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Old 03-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #841
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I think as we got closer to the resort I finally woke myself up somehow.
Are you sure it wasn't when we stopped to put gas in our pint sized SUV and to get me the 20 energy drinks to stay awake?

Oh as we go closer to the resort. Never the mind.


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Finally, I can put this chapter to rest and let T-Man entertain you for a while…Sorry it took so long all, but thanks for sticking around. We do appreciate it!
Did you say "let T-Man entertain you for a while?" Don't you know I don't have any talent. We've been together over 10 years now (5 1/2 of those married), you should know this by now. I can't sing (don't let the re-worded songs fool you) or dance. Can't play any instruments. So I have no clue how to entertain our readers.










Oh I get it now. You expect me to write and tell them about the next day. I can't do that either as I don't know how to write.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #842
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Now that Lady H has finished up our day at Sea World, I provided a link to all the pictures we took there on that day.

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #843
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That was us last Tuesday. Just got back from Orlando on Sunday night. Tuesday was a fairly rainy day, so what did we do? Head straight to IOA. Figured it's a pretty wet park anyway, what difference would it make (although it was a bit cool too, so it wasn't as pleasant as a mid-summer rain). The lines were short all day, so we managed to head over to USO too in the afternoon. All four of us were pretty much "pruned up" by noon however.

One thing we did find out - the touch pads on the locker rentals don't work with wet fingers, but there is no way to dry them off once you are fully soaked! Worst/best part - our log got stuck for about 10 minutes at the very top of Ripsaw falls. To make up for it, the attendant called ahead to The Hulk and got us into the Express Pass lane.
I agree...IoA is pretty much a get wet park, so might as well stay wet. When we went this last time, we managed to do all the water rides in the beginning of the day, so we could then change into dry clothes for the duration. It was kind of nice not sloshing around the rest of the afternoon. But being prunes the rest of the afternoon is never fun.

I never noticed that issue with the lockers, but it would make sense since it's all touch screen. It would be easier if they had the old fashioned ones with the key.

Now that has to be awesome though, to get express pass access to Hulk just for something that was out of your control anyway. That was a great TM. T-Man and my SIL would be jealous.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:05 PM   #844
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Did you say "let T-Man entertain you for a while?" Don't you know I don't have any talent. We've been together over 10 years now (5 1/2 of those married), you should know this by now. I can't sing (don't let the re-worded songs fool you) or dance. Can't play any instruments. So I have no clue how to entertain our readers.










Oh I get it now. You expect me to write and tell them about the next day. I can't do that either as I don't know how to write.
I'm expecting you to juggle, do flips, rub your tummy and pat your head, all the while singing Johnny B. Goode.



I'm waiting...
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love the sea world pictures! and that's a LOT of pictures!!!

dave and busters: Clark street is on the east side of chicago. I used to go there often in my early adult years, when we?I lived in Chicago.. a little blues bar called The Bulls (it looked like a cave in the basement on a big apt. buiding.) one of the BEST restaurants around Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder CO. (an oven grinder is a sub sandwich, never had one.) . go for the pizza sells by the pound, and is like a huge pot pit the server turns upside down on your plate YUM!!! ooh I miss that from mycollege days. Chicago Claim Company, another great chicago restaurant.

Chicago has the BEST restaurants!!!! sigh. but, alas, we are now about 40 miles NW of chgo. and that's the edge.


rain in the parks: I'm with Nebo, just get wet. sometimes we bring little umbrellas. but you have to be careful with them... dont' bump anyone. and using them for a parade for fireworks is a no no. which sucks if you wear glasses. cause a poncho doesn't keep the rain off your glasses, and they don't have wipers!

but what we really hate is those days that it rains off and on.. so people just keep their ponchos on. the whole time. and you are dry cause you used your umbrells, and now all these people rub up against you with thier ponchos that they refuse to take off and get you all wet!!!
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Just dropping in real quick. I haven't read the last chapter yet, but I'm hoping tomorrow... whoops, it's just after midnite so... later today.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #847
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(Let's see if anyone gets the chapter title!)
Right around the 3:30 mark...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf81dE4DS20

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So we left off with us waiting with bated breath as the final show of One Ocean began.
Just think how much trouble you would've been in if you were sitting that close with baited breath!


