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Old 04-04-2014, 03:55 PM   #136
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Joining in...I love TRs!! Can't wait for more!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:17 PM   #137
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These are the things that I included in each of the FE gifts that I gave.

1. Tokyo Disney Resort maps...either Disney SEA or Disneyland or both
2.The TDS attraction backstory set
3.Small toy for each kid
4.Japanese currency chocolate bar
5.Japanese kite mini replica.....our area has a famous Kite festival
6.mini puzzle of famous Japanese landmark
7.Japanese print origami paper
8.Japanese signboard....hand made by my wife's mother...left side has our family name and stamp...Middle has a Happy New Year message in Japanese and personalized for each family and right side has each familys name written in Japanese

I also included an Origami How to paper and a letter explaining everything.
I think maybe the group liked it...though I'm not 100% sure as I've only heard back from about 5 families.

Net Up a wonderful discovery while delivering FE gifts and finally off to dinner.
I'm just catching up (well...it *is* easier to read this way since you take weeks to post updates. I can't imagine anyone doing that). That being said..as we got previews of what you gave out I think it is very cool. Some of the most fun FE gifts are the ones either made by hand or that represent the country you are from. it gives people a feel for what life is like elsewhere...and since you live in a place most Americans (read that as: Me) have never been...it's great stuff!

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Old 04-04-2014, 05:34 PM   #138
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Ok this update will not have any pictures because well ...there aren't any but atleast it will get us through dinner. Before that let me go back a little to that wonderful discovery I mentioned.

During my walk around to deliver some FE gifts I discovered a cabin with a pin trading board hanging outside the door. Basically a corkboard that had 8 pins pinned to it with a sign inviting people to trade one of their pins for one of the pins on the board. I didn't have my pins with me at the time, but I got really excited as it had some great pins on it. Upo a closer look at the pins and the decorations on the door I realized that whoever these folks were that they must be Japanese. I didn't knock at that time because not only was there a GREAT rare Goofy in I wanted, but there were also soe Sully pins there. Sully is Shuichis favorite character like Goofy is mine. He had been looking for Sully ins to trade for with the pins that I had given him. I Ran down to Shuichi's room which was right around the corner and got Shuichi and told him to bring his pins. We traded for the Sullys and Shuichi let me borrow a pin to trade for the Goofy. Later before dinner My Japanese group would meet the couple in the room and indeed I was correct....they were Japanese. To be honest I was worried about someone stealing pins from their board, but no one ever did.

Ok back to dinner....after first dessert Harry brought out my surprise cake from DCL...I'm never too full for cake. Several of the staff sang Happy Birthday and Harry did this thing by clapping his hands that sounded just like fireworks. If you go on the DREAM and meet him make sure to ask him to do it. It was really cool. He then brought out this REALLY nice bag and said he had ran into Goofy outside the restaurant and that Goofy had given it to him.
The outside of the bag was signed by Goofy. At first I really thought it was from DCL, but then I looked at it closer. I recognized it as a Japan Disney Store bag. My friends had made me a GREAT gift bag full of goodies. There were several Goofy dolls, a birthday card, a smaller goofy bag that I now use for pins and a few other surprises. I was so happy to get this gift and thanked everyone. I felt really special and warm inside. This is a feeling that wouldn't last long as you will see in my next update with pictures...the night was about to turn ugly and sad.

Next post...My birthday goes downhill fast.
I cringe to reply here...as I'm filled with concern...but that is so cool of your friends to do that for you! Very nice! Continuing on...
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:39 PM   #139
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Ok now that the Zells are officially on vacation I can relieve the suspense for everyone else. I am just kidding...you guys hae a great tie and I am looking forward to your TR.

Now let me give some pre warning before you read any farther in this post. It will contain information that many may consider TMI, but I feel I have to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Also if I didn't include this part there would be a big gap in my story. Having said that I will write everything in a comic/non offensive way....or atleast I hope.

Before we go on though let me give you a little review of my thoughts on Animators Palette. I enjoyed the restaurant. The food was good, though not great. I loved the figures placed around the room. Crush was good and entertaining.He did talk with our table and asked us questions. Having said all that though I still prefer the Animators Palette restaurant and experience on the Wonder back in 2007. It was much more colorful and I enjoyed when the staff's costumes changed.

