Canadian Buffoon's Exhausted Vacation - Update 11/20 - Baby It's Cold Outside

pkondz

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Not a gin fan. Can I get a martini with just olives? :lmao:
I'm not a gin fan either,
although I can drink it.

But not an olive fan.
So I'll have a dry martini,
hold the gin and olives.


Which... is an empty glass. :rolleyes:
Hey! Here comes that guy from Winnipeg. He looks constipated and exhausted...check his bag.
:laughing:
You remembered that!?!?
I have a sure fire method to win and it's legal...just time consuming....requires patience and discipline.
I don't think there is such a thing?
Unless you're talking about
doubling each bet... which

doesn't work due to table limits.
Guess it's good you're not afraid of heights.
Heights only bother me
a little bit.
I didn't like jumping out
of a plane, but really enjoyed

it after the parachute opened.
As much as you love dismeets, I.would never peg you for an introvert. Compared to Liesa, though.
People I "know"
and "know" me.
Makes a difference.
I'm not comfortable
in larger groups,
especially if I don't know
many of them.

Reason why I'll almost certainly

never do a DDC.
When I worked in downtown Atlanta, there was one.I regularly walked by and it was simply known as the flat iron building. Didn't realize it was a style...I thought it was THE one
;)
Then this might shock you:
List of buildings named Flatiron Building - Wikipedia
Is dim sum Chinese for you pig?
:laughing:
But then I wondered and...
Apparently the literal translation is
So close to the heart.

Which I presume is your distended

belly's location in relation to it.
That does sound very interesting.
::yes::
 
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docsoliday1

DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
Joined
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So I'll have a dry martini,
hold the gin and olives.


Which... is an empty glass. :rolleyes;
I can do that when you come visit and I'll.only charge you $3 per. :lmao: Quite a bargain for a martini.
For me, it's just be a jar of olives.

You remembered that!?!
::yes::

I don't think there is such a thing?
Unless you're talking about
doubling each bet... which

doesn't work due to table limits
Okay...I'm on phone, so harder to type
Bet minimum
If you win, take half of winning and leave other half + original bet
If you lose go back to minimum
Blackjack is streaky in that you'll win several and lose several in a row

You won't win fast (patience) and you must not (as most do) chase the loss by doubling next bet (discipline). It may take a while, but you will walk out a winner. EVERY TIME.

Essentially you're using the house's money against them.

People I "know"
and "know" me.
Makes a difference.
I'm not comfortable
in larger groups,
especially if I don't know
many of them.

Reason why I'll almost certainly

never do a DDC.
Makes sense...but it's a great group of guys (except maybe Darcy :lmao:) and I'm sure you'd get to know and like them quickly.

But then I wondered and...
Apparently the literal translation is
So close to the heart.

Which I presume is your distended

belly's location in relation to it.
So, I was almost right. :rolleyes1
 

pkondz

Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
Joined
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I can do that when you come visit and I'll.only charge you $3 per. :lmao: Quite a bargain for a martini.
What a great deal! :laughing:
Okay...I'm on phone, so harder to type
Bet minimum
If you win, take half of winning and leave other half + original bet
If you lose go back to minimum
Blackjack is streaky in that you'll win several and lose several in a row

You won't win fast (patience) and you must not (as most do) chase the loss by doubling next bet (discipline). It may take a while, but you will walk out a winner. EVERY TIME.

Essentially you're using the house's money against them.
Interesting.
As long as you don't
start with a losing streak of course.
Makes sense...but it's a great group of guys (except maybe Darcy :lmao:) and I'm sure you'd get to know and like them quickly.
Could be.
So, I was almost right. :rolleyes1
Very close...


Very.
 

docsoliday1

DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
Joined
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Interesting.
As long as you don't
start with a losing streak of course.
While that is remotely possible, it's never happened to me because I make sure I have at least enough for 30-40 hands to start with. I.e. for a $5 table, start with minimum $150.

On a $2 table, I started with $100 and walked out with $1000. About 2 hours. Best rain delay ever. I was on my bike and.it was raining (rare in Vegas). Needed to wait it out so roads weren't slick.
 

pkondz

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While that is remotely possible, it's never happened to me because I make sure I have at least enough for 30-40 hands to start with. I.e. for a $5 table, start with minimum $150.

