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Old 09-18-2012, 12:19 PM   #271
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Great update, Lady H. You make me wish I was there. DH says the 14 mph sign is to catch your attention, since we're all used to 10 or 15. Maybe he's right!?!

That could very well be possible. I'm with T-Man, It caught our attention enough to take a picture.

We haven't been to Garden Walk yet, which is weird, because we usually stay right next door, at the Plaza Inn. We have had APs for the last couple of years, so we usually just end up eating in the parks.
Love the pictures with WD. He looks like he's just stepping out the door to meet you.
That picture was awesome, and so nostaligic. Of course most of the pictures at the restaurant were the same. To be able to look up from your table and see a picture of Lucille Ball sitting in what could possibly have been the table right in front of you, or see a picture of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, laughing it up at the bar...There was definitely history there!

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Enjoyed the chapter Lady H. I like the tag team TR writing. Your place looks great. How far away from the park is it?
Thanks. Originally we hadn't planned on the tag teaming, but T-Man threw the idea out there and we ran with it.

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Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever! Just grab a cup o' joe and let it all unfold...
We make it easy on you! It's like listening to your grandfather tell war stories on the front porch. All you need is a blanket, a cup of coffee and the stars at night for a little bit of ambiance.



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That was a great update, really enjoyed it, thanks!
Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. I tried not to make it too boring.

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Hear that Lady H?! She loved it. Looks like you get to finish writing this TR.
Yeah, you would like that wouldn't you?


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7 Layer Cookies

½ stick of butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 ½ ounce can flaked coconut
6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounce butterscotch chips
15 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
Recipe!!!! Whoo Hoo! I still have to try the Oreo Pie Recipe that we got too. My weekends are slowly winding down now that summer is over, so hopefully I'll have a chance to get back to baking!

Thanks again everyone, for enjoying and more importantly, for reading!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #272
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Recipe!!!! Whoo Hoo! I still have to try the Oreo Pie Recipe that we got too. My weekends are slowly winding down now that summer is over, so hopefully I'll have a chance to get back to baking!

Thanks again everyone, for enjoying and more importantly, for reading!
Whoops, forgot about the promised pie! How about Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust.

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Mix together 1 1/4 cup finely crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar, and 6 Tblsp melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9-in pie pan. Bake at 350° for 6-9 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese at room temp.
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, stirring very lightly, then pour the filling into the crust.

Topping:
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted together with 1 tsp of shortening
1 Tblsp peanut butter, melted

Drizzle the chocolate mixture and peanut butter over the pie. Refrigerate at least 2hrs before you DIG IN!
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:08 PM   #273
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Whoops, forgot about the promised pie! How about Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust.

Crust:
Mix together 1 1/4 cup finely crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar, and 6 Tblsp melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9-in pie pan. Bake at 350° for 6-9 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese at room temp.
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, stirring very lightly, then pour the filling into the crust.

Topping:
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted together with 1 tsp of shortening
1 Tblsp peanut butter, melted

Drizzle the chocolate mixture and peanut butter over the pie. Refrigerate at least 2hrs before you DIG IN!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:07 PM   #274
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that hotel looks great! and the restaurant too.. I hope we get to go there next year.

excited to hear about everything!!!
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:29 AM   #275
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that hotel looks great! and the restaurant too.. I hope we get to go there next year.

excited to hear about everything!!!
For the most part, the hotel was pretty great. As I told Nebo when he called, without giving too much away, I would go back to DL. I keep telling ya, give me some dates and we can meet up there next year to.

Hoping to get a chapter up this weekend. Still working on uploading pics.
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Four pages to catch up on? Pfft. I can do that in my sleep...

and considering I am pretty tired...

Maybe a nap first...

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One for the money, two for the show, grab some beer or wine, it's on with the show.
Okay I'm finally ready, let's go!

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The time has come.
To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling....

Uh... I may have gotten a little off track there...

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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.
If there's one thing I can't abide, it's rude luggage. Silly suitcases, fine. But rude luggage? No.

You have to be firm and put it in its place... Usually in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

There's a conundrum for ya. You can put it overhead... and risk it falling on your head during extreme turbulence and killing you; or put it under the seat in front of you and have the certainty of being uncomfortable for the entire flight.

Decisions, decisions.

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When we came back from Vegas and went to claim our luggage, mine came and hers didn’t.
It's sad when a couple who seemed to be getting along okay decide to separate.

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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.
Whadaya mean try. There's no try! Where's my dang bag???

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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.
"My suitcase is more well travelled then I am."

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“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.
Because there are some people (far too many, IMHO) who cannot have an original thought in their teeny tiny little brains. "The computer says it has to go to Vegas".

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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.
Reeking of cheap booze, with lipstick on its... handle.

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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?”

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.
Good call.

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Maybe she played it smart by ringing the door bell, dropped it off and ran.
Again... Good call.

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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.
That sounds.... weird. And funny!

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Now we’re just waiting on Lady H’s bag.
Uh, oh. Is this the same gadabout bag from before? And you trust it?

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We make our way out to the shuttles for the rental cars.
Hey! Wait! So you got the bag? Or did you just surrender to the inevitable?

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right as we get close to the shuttle, it takes off without us.
Probably on a schedule.
Probably didn't care about you.
Probably got dropped on his head a lot when he was a baby.

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Lady H lifts up her shirt and flashes him.
This TR has just moved to the top of my reading list.


Sorry Nebo, but you can't compete with that.

