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Old 03-07-2012, 09:22 AM   #1411
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I pretty much finish every TR I sub too. However, sometimes I start to get lost with some of the most popular TRs because there is usually so much banter. I also prefer TR's that announce an update because I'm too lazy to look.
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If I have to move on that last day I may just stay off site again because they really can't kick me off property until midnight. I would like to spend my last afternoon with some quality pool time!
That is a great plan!

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I really enjoyed having Nick along in December. Unfortunately, he is not too thrilled to be going again in June. I think he has hit the full-on teenager stage. Fun!
Is it b/c the nephews are younger? Would there be room for Nick to bring a friend? I remember you doing that with Brian. K would not be thrilled if it was "just" WDW either and as it is, wanted to bring a friend (but got over it when we talked her through the cost..our rooms only sleep 5!).

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I am getting very worried now that they don't seem 100% committed. I think they will go, but why don't they want to wrap up their travel arrangements? I don't even want to discuss it with them until they have their travel arrangements. And - no - they don't get it. To my brother it is just an inconvenient vacation. He keeps saying to me, "I don't do rides".
And I keep saying, "So?" He totally does not get it. He wants to drive all night and get there and go to sleep.

The only vacations they take are 3 nights to the beach because they can't handle being around their kids any longer than that. They should just let me take the two oldest and stay home! I knew it was going to be a weird trip, but I am doing this for the kids, not the crazy parents.
UGH. And I'm sure doesn't get the coveted hard to get Treehouse either.




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OMG - I didn't event hink to look for that. I never turned and looked backwards and on the drop I was too busy screaming.
LOL! Something for next time.

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I that glass. I have to show you the cute wine thing I bought in LI. Actually, I'm so dumb because I should have bought one for each of us for October. DOH!


I checked this morning for the week before ours, right now no BW Boardwalk view, 4 nights garden/pool but not all sequential. BCV had the same 4 nights which was bizarre! I actually think, given what we are chatting about recently with MNSSHP and FW that if we end up with a split having VWL on the front end would probably be very cool!

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Mine too. Definitely my fav picture of the trip!
It's a framer!

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Overall, he is really a good kid and I do understand the "not wanting to vacation with the parents" thing since I went through it myself. He is graduating in June 2013. It was nice having a year off in between kids in terms of the whole college application thing. I found that to be stressful last year with my oldest son. I think it will actually be worse with Nick because he is a much better student and he should get better offers so his options have to be considered more thoroughly.

But he also thinks he wants to play soccer which limits his choices academically. So he will basically have a list of "soccer" schools and "academic" schools. I wish he could get looked at for soccer at Salisbury (where my older son is) because I think his grades are good enough that he could get some academic scholarship money. That would be the best of both worlds because I think Salisbury is a good school.
UGH! We are just going there with K now as well although she's 2014. Right now it's about summer soccer camps at potential schools that fit both bills. It's tough as her club team is frankly, sucking wind at the moment and that doesn't help her at all. It is likely unless things drastically change, we will be looking at a change of clubs (again). T was easier though super stressful. At least with K we don't have to worry about her going, it's a where not an if, unlike T who was an if. We did confirm that the running start will definitely pay off, potentially almost 2 full years. IF he can get the required classes in on time, since they aren't offered every quarter it's a bit of a scheduling challenge.

FUN weekend girl trip and you guys look like you are having a blast. So cool you got to hook up with Melissa!
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Ohh I wish I wasn't claustrophobic!! I want to try the Sum of all Thrills so much!
I DO love SE <3 I did some research on the Steve Jobs scene too. It's a very interesting moment in time for sure.

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I love the smell of the monorails. I think it smells like heavy horses.
Your Soarin' pictures made me tear up! Hahaha, oh I love that ride.
Can't wait to hear about the Epcot first!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:00 AM   #1413
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Getting all caught up today!

Glad you got to ride EE at night but hate that it was not what you expected. I loved it when we did it in 2008. Thought the tree of life was beautiful all lit up from above.

