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Old 08-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #181
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Computer update: wish I had one!

Actually the IT guy called Lionel to come and pick up the mac yesterday, but when they turned it on it....it crashed again.

*facepalm*

We're hoping to get it back this week. Until then, just imagine you are surrounded by giant blocks of floating ice covered in seals! Scroll up if necessary
I guess there are worse places to wait!
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:46 PM   #182
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*sigh*

Welp, one week later I am STILL in the midst of computer woes. I'm giving it another day or two, and then I suppose I'll just have to re-write my update.

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:52 AM   #183
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Computer issues SUCK!! I also have a crappydell (that is the official full company name) which in the past 3 years I have had it has crashed no less than 4 times- and all at JUST the right time- like right after I have written a speech but have not yet printed it, or right when I was sending out a timely newsletter to 1600 people, but haven't yet sent it. NICE.

But my plan has always been to get a Mac, because everyone has told me I need to get rid of my Crappydell and get Mac because they never crash and practically write updates, speeches, etc for you! So....what the heck? You are FREAKING me out! How can this be happening? So sad. I am really hoping there is no such thing as a Crapmac, because if there is, we are all running out of options- hope you get it back soon! As usual, you are writing an inspired TR!
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:03 PM   #184
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In general the mac has been great. It's apparently having some kind of reading issue when booting the blah blah blah - I can't tell you any more than that, because that was the exact moment my eyes glazed over and I started thinking about unicorns. The mac is now at the MAC DOCTOR, wherever that may be. The IT guy put it in a box and we're not sure if it's going to come out ok or not.

But fear not - this is not the norm. Hopefully it will come back soon.

In the meantime, I am going to work on an update on my crappydell (LOVE that term, so appropriate), if the thing will stop whirring for long enough for me to get a few words on a page.

Look for an update before the weekend is over.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #185
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In the meantime, I am going to work on an update on my crappydell (LOVE that term, so appropriate), if the thing will stop whirring for long enough for me to get a few words on a page.

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I know that whirring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate it. I run all sorts of virus stuff and yet the fan continues to spin out of control!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 09-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #186
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Ok - that is the final straw. You got all the good weather AND Mike Super! We were the week after you and missed all the good stuff. By the way, I was a levitating girl in Mike Super's show on the Dream, so I may be just a little partial. And no, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever how he does it! By the time we got to the glacier in Tracy Arm, it was raining too much for me to stay out there. (thank goodness for a balcony) And it rained in Vancouver and Skagway and Ketchikan. But Juneau was awesome. Except for that LONG walk back to the ship when I didn't know there was a shuttle. Did you know about the shuttle?? Sorry, I am skipping ahead. Can't wait to hear more about your adventure!

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:34 PM   #187
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Ok - that is the final straw. You got all the good weather AND Mike Super! We were the week after you and missed all the good stuff. By the way, I was a levitating girl in Mike Super's show on the Dream, so I may be just a little partial. And no, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever how he does it! By the time we got to the glacier in Tracy Arm, it was raining too much for me to stay out there. (thank goodness for a balcony) And it rained in Vancouver and Skagway and Ketchikan. But Juneau was awesome. Except for that LONG walk back to the ship when I didn't know there was a shuttle. Did you know about the shuttle?? Sorry, I am skipping ahead. Can't wait to hear more about your adventure!
He was amazing. I know it's illusions and what-not, but I consider myself a pretty logical and hard-to-fool girl and I have no idea how he did any of it. How neat to "levitate" though!

Sorry to hear about the weather. It's funny, we were expecting it and it never came and I was *almost* disappointed that I didn't get to bust out the handwarmers!

I did know about the shuttle...but to be fair, our tour driver told us about it so had I NOT been in a tour I might not have known. It was a seriously long way back to the Wonder, I felt like she was docked in a completely different town!

Ok computer update: the mac is ready to be picked up tomorrow! So with luck my update is still intact and I can just put it up without any hassle. Of course, now that I have put that out into the universe.....
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #188
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But my plan has always been to get a Mac, because everyone has told me I need to get rid of my Crappydell and get Mac because they never crash and practically write updates, speeches, etc for you! So....what the heck? You are FREAKING me out! How can this be happening? So sad. I am really hoping there is no such thing as a Crapmac, because if there is, we are all running out of options- hope you get it back soon! As usual, you are writing an inspired TR!
The difference is in the care that you receive. I've had great customer support from apple. I have a 7 yr old MacBook that died once. I took it in and they replaced the hard drive, etc. basically gave me a new computer FOR FREE. That is why you need a Mac. Oh, and mine only died the one time in 7 years. My Sony vaio has died twice and it's 4 years old. So your odds are way better on a Mac. My DH has a newer Mac that is also 4 and has never had a problem. So.... FWIW.

Loving this TR! It's awesome... I'm now convinced I need to do Alaska!
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:15 PM   #189
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The difference is in the care that you receive. I've had great customer support from apple. I have a 7 yr old MacBook that died once. I took it in and they replaced the hard drive, etc. basically gave me a new computer FOR FREE. That is why you need a Mac. Oh, and mine only died the one time in 7 years. My Sony vaio has died twice and it's 4 years old. So your odds are way better on a Mac. My DH has a newer Mac that is also 4 and has never had a problem. So.... FWIW.

Loving this TR! It's awesome... I'm now convinced I need to do Alaska!
Thank-you....I feel so much better now! I know I love all my other apple products, and I can definitely see where their customer service would be lightyears ahead of Crappydell's. Thanks for the reassurance!
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:22 PM   #190
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Guess what? I'm still alive!