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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?
Nope. I don't believe she went to jail. There's no way cops will show up that fast. I buy the rest of it... and no matter what you say from now on, that's what happened.

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The reason I’m in a hurry to get them unloaded is because I have no CASH to give the guy a tip.
Here's a tip. Tell the other driver to stop when he sees people trying to get on the shuttle.

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“Ha. So long su........per people. Have a nice wait.”
Nice that you had super people with you.

Kidding aside, that is a nice perk. I've got a similar thing with National (through work). Two guys were ahead of me and the first was just getting his keys. The second guy has no reservation and will have to fill out all the forms, etc. This is going to take a while.

But the clerk looks at me and says "Are you an Emerald Club member?" then tells dude #2 to wait while he serves me.

Aaaaahhhhh....

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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?
So they're dumb and dumber for not knowing where their car is... then you guys come along and don't know where your car is either...

I'm not saying anything here. Just an observations :

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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.
Isn't it nice of them to keep it simple for you? No traipsing up and down the aisle trying to figure out which car to take...

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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.
"Oh a funny guy, huh?" <breaks kneecaps> "Who's laughing now, funny man?"

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She’s also my smartphone, so she was lucky to be spared.
You have two phones? And this was your spare?

Check.

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I yell at Dru, “why did you bring us this way?” She had no response, she was dead silent.
Probably died of embarrassment.

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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.
To make the story better, next time don't let there be an available restroom.

um... on second thought, let's just move on before you start talking about bowels moving on...

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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.
Had that conversation with Nebo a while back. What's up with that?

"Could I have a 12 pack of beer, please? Only I don't want 12, I'd like 7. Can I get a 7 pack?"

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Oh great, now I'm making up names like Laura.
It rubs off, doesn’t it?

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She asks our name and 2 minutes into the check-in process the phone rings. She answers it and puts us on hold.
That’s a personal pet peeve of mine.

Listen, I came all the way down to your store, but someone on the phone gets priority? Put them on hold. I was here first… plus I am actually here.

And God help ‘em if it’s a personal call.

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After explaining 20 times to the person on the phone that they needed to call the 1-800 to make reservations,
Okay, that’s a company policy… but it’s a stupid one. Reminds me of a radio ad that may only have been up here. It was for some quick oil change company and basically wanted you to come to them where you didn’t need and appointment. It illustrated the frustration of dealing with a dealership instead of with them…

Dealer: “Thank you for calling Massive Motors, if you want to book an appointment, press 1 if you already have an appointment press 2…”

Customer: “Okay, I have an appointment so I press 2… <beep>”

Dealer: “Thank you! To reschedule your appointment press 3, to cancel your appointment press 11…”

Customer:“11? There is no 11…”

Dealer: “Press 11!”

Customer: “Uh… Okay.. uh… one, one… <beep, beep>”

Dealer: “Thank you! By pressing one you have confirmed your appointment! Thank you for calling Massive Motors.”

Customer: “What??? No!!! Wait!...”

Dealer: “<click>”

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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.
You had me going there! I thought, “Oh no! They lost the reso and now they have to call the stupid 1-800 number…”

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The resort is gated all around, even for parking. That gave us an added sense of security.
Plus the machine gun nests and snipers on the rooftops…

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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.
And then, later, you wonder what he’s telling people about you.

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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.


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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.”
They really should preface that with the theme from Jaws, no?

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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?
Honeymoon’s over!

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Yeah, just like the time I was supposed to get a free trip.
I would’ve mentioned it… just to see what Larry would say.

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Still waiting on that by the way. "So which day should I put you down for?” Larry asks.
I hate that line. “How about the one when a certain hot place freezes over?”

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



Obviously you’re not here to look at resort pictures and hear about Larry.
Au contraire! I thought the resort was pretty nice and wouldn’t have minded even more.

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For our next stop is:

DISNEYLAND!
Oh, right! Almost forgot. Thanks for the chapter, it was really good! :

Okay, off to read the next posts...
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #277
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I see you survived your 16 hour shift.
Barely. You have no idea how glad I am that the past two weeks is in the past.

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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.
I don't care! Where's my money!

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Had some experience with this have you? Poor Kay and Elle. I'm sure they would've shared with you.
When it comes to candy... I don't share.

Mine! All mine!

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Nope, I still have it in a secret hiding place in the off chance that he's driven us to the point of crazy by the end of this TR and i need to send him a bill for the psychiatrist.
Oh, you'll need one all right.

heh heh heh.

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And Smidgy responded with a verb, and the word, "Dorothy."
She's not a morning person.
can't... breathe... too... funny...
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He explained that at 3:00 that afternoon there would be a wine and cheese social at the club house, which was where he explained to us that if we had a little too much to imbibe at the whine and cheese social (see what I did there? Haha…*cricket cricket cricket*)
I did! You used the word 'cheese' twice in a sentence! That's what you meant right?

right?

<cricket cricket cricket>

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We stored the information away for later, since we already had a 36 pack of beer in the SUV that was calling our names.
"Miiiiiiike.... Heaaaaaather..... come for us..... pull off our heads and drink from our necks....."

ew

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So naturally, having a Johnny Rockets close to home, and never having been to Buca Di Beppo, we chose Johnny Rockets for lunch.
Naturally. This sounds so much like my DW.

Me: "Honey! Look at all the great places we can eat! There's Wu's Oriental Bazaar, Luigi's Famous Pasta House, Paolo's Paella Palace, Greek To Me, Mon Ami French Cuisine... oh and, ha ha, there's McDonalds."

