Stuff you don't see everyday ...

... I saw a guy get arrested yesterday.

I was driving to work. There are 2 stop lights near tourist central that are always backed up and red.

As I waited by light #1, I saw 2 cops driving on the curb making weird u-turns (no signal on).

Then they turned their signals on, and screeched to a hault. I swear I saw them sandwich in a car, but when I got closer, there was no car.

There was just a guy, wearing a 23 Michael Jordan jersey, laying on the ground with handcuffs on. The cops were about the yank me up to his feet.

How exciting!


Bill Gates' Wisdom

While I'm thinking of something super cool to post on my blog - here is a fun/true list from Bill Gates. (Somebody found this on line for me - is it really from Bill Gates, who knows?)

Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. Enjoy!

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a corner office until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.


Cruise report - last night *sob*

After we showered off from our fun day at Castaway Cay it was time to pack and start realizing that the trip is almost over.

We played a little Wii bowling at Diversions (sports bar). We picked out some last minute photos to purchase. We just wandered around the ship waiting for our last dinner to begin. We also ran into Jiminy Cricket.

After dinner we took some photos with Rachal (from Singapore) and Dwight (from Jamacia), our 2 servers. It's crazy, but I still miss them. They were both really fun to be with. And Rachel always put ice in my skim milk. What a cutie!
Around 10pm there was a little show in the lobby called "farewell" or something depressing like that. There was a 15 minute time to meet Disney characters, and some of the theater preformers. Jonathan schmoozed with performers from the show Twice Charmed (which he also bought the soundtrack for). I gave Brent, the cruise director, a thumb up! Yesterday the Travel Channel was showing a DCL program, and Brent was on TV. He was the guy who made all the announcements, so he's kind-of a mini celebrity onboard.

Goodbye Mickey!

Goodbye Chip & Dale!

Goodbye towel elephant! We'll (hopefully) be seeing you again real soon!


Cruise report - day 7 (Castaway Cay)

It's the best day of the year - Castaway Cay day!!!

We got off the ship pretty early and found a great spot on the beach, right under an umbrella.

We invested in snorkle equipment (less than $50 + using gift cards - and it cost $50 to rent equipment at Castaway Cay), so I was all excited to try it out. Unfortunatly the water was FREEZING!!! After about 20 minute of 'getting used to it', we finally managed to submerge in the water.

We found the Nautalis, something we didn't find the previous trip. We gave up on finding the hidden mickey (we found it before). We were getting tired and hungry.

At 11am Cookies BBQ opened - and Jonathan put every different piece of meat on his plate. I was saving room for the best thing ever - cookie dough ice cream!!!

After lunch we walked around a little bit. We found the game room - which is an outdoor area with ping poing, pool, giant Connect 4 and a bunch of other stuff. I wanted to rent bikes for an hour in the afternoon, but Jonathan was having none of that. It was nap time for him!

So I road a bike around the island for an hour. I really wanted to check out the 3 story observation tour. It was pretty cool. In hindsight I could've walked to it - but that would've taken about 10X as long.

At 4pm we boarded the ship. We just missed the Bahama post office for Castaway Cay stamps - they closed at 4pm! Nuts! Oh well, another reason why we should go back!

More on day 6 tomorrow!


Cruise report - Day 6 (Day at Sea)

I don't have a clue what we did this day. I'm assuming it was a lot of movie watching. Through out the entire cruise we saw about 9 movies.

I'll bore you with the list here:

Enchanted (twice)
National Treasure 2
Wild Hogs
Dan in Real Life
The Game Plan
Nancy Drew
The Nanny Diaries
Are We Done Yet

The ship has a fantastic movie theater, which plays the same 6 movies over and over again. It took a little fanagaling with the schedule for the day, but we managed to see all 6.

Then the room TVs had 5 channels that played the same movie all day long. So the last 4 movies on the list were room channel movies. And, no, I didn't sit in the room all day watching movies. I watched bits and pieces of each of those movies every other day. So I didn't see the movie straight thru, but I think I saw 90% of them!

The captain of the ship (the ORIGINAL Disney Magic captain - since the beginning) had a autograph session in the morning. A couple days ago we had a professional photo taken with the Captain, so we had him sign that photo.

Judging from the photos I took on day 6, we ate a lot of ice cream (and Coke floats) and that's about it!


Cruise Report - day 5 (Cozumel)

This was the day Jonathan was looking forward to the most - Cozumel day. The main reason we booked the Western Cruise was b/c Jonathan wanted to see Mayan ruins.

The shore excursion warned us plain as day "do not book this if you get motion sickness". Well, I alway poo-poo that warning - dramamine will take care of me.

Let me just give all you who plan to book the Tulum Excursion and are ignoring the warnings. YOU WILL GET SICK!!!! Luckily the tour guide had barf bags to pass out. Sorry teenage kid I was sitting next to!

So we had to take a ferry boat from the island of Cozumel to mainland Mexico (that is what did me in). Thankfully after loosing my breakfast, I felt 1000X better. We walked a bit thru some Mexican area to some buses. We drove about 1/2 hour to some gift shop where we stopped for a break (I bought a Mexican gatorade), then another 10 minutes to Tulum. We also received a lunch - from SUBWAY. Sweet - but not very Mexican-y. Although the chips were some sort-of Spanish Cheetos. They were good.

Let's just say that the ruins were super awesome. We had a 45 minute tour and then we walked around on our own. We took a zillion photos.

Jonathan and I agreed that the shore excurion was super cool and worth it. However, all it all it was an 8 hour day, but only about 2.5 hours were at Tulum Ruins. The rest was traveling to get there and back.

Long story short - I threw up twice more that evening and missed the Pirate Party and fireworks. Grrrrr! Oh well, that's another reason why we'll need to go back soon.

Oh, and there were big, gross lizards in Mexico. At least they didn't move very fast or touch me.