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Old 06-07-2007, 02:40 PM   #151
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And all that Jacuzzi

Someone on one of the Yahoo Groups told me never to use a jacuzzi tub in the room without running bleach through it first. Her DH is a Jacuzzi repair guy.
So when we did our post timeshare check in shopping trip at WalMart, we bought a quart of bleach. We carefully filled the tub to the recommended water level above the jets (yes, we do read the instructions!) and dumped in the bleach.
Then we turned on the bubbles.
Shortly thereafter, chunks of unidentifiable brown gunk and other particulate matter began a merry dance in the tub.
We decided that we didn't want to use the jacuzzi tub after all.
No matter how much bleach we poured in it.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:53 PM   #152
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Hey Nebo and Smidgey!

Funny episode yet again! You had us hanging with maybe getting stuck in the sand in the last one.
I am so happy you are going back in September, just in time to do a new one after you finish this one.

Not to turn this into a whirlpool thread, but a recreation manager told me years ago he wouldn't go in a hottub......

YAY, It's Thursday! Been a stressful week, I need a dose of Nebo! Will they get to the World???????
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Old 06-07-2007, 06:43 PM   #153
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Old 06-07-2007, 07:01 PM   #154
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Great episode as always. Funny stuff with the hot tub bubbles. My son would love it. I must agree with missmun52, and after talking with the infection control nurse where I work, I can't stomach the thought of hot tubs either. But the crystal palace buffet is 100% germ free.
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Someone on one of the Yahoo Groups told me never to use a jacuzzi tub in the room without running bleach through it first. Her DH is a Jacuzzi repair guy.
So when we did our post timeshare check in shopping trip at WalMart, we bought a quart of bleach. We carefully filled the tub to the recommended water level above the jets (yes, we do read the instructions!) and dumped in the bleach.
Then we turned on the bubbles.
Shortly thereafter, chunks of unidentifiable brown gunk and other particulate matter began a merry dance in the tub.
We decided that we didn't want to use the jacuzzi tub after all.
No matter how much bleach we poured in it.
Wow! and I thought Missmun was going to be the messenger of bad bubbles.
I'm not even sure I want to take a bath anymore
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Hey Nebo and Smidgey!

Funny episode yet again! You had us hanging with maybe getting stuck in the sand in the last one.
I am so happy you are going back in September, just in time to do a new one after you finish this one.

Not to turn this into a whirlpool thread, but a recreation manager told me years ago he wouldn't go in a hottub......

YAY, It's Thursday! Been a stressful week, I need a dose of Nebo! Will they get to the World???????
Ok, I'm Aghast, Agape, and Agog,with all this disgusting whirlpool info. Next thing you know, someone's going to tell me what goes into hotdogs. (don't even think about it)
My dear Marita, there is no way on God's green earth this will be done by sept. I'm learning. So should we all meet up down there then, This tripreport will have "asides". Besides, there will be so many tr's being written after the free dining,,,,,, you will be on second page in six hours.

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I love that kind of quote, don't know what they said, but it made me feel good. Like I've always said, I never met a friendly frog I didn't like.




In the future I can envision your followers taking up collections to send you to Disney, just so you will do another trip report. ( Just don't ask me to drink any Koolaid.)
Um, the orange is really good

"Guess that's it MP, gonna head back in."
"Ok, you take care, Diane's husband, been fun meeting you. Even if you did get a cheaper rate."
"See? Never be ashamed to play the "age" card. It's worth the little hit that your pride takes. But when you have an upbringing like mine, pride is the last of your problems. For instance,when i was justakid,oncemymother told methattherereallywasno,,,"
"Fine, AGAIN, nice meeting, have a nice trip down to Disney."
"Oh, but I hadn't reached,,
"FINE."
"ADIOS!"

Back in the room, I commented on how fate couldn't have been smiling on you better with the bubble thing going on.
She just blew in her straw and made bubbles.

That night, I slept like a baby.

Yep, I woke up every two hours crying and screaming.
The non smoking thing you know.

Next morning, I went to the lobby to check out the Continental Breakfast.
Would have like to try the beachcomber, but that Waffle House break blew the budget.
Ok, ok, stop it now.

This cont. break. had everything. I mean EVERYTHING.
Even waffle irons to make potholed pancakes in. It was all too confusing to me, my system was overloading so I walked out with a coffee and a sweet roll.

Outside, MAN, was it smokey. I mean, it really stinks smokey. As I'm out there sniffing, (here's where missmun tells me how many bacterium are living in smoke) A couple of fire trucks zoom by.

I went back into the lobby to talk to our host, same guy, and ask him what he knows.
Oh he knew something. Only problem was that with my hard of hearingness, and his Al Queda accent, it wasn't transferring from his mouth to my brain.

