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Old 10-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #61
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Great start to your TR! I just hope you are still friends with your friend after the trip... There are some danger signs on the horizon it seems. I once traveled with a friend who suddenly had become extremely religious and then during the trip ended up sitting on her bed in our hotel room every afternoon for hours reading a few lines in her religious book, staring in the air for a long times, taking a few notes and then begin with reading a few lines again...
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great photo's! Can't wait to read more about your trip!
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That is so great that Claire has two grandmas that are willing to take care of her! Moms really do need some "me" time

I also have RLS and thankfully it has only acted up once on a plane and it was soooooo horrible!!! I make sure I have some Lorazepam or Flexeril just in case now when I fly

I hear you about being a DCL addict!!! It only took one cruise for us to become full fledged Disney Cruise addicts
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #64
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I'm here! I can't wait to see if we had any parallels while we were on two different Disney ships (not) passing in the night! LOL!

Love the frames on your pics- wish I had time to post-produce mine but I just have way too many! Do you have a program that does that or do you do each one individually?

Pics from the airplane are awesome...love those views. It's been a while since we've flown but I don't remember seeing anything that good!
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Southwest is actually my airline of choice, they don't 'fee' you death and they are almost always on time or ahead of schedule. I can put up with the crazy boarding system for that. I actually find it quite amusing to watch people get all bent out of shape while lining up

Not a fan of Houston however, I HATE driving there, the interstate system is a mess and people drive crazy!
Yep...Spirit fee's you to death...and Allegiant did some what, but they just added the pay for carry on thing...I am so mad about that. I enjoyed SW...and will be flying them again in Nov.

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Great start to your TR! I just hope you are still friends with your friend after the trip... There are some danger signs on the horizon it seems. I once traveled with a friend who suddenly had become extremely religious and then during the trip ended up sitting on her bed in our hotel room every afternoon for hours reading a few lines in her religious book, staring in the air for a long times, taking a few notes and then begin with reading a few lines again...
Things went fine. She's not religious, per se, but more trying to live a good life and she did not push anything on me at all...if anything...I might've been the BAD influence. She is a former smoker and I still do smoke..yep, I know it's bad and I have cut down...just haven't done that quiting thing again yet. I actually told her to hold a cigarette at one time so I could get something and I could see the want in her eyes. I quickly took it right back out of her hands. I sure don't need to get her started back on that. I quit for 3 years and am so mad at myself for restarting.

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That is so great that Claire has two grandmas that are willing to take care of her! Moms really do need some "me" time

I also have RLS and thankfully it has only acted up once on a plane and it was soooooo horrible!!! I make sure I have some Lorazepam or Flexeril just in case now when I fly

I hear you about being a DCL addict!!! It only took one cruise for us to become full fledged Disney Cruise addicts
My Mom was happy to help..MIL was too, but she can be iffy at times and I almost think she was hoping I would cancel...I guess a jealousy thing.

I had RSL when I was a kid...my Mom told me it was growing pains...I'm sure I have stopped growing. Well in height at least.
It's very annoying..and then I feel anxiety. UGH...

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I'm here! I can't wait to see if we had any parallels while we were on two different Disney ships (not) passing in the night! LOL!

Love the frames on your pics- wish I had time to post-produce mine but I just have way too many! Do you have a program that does that or do you do each one individually?

Pics from the airplane are awesome...love those views. It's been a while since we've flown but I don't remember seeing anything that good!
I was hoping (not knowing where the Fantasy was that week then) that we would see her out at sea at one point in time, but we didn't. I would've loved a horn battle.

i do each picture separately. I have tried programs and it just doesn't work with me well. Thats one of the reasons it takes me forever to finish up my TRs.
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I love the color in your hair, wish I could do that. My color fades out so fast, I didn't think of the well water doing anything.

Your aunt has such a beautiful home, I guess when one marries a rich man there are lots of perks! I would rather have a house in Florida instead of Canada!

I like Southwest because of the bags being included. We usually fly Airtran, but they will soon be Southwest. I've never experienced the line cutters when we flew on Southwest, all seemed to honor their boarding assignment.

I hate when airlines charge for carryons, I mean who takes a trip & doesn't need any sort of luggage. Do they think we're going to wash our clothes every night?

I need to get my photos on Photobucket & I've been so busy lately. I need ot get my TR started very soon!
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I love the color in your hair, wish I could do that. My color fades out so fast, I didn't think of the well water doing anything.

