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Old 09-07-2009, 12:48 PM   #61
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How great that the Dapper Dan's happened to be on your trolley ride - what a great way for Michael to recapture his Disney spirit! We had a ride with them on our last trip, and I thought it was so cool! Something we ought to take the time to do more often.
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How great that the Dapper Dan's happened to be on your trolley ride - what a great way for Michael to recapture his Disney spirit! We had a ride with them on our last trip, and I thought it was so cool! Something we ought to take the time to do more often.
It was fun and thankfully they managed to bring a smile to Michael's face! It was not looking good early on!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:55 PM   #63
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LL, I love your story telling. It is a hoot reading the trip from each of your views. Will Squishy have a return? Glad Michael popped out of his "non Disney mood".
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I'm so pleased the trolley ride and Dapper Dans rekindled Michaels Disney spirit, can't have him losing that, what would his Mom do?
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Hey LL. Soooooooo sorry I wasn't here sooner, but I am all caught up now that I can see a bit better Loving the YT, as usual. I mentions on both T and V's reports, I can't get over how big the kids got just since last year!

I didn't realize what chaos you were going through, so lots of hugs to you for geting through it with your danity my friend
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LL, I love your story telling. It is a hoot reading the trip from each of your views. Will Squishy have a return? Glad Michael popped out of his "non Disney mood".
Ahhh...glad you're here! I'm really enjoying reading the girls' versions too - even though I was there it's fun to rehash it all and see the pictures and catch the little details I've missed!

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I'm so pleased the trolley ride and Dapper Dans rekindled Michaels Disney spirit, can't have him losing that, what would his Mom do?
Jo you should have seen him...my poor little guy was miserable. Who'd have thought a trolley ride going in the opposite direction of the magic would recover the lost spirit?

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Hey LL. Soooooooo sorry I wasn't here sooner, but I am all caught up now that I can see a bit better Loving the YT, as usual. I mentions on both T and V's reports, I can't get over how big the kids got just since last year!

I didn't realize what chaos you were going through, so lots of hugs to you for geting through it with your danity my friend
HI JANET!! I'M SO GLAD TO SEE YOU HERE!! YEAH BEEN A LOT OF CHAOS THESE DAYS MY FRIEND...WISH I HAD MORE TIME ON LINE - I COULD USE THE DISTRACTION FROM REAL LIFE...

THANKS FOR COMING AND CATCHING UP. MY POOR TRIP REPORT...EVEN I'M NOT READING IT!! I'LL WORK ON AN UPDATE THIS WEEK!
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Okay... I just read through everything. I'm ready to go to Disney now!
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Who's on the Blacklist NOW???

Wow…time really flies.

It’s been a whole MONTH since I’ve updated this bad boy.

I actually had to go back and read to see where we left off…

So we’d spent a couple of days at CBR, wandered Epcot in the rain, had a big “family” birthday celebration, and lost – and then found – Michael’s Disney Spirit. On the trolley, of all places.

So, come Sunday, August 2nd, it was time to move to Saratoga Springs Resort - our home away from home. With all of our friends. Not quite under one roof, but in one section.

We slept in a bit. Or – the boys slept in. I myself was packed and ready to go. Thinking of all the things we COULD be doing.

But I tried to relax. After all, The Plan for this day was…No Plan.

Ok, not entirely true.

Switching resorts early morning had been planned.

Spending the day around the pool had been planned.

Even doing laundry while lounging around the pool had been planned.

So, apparently you can Plan not to have a Plan. And yes, that Plan can also be thrown out the window.

But I planned ahead to allow for that.

Still with me?

Ok good.

When I could take the waiting no longer, the Drill Sergeant in me kicked in and I practically dragged the boys out of bed. Yes, I know, the plan was to sleep in a bit and take it easy today, but I’ll be honest. I was ready to get out of CBR.

It was fine.

For a couple of days.

But Resort Snob that I am was ready to move on up, Weezie.

We had our bathing suits on, had a small bag with a change of clothes in the event that our room wasn’t ready and had called bell services to transfer our luggage and Owner’s Locker over to SSR.

I had done the on-line check-in before we left so really, all we needed to do was show up, take about 2 minutes to run in the Carriage House and get our keys and our little show “about nothing” (NO Seinfeld) could begin it’s run.

If only it had gone that way.

Now I didn’t do a pre-trip report, so all of the drama and resort switching and date changing was missed by most of you but I think I mentioned it in the beginning. In a nutshell, we were staying on points from August 2nd thru the 5th and on rented points for the night of the 5th. So when I did online check-in, I checked in for both reservation numbers with the plan of taking a quick moment to have my two ressie’s linked so no room switching would be necessary. It’s easy enough to do.

Unless you are the Mominator and have been having the kind of year I have. Bad Juju had become a constant companion and apparently it must’ve slipped in to the car when I wasn’t looking as it reared its ugly head upon arrival.

Anyway, the boys and I met up in the parking lot at the Carriage House (we had 2 vehicles don’t forget) and ran in together. The boys were charged with the mission of going to get us something to eat whilst I took a quick minute or 2 to get checked in.

Those of you that know my DH though, know darn well that didn’t happen. Tony has a problem “splitting up” on vacation. He refuses to be a FP Runner, nor will he take our son and go and get lunch whilst I get our room keys.

Nope.

He would rather linger in the lobby and wait angrily whilst it takes too long.

Occasionally complaining that it’s taking too long and telling me that they’re starving.

Yet refusing to go get lunch without me.

