Thumping Our Way Through Disneyland.

Thumper_Man

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Ok, you've seen the food porn at Steakhouse 55. I wanted to comment on SH 55 real quick. Although pricey, it was very good. For those that love Le Cellier (which I happen to be one of those), I would rate this a little higher then LC, and just as good as Shula's. Shula's is still my all time favorite, but this is a close 2nd. This place reminded me of Shula's actually. Your entree consists only of your main dish, which in our case was a juicy, tender steak. You order side dishes separately and as Lady H pointed out, large enough to share. The steaks were cooked perfectly and as Lady H also pointed out, you could cut it with a fork. I can't really compare SH 55 to Yatchman's or any other place place in WDW (only Shula's), at least not yet. We have ADR's for Yatchman's this year. I know, I know, I said I wouldn't compare. Just trying to encourage each of you, if you have the money to splurge, to try SH 55.

The service was superb and I'm not saying that just because we got free dessert. It was nice of them to acknowledge our anniversary.
I will stress this again, I still don't know how they knew it was our anniversary. :rolleyes1 Disney Magic. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
This is actually the first time I can recall any Disney restaurant recognizing our special celebration. Although the waiter was after Lady H's heart it sounds like, he was very courteous, as well as the rest of the wait staff. Even the manager was going around and making sure everyone was taken care of. I love when managers go around doing this. You don't see it very often, but it shows they care deeply about making sure they provide excellent service, and the food is to your liking.

A+ to the manager, wait staff, hostesses and of the course the cooks. :thumbsup2

I don't recall ever seeing a dress code to this place. Like any upscale restaurant, it's always best to dress a little more appropriately. I wore jeans and a polo shirt to dinner. This is the only time during our trip I wore any type of pants. Too Darn Hot. I was glad to get back to the resort and change back into shorts.

It wasn't very crowded either. There were quite a few empty tables. I don't know what it would be like going on the major holidays, but during the off-season, I'm sure you could just walk up and get a table. Just make sure to return it once you're done. They do accept reservations just in case you're wondering. Many people seemed to come in straight from the parks. Could be there's no dress code to help fill up the tables and get business.

Also, when I was looking at SH 55, be sure to call and make sure they are open. I remember reading on here (under the Disneyland tab at the top of the page), that SH 55 is closed on certain days. I don't know how accurate this information is. When looking at the DL site, they say they're open everyday. Just don't want to give you misleading information.

So if you go, I hope it's just as good and as enjoyable as it was for Lady H and myself. It was the perfect anniversary dinner and enjoyable night with my princess. Something I will remember for years and years.
 

Thumper_Man

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Nope, can get them here in Philly!
Now I'm jealous. For the price we paid for the 36 pack, we pay for the 30 pack here. I may have to look around some more.

THe pictures are great. Looks like a really nice place:thumbsup2
I'm still uploading pictures, but I will post links to all our pictures later. For the most part, we enjoyed it. There were a couple of down sides which we'll cover in the upcoming chapters. Lady H has already mentioned one. Being on the 2nd floor and no elevator.
 

bankr63

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Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever! Just grab a cup o' joe and let it all unfold... :surfweb:

Enjoying the TR so far. I so know what you mean about LAX - that place goes on forever! And the drive to the rental lots - are they actually located in the state of CA?

What I hate about all the new beer sizes (both case size and can size) is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to figure out what the best deal actually is. Is the 2*15 deal better than the 28 bottle case deal? I am becoming an expert at calculating cost/volume. The only time I use the calculator on my smart phone is when I'm buying beer.

Re TS salesmen. I never say I "might" come back later after discovering that gives them the entree to call you up every morning to ask "how bout now?, No?, K, how bout now?, No? now?..." Nope, I just tell em that we can't use all of the 3 weeks we already own, and there is no way in H-E-double-toothpicks that I am buying more! Then I unplug the phone in our unit for good measure.
 

