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Old 06-04-2013, 02:37 PM   #991
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Love your TR so far! I now have some definite stops in DCA -- namely a certain bar area....
Hey. A new person. Welcome to our TR and thanks for reading.

DW and I are going back in October. A few followers here I believe are going as well. We'll definitely have to hit that bar again. Best bar to hit in my opinion. Lines never seemed that long.

Eventually Lady H will be along with another chapter. I know she was asking me the other day who/what/where/when/why we did the things we did. I remember who I did, just don't quite the remember the when and where.




Oh, wait. I meant to say I remember WHAT we did. Just don't quite the remember the when and where. My bad.
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Eventually Lady H will be along with another chapter. I know she was asking me the other day who/what/where/when/why we did the things we did. I remember who I did, just don't quite the remember the when and where.




Oh, wait. I meant to say I remember WHAT we did. Just don't quite the remember the when and where. My bad.
Remind me not to ask you anymore questions...I'm now afraid of what you may tell me.

Ok Ok...I never knew we had so many Beatles fans here! I loved reading all those...and I promise i am working on the next chapter. It should be up either tonight or tomorrow. I just have to add in the pictures and figure out where exactly to stop it. Don't you hate when you get on a roll and don't know how to conclude...This is why I don't write books, they would end up being 6,000 pages long with no plot and a main character that gets easily distracted and...Oh, sorry...Squirrel!

Right...chapter...going...
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Mickey's NOT so Fun Wheel!!!




We have posted this picture before. But I want you to get a clear image of it and keep it in the back of your mind for later. This will become a major hang up for me as this day progresses and comes to a close.

With that in mind, I am here to finally bring you a new chapter. I know you have all been anxiously awaiting it, and I apologize for keeping you hanging for so long . I have been bombarded at work, tasked with organizing a Prescription Drug Abuse/Awareness Summit for up to 300 people. For the last couple of months I have barely had time to breathe, let alone write a chapter. But while the boss is away…or should I say, Now that the boss has retired…

In the last chapter, T-Man had everyone on pins and needles, waiting to see if he would find his ID back at the room or if he would have to jump ship and find a new way back home. (Although how he would drive back home without an ID is beyond me, silly boy). As he mentioned, luckily he found it on the nightstand and we didn’t have to worry about trying to smuggle him into my luggage. The last thing I need is to be arrested for human trafficking or something.

We hop back on the shuttle and head back to the park. I can hear this little voice in the back of my mind and I’m struggling to figure out what it is. As we get closer to the park, I can feel the voice getting more determined. Once we pull into the space for our shuttle and the door opens, I am hit with a whammy as I realize what this “voice” is. I struggle internally to push it back. I will not succumb to this so called death threat. I am the master of my own mind. I will not be a dumb wife. I will not.

*sigh*

We made our way through the carousel of entry and went straight to the lockers. Adding all our baggage to the locker, only taking the essentials (i.e., ID’s and moo la moo), we began our walk to the other side of the park, where I will soon meet my maker.

We wanted to hit up Toy Story Mania since it was closed the last time we were here, but as we made our way towards the ride, we decided to pick up some fast passes for California Screamin’. Upon getting said passes, T-Man notices that the wait time is only 10 minutes. This will not go my way. I already know what he is thinking. I can see it in those eyes. The excitement of a 10 year old boy inside a grown man’s body. He’s all but jumping up and down. This is the ride he has been waiting for. This is why we came back to DCA in the first place.

As I’m walking through the que, I begin to ponder what it is about being a dumb wife that is so riveting to me that I can not say no to this man I call my husband . I did not have time to contemplate that for too long, because before I knew it, we were being pushed into the car. The harness is pulled over my head and I’m struggling to make sure I’m strapped in tight. The supreme ruler of the ride, or CM as they are called, comes around and tugs on the handle of my harness to make sure it won’t come up on me mid loop, and we are off.

This ride is totally deceptive. It starts you out all nice and slow, it’s like a walk in the park. You go under the bridge and all of a sudden you hear this voice out of no where say;

“Get ready screamers. Head back, face forward and hang on.”

