I'm Totally Off My Game, a Bonus Trip to WDW - All Wrapped Up! Bonus DL Features, An Extended weekend with friends 2/23

franandaj

I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
Joined
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Last day of the the conference and The Long Way Home.

OK, bear with me. Due to the lack of pictures I've chosen to just wrap it up here. This is a long one so I hope you can make it through...I'm not even sure how I did!


Day 9


Another morning with a 9AM meeting. This is the final meeting where we vote on all the upcoming conferences, new board members, and we get to hear about upcoming fun stuff. We actually were done 15 minutes early!

There was this gentleman who had been trying to track me down all throughout the conference. He wanted to meet for a few minutes and said that he "had something for me." I had been very curious but our timing just didn't work out for the past couple days. Since I had a few extra minutes he stopped by our (completely trashed) hotel room. It turns out that he is a member of the Houston band. In preparation for the 2017 conference (which was cancelled by Hurricane Harvey), he had written a book on the history of conferences for the first 35 years.

In 2016 I had posted a random post on the event's FB group about changes in societal thinking over a period of 10 years. He had copied that entire post and included it in his book giving me credit. So he wanted me to have a copy of the book in return for giving him that one little quote. It was very sweet and rather touching.

I thanked him, but then had to throw him out of the room cause Fran and I had to get dressed for the concert! He wasn't a delegate so he hadn't been in a meeting for the last two hours and was already dressed!

Once we were ready, we headed to the hotel lobby where they were loading the buses to take us to the concert venue. We were on the first bus (for the red band, the green band had already been on the way for over an hour) and it was a good thing we got there early. The stage was a little tricky for Fran to get up there. We had to figure out the logistics of where she would park the scooter, and how to best get her into her seat. It’s not easy moving 100+ people off a stage while moving 100+ people on in a timely fashion. Our hosts really had the logistics worked out well!

Here we are in our sound check.



Afterwards we were treated to cheese and pepperoni pizzas in the "green room."



Pretty soon it was showtime! I’ve only got a picture of our band, but there were two others (a jazz band and the green concert band) who performed before us.





Here’s my saxophone section!



Pam and her mom were in the audience and they loved the show. Fran gets a little star struck when we work with notable composers, and on this concert we had two different composers with World Premieres. She was able to get one of them to sign her music after the concert and was thrilled!

After the concert, while the rest of the band members got in the buses to go back to the hotel and on to the after party, Fran and I went with Pam and Jeanette. We loaded her scooter into the back of Pam's car and went off to a little Greek Restaurant I had found on Google Maps.

We started off with Saganaki, but it wasn't flaming when they brought it to the table. Fire hazard, maybe? It was served with Pita bread and was very yummy.





Fran got a pork Souvlaki sandwich with fries, she seemed to like it as she ate the whole thing.



I got a Gyro sandwich with rice pilaf. So good and soooooo much food! I didn't finish. You can also see Jeanette's sandwich in the back, she got the same sandwich as Fran but asked them to substitute hummus for the pork.



Pamela got an Aegean Salad and the roasted potatoes. She also joined the clean plate club.



The restaurant closed at 8PM and we had gotten our orders in just before the kitchen closed. It was clear that they wanted us out of there, plus Fran and I had a lot of packing to do. So we said our goodbyes for now, and actually we will be seeing them again in just a little while.

When we were back in the room, Fran got right into bed and promptly fell asleep. I had already packed one suitcase while we were at Disney, so I packed up two more and decided to go to sleep. We had a late flight and didn't have to be out of the room until check out time, so we could easily wrap it up in the morning.


Day 10


Today was our first in four days that we didn't have a 9AM commitment so I didn’t rush around, but I told Fran that I wanted to go down to breakfast at 9AM, she countered with 9:10AM, and we left the room at 9:20. :laughing:

I had my standard "make it yourself" waffle, bacon, juice, and fruit. As we were wrapping up our meal, Justin (our Conductor) came by our table to chat about what he'd been up to all weekend. At some point he said that he needed to get back up to the room to finish packing as his flight left at 11:50.

We were all done packing by 11:30 and right about this time Justin called to say he missed his flight. I'm not sure what he thought we could do, then again he treats us like his moms.

Down in the lobby, our driver was already outside and we loaded up for the trip to the airport. On our way to the airport Fran read an article on her phone that the Skyliner would be reopening today. Go figure.

Once at the airport, we had plenty of time, our flight wasn't until 4:35PM, so after checking our luggage, we perused the shops. At the Disney store there CMs were pin trading but we didn't have any pins. I don't know how Fran got in her discussion with the CM, but she was telling him about our new car named Pascal, next thing I know he's giving her his Pascal pin!

We moved on and came upon one of those chair massage places. She said she would happily wait if I wanted to get a massage, so I had a 20 minute back and neck massage. Life was pretty good.

We decided we might as well head to the satellite terminal and went through security. We got on the fake-o-rail and began speeding to the terminal when I realized we were on the one to gates 77-100. Our gate was 107. Still off my game. So we stayed on the train, went back to the main terminal and crossed to the other platform where we got to the right place. We were hungry by this point, so I got a two item chinese combo, and Fran ordered a sub sandwich. She was going to share it with me, until I saw them heap on those peppers they use in giardiniera, blech! It was all her sandwich now. She thought I could just pick them off, but they have a sauce that permeates the entire sandwich and tastes icky. I still shared my Chinese with her while we waited to board the plane.