On a $2 table, I started with $100 and walked out with $1000. About 2 hours. Best rain delay ever. I was on my bike and.it was raining (rare in Vegas). Needed to wait it out so roads weren't slick.
Wow! Nice run there. :thumbsup2
 

docsoliday1

DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
Joined
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Wow! Nice run there. :thumbsup2
Well...the reason it works

When you're winning, you're winning bigger with each successive hand(using their money against them), so exponentially

When you're losing, you're losing the minimum linearly.
 

pkondz

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Well...the reason it works

When you're winning, you're winning bigger with each successive hand(using their money against them), so exponentially

When you're losing, you're losing the minimum linearly.
Might have to give it a try. :)
 
  • Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 27, 2013
    I wonder if I'd like that?
    I'm not a fan of martinis
    although I can drink one.

    What's the prevalent taste?
    This one was VERY sweet and chocolatey with a vodka taste for the alcohol.
    Nah.
    I've gotten used to it.
    Seems like my bag gets
    selected every time now.
    I just accept that it's part
    of the screening process

    and go with it.
    Mine has occasionally when I've been especially doofus-y, but more often, like almost 100% of the time, my checked bag(s) get inspected.
    And I once saw one guy lose...
    Must've been around $600
    on just one hand.
    (Split 2-3 ways, but still,

    all at once.)
    I don't know what that means, but... ouch.

    I love swinging bridges.
    The simplicity of design
    combined with the fun

    of the bouncy walk. :)
    Wheeee!!!!

    Nope.
    For an introvert,
    this was perfect.

    Zero people. Ahhhhh...
    "I'll have some of that...
    and that...
    <burp>
    and those...
    <Lord I'm stuffed>
    those look good...
    <please make me stop>
    some of those, please...
    <stop! just stop!>
    I'll have that too....

    <explodes>
    :laughing:
    They do really stand out.
    And they all have plaques
    with details of when they
    were carved and by whom
    and what they represent.

    Really quite interesting.
    I never noticed if the totems at EPCOT have plaques or not.
    Kind of came out of nowhere.
    I really liked that.
    Love hidden treasures like that!
    I remember we couldn't finish our tea.
    I should have known!
    That trifle at the end... just... no way.
    But...
    Then I thought.
    "Wait... they don't want you to leave...
    they want you to order
    something else."
    Fair point.
    :laughing:
    But this time it wasn't
    even for me!
    Such a shame... but lucky girl you have!
    I tried to make it a bit darker
    (blacks more dark/vivid)
    but didn't want to overdo it.
    And it's easy to (over)do.
    Love it.
    I need to get to Moraine Lake.
    With the lost iPod the last time

    I was in the area, I never got the chance.
    OH that's right. I remember that escapade.
     

    pkondz

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    This one was VERY sweet and chocolatey with a vodka taste for the alcohol.
    Vodka?
    Why didn't you say so?
    I'm in!
    Mine has occasionally when I've been especially doofus-y,
    Ruh, roh...
    but more often, like almost 100% of the time, my checked bag(s) get inspected.
    Perhaps...
    Because of your
    occasional doofusyness??
    I don't know what that means, but... ouch.
    That's exactly
    what it means!

    Wheeee!!!!
    :laughing:
    I never noticed if the totems at EPCOT have plaques or not.
    I haven't noticed either.
    Huh.

    Love hidden treasures like that!
    ::yes::
    That trifle at the end... just... no way.
    So pretty...
    and to this day,
    I have no idea

    how it tasted! :lmao:
    Such a shame... but lucky girl you have!
    I sure hope she
    feels like she's lucky!
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
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    Vodka?
    Why didn't you say so?
    I'm in!
    You'll have to get one next time!
    Perhaps...
    Because of your
    occasional doofusyness??
    No, I don't think so. I don't usually have 'weird' stuff in my bag. :confused:
    So pretty...
    and to this day,
    I have no idea

    how it tasted! :lmao:
    Disney food often tastes, well, not as good as it looks.
    I sure hope she
    feels like she's lucky!
    Hard to know with kids anymore. "Thank you", "I appreciate that", and "Hi Dad, how are you today?" seem to be a lost art. Even if they do feel it.
     