I’m now trying to figure out where this invisible person is and I’m pretty sure with those instructions, he knows what he is talking about, even if he sounds like a pimply 13 year old. So I do as instructed. The car moves a few feet and we stop. The kid’s voice is back;

“Launch in 5, 4, 3,…”

Wait, I’m not ready…I don’t think I can do this…

“…2, 1!”

Before I know it, I’m launched into an aluminum tube straight up and then pushed straight down. This is where I’m to die…This is how it will end…I just know it.

Oh…wait…I guess not…The coaster launches us into a never ending turn just in time for the next uphill battle with the aluminum tube.

As we near the top of the hill, the coaster starts to slow down. I’m thinking, “Oh great, just what I need, for the coaster to stop working while I’m at the very top of this thing.” But the coaster has other things in mind, like freaking me out as it all of a sudden speeds and plummets straight down.

I’m beginning to think, “OK…I’ve gone through the worst of it. This has got to be the worst of the coaster, and it’s not too bad…”

I thought too soon.

Just as that thought is processing in my brain, the coaster roars into the 360 degree loop.

The rest of the coaster is a blur, bounding over small hills and curving to the left and to the right at crazy speeds. Just when I thought this thing would never end, we finally start to crawl to a stop. I can’t get out of the seat fast enough. Of course, it almost feels like you are being pushed out of your seat as the new victims, er…I mean…fanatics…are trying to make their way into the car.

T-Man grabs my arm as I stumble out of the car and onto the platform. I wearily make my way to the stairs to get down to solid ground. I all but get down on my knees and kiss the asphalt below me as we get to the bottom.

At this time I’m in need of a beer. But the beer stand is no-where near us at the moment. As we make our way towards our elusive beer stand, we come across Toy Story Mania. Now this I can do.

The posted wait time is 45 minutes. There are no fast passes for this ride. They do not fast pass TSM here. We contemplate whether it will be worth standing in line for 45 minutes or if the lines would possibly go down later. However, this was our thought process last time and we never got to ride it. So we opt for waiting and get in line.

T-man decides to pass the time by taking some pictures.







The time stamp of 45 minutes is pretty right on the money. The only problem with this que is that the majority of it is all outside. You go through the outside chain link fenced off maze, just to go into a room that is full of fun paintings and sayings on the walls. You circle through that, before coming back outside for your glasses. Once you get the glasses, the ride is almost within reach. Just a few more moments and we are there!




Mike was happy he finally got the number 1 spot and was telling me he was number 1.

We get into our car, and test out our trusty guns. They seem to be good. Let the games begin!

I honestly do not remember who won. We might have a picture of it. I’ll have to see. But the ride is pretty much the same once you get inside, as it is in WDW.


I knew we had a picture…Ask me who was who and I couldn’t give you a straight answer. I honestly do not remember.

Once we finished with Woody, Buzz and the rest of the crew, we took a little walk through the pier. They did a great job on this part of the park. If it wasn’t for the fact that there is no ocean off to the side or in front of you, you really would think you were on a pier. With the roller coaster off to one side, and the arcade games and shops along side it, it really is nice to just walk along and people watch.

Before leaving this side of the park, I really wanted to ride Mickey’s Fun Wheel.

NOTE: From this point forth, this ride will be known as Mickey’s NOT so fun wheel! I’ll explain, but first, remember that picture I posted at the start of this chapter?




Now, looking at it, it looks like an innocent Ferris Wheel type ride right? Innocent my rear!

As you approach the line, you have a choice; you can either take the road less traveled (the stationary car), or follow the throngs of people going to the car that moves. Now come on…it can’t be that bad right? Even if the car moves, it’s just a Ferris Wheel. Where can the car go?

With that said…I want to pre-empt this story to remind you of who I am. Do not let the fact that my hair has been dyed red fool you…I am still a blond at heart. And do not let T-Man fool you with his talk about how I graduated from college with a degree...that degree means nothing here at Disney. I occasionally can be duped by the ever present, lovable mouse we all know and love.

Back to the story now…

We come to the fork in the road and decide to follow the leader, and hit up the moving car line. It’s got a picture of Mickey Mouse on the front of the ride, so it can’t be bad. There are even little kids in line in front of us. If they can do this, I sure as heck can!