Did I just say that outloud? I"m sorry, it was just the frustration factor setting in. I had said, sorry,can't hear you, excuse me? say that again, WHAT? GET THE ,,,, OUT OF YOUR MOUTH.
It seemed like he could just go on all day. As long as I was willing to keep standing there saying, "WHAT?", he would just keep standing there and repeat it in the exact, same, monotone voice.

It was like trying to crack a "Jumble" puzzle in the newspaper that the editor didn't realize was misspelled.

Soonly, we are on our way. Just staying along the coast, going to follow this down to Daytona, then pick up 4.

I was told this was a lovely drive. The ocean at your side,the wind in your face, the smell of freedom in your ashtray.

About 3 miles down, I caught a glimpse of the ocean.
Just a glimpse, mind you.
In between the condos.
Diane missed it, she wasn't quick enough.

And on we go.

The further away we got, the openings got a bit bigger, and eventually, it turned into a nice drive.
Coming up on this small town, we saw signs, something like:

"Don't miss the Shark Shack!"

"Shark Shack, 2 miles up!"

"Under all new management, THE SHARK SHACK!

"Music, Dancing, Entertainment, THe Shark Shack. On your left."

Well, we found the Shark Shack. It looked like the shark that Roy Scheider got to bite the electrified cable in the movie. It was a huge pile of burned down rubble, with the Shark Shack sign barely hanging there.

I'm sorry. After all the buildup, that will make you laugh.

Approaching Daytona, we switched over to 4, and now I'm feeling like this is the last highway I need to take.
Now too far along, I noticed a fog in the distance. "Is it getting froggy out or is it just me?"
No, she says she sees it too.

I turned on the defroggers.

Then I smelled it.
"Oh Honey, can you be ready to squirt those juice packs at a moments notice?"

I don't think she even noticed. She's got that map thing going on again.
Wants me to take the bypass around Orlando. This time I put my foot down.
Ok, dear, whatever you say.
No, actually I told her "hey, it's ten in the morning on a sunday, how bad can downtown Orlando be?"

As we are going through it, I got great joy out of constantly announcing,"Oh, look, you see that way up there? It's another car."

Then we are exitting on Universay Blvd.

No, it doesn't have the purple signs like Disney does that makes you all a-twitter, but the street is just packed with palm trees, and you still get a Hallmark Moment when you start reading the signs.

We follow the signs past our beloved Royal Pacific, and proceed down to the Hard Rock Hotel. At Universal, you are INVITED to pool hop, and all 3 hotels have great pools. So, we have visited Hrh before, just never stayed there.

And you know what?
We won't again.
Oh, it's nice, just not worth the money. With our AAA discount, it was still 242 a night.
I don't do 242.

Break time, be right back with some pics.

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Old 06-07-2007, 08:17 PM   #156
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When is the Great Nebo and Smidgey September Trip?
Besides being in September.
Dates even.
We'll be there from 9/1 to 9/8.
Don't let that keep you from coming to Disney.
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Old 06-07-2007, 08:31 PM   #158
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Back in the room, I commented on how fate couldn't have been smiling on you better with the bubble thing going on.
She just blew in her straw and made bubbles.
Diane!
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Oh he knew something. Only problem was that with my hard of hearingness, and his Al Queda accent, it wasn't transferring from his mouth to my brain.
I love this part! FOFF!
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Me neither but then I don't have the AARP discount in my favor. Heh.
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Will these also be from the Feb. 94 trip?
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Old 06-07-2007, 09:19 PM   #159
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So this is how the rich folk live, huh?

I dropped Diane off in front, then the Andy Frain Ushers attacked. I never had a chance.
All she got out of her mouth was, "We're checkin,,,,"
And that was it.

They had stripped the car of all paraphelia in less than 3 minutes.
Cooler, et al.

They even got the 3 year old Ju Ju bees in the back of the glove box. I gave him five bucks.
No, a roll of lifesavers does not count as a suitcase.
While I went in search of a parking spot, she went to start the dreaded check-in process.

The Uni hotels are just as confusing as the Disney hotels, probably even more so.
I pulled up at the lobby, and of course, this is floor 3. I parked on the side, went into a side entrance, and I was on floor one. Had to climb two flights of stairs just to get back to where I started from.

As I make it to the top stair, and just start looking around in the lobby, I was in a great mood. And I guess I said something a little too "outloud" that shouldn't have been even "outmedium". Or "outquiet".

"So, this is where Anna Nicole Smith bought the farm, Eh?"

"SHHHHHHHHHH."

"I just got us checked in and you want us thrown out already?"
Diane had seen me before I saw her. I couldn't believe it, we were just dreading this checkin because if you don't end up with a smoking room, you're in deep do-do. No balconies, no outside doors. It's a major hassle to go have a smoke. But she was done already?

