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  1. usnuzuloose

    usnuzuloose DIS Veteran

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    Its because the bad stuff is what makes it yummy. Your right so unfair.:sad2:
     
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  3. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    So the next morning I woke up feeling like utter poo-poo, not because of dinner the night before but probably the dryness of the desert and the smoke from the casinos finally got to me. My nose had this strange feeling of severe pain, when I took a deep breath, it was only one side, but it was really painful. Nevertheless I was pretty miserable and decided that I need to have a box of Kleenex with me 24-7. Oh yeah and the High today was supposed to be 40! :scared1: What happened to the 60 degree highs every day that were suggested when I was packing!

    We started out the day at the Firelight Buffet at Sam’s Town. They had a ton of different choices. Among the hot entrees there was biscuits, corned beef hash, chicken fried steak, oatmeal, grits, jelly, pancakes, French toast, potatoes, eggs, there was an omelet station and all kinds of cereals, plus cakes, and pastries, all of this for $5.49 (with the Senior Discount)

    Here are shots of the buffet and my plates….

    Here are the pancakes, French toast, hash browns and scrambled eggs.

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    Oatmeal, grits and Blueberry compote

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    Tortillas, Corned Beef Hash, Chicken Fried Steaks & Gravy

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    They were also making omelets to order, but there were way too many people standing there so I couldn’t get a good shot. They also had cereal bar, but that wasn’t very exciting. They also had a whole selection of pastries.

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    I think I exercised pretty good restraint and didn’t eat too unhealthy. Probably because I was feeling icky, I didn’t have much of an appetite.

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    After breakfast we hit the blackjack tables for about an hour and around noon we decided to head out to our next activity. We would be going to the Luxor and since it’s on the strip, we thought noon was a good time to take a ride down the strip without getting stuck in horrendous traffic.

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    Treasure Island…and where would we be without hot babes?

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    So we arrived at the Luxor for our destination…

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    So no picture taking was allowed during the exhibit, however, thanks to Google images I can show you some highlights of the exhibit. The whole thing was laid out nicely giving a great timeline. The first room talked about the building of the ship and timing of it’s launch. There were pieces of the exterior of the ship, and the second displayed some of the items passengers had brought in their luggage. We entered a long dimly lit hallway which was very poorly appointed. Evidently this was the area relegated to the third class passengers. They were not able to go above their deck and were very limited in the areas they could visit. They did have a dining room instead of having to eat their meals on the floor of their compartment. One of the luxuries for third class passengers that Titanic offered, was that the poop deck was ventilated! They paid approximately $40 for their trip, in today’s economy it would be equivalent to about $460. Here was what the money got.

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    After several rooms displaying jewelry, glassware, and telling stories of various passengers in Second Class we came upon a replica of the Grand Staircase where the First Class passengers would meet and greet in their evening finest before dinner or cocktails.

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    An opulent hallway led to a room displaying trinkets of the First Class passengers and we saw this replica of the bedroom for First Class passengers. Keep in mind this was only the sleeping quarters, most of these passengers had three to four rooms as part of their suites, a parlor, a sitting room, private bath…

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    We stepped out of that room onto a very convincing replica of the First Class deck. It was an eerie moonlit night. I won’t spoil the rest of it, but it was very moving and continued the story of the ship. I found pictures of two more things they showed that were really interesting to me. The first was some au gratin dishes that they found on the ocean floor. Evidently they were neatly stacked in a cabinet. When the ship lay to rest, the cabinet around them eventually disintegrated but the dishes lay in the sand in the same neat pattern in which they were stacked.

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    The last piece was one that the call “The Big Piece”. This was a side of the ship found intact. It took over four years to get this off the ocean floor. The first attempt started in 2004. It took two years to figure out how to bring it to the surface, and when they had it just about ready to remove from the water, the cables snapped and the 15 ton piece fell back to the bottom. It took another two years before they were able to make a second attempt. Once they finally removed it, there was 1 year in desalinization and then there was another year of “treatment” finally it was coated in wax to preserve the metal.

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    The last room (before the gift shop, thank you Disney) had list of all the passengers on the Titanic grouped by class of passage, or crew and divided into those who survived and those who perished. When we entered we were given a “ticket” for a particular passenger and at the end we were able to find out if “our passenger” survived or perished. Both our passengers survived, mine was traveling with her child and adult sons, the child survived, the adult son perished. This exhibit will be at the Luxor for another 8-9 years so anyone interested need not rush off to see it.
     
