored in the change returns or the USPS stamp machines. I actually keep a couple of these around in my various vehicles for use in the more expensive drink machines (the same ones that always seem to be unable to read a dollar bill)


In case you're wondering, that's the Allegheny River coming from the top left of the picture, and the Monongahela River flowing from the right to form the Ohio River at bottom left.


Geography lessons… Another feature commonly found in DisDad TRs


We also made sure to make a record of our presence, so future generations would know that we had once stood in this very spot.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-p0VnWqZbVok/TjtXMZGHXlI/AAAAAAAACVA/KIeLPYA-uy8/s720/IMG_9026.jpg


Your grandchildren will thank you.


we asked a worker, who cheerfully informed us that the bathroom was in the lower station.


d'oh


I was about to suggest we all just go back out onto the observation deck, take care of business and shout, "Here's what I think of your scenic view!"


I’m waiting to hear more about the origin of this phrase as well



"There's a couple of porta-Johns out back."


Classy…


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_w5vQ9DcODg/TjtXKwiyM1I/AAAAAAAACUo/zUDyXjHHcTo/s720/IMG_9012.jpg



Nice shot.

Somewhere in my house we have a picture taken from about that same spot, but in the background you can see where they are building a new stadium down there in the lower left of the image. Specifically… it’s Three Rivers Stadium. And the two small boys in the picture are long grown (we moved out of western PA in 1968). I wish I could find the thing and post it just to show how the skyline has changed.



Coming Up Next: Ohio! Where we let our kids play with big hammers.


As my daddy would say: No good will come of this…

Nice update!!

Captain_Oblivious
08-18-2011, 09:28 AM
Great update! Makes me want to visit Pittsburgh which I rarely do - sad since I am in the same state! I've seen the inclines but have not ridden in one. Heinz Field :lovestruc - I would love to see a game there some day but the prices are a little crazy! You got some great photos!

Too much banter to comment on but I am :rotfl:!

Thanks! I hear you about NFL ticket prices. I'll be happy to watch the games at home rather than take out a 2nd mortgage. And my wife will be very happy to hear that you like her photos!

As for the banter...that's why we're here! So everyone can have fun at my expense! :thumbsup2 :rotfl2:

I was once at the Grand Canyon and experienced this weird pop up shower out of no where............hey wait a minute :scared1::scared1::scared1:

Was it 104 degrees that day? Maybe it was refreshing. :confused3

hay mark, you made me hungry for a pb & j sand. reading your trip report. had two today for lunch!!!:thumbsup2

Nice work! Hopefully you had them in a scenic parking lot somewhere.

Sorry it took me so ling to get back over here. Work has been interfering with my chosen profession of slacking off.

If you ever find a way to get paid for slacking off, can you cut me in?

My family did this when we were traveling as well. Our “road trips” we generally just traveling to see the relatives, but any excuse to go somewhere else was fine by me.

::yes:: Me too. I get to the point where I just want to see something different.

You mean y’all didn’t finish up those cheese balls way back there in Amish country? It looked like it was only about five or six gallons worth. You should’a knock them out in just a 100 miles or so.

Barry's son taught us a valuable lesson about attempting that.

The rest of them are stored in the change returns or the USPS stamp machines. I actually keep a couple of these around in my various vehicles for use in the more expensive drink machines (the same ones that always seem to be unable to read a dollar bill)

I didn't know the vending machines knew how to read them. I did save one for each kid to have.

Geography lessons… Another feature commonly found in DisDad TRs

Because maps are a guy thing. :thumbsup2

I’m waiting to hear more about the origin of this phrase as well

Answered that one somewhere in the replies up above.

Somewhere in my house we have a picture taken from about that same spot, but in the background you can see where they are building a new stadium down there in the lower left of the image. Specifically… it’s Three Rivers Stadium. And the two small boys in the picture are long grown (we moved out of western PA in 1968). I wish I could find the thing and post it just to show how the skyline has changed.

That would be neat to see. Although it might make you pause to look at it and realize the stadium no longer exists!

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-18-2011, 09:45 AM
Because maps are a guy thing. :thumbsup2


::yes:: That they are


Answered that one somewhere in the replies up above.


Oooops… missed that, I’ll go back and hunt for it…

***insert Jeopardy theme music here***

OK… I found it. That put it all into perspective.


That would be neat to see. Although it might make you pause to look at it and realize the stadium no longer exists!

Oh… I know it ain’t there. Just another concrete reminder of just how l-o-n-g ago that particular picture was taken.

Captain_Oblivious
08-18-2011, 11:41 AM
Oh… I know it ain’t there. Just another concrete reminder of just how l-o-n-g ago that particular picture was taken.

I figured you knew it was gone...amazing how much things change.

Captain_Oblivious
08-18-2011, 12:50 PM
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit. Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*

*Until the next chapter.

Since our friends had to make their way back down the hill, we gave them a head start before heading out from Pittsburgh. A little ways down the road we picked up our first "new" state of the trip (being a state that the kids haven't seen before).

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EGK75g3qHpc/TjtXNdsztoI/AAAAAAAACVU/g7poDc8t8Vo/s720/IMG_9041.jpg

One of our goals as a family is to get our kids to all 50 states. Why? Well, we want them to see the country, and that's an measurable way to do it. And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.

After a fill-up at a skeevy gas station (Julie's words: "Don't go in there.":eek:) outside Youngstown, OH, we made our way to our next destination:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5hXVPW7mdGs/TjtXUMxHGJI/AAAAAAAACWg/08WXgrVQSfQ/IMG_9080.jpg

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (http://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm) is one of our newest parks, having been established as a National Park formally in 2000. It encompasses the Cuyahoga (Mohawk for "crooked") River and an area that used to be a man-made canal that allowed shipping between Lake Erie and the Ohio River. As such, it's more of a historic park than a scenic park.

We stopped at the Boston Store Visitor Center. This is a store that was built in 1836 and basically served as a market along the canal route.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-x-uSenByosc/TjtXPlOgMGI/AAAAAAAACWA/EHvqypU2Uy4/s720/IMG_9059.jpg

Besides enabling us to get an all-important stamp for our National Parks Passport (http://www.eparks.com/store/product/22515/*Passport-To-Your-National-Parks*/), the store also housed an exhibit on ship-building. It showed the types of boats that would be constructed for use in the canal. Here's an example of the boards that could be cut from a single log:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_xCs6WD-oUk/TjtXOkMKWBI/AAAAAAAACVs/Q-EZh4pnTYg/s720/IMG_9049.jpg

They also had a model shipbuilders village. But by far the most popular exhibit was the piece of a ship under construction, which included some of the crude tools that would be used. Because anytime you can give a kid a crude tool to swing freely, you gotta do it.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qkv2ChgXTh0/TjtXNiUuvPI/AAAAAAAACVY/8gILk6jmmAA/s720/IMG_9042.jpg

I'm sure a 5-inch-long metal spike won't do any damage, either.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CiLaxCsu6sI/TjtXOUzifAI/AAAAAAAACVo/JjVMn8UZVes/s720/IMG_9047.jpg

Being the model parents that we are, we let the kids hammer away to their hearts' content. Because after 8 hours of driving, you need to take out some pent-up aggression.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DxsXlsHjSZU/TjtXN0Y60XI/AAAAAAAACVc/my1fQmXekCA/s720/IMG_9045.jpg

When I posted that picture on Facebook, Barry asked me if I was swinging the mallet at Dave or myself. I honestly can't remember; I may have blacked out. Anyway, after beating each other senseless, we took a short hike down the towpath trail to see one of the old locks from the canal.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Ju49KbTPO3c/TjtXPvuLL0I/AAAAAAAACV8/nPgUcd61-mk/s720/IMG_9060.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZfcpZztHuPA/TjtXQBBoGuI/AAAAAAAACWI/O4n0VWkCqT8/s512/IMG_9062.jpg

Remember the "Heat Dome" that was blanketing the Midwest this summer? We were right in the middle of it. The temperature was pushing 100 degrees. Naturally, we thought this would be a great time to add a hike to our agenda. A short drive away, there was a trail to "Blue Hen Falls". Being proud Delaweenies, we couldn't pass up a chance to see the namesake waterfall of our state mascot. (Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)

The map said we were to follow a "short, paved trail". By that, it meant "steep and once was paved". Dave likes to be the first guy in line, so he raced ahead down the gravelly debris that used to be pavement. Luckily, after a quick descent, the path flattened out. In fairly short order, we were crossing a stream and the reaching our destination. I give you the majesty of Blue Hen Falls:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Xvw7LRHuTHc/TjtXQvHSqCI/AAAAAAAACWM/JLld0aXwdYo/s720/IMG_9064.jpg

Ok, so maybe "waterfall" has a looser definition in Ohio. This was a nice little spot, but as far as waterfalls go, it looked like somebody might have left a faucet turned on upstream. And I sure didn't see any blue hens, or even anyone else from Delaware around. In any case, the kids were now showing signs of classic Minivan Fatigue:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PixNOG-ioXk/TjtXTWW6xgI/AAAAAAAACWc/tXdQL4uIayo/s720/IMG_9076.jpg

Time to hit our last destination for the day: Brandywine Falls. Yup, another waterfall. Would it be more impressive? The end of a raging river, perhaps? Or somebody's garden hose washing over the side of their deck?

A short hike from the parking lot to a bride over the falls looked promising. Here is the top of the falls:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-zQS_CALQc9Q/TjtXUnZKsHI/AAAAAAAACWs/X8I364kxb7Q/s512/IMG_9082.jpg

We entered a boardwalk trail that led to a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. Surely if they'd taken the time to build a boardwalk trail, it would be impressive, right?

Well, it was impressive. And stop calling me Shirley.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iBiuX4SPPA8/TjtXVnVj9mI/AAAAAAAACW8/jmlJMLU9GVM/s720/IMG_9095.jpg

Now that, my friends, is a waterfall.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Naa-kMZG4u4/TjtXVQD83tI/AAAAAAAACXA/TCaC9tPjgu0/s512/IMG_9094.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-S_W5GMUmbdk/TjtXVWFZkuI/AAAAAAAACXE/oWrzs8OFbko/s720/IMG_9093.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HSeme5M0SS8/TjtXW8Lv-JI/AAAAAAAACXQ/hCBJ4ZTp9GQ/s720/IMG_9100.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j6aYQqe_EsE/TjtXW1B_u4I/AAAAAAAACXM/2mSBZXX2W84/s720/IMG_9101.jpg

From there, it was on to our hotel. Accommodations provided by Country Inn & Suites of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. All in all, a very productive day: Over 400 miles driving, a ride on a funicular with a spectacular view, and a national park with interesting history and 1.5 waterfalls. All that was left was finding a place for dinner...which I think deserves a post of its own.

Coming Up Next:Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention? I just said it would be about dinner. We found a place that was...um...unique.

afwdwfan
08-18-2011, 01:12 PM
Really? An update on thread closing day?:lmao:
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit. Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*
Ok, done reading. I guess I can head back over to try and close out DDC XI.

A little ways down the road we picked up our first "new" state of the trip (being a state that the kids haven't seen before).
That picture would be a lot more dramatic if it wasn't such a familiar sight.:lmao::rotfl2:

And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.
::yes::
Sad, but true.

When I posted that picture on Facebook, Barry asked me if I was swinging the mallet at Dave or myself. I honestly can't remember; I may have blacked out.
Well, that must mean you were obviously swinging it at yourself then if you blacked out.:confused3

Remember the "Heat Dome" that was blanketing the Midwest this summer?
:headache: How could we forget. Your timing was perfect!:thumbsup2

(Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)
Isn't that illegal? Philly fan... Michael Vick... :rolleyes1

Yeah, shouldn't have gone there. Oh well.:confused3

Well, it was impressive. And stop calling me Shirley.
Airplaine :rolleyes1

a national park with interesting history and 1.5 waterfalls.
1.5??? Wow, I think you're giving Blue Hen Falls a bit too much credit.:rotfl2:

All that was left was finding a place for dinner...which I think deserves a post of its own.
Dinner usually does require a detailed post.:thumbsup2

Coming Up Next:Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention? I just said it would be about dinner. We found a place that was...um...unique.
Back to the Future :rolleyes1
Was it a diner that serves Tab and Pepsi Free?

glennbo123
08-18-2011, 01:33 PM
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit.

Ooo, this oughtta be good.

Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*

*Until the next chapter.

Big mistake. Didn't your English teacher always tell you: "Know your reader!"

One of our goals as a family is to get our kids to all 50 states. Why? Well, we want them to see the country, and that's an measurable way to do it. And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.

Can you adopt me just before you, I mean 'we', visit Hawaii?

Cuyahoga (Mohawk for "crooked")

Little known fact -- in addition to a river, that's also the Mohawk word for "Politician".

They also had a model shipbuilders village. But by far the most popular exhibit was the piece of a ship under construction, which included some of the crude tools that would be used. Because anytime you can give a kid a crude tool to swing freely, you gotta do it.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qkv2ChgXTh0/TjtXNiUuvPI/AAAAAAAACVY/8gILk6jmmAA/s720/IMG_9042.jpg

Love it! Question: is Scotty holding the nail?

Being the model parents that we are, we let the kids hammer away to their hearts' content. Because after 8 hours of driving, you need to take out some pent-up aggression.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DxsXlsHjSZU/TjtXN0Y60XI/AAAAAAAACVc/my1fQmXekCA/s720/IMG_9045.jpg

:rotfl2:

Being proud Delaweenies, we couldn't pass up a chance to see the namesake waterfall of our state mascot. (Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)

'zactly.


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Xvw7LRHuTHc/TjtXQvHSqCI/AAAAAAAACWM/JLld0aXwdYo/s720/IMG_9064.jpg

Ok, so maybe "waterfall" has a looser definition in Ohio. This was a nice little spot, but as far as waterfalls go, it looked like somebody might have left a faucet turned on upstream.

Wha? This doesn't live up to the name! Maybe Hornet waterfall, after Delaware State.

In any case, the kids were now showing signs of classic Minivan Fatigue:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PixNOG-ioXk/TjtXTWW6xgI/AAAAAAAACWc/tXdQL4uIayo/s720/IMG_9076.jpg

Hmmm, where did Sarah learn that little move?

Time to hit our last destination for the day: Brandywine Falls.

What's with all the southeast PA / northern DE names?

And stop calling me Shirley.

Never. You'll always be "Shirley" to me.

Coming Up Next:Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention? I just said it would be about dinner. We found a place that was...um...unique.

I'm sure it was a place that your density brought you to.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-18-2011, 02:41 PM
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit.


What? Cheese balls, “the Poopies”, christening the Grand Canyon and porta-pots ain’t classy?


Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*


Awwwwwww….


*Until the next chapter.


OK… but only this time, right?


One of our goals as a family is to get our kids to all 50 states.


Excellent goal. One I’d liked to have pulled of myself, but given the current stat of affairs, it seems doubtful.


And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.


Like I said: “given the current stat of affairs…”


Cuyahoga (Mohawk for "crooked") River


I did not know that. I knew that at one time you could actually set the river on fire, but I didn’t know the meaning behind the moniker.


Besides enabling us to get an all-important stamp for our National Parks Passport,


That’s pretty cool as well. I need to get both the NPS passport and one of the new Star Tours Passports. I believe that will make a good set


They also had a model shipbuilders village.


Need to see this. If it’s got anything to do with ships, I need to add it to my list



Because anytime you can give a kid a crude tool to swing freely, you gotta do it.


::yes:: Especially after having had them locked up in a car for a good while.



Because after 8 hours of driving, you need to take out some pent-up aggression.