As we approached the front of the line, we told them how many were in our party and waited until they stopped the ride, let the other people off, and ushered us on. The car is a cage…A wired in, metal cage.

This was the point where my Bachelor of Science degree failed me! I knew there was a reason I called it a BS degree in the first place! We began the slow assent up. Our car was swaying slightly, but nothing I couldn’t handle. I figured this is cool. We should be able to see everything from the top…and then…

I lied. I lied good. I can’t do this…I really can’t.

Go back and look at that picture. Do you see the way some of the areas have this sort of curved rail where the car is sitting…as you approach anyplace that is not the very bottom of this ride; you are pretty much flung about on this curved railing. It’s sort of like those zig zag toys that we had when we were kids, where you would place a ball at the top and watch as it went down, then dropped and when down the other way, etc…

The very first time the cage dropped, I felt my heart drop too. I almost lost it. I was literally having the start of a panic attack. The poor couple across from us where looking at me like I was crazy, especially after T-Man had just mentioned to them after seeing the Tower of Terror ride as we rose up, how we just went on the Tower of Terror the other day and It was my absolute favorite ride. All I could think of was I was going to die!

You see, in my panic stricken mind, it was only a matter of time before the cage I was sitting in would gain momentum and take off with us in it. T-Man kept trying to calm me down, taking my hand and telling me to focus on something in the distance. Unfortunately every time I would do that the car would lurch into a new position and I would have to control myself from screaming at the top of my lungs.

Needless to say I was extremely happy when we got off the ride, and very anxious for that promised beer! I would have taken two rides on California Screamin’ over that panicked feeling any day.

Here are a few shots T-Man was able to get from the ride, while I was clinging to the cage for dear life.


This is a shot of the intricate detail work of what goes into World of Color.


An aerial shot of Grizzly Peak, the star of Grizzly River Rapids.


An aerial shot of The Matterhorn.


A shot of California Screamin’


These are the aluminum tubes I was talking about earlier.


Better shot of…everything…You see Matterhorn in the background, Off to the right you see Space Mountain, and near the front, Soarin’.

Now don’t get me wrong, the ride was cool, and if I knew ahead of time what that feeling would be like, I probably wouldn’t have freaked out the way I did. I’ve done this once before with T-Man. One of the mountain ranges we have here in Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, and at the top of this mountain, is called Sandia Peak, it’s a very popular place in the winter when it snows, for all those who love to snow board or ski, and pretty popular in the summer for hiking and stuff. There is a great restaurant at the top of the peak, and to get there, you take the tram. This tram has the 3rd longest single span in the world.

Anyway, we’ve been on the tram before, and I had no problems. But I had always ridden it during the day. This one time, we rode it up during the day, stopped and ate at the restaurant and by the time we left it was dark. As we boarded the tram to go down, I didn’t think anything of it. Until the initial take off from the platform. There was an every so slight, but sudden drop off, and I freaked. I think my initial fear was because I could not see what was below me. I had my head buried into T-Man’s arm or chest the rest of the way, fighting back tears and trying desperately to breathe.

I haven’t been back on the tram since….

So I think if I would have known what the moving car would have felt like on the “Fun” wheel, in the beginning I wouldn’t have freaked as much as I did. It took me a little while to get my bearings back and was able to walk normally again.

To get my equilibrium back, We took a small walk to the nearby store to look around.




Once I could walk without drawing attention to myself, we went in search of that ever so needed beer.

We decided to take a page from Ponzi's book and took a self portrait of us with our beer...




I'll leave you all with that for the night. I put off some of my work today to get this done so I have a little catching up to do tomorrow, but hopefully we won't take as long with the next chapter. Hope this chapter was worth the wait! Did I mention how wonderful you all are for sticking around?!
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Welcome back Lady H! Loved the chapter. I know exactly the feeling you are talking about on Mickey's not so Fun Wheel. I love thrill rides, never met a roller coaster I didn't like but that swaying, sliding, out of control feeling - NO THANKS! The shadow pic of you and T Man was great!