    disneyAndi14

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 1, 2014
    The approximately two-hour
    crossing was both scenic and
    (again) uneventful.
    Very nice, always like uneventful!
    You want uneventful on planes
    and boats.
    Actually, I’m thinking you want
    it on most forms of transportation.
    Yes indeed!
    I drove over to the Teahouse
    overlooking the Abkhazi Gardens

    I sat back and admired the view.
    Beautiful
    I ordered a pot of tea, which,
    surprisingly, I enjoyed
    I love tea with scones, clotted cream, biscuits, milk, honey otherwise why bother! Haha 😆
    Yeah, despite being hungry,
    it was way too much
    food for one person.
    I left the table with a serious
    dent in the presentation, however!
    This is exactly why I would order tea!
    After checking in and receiving
    a brief safety lesson, we set out
    on a 3-hour kayak tour.
    (A 3-hour tour.
    On Gilligans Isle!
    Hard to believe that only
    Tina Louise (Ginger) is left.
    Wow, I didn’t know that, she must be pretty old!
    We set out on the smooth
    as glass waters of Sooke Basin.
    Very cool 😎
    We saw seals (but never got
    close enough to photograph them),
    as well as tons of jellyfish, starfish
    and sea cucumbers.
    Those are some slimy sea creatures!
    The line barely moved, but
    eventually, after about 30-40
    minutes, I got to the front of the line.
    Oh boy!
    “One seafood chowder, please!” :goodvibes
    “Sorry, we’re out.” :(

    Definitely worth the wait
    Oh no, that would have been such a treat after your three hour tour!
    All I’m going to say is that
    the gardens are spectacular.
    If you ever get a chance to
    visit Victoria, I highly recommend it.
    There’s a reason why the gardens at the
    Canada Pavilion in Epcot are modeled after it.
    Wow just gorgeous and I certainly see the resemblance of the one at Epcot!
    The famous Sunken Garden
    portion of the gardens
    I love gardens, wish we had more around here!
    Look delicious, right?
    Well… you wouldn’t be wrong.
    The only problem is…
    That bottom layer has coconut
    in it, and I just can’t do coconut.
    That does look very good! I love a bar with some coconut!
    A short walk later brought me to
    Brandywine Falls.
    Another beautiful picture! It looks like a very picturesque hike
    Leaving Whistler, I stopped on
    the side of the road to photograph
    a rushing stream as it tumbled by.
    The color of the water is such a beautiful blue
    The Vancouver airport was not
    uncrowded like Winnipeg had been.
    Quite the opposite.
    No fun, I hate when it is really crowded!
    Thanks for sharing your trip. I have never been to Vancouver, very nice!
     
  • pkondz

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    pkondz

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    Very nice, always like uneventful!
    ::yes::
    Beautiful
    Definitely one of the
    better views I've had
    while dining!
    I love tea with scones, clotted cream, biscuits, milk, honey otherwise why bother! Haha 😆
    Exactly!
    Tea? Whatever.
    Bring on the grub!

    I love the little sammies. :)
    This is exactly why I would order tea!
    If you don't explode,
    what's the point?!?!?

    On Gilligans Isle!
    :thumbsup2
    Wow, I didn’t know that, she must be pretty old!
    She's 89.
    90 in 4 months.

    Those are some slimy sea creatures!
    Interestingly,
    when he held out the two
    starfish, he invited us to
    touch them.
    One was slimy, but the other

    felt almost like sandpaper.
    Oh no, that would have been such a treat after your three hour tour!
    Yeah, I was a bit disappointed.
    But not sure if I was more
    disappointed that there was
    no chowder, or that I stood

    in line for so long for nothing.
    Wow just gorgeous and I certainly see the resemblance of the one at Epcot!
    [/QUOTE]
    Right?? :)

    I love gardens, wish we had more around here!
    Sometimes a drive is worthwhile. :)
    I've driven out of my way more than once.

