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Old 08-29-2010, 11:29 AM   #1501
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2 kids ages 9 and 4, with school and activities schedules too.
That's a lot. Since your parents aren't available, are you using friends or a service? As for a price, is it 24/7 care in your home or the caretaker? Are you providing meals? Whose car? If their car, $.45 per mile? You could be looking at $15 - $20 per hour, with some reduced rate for sleeping hours. Perhaps since it was a whole week, you could negotiate a lower rate.
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Hey Dads. First, I have to say CRUD.

That said, I'm having an issue with the DISDads.com site that I wanted to mention over here. I'm getting hit with a FLOOD of spammer wanna-bes adding themselves as site Users. At first, they were easy to spot, because they were using Russian Email addresses. But I've caught several recently using regular ol' gmail addresses. So I'm going to have to start imposing a new rule. I'm mentioning this here so as to hopefully avoid offending anyone. But starting next week, if your User name at DISDads.com doesn't match a name on the DIS Dads Club list, I will presume it's a spammer and delete the User at DISDads.com

I wish there were a good way to automate this. It's really becoming a PITA to go through and find the spammer name on the User list and delete the account.
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Hey Dads. First, I have to say CRUD.

That said, I'm having an issue with the DISDads.com site that I wanted to mention over here. I'm getting hit with a FLOOD of spammer wanna-bes adding themselves as site Users. At first, they were easy to spot, because they were using Russian Email addresses. But I've caught several recently using regular ol' gmail addresses. So I'm going to have to start imposing a new rule. I'm mentioning this here so as to hopefully avoid offending anyone. But starting next week, if your User name at DISDads.com doesn't match a name on the DIS Dads Club list, I will presume it's a spammer and delete the User at DISDads.com

I wish there were a good way to automate this. It's really becoming a PITA to go through and find the spammer name on the User list and delete the account.

Tyrant...

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:05 PM   #1504
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hey ya'll....

we'll we are waiting on getting into the dvc system to start booking our vaca...should be soon!

ON a side note, Chillcoupon's and my friend that way in the usa today contest won!..
here is a video of our friend John singing and playing his song....good stuff!
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We just went over our activity agenda for this week, Once again every day when I get home form work, we will be on the move

Sun- We did 6 Flags Safari

Mon Nite - Seaside Boardwalk, have a ton of ride tickets we have to use up by the end of the year, hope we don't run into the Jersey Shore Cast

Tues- Sesame Place

Weds Nite - Hermit Crab Race at The Boardwalk Finials (1st prize is worth $500)

Thurs Nite- Hermit Crab Race Finials at Stewart's Root Beer, Going for the Big Trophey, (has 2 of the 9 crabs that will be racing)

Fri nite - Blue Claws Baseball Game (won tickets at a gift auction)
Sat- ? sure she will come up with something

The best part is out of pocket expense is minimal, maybe $50 for the week for snacks & sodas

The 1 thing my DS will never be able to say is that we never spent time with him
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:34 PM   #1507
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First off......CRUD

What a week, trying to get everything together and all loose ends all tied up and trying to get ready for a trip...yikes!!!

I am packing as I type this, typical dad leave it to last minute. Well pretty easy handful of t-shirts handful of shorts handful of underpants....done. Oh ya camera and passports. now I'm done. We are leaving at 3 am tonight. We are super stoked, I have a long drive ahead, about 22 hours. We are going to use 79/77. I think we are going to stop in Columbia SC for the night. Any hotel recommendations would be appreciated.

Talk to you all when we get back.

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First off......CRUD

What a week, trying to get everything together and all loose ends all tied up and trying to get ready for a trip...yikes!!!

I am packing as I type this, typical dad leave it to last minute. Well pretty easy handful of t-shirts handful of shorts handful of underpants....done. Oh ya camera and passports. now I'm done. We are leaving at 3 am tonight. We are super stoked, I have a long drive ahead, about 22 hours. We are going to use 79/77. I think we are going to stop in Columbia SC for the night. Any hotel recommendations would be appreciated.

Talk to you all when we get back.

Hey Fed, I'll say Hi to Bob for ya!!
If you know for sure you are going to stop in Columbia...go to Hotwire.com and see what they have for Columbia...we have gotten good deals with them during our travels to and from beaches this year!! Have a great trip to Disney!!!
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:38 PM   #1509
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It has been a great 3 days off and low and behold I am still off for one more. I do not know what happened to get a 4 day weekend...I guess the stars lined up just right!!

College football starts this week and I am READY...we open up with Ohio State at OSU this week. Just hope we dont come away with injuries LOL
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:46 PM   #1511
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I sure would like to hear more details of this hotel stay LOL You are scarred for life!
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:17 PM   #1512
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First off......CRUD

What a week, trying to get everything together and all loose ends all tied up and trying to get ready for a trip...yikes!!!

I am packing as I type this, typical dad leave it to last minute. Well pretty easy handful of t-shirts handful of shorts handful of underpants....done. Oh ya camera and passports. now I'm done. We are leaving at 3 am tonight. We are super stoked, I have a long drive ahead, about 22 hours. We are going to use 79/77. I think we are going to stop in Columbia SC for the night. Any hotel recommendations would be appreciated.

Talk to you all when we get back.

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Wow, 22 hours of driving.