By the way just found out I'm squeezing a short Disney trip in in Sept. Have a conference to go to for work and one of the places it was offered was WDW, um, sign me up please! I'm going two days early to have fun then three days at the conference with my nights free so my best friend is coming along with me to keep me company. I'm so excited!!
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Great chapter It was worth the wait

I can't ride coasters, or anything with drops and I really admire anyone else with the courage I lack! You have my utmost respect

Hopefully things will calm down for you at work - we've missed you around here
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I SO MUCH APPRECIATE your chapter about Mickey's Wheel of Terror! My DH almost dragged us onto one of the swinging cars last week and I told him flat out NO WAY!
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Welcome back Lady H! Loved the chapter. I know exactly the feeling you are talking about on Mickey's not so Fun Wheel. I love thrill rides, never met a roller coaster I didn't like but that swaying, sliding, out of control feeling - NO THANKS! The shadow pic of you and T Man was great!
Thank You! It's good to be back. This work thing is killing me. I never thought I would feel like that again after the Tram ride story I told, and when I got on that ride, I was crawling out of my skin, I was so scared. I just didn't expect that feeling at all.

I love that shadow pic. I'm tempted to put it up as my Facebook pic.

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By the way just found out I'm squeezing a short Disney trip in in Sept. Have a conference to go to for work and one of the places it was offered was WDW, um, sign me up please! I'm going two days early to have fun then three days at the conference with my nights free so my best friend is coming along with me to keep me company. I'm so excited!!
Yay for you! Even if you have to deal with the conference during the day, just being near there and having the opportunity to hit up a park at some point in the day (especially now that the days are longer) is exciting! I will live vicariously through you for the moment.

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I can't ride coasters, or anything with drops and I really admire anyone else with the courage I lack! You have my utmost respect

Hopefully things will calm down for you at work - we've missed you around here
Aww...Thank you! I've missed being around to be honest. This darn project didn't get me any leeway at all. I'm just glad the major part of it's over. Now it's just organizing all the information we gathered from it.

I'm not a huge coaster fan, but I have accepted that T-Man is a thrill seeker. He knows that if I don't want to do it, I won't and he won't try to make me. He's gotten really good at accepting it when I say "Aw heck no!" But I never want to leave the parks thinking...I should have at least tried it. Now I know what Mickey's NOT so fun Wheel is like, and i don't have to try it again.

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Welcome! and Thank you! I like Mickey's Wheel of Terror. That is a pretty accurate description. I think you were very wise in your decision to say NO WAY...I was not so smart.
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We have posted this picture before. But I want you to get a clear image of it and keep it in the back of your mind for later. This will become a major hang up for me as this day progresses and comes to a close.
Okay. It's a Ferris Wheel.
What could possibly go wrong?

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With that in mind, I am here to finally bring you a new chapter.


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I have been bombarded at work, tasked with organizing a Prescription Drug Abuse/Awareness Summit for up to 300 people.
What kind of job involves getting 300 people to abuse prescription drugs?

Very strange.

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In the last chapter, T-Man had everyone on pins and needles, waiting to see if he would find his ID back at the room or if he would have to jump ship and find a new way back home. (Although how he would drive back home without an ID is beyond me, silly boy).
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As he mentioned, luckily he found it on the nightstand and we didn’t have to worry about trying to smuggle him into my luggage. The last thing I need is to be arrested for human trafficking or something.
How much are slightly used T-men going for nowadays?

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I struggle internally to push it back. I will not succumb to this so called death threat. I am the master of my own mind. I will not be a dumb wife. I will not.

*sigh*
Nice try, though.

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we began our walk to the other side of the park, where I will soon meet my maker.
Disney's got Him on the payroll too???

Not surprised.

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As I’m walking through the que, I begin to ponder what it is about being a dumb wife that is so riveting to me that I can not say no to this man I call my husband
<sigh> I wish Ruby would have that affliction.

She has no problems with saying no.

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Before I know it, I’m launched into an aluminum tube straight up and then pushed straight down. This is where I’m to die…This is how it will end…I just know it.
Farewell, fair maiden. We hardly knew ya.

