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Old 08-15-2008, 01:20 PM   #31
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Dental Emergency and Dad's Secret

Ok, so I've been with the family now a whole night and morning... and I just found out about the whole Casey tooth thing BY READING THIS THREAD!!!

So... maybe now I tell MY secret here first...

Nana was cleaning the hermit crab cage so we could take it to the crab babysitter (neighbor friend, Ben). She pulled out the green one (does it even have a name? i dont know, im just a Dad) and said "uh-oh" as a claw dropped off. "Oh boy, It's dead..."

So, I grabbed the shell and took it over to the garbage and shook out the rest of the dead crab gunk... but I could see something deep in the shell... gunk that won't come out. So, I started banging it against the garbage wall. No luck. Bang harder. Nothing. Hmmmm... grabbed a straw and tried to dig it out. Nope.

Took it the the sink... Put water on full and tried to blast it out like a shell waterpick. Shake it. More spray, now from the hose. Nope. Bang it against the bottom of the sink. Can't get that gunk out! Oh well... give up and just put the shell back down on the counter so Nana can put it back in the cage when its clean. (Hermit crabs are weird, they move from shell to shell occasionally so there are always multiple empties in the cage. And they are apparently unfazed by the fact that many of them were once coffins for other crabs that have passed on...).

So, then a few minutes later as Nana was putting it back in the cage she says "um, it just moved". "What?!?" It hadn't died - it had just shed its skin! And then had crawled back in the deep recess of the shell!

So then I replay the whole thing I did to it in my mind... thinking about that scene in Monsters, Inc. where Sully is watching the garbage machine, crush, shred, and chop what he thought was Boo... And I also vagely recall at some time PoohMom warning me that regular tap water is deadly to the crabs...

So, he didnt move after that... was it a last twitch of life? I decided to not take it to the neighbor yet ("here, babysit these, oh, btw, one is probably dead" - LOL!)... I checked off and on all night... No movement...

But the next day I looked and I thought he was in a new position. Hope! I moved him to a specific place so I could verify. And later he again was in a new position! And then later he was actually moving his little claws and peaking out!...

So, time will tell, but all signs are positive. If that little guy can survive all that, I think he'll be with us for quite awhile!... Whatever his name is.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:48 PM   #32
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:50 PM   #33
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Ok, so I've been with the family now a whole night and morning... and I just found out about the whole Casey tooth thing BY READING THIS THREAD!!!

So... maybe now I tell MY secret here first...

Nana was cleaning the hermit crab cage so we could take it to the crab babysitter (neighbor friend, Ben). She pulled out the green one (does it even have a name? i dont know, im just a Dad) and said "uh-oh" as a claw dropped off. "Oh boy, It's dead..."

So, I grabbed the shell and took it over to the garbage and shook out the rest of the dead crab gunk... but I could see something deep in the shell... gunk that won't come out. So, I started banging it against the garbage wall. No luck. Bang harder. Nothing. Hmmmm... grabbed a straw and tried to dig it out. Nope.

Took it the the sink... Put water on full and tried to blast it out like a shell waterpick. Shake it. More spray, now from the hose. Nope. Bang it against the bottom of the sink. Can't get that gunk out! Oh well... give up and just put the shell back down on the counter so Nana can put it back in the cage when its clean. (Hermit crabs are weird, they move from shell to shell occasionally so there are always multiple empties in the cage. And they are apparently unfazed by the fact that many of them were once coffins for other crabs that have passed on...).

So, then a few minutes later as Nana was putting it back in the cage she says "um, it just moved". "What?!?" It hadn't died - it had just shed its skin! And then had crawled back in the deep recess of the shell!

So then I replay the whole thing I did to it in my mind... thinking about that scene in Monsters, Inc. where Sully is watching the garbage machine, crush, shred, and chop what he thought was Boo... And I also vagely recall at some time PoohMom warning me that regular tap water is deadly to the crabs...

So, he didnt move after that... was it a last twitch of life? I decided to not take it to the neighbor yet ("here, babysit these, oh, btw, one is probably dead" - LOL!)... I checked off and on all night... No movement...

But the next day I looked and I thought he was in a new position. Hope! I moved him to a specific place so I could verify. And later he again was in a new position! And then later he was actually moving his little claws and peaking out!...

So, time will tell, but all signs are positive. If that little guy can survive all that, I think he'll be with us for quite awhile!... Whatever his name is.
I can't even believe it! You knucklehead!!!!

When a crab dies, it just falls out of its shell, it doesn't hold on for dear life! I am proud of "Billy" (Thats his name by the way) for literally hanging in there.

OMG, I just read this again, a STRAW!!! Poor little guy! Have fun explaining that to Emily when we get home. (It is her crab and we have had them for 4 YEARS!)

I hope you feel better getting that off your chest...I wish I had something else to "disclose" to you via the DIS, but I can't think of anything offhand. I am too boring.

To all you tag alongers, I will update again this evening...along with letting you guys know how Emily takes the news...
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Old 08-15-2008, 06:49 PM   #34
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:51 PM   #35
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This is an excellent trip report! I'm loving all the details, and the way you're describing it makes it seem like an ideal vacation (aside from the dental emergancies and the hermit crab murder ). I hope you continue to update so regularly while on board, because I can't wait to live vicariously on the repo through you and your family!

By the way, you have me seriously considering a train trip in the future. You've made it sound like so much fun. The only thing of the sort that I've ever been on was NY to FL when I was a kid, and I was too young to remember it or appreciate it. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:20 PM   #36
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Wow what a great trip report

Poohmomof5 wow I love your trip report and look forward to watching and reading the rest of your great 21 day trip
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:30 PM   #37
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LOVE YOUR REPORT!! Keep it coming...Great updates from Dad too! Can't wait to meet you onboard...I love your upbeat attitude.

Just a few more hours to go and we're off on the big adventure!!
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Old 08-17-2008, 01:18 PM   #38
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I am so loving this trip report!

Just read about the hermit crab...I'm laughing so hard, I'm crying!!! We had a hermit crab so that to us a long time ago. The Monsters Inc. is what really got me!

Have a wonderful trip, I'm glad everyone is safe and I can't wait to follow the rest of your journey bringing the Magic back home!
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:36 AM   #39
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I am really enjoying this trip report and the interaction of Mom and Dad has me laughin SO hard.

I took a particular interest in this cruise because i have a friend who is on it with his sister and her kids (they aren't DISsers - but I sent them the link to the meet thread)......Can't wait to see if I can find them in the background of someones picture

Have a wonderful trip and looking forward to the updates!!!
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:24 AM   #40
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Enjoying!

I'm enjoying your report. We leave in 7 days and will be taking the auto train down to Sanford!

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Old 08-19-2008, 03:51 AM   #41
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This is a great report! I'm enjoying it!! Wish I was on the ship!
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:46 AM   #42
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I'm living vicariously through the EBPC cruisers...*SIGH* (One day I WILL have my TOAL!!)

I'm really enjoying this Trip Report!!
Great narrative!
Hope to hear news from on board soon!!
Hope everyone's having a BLAST!!!
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Old 08-19-2008, 12:12 PM   #43
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can't wait for the next update! Great report!
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Old 08-19-2008, 12:28 PM   #44
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Hope you are all having a great time
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loving the report so far, can't wait to hear more, hope the trip is great so far
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