Once onboard we got settled with our electronic devices, playing games, finishing up my trip notes, etc. We taxied out to the runway and soon it was our turn to go. After an unusually long time, the captain came on the speakers and said we needed to be towed back to the gate, the second engine wouldn't start and we needed an "air start" or something like that. Fran and I took it to mean they would be jump starting the plane. The pilot also explained that this engine was also in control of the AC, and once they got it started the plane would cool down. At this point he gave any passengers who wished to leave the plane that option. A few people took him up on the offer.

Back at the gate they tried the air starter, it didn't seem to work so they said that they would bring a different starter over. It was at this point that I started calculating at what time we would have no hope of making our connecting flight in Vegas. We had a two hour layover so we could leave up to an hour and a half late and still have a prayer of making the connecting flight. The second air starter thing didn't work, and Fran texted Justin that his bad luck was spilling over onto us. Little did we know that he made the stand by flight AND got bumped up to First Class.

When the third air starter didn't work it was 6:30PM, everyone on the plane was hot and sweaty, and passengers started yelling things about a new legislation that Congress passed that they couldn't keep us stuck on the plane.

So we all got off the plane. They made an announcement that there was a plane coming in from San Juan that we could commandeer to get to Vegas that night and once inside the terminal we could discuss our options with a gate agent. The line was huge by the time Fran and I got out of the plane. It was near 7PM, and they announced that if Vegas was your end destination, you need not wait in line. There were three clerks helping people and as it approached 7:15, I noticed that two of the clerks were still helping the same two people that they were helping when I was six feet back in the line. Another 15 minutes went by and the same people were being helped still. When I first got in line I had set Fran up next to a charging station and plugged in all our phones and tablets. While we were in the plane, we had nearly drained the batteries, and for whatever reason, the percentage of charge wasn't budging.

The flight from San Juan landed and the passengers unloaded. Now the flight to Vegas was showing an 8:30 departure time. While in line, I learned that the passengers going to Sacramento were being offered a hotel voucher in Las Vegas and a credit on a future flight.

It was nearly 8PM when I finally got up to the counter. They were giving us two options, fly to Vegas, sleep there, and catch the first flight to LA in the morning, or sleep in Orlando and catch the first flight through wherever to LAX. The hotel in Las Vegas where they would put is up was South Point Casino. We like that place, I could just see Fran walking in there and heading right to a blackjack table, even though we only had $100 cash on us.

If we slept in FL, we could go to the hotel now, so we took that option. So we took the voucher for the hotel and a future flight. I blocked out our names and part of the number, but these babies are slready used up as of three months ago!



The agent immediately picked up the phone to try and get our luggage before it was loaded onto the new plane, and see if he could get Fran's scooter as well. I’m sure glad that I took two full weeks of medications with me and not just the 9 nights I thought we would be staying.

Of the four suitcases they were able to get two of them, the other two were already loaded in the belly of the plane. When I pack for going on trips, I pack in case one of the suitcases gets lost on the way. I put equal amounts of underwear for both of us in each case, I spread the clothes out equally as well. I realized that for the trip home I had neglected to distribute my clothes equally. In fact, when we got our suitcases, we had the one with all the dirty clothes in half, and the one with all our Disney stuff.

We went to the pickup location for the hotel and waited about 15 minutes for the shuttle. By the time we were back at the hotel and checked in it was already quarter to 10. The restaurant in the hotel closed at 10 and the bar was open until 11:30. We dumped our luggage in the room, put our electronic devices on chargers and headed down for dinner. Since we had no camera, only our phones (which were charging in the room), you'll have to believe me when I said that I had two glasses of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, and we split a Reuben sandwich, a bowl of French Onion Soup and a Caesar salad. It turned out that I actually had no clean underwear in the two suitcases that we had, but luckily since I had dirty clothes there was some underwear. I washed it in the sink with shampoo along with some nylons. We watched some TV before I finally drifted off to sleep.


Day 11


When the alarm went off at 4AM I felt like I was waking up from the hyper sleep on Mission Space. Almost no time had passed in the four or so hours I was asleep.

My underwear was still sopping wet, but Fran offered to blow dry it for me so I didn't have to go commando.

I got myself dressed and we were out the door and downstairs by the 5AM pick up time. Back at the airport we checked our luggage and headed to security. I don't know what the heck happened with Fran but she was found with multiple box cutters on her person and carry ons and for a while she was sort of in TSA jail. A police officer interviewed her and even came and talked to me. I was seriously freaking out and afraid that they were going to put her in handcuffs and take her off to prison for a while there. I won't say any of the other things going through my mind as they aren't at all appropriate for the boards.

Eventually they did let her go (sans box cutters) and we were able to head towards our gate. How did she get through security so easily the day before?????

I stopped at McD's to get our breakfast while she got her scooter all checked in. It was a very cranky day. Soon we boarded. How often do I get sunrise pictures when I’m not on the ship?





I tried to sleep. I tried sleeping sitting up, I tried to lay on the two seats with the end seat belt fastened, too uncomfortable. I tried to lay on the two seats with the middle seat belt fastened, also too uncomfortable. I tried to sleep sitting up again. Somewhere in there I probably dozed off for 20 minutes, maybe.