Like I said….



https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DxsXlsHjSZU/TjtXN0Y60XI/AAAAAAAACVc/my1fQmXekCA/s720/IMG_9045.jpg


Yah… it does look more like you’re hitting yourself then the young’ins.


A short drive away, there was a trail to "Blue Hen Falls". Being proud Delaweenies, we couldn't pass up a chance to see the namesake waterfall of our state mascot. (Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)


Cool (and my state has a similar mascot that has to be similarly explained on a regular bases :sad2:).


…as far as waterfalls go, it looked like somebody might have left a faucet turned on upstream.


Didn’t quite live up to the “Kickin’ Chicken” image evoked by the name


Time to hit our last destination for the day: Brandywine Falls.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iBiuX4SPPA8/TjtXVnVj9mI/AAAAAAAACW8/jmlJMLU9GVM/s720/IMG_9095.jpg


That's more like it!

And stop calling me Shirley.
Airplane


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j6aYQqe_EsE/TjtXW1B_u4I/AAAAAAAACXM/2mSBZXX2W84/s720/IMG_9101.jpg


Nice Shot.

And a good end to a traveling day.


Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention?


Back to the Future (this is how the game is played right?)

GoHerd1028
08-18-2011, 06:20 PM
Being proud Delaweenies, we couldn't pass up a chance to see the namesake waterfall of our state mascot. (Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)
.

But it has nothing for a Thundering Herd :rotfl2:

dvczerfs
08-18-2011, 07:57 PM
delaweenies!!!:lmao::lmao: shirley, those are nice water falls.:thumbsup2 (thats from a movie but i have no idea) nice update mark. its always fun reading your trip reports. but you still have that stupid lookin hat on your head? :lmao: im glad to see you havnt brain washed your children in wearing that stuff. ill have to take a pic of what briana brought home a few weeks ago. looking forward to another installment.:thumbsup2

Poolrat
08-18-2011, 08:58 PM
Well, it was impressive. And stop calling me Shirley.

Airplane.


Coming Up Next:Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention? I just said it would be about dinner. We found a place that was...um...unique.

Back to the Future.

And yes, surely I am third in reporting these. :lmao:

FreezinRafiki
08-18-2011, 09:54 PM
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit. Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*
Booooooooo


*Until the next chapter.
YAAAAA!


Poop deck.

Sorry, I just couldn't wait until the next chapter. (For those of you that don't get that joke, you're clearly not following my Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717090). Here ends the shameless plug)


Since our friends had to make their way back down the hill, we gave them a head start before heading out from Pittsburgh.

One Mississippi. Two Mississippi. Three Mississippi. OK, GO!



One of our goals as a family is to get our kids to all 50 states. Why? Well, we want them to see the country, and that's an measurable way to do it. And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.
Great goal! One of the states my kids have been to is Michigan. We were literally 1/4 mile into the Upper Peninsula, but it still counts.


After a fill-up at a skeevy gas station (Julie's words: "Don't go in there.":eek:) outside Youngstown, OH

There you go again, listening to that voice of reason. "Don't pee down the funicular. Don't go in that gas station. Don't poke that bear with a stick."


Here's an example of the boards that could be cut from a single log:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_xCs6WD-oUk/TjtXOkMKWBI/AAAAAAAACVs/Q-EZh4pnTYg/s720/IMG_9049.jpg



Mark, I'm bored with this, let's move on.
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:


I'm sure a 5-inch-long metal spike won't do any damage, either.

Nope, not as long as your skull is 6 inches thick.

Uh oh.


When I posted that picture on Facebook, Barry asked me if I was swinging the mallet at Dave or myself. I honestly can't remember; I may have blacked out.


Did a 10" lump grow out of your head like in the cartoons?



https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZfcpZztHuPA/TjtXQBBoGuI/AAAAAAAACWI/O4n0VWkCqT8/s512/IMG_9062.jpg
Wow, it allowed two canoes to go through it at the same time! That must have been one heck of a time saver!


A short drive away, there was a trail to "Blue Hen Falls". Being proud Delaweenies, we couldn't pass up a chance to see the namesake waterfall of our state mascot. (Yes, the blue hen is a chicken, but it's a Fighting chicken.)
He's pretty bad a**. All of the other magnets on our fridge are afraid of him. Until they found out his name was Youdee. Then the Pooh Bear magnet gave him a wedgie.



https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Xvw7LRHuTHc/TjtXQvHSqCI/AAAAAAAACWM/JLld0aXwdYo/s720/IMG_9064.jpg
Ooooooo. I'm skipping my next Disney trip to come here.


Well, it was impressive.
Better! And I love the family pictures :)


From there, it was on to our hotel. Accommodations provided by Country Inn & Suites of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Better or worse than the Paradise Motel?

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 09:47 AM
Really? An update on thread closing day?:lmao:

Once you guys start with that, I can't keep up. So I figured I might as well do something productive...or add another chapter. I went with the latter.

Ok, done reading. I guess I can head back over to try and close out DDC XI.

Note to self: keep the toilet humor.

That picture would be a lot more dramatic if it wasn't such a familiar sight.:lmao::rotfl2:

It was dramatic to my kids. I said, "Hey guys, we're in Ohio now!" They briefly looked up and then went back to their DVD.

Well, that must mean you were obviously swinging it at yourself then if you blacked out.:confused3

:headache:

Isn't that illegal? Philly fan... Michael Vick... :rolleyes1

Yeah, shouldn't have gone there. Oh well.:confused3

Our chickens only fight in self-defense.

Airplaine :rolleyes1

+1 :thumbsup2

1.5??? Wow, I think you're giving Blue Hen Falls a bit too much credit.:rotfl2:

I think you're right. Let's call it 1.1 waterfalls.

Back to the Future :rolleyes1
Was it a diner that serves Tab and Pepsi Free?

+1 :thumbsup2

You want a Pepsi, son, you're gonna pay for it!

Ooo, this oughtta be good.

No, it's just one of my chapters.

Big mistake. Didn't your English teacher always tell you: "Know your reader!"

Good point. Back to the gutter we go!

Can you adopt me just before you, I mean 'we', visit Hawaii?

Absolutely! As we discussed before, I need to find someone with DVC points! :rotfl2:

Little known fact -- in addition to a river, that's also the Mohawk word for "Politician".

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Love it! Question: is Scotty holding the nail?

Well, not anymore.

Wha? This doesn't live up to the name! Maybe Hornet waterfall, after Delaware State.

Look at you throwing out the local knowledge. +1:thumbsup2 I agree, this waterfall is DSU territory.

Hmmm, where did Sarah learn that little move?

I have absolutely no idea. :rolleyes1

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4RfC5ph8k0w/TMoRq1zc1jI/AAAAAAAABSA/GynQ5Fa71Qk/s720/IMG_5322.JPG

What's with all the southeast PA / northern DE names?

Ohio is, like, soooo un-original.

Never. You'll always be "Shirley" to me.

Umm...thanks?

I'm sure it was a place that your density brought you to.

Nice! Did Darth Vader visit you in the middle of the night?

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 10:11 AM
What? Cheese balls, “the Poopies”, christening the Grand Canyon and porta-pots ain’t classy?

I would have thought so as well, but some people just can't be pleased.

OK… but only this time, right?

::yes::

Excellent goal. One I’d liked to have pulled of myself, but given the current state of affairs, it seems doubtful.

Well, we all do what we can. Travel is about the only thing we spend money on.

Like I said: “given the current state of affairs…”

My plan was to increase my savings for college as my income went up...oops.

I did not know that. I knew that at one time you could actually set the river on fire, but I didn’t know the meaning behind the moniker.

Kind of amazing that a river known for being set on fire is now a National Park, huh?

That’s pretty cool as well. I need to get both the NPS passport and one of the new Star Tours Passports. I believe that will make a good set

:thumbsup2

Need to see this. If it’s got anything to do with ships, I need to add it to my list

The exhibit was fairly small, but I can see where it would be up your alley.

Yah… it does look more like you’re hitting yourself then the young’ins.

Well, at least nobody has to call Child Services.

Cool (and my state has a similar mascot that has to be similarly explained on a regular bases :sad2:).

Well, it could be worse. Your mascot could be a banana slug (http://www.goslugs.com/).

Didn’t quite live up to the “Kickin’ Chicken” image evoked by the name

No, it was more like a plain ol' chicken.

Airplane

Yes. Yes, it was.

Nice Shot.

And a good end to a traveling day.

Thanks!

Back to the Future (this is how the game is played right?)

It is. I didn't actually formally announce a movie-quote game this time around. Mostly because I used up just about all of my favorite quotes in the last TR. But I still throw in a few occasionally for fun. We'll see if I can come up with a good game for this TR.

But it has nothing for a Thundering Herd :rotfl2:

Zzzzzzz....who would want to name anything after a group of overgrown cattle?:confused3

its always fun reading your trip reports. but you still have that stupid lookin hat on your head? :lmao: im glad to see you havnt brain washed your children in wearing that stuff.

:rolleyes1 Dave, if that's how you feel, you're gonna love the pictures from day 2.

Airplane.

Back to the Future.

And yes, surely I am third in reporting these. :lmao:

::yes:: But hey, at least you know the classics.

KatMark
08-19-2011, 10:14 AM
Time to class this Trip Report up a bit. Since the previous chapter involved several bouts of potty humor, I hereby promise that there will be no more toilet jokes in this Trip Report.*

*Until the next chapter.

Good thing you put in that "disclaimer." ;)

One of our goals as a family is to get our kids to all 50 states. Why? Well, we want them to see the country, and that's an measurable way to do it. And it's a more obtainable goal than, say paying for college.

I can vouch for that; both of the boys are now done, but we'll be paying school loans forever...and we ONLY had 2 kids!

Being the model parents that we are, we let the kids hammer away to their hearts' content. Because after 8 hours of driving, you need to take out some pent-up aggression.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-DxsXlsHjSZU/TjtXN0Y60XI/AAAAAAAACVc/my1fQmXekCA/s720/IMG_9045.jpg

I crack up every time I see this picture...but for some reason it always makes me think of you and Barry. :confused3

Ok, so maybe "waterfall" has a looser definition in Ohio. This was a nice little spot, but as far as waterfalls go, it looked like somebody might have left a faucet turned on upstream. And I sure didn't see any blue hens, or even anyone else from Delaware around. In any case, the kids were now showing signs of classic Minivan Fatigue:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PixNOG-ioXk/TjtXTWW6xgI/AAAAAAAACWc/tXdQL4uIayo/s720/IMG_9076.jpg

Definitely her father's daughter!!!!


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iBiuX4SPPA8/TjtXVnVj9mI/AAAAAAAACW8/jmlJMLU9GVM/s720/IMG_9095.jpg

Beautiful


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HSeme5M0SS8/TjtXW8Lv-JI/AAAAAAAACXQ/hCBJ4ZTp9GQ/s720/IMG_9100.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j6aYQqe_EsE/TjtXW1B_u4I/AAAAAAAACXM/2mSBZXX2W84/s720/IMG_9101.jpg



Great pic of you and Julie, and with those goofy kids. :)

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 10:34 AM
Booooooooo

Sorry.

YAAAAA!

Whew!

Poop deck.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Sorry, I just couldn't wait until the next chapter. (For those of you that don't get that joke, you're clearly not following my Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717090). Here ends the shameless plug)

As I said before, shameless plugs of your Trip Reports are not only encouraged, but expected! In fact, if I have time, I'll post some links separately. In the meantime, Barry's TR's are well worth your time! :thumbsup2

Great goal! One of the states my kids have been to is Michigan. We were literally 1/4 mile into the Upper Peninsula, but it still counts.

Absolutely, that counts! Our rule is simply that you must set foot in the state. I've been to 49 states myself...shortest visit was Oklahoma, for about 10 minutes.

There you go again, listening to that voice of reason. "Don't pee down the funicular. Don't go in that gas station. Don't poke that bear with a stick."

I've learned to listen to that voice, ever since my face really did freeze this way. :rotfl2:

Mark, I'm bored with this, let's move on.
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

:sad2: Save the puns for your own TR, Barry! Let's get back to the poop jokes!

Did a 10" lump grow out of your head like in the cartoons?

No, I told you, my face really did freeze like that.

Wow, it allowed two canoes to go through it at the same time! That must have been one heck of a time saver!

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

He's pretty bad a**. All of the other magnets on our fridge are afraid of him. Until they found out his name was Youdee. Then the Pooh Bear magnet gave him a wedgie.

Heh. He said "Pooh". In any case, don't make me send a banana slug after you.

Ooooooo. I'm skipping my next Disney trip to come here.

Win some, lose some. :confused3

Better! And I love the family pictures :)

Hey, thanks! :goodvibes

Better or worse than the Paradise Motel?

Well, you can't really compare with Paradise, can you? But the Country Inn was a great place to stay. And a good friend helped us find a really great deal there. :thumbsup2

Mrs. Knowitall
08-19-2011, 10:39 AM
Remember the "Heat Dome" that was blanketing the Midwest this summer? We were right in the middle of it. The temperature was pushing 100 degrees. Naturally, we thought this would be a great time to add a hike to our agenda.

I love :lovestruc my husband....if you check out this picture:


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-HSeme5M0SS8/TjtXW8Lv-JI/AAAAAAAACXQ/hCBJ4ZTp9GQ/s720/IMG_9100.jpg

and this one:


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j6aYQqe_EsE/TjtXW1B_u4I/AAAAAAAACXM/2mSBZXX2W84/s720/IMG_9101.jpg

You'll notice that Mark photoshopped out our sweat from the first picture! :rotfl: It was SOOOO hot, I didn't even care....in fact at this point, it was more like a badge of honor! :rotfl:



Coming Up Next:Hello, McFly? Are you paying attention? I just said it would be about dinner. We found a place that was...um...unique.

It certainly was! And I LOVED my sandwich!

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 11:34 AM
I can vouch for that; both of the boys are now done, but we'll be paying school loans forever...and we ONLY had 2 kids!

Great! Thanks for the encouragement! :rotfl2::rotfl:

Great pic of you and Julie, and with those goofy kids. :)

Thanks, Kathy. :goodvibes

I love :lovestruc my husband....if you check out this picture:

and this one:

You'll notice that Mark photoshopped out our sweat from the first picture! :rotfl: It was SOOOO hot, I didn't even care....in fact at this point, it was more like a badge of honor! :rotfl:

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think you would be the one to draw attention to that. :eek:


It certainly was! And I LOVED my sandwich!

No spoilers!

Mrs. Knowitall
08-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think you would be the one to draw attention to that. :eek:


It's good to know that after knowing you for 15+ years I can still surprise you every once in a while! :scared1:

DisDadDoc
08-19-2011, 11:54 AM
I love :lovestruc my husband....if you check out this picture:


You'll notice that Mark photoshopped out our sweat from the first picture! :rotfl: It was SOOOO hot, I didn't even care....in fact at this point, it was more like a badge of honor! :rotfl:


That's love! :woohoo:

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 12:33 PM
It's good to know that after knowing you for 15+ years I can still surprise you every once in a while! :scared1:

Next you'll tell me to start leaving the toilet seat up.

That's love! :woohoo:

Bonus points for me! :cool1::banana::woohoo:

glennbo123
08-19-2011, 03:11 PM
Yo Captain. Guess where this picture was taken last night...

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm183/glennbo123/Replies%20to%20posts/Blue_Rocks_Lightning.jpg

dvczerfs
08-19-2011, 03:19 PM
Yo Captain. Guess where this picture was taken last night...

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm183/glennbo123/Replies%20to%20posts/Blue_Rocks_Lightning.jpg

heinz field???

glennbo123
08-19-2011, 03:28 PM
heinz field???

No.....closer to home for Captain O.

