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Old 12-13-2012, 02:18 AM   #331
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They moved Disneyland to Seattle!





Just SO damp.




But the light does something neat to the decorations.





And what *side* you're taking pictures from really makes a difference. From the other side, the sun was brighter. From this side, however...




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I desperately need them to change the word they are describing their bread with.




It's "artisan" bread, not "artesian". I told them in early October, I sent a followup email. Nothing has changed. It's depressing. It's NOT the right word, and it just makes them look silly.

Similar situation at the Y...there's a huge poster about this new boot camp class there. They say that the class can go along with the "regiment" of MMA training. Sigh.

Regimen. Not regiment. Using words that are close but have entirely different spellings just makes you look, well, not intelligent.


E was starving (I'd picked up a veggie skewer at Bengal BBQ) so he needed his usual mac and cheese. Hey wait, this is new.



I commented on the plate change, and they said it's part of their new "green" thing. Ah, OK. Cool. "Oh can we have a jalapeno cornbread for me and a potato bread for him?"

Sure we can. This is how they are served.







Well. So glad for the "green" thing, then.
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I desperately need them to change the word they are describing their bread with.




It's "artisan" bread, not "artesian". I told them in early October, I sent a followup email. Nothing has changed. It's depressing. It's NOT the right word, and it just makes them look silly.

Similar situation at the Y...there's a huge poster about this new boot camp class there. They say that the class can go along with the "regiment" of MMA training. Sigh.

Regimen. Not regiment. Using words that are close but have entirely different spellings just makes you look, well, not intelligent.
My inner copy editor gets so frustrated when signs are wrong. I let it go when people make mistakes in their online or personal writing (the card from "the Smith's" ... and he's not a blacksmith ), but when someone is being paid good money to commercially create a sign, it just screams at me when it's wrong. Maybe Disneyland should hire us as sign copy editors ... in-park auditing required, of course!
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It always amazes me when big companies make such huge mistakes and don't catch it in quality control. A local McDonald's near where my oldest daughter works has their sign for their "drive trhu". Now I had driven by it several times and never noticed it until our other daughter Kody pointed it out. Now I wonder how I ever missed it.

How funny about E and the Jungle Cruise. I can imagine that was no fun. I think that captain needs an adjustment. I am sure his schtick was funny at one time. Not sure when that time was.
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As a teacher, and an unofficial member of the Spelling and Grammar police, I have often wanted to take a red pen to menus, store signs, information handed out, websites (guess it would really just mess up my computer if I took a red pen to a website), etc. and hand it to someone along with a bill for my correction services. Not that I would expect to get paid, but I figure it would make more of a statement that way.
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I have gotten paid for my proofreading and copy editing services! I've helped people rewrite what they originally wrote if I thought it was a mess! In fact, I would continue to be earning money for it now if my PC hadn't crashed and begun to malfunction, causing me to lose clients.

In my own TR I pointed out a while back that the Disneyland website featured a major error in the text about the ice rink in Downtown Disney. They were calling Tinker Bell by a different name - "Tinkle Bell." I directed fellow DIS'er deejdigsdis over to the hideous error and she caught it before it was magically corrected. Someone at Disney finally saw it, I suppose, because a few days later the typo was gone.

I would guess that the same folks who put the "Strom Troppers" in the MHP map descriptions were also responsible for Tinkle Bell! A huge company such as Disney should have better proofreaders in place. They need them.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #337
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In my own TR I pointed out a while back that the Disneyland website featured a major error in the text about the ice rink in Downtown Disney. They were calling Tinker Bell by a different name - "Tinkle Bell."
Oh gracious, I didn't see that in your TR! That's just awful.

New story: Tinkle Bell and the StromTroppers


I'm so glad some other people think it's ridiculous. It is not bread made with artesian water, I'm almost certain of it. Then again, it's not really "artisan" bread, either. Can ANYTHING be called artisan if they make thousands of them a day? I mean, really.

So hey, maybe they are "artesian". But I really don't think so.