Backstage_Gal

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That was a great update, really enjoyed it, thanks!
Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself :rolleyes1
 

Thumper_Man

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Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever!
I told Lady H she could write the next chapter since she has the degree for this kind of stuff. She wrote it and was going to hold it hostage until such time she got more cake/pie recipes. Only one has been posted so far. Anyways, I had to convince her to post the chapter. I told her "If you hold it hostage too long, we might lose everyone and chances are, you won't get anymore recipes. We may be the only one's reading how our trip went." :lmao:

Just grab a cup o' joe and let it all unfold... :surfweb:
Ok, you go grab a cup o' joe and I on the other hand, will go make a fuzzy cup. :rotfl:

Enjoying the TR so far.
Glad you're enjoying it. Took us long enough to get through day 1. We're going to try and speed this TR up before we forget everything we did, and before we go to WDW in December. Don't want to get the 2 trips mixed up.

"On our way to Carsland, we met up with Nebo and Smidgy. Oh wait, we met them at AK in WDW. What did we do at DCA again?"

I so know what you mean about LAX - that place goes on forever! And the drive to the rental lots - are they actually located in the state of CA?
I was beginning to wonder that myself as we were going.

What I hate about all the new beer sizes (both case size and can size) is that it is IMPOSSIBLE to figure out what the best deal actually is. Is the 2*15 deal better than the 28 bottle case deal? I am becoming an expert at calculating cost/volume. The only time I use the calculator on my smart phone is when I'm buying beer.
Funny you should mention that. We did the same thing. We have 18 beers at xx amount and 36 beers at xx amount. How much is it per beer? 36-pack it is.

Re TS salesmen. I never say I "might" come back later after discovering that gives them the entree to call you up every morning to ask "how bout now?, No?, K, how bout now?, No? now?..." Nope, I just tell em that we can't use all of the 3 weeks we already own, and there is no way in H-E-double-toothpicks that I am buying more! Then I unplug the phone in our unit for good measure.
We never did tell Trick Larry we might come back. I only thought it IF we were running low on funds, since supposedly, we would get a $100 gift card to use. Funds never ran low, so we never had to resort to signing up.

I know what you mean though. When we went to WDW in 2010 with our friends and D'Sis. We stayed at our timeshare in Orlando. They didn't even send us to the resort host. They asked right away if our companions would be interested in attending a presentation. They would get free tickets to WDW and we would get bonus points for a vacation. Right from the start I had to tell them the same thing, we already have tickets and our days are booked. Good trick on the phone. I'll have to remember that one for December.
 

Thumper_Man

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That was a great update, really enjoyed it, thanks!
Hear that Lady H?! She loved it. Looks like you get to finish writing this TR. :rolleyes1

Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself :rolleyes1
I've seen signs like this on the train I take to/from work. Seats are reserved not only for seniors but disabled people as well. I'll see if I can get a picture of it on the way home today.
 

mmeb144

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7 Layer Cookies

½ stick of butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 ½ ounce can flaked coconut
6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounce butterscotch chips
15 ounce can condensed milk
1 cup chopped pecans

Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
 
  • Thumper_Man

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    7 Layer Cookies

    ½ stick of butter
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    3 ½ ounce can flaked coconut
    6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
    6 ounce butterscotch chips
    15 ounce can condensed milk
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
    Weren't cookies back on Ponzi's TR? :confused3 This a pie and cake TR. :rotfl2:

    Just kidding of course. I'm sure she'll try them anyways and I get the benefits. :hyper:
     

    Thumper_Man

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    7 Layer Cookies

    ½ stick of butter
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    3 ½ ounce can flaked coconut
    6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
    6 ounce butterscotch chips
    15 ounce can condensed milk
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
    LMAO!!!! :rotfl: :lmao: :rotfl: :lmao: :rotfl:

    I see now why you posted this. I was looking at the reason you edited your post.
     

    Backstage_Gal

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    I've seen signs like this on the train I take to/from work. Seats are reserved not only for seniors but disabled people as well. I'll see if I can get a picture of it on the way home today.
    Disabled places are everywhere (it's the law), I thought the old decrepit people signs were really cool and new. We need them in FLorida for sure, with all the retirees. I want one of those special hang tags for that.
     

    Thumper_Man's Wife

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    Great update, Lady H. You make me wish I was there. DH says the 14 mph sign is to catch your attention, since we're all used to 10 or 15. Maybe he's right!?!

    That could very well be possible. I'm with T-Man, It caught our attention enough to take a picture.