Captain_Oblivious
08-19-2011, 03:33 PM
Yo Captain. Guess where this picture was taken last night...

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm183/glennbo123/Replies%20to%20posts/Blue_Rocks_Lightning.jpg

Looks like somebody was at a Blue Rocks game!

Great picture! Were you trying for that or was it a lucky shot?

dvczerfs
08-19-2011, 03:57 PM
Yo Captain. Guess where this picture was taken last night...

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm183/glennbo123/Replies%20to%20posts/Blue_Rocks_Lightning.jpg

that is a great shot. i was trying to take lightning shots from the contemp. in june. missed everytime.

glennbo123
08-19-2011, 04:27 PM
Looks like somebody was at a Blue Rocks game!

Well, kind of...the game didn't actually happen because of the lightning.

Great picture! Were you trying for that or was it a lucky shot?

Trying! But the storm gave me lots of opportunities! For that one, there were about 20-some where I was too late and so they weren't saved.

We were waiting for the storm to pass and there was a guy to the left of this shot taking pictures using his smartphone (mine's kinda junky), so I copied his idea. He ended up getting an awesome one where there were 3 separate bolts of lightning. He said, "well, I can't do better than that!" and put the phone away. This was the best I got.

that is a great shot. i was trying to take lightning shots from the contemp. in june. missed everytime.

It's definitely hard to be quick enough. Several times I thought I hit the button in time...but nuthin'.

marvali
08-19-2011, 07:08 PM
Yup, believe it or not, I just read your last update... the one about tram cars. For some odd reason the word "funicular" reminded me of "folliculitis" which is a nasty infection of your hair follicles that get all itchy especially in your arm pits or other "delicate places". Just thought I had to share that.A little foot powder can help you out there Liesa! ;)

Enjoying the updates Captain! Especially sharing the particulars on the funiculars! Hope for your sake the Blue Hens are a little more spectacular on the football field this fall than their waterfall during "summer conditioning!"

dvczerfs
08-19-2011, 08:21 PM
A little foot powder can help you out there Liesa! ;)

Enjoying the updates Captain! Especially sharing the particulars on the funiculars! Hope for your sake the Blue Hens are a little more spectacular on the football field this fall than their waterfall during "summer conditioning!"

happy birthday marvali!!!:thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-22-2011, 10:54 AM
Trying! But the storm gave me lots of opportunities! For that one, there were about 20-some where I was too late and so they weren't saved.

It's definitely hard to be quick enough. Several times I thought I hit the button in time...but nuthin'.

We've played that game before. Sometimes you try snapping the shot as soon as you see a flash, and it ends up being too late. So then you try to randomly anticipate it, and get nothing. I think we've been successful in getting a lightning bolt on camera twice, but nothing as good-looking as that shot. :thumbsup2

Enjoying the updates Captain! Especially sharing the particulars on the funiculars! Hope for your sake the Blue Hens are a little more spectacular on the football field this fall than their waterfall during "summer conditioning!"

Thanks for checking in, Marv! The Blue Hens made it all the way to the championship game last year and had a 16-0 lead entering the 4th quarter before choking the game away. :sad2: So, um...I'd like to improve on that.

FreezinRafiki
08-22-2011, 11:07 AM
Heh. He said "Pooh". In any case, don't make me send a banana slug after you.
There is a high school in Northern Wisconsin that have the Hodag as a mascot. It's a mythical creature described in an 1893 newspaper article as having "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end". In other words, this little feller here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/40/The_hodag.jpg


Well, you can't really compare with Paradise, can you? But the Country Inn was a great place to stay. And a good friend helped us find a really great deal there. :thumbsup2
Wow, wish I had friends like that. :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-22-2011, 01:27 PM
There is a high school in Northern Wisconsin that have the Hodag as a mascot. It's a mythical creature described in an 1893 newspaper article as having "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end". In other words, this little feller here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/40/The_hodag.jpg

You say it's mythical, but there's a picture RIGHT THERE!

theduck619
08-22-2011, 03:33 PM
There is a high school in Northern Wisconsin that have the Hodag as a mascot. It's a mythical creature described in an 1893 newspaper article as having "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end". In other words, this little feller here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/40/The_hodag.jpg


Wow, wish I had friends like that. :thumbsup2

Was that picture from a Sommer family reunion :lmao:

afwdwfan
08-22-2011, 03:42 PM
You say it's mythical, but there's a picture RIGHT THERE!

The official DIS Dads saying is "pictures or it didn't happen." He has a picture so it obviously did happen.:confused3

Cinderella's Fella
08-22-2011, 03:55 PM
So many pictures,

http://rlv.zcache.com/got_hodag_t_shirt-p2359099241445121984zpt_400.jpg

so little time.

Captain_Oblivious
08-23-2011, 10:23 AM
Was that picture from a Sommer family reunion :lmao:

No, their kids are cuter.

The official DIS Dads saying is "pictures or it didn't happen." He has a picture so it obviously did happen.:confused3

Exactly.

So many pictures,

so little time.

(Afraid to say anything.)

Captain_Oblivious
08-23-2011, 01:04 PM
Why do we travel? Primarily, it's because we want to have an adventure. We want the thrill of discovering something new--breathtaking scenery, interesting cities, different cultures. We want to experience the exotic, moving from mundane routines into the out-of-the-ordinary. And we want to give our kids lifelong experiences, teaching them to open their minds and learn from the people of different regions/nations.

We also want them to broaden their tastes, and to have high standards. If my kids had their way, they'd eat at McDonald's for every meal. It is our job as parents to enlighten them, and educate them on what fine dining is truly all about. We adults can appreciate the work of a true gourmand, the delectable joie-de-vivre that infuses every dish, as it were. If we are to embrace new cultures, this includes the cuisine. As I research our travels, I try to find restaurants that embrace this spirit.

Also, it helps if they have a huge X-Wing fighter in the parking lot.

Ok, most of you know that I prefer a good diner or greasy spoon over a gourmet experience. I'd rather pay $15 for a steak at the Outback than $50 for 3 artfully-arranged lima beans at some French place I can't pronounce. Thankfully, Julie feels the same way, so it's not an issue at our house. (She once begged me to take her to the Waffle House on our honeymoon--true story.)

We have several sources we look to for eateries--mostly TV shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (http://www.foodnetwork.com/diners-drive-ins-and-dives/index.html) on the Food Network or Man V. Food (http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Man_V_Food) and Food Paradise (including the wonderful Bacon Paradise) on the Travel Channel. When I was researching this road trip and had our hotel booked, I went to the Bible of Greasy Spoons (Roadfood.com) (http://www.roadfood.com/) to browse and see if there was anything nearby that looked appealing. And lo and behold, there in nearby Kent, Ohio, was Mike's Place (http://mikesplacerestaurant.com/). It appeared to have a huge menu with plenty of options. Then I saw the picture of the giant X-Wing fighter in the parking lot and told Julie, "That's where we're eating." She drew the line at wearing the Princess Leia danish hair-do, though.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-JnxjMSLiXVg/TjtXbrYD0qI/AAAAAAAACYg/ccvCk9Z-h9Y/s720/IMG_9132.jpg

I love the look on Sarah's face in this picture:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-rwi_XJi98QE/TjtXbZetxkI/AAAAAAAACYY/qM6ekbAdJfo/s720/IMG_9130.jpg

I know there's a lot of worry about our economy these days, but don't fret. The Rebel Alliance only buys American-made products:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Yyn3ppLJN_0/TjtXcCEhzeI/AAAAAAAACYk/Sp_f6E_FmPI/s720/IMG_9133.jpg

If you prefer medieval battles to space dogfights, there's a castle with a catapult on the roof in the back.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4xiA2Gb0g_U/TjtXcWKOBWI/AAAAAAAACYo/wN59h0bUU0Q/s720/IMG_9134.jpg

The interior was just as...um...impressive. You can eat inside a boat, a tiki hut, or even a full-size bus:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-95_vv65MPug/TjtXZLj6raI/AAAAAAAACXs/rUpXKyThoqQ/s720/IMG_9119.jpg

Note the Star Tours bumper sticker. And you thought this TR wasn't Disney-related.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C1xzbbBdJlM/TjtXZop-dwI/AAAAAAAACX0/12w6fBWK2eg/s720/IMG_9120.jpg

The menu was huge, and very fun to read. Here's the kids' menu. How many parents would want to order that last item, only to be discouraged by the price?

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2wDs5Ki2F1Y/TjtXYFVuBYI/AAAAAAAACXg/lN6YKMwTg8E/s720/IMG_9111.jpg

And here are the rules for eating at Mike's Place. I don't have time to type them all up, but here are a couple of my favorites:


We serve breakfast all day because we don't know when your lazy butts got out of bed.
We realize the ingredients are similar (water, grains and yeast), but you may NOT substitute beer for toast.
Please flush the toilets. (the kitchen needs the water!)


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pLcDmQPA4x4/TjtXY_g0RSI/AAAAAAAACXo/9AT0FDXVvgY/s720/IMG_9115.jpg

If you go to their website, you'll discover that the restaurant even has its own obnoxious theme song. And the X-wing is offered for sale in its online store. However, there is no CarFax report available and you have to call for the price.

They also have an eating contest, so expect Adam Richman to show up at some point. You have to take on the "Mighty Stu-anator". It's a sandwich featuring 68 oz. of ground beef, onions, mushrooms, American, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo and topped with fries, curly fries and 3 pickles. Finish it in 30 minutes and you get a t-shirt, your picture on the wall, and your food is free. Who's in?

I had a chicken parmesan sandwich big enough to feed the San Diego Chargers. It even had a steak knife holding it together.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-36obMZotinM/TjtXa9aSxEI/AAAAAAAACYM/6TCycU5Mws4/s720/IMG_9127.jpg

Truth be told, it was just ok. It was heavy on the chicken and light on the parmesan. Loading it up with that much chicken made it seem dry, and it could have used more marinara sauce. But not bad. Julie raved about her "Julius Cheezer" sandwich, which was cheese, bacon and tomato on grilled Texas Toast. Portions were huge all around. Even Scotty had trouble with his kids-size hot dog.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9k4GjEbtGgM/TjtXa7Ps-JI/AAAAAAAACYI/UgZ4jrwchLI/s720/IMG_9128.

Well, I've held you off long enough. Time for the long-promised return of toilet jokes. At one point, I had to go to the bathroom. When I returned to the table, I informed Julie, "Honey--I'm gonna need the camera." With a look of trepidation, she passed it to me. Naturally, Dave immediately was curious and wanted to follow along. I simply wanted to document the, uh, decorations.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vqVZZTPtyWI/TjtXaBp-bqI/AAAAAAAACX4/xRDf7bMnHJQ/s512/IMG_9123.jpg

This sign was posted on the stall door. This would certainly make life difficult.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NemhqoMTcMI/TjtXaakVcCI/AAAAAAAACYA/a_uWxg1H7pU/s720/IMG_9124.jpg

Dave got such a kick out of it that he decided to read me each and every sign. Then he decided he needed to use the facilities. When we returned to the table, I informed Julie that we now owed a $50 fine. :headache:

A little while later, Bob's son decided that he also needed to go. And eventually, Bob also confirmed that his son would be fined as well. But they really enjoyed their food as well, so they had that going for them, which was nice.

All in all, we had a great time. Most of the meal was spent giggling at the sheer outlandish-ness (is that a word?) of the place. Would we go back? Yes. Yes, we would. I would probably order something else on the menu, though. Maybe the pancakes with crushed Oreos in them.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WfmNz1oMLWk/TjtXbBsfhBI/AAAAAAAACYQ/-tTcAjxpXUE/s720/IMG_9129.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-K4VGx1s2U_M/TjtXbnskUkI/AAAAAAAACYc/mJyEnv0Sybg/s512/IMG_9131.jpg

Coming Up Next: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hopefully it won't be a bust.*

Horrible pun in honor of FreezinRafiki.

jenb1023
08-23-2011, 01:40 PM
OMG - I don't even know where to start!

Can't believe Julie wouldn't sport the Princess Leia hair-do! :lmao:

What a crazy (yet somehow interesting and cool) place! Love the Star Tours sticker, the menu rules and the bathroom signs.

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-23-2011, 03:04 PM
Why do we travel? Primarily, it's because we want to have an adventure. We want the thrill of discovering something new--breathtaking scenery, interesting cities, different cultures. We want to experience the exotic, moving from mundane routines into the out-of-the-ordinary. And we want to give our kids lifelong experiences, teaching them to open their minds and learn from the people of different regions/nations.


I should be buying this?


We also want them to broaden their tastes, and to have high standards. If my kids had their way, they'd eat at McDonald's for every meal. It is our job as parents to enlighten them, and educate them on what fine dining is truly all about. We adults can appreciate the work of a true gourmand, the delectable joie-de-vivre that infuses every dish, as it were. If we are to embrace new cultures, this includes the cuisine. As I research our travels, I try to find restaurants that embrace this spirit.


Nope still not buyin’ in just yet


Also, it helps if they have a huge X-Wing fighter in the parking lot.


And… there it is! Now I’m on board.



I'd rather pay $15 for a steak at the Outback than $50 for 3 artfully-arranged lima beans at some French place I can't pronounce.


You mean something like: “joie-de-vivre”…
Actually we’d be drumming you out of the DDC if that weren’t the case.


Thankfully, Julie feels the same way, so it's not an issue at our house. (She once begged me to take her to the Waffle House on our honeymoon--true story.)


At a girl!


She drew the line at wearing the Princess Leia danish hair-do, though.


Imagine if you’d have asked her to sport the bikini instead.


If you prefer medieval battles to space dogfights, there's a castle with a catapult on the roof in the back.


You don't frighten us, English pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called "Arthur King," you and all your silly English K-nig-hts.



The interior was just as...um...impressive. You can eat inside a boat, a tiki hut, or even a full-size bus:


Sold! I’ll be making a pilgrimage to this joint.


Note the Star Tours bumper sticker. And you thought this TR wasn't Disney-related.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C1xzbbBdJlM/TjtXZop-dwI/AAAAAAAACX0/12w6fBWK2eg/s720/IMG_9120.jpg


Not to mention Hilton Head… That’s a well traveled bus.


We realize the ingredients are similar (water, grains and yeast), but you may NOT substitute beer for toast.

Awwwwwww.

When we returned to the table, I informed Julie that we now owed a $50 fine.


:lmao:


outlandish-ness (is that a word?)

I’d certainly use it (but then again my diction could be considered somewhat… ummmm… questionable)

Coming Up Next: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hopefully it won't be a bust.*

Horrible pun in honor of FreezinRafiki.

Horrible indeed :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
08-23-2011, 03:47 PM
We adults can appreciate the work of a true gourmand, the delectable joie-de-vivre that infuses every dish, as it were.
Ok, this isn't Mark, who's writing this????:confused:

Also, it helps if they have a huge X-Wing fighter in the parking lot.
Ok, there he is!

Ok, most of you know that I prefer a good diner or greasy spoon over a gourmet experience. I'd rather pay $15 for a steak at the Outback than $50 for 3 artfully-arranged lima beans at some French place I can't pronounce.
I'm right there with you! :thumbsup2

(She once begged me to take her to the Waffle House on our honeymoon--true story.)
Impressive!

Then I saw the picture of the giant X-Wing fighter in the parking lot and told Julie, "That's where we're eating." She drew the line at wearing the Princess Leia danish hair-do, though.
She asked to go to Waffle House on your honeymoon and that's where she draws the line???

I know there's a lot of worry about our economy these days, but don't fret. The Rebel Alliance only buys American-made products:
That might finally be a Ford that I wouldn't mind owning.:rolleyes1

If you prefer medieval battles to space dogfights, there's a castle with a catapult on the roof in the back.
Is it a working catapult? :confused3

Who's in?
:wave2:

Even Scotty had trouble with his kids-size hot dog.
:eek: That's a hot dog?????