DW: "Let's just go to McDonalds."



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Actually, we didn’t want to eat too much as we had reservations for Steakhouse 55 at 7pm, and not really knowing what their portions were and knowing full well that we would, if nothing else, have steak, and that in itself can be filling, we wanted to eat something light and familiar, and early enough, so we would have an appetite later.
Okay, that actually made sense. Maybe you should write the whole TR, not like that other guy?

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so off we go again in search of an escalator.
You were going to eat an escalator? I thought you wanted to eat light, not uplifting.

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Finally, on the top floor, clear on the other side, we find Johnny Rockets.
We love this place back home because of the fun the employees have. Certain songs that the customers play on the tiny jukeboxes on their tables will get the servers to bust out in spontaneously choreographed numbers in the middle of the joint. Of course, when we got there, we still had NO CASH, therefore, no change, in order to play anything on our mini jukebox. But it may be all for the better, the employees all look like they can barely speak English, let alone break out into a spontaneous dance. Plus this place is really small compared to the one we have back home. So with a slight disappointed sigh, we grab a menu.
Gee, that sounds really cool. We went to a Johnny Rockets when there was one in Mall of America. It was small, no dancing or singing and the prices!!! I don't need a burger so bad that I'll pay $20 for it. Four orders of burgers or dogs, fries and drinks came out to around $80. I suspect they cranked up the prices to pay for the primo spot they had in the mall... probably why we never went back.

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Both of us were undecided about two different burgers that they had.
They both sound good...

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So, being the smart ones that we are (I’m setting myself up for something here aren’t I?), we ordered one of each, and decided to split them, that way we each got a taste of both burgers. We also ordered the Bacon cheese fries, thinking we would share them as a side (little did we know that we should have specified that to the waiter, as it seems he thought only one of us wanted to substitute the fries that come with the order for bacon cheese fries, and the other plate should come with a heaping pile of fries that could feed an army!).
Note to self: Two huge burgers with heaps of fries = 'eating light'.

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We have never had mayo on our burgers before, usually opting for mustard or spicy mustard, but were pleasantly surprised by how well the mayo went with the burgers.
Lots of places (not the chain places) up here put mayo on burgers. Chili too, if they know what's good for them. Heck, you can get (at a few spots) a chili burger which is a burger in a styrofoam cup that's covered in chili. You have to eat it with a fork... but yummm....

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Grocery shopping was pretty blasé.
That’s kind of a laissez faire attitude young lady.

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The only good thing was that we went while we were full, and not while we were hungry, which probably helped in the long run.
I hear ya!
Me when full: carrots, milk, chicken, blah, blah, blah…
Me when hungry: carrots, milk, milk chocolate, chicken, chips, blah, blah, blah…

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We did manage to find a package of onion dip that T-Man just HAD to have, and then almost forget the sour cream that was needed to mix it. I had to run through the store while Mike stood holding our place in line.
So T-Man HAD to have it… then makes you run around the store?

I’ll have to ask him what his secret is…

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So the lovely lady at the register asks if we have a card. We tell her no, we are just visiting her fine establishment and will only be here for a short time. So of course she asks if we want a card. And again we tell her we are just visiting and won’t be around long enough, and don’t need it. We mention that we had one a long, long, long time ago, and now she is practically begging us to give her a phone number that she may be able to look up in her database.
<sigh> Here we go again, “I have to do it ‘cause the computer says I do.”

Here’s another WoO quote for you “If I only had a brain”. It can, unfortunately, apply in so many, many situations.

How do you put a kid in brain freeze? When the cash register tells him that you owe $17.38, give him $23.03. Heck, just give him $20.03.

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a wonderful, thoughtful, and sweet lady behind us, took out her savings card and handed it to the cashier and told her to go ahead and use it. We thanked her at least 10 times, paid for our groceries, and left the store.
Does she get points or something? Still, a nice gesture.

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T-Man left his phone in the car charging while we were in the store, so naturally he missed a call. There is a voicemail from the resort saying our room is ready.
So you don’t have to be by the pool to get that call, hunh?

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There are stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. So of course, with 4 bags, plus our carry-ons, plus the groceries, naturally we would be in the very back, and on the 2nd floor.
Naturally.

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Oh look a hidden Mickey!
Oh look a hidden Mickey on the hidden Mickey.

Oh look, apparently we have no life!

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and then we are strategically placed on our balcony, overlooking the courtyard, with an ice cold beer in hand.

This lasts all of about 30 seconds before we have to start scrambling to get ready for dinner.
But I bet is was a nice calm, restful 30 seconds.

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Now of course we don’t go all out on our appearance for the evening. I’m wearing a cute sundress that of course I cover up to hide the fat complimented by a pair of sandals.
Heinlein quote: “All women are beautiful, some women more beautiful then others.”

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I left my hair down; this is a huge deal to me. I hardly ever leave my hair down because it’s long and will end up bugging me within a span of about 10 minutes. But T-Man loves my hair long and so, I deal.
T-Man is right. Hair down much nicer than hair up.

I said nicer… I didn’t necessarily say ‘more comfortable’ or ‘more practical’.

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Wouldn’t it have been more exciting to skip the stairs and simply jump into the SUV?

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Magically we are transported to another dimension. It’s a Disney-esque version of Gullivers Travels. Everyone around us is as small as ants, and yet, we are normal sized. Or maybe the ants are normal sized and grew, like Alice in Wonderland when she took a bit of that cake?!