Shortly before Washington Mutual collapsed, one of the Tacoma branches put in a new drive-thru sign that said something like "for customer's only". I mean, a big huge sign with "customer's only". I took a picture of it, but that was a few cellphones ago and before I had internet access with my phone, so I could never do anything with it. And it was just too painful to me to go in and ask them "customer's only WHAT?", mainly because it's about a 99% chance that NO ONE would understand what the problem was...



completely and totally off topic but it's been on my mind and it's too frivolous to talk about anywhere else

Thinking more about editing, I've been reading a long string of free books on Kindle, and there are so many reasons that most of them are free. I'm a mystery-genre lover, and it seems that everyone is writing those now. If you aren't truly inspired, though, it's so formulaic. And now all sorts of romance writers are getting into it, and it's going to make me ill.

A couple phrases I never want to read again:

"she slicked on lipstick" (it just sounds disgusting...something about the word "slick")

"her lips curved upwards into a smile" (just say she smiled. actually, why are you telling me this? is it TRULY necessary to the progression of the story?)

Just about any overly graphic "bedroom" scene...I'm not reading Anne Rice, I'm reading a mystery NOT a romance, just STOP IT. Ick. They look steamily at each other, they close the bedroom door, end of scene. PLEASE.


And I just read a short mystery where the whole reason the adorable, perfect protagonist, who can eat all of the baked goods her bakery makes without ever gaining an ounce (and for some reason the author describes every movement she makes while eating said baked goods*), gets involved in solving the murder is because she won't get paid until the fiance of the victim knows that the murder has been solved. Uh, what? Ever heard of a contract for your wedding baked good services? The dude's a millionaire, surely you had him sign a contract? And while we're on the subject, when we had OUR wedding, the ONLY vendors that we didn't have to pay 100% in advance were the musicians and the site. Everyone else had a set-in-stone date to pay 100%, and that date was NOT the day before the wedding. The other reason was that she had bought expensive bakery equipment and the pay-in-full date was approaching, and she needed the wedding money. OK, so you are not unfamiliar with the concept of a contract...you just didn't think to make one up for the millionaire's wedding. Ohhhhkaaaay.




I'm about ready to start paying for books again...I'm sick of it.


*that actually reminds me of something else I'm tired of in these books. Describing everything about what everyone is doing, in between the conversation. I actually do not need to know EVERY move the characters make. Especially if it's food-related, unless it actually relates to the story. I think that this started with Diane Mott Davidson and her catering series. Cooking and eating and related movements are actually important in her stories, because she's, you know, a caterer. But most other stories don't have that component.

Also, in the catering books, she is always careful to not contaminate the food she is eating. If she's drinking something, it's something she made for herself. She isn't constantly eating things she's making for others.

Whereas in the book I mentioned above, she is eating cupcakes *while frosting them before putting them into the case for sale to other people*. No no NO. Stop eating while working. Nasty. Just stop. Pretend like you are in public, and stop it. When I had food jobs, I couldn't just *eat*. If I wanted something I had to take a break, get the food, and take it back behind the scenes. And then wash my hands. I couldn't just take a scoop of the fettucine, or salad, or whatever, and eat it right there.



OK obviously these amateur books are messing with my head. And it's only gotten worse since I read Anna Karenina over the last 2 weeks. Now that I've read that, I can't go back to the freebies, LOL.

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I bought this popcorn bucket. It's Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas, themed. Not Halloween themed. And is more easily re-used for things than the coffin NBC popcorn bucket I bought in October.




Grey grey grey...




My camera won't stay away from New Orleans Square.






Same spot, slightly different zoom...totally changes the color/clarity/brightness.



And again.







Dreary.


Not so dreary.



I love lights. Hey wait, there was a "lights" thread, wasn't there?






First time ever, loaded on the *other* side of BTMMRR.



Eamon did the "goat trick", and it got him SO bad. He was loopy for 5 minutes after the ride! "Doing the goat trick makes the ride go faster!" No, son, it only makes it FEEL like it's faster...

Did the cars always have padding?





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With the rain, the teacups were closed, of course, but still lovely.





Autopia was not closed in the rain. 5 minute wait, IF that, thank you!




E measured himself and he's *that close* to getting to go by himself...however, his height is in his torso to a big extent, so he might have to actually be taller to really reach the pedal. While on the ride he tried to do it all by himself, but especially with wet shoes and pedal, he kept slipping off.






Hmm, something is wrong with that sign.




They actually made a Fix It Felix game. It's free to play at the arcade.




