Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I open it, this is what it had been written:
I want to thank you for coming in and getting a spray tan in our Magic Tan Booth. We're sure you enjoyed your tan and look forward to seeing you again soon".
I couldn't stop laughing! If you read my, "Tanning Fumigation", you would know. "Not in this life time", I say to my sister, between laughing. I can't imagine them thinking I enjoyed my tan. It started to turn yellow and was gone before we went on vacation. Reminds me of that song, "Hurts so good". Nothing to me, "hurts so good".
I came back into the house and told my sister, "something is leaking from my car". "Where?", she asks, and I tell her. She goes out to look, "it could be break fluid", she says.
"Well, let me call Buck, maybe he can come over and tell us what it is", I called back to her. So, I get on the phone, Buck is sick, doesn't want to leave his house. (I can understand that, my sister has been sick since we got back this past Tuesday). I tell his wife, Loretta, "maybe tomorrow if he feels better, I don't want him to fix it, just tell me what it is, OK?"
I called her this morning, she wasn't that friendly so I didn't mention it to her, just told her I would talk with her later.
Now, my sister asks me, "is Buck coming over today?", so I explain the conversation to her, "no, don't think so". She proceeds to search for a card of a guy that fixed something on her car, at a very reasonable price. Then I get the idea to call our friends, Sandra and David. He knows a lot about cars. I call, he's on the other phone ordering supplies for his business, (he's an electrician) and Sandra will have him call me back.
When he does call back, I tell him about the liquid, "is it in back of the tire?, he asks. "Well, no" I'm saying as I go back outside. He then tells me to go to the rare of the car, look and check to see. I'm explaining it to him as best as I can. "I don't know where it's coming from, there's a metal thing that's wet, that's all I can see and that's on the side of the tire, near the front of it", I respond. "What kind of metal thing?, he asks. "I don't know, I barley know how to drive and keep it running", I tell him. Then he tells me to get into the car and step on the brake, at the same time, my sister is on the phone with that guy (she finally found his number) and he's telling her the same thing, about stepping on the brake. "It feel tight, I tell David, he then tells me to start the car, then step on the brake. "How far is the brake peddle from the floor? he asks. "Oh, about the same distance as usual, I don't know!". The he says, "try driving it around the block", "no", I respond, "if it's brake fluid I'm not driving it" I tell him. "well, I don't know what to tell you, what do you want me to do, come over there?", he asked. "It's not like you're in North Carolina, hell yes, come over and look at it", is my response to him. (Let me say here, we are friends, and talk to each other that way and they were down for the week from North Carolina. Sandra is the one that went on that vacation trip with us. She is our verbally adopted sister.)
I tell my sister that Sandra and David are coming over, she tells me that guy will be here tomorrow, then I explain it is better to get a second opinion, so we'll know what has to be done. "He's an honest guy, she tells me. That wasn't the point, another opinion is good.
Monday, February 23, 2009
When we finally got up onto the floor with the stores, we were pleasantly surprised. It was like an open air mall. I'm sure there would have to be a roof that closed when it rained. We also found, you can go out of that place, straight across from the beach. We did manage to walk on the beach, but it was getting rather chilly by then. This place is named, "Beach Place".
The other thing, I went to get four cups of coffee, along with cream and sugar. I asked the cashier if she had a tray for me to carry them back to my room, that I would bring it right back. "no, no trays".
This became a juggling act for me. I put the change of the twenty in another cup, put the cup with the coffee on top of that, then took sugar packets, put them into an empty cup, and the creamers, on top of those, and walked back to our room. When we went for breakfast, guess what I saw? A little brown round object, that one uses to carry things one, yes, that's right, a "tray". I felt like asking her, "what do you call this?" but I knew I would really get a crappy attitude along with the question, so I let it be. I may be growing in my old age. lol. Now, on with the "Show and Tell".
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Beach Club, yesterday, a woman, got into her car and told it to drive her home. This was about 9PM.