Alright, alright, that was just a scale model of Big Thunder Mountain that we came across as we walked through part of the hotel.
I still think you were “Magically we are transported to another dimension”. You went from the mall to Disney just by walking through a door. That’s pretty magical, don’t you think?

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We then walked right out of the hotel.
Okay, so much for the ‘magical’ part.

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We walk out of what seems to be the ballroom part of the hotel, and start wondering through a courtyard.
I’ll bet you were ‘wondering’!

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Huh? How did they know? I look over at T-Man with a quizzical look, and suddenly he has amnesia. Can’t figure out how they would know that we are celebrating our anniversary. Uh huh…Sure you don’t remember. [/SIZE]
Mr. Smooth.

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This is where we saw the Sustainable Fish item and thought of Nebo and our disboard friends.

Non-rusting fish. Excellent.

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Dinner was delicious. I know for certain that I was able to cut my steak with my fork. That is how tender it was.
Sounds delicious.

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He said that it was our anniversary and he couldn’t let us go without at least a little bit of chocolate. A man after my own heart!
That was nice!

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We devoured it. It’s a good thing we were so full from dinner right?
Right!

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Nice picture of you Heather!

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We stop in one of the cute souvenier shops and pick up a few postcards for later. T-Man thoughtfully asks about stamps and we are directed to the Paradise Pier Hotel for those
So is that where you sold your kidney to afford postage to Canada?

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We notice the entrance from DtD to the Disneyland and California Adventures parks at the end of the walkway and there are quite a few people coming towards us, so we turn around and hurry back the way we came, in hopes of not being caught up in the barrage of people leaving the parks.
Stampede!!!

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As we are headed out of the area, we hear the loud boom of what we can only think is a bomb. They’re bombing us! At Disney! What the…then I look up in time to see the beautiful colors of the fireworks display from Disneyland.
Run for the hills! Where’s the nearest shelter??

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As we work our way through the traffic to the pay booths, we see a speed limit sign that strikes me as odd. Now I’ve seen speed limit signs for 10 mph, 15 mph, but never one for ...

Yup, that’s right, 14 miles per hour people. Not 13, not 15, but 14.
Nowhere else but Disney right?

OK. I think I will leave it at that for now, if you are still awake that is...

Still awake. There’s a thread on here about the 14mph speed limit. One person said that if the limit was 15 then they’d need speed bumps. Dunno.

Thanks for the chapter Heather! :
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Now I know how Nebo feels when he's just about typed a whole chapter and then all of a sudden it's gone.

I was hoping to have a chapter up today, but went to finish the chapter and there's nothing there.

So now I have to try and remember everything I had already typed out.
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Now I know how Nebo feels when he's just about typed a whole chapter and then all of a sudden it's gone.

I was hoping to have a chapter up today, but went to finish the chapter and there's nothing there.

So now I have to try and remember everything I had already typed out.


Ponzi, great breakdown
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A man after your heart on our wedding anniversary? Knew there was something fishy about that waiter. Me and him are going to have words the next time we go back.

On second thought, I better not. Might not get free dessert again.
Some things in life are more important than others... Dessert is at or near the top of the list.

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Add one thing here. As we were strolling through DtD, we noticed a souvenir kiosk and couldn't help but think of Ponzi when we saw this.
I'm not surprised. A pearl is practically perfect in every way. Very much like myself.

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She looks at our receipt and sees the (how did Lady H put this) insurmountable amount we paid.
I like that!

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Being right above the DSA, we figured there was no need to go down to it since we didn't mind if anybody below us smoked, although we never saw anyone using it.
Oh you rebel you!

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I'll finish day 1 by showing you a few more pics we took at DtD.

My first surprise. I didn't even notice this the first time around... I had no idea that there was a monorail there. And it amazes me that it goes to DTD.

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I wanted to comment on SH 55 real quick.
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I know, I know, I said I wouldn't compare. Just trying to encourage each of you, if you have the money to splurge, to try SH 55.
Thanks for the mini restaurant review. Sounds like it was a good place.

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This is actually the first time I can recall any Disney restaurant recognizing our special celebration.
Really? Well it certainly was a nice way to start the vacay.

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Even the manager was going around and making sure everyone was taken care of. I love when managers go around doing this. You don't see it very often, but it shows they care deeply about making sure they provide excellent service, and the food is to your liking.
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This is the only time during our trip I wore any type of pants.


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Too Darn Hot. I was glad to get back to the resort and change back into shorts.
Oh. <phew!>

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I'm sure you could just walk up and get a table. Just make sure to return it once you're done.
Why? Don't they have spares? What kind of flea-bag joint is this?

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That picture was awesome, and so nostaligic. Of course most of the pictures at the restaurant were the same. To be able to look up from your table and see a picture of Lucille Ball sitting in what could possibly have been the table right in front of you, or see a picture of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, laughing it up at the bar...There was definitely history there!
That. Is cool.
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Four pages to catch up on? Pfft. I can do that in my sleep...

and considering I am pretty tired...

Maybe a nap first...

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Okay I'm finally ready, let's go!
Too late...Been there, done that. Maybe next time.



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To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling....

Uh... I may have gotten a little off track there...
You think? Alright I'll let it slide, You had a hard couple of weeks with work...But only this one time.



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If there's one thing I can't abide, it's rude luggage. Silly suitcases, fine. But rude luggage? No.
Right? I mean seriously. I don't ask much of the luggage. All I ask is that it holds the clothes and necessities I need and for giving me that, I take it to wonderful places, and here it goes, wanting to vacating without me! Hmph! maybe seeing only the inside of the airplane, airport and hotel isn't considered a vacation to it.