Well, I've held you off long enough. Time for the long-promised return of toilet jokes.
That's a relief! The trip report is finally worth reading again!

This sign was posted on the stall door. This would certainly make life difficult.
Maybe it just means not to do it in the stall? :scared1:

But they really enjoyed their food as well, so they had that going for them, which was nice.
Caddyshack:rolleyes1

All in all, we had a great time. Most of the meal was spent giggling at the sheer outlandish-ness (is that a word?) of the place. Would we go back? Yes. Yes, we would.
I'll accept it as a word. I don't know if Webster's will or not though.:confused3

Definitely looks like the type of place I could go to and enjoy a meal.:thumbsup2

Horrible pun in honor of FreezinRafiki.
You guys better quit stealing ideas from each other before Julie ends up pregnant.

Flossbolna
08-23-2011, 04:00 PM
You truly are a master at road trip research!! What a perfect place for a fun dinner!!

Did any of the ladies check out the ladies room, was it decorated in a similar manner??

FreezinRafiki
08-23-2011, 04:04 PM
Why do we travel? Primarily, it's because we want to have an adventure. We want the thrill of discovering something new--breathtaking scenery, interesting cities, different cultures. We want to experience the exotic, moving from mundane routines into the out-of-the-ordinary. And we want to give our kids lifelong experiences, teaching them to open their minds and learn from the people of different regions/nations.
For some reason, I envision you standing in front of a giant, slowly waving American flag as you speak this into one of those old timey microphones. Well said, sir. Well said.


Also, it helps if they have a huge X-Wing fighter in the parking lot.

You didn't choose to eat at this restaurant. The restaurant chose to bring you to it. :yoda:

I'd rather pay $15 for a steak at the Outback than $50 for 3 artfully-arranged lima beans at some French place I can't pronounce.

Yes, but what if those lima bean are infused with a citrus-lime reduction and tempered over a broth of Western Chilean sea grass ... with, um...some kind of...dipping sauce...or something...

I have no idea what I'm talking about.


Thankfully, Julie feels the same way, so it's not an issue at our house. (She once begged me to take her to the Waffle House on our honeymoon--true story.)
Awesome! We honeymooned at an all inclusive resort in Aruba with several fine dining restaurants. But every day at lunch (and several dinners), Bambi and made a bee line to their snack bar for the chicken nuggets with sweet & sour dipping sauce.


It appeared to have a huge menu with plenty of options. Then I saw the picture of the giant X-Wing fighter in the parking lot and told Julie, "That's where we're eating." She drew the line at wearing the Princess Leia danish hair-do, though.
This place is not on my "must eat as list." And I'm pretty sure Bambi would force choke me if I even asked about the hair.


The interior was just as...um...impressive. You can eat inside a boat, a tiki hut, or even a full-size bus:
OK, you've twisted my arm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mike's!

They also have an eating contest, so expect Adam Richman to show up at some point. You have to take on the "Mighty Stu-anator". It's a sandwich featuring 68 oz. of ground beef, onions, mushrooms, American, Swiss, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, mayo and topped with fries, curly fries and 3 pickles. Finish it in 30 minutes and you get a t-shirt, your picture on the wall, and your food is free. Who's in?
Ketchup and mustard? There's no way that would fit in my stomach. I'll have to bow out of this one.

Julie raved about her "Julius Cheezer" sandwich, which was cheese, bacon and tomato on grilled Texas Toast.
Food and a pun?!? Mark, I already I'd go. You can stop convincing me now.



Well, I've held you off long enough. Time for the long-promised return of toilet jokes.
party:


All in all, we had a great time. Most of the meal was spent giggling at the sheer outlandish-ness (is that a word?) of the place.
Of course it's a word. It's on the Internet, and you can believe everything you read on the Internet.

Maybe the pancakes with crushed Oreos in them.
Now you're just showing off.


Coming Up Next: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hopefully it won't be a bust.*

Horrible pun in honor of FreezinRafiki.

Wow, first Brian, now you inserting horrible puns in my "honor". Geez, just when I thought this day couldn't get any worse. Then you go and do something like that...

...AND TOTALLY MAKE IT THE BEST DAY EVER!

FreezinRafiki
08-23-2011, 04:06 PM
You guys better quit stealing ideas from each other before Julie ends up pregnant.

:thumbsup2

glennbo123
08-23-2011, 08:21 PM
Any place that has a Banquet Hall/Dungeon has got to be good. :thumbsup2

Mrs. Knowitall
08-23-2011, 08:38 PM
And here are the rules for eating at Mike's Place. I don't have time to type them all up, but here are a couple of my favorites:


We serve breakfast all day because we don't know when your lazy butts got out of bed.
We realize the ingredients are similar (water, grains and yeast), but you may NOT substitute beer for toast.
Please flush the toilets. (the kitchen needs the water!)


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pLcDmQPA4x4/TjtXY_g0RSI/AAAAAAAACXo/9AT0FDXVvgY/s720/IMG_9115.jpg

LOVE these!! Take time to read through them all!



If you go to their website, you'll discover that the restaurant even has its own obnoxious theme song. And the X-wing is offered for sale in its online store. However, there is no CarFax report available and you have to call for the price.

He's not joking. The song is REALLY bad.



Julie raved about her "Julius Cheezer" sandwich, which was cheese, bacon and tomato on grilled Texas Toast.

It was really, REALLY yummy!!!!





You guys better quit stealing ideas from each other before Julie ends up pregnant.

:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:This is not funny.:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:





Did any of the ladies check out the ladies room, was it decorated in a similar manner??

I eagerly went to the ladies room, but alas, there was nothing. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. Just a door that opened normally, stalls with normal doors and a normal sink. I was very disappointed. In fact, this was the only thing that I found disappointing about Mike's.





You didn't choose to eat at this restaurant. The restaurant chose to bring you to it. :yoda:


:rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl:

Poolrat
08-23-2011, 09:28 PM
:worship::worship::worship: For finding the fun greasy spoon that actually had good food.

I tell ya, I never seem to have the guts to try those places. :confused3 I may need to get some guts. Sounds like it was a great, memorable place.



I read all the rule. :worship: I think I like Mike.

Flossbolna
08-24-2011, 02:53 AM
I eagerly went to the ladies room, but alas, there was nothing. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. Just a door that opened normally, stalls with normal doors and a normal sink. I was very disappointed. In fact, this was the only thing that I found disappointing about Mike's.


Oh no, how unfair!!! :sad2:

Seems like Mike needs a girlfriend to bring in some female humor... at least to the restrooms.

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 09:54 AM
Can't believe Julie wouldn't sport the Princess Leia hair-do! :lmao:

I know, right? And it's functional. You can use the icing to stick the cinnamon rolls to your head, and then you have a snack for later.

What a crazy (yet somehow interesting and cool) place! Love the Star Tours sticker, the menu rules and the bathroom signs.

It was a lot of fun. Sometimes the obvious tourist traps are worth the stop, just for laughs.

I should be buying this?

Nope still not buyin’ in just yet

Very astute. Couldn't quite buy my transition into snobbery, huh?

And… there it is! Now I’m on board.

A giant X-wing will get you every time.

You mean something like: “joie-de-vivre”…
Actually we’d be drumming you out of the DDC if that weren’t the case.

Great. Now I have to look up what exactly that means.

Imagine if you’d have asked her to sport the bikini instead.

Wouldn't even dream of it. :rolleyes1

You don't frighten us, English pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called "Arthur King," you and all your silly English K-nig-hts.

+1 :thumbsup2 Monty Python references are always appreciated! :rotfl2:

Sold! I’ll be making a pilgrimage to this joint.

Hope you enjoy it. Nothing is worse than when you recommend something to a friend and then they end up hating it. I recommended a movie one time to a buddy and he ended up renting it. Later I asked him what he thought and he said, "It was awful. I turned it off 1/4 of the way into it." Awk-ward...

Not to mention Hilton Head… That’s a well traveled bus.

Wonder what the story is. It'd be cool if it actually drove to these places.

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 10:09 AM
Ok, this isn't Mark, who's writing this????:confused:

Hey, I was serious about some of that stuff. I may have gone slightly over the top.

Ok, there he is!

Sorry about that. Technical difficulties.

I'm right there with you! :thumbsup2

:thumbsup2

She asked to go to Waffle House on your honeymoon and that's where she draws the line???

I know. It seems like a very fine line between the Waffle House and Princess Leia costumes, but there you have it.

That might finally be a Ford that I wouldn't mind owning.:rolleyes1

It probably gets terrible mileage, though.

Is it a working catapult? :confused3

According to the "rules", it's aimed at Bob Evans for a reason.

:eek: That's a hot dog?????

Well, who knows what they put in those things? :confused3

That's a relief! The trip report is finally worth reading again!

Again? When was it worth reading before? :confused3

Maybe it just means not to do it in the stall? :scared1:

Hmmm...didn't think of that option. Maybe that's why the catapult is aimed at Bob Evans.

Caddyshack:rolleyes1

+1 :thumbsup2


You guys better quit stealing ideas from each other before Julie ends up pregnant.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Well, we certainly don't need to take it that far. Hopefully we can still practice, though. :rolleyes1

You truly are a master at road trip research!! What a perfect place for a fun dinner!!

Why thank you! It certainly beats doing work. And yes, it was a fun spot.

Did any of the ladies check out the ladies room, was it decorated in a similar manner??

Looks like Julie answered this one. It was certainly disappointing. Although if I had to guess, they probably couldn't find any signs to post there that wouldn't offend somebody. :confused3

KatMark
08-24-2011, 10:12 AM
You guys better quit stealing ideas from each other before Julie ends up pregnant.

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: It sure seems to be going around, doesn't it? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

Mark, yet another awesome update. Mark loves to stop at places like "Mike's" and we've run into some real gems and some real duds in the process.

FreezinRafiki
08-24-2011, 10:23 AM
Well, who knows what they put in those things? :confused3

Apparently, anything that's too high quality for the scrapple.


Well, we certainly don't need to take it that far. Hopefully we can still practice, though. :rolleyes1

Well, I guess you can. But why would you want to practice throwing things in a suitcase and rushing to the hospital at 2:30 in the morning while Julie is screaming the backseat?:confused3:confused3

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 10:23 AM
For some reason, I envision you standing in front of a giant, slowly waving American flag as you speak this into one of those old timey microphones. Well said, sir. Well said.

Aw, I wish I'd have thought of that. Would have been a nice touch.

You didn't choose to eat at this restaurant. The restaurant chose to bring you to it. :yoda:

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Called to me, it did.

Yes, but what if those lima bean are infused with a citrus-lime reduction and tempered over a broth of Western Chilean sea grass ... with, um...some kind of...dipping sauce...or something...

I have no idea what I'm talking about.

:confused3 But is there any steak?

Awesome! We honeymooned at an all inclusive resort in Aruba with several fine dining restaurants. But every day at lunch (and several dinners), Bambi and made a bee line to their snack bar for the chicken nuggets with sweet & sour dipping sauce.

That's a good woman, there. Sounds like she follows my eating philosophy, which is "If it ain't broke..."

This place is not on my "must eat as list." And I'm pretty sure Bambi would force choke me if I even asked about the hair.

Did you mean "Now on your must eat at list"? Because I'm not sure how you could resist the X-wing fighter.

And Bambi knows the Force?? Do something to tick her off so we can see this! :thumbsup2

OK, you've twisted my arm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mike's!

:thumbsup2

Ketchup and mustard? There's no way that would fit in my stomach. I'll have to bow out of this one.

It's a lot to ask. If you ask me, the real killer is the mayo. :crazy2:

Food and a pun?!? Mark, I already I'd go. You can stop convincing me now.

We aim to please.

You aim too, please. How come that sign wasn't in the bathroom? :confused3
Of course it's a word. It's on the Internet, and you can believe everything you read on the Internet.

That's a relief. I thought it was a perfectly cromulent word.

Now you're just showing off.

It was meant more as a regret, over not having ordered those pancakes in the first place.

Wow, first Brian, now you inserting horrible puns in my "honor". Geez, just when I thought this day couldn't get any worse. Then you go and do something like that...

...AND TOTALLY MAKE IT THE BEST DAY EVER!

Dumb and Dumber! +1 :thumbsup2

Any place that has a Banquet Hall/Dungeon has got to be good. :thumbsup2

Agreed. Need someplace to put the kids.

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 10:27 AM
He's not joking. The song is REALLY bad.

It's almost defiant in its awful-ness.

:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:This is not funny.:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:

I thought it was funny. But then again, I get off easy with the whole pregnancy thing.

I eagerly went to the ladies room, but alas, there was nothing. NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. Just a door that opened normally, stalls with normal doors and a normal sink. I was very disappointed. In fact, this was the only thing that I found disappointing about Mike's.

:sad1:

:worship::worship::worship: For finding the fun greasy spoon that actually had good food.

I tell ya, I never seem to have the guts to try those places. :confused3 I may need to get some guts. Sounds like it was a great, memorable place.

Well, some will turn out to be great, and some will turn out to be awful. I think we stop because either way, we know it'll be a good story. :thumbsup2

I read all the rule. :worship: I think I like Mike.

:thumbsup2

Oh no, how unfair!!! :sad2:

Seems like Mike needs a girlfriend to bring in some female humor... at least to the restrooms.

Better get to work, Magdalene! :rotfl2:

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 10:35 AM
:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: It sure seems to be going around, doesn't it? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

We can't allow it to happen. We're out of bedrooms.

Mark, yet another awesome update. Mark loves to stop at places like "Mike's" and we've run into some real gems and some real duds in the process.

That's all part of the fun! Either way, you've got an experience to share.

Apparently, anything that's too high quality for the scrapple.

*shudder* Well, I guess that means there aren't any hooves in there. I think.

Well, I guess you can. But why would you want to practice throwing things in a suitcase and rushing to the hospital at 2:30 in the morning while Julie is screaming the backseat?:confused3:confused3

Except for the hospital part, it'll be like trying to catch our flight to Orlando! :goodvibes

afwdwfan
08-24-2011, 11:35 AM
:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:This is not funny.:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:

I'm sorry :guilty:... I thought it was kind of funny though. :confused3

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Well, we certainly don't need to take it that far. Hopefully we can still practice, though. :rolleyes1

Whew, that makes me feel better! I'm glad half of the equation saw the humor in it!

I thought it was funny. But then again, I get off easy with the whole pregnancy thing.

Excellent point!:thumbsup2

:rotfl2::rotfl:

FreezinRafiki
08-24-2011, 11:43 AM
Did you mean "Now on your must eat at list"? Because I'm not sure how you could resist the X-wing fighter.
Yes. I hate that they put the "T" and the "W" so close on the keyboard.
{Please don't look down to verify that there are indeed two keys between them}



I'm sorry :guilty:... I thought it was kind of funny though. :confused3
Not sure if my vote counts, but I vote: Funny.:thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-24-2011, 12:51 PM
I'm sorry :guilty:... I thought it was kind of funny though. :confused3

Don't worry. She was laughing on the inside.

Yes. I hate that they put the "T" and the "W" so close on the keyboard.
{Please don't look down to verify that there are indeed two keys between them}

When in doubt, blame Auto-Correct!

Not sure if my vote counts, but I vote: Funny.:thumbsup2

:thumbsup2

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
08-24-2011, 01:19 PM
I thought it was a perfectly cromulent word.



The Simpsons


When in doubt, blame Auto-Correct!


