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Old 03-06-2014, 09:35 AM   #916
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Communication Breakdown


Okay, maybe I'm going a bit overboard there.
(But we all enjoyed it!)


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I strongly suspect that Ruby thought it was one of those times.
I heard her not-overly concerned voice ask, "Are you all right?"

It is wrong that I thought that this was a great part of the story? Is it?


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It only took about twenty minutes.
Oh no. Poor you. Poor her.



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And if I told you to not use any back or core muscles you wouldn't be able to.
You use those muscles all the time without realizing it.
You'd roll over and think you hadn't used your back... but you would have.

Trust me.
So true. So TRUE!


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So all our problems were solved right?
The professionals were now in control.

Nope. I have just spent the last three weeks in a lovely relationship with travel medical insurance. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

Their actual legal lines are we give you the world, we swear but only if you got okayed by our administrator first so YOU LOSE. The administrator is such an enigma. And if you are unconscious we totally expect you to stay on the line for an hour for our administrator

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"You want me to just go to the hospital and take a doctor?" She queried.
"Yes." Came the reply.
"I don't know about your laws here in Italy." She said. "But where I come from, that's called kidnapping."

So funny. Well not. But you know.

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Just the other day, I asked the girls what their favorite day of the trip was.
Their answer?
"The last day! When you were sick!"

Gee. It's nice to feel wanted, ya know?

Again. So funny. Well not. But you know.


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Have you ever had to barf and pass out at the same time?
While sober?

While sober.


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We'll find out tomorrow.
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I can't believe I'm going to say this but please not tomorrow or any time soon, I hope you slow down a bit. Blasphemous talk, I'm aware

And I hate to make your pain about me - but I think I will!

I did it! I did it! I caught up. Through a lot of crap here, I DID IT! I caught up!

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And please ignore that I couldn't do a simple thing like push one colour of purple. I'm so gone!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:16 PM   #917
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Oh, okay, got it Pkondz, I'm completely listening, no coconut, gotcha!

But toasted coconut, like on a Samoa, that's all good right?
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:25 PM   #918
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Oh, okay, got it Pkondz, I'm completely listening, no coconut, gotcha! But toasted coconut, like on a Samoa, that's all good right?
Coconut is fine for me. Buzz, you should just cut out Ponzie, the middle man, and send the samoas directly to me. I only require two boxes. :-).
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:23 AM   #919
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OMG, just gorgeous. Sighing. You totally nailed some of these shots. Thank you.
Thanks!

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There are times where I feel that I have to get a better balance on taking pictures and actually taking in a moment. This would not be one of them. The video is exquisite. It's peaceful and lovely. What a memory for you all to have.
I know exactly how you feel.
I will frequently do high speed photography for Elle and/or her dance team members.
I'm so busy concentrating on getting the shot, that I have no idea about the actual dance.

It's tough when you're travelling.
I've looked at some of my travel photos and been very glad I've got them for the memories...
Other times, I think, "Why on earth did I bother taking 47 pictures of that tree???"


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And I won't tell you that I saw it before it was actually posted. And seem even more crazy.

(By accident, I swear! )
Oh, don't worry.

I don't think it's possible for anyone to think you could be more crazy.




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Hey! Hey! Hey!

It's not Fat Albert (that was my lunchbox by the way!) it's me telling you you never know!
I don't remember my lunchbox... I think it was blank.

Fit's with my personality. Dull and insipid.


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Why? The gutter's fun!
I should've known.

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I'm really quite impressed - I actually mean scared - that you know the word concealer.
You try living with three females and not unwillingly learn stuff!


Oh.

I forgot.

You is one.


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That's awful, I'm so sorry.
I would not consider it the highlight of the trip.


Or of anything.


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It is wrong that I thought that this was a great part of the story? Is it?
I think you answered your own question in the first two words of the first sentence.

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Oh no. Poor you. Poor her.
Nah. Just poor me.

