Even as I left Florida...

I think I shall tackle the post about our recent vacation to Florida all Clint Eastwood style!

The Good

  • We got to see Nano for several days
  • All three of our flights arrived ahead of schedule (anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour)
  • We rented a really nice 2010 Ford Fusion and I was quite comfortable driving it
  • We had free Sirius/XM satellite radio in the rental car and I fell in love with the Lithium channel (24)
  • We spent several days poolside and got tans but did not burn
  • I took a boatload of photos and managed to complete my weekly photo challenge with Disney photos
  • We did not overspend on anything really
  • We hit up two parks in the Disney compound - Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom
  • We pretty much bought nothing at Disney other than food
  • We learned how to play the system at Disney for free ice water
  • We hit up most of the major rides at the two parks and even rode several of them twice with time to spare
  • I watched as someone was viewing porn on their laptop computer at the airport
  • We started and finished season four of Monk on our portable DVD player
  • We rarely used our cellphones and didn't even carry them on some days
  • We left our laptop at home - you cannot imagine how freeing this felt

The Bad

  • We waited a little too long and our airfare jumped up a bit from when we originally priced it
  • We pretty much bought nothing at Disney other than food (food is expensive and we were hoping to get at least a little Christmas shopping done)
  • We had to deal with huge crowds at the park - the worst was Animal Kingdom where we were sardines in a sweat lodge
  • We saw parental neglect at its worst as parents sat talking or browsing the web on their phones as their kids ran around wrecking havoc (it's hard to blame the kids when the parents are paying zero attention)
  • Our Illinois iPass still isn't compatible with Florida's tollway autopay system (works in 14 other states, though)
  • Dinoland USA just does not fit in with the rest of Animal Kingdom at all; it upends what is otherwise a nicely themed park
  • Strollers are evil - people should be given size limitations for strollers in crowded public areas like amusement parks as well as on public transportation
    Clarification (before parents tear me a new one) - I have no problem with strollers on general principle, but the Cadillacs these parents were pushing around taking up literally 6-10 square feet of space were just ridiculous. We saw one parent fold over a tandem stroller and shove it into a tram then, with baby in hand, climb over the top of it and slide down into the last available seat to get to the parking lot. He not only held up the tram for five minutes extra (with the conductor instructing him to wait for a new one where he would have plenty of room) but packed in all the other people to a point of discomfort and endangered his kid while scaling Mount Stroller.

The Ugly

  • The heat - it was ridiculously hot and it was only May. We were sweating horribly both days at Disney and our energy levels got sapped very quickly

The Photos

'nuff said.

As I arrived home tonight after work, I noticed a little bird fluttering around near our front door. I walked up there and, in a flight of fear, just started flapping everywhere and wound up running into walls and doors and everything you can imagine.

For his own good, I tried to shoo him away from the entryway and into the wide open outdoors. Instead he flew into my garage and would not (or could not) leave. He kept flying into the walls or into the side of my truck or flapping like mad against the bottom edge of our garage door. At one point, he clung to the door and hung upside down like a bat.

I finally got him outside, but couldn't help but wonder if he was blind or if it was just severe fear and confusion. I wasn't sure what to make of it.

Here he is...

Blind Bird

I hope he's okay.

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Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks

Sometimes, it doesn't matter what you're doing. Getting away from home and the responsibilities that come with home can be the very best vacation. Sounds like you did a great job of unplugging and really enjoying your time with Katie - score!

Sybil Law

Stroller ARE bullshit. What's worse is how parents act like they have the right of way, just because they HAVE one. Um, no one told you to get knocked up 3 times in quick succession, bitch!
Ahem. Clearly, I agree with you on that point.

Still sounds like a great vacation!!

Kevin Spencer

I think the best vacations are certainly those that truly get away from it all. No laptop. No phone. You do feel thoroughly refreshed from it.


It's amazing how well that works, isn't it?


Poor little guy. I hope he is okay. Steven said there was a bird in our garage yesterday, kind of confused too.

Ugh. I am sorry it was so hot! But it sounds like it was nice to unplug. How do you work the Disney system to get free water?


It's mad bird disease!

Playibg the Disney system isn't that big a deal. They don't advertise
that some places will give you free tap water and ice, but they do.
And considering how much bottled costs and how bad fountains taste,
it's worth figuring out which ones do to quench your thirst and save
several bucks.

Marty Mankins

I have a hard time going on any trip - personal or business - without some way of staying connected. Even personal vacations, I have a phone and a laptop. I am going to take a trip soon where I do leave the laptop behind and only take my iPad. Granted, that's not being completely disconnected, but at least it's an attempt to take less.

As for the Sirius/XM radio in the car, Lithium channel 24 is pretty cool. Mostly 90's music and hardly ever a repeat of a song within a few days. I've had Sirius in my car for almost 5 years now and love it. So great to travel with on road trips. Also nice in the city when regular radio plays too many damn commercials.


Yeah, it was hard to return to commercially sponsored radio. Very hard. As for connectivity, I would love to have and travel with an iPad and would totally do that. Hell, it's the same power cord as Katie's iPhone and our iPods, so no extra cabling would be necessary. And with that camera card reader... oh boy!

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