And I have… many times (just ask Andy :lmao:)

All7OfUs
08-24-2011, 05:49 PM
Ok, there was nothing in the last update to prompt any silly remarks about strange diseases that afflict hair follicles. But I can say, if you want waterfalls, you need to come to Oregon. In the Gorge alone there are about 40, some over 100 feet high. Oregon IS on your list, right??

I like saying Cuayahoga too. Hope I spelled that right.

Sceevy gas stations are part of every family trip. Glad you came out alive and didn't run into any guys with hammers like that one in your post. :scared1:;)

mom3sonstt
08-24-2011, 07:17 PM
I thought I commented earlier on this TR but apparently not!

Love it!! We have traveled with that giant bucket of cheese balls. One son actually got it for Christmas one year.

The PB&Js around the world :thumbsup2 My guys bought a couple boxes of the smuckers pre-packaged pb&j sandwiches for their drive down. The youngest one in the car was 17 - so it wasn't like it was to satisfy picky children. And they still had some left when they got down there so I was able to have some too! :thumbsup2

Thundering Herd......"We Are Marshall" I know....not necessarily a movie quote since it is an actual school's actual mascot....but it is actually in the actual movie too :rolleyes1

Your road trip looks like good fun with good people! Looking forward to the addition of more good people in cameo appearances. :goodvibes

GoHerd1028
08-24-2011, 08:07 PM
Thundering Herd......"We Are Marshall" I know....not necessarily a movie quote since it is an actual school's actual mascot....but it is actually in the actual movie too :rolleyes1



I love you Tanya!:thumbsup2 A fellow Herd fan/lover/ok someone who just knows who we are!:rotfl2: Stay tuned to the trip report and there might be an guest appearance by said Herd :lmao:

mom3sonstt
08-24-2011, 09:52 PM
I love you Tanya!:thumbsup2 A fellow Herd fan/lover/ok someone who just knows who we are!:rotfl2: Stay tuned to the trip report and there might be an guest appearance by said Herd :lmao:

:blush: Gosh Steve I'm flattered! :lovestruc

My youngest son, who was probably in 8th grade when the "We Are Marshall" movie came out decided that was where he was going to go to college. It didn't hurt that he is a Jets fan and Chad Pennington was their quarterback at the time and a Marshall alum. My husband and I drove "by" the campus on our way back to Illinois from visiting my step-son and family in Virginia. Well, we drove by as close as the interstate would take us (which means we probably saw the tops of some buildings). We were going to detour in and visit the monument to the crash victims, but we were already late leaving and he wasn't sure where it was exactly, so we didn't. My youngest is also a hat/t-shirt addict. I know we bought him a Marshall U shirt while we were down there, but I think I also ordered in either a sweat shirt or a wind-shirt and a ball cap for Christmas. As sports illiterate as I am, if they make a tug-at-your-heart movie about a team then I know about them. :rolleyes:

I look forward to your appearance!

GoHerd1028
08-24-2011, 10:09 PM
:blush: Gosh Steve I'm flattered! :lovestruc

My youngest son, who was probably in 8th grade when the "We Are Marshall" movie came out decided that was where he was going to go to college. It didn't hurt that he is a Jets fan and Chad Pennington was their quarterback at the time and a Marshall alum. My husband and I drove "by" the campus on our way back to Illinois from visiting my step-son and family in Virginia. Well, we drove by as close as the interstate would take us (which means we probably saw the tops of some buildings). We were going to detour in and visit the monument to the crash victims, but we were already late leaving and he wasn't sure where it was exactly, so we didn't. My youngest is also a hat/t-shirt addict. I know we bought him a Marshall U shirt while we were down there, but I think I also ordered in either a sweat shirt or a wind-shirt and a ball cap for Christmas. As sports illiterate as I am, if they make a tug-at-your-heart movie about a team then I know about them. :rolleyes:

I look forward to your appearance!

Watching them film the movie here was really cool. The whole city was visualy trasnformed back to 1970. It was amazing. The reality of the crash will never go away from the area. However, I am proud to be a Marshall Alum.. Your son still wanting to come to school here? Chad is a great guy. He is taking the season off this year to heal his shoulder and try to go at it again next year. In the meantime he and Mike D'antoni (another son of Marshall) are spearheading a fundraising campaign to help the athletic department.

mom3sonstt
08-24-2011, 11:00 PM
Watching them film the movie here was really cool. The whole city was visualy trasnformed back to 1970. It was amazing. The reality of the crash will never go away from the area. However, I am proud to be a Marshall Alum.. Your son still wanting to come to school here? Chad is a great guy. He is taking the season off this year to heal his shoulder and try to go at it again next year. In the meantime he and Mike D'antoni (another son of Marshall) are spearheading a fundraising campaign to help the athletic department.

I bet that was cool to watch the city get transformed. Sad I am sure for the ones who were around at the time, or had family/friends involved.

Right now my son has started (3 days into it) at the local Jr. College. He is currently planning to go to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale after two years. He is an odd kid. He is very comfortable and outgoing around people he knows - to the point of being a class clown type of kid. But strangers or new places....he turns mute! :sad2: Even people that he knows, but doesn't know real well, he will want someone else to intervene for him. "Can you go ask them...." For Orientation at the college he told me I needed to come. I was the only parent there :rolleyes1 My oldest son goes to Southern, so I think that is why he thinks he wants to go there. That plus they have a Sports Administration program that he wants to go into. I imagine by the time he is ready to transfer, my oldest won't be down there anymore, so who know where he will think he wants to go then. He used to also want to go to school in Chicago....no school in particular - just Chicago. Of course the kid doesn't even like driving on the interstate (we are in the middle of farm country) so I don't know how he thought he was going to handle Chicago. I'll let you know in 2 years where he winds up! At this point I am not holding my breath on any of it!

Flossbolna
08-25-2011, 03:07 AM
Better get to work, Magdalene! :rotfl2:

Well, sounds like Poolrat is a good candidate! She loved Mike's rules. I would never agree to the one that Mike is always right - my rule is that I am always right!!! :rotfl:

Cinderella's Fella
08-25-2011, 06:57 AM
I bet that was cool to watch the city get transformed. Sad I am sure for the ones who were around at the time, or had family/friends involved.

Right now my son has started (3 days into it) at the local Jr. College. He is currently planning to go to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale after two years. He is an odd kid. He is very comfortable and outgoing around people he knows - to the point of being a class clown type of kid. But strangers or new places....he turns mute! :sad2: Even people that he knows, but doesn't know real well, he will want someone else to intervene for him. "Can you go ask them...." For Orientation at the college he told me I needed to come. I was the only parent there :rolleyes1 My oldest son goes to Southern, so I think that is why he thinks he wants to go there. That plus they have a Sports Administration program that he wants to go into. I imagine by the time he is ready to transfer, my oldest won't be down there anymore, so who know where he will think he wants to go then. He used to also want to go to school in Chicago....no school in particular - just Chicago. Of course the kid doesn't even like driving on the interstate (we are in the middle of farm country) so I don't know how he thought he was going to handle Chicago. I'll let you know in 2 years where he winds up! At this point I am not holding my breath on any of it!

How far are you from Sparta, Tanya? I use to live there.

jason4024
08-25-2011, 09:45 AM
Besides enabling us to get an all-important stamp for our National Parks Passport (http://www.eparks.com/store/product/22515/*Passport-To-Your-National-Parks*/), the store also housed an exhibit on ship-building.

This is a great report so far. I used to love the Strasburg Railroad. When growing up, my dad lived in Lancaster, so we went there quite often.

Wanted to say that I love the Passport to Your National Parks. It doesnt hurt that my first job out of college was with Eastern National, the designer. I was actually the guy that designed the very first eparks.com site. When i started there, they didnt even own the domain yet. If you ever have questions about it or the history, feel free to ask. I still have lots of contacts there.

Captain_Oblivious
08-25-2011, 10:36 AM
The Simpsons

+1 :thumbsup2

And I have… many times (just ask Andy :lmao:)

I believe I may have seen some of these Auto-Incorrects...

Ok, there was nothing in the last update to prompt any silly remarks about strange diseases that afflict hair follicles. But I can say, if you want waterfalls, you need to come to Oregon. In the Gorge alone there are about 40, some over 100 feet high. Oregon IS on your list, right??

::yes:: It's one of the 50 states, right? Last time I checked, it was. I have seen the Columbia River Gorge and admired its beauty, but none of the rest of my family has done so. Obviously, this needs to be rectified.

Sceevy gas stations are part of every family trip. Glad you came out alive and didn't run into any guys with hammers like that one in your post. :scared1:;)

That guy was pretty scary-looking. I sure would hate to wake up every morning and see that ugly mug in the mirror! :scared1:

No thoughts on the 5-star, white-linen restaurant we chose for the evening? :rolleyes1

I thought I commented earlier on this TR but apparently not!

:welcome: Tanya! Glad you're here!

Love it!! We have traveled with that giant bucket of cheese balls. One son actually got it for Christmas one year.

Road Trip Cheeseballs ©FreezinRafiki.

The PB&Js around the world :thumbsup2 My guys bought a couple boxes of the smuckers pre-packaged pb&j sandwiches for their drive down. The youngest one in the car was 17 - so it wasn't like it was to satisfy picky children. And they still had some left when they got down there so I was able to have some too! :thumbsup2

Who needs Dole Whips when you have PB&--ok, sorry, I can't go that far.

Thundering Herd......"We Are Marshall" I know....not necessarily a movie quote since it is an actual school's actual mascot....but it is actually in the actual movie too :rolleyes1

+1 :thumbsup2

Your road trip looks like good fun with good people! Looking forward to the addition of more good people in cameo appearances. :goodvibes

Apparently there are warm, friendly super-cool people all over this country. Who knew? :confused3

Captain_Oblivious
08-25-2011, 10:45 AM
I love you Tanya!:thumbsup2 A fellow Herd fan/lover/ok someone who just knows who we are!:rotfl2: Stay tuned to the trip report and there might be an guest appearance by said Herd :lmao:

Really? I can't wait to see this! popcorn::

:blush: Gosh Steve I'm flattered! :lovestruc

My youngest son, who was probably in 8th grade when the "We Are Marshall" movie came out decided that was where he was going to go to college. It didn't hurt that he is a Jets fan and Chad Pennington was their quarterback at the time and a Marshall alum. My husband and I drove "by" the campus on our way back to Illinois from visiting my step-son and family in Virginia. Well, we drove by as close as the interstate would take us (which means we probably saw the tops of some buildings). We were going to detour in and visit the monument to the crash victims, but we were already late leaving and he wasn't sure where it was exactly, so we didn't. My youngest is also a hat/t-shirt addict. I know we bought him a Marshall U shirt while we were down there, but I think I also ordered in either a sweat shirt or a wind-shirt and a ball cap for Christmas. As sports illiterate as I am, if they make a tug-at-your-heart movie about a team then I know about them. :rolleyes:

I look forward to your appearance!

If your son likes hats and t-shirts, you need to visit Steve ASAP! He'll hook you right up. :thumbsup2

Well, sounds like Poolrat is a good candidate! She loved Mike's rules. I would never agree to the one that Mike is always right - my rule is that I am always right!!! :rotfl:

Did you see the one where he said to keep that rule a secret from his wife? :rotfl2:

This is a great report so far. I used to love the Strasburg Railroad. When growing up, my dad lived in Lancaster, so we went there quite often.

I always enjoy visiting PA Dutch country. I should probably try to get up there more often than I do.

Wanted to say that I love the Passport to Your National Parks. It doesnt hurt that my first job out of college was with Eastern National, the designer. I was actually the guy that designed the very first eparks.com site. When i started there, they didnt even own the domain yet. If you ever have questions about it or the history, feel free to ask. I still have lots of contacts there.

The NP Passport program is a really neat idea. Either that, or we're suckers for getting passports stamped, since we got the Epcot ones as well (and will go for the Star Tours passports whenever our next trip is). :rotfl:

Man, you have some good contacts! Very cool that you worked on the site.

mom3sonstt
08-25-2011, 01:21 PM
How far are you from Sparta, Tanya? I use to live there.

Well, since I had only heard of Sparta vaguely (maybe they were in state basketball tournaments at some point??) I had to MapQuest it. It says I am about 215 miles away. It is a lot closer to where my son is, though. He is going to school in Carbondale and it doesn't look too terribly far from there. I am closer to the Peoria area. Half-way between Peoria and the Quad Cities in Iowa/Illinois and halfway between Chicago and St Louis.

Cinderella's Fella
08-25-2011, 01:27 PM
Well, since I had only heard of Sparta vaguely (maybe they were in state basketball tournaments at some point??) I had to MapQuest it. It says I am about 215 miles away. It is a lot closer to where my son is, though. He is going to school in Carbondale and it doesn't look too terribly far from there. I am closer to the Peoria area. Half-way between Peoria and the Quad Cities in Iowa/Illinois and halfway between Chicago and St Louis.

Ya'll are northeren then. :rotfl2:

mom3sonstt
08-25-2011, 01:29 PM
If your son likes hats and t-shirts, you need to visit Steve ASAP! He'll hook you right up. :thumbsup2





My t-shirt addicted son (also named Mark) will buy a shirt for a specific reason and may only wear it that one time. He was in a Fantasy Baseball League last year and won it. Next thing I know he is wanting me to order him a "Fantasy Baseball Champion" t-shirt. I think he wore it once....possibly twice. And during play-offs (any playoffs, NBA, college sports, baseball....) he will want a shirt of whichever team he is backing so he can wear it the day they play....inevitably they will then lose and then he won't wear the shirt any more because....well, because paybacks are a ....uh....bad word:rolleyes: He will brag up his team and taunt other people about theirs so obnoxiously that he tries to be as invisible as possible once his team loses because they give him so much crap! :lmao:

mom3sonstt
08-25-2011, 01:31 PM
Ya'll are northeren then. :rotfl2:

Yeah, kinda :rolleyes:....but we think of ourselves as "Central" :laughing:

Massillon Dad
08-25-2011, 05:19 PM
its in Canton Ohio, just 22 miles south on I-77 on your right. Jim Thorpe. Nuff said ! But if you must stay in Cleveland, eat @ MELT BAR & GRILLED restaurant (the most amazing grilled cheese sangwiches in the world) - plus - if you get a tatoo of a grilled cheese on yourself, you get a 20% discount there for life!

chloe770
08-25-2011, 07:05 PM
its in Canton Ohio, just 22 miles south on I-77 on your right. Jim Thorpe. Nuff said ! But if you must stay in Cleveland, eat @ MELT BAR & GRILLED restaurant (the most amazing grilled cheese sangwiches in the world) - plus - if you get a tatoo of a grilled cheese on yourself, you get a 20% discount there for life!

Late for the party but joining in now. You need another female vioce over here.

I lived in Canton for 10+ years and have NEVER been to the Football Hall of Fame.:scared1: But I also have been a life long Cleveland Browns fan. I guess that right there proves I'm not a true football fan...just a tortured soul.:lmao:

scott2997
08-25-2011, 07:27 PM
Late for the party but joining in now. You need another female vioce over here.

I lived in Canton for 10+ years and have NEVER been to the Football Hall of Fame.:scared1: But I also have been a life long Cleveland Browns fan. I guess that right there proves I'm not a true football fan...just a tortured soul.:lmao:

Include me in your tortured soul group! :lmao: Might as well say that for about any Cleveland sports team!

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 11:28 AM
its in Canton Ohio, just 22 miles south on I-77 on your right. Jim Thorpe. Nuff said ! But if you must stay in Cleveland, eat @ MELT BAR & GRILLED restaurant (the most amazing grilled cheese sangwiches in the world) - plus - if you get a tatoo of a grilled cheese on yourself, you get a 20% discount there for life!