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You have to be firm and put it in its place... Usually in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.
Its too big to take with me. I have the nice people at the airport feed it into the planes tummy for me, then wait for the plane to regurgitate it later at our final destination...Hmmm...Maybe that's why it got a little temperamental?


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There's a conundrum for ya. You can put it overhead... and risk it falling on your head during extreme turbulence and killing you; or put it under the seat in front of you and have the certainty of being uncomfortable for the entire flight.
If your like me, you can hog the middle seat in hopes no one sits next to you and then put the carry on under the seat where no one sits so no one is uncomfortable.



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Whadaya mean try. There's no try! Where's my dang bag???
That was basically my reaction.



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Because there are some people (far too many, IMHO) who cannot have an original thought in their teeny tiny little brains. "The computer says it has to go to Vegas".
Again, my thoughts exactly. Some people's children!



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Reeking of cheap booze, with lipstick on its... handle.




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That sounds.... weird. And funny!
Hence the reason no pictures. We were so astounded at how they did things, and too mesmerized by the spectacle that we didn't even think about taking video or pictures.



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Uh, oh. Is this the same gadabout bag from before? And you trust it?
<sigh> it was...And i did. I just hoped that since it was going to a new destination this time around that it wouldn't take the opportunity to travel solo.



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Hey! Wait! So you got the bag? Or did you just surrender to the inevitable?
To bag or not to bag...that was the question...Wait...that didn't sound right.



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Probably on a schedule.
Probably didn't care about you.
Probably got dropped on his head a lot when he was a baby.

I'll take number 3 for $500 Alex!


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This TR has just moved to the top of my reading list.


Sorry Nebo, but you can't compete with that.
Oh sure. Is that all it takes to get readers?



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Nope. I don't believe she went to jail. There's no way cops will show up that fast. I buy the rest of it... and no matter what you say from now on, that's what happened.
Trust me, Cops move pretty fast when someone is flashing them in the middle of the airport shuttle terminal. I'm pretty sure they didn't want the pilots to start veering off after seeing that and had to put a stop to it right away.

Since technically I can't call it a Flash mob can it be considered a Flash Flash? Hmmm...



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Here's a tip. Tell the other driver to stop when he sees people trying to get on the shuttle.
Why didn't I think of that?!



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Kidding aside, that is a nice perk. I've got a similar thing with National (through work). Two guys were ahead of me and the first was just getting his keys. The second guy has no reservation and will have to fill out all the forms, etc. This is going to take a while.

But the clerk looks at me and says "Are you an Emerald Club member?" then tells dude #2 to wait while he serves me.

Aaaaahhhhh....
The joys of signing up for these little things. It was fun to watch the people in line just watch us as we walked on by. Of course, they are in this nice AirConditioned area waiting in line, We on the other hand had to go out to the garage area, and wait behind the dumb one who was getting quite upset that he couldn't find the car he wanted and was even more upset that the guy started to help us first and he needed help NOW!



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So they're dumb and dumber for not knowing where their car is... then you guys come along and don't know where your car is either...

I'm not saying anything here. Just an observations :
Hey! I resemble that remark!!!


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Isn't it nice of them to keep it simple for you? No traipsing up and down the aisle trying to figure out which car to take...
The funny thing is, we figure out where we need to go, find the only car available in the area we are told, and start looking at it and putting our stuff in the car, all with only a verbal command from the person behind the counter, all the while, we see Dumb and Dumber are still wandering around the parking lot trying to find their car.



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Probably died of embarrassment.




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To make the story better, next time don't let there be an available restroom.

um... on second thought, let's just move on before you start talking about bowels moving on...
Yeah, let's not go there. That's not something I would have wanted to be left with when we still had a ways to go to get to the hotel!


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Had that conversation with Nebo a while back. What's up with that?

"Could I have a 12 pack of beer, please? Only I don't want 12, I'd like 7. Can I get a 7 pack?"
Nope, sorry sir, I can get you an 8 pk, I may even be inclined to get you a 6 pk (although very uncouth, I mean really, that's old school there!), but the only way you will get 7 is if you give the extra to your neighbor, or a whino on the street!


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That’s a personal pet peeve of mine.

Listen, I came all the way down to your store, but someone on the phone gets priority? Put them on hold. I was here first… plus I am actually here.

And God help ‘em if it’s a personal call.
I know i probably looked at T-Man with "the look" and thought a few times about saying something to her, but thought, we just got here, our room more than likely isn't ready yet, The last thing i need is someone to implant a video camera or worse, a skunk or something in our room while they are getting it ready because I became Mrs. CrabbyPants!



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Okay, that’s a company policy… but it’s a stupid one. Reminds me of a radio ad that may only have been up here. It was for some quick oil change company and basically wanted you to come to them where you didn’t need and appointment. It illustrated the frustration of dealing with a dealership instead of with them…

Dealer: “Thank you for calling Massive Motors, if you want to book an appointment, press 1 if you already have an appointment press 2…”

Customer: “Okay, I have an appointment so I press 2… <beep>”

Dealer: “Thank you! To reschedule your appointment press 3, to cancel your appointment press 11…”

Customer:“11? There is no 11…”

Dealer: “Press 11!”

Customer: “Uh… Okay.. uh… one, one… <beep, beep>”

Dealer: “Thank you! By pressing one you have confirmed your appointment! Thank you for calling Massive Motors.”