    We haven't been to Garden Walk yet, which is weird, because we usually stay right next door, at the Plaza Inn. We have had APs for the last couple of years, so we usually just end up eating in the parks.
    Love the pictures with WD. He looks like he's just stepping out the door to meet you.
    That picture was awesome, and so nostaligic. Of course most of the pictures at the restaurant were the same. To be able to look up from your table and see a picture of Lucille Ball sitting in what could possibly have been the table right in front of you, or see a picture of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra, laughing it up at the bar...There was definitely history there!

    Enjoyed the chapter Lady H. I like the tag team TR writing. Your place looks great. How far away from the park is it?
    Thanks. :goodvibes Originally we hadn't planned on the tag teaming, but T-Man threw the idea out there and we ran with it.

    Sheesh! With the co-authors doing breakdowns on each other's installments, this could be the easiest TR to read along with ever! Just grab a cup o' joe and let it all unfold... :surfweb:
    We make it easy on you! It's like listening to your grandfather tell war stories on the front porch. All you need is a blanket, a cup of coffee and the stars at night for a little bit of ambiance.



    That was a great update, really enjoyed it, thanks!
    Speaking of signs, I saw some at one place in Montana I had never seen before: "please reserve for our senior citizens". Wow, I thout that was cool, getting up in years myself :rolleyes1
    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. I tried not to make it too boring.

    Hear that Lady H?! She loved it. Looks like you get to finish writing this TR. :rolleyes1
    Yeah, you would like that wouldn't you? :rotfl2:


    7 Layer Cookies

    ½ stick of butter
    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    3 ½ ounce can flaked coconut
    6 ounce semi-sweet chocolate chips
    6 ounce butterscotch chips
    15 ounce can condensed milk
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Melt butter in 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Add each ingredient in order listed, spreading evenly over the pan. Bake in preheated oven at 325° for 30 minutes. Let cool. Cut.
    Recipe!!!! Whoo Hoo! I still have to try the Oreo Pie Recipe that we got too. My weekends are slowly winding down now that summer is over, so hopefully I'll have a chance to get back to baking!

    Thanks again everyone, for enjoying and more importantly, for reading! :goodvibes
     
  • cjlvsccm

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    Recipe!!!! Whoo Hoo! I still have to try the Oreo Pie Recipe that we got too. My weekends are slowly winding down now that summer is over, so hopefully I'll have a chance to get back to baking!

    Thanks again everyone, for enjoying and more importantly, for reading! :goodvibes
    Whoops, forgot about the promised pie! How about Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust. ::yes:: :lovestruc :hyper:

    Crust:
    Mix together 1 1/4 cup finely crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar, and 6 Tblsp melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9-in pie pan. Bake at 350° for 6-9 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.

    Filling:
    8 oz cream cheese at room temp.
    1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
    3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup heavy cream

    Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla.

    In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, stirring very lightly, then pour the filling into the crust.

    Topping:
    1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted together with 1 tsp of shortening
    1 Tblsp peanut butter, melted

    Drizzle the chocolate mixture and peanut butter over the pie. Refrigerate at least 2hrs before you DIG IN!
     

    Thumper_Man

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    Whoops, forgot about the promised pie! How about Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Pretzel Crust. ::yes:: :lovestruc :hyper:

    Crust:
    Mix together 1 1/4 cup finely crushed pretzels, 1/4 cup sugar, and 6 Tblsp melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9-in pie pan. Bake at 350° for 6-9 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.

    Filling:
    8 oz cream cheese at room temp.
    1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
    3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1 cup heavy cream

    Beat the cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla.

    In a medium bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture, stirring very lightly, then pour the filling into the crust.

    Topping:
    1/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted together with 1 tsp of shortening
    1 Tblsp peanut butter, melted

    Drizzle the chocolate mixture and peanut butter over the pie. Refrigerate at least 2hrs before you DIG IN!
    A woman after my heart now. :love:

    Don't worry, I'll make sure the TR gets done now. :laughing:
     

    smidgy

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    that hotel looks great! and the restaurant too.. I hope we get to go there next year.

    excited to hear about everything!!!
     

    Thumper_Man

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    that hotel looks great! and the restaurant too.. I hope we get to go there next year.

    excited to hear about everything!!!
    For the most part, the hotel was pretty great. As I told Nebo when he called, without giving too much away, I would go back to DL. I keep telling ya, give me some dates and we can meet up there next year to.