:welcome: Massillon Dad! And don't worry, the Hall of Fame is the next stop on the agenda. The Melt Bar sounds pretty awesome. Not sure 20% is worth a lifelong tattoo of a sandwich, but it sounds fun.

Late for the party but joining in now. You need another female vioce over here.

I lived in Canton for 10+ years and have NEVER been to the Football Hall of Fame.:scared1: But I also have been a life long Cleveland Browns fan. I guess that right there proves I'm not a true football fan...just a tortured soul.:lmao:

:welcome: Glad to have you here! And thanks for helping with my female demographics. :rotfl2:

I see you're located in Delaware as well...whereabouts?

Is there any more tortured sports city than Cleveland? I say no. I would say admitting you're a lifelong Browns fan is the ultimate. No fairweather fan would admit to it, right?

Include me in your tortured soul group! :lmao: Might as well say that for about any Cleveland sports team!

On the plus side, you have Jim Thome back in town! Love that guy.

FreezinRafiki
08-29-2011, 11:47 AM
Road Trip Cheeseballs ©FreezinRafiki.


This (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35869517&postcount=18) entry in one of my old trip reports is required reading for any cheeseball fan. :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 01:10 PM
Trip Report Shameless Plug Center

I thought I'd try and gather all of the various trip reports I've followed from my faithful readers here into one place for easy access and reference. If I've missed one of yours, just let me know and I'll happily post it here.

I can vouch for all of my friends here on the Disboards. They're great people, great writers, and have terrific families and stories to share. I promise you won't be disappointed in taking the time to read along. Anyway, the list is below.

My earlier trip reports:
A Vacation From My Problems (Sept. 2010, Walt Disney World) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=38408203&posted=1#post38408203)
Voyage of the Delawareans (Nov. 2009, Cruise on the Disney Wonder) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34383487#post34383487)
Other non-Disney trip reports listed under "Non-Disney Travel" at Disdads.com (http://disdads.com)

KatMark
Sept./Oct. 2011 Pre-Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2631918)
A Mouse, Two Little Minnows Who Wear Out Grumpy and Test Track Moves to Naples (WDW/Florida Nov. 2010 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2566380)
Uppy, Uppy, Mr. Andy (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2811447)

FreezinRafiki
Houston, We Have a Secret (WDW April 2011) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717090)
Everything Old Is New Again (WDW Dec. 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2618634)
Cheese Ball Yak Attack (WDW March 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35865174)
2 Kids, 2 Dogs, 1,200 Miles (WDW Oct. 2009) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2322438)

All7OfUs
ABC's of Trip Reporting, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2556524)
ABC's of Trip Reporting, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2675052)

glennbo123
The Moist Exhausting Free Trip Ever, Pt. 1 (WDW June 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=37132682&posted=1#post37132682)
The Moist Exhausting Free Trip Ever, Pt. 2 (WDW June 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2653094)
I Paid Someone $5 for a Catchy Trip Report Title, and This Is All I Got (WDW June/July 2009) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2229789)

Middlepat
(Yes, he's my nemesis, but you can still follow along and make fun of him)
The Wagon Queen Family Truckster Heads West (Western U.S.& Canada, July 2011) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2758799)
(His wife also had a Disney TR but I can't find the link)

Marvali
Snow to 80 in 8 Days (WDW Dec. 2011) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2630104)

GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes
Experiment 627: A Caribbean Double with a Wilderness Chaser (Disney Dream/WL July 2011) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2760910)
You're Writing a TR? Really? (WDW Dec. 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2717057)

Afwdwfan
I Will Never Go To Disney World Pushing A Stroller! (Nov. 2011 Pre-Trip Report) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2662484)

Flossbolna/Nodnol
A Birthday Trip Without A Birthday (Oct. 2011 Pre-Trip Report) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2681713)
From Europe to Africa in America: A Sisters' Expedition (WDW Jan./Feb. 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2413852)

Poolrat
The Side Effects of the AP - Trip #4 (WDW Sept. 2010) (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2555573)

mom3sonstt
The Good, the Bad & the Nuts! A Trip Through Time (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2556207)

I'm sure I missed somebody somewhere, so please feel free to let me know, and I'll be happy to add your TR to the Shameless Plug Center! :thumbsup2

KatMark
08-29-2011, 01:14 PM
Mark, despite what Barry says, you are such a nice guy to plug all of these PTR's and TR's. Here is the link to my TR from last year: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2566380

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 01:21 PM
Mark, despite what Barry says, you are such a nice guy to plug all of these PTR's and TR's. Here is the link to my TR from last year: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2566380

Fixed! :thumbsup2

chloe770
08-29-2011, 03:04 PM
:welcome: Glad to have you here! And thanks for helping with my female demographics. :rotfl2:

I see you're located in Delaware as well...whereabouts?

Is there any more tortured sports city than Cleveland? I say no. I would say admitting you're a lifelong Browns fan is the ultimate. No fairweather fan would admit to it, right?





I'm in Magnolia. I actually think Philly is a more tortured city. At least with Cleveland I know they are going to lose most of the time. With Philly teams, they all seem to get right to the end then blow it. Phillies being the 1 time exception lately. I'm a Flyers fan and they make me crazy.

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 03:46 PM
Football in America is a special game. A unique game. The men who play it make it so.
--John Facenda, aka "Voice of God", NFL Films

After our luxurious, upscale meal at Mike's Place and a pleasant evening and breakfast at the Country Inn, it was time to head south to Canton. Ever since we had first come up with the idea of a road trip to Chicago, I'd had my eye on a stop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Because football is awesome. Do I need any other reason?

I had to make sure everyone else was on board with it, though. First, I went to Julie:
Me: "You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio..."
Julie: "We're stopping at the Football Hall of Fame, right? We'd better be stopping there!"

:love: I love you, honey.

And I'm sure the kids were fine with the idea too. Their opinion doesn't matter, since I'm driving.

Ok, fine, I asked them too. The boys thought it was a great idea. And Sarah said, "Well, football is better than baseball on TV, and I like the Eagles." That counts as approval in my book. You know, if I had a book to keep track of such things.

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We decked ourselves out for the day in our finest Philadelphia Eagles gear, in order to better celebrate our team's proud history of not winning a blessed thing since 1960. That's right, I've never seen a championship in my lifetime. They seem to specialize in ripping out the collective hearts of their fans in excruciating fashion. So, I'm starting my kids young. Anyone who knows better would probably not choose to be an Eagles fan.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-kc62q1lLUKY/TjtXi0Bfb_I/AAAAAAAACac/HdgddEVUqXw/s720/IMG_9184.jpg

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Yes, Sarah is wearing a Donovan McNabb jersey and Scotty is sporting Brian Westbrook, neither of whom play for the Eagles anymore. The Budget Committee (http://www.disboards.com/member.php?u=321467) has yet to approve new uniforms.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame (http://www.profootballhof.com/default.aspx) is located in Canton because that was the home of the American Professional Football Association, which eventually became the NFL. It was also the home of the Canton Bulldogs team, which had great success owing to their star player, Jim Thorpe:

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We entered the front door and saw a long line. Thankfully, it was for the window where you could get tickets to the 2011 enshrinement ceremony, which would be taking place in a couple of weeks. The other window was open.

A guy in a Redskins shirt saw our outfits and gave me the stink-eye. I gave one right back to him and promptly walked into a trash can, knocking it over. "Just like the Eagles," somebody else in line remarked. :headache:

"He didn't throw it to me," I replied. Somebody else made a comment about the kids wearing all their Eagles gear. I told him we weren't sure if our family out-numbered the Eagles actually enshrined in the Hall. That got a big laugh out of the line for some reason.

We walked up a spiral staircase into the exhibit rooms. They had a big exhibit detailing the history of professional football from its inception to present day. I found this small display commemorating the last time the Eagles were good:

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Another room had an exhibit featuring every NFL team. It didn't take too long to find the Dallas Cowboys:

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And our beloved Eagles:

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Have I mentioned how awesome my kids are yet?

From there, we found the main hall, which features a bust of every player enshrined. These are the greatest players in pro football history.

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The room, as you can see, was kinda cool and kinda creepy at the same time. I looked around for some of my favorite Eagles, like Reggie White and "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik. Julie also found her favorite, Joe Montana. She admired him only for his football talent, or so she tells me.

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Woman: Is this some kind of a bust?
Officer: Yes, ma'am, it's very impressive.

The coolest part of the hall was a series of huge touch-screens. You could find any player in the hall, and pull up their bio, career stats, and even video highlights of them in action. We had a lot of fun re-living the glory days of Reggie White, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Walter Payton, and so on.

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For some reason, I couldn't find former Eagles #1 pick Mike Mamula anywhere.

A room showcasing recent achievements was next, and Dave quickly found his favorite player's jersey--DeSean Jackson. He was noted for having scored a touchdown on a play longer than 60 yards in each of the first 3 games of the 2009 season.

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We also found former Packers great Brett Favre's jersey, and I felt like I needed to take a picture for Barry, seeing as this is his hero and he'll always be beloved in Green Bay.

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The next exhibit was the Super Bowl room, which had the Lombardi Trophy on display. I'm pretty sure this is about as close as Eagles fans have gotten to actually touching it:

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We got to see a presentation of the most recent NFL Films Super Bowl film, detailing the Packers' win over the Steelers. It was shown in a theater that rotated 360 degrees. This sounds cooler than it actually is. Really, the only point of that was so they could have two seating areas and keep rotating them so they can move crowds through more quickly. Other than that, you were just watching the movie on a screen. Thankfully, NFL Films are like Disney World--I can't get enough of either one. So I was happy enough just to watch the movie. With their crackerjack camerawork, slow-motion photography and stirring music, NFL Films make even warm-ups feel like life-or-death situations.

While in line for the movie, a group of teens wearing high school jerseys got in line behind us. We think they must have come straight from practice, because that group had the worst body odor we've ever encountered. :eek: :faint: When they opened the theater doors, I guided the family to a row that was already partially filled so that we wouldn't have to sit next to them. If only those guys had been able to do this:

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Downstairs, they had a few "interactive exhibits", which basically meant a couple of trivia stations, a TV where you could play the latest Madden video game, and a football toss.

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It was crowded and the B.O. Squad was close, so we didn't stay long. We lingered in the gift shop for a while, as Julie bound my hands behind my back and forbade me from blowing our vacation budget on football souvenirs. :sad1:

After picking up a few minor trinkets, I took the kids to try out the NexTurf practice field next to the parking lot while Chef Julie worked on our PB&J sandwiches.

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Remember the heat wave? It was about 98 degrees outside at this point, so our "game" consisted of each kid getting the chance to catch a pass and then walking back to the van for lunch.

Here endeth our tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I enjoyed the visit here, and I think it's worth the trip for every football fan. That being said, I'm not sure I will be scheduling a return trip anytime soon. It could have used some more interactive features instead of static displays, and I'm not sure enough will be changing over time to warrant a return visit.

That was about it for the day's fun. The rest of the day involved a 5-hour drive to South Bend, Indiana where we were meeting our friends from college, Tom and Cathy. So, we set out after lunch on the drive--bellies full, DVD player running.

As we drove along the Ohio Turnpike, we noticed the clouds getting darker. And darker. Then it started spitting rain. Then it started raining steadily.

Eventually, it did this:

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Many intelligent, safety-conscious drivers pulled over to the shoulder to wait the storm out. Naturally, I kept driving. :woohoo: We crawled along for 10 or 15 minutes until I finally found a rest stop where we could take a bathroom break.

From there, it was on to Indiana. We needed to fill up with gas, so I was watching the fuel prices on billboards as we drove through Ohio. $3.55....$3.57...$3.56...

Wanting to make good time, we kept going. We finally pulled over at the first rest stop in Indiana.

$4.19/gallon. :headache:

I believe I now know where the term "highway robbery" comes from.

In any event, we pulled into South Bend that evening, and spent the night eating and catching up with our friends. We learned to our amazement that they had never, ever seen one episode of Phineas & Ferb.

Naturally, these poor deprived souls needed to be enlightened. So, at 10:00 p.m., we sat down, started up Netflix Instant Streaming and introduced our friends to what will hopefully be a new fulfilling world of intellectual entertainment.

Coming Up Next: Overcast with 60% chance of showers. Time to hit the beach!

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 03:56 PM
I'm in Magnolia. I actually think Philly is a more tortured city. At least with Cleveland I know they are going to lose most of the time. With Philly teams, they all seem to get right to the end then blow it. Phillies being the 1 time exception lately. I'm a Flyers fan and they make me crazy.

I live near Odessa but work in Dover. Did you make it through the hurricane ok?

::yes:: I would definitely have voted for Philly as being the most tortured, but with the Phillies finally winning in 2008, it seems hard to say that anymore. But I know how you feel about the Flyers. I'm still trying to figure out why they blew up the team this summer. :confused3

KatMark
08-29-2011, 03:59 PM
I live near Odessa but work in Dover. Did you make it through the hurricane ok?

::yes:: I would definitely have voted for Philly as being the most tortured, but with the Phillies finally winning in 2008, it seems hard to say that anymore. But I know how you feel about the Flyers. I'm still trying to figure out why they blew up the team this summer. :confused3

The same reason the Hawks blew theirs up after they won the Stanley Cup -- MONEY!

And as for long suffering fans, I think my Cubbies are right there up at the top!

I'll read your update tonight.

middlepat
08-29-2011, 04:31 PM
I live near Odessa but work in Dover. Did you make it through the hurricane ok?

::yes:: I would definitely have voted for Philly as being the most tortured, but with the Phillies finally winning in 2008, it seems hard to say that anymore. But I know how you feel about the Flyers. I'm still trying to figure out why they blew up the team this summer. :confused3

Because they can. :rotfl2:

The same reason the Hawks blew theirs up after they won the Stanley Cup -- MONEY!

And as for long suffering fans, I think my Cubbies are right there up at the top!

I'll read your update tonight.

::yes:: Although I'm hopefull with the moves the Hawks have made this summer. I think they have found a good mix of players, including Carcillo. He's got that AJ Pyrzinski atribute about him, can't stand him on any team but your own. :rotfl2:

FreezinRafiki
08-29-2011, 04:31 PM
Because football is awesome. Do I need any other reason?
Nope. That about does it.

That's right, I've never seen a championship in my lifetime. They seem to specialize in ripping out the collective hearts of their fans in excruciating fashion. So, I'm starting my kids young. Anyone who knows better would probably not choose to be an Eagles fan.
There's always room on the Packer's bandwagon. I'll gather up some cheeseheads and mail them off to the kids tonight. :thumbsup2

Yes, Sarah is wearing a Donovan McNabb jersey and Scotty is sporting Brian Westbrook, neither of whom play for the Eagles anymore. The Budget Committee (http://www.disboards.com/member.php?u=321467) has yet to approve new uniforms.
I've never liked the idea of paying anywhere from $50 - $200 for a shirt from someone that may not be on the team in a few years (exhibit A: Favre, Brett). Taking it a step further, I'm even wary of paying that much much money for someone who's still alive, just in case they do something embarrassing after they retire. (Exhibit B: Favre, Brett). Therefore, the only Packer jersey I have in my closet it a #66 Ray Nitschke.


A guy in a Redskins shirt saw our outfits and gave me the stink-eye. I gave one right back to him and promptly walked into a trash can, knocking it over. "Just like the Eagles," somebody else in line remarked. :headache:
:sad2: What did the kids try to do first - take off the Eagles garb or pretend they didn't know you?


Julie also found her favorite, Joe Montana. She admired him only for his football talent, or so she tells me.
Certainly. He could zip a pass through coverage so tight that...hey, is that lipstick on the Joe Montana bust?