Customer: “What??? No!!! Wait!...”

Dealer: “<click>”
I'm telling you, They must have random conventions and trainings for customer service reps and play commercials like this as a possible scenario that they may come up against and ask them how to respond, and then, after everyone is done telling them how to respectfully help a customer in need, they show them the many blank stares they can use as a response and tell them that all other forms of dialogue are no longer valid, and they must use the now mandatory blank stare whenever necessary.


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And then, later, you wonder what he’s telling people about you.
This is exactly what I thought. I kept going over each day in the back of my mind thinking...OK...I didn't do anything stupid yesterday did I? Nothing in front of anyone that would be cause for storytelling later? I don't remember running around nekkid or flashing anyone at the resort...Whew...we are clear for today!



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I hate that line. “How about the one when a certain hot place freezes over?”
This goes back to that Customer Service training I talked about earlier. If the blank stare doesn't work, then retreat back to the oldie but goodie, "So when I can put you down for?"


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Au contraire! I thought the resort was pretty nice and wouldn’t have minded even more.
Trust me, We could fill a whole chapter with nothing but pics. We tend to over do them, especially at the resorts, because T-Man also posts them on the resort website for others to see.


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Okay, off to read the next posts...
Thanks as usually Ponzi, great breakdown! I will get to the other breakdown in a bit. I must do some sort of work, in order to get paid!
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I did! You used the word 'cheese' twice in a sentence! That's what you meant right?

right?

<cricket cricket cricket>
I believe there's an infestation of Crickets in this TR...Must call exterminator.



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"Miiiiiiike.... Heaaaaaather..... come for us..... pull off our heads and drink from our necks....."

ew
Umm...Ewww is right...Now i'm not so sure about having a beer tonight.



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Naturally. This sounds so much like my DW.

Me: "Honey! Look at all the great places we can eat! There's Wu's Oriental Bazaar, Luigi's Famous Pasta House, Paolo's Paella Palace, Greek To Me, Mon Ami French Cuisine... oh and, ha ha, there's McDonalds."

DW: "Let's just go to McDonalds."

I'm usually not the adventurous type when it comes to food. I'm pretty particular...OK fine, I'm picky! But I can usually find something at any place I go. But just wait, it gets better in regards to eateries as we go...



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Okay, that actually made sense. Maybe you should write the whole TR, not like that other guy?
I appreciate that more than you know , but don't tell the "other guy" that...I've been telling him I got through college by paying smart people to write my term papers!



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You were going to eat an escalator? I thought you wanted to eat light, not uplifting.
When your hungry, your hungry! What can I say?!



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Gee, that sounds really cool. We went to a Johnny Rockets when there was one in Mall of America. It was small, no dancing or singing and the prices!!! I don't need a burger so bad that I'll pay $20 for it. Four orders of burgers or dogs, fries and drinks came out to around $80. I suspect they cranked up the prices to pay for the primo spot they had in the mall... probably why we never went back.
I don't think we have ever paid that much at JR's. I think for 2 burgers, with the towering inferno of fries, plus the cheese fries, plus 2 drinks cost us less than $30. And I think that included tip.



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They both sound good...
They both were very good!



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Note to self: Two huge burgers with heaps of fries = 'eating light'.

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Lots of places (not the chain places) up here put mayo on burgers. Chili too, if they know what's good for them. Heck, you can get (at a few spots) a chili burger which is a burger in a styrofoam cup that's covered in chili. You have to eat it with a fork... but yummm....
Nothing can be bad with Chili on it. Of course i'm sure your chili and our chili are a little different. But to me it doesn't matter. Smother a burger with Chili and it's the best burger in town! I never thought about just putting it all in a styrofoam cup...Hmmm...



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That’s kind of a laissez faire attitude young lady.
I'm just that kind of woman, what can I say, I'm impervious to the world around me. Let it be.



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I hear ya!
Me when full: carrots, milk, chicken, blah, blah, blah…
Me when hungry: carrots, milk, milk chocolate, chicken, chips, blah, blah, blah…
It's best to go to the store full and with a list (at least when you are with me), otherwise you will come back from the store with everything other than what you need.



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So T-Man HAD to have it… then makes you run around the store?

I’ll have to ask him what his secret is…
When you get the answer, will you share it with me? I still have no clue how that happened.



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<sigh> Here we go again, “I have to do it ‘cause the computer says I do.”

Here’s another WoO quote for you “If I only had a brain”. It can, unfortunately, apply in so many, many situations.

How do you put a kid in brain freeze? When the cash register tells him that you owe $17.38, give him $23.03. Heck, just give him $20.03.
True story: Back when I was young...er...I worked at the mall, in one of the retail stores. One day, I was ringing up a customer, giving the usual credit card sales pitch as i was told I had to do, then gave the lady her total, it was something along the lines of $21.98 and she handed me a $20, plus 3 dollar bills and 2 pennies...and i looked at her with the weirdest expression I'm sure.

Me: "Ma'am, Your bill is only $21.98 (As I try to give her back the $1.02)
Customer: "Yes, I know...And I'm giving you, $23.02
Me: "I realize that, however, I'm not sure why..."

Then the inevitable nickel dropped and I went..."Oh...Hahaha...nevermind."



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Does she get points or something? Still, a nice gesture.
It's possible. I know the system is different for all stores, but around here in certain stores you can gain points on your card and use them for gas and stuff. Who knows with this one, but she got major points with me, being she saved us from trying to remember a phone number from back in the dark ages.