Let her get her own sympathizers.


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Nope. I have just spent the last three weeks in a lovely relationship with travel medical insurance. It's breathtakingly beautiful.

Their actual legal lines are we give you the world, we swear but only if you got okayed by our administrator first so YOU LOSE. The administrator is such an enigma. And if you are unconscious we totally expect you to stay on the line for an hour for our administrator
All right.
You've mentioned a couple of times that you've been having a rough go of it lately.

You okay? What's going on?

And feel free to ignore me if you don't want to share.
Just copy and paste this:
Don't be so nosy

I even put it in purple for you... if you want it in "DarkOrchid"... you're on your own.

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So funny. Well not. But you know.
Actually, Ruby loves telling that story.


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I can't believe I'm going to say this but please not tomorrow or any time soon, I hope you slow down a bit. Blasphemous talk, I'm aware
Geez, lady. If I slow down any more, I'll be going backwards!

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And I hate to make your pain about me - but I think I will!
Oh, sure. If my pain makes you happy, I'm more than happy to oblige.

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I did it! I did it! I caught up. Through a lot of crap here, I DID IT! I caught up!
There's that reference again....
Spill.

Or not.


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And please ignore that I couldn't do a simple thing like push one colour of purple. I'm so gone!
Gone baby gone.
Actually, I find it quite remarkable that you could keep it confined to just two colours.



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Oh, okay, got it Pkondz, I'm completely listening, no coconut, gotcha!

But toasted coconut, like on a Samoa, that's all good right?
Oh, sure. I like toast. With jam or peanut butter and honey. Yup.



like on a Samoa??

Toastin' Samoan?



NO


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Coconut is fine for me. Buzz, you should just cut out Ponzie, the middle man, and send the samoas directly to me. I only require two boxes. :-).
Hey! Get your own benefactor!
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What a way to end your trip

It is funny (well, maybe not) how those little muscle spasms creep up on you and just complete immobilize you. I have been in pain with those before, but not to the extent that you were. I remember having a doctor come to see me in Florence though, when we were there and I had a pretty severe sinus infection. Fixed me right up, and the tour and the military took care of the bill somehow! Italian doctors seem pretty good!

I blame it on the suitcase...it finally caught up with you...
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I blame it on the suitcase...it finally caught up with you...
Great, now I hear the Jaws theme music and see the giant, evil suitcase of death with teeth, waiting at the top of the stairs to get Ponzi....
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Benefactor Pkondz?

Now I have visions of Miss Havisham! Last I checked, I wasn't quite as old as dirt and I am currently not wearing a yellowed wedding dress.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:22 PM   #923
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I know exactly how you feel.
I will frequently do high speed photography for Elle and/or her dance team members.
I'm so busy concentrating on getting the shot, that I have no idea about the actual dance.

It's tough when you're travelling.
I've looked at some of my travel photos and been very glad I've got them for the memories...
Other times, I think, "Why on earth did I bother taking 47 pictures of that tree???"




Oh, don't worry.

I don't think it's possible for anyone to think you could be more crazy.




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I don't remember my lunchbox... I think it was blank.

Fit's with my personality. Dull and insipid.




I should've known.



I think you answered your own question in the first two words of the first sentence.

All right.
You've mentioned a couple of times that you've been having a rough go of it lately.

You okay? What's going on?

And feel free to ignore me if you don't want to share
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Just copy and paste this:[/B][/COLOR] Don't be so nosy

I even put it in purple for you... if you want it in "DarkOrchid"... you're on your own.

Actually, Ruby loves telling that story.


Oh, sure. If my pain makes you happy, I'm more than happy to oblige.
Red - Not only can you miss so much, you can annoy loved ones like no tomorrow with the excessive need to get the shot. Well, I can. And I try to watch myself.

