|02-20-2009, 06:07 PM||#1|
Uh oh, this conversation isn't going as planned
All of you are welcome to come along
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: near Chicago, Il
Smidgy and the Grump, Freaky Friday, 11-06
I have heard all my life; "Live your Dreams!"
Live my dreams?
Yeah, right. Like I want to go through life, standing in a busy hallway, two hours late for class on finals day, and not remembering what room number to go to.
While wearing nothing but my boxer briefs!
Or then there's the one with Glinda, the good witch and the flying monkees, where they, oh,,, um, never mind. But I think you get the picture.
But there are a couple dreams I WOULD like to live.
One of them is to live near Disney World.
The other one would be to work for Disney World.
Thankfully, I'm not alone with my dreams, they also happen to be my wife's dreams as well. Meet Diane, also known as Smidgy.
By the way, I'm Nebo, aka Steve.
With that information in mind, you now have the basis for this trip. While it isn't possible to move down there just yet, with the housing market the way it is, we at least would like a clearer idea of where we'd like to live. So I have had this trip in mind for a while now, we just weren't sure if we should go in today's economic crisis.
But I underestimated Disney.
It happened like this:
I had booked a AAA room only, you know, just for the heck of it, for five nights, and it sat there for a month. Then Disney hit below the belt.
Buy 4 get 3 free, PLUS, get a 200 dollar Disney gift card. Within ten minutes I was on the phone, reseving the new room and cancelling the other.
We now have a 7 night stay set for Pop. But wait, there's more! At work where she waitresses, one night Smidgy ran into a couple of acquaintences that we run into every now and then. And it turns out they just happen to be big DVC owners, with oodles of points.
And would you like to rent some? We can't use them all.
She told me this the next day, and I was,,,,yeah, so, how much a point, dear, it's probably pointless, get the point?
The friend is a lawyer, I gave him a call and it took a week to get back to me. Funny thing was, we had recently gone to Woodfield Mall where they have a DVC store there and a mock up of the new Animal Kingdom Villas rooms. We also were given the big, fancy hardcover DVC book with all kinds of pretty pictures,,,,, and the season dates and points requirements.
To shorten up this part, we ended up with a Boardwalk studio, Sunday through Thursday which was 11 points a night.
So, Sunday to Sunday at Pop, then Sunday to Friday with a standard view at the BWV.
Oh, how much a point you ask?
To get the Pop freebie rate, you had to pay rack rates, so, with tax, came to 92 a night.
The BW room cost a total of 88 a night.
Guess who's coming to Disney?
Here's the plan:
We drive down there, I also have a job inteview set up in Lakeland, and also have appointments set to visit a couple of manufactured home communities.
"Honey, I've been thinking"
She hates it when I think.
I found a really cheap Days Inn on 192 in Kissimmee, for 29 bucks a night, if we leave a few days early, we can take care of most of our business while we're there, thus freeing up our, ahem, other time.
Kissimmee it is, she's no match or me.
There, you now have the outline for our trip. Will it work out? We'll see.
I know one thing, this winter up here in Chicago has been brutal, I despise the winter as much as I loathe the politicians from Illinois, and I can't wait to feel the warm, Florida sunshine on my back.
Your hosts on this trip will be just the two of us, so if you've wondered what it might be like to visit the Mouse after your kids are gone, this very well could be you in the years to come. We have dining ressies set up for Cape May, Biergarten, and Nine Dragons, Cape May and Nine Dragons are firsties for us, so we get to cross them off our list. This means we will have eaten at 29 different table service restaurats on Disney property.
Yep, I can feel that sun on my face already.
sidenote: something I suppose I should mention: You have no idea how strange it was for us to rent these DVC points from these people.
You see, Diane and I are on our second marriages, both of us.
To each other.
And we met this lawyer ten years ago. I found him in the yellow pages.
He was the lawyer that divorced us!
No, don''t worry, we're legal again, not living in sin, we re-married back in '03. The first time we ran into him again, his eyes popped out of his head when he saw us together.
Diane likes to say the divorce just didn't work out.
I say she's much nicer then my first wife.
For the record, we are married a combined total of somewhere around 26 years now, I don't know for sure, it's hard to figure out.
With the intros completed, this truly was a trip from a fairy tale.
Sometimes things just don't turn out the way you expect them
Normally, when I've done the tr's in the past, I like to designate myself as the 'protagonist'. Not this time, she would get the title, with me more of an 'antagonist'. I had a brutal summer, had a truck fall off a jack and land on the same foot I had five surgeries already on, and felt like life really owed me this "sojourn".
And with that, hence the title.
A couple last things before the Santa Fe pulls out of the driveway; this is now the fifth trippy I'm doing, and I really don't want to rehash all the same rides and pictures again, so it might be a bit more of a "Reader's Digest" trippy. No, I didn't take pictures this time of Mickey hugging some little kids, mostly the photos are scenic shots or unfortunately pics of myself and Diane.
(no honey, I meant unfortunately about me, not you too. really. honest.)
I'm also not going to go into the business end much, just to say that the Lakeland job is still a possibility, but we did find EXACTLY where we want to live, no doubt about it. All we need now is for the home market to turn around so we don't take too much of a beating selling our house, we need the equity if we're to buy down there.
So, hopefully, with your help, we can find some laughs together, have a couple of cold ones, and maybe try to figure out why I'm so anal about my Disney trips. nebo
Someday, soon, I hope I will be having another dream:
I can see a nice sunny day, nice and hot, and a man standing behind an Icecream cart in Epcot.