Your aunt has such a beautiful home, I guess when one marries a rich man there are lots of perks! I would rather have a house in Florida instead of Canada!

I like Southwest because of the bags being included. We usually fly Airtran, but they will soon be Southwest. I've never experienced the line cutters when we flew on Southwest, all seemed to honor their boarding assignment.

I hate when airlines charge for carryons, I mean who takes a trip & doesn't need any sort of luggage. Do they think we're going to wash our clothes every night?

I need to get my photos on Photobucket & I've been so busy lately. I need ot get my TR started very soon!
I know about being busy....I didn't do as much as I should've today...but i got a lot of extras thrown in the mix...so I did do alot, just not all I had planned to do.
And I am ready for bed now. It feels like 11, but it's only almost 9.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:27 PM   #68
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I'm here! I didn't know you started this or I would have been here earlier! Great start! Your aunt's house is really pretty, love the pictures!

That's weird that people didn't line up according to number for SW...it seems like whenever we fly, most people are lined up in order! I would be really annoyed if I saw someone in front of me who was supposed to be behind me. I always get Early Bird check in, so yeah, I'd be aggravated!

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I'm here! I didn't know you started this or I would have been here earlier! Great start! Your aunt's house is really pretty, love the pictures!

That's weird that people didn't line up according to number for SW...it seems like whenever we fly, most people are lined up in order! I would be really annoyed if I saw someone in front of me who was supposed to be behind me. I always get Early Bird check in, so yeah, I'd be aggravated!

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Welcome. I am so behind on subscribed threads...I haven't made it over to yours yet since I've been back. Slowly but surely working my way through them.

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Originally we had made reservations to take the Disney transportation to the port the next day. The only down side was we were to shuttle back and forth to the Marriott. It’s not the worst thing, but we would be schlepping suitcases all over then.
Carolyn pointed me to Enterprise one evening and told me there was a very cheap rate and I should jump on it, so I did. It was slightly less than our Disney transfers, but not much. But the freedom of a car is really nice. Then we found out that we could park at the port for free. If you are driving there , check out their website. They had a list of ways to get parking free, which included things like different jobs and I think Military too. This made the car really worth it then, as we didn’t have the added expense of port parking.

Once I left Lisa on a bench with the luggage, I made my way to the Enterprise counter, which was basically about 15 steps from the baggage claim carousel. I only had 1 person in front of me.
At my turn, I handed my paperwork with the reservation number. The guy typed away and then tried my name as well. He didn’t say much, but I could tell he couldn’t find it. So I asked, and he finally said it appears this reservation has been used already…..What? Not sure what happened…and still don’t, but I do know we JUST got there.
He said he would try to price match it and came up with a price $4 more…and my reply is, why can’t I have it for the price I booked it at….so he typed some more and actually got it 10 cents less than what I booked it at. OK, I can live with that.
He told me to head over on the shuttle to the car claim area and they had my paper work printed out there.
So we hauled the bags out and a shuttle had just pulled up. The lady helped us load them and she was really nice. She loved my hair and kept asking about it. In the mean time I heard the “beep”. Those who have Nextel know the beep and you frantically look for your phone when you hear it. It becomes part of your nature to do so. It’s a direct connect beep. I pulled my phone out thinking Skip was calling once again…he had beeped me several times that day already at each airport…and nope, he hadn’t called in several hours now. I hear it again and realized the shuttle drivers used Nextel as well and it was her phone beeping. If you have Nextel…you know what I mean…it’s just so weird hearing the beep and not having it for you. LOL.
We only had one other lady on the shuttle and she talked with us as we drove along. She asked where we were going and told us to leave early as traffic could be bad, etc. She had no bags, which we found odd.
Once we got to Enterprise …a very short drive…we got in line, while Lisa sat with the suitcases once again. The lady then told me that she always rents a car when she goes to football games. I have no clue what that meant, but I smiled in response and figured she was local and rented a car for far away games…or something…who knows. LOL.

We got our vehicle and it was small, but manageable. I believe it was a Dodge Caliber. It had a hatch back and the guy had no clue how to load luggage in it. Seriously…he should be a pro at this; I had to rearrange it to make it fit. He slammed the hatchback down and it seemed like it just barely shut.
He had me sign paperwork and of course tried to sell me insurance, etc. I am always so leery on what they will charge me, and I doubled checked when I got home to be sure I wasn’t charged more than I signed for.
I go in, adjust controls and took off. Lisa said this was a car she had looked at and it would be nice to see if she liked it. The car was fine, but not much room in the trunk, and by the end of the trip she was glad she went with the car she had gotten.

