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Old 06-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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Its been how many years??? 4 years and finally going back...with a toddler & tween...

Table of contents
intro-just keep on reading
why we are going
surprises, DIY and more
Itinerary...so far
finished shirts..well some of them anyway
my planning bibble
Suprising Darren...is it possible?
its crunch time with 10 days to go...final goodies
final plans...i hope

packing it up


First let me give you a brief intro to our cast of players for this trip:

My wonderful hubby of almost 8 years aka Michael.


Me(Vivian) and the scrooge aka Darren 11( we call him that because he is rarely happy w/o a video game in front of him)


monkey aka Gabriel he is my cuddly but super independent and stubborn as all love- 2


my parents


Us all together


how this trip got started:
I saw the free dining commercial last month while laying in bed. i nudged hubby and said,"since tickets to italy are incredibly expensive right now why don't we go back to the magic?" i was of course not kidding but figured he would say no way. to my suprise he said to figure out the numbers and do what you do best...BUt keep under the price of what the tix for italy would have been.....WHAT!!!! i think i went online the second he walked out the door the next day.
i got the numbers squared away and called him to give him the toal. he was suprised and said...well we have 3 weeks to play with, add whatever else you want.....so bam both universal parks, seaworld and legoland are now part of our itinerary.
next was pricing out the drive down. we had just dodged a HUGE expense with our car, which broke down and needed a whole new transmision $$$$ but i got a call form the dealer it was under warranty till dec this year. phew.
so of course our first thought was, is the car gonna make it from NY to Florida? plus gas expenses and an hotel i think i priced it out to about $800 total. then i remembered my friend talking about the auto train. i did some research and the difference between driving all the way VS some partial driving was about $150. so auto train it is. we have booked a roomete on the way down and a family bedroom on the way back. We would have to leave NY by 7am to make it to virginia by 12-1pm with plenty of time. it think its about 5hours to get there assuming there is no traffic or we don't get lost or a plane lands on the highway like last time we drove down and got detoured for this very reason.
I have to tell you in case you haven't already figured it out i'm OCD about many things but planning trips i'm at its worst. like spreadsheets, planners, lists, laminating, did i mention lists? yeah im slightly obsessed.

so that is it for my intro. I'll leave you with what i have been doing:
-budgeting money for tickets to other parks, additional hotel for 2 nights.
- making packing lists for the train, car , us, WDW with a toddler (a first for me since D was 6 the first time he went)
- stuff to buy at the dollar store for the parks hotel ect
- little surprises for the boys
- stuff to make myself:
in that category is:
*trying tie dye mickey shirts for the boys, Hubs refuses to wear tie dye
*stencil character shirts for the boys
*autograph book for G
*name fill, character initial t-shirts for all of us
*stroller tags
*custom outfits for G
* itinerary for 16 days

that's all i can remember for now....stay tuned....
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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Why We're Going

This year has been a tryng year for us. after we had G we decided we wanted 2 more kids, honestly i've always wanted a big family, life had other plans for me. I had D when i had just turned 21, we got married when he was 4 and had planned a trip for his 6th birthday so we figured we would wait till then to start trying. After a year of trying, finding a cyst that had to be removed, finding questionable pap results and treatment for it We found out we were finally pregnant in dec of 2007. right before his 7th b-day disney January trip. we had a great time and 2 weeks after that trip we had our first u/s. baby looked perfect. 2 weeks later i was bleeding and found out our baby's heart was no longer beating. i went on to have 4 more losses all with-in a 14 month period. Mid march 2009 i get a midnight call that my mom, who mind you was living in Costa Rica at the time, had dropped in the kitchen floor, she was in the hospital with a ruptured aneurysm in the aorta. they were trying to keep her alive through the night until the surgical team could be assembled and she would be in surgery at 7am. I couldn't get a flight out till wednesday her surgery was tuesday. it was the longest day ever and finally the phone rang to tell me she had made it but the next 2 weeks would be critical. We flew down and boy was it it a shock to see her hooked up to all those tubes and machines, and i'm in nursing school, but when its your family nothing prepares you. The boys came home and i stayed with her for a month until she was back home.
I came home almost at the end of April, and late May i found out i was expecting. The pregncy was considered high risk because i have MTHFR a type o blood clotting disorder. I had to be on daily blood thinner shots for the duration of the preganacy and 6 weeks after as well.
Our second son Gabriel was born Jan 19 2010

Darren was/is such an awesome big brother.