So it took a little longer to get the mac back than expected, and then I was in the middle of a huge deadline for work. But it's past now, and I am furiously uploading pics to photo bucket SUCCESSFULLY - this is what I was trying to do when the mac crashed.

Mac has been rebuilt! And to tide you over, here are a few pics from Stefanie's album I wanted to share...

Boarding day - Izzy says WHAAAASUUUUUUPPPPPPP????



And from back on Tracy Arm day...this sucker is heavy!!!



More tonight - I pinky swear it.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #191
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:32 PM   #193
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Looky look! An update!

There we were, at 6:00 am on our vacation, AFTER acclimating ourselves to west coast time. The sun was shining, yes, but it was EARLY. Like, seriously early. Plus, the sun starts shining in Alaska before anyone should be thinking about throwing off those covers. But it was ok, I had a game plan: I’d packed our day bag the night before, including plenty of snacks and a cup of water for the peanut. My plan was to grab some to-go items at the buffet and stash them in our bag, because I knew from previous cruisers that there would be no stopping for any lunch.

By some miracle, everyone in the party was up and ready to go by our meet-up time of 7:30. Anyone who has a three year old knows what an amazing feat this is – and we have TWO in the group. We had all eaten, we were dressed and we were moving toward Wavebands in a timely fashion. Isabelle seemed to be feeling better, with no evidence of ever having had a fever. I was starting to winder if I had imagined the whole thing. I even had a coffee from the Cove Café in my hands, which was making the early wakeup call far more tolerable.
And then? They crushed my dreams of snackability.

Apparently it’s a felony to bring any perishable food items off the ship, even if it came from the United States and you are currently in the United States. And they strike the fear of God into you as you sit in that lounge, trembling and weighing the pros and cons of having that banana later and owing an extra few thousand dollars in citations. I could tell we were all thinking the same thing. One by one, out of our bags came that banana. Followed by an orange. And an apple. And one or two pastries wrapped in a napkin.

What?

What I wasn’t thinking about, however, was my steaming mocha latte. What I also wasn’t thinking about was stopping by the room quickly to grab a few more pre-packaged snacks so that we would not all end up snarling at each other as the hunger set in.

Off we went! I strolled RIGHT PAST all the cast members standing there, hot latte in hand, slurping away. No one said a word. It wasn’t until I was on the bus that I started to panic. Oh crap. I’m holding FOAMED MILK. I began the ridiculous process of chug, grimace, burn tongue, chug again. The caffeine must have been working because I didn’t feel the tongue pain until much later. Before the driver was on the bus said latte was gone, and I was a bubbly under-fed annoyance bouncing in the back seat. No wonder my daughter wanted to sit with my husband.

As I tucked my travel mug into the side of my bag, Stef and Jason eyed me with suspicion. Incredulous, and in near-unison, they said “they let you take that off the ship?” I put on my best “whut?” face. Apparently, the same people who totally ignored my steaming designer coffee forced Stef to dump out her tea.

Tea. From a bag. In boiling water. With no additives. Because apparently a rogue teabag presents a greater threat to the Alaskan ecosystem than a grande mocha latte with extra whip and chocolate shavings.

And then? The driver got on the bus and said “did they tell you guys you couldn't bring food?” We nodded in solemn silence, mourning the loss of our forbidden fruits. She replied “well that’s really silly….because they never look in anyone’s bag.”

*facepalm*

So there you have it kids. A felony, yes. But more than likely you won’t get caught. My advice? Stock up on some pre-packaged to-go snacks if you’re on an excursion like this, because the pickins at the suspension bridge are slim – it’s mainly candy bars and bland cinnamon rolls (I know, I had both). And then there’s no worry about paying more for a fine than you did for your family to go on the excursion in the first place. Also? Be prepared to slam that latte, just in case. It’s ok, there’s a bathroom on the bus.

Our excursion was the Yukon Suspension Bridge, City and White Pass Railway, which consisted of a bus ride up to the Yukon, a stop at the suspension bridge and a ride back to Skagway via old fashioned rail car. And it was worth EVERY PENNY.

Our driver stopped twice so we could get out and take some pics, but then apparently there was some construction traffic that slowed us down. So we didn’t get to stop at the Welcome to the Yukon sign ☹ it’s ok, I’ll live. I got to see this.

Beautiful!!!



The scenery was absolutely amazing. At one stop we had a view of the train going up the mountain. At another, we made inukshuks by a lake made of melted snow. Isabelle and Paige were having a blast.

Hey, you were supposed to wait for us! Train heading up the pass.





Making Inukshuks







Breathtaking landscapes



Despite the amazing scenery, we were all getting a little cranky. Back on the bus the kids were easily placated with goldfish crackers and juice boxes. I marveled at my super-momness as I reached for a stash of granola bars to pass out to the adults…..and realized I had not packed any. Instead, I found 8 more packs of fruit snacks.

Eight.

Who had I been planning to feed, the Alaskan preschool army? I dug around a little more, and came up with two pounces of peach-flavored squeeze applesauce.

Hmm. How desperate were we?

As we tore open our tiny packages of Target-brand fruit snacks (don’t judge), I’m certain every adult was thinking the same thing as me: these have no substance whatsoever. I gnawed on my strawberry-shaped gelatinous nuggets, daydreaming about an illegal banana or even a fruit pastry. The mountains were starting to take on the shape of paninis and soft serve ice cream, but Pluto’s was very far away indeed….

Next up: the world’s worst cinnamon roll, and apparently I am afraid of heights???
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Woohoo a new update

Glad the Mac is all fixed.

We did the same tour and really enjoyed it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #195
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Glad your Mac is all better!

Geez talk about food Nazis. If they don't want food off the ship, they should at least provide something edible for you!

Great shots so far!
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