But then again sometimes the shot is just such a wonderful rush. See the two below. The first I literally took it in NYC - like the massive *rock* of a building doesn't give that away - and turned against the wall and sighed in glee. I felt giddy in the knowing of "yes". It was one of those moments. I'm sure you can understand. So sometimes it's worth annoying loved ones for selfish needs. Insert wink. The other is in the Polynesian and its reality isn't as nice as the picture turned out to be- I LOVE THAT!. Well that sounded absolutely pompous, I don't mean it as such. How not Canadian of me. Oh well.

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You know what, colour coding looked like a fun idea at first. It's totally not.

47 pictures at WDW is usually of lighting fixtures. Or some ridiculous fascination of mine.

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Crazy is F.I.N.E fine.

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Dull and insipid. Can you imagine being dull and insipid? OMG, see why crazy is F.I.N.E fine!

Sharleen just might have something to say about dull and insipid. Even the pretty package couldn't mask it for her. But it's okay - really it's okay.

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On the pink, others enjoyed it and laughed, they just don't tell you.

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DRAT - DRAT AND DRAT on the typo that sold me down the river for mere pennies. DRAT. But imagining your reaction to feeling that your wife might have thought it was nothing at first was comical. Maybe I should feel guilty about that, but I don't.

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The next colour is called YellowGreen. I have no clue why I'm telling you that. It sounds very pretty, yes?

Okay, first of all I didn't even realize that I was dropping crap left right and centre. I was laughing at the insurance in total knowing, so knew that answer, but besides that I hate that I was talking in code. Hate that and hate when people do that. I can ramble out things without thinking sometimes - I know such shocking words - and when I found the disboards I set everything up without looking around and am stuck with my name being out there so I have to be careful - the picture doesn't help of course. I must take it off.

Anyway, avoiding. And I do have to speak in code for their sake - I do.

I'm fine. Three immediate family members are very ill. Thank you for asking and I've edited not to have it all attached to my name.


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You wife's story is/was hysterical. I put funny but not funny because I can only imagine the stress she felt trying to make sure you were taken care of by people that had different translations. And the joy of travel insurance whose motto is *we love money in but hate money out*.

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What are Nebo's favorite Girl Scout cookies? I'm curious.

DD1 can't get enough of the peanut butter patties and DD2 likes the shortbread cookies. DS likes the shortbread and lemonades, though I think he is really going to like the Thin Mints when I get those on Sunday.

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okey doke, I just asked nebo. his response : "I don't like girl scout cookies". sigh.. how fitting!
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I suspected that is what he might say. Sigh, you tell him I said what more could I expect from Mr. Cranky Pants?
you guys are NOT going to believe this!!!!!!!! guess what showed up at my door today?

a box of thin mints, a box of peanut butter patties, TWO!! boxes of peanut butter sandwich cookies!!!!... oh.. and a bag of prunes, addressed to "Mr. Cranky Pants"... aka nebo..!!!

you guys crack me up!!!!

ok, not counting the cost of the cookies, it cost them 10 bucks to send it all here! (I think you could have shaved off that cost if you left out the prunes... just sayin') tee hee

OMG!! you guys!! it made my day!!!! I have been sick all week. plugging along. andwhat a great uplift to my day!!!!!
thank you SO MUCH!!!!!!

I am now sniffling at how the Lord sends such good friends into my life.
thank you dee dee and blake.. so much
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What a way to end your trip
In the words of the Mighty Python... "I'm not dead."
The trip still has some (albeit, not much) life in it.


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It is funny (well, maybe not) how those little muscle spasms creep up on you and just complete immobilize you.
Yup. A laugh a minute those spasms.... or is it a spasm?

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I have been in pain with those before, but not to the extent that you were.
Give it time. Maybe you'll laugh as much as I did!

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I remember having a doctor come to see me in Florence though, when we were there and I had a pretty severe sinus infection. Fixed me right up, and the tour and the military took care of the bill somehow! Italian doctors seem pretty good!
I suspect European medical care is superior to North American.
I could be wrong.