My mom who was still in Costa Rica waiting on immigration status change finally met her newest grandson in Jan 2011 when we flew to spend vaction there for 2 weeks.
Darren had a blast playing with all his cousins

we finally got a real vacation

and time with mom


Fast forward to this year and my mom's papers were finally approved and so we made plans for her to come for mothers day and then go with D to spend his summer vacation in Costa Rica. everything was great until i called her one day to check in on her and she sounded off. finally i got it out of her that she had gone to ER and they told her she had another small leak in her lower aorta this time and they would not do anything to repair it. basically the Dr there told her to fly here spend time with us and enjoy her life. that we should let her do anything she wants. a death sentence basically. I refused to believe that and got to work contacting the mayo clinic and all sorts of specialist i could find. I found an amazing doctor in NYC who was willing to see here the day after she arrived. So we did and he was not happy with the results of test he saw the following week, admitted her on friday and surgery was done monday. it was a very long 7 hour surgery and she was in CCU for 2 weeks post surgery and another 3 weeks in a rehab center to help her regain her strength. she came home last week and other than the pain from the incision which the Dr. toldu s is one of the worst since they cut through your ribs were millions of nerves are and while you may heal quickly nerves take longer and makes it so much worse. She just had a follow up and everything looks great , a change in her pain med have helped also and we are hoping that by september she will be so much better to make the trip with us.
if you made it this far give yourself a pat on the back. i know its a lot to take in.
but that brings me to reason why we are taking this trip. there have been 2 really close instances where i could have lost my mother. being an only child, my parents are everything to me.
And for once i would like to do something for them.
Oh and i love disney so anything is a good excuse for me to go, but bringing my 2 boys along for the ride will be priceless.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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Surprises, DIY and more

I figured i could start showing you some of my to-do/done projects i have started.
I think i had mentioned this trip is a complete surprise for our boys. Darren thinks we are taking the auto train to washington, i'm hoping he is either to distracted or too tired to realize we pass washington on our way to virginia.
Anyway i'm planning on buying them each a toy to unwrap on the train and when he opens his under it i'm hoping to put these 2 things for him to find

this one personalized w/ our actual date and their names.


customized autograph book. here

freezer paper shirts - i have to tell you i was a bit intimidated on doing these since i had never done them had no clue what i was doing and just really wanted it to work. its time consuming but completely worth it once i was finished, and to be honest to do all 8 of them from dyeing to washing and drying cutting the stencil, ironing and finally painting them was about a week, but only because i had to do it during naps or after the boys were sleeping. don't forget this whole trip is a surprise for my oldest.




the following of course could never have happened without the amazing Dissigners here.
stroller tags

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name fill t-shirt





initial t-shirt.
hubby

mine

Darren

Gabriel


i printed 4 of these in wallet size one i'm going to attach with zip ties to the baby's belt hoop, and the other our oldest can keep in his pocket in case he gets separated, freaks and forgets our numbers


pillow case for the train for my little monkey


lastly for the car(at some point


that is all i have for nowi want to make the pressed penny container, and some other little things here and there.
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read about our Jan 2007 trip here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1553770

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Old 06-11-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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The itinerary so far

I will be the first to admit that for me planning is almost as exciting as getting there. I think i mentioned i have a spreadsheet of what our days will look like. I'm a very visual person so being able to see it all in one place rather than clicking around keeps my mind at ease. I do this in everyday life too though i'm one of the very feww who actually still uses a pocket calender. which has my weekly payments, budget, phone numbers, you get the idea. yes its backed up in my outlook calendar but being able to just use a pencil and paper is more satisfying to me.
Ok so on to more important things. what our days are going to look like.
We will be taking the auto train on a friday. i'm thinking if we leave by 6:30 am we should have more than enough time to make i to Virginia. (google says its about 5 hour drive) get breakfast at cracker barrel, in case of accidents, planes on the highway, detours, accidents in the car whatever, and arrive at the station just about 12:30-1pm, which i was told is about the time they start to check in the cars. Then we relax till its time to board. Train leaves at 4pm and we should arrive in Fl about 9:30am What is time consuming here is waiting for your car to be un-loaded from the train, best case scenario we are among the first and will be on our way within 15-20 minutes. Worst case we sit for an hour. then its another hour drive to orland where we would check in at ASMo.
Day 1: initially we were going to rush over to HS but after adding another day to our trip and not really knowing how we would sleep on the train i decided to make this an easy day...sort off. assuming we arrive by noon, we would have lunch at the hotel and then unpack shower whatever. I'm still on the fence about booking a photo session for all of us at the poly around 5pm or if i should do it a different day. e have dinner ressies at Bongos at 7pm. and we can walk DTD after then call it a night.