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I all but get down on my knees and kiss the asphalt below me as we get to the bottom.
I like that. The next time T-man tries to get you to ride it, you can say, "Kiss my asphalt! Right on the bottom!"

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They do not fast pass TSM here.
hmmm... wonder why not?

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Mike was happy he finally got the number 1 spot and was telling me he was number 1.
So childish. Men can be such children sometimes.


And yes, I would do the exact same thing!

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I honestly do not remember who won.
Let me put your mind at ease. I know who won.
T-man won.

If you'd won you absolutely would have remembered.
Remembered the gloating, of course.

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we took a little walk through the pier.
It appears that you have become insubstantial if you can walk through a pier.

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Innocent my rear!
Asphalt!

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As you approach the line, you have a choice; you can either take the road less traveled (the stationary car), or follow the throngs of people going to the car that moves. Now come on…it can’t be that bad right? Even if the car moves, it’s just a Ferris Wheel. Where can the car go?
uh, oh...

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With that said…I want to pre-empt this story to remind you of who I am.
I know! I know! You're Mrs. Bunny!

See? And you thought I had a short attention sp.....

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I occasionally can be duped by the ever present, lovable mouse we all know and love.


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We come to the fork in the road


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It’s got a picture of Mickey Mouse on the front of the ride, so it can’t be bad.
Did it look like this?


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There are even little kids in line in front of us. If they can do this, I sure as heck can!
You do remember that kids think they're invincible, right?

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As we approached the front of the line, we told them how many were in our party
Party? I thought you didn't have the beers yet?

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It’s sort of like those zig zag toys that we had when we were kids, where you would place a ball at the top and watch as it went down, then dropped and when down the other way, etc…
Sounds like a ride called 'The Zipper'. I saw it the first time at the fair when I was a kid. I resolved then and there to never, ever ride it.

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I almost lost it. I was literally having the start of a panic attack.
Aw, poor Heather.

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I would have taken two rides on California Screamin’ over that panicked feeling any day.
You know it's bad when Mrs. H will take not one, but two wild coaster rides in lieu of.

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An aerial shot of Grizzly Peak, the star of Grizzly River Rapids.
That's pretty cool. I didn't notice the bear at first.

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We decided to take a page from Ponzi's book and took a self portrait of us with our beer...

Nope. That's not me.

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Hope this chapter was worth the wait!
It was!

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Did I mention how wonderful you all are for sticking around?!
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how wonderful you all are for sticking around
ahhhh.....

Thanks for the great chapter!
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Okay. It's a Ferris Wheel.
What could possibly go wrong?
Famous last words!!!



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Aww...That made me smile! Thank you.



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What kind of job involves getting 300 people to abuse prescription drugs?

Very strange.
Technically it was a Prescription Drug Abuse/Awareness Summit. So we wanted them aware of the fact that they were abusing them...

And to clarify, it was for Law Enforcement, Medical Personnel, Community Coalitions and Municipalities, to forge together and come up with ideas and solutions to combat the abuse...

It sounded better the way you put it didn't it?!



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You'd be surprised...They are an expensive species.



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Nice try, though.




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Disney's got Him on the payroll too???

Not surprised.
I think Disney has everyone on the payroll except us!





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<sigh> I wish Ruby would have that affliction.

She has no problems with saying no.
I gave up saying no a long time ago. Because even if I say it, T-Man does it anyway.



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Farewell, fair maiden. We hardly knew ya.
"Bye Bye"



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I like that. The next time T-man tries to get you to ride it, you can say, "Kiss my asphalt! Right on the bottom!"
Love it. Eventually we are going to have to start our own Dis-tionary...We already have Prac and now Asphalt.



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hmmm... wonder why not?
Good question...I really have no answer for that. The first day we went to check it out, the CM there told us there was no fast pass line. Maybe it's not as popular here as it is in WDW? or Maybe they are just crazy!



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So childish. Men can be such children sometimes.
People ask why we haven't had children yet...I tell them, i'm waiting for the one I already have to grow up first.


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And yes, I would do the exact same thing!
Figures.


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Let me put your mind at ease. I know who won.
T-man won.

If you'd won you absolutely would have remembered.
Remembered the gloating, of course.
Don't you think I would have remembered him gloating?

and I don't gloat...I just state the facts!