I couldn't get a good shot of the castle with my camera. Just couldn't. Went from bad:



to worse:



and worse:





We had to leave before closing in order to drive up to LAX and pick up Robert. If MaryJo is out there, I now know the Hades it must have been for her to pick me up for the Diva trip. If I never have to pick anyone up there EVER again it will be too soon. Making things worse...Robert's plane was an hour late, it was only half an hour late when I left for the airport, and I couldn't find the cell phone lot. I'm sure I'm on a watch list somewhere due to the number of times we looped that airport.

We had picked out a Passat from National's Emerald Aisle, mainly because E said it was comfy...but it turned out it's NOT comfy when you're falling asleep in the back seat. The seats are too straight, it seems, so when you're tall enough to sit without a booster but not tall enough to have your head up above the seat, it's painful.

But we got Robert, got back to the room, and slept.
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12/1!

Rain, rain rain.





Well that's pretty.




So was this utter lack of line.




We got in that line that early because they announced RSR wouldn't be opening that morning, so we turned right around to get our caffeinated beverages. We also got a s'bux spinach, feta, and whatever wrap, and discovered that it's quite to our tastes!


I like.




This area in this weather did something to my soul. Probably because I was born in SF and grew up constantly taking day trips in the Monterey/SF/Carmel area.






Slippery!




Ooh.










I just love the Single Rider line, that's all there is to it.





Why do I torment myself by taking flash/nonflash pictures of the same things? So often I like both images just the same. Then I torment you by showing them both.








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I got my very own pictures of this. And, of course, got to see it for myself.














Yay.




By the way, see the shirt? Pew pew. Saw 'em. Bought 'em. Two sizes.




Fun theming.




Dreary!







teehee.




We managed to just barely catch, for the first time, the Just Add Water show. It was really cute. And at the end there was this big "clump" of mist/fog that went floating across the water.



And that's when I saw the control booth for it.






I don't remember Santa Flik being up there.





E pretending that the decoration is the Indy boulder.




Once again, E got to ride the "bumper cars" while Robert and I sat in comfort outside.




Sniffle.



Am I leaning, or is it the tree?




Some days the Hollywood area backdrop looks REALLY real. The sky is the same color as the backdrop, and it's nearly seamless.

This day was NOT that sort of day.





Made the facade for Monsters really pop, though!




Helpful fashion hint thought of while in line. If your "yoga pants" have a run in them, they aren't yoga pants, they are TIGHTS. And you should be wearing a skirt over them. Just so ya know, oh stranger in front of us.


At some point, Robert needed to take a break. We were also hungry, and having serious issues deciding what we wanted to eat. I finally snagged a veggie burger to go from Taste Pilots, and they got pizzas from Pizza Press on our way out. It was all most delicious.




I think maybe the Ramada Maingate had some other theme going on at some point, since this is on one of the buildings.




Eamon swam, I knitted while sitting on a lounge chair, Robert napped.


I have no pictures (unless they are on my phone), but we did go back later on. We had thoughts about the fireworks, but ultimately decided to not do that. And actually they might have been canceled, we're not sure, since we were in the Star Tours building at that time.

We had dinner at Hungry Bear, snarfing down fried green tomato sandwiches. Alas, I'm still dealing with something that happened with my very first bite. They have these little green stick things in the sandwiches (same things they put the fruit on for the Mint Juleps). The cook put it in diagonally, and I didn't know it, so I bit straight down onto it. I *swear* it moved my tooth. It hurt SO MUCH. Oh man did it hurt. What IS it with us and damaging ourselves? The food was still really good, but OUCH.


There were other rides ridden, I just don't have a record of them. Splash, Pooh, etc etc, we did a lot. Didn't get to small world, but that's OK. I'm not a fan of the Jingle Bells version AND the lines were awful every time we got back there during our trip.

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12/2. (I was confused earlier)

Now I remember...we got up a little later this day, and it's definitely busier when you do that.




A little tiny detail.




Pretty decorations up high.




A very cropped picture because there was so much else going on in the picture.




Even drearier!









And then, suddenly, as a Seattle-friend of ours puts it, the bright yellow fear-ball appeared in the sky!






I am madly in love with this.








If anyone out there knows the Almaden area of San Jose, CA, and if you know that I grew up there with some friends living in OLD Almaden, then you know that this feels just a bit like home to me.