    Hoping to get a chapter up this weekend. Still working on uploading pics.
     

    pkondz

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    Four pages to catch up on? Pfft. I can do that in my sleep...

    and considering I am pretty tired...

    Maybe a nap first...

    zzzzzz......









    One for the money, two for the show, grab some beer or wine, it's on with the show.
    Okay I'm finally ready, let's go!

    The time has come.
    To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling....

    Uh... I may have gotten a little off track there...

    It was awfully rude to not invite us to Dallas or back to Vegas. The nerve of it traveling without us. No consideration what so ever.
    If there's one thing I can't abide, it's rude luggage. Silly suitcases, fine. But rude luggage? No. :snooty:

    You have to be firm and put it in its place... Usually in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

    There's a conundrum for ya. You can put it overhead... and risk it falling on your head during extreme turbulence and killing you; or put it under the seat in front of you and have the certainty of being uncomfortable for the entire flight.

    Decisions, decisions.

    When we came back from Vegas and went to claim our luggage, mine came and hers didn’t.
    It's sad when a couple who seemed to be getting along okay decide to separate.

    So we filed a claim with Southwest. After filing the claim, they said to allow them 24 hours to locate her bag. If we didn’t hear back from them in 24 hours, give them a call and they will try to give us an update.
    Whadaya mean try. There's no try! Where's my dang bag???

    What they failed to mention is, that it would be put on the next flight out to Dallas. 24 hours later, Lady H’s bag is still in Dallas and again told it would be put on the next flight. The next flight back to Vegas that is and then to Albuquerque.
    :lmao: "My suitcase is more well travelled then I am."

    “Huh?! So you’re telling me you have to send my bag to Vegas before sending it back to me in Albuquerque. Why can’t it just be sent from Dallas to Albuquerque?” Lady H made that argument but unfortunately SW won.
    Because there are some people (far too many, IMHO) who cannot have an original thought in their teeny tiny little brains. "The computer says it has to go to Vegas". :sad2:

    Finally after being on vacation without us for 5 days, Lady H gets a call from SW close to 10 pm at night and they tell her they have her bag in Albuquerque.
    Reeking of cheap booze, with lipstick on its... handle.

    Would she like to pick up the next day or would she like it delivered? “Delivered please.” SW “is it ok if we deliver tomorrow?”

    I knew I needed to run and hide when they asked if they could deliver it tomorrow. I didn’t want to be the witness to a murder. Better yet, I didn't want to be the one murdered.
    Good call.

    Maybe she played it smart by ringing the door bell, dropped it off and ran.
    Again... Good call.

    And like a group of army ants, they worked fast to get the luggage off the conveyor belt, turned them over on the side with the wheels and marched them away in a single file line.
    That sounds.... weird. And funny!

    Now we’re just waiting on Lady H’s bag.
    Uh, oh. Is this the same gadabout bag from before? And you trust it?

    We make our way out to the shuttles for the rental cars.
    Hey! Wait! So you got the bag? Or did you just surrender to the inevitable?

    right as we get close to the shuttle, it takes off without us.
    Probably on a schedule.
    Probably didn't care about you.
    Probably got dropped on his head a lot when he was a baby.

    Lady H lifts up her shirt and flashes him.
    This TR has just moved to the top of my reading list.


    Sorry Nebo, but you can't compete with that.

    He immediately stops as well as all the other buses that just ran into him trying to sneak a peak. That’s one way to get them to stop. Then I look at the pile up and traffic jam behind the big pile of wreckage. We’re never going to make it to the rental car place now. Probably going to throw Lady H in jail for indecent exposure. No sooner did I say that did the airport police show up and haul Lady H off to jail. Time to call D’Mil for bail money.

    What? You don’t believe that happened?
    Nope. I don't believe she went to jail. There's no way cops will show up that fast. I buy the rest of it... and no matter what you say from now on, that's what happened.

    The reason I’m in a hurry to get them unloaded is because I have no CASH to give the guy a tip.
    Here's a tip. Tell the other driver to stop when he sees people trying to get on the shuttle.

    “Ha. So long su........per people. Have a nice wait.”
    Nice that you had super people with you.

    Kidding aside, that is a nice perk. I've got a similar thing with National (through work). Two guys were ahead of me and the first was just getting his keys. The second guy has no reservation and will have to fill out all the forms, etc. This is going to take a while.

