So, remember that one time...

... that Chick-fil-A on UCF's Main Campus stopped providing trays to "conserve resources" (yea, saving water, but killing trees by using more bags)... that the same Chick-fil-A decided to expand it's lineup by adding a stupid Cuban sandwich shop called "Adita's"... and, again, the SAME Chick-fil-A STOPPED SERVING ICED TEA because, quote, "they don't really have the room for it right now"??? ARGH!!!!! >=(

If you know anything about me, I LOVE me my Chick-fil-A, as Brendon and Jimmy will attest to. However, even though the CFA on Main Campus is an "Express" form of the incredible restaurant chain, I expect it to AT LEAST have the basics... which includes the incredible Sweet Tea that it's known for. All I want is to be able to come in for breakfast or lunch, get my usual entreé, and a large sweet tea. Really. That's all I ask. If they don't have it within two weeks, somebody's gonna be getting an extremely serious comment card.

I know this was more of a rant than a blog. Sorry.

At least the new Student Union looks nice! They have three new restaurants, an expanded seating area, a new Smoothie King location, and a refurbished Joffrey's Coffee! Ooooooh!

Back to the routine

Even with the three Summer classes I took, it seems like it's been forever since I've been in the "school routine." Ya know, waking up early Monday through Thursday, staying up late to work on homework, group projects, procrastination, deadlines, notes, frustration, anxiety, and, sometimes, even relief from a job well done... if it ever ACTUALLY gets done.

I'm that kind of student that really enjoys going to class, but hates doing work. (Then again, who doesn't fit that description?) I'm taking three hospitality classes, Enjoyment of Music, and College Algebra (blah). My hospitality classes should be pretty good, as I'm looking forward to finally getting into those for my major. But, we'll see how they go.

I was reminded about how much stress is brought onto the world when school starts again: all the kids are either really excited, really bummed, or really terrified, and the parents usually go through the same painful feelings. I was in Wal-Mart tonight, shopping for my school supplies, and and a poor young woman approached, asking, "excuse me, but what are binders? Are THESE binders?" (pointing to the spiral notebooks). I felt bad for her, because she was trying to get all this stuff together for her little sister, and she couldn't make heads or tails of the extremely long school supply list... for a fourth grader. Among other things, she had to buy "6 1/2" binders with pockets" - REALLY? SIX binders? For a FOURTH GRADER? Wow, either elementary school has become extremely complex since I was in it, or I really missed out on something. Anyway, I helped her out for a few moments, and she seemed slightly relieved.

As you can probably tell, I'm not crazy about school, but I know it's gotta get done. Hopefully, I'll finish it all up and be outta here soon...

... unless I study abroad in the Spring, or do a College Program at Disneyland next Fall, both ideas that have entered my head in the last few weeks. Who knows - stay tuned.

On matters not relating to school (aka my "personal life"), things aren't too bad, I guess. I'm still single, nobody of any real interest around right now. I'm happy with work and just enjoying life. My friend base is holding up pretty well, I know I can count on people if I need them. I really miss my friends from Main Campus, but, hopefully, I'll be able to see more of them this semester. I also miss some of those that have left Florida and gone back home, but I know that I'll see them again.

Well, of course I should be doing other productive things right now, like homework, cleaning the kitchen, and preparing for the semester, but I felt that I needed to write for just a hot minute.

So, with that, I'll leave you now and get back to my so-called life... woo hoo. Oh, and yea, we have another storm approaching, just in time to kill Labor Day weekend. Great.

My sincere apologies

It's been forever since I've blogged, which is typical of me, since I can never keep up with these things.

But, I made a commitment to myself, so I'm dropping a quick one just to say I haven't forgotten about it.

I should be in bed. I'm hanging out on the Boat Dock at Animal Kingdom in 7 1/2 hours, so I really should probably go to bed soon. I've fallen asleep on the couch the past three nights and can't do that again.

I have a new TV and living room setup with my computer. It... is... AMAZING! That's all I have to say about it.

I'm quite disappointed in Tropical Storm Fay. She went heading for the east coast and barely brushed by Orlando. For the first real storm in two years, I wasn't left satisfied. I know she did do SOME damage, but I wanted more rain and wind than we actually got!

That's all I have for now. I was going to post what I've been feeling recently, but that'll have to wait until another day.

Almost home

What a trip it has been. Seven non-stop days full of fun and adventure!

Mostly.

Don't get me wrong, I had a great time over at Disneyland. But, let's just say, I haven't done over 13 hours in a theme park in a long, long time... particularly not multiple times within one week. It was definitely a workout. Still, I saw a lot and it was an amazing experience, in spending so much time at both parks, on the Studio Lot, and, of course, in the air...

... which is where I'm writing from right now. Now, before you get all riled up, I turned off my antenna so that I could write this blog on the flight, as I've barely had any time to write one all week. Let's see, it would be about 9:45 PM at home right now, and we're about halfway there. I'll post this the moment we land.