Day 2:Hollywood studios - D is dying to do all the loopy rides he was to scared or too short to do last time...we'll see. we have dinner at 50s prime time at 4 pm which i'm hoping is more than enough time to be able to see fantasmic.

Day 3: Ohana breakfast at 8am, then its off to Legoland. D has no idea this park is in Fl so it will be a complete surprise to him. the park is only open from 10-5pm and i believe its about 30-40 minutes from ASMo. trying to decide if we should go back to the room to shower and change then head DTD for dinner at T-rex

Day 4:Magic kingdom - so excited about this day. can't wait to see the look on G's face. lunch at tony's then the parade, then an early dinner from casey's QS then back to the hotel to get ready for MNSSHP. We are going to be Jack & Sally from a nightmare before christmas. I was going to try and make the costumes but i copped out and bought Jack's suit an accessories. I will be painting hubby's face though. As for sally, I will be making her dress since in my head it seems easy enough. Just have to decide if i should do a wig or spray my hair.
I still need to pick the boy's costumes...any ideas for something they could do with their age gap? 11 & 2

Day 5:Epcot - marrakesh for lunch, QS at lotus in china at some point for early dinner, then iluminations.

Day 6:Universal studios - haven't decided which park we will do first but their hours are 9-8. we will probably stay till about 6 or 7 since we have dinner at WCC at 8pm

Day 7: Epcot- boulangerie QS in france, dinner ressie at San Angel Inn at 4pm.

on a side note i'm trying to figure out how we can do the wine and food festival since MH & I are HUE foodies. any ideas?

Day 8:Animal kingdom - tusker house late lunch at 1pm. flame tree BBQ QS to maybe take with us or around 5:30pm. hang out in the room for a bit and praying G will go to sleep without any problems, since we are hoping to do universal's horror nights that go from 7-2amseriously when do those tickets go for sale?

Day 9:Extra day to do whatever WDW park we want - so no plans other than rainforest DTD at 8:30 pm

Day 10: Magic kingdom - crystal palace lunch at 11am, this was the only other day they are doing spectromagic and G would love it., we were hoping to do columbia house QS for dinner in between spectro and wishes or maybe right before once we find a spot and settle in.

Day 11: check out of ASMo and into whatever other hotel we choose for 2 nights. this day will be doing seaworld which is open from 9-6. should be enough to see most of it and then i made a ressie at 5pm at Victoria & Albert to surprise hubby with a date night for just the 2 of us.

Day 12: This is the day we would do the other universal park. no dinner ressie's made but i'm sure we would just eat at the park for lunch and maybe pick up pizza for dinner at the room.

Day 13:our last day in florida. Pack up the car and have the boys play in the pool with my parents while we do that. We have to leave by noon the latest to make the hour drive to the station to get the train back to Virginia.

Day 14: arrive in virginia around 9:30 and dive to DC to sight see, then make the 5 hour dive back home.

so that is it in a nutshell. any suggestions? I have a list of what rides are appropriate for each age, but i'm seriously considering doing toruing plans. are they worth it? should we just wing it as we have always done. don't forget we have a 21/2 y/o with us who is pretty easy going. he has no problems sleeping in the stroller, and sitting though dinner as long as ****s are readily available for him he is pretty happy.

coming up nect post will be my packing lists......
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T-shirts so far

Ok i know its been a while, but i'm a sucker for piling projects on and to-do list and its never ending and oh so time consuming.
i finally finished some shirts. still have more things to work on and as i (hopefully) finish them all in time i will post more about them. I think my biggest time consuming one is i decided to make G a quiet book for the road trip... what the heck was i thinking!!!! my sewing table is full of felt scraps and pieces and patterns. Oh my goodness. Well for now here is what i have done.

my parents and ours. for some reason i just realized i don't have a pic of the one that says grandpa. but i assure you its made and has been delivered.
its hard to tell but the bow and the letters all have glitter on them that thankfully has held on pretty well.

This next shirt i'm super proud of and i can't wait to wear it. its a simple tank top from ON. i found a picture of mickey that i liked and using the freezer paper method and different paint colors i got this. his short have been glitter-fied. hey something HAD to be sparkly.

Also i wanted a little back pack for G and i couldn't find anything within a price point that if he lost i wouldn't be upset over. nothing jumped out so i made my own. complete with my first trip mickey head on it.

my shirt in case i forget my name as hubby said when he saw it.