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Usually we strive for somewhere in the middle, me going for the top row, while T-Man continues on till he finds the closest row we can that will get us absolutely soaked.
That's what marriage is all about; compromise. Which in this case seems to mean that you compromise while he rubs his hands with glee. (The emotion, not the television show)

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Why…I think the title of said dutiful wife says it all.
Your title? Oh, you mean 'Lady H', as in, "Oh, H... I'm going to get soaked again, aren't I?"

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Hello Shamu!

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The whales started to multiply,
They did? That's quite the show they put on. Not very family friendly, but educational.

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They looked all sweet and innocent here…but shortly thereafter, they started making their way around the pool, very close to the edge…
I'm with Nebo here. I can't stop thinking about that poor girl. Wouldn't stop me from seeing (and enjoying) a show, though.

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People…Mostly kids, are just itching to get wet. They will gather at the bottom waiting for it when they see it coming.
So you're saying T-Man is just a big kid at heart, right?

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I’m not quite sure if he’s laughing at me or just the thought of being soaked by gallons of salt water. Either way, it’s entertaining.


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Everyone is chanting SHAMU SHAMU…
There's only one Shamu (yes I know there's also a "Baby Shamu")... but it seems no matter which water park you go to, people think of the whales as "Shamu".

Plus Shamu died back in 1971 (thanks Wiki).

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You see kids laughing and jumping up and down, wanting to show their parents how awesome they are that they just got dumped on by a ton of salt, and probably whale pee filled water.
Check. T-Man was laughing and jumping up and down for his princess.

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The whales are drawn back into their hiding places,
What? They're drawn? I thought you would have to go to Disney for animation.

Huh.

Learn something new everyday.

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and the show comes to a close.
How close? Somewhere in the first 10 rows, right?

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Slowly everyone trickles out of the auditorium.
Heh.

"trickles out" huh? Is that a reference to the water or the pee?

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everyone around them are in shorts, flip flops, t-shirts or tank tops…and the Amish family are covered from top to bottom.
Didn't you have just a little desire to run up and flash them?

Go on, admit it. You'll feel better.

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headed off in search of a bathroom so we could dry off and change.
Nothing worse when you need a bathroom and you don't have enough change.

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After changing and making myself as presentable as possible without my paper bag mask,
Oh stop it. You're beautiful. Just ask Mike.

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We are headed to Dave & Busters tonight for dinner.
Never heard of it. And I see by their website that they don't have any in Canada.

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I start preparing myself in advance, taking walks for lunch, working out at the gym, etc. To make sure that I have the stamina for it, as well as to make sure that my body is up for the challenge.
Usually people go on vacations to relax. We go on vacations to punish our bodies and test our stamina!

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my feet swell to the size of softballs on the airplane.
How big do softballs get on an airplane?

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I end up having to walk barefoot through the terminal to baggage claim.
Saves time when TSA asks you to remove your shoes. You're just being pro-active.

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What I did not expect was this to happen today!!!
Oh, dear. That does not look comfortable.

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This posed an interesting problem…Walking around Dave and Busters while barely able to keep the flip flops on my feet because of how swollen they were.

T-Man had asked if I wanted to skip it.
I'm not a podiatrist but I'm pretty sure that when your feet are that swollen, skipping is not a good idea.

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Now although the maps will tell you that Dave & Busters is only about 10-15 minutes away from SeaWorld, what they won’t tell you is that trying to navigate around the highway, through residential areas and then having to backtrack because you missed the exit, because there is no specification for the turn, will end up taking you a good 30 mins to an hour.
Re-calculating...

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The place is literally sitting underneath the highway exchange. So it’s pretty well hidden from view from the main road.
Whatever happened to "location, location, location"?

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So we missed it the first time around, and had to go up the road a bit so we could flip a U.
Whatsa matta for you? You a gonna flip a me? Well then I's a gonna flip a you, too!!!


I've honestly never heard it called that. Up here we would say "pull a u-turn", "make a u-turn" or maybe "pull a u-ee" or "make a u-ee".

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While they have a more adult catered menu, and they serve adult beverages as well as sodas and tea, they also have a ginormous play room, where you can kick back and play while you wait for your table.
Sounds like fun!

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Before I go any further…I should probably clarify on the “play room” stuff. I know how some of your minds can work…
awww.... You're taking all the fun out of it.

