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Old 09-10-2012, 01:36 PM   #226
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:52 PM   #227
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Woo-hoo! I'm there!

Would you like me to sent you a postcard from WDW?
This offer is for ANYONE that reads this thread---even you ponzie!
PM me with your address by Friday night.
We leave on Saturday and don't have a laptop or smart phone so I won't be checking messages while on vacay.
5 days!

Hope you don't mind my going off topic T-man.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:20 AM   #228
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HEATHER AND MIKE, you are the BESTEST EVER!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE POSTCARD YOU SENT TO BRETT AND I!!!!

AND YES YES YES … come back QUICKLY and we will do DINNER!!!!

DL IS CALLING BOTH YOUR NAMES!!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT CHAPTER OF "THUMPING"!!!!
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HEATHER AND MIKE, you are the BESTEST EVER!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE POSTCARD YOU SENT TO BRETT AND I!!!!

AND YES YES YES … come back QUICKLY and we will do DINNER!!!!

DL IS CALLING BOTH YOUR NAMES!!!!

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT CHAPTER OF "THUMPING"!!!!
You are welcome. Right now WDW is calling our names. That is our next trip in December. We will have to get together again one of these days.

I never got a chance to work on the chapter last night. The chapter itself is written, I just need to attach some pics. I'll TRY again for tonight.
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I told them. We just might have to start bringing you bacon from home.

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So I went to the Winnipeg Tourism site to see what there is to do. (Did ya'll know you have a tourism site Ponzi?)
Wow! Who knew!

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Sorry Ponzi, don't mean to slag your hometown.
It sure sounded like he did
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We even have indoor plumbing and electricity. Water we still need to draw from the well though.
I used to get this one all the time. But seriously, you still have Pony Express, right?
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I used to get this one all the time. But seriously, you still have Pony Express, right?
Nope. Didn't last very long back in the days when William H. Bonney was around. Some how the US Govt. found a way to add snail mail services around here.
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Woo-hoo! I'm there!

Would you like me to sent you a postcard from WDW?
This offer is for ANYONE that reads this thread---even you ponzie!
PM me with your address by Friday night.
We leave on Saturday and don't have a laptop or smart phone so I won't be checking messages while on vacay.
5 days!

Hope you don't mind my going off topic T-man.
Don't mind at all. We had fun sending out postcards. Lady H said she was going to send you a pm.
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I haven't read the responses to this chapter yet... didn't want to 'spoil' the fun. Curious to see how much repetition (if any) there'll be with my comments.

Shall we?

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Heather and Mike, you have just reached your 5-year wedding anniversary, what are you going to do next?

We’re going to Disneyland!!!!
No way! When did this happen? You should tradmark that comment, I'm betting no one else has ever used it.

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Saturday August 25th, 2012. 5:00 am and visions of Disneyland were running through my dreams.
When on the bed there arose such a clatter,
"A snore!" I said, but it didn't really matter.

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You think we would’ve just sprung up out of bed, but we have a memory foam mattress so there are no springs in our bed;
As long as you've got one in your step, it's all you need.

Of course if you've been woken up at 5:30, 5:40 and 5:50 am you might be forgiven to have less of a 'spring' in your step and more of a stagger.

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plus we didn’t get the ejection feature either.
But wouldn't that be awesome if it was a feature? Might make it hard to hit snooze though.

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Now all I wanted to do was sleep, at least a couple more hours.
Or a dozen. But that's just quibbling.

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I tried calling Southwest and asked them to hold the plane for us; but they were not willing to.
Really? That doesn't seem like good customer service to me. You should complain.

"Dear Southwest, I asked for the plane to be delayed by a couple of hours and they said no. What gives?"


"Dear Mike, Thank you for your interest in Southwest, we value your opinion. Normally we delay any flight on request, however all the other passengers wanted to go on time. In the future, we will remove your seats and you can sit in them whenever you chose."

Actually that reminds me of a joke I like.

A not too intelligent passenger on a commercial jet bound for Boston decides that he would prefer to sit in a nice big first class seat. A flight attendant informs the passenger that he has to move since he's only purchased a coach seat. The passenger refuses to move. The supervisor informs the passenger that he will have to move as all the 1st class seats are taken and he has a coach ticket. The passenger again refuses to move. The pilot comes out of the cockpit to see what the delay is. When informed of the situation, he calmly walks up to the passenger and whispers in his ear. The passenger immediately jumps up and hurrys to the rear of the plane. The amazed flight attendant and supervisor ask the pilot what he said. The pilot replies, "Oh I just told him that coach was going to Boston but first class was going to Detroit."

