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Old 04-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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Bama Ed Is At The Fort April 2013

So Ed is here. This is not a live trip report really. If you are here come by and say hi in site 127. Lots to tell already. I will just be checking in and add a proper TR once i get home.

A tree fell on a trailer last night in 200 pix to come. A fellow Disser stopped by, and open rehearsals for HDDR tomarrow are open to the public.

Its beautiful and warm today.

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Old 04-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #2
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We will be there in two weeks can not wait... we are getting ready to book right now we are just trying to decided between premium or preferred!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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Missing ya by two weeks as well. Have a wonderful time!!!
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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Well, that is a great opener for curiosity ?s !
Tree? Trailer? Rehearsal?
With family? A performance?

And this trip, you're not in the typical pop up loops....for a change? Been in that loop before? What's particularly nice?
"lots to tell already".... Great!

Curiosity could, but won't, quite kill this cat. We'll hang in there to see for ourselves, as all can see by our ticker....Pluto is practically licking Mickey's face. (I bet he's a particularly slobbery breed).

Am Looking forward to reading about what made this warm day- and wishing y'all more- "beautiful" !
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Sorry i will miss you guys too.

Okay here is the money shot.



Oh and Readerbug, we did some things differently on purpose. I had been in a rut and it feels good today.

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:07 PM   #6
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I'll be watching for that TR bet your happy to be in the World with what's coming through state today**Enjoy
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:59 PM   #7
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We arrive by the end of next week , so hope you are still there so we can stop and say hello. Hope you have a great trip Looks like the weather is nice..
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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We arrive by the end of next week , so hope you are still there so we can stop and say hello. Hope you have a great trip Looks like the weather is nice..

Sorry, kazlac, I'm only here a couple days so I will miss you. BTW, all you folks who are coming later this month need to share dates (either via PM or publicly here on the board, get your green DIS signs ready, and try to meet each other).

In other news,

Well, I said I wasn't going to do it....

But I guess I am. A live trip report that is.

To satisfy Readerbug, I am here because my kid's high school band is marching over at Universal and I wanted to be here to see it (and it's a legitimate reason to get back to the Fort ) DW did not accompany me but she sent my father as my chaperone (he's 73, retired, and always free to pick up and go on short notice). DW was afraid I would have too good a time here if I came by myself. Out of respect for her, if someone asks, "where's your wooden Musket Mickey sign?", I didn't bring it because it has her name on it as well as mine and if she's not here, the sign's not here (I hope she's reading this back at home....). Miss you honey!

I was here two years ago in April when the high school band (this time with my older son as well) marched down Main Street and I posted my first live trip report. But I didn't know that this trip my Dear Dad brought his laptop to the Fort so we got a modem kit (free as someone said a while back - no deposit required now), so it's very easy to get a live TR done. But I'm still going to post less than the last trip while I am here and add more when I get home.

At least that's the plan.

I mentioned that a trailer in 200 got hit by a falling tree yesterday. Here are the pix then I will tell you how it happened (as told to me by the dad in the trailer):





So here's what happened. The trailer pictured was in site 220 (outside) and to its right as we look at it is 219. It was dinner time last night. Both families in 219 and 220 were eating dinner outside in their respective sites. There was a tall solitary tree between the two sites. The top third of it just fell out of the sky onto the trailer in 220 - it had rotted out internally due to water penetration. Both families were unhurt but scared to death naturally. That is the stump cut down to the ground you see in the one picture. The dad of the damaged trailer says he will wait to see what his insurance says. Disney didn't admit fault, didn't commit to replace it, etc but is putting them up elsewhere for the remainder of their stay.

The family was salvaging what they could onto a truck to take back home with them.

How's THAT for a vacation?

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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OMG! Best live trip report EVER! Enjoy your time at the Fort! ROLL TIDE! We really need an even number to make my OCD happy...... 16!!!

And, I'm pretty sure Disney will be contributing to the purchase of a new camper. A tree falling onto a camper seems like a pretty clear fault on the part of Disney. When you go and camp there, you should be able to feel relatively safe in that trees won't fall onto your camper creating this kind of damage. We were there last month during that bad storm and in that case....I could see where Disney wouldn't be liable, but here..... Hmmmm....

I didn't spend a day in law school, so.....
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #10
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For CrystalBrewer and thegoofyfamily, RTR!

When I come to the Fort, I like to fire up the charcoal grill and cook all the meat for the trip at one time (covers several days). The cooked meat goes in zip lock bags in the pup fridge and we heat it in our microwave and eat it with sides. Cheap, tasty, healthy (you know what in it - or not) and ready when you are. I was watching the Masters on tv while cooking...





It is steaks (for tonight) plus chicken breasts - lots of them and hot dogs. I hope you are hungry!





Also while cooking, the horse drawn wagon and buggy came through to drum up business for tonight.





Supper was excellent. The steaks, some rice pilaf from the microwave (thank you Uncle Ben), canned peaches, and some Southern Red wine from the Lakeridge Winery (more on that later). Here was all that was left:



After supper I went for a walk down to the Marina and Trails End. I mentioned earlier a fellow DISser had stopped by and I caught up with him: Ken who posts under the DIS name "retired and happy". It was nice to put a name with a face. Ken, good luck to you and Judy.

I see where another DISser is camped but the lights are dark. I will try to catch up with them later.

Down by the lawn mower tree at the golf cart parking area by the marina was the prettiest golf cart I have ever seen:



The boats were running tonight of course so here are some marina shots:









For those that don't bring golf carts to the marina, here is some inspiration. Doesn't this look like an active, fun family?



Speaking of families, this family from England was sitting on the Trails End porch playing Jinga. Well, you know how it ends.





And hula hooping...



Note the yellow golf cart with the Mickey head on it:



Who all is reading this? Please drop me a reply and chime in. Strap in too, 'cause we don't do things halfway around here.

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Old 04-11-2013, 07:15 PM   #11
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Love your trip report. I feel like I am right there with you.

Thank you and keep it coming.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:18 PM   #12
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some Southern Red wine from the Lake ridge Winery
. . . love their wines
. . . reasonably priced and it goes down so easily
. . . and, just a little bit down the road from our house


the prettiest golf cart I have ever seen
. . . was it the prettiest cart?
. . . or was it the prettiest logo?


Well, you know how it ends
. . . with Brits, things ALWAYS end with a pint
. . . or two
. . . or three
. . . wait a minute
. . . same with us Irish-Hungarians (especially Borsodi Bivaly, Borsodi Póló)
. . . and, Guinness for the other half of me
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:55 PM   #13
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:03 PM   #14
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I'm in... awaiting more and living vicariously through you.

My husband always complains about how long it takes to heat up charcoal to cook, doing it all at once is a great idea. I think I will borrow that one from you.

Enjoy!
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Down by the lawn mower tree at the golf cart parking area by the marina was the prettiest golf cart I have ever seen:




Who all is reading this? Please drop me a reply and chime in. Strap in too, 'cause we don't do things halfway around here.

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The Bama cart brought tears of absolute joy to my eyes.....bittersweet since DH is on the laptop trying to find one of his own right now.

I just love sitting at Trails End with a glass of grape juice watching all the families -- some there for the first time. Some are exhausted ready to kill each other and some are just happy to be at Disney. Great people watching right there on that porch.

I'm in.
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