Looks like you had a nice girls weekend. How neat that you got to see Melissa.

Loved your pictures of Soarin! That is probably my favorite ride on property. My favorite part is the orange groves. Geez, a 120 minutes wait--no thank you! I can't believe people actually stand in line for that.

I have never rode Mission Space. It looks like a tight space to me and I do not like tight spaces. Is it?

Too funny about you liking the smell on Spaceship Earth.
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120Min for Soarin'? I saw 240!!!! The week between Christmas And New Years
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #1415
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Oh no!!! I don't drive in the city, I'd be freaking out if I got lost in Brooklyn too!! Glad you made it out alright, and your LI weekend seems like it was lots of fun!!
Actually, I found out from my coworker (who grew up in the city) that I was actually in Manhattan. Go to know!

I was quietly freaking out and then, when I kept missing the lincoln tunnel, I was actively freaking out.

Still a fun weekend!

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You're not the only one who loves the smell of Spaceship Earth!! I especially love the burning of Rome scene!
Yes - I love that smell! Not sure why. There is just something comforting, yet filled with anticipation, feeling when I smell that.

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You got some awesome non-flash photos during the ride!! I'm always impressed by your mad photography skills!!
This is the best I have ever done with pictures in there. I just worked the shutter speed and tried to adjust the light settings.

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Thanks for inviting us along on your Soarin' ride as well!! I love the beach scene too. I think that and the orange groves are my favorite.
The orange groves because of the smell - of course.

But those surfers at dusk. It's like they are having so much fun that they trying to get one more run in before its too dark.

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Glad you found your way back from the city. It looked like a fun weekend getaway though!
It was a ton of fun. I really like Long Island - well, except for getting there and coming home!


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You're giving me too much credit here...I don't think I've taken pictures on Soarin', and haven't even ridden it the last trip (or two?). I have seen some pictures on other TRs so you probably saw some elsewhere. But thanks for thinking of me!
Are you SURE it wasn't you? Yeah - I guess you are sure. Well, darn, who the heck was it???? I know it was a guy DISer and it was posted in the last year or so. Oh well. I take it back. You are no longer my inspiration.

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Fun flashback!
I grew up on Long Island and have taken some winery tours.
I remember Peconic Bay but don't recall the others you mentioned.
Sparkling point is new and its the most upscale of the ones we visited. Duck Walk and Osprey were further east than Peconic Bay. We also hit Pindor, but by then I wasn't counting. I bet Long Island is gorgeous in the summer and fall.

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Wow!
Talk about a long update!
I don't know what got into me last night. When I finished with the Spaceship Earth pics I just decided to post the Soarin pics since they were on my phone.

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Nice shots on Spaceship Earth and Soarin'!
But I'm surprised the Spaceship Earth lines weren't insane so close to opening.
Was it a long wait?
I've noticed that it's usually really long right at opening and then dies down for the rest of the day.
I'm pretty happy with my SE shots. No - the wait was not long at all. It wasn't exactly a walk on but maybe 5 minutes, tops! Just good timing, I think.

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I grew up there and would never venture through the city. I did take the train in once to meet some friends when I was in college. My parents were freaking out and almost did not let me go. My "city" friends took extraordinary measures to make sure I got home on the train. They even walked me on the train and assigned me a babysitter. Luckily the "babysitter" happended to be someone I went to high school with. He sat in front of me in homeroom all 4 years since we were seated alphabetically.
I wonder how many people never come off Long Island because they can't stand the thought of having to drive through NYC!

That's a great story about the train babysitter! It probably made your parents very happy!

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Love your visit through the Maharaja trek. I think we only did this in '07 - I usually can only get Joe to walk through one exhibit like this per trip. I am hoping I can get him to walk through it again, though it will depend I think on the heat and the crowd levels that day.
The heat makes those paths unbearable, but the temp was so perfect I had to go back there. It was really a great trail. I hope you get a chance to see it!

