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I got to get on the BTTF ride yesterday. It was the last day this ride was open and I had to go to ride it one more time. The line was freakin' huge and I waited longer than I care to admit - but it was worth it. Oh, yeah. Good stuff.

Here's me wearing my ultra-tacky (and oh-so-Florida) shirt. Note to the person who bought me this shirt - don't get ticked off at me, I love it because it's tacky. 🙂 I plan on dressing like this a lot more in the future.

Note that's I'm still Connecticut-white. No noticable tan just yet. Workin' on that. 🙂

Right after the ride, it rained almost as if it were a sign that this ride closing was a sad event. And to be honest, it is. But like I said, at least I got to go one more time.

Interesting things that happened after the BTTF ride:

Ellen DeGeneres was filming an Ellen show at Universal that day.

For real. As my friend and I were walking out of the park in the rain, she was there was J-Lo and the crowd was going nuts and whatnot.

I had a two-part reaction to this.

  1. "Wow, there's Ellen DeGeneres and J-Lo."
  2. "Wow, I really don't give a crap."

Note to the masses. As I've been finding out, celebrities love Florida. You really don't have to go far to find one.

A wildfire broke out in the hills somewhere between Disney and Universal.

Just as I was leaving a crapload of fire trucks were approaching from I-4. Had no idea why, but I knew I had to get out of there fast before traffic turned ugly. I was able to escape most of it.

Later I found a wildfire had developed in the hills somewhere near Disney. Guess it was a natural occurring event. Don't know if it affected the Ellen show or not.

My first whiff of a true orange grove.

I programmed the GPS at one point to avoid the highway. I-4 was a mess, so I got off and went thru several towns I'd never been to. At one point near Lakeland I passed by an orange grove. I've passed by them before but not this close, and then... whoa.. orangey smell. Big time.

Doesn't sound too interesting, but I thought it was cool.

I will be posting the rest of my first Universal trip photos soon - because I'm not done yet. Thought I was? You were wrong. 🙂

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back to universal

I posted this video the day I got back from Universal. The comments I've seen (on the video, not on this site) have really been quite heartfelt. I did not realize what an effect this ride had on so many people.

So I'm going back.


Tomorrow. Going to ride it at least twice.

I will be there the last day this ride is open.

Rock, rock on!

i'll pencil you in

Yesterday I got asked this question that went something like this:

Once you start making more friends, does that mean you'll stop hanging out with me?

I find that an odd question to be asked. Either you're hanging out with someone or you're not. While it's true the frequency of how often you hang out with someone changes periodically (because let's face it, everyone gets busy from time to time), I don't set any minimum amount of "hang-out time".

Sometimes you hang out with a friend twice a week. Or once a week. Or every two weeks. Maybe even once a month. As a general rule of thumb, men don't impose any hang-out minimums. When you're around, great. When you're not, I'll see you next time 'round. It's as simple and cut and dry as that. And yes, I can make that a blanket statement for all men.

Girls, on the other hand, seem to have these unspoken rules and crap..



Back up north, friends of mine never scheduled anything and I got used to that. The most scheduling that ever took place was to make a call, and if the friend was around, that friend came over or you went to the friend, hung out for a few hours, and.. that was it. No fuss, no muss.

A running joke I had with anyone who ever asked me..

Will you be around at [whatever time]?

Um.. hmm.. hold on, let me check my daily planner..

"Daily planner" was the joke. As if I'd ever use one of those. No, I'm not poking fun at anyone who does.. but I'm just not the type who uses one. I always think that if I ever used one, all the fun of doing anything would be sucked out of my life.

I like fun.

So I don't use one. 🙂

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