The only hotel that I have ever stayed at in Columbia was the Residence Inn, on the north side of Columbia. Nice place, nice staff, tasty and free breakfast bar, Cracker Barrel next door. Might be a bit more on the expensive side than what you are looking for but it is right on I-77.

Edited to add: I don't recommend waiting until you hit I-26. I have stayed in a couple of those hotels and never found a place that I feel that confident and safe at...

Hope you have a great time and a safe trip!
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I sure would like to hear more details of this hotel stay LOL You are scarred for life!
My wife picked the place since it was not a pet friendly hotel, we actully went about 7miles out of the way to get there, I should have thrown the red light as soon as we checked in, office was a 4 x 4 room with the clerk behind glass and had to do transactions through a little slot, we got to room, don't think they did upgrades since around 1975 carpets had rips, where the carpet meets the bathroom tile there was about a inch of just carprt webbing.

Walls had some brown dripping stains on them Bathroom tile had mold, (needless to say no shower that night), Found a foot long hair on the blanket, Mirror above sink had a cheesy strip across bottom (guess it was broke)

The inside of the sink had visible tape lines were it was repainted (was a bad match)

Had to use the old band aid trick to keep cutians closed (was a inch short on both sides) also used them to cover the old nail holes in the wall (never know if there is a camera)
Also 2 of the plug socket covers were caved in, Fire harzard

When it was morning my son was coughing up a storm, we also noticed on one of the sheets in his bed there was a blood stain (looked like a fingerprint) TG he slept on the other side of the bed. And we slept in our clothes.

When I went to get ice on the other side of the hotel I noticed a few cars parked with flat tires that have been there awhile

We had 2 day ressies, but there was noway in hell we were staying there for 2 nights, when my wife went to check out and complain the clerk did not seem surprised, she also noticed a sign that pets were welcome for $10 a pet per night, explains sons coughing (male cat dander will do it everytime)

After we contacted Corp, we got a email from that hotels owner that started out as ---- I wood like to (wood what the) it went on to tell us that he would give us 25% our next stay (if I'm not going to stay for free what makes him think I will pay 75%, we used points for the stay)

I contacted Corp again and they read the letter he sent, they said they were going to send a team to check the place out, also found out I was not the only one with a horror story from there They will not tell me any results due to some privacey act, but said it did not look good for him, and did not meet up to there standards. Depending on what the team discovers they might drop him and everything that associates him to the chain would have to be removed within 90 days.

Since then I've heard horror stories from truckers I know and they said it was probably a flussie hotel, since that area is where there time would run out coming from Fl, there was a huge truck stop a block down.
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Wow, 22 hours of driving.

The only hotel that I have ever stayed at in Columbia was the Residence Inn, on the north side of Columbia. Nice place, nice staff, tasty and free breakfast bar, Cracker Barrel next door. Might be a bit more on the expensive side than what you are looking for but it is right on I-77.

Edited to add: I don't recommend waiting until you hit I-26. I have stayed in a couple of those hotels and never found a place that I feel that confident and safe at...

Hope you have a great time and a safe trip!
Thanks! I think we are going to stop before I26. This seems like a good place. Breaking it up this way, we can get rested up and be back on the road in the morning and be in Disney by supper.

Take care guys, time for bed. Talk to you all when I get back.

Herd, I tried the hotwire thing....not bad. Never checked this before. Thanks!!
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My wife picked the place since it was not a pet friendly hotel, we actully went about 7miles out of the way to get there, I should have thrown the red light as soon as we checked in, office was a 4 x 4 room with the clerk behind glass and had to do transactions through a little slot, we got to room, don't think they did upgrades since around 1975 carpets had rips, where the carpet meets the bathroom tile there was about a inch of just carprt webbing.

Walls had some brown dripping stains on them Bathroom tile had mold, (needless to say no shower that night), Found a foot long hair on the blanket, Mirror above sink had a cheesy strip across bottom (guess it was broke)

The inside of the sink had visible tape lines were it was repainted (was a bad match)

Had to use the old band aid trick to keep cutians closed (was a inch short on both sides) also used them to cover the old nail holes in the wall (never know if there is a camera)
Also 2 of the plug socket covers were caved in, Fire harzard

When it was morning my son was coughing up a storm, we also noticed on one of the sheets in his bed there was a blood stain (looked like a fingerprint) TG he slept on the other side of the bed. And we slept in our clothes.

When I went to get ice on the other side of the hotel I noticed a few cars parked with flat tires that have been there awhile

We had 2 day ressies, but there was noway in hell we were staying there for 2 nights, when my wife went to check out and complain the clerk did not seem surprised, she also noticed a sign that pets were welcome for $10 a pet per night, explains sons coughing (male cat dander will do it everytime)

After we contacted Corp, we got a email from that hotels owner that started out as ---- I wood like to (wood what the) it went on to tell us that he would give us 25% our next stay (if I'm not going to stay for free what makes him think I will pay 75%, we used points for the stay)

I contacted Corp again and they read the letter he sent, they said they were going to send a team to check the place out, also found out I was not the only one with a horror story from there They will not tell me any results due to some privacey act, but said it did not look good for him, and did not meet up to there standards. Depending on what the team discovers they might drop him and everything that associates him to the chain would have to be removed within 90 days.

Since then I've heard horror stories from truckers I know and they said it was probably a flussie hotel, since that area is where there time would run out coming from Fl, there was a huge truck stop a block down.



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