Canadian Buffoon's Sweet 16 Celebration - Update 01/28 - The End

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  1. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Canadian Buffoon's Sweet 16 Celebration


    Welcome to the TR!
    My eighth!!

    How did this happen?
    I wasn't even sure I'd do one TR,
    let alone eight!!
    (Links for the brave
    can be found in my siggie.)

    Well... there's a reason.
    And that reason is you.

    You kept telling me to write.
    And when I wrote,
    you kept telling me to
    write some more.


    Aaaaannndd...
    right about now you're
    throwing your hands up
    in despair and saying
    "Please make it stop! When will it end?"


    Who knows?
    Certainly not me.
    It's really up to you, after all.


    First... intros.

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    That's me. On the right.
    You could say I have a slight...
    fondness for Ariel.
    Which is cool, because
    she obviously returns my affection.
    (Evidence her smitten expression of adoration.)

    The other person in the above photo
    is my younger daughter, Kay.

    She's a good kid,
    but sometimes gets in the way
    when dad is trying to hit on
    aquatic women.

    I mean really!


    There are some things
    that I should make clear
    right from the get go.

    This will be a very.... fragmented TR.
    The first few days....
    Notes! Copious notes!
    I've got notes about my notes!

    And then we get to Disneyland...

    Nary a note as far as the eye can see.


    Why?
    Because while the first part of the trip
    was all new to me,
    the Disneyland/California part was...

    Well... new too... but I wanted to
    play tourist more than I wanted
    to play Trip Reporter.

    So... be prepared for details....
    Loooots of details.
    For the first half of this TR.
    The second half?

    Yeah... not so much.
    I'll be relying on my memory there.
    And since I can't remember yesterday....
    And this trip was in March.......

    But there is one thing you can count on.


    Exploding helicopters.
    With giraffes.

    What all good TRs should have,
    naturally.

    [​IMG]


    Before we begin... a little background.

    I mentioned that Kay is my younger daughter.
    When her older sister turned sixteen,
    we threw a big party for her.

    But Kay isn't a "big party" kinda girl.
    And we had no idea what she might like.
    So one day I said to her,
    "Would you like to go on a trip somewhere?"
    She said. "Yes! Japan!"
    I said. "Think... less distant... less $$$$$$"
    And left it at that.

    A few days later, Kay comes to me and says.
    "Dad? I want to do this."
    And shows me this exact photo:

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    Kay is an animal lover.
    She goes nuts for any animals...
    The critters in the above photo
    are capybaras.
    The world's largest rodent.
    Pretty much just giant versions
    of her Guinea Pig.

    You weren't allowed to touch them,
    but you could sit and feed them
    for half an hour.

    And it wasn't ridiculously expensive.
    Located at the Palm Beach zoo in Florida,
    the cost was $35/person.
    (Plus $20/person zoo admission.)

    I told her we could do that.

    "And can we go to Universal?"
    "Sure!"
    "And maybe Disney for a day?"
    "Sure!"

    And the planning began.

    But then we found an even
    better place.... in Phoenix.
    You could pet the capybaras there.

    Hmmm....
    It's not that far from Phoenix to LA.

    "How about after Phoenix,
    we pop over to Universal
    and Disney... California?"

    "Yay!!!"

    I took that as a 'yes'.

    And hence, a trip was born.

    Care to follow along*?

    (*Hint: This is where you can get off.
    Sauve qui peut!)


    And for bonus points...
    How many of you had to Google
    "Sauve qui peut"???

    Bonus points for what?
    Did I not mention the contest?
    With an actual prize?


    Why yes, Virginia.
    There is a Santa Pkondz.


    The winner gets...
    Canadian chocolate.

    Of course if you live in Canada...
    Then all you get is... chocolate.

    And maybe another odd or end, too.

    Oh, sure! Now you want to stick around!!

    (The things I do to keep people reading... :sad2:)


    Shall we begin?


    Contest!!
    1. What time do we leave?

    2. Do I drive? Fly? Both? Neither?

    3. What one specific question am I
    asked by the US border guard?
    (Bonus question for my long time readers.)

    4. We buy Girl Guide cookies. What kind?
    Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Savannah Smiles.

    5. We go out for dinner of course.
    What gets Kay excited?
    The décor, the cute waiter, her favourite dish.

    6. What treat do Kay and I have later?
    Ice cream, donuts, pie.

    7. We go see a movie that night. Which?
    Beauty and the Beast, Ghost in the Shell, Logan

    8. What is it about the theatre that gets us excited?
    D Box seats, reclining seats with foot-rests, reserved seating.