  4. usnuzuloose

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    Great pics. Love all the food pics. Wow that is pretty cold for vegas. Thats a great deal for seniors at sams town. I saw titanic when it first started at the Topicana. Did you see the mob exp at the tropicana? It was not finished when we went in august. I will go in june. TR is awesome makes me feel like I am there.:thumbsup2
     
  5. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    The mob exhibit is one that we also want to see. Evidently we have to go back soon because we missed the main point of our trip. We were halfway to Vegas when Fran said, "We forgot Mother!" Now don't think we are that feeble, her mother died five years ago, but wanted her ashes spread on the hill going up I-15 from Baker, Halloran Springs to be exact. Now that her father is gone there is no reason for us to keep her ashes. He used to like to talk to the urn, but we have no need for that and would rather scatter her ashes where she wished. We'll just need to remember them next time!
     
  6. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I'm back on the same planet today....lovely update. Aside from breakfast, thank you for sharing the Titanic Exhibit. It was at the Melbourne Museum last year and I meant to go see it. Somehow, time just slipped away from me.

    That's a great seniors deal for breakfast....definitely gonna have to remember Sam's for the next trip.
     
  7. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    We really like Sam's Town, rooms are cheap but nice, the table limits are low and there are good deals on the buffet, plus some other good coupons on check in. Fran and her mom used to stay there all the time when they would go back in the 80's & 90's. Once the two of them got sick the trips to Vegas were far and few between, but evidently before I met her they went 3-4 times per year. She evidently wants to get back to being a weekday Vegas local in the winter so hopefully we'll be going back again soon. As long as we don't hit a place like Andre's every time, it will be an affordable trip! :rotfl2:
     
  8. Leshaface

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    Aggh, haven't been on the DIS all weekend!! Had my brother's bday party on Saturday, then yesterday for the Superbowl we had a party where some delicious but VERY unhealthy food was served! GO PACKERS!!!

    That Titanic exhibit looks so neat!! But probably something I don't want to see before I set off for my first cruise in just 4 months! :rotfl:

    You guys seem to do/see a lot when you go places!! That sounds a lot like me...if I go somewhere I want to do and see everything I can...I even do that with Disneyland, even though I KNOW i'll be going back very soon. I just like to keep busy and occupied I suppose! :thumbsup2
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Actually seeing that exhibit would probably make you feel better about your cruise! 100 years ago they were absolutely foolish with some of the blundering mistakes they made. To think that a ship is unsinkable, and the life boats were merely a formality! It was actually the sinking of the Titanic that rewrote many of the rules still in force today. You'll find it annoying, but necessary for the first few hours of your cruise when they make you do the muster drills. Everyone reports to a certain area of the ship, you put on life vests you go to your lifeboat station. Half the people will already be drunk at this point! :lmao: But in case something happens at least you know how to put on the vest and where to go.

    We do a lot everywhere, our days at home are often busy and spent running around. I wish though that we could slow down sometimes on trips. What I'd give to spend an afternoon lounging around the pool or something lazy like that!
     
  10. usnuzuloose

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    Sea days are the most wonderful of days. I love to sit and watch for whales or any sea life. I love to read. I dont need the pools. I had a foot massage and that was so heavenly. :cloud9:
     
  11. usnuzuloose

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    Whoops it back to reality.:surfweb:
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    So once we got out of the Titanic exhibit, I was starving and there was food court nearby so we grabbed a burger and fries at McDonald’s but I didn’t think y’all would be all that interested in pictures of something that we could get any day of the week in any part of the world. So after this we went back to the room. The plan for the evening was that we were supposed to go out for German Dinner and then go to the Fremont St. Experience but since I felt like ca-ca all day due to my sinuses and it was already below freezing we decided tonight was the not the night. I went back to the room for a nap and laid down for a couple hours. We weren’t hungry when I woke up so I decided to join Fran playing blackjack until it was time for dinner. We found out that the last seating was at 9PM so at quarter to nine we cashed out and headed to Willy and Jose’s. We really made it just in time because almost immediately after we ordered they took in the signs and closed down the place. We were seated in the patio and given chips as soon as we sat down.

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    Notice the glazed look in my eyes from popping Benedryl all day!

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    We started off with a cheese quesadilla

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    We got a salad with our entrée

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    And we split the two taco, one enchilada combination with all beans no rice.

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    I was lucky to make it through dinner without going into a sneezing fit, and shortly after that retired up to bed whilst Fran played yet even more blackjack! :rotfl:

    The next morning, I was feeling substantially better. I heated up the Mexican leftovers in the microwave and we formed a plan for the day. Since we’d missed our German dinner we decided to try the place for lunch instead. Of course I’m sure you can all guess what we did until it was time for lunch! By this point it was hard to tell if we were up or down, we had cashed out and cashed in so many times it was getting difficult to keep track of where we were. So around 11:30, we cashed in our chips and headed for lunch.