We had hit cruising altitude, so I gave up and I got out my computer. I actually had some band business stuff that I had to get done, so I bought the wifi and went to work. While online, I realized the the gate agent the night before had screwed up on our flights. He told us that we would be arriving just after noon, but in fact had booked us on the connecting flight that left at 12:30 when we should have been on the 11:05 flight. We decided to see if we could change flights cause that hour and a half would be very valuable on the ground in LA. We were already a day late getting home!

When we landed in Las Vegas, I grabbed my carry ons and hightailed it to the gate for the earlier flight. We landed in Terminal C and the other flight left out of Terminal B. It was quite a hike! I explained the situation to the gate agent. I also explained that we knew our luggage and the scooter would still travel on the later flight. She told me that if Fran could guarantee that she would be here in time for preboarding of the next flight, she would go ahead and move us to that flight for no charge. Fran had someone pushing her in a wheelchair and said that they would start on their way to the new gate.

Since it took me a while to get there, I took the new boarding passes and went to use the restroom. It had been a while since we left the hotel in Orlando. As I am coming back to the gate, she calls me and say, “Where are you? I’m at the gate.”

I was like…..”what??????”

Turns out, she told the guy pushing her that there was $20 in it for him if her got there in plenty of time for the flight. :laughing:

We still had at least half an hour until boarding time. I didn't drink any coffee before the first flight in hope that I might sleep a little bit. Since that didn't happen, I was raring to go for a spot of Joe. There was an Einstein's Bagels in the terminal area, and we often go to a nearby one at home, so this seemed like a good solution for a snack and some beverages.

They didn't have any onion bagels (they never do) so I got Asiago, my second choice. Fran got her first choice of Blueberry, both toasted with a schmear of cream cheese. Sorry, no pics. I got a big cup of dark roast with cream.

And we waited to board our plane. Phones drained again, we found charging spots and hoped they might reach 50% before boarding time. On the first flight I had emailed for clarification regarding my project and since the guy rarely checks email, I texted him when we landed. He got back to me before we boarded so once on board, I was able to get my computer back out and finish my project. I emailed him the files and figured I could text him on the ground to let him know they were done and in his inbox. My computer had 28% battery and my phone was pretty close as well.

Once we landed, Fran was greeted by a wheelchair attendant. I told the person at the gate that we had luggage and a scooter coming in on the next flight and that we would be back later in the day to pick it up. She noted that in the computer and we headed to the next destination. Fran's job was to get the luggage that we hadn't been able to get off the plane the night before, and mine was to go find the car.

We were both successful and ended up having the luggage loaded into the car and leaving LAX before our other flight even took off from Vegas (if it ended up being on time).

The reason for our hustle? It was Trader Sam's Hatbox Ghost mug release day! If you were reading along last year, we waited four hours in line just to get them. This year they were not nearly in as high of demand. I guess people thought they were the same mugs, but no. Last year the face was on the ghost, this year his face was in the hat box.



We drove home and unloaded the suitcases. We changed shirts cause we wanted to be wearing the T-shirts from the conference for rehearsal that night, we grabbed our folders for band rehearsal tonight (our instruments were already with us) and hit the road for for the DLH.

Since she didn’t have her scooter, she had to walk to the room where they were selling the mugs. It took her quite a while to get there and by the time she walked into the room she was really tired. We bought our obligatory mugs, then went to the Fantaisia store for the pins and ornaments. She ended up deciding not to walk back to the car and having me bring the car up to the valet area where she got into the car. At that point we got some grub from JitB and then navigated our way back to LAX to get our bags and the scooter. There was some controversy between us regarding this decision but in the end I think it was for the best.

We made it to band in the nick of time and because it was our last rehearsal before the concert Justin kept us later than usual. By the time we were done we had been up nearly 22 hours and still had to drive home. We got home around 11PM and by the time I fed the cats and we ate some Stouffers frozen entrees for 2nd dinner it was nearly 2AM. We had been up for nearly 25 hours. :faint:


Day 12


There is not much to report, but it will segue nicely into my next bonus feature. There was an appointment scheduled between 8-10AM to repair my tub, I got up, showered and dressed and then laid back down in bed. At 8:15 I got a call that the part they had found in their warehouse was defective and they would have to reorder the part and reschedule. By that point I didn't care and pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep.

I was able to get another hour of sleep and I woke up feeling much more refreshed. At least I was surrounded by kitties in bed. They had forgiven us. I had a full day ahead, two full days actually! And to think about it the whole week was pretty hectic. I didn't actually "make" dinner for over a week after we got home. We ate out, frozen entrees, or takeaway which is highly unusual. But we were home.

By the time I get to this part of the TR, I suspect that we will have a trip to WDW planned, and no doubt I will have ADRs and maybe even FP planned.

And that’s true, in fact I leave in 4 days!

Thanks for reading all the way through the boring parts with no Disney as well.

The bonus features will begin right here, but possibly not until I get back from WDW. Then again it's already written so if Fran slows me down leaving the room there may be time to post!




 

afwdwfan

DIS Dad #460
Joined
Apr 23, 2010
In 2016 I had posted a random post on the event's FB group about changes in societal thinking over a period of 10 years. He had copied that entire post and included it in his book giving me credit. So he wanted me to have a copy of the book in return for giving him that one little quote. It was very sweet and rather touching.

