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Old 03-24-2011, 08:17 PM   #436
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Thanks for taking the time to share your trip and your awesome pics with us!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:17 AM   #437
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Thanks for taking the time to share your memories and photos with us. I have loved following along. I hope that you hang around even if there is no trip planned in your immediate future. Thanks for all of the tips and ideas for the California part of our trip.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:34 AM   #438
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A retrospective TR - Started and in progress

The hard disk on our Apple Mac G5 died last week. It just didn’t get out of bed one morning and when we visited the Genius’ at a MacStore , they only confirmed that the hard disk was dead.
All our data is unretrievable and the only things of value there would have been our pictures, which thankfully DH had backed up on an external drive.
I’ve been slowly transferring the pictures across from the external drive to my laptop (and my external drive) and loading the ‘better’ of them into photobucket for backup purposes.

I mentioned the pictures to my friends in a box, particularly the 2007 trip, and a number of them thought I should put a Trip Report together (challenged me to it is more the case…).

The Itinerary for this 2007 TR include San Francisco, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, New York, Boston, Kennebunkport, Disneyland, Legoland, Sacramento and Napa Valley.

I've started writing the TR and it is being posted on the Other Lands section. Link is in here and in my siggie below.

Hope to see some of you there.....

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1. Pictures have been taken by both DH and myself, in the days before we knew how to spell dSLR; so I consider them to be real holiday snaps.
2. Pictures are taken from Point and Shoot cameras that have single digit megapixel capability only. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the quality or lack there of.
3. Believe it or not….there is NO food porn. I appreciate that I’ve already lost a number of you with this statement….what can I say? It was 2007 afterall!
4. There will be gaps in my swiss cheese memory. What can I say? Again…it was 2007.
5. My mother came along on this trip. I will not be posting any pictures that include her; but she will probably be referenced in the TR.


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Old 05-16-2011, 02:20 AM   #439
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Will the retrospective be tacker on this or linked on the end of this TR?
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:32 AM   #440
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Will the retrospective be tacker on this or linked on the end of this TR?
I had a rather subtle link above...but here it is again: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2720766

Although I might consider also posting the Disneyland portion of the trip here as well when I get round to stringing the words and pictures together.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:24 AM   #441
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Good morning and I am caught up on your TR.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:45 AM   #442
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PTR/TR Nov 2012: Another Mad Dash – And so it Begins




Today I bought a ticket to fly across the pond. Afterall, it’s only a measly 14 hour flight. What’s 14 hours of flying if I get to see my mate Mickey?


Okay…okay! It’s another Mad Dash for this Aussie….but it’s gotta be worth it, right?


My travel dates: 1 November – 9 November.
My travel companion: DH….but really it’s all about ME!!
My DisMeets: 2 so far
My equipment: Canon 7D and a whole bunch of lenses.
My funding: Don’t ask…and I won’t have to tell no lies.
My babies left at home (so sad) : DS12, 2 furbabies



The back story?


This trip was never on the cards.

My eyes have been firmly set on the Gamer’s DisMeet in 2013 (PTR…er….blog in progress) and I’ve already got my Disney fix for this year by heading to Hong Kong (PTR/TR completed).

DH had a 1-week work trip planned to NorCal for October. I did look hard at the timing but it really wasn’t feasible for me from a work perspective. He had his ticket all booked and I was looking forward to being a single mom for a week. I’ve even been preparing meals in the freezer to simplify meal times at home.


And then the impossible happened.

DH’s work trip got shifted to early November. Early November…where the Melbourne Cup public holiday falls. Yes….we actually do have a public holiday day for a 3 ½ minute horse race. All of a sudden, the timing started to look positively delicious!


And then the miracle happened.

I was chatting about the possibility of a trip to NorCal when franandaj tempted me with the thought of hitting CarsLand.

Alright…I’ll admit that the thought did cross my mind but as quickly as it crossed my mind, I dismissed it. Afterall, I was supposed accompanying DH for a week’s worth of shopping and time in my favourite city. But when franandaj raised the thought, everything fell into place, like a neatly packaged gift.


I’ll be flying out solo and stopping in LA for 2 nights and then meeting DH at LAX when he heads on over. We will then continue on to SFO and spend the rest of the time there.


DS? He’ll be home with the grandparents and has resigned himself to the week of pampering.

DH? He’s hard to read…so I think he’s happy to have me along.

Me? I’m so happy to be doing this trip but so sad to be leaving DS behind.



There probably won’t be a lot of PTR chatter…..plane ticket, ESTA, credit card and hard currency will travel. I’m not even sure how much of a TR there will be but I’m sure I’ll find something to write about.

About the second hardest decision to make so far (the first being to leave DS behind) was if I was going to add this trip to my Jan 2011 PTR/TR or to start a new thread. In the end, it kinda made sense to keep all the DLR/California travel in the one spot.



Hope you’ll stick around for this mad dash!




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Old 10-02-2012, 07:50 AM   #443
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About Tickets, Credit Cards and ESTA



Have you noticed how much information you’re asked to provide on-line these days?

Your full name, address, contact details, gender, birth details, credit card number….and have you realised how it is all interconnected?
A single wrong digit or letter can mean the difference between a completed form in bits and bytes….