As we take off I hear a little beep. About a mile down the road I realize the dash says gate. I tell Lisa that I think the hatch isn’t latched properly., but I think we should be fine. She on the other hand didn’t. Her bag was the one that would fall out if the hatch opened….Like I said…..”I” am fine…just not her. LOL! We were on a very bumpy road too, so we pulled off in the 1st parking lot we found and rearranged the luggage and got it shut properly.

The Marriott was easy to find and not far at all. But it was on a one way street, not a major problem, and I had maps, but it’s something to remember if you ever go there.
WE pulled in and I ran in to check us in. The lobby was beautiful, check in was easy and we had a room key in just mere minutes.

One thing to keep in mind is that this area is not nice. Nothing was pretty on the outside as we drove. I was told ahead of time that this area was not good and to not hang outside at night for the most part.
I guess in years past this hotel had experienced crime, but they now had a security gate to go through that took a picture of each coming and going car and the crime has gone way down since then.
We parked near a lamp post and made 2 trips to carry our bags up. The room was nice as well.

I believe on the 2nd trip down, I stopped outside the doors and beeped Skip…and I had to be a bit sarcastic and greeted him by saying “Houston, we have a problem”…..I mean how could I resist. I love being corny that way. And if Skip had thought of it first, he would’ve said it.

I took pictures of the room before we messed it up too much.

















We kind of lazed around and decided that we really needed a snack. We were going to pick Brook up from the airport later and go eat, but that was several hours away yet. So we headed down to the lobby and of course I took pictures there as well.







And we headed into this bar and grill to see if we could find an appetizer to share.



We each ordered a soft drink and chicken Quesadillas to share. The bar tender guy was very nice and we talked to him a bit and then chatted between us some more.







It did seem to take a long time for the food to come and at one point someone came out and asked us what we ordered. Not sure if it was forgotten or what, but minutes after that the food came.





It wasn’t very big, but good and filling. It hit the spot that needed filled. After we ate and paid, we headed out to take some more pictures.





This is where they serve breakfast, but it’s not free. I think I read it was $15 a person, which I thought was kind of high. We did not eat here the next day. We wanted something lighter.





We didn’t get too far and 2 guys walked by us and stopped to talk…I know it’s because we are two hot and sexy women…why else would it be….right?....OK, it was my camera. The guy asked about my camera, etc. and then offered to take our picture. He said he was really into photography. But the pictures were blurry, so he needs some work. LOL





We chatted some more and he asked if we were there for the Chess tournament. I almost laughed in his face. Not that there is anything wrong with chess, but I do associate it more with geeky, techy type people, and I am pretty sure we don’t look like chess players. We finally said goodbye, though I think he wanted us to go in the bar and have a drink with him and his buddy, and off to take more pictures.

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Loving the trip report so far....

One question. The Marriott. Were you staying in the area around Hobby airport? This is not a good area of Houston.
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One question. The Marriott. Were you staying in the area around Hobby airport? This is not a good area of Houston.
Yes, just a few minutes from the airport. It's called the Marriott Hobby south. There are tons of hotels in this area, but the area itself is not the best part of town. I was told this prior to booking by several people, but this hotel was highly recommended to me, so I booked it and price wise, it was on par with every other one I looked up.
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I thought I would share a video I found online. It shows the Magic coming into port the morning I sailed her. I think she came in just after 8 AM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTuDWg85Opw

Look how she turns around. It's amazing. She did that when we came into port as well, but we did it right next to the dock. I was amazed this could be down with so little space. I watched a Carnival ship do it as well, and though there is plenty of space to turn, it still is not that much for a ship that size. AMAZING!!!
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Sounds like a long travel day with a long drive and two flights, but you guys still look so happy in the last pic taken by the amateur photographer.

That's funny that SWA was such chaos. I have actually found it pretty well controlled in Philadelphia and Baltimore and thought the new numbering system helped to keep the chaos under control.

Your room looks lovely. Free parking for TA's. That's awesome!

Great pictures, as always.
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We always fly Southwest from Denver since its more affordable with 5 people. Usually to MCO or TPA, sometimes Midway Chicago. I always pay the extra for EBCI since we have 3 kids and we've lucked out with being near the front, so maybe that's why, but we've never had a problem with people not being in their correct boarding position near us at those airports.

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Great start so far!!
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