Rust Belt Road Trip (2 UPDATES--1/18)

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  1. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Hi-diddley-ho, neighborinos! I'm back with a brand-new trip report about our recently-completed 11-day, 9-state, 2341.4-mile road trip through America's Rust Belt. How did we arrive at the decision to make this trip our vacation for the year?

    <<<insert wavy effects and flashback sounds>>>

    Dateline: September 2010.

    We had just returned from a wonderful week at Walt Disney World (you can read about it here), and naturally wanted to start planning our next vacation rather than consider the reality of returning to work, laundry piles, etc.

    Me: So where should we go next year?

    DW: Disney World!

    Me: I agree. Let's start planning.

    DW: Wait...your parents won't be going with us and paying for the lodging next year.

    Me: Crap. (thinking) Have we hit the lottery yet?

    DW: No.

    Me: Ok, Disney World is out. What else can we do?

    DW: (thinking) Disneyland?

    Me: It probably needs to be someplace within driving distance. (snaps fingers) Hey, I have an idea!

    DW: An idea? What is it?

    Me: It's a new thought born out of inspiration, but that's not important right now.

    DW: No, I mean, what's your idea?

    Me: We could drive out to Chicago and back, doing a big loop to hit various attractions and destinations along the way. We loved Chicago when we were there in 2007. And there are a bunch of DisDads and other friends out that way that we could meet up with, too.

    DW: (furrows brow) DisDads? Are they your slightly psychotic online buddies in that club? The ones with the illegal logo that always make fun of you on Facebook?

    Me: Yes. Yes, they are.

    DW: So you want to drive thousands of miles in the middle of summer cooped up with 3 kids in a minivan going to places we've never been before and hang out with people you've never actually met? What could possibly go wrong?


    <<<(More wavy effects and end-of-flashback noises)>>>

    Thus, the 2011 Rust Belt Road Trip was born. Our cast of characters:

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    ME: Mark. Age 37. Native of Delaware (known as a Delaweenie), Philly sports fan, movie buff, Disney geek, and general nerd.

    DW: Julie. Age 29 (;)). Native of Pennsylvania. Aspiring photographer, arts-and-crafts lover, World's Greatest Wife And Mother® (totally objective opinion), and maker of Julie's Key Lime Pie Of Awesomeness©. Also nerdy in a cuter way.

    DD: Sarah. Age 9. Native Delaweenie. Future paleontologist or architect, or perhaps paleo-architect. Also loves movies and National Parks.

    DS: David. Age 7. Native Delaweenie. Future baseball player, if my steroid guy comes through. Loves sports, sports and anything to do with sports.

    DS: Scott. Age 5. Native Delaweenie. Future...something. Scotty's kind of unique. May end up a veterinarian, with his love of animals (especially dogs). May end up a late-night-talk-show-host. I dunno. Whatever he does, it'll be entertaining.

    If you're still reading along, welcome! Also: what's wrong with you? In any case, I assume you're along for the ride, so thanks for being here!

    Coming Up Next:We travel to Paradise! And then Pittsburgh.
     
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  3. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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  4. KatMark

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    Am I first?

    Now back to read. :lmao::lmao::lmao:

    ****Okay, I've read. Great itntros!

    I've plugged your TR on my PTR. :goodvibes
     
  5. RodBelding

    RodBelding <font color=red>DIS Dad #589<br><font color=royalb

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    Joining in! Can't wait to read about it! :thumbsup2
     
  6. scott2997

    scott2997 DIS Dad #543 Northern Ohio

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    Hilarious Mark...following....it's gonna be a great ride :rotfl2:
     
  7. All7OfUs

    All7OfUs <font color=darkorchid>We too are so very NOT into

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    Hey Mark, thanks for the shameless plug! Under the best of circumstances it would have taken me months to find this sucker!
     
  8. glennbo123

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    :woohoo: More adventures of Capt. Oblivious, Mrs. Knowitall, and company! Can't wait! :banana:

    (And thanks for the heads-up!)

    P.S. Loved the Airplane!-inspired dialogue.
     
  9. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Ooooo...high effects for a Trip Report. I have high hopes for the rest of it!

    :wave2:

    I can't wait to be intrigued by the first part, excited about the part that I'm in, then generally lose interest after that!
     
  10. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    :welcome: Kathy! You are indeed first! Pick up your prize at the customer service desk.