    That does look very good! I love a bar with some coconut!
    :laughing:
    You can have mine!
    Another beautiful picture! It looks like a very picturesque hike
    It was. :)
    The color of the water is such a beautiful blue
    It's really quite the standout.
    No fun, I hate when it is really crowded!
    It wasn't the best... :sad2:
    Thanks for sharing your trip. I have never been to Vancouver, very nice!
    Glad you enjoyed it! :goodvibes
     

    docsoliday1

    DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2008
    That does look very good! I love a bar with some coconut!
    ::yes::

    I love tea with scones, clotted cream, biscuits, milk, honey otherwise why bother! Haha 😆
    Sounds quite British of you. So, US(Southern) biscuits or Britsh(cookies)?

    That’s true.
    The cupcakes are a
    good example of that.
    At be our guest?

    Actually they do say
    “Thanks for dinner.”
    At least you get THAT!

    Yeah, I was a bit disappointed.
    But not sure if I was more
    disappointed that there was
    no chowder, or that I stood

    in line for so long for nothing.
    It would have been standing in line that long without obtaining what I came for, so both.
     

    Captain_Oblivious

    DIS Dad #257, Galactic Salad Dodger
    Joined
    Nov 10, 2008
    Okay… I’ve already spent a
    whole day in Vancouver,
    so, it’s time to leave, right?
    Makes sense. The only continually diminishing resource is time.

    I had reserved in advance and
    I’m glad I had as there was a long
    line of cars (that I subsequently
    passed.)


    See ya, suckahs.
    Nice. Did they show you that you were #1 as you passed?

    You want uneventful on planes
    and boats.
    Actually, I’m thinking you want
    it on most forms of transportation.
    Truth.

    I say “surprisingly” because
    I don’t really care for tea all that
    much, unless it’s cold and
    ridiculously sweet.
    And has lemon in it.
    Or some other flavour like
    raspberry or peach.
    And doesn’t really taste like… tea.
    I'm not big on tea, either. Meh.

    Yeah, despite being hungry,
    it was way too much
    food for one person.
    I left the table with a serious
    dent in the presentation, however!
    Attaboy!

    After checking in and receiving
    a brief safety lesson, we set out
    on a 3-hour kayak tour.
    (A 3-hour tour.)
    You have to do it. You have to.

    For a three hour tour.
    A three hour tour.
    Ok, now it's stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.

    Except… WWII mines had
    magnetic triggers…
    This mine-sweeper was made of… wood.
    :laughing: Stupid science, ruining a perfectly good get-rich scheme.

    Wow, that thing looks disgusting.

    The line barely moved, but
    eventually, after about 30-40
    minutes, I got to the front of the line.
    Oh boy!
    “One seafood chowder, please!” :goodvibes
    “Sorry, we’re out.” :(

    Definitely worth the wait.
    Come on, now. They couldn't have announced that somehow?

    All I’m going to say is that
    the gardens are spectacular.
    If you ever get a chance to
    visit Victoria, I highly recommend it.
    There’s a reason why the gardens at the
    Canada Pavilion in Epcot are modeled after it.
    Well, this I gotta see!

    Wow! That's really stunningly beautiful.

    So… if you like what you see
    and want a similar garden…
    Just hire 50-70 people to work
    on it every day.
    I'm just going to put in astroturf.

    This guy looks like he's related to the Drexel University dragon.

    I couldn’t pass up a stroll through
    the Japanese garden
    But of course not.

    That bottom layer has coconut
    in it, and I just can’t do coconut.
    Totally with you there. Blech.

    Yes, like Disney math, it made sense
    to drive two plus hours to avoid
    a one-hour drive.
    Like Disney math, it makes perfect sense in the moment. On reflection, though...

    They complied and I was able bring
    Kay back about 10 bars.
    (Which, a couple days later,
    when I got back home,
    she stated “Oh. My. God. Best ever!!!”
    So, mission accomplished. :goodvibes)
    Worth it.

    I did however get a lemon bar.
    And that sucker was so rich and sweet
    that it took me two days to finish!
    Lemon sounds much better than coconut!

    The Sea to Sky highway has been
    named by no less illustrious institutions
    such as Conde Nast and National Geographic
    as one of the top ten drives in the world.
    Really? I'd better add this to the list then. I honestly hadn't heard of it before.