I thanked him, but then had to throw him out of the room cause Fran and I had to get dressed for the concert! He wasn't a delegate so he hadn't been in a meeting for the last two hours and was already dressed!
Wow! That's pretty cool!
Today was our first in four days that we didn't have a 9AM commitment so I didn’t rush around, but I told Fran that I wanted to go down to breakfast at 9AM, she countered with 9:10AM, and we left the room at 9:20. :laughing:
:rotfl2: Sounds about right.
Once onboard we got settled with our electronic devices, playing games, finishing up my trip notes, etc. We taxied out to the runway and soon it was our turn to go. After an unusually long time, the captain came on the speakers and said we needed to be towed back to the gate, the second engine wouldn't start and we needed an "air start" or something like that. Fran and I took it to mean they would be jump starting the plane. The pilot also explained that this engine was also in control of the AC, and once they got it started the plane would cool down. At this point he gave any passengers who wished to leave the plane that option. A few people took him up on the offer.
Yikes... sounds like fun.
Back at the airport we checked our luggage and headed to security. I don't know what the heck happened with Fran but she was found with multiple box cutters on her person and carry ons and for a while she was sort of in TSA jail. A police officer interviewed her and even came and talked to me. I was seriously freaking out and afraid that they were going to put her in handcuffs and take her off to prison for a while there. I won't say any of the other things going through my mind as they aren't at all appropriate for the boards.
Holy cow! What the heck???? Did she just randomly actually have them on her and they were missed or did something shady happen with her carryon or something???
Since it took me a while to get there, I took the new boarding passes and went to use the restroom. It had been a while since we left the hotel in Orlando. As I am coming back to the gate, she calls me and say, “Where are you? I’m at the gate.”

I was like…..”what??????”

Turns out, she told the guy pushing her that there was $20 in it for him if her got there in plenty of time for the flight. :laughing:
:lmao:Some green motivation will get you far!
Since she didn’t have her scooter, she had to walk to the room where they were selling the mugs. It took her quite a while to get there and by the time she walked into the room she was really tired. We bought our obligatory mugs, then went to the Fantaisia store for the pins and ornaments. She ended up deciding not to walk back to the car and having me bring the car up to the valet area where she got into the car.
Sorry she had to struggle around without the scooter for a while, but I'm glad you were able to get your mugs and spend a bit of time at DLR.
And that’s true, in fact I leave in 4 days!
Wow! have a great trip!
 

Dis_Yoda

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 26, 2008
Hope you get to enjoy Festival of the Arts! I did a drive by trip last weekend on the way to pick up my show girl and had tons of fun.
 
  • DnA2010

    Rope Drop!
    Joined
    Oct 5, 2010
    Here comes a mammoth reply..it's taken me a few days-

    I'm sure your boss loves that! :laughing:
    I need my mental breaks! Doing 10 hours straight is draining

    We only open ice wine on special occasions and honestly we just opened a bottle at Christmas that we bought on our 2018 trip to KC, MO. :laughing: I'll try and drink at least one before you visit next.
    We are the same- I actually found a lost super old one the other day, we cracked it and it was actually good!

    But see to me: seafood = fish so your sentences have made zero sense to me.
    Ya I know...I should focus more on that it's shellfish that's fishey to me

    They look very organized

    I want to be friends with these guys!

    dangggg!! Those are fancy!

    And they had macarons in just about every flavor imaginable. Jeanette got us some passion fruit flavored ones to eat while we waited.

    yumm! I love passion fruit stuff too

    That’s Chocolate covered bacon, in three different flavors.

    I know this is a thing, chocolate bacon, but I haven't been down that road yet...

    I did wonder when I first saw this photo


    Now they are known for their milkshakes here.
    Wowzas!! I'd be wanting to try a bunch of those!

    And then our desserts came.

    Those all look fantastic!

    Fran got the S'mores sundae and gave it her best college try but she couldn't finish hers either.

    I like the toasted marshmellows! Nice detail!

    So we got ourselves relatively gussied up to have our first "night on the town" so to speak.
    No picture of dressed up?

    In 2016 I had posted a random post on the event's FB group about changes in societal thinking over a period of 10 years. He had copied that entire post and included it in his book giving me credit. So he wanted me to have a copy of the book in return for giving him that one little quote. It was very sweet and rather touching.
    wow that's really cool! How considerate of him!

    Afterwards we were treated to cheese and pepperoni pizzas in the "green room."

    That's a lot of hot n ready pizzas!

    Here’s my saxophone section!

    How many of these folks did you know before?

    but I told Fran that I wanted to go down to breakfast at 9AM, she countered with 9:10AM, and we left the room at 9:20. :laughing:
    20 minutes seems pretty darn good!

    she was telling him about our new car named Pascal, next thing I know he's giving her his Pascal pin!
    Does this really surprise you? 😀
    Fran texted Justin that his bad luck was spilling over onto us.
    Hehe!
    Little did we know that he made the stand by flight AND got bumped up to First Class.
    Lucky guy indeed!!

    The hotel in Las Vegas where they would put is up was South Point Casino. We like that place, I could just see Fran walking in there and heading right to a blackjack table, even though we only had $100 cash on us.
    I could totally see this! You guys should come see us in a few weeks there ;)
    I remember messaging with you this day, and all the craziness!

    don't know what the heck happened with Fran but she was found with multiple box cutters on her person and carry ons and for a while she was sort of in TSA jail. A police officer interviewed her and even came and talked to me. I was seriously freaking out and afraid that they were going to put her in handcuffs and take her off to prison for a while there. I won't say any of the other things going through my mind as they aren't at all appropriate for the boards.

