What?We wouldn't have been able to get ourselves out so easily, that's for sure.
As requested: 6%... Down from around %12 about a decade or so back.Just don't ask what percentage of the budget constitutes debt service now.
You are wrong sir… You left this morning.I leave for my vacation in 5 days!
And well they should have.The Kennedy Space Center was chosen to be the home of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. An entire exhibit building was constructed to house the shuttle.
Well…Once inside, you get to see an elaborate pre-show before entering the main exhibit room itself.
“Kids”…There are all sorts of computer screens giving you more information about the shuttle than you could ever possibly remember. There’s a mockup of the cockpit for the kids to try out as well.
I take it that they didn’t install the antigravity feature allowing everyone to simply float through the exhibit.Here’s a mockup of the International Space Station you can crawl through (if, unlike me, you can fit inside comfortably).
You forgot about the bits that demonstrate the weaving motion used to slow that brick down during the unpowered descent. I suspect someone (and I ain’t mentioning any names) may have taken those at a dead run a couple times as well.Traveling down a floor is great fun, as there is a slide simulating the angle of descent the shuttle takes back into the earth’s atmosphere.
Yes you may, and you probably ought’a, but like I said earlier…You may need to travel between floors a few times, just to make sure you understand it properly.
“Copy that, Flight”I think both the bus tour and this building are worth the price of admission by themselves.
Yes, and **a-hem** also yes.There’s also a ride here…
…Another time, perhaps.
‘Cause they grow some mighty impressive rocket down there.And we explored the Rocket Garden a bit.
A tip of the hat to a nearby neighbor.There was a full-scale Lego model of the Mars Rover right outside the gift shop.
I’m pretty sure Rocket fuel is a bit smoother with a somewhat more floral bouquet and notes of almond and coriander.I thought these mugs were cool, too. It also showed that NASA engineers are very familiar with the actual taste of Starbucks (sorry, Kathy):
Because he loved it and will realize that later on.What did you think of the Kennedy Space Center, Scotty?
Sigh. Why do I even bother?
See…After checking underneath our car for stray alligators, we drove out of the parking lot.
Good thing…The fuel light was still on. Fortunately, we made our way back over the causeway and found a station right by the turn-off for the Beachline Expressway.
So…soon we were driving barely onto the corner of Walt Disney World property to check into our hotel for the evening, the Holiday Inn at Downtown Disney.
Well, that’s nothin’ new. It’s always sucked ‘round there.she promptly informed me that the traffic around Downtown Disney, in technical engineering terms, “sucked”.
Score one for the Holiday InnNo problem for us, though—we could walk down a path from the hotel.
Look away… just look away…I saw Disney buses pulling away and immediately felt a pang of sadness, knowing that I wouldn’t be getting on any of them.
You didn’t think that one through clearly…In fact, the whole purpose of being at DTD was to buy peace offerings so those who didn’t get to come to Florida would let me back into the house.
Very cool!Kathy (KatMark) was here and we couldn’t pass up the chance for a quick hello.
Natually…We went into Earl of Sandwich for dinner.
And only fitting…I went with my old standby, the Hawaiian BBQ:
Now there’s a surprise.Scotty went way out on a limb and had a pizza sandwich.
Touché! Grand Pa-Paaa…“Thanks for announcing that,” my dad said. “Maybe you should say it a little louder.”
This endorsement has been brought to you in part by a grant from…With that, I was off on a mission to get gifts for my poor family members left behind in boring old Delaware.
Cool!I tried to scheme my way into getting new decorations for my house:
Eeek!... Not So cool.But at $150 a pop…
Yeah, luckily for you……I was successfully allowed to re-enter the house.
Wouldn’t miss it.Look for the next TR in the DIS Dads sub-thread under DIS For Family, starting sometime in July after we return.
I thought it was a nice place. Clean, bright, decent-size rooms. Not a bad spot at all. Only downside is you don't get a free breakfast.So…
What’d ya’ think of the place?
It’s something I’m considering as part of a short low budget (well, low-ish budget) stop-over that might come to pass next spring.
Thanks, Kathy. As you know, life and relationships are messy sometimes. The bottom line is that I'm thankful for my FIL because without him, I wouldn't be married to the woman I love. The memorial service is this Friday and then I think the biggest job will be cleaning out his house and getting it ready to sell.I can't wait to hear all about it.
I was so sorry to hear about Julie's dad. I also understand where youa re coming from with being closer to one parent than the other and makign things complicated (this is how I was...I ws very close to my dad, but not close to my mother at all).
Please send a bat signal when you start your TR. I'm off to Disney on Friday.
Thank you, Magdalene. It is definitely a sad time. But there are some things to be thankful for as well. He didn't have to go through prolonged suffering. If it had happened sooner, we would have had to cut our trip short. It's both sad and stressful taking care of the details, but we'll be fine.Mark, I am very sorry for your and Julie's loss. Even if you were not close, losing a parent is always sad.
Take your time to get settled back into life, but I can't wait to hear all about your trip!!
Thanks, pkondz. I appreciate it.Already passed on condolences, but you hadn't gone into as many details.
Not the greatest way to end a vacation.
Will look out for the new TR.
Thanks, Randall.Praying for peace for your family Mark.
Thank you, Dugette. Like I said earlier, we'll be ok. We have a lot of work to do, but there are some blessings to be found in all of this.Welcome back and so glad you had a great trip, but so sorry to hear about your FIL. What a rough thing to come home to. I hope you are all doing well, all things considered.
Excited to hear about your trip!
Thank you, Lynne. We have made good progress in taking care of details and the memorial service, so I think we should be coming through initial shock and work load.Prayers to your family, may you all find peace.
Ready to hear about the west this year. Glad to hear it went well, even though with the very sad ending. Take your time.
Thanks, Jill. We'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon.I know I already expressed my condolences on FB but I'll echo them here again.
I can't wait to hear more about your adventures when life settles down a bit and you have time to get the TR started.
Thank you! AndI am sorry to hear about your FIL.