D's yoda shirt. and yes i dyed the shirt that blue it actually came out looking like minimal tie dye.i guess either i suck at dyeing shirts or it was all part of the plan?

and his 2 name shirts. i'm going to see how to convince him to wear the lego one when we go to legoland without really telling him. maybe wrap it up as a gift the morning of?

and little man's 2 name shirts


so that is it for now. well for the shirts anyway.
i have some bags packed with my list i promise next post will be my compiled list of bags for the park, train, ect.
yes i've started packing.... oh and did i mention we are in DOUBLE digits!!!!!
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What is the freezer method of t-shirt making? I have 40 some odd days before my trip.
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Wow, you have done so much durig nap times I usually just nap with my kids!

Everythng looks great! I can't believe you made all those shirts. You have been busy!

Lots of prayers for your mom (and you too!) I also have MTHFR-found out I had it with my 2nd after the 1st was born at 29 weeks due to toxemia. He is big an strong now though! What a pain MTHFR is hun? But well worth the end result
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What is the freezer method of t-shirt making? I have 40 some odd days before my trip.
Hi thanks for reading. I used This tutorial To guide me along. The possibilities are endless. And for the record I ran my freezer paper right through the printer with no issues.also I used the tulip brand paint only, did several coats and it's been fine. I also use newspaper or even a plastic bag in between to prevent the paint from bleeding to the back

Here is another more detailed tutorial
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Wow, you have done so much durig nap times I usually just nap with my kids!

Everythng looks great! I can't believe you made all those shirts. You have been busy!

Lots of prayers for your mom (and you too!) I also have MTHFR-found out I had it with my 2nd after the 1st was born at 29 weeks due to toxemia. He is big an strong now though! What a pain MTHFR is hun? But well worth the end result
Thanks for reading and for the prayers for mom" she is doing so much better. The nerve damage meds they started her on seem to be finally kicking in as the Dr did mentioned they take some weeks for the full effect to work. She still sore but is more to being herself. god bless her it's honestly been a miracle.
Most of the time I wanna nap and truly I try but then I lay there and think of all the things I could be doing I do this at night as well. No wonder I crash half way through the day.
I'm so glad your story worked out to have such an awesome ending.
MTHFR has been a pain indeed, doing lovenox shots daily for 40+ weeks is not fun and I'm not even afraid of needles but yikes. And yes the end results are God sent. Our journey continues as we push our luck for #3 but if it's meant to be then we will be blessed when the time is right. For now I'm enjoying making stuff for Disney. Did I mention that I added making a quiet book for the road trip. Yup I'm coo coo
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follow my pre-trip report as i go crazy over planning for sept 2012:http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post45093687

read about our Jan 2007 trip here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1553770

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Wow ok it's been a while since my last update. We are at 50 days and counting. Eeeek!!!!
This will be a short update however since I'm in the middle of making dinner. Lol priorities right...
Anyway I'm going to try a link if it doesn't work I'll repost once I get upstairs to the main computer hub.
http://s200.photobucket.com/albums/a.../Quiet%20book/

I'm not sure I have mentioned it or not but we are trying the auto train this year, and honestly I'm quite exited about it. The only drawback is we have to drive about 5 hours to get to VA so I've been searching for things to donor the boys while in the car.
One of the ideas I came across and have been contemplating for quite some time now is making G a quiet book.
Well here it is almost complete...hey at least all the pages are done. I just have to add grommets and then bind the pages and do the cover and it will be ready to go. g has already played with some pages and he loves it. Even my 11 usually grumpy y/o says he wants one.
So what do you think?
Oh and here is my pinterest Disney here we come page of things I'm doing for this surprise trip.
http://pinterest.com/mrsviv07/disney-here-we-come/
In other updates my parents decided not to come after all since mom doesn't feel she will make it through or be fully recovered by September to do long days at the parks. Sadsies but her health is obviously my main concern. We just had to rearrange our itinerary a bit and now have the added expense of getting a kids nite out sitter but whatever it's do-able. The only thing I had to cancel and I'm upset about was our Victoria and Alberta ADR I was planning on suprising hubs with. Now I have an excuse to go back.
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Before you leave an angry comment, read my entry at least twice to make sure you understand what I am saying, or accusing me will just make you sound really stupid. If reading it twice is too tedious for your brain, well what can i say. =)

follow my pre-trip report as i go crazy over planning for sept 2012:http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post45093687

read about our Jan 2007 trip here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1553770
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Another quick DIY post

my own version of disney TOMS for about $10



and DIY sparkly minnie ears
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Planning binder