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Good thing is, it’s an hour and 40 minute flight, so at least I can take a nap on the plane.
Wish I could do that.... but nope. Not even on a six hour night flight.

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Maybe we’ll get a text message saying our flight was delayed and we can sleep a couple of extra hours. Look at my smartphone and I have one text message. Hopes run high thinking maybe, just maybe, I can sleep a couple of more hours. Nope, text was from a friend wishing us a safe and happy trip.
Ah! So you're an optimist. I think I would be more worried that the text would be from Southwest.... letting me know the flight's been cancelled.

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Sometimes it takes more than one kiss and a bucket of water, but eventually she wakes up.


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Pack any last minute stuff we may need, even though we’ve probably forgot something already.
That's a truism. If you're not going on vacation, you probably haven't forgotten anything. If you're going on vacation, you've forgotten something.

I don't make the rules, don't blame me.

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Now I don’t know about the rest of you, but it never seems to fail with us. There’s always one or 2 items you need, and when you start unpacking at the hotel that’s when it dawns on you. “Oh man, I forgot my super duper mega hold, holds like glue styling hair gel. Guess I’ll just have to buy a hat.”
I always find it's a bit of a relief when that moment comes. "So thats what I forgot! At least now I can stop driving myself crazy, trying to remember what I forgot.

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Not like I have much hair left anyways. Soon I won’t need any glue, shampoo or conditioner.
I'd still recommend the deodorant, though.

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D’Mil likes to think she’s Miss Daisy, sit in the back seat and let me drive.
All DMils and DMoms are like that, I think. Unless your DMil's last name is Andretti or something like that.

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Smartphone, still on the nightstand. Run back and get it, now we’re all set.
So were you foolishly thinking, "Great! Now I didn't forget anything!"?

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Stealing this line from Nebo and Smidgy.

“AND WE’RE OFF!’
I regret to inform you that this particular phrase has been tradmarked and may not be used without the express written consent of the owners. Any consent received is for a one time use only and a fee of $13.47 will be assessed.

Please forward a cheque for the above stated amount to the holder of the trademark. If you do not have the address (like if they didn't ask for a postcard in time, or something like that... ) please send the cheque to myself at the address you have on file and I will forward it on. :

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Lady H tells me there’s an ATM for our bank at the airport, we can get cash there. Great. Disney is going to get enough money from us during the week. I don’t need to be spreading the wealth around with our bank and other banks on the ATM fees.
Bank fees. When did it become financially sound to keep your money under the mattress again?

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Checking our luggage and getting through security was easy breezy.
Lemon squeezy. (Was that a match? Huh? Was it?)

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Smooth sailing. A walk in the park. Like taking candy from a baby. Although I hear taking candy from a baby can be difficult at times.
Nah. They're small and pretty weak. Just pick up the candy and they'll usually let go. If they do hang on, just give the candy a good shake and after a little bit the babies just drop off.

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On our way to our gate, we notice the first item we forgot to pack. COFFEE.
See? There's that relief thing right there. But since you're not at destination yet, it might not count.

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I stay and stand in the first of many long lines we’ll encounter during the week. I wait, and wait, and wait, and finally after 3 long minutes, I place our order.
Hey that's a long time! 180,000 milliseconds. Long time to a Mayfly. Potentially 15% of it's life, right there.

Could you imagine if you spent 15% of your life in lineups at Disney?

Oh, wait. Some of us have.

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We both got a breakfast croissant, which had eggs, cheese and choice of ham, bacon or sausage. I got a sausage patty on mine while Lady H got bacon on hers.
I like the croissant much more than the english muffin, biscuit or bagel. Good choice.

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One of our first observations, the pilots took turns going in and out of the restroom. We hoped it’s from having too much coffee and not from the party the night before.
Please. I know a lot of pilots and they do not drink alcohol prior to flying.

Weed on the other hand...



Just kidding! Don't want to freak anyone out.

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On the plane, Heather had the aisle seat, I had the window seat and the middle seat was empty, for now.
I like the way you say "on the plane" like you guys had aisle and window seats in the food court.

I also like the seat between you. "Look, I have to live with him/her. That doesn't mean I want to sit beside him/her!"