The car, being unfamilar with the area, decided to take the short cut home, through a bunker on the right side of the green on the 8th hole.
I'm sure she must of woken up at that point, stepped out of the car, and thought she was on the beach.
Think next time, she won't trust her car to do the driving when she's drinking? One would hope so.
She was there this morning with her daughter when the tow truck came to get the car. Bet she felt stupid!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
She starts looking around the Internet, and came across, "CheapTrips.com". They had a "good package deal", for 563.00 plus 25.00 dollars for two extra people, plus port fees & taxes of 118.00 for my sister and me, 258.00 split between the other two. (We envited our friend Sandra and a friend of her's Linda to share this adventure with us.) This was for 3days, 2 nights in Orlando, including food. 3days, 2 nights in Ft. Lauderdale, including food and 3days, 2nights cruise to Nassau and a gift vacation voucher for 2 in Las Vagas and Vermont. Wow, what a deal. The trip also included, your choice of traveling, using your car, they will give you 100.00 for gas, or, you could fly, purchase your own plane tickets, and they will supply you with a rental car to keep until you're scheduled to return. Sounding better, isn't it? Now we are looking at the total cost for this trip for four people 964.00, plus plane fare, which we choose. Plane fare one way, 408.00 split 4ways, 334.00 coming back. That's 742.80 equalling 184.70 round trip, each. Still can't find a better deal than that anywhere! really?
Then we start asking questions over the phone. "What is the sleeping arrangements on board for four adults, how large is the room?" Answer: "There are bunk beds". "What? for four adults?" Oh yeah, I can just picture that! "You can "upgrade" "to what?", response: "a small suite". "What's that like and what is the cost?" "250.00, will get you, one bed, 2 hide a-beds". Still not bad, at 62.50 each for roomier conditions. Then more "upgrades" : 3 nights, 4 days on ship. (2 days in Nassau) for 198.00 sis and me, 158.00 for Linda and Sandra (split). "upgrade" for a Mini Van for 198.00 to handle four adults plus our luggage. Are you getting the picture so far?
As the late, great announcer, Paul Harvey, used to say, "and now for the rest of the story"
After our itinerary came, my sister is reading it, and discovers, it is a promotion for a "Time Share", and she is required to attend a ninety minute sales pitch, upon getting to Orlando. At no, time in any conversation about the trip was that mentioned to her. She gets on the phone to call the people that arranged this, and wants to know what "the time share deal is?" Nobody said a word to her. They insisted that she was told about it, and she requested to listen to all the taped conversations. Being so upset about this, I told her, I thought it was still a good deal, and "we will have an adventure, after all, what was ninety minutes out of seven days of fun?" We were going to spend two wonderful days in Nassau.
We get to the airport and first thing, we have to pay, 60.00 for our luggage. (15.00 each) While making the reservations, US Air didn't have a place on their site to pre-pay for that. We arrived at Orlando airport about one PM. From there we went to Alamo Car Rental, where we were told, we had an econo car, which will hold two adults, 2 children and one large suitcase. My sister explains, we "upgraded" to a mini van. "What am I suppose to do, drive that car and leave the rest of them at the airport?" But, upon looking at the itinerary, there was not mention of mini van. But, "we could upgrade" for a price. Way after we got home, we found where she marked to price to up grade of 198.00 written down, but the person on the other line, never made the changes! She called two different places while at the car rental, and no one could help her with that. The estimated charges, put on her card, was for 229.54 To keep car, for seven days, insurance, taxes and upgrade. This really got to her, 'cause she knew she upgraded and paid for it. We picked out the "full size car" we wanted and drove off towards Kissamee, where our hotel was.
State Tax .54
City Tax .45
In Room Safe 1.00 (even if you don't use it)
State Tax .06 (on safe)
City Tax .05 (on safe)
Charitable Donations 1.00 ( their coffee fund?) Total for two days 24.00
Later that night, Sandra and I used our Dinner voucher to get something to eat. After we finished, the waiter said he will be back with the bill. "The bill?" I ask Sandra. "Isn't this suppose to be free?"