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I blame it on the suitcase...it finally caught up with you...
I blame it on my children.
Why not? That's what they're there for.


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Great, now I hear the Jaws theme music and see the giant, evil suitcase of death with teeth, waiting at the top of the stairs to get Ponzi....
PLEASE!
Don't mention the evil suitcase of death and destruction and 'stairs' in the same sentence.

Oh, great. See what you've done?
I did it myself!


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Benefactor Pkondz?

Now I have visions of Miss Havisham! Last I checked, I wasn't quite as old as dirt and I am currently not wearing a yellowed wedding dress.
Wow.
While I never, ever would picture you as old.... this is what happened when I read that:

Miss Havisham? Gee, that sounds really familiar.
Miss Havisham.
Miss Havisham?
Miss Havisham.

Hasenpfeffer?
Hasenpfeffer!

Stop.

Miss Havisham. I should know this. I do know this! But I can't remember!!


Google


Oh! No wonder!
I last read that in the late 70s or very early 80s.
Maybe I should read that again...

(Although I could see you in a wedding dress with one shoe on)




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Red
I gotta tell ya. I'm disappointed.

Really. Don't you think you should have typed:
Red


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- Not only can you miss so much, you can annoy loved ones like no tomorrow with the excessive need to get the shot. Well, I can. And I try to watch myself.
Nope. I don't worry about annoying the rest of the family.
Ruby's happy to be there.
And the kids?
Who's paying for this trip?!?
Sit still and be happy you're even here!!!


Oh, all right. I'll come clean. I didn't take (other than at the Paris opera) that many pics...
So they didn't really get a chance to be annoyed.


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But then again sometimes the shot is just such a wonderful rush. See the two below.




Hey! You're right! Those are great shots!

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The first I literally took it in NYC - like the massive *rock* of a building doesn't give that away - and turned against the wall and sighed in glee. I felt giddy in the knowing of "yes". It was one of those moments. I'm sure you can understand. So sometimes it's worth annoying loved ones for selfish needs. Insert wink. The other is in the Polynesian and its reality isn't as nice as the picture turned out to be- I LOVE THAT!.
I will let you in on a little secret. (Don't tell anybody)

I look at those two pics in your siggy...
Every time you post.
Every. Time.


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Well that sounded absolutely pompous, I don't mean it as such. How not Canadian of me. Oh well.
Citizenship revoked.

Will you be moving soon?


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You know what, colour coding looked like a fun idea at first. It's totally not.
Found out it's a bit of a pain in the asp, did you?

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47 pictures at WDW is usually of lighting fixtures. Or some ridiculous fascination of mine.
Or naked mole rats.

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Crazy is F.I.N.E fine.
Insecure? You?

Nah. Not buying it.

The rest, though...


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Dull and insipid. Can you imagine being dull and insipid?
I don't have to imagine it. I are it.

I tend to say, "Huh?" a lot.


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Sharleen just might have something to say about dull and insipid.
Even the pretty package couldn't mask it for her. But it's okay - really it's okay.
Aye yai yai!

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On the pink, others enjoyed it and laughed, they just don't tell you.
I suspected as much.

With this bunch.


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Maybe I should feel guilty about that, but I don't.
But could you? With enough prompting? Or an incentive?

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The next colour is called YellowGreen. I have no clue why I'm telling you that. It sounds very pretty, yes?
It does! And it's an accurate description of the colour I turned when the pain hit!

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Okay, first of all I didn't even realize that I was dropping crap left right and centre. I was laughing at the insurance in total knowing, so knew that answer, but besides that I hate that I was talking in code. Hate that and hate when people do that. I can ramble out things without thinking sometimes
Oh, don't worry about it.
We all tend to ramble on from time to time isn't that a Cyndi Lauper tune? no that's time after time, what time is it if it's after time? I guess then it's too late for a very important date, my sister had a white rabbit when she was little, but it died suddenly and after that we had cats not cats plural at the same time but one cat at a time and now we're back on time again which is good because I hate being late.