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Across from Lady H on the next aisle seat was a lady that was either: A, already suffering from air sickness or had some bad sushi and looked like she was ready to hurl; B, was already asleep; or C, both A & B (sleeping to fight the air sickeness).
Or D hates flying and was already starting to panic.

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Pilots are done in the restroom,
exit with a big cloud of blue smoke,

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take their seats and we push back from the hub. The pretty yellow stripe that is there for pilots to follow, well our pilots aren’t following it very good.
And the pilots, too, are saying, "Whoa, dude. Look at the pretty yellow stripe, man. Awwwwwwesome."

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“AND WE’RE OFF!”

Sorry, just had to say that one more time.
Please remit a further $13.47.

Thank you.

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She gave us the Southwest rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” I don’t remember exactly how she worded it, but I was wondering if she might be a long lost cousin since she re-wrote the words to the song.
Ha! I was thinking the same thing before you wrote that.

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I would’ve recorded it, but the use of electronic devices is strictly prohibited until the captain gives the ok.
Is it just me, or does it make you nervous that if you make a phone call you can crash the plane?

What about the people in the airport? Shouldn't they turn off their phones, just in case?

And how safe is the plane when they allow everyone to bring a phone on board?

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They no longer accept cash.
Well of course not. It's not like it's legal tender or.... Hey, wait a second...

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We forgot to get cash out of the ATM. Looks like we’re now doomed to pay the ATM fees.
Yay! You figured out what you forgot! Congratulations!

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While filling up our jet back at the airport, they must’ve put some kind of super fuel. We actually arrived in Los Angeles ahead of schedule.
Just to be clear, first you want the plane to be late, then you want it to be early. So which is it, mister?

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I could’ve sworn we passed the same terminal at least twice.
Well sure. They had to make up for saved time.

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After we get off the plane we head down to baggage claim, because where else would we go.
My favorite way to travel is just with a carry on. Get off the plane and right out the door. No waiting.

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As we stepped off the moving staircase that lead down to baggage claim, Lightning McQueen was there to greet us.
Really? Cool! That's really amazing! And you even took a picture of the billboard talking about him. I guess you'll have photos of you and Mrs. T posing with him? Can't wait. Was his voice similar to the movie?


Thanks for the update and sorry for taking so long to get to you!
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:16 PM   #236
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That's where I've been good, so far 've never, ever forgotten something that I might need.
Uh, huh.

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You could always send her a telegram. You still remember how to send those right?
Oh, snap!

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Baby faced who? Not referring to Ponzi here are you?
Sigh. Kids these days, ya gotta tell them everything. Here let me help you out, click this:Baby Face Nelson

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Ha Ha! That was a typo, a major typo Funny how it did work out though. We did concur who would go get what though.
I saw that too and immediately thought, "Oh that's clever, betcha they use that line all the time..."

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Would you like me to sent you a postcard from WDW?
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PM me with your address by Friday night.
We leave on Saturday and don't have a laptop or smart phone so I won't be checking messages while on vacay.
5 days!
PM coming up!
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The Adventures of Larry, Curly and Moe

One for the money, two for the show, grab some beer or wine, it's on with the show.

The time has come. Time to find out if our luggage made it, or if it traveled without us again. As you recall, I mentioned we always get a little worried if our luggage makes it to our destination, ever since Lady H’s luggage got lost one time. Her bag traveled without us once to Dallas, and back to Las Vegas before it decided to come back home. How did this happen? Your guess is as good as ours. It was awfully rude to not invite us to Dallas or back to Vegas. The nerve of it traveling without us. No consideration what so ever.

In April of 2011, we took a trip to Vegas to celebrate my birthday. We each checked a bag and both made it to Vegas. Little did we know, both would not make it back from Vegas. Well back on the same day. When we came back from Vegas and went to claim our luggage, mine came and hers didn’t. So we filed a claim with Southwest. After filing the claim, they said to allow them 24 hours to locate her bag. If we didn’t hear back from them in 24 hours, give them a call and they will try to give us an update. We allowed 36 hours to pass before Lady H had to give them a call. They said they still didn’t have it, but they would try to find out where it is. Hour later, they called Lady H back and told her that her bag was still in Vegas. It would be put on the next flight out. What they failed to mention is, that it would be put on the next flight out to Dallas. 24 hours later, Lady H’s bag is still in Dallas and again told it would be put on the next flight. The next flight back to Vegas that is and then to Albuquerque.