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It is very easy to be distracted by the game room while you are here.
Squirrel!!

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And I was very happy that they sat us in the bottom area where, while I could hear some of the gaming going on, I wasn’t acting like a child and wanting to stuff food in my mouth as I ran off to play.
Love that mental image.

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I can’t remember off hand if we had another appetizer or not.
Maybe you didn't use your off hand. Maybe you used the other hand... or possibly a fork... or a spoon...

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The ticket points can be used in the shop for prizes, just like at the old school arcades.
So is it your typical "spend $40 to win a $3 prize" kind of thing? Or is the ratio a bit better... or even good?

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Driving back, I wasn’t able to get any other photos, it’s hard to get ocean pictures when there is no light and the water looks like the black lagoon.
Cool! A creature feature! Hang on a sec, lemme get some popcorn.

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So naturally, as any good wife would do, I feel asleep, leaving T-Man to man the vehicle and hopefully keep himself awake on the trip back.
I see you and Ruby both went to the same good wife school!

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All in all it was a great day. My eye is still twitchy, my feet are swollen and I’m hoping I can manage to stuff them into a pair of tennis shoes tomorrow…
I can't wait to see if you can stuff your eye in your tennis shoes. Thanks for the chapter Lady H!
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:26 PM   #848
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Fun SeaWorld update! I love your ring story, and your rings are stunning indeed!

Just went to SeaWorld here in Texas today - the Blue Horizons show is Azul here - alot of strangely dressed acrobats, but I enjoyed it. We did see One Ocean here. Those whales are amazing!

On the rides, our Journey to Atlantis here was just a high ramp, the platform turned you around backwards, you went down a little dip, turned you around frontwards and then a screaming water fall ala Splash on steroids! it looks way better in your arial shot. We tried the Steel Eel, which I think is the same - I thought I was really going to die, I pulled a muscle in my shoulder blades from tensing up so much - haven't been on that crazy of a coaster since I was a kid!
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Right around the 3:30 mark...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf81dE4DS20
You my dear are the only one that got that! I would say, you win the prize, but being from NM I don't have much to offer...We are famous for Chili (Red or green) or Pinon Coffee. Can always send a chili flavored candy or chocolate? your choice.


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Just think how much trouble you would've been in if you were sitting that close with baited breath!
You have no idea how hard it was to not write baited when i was typing that out.



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That's what marriage is all about; compromise. Which in this case seems to mean that you compromise while he rubs his hands with glee. (The emotion, not the television show)
If compromise means I follow dutifully wherever he may take me, then yes. That is what marriage is all about.



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Your title? Oh, you mean 'Lady H', as in, "Oh, H... I'm going to get soaked again, aren't I?"
Ding ding ding! That's pretty much what runs through my mind in these instances.



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They did? That's quite the show they put on. Not very family friendly, but educational.
That's why they have others doing flips and trying to catch your attention. So you don't see what happens back stage.



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I'm with Nebo here. I can't stop thinking about that poor girl. Wouldn't stop me from seeing (and enjoying) a show, though.
It's always difficult to keep those images out of your mind, but the show must go on, and as tragic as the events were, there is nothing we can do to change the circumstances. So yes, while I thought about it, I also smiled and clapped and got soaked, enjoying the show.



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So you're saying T-Man is just a big kid at heart, right?
I don't think the heart has anything to do with it. I'm saying he's just a big kid period.


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There's only one Shamu (yes I know there's also a "Baby Shamu")... but it seems no matter which water park you go to, people think of the whales as "Shamu".

Plus Shamu died back in 1971 (thanks Wiki).
Amazingly I knew all that. I always laugh when they call out Shamu or reference the show as the Shamu show, and they do it at every park, because how can one whale be in every SeaWorld park, everyday! But it's the legacy that lives on!



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Check. T-Man was laughing and jumping up and down for his princess.




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What? They're drawn? I thought you would have to go to Disney for animation.

Huh.

Learn something new everyday.
I'm sure there's a storyboard somewhere in the vaults of SeaWorld regarding the show and how it is supposed to go. So yes...I'm sure at one point they were drawn. It's a good thing it wasn't by me. Since I can't even draw a stick figure correctly, it would have been an interesting show to say the least.



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Heh.