OR……


A frustrating trip into the Ethernet.


And so it begins….and so it was with me when I tried to purchase my air ticket.
(NOTE: For those of you who want the abridged version, I have my e-ticket in hand. For the rest….read on.)



You know that feeling of excitement when you sit down in front of yet another electronic form to complete that will suck a wad-load of dollars out of your credit card at the end?


Well….I sat in front of the screen tonight with the carrier without in-flight entertainment of not choice. I am Flying the Friendly Skies because DH is flying with them.
Their purchase system is a 5 step multi-field data entry system. No biggie….about the same as the rest of them.

I tippie-typed away, filling in field after field of information and then had to pull out my credit card to enter more numbers.

Some 24 keystrokes later, I hit the button to submit only to find out that I needed to provide a validation number which was going to be delivered by SMS.



Say what?


I don’t recall, in all the 5 step multi-field data entry, providing the Ethernet Friendly Skies with a mobile (cell) phone number.
But I hit the button anyway to “Get Validation Number”….

…..and ran to get my mobile…..

….and logged on to the email account that I provided……

…..and waited…….

….and waited.



I hit the button to “Get Validation Number” again…..


…..and waited…….



….and waited.






NADA! Both times!!!!




The system timed out on me.
THE SY$TEM TIMED OUT ON ME!!!!!




All those keystrokes, all my personal information, all those numbers that I had to get and diligently type out….

*poof*


Somewhere in the Ethernet Unfriendly Skies! No reservation number, no confirmation number…nothing.

I’m a natural cynic. So, when this happened, my first instinct was to run to my on-line netbank and check my credit card.

Yup. Payment pending to United Airlines! Sitting there….mocking me!



Have you noticed how that there are call centres all set up to do outbound calls to you….calls that you don’t want to get just as you’re sitting down for dinner?


Well……these call centres….seems like inbound calling is a shrinking business.

I tried to call the United number in Australia; except that it is opened 7 am - 7 pm. I was not in the open for business time frame.

But never fear….in this global environment, there has to be a call centre opened…somewhere in the world. Particularly when it involves sucking money from you!

So, I called the American number. Had to get past Mr Recorded Voice Announcement Recognition System first. I got about 3 minutes into the first call and realised that I had gone down a Voice Recognition path that was leading me nowhere fast. So I hung up and called again….this time taking the path to a real live person sitting in Tampa!


Can I just say….that I was so excited when she told me she was in Tampa? That’s the closest I’m getting to Orlando this year!


It took Ms Inbound Tampa about 5 minutes to sort things out for me and to assure me that that pending payment was NOT going to go through because there was no corresponding validated authorisation number.

And once real payment was made, I am now the proud owner of an e-Ticket….printed out in hard copy. Yes….what a delightful world we live in. A HARD copy of an ELECTRONIC ticket that will be required to be produced at check-in time.




Oh....and that validation number? Turns out I used the joint credit card that DH and I share and the validation number got sent to HIS mobile. Talk about being able to access information from one US system to one Australian system! Makes you think, doesn't it?




One form down….another to go.

For travellers travelling into the US, you are required to complete the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). This electronic application costs $14 for a 16-digit code that gives you the right (but not the obligation) to walk onto the plane providing that the flight details of the flight in the system stored on the Ethernet matches the flight details you’re about to board. It does NOT give you the right to enter the United States. That right belongs to US Customs and they are not obliged to let you enter the country.


Despite declaring that I am of sound mind, body and spirit on-line, US Customs will still be asking me the questions….and taking my fingerprints. The same fingerprints that are on file…somewhere in the Ethernet….that I’ve provided at least once a year for the last 10 years. Getting a set of my fingerprints again will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that I AM of sound mind, body and spirit...in person.


At least the ESTA e-form is a 3 step process and with a few less keystrokes required.

So, tonight…I have plane ticket and ESTA completed. And as I also have a credit card, it’s just currency to go…and I’m all set for this trip.

And I have no doubts that I’ll be asked to provide the same set of personal information again…and volunteer another set of fingerprints....once I get to US Customs!



I, for one, am counting down the days!




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Old 10-02-2012, 09:48 AM   #444
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Yay!

Sorry you had such difficulty booking tickets, but glad that you are all set! Let the fun planning begin!
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Well, I hope we are worth all that effort...but Whoo Hooo!
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Nice to hear that you will be coming to California in early November.
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How exciting! Glad you got to join DH after all, AND managed to fit in a quickie visit to DLR
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Yay PIO is coming to NorCal.
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Yay!

Sorry you had such difficulty booking tickets, but glad that you are all set! Let the fun planning begin!
Yes, indeed!



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Well, I hope we are worth all that effort...but Whoo Hooo!
Jo - you are always worth the effort.



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Nice to hear that you will be coming to California in early November.
Thanks Bret! Not what you might be hoping for ... but I hope the weather stays warm for a bit in your part of the world.


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How exciting! Glad you got to join DH after all, AND managed to fit in a quickie visit to DLR
I'll all for a quickie......visit.


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Long time between drinks! How have you been?


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And looking forward to meeting you in 3D!
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