    I wish I had taken a picture of the exterior of the building. It was huge! The place was just like an authentic German Beerhall with the long tables, hugely vaulted ceiling. Well rather than try and describe it I’ll let you see for yourselves.

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    We both ordered the half litre of the Heffeweizen

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    We started with an order of Potato Pancakes

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    Fran got the Weiner Schnitzel although it was make with Pork instead of Veal, it came with a side of Potato Salad.

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    I got the Jagerschnitzel which is a Weiner Schnizel covered in Hunter’s mushroom gravy, it had a size of Spaetzle and when it mentioned that it was topped with bacon, somehow, I thought it would be crumbled or something! I also ordered a single weiss wurst sausage on the side. Needless to say we took almost half of everything home. We ate it for breakfast the day after we got home!

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    We had planned to check out the Wynn but after all that heavy food, we just decided to go back to the room and take a nap. All the running around had really gotten to us. We called the Steakhouse (we had decided to keep the reservation since they served very different food than Billy Bob’s Steakhouse) and pushed our reservation back to 8:00PM so we could check out the Fremont Street Experience. Nap time!

    Next up “What kind of Cow did THAT come from?”
     
  13. usnuzuloose

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    I love the food pics. I am very adventurous and will try just about anything, sadly my DH wont strictly meat and potatos. :sad2: Looking forward to reading and seeing more. Anticipation its keeping me waiting.
     
  14. PrincessInOz

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    The food portion sizes in the US is ridiculous....and then there is Vegas!

    YUM! But how did you take half that beer home??? :rotfl2:
     
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    I am so hungry now. love vienerschizel, can't spell it tho.
     
  16. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I have a real trip update! :banana: I’m going to Disneyworld! And I know you all know THAT, but I’m going to Disneyworld in May!

    Some of you know that last September we went to Destination-D at the Disneyland Hotel. At that event they announced there would be another Destination-D at WDW in the Spring. We decided right then and there that going to WDW for a two day event (which BTW was a very tiring event!) would be too much. Besides if we were going to make we would HAVE to stay at the resort where they were holding the convention. We don’t have that many DVC points and besides, it would be during F&W in California.

    Well F&W is cancelled, we have 350 points on the way (hopefully), and yesterday they announced the schedule and location for Destination-D. It’s going to be at the Contemporary Resort! Well we didn’t find out until about 3:30 in the afternoon, and by this time Member Services at DVC is closed. I mean the only way we could do it is if we stayed at Bay Lake Tower in a 1 bedroom (I would need to cook our meals during the days of the convention as there is no time for Disney Dining.) And if we were going to do this we would need to arrive Thursday (the day before check-in) and we would need at least one day of recovery (Monday), so we would fly out Tuesday.

    So what the heck! We decided that I would call Member Services this morning to see if any one bedroom units were available. OMG! There was a one bedroom Lake View room at BLT for Friday through Monday nights! We could stay just about anywhere the first night, it’s just important to be close to the convention on the days before, during and after, the first night we get there we could just get a studio anywhere on property and change hotels after the first night. So we took the plunge! We had to borrow some points from our 2011 UY to make the reservation.

    I’ve already put our airfare on hold. This is tough though, we don’t have quite enough Delta points to fly First Class and we don’t have nearly enough American Airlines miles either. BUT, if we move around some miles from Amex and borrow some miles, we can go with Delta. I’m going to have to do some online transfers tonight!

    I’ve pretty much got the entire trip planned in my head, and will relate those to you as time permits. I’ve got a lot to do tonight, but the plans will be revealed shortly!

     
  17. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I saw the announcement; and thought "wow. How cool would it be to be able to go...?". Now I'll just have to live vicariously through you. Good for you and Fran!
     
  18. DisneyFirefly

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    Yay! That's so awesome! :yay:
     
  19. Leshaface

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    AHHHHH!! I'm so stinkin jealous!!! But happy for you too!!! :cool1:

    So you have 3 months to plan!!

    Yaaaay!!!
     
  20. Hawleys

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    Whoo hoo! That is so exciting!
     
  21. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    We really enjoyed the one in September on Disneyland, this should be fun since I don't know as much about WDW. Also they cut the sessions a little. Instead of three each morning and afternoon for one hour, there are two sessions and they are an hour and fifteen minues. That's a little less time to be confined to your seats, and about an extra hour for lunch and relaxing each day.

    I know I can't believe we did it. Monday we said, "Do you want to?" and we agreed we'd check on availability and by the time we got off the phone we had the trip almost planned! :rotfl2:

    I've almost got all the plans and reservations made! :cool1: I'll be updating with the itinerary shortly!
     

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