Despite my pleading for him to…well, just go away.

I knew this ahead of time. It always happens. It’s about as predictable as what my drink order will be at the pool bar.

Online check-in would be a great way for me to avoid this aggravation. Within mere minutes we’d all be together at AP getting an early lunch to take to the pool with us.

So upon entering the lobby I was immediately received at the online check-in desk. Sweet.

And 30 seconds later I had my welcome packet in hand. Why yes, Mrs. Mominator, your Grandstand request has been met and your room is, in fact, ready now.

I request an additional parking pass and to link my 2 ressies. No problem they say.

We’ll just pull up your name in the system here…ah, there you are Mrs. Mominator. I’ll just link the reservations and print out new room keys ….

There. Now I just need to…

Umm….this is strange….your reservation seems to be frozen.

Let me try hitting this key…

Hmmm…let me log out and log back in again.

Ok, good. Now, let’s try putting your name in again…

Ummmm….my system is frozen.

Give me just a minute…

Twenty minutes later, I was still standing there.

With Tony complaining that he and Michael were starving and asking what was taking so long. Ahhhh…just like old times.

“So go to AP and grab something to eat”

No, he says, we’re not going without you.

And so it begins.

Again.

UGH….

The lovely CM then explains that her machine is completely locked up.

Please wait here, she says, and I’ll just go to another Cast Member’s computer and print out your other parking pass.

She uses the terminal next to her between guests.

Ok, she says, let’s find your ressie in the system. There you are…

Now, let’s get those room keys reprinted and…

Uh oh….

Now this system was frozen too.

As was the one next to that when she tried using that one.

Apparently V is not the only one who has been blacklisted.

The mere entry of my last name causes each terminal at the registration desk to freeze up and shut down.

With that, the CM disappears into the back and comes back with a Manager.

I let out a slight sigh of relief at the sight of “Anthony”. The CM I’ve been dealing with is…well, she’s never been the sharpest tool in the shed. She’s been here for a couple of years and I seem to get her each time I check in. Since she started training back in the day.

Luckily, she probably doesn’t remember me the way I remember her.

Although, since August 2nd, that may have changed.

Now approaching forty-five minutes since arrival, you can imagine how happy my husband is.

Michael, on the other hand, is quite content watching cartoons in a comfy just-my-size chair.

This is where Tony gets loud. And has no problem making an issue out of the fact that his wife did online check-in and has been here nearly an hour. And he doesn’t understand what the problem is.

But I do.

It’s Cinnamon-Gate.

The All-Seeing, All-Knowing Mouse has caught me. There is no pulling the wool over the Mouse’s eyes.

It may have been too late to tell me I could have my illegally, immorally gained reservation, but they could certainly let me know that they know.

What I’ve done.

And that I wasn’t going to get away with it.

I must be punished.

And therefore, blacklisted.

Stripped of my privileges and quite possibly my pool day.

Finally “Anthony” had to make a call. He was nearly whispering to whomever he was talking to…Jim Lewis, perhaps, and looking to me every minute or so with a disapproving furrow to his brow.

I began to feel like I was trying to pass counterfeit bills and had been caught and was simply being stalled until security could get there.

I nervously cleared my throat as he called upon the original CM where they huddled quietly, occasionally looking over at me.

I began to sweat.

Then, they broke the huddle and approached me. One from each side.

I’d been had.

The jig was up.

Anthony explained that they were very, very sorry for my inconvenience. Member services had to have IT work on my reservation. In the meantime, I could use the original keys and stop by at my earliest convenience and get the new keys that had the 2 reservations linked.

I was well prepared to protest.

Ummm….this IS my earliest convenience.

But I decided that since I was merely a suspect at this time, and not the convicted felon, I would promise not to leave town and be prepared to answer any further questions later.

With that, we got lunch, checked in with V and T and headed over to the Grandstand.

Nervously laughing on my way out of the Carriage House…and on the way to our room.

I have to end this now as I have to run out, but more later...

Coming up…a 3-Focker collision at the corner of Pool and Beer:Thirty…

And even though she’s laminated, should Kate have sunscreen??









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But I tried to relax. After all, The Plan for this day was…No Plan.
Was this no plan thing?

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So, apparently you can Plan not to have a Plan. And yes, that Plan can also be thrown out the window.
Yes, yes you can!

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Bad Juju had become a constant companion and apparently it must’ve slipped in to the car when I wasn’t looking as it reared its ugly head upon arrival.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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Tony has a problem “splitting up” on vacation. He refuses to be a FP Runner, nor will he take our son and go and get lunch whilst I get our room keys.
Jim has no problem doing this...maybe I should be insulted!

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Coming up…a 3-Focker collision at the corner of Pool and Beer:Thirty…

And even though she’s laminated, should Kate have sunscreen??


Another great update LL!
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:49 AM   #72
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OMG! That was probably the funniest installment of Focker history!


And the funniest part is that all of it freakin' TRUE!!!


Hey, LL? You really have to work on Tony and being the FP runner.
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It's even more fun reading now that I've BEEN to SSR, eaten at AR, and stayed in the Grandstand! I can totally picture it all now.

If it makes you feel better, we got to SSR at 4pm and our room wasn't ready for an hour. I was surprised since that's check-in. I've heard so many people say their rooms were ready early.

When you think about it, we had several problems with the busses, check-in, the monorail, etc. Not to mention the heat... I just choose not to think about.
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Busted!

Oh, dear... Can't wait to hear what happens next!
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