"trickles out" huh? Is that a reference to the water or the pee?
I was wondering if anyone else would have caught onto that. And technically, if you have to go pee...water will just instigate the need. And if you don't...and there is water around, you will have to go eventually just because of it.



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You have no idea how hard I laughed when I saw that clip. I haven't heard that in ages. However, afterwards, that song was in my head for hours.



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Didn't you have just a little desire to run up and flash them?

Go on, admit it. You'll feel better.
Now that would have been interesting...but no...Unless you are referring to taking the paper bag off my head, as flashing...



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Nothing worse when you need a bathroom and you don't have enough change.
Yeah, that leaves you in quite the predicament.



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Oh stop it. You're beautiful. Just ask Mike.
I can't...He's bias. He only says it because he's married to me.



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Never heard of it. And I see by their website that they don't have any in Canada.
That just means you will have to take a trip to one of the places they do have one...preferably a disney-fied area, and while you are there...might as well enjoy Disney too. Right?



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Usually people go on vacations to relax. We go on vacations to punish our bodies and test our stamina!
That is the truth. One of these days I'm going to go on vacation and relax and my body will have no idea what is going on.



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How big do softballs get on an airplane?
Big...it's not pretty.



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Saves time when TSA asks you to remove your shoes. You're just being pro-active.
It would if this was something that would happen before the trip, when I would have to go through security. However, at the end of the trip, we don't have to go through the scanners to get to baggage claim, so it does me no good.



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Oh, dear. That does not look comfortable.
Looks can be deceiving...if it is uncomfortable, I wouldn't know, they get numb after a while.



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I'm not a podiatrist but I'm pretty sure that when your feet are that swollen, skipping is not a good idea.
Good point. I'll try to steer clear of skipping when my ankles are the size of softballs.



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Re-calculating...




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Whatever happened to "location, location, location"?
I'm pretty sure they figured the location was perfect. Out of the way, no one to see them. Only those who really were kids at heart, and were loyal customers could find the place.



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I've honestly never heard it called that. Up here we would say "pull a u-turn", "make a u-turn" or maybe "pull a u-ee" or "make a u-ee".
make a u-ee is a common term here as well. However, it is more commonly referred to as Flip a B (think female dog in correspondence with the B). Don't ask me where the reference comes from...I just know the lingo.



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Sounds like fun!
It is. It's like an adults version of Chuck E. Cheese.



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awww.... You're taking all the fun out of it.
I left it open for you. If I had taken the fun out of it, I would have left it out all together.



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Love that mental image.




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Maybe you didn't use your off hand. Maybe you used the other hand... or possibly a fork... or a spoon...
It's possible. but i've always followed the general rule of thumb...if you can't eat it with your hands, it's not worth eating.



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So is it your typical "spend $40 to win a $3 prize" kind of thing? Or is the ratio a bit better... or even good?
You have to have a lot of tickets to get the good prizes. So it's the typical. But it's not hard to earn or get tons of tickets there. It's also not hard to spend a ton of money trying to earn those tickets...




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I see you and Ruby both went to the same good wife school!
Hey now...The school of falling asleep in the car is a tough school. You have to be able to pass the tests and everything with flying colors.



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I can't wait to see if you can stuff your eye in your tennis shoes. Thanks for the chapter Lady H!
I may surprise you...

Thanks for taking the time Ponz! Enjoyable as ever!

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Fun SeaWorld update! I love your ring story, and your rings are stunning indeed!


Thanks! The ring debacle was definitely something we will remember for a very very long time. I just could't imagine not having these rings.

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Just went to SeaWorld here in Texas today - the Blue Horizons show is Azul here - alot of strangely dressed acrobats, but I enjoyed it. We did see One Ocean here. Those whales are amazing!

On the rides, our Journey to Atlantis here was just a high ramp, the platform turned you around backwards, you went down a little dip, turned you around frontwards and then a screaming water fall ala Splash on steroids! it looks way better in your arial shot. We tried the Steel Eel, which I think is the same - I thought I was really going to die, I pulled a muscle in my shoulder blades from tensing up so much - haven't been on that crazy of a coaster since I was a kid!
I want you to know that as soon as T-Man saw your response the very first thing he did was google SeaWorld San Antonio. He was oohing and ahhhing at each ride and attraction, and as we speak is probably trying to figure out how to squeeze in a trip there sometime in the near future.