“Huh?! So you’re telling me you have to send my bag to Vegas before sending it back to me in Albuquerque. Why can’t it just be sent from Dallas to Albuquerque?” Lady H made that argument but unfortunately SW won. After a while we were starting to come to terms that we may not get the bag back; and we would have to proceed with filing another claim with SW for the value of the bag and all it’s contents. Finally after being on vacation without us for 5 days, Lady H gets a call from SW close to 10 pm at night and they tell her they have her bag in Albuquerque. Would she like to pick up the next day or would she like it delivered? “Delivered please.” SW “is it ok if we deliver tomorrow?”

Cue music from the movie "Halloween." Anyone ever seen Bill Cosby’s comedy "Himself" and how he explains what a conniption is and how his wife had one? If you've never seen it, click HERE to watch it (at 7:50 into the video). Anyways, it was my turn to see one. I knew I needed to run and hide when they asked if they could deliver it tomorrow. I didn’t want to be the witness to a murder. Better yet, I didn't want to be the one murdered. Needless to say, Lady H finally got her bag back. After coming out of hiding, Lady H didn’t have me break out the bleach to clean up any blood evidence, so I’m guessing the SW employee made it out alive. Maybe she played it smart by ringing the door bell, dropped it off and ran.

Which brings us back to claiming our luggage at LAX. We proceed to the only baggage claim thingy that seems to be working. No sign of our luggage yet. We don’t even see our flight number on the display yet. On the conveyor belt thingy, there is a bunch of hard sided suitcases. And around each bag is a tie down strap to make sure they didn’t open. No one is there to claim the luggage. Then there they were, like a group of army ants. Oriental people. All ladies. And like a group of army ants, they worked fast to get the luggage off the conveyor belt, turned them over on the side with the wheels and marched them away in a single file line. A convoy of suitcases was all you could see. Lady H and I watched as they rolled them away and couldn’t help but start laughing. Too bad neither one of us thought to take a picture.

Finally the conveyor belt shows our flight number and bags slowly start coming out.

“Oh look. There’s the bag that has all our shampoo and stuff. At least we’ll be clean.”

“Here comes my bag. At least we know we each have some clothes.”

Now we’re just waiting on Lady H’s bag.

We make our way out to the shuttles for the rental cars. It’s not a very big waiting area for all these shuttles to come in and out of. Only 2 shuttles can fit at a time. We’re renting our car through Thrifty, so we’re on the look out for Thrifty shuttles. We waited for about 10 minutes before one finally shows up. It stops and we start walking towards it, right as we get close to the shuttle, it takes off without us. Did that really just happen to us? I thought about jumping in front of the shuttle to get the driver’s attention (because us running towards the shuttle, yelling and waving like crazy lunatics obviously didn’t work), but getting run over at the beginning of vacation wasn’t high on my priority list. 10 minutes or so goes by before another shuttle drives up. This time we make sure to get the bus drivers attention. Lady H lifts up her shirt and flashes him. He immediately stops as well as all the other buses that just ran into him trying to sneak a peak. That’s one way to get them to stop. Then I look at the pile up and traffic jam behind the big pile of wreckage. We’re never going to make it to the rental car place now. Probably going to throw Lady H in jail for indecent exposure. No sooner did I say that did the airport police show up and haul Lady H off to jail. Time to call D’Mil for bail money.

What? You don’t believe that happened? It did happen that way. In my imagination.

Ok, so this is what really happened. It is true the first shuttle drove off without us. 10 minutes or so does go by before another shuttle drives up. We make sure to flag him down this time. We do our lunatic routine again and this time this shuttle makes sure to stop. No other shuttles were stopped at the time, so it was easy for this shuttle to pull up. We hand him ALL our luggage, Lady H’s bag included, and off we go to the rental car facility. Not before getting another tour of LAX though. This time on the opposite side of the terminal. There were still 7 more shuttle stops along the way. After picking up several more hitchhikers along the way we’re finally off to pick up a rental car.

When we arrive at the rental car facility and I do my best to get all our bags unloaded while the shuttle driver helps everyone else. The reason I’m in a hurry to get them unloaded is because I have no CASH to give the guy a tip. Although at this point neither one of us was really in the mood for giving a tip considering the first shuttle left us and the amount of time we stayed waiting on shuttles. We stayed at the airport close to an hour and we still weren’t on our way to the resort we’re staying at.

