The $6,688.00 Disney World Trip - It's a wrap 6/30

franandaj

I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
Joined
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So, long time between updates. We’re just crazy busy, well I am! We finally got our taxes done, and our accountant is retiring this year, so we got to break in a new guy next year. What else? Well I wasn’t expecting it, but we received the stimulus! I didn’t think we would get it since we are not employees. Within five minutes of opening the envelope, I got an email from the accountant with the results of our taxes….We owe the Feds $86 more than the stimulus. Of course we do. Win some, lose it quicker!

Still no bites on Apartment #2. I’m really hoping that it rents by the 1st of June cause we really need the cash! Other than that, us and the kitties are hanging in there. I’m getting tired of constantly doing dishes, eating at home, even if we do takeout. Dine in restaurants won’t be coming back to LA county any time soon, so I might as well get used to it. Of course we can always go to Orange County (they opened back up) if we are desperate, but we’re waiting awhile. The word on the street is that June will be back with a harder punch than April. Let’s hope not.

Anyways back to the Trip Report!

Day 8

I woke up just after 7AM. I realized that I was derelict in my duties. The night before, Fran had asked me to look up today's showtimes of the most recent Star Wars movie. You see she had been sick with a terrible cough at the time of it's release and she didn't want to be "that person" who was hacking away during the movie, so that no one could hear what was going on. We had tickets for a couple of days after Christmas, but she was still coughing so bad then, we got a refund. Then when the new year hit, we were so busy we never had the time. (Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)

The week before we left for Disneyworld, I pointed out to her that we could possibly see it while we were here, and she said we would think about it. Well, while I was inside the Publix store the night before. They had all agreed to see the movie the next day. It was my job to find out show times and communicate that information to the ladies. I felt so lousy before going to bed, that even though I had looked it up, I didn't communicate the information to Pam and her Mom.

So this morning when I was feeling much better, I sent them a quick text. We decided that the 3:45 showing at Disney Springs would be the best option. There was an earlier show, but this way no one would be rushing anywhere.

I got dressed and started on breakfast. Today would be leftovers. Fran was having the Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bread pudding leftovers.



I had another plate of the Yachtsman leftovers along with my coffee.



And then we headed off to Hollywood Studios. I had a 10:20 FP for RnRC, and since Fran can't ride it, I get to go twice! I got in line about 10:35.

The first ride I got into the preshow at 10:48 and was off the ride by 10:58



While in the "alley" waiting for my limo, I noticed a sign. I'm not sure if it's been there all along but it just sunk in on my second ride. In the construction area which separates the main queue from the single rider line, there was a sign on the chain link fence which read


Construction Crew only

San Andreas & Son


I love the Imagineer humor!


The second ride I got into the preshow at 11:07 and was off the ride by 11:19.




On our way out we took a couple pictures with a PP photographer.





And then we were done at DHS. There was nothing else that we really wanted to stick around for. We had been through most all the shops the day we rode RotR, we ate at Woody's Lunchbox, and really there were no other QS we wanted to try. The park was PACKED! We had the misfortune of choosing a week when the International Cheer Fest was taking place, so there were cheer groups everywhere, in all the parks.

We caught the Skyliner back to the Riviera. On the way back to the room, we found some people admiring the carpeting outside the elevators. Its very subtle but if you look closely, you'll see the Fab Five.



We had about half an hour before we needed to take off so Fran had me make her a Ham Sandwich with the meat packets Pam had picked up for her. In the future I may just add them to our shopping list for the shopping service. They're only like $.60 each, and she likes them. I don't. I'm a snob :snooty:



At the room, we picked up some goodies for JJ, and then it was down to the bus stop to Disney Springs. We waited about five minutes and pretty soon we were on our way.

Our first stop was World of Disney. Fran always likes to shop there and today was no different. She found some shirts and who knows what else. I don't really even pay attention anymore.

Since she had a ham sandwich in the room, but I had nothing, I was a little hungry. There was a place called Aristocrepes which I had read about online, so we headed there. On the way we stopped for Margaritas.







When we got to the Aritsocrepes location, it was closed. Since we were right next to Goofy's Candy Company, she asked if we could get something sweet to eat in the movie. I got us a rice krispie treat, a Mickey Marshmallow wand, and a milk chocolate smores treat. Sorry forgot to take pictures. But here’s approximately what we ordered. This marshmallow wand is from DCA and the nice thing there is that Karamel Kuche does not have the exclusive on caramel treats so in addition to the chocolate coating there is caramel underneath, at WDW it’s just chocolate.





There was still the quandary of what to eat for a snack. I remembered the Poutine stand and she agreed that it sounded good so we headed back that way. We agreed on the classic, and it was a more than hearty portion to tide us over through the movie.