JoA in Florida, as well as in San Diego are both pretty much the same. It takes you on a small ride, a few dips and turns, and then you get the big drop/splash. Then it speeds up and takes you through the dark tunnels like it's transporting you through time almost before ending the ride. The one in Texas sounds and looks pretty interesting.

I told T-Man while looking at the rides online that while he and his sister go on the other rides, I'll stay with the Shamu Express. That seems like my kind of coaster.
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You my dear are the only one that got that! I would say, you win the prize, but being from NM I don't have much to offer...We are famous for Chili (Red or green) or Pinon Coffee. Can always send a chili flavored candy or chocolate? your choice.
Aw, you don't have to send me anything. Although chili flavored chocolate sounds intriguing.

BTW, you guys get your Wunderbars yet? (And, no. I have no idea how long it was supposed to take...)

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You have no idea how hard it was to not write baited when i was typing that out.
Well they do say that great minds think alike. So if you're the great mind, how do you explain that my warped mind thought like yours?

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It's always difficult to keep those images out of your mind, but the show must go on, and as tragic as the events were, there is nothing we can do to change the circumstances. So yes, while I thought about it, I also smiled and clapped and got soaked, enjoying the show.
"Show must go on." I read that the trainers no longer get in the water with the whales, though. True?

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how can one whale be in every SeaWorld park, everyday!
Well, d'uh! He's got his own private jet. The whale's rich ya know. He's been doing shows since like forever!

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I'm sure there's a storyboard somewhere in the vaults of SeaWorld regarding the show and how it is supposed to go. So yes...I'm sure at one point they were drawn. It's a good thing it wasn't by me. Since I can't even draw a stick figure correctly, it would have been an interesting show to say the least.
I wonder what kind of show we'd have if the storyboard was entirely made up of animated smileys?

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I was wondering if anyone else would have caught onto that. And technically, if you have to go pee...water will just instigate the need. And if you don't...and there is water around, you will have to go eventually just because of it.
True story. I have never, ever had to leave in the middle of a movie to go to the washroom.

Except once.


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(all that water...)

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I can't...He's bias. He only says it because he's married to me.
Yeah? Well I said it and I'm not biased or married to you. (This ain't Utah!)

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That just means you will have to take a trip to one of the places they do have one...preferably a disney-fied area, and while you are there...might as well enjoy Disney too. Right?
Right!

Europe first 'tho.

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That is the truth. One of these days I'm going to go on vacation and relax and my body will have no idea what is going on.
You'll be so stressed.

"I gotta go! I don't know where or why, but I gotta go!"

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However, it is more commonly referred to as Flip a B (think female dog in correspondence with the B). Don't ask me where the reference comes from...I just know the lingo.
That's hillarious! I'm telling that to as many people as I can.
I've already told Ruby, Kay, Elle and her friend.

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It's possible. but i've always followed the general rule of thumb...if you can't eat it with your hands, it's not worth eating.
Never had soup, huh?
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Aw, you don't have to send me anything. Although chili flavored chocolate sounds intriguing.
I know i don't have to. But I would like to. I'll see what I can come up with in regards to chocolate.

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BTW, you guys get your Wunderbars yet? (And, no. I have no idea how long it was supposed to take...)
Not yet. We will check the mail when we get home to see if they have come.



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Well they do say that great minds think alike. So if you're the great mind, how do you explain that my warped mind thought like yours?
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"Show must go on." I read that the trainers no longer get in the water with the whales, though. True?
True. They used to do a lot of stunts like they do in Blue Horizons, where they get pushed by the whales through the water and stuff, but not anymore. The closest they get is when the whales are perched on the stages on twirling around or something and they will pet the whales, and feed them.



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Well, d'uh! He's got his own private jet. The whale's rich ya know. He's been doing shows since like forever!
Right...That is definitely something i should have known. I'm sure that info's out on Wiki by now.



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I wonder what kind of show we'd have if the storyboard was entirely made up of animated smileys?














Or something like that...It's just the first rough draft.

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True story. I have never, ever had to leave in the middle of a movie to go to the washroom.

Except once.


Hunt for Red October.

(all that water...)




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Right!

Europe first 'tho.
OK. But only because I'm living vicariously through you and your trip to Europe.



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You'll be so stressed.

