Sunny Florida Part 1

12 01 2008

We flew to Sanford/Orlando direct from Peoria on Allegiant Air. It was an inexpensive flight and there were no problems on either leg of the trip. For the first time, I carried on my luggage instead of checking it.

Originally there were five of us travelling to the Disney Marathon. We met up with another runner that Toni knew and she ended up spending the weekend with us as well. It’s A Small World After All… (hey, I went on that ride).

On Saturday, Laura and I went to Magic Kingdom. Disney has wonderful customer service! In 1989 Laura’s family went to Disney. They purchased park hopper passes that were good for 4 days for $96 per ticket. Each of their five tickets had two days left on them, and had no expiration date. Laura’s dad saved the tickets for the past 19 years. Disney honored them! I asked them people at customer service about this and they said that they still honor tickets from when the park first opened in 1971! Thank-you Laura and Laura’s dad! The customer service agent said that we saved $200 apiece.

I enjoyed going to Magic Kingdom. It brought back a lot of childhood memories. My family and I went there many times when I was growing up. A lot of the things at Magic Kingdom were still the same as I remembered. I look forward to taking my future children there. Every person at the park was happy. The staff was extremely friendly. They recognize that people save their money all year (or longer) so that they can go to Disney.

Laura and I rode some of my childhood favorite rides – The Teacups, It’s A Small World, The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.

It is good to be a kid again…

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Flying the Friendly Skies

27 11 2007

Another airline snafu! American Airlines left my luggage in St. Louis but took me to Springfield, IL.

American did not seem to think this was a big deal. When I a baggage claims representative she told me that American would FedEx the luggage to me. When I told them I am leaving for the Virgin Islands tonight they said that I could borrow a loaner suitcase from the airport. Never mind that every pair of jeans I own, my contacts and various other sundries are in my luggage.

An employee of the Springfield airport is bringing the luggage to my house as we speak. I am very grateful to how kind the employees at the Springfield airport are.

On a happier note, I had a great time in Dallas. I got to see the grassy knoll (literally a strip of grass between a road and the interstate) when we went to a the 6th Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza. This museum is about the Kennedy assassination and was quite interesting.

The weather in Dallas was rainy and in the low 30s, which is unusual. We shopped, shopped, shopped – though I didn’t buy much. We went into a Barney’s, which I thought would be comparable to Macy’s… Ummmm, no. They had shirts for more than $1,000. A paisley sleep mask for $94 and my favorite the shaved beaver cape for $4,860. I don’t think anything from Barney’s will ever be in my future.

We ate at a lot of restaurants that we don’t have here. My favorite is still Jason’s Deli. I hope we get one of those someday – because it is GOOD.

I got to see a good friend from high school and her son. It was great to bond with her and my cousin and her family. Hopefully I will get to go back in the future when there is nicer weather and enjoy the many outdoor activities that Dallas has to offer.