It was getting close to time for the movie and we headed to the theater. Pam and her mom arrived about 15 minutes after we got there and we got some popcorn before taking our seats. The movie was good and we were all entertained. And also I finally understood what I had seen on Star Tours a couple days before.

Fran and I weren't terribly hungry from all the popcorn and treats we ate, but we wanted to hang out some more. We checked with the Edison but they had a ½ an hour wait, plus Fran didn't think they had much of anything light on their menu. Splittsville was right next door, and Pam was thrilled about a veggie rice bowl that she had eaten there once before. I was interested in a sushi roll to split with Fran so that ended up being just perfect.





I got a Moscow Mule.



The two of us split the Crouching Dragon roll, and that was just enough.



Pam got her veggie rice bowl.




JJ got a mushroom Swiss Impossible burger, and she just loved it!



Fran and I ordered a Brownie Sundae, but we were the only ones to get dessert.



They had a Gluten free cupcake but Pam didn’t like the flavor. She wanted the ice cream sundae that was on the menu, but they couldn't guarantee there wouldn't be cross contamination, so she went without.

We sat around for a while planning and scheming. Who knows if any of that will come to fruition now? Eventually we said our goodbyes and they headed back home and we headed to the bus stop.

Just as we were arriving at the bus stop a Riviera bus was pulling away. We figured that it would be at least 20 minutes before we saw another bus, but oddly enough there was another bus in 15 minutes. The resort is pretty close and I wonder if they just need one bus at that hour that can keep circling back or they actually route them around to multiple locations just to keep them on their toes.

We were quickly loaded into the bus and back at our resort in no time. I realized that it was starting to get close to the time when we need to begin packing up to go home. I had a load of laundry in the wash and moved it to the dryer which got me thinking about what I wanted to wear for the next couple days and what I could start packing in the morning. I wasn't going to make the same mistake again packing all the dirty clothes in a suitcase without clean underwear spread throughout the four suitcases.

After making a pile of clothes to pack in the morning and changing it to the dryer, I took a tub. I missed my bath the night before and my legs were sore from walking at Universal the day before, plus the AMC at Disney Springs doesn't have the nice recliner seats like our normal Cinemark at home where we normally watch movies. I know First World problems! :laughing: I slathered my legs with Voltaren Gel and hoped that would help.

After a nice bath, I crawled into bed for a good night's sleep!
 
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franandaj

I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
Joined
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Is that fuchsia? I can't keep track.
:laughing:


I just did some NY strips the other day. Plus, my meatloaf recipe calls for 1.5lbs of gr. beef. That's almost impossible to get at the grocery store unless I buy a couple of packages and guesstimate it.
You ground NY strips for your meatloaf? I make mine with 2 lbs ground beef and 1 lb ground pork. Then I portion it into four loaves and freeze three of them. Someday you will have the joy of cooking for only two. It' taken me quite a few years to get used to it after her parents passed away. We used to feed them with our leftovers.

Standing by!
I think it's a couple updates away.....

Ah, okay. I thought it was because you couldn't ride anymore because it makes you ill, or it was going down for refurb or something.
No, just unable to plan. Anything. Well besides dinner, and I have that planned two and a half weeks out...

I'm learning so much about her!
:laughing:
And there's so much more you don't know......

Love corned beef. It's the sauerkraut with it that I don't care for. I like sauerkraut okay, just not too much and not in my corned beef sammie.
Funny, both corned beef and sauerkraut were two things that she introduced me to and I like them just fine together.

You're welcome!
I already made a note on the dinner list to add them in the next incarnation.
 

pkondz

. . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
Joined
Mar 9, 2007
So, long time between updates.
Me too! Wait...
Well I wasn’t expecting it, but we received the stimulus!
Yay!
I got an email from the accountant with the results of our taxes….We owe the Feds $86 more than the stimulus. Of course we do. Win some, lose it quicker!
Wow. What a bummer. Almost like... what's the point?
Dine in restaurants won’t be coming back to LA county any time soon, so I might as well get used to it.
Is your COVID rate much higher there?
The word on the street is that June will be back with a harder punch than April. Let’s hope not.
Who the heck knows. I suspect you're right and I also suspect it's supposed to be.
she didn't want to be "that person" who was hacking away during the movie, so that no one could hear what was going on.
And we all thank her.
(Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)
It's possible. Thinking of getting tested? Or is it hard to get tested down there?
We decided that the 3:45 showing at Disney Springs would be the best option.
You mention later no reclining seats (which surprised me), other than that, how's the theatre?
I had another plate of the Yachtsman leftovers along with my coffee.
I'm having trouble deciding which breakfast I'd want more.
The first ride I got into the preshow at 10:48 and was off the ride by 10:58
Not bad!
:laughing: These shots of you always crack me up.
Construction Crew only