    Eventually they did let her go (sans box cutters) and we were able to head towards our gate. How did she get through security so easily the day before?????
    What the HECK?? So glad it all got sorted!

    Since it took me a while to get there, I took the new boarding passes and went to use the restroom. It had been a while since we left the hotel in Orlando. As I am coming back to the gate, she calls me and say, “Where are you? I’m at the gate.”

    I was like…..”what??????”

    Turns out, she told the guy pushing her that there was $20 in it for him if her got there in plenty of time for the flight. :laughing:
    This doesn't surprise me, Fran is on it!

    The reason for our hustle? It was Trader Sam's Hatbox Ghost mug release day! If you were reading along last year, we waited four hours in line just to get them. This year they were not nearly in as high of demand. I guess people thought they were the same mugs, but no. Last year the face was on the ghost, this year his face was in the hat box.

    Very nice!

    There was some controversy between us regarding this decision but in the end I think it was for the best.
    Oh I think I'm going to use this- "there was some controversy between us on the decision" :) :)

    At least I was surrounded by kitties in bed. They had forgiven us.
    How many kitties do you usually have snuggled up with you?

    The bonus features will begin right here, but possibly not until I get back from WDW. Then again it's already written so if Fran slows me down leaving the room there may be time to post!
    😀
     

    Captain_Oblivious

    DIS Dad #257, Galactic Salad Dodger
    Joined
    Nov 10, 2008
    The breakfast buffet was included for Hilton Honors Gold members, so we had that going for us, which was nice.
    How about eternal consciousness?

    And again we went to bed. I know this is riveting stuff! :laughing:
    Well, they can't all be roller coaster adventures!

    One of the last things they did was dine at Toothsome's Chocolate Emporium. This is a Steampunk inspired restaurant where many of the dishes are based around chocolate in one form of another.
    Hey, I know that place!

    All I had to say to Fran was chocolate and steampunk and she was sold!
    Fran knows that of which she speaks.

    Fran got the Curious Cacao. I think she liked it. I didn’t taste it, cause well, coconut.
    Good call there. :crazy2:

    We waddled back to the car having eaten way more than we all should have.
    I know that feeling so well!

    This is a long one so I hope you can make it through...I'm not even sure how I did!
    Hang on, let me go grab a snack.

    In 2016 I had posted a random post on the event's FB group about changes in societal thinking over a period of 10 years. He had copied that entire post and included it in his book giving me credit. So he wanted me to have a copy of the book in return for giving him that one little quote. It was very sweet and rather touching.
    Hey, that's pretty cool!

    Afterwards we were treated to cheese and pepperoni pizzas in the "green room."
    Holy cow. That's a lot of pizza.

    Pam and her mom were in the audience and they loved the show. Fran gets a little star struck when we work with notable composers, and on this concert we had two different composers with World Premieres. She was able to get one of them to sign her music after the concert and was thrilled!
    Nice! I'd be starstruck if it was John Williams.

    Today was our first in four days that we didn't have a 9AM commitment so I didn’t rush around, but I told Fran that I wanted to go down to breakfast at 9AM, she countered with 9:10AM, and we left the room at 9:20. :laughing:
    :rotfl2: Why am I not surprised?

    I'm not sure what he thought we could do, then again he treats us like his moms.
    Well...good luck with that!

    After an unusually long time, the captain came on the speakers and said we needed to be towed back to the gate, the second engine wouldn't start and we needed an "air start" or something like that. Fran and I took it to mean they would be jump starting the plane.
    That sounds so comforting. "Hang on, let me grab the pull starter!"

    We had a two hour layover so we could leave up to an hour and a half late and still have a prayer of making the connecting flight. The second air starter thing didn't work, and Fran texted Justin that his bad luck was spilling over onto us. Little did we know that he made the stand by flight AND got bumped up to First Class.
    I wish I had bad luck like that.

    I don't know what the heck happened with Fran but she was found with multiple box cutters on her person and carry ons and for a while she was sort of in TSA jail. A police officer interviewed her and even came and talked to me.
    Um...what???

    I tried to sleep. I tried sleeping sitting up, I tried to lay on the two seats with the end seat belt fastened, too uncomfortable. I tried to lay on the two seats with the middle seat belt fastened, also too uncomfortable. I tried to sleep sitting up again. Somewhere in there I probably dozed off for 20 minutes, maybe.
    I can never sleep on planes. It's hard.

    Turns out, she told the guy pushing her that there was $20 in it for him if her got there in plenty of time for the flight. :laughing:
    :rotfl:Best $20 she ever spent.

    ast year the face was on the ghost, this year his face was in the hat box.
    That's a neat little touch.

    We had been up for nearly 25 hours. :faint:
    Ugh.

    And that’s true, in fact I leave in 4 days!
    Cool! Have fun storming the castle!
     

    basketlacey

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 31, 2003
    Read the whole trip report with my coffee this morning! Loved the combo of Disney and the band stuff! The pic from SDD is adorable and I’m glad Fran rode it (even if it was first and only). The Spanish restaurant looked interesting. I need to see if they do magical dining any other time of year.