    But the clerk looks at me and says "Are you an Emerald Club member?" then tells dude #2 to wait while he serves me.

    Aaaaahhhhh....

    He tells me I can pick from row C and takes off with tweedle dumb and tweedle dumber following right behind him. Lady H and I look at each other. Which way to row C?
    :rotfl: So they're dumb and dumber for not knowing where their car is... then you guys come along and don't know where your car is either...

    I'm not saying anything here. Just an observations :rolleyes1:

    All we see left is a Ford Escape. Is that right? It’s a SUV. We double check to make sure we’re in the right row. Sure enough. Looks like the Ford Escape it is.
    Isn't it nice of them to keep it simple for you? No traipsing up and down the aisle trying to figure out which car to take...

    Load up our luggage, start ‘er up, drive up to the guard shack and present him with our release papers. I wanted to pull a Nebo and tell him “Is this going to take long? We just got parole for good behavior and we’re in hurry to get out of this joint,” but I decided not too. Nobody at this place seemed to smile, so I decided not to chance it.
    "Oh a funny guy, huh?" <breaks kneecaps> "Who's laughing now, funny man?"

    She’s also my smartphone, so she was lucky to be spared.
    You have two phones? And this was your spare?

    Check.

    I yell at Dru, “why did you bring us this way?” She had no response, she was dead silent.
    Probably died of embarrassment.

    On top of that, I needed the restroom really bad. I knew I shouldn’t have eaten chili the night before. We start to look for the nearest exit and finally take the first one we see. One of the first places we see is Von’s supermarket. Pull into the parking lot, jump out of the drivers seat while the vehicle is still moving and tell Lady H to park. We did our best Duke of Hazzard impersonations here.
    To make the story better, next time don't let there be an available restroom.

    um... on second thought, let's just move on before you start talking about bowels moving on...

    Now I remember back in the days, beer used to come in either a 6-pack or a case (Four 6-packs in a cardboard tray). Ever notice all the different choices now a days. 6-pack, 12-pack, 18-pack, 30-pack, 4-pack that holds just as much as liquid as a 6 pack.. And that’s just cans. I don’t even know if they sell the standard case (24 cans) anymore.
    Had that conversation with Nebo a while back. What's up with that?

    "Could I have a 12 pack of beer, please? Only I don't want 12, I'd like 7. Can I get a 7 pack?"

    Oh great, now I'm making up names like Laura. :sad2:
    It rubs off, doesn’t it?

    She asks our name and 2 minutes into the check-in process the phone rings. She answers it and puts us on hold.
    That’s a personal pet peeve of mine.

    Listen, I came all the way down to your store, but someone on the phone gets priority? Put them on hold. I was here first… plus I am actually here.

    And God help ‘em if it’s a personal call.

    After explaining 20 times to the person on the phone that they needed to call the 1-800 to make reservations,
    Okay, that’s a company policy… but it’s a stupid one. Reminds me of a radio ad that may only have been up here. It was for some quick oil change company and basically wanted you to come to them where you didn’t need and appointment. It illustrated the frustration of dealing with a dealership instead of with them…

    Dealer: “Thank you for calling Massive Motors, if you want to book an appointment, press 1 if you already have an appointment press 2…”

    Customer: “Okay, I have an appointment so I press 2… <beep>”

    Dealer: “Thank you! To reschedule your appointment press 3, to cancel your appointment press 11…”

    Customer:“11? There is no 11…”

    Dealer: “Press 11!”

    Customer: “Uh… Okay.. uh… one, one… <beep, beep>”

    Dealer: “Thank you! By pressing one you have confirmed your appointment! Thank you for calling Massive Motors.”

    Customer: “What??? No!!! Wait!...”

    Dealer: “<click>”

    she finally returns to us only give us the bad news. So sorry, but your reservation was lost and you’ll have to sleep out on the street. Here is some complimentary popcorn and candy though.

    Ok, ok. Just trying to have some fun with this TR, geesh. Give a bunny a break will ya.
    You had me going there! I thought, “Oh no! They lost the reso and now they have to call the stupid 1-800 number…”

    The resort is gated all around, even for parking. That gave us an added sense of security.
    Plus the machine gun nests and snipers on the rooftops…

    He remembers how they were at the resort last year and how they apparently like to party the whole time they’re there. During their stay last year, they were so drunk that they even provided a free boxing match for the fellow patrons.
    And then, later, you wonder what he’s telling people about you.