San Andreas & Son
I don't get it? I've seen the sign, but... It's not a play on Sanford & Son is it? :confused3
What are you doing? Playing your musical instrument? Drinking?
Cute shot. :)
We had the misfortune of choosing a week when the International Cheer Fest was taking place, so there were cheer groups everywhere, in all the parks.
Oh, joy...
On the way back to the room, we found some people admiring the carpeting outside the elevators. Its very subtle but if you look closely, you'll see the Fab Five.
That's cool! Hat's off to the designer.
she likes them. I don't. I'm a snob :snooty:
You is too fancy! :)
Our first stop was World of Disney. Fran always likes to shop there and today was no different.
It's too big for me. I like smaller shops. When I shop at all.
She found some shirts and who knows what else. I don't really even pay attention anymore.
:rolleyes1
On the way we stopped for Margaritas.
Oh! I need to remember this place.
When we got to the Aritsocrepes location, it was closed.
well... poop.
I got us a rice krispie treat, a Mickey Marshmallow wand, and a milk chocolate smores treat.
:faint:
I remembered the Poutine stand
I am afraid of this place. Love poutine. Want poutine... but get very disappointed when it's not good poutine.
The movie was good and we were all entertained.
Glad you all enjoyed it. :)
And also I finally understood what I had seen on Star Tours a couple days before.
:laughing:
The two of us split the Crouching Dragon roll, and that was just enough.
Looks good. ::yes::
Pam got her veggie rice bowl.
Looks pretty happy!
JJ got a mushroom Swiss Impossible burger, and she just loved it!
Looks very happy! :goodvibes
:eek: Whoa!
The resort is pretty close and I wonder if they just need one bus at that hour that can keep circling back or they actually route them around to multiple locations just to keep them on their toes.
Who knows? I defy anyone to figure out the thinking behind Disney bus scheduling.
I slathered my legs with Voltaren Gel and hoped that would help.
Reminds me. My mom picked up a tube but is allergic. Next time I'm down your way, want it?
You ground NY strips for your meatloaf?
Oh, no. Sorry. I bought 2 NY strips for dinner and grilled them up. (Kay wasn't home and Elle is pescatarian. She had salmon.) I also bought 1.5lbs of gr. beef.
I make mine with 2 lbs ground beef and 1 lb ground pork. Then I portion it into four loaves and freeze three of them.
Interesting. That'd only be enough for 2 loaves, for me.
Someday you will have the joy of cooking for only two.
Very true.
And there's so much more you don't know......
Of that I'm sure! :laughing:
 
  • missjackiemcg

    DIS Veteran
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    (Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)
    Isn't it funny how your mind wanders to that idea!? My Mom and I both came off our Disney cruise in December with terrible coughs that lasted for weeks. Once this COVID business started, it got us thinking the same thing. Of course, it was probably just a result of being on a cruise, nothing more. But you can't help wondering!

    We caught the Skyliner back to the Riviera. On the way back to the room, we found some people admiring the carpeting outside the elevators. Its very subtle but if you look closely, you'll see the Fab Five.
    That is really subtle, and such a great touch!! I hadn't seen this one mentioned anywhere before.

    Sounds like you had a lovely day! I am the only one in my family who loves Rock'n Rollercoaster, but I always make a FP for everyone, so I can ride over and over :) Hey, if I'm doing the planning, I'm reaping the benefits, people!

    We've never seen a movie at Disney Springs. I'm surprised they don't have those awesome recliner seats!! I would expect it to be the most amazing theater ever....what a bummer.
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
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    :sad2: Don't see any of that coming soon. I'm finding out that I am unable to overeat at home. I ordered Shabu Shabu last week and what I can normally eat almost everything, I found myself full before I was even halfway done. Then again I got another meal out of it the next day
    I remember you tackling the Shabu when Kari and I went with you! But... leftovers are a wonderful thing!!

    Well it turned out that the shower had a case of wet rot that was uncovered when the team came in to clean up the mess. They had to take out most of the bathroom, all the way down to the joists and replace them. When the damage happened, the tenant had a pink bathroom, original from the 1950s. They had to replace the tub and shower once they rebuilt the joists, so she got a pretty tan bathroom instead. They pretty much ripped us off. Had we known Gale at that time, he would have done the whole apartment (kitchen too) for just a few thousand more than that. However, we didn't meet him until about 6-9 months later.
    Uh oh!! Rot is a huge, and sadly very expensive, thing. :( Sometimes luck isn't on our side. Hopefully, that'll be a long-term fix (oughta be for that price!) and Gale can be there for you moving forward.