All the hitchhikers got off the shuttle before we did and are now standing in line before we were. Great this is going to take forever until I saw the pretty sign that said “Blue Chip Members Proceed Directly To Car Pick Up.”

“Ha. So long su........per people. Have a nice wait.”

We proceed to the VIP line to get our walking papers, aka rental agreement. As we approach the counter, 2 dudes can’t figure out where their vehicle is and ask the clerk if he can help them out. He tells them he’s not allowed to leave his station, they need to go back inside for help. They wrestle the poor dude down to the ground and beat him to a pulp until he agrees to surrender and help them. Well they yell and make a fuss anyways. The clerk tells them to hold on while he at least helps us out. He asks my name and hands me the rental agreement. He tells me I can pick from row C and takes off with tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber following right behind him. Lady H and I look at each other. Which way to row C?

We see which way the clerk took off and figured row C must be in the direction he went. We head off in the same direction in search of row C. Luckily enough, it was the first row as we get outside. So we look at row C and it’s almost empty. There are only 3 vehicles in row C and 2 of them are already taken. All we see left is a Ford Escape. Is that right? It’s a SUV. We double check to make sure we’re in the right row. Sure enough. Looks like the Ford Escape it is. Load up our luggage, start ‘er up, drive up to the guard shack and present him with our release papers. I wanted to pull a Nebo and tell him “Is this going to take long? We just got parole for good behavior and we’re in hurry to get out of this joint,” but I decided not too. Nobody at this place seemed to smile, so I decided not to chance it. We were free to go and didn’t want to have our parole revoked. Before pulling up to the guard, I made sure to program Dru’s gps system. I think that’s what she’s called on the commercials. Dru is the green Android Robot and the reason I know it’s a she is because she’s giving me directions in female voice. Long story short, we slip past the guard and we’re finally on way to Anaheim.

According to Gurgle (Google) should be about a 45 minute drive to Anaheim. Dru takes us through I-405. Had I not needed Dru for the return trip, I would’ve tossed her out the window. She’s also my smartphone, so she was lucky to be spared. On this day, she don’t seem so smart though. As we start to head down 405, we come to almost a complete halt. There was so much construction on 405, traffic was barely moving. I yell at Dru, “why did you bring us this way?” She had no response, she was dead silent. On top of that, I needed the restroom really bad. I knew I shouldn’t have eaten chili the night before. We start to look for the nearest exit and finally take the first one we see. One of the first places we see is Von’s supermarket. Pull into the parking lot, jump out of the drivers seat while the vehicle is still moving and tell Lady H to park. We did our best Duke of Hazzard impersonations here.

After I take care of business, we decide since we’re at the grocery store, might as well get the most important provision of the trip. Beer. We’ll get everything else when we actually get to our resort and check-in. Now I remember back in the days, beer used to come in either a 6-pack or a case (Four 6-packs in a cardboard tray). Ever notice all the different choices now a days. 6-pack, 12-pack, 18-pack, 30-pack, 4-pack that holds just as much as liquid as a 6 pack.. And that’s just cans. I don’t even know if they sell the standard case (24 cans) anymore. Only way I see you can buy a case is in bottles. But now here at Von’s, just when I’ve thought I’ve seen it all, there’s this new choice; a 36-pack. We’ll be here a week, so naturally we get the 36-pack.

And for the record, I looked for the 36-pack now that we got back home, can’t find them anywhere. Wonder if they’re specific just to California.

Beer in hand, along with a couple of sodas and Dru leads us back onto the 405. Traffic seems to be moving just a little bit faster now. As we get towards the end of construction, it really starts to move. Power merge on over to the carpool lane and now we’re really moving. Anaheim, here we come.

Being in California for close to 3 hours now, we finally make it to Anaheim and stop by our resort to see if by some chance we can check-in yet.

This is the first view of resort as we drive in.






Maybe by some chance they’ll have our room ready. Check-in isn’t until 4 pm but just maybe, possibly it will be ready. We go inside to check-in counter. There was one couple ahead of us. A man and his partner (white man and black man). The white man we’ll call Moe, and the black man whom we’ll call Curly, because he had curly hair. Oh great, now I'm making up names like Laura. I’ll try not to talk too much about Moe and Curly, but they did provide us with some laughs; with and without their knowledge. After a brief wait, another front desk clerk comes to help out. She asks our name and 2 minutes into the check-in process the phone rings. She answers it and puts us on hold. After explaining 20 times to the person on the phone that they needed to call the 1-800 to make reservations, she finally returns to us only give us the bad news. So sorry, but your reservation was lost and you’ll have to sleep out on the street. Here is some complimentary popcorn and candy though.