    Good luck!


    I'm heading out to the Canadian
    west coast day after tomorrow
    and will be gone for about a week.

    That should give y'all plenty of time
    to get up to mischief
    and get your contest answers in.

    See ya when I get back!



     
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  2. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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  4. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Exploding helicopters! With giraffes! I am IN!

    Back to read and comment later.
     
  5. Kiotzu

    Kiotzu Mouseketeer

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    Hey. I am the first person here.

    Edit: the second one here

    I will play this time.

    1.5:45am

    2. Fly

    3.

    4. Thin mints

    5.TheDecor

    6. Ice cream

    7. Ghost in the shell

    8.reclining seats with foot rests
     
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  6. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    :welcome:

    Talk to ya later!
     
  7. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    So close... yet so far!

    But...

    :welcome:


    You missed a couple.
    #3 might be tough for you.
    But... Guess on #5?
     
  8. Terra Nova guy

    Terra Nova guy DIS Dad #811 Newfoundland, Canada

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    Nice one! Because exploding helicopters by themselves are so passé

    Did she want to sit in a lawn chair with a goofy grin like that guy?

    Sadly I did. My high school French failed me. I guess that happens when you don't use it in 25 years.

    You have any Manitoba chocolate? We have the Newfoundland Chocolate Company here. And no it's not those little bags of "puffin poop", that's just yogurt covered raisins. They actually do gourmet chocolate with local berries. Pricey but very nice.

    For the contest:
    1. 6:15am
    2. Fly
    3. Darn I feel like I should know this but I'm drawing a blank. Something about having a letter from Kay's mother allowing you to travel?
    4. Thin mints
    5. Favourite dish
    6. Pie
    7. Beauty and the beast
    8. Reclining seats with footrest
     
  9. cinderkelly

    cinderkelly DIS Veteran

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    Holy Moley!! I made page 1! It's some kind of miracle or something!

    I think I'll just sit on the sidelines and watch the contest play out this time, although Canadian chocolate does sound awfully tempting... But since I can never keep up with the contests I'll just watch Liesa win :bitelip:

    Glad to see a new Ponzi TR up and running!

    :hug:
     
  10. mustinjourney

    mustinjourney DIS Veteran

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    Do I get bonus points for remembering the real reason you went left coast...I mean west coast over east coast?
     
  11. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Yay! I'm in and still on the first page! Now I'm going back to read!
     
  12. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    It's been done.
    Booooring!


    Goofy's at Disney.


    Actually....
    I heard that term...

    In an English novel.


    We do!
    That's a great idea!
    Morden's Chocolates.
    Been around for a long time.



    All noted.

    And :welcome:
     
  13. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Look at you! All prompt and all!

    :welcome:

    It's soooo good.... No?
    Not tempted to join in?

    ;)

    :lmao:

    I suspect she may not have
    the time to keep up either.
    She's awfully busy these days.


    Thanks Kelly! :goodvibes
     
  14. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    :laughing:

    I was trying to avoid
    stepping on the DIS rules!


    :welcome:
     
  15. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    You made it!

    :hug:

    Hi Alison!
    :welcome:

    Was just thinking of you.
    I think I'm going to have to book my Cali
    trip when I come back from BC.
    I'll touch base with you first, though. :)
     
  16. QueenJen

    QueenJen Mouseketeer

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    still love the intro photo.

    too lazy to google.

    6:00 am

    both

    are you constipated?

    Thin Mints (you really should try Samoas - yummy coconut)

    dish

    Pie

    Beauty

    recliners

    very excited to read about this trip.
     
  17. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Thanks, Jen!
    And...

    :welcome:

    :lmao:
    I just wrote those exact
    words on a different thread!


    All noted.

    Thanks!
    All the photos for the next update
    are already uploaded
    and ready to go!
     
  18. CyndiLouWho

    CyndiLouWho DIS Veteran

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    Back later to read. Might even try the questions this time.
     
  19. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    :welcome:

    And do try! You've got nothing to lose...
    And chocolate to gain!
     
  20. MAGICFOR2

    MAGICFOR2 Condimentessa

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    SWEET! A Sweet 16 Party! I'm thinking I can catch up here. A hurricane day is like a snowday. I know I could be so much more productive but I have an excuse.
     
  21. mustinjourney

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    Texas as well? I'm in houston.
     

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