Just a crazy-weird quality of light in the sky.






We saw McQueen moving!






Decorations.




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Cuteness.




Themed decorations in Ramone's (?) shop.




Last minute decision to ride the Jamboree. I got a little focused on one part of the line while in the holding area.









All of that stuff above reminds me of my own back yard growing up. Tiny little house, with a BIG amount of land around it. Used to be orchard and farmland until the developments went up around it. When my mom remarried, it turned out the stepdad was a collector of...things. So we had old stuff all over the backyard and he was always doing *something* with old radios, etc.



The padding isn't really seamless, LOL, but Eamon felt MUCH safer.








Later on....

This was, supposedly, a 50 minute wait for Space. (hint: it was NOT)



Dramatic clouds, though!





Where are the people?







This backdrop made me want to see the movie. Or be in the movie? Something, it made me yearn for...something.




Ever since playing the Indiana Jones pinball game last October, I've become a fan of photographing pinball games. They are so intricate! This is the POTC pinball game in the arcade.







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Eamon really wanted to see Captain Eo. Alas, by that time, the theater was closed so the CP people could rehearse. That was a bummer; the guys were going to see it while I did ANYTHING else. (I can't imagine ever sitting through Eo again...I found it to be atrocious)

And so we went into Innoventions. Where we experienced the ASIMO exhibit for the first time.

It's possible I was in a discontented mood, because I found it to be extremely difficult to enjoy. The CM was working so hard to be entertaining and to keep the story going, but I just wanted to see an exhibit.

The set, however, was cool. A friend of mine just bought a house in the mid-20th century style of design, and I bet she would LOVE the design.







How bored to I have to be to notice this in the middle of a presentation?




The guys liked it, though. So that's good. Maybe I was just discontented. Not sure.


E did some dancing along with MJ.









Got outside, saw another 5 minute wait for Autopia. Hey now, what?



He was fully hitting the stick. He was fully OVER that mark that day. Same shoes, not that much earlier than it was the day before. Well, OK, he had been on a flight the day before, but still, WEIRD. However, the CM who could see his physique, agreed that he probably would still need to be taller to reach the pedals. And it was true. So sometimes, just because you are tall enough doesn't mean you are tall enough.

And about a week after we got home, he grew ANOTHER half inch. I have the marks on the wall to prove it.



I think that from there we went to get places in line for the parade. It's the only parade I like.

By this time, however, I was hungry. Felt like I was starving, really. I was trying to be careful with food, since I didn't want to backslide and, quite frankly, the two big sandwiches we had had the day before had made me feel far too stuffed, along with popcorn, etc. So anyway, I hadn't really had enough food. Innoventions meant that our plans for more fried green tomato sandwiches before the parade wasn't possible.

So anyway, we found spots (which is really unusual for us...we waited about 40 minutes...seriously unusual), and I nearly had a tantrum, and Robert ran off to get me popcorn and a Vitamin Water to save my blood sugar from plummeting. My hero. I ate ALL the popcorn in record time. I did, however, control myself with the Vitamin Water, and only had a third, then shared with the guys. They shared a pretzel.

Before the food, I was whining about the crowds and the wait and the rain and everything, and was trying to ruin our plans to see the parade. Robert stayed firm, knowing that it's my fave, that I had planned it, and that we really did have to stay for it. Thank goodness he did that.

Sure, it was the rainy-day version of the parade..no one was really dancing, they didn't do any stops, Mickey and Minnie weren't skating...but they sang the song (over and over and OVER again) and looked happy and it made me happy and I was very very VERY glad. Again, my hero.


Then we moved along and went to Hungry Bear for us, then French Market for Eamon, and moved along towards the end of our trip.






And here is our LAST picture of the trip.

It's a blurry one of the CP setup. Turns out it wasn't used, as it was canceled that night because of the rain. That's a bummer.

We, however, moved along and went to the airport and went on home. Sniffle.



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You know, I just remembered that I completely forgot something. On the last trip, I saw Maynard. He was working crowd control and I passed right by him. He's a semi-famous CM who can engage you in conversation and silliness like no one else can. I was glad to see that he was still around.

And also, I got a refund for that purse I bought which broke the first day I used it. The cash went straight to my souvenir fund for WDW/Universal.


And THAT is the end of the story
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