Yes, the buffet was free, but you have to pay the taxes on the food and they add the gratuity to it.
Now, I can understand the gratuity, because some people won't tip, even if it's free. But taxes on free food? That blew my mind. That's the way all the meal were, buffet style, taxes and gratuity, in the hotels.
The next morning, my sister went to the sales pitch. The ninety minutes, turned into 4 1/2 hrs. There was no way she could have left. They had taken the group off the grounds where their cars where, and took them to another location. Bingo, got you by the "you know what's". That night was our second night, and the next morning we were headed for Ft. Lauderdale, that was our third day there. Yep, three days and two nights.
The sales for the "vacation package" turned out to be a different concept on time sharing. The meeting was late getting started, Linda kept saying, "tick, tick, time is ticking." It started about thirty minutes late, our ninety minutes took about 3 1/2 hrs. Yes, we got our free tickets and sis got her deposit back.
The next day when we had to check out at 11AM. Our plane didn't leave until 7pm. What to do with all that time? We packed everything except the cloths we were going to wear on the plane and put on our bathing suits. We packed the car, and stayed by the pool until 2PM. Then we went shopping and to another place I will discuss in "show and tell".
We went to the airport, to return the car, couldn't find a gas station to fill the tank close by, so we were charged a fueling cost. Not only that, but charged another day for the rental car, because we failed to show up at 2PM to return the car. Which, I'm sure the rental person informed us of, in her mind only! Total free car rental added up to 286.00! Lesson learned, never, ever go this route again! Stay away from "CheapTrips.Com". READ ALL THE SMALL PRINT on everything, even if there are fifty pieces of information! The amount of the whole trip could have been spent on a direct cruise, longer days in port, and without the added expenses. And just wait for my "show and tell" of the 4 days, 3 nights cruise and our time in Nassau, coming up!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
(This was an old ship, and with lots of character, just like an old person with wrinkles.
Someone said it was fifty years old. Others, say it's older. I'm putting my bet on one hundred.)
Day 1- was the day we boarded about 1PM and took off about 6-6:30PM close to sunset. The "splash" pool was closed along with both hot tubs early that evening.
Day 2- We got to Nassau in the morning about 9ish, were suppose to be able to be there from 8AM- 10PM, but we had to be back on board at 6:30PM.
Day 3- we were no where near Nassau, that day was spent, on ship all day! You talk about upset people. It was called, "fun at sea", day. Yes, we made our own fun, but we wanted and expected 2 days in Nassau!
Day 4- back in Ft. Lauderdale 9:30 AM. Nice long day, right?
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
We ate in the dinning room every night. After food was served,
all the waiters would form a line and dance, these are the pics from
Valentines Day dinner. Every female in there got a carnation.
There I am at bed time with flower in mouth. That was fun.
(Click on pics to view)
Monday, February 9, 2009
The vacuum was seventy five cents, last time I used it. Now, it's up to one dollar. Been a while since I went to do it myself. I don't mind the extra twenty five cents, but, that hose was like wrestling with an over sized worm, that just wouldn't turn it's mouth to eat it's food! I thought, "well, I'll try the next one." So I moved my car over to the next machine. That one wasn't any better, it would have worked if I was vacuuming the head liner, or maybe, even turned the car upside down. Two dollars later, with sweat pouring down my face, hair standing on edge and muscles aching, I said, "that's it, I'm done!" I honestly believe the worm won that battle. Car looks good enough.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I found this picture of myself, pointing a finger, saying, "now, this is a sandwich ".
Ever wonder why some New Yorkers, complain about the sandwiches they get? Just look at the size of this. That is what they are used to eating. Now, now, don't say, "go back to New York". I don't by any means miss living there, but I do miss the food. Just thought I would let you know the "why".