    He also tells us how he’s seen some people so drunk, that other people are using the luggage carts to wheel them to their units. Now there’s a thought. Lady H and I keep this in mind in case one of us needs it later.
    :lmao:

    All of sudden BAM, Larry throws a right hook and almost knocks us out. Like the salesman they hired Larry to be, he gives us the dreaded line we hate to hear.

    “At this resort, they offer free breakfast in the morning with a brief 45-minute presentation.”
    They really should preface that with the theme from Jaws, no?

    Oh Larry, you didn’t just go there did you? We were laughing and having such a good time at Moe's and Curly's expense. Why did you have to go and ruin it?
    Honeymoon’s over!

    Yeah, just like the time I was supposed to get a free trip. :rolleyes:
    I would’ve mentioned it… just to see what Larry would say.

    Still waiting on that by the way. "So which day should I put you down for?” Larry asks.
    I hate that line. “How about the one when a certain hot place freezes over?”

    Here’s a few things we saw on our exploration.

    …

    Obviously you’re not here to look at resort pictures and hear about Larry.
    Au contraire! I thought the resort was pretty nice and wouldn’t have minded even more.

    For our next stop is:

    DISNEYLAND!
    Oh, right! Almost forgot. :rolleyes: Thanks for the chapter, it was really good! :goodvibes:

    Okay, off to read the next posts...
     

    pkondz

    Brace yourself for immediate disintegration
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    I see you survived your 16 hour shift.
    Barely. You have no idea how glad I am that the past two weeks is in the past. :sad2:

    What address? I never received any address from you. Well not from you directly. And I never got a PM from the owners.

    Lady H, you deleted Ponzi's PM with his address already right?

    And I officially have written consent from the owner herself.
    I don't care! Where's my money!

    Had some experience with this have you? Poor Kay and Elle. I'm sure they would've shared with you.
    When it comes to candy... I don't share.

    Mine! All mine!

    Hey now...I've told you a million times I don't know how that bear keeps getting into our room, but it's him, not me! :snooty:
    :rotfl:

    Nope, I still have it in a secret hiding place in the off chance that he's driven us to the point of crazy by the end of this TR and i need to send him a bill for the psychiatrist. :p
    Oh, you'll need one all right.

    heh heh heh.

    I'll tell you my pretty...and your little Nebo too :rotfl:...
    :lmao:

    And Smidgy responded with a verb, and the word, "Dorothy."
    She's not a morning person.
    :rotfl: can't... breathe... too... funny... :lmao:
     

    pkondz

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    He explained that at 3:00 that afternoon there would be a wine and cheese social at the club house, which was where he explained to us that if we had a little too much to imbibe at the whine and cheese social (see what I did there? Haha…*cricket cricket cricket*)
    I did! You used the word 'cheese' twice in a sentence! That's what you meant right?

    right?

    <cricket cricket cricket>

    We stored the information away for later, since we already had a 36 pack of beer in the SUV that was calling our names.
    "Miiiiiiike.... Heaaaaaather..... come for us..... pull off our heads and drink from our necks....."

    ew :sick:

    So naturally, having a Johnny Rockets close to home, and never having been to Buca Di Beppo, we chose Johnny Rockets for lunch.
    Naturally. This sounds so much like my DW.

    Me: "Honey! Look at all the great places we can eat! There's Wu's Oriental Bazaar, Luigi's Famous Pasta House, Paolo's Paella Palace, Greek To Me, Mon Ami French Cuisine... oh and, ha ha, there's McDonalds."

    DW: "Let's just go to McDonalds."

    :sad:

    Actually, we didn’t want to eat too much as we had reservations for Steakhouse 55 at 7pm, and not really knowing what their portions were and knowing full well that we would, if nothing else, have steak, and that in itself can be filling, we wanted to eat something light and familiar, and early enough, so we would have an appetite later.
    Okay, that actually made sense. Maybe you should write the whole TR, not like that other guy?

    so off we go again in search of an escalator.
    You were going to eat an escalator? I thought you wanted to eat light, not uplifting.