"And it was in Fr. Lauderdale's Hard Rock that she died."

Yeah, yeah, I know, but that would have taken away the yelling that out here , part. So, how'd the check-in go?

Just great, we have a garden view on the first floor.

This chapter should have been titled. " OH Room, wherefore art thou?"

So I just started heading back down the stairs I came up on. Down there, the definition of the first floor in that wing was just a shop and a restaurant.
Nope, no rooms down here.

And up we go again.

She asked for directions from concierge. Hey, you knew I wasn't going to , right?

This time we took an elevator down.

A totally different section. A totally same lack of rooms again.

We looked around.
One door led to the gift shop, one led out to the pool, one to a bank of pay phones, PAY PHONES Melinda, it was very laborinthean, labrothine, um , labrynithean,,,,,

It was like a maze.

We went back up and asked again.

They sent us back down to go to the john.
Yes, you heard right, if you didn' t get close enough, you didn't see the corridor that led to a wing of rooms right by the sign that said "restrooms."

Our room view was nothing special. Just a piece of grass surrrounded by bushes and trees. Not great, not bad either. After our luggage found it's way up there, (another 5 bucks), we unpacked, and were dying to go "exploring".

We both put our suits on, I grabbed the camera, and we're off. Starting off back upstairs, I'm going to show you a few photo's, but trust me, I will be much more opinionated the next chapter



This is the front. It's pretty cool I think, but I'm easily impressed , I guess.

Oh heck, I'll be opinionated right now. Universal's cheapy resort which isnt cheap, just blows this place away.
Blows it AWAY!
The lobby is breathtaking, with an open air orchid garden situated around a reflecting pool with all these gnomes and maidens peeing into it.

Hey, it works for me.
Then we went down to the pool.



and,,,,,




I will, at the risk of life and limb, tell you that the Hard Rock Hotel has the best pool slide of any of the resorts.
Yes, I'm talking disney's also.

I have to reiterate something here for our newer readers.
We are Disney true blooded, died to the bone, fanatics.
But we also like Universal. Key word here being "like".
And we consider it our patriotic duty to visit Universal, on our "driving down" trips. We need Uni to flourish, and to keep that competitive edge alive and shining between them and Disney.

At this very moment, yes, this VERY MOMENT!, I am wondering what Disney's response is going to be with the announcement by Universal that they are putting in a Harry Potter themed land in Islands of Adventure.

But , I know Disney is not going to let that go unchallenged.
So, I hope that some of you Disney purists, can stay with me here long enough till we get to the real part of the vacation.
And, without further ado,
I'm saying ado, gotta run.
Or Abu.

Be safe, take care, neeb
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Yep, I think I can say for all of us, sharing is highly overrated. I don't mean the germs in the tub, I mean the germ INFO on the blog. I'll bet you're a riot at an OLD COUNTRY BUFFET. To be honest, I would have thought that the high temperature would kill most germs, guess not , huh? (did you just hear everybody cringe knowing that she's going to answer this now?)




No the temp does not kill them. I say if its not too hot for you to even get in then you can rest assured that there is bacteria in there. People do come into the hospitals with infections they get from hot tubs because not everyone is as clean as you and I and not everyone (some who know they have a skin infection) cares. Because the temp of a hot tub makes the chlorine turn into vapor (poof all gone) you dont have protection like a pool.

Just a little info I guess. You dont want a staph infection, My son went through that last year, not pretty at all!
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I would have gone absolutely nuts looking for the room. The fountain is very cool...I'll totally agree w/ that. I hope that since Uni announced the HP theme park that Disney will do something new soon. You know they won't be out done. We won't go to Uni until HP theme park is done, b/c right now there is nothing there that we want to do.
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When is the Great Nebo and Smidgey September Trip?
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Dates even.
We'll be there from 9/1 to 9/8.
Don't let that keep you from coming to Disney.
Hey................I will be there 9/1 - 9/10
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Yeah, it's Thursday. I get home from DS baseball practice in 90 degree heat and 40mph winds to find not one but two installments. My night is on an upswing.
Just one question--Who is Andy Frain. The ushers attacking was quite humorous but if I knew Andy would it be funnier??
A decent continental breakfast and you leave with a sweet roll? I'm soooo disappointed in you.
Two installments and no mention of drugs or the robbing of a drugstore.
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Hey................I will be there 9/1 - 9/10
We were originally going to stay at All Star Music, but Disney just upgraded us this afternoon to Old Key West.
They overbooked the Values.
Awww.
Where will you be staying?
Maybe the Nebo fan club should have a meeting!
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We are staying at CR and will be there 9/19 - 9/24.
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