For some reason, I couldn't find former Eagles #1 pick Mike Mamula anywhere.

He's there. Just keep looking. Check the janitor's closet on the 2nd floor. He's probably cleaning his mop.




We also found former Packers great Brett Favre's jersey, and I felt like I needed to take a picture for Barry, seeing as this is his hero and he'll always be beloved in Green Bay.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-75FG-ZsWF2A/TjtXhKrzxMI/AAAAAAAACZ4/BA7HxKcP4nw/s512/IMG_9166.jpg

Beloved like a tongue on a metal pole in January. It was pretty heated for a while back in '08. Seems the state was divided between supporters of Favre and GM Ted Thompson. But as they say, time heals all wounds. That, and the guy that replaced him is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Maybe that should be an old Chinese proverb.


We got to see a presentation of the most recent NFL Films Super Bowl film, detailing the Packers' win over the Steelers. It was shown in a theater that rotated 360 degrees. This sounds cooler than it actually is. Really, the only point of that was so they could have two seating areas and keep rotating them so they can move crowds through more quickly.
So I can sit in a seat, rotate all day long and watch the Packers win over and over and over? Do they sell brats there? Because I could live off that all day.



It was crowded and the B.O. Squad was close, so we didn't stay long. We lingered in the gift shop for a while, as Julie bound my hands behind my back and forbade me from blowing our vacation budget on football souvenirs. :sad1:
Can you appeal that decision to the budge committee?
Oh, sorry.


Many intelligent, safety-conscious drivers pulled over to the shoulder to wait the storm out. Naturally, I kept driving.

See? More room on the road for you! That makes it safer!


In any event, we pulled into South Bend that evening, and spent the night eating and catching up with our friends. We learned to our amazement that they had never, ever seen one episode of Phineas & Ferb.

And I'm sure they had a lovely decorated rock they were living under. :eek:


Naturally, these poor deprived souls needed to be enlightened. So, at 10:00 p.m., we sat down, started up Netflix Instant Streaming and introduced our friends to what will hopefully be a new fulfilling world of intellectual entertainment.

Captain_Oblivious: Prophet. :thumbsup2

afwdwfan
08-29-2011, 04:45 PM
Because football is awesome. Do I need any other reason?
No. That's reason enough for me! :thumbsup2

Me: "You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio..."
Julie: "We're stopping at the Football Hall of Fame, right? We'd better be stopping there!"
If I had that conversation with my wife it would go something like this....
Me: You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio...
DW: :confused::confused::confused:
Me. The Football Hall of Fame is there...
DW: :headache:

"Well, football is better than baseball on TV, and I like the Eagles."
I guess that is approval. Although I'm not sure about that last part.:rolleyes1

Anyone who knows better would probably not choose to be an Eagles fan.
::yes::

The Budget Committee (http://www.disboards.com/member.php?u=321467) has yet to approve new uniforms.
Somebody's about to get a lot of hits to their profile page... :rolleyes1

Somebody else made a comment about the kids wearing all their Eagles gear. I told him we weren't sure if our family out-numbered the Eagles actually enshrined in the Hall. That got a big laugh out of the line for some reason.
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Another room had an exhibit featuring every NFL team. It didn't take too long to find the Dallas Cowboys:
Julie is the only "true" Eagles fan in your family. She even refused to be photographed in front of that display.:lmao:

Have I mentioned how awesome my kids are yet?
Once or twice... although I don't recall them ever mentioning how awesome their dad is.:rolleyes1

Woman: Is this some kind of a bust?
Officer: Yes, ma'am, it's very impressive.
Naked Gun 2 1/2 :rolleyes1

We also found former Packers great Brett Favre's jersey, and I felt like I needed to take a picture for Barry, seeing as this is his hero and he'll always be beloved in Green Bay.
:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl::thumbsup2 Nicely done.

Remember the heat wave? It was about 98 degrees outside at this point, so our "game" consisted of each kid getting the chance to catch a pass and then walking back to the van for lunch.
Were you able to keep the "BO squad" away from the van with this tactic?:confused3

The rest of the day involved a 5-hour drive to South Bend, Indiana
So did you hit the College Football Hall of Fame too?????

We needed to fill up with gas, so I was watching the fuel prices on billboards as we drove through Ohio. $3.55....$3.57...$3.56...

Wanting to make good time, we kept going. We finally pulled over at the first rest stop in Indiana.

$4.19/gallon. :headache:
Welcome to Indiana! :thumbsup2

Poolrat
08-29-2011, 06:46 PM
Well, sounds like Poolrat is a good candidate! She loved Mike's rules. I would never agree to the one that Mike is always right - my rule is that I am always right!!! :rotfl:

Mike knows when he has been beat if he is scared of his wife. :rotfl2:




Nice update, even if it all about football. :laughing: Don't mind the game all that much but if you are glued to the tube and can't even try to answer a yes or no question during a football game then I don't like football.


As for shameless plugging, mine did not make the list. :)

Captain_Oblivious
08-29-2011, 08:33 PM
As for shameless plugging, mine did not make the list. :)

:headache:

D'oh! See, I knew I forgot somebody. This has been fixed! :thumbsup2

Poolrat
08-29-2011, 08:51 PM
:headache:

D'oh! See, I knew I forgot somebody. This has been fixed! :thumbsup2

You are the best!!! :worship::worship:

glennbo123
08-29-2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the plugs Captain! Now I know why I saw a huge blip in hits on my TRs today. ;) (And since we're plugging, my PTR for the 2010 trip (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2350707) has a flashback trip report in it and a bonus European trip.)

I enjoyed reading about your trip to Canton. Whenever Joe Montana gets mentioned around here, my wife loves to tell about how she met him when she was in junior high. A friend of hers had an older brother who was on the Notre Dame football team, and one time she got to go with her to the game and the brother introduced them to Bob Golic and Joe.

We learned to our amazement that they had never, ever seen one episode of Phineas & Ferb.

They must be the only people in the entire tri-state area never to have heard of Pineas & Ferb!

KatMark
08-29-2011, 10:59 PM
After our luxurious, upscale meal at Mike's Place and a pleasant evening and breakfast at the Country Inn, it was time to head south to Canton. Ever since we had first come up with the idea of a road trip to Chicago, I'd had my eye on a stop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Because football is awesome. Do I need any other reason?

I had to make sure everyone else was on board with it, though. First, I went to Julie:
Me: "You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio..."
Julie: "We're stopping at the Football Hall of Fame, right? We'd better be stopping there!"

:love: I love you, honey.

She's a keeper!


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-75nox2sGCbU/TjtXdJ3KRPI/AAAAAAAACY0/8V__nLMhfE4/s720/IMG_9139.jpg

A fine looking group!

Yes, Sarah is wearing a Donovan McNabb jersey and Scotty is sporting Brian Westbrook, neither of whom play for the Eagles anymore. The Budget Committee (http://www.disboards.com/member.php?u=321467) has yet to approve new uniforms.

:lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao:


Another room had an exhibit featuring every NFL team. It didn't take too long to find the Dallas Cowboys:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-zap2mqWcXjM/TjtXeSQRK-I/AAAAAAAACZI/aBoBCNT7boE/s512/IMG_9148.jpg

This is NOW my ALL-TIME Favorite picture on the DIS! I hate the Cowboys -- America's Team my A**!

The room, as you can see, was kinda cool and kinda creepy at the same time. I looked around for some of my favorite Eagles, like Reggie White and "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik. Julie also found her favorite, Joe Montana. She admired him only for his football talent, or so she tells me.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-LpAxM4c8GDQ/TjtXfKlq-ZI/AAAAAAAACZU/A58I-Y4Z_DU/s720/IMG_9155.jpg

I keep telling you that your wife is VERY smart.

The coolest part of the hall was a series of huge touch-screens. You could find any player in the hall, and pull up their bio, career stats, and even video highlights of them in action. We had a lot of fun re-living the glory days of Reggie White, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Walter Payton, and so on.

My how I miss Sweetness. :sad2:

We also found former Packers great Brett Favre's jersey, and I felt like I needed to take a picture for Barry, seeing as this is his hero and he'll always be beloved in Green Bay.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-75FG-ZsWF2A/TjtXhKrzxMI/AAAAAAAACZ4/BA7HxKcP4nw/s512/IMG_9166.jpg

You are a nice man, Mark. I personally am a HUGE Brett Favre fan, but these Packer backers on here like barry will drive you a little batty.



We went to the Football Hall of Fame around 16 years ago and I'm sure it has changed a great deal since then. I remember it not having a lot for the kids to do and our youngest got bored really quick.

A great update yet again, Mark.

chloe770
08-30-2011, 07:51 AM
I live near Odessa but work in Dover. Did you make it through the hurricane ok?

::yes:: I would definitely have voted for Philly as being the most tortured, but with the Phillies finally winning in 2008, it seems hard to say that anymore. But I know how you feel about the Flyers. I'm still trying to figure out why they blew up the team this summer. :confused3

We made it through the hurricane just fine. Only a few minor roof leaks and we never lost power.

Not sure what the Flyers did. Once baseball season starts, we stop watching hockey in my house. GO YANKEES!!! :)

Since you work in Dover you'll appreciate this. I just realized We will be in Disney for race weekend. :yay: What better place to avoid the crowds and traffic in Dover.

nodnol
08-30-2011, 09:45 AM
A very interesting ethnological presentation!
I remember visiting the (a???) Basketball hall of fame on my first trip to the US in 1992. I'm afraid I was a huge disappointment to our host as I was only interested in the tiny part about history, as I didn't know any of the teams or players.

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 11:01 AM
The same reason the Hawks blew theirs up after they won the Stanley Cup -- MONEY!

And as for long suffering fans, I think my Cubbies are right there up at the top!

I'll read your update tonight.

Money usually isn't a problem for the Flyers. They traded their top goal-scorer and their captain within an hour of each other. I think they were trying to change the culture of the team (and get rid of a late-night partying element).

And yes, Cubs fans are the longest-suffering of them all.

::yes:: Although I'm hopefull with the moves the Hawks have made this summer. I think they have found a good mix of players, including Carcillo. He's got that AJ Pyrzinski atribute about him, can't stand him on any team but your own. :rotfl2:

Carcillo will make a play every 20 games or so that will make you think, "Hey, this guy has some talent, he might be a good pickup." Then he'll drive you nuts with stupid penalties for the next 20. Have fun! :thumbsup2

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 11:37 AM
There's always room on the Packer's bandwagon. I'll gather up some cheeseheads and mail them off to the kids tonight.

Mmm...we love cheese. Wait, that's not real cheese? You guys are posers.

We have to stick with the Eagles in the lean years. That's what real fans do. Then, when victory eventually comes, it's that much sweeter. And it will come, right? Right? Hello? Bueller?

I've never liked the idea of paying anywhere from $50 - $200 for a shirt from someone that may not be on the team in a few years (exhibit A: Favre, Brett). Taking it a step further, I'm even wary of paying that much much money for someone who's still alive, just in case they do something embarrassing after they retire. (Exhibit B: Favre, Brett). Therefore, the only Packer jersey I have in my closet it a #66 Ray Nitschke.

That is a cool jersey to have. I agree on the prices. Ours were found in bargain bins and clearance racks at the end of football season, or obtained for a good deal on eBay. :thumbsup2

:sad2: What did the kids try to do first - take off the Eagles garb or pretend they didn't know you?

After I walked into a trash can? That's old hat. They didn't even bat an eye.

Certainly. He could zip a pass through coverage so tight that...hey, is that lipstick on the Joe Montana bust?

:mad: I'm sure it was like that when we got there.

He's there. Just keep looking. Check the janitor's closet on the 2nd floor. He's probably cleaning his mop.

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Exactly!

Beloved like a tongue on a metal pole in January. It was pretty heated for a while back in '08. Seems the state was divided between supporters of Favre and GM Ted Thompson. But as they say, time heals all wounds. That, and the guy that replaced him is the reigning Super Bowl MVP. Maybe that should be an old Chinese proverb.

I can see where that shiny trophy would make for a nice, definitive end to the argument.

So I can sit in a seat, rotate all day long and watch the Packers win over and over and over? Do they sell brats there? Because I could live off that all day.

I didn't see any brats. But I also didn't see any signs preventing tailgating in the parking lot. :woohoo:

Can you appeal that decision to the budget committee?
Oh, sorry.

:sad1:

See? More room on the road for you! That makes it safer!

I did turn my lights on. Safety first!

And I'm sure they had a lovely decorated rock they were living under.

They're great friends. But our tastes in entertainment tend to diverge.

If I had that conversation with my wife it would go something like this....
Me: You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio...
DW: :confused::confused::confused:
Me. The Football Hall of Fame is there...
DW: :headache:

That's ok. Nobody's perfect. Julie still doesn't "get" Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :confused3

I guess that is approval. Although I'm not sure about that last part.:rolleyes1

Like I said, I started her early, before she knew better. I have video somewhere of Sarah at 18 months, demonstrating all of the referee's penalty signals. :thumbsup2 Julie went to a bridal shower on a weekend and left me alone with her, and by the time she came back she had 7 or 8 signals down.

Somebody's about to get a lot of hits to their profile page... :rolleyes1

I only speak the truth.

Julie is the only "true" Eagles fan in your family. She even refused to be photographed in front of that display.:lmao:

:worship:

Once or twice... although I don't recall them ever mentioning how awesome their dad is.:rolleyes1

Well, I'm sure that was implied.

Naked Gun 2 1/2 :rolleyes1

+1 :thumbsup2 I would also have accepted the Police Squad! TV series.

Were you able to keep the "BO squad" away from the van with this tactic?:confused3

::yes:: Fighting fire with fire!

So did you hit the College Football Hall of Fame too?????

Sadly, no. We did mention that it would have been funny to see both Halls of Fame on the same day, but it was late, and we were starving. So food won out.

Welcome to Indiana! :thumbsup2

:headache:

glennbo123
08-30-2011, 11:55 AM
+1 :thumbsup2 I would also have accepted the Police Squad! TV series.

Do you ever look at the Filmwise website? Check out this week's "Invisibles" quiz, particularly #5. Link (http://www.filmwise.com/invisibles/invisible_550.shtml)

afwdwfan
08-30-2011, 12:28 PM
That is a cool jersey to have. I agree on the prices. Ours were found in bargain bins and clearance racks at the end of football season, or obtained for a good deal on eBay. :thumbsup2
I had a friend who knew a guy who knew a guy that could get authentic (you know, sewn on numbers and patches) MLB and NFL jerseys for $20. I may have a Peyton Manning and a Drew Brees jersey hanging in my closet. :rolleyes1

Like I said, I started her early, before she knew better. I have video somewhere of Sarah at 18 months, demonstrating all of the referee's penalty signals. :thumbsup2 Julie went to a bridal shower on a weekend and left me alone with her, and by the time she came back she had 7 or 8 signals down.
Julie must have been so proud!

I can't even convince Landon to do :thumbsup2. :headache:

Sadly, no. We did mention that it would have been funny to see both Halls of Fame on the same day, but it was late, and we were starving. So food won out.
Probably a good decision. It would have been cool to see, but I'm sure a big let down after seeing the one in Canton.

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 01:23 PM
Nice update, even if it all about football. :laughing: Don't mind the game all that much but if you are glued to the tube and can't even try to answer a yes or no question during a football game then I don't like football.

That's ridiculous. It's completely reasonable for a woman to expect a man to answer questions and even have a conversation during a football game.

As long as it's during commercials. :rotfl:


You are the best!!! :worship::worship:

Yes, I know. Er, I mean, uh...thanks! :thumbsup2

Thanks for the plugs Captain! Now I know why I saw a huge blip in hits on my TRs today. ;) (And since we're plugging, my PTR for the 2010 trip (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2350707) has a flashback trip report in it and a bonus European trip.)