    I'm glad you'll be reading along! (and providing a celebrity cameo) (spoiler)

    And thanks for posting the link! I need to go catch up on your PTR now.

    :welcome: Paul! Thanks for reading!

    Thanks Scott, and :welcome:

    :welcome: Liesa! I'm glad you found me ok. It's more fun with you around!

    :welcome: Glenn! Thanks for joining in.

    And you didn't think I could quit the movie-quoting cold turkey, did you? :confused3
     
  11. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Don't want you to feel left out with the smilies, so :welcome: Barry!

    Um...yeah...about that...:confused3

    Wow, thanks! ...I think.

    And way to spoil another celebrity cameo. Sheesh.
     
  12. mickeystoontown

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    Followed the link from Kathy's pre-trip report. Looking forward to reading more.
     
  13. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    It has been a slow day at work... I was glad to see your shameless plug when I got back from lunch! :thumbsup2

    Ned Flanders - The Simpsons :lmao::rotfl2:

    Mark, you are a lucky man to be married to a woman who thinks like that!:worship:

    Ok, now she's just over thinking things... we're not that psychotic... are we?:confused3

    You said it...:rolleyes1

    So would that be the study of houses dinosaurs lived in, or someone who designs buildings to house dinosaurs when some white haired billionaire plays with nature and clones them from DNA obtained from fossilized mosquitoes?:confused3

    Good idea. Get him started on them now so that he doesn't have to explain his head getting 2 hat sizes bigger after he's been in the big leagues for 5 years.:thumbsup2


    I look forward to reading about your trip... and maybe making fun of you when the opportunity presents itself. :rolleyes1 :lmao::rotfl2:
     
  14. middlepat

    middlepat Dis Dad Member #325

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    Slightly Psychotic? C'mon, we are full blown psychotic! :rotfl2:

    Can't wait to hear about your trip.
     
  15. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    I'm not psychotic at all. Oh, I've tried to see the future - crystal balls, tea leaves, huffing gasoline fumes - but none of it worked. :(




    Luckily the voices in my head tell me everything I need to know about the future!:woohoo:
     
  16. Mrs. Knowitall

    Mrs. Knowitall Wife of Captain_Oblivious

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    Dude. You're still 36.


    :wave2: (And for the record....I'm a few months older than the Captain....who apparently is having a senior moment and thinking that he's older than he really is.) :rolleyes1
     
  17. KatMark

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    :lmao::lmao::lmao::lmao: She's already on you, Mark.

    Julie, sorry I didn't get to meet you when you were here.
     
  18. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    :welcome: Thanks for coming over to my neck of the woods!

    :welcome: Andy! That's a much better greeting than Barry's.

    +1 :thumbsup2

    ::yes:: Very lucky indeed.

    (Well, most of the time. See below.)

    Jurassic Park! Oh, wait...

    Actually, I was hoping it meant she would be hired for the renovation of the Dinosaur ride at AK. :thumbsup2

    That's the plan. Then I'll teach him how to ignore autograph-seeking kids and act extra surly towards the media. :rotfl2:

    Like that has ever happened before. :rolleyes1

    Well, I was trying not to scare off the others.

    :welcome: Nemesis!

    Are they telling you anything about the Cubs' chances this year? :confused3

    And with that, let's all say :welcome: to my lovely bride, Mrs. Knowitall!

    Hi honey! :wave2:

    See that? She rips on me without even so much as a greeting, and still gets the big welcome smiley. She obviously has trained me well.

    See, I was trying to plan ahead, since I really will be 37 in a couple of months, and these TR's live on forever and ever, and it's really a pain in the butt to have to go back and keep changing numbers over and over to keep things up to date. So I was being proactive here, keeping the TR as low-maintenance as possible. Remember, there's always a method to the madness.:scratchin

    Or I'm just an idiot. I wonder which explanation you guys will accept.

    :headache: I feel somewhat relieved that you didn't meet her... :rolleyes1

    So now do I go back and edit the first post with my correct age, or do I leave it as evidence of my idiocy? It's not like there won't be plenty more evidence down the road.
     
  19. jason4024

    jason4024 <font color=red>DIS Dad #541<br><font color=navy>I

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    Just found your report. Cant wait to follow along!
     
  20. marvali

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    I'm here and joining in! Will try and get back soon to get caught up.......
     
  21. KatMark

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    I say leave it alone so everyone sees the REAL you. ;)
     

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