    Finally, on the top floor, clear on the other side, we find Johnny Rockets.
    We love this place back home because of the fun the employees have. Certain songs that the customers play on the tiny jukeboxes on their tables will get the servers to bust out in spontaneously choreographed numbers in the middle of the joint. Of course, when we got there, we still had NO CASH, therefore, no change, in order to play anything on our mini jukebox. But it may be all for the better, the employees all look like they can barely speak English, let alone break out into a spontaneous dance. Plus this place is really small compared to the one we have back home. So with a slight disappointed sigh, we grab a menu.
    Gee, that sounds really cool. We went to a Johnny Rockets when there was one in Mall of America. It was small, no dancing or singing and the prices!!! :eek: I don't need a burger so bad that I'll pay $20 for it. Four orders of burgers or dogs, fries and drinks came out to around $80. I suspect they cranked up the prices to pay for the primo spot they had in the mall... probably why we never went back.

    Both of us were undecided about two different burgers that they had.
    They both sound good...

    So, being the smart ones that we are (I’m setting myself up for something here aren’t I?), we ordered one of each, and decided to split them, that way we each got a taste of both burgers. We also ordered the Bacon cheese fries, thinking we would share them as a side (little did we know that we should have specified that to the waiter, as it seems he thought only one of us wanted to substitute the fries that come with the order for bacon cheese fries, and the other plate should come with a heaping pile of fries that could feed an army!).
    Note to self: Two huge burgers with heaps of fries = 'eating light'.

    check.

    We have never had mayo on our burgers before, usually opting for mustard or spicy mustard, but were pleasantly surprised by how well the mayo went with the burgers.
    Lots of places (not the chain places) up here put mayo on burgers. Chili too, if they know what's good for them. Heck, you can get (at a few spots) a chili burger which is a burger in a styrofoam cup that's covered in chili. You have to eat it with a fork... but yummm....

    Grocery shopping was pretty blasé.
    That’s kind of a laissez faire attitude young lady.

    The only good thing was that we went while we were full, and not while we were hungry, which probably helped in the long run.
    :lmao: I hear ya!
    Me when full: carrots, milk, chicken, blah, blah, blah…
    Me when hungry: carrots, milk, milk chocolate, chicken, chips, blah, blah, blah…

    We did manage to find a package of onion dip that T-Man just HAD to have, and then almost forget the sour cream that was needed to mix it. I had to run through the store while Mike stood holding our place in line.
    So T-Man HAD to have it… then makes you run around the store?

    I’ll have to ask him what his secret is…

    So the lovely lady at the register asks if we have a card. We tell her no, we are just visiting her fine establishment and will only be here for a short time. So of course she asks if we want a card. And again we tell her we are just visiting and won’t be around long enough, and don’t need it. We mention that we had one a long, long, long time ago, and now she is practically begging us to give her a phone number that she may be able to look up in her database.
    <sigh> Here we go again, “I have to do it ‘cause the computer says I do.” :sad2:

    Here’s another WoO quote for you “If I only had a brain”. It can, unfortunately, apply in so many, many situations.

    How do you put a kid in brain freeze? When the cash register tells him that you owe $17.38, give him $23.03. Heck, just give him $20.03.

    a wonderful, thoughtful, and sweet lady behind us, took out her savings card and handed it to the cashier and told her to go ahead and use it. We thanked her at least 10 times, paid for our groceries, and left the store.
    Does she get points or something? Still, a nice gesture.

    T-Man left his phone in the car charging while we were in the store, so naturally he missed a call. There is a voicemail from the resort saying our room is ready.
    So you don’t have to be by the pool to get that call, hunh?

    There are stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. So of course, with 4 bags, plus our carry-ons, plus the groceries, naturally we would be in the very back, and on the 2nd floor.
    Naturally.

    So just how many times did you trip over that garbage can?

    Oh look a hidden Mickey!
    Oh look a hidden Mickey on the hidden Mickey.

    Oh look, apparently we have no life! :lmao:

    and then we are strategically placed on our balcony, overlooking the courtyard, with an ice cold beer in hand.

    This lasts all of about 30 seconds before we have to start scrambling to get ready for dinner.
    But I bet is was a nice calm, restful 30 seconds.