    I’m catching up on trip reports. I tend not to read as much when I don’t have trips planned. But Santa brought me an annual pass so it’s going to be a fun year. Thanks for sharing all of your adventures! I need more pics of Fran’s shopping :love:
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
    Mar 9, 2007
    I use my small skillet which I think they call an 8 inch pan. Are your pans sized in metric?
    We use Imperial mostly.
    tsp, tbsp, cup, 10” pan, bake at 350, etc.
    But not sure of my frying pan sizes. I “think” I have 2-6”, 8 or 10” and a 12” or bigger.
    Silky, silly, pkondz :sad2:
    You know, you’re the first person to call me “silky”.

    How were they? Other than all that cilantro, they look good! I still have not gotten mine. Maybe tomorrow before band.
    They were........ okay.
    I’m thinking maybe they’re just not my thing.
    I made it up! :snooty:
    :laughing:
    Normally that IS Fran's job.
    So I wasn’t far off!!
    Well there were more than 300 musicians in attendance so it's not surprising that at least half of them were willing to march.
    300!! Whoa!
    We just need to get you two together when she doesn't feel sick. Which is rare. You need to visit when there are not other DISers and surprise her cause it seems if we go stay at the hotel and there are people visiting she gets sick. I think she doesn't want to meet my friends.
    Great. I’ll jump out and surprise her and she’ll have a heart attack which will give me a heart attack and you’ll have 2 bodies to dispose of.
    I know it doesn't look melted, but it was melty enough that it was still tasty. I guess by using slicesnthey can also use them in sandwiches too.
    I guess so...
    They talked about how she traveled around in her hot air balloon, how she discovered chocolate, and why she decided to open the restaurant. I know Fran was wondering if she would open one at Universal Citywalk in California. I know she also talked about her robot Jacques, but he wasn't with her then.
    That sounds fun. :)
    I think I need a do over!
    Then... do!
    It was nice to be among the circle of folks in that group.
    :)
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
    Mar 9, 2007
    This is a long one so I hope you can make it through...I'm not even sure how I did!
    Hang on... lemme get comfy (silky-er)... okay go.
    We actually were done 15 minutes early!
    At a conference? This is possible??
    he had written a book on the history of conferences for the first 35 years.
    Cool!
    In 2016 I had posted a random post on the event's FB group about changes in societal thinking over a period of 10 years. He had copied that entire post and included it in his book giving me credit. So he wanted me to have a copy of the book in return for giving him that one little quote. It was very sweet and rather touching.
    No way! How cool is that?? You’re published!
    Here we are in our sound check.
    Found Fran right away. Not positive I found you. I think I did.
    Is that an oboe by Fran? And what’s the smaller item? Looks like a drink? Or...?
    Afterwards we were treated to cheese and pepperoni pizzas
    Butt-load of pizzas!
    Fran gets a little star struck when we work with notable composers, and on this concert we had two different composers with World Premieres. She was able to get one of them to sign her music after the concert and was thrilled!
    :goodvibes
    We started off with Saganaki
    Never heard of that. Flaming or otherwise.
    Fran got a pork Souvlaki sandwich
    I got a Gyro sandwich with rice pilaf.
    yum and yum!
    I told Fran that I wanted to go down to breakfast at 9AM, she countered with 9:10AM, and we left the room at 9:20. :laughing:
    :laughing:
    Justin called to say he missed his flight.
    Well... poop.
    I don't know how Fran got in her discussion with the CM, but she was telling him about our new car named Pascal, next thing I know he's giving her his Pascal pin!
    :laughing: Well you did say she’s very easy to talk to.
    We moved on and came upon one of those chair massage places. She said she would happily wait if I wanted to get a massage, so I had a 20 minute back and neck massage. Life was pretty good.
    I’ve never had the nerve to try one of those. How are they?
    We got on the fake-o-rail and began speeding to the terminal when I realized we were on the one to gates 77-100. Our gate was 107. Still off my game.
    Whoops! Not a big deal, though.
    After an unusually long time, the captain came on the speakers and said we needed to be towed back to the gate, the second engine wouldn't start and we needed an "air start" or something like that.
    Oy
    At this point he gave any passengers who wished to leave the plane that option. A few people took him up on the offer.
    I’m surprised by that.
    Little did we know that he made the stand by flight AND got bumped up to First Class.
    What? Lucky!
    When the third air starter didn't work it was 6:30PM, everyone on the plane was hot and sweaty, and passengers started yelling things about a new legislation that Congress passed that they couldn't keep us stuck on the plane.
    Oh man... it’s like a mini riot about to start.
    It was nearly 8PM when I finally got up to the counter.
    :faint:
    The hotel in Las Vegas where they would put is up was South Point Casino. We like that place
    Me too. :)
    I’m sure glad that I took two full weeks of medications with me and not just the 9 nights I thought we would be staying.
    Oh! Yeah! I hadn’t thought of that.
    When the alarm went off at 4AM
    Ugh...
    I don't know what the heck happened with Fran but she was found with multiple box cutters on her person and carry ons and for a while she was sort of in TSA jail.
    I’m sorry... what?
    Why on Earth did she have those????
    I was seriously freaking out and afraid that they were going to put her in handcuffs and take her off to prison for a while there.
    :hug:
    As I am coming back to the gate, she calls me and say, “Where are you? I’m at the gate.”

    I was like…..”what??????”

    Turns out, she told the guy pushing her that there was $20 in it for him if her got there in plenty of time for the flight. :laughing:
    :lmao:
    Fran's job was to get the luggage that we hadn't been able to get off the plane the night before, and mine was to go find the car.