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So you don’t have to be by the pool to get that call, hunh?
Whodathunkit? Looks like, those calls only happen when you get comfortable at the pool, or when your at the grocery store arguing with the check out lady about old phone numbers.




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So just how many times did you trip over that garbage can?
After the first two times, we moved it to the wall just outside of the kitchen area. There really wasn't any other place to put it...



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Oh look a hidden Mickey on the hidden Mickey.

Oh look, apparently we have no life!




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But I bet is was a nice calm, restful 30 seconds.
The most restful and calm 30 seconds I've had in a long time.



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Heinlein quote: “All women are beautiful, some women more beautiful then others.”
Awww...You are great for the Ego...

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe



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T-Man is right. Hair down much nicer than hair up.

I said nicer… I didn’t necessarily say ‘more comfortable’ or ‘more practical’.
If I wanted practical I would have chopped off the hair a long time ago. I'm one of those weirdos that lets her hair grow in the summer and then will cut it in the winter, just in time to freeze to death!



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Wouldn’t it have been more exciting to skip the stairs and simply jump into the SUV?
That would definitely have been more exciting, but then we wouldn't be writing this TR...Especially since there is a huge concrete shelter area for the cars, and ours is inside said shelter.




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I’ll bet you were ‘wondering’!
D'oh! I knew my days of glory at writing without fault wouldn't last...

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Nice picture of you Heather!
Thank you!



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So is that where you sold your kidney to afford postage to Canada?
No, Kidney selling takes place later in the week...



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Stampede!!!



Run for the hills! Where’s the nearest shelter??
Love the stampede smiley!


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Thanks for the chapter Heather! :
Thanks for the breakdown Ponzi!
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Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland

We Hopped All The Way To Disneyland Just For Some Dis Meets
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #284
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A Mile to the Turnstile

It's a beautiful mornin' ahhh, I think I'll go outside for a while. An jus' smile, just take in some clean fresh air boy.
Ain't no sense in stayin' inside, if the weather's fine and you got the time.
It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day, either way;
It's a beautiful mornin'.

I know I said we’ll try to get this TR moving a little more quickly, so here it goes.

Sunday, August 26, 2012. Went to DL in the morning, DCA in the afternoon and finished the day back at DL. I now return you to your regularly scheduled TR over on Nebo’s thread.


Still around? Really, Nebo’s is more exciting at the moment. Our day is literally a walk in the park compared to his; but if you insist, I’ll try to make our day sound exciting and magical.

Today is our first full theme park day, and our only chance to take advantage of the early magic morning we got when we purchased our tickets. There are 4 days Disney allows you to take advantage of this perk: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and the only park you can use it at is Disneyland. We had just arrived on Saturday and wouldn’t have made it to theme park early anyways. Tuesday our plan is to hit DCA. Thursday will be the relaxation day I promised Lady H and of course we leave on a Saturday. So today’s plan is to be at the park at 8:00 am, as Disneyland originally opens at 9.

That dreaded alarm goes off again. This time at 6 am, and no I didn’t go back to sleep. Don’t want to waste any precious park time. I mosey on over to the kitchen to get some coffee before I wake up sleeping beauty. She is not a morning person. For that matter neither am I. As others have mentioned, there are only 2 times that I’m up early: work and vacation. Since I work 5 days a week, that means I’m up early all week. Given the chance, I will sleep in and I take full advantage on the weekends. Since we’re on vacation though, I’m up.

I get to the kitchen and coffee isn’t ready yet. The coffee pot in our room has an automatic timer and I set it up before going to bed. I walk over and inspect the coffee pot. Timer is on. Put the correct time I wanted it to go on.

Doh! I didn’t set the clock right.

I fix the time on the coffee maker, because any sensible person would this; and every now and then I’m smart that way. Had I been smarter, I would’ve checked to make sure I had the correct time when I first set it. The time looked correct, but I was off by 12 hours. I switched day to night, and night to day. Anyways, I turn the coffee maker on and head back (unarmed with coffee) to wake sleeping beauty. This time I didn’t need the bucket of ice water to get her up. A kiss worked just fine. Soon coffee is ready and so are we. Pack our bags, grab our tickets and put them in the new lanyards we bought the night before, and off we go to the lobby. Need to buy passes to ride the ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) shuttle.

For those that have been asking how far our hotel is from DL; it wasn’t too far, but far enough if you decided to walk there. The hotel is a mile down the road from the DL turnstile, or a 20-25 minute walk (depending on how fast you walk). 45-60 minute walk at the end of the day if you’re tired and don’t want to walk anymore. Knowing that we would be in for a full day of walking, standing and walking some more; we didn’t really want to walk. Especially if we decided to go back to the hotel for a break.

While I was planning this trip, I made sure to research how much parking was going to cost. Had we parked at any of the Disney Theme Parks parking lots, it would’ve cost us $15 per day. To use ART, it costs $4 per adult for an all day ride pass. Given we were 2 adults, it would cost us $8 per day to get to DL; instead of paying the $15 that DL charges and you still have to take a shuttle to get there. Yup, I typed that out correctly. You pay to park at the DL parking lots and you still have to take s shuttle to DL. Let me show you what I’m talking about.

Here is Google’s current map of DLR and the surrounding area. I added a few lines and description to it so you can hopefully follow along.