Oooh, bonus European trips! You know, I don't think I've read that one yet. I'll have to get on that.

I enjoyed reading about your trip to Canton. Whenever Joe Montana gets mentioned around here, my wife loves to tell about how she met him when she was in junior high. A friend of hers had an older brother who was on the Notre Dame football team, and one time she got to go with her to the game and the brother introduced them to Bob Golic and Joe.

Very cool! Did she admire his athletic ability too? :confused3

They must be the only people in the entire tri-state area never to have heard of Pineas & Ferb!

:thumbsup2 That is something up with which I will not put!

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 01:35 PM
She's a keeper!

Don't I know it! I still don't know why she bothers keeping me around.

A fine looking group!

Yeah, too bad that big guy had to ruin the picture.

This is NOW my ALL-TIME favorite picture on the DIS! I hate the Cowboys -- America's Team my A**!

:woohoo: Why thank you! And well-said. :thumbsup2

I keep telling you that your wife is VERY smart.

But she married me. I guess everybody has a bad day.

My how I miss his Sweetness.

::yes:: One of the best.

You are a nice man, Mark. I personally am a HUGE Brett Favre fan, but these Packer backers on here like barry will drive you a little batty.

You call yourself a Bears fan and you love the guy who quarterbacked both the Packers and Vikings?! :confused3

I used to like Favre quite a bit, but then the whole retiring/un-retiring thing drove me insane. Then there was the texting thing and...yeah.

We went to the Football Hall of Fame around 16 years ago and I'm sure it has changed a great deal since then. I remember it not having a lot for the kids to do and our youngest got bored really quick.

A great update yet again, Mark.

Thanks, Kathy. I think the whole family enjoyed it, but we did find ourselves moving through some exhibits quickly because they didn't have anything interactive for the kids. Dave probably could have stayed there all day--that boy loves his sports. He's a good kid. :thumbsup2

We made it through the hurricane just fine. Only a few minor roof leaks and we never lost power.

Glad to hear it! Our sump pump has been running non-stop for 3 days, but other than that we did ok.

Not sure what the Flyers did.

Oh, nothing. Just traded their top goal-scorer and captain away.

Once baseball season starts, we stop watching hockey in my house. GO YANKEES!!! :)

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Since you work in Dover you'll appreciate this. I just realized We will be in Disney for race weekend. :yay: What better place to avoid the crowds and traffic in Dover.

:woohoo::cool1::banana: That's the best race-weekend avoidance plan ever!

I guess you saw the new interchange that opened at N. Frederica? I worked on the project.

A very interesting ethnological presentation!
I remember visiting the (a???) Basketball hall of fame on my first trip to the US in 1992. I'm afraid I was a huge disappointment to our host as I was only interested in the tiny part about history, as I didn't know any of the teams or players.

Yeah, I thought this chapter might not mean much to you or your sister. Or anyone else who doesn't follow American football, for that matter. So I tried to keep it simple as best as I could.

And I had to google "ethnological". I hang my head in shame.

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 01:39 PM
Do you ever look at the Filmwise website? Check out this week's "Invisibles" quiz, particularly #5. Link (http://www.filmwise.com/invisibles/invisible_550.shtml)

No, I've never seen that website before. Thanks for the link!

I don't think I'm doing too well at the quiz, though. #5 is obviously The Naked Gun. And I think I see Twins and Bill & Ted in there. Otherwise...:confused3

I had a friend who knew a guy who knew a guy that could get authentic (you know, sewn on numbers and patches) MLB and NFL jerseys for $20. I may have a Peyton Manning and a Drew Brees jersey hanging in my closet. :rolleyes1

Very cool. $20 is awesome compared to what they go for in stores. Your guy who knows a guy wouldn't happen to have any throwback Reggie White jerseys, would he? :rolleyes1


Julie must have been so proud!

I can't even convince Landon to do :thumbsup2. :headache:

I think she was proud and horrified at the same time. Which is what I was going for. :thumbsup2

Sadly, I think Sarah knew the signals better back then than she does now. :headache:

Probably a good decision. It would have been cool to see, but I'm sure a big let down after seeing the one in Canton.

Have you been there before? I have no idea if it's worth seeing or not.

theduck619
08-30-2011, 02:29 PM
Mmm...we love cheese. Wait, that's not real cheese? You guys are posers.

We have to stick with the Eagles in the lean years. That's what real fans do. Then, when victory eventually comes, it's that much sweeter. And it will come, right? Right? Hello? Bueller?



That is a cool jersey to have. I agree on the prices. Ours were found in bargain bins and clearance racks at the end of football season, or obtained for a good deal on eBay. :thumbsup2



After I walked into a trash can? That's old hat. They didn't even bat an eye.



:mad: I'm sure it was like that when we got there.



:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Exactly!



I can see where that shiny trophy would make for a nice, definitive end to the argument.



I didn't see any brats. But I also didn't see any signs preventing tailgating in the parking lot. :woohoo:



:sad1:



I did turn my lights on. Safety first!



They're great friends. But our tastes in entertainment tend to diverge.



That's ok. Nobody's perfect. Julie still doesn't "get" Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :confused3



Like I said, I started her early, before she knew better. I have video somewhere of Sarah at 18 months, demonstrating all of the referee's penalty signals. :thumbsup2 Julie went to a bridal shower on a weekend and left me alone with her, and by the time she came back she had 7 or 8 signals down.



I only speak the truth.



:worship:



Well, I'm sure that was implied.



+1 :thumbsup2 I would also have accepted the Police Squad! TV series.



::yes:: Fighting fire with fire!



Sadly, no. We did mention that it would have been funny to see both Halls of Fame on the same day, but it was late, and we were starving. So food won out.



:headache:

The college football hall of fame is a little less exciting then the pro version. Although i enjoy seeing many, many, many, many of my Notre Dame hero's enshrined there. Andy, you could go see the Bob Griese bust, he may be the only boliermaker in there :thumbsup2

And before you start I checked and you guys have a couple of more guys in there than IU :guilty:

afwdwfan
08-30-2011, 02:41 PM
Very cool. $20 is awesome compared to what they go for in stores. Your guy who knows a guy wouldn't happen to have any throwback Reggie White jerseys, would he? :rolleyes1
Actually he probably could. There were several retro jerseys that he was able to get, but that selection was hit and miss. The only reason I only have 2 jerseys is because the order he made after I got mine never turned up. Supposedly it got held up in customs... :confused3

Another friend of ours had ordered a Carl Yastrzemski jersey in that order and was waiting for it to come. He actually worked in customs and was trying to use any back channels he had to find out what happened to them. I don't think he ever found out and I'm pretty sure he was out $20.:rotfl::rotfl2:

Anyway, it was a short lived opportunity, but I'm glad I took advantage when I had the chance. :lmao:

I think she was proud and horrified at the same time. Which is what I was going for. :thumbsup2
That is a win!

Have you been there before? I have no idea if it's worth seeing or not.
Yes, I went there once when I was in High School. I went to a Notre Dame/MSU game and watched Plaxico Burress torch the Irish. :lmao::rotfl2:

We stopped by the HoF on the way home that afternoon. It was cool to see, but it really only takes a couple of hours to see everything... and that is coming from someone who has always loved the history and tradition of college football and would prefer to watch Saturday games over Sunday games.

glennbo123
08-30-2011, 02:49 PM
No, I've never seen that website before. Thanks for the link!

I don't think I'm doing too well at the quiz, though. #5 is obviously The Naked Gun. And I think I see Twins and Bill & Ted in there. Otherwise...:confused3

Not Twins....Rain Man. And I'm sorry to admit, that I got The African Queen as #6. But in my defense, I've never seen the whole movie...I just caught that scene where Katherine Hepburn dumps out all of Humphrey Bogart's booze.

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 03:10 PM
The college football hall of fame is a little less exciting then the pro version. Although i enjoy seeing many, many, many, many of my Notre Dame hero's enshrined there. Andy, you could go see the Bob Griese bust, he may be the only boliermaker in there :thumbsup2

And before you start I checked and you guys have a couple of more guys in there than IU :guilty:

You mean the College HOF is located in South Bend, IN and they have a huge representation of Notre Dame players?? I'm shocked! Shocked! :rotfl2:

Actually he probably could. There were several retro jerseys that he was able to get, but that selection was hit and miss. The only reason I only have 2 jerseys is because the order he made after I got mine never turned up. Supposedly it got held up in customs... :confused3


Another friend of ours had ordered a Carl Yastrzemski jersey in that order and was waiting for it to come. He actually worked in customs and was trying to use any back channels he had to find out what happened to them. I don't think he ever found out and I'm pretty sure he was out $20.:rotfl::rotfl2:

D'oh! I guess there was a reason why they were $20...


Yes, I went there once when I was in High School. I went to a Notre Dame/MSU game and watched Plaxico Burress torch the Irish. :lmao::rotfl2:

We stopped by the HoF on the way home that afternoon. It was cool to see, but it really only takes a couple of hours to see everything... and that is coming from someone who has always loved the history and tradition of college football and would prefer to watch Saturday games over Sunday games.

Sounds like I didn't need to worry about a special trip, then. Whew!

Not Twins....Rain Man. And I'm sorry to admit, that I got The African Queen as #6. But in my defense, I've never seen the whole movie...I just caught that scene where Katherine Hepburn dumps out all of Humphrey Bogart's booze.

D'oh! I should have gotten Rain Man. And The African Queen is one of those movies I probably should have seen, but haven't.

theduck619
08-30-2011, 03:29 PM
You mean the College HOF is located in South Bend, IN and they have a huge representation of Notre Dame players?? I'm shocked! Shocked! :rotfl2:



D'oh! I guess there was a reason why they were $20...




Sounds like I didn't need to worry about a special trip, then. Whew!



D'oh! I should have gotten Rain Man. And The African Queen is one of those movies I probably should have seen, but haven't.


Mark, you had to build it where the players are :lmao: You couldn't put it in Columbus the Buckeyes would sell all of the stuff in there :rotfl2:

afwdwfan
08-30-2011, 03:33 PM
You couldn't put it in Columbus the Buckeyes would sell all of the stuff in there :rotfl2:
Hard to agree with a Notre Dame fan.... but that's funny! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

mom3sonstt
08-30-2011, 04:18 PM
Originally Posted by KatMark:
My how I miss his Sweetness.








::yes:: One of the best.





This one's for you!!

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/img192.jpg


This is a pic my folks took at a Bears game back in the mid-80s

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 04:25 PM
Mark, you had to build it where the players are :lmao: You couldn't put it in Columbus the Buckeyes would sell all of the stuff in there :rotfl2:

Hard to agree with a Notre Dame fan.... but that's funny! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Agreed! :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

Captain_Oblivious
08-30-2011, 04:28 PM
This one's for you!!

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll6/mom3sonstt/img192.jpg


This is a pic my folks took at a Bears game back in the mid-80s

Nice! That's not you being lifted up to greet Mr. Payton, is it? :rotfl2:

Just kidding. I can't imagine fans getting that close to the players in this day and age.

Hey, I think I see Buddy Ryan in the background! :woohoo:

afwdwfan
08-30-2011, 09:00 PM
Mark, I'm sorry to do this to your Trip Report thread but since Dave had to go all "Notre Dame fan" on us, I just felt the need to share this link...

http://youtu.be/p0Y7yjxJVlc

mom3sonstt
08-30-2011, 09:38 PM
Nice! That's not you being lifted up to greet Mr. Payton, is it? :rotfl2:

Just kidding. I can't imagine fans getting that close to the players in this day and age.

Hey, I think I see Buddy Ryan in the background! :woohoo:

I don't think that's a fan, I think at the time mom had said it was his wife and son


His daughter is a spokesperson for organ donation in Illinois at least, maybe on a national level.

Captain_Oblivious
08-31-2011, 09:41 AM
Mark, I'm sorry to do this to your Trip Report thread but since Dave had to go all "Notre Dame fan" on us, I just felt the need to share this link...

http://youtu.be/p0Y7yjxJVlc

:lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Approved!

I don't think that's a fan, I think at the time mom had said it was his wife and son

His daughter is a spokesperson for organ donation in Illinois at least, maybe on a national level.

Oh, ok. That makes sense. Very, very sweet picture. And that's a wonderful work his daughter is doing, too. :goodvibes

All7OfUs
08-31-2011, 12:01 PM
A little foot powder can help you out there Liesa! ;)



OH, yeah, thanks I'll remember that, Marv! :rolleyes::lmao:

theduck619
08-31-2011, 01:11 PM
Mark, I'm sorry to do this to your Trip Report thread but since Dave had to go all "Notre Dame fan" on us, I just felt the need to share this link...

http://youtu.be/p0Y7yjxJVlc

Hey, at least we are revelant enough to be made fun of :rotfl2:

Mrs. Knowitall
08-31-2011, 02:53 PM
I had to make sure everyone else was on board with it, though. First, I went to Julie:
Me: "You know, we will be driving near Canton, Ohio..."
Julie: "We're stopping at the Football Hall of Fame, right? We'd better be stopping there!"

He's not lying! This actually happened!



The Budget Committee (http://www.disboards.com/member.php?u=321467) has yet to approve new uniforms.

:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl2: You're funny. :rotfl2::rotfl::rotfl:

While in line for the movie, a group of teens wearing high school jerseys got in line behind us. We think they must have come straight from practice, because that group had the worst body odor we've ever encountered. :eek: :faint:

It was really, REALLY, REALLY bad.


When they opened the theater doors, I guided the family to a row that was already partially filled so that we wouldn't have to sit next to them.

You are so smart! You are so smart! S-M-R-T...I mean S-M-A-R-T....



Coming Up Next: Overcast with 60% chance of showers. Time to hit the beach!

Was it really 60%? I thought it was 40%....




Ours were found in bargain bins and clearance racks at the end of football season, or obtained for a good deal on eBay. :thumbsup2

'Cause someone's a good shopper! :banana:




That's ok. Nobody's perfect. Julie still doesn't "get" Monty Python and the Holy Grail. :confused3

Sigh.....maybe when you start scrappin' with me....



Like I said, I started her early, before she knew better. I have video somewhere of Sarah at 18 months, demonstrating all of the referee's penalty signals. :thumbsup2 Julie went to a bridal shower on a weekend and left me alone with her, and by the time she came back she had 7 or 8 signals down.



Sadly, I think Sarah knew the signals better back then than she does now. :headache:


This is really, REALLY cute. (Mark you should post the video of her doing her touchdown dance...) And sadly, because she was the first, she also knew them the best. By the time Scott came around, we were lucky if he knew what a football was!


I just realized We will be in Disney for race weekend. :yay: What better place to avoid the crowds and traffic in Dover.

You are so smart! You are so smart! S-M-R-T...I mean S-M-A-R-T....
I'd rather be in Disney than Dover any day!

Poolrat
08-31-2011, 09:25 PM
That's ridiculous. It's completely reasonable for a woman to expect a man to answer questions and even have a conversation during a football game.

As long as it's during commercials. :rotfl:


Hey I am OK with that. Perfectly reasonable. :lmao:

I used to like football somewhat until the great Thanksgiving incident of ..... oh 1987 or 88. Then I hated it and what it did to perfectly respectful men when there is a TV with football on in the room.

I am willing to reconsider though. I can only hold a grudge so long. :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

glennbo123
08-31-2011, 10:11 PM
Hey Captain, Poolrat Pat just posted an update with ToT in it.....it's got a great picture of the view out over the park that you can see during the ride. I think you'd like it. :rolleyes1