So no trips for us. Whos us? You might ask? Of course you do. Its traditional to give a rundown of reprobates, a cast of cast-offs, a whos who of you know whos. But Im not going to. Oh settle down. You! In the back! Get off the furniture, sit down and let me explain. Ill fill you in as we go along, promise. I just dont want this to be a cookie cutter TR. You know the type: 1. Cast of characters 2. We love Disney 3. We love rides 4. The end Nothing wrong with that. I read em dont I? I just wanted something a little different. Its good to break the mold once in a while. Besides, mold isnt good for you. I can live with mildew though. I don't necessarily like it, but I can do it. Umm where was I? Right. Cookie cutter TR. Yes. I love Disney and I love the rides. 6 points to the first reader who guesses my favorite ride. (and youre already regretting that you started reading this, right? Right? Right. Hmmm.. actually, that bit about "first reader" implies that not only will there be a reader, but more than one. Shows a certain amount of chutzpah, don't you think?) No clues. Thats it. Ive said it often enough on the DIS that somebody will figure it out. Okay. So I love Disney, blah, blah, blah happy now? Can I get on with this now? What do you mean: Its about time.???? Fine. Here goes. When we first moved to the city back in 99, we had 6 days to find a place to live. We did pretty good. It was a nice little house in what looked to be a fairly nice location. New area. Lots of room for expansion. And expand it did. The empty fields around us quickly filled up with new houses. You had to be careful not to stand in one spot too long or somebodyd throw a house up around you and you could get locked in. It got busier. It got louder. It was only a matter of time before the street that we backed onto would be widened to accommodate the increase in traffic. We had another kid. We didnt have a lot of room. So heres our options 1. We can renovate. We can renovate a lot. I dont like the kitchen. We need to move or remove a wall. We need to redo the basement. Id like to enlarge the bathroom. And after all that, it would still be busy and noisy oy. 2. We can move. Moving can be stressful. Weve moved into five different places since weve been married. Its never really that much fun. I dont want to move. DW wants to move. (ooh! Your first character! Its the wife!) So we talked about it. So we moved. But heres the thing. To get the house we really wanted meant certain sacrifices had to be made. One of those sacrifices was: No trips for a few years. Another one of those sacrifices was a virgin. Oh, alright. I'm kidding. Everybody knows you can't find a virgin anywhere, anymore. So why am I writing a TR if there was no trip? Oh, but there was. But not to Disney. Wait! You cant write a TR on the DIS if theres no trip to Disney!! Youre right. But you can if you throw in a visit to Aulani. What? You cant go on any trips but you went to Hawaii? How? Well youll just have to wait and see, wont you??? Care to come along for the ride?