    We were both successful
    Good! About time something goes right!
    The reason for our hustle? It was Trader Sam's Hatbox Ghost mug release day!
    Ah!
    By the time we were done we had been up nearly 22 hours and still had to drive home.
    You guys must’ve been exhausted. :(
    By that point I didn't care and pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep.
    Awwwww...
    And that’s true, in fact I leave in 4 days!
    So you’re leaving... Monday?
     

    jedijill

    Chiefs fan living in Bronco country
    Joined
    Jan 17, 2005
    I forgot about all your drama getting back home! You do need a do over trip!

    Jill in CO
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 27, 2013
    WHOA! That was some drama!!! Holy Moly!! But the whole underwear debaucle had me totally busting a gut... and you know why. ;)

    Whatn and ending, Alison!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    Wow! That's pretty cool!
    I was touched by the sentiment and the mention.

    :rotfl2: Sounds about right.
    Fran usually wins in the end.

    Yikes... sounds like fun.
    :sad2:

    Holy cow! What the heck???? Did she just randomly actually have them on her and they were missed or did something shady happen with her carryon or something???
    Well the knife in her clarinet case I can see her forgetting it was there. I have no idea where there other one came from.

    :lmao:Some green motivation will get you far!
    Yes, and she knows how to use it to her advantage

    Sorry she had to struggle around without the scooter for a while, but I'm glad you were able to get your mugs and spend a bit of time at DLR.
    Well it wasn't really spending time at DLR more like dropping in at 7-11, but 7-11 was in the middle of DLR. :laughing:

    Wow! have a great trip!
    Thanks! It's been interesting so far! We'll see how the rest works out!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    Hope you get to enjoy Festival of the Arts! I did a drive by trip last weekend on the way to pick up my show girl and had tons of fun.
    So far we've had two good days at the FoA. We still have a lot more that we can do. I hope we have time to get it in!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    Here comes a mammoth reply..it's taken me a few days-
    That's OK. I have Mammoth replies coming back...

    I need my mental breaks! Doing 10 hours straight is draining
    I can't even imagine. Well perhaps I can back in the day I used to do 10 hour days at my day job, but then again it was a really cool place to work even if it was a job.

    We are the same- I actually found a lost super old one the other day, we cracked it and it was actually good!
    I dont put white wines or ice wines down so they could get lost in my massive fridge. Pretty easily. :laughing:

    Ya I know...I should focus more on that it's shellfish that's fishey to me
    Now when you say shellfish vs seafood THAT I understand. I tend to like shellfish more than regular fish.

    They look very organized
    Well that is the foundation of Marching Band. Lines, spacing, all that!

    I want to be friends with these guys!
    Lisa, the gal in that pic gas been one of my friends for at least 15 years! She is a lot of fun!

    dangggg!! Those are fancy!
    I know! Crazy!

    yumm! I love passion fruit stuff too
    I'm OK with passion fruit. I prefer more traditional flavors like chocolate, raspberry, or pistachio.

    I know this is a thing, chocolate bacon, but I haven't been down that road yet...
    I've had it before and it's actually pretty.good!

    I did wonder when I first saw this photo
    That's why I clarified. It did look like a sweet potato.

    Wowzas!! I'd be wanting to try a bunch of those!
    I know! We had a hard time!

    Those all look fantastic!
    I wished I could have tried more!

    I like the toasted marshmellows! Nice detail!
    Yeah, you will see on the upcoming TR that S'mores are a trend.

    No picture of dressed up?
    It wasn't enough dressed up compared to our normal dressed up. Just wait until our next bonus feature.

    wow that's really cool! How considerate of him!
    Well I can see why it was a good quote for his book. It was neat.

    That's a lot of hot n ready pizzas!
    There were over 300 musicians plus staff!

    How many of these folks did you know before?
    Well at least two or three of them. The gal standing at the end was my friend who was with the bottle of champagne earlier.

    20 minutes seems pretty darn good!
    Well probably for Fran it is good. She never listens to what I want when it comes.to leaving for breakfast. When it comes for leaving for rope drop she is on it. Today was a good example!

    Does this really surprise you? 😀
    Yeah, I guess she is bnb like her Dad, she can turn the charm on when she wants. She just doesn't know she has to do that all the time cause the camera is always on.

    I could totally see this! You guys should come see us in a few weeks there ;)
    I remember messaging with you this day, and all the craziness!
    I wish. Yes I remember that there were a few of you that were I on this situation in real time..it was no fun.

    What the HECK?? So glad it all got sorted!
    Yeah. The one in her clarinet case was just a missed fluke, the other IDK, but the one in her shoe was definitely a problem.


    This doesn't surprise me, Fran is on it!
    She knows money talks!

    Very nice!
    She likes her Tiki Mugs

    Oh I think I'm going to use this- "there was some controversy between us on the decision" :) :)
    That's pretty much a euphemism! :laughing:

    How many kitties do you usually have snuggled up with you?
    Well it all depends. But most normally I have Milo snuggled into my right arm. He makes biscuits in my armpit before he goes to sleep. He is a contestant. Other than him I may have Bagel, O'Malley, Pepper, Velcro, Nefret, Panchito, any combination or all of them on top of me. Also Kahlua and Berlioz show up to snuggle but not as likely. I am almost always stapled in by three kids if not more.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    How about eternal consciousness?
    Nice....