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It appears that you have become insubstantial if you can walk through a pier.
I stand corrected! Although, seeing as this is Disney, and there is so much magic there already...who knows...maybe it is possible.



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Asphalt!





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I know! I know! You're Mrs. Bunny!

See? And you thought I had a short attention sp.....
Squirrel!



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Not the mouse I was thinking...but close enough.



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I knew you wouldn't let me down Ponzi! That was good!



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Did it look like this?
No...but it probably should have!



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You do remember that kids think they're invincible, right?
Alas...at the time, I did not think of this. And you know full well that T-Man is not going to give me a reason to go anywhere else. Especially if I'm the one steering us in this direction already.



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Party? I thought you didn't have the beers yet?
We hadn't...But we had a Simply Lemonade at the room when we went back for the ID...Does that count as starting the party?



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Sounds like a ride called 'The Zipper'. I saw it the first time at the fair when I was a kid. I resolved then and there to never, ever ride it.
That is pretty much exactly it...the only difference between this and The Zipper, is the car on The Zipper completely rotates, while the car on the Not so fun wheel, just slides as the wheel moves. Just thinking about it gives me shivers...



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Aw, poor Heather.
Poor Heather, is right!



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You know it's bad when Mrs. H will take not one, but two wild coaster rides in lieu of.
What's really sad is that a ferris wheel took me out. I went on everything else...and didn't freak out this bad.



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That's pretty cool. I didn't notice the bear at first.
The imagineers did a great job on that, I thought.



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Nope. That's not me.
Darn! I thought maybe we had finally captured the elusive Pkondz. Sort of like Bigfoot, His legend lives another day...



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It was!




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Thanks for the great chapter!
Thanks for the breakdown Ponzi! As always, you out did yourself!
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great chapter Heather. except I got the heebie geebies myself just reading about the rides.. BOTH of them! yikes. neither one is my cup of tea. I am not so brave as you!

I am imagining the diabolical minds who think of these crazy rides. As George Carlin said "Some grown man was at work one day....." (in this scenario, the next line was "I got one! near the refrigerator!" referring to suggestions on the package as to where to place the fake vomit)
I really think all who design thrill rides are closet sadists!

I, too love the shadow picture. !!!!!!!!!!
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Now me, I can't wait to ride the fun wheel and the screamin!!!
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As you approach the line, you have a choice; you can either take the road less traveled (the stationary car), or follow the throngs of people going to the car that moves. Now come on…it can’t be that bad right? Even if the car moves, it’s just a Ferris Wheel. Where can the car go?
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The very first time the cage dropped, I felt my heart drop too. I almost lost it. I was literally having the start of a panic attack. The poor couple across from us where looking at me like I was crazy, especially after T-Man had just mentioned to them after seeing the Tower of Terror ride as we rose up, how we just went on the Tower of Terror the other day and It was my absolute favorite ride. All I could think of was I was going to die!

DH felt the same as we were swinging in our gondola on that ride... through clenched teeth in a very fake smile as I took his picture, he was saying "We're gonna DIE!" After that, he called it the "Spinning Mickey Head Wheel of Death".

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Now me, I can't wait to ride the fun wheel and the screamin!!!
I had a blast on the Fun Wheel. Except that DH (DBF at the time) was panicked and green. No way I was going to get him on California Screamin'.
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great chapter Heather. except I got the heebie geebies myself just reading about the rides.. BOTH of them! yikes. neither one is my cup of tea. I am not so brave as you!

I am imagining the diabolical minds who think of these crazy rides. As George Carlin said "Some grown man was at work one day....." (in this scenario, the next line was "I got one! near the refrigerator!" referring to suggestions on the package as to where to place the fake vomit)
I really think all who design thrill rides are closet sadists!

I, too love the shadow picture. !!!!!!!!!!
Smidgy...This next time around, I'm sticking to the stationary car. At least that way all I can worry about is the height, and not swinging to my ultimate doom!

I agree with the George Carlin quote..T-Man and I have stayed up at night a few times talking about how some things came to fruition. Like the Rodeo, or Horse Racing, etc...The minds some people have, and yet we follow those minds to these parks on a regular basis.