    We’re just crazy busy, well I am!
    Oh how I know that feeling! Now that things are moving back towards normal at work my schedule should finally start becoming more sane.

    .We owe the Feds $86 more than the stimulus. Of course we do. Win some, lose it quicker!
    You got off lucky. I owed $300 more than I got from the check. Made paying Uncle Sam less painful, but...

    The word on the street is that June will be back with a harder punch than April. Let’s hope not.
    I don't think it'll be harder, but we'll see the same number of cases as we would have regardless.... hopefully just more spread out.

    (Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)
    I'd bet money you both have antibodies.
    Now, THAT'S my kind of breakfast!!

    Construction Crew only

    San Andreas & Son


    I love the Imagineer humor!
    LOVE that!!!

    We caught the Skyliner back to the Riviera. On the way back to the room, we found some people admiring the carpeting outside the elevators. Its very subtle but if you look closely, you'll see the Fab Five.

    Love this even more!! So subtle and amazing. Seriously, my kind of Disney right there!

    We checked with the Edison but they had a ½ an hour wait, plus Fran didn't think they had much of anything light on their menu.
    I've been a couple of times, and yes, waits are normal and light is anything but there.

    Wait!! I thought you were going for "light". :lmao:

    The resort is pretty close and I wonder if they just need one bus at that hour that can keep circling back or they actually route them around to multiple locations just to keep them on their toes.
    So, true story. I was waiting at a gate a couple of trips ago and struck up a conversation with a bus driver traveling back to Disney/home. Her husband was a transportation supervisor who trained bus drivers. Now I could have the following backwards and it could be the other way around.... (random routes to assigned routes or vice versa)

    What she told me was that up until last year, they sent them wherever there was a need and it was random. It was driven by a software system that they had to learn and they could be dispatched anywhere on property and she loved it. But, she told me when she got back she was going to have to be totally re-trained in the new system in which they were switching ALL drivers to assigned routes, so they'd drive the same route over and over. Hmmm, now that I type that out, I recall her saying she was driving the AKL/AK route, so I'm thinking it's going to a randomly/as needed routing system. Anyway, she is being told whatever it is being switched to should be a LOT more efficient and should meet real-time demands better. Having said that, Covid f'd everything up now, so we'll see.

    Who the heck knows. I suspect you're right and I also suspect it's supposed to be.
    Yes. Someone made the BEST analogy I've seen yet with this:

    Imagine Covid as a water balloon. When it first started, it was round and its profile was high. Now, someone steps on it, and it flattens out. But stepped on or not, there is still the same amount of water in it, the water doesn't go anywhere. The same amount of people are going to get it, whether it's now all in one bunch, or spread out over time. Humans have an immune system for a reason, let's put them to work.

    "Compare it to a water balloon
    It's possible. Thinking of getting tested? Or is it hard to get tested down there?
    I think the testing is going to be veeeery reavealing. ::yes::
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
    Mar 9, 2007
    Yes. Someone made the BEST analogy I've seen yet with this:

    Imagine Covid as a water balloon. When it first started, it was round and its profile was high. Now, someone steps on it, and it flattens out. But stepped on or not, there is still the same amount of water in it, the water doesn't go anywhere. The same amount of people are going to get it, whether it's now all in one bunch, or spread out over time. Humans have an immune system for a reason, let's put them to work.

    "Compare it to a water balloon
    Not bad!
    And... since we're on that analogy...
    Think of that same water balloon. You need to empty it by filling up a cup of water and then draining the cup into the sink. If you pop it with a needle, all the water will gush out and the cup will overflow. But if you untie the knot at the mouth of the balloon and slowly pour it out, you can keep filling and emptying the cup until the balloon is empty. Same amount of water comes out, just at a slower (social-distanced, self-quarantined) rate and the cup (health care system) doesn't get over-run.
     

    Captain_Oblivious

    DIS Dad #257, Galactic Salad Dodger
    Joined
    Nov 10, 2008
    Within five minutes of opening the envelope, I got an email from the accountant with the results of our taxes….We owe the Feds $86 more than the stimulus. Of course we do. Win some, lose it quicker!
    Talk about a short-lived victory.

    The word on the street is that June will be back with a harder punch than April. Let’s hope not.
    Ugh. I pray that's not the case. This sucks.

    You see she had been sick with a terrible cough at the time of it's release and she didn't want to be "that person" who was hacking away during the movie, so that no one could hear what was going on.
    Hey, that's really considerate. And sadly rare these days.

    (Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)
    Who knows at this point?

    Construction Crew only

    San Andreas & Son
    :rotfl2: Nice.