"I gotta go! I don't know where or why, but I gotta go!"
Funny enough. That's probably 95% true. There will be a small percentage that says, nah...relaxing will be good for you. Which in return the bigger percentage will wack the small percentage out with a bat and run off to find something to do.



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That's hillarious! I'm telling that to as many people as I can.
I've already told Ruby, Kay, Elle and her friend.
I'm glad you liked it so much...



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Never had soup, huh?
Sure I had. But I also consider that when eating soup, you just pour it into a bowl or cup, and slurp it out of said container. Hence you are still eating with your hands because your hands are holding the container in which you are slurping from.
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But I also consider that when eating soup, you just pour it into a bowl or cup, and slurp it out of said container. Hence you are still eating with your hands because your hands are holding the container in which you are slurping from.
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I want you to know that as soon as T-Man saw your response the very first thing he did was google SeaWorld San Antonio. He was oohing and ahhhing at each ride and attraction, and as we speak is probably trying to figure out how to squeeze in a trip there sometime in the near future.

JoA in Florida, as well as in San Diego are both pretty much the same. It takes you on a small ride, a few dips and turns, and then you get the big drop/splash. Then it speeds up and takes you through the dark tunnels like it's transporting you through time almost before ending the ride. The one in Texas sounds and looks pretty interesting.

I told T-Man while looking at the rides online that while he and his sister go on the other rides, I'll stay with the Shamu Express. That seems like my kind of coaster.
You'll have to let me know if you do visit! We would love to meet up with you! I think that this SW park is a little smaller than San Diego's - maybe even a little underwhelming, but still a good time!

No I think JoA in San Diego sounds more interesting. At least you get to "go somewhere" in the tunnels. Here it's just a ramp to a dip to a drop!

Now, I did enjoy the Shamu Express with the grandkids! And there is a Kiddie Ride that I really loved! It's in the Sesame Street area and it's a big fish that holds about 30 people and whips you around and up and down. That's my speed!

I guess in the Summer, they have a great water stunt show on the lake at the park, and the water park connected, Aquatica is supposed to be really good, according to DS - we haven't had time to go yet.
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love the sea world pictures! and that's a LOT of pictures!!!

dave and busters: Clark street is on the east side of chicago. I used to go there often in my early adult years, when we?I lived in Chicago.. a little blues bar called The Bulls (it looked like a cave in the basement on a big apt. buiding.) one of the BEST restaurants around Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder CO. (an oven grinder is a sub sandwich, never had one.) . go for the pizza sells by the pound, and is like a huge pot pit the server turns upside down on your plate YUM!!! ooh I miss that from mycollege days. Chicago Claim Company, another great chicago restaurant.

Chicago has the BEST restaurants!!!! sigh. but, alas, we are now about 40 miles NW of chgo. and that's the edge.


rain in the parks: I'm with Nebo, just get wet. sometimes we bring little umbrellas. but you have to be careful with them... dont' bump anyone. and using them for a parade for fireworks is a no no. which sucks if you wear glasses. cause a poncho doesn't keep the rain off your glasses, and they don't have wipers!

but what we really hate is those days that it rains off and on.. so people just keep their ponchos on. the whole time. and you are dry cause you used your umbrells, and now all these people rub up against you with thier ponchos that they refuse to take off and get you all wet!!!
Hmm...I could have sworn I had replied to this, and yet...I don't see it. However, with all that is going on at work, it is very possible I had a reply in my head and never wrote it down.

Yeah, we tend to take a ton of pictures, and since we both have a camera, we often get a ton of duplicates, but this way we can come back home and compare and contrast between the two to see who got what. I know there have been times where I am paying attention to one thing and he's gotten a whole set of pictures on something I didn't even notice.

I've been to Chicago once, when i was in high school, so I only got to enjoy some of the sights for a couple of days, and it was in the middle of November, and flipping cold. So the best I was able to enjoy any of it was through a gap in my hood that allowed me to just barely see where I was going. I have to admit that what I saw and what I ate, I enjoyed. But I will have to go back someday to actually enjoy it fully.

My dad used to say he was made of sugar and couldn't get wet or he would melt. Me...I'm not that sweet. I won't melt like the wicked witch of the west. I enjoy playing in the rain, and unless it's coming down in buckets, I will probably be one of those standing or walking around enjoying it.
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I enjoy playing in the rain
Do you like Pina Coladas?
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