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Now me, I can't wait to ride the fun wheel and the screamin!!!

Screamin' really wasn't that bad once I was off it and firmly on the ground


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DH felt the same as we were swinging in our gondola on that ride... through clenched teeth in a very fake smile as I took his picture, he was saying "We're gonna DIE!" After that, he called it the "Spinning Mickey Head Wheel of Death".
Pretty soon we will have a list of all the possibilities of what the Fun Wheel should have been called instead...

Mickey's Not So Fun Wheel
Mickey's Wheel of Terror
Spinning Mickey Head Wheel of Death

May have to send these titles to Disney so they can change it.
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While my favorite fishing spot is currently closed due to a forest fire, I guess I can come back for a little while and make a few comments on Lady H's recent chapter.

As you recall, we never got to ride Cal Screamin' the first time we went to DCA. I for one was happy it was open this time. I was hoping I wasn't going to have to leave DLR without riding it at least once. Now IF I had to make a comparison to WDW (because I know Nebo wanted these, even though he hasn't been around here it quite a long time now), I really don't know which coaster I would compare it to. Lady H (self proclaimed "Dumb Wife") I don't think keeps her eyes open. At least it looks like they're closed each time we see the picture at the end. Although, I will admit, she is getting better. She can be seen peeping out a little through one eye. Anyways, she did a really good job describing it to you.

Cal Screamin' is like a combination of Expedition Everest and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. You have the hydraulic take off of RnRC, with the drops and speed of EE. There is only one loop and you don't go backwards. As Lady H said, there's quite a few drops and turns. Speed remains pretty consistent throughout the ride. Definitely worth giving a try.

Out of the coasters I've ridden so far, this is how I would rank them.

1. Manta - Sea World Orlando
2. Hulk - Islands of Adventure
3. RnRC - WDW-DHS
4. Dragon Challenge (Formerly known as Dueling Dragons) - Islands of Adventure
5. Kraken - Sea World Orlando
6. California Screamin' - DLR-DCA
7. Manta - Sea World San Diego
8. Expedition Everest - WDW-AK
9. Rip Ride Rockit - Universal Studios Orlando
10. Let's just put the Space Mountains, BTMRR's and Mummy's from each location (both California and Orlando) here shall we.

One of these days, I'll get to Magic Mountain, Cedar Point or to Great Adventure and Safari to ride some more intense coasters.

Ok, moving on.

Lady H was a gracious winner. I on the other hand was not so gracious a loser. I cried, fussed, whined, pouted and did what any other sore loser would do; I made excuses as to why I lost. Yes, Lady H won at TSM. I was expecting her to gloat because for the likes of me, I can't beat her for anything. If my life depended on it, she would be a widow.

Now we get to Mickey's NOT So Fun Wheel. Mickey's Wheel of Terror. I was really surprised at her reaction. I never thought a ferris wheel would do her in. I was expecting it to be Cal Screamin'. Needless to say, I am shocked when I read she would take 2 CS's to one ride on MFW. Careful what you say honey. Remember, we are going back to DCA in October. I just may hold you to that. I'm almost willing to bet for next time, if we DO go back on MFW, it will be in a stationary car.

Glad people enjoyed the silhouette picture. I thought it would be a fun picture, and as it turns out, we had fun taking it.

I guess I'll stick around a little longer. After all, with the forest fires burning around us, can't get to the lakes or rivers at the moment. I'll have to put fishing on hold.

As Lady H said, thanks everyone for sticking around. We'll try to finish this within a year of when we first started. Never knew the work it takes writing a TR. I give credit to Nebo and everyone that can get them out so quickly.
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Great update you guys and yes Heather I agree with you about that stupid not so fun wheel. rode it once when DCA first opened and it scared the bejezzus out of me. once was more than enough. We have been there many many times and just last week Lance asked me if I wanted to go on it. No thanks. I love screamin and think they did a great job putting that much coaster in such a small space. Wish they would put in a Rocking Roller coaster back in the old Millionare building.
You guys should hit up Magic Mtn when you get out here in October they have some great coasters.
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