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GREAT Tiger sleeping!
I love that tiger! I love all the big cats. They are so cool!

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pretty wine glass I love the gold designs and mickey heads. I hope they still have something like that in June. Since we are driving, I can buy things that I normally would be afraid to put in luggage on an airline. could be dangerous!!!
Look in the dump shop by EE. I bet they still have them.

I guess that is one good reason to drive - room for plenty of souvies!

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chocolate truffle cherry wine... yes please.
Seriously. That sounds amazing!

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!
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I'm with you there. I have a hard time keeping up on ones that don't as I can't tell if it's an update or banter
Exactly! I like to know right where to look for the update. Like Kathy even gives the post number because she has so many readers.



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That is a great plan!
Yeah - why move to another DVC resort when I can still be at the BWV until midnight. If I have to move I might as well just sleep near the airport and start my reentry into the real world.


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Is it b/c the nephews are younger? Would there be room for Nick to bring a friend? I remember you doing that with Brian. K would not be thrilled if it was "just" WDW either and as it is, wanted to bring a friend (but got over it when we talked her through the cost..our rooms only sleep 5!).


UGH. And I'm sure doesn't get the coveted hard to get Treehouse either.
Nick is great with his nephews and they love him. I'm not sure what it is exactly.

Just between you and me (and the rest of the DIS board who can now flame me) I did offer to let him bring his GF for the treehouse nights and said they could fly home together. Here's the thing - that would put the occupancy at 10. IF all of my brother's family showed up.

I am very much by the rules, but since my youngest nephew is only 5 I was going to leave him off the reservation. I know this is technically not the right thing to do, but he would probably just sleep in his parents room in their bed anyway. But for whatever reason Nick does not want to ask his GF to go. Not sure why, so I'm leaving it alone.

So I have a treehouse that as of right now can have an occupancy anywhere between 3 and 9 plus, shall we say. If they decide not to go I will definitely have Nick ask a friend, but times a wasting now.

No - they don't get the treehouse thing at all.



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LOL! Something for next time.

If there ever is a next time!

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I checked this morning for the week before ours, right now no BW Boardwalk view, 4 nights garden/pool but not all sequential. BCV had the same 4 nights which was bizarre! I actually think, given what we are chatting about recently with MNSSHP and FW that if we end up with a split having VWL on the front end would probably be very cool!
I think that would work out so great! Of course, it won't when I go to call, but you never know. Fingers crossed.

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It's a framer!
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UGH! We are just going there with K now as well although she's 2014. Right now it's about summer soccer camps at potential schools that fit both bills. It's tough as her club team is frankly, sucking wind at the moment and that doesn't help her at all. It is likely unless things drastically change, we will be looking at a change of clubs (again). T was easier though super stressful. At least with K we don't have to worry about her going, it's a where not an if, unlike T who was an if. We did confirm that the running start will definitely pay off, potentially almost 2 full years. IF he can get the required classes in on time, since they aren't offered every quarter it's a bit of a scheduling challenge.
That's how it was with Brian - easier, but more stressful because he was so all over the place.

Nick has to go to summer camp with his school because he's captain and I would like him to pick one other camp that is at a potential school. He has two college showcases coming up and we are shooting video now. I actually have to get a new computer to make his video. Well, I don't have to but the timing is good and I want it to be as easy as possible.



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FUN weekend girl trip and you guys look like you are having a blast. So cool you got to hook up with Melissa!
I was so excited to see Melissa. That was such a bonus! I can't believe how close we were to her house. It was a fun weekend, although there were parts of it that got really rowdy.

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Ohh I wish I wasn't claustrophobic!! I want to try the Sum of all Thrills so much!
I have to admit that the first time I did that ride and the cover went down I got a little panicky. But as soon as the video came up (like in seconds) I was fine. I just didn't expect it to be so enclosed.