    Now of course we don’t go all out on our appearance for the evening. I’m wearing a cute sundress that of course I cover up to hide the fat complimented by a pair of sandals.
    Heinlein quote: “All women are beautiful, some women more beautiful then others.”

    I left my hair down; this is a huge deal to me. I hardly ever leave my hair down because it’s long and will end up bugging me within a span of about 10 minutes. But T-Man loves my hair long and so, I deal.
    T-Man is right. Hair down much nicer than hair up.

    I said nicer… I didn’t necessarily say ‘more comfortable’ or ‘more practical’.

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    We take the stairs, because that’s all we have. Jump into the SUV and head to Downtown Disney. [/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE]

    Wouldn’t it have been more exciting to skip the stairs and simply jump into the SUV?

    [quote="Thumper_Man's Wife, post: 46177741"]Magically we are transported to another dimension. It’s a Disney-esque version of Gullivers Travels. Everyone around us is as small as ants, and yet, we are normal sized. Or maybe the ants are normal sized and grew, like Alice in Wonderland when she took a bit of that cake?!



    Alright, alright, that was just a scale model of Big Thunder Mountain that we came across as we walked through part of the hotel.


    I still think you were “Magically we are transported to another dimension”. You went from the mall to Disney just by walking through a door. That’s pretty magical, don’t you think?

    We then walked right out of the hotel.
    Okay, so much for the ‘magical’ part. :rotfl:

    We walk out of what seems to be the ballroom part of the hotel, and start wondering through a courtyard.
    I’ll bet you were ‘wondering’!

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    Huh? How did they know? I look over at T-Man with a quizzical look, and suddenly he has amnesia. Can’t figure out how they would know that we are celebrating our anniversary. Uh huh…Sure you don’t remember. [/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE]

    Mr. Smooth.

    [quote="Thumper_Man's Wife, post: 46177741"] This is where we saw the Sustainable Fish item and thought of Nebo and our disboard friends.



    Non-rusting fish. Excellent.


    Dinner was delicious. I know for certain that I was able to cut my steak with my fork. That is how tender it was.
    Sounds delicious.


    He said that it was our anniversary and he couldn’t let us go without at least a little bit of chocolate. A man after my own heart!
    That was nice! :)



    We devoured it. It’s a good thing we were so full from dinner right?
    Right! :lmao:

    Nice picture of you Heather! :)


    We stop in one of the cute souvenier shops and pick up a few postcards for later. T-Man thoughtfully asks about stamps and we are directed to the Paradise Pier Hotel for those
    So is that where you sold your kidney to afford postage to Canada?


    We notice the entrance from DtD to the Disneyland and California Adventures parks at the end of the walkway and there are quite a few people coming towards us, so we turn around and hurry back the way we came, in hopes of not being caught up in the barrage of people leaving the parks.
    Stampede!!!


    As we are headed out of the area, we hear the loud boom of what we can only think is a bomb. They’re bombing us! At Disney! What the…then I look up in time to see the beautiful colors of the fireworks display from Disneyland.
    :lmao: Run for the hills! Where’s the nearest shelter??


    As we work our way through the traffic to the pay booths, we see a speed limit sign that strikes me as odd. Now I’ve seen speed limit signs for 10 mph, 15 mph, but never one for ...

    Yup, that’s right, 14 miles per hour people. Not 13, not 15, but 14.
    Nowhere else but Disney right?

    OK. I think I will leave it at that for now, if you are still awake that is...

    Still awake. There’s a thread on here about the 14mph speed limit. One person said that if the limit was 15 then they’d need speed bumps. Dunno.

    Thanks for the chapter Heather! :goodvibes:
     

    Thumper_Man

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    Now I know how Nebo feels when he's just about typed a whole chapter and then all of a sudden it's gone. :furious:

    I was hoping to have a chapter up today, but went to finish the chapter and there's nothing there.

    So now I have to try and remember everything I had already typed out. :sad2:
     

    Backstage_Gal

    <font color=darkorchid>Let me rephrase the dog ste
    Joined
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    Now I know how Nebo feels when he's just about typed a whole chapter and then all of a sudden it's gone. :furious:

    I was hoping to have a chapter up today, but went to finish the chapter and there's nothing there.

    So now I have to try and remember everything I had already typed out. :sad2:
    :sad::sad::sad:

    Ponzi, great breakdown :thumbsup2
     

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