    We caught the Skyliner back to the Riviera. On the way back to the room, we found some people admiring the carpeting outside the elevators. Its very subtle but if you look closely, you'll see the Fab Five.
    Oh yeah! Cool.

    The park was PACKED! We had the misfortune of choosing a week when the International Cheer Fest was taking place, so there were cheer groups everywhere, in all the parks.
    Ugh. There's never a time when it's not crowded anymore.

    Our first stop was World of Disney. Fran always likes to shop there and today was no different. She found some shirts and who knows what else. I don't really even pay attention anymore.
    Well, their stuff is completely different from all of the other gift shops! :rolleyes1

    I remembered the Poutine stand and she agreed that it sounded good so we headed back that way. We agreed on the classic, and it was a more than hearty portion to tide us over through the movie.
    That Italian one looks interesting to me.

    We sat around for a while planning and scheming. Who knows if any of that will come to fruition now?
    :sad1:

    I wasn't going to make the same mistake again packing all the dirty clothes in a suitcase without clean underwear spread throughout the four suitcases.
    Fool me once...
     

    DnA2010

    Rope Drop!
    Joined
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    Well I wasn’t expecting it, but we received the stimulus!
    Nice! I wish we'd all got something like this, but we didn't qualify for anything...better that then lose our jobs though of course!

    Still no bites on Apartment #2
    Wow crazy!! Come on apartment 2!

    The word on the street is that June will be back with a harder punch than April.
    I kinda think this, with things relaxing these days

    (Hmmmm…..in hindsight could she have had a mild case of the COVID-19, and I was asymptomatic? Probably not.)
    We have thoughts like this too...


    Yum yum! This looks up my alley.. I can't remember the last time I had mountain dew though

    And this would be right up D's alley (although I wouldn't turn it down ;) )

    Nice one of you two! Good smiles!

    you'll see the Fab Five.

    This is a super cool rug!

    make her a Ham Sandwich
    I'm probably the only person on the planet who really isn't in to ham sandwiches...

    On the way we stopped for Margaritas.
    One of the reasons why I like you two 😀 always time for a marg 👍
    See that white and pinky/purple can in the bottom right- white claws- my new drink to take riding on my horse
    I just love chocolate marshmallow wands- yummmm yyum!

    Yum! Love poutine! D and I had a BBQ chicken one the other day- shredded chicken, hot sauce, slaw, ranch dressing, monterey jack- seemed like a lot of stuff, but it was GOOD!


    Mmm big cheese curds!

    the AMC at Disney Springs doesn't have the nice recliner seats like our normal Cinemark at home where we normally watch movies
    Our theatre is just a plain jane too, I want recliner seats!

    slathered my legs with Voltaren Gel
    Love that stuff!


    And onwards!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
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    Wow. What a bummer. Almost like... what's the point?
    Yeah, and don't get me started on our supposed "tax break". I bet we wouldn't have had to pay if the system had not been overhauled.

    Is your COVID rate much higher there?
    Evidently LA County is the epicenter of California. Long Beach has a better rate than most of the rest of the county.

    Who the heck knows. I suspect you're right and I also suspect it's supposed to be.
    I think it's because everyone was out being stupid last weekend.

    It's possible. Thinking of getting tested? Or is it hard to get tested down there?
    Until they have a test that doesn't involve a Q-tip going up your nose into your brain, I'm going to wait.

    You mention later no reclining seats (which surprised me), other than that, how's the theatre?
    Pretty standard theater.

    I'm having trouble deciding which breakfast I'd want more.
    :laughing: Good one!

    :laughing: These shots of you always crack me up.
    I'm just mimicking you....really!

    I don't get it? I've seen the sign, but... It's not a play on Sanford & Son is it? :confused3
    No, the San Andreas fault runs from about San Francisco through San Jose and into the San Joaquin Valley, through the Grapevine and into San Bernardino County. It's literally the reason people joke about California falling off into the ocean.

    What are you doing? Playing your musical instrument? Drinking?
    Drinking.....

    That's cool! Hat's off to the designer.
    It took us several days and someone else pointing it out to see it! :laughing:

    You is too fancy! :)
    ::yes:: I am! :laughing:

    It's too big for me. I like smaller shops. When I shop at all.
    She likes the one stop shopping aspect.

    Oh! I need to remember this place.
    We've been enjoying those for quite a few trips now.....

    I am afraid of this place. Love poutine. Want poutine... but get very disappointed when it's not good poutine.
    I can see that. We don't get it very often, so we don't know good poutine from mediocre poutine.

    Glad you all enjoyed it. :)
    It was good to have an end to the series.

    Looks pretty happy!
    Looks very happy! :goodvibes
    They are a happy bunch!