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I DO love SE <3 I did some research on the Steve Jobs scene too. It's a very interesting moment in time for sure.
It really is. So interesting how the how computer age started. What a gift to have so much insight.


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I love the smell of the monorails. I think it smells like heavy horses.
Well, I can honestly say I have never heard that before. I'm not sure I know what a heavy horse smells like. To me the monorail often just smells like stale sweat.

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Your Soarin' pictures made me tear up! Hahaha, oh I love that ride.
Can't wait to hear about the Epcot first!
It is a wonderful ride and the pictures do help me relive it.

My Epcot first is really not all that exciting, but it IS a first!

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Glad you got to ride EE at night but hate that it was not what you expected. I loved it when we did it in 2008. Thought the tree of life was beautiful all lit up from above.
You're the second person who said that and I totally don't remember seeing the TOL. Is it possible it wasn't lit up???? because EE wasn't lit up like I remember either.

I did really enjoy it. It was a ton of fun so I hope I didn't come off sounding too disappointed.

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Looks like you had a nice girls weekend. How neat that you got to see Melissa.
I was so excited that I got to meet Melissa last minute like that. I really didn't say anything about the trip because I was so sure I would have to cancel because of my mom or dad. so once I got up there I figured out that Melissa literally lived in the middle of wine country!

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Loved your pictures of Soarin! That is probably my favorite ride on property. My favorite part is the orange groves. Geez, a 120 minutes wait--no thank you! I can't believe people actually stand in line for that.
I can't either. We rode three rides and our FP was due. What is wrong with people? Not that I should complain - works to my advantage!

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I have never rode Mission Space. It looks like a tight space to me and I do not like tight spaces. Is it?
When you first get in you think you are going to be claustrophobic but then air blows on you the whole time. As soon as the air blows and the video starts it does not feel small at all.

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Too funny about you liking the smell on Spaceship Earth.
There is something nostalgic about that smell.

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120Min for Soarin'? I saw 240!!!! The week between Christmas And New Years
Did they put up porta-potties along the route? that's NUTS!
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Great update! You know I love this one, it's all Epcot!

Yay for Spaceship Earth! I love that ride sooo much! Especially the part at the top where you can see the Earth!

Soarin!!! Ugh, it always annoys me that people don't stand on those arrows, I don't know why...they are kind of close together, though! 120 minute wait time??? That's crazy!!

I never thought of taking pictures on Soarin with my phone! Great idea! What if I drop it though!
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I really enjoyed this update, MaryEllen. As always, great pictures. But I love the way you described the pictures of you and Nick on Spaceship Earth.
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I wonder how many people never come off Long Island because they can't stand the thought of having to drive through NYC!

That's a great story about the train babysitter! It probably made your parents very happy!

I think to NJ I always took the Verrazaro- Narrows. When I went to Pa it was Throg Neck.

I did the tunnel a handful of times and it was scary.
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Great update! You know I love this one, it's all Epcot!
I know you love your Epcot! We did have a fun morning in Epcot and there's more to come so stay tuned.

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Yay for Spaceship Earth! I love that ride sooo much! Especially the part at the top where you can see the Earth!
It really is one of my favorite rides and my kids fell in love with it on there first time. It's one of those rides I could ride over and over.

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Soarin!!! Ugh, it always annoys me that people don't stand on those arrows, I don't know why...they are kind of close together, though! 120 minute wait time??? That's crazy!!
It happens every time I do Soarin. there is always someone who can't stand on the arrow!

That was the longest Soarin queue I have ever seen, but it sure doesn't come close to Pat's 240 min wait at New Years. Forget about it!


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I never thought of taking pictures on Soarin with my phone! Great idea! What if I drop it though!
I figured I was in the third row so if it fell it wouldn't go THAT far!

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I really enjoyed this update, MaryEllen. As always, great pictures. But I love the way you described the pictures of you and Nick on Spaceship Earth.
Thanks Kathy!

I let Nick pick out the story line for spaceship earth, so you'll have to credit him.