I indicated on the map where Lady and I were staying. The light blue line is how far Lady H and I would have to walk to catch the nearest ART shuttle. The green line would be the route the shuttle would take to DL after it picked us up. Notice the nearest parking lot to us is the Toy Story Mania parking lot. Could’ve been the parking lot was just called Toy Story and I’m adding Mania. Anyways, this parking lot isn’t too far up the road from where we were staying. There were also no short cuts from our hotel to this parking lot. Not unless you wanted to jump the wall. The red line indicates my best guess of the route the DL parking lot shuttles would take. We never parked in this lot but looking at a closer Google Map of this lot, I indicated where the shuttle pick up probably is; and it dropped off/picked up in the same vicinity as the ART shuttle once it got to DL. Needless to say, our shuttle ride would more or less be the same distance if we took the ART shuttle or the DL shuttle. I think there is a parking garage closer to DL, but we never went looking for it. So I can’t tell you if it was closer or not. I did see as you got to the end of DtD, there is an area where the parking lot trams (same type used at WDW parking lots) picked up and dropped off.

Ok, now that I covered the whole parking issue, let me get back to the TR itself. We head over to our hotel lobby to buy our ART passes. There’s a kiosk in the lobby that you can buy your tickets from. We figured it would be easier to do it this way, rather than pay the driver. As we walk into the lobby, Sneaky Larry is already hard at work figuring out who will be his next victims. We try not to make eye contact and proceed directly to the kiosk. He spots us but just gives us a friendly good morning and goes to a back office. Phew. We escaped for now. We quickly buy our tickets and get out of there before he comes back.

ART passes in hand we head over to the shuttle stop. Right now it’s about 7:45 and the ART shuttle is supposed to pick up about every 20 minutes or so. We get to the shuttle waiting area and there is about 10 people waiting for the shuttle. One observation I do make, just like at WDW, there are people with big strollers waiting to get on. I start to fear for my shins and the back of my heals seeing these monster strollers. We wait about 5 minutes and the ART shuttle pulls up. They’re not very big shuttles. I’m guessing they can hold about 50 passengers max. As luck would have it, it wasn’t really packed at this hour; little did we know it wouldn’t be a quiet trip to Disneyland.

The shuttle driver must have been a yellow jacket in disguise. No offense to anyone out there when I say he was an older man. I would say he was either in has late 50’ or early 60’s. I know what you’re thinking, “T_Man is calling us old.” He was older than me so how else would I refer to him. On our 5 minute or so shuttle ride, the driver decided he needed kid participation. He asked the kids if they knew where they were going. Naturally the kids yelled out Disneyland. Now here’s where his old age kicks in, he tells them “I can’t hear you.” Now we have the kids yelling out even louder and some adults joining in. Again he says “I still can’t hear you.” Did he remember to turn his hearing aids on? Lady H wanted to tell him “Alma, turn the pack on.” This time everyone screams out Disneyland, Lady H and I included. We wanted to make sure he heard this time. He must have heard everyone this time because he seems satisfied and stops asking. Good because now my ears are ringing. He then gives the kids a public service announcement. “Stay with your parents, listen to mom and dad, have fun, blah blah blah.” Finally, our shuttle arrives to shuttle drop off/pick up area. Once again, the driver wants crowd participation; “Kids, do you know where you are?” They kids yell out “Disneyland” and the driver is now Mr. Funny Man, “Wrong. You’re on the bus,” and with that he lets us off.

Now it’s time for the ever so famous, daunting task of slipping by security un-noticed. Walls are too high to jump here and I don’t know where the snipers are positioned. Best to play it safe and just go through security. Lines aren’t too long at this hour. Lady H and I open our bags to show security all the supplies we need for the day. They confiscate our mountain climbing gear. They said they already have CM’s that act as mountain climbers and they aren’t holding open auditions for future climbers. So much for climbing the Matterhorn today. They let everything else we have pass through and we head towards the gate. I look at the time on my phone; shoot, we’ve already lost 5 minutes of valuable touring time already. Time to tour commando style. We walk up to the turnstile and hand the CM our City Pass. She scans them and hands them back to us, along with 2 new tickets. Oh boy, bonus days I thought. We must be the billionth visitors through the gate. Nope, turns out these will now be the tickets we use for the rest of the trip. Our City Pass for Disney is no longer valid. Now the tickets we got are the cheap paper tickets. They’re not even the Tyvek type tickets that you get at WDW. I would’ve rather have stuck to my sturdy, credit card like City Pass ticket.

After we get our cheap paper tickets, the CM now scans these tickets. No fingerprint system like WDW. This would be a love/hate relationship later on in the TR. We walk through the turnstile and we are finally inside Disneyland.

Since it has obviously been stated on here that some like Lady H’s writing style more than “THE OTHER GUY”, TOG is ending this chapter here and will try to turn it over to Lady H so she can keep you entertained while I quietly sit in the back of the class; occasionally filling in any details that Lady H may not quite recall. Secretly plotting my revenge and how I can torture you with more chapters.
Bwaahhh hhhaaaa hhhaaa hhhaaa.
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Since it has obviously been stated on here that some like Lady H’s writing style more than “THE OTHER GUY”, TOG is ending this chapter here and will try to turn it over to Lady H so she can keep you entertained while I quietly sit in the back of the class; occasionally filling in any details that Lady H may not quite recall. Secretly plotting my revenge and how I can torture you with more chapters.
Bwaahhh hhhaaaa hhhaaa hhhaaa.
What?!? Look, I love you both equally, somebody, please get writing. Besides, enough with the cliffhangers already. I feel really bruised by Nebo's trip report, that guy can really string you along...
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