    We weren't expecting that.

    Who knows? I defy anyone to figure out the thinking behind Disney bus scheduling.
    Really, who knows?

    Reminds me. My mom picked up a tube but is allergic. Next time I'm down your way, want it?
    Sure! They just released it in the US over the counter.

    Oh, no. Sorry. I bought 2 NY strips for dinner and grilled them up. (Kay wasn't home and Elle is pescatarian. She had salmon.) I also bought 1.5lbs of gr. beef.
    That makes sense.

    Interesting. That'd only be enough for 2 loaves, for me.
    Since there are only two of us and we don't eat a whole lot, those loaves feed us for one dinner and one leftover meatloaf sandwich for Fran.

    Of that I'm sure! :laughing:
    :laughing:
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    Yeah, and don't get me started on our supposed "tax break". I bet we wouldn't have had to pay if the system had not been overhauled.
    <carefully tiptoes away from that one> :tiptoe:
    Evidently LA County is the epicenter of California.
    Not surprising.
    Long Beach has a better rate than most of the rest of the county.
    Good!!! Means you're safe(r).
    I think it's because everyone was out being stupid last weekend.
    :sad2: We had some of that up here too. We'll see what comes of it.
    Until they have a test that doesn't involve a Q-tip going up your nose into your brain, I'm going to wait.
    OMG! I know! I've seen those videos and …. Nope!!!
    Pretty standard theater.
    Well, that's disappointing.
    I'm just mimicking you....really!
    :laughing: I highly doubt that!
    No, the San Andreas fault runs from about San Francisco through San Jose and into the San Joaquin Valley, through the Grapevine and into San Bernardino County. It's literally the reason people joke about California falling off into the ocean.
    Ohhh... Okay. I do know about the San Andreas fault of course. Just didn't put it together with Florida... but that ride is set in LA. Makes sense now.
    It took us several days and someone else pointing it out to see it! :laughing:
    I would've been the same!
    She likes the one stop shopping aspect.
    I get that. :)
    I can see that. We don't get it very often, so we don't know good poutine from mediocre poutine.
    I don't get it often either. Because the really good stuff is in Quebec.
    It was good to have an end to the series.
    ::yes::
    Sure! They just released it in the US over the counter.
    Ah! That's gonna save a lot of room in my luggage, then! :laughing:
     

    jedijill

    Chiefs fan living in Bronco country
    Joined
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    CAtching up but your updates are making miss my happy places and my friends! I was supposed to see JJ and Pam in Hawaii and you guys too!

    Jill in CO
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Isn't it funny how your mind wanders to that idea!? My Mom and I both came off our Disney cruise in December with terrible coughs that lasted for weeks. Once this COVID business started, it got us thinking the same thing. Of course, it was probably just a result of being on a cruise, nothing more. But you can't help wondering!
    I know! But I doubt it. I think it was just Fran's yearly winter cough that takes 2 months to go away.

    Hey! I see that you are trying again for a trip to WDW in your ticker....will you be doing a TR? I'm really interested to read TRs from folks who go back in the first weeks/months of opening.

    That is really subtle, and such a great touch!! I hadn't seen this one mentioned anywhere before.
    Really? Cool!

    Sounds like you had a lovely day! I am the only one in my family who loves Rock'n Rollercoaster, but I always make a FP for everyone, so I can ride over and over :) Hey, if I'm doing the planning, I'm reaping the benefits, people!
    When I don't get input, that's the ride going on the FP+!

    We've never seen a movie at Disney Springs. I'm surprised they don't have those awesome recliner seats!! I would expect it to be the most amazing theater ever....what a bummer.
    Well, it's just an AMC so they're the ones responsible for the theater, not Disney.
     

    rndmr2

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    Until they have a test that doesn't involve a Q-tip going up your nose into your brain, I'm going to wait.
    I am an RN in a nursing home and since this whole mess started, I have been tested 3 times (thankfully all 3 negative). I did ask to be tested for the first one since I had some very close contact with a resident the day before he tested positive (and we have since tracked him as the most likely one that brought it into the facility in the first place, so I had LOTS of contact with him since the time that he most likely contracted it) The other 2 times were because our illustrious governor has decided that ALL Nursing Home Employees have to be tested TWICE a week or the facility will lose its licensure. It is HIGHLY uncomfortable but I didn't feel it was painful, although I guess it depends on who is doing the "swabbing" because I have heard some stories. Think REALLY INTENSE itchy pressure and the Horrendous urge to sneeze. That is the Nasopharyngeal method. There is another method that is just nasal where you swab in a circular motion inside each nostril about 1/2 way in that is not as unpleasant (and the method that 2 of the testing sites we are told to go to use and it is a "Self swab"). Personally, I'm not 100% sure it is as accurate but if the DOH gives these places as approved testing sites, I guess it must be.