    Well, they can't all be roller coaster adventures!
    This is true. I would have a heart attack if it was a continuous rollercoaster.

    Hey, I know that place!
    Did you guys eat there on your trip? I'm hoping you do a TR on that trip.

    Fran knows that of which she speaks.
    Truth.

    Good call there. :crazy2:
    ::yes::

    I know that feeling so well!
    Unfortunately, me too....

    Hang on, let me go grab a snack.
    Can you get one for me too? I'm getting hungry here too!

    Hey, that's pretty cool!
    It was very sweet.

    Holy cow. That's a lot of pizza.
    There were a lot of people! 300+

    Nice! I'd be starstruck if it was John Williams.
    There's that too.

    :rotfl2: Why am I not surprised?
    Fran is quite predictable. :sad2:

    Well...good luck with that!
    Thanks. :rolleyes:

    That sounds so comforting. "Hang on, let me grab the pull starter!"
    :lmao: :rotfl: :rotfl2:

    I wish I had bad luck like that.
    Well considering we both mostly fly Southwest. That's not happening to either of us.

    Um...what???
    I know! :confused3

    I can never sleep on planes. It's hard.
    It rarely happens for me either. Fran can fall asleep almost anywhere in a heartbeat. She fell asleep in the queue of RotR yesterday!

    :rotfl:Best $20 she ever spent.
    :laughing:

    That's a neat little touch.
    And since last year the mugs were switched on opposite coasts last year all they had to was change the color and switch the mugs out without actually having to design anything.

    Cool! Have fun storming the castle!
    Thanks! We haven't even made it to MK yet! :laughing:
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    Read the whole trip report with my coffee this morning! Loved the combo of Disney and the band stuff! The pic from SDD is adorable and I’m glad Fran rode it (even if it was first and only). The Spanish restaurant looked interesting. I need to see if they do magical dining any other time of year.
    Wow! How many cups of coffee did it take you? :laughing: We enjoyed the Spanish restaurant so much we will be dining there again tonight!

    I’m catching up on trip reports. I tend not to read as much when I don’t have trips planned. But Santa brought me an annual pass so it’s going to be a fun year. Thanks for sharing all of your adventures! I need more pics of Fran’s shopping :love:
    Congratulations on your new AP!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    We use Imperial mostly.
    tsp, tbsp, cup, 10” pan, bake at 350, etc.
    But not sure of my frying pan sizes. I “think” I have 2-6”, 8 or 10” and a 12” or bigger.
    Imperial, huh. Never heard of that. I found out that two of my pans which are completely different shapes are both called 10" skillets. Back when we did Christmas gifts, I had asked for a 10" non non-stick skillet. What my mom got me was the smaller of the two, not what I expected. And I learned that both of them were considered 10".

    I do have a 12" skillet, but only use it for things like Chicken Cacciatore or other dishes that require braising on the cooktop.

    You know, you’re the first person to call me “silky
    Silky autocorrect! :laughing:

    They were........ okay.
    I’m thinking maybe they’re just not my thing
    Very possibly. They looked huge. The ones at Holy Mole are little and one is just right for me with some fries.

    Great. I’ll jump out and surprise her and she’ll have a heart attack which will give me a heart attack and you’ll have 2 bodies to dispose of.
    No I'll just call 911 and say it was an accident. As long as I don't leave the scene it's not a crime.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    Hang on... lemme get comfy (silky-er)... okay go.
    That paints a picture that I'm not sure I want to look at! :laughing:

    At a conference? This is possible??
    I know! Right?

    No way! How cool is that?? You’re published!
    Actually in a previous life I worked as a writer at a magazine. Most of my pieces did not give me a byline, but towards the end of that job I did get a few pieces with my name on them.

    Found Fran right away. Not positive I found you. I think I did.
    Is that an oboe by Fran? And what’s the smaller item? Looks like a drink? Or...?
    That's her clarinet and a bottle of Diet Mtn Dew.

    Not counting Fran's row. I'm in the second row on the opposite side. The 4th one in. All you can see is my head and my face is mostly overexposed.

    Butt-load of pizzas
    Lots of hungry musicians!

    Never heard of that. Flaming or otherwise.
    I've seen it on lots of menus, but never tried it before.

    yum and yum
    ::yes::

    :laughing: Well you did say she’s very easy to talk to.
    True.

    I’ve never had the nerve to try one of those. How are they?
    They're not bad. They do a pretty good job for a short period of time.

    Whoops! Not a big deal, though.
    Yeah, it only took a few minutes to fix.

    I’m surprised by that.
    By the fact that he made the offer it that people took it?

    Oh man... it’s like a mini riot about to start.
    Kind of was....

    Oh! Yeah! I hadn’t thought of that.
    Yeah, so this trip I brought two weeks worth, just in case.

    I’m sorry... what?
    Why on Earth did she have those????
    She carries them around all the time. She probably forgot about the one in her clarinet. No idea on the other one.

    Good! About time something goes right!
    Really!

    You guys must’ve been exhausted. :(
    That's an understatement!

    So you’re leaving... Monday?
    Yes, we did! Been here all week and some of next!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
    Joined
    Nov 15, 2009
    WHOA! That was some drama!!! Holy Moly!! But the whole underwear debaucle had me totally busting a gut... and you know why. ;)

    Whatn and ending, Alison!
    I put that in there just for you! Also your escapades inspired me to potentially go commando if the undies weren't dry! :laughing:
     

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