Ok, ok. Just trying to have some fun with this TR, geesh. Give a bunny a break will ya.

She actually tells us the rooms aren’t ready yet. Disneyland is down the street. You can hang out there and we’ll call you when they’re ready. Well not her exact words, but regardless we had to wait until 4pm to check-in. They did give us a temporary key card to look around, park and access the pool if we wanted to. The resort is gated all around, even for parking. That gave us an added sense of security. They also offered to hold our luggage until such time we were able to check-in.

The front desk clerk verifies our contact information, hands us the key card and sends us on to the next desk where Larry is finishing up with Moe and Curly. I always dread this desk. They call it “Resort Host Desk.” What they really need to call it is, “lets see if we can bamboozle our owners into buying more points” desk. At this desk, they butter you up with a little welcome package. Free samples of shampoo and stuff; discount coupons for the local restaurants and free stuff with a minimum purchase of a $100 or more. It’s our turn with Larry and he tells us about Moe and Curly. He remembers how they were at the resort last year and how they apparently like to party the whole time they’re there. During their stay last year, they were so drunk that they even provided a free boxing match for the fellow patrons. Well those lucky enough to see it. Larry tells us how Curly got his butt whooped by Moe; Moe done knocked his out. An hour later, they were back at one of the outdoor tables drinking again as if nothing happened. Larry said he remembered them mostly because of the fight and had us laughing. He also tells us how he’s seen some people so drunk, that other people are using the luggage carts to wheel them to their units. Now there’s a thought. Lady H and I keep this in mind in case one of us needs it later. I think Larry even told us that Moe had to put Curly on one of these carts one time. Wheeled him to room and left him sleeping outside on the cart.

We’re laughing and having good time with Larry. He breaks out what he calls the “guys” map. A picture map of the local area. He shows us on the map where Disney is, local shopping centers, restaurants and even the new resort that opened up about a year ago that is part of our timeshare group. Which is conveniently one block over from the resort we’re staying at. Right across the street from one of the Disney parking lots actually. All of sudden BAM, Larry throws a right hook and almost knocks us out. Like the salesman they hired Larry to be, he gives us the dreaded line we hate to hear.

“At this resort, they offer free breakfast in the morning with a brief 45-minute presentation.”

Oh Larry, you didn’t just go there did you? We were laughing and having such a good time at Moe's and Curly's expense. Why did you have to go and ruin it?

There is nothing brief to these 45-minute presentations. 45 minutes turns into 150 minutes and they expect you to buy something. They hold you hostage and give you the chinese water torture until you agree to buy more points. He tells us, “Go to the presentation, have free breakfast, tell them you’re not interested in buying at the moment and they’ll give you a $100 American Express gift card just for attending the presentation." Yeah, just like the time I was supposed to get a free trip. Still waiting on that by the way. "So which day should I put you down for?” Larry asks. Tricky Larry is trying to get us to commit to a presentation by buttering us up with a gift card now.

Watch out for Tricky Larry!



We told Tricky Larry no thanks, we don’t have time for a presentation. Our days are pretty booked, but if we need money later on down the line we might consider it. We don’t want to spend part of our vacation learning how we can go on vacation. I think we have that down to a science pretty well by now. We’ve been to one of these so called 45-minute presentations 5 years ago. How does he think we landed up staying at this resort in the first place. After about 10 minutes of not having much fun with Larry anymore (and declining his offer over and over), we finally break free of his grasp and head out to explore the grounds.

Here’s a few things we saw on our exploration.

Club house and swimming pool.


Plenty of empty lungers in the early morning.


Empty tables on the top balcony of the club house.


Entertainment area inside the 2nd floor of the clubhouse.


Pagoda on the way to the swimming pool


BBQ area and DSA right below our room. Came in handy each night.



Obviously you’re not here to look at resort pictures and hear about Larry. I'll post a link to more resort photos later if you really want to see more. You want to find out about our time at Disney. We’re getting there. For our next stop is:

DISNEYLAND!


Disneyland Hotel that is.
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He looks so nice! I'm glad you warned us to watch out for him.
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I haven't read the responses to this chapter yet... didn't want to 'spoil' the fun. Curious to see how much repetition (if any) there'll be with my comments.
I see you survived your 16 hour shift.