    About that theater, I went to see one movie in that theater the whole time it has been there and it was right after it opened. Steel Magnolias on New Year's Day 1990. I was on a trip with just me and my parents and my Mom had been dying to see it. After it was over, my dad said, "you know it's a sad movie when you hear scattered throughout the theater, lots of men "Coughing" :rolleyes1 I am surprised to hear they don't have the full reclining seats there.
     
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    missjackiemcg

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    Hey! I see that you are trying again for a trip to WDW in your ticker....will you be doing a TR? I'm really interested to read TRs from folks who go back in the first weeks/months of opening.
    YES! That's the plan. We were supposed to go in April, then changed it to June, then again to July. When Disney announced the opening dates, it turns out we arrive just one day later.

    I will definitely do a TR for the trip!! I'm so grateful I have a travel agent involved for this trip because there has been SO much back and forth and changing info along the way.

    I really hope they will announce that resorts are opening along with the parks, and that our TA can get us park reservation times for each day of our trip. It's a girls trip, just my Mom, my aunt, and I, and we all feel like it's a quest now to get there. 2020, be damned, we are bound for Walt Disney World!!!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    That rug is so cute! I bet it would even looker cuter in my house. :)
    Good one! :laughing:

    I remember you tackling the Shabu when Kari and I went with you! But... leftovers are a wonderful thing!!
    I usually like my leftovers just to be the soup. Turns out I got a bunch of leftovers, a second Shabu meal and my soup and half of Fran's soup.

    Uh oh!! Rot is a huge, and sadly very expensive, thing. :( Sometimes luck isn't on our side. Hopefully, that'll be a long-term fix (oughta be for that price!) and Gale can be there for you moving forward.
    Yeah, Gale seems to be getting older and less reliable..... :sad2:

    Oh how I know that feeling! Now that things are moving back towards normal at work my schedule should finally start becoming more sane.
    I just hope #2 rents and we can get something more sane.

    You got off lucky. I owed $300 more than I got from the check. Made paying Uncle Sam less painful, but...
    Well I didn't mention that state taxes. :rolleyes1

    I don't think it'll be harder, but we'll see the same number of cases as we would have regardless.... hopefully just more spread out.
    At this point with everything thats been going on i think we're in for a serious spike.

    I'd bet money you both have antibodies.
    I doubt it. The cough was way too soin.6

    Now, THAT'S my kind of breakfast!!
    :thumbsup2

    LOVE that!!!

    Love this even more!! So subtle and amazing. Seriously, my kind of Disney right there!
    Thats why we all keep coming back!

    I've been a couple of times, and yes, waits are normal and light is anything but there.
    I'm glad we chose wisely!

    Wait!! I thought you were going for "light". :lmao:
    Well light rarely applies to dessert.

    So, true story. I was waiting at a gate a couple of trips ago and struck up a conversation with a bus driver traveling back to Disney/home. Her husband was a transportation supervisor who trained bus drivers. Now I could have the following backwards and it could be the other way around.... (random routes to assigned routes or vice versa)

    What she told me was that up until last year, they sent them wherever there was a need and it was random. It was driven by a software system that they had to learn and they could be dispatched anywhere on property and she loved it. But, she told me when she got back she was going to have to be totally re-trained in the new system in which they were switching ALL drivers to assigned routes, so they'd drive the same route over and over. Hmmm, now that I type that out, I recall her saying she was driving the AKL/AK route, so I'm thinking it's going to a randomly/as needed routing system. Anyway, she is being told whatever it is being switched to should be a LOT more efficient and should meet real-time demands better. Having said that, Covid f'd everything up now, so we'll see.
    Interesting food for thought.

    Yes. Someone made the BEST analogy I've seen yet with this:

    Imagine Covid as a water balloon. When it first started, it was round and its profile was high. Now, someone steps on it, and it flattens out. But stepped on or not, there is still the same amount of water in it, the water doesn't go anywhere. The same amount of people are going to get it, whether it's now all in one bunch, or spread out over time. Humans have an immune system for a reason, let's put them to work.

    "Compare it to a water balloon
    Hmmm.....interesting

    I think the testing is going to be veeeery reavealing. ::yes::
    Not sure if or when we will do it.