Back to the story....We were the very last group to leave the restaurant. The staff was already hard at work cleaning and changing over for the next day. I liked that we got a little peek behind the scenes of what goes on. So off we went, when we saw Goofy in the main Atrium area. I was going to get in line,but they had cut off the line and wouldn't let anyone else in. I was ok with that and understood.. My friends were telling the CM it was my birthday, but still no go. I was still happy. It was themn I realzed that I had left my glasses back in the restaurant. I ran back to get them and found them under the table....still no problem, but remember that point for later in the TR.
So we met back up and talked about what everyone wanted to do. Stef and her mom were going back to their room. Everyone else in our group wanted to go get a beer and sit out on the top deck. I on the other hand had different plans.
Afterall this was my 45th birthday night....a night I had dreamed about,fantasized about and been planning down to the very last detail for over two years. So Kiyomi and I said our goodnights, set a meeting time for the morning and started for the room.

BRIEF INTERRUPTION HERE: Before taking the cruise I had heard about the Match your mate game on the ship. I had even found it on you tube. Originally I had planned on going to that event. I had even hoped to play. Kiyomi and I had played along with the video on Youtube for practice once and we had scored 9 out of 10. The only one we missed was the last question....you know the one....if you don't Google it on Youtube. Now I have to admit in our practice round that her answer for "THE" question was correct and I was wrong. I had said at Serenity Bay on Castaway Cay back in 2007, but she was correct with in the Haunted Mansion at TDL. Ok now...don't judge me. Well to make a long story short...Match Your Mate was on this night and I had just wanted a romantic evening wit my better half in the privacy of my own room. So we skipped Match Your Mate...as you will see I wish I would have just gone.



So here we are ...back at our room. I emptied our FE for the night...I'll show you a picture of that soon.I saw some nice birthday messages on our whiteboard. We opened the door and I was so happy with what I saw. Giovanny had made everything PERFECT.





I saw the setting and that he had also put our bottle of Moet on fresh ice for us. I was on
We took a picture of the FE gifts...



I had recieved a really nice birthday card.
After a few minutes I unwrapped the bathrobes and was going to take a shower then pop te bubbly, but thenI heard Kiyomi say..."I don't feel good." I asked her if she was seasick.....nope..just a cough. My brain went ....NO!!!! this can't happen not tonight.

Now a good/perfect husband would say...

"Are you ok honey? Can I call and get you some soup from room service? Get under the blanket and get some rest."

...but even if your husband is perfect I guarantee he is thinking...

"What do you mean you are coughing. You have been fine all day. Hey it's my birthday. I brought my birthday suit now get into yours."

Now usually I am the good husband, but not this time. My mout opened and I found myself saying what I was thinking instead of what I should have said.

well the night went out the window after that. Kiyomi was like... and I stirred the pot even more... we ended up fighting and yelling at each other. To the people in the adjoining room I am truly sorry.

I ended up sitting in the big porthole window in the living room...really upset. She went to bed. Eventually an hour later I went to bed.
So a magical day had just been flushed down the toilet.

Now I will say that she made up for this night the other three nights of the cruise, but it wasn't quite the same if it had been this night. If that makes any sense....it was a night that we will never get back. I also apologized the next morning. It was all ok, but I still get sad thinking about it.

Next Up Nassau and a fashion disaster.
uh...er...um....not going to go there. Sorry it turned out that way. that really sucks.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:46 PM   #140
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Wow. I almost filled up a whole page with my replies. Good to know we are in a competition. Did I agree to the Drink of The Day contest? If I did...are you sure I wasn't drunk when I agreed to that? I don't know if I can handle the pressure. Quiltteddy becomes mean when I get snippy in my TR's...so you know I have to avoid that.

I thought I had figured out who the criminal was. Now I'm not sure anymore...and when Donald got cooked I was like who would eat Donald?????

Keep up the good work!

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Old 04-04-2014, 06:10 PM   #141
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Wow. I almost filled up a whole page with my replies. Good to know we are in a competition. Did I agree to the Drink of The Day contest? If I did...are you sure I wasn't drunk when I agreed to that? I don't know if I can handle the pressure. Quiltteddy becomes mean when I get snippy in my TR's...so you know I have to avoid that.

I thought I had figured out who the criminal was. Now I'm not sure anymore...and when Donald got cooked I was like who would eat Donald?????

Keep up the good work!

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You agreed by process of elimination. Two people who are writing a TR.... Both of whom need a little inspiration to update and frankly get to the end... Thus a friendly little wager in which I will of course be the victor.
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:25 PM   #142
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Wally and Drew...you 2 are cracking me up!!! I wish you all lived closer to me!! My hubs and I could use some friends like you!!
Now both of you have some writing to do!!
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:36 PM   #143
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You agreed by process of elimination. Two people who are writing a TR.... Both of whom need a little inspiration to update and frankly get to the end... Thus a friendly little wager in which I will of course be the victor.
I see. Agreement by not agreeing. I like your thinking. Now...how can I take advantage of that!