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I think to NJ I always took the Verrazaro- Narrows. When I went to Pa it was Throg Neck.

I did the tunnel a handful of times and it was scary.
We took the Verrazano on the way there. The ride there was slow (very stop and start), but I got some great views of the city and the Brooklyn bridge. They way back - not so much. It was just crazy!
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I think I got a little behind... I know I read your last AK update but it must have been on my phone because I don't think I commented.

Yay for finally riding EE after dark! Sorry it wasn't all that exciting.

Fun weekend adventure in Long Island! Looks like a fun group of ladies. And so cool that you got to meet up with Melissa too.

Looks like your Epcot morning was off to a good start... even if it was a bit chilly. You're so funny thinking about Stacy & Clinton! I can't imagine what they'd think if they spent a day in a Disney park!
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I think I got a little behind... I know I read your last AK update but it must have been on my phone because I don't think I commented.
No worries. Glad you had a few minutes to catch up! Plus I know you are very busy with your last minute preparations. You must be getting too excited right about now!

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Yay for finally riding EE after dark! Sorry it wasn't all that exciting.
It really was much more fun that during the day, but I just didn't notice the contrast like on BTMMR. Still, if I get a chance to do it again in the dark, I certainly won't pass it up!



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Fun weekend adventure in Long Island! Looks like a fun group of ladies. And so cool that you got to meet up with Melissa too.
It was actually a crazy group of ladies. There was one incident that I can't even mention because someone got a little out of control.

It was so fun to see Melissa and she was such a good sport for coming out to say high. Fortunately the ladies were only mildly out of control when she was there.



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Looks like your Epcot morning was off to a good start... even if it was a bit chilly. You're so funny thinking about Stacy & Clinton! I can't imagine what they'd think if they spent a day in a Disney park!
I am always thinking about Stacy and Clinton. I love them and they come on in my lunch breakroom so I see them quite frequently. Oh yeah - I know exactly the stuff they hate.

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Yup - that's pretty much how life rolls.

It is still driving me crazy that I can't figure out where I saw those Soarin' pics.
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It sounds like your weekend in LI was great. You were so close to me...yet so far. LI is pretty close to CT, obviously. If you took a ferry...

And that's too bad about getting lost in Manhattan. True story: when I was in college, one of my work study jobs was to drive a van into Manhattan. Needless to say I have no problem driving there, but it can be very frustrating and scary sometimes, particularly if you're not used to it and aren't sure where you're going.

Love the SE pictures. I'm going to have to show them to Max. He wanted to see some earlier this evening and I just thought, well, I don't know where I'd find any. Now I do.

And the expression on your face at end of the ride video thing...priceless. Love the hidden mickey, too.
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It sounds like your weekend in LI was great. You were so close to me...yet so far. LI is pretty close to CT, obviously. If you took a ferry...
I heard there was a ferry that goes to CT. I don't think I would like living on LI simply from the fact that you ARE kind-of stuck there. You can really only drive in one direction. I guess everyone goes to CT on the ferry./ I mean, why would you want to drive into NYC to go to CT?

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And that's too bad about getting lost in Manhattan. True story: when I was in college, one of my work study jobs was to drive a van into Manhattan. Needless to say I have no problem driving there, but it can be very frustrating and scary sometimes, particularly if you're not used to it and aren't sure where you're going.
I am very impressed that you actually drove a van into NYC. OK - where do people park in NYC? I think if I wasn't so intimidated by the fact that I WAS in NYC I probably would have been OK. I'm an OK drive, but I can't parallel park to save my life.


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Love the SE pictures. I'm going to have to show them to Max. He wanted to see some earlier this evening and I just thought, well, I don't know where I'd find any. Now I do.
I hope Max enjoys them. I was able to get a lot of the main scenes. I just used the shutter speed adjustment.

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And the expression on your face at end of the ride video thing...priceless. Love the hidden mickey, too.
Yeah - how about that hidden mickey?
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