    Not bad!
    And... since we're on that analogy...
    Think of that same water balloon. You need to empty it by filling up a cup of water and then draining the cup into the sink. If you pop it with a needle, all the water will gush out and the cup will overflow. But if you untie the knot at the mouth of the balloon and slowly pour it out, you can keep filling and emptying the cup until the balloon is empty. Same amount of water comes out, just at a slower (social-distanced, self-quarantined) rate and the cup (health care system) doesn't get over-run.
    Also interesting.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Talk about a short-lived victory.
    :sad2:

    Ugh. I pray that's not the case. This sucks.
    Well it's looking more likely with all the reckless behavior....

    Hey, that's really considerate. And sadly rare these days.
    Thanks!

    Imagineers rock! :thumbsup2

    Ugh. There's never a time when it's not crowded anymore.
    Now? :confused3

    Well, their stuff is completely different from all of the other gift shops! :rolleyes1
    Which is why I don't really find much when we shop anymore.

    That Italian one looks interesting to me.
    That may have been my second choice.

    Fool me once...
    :laughing:
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Nice! I wish we'd all got something like this, but we didn't qualify for anything...better that then lose our jobs though of course!
    Personally I think it was strange, but I'm not going to refuse free money. I wonder how they're going to tax it next year.

    Wow crazy!! Come on apartment 2!
    I know!

    I kinda think this, with things relaxing these days
    With all the people protesting without taking proper caution, it is inevitable.

    We have thoughts like this too...
    I think everyone does.....

    Yum yum! This looks up my alley.. I can't remember the last time I had mountain dew though
    I can't stand it, but Fran loves it.

    And this would be right up D's alley (although I wouldn't turn it down ;) )
    Can't wait until S55 opens up!

    Nice one of you two! Good smiles!
    Thanks!

    This is a super cool rug!
    It sure is!

    I'm probably the only person on the planet who really isn't in to ham sandwiches...
    They're OK, not my favorite. I'm not a big sandwich person.

    One of the reasons why I like you two 😀 always time for a marg 👍
    👍

    See that white and pinky/purple can in the bottom right- white claws- my new drink to take riding on my horse
    Ah, what is it?

    I just love chocolate marshmallow wands- yummmm yyum!
    I wonder if I can get these somewhere while Disney is closed.....

    Yum! Love poutine! D and I had a BBQ chicken one the other day- shredded chicken, hot sauce, slaw, ranch dressing, monterey jack- seemed like a lot of stuff, but it was GOOD!
    OK, that sounds a little odd....but I'll take your word for it.

    Mmm big cheese curds!
    Yummy! ::yes::

    Our theatre is just a plain jane too, I want recliner seats!
    Recliner seats are the best!

    Love that stuff!


    And onwards!
    Trying to get there!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    <carefully tiptoes away from that one> :tiptoe:
    :laughing:

    Not surprising.
    We do have the largest population. And.....with all the protests and stuff I expect to see a lot more.

    Good!!! Means you're safe(r).
    Well considering we pretty much only leave the house to go to the grocery store and Post Office, there isn't a huge amount of risk.

    :sad2: We had some of that up here too. We'll see what comes of it.
    It was two weeks ago today, so we'll see what happens.

    OMG! I know! I've seen those videos and …. Nope!!!
    I'll just stay safely home for a little while longer. I haven't seen any videos, just heard it described to me.

    Ohhh... Okay. I do know about the San Andreas fault of course. Just didn't put it together with Florida... but that ride is set in LA. Makes sense now.
    Yes, I've even seen a number of shows at the Forum (the place where your limo is taking you across town.)

    I don't get it often either. Because the really good stuff is in Quebec.
    Well, I've never been to Quebec, and now it appears it will be even longer before I get there. Although it is pretty high up there on the list.

    Ah! That's gonna save a lot of room in my luggage, then! :laughing:
    Well....not so fast. I haven't actually found it yet. I did look while at the grocery store on Saturday.

    CAtching up but your updates are making miss my happy places and my friends! I was supposed to see JJ and Pam in Hawaii and you guys too!
    Hopefully soon!

    YES! That's the plan. We were supposed to go in April, then changed it to June, then again to July. When Disney announced the opening dates, it turns out we arrive just one day later.
    You're braver than me. I'm hoping my July stay at DL gets canceled.

    I will definitely do a TR for the trip!! I'm so grateful I have a travel agent involved for this trip because there has been SO much back and forth and changing info along the way.
    Oh good! I will definitely be interested in that TR. I want to hear about how surreal the experience will be.

    I really hope they will announce that resorts are opening along with the parks, and that our TA can get us park reservation times for each day of our trip. It's a girls trip, just my Mom, my aunt, and I, and we all feel like it's a quest now to get there. 2020, be damned, we are bound for Walt Disney World!!!
    I'm pretty sure resorts are opening June 21 or 22, well before the parks open. At least DVC resorts are opening. I keep getting emails from DVC about how things are changing, and what they are doing with our points and such.
     

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