I'm goping to bombard you with pic of my homemade planner/binder/passporter whatever you want to call it. normally i just do spreadsheets and keep everything in a folder and it stays in the room and i bring a small daily spread shett each day with ADR info and whatnot.
this year i wanted something more
so i made my own.
i found this planner that is meant for grocery trips and list and customized it to my liking. i removed the binder clips that came with it and added my own.
so here you go. next update i will be posting my verison of mickey's grand welcome and also how we(I) plan on telling our odest that we are going.
keep tuned...no with further ado...my planning bible.
cover page

tittle page












Not sure if you can tell but i labeled each day with 1 2 3 4 ect.



Each day start with something similar to this, followed by the park map, then touring plans or cheat cheat or both









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Old 08-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #13
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planner continued...

this is what we will be putting on the car AFTER we tell DS the awesome news.


and the back cover page




now about how we will be telling DS
He has been asking for an ipad when that was quickly shot down then he asked for the iphone...uhm yeah thats a big no as well. then he went for the ipod tough so he could play and listen to music. i briefly considered it but he is not at all carefull with anything of his. think $60 xbox games spewed all over the floor. so we nixed that idea as well and he gave up.
Until my dad gave me his since he didn't use it. D has no idea i've had it since may. since i knew we were going to WDW and doing MNSSHP. i bribbed him and told him i would buy him if he dressed up as whatever i wanted for halloween.he agreed. at the time my idea was toy story character barbie ken woody and buzz. Hubs put a stop to that saying he was not wearing "that getup" oy!
His favorite character is jack skellington so he got that and i'm in the process of making sally's dress.
now the boys i coulnd't think of anything, star wars? keep toy story?
well as i was browising pinterest i came across the UP costume and it hit me. D could be the old grumpy guy(he plays the part really well in everyday life)
and monkey would be the boy scout., i wouldn't have to splurge on costumes since they are made up with things they already own, button down white shirt handmade bow tie, dress pants and suspenders for D, and tan shorts yellow polo and handmade sash with pins and bandana, and a hat. done and done. i'm thinking once we get there we can purchase a couple of balloons
to tie on D/ but not sure we will do them at all other than for photos.
but i digress
back to the ipod thing. so yes call me what you want i bribbed my kid.
now here is my plan.
first you should now we will be leaving our house around 5 am to drive from NY to VA for the auto train. i have goody bags (later post) that i'm giving them once they are more awake/cranky to keep them entertained. we'll stop for breakfast somewhere( would love to find a cracker barrel on route) then once we get near the train station we will check in then go our to have lunch. it is then that i plan to let the cat out of the bag......
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follow my pre-trip report as i go crazy over planning for sept 2012:http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post45093687

read about our Jan 2007 trip here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1553770
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:36 PM   #14
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Oh my goodness! You're so creative. When my wife and I take the kids, we just take them.... I like your method better...builds the excitement before the trip.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #15
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telling D

Ok so i'm not going to keep you in suspense on how we ate telling D.
if you have been reading you nkow that at this point we will be having lunch somewhere. once we are done, i'm going to find an excuse to hang outside by the car...i pray its nice and not raining otherwise i'm gonna have to come up with a new game plan of maybe telling him once we are in the train?

anyway assuming its nice and we can sit outside by the car i'm going to tell him i have something for him but the gifts MUST be opened in order. so his first gift will be

first clue here is this book is all around MK but D is so oblivious he probably won't notice.

second gift

there will be a brand new pair of headphones since he keeps stealing mine and i doubt he wants to walk around with pink earphones.

AT this point i'll start talking to him about audio books and if he's ever used one...just a way to casue a distraction in his iond in case he is catching on to whats coming...be it the ipod or Disney.(im so mean)

third gift.

this is one of those popper streamer things they sell at party city that are so lame. i took it apart filled it with TONS of disney confetti and recovered it...this one he will hate me for!

fourth gift
first let me explain this part will be attached to ipod so he won't really see it unless he peels it off. but i wanted to show you what it says.


this is what it will look like when he opens this box.


so what do you think? i can't wait to video tape his expression!
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read our blog :http://vivnmichaelsworld.blogspot.com/

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follow my pre-trip report as i go crazy over planning for sept 2012:http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post45093687

read about our Jan 2007 trip here: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1553770
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