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Shall we?
We shall, as long as you're buying.

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No way! When did this happen? You should tradmark that comment, I'm betting no one else has ever used it.
I called and they said unfortunately Disney already has it trademarked. Must be reading my report and stole it from me.

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When on the bed there arose such a clatter,
"A snore!" I said, but it didn't really matter.
You mean you could hear Lady H to?

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Of course if you've been woken up at 5:30, 5:40 and 5:50 am you might be forgiven to have less of a 'spring' in your step and more of a stagger.
I think the stagger comes more the beer I drank than the lack of sleep.

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Really? That doesn't seem like good customer service to me. You should complain.

"Dear Southwest, I asked for the plane to be delayed by a couple of hours and they said no. What gives?"


"Dear Mike, Thank you for your interest in Southwest, we value your opinion. Normally we delay any flight on request, however all the other passengers wanted to go on time. In the future, we will remove your seats and you can sit in them whenever you chose."
That explains the seats I saw on the side of the plane. Thought they put them there for the pilots to sober up.

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Actually that reminds me of a joke I like.
Uh Oh!

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A not too intelligent passenger on a commercial jet bound for Boston decides that he would prefer to sit in a nice big first class seat. A flight attendant informs the passenger that he has to move since he's only purchased a coach seat. The passenger refuses to move. The supervisor informs the passenger that he will have to move as all the 1st class seats are taken and he has a coach ticket. The passenger again refuses to move. The pilot comes out of the cockpit to see what the delay is. When informed of the situation, he calmly walks up to the passenger and whispers in his ear. The passenger immediately jumps up and hurrys to the rear of the plane. The amazed flight attendant and supervisor ask the pilot what he said. The pilot replies, "Oh I just told him that coach was going to Boston but first class was going to Detroit."
I'm sorry this happened to you. I hope you learned your lesson.

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Wish I could do that.... but nope. Not even on a six hour night flight.
I do this everyday on a hour train ride.

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All DMils and DMoms are like that, I think. Unless your DMil's last name is Andretti or something like that.
That would explain her lead foot.

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So were you foolishly thinking, "Great! Now I didn't forget anything!"?
Nope. Still had the feeling I was forgetting something.


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I regret to inform you that this particular phrase has been tradmarked and may not be used without the express written consent of the owners. Any consent received is for a one time use only and a fee of $13.47 will be assessed.

Please forward a cheque for the above stated amount to the holder of the trademark. If you do not have the address (like if they didn't ask for a postcard in time, or something like that... ) please send the cheque to myself at the address you have on file and I will forward it on. :
What address? I never received any address from you. Well not from you directly. And I never got a PM from the owners.

Lady H, you deleted Ponzi's PM with his address already right?

And I officially have written consent from the owner herself.

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Bank fees. When did it become financially sound to keep your money under the mattress again?
Since the banks started bank fees.

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Lemon squeezy. (Was that a match? Huh? Was it?)
Let me Google that and I'll get back to you.

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Nah. They're small and pretty weak. Just pick up the candy and they'll usually let go. If they do hang on, just give the candy a good shake and after a little bit the babies just drop off.
Had some experience with this have you? Poor Kay and Elle. I'm sure they would've shared with you.


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Please. I know a lot of pilots and they do not drink alcohol prior to flying.

Weed on the other hand...


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Just kidding! Don't want to freak anyone out.
Now Nebo will never fly to Disneyland.


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And the pilots, too, are saying, "Whoa, dude. Look at the pretty yellow stripe, man. Awwwwwwesome."
Too much weed?

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Just to be clear, first you want the plane to be late, then you want it to be early. So which is it, mister?
You're not clear. You kinda cloudy. The plane arrived early, but not because I wanted it to. Just happened that way. I guess when the pilots are high, the fly higher and faster.


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My favorite way to travel is just with a carry on. Get off the plane and right out the door. No waiting.
I prefer carry on as well if I'm not going for more than 3 days. Anything beyond that usually means I'll be taking a checked bag.

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Really? Cool! That's really amazing! And you even took a picture of the billboard talking about him. I guess you'll have photos of you and Mrs. T posing with him? Can't wait. Was his voice similar to the movie?
Couldn't really hear him. Kept revving his engine. That show off.


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Thanks for the update and sorry for taking so long to get to you!
I knew you had some long days ahead of you. Thanks as always for posting.
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