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Wally and Drew...you 2 are cracking me up!!! I wish you all lived closer to me!! My hubs and I could use some friends like you!!
Now both of you have some writing to do!!
hahaha! and the funny part is...to keep up you actually have to read *both* reports. How can I possible work on my TR...I have to keep up with answering questions and pestering the slow TR writers of the world....er....oops!
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:18 PM   #144
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Wally and Drew...you 2 are cracking me up!!! I wish you all lived closer to me!! My hubs and I could use some friends like you!!
Now both of you have some writing to do!!
What Drew said
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:04 PM   #145
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Ok just had to jump in here to say loving the trip report right from the start, but now with the little drink of the day wager it has made this a much more entertaining ride. Just a quick mention of the whole birthday debacle I'm sure she made it up in spades. How nice of you to mention the body products they are the best I must agree with the wife. Very nice touch. One more quick mention would have loved loved loved receiving your FE gift. What a wonderful touch to bring in some wonderful learning experiences from a world away. If by chance you have any extra this little Canadian girl would luv a surprise gift from a far away place. Keep up the great job and I hope you get a chance to slow down a bit with the new position at work. Take care. Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:04 AM   #146
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Ok just had to jump in here to say loving the trip report right from the start, but now with the little drink of the day wager it has made this a much more entertaining ride. Just a quick mention of the whole birthday debacle I'm sure she made it up in spades. How nice of you to mention the body products they are the best I must agree with the wife. Very nice touch. One more quick mention would have loved loved loved receiving your FE gift. What a wonderful touch to bring in some wonderful learning experiences from a world away. If by chance you have any extra this little Canadian girl would luv a surprise gift from a far away place. Keep up the great job and I hope you get a chance to slow down a bit with the new position at work. Take care. Can't wait to hear more.
I enjoyed putting together the FE gift. Will I do it again... Well you will just have to wait and see. No extras at the moment. Which part did you like the best?
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GOODMORING CREW. I WOKE UP FEELING PRETTY GOOD AS WE DOCKED HERE IN NASSAU. TWO REASONS...I DON'T HAVE TO HEAR ANYMORE COMANDS FROM THAT SO CALLED ADMIRAL DONALD AND I KNOW THERE IS A PIRATE MUSEUM HERE IN NASSAU. I CAN POSSIBLY REPLACE ME FAVORITE MUSTACHE COMB. NOW I'M HEADED ASHORE, BUT MAYBE YOU SHOULD INVESTIGATE DECK FOUR ON THE RUNNING TRACK. A CREW MEMBER REPORTED STRANGE WET FOOT PRINTS ON THE WOODEN SURFACE EARLY THIS MORNING. THE STRANGE PART WAS THAT THEY SEEMED TO APPEAR AND DISAPPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE.
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:35 AM   #148
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Ok everyone this update will be short and pictureless, but I have to keep up with the Zells.

It's pictureless because like I said I am not a big fan of Nassau. Now to be fair to Nassau I haven't seen that much of the island on my two visits there. This is not the islands fault, but rather my wifes fault. Any guesses as to what she wants to do when we dock in Nassau???

S H O P P I N G

Wally=not a fan of shopping.

I would love to see the Pirate museum or the zoo and Flamingo show or have a tropical drink at a local bar, but this time would prove no different.....shops. One strange thing was that there were alot of parade stands/seats on the main streets. No idea why...must have had some festival before or after we were there. The stands did block city hall and pictures would have been a waste.

To summarize our day in Nassau we went into shop after shop after shop. Kiyomi bought some expensive perfume. I bought a rootbeer....I can only get Aand W here and that Hines looked great. We also bought some gifts for friends. At one point we debated on a taxi to the other side of the island where that fancy smancy hotel is, but in the end decided against it.
We went into a cheap duty free liquor shop and I really wanted to buy some rum there, but the bottles were huge and o way I could finish it before getting back to Florida. So I thought it would be a waste.....maybe on a 7 night trip and with Drew there to help me.

I will say a few things about the time we were there....The straw market was in much better shape than the tent that it was last time. The locals were not as pushy as last time with their Island goods made in China. Maybe one of these days I will getto actually experience Nassau, but for this trip we were back on the ship just before two and just in time for lunch.

Net up...a quick pack your plate lunch and some wonderful time with my wife as the rest of our group heads back into Nassau and we stay onboard.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:14 PM   #149
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Ok everyone this update will be short and pictureless, but I have to keep up with the Zells.

Um...sorry. this is not an update. No credit.

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I really wanted to buy some rum there, but the bottles were huge and o way I could finish it before getting back to Florida. So I thought it would be a waste.....maybe on a 7 night trip and with Drew there to help me.
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Um...sorry. this is not an update. No credit.



Two words: I'm in.
Ok Ok ... I'll give U that one... No pictures= no points. In that case my next update should get double points as it will include pictures of my wife in a bikini
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