What?


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I know such shocking words
Oh? Any new ones that I might not know?
(Remember. I live a very sheltered life.)


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the picture doesn't help of course. I must take it off.
Hey everybody! Lisa's going to take it all off!!

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Three immediate family members are very ill. My mother you know - last/later stage of dementia. Two others have cancer - one is stage IV and fighting hard and is much too young to go and the other is terminal.
Oh, geez. That's rough. Sorry to hear that.

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The terminal one is a new discovery and almost got trapped in a US hospital and I had to break him free - it was he can not be flown back - he can fly - he can't do the long drive - he can only do the drive right up until the last minute from the doctors there - insurance threatened to deny unless one of the doctors wrote "stable at release" -drove down to get him and prayed I didn't kill him doing it, as they were saying risky
Wow. That doesn't sound at all stressful. Not at all...

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You wife's story is/was hysterical. I put funny but not funny because I can only imagine the stress she felt trying to make sure you were taken care of by people that had different translations. And the joy of travel insurance whose motto is *we love money in but hate money out*.
Definitely do not assume that if you have travel insurance that everything's taken care of ahead of time....


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you guys are NOT going to believe this!!!!!!!! guess what showed up at my door today?
The Easter Bunny?
No. Too early.


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a box of thin mints, a box of peanut butter patties, TWO!! boxes of peanut butter sandwich cookies!!!!... oh.. and a bag of prunes, addressed to "Mr. Cranky Pants"... aka nebo..!!!

I'll let Dee Dee respond to this, but...

The prunes!!!!
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:13 PM   #926
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Real life update - Part III

So this has nothing to do with the trip.
And it has nothing to do with me.

I don't care.
It's my TR and I'm putting it in.

As some of you may know or recall, Elle dances competitively with a local dance school.

The Thunderstruck Canada competition is an open competition that is held in eleven cities across the country.
Winnipeg being one of those cities.

Some dance teams traveled as much as 760KM (470 miles) to attend the competition.

Elle's dance team performed five routines in the Senior Large Group category.
They performed one routine in each of the following disciplines:
Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern

The scoring is done by three judges.
The scoring scales are as follows:

216.00-230.99 = Bronze
231.00-245.99 = Silver
246.00-260.99 = High Silver
261.00-272.99 = Gold
273.00-282.99 = High Gold
283.00-289.99 = Lightning Gold
290.00-300.00 = Platinum Thunder

Usually, at this level of competition, the lowest scores seen are in the "High Silver" range.
(although I did see one or two "Silvers" last year).

Elle's team scored three Platinum Thunder and two Lightning Gold awards for their routines!
The Contemporary piece took first over-all in the Large Group Category!
(I believe there were at least ten routines performed by various studios in that category)

At the end of the night, they announce the top routine for each studio.
Elle's studio had performed nineteen different routines in various genres and age groups.

The Contemporary piece took first over-all in that category as well!


The entire competition ran from Thursday morning through Sunday late afternoon.
Over 600 routines were performed (I believe it was 625).
There were solos, duos, trios, small groups line groups and large groups.
There were multiple genres in addition to the ones Elle performed in (e.g. musical theatre, tap, hip hop, etc.)

On Sunday evening they announced several awards with the big one, the highest scoring routine, last.

Yup. Elle's Contemporary piece scored #1 out of over 600!


So...

Boasting?

Yep.

Proud papa?

You bet!

And I'm not in the least bit sorry for bragging about my kid.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:24 PM   #927
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WTG Elle! Great job!

It's ok to brag about your kids.

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:41 PM   #928
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YAY FOR ELLIE AND HER TEAM!!!

Of course you can brag, it's your TR!
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:01 PM   #929
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That's AWESOME! Congrats to Elle and team and of course to the proud parents! (<---my dance for you)
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You have to brag because "platinum thunder" sounds way cool. Congrats Elle!
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