    It was completely fogged and rained in.
    I couldn’t see anything except for a few
    feet of road!
    Ugh.

    Looks beautiful!

    I can get behind that naming convention. ::yes::
    Beats Bridal Veil Falls.

    I can't quote every photo, but this looks like amazing scenery!

    Shannon Falls is located only a short
    drive north of Vancouver and as such
    is a quite popular place to visit.
    (Apparently, it’s the Sea to Sky’s most
    popular place to picnic.)
    Wonder why. :rolleyes1

    This is taking the joy out
    of flying ya know.
    They really need to have
    a pkondz only line set up,
    don’t you think?
    Disney offers a Fastpass line here, but you have to pay extra for it.

    Here you go @franandaj,
    my one and only food porn photo
    of the trip! :laughing:
    :rotfl2:

    And that concludes my
    summertime excursions for 2021
    I sure hope 2022 brings just a bit
    more normalcy and a chance
    to travel a tad farther abroad.
    I sure hope and pray that's the case for you. And all of us! The cabin fever got to be unbearable last year.
     

    orangecats2

    Stitch Lover
    Joined
    May 6, 2008
    Nice update Love the gardens. Would love to see them one day.
    I love waterfalls. You can keep the mountains and trees.
    How in the world is the river that color?
    No Harley places or what?

    I took some time off work last week to spend with my aunt/mother. Went to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. They have a Japanese Garden and an English Garden. I'll take you there one day if you can ever come.
     

    pkondz

    Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
    Joined
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    Makes sense. The only continually diminishing resource is time.
    Ain't that the truth.
    Nice. Did they show you that you were #1 as you passed?
    Actually...
    I had a conversation with
    a co-worker who's from there.
    He said that if you're a visitor,
    then to pay the extra $5 or so
    for the reservation.
    But for people who commute
    every day, that would get pretty
    pricey, so they go and just expect
    that they might not get on until

    the next ferry.
    I'm not big on tea, either. Meh.
    I put lots of milk and
    even more sugar in it.

    Helped.
    <urp>
    You have to do it. You have to.
    It's pretty much a rule.
    Ok, now it's stuck in my head. Thanks a lot.
    You're welcome!

    A three hour tour...

    :laughing: Stupid science, ruining a perfectly good get-rich scheme.
    :laughing:
    Can you imagine the guy's
    face when he realized what
    he'd bought???
    Wow, that thing looks disgusting.
    I can attest that it tastes
    like it looks.

    Come on, now. They couldn't have announced that somehow?
    Like I mentioned to Liesa.
    If they did, then people might
    not stand in line and then,
    after hearing there's no chowder,
    order something else.

    Probably something more expensive, too.
    Well, this I gotta see!
    I'm not kidding...
    I highly recommend it.
    It's one of the best things

    in all of Canada.
    Wow! That's really stunningly beautiful.
    ::yes::
    I'm just going to put in astroturf.
    Knowing you, you'd probably
    mow it every Saturday.

    This guy looks like he's related to the Drexel University dragon.
    Had to Google, but... yeah!

    613216
    Totally with you there. Blech.
    Yep.
    Coconut haters, unite!

    Like Disney math, it makes perfect sense in the moment. On reflection, though...
    :rolleyes:
    Lemon sounds much better than coconut!
    ::yes::
    Really? I'd better add this to the list then. I honestly hadn't heard of it before.
    I've driven that and the
    Icefields Parkway
    (also listed by Conde Nast as
    a top drive in the world),
    and I'd have a hard time

    deciding which is more breathtaking.
    Looks beautiful!
    And not named Bridal Veil Falls!
    Beats Bridal Veil Falls.
    I just said that!
    I can't quote every photo, but this looks like amazing scenery!
    Definitely was. ::yes::
    Disney offers a Fastpass line here, but you have to pay extra for it.
    Pay?
    Who let that Genie out
    of the bottle??


    :rolleyes1
    I sure hope and pray that's the case for you. And all of us! The cabin fever got to be unbearable last year.
    Oh, man.
    I know...
    I
    know!
     


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