That man is me, selling dripping, premelted Itsakadoozies.
Why am I standing behind the cart?
I look down and see I'm not wearing anything this time!
Ok, who turned up the gravity?:
Orlando Smackdown, Disney Vs. Universal!
Coronado, Springs Eternal, & SATAN'S HAMMER! pg.74
P.O.T.C. On Stranger Rides.............. Dining Reviews That You Can't Use
From Oil Wells to Jingle Bells
Smidgy and the Grump
Honey, I Shrunk the Checkbook
Still Feeding Nebo
Guess Who's Coming to Free Dinner!
If it's Tuesday, This Must be Epcot
Be who you are, and say what you feel.
Because those that mind, don't matter, and those that matter, don't mind. Dr. Suess
Last edited by nebo; 11-06-2009 at 04:56 PM.
|02-20-2009, 07:14 PM||#2|
Join Date: May 2007
Location: MI to NC to FL
Had to stake my claim and then go read!
Great start Neebs... as usual, you do not disappoint!
Last edited by lovebuzzandwoody; 02-20-2009 at 07:23 PM. Reason: BTW... I wasn't yelling on the fishy thread... I was just uber excited! Dontcha just hate the word uber?
|02-20-2009, 07:38 PM||#3|
Dreaming is what is making me get up each day!
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Nebraska, too far from Disney
Oh my friends.. Nebo and Smidgy ARE BACK!!!
What a way to brighten a girls evening, I get to read about my dear internet friends... I just luv em!!!!
Cant wait to read more!!
Write on my friend, write on!!!
1977 Disneyland offsite 1989 WDW Christmas offsite 2003 Disneyland Grand Calif. 2005 WDW 10-22 to 10-27 AsMO also MNSSHP 2005 2005 DCL Wonder 10-27 to 10-30 ] Hoping to return yearly.Now- hoping to go back SOMEDAY... Wishing you a Magical Day[/COLOR] Divorced mother of 2 beautiful DD One 17 one 15 Wilma, forgotten suitcases and cruising Oct 2005
[quit smoking- yay me]
|02-20-2009, 07:44 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: RedSox/Patriots Nation
I am on board- can't wait!
|02-20-2009, 08:15 PM||#5|
WDW PreTrip and Trip Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: WI USA
Hope to be around more for this one.
We stayed at the Boardwalk Studio, standard room.
You can sit outside on your balcony at nite and listen
to Fantismic and see some Fireworks during Illuminations.
One nite, my dh wasn't feeling good, it was during Easter week.
Fantismic started at 7:00 p.m.
Illuminations was at 9:00
Another Fantismic at 10:00
Another Illuminations at 11:00
The next morning my dh woke up and told me,
"wow, there sure were some loud thunderstorms last nite"
Another comment about Cape May,
ya eat at one Buffet at WDW
and they tend to all be the same.
Except Cape May has 3 different flavor's of "mussles".
When I was growing up, we called them clams. We would find them in the rivers and marshes in Wisconsin.
You should eat at Beaches and Cream and order the Kitchen Sink.
|02-20-2009, 09:46 PM||#7|
I was stuck in that position and ... It took 4 strapping young boys to hoist me back on my feet
Personally, I'm a popper! I love me some black heads.
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: where am I and what am I doing in this basket??
Yay!!! You started!
I must admit that I feel like I have a personal interest in this here trip report.
I know you love disney, but...isn't this a bit much?
Back to where we started from
Dancing around the world~one pole at a time~
When worlds collide, a pre trip report
As God as my witness, I'll never be sick in DisneyWorld again!
Please pass the Prozac a Pre trip report
Winkers World***exploits of an OCD disney nut!
|02-20-2009, 09:48 PM||#8|
I think I made an older gent with lime green hair laugh last night
Join Date: Sep 2006
|02-20-2009, 10:16 PM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Yay yay yay yay! Another Nebo and Smidgy adventure to read.
This will help as I wait impatiently for our Girls Trip in March!
Great start, Nebo!
|02-20-2009, 10:42 PM||#10|
I have a thing for actors nobody else thinks are yummalicious
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lower Mainland, BC, Canada
Yahoo! I'm finally in at the beginning of a Nebo & Smidgy TR! Can't wait for more
|02-21-2009, 02:38 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Athens, Greece
Whoo Hoo! My birthday came early this year! Smidgy and Nebo TR!!
(this is really either a huge compiment to the brilliant writing skills of nebo, or just a horrible confession of how mundane my life is)
|02-21-2009, 02:42 AM||#12|
Join Date: Jul 2008
I've heard some great things about your TRs so I'm in on this one and going to read the others.
me dh dd 21 dd 19 dd 16 dgd 12/17/11
May '07 CBR April '08 AKL Dec '08 Off-site May '09 ASMu May '10 Poly April '11 POP Sept/Oct '11 Pop/AKLApril '13 AoASept '13 POPOCT '14 POP?
|02-21-2009, 06:12 AM||#13|
Has a Seussical googling DD
I'll remember from now on
Join Date: Apr 2006
Although I could've done without that last image.
Are we still moving to Vista del Lago?
Let's get this show on the road.
Last edited by lexmelinda; 02-21-2009 at 06:12 AM. Reason: No really. Chop, chop.
|02-21-2009, 08:43 AM||#14|
Finally got a chance to come back and crack this thing
Where did you find those set of ears?
My mamma Jamma is gonna hurt!
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Constant state of chaos
I love following Lexy, we are partners in crime you know.
You KNOW I am SOOOOOOOOO in!!!!!
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