I'd love to go on and on about all the awesome things I got to experience, like getting VIP seating for Fantasmic!, riding alongside the engineer in the train Walt opened Disneyland with, eating at some really nice little restaurants, and getting a Cast discount at Quick Service Restaurants in the Parks... but I'll save you the reading. Feel free to ask anytime and I'll share with you some of my 1,300 pictures. Perhaps I'll post a few here when I get back.

Anywho, just thought I'd mention a couple of little items that have occurred today. While we were in the terminal of John Wayne Airport in California (where our adventure home began), I saw a little coffee shop/deli/snack bar called "Creative Croissants". Now, tell me, have you EVER met a croissant that had an ounce of creativity in it? I certainly haven't. Nonetheless, I wasn't much interested in an encounter of the sort myself, so I forgot to take a picture and ended up buying my 25 oz. bottle of water elsewhere. Remember that water... I'm not finished with it yet.

We landed about an hour later in Las Vegas for a short, 45 minute lay over. Mind you, that was my first time in Vegas since I turned 21, so, OF COURSE, I had to test my luck at the slots... in the airport terminal. I chose "Wheel of Fortune" for my first game, and, after a few rounds, actually ended up making some money... a whopping $0.25! Hot dog!

Of course, the slots are there to suck old ladies with hundreds of thousands to their name and poor college students like myself in on their hope for a better life (I know I left a few gambling demographics out for creative sake - deal), so I played a few more quarters. In the end, I left $1.75 in Vegas, something that I still regret. Argh! I should have stopped while I was ahead! Nah, that wouldn't have been much fun. Maybe I'll make it back the next time I visit The Strip.

Like I said, we're in the air now, and I just finished a lovely little $7 Chicken Caesar Sandwich. It came all neatly packed with a side of caesar dressing, potato chips, and a chocolate chip cookie. I'm sure glad that cookie was there. Why? Well, remember that 25 oz. bottle of water from earlier? Yea, well, I had bought a jumbo chocolate chip cookie from the airport in Vegas to enjoy on the flight and placed it in the same bag as the water's twin brother (if you aren't catching on, I bought another bottle of the same brand and size in Vegas. Got it? Good.). Anyway, after finishing the meal, I reached into my bag to get that big, delicious cookie... and the unopened bottle of water had raped the damn thing! It was broken into over ten pieces! I've never seen a more pitiful thing in my life: a perfectly good chocolate chip cookie, baked fresh and whole with the sole purpose of satisfying a hungry consumer, only to be beaten up, mangled, and destroyed before it could ever live up to its destiny. Such a sad day. =(  (edit: the following image is a RE-ENACTMENT of the previously described affairs - names have been changed pending an investigation)

Wow, that sure was a stretch. Oh, well. Good thing it's still edible. Otherwise, we'd have a much bigger problem on our hands.

Well, I think I'll get back to enjoying the flight by cracking open my new copy of Details, sipping on the murderous bottle of H2O, and perhaps even taking a nibble of that near-dead cookie.

Tomorrow is going to bring quite a lot, from the funeral for my kindergarten teacher, to saying goodbye to a couple of friends as they head back to Wisconsin. Should be a busy day.

Nonetheless, it'll sure be nice to be back home.

We're HERE!


So, where are we? You guessed it... DISNEYLAND! OMGCAN'TBELIEVEITSOFREAKINGEXCITED!!!

Yea, it's that amazing.

Right now, Mom and I are at Disneyland and just got off Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, an attraction long extinct from Walt Disney World. We went on it last year, but just had to go on it again.

So far, we've picked up a FastPass for Space Mountain, watched the Jedi Training Academy (which is SO MUCH BETTER than ours!), and been on Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters (again, much more awesome here). We were gonna get on the new Nemo Submarine Voyage Attraction... but their extended extended queue was up, posting 75 minutes. We'll come back.

Now, we're just getting to Village Haus Restaurant for lunch, which is quite similar to the one we have in Florida. They even have a Turkey Club Sandwich, which, if I'm not mistaken, is the exact same as my old "favorite sandwich" I used to get at Cosmic Ray's! Hooray!

Alrighty, well, we're gonna eat now, then it's back into the Park for some more adventure until Midnight, including a parade, a few fireworks, and dinner at Carnation Cafe. Can't wait!

The waiting game

Well, here I am, sitting at Gate E 75 at Tampa International Airport with my Mom, waiting for our flight to California, connecting through Denver.

We're scheduled to depart at 5:47 PM and the plane just arrived at the gate, so it looks like we'll be departing on time, unless a diabetic or a couple of Germans run up at the last second.

I'm not being mean... it happened to the last flight out of this gate. A young guy ran up at the last second, complained that he was a diabetic, and needed 5 minutes to get a snack. The gate lady said, "you've got two minutes to go to the place right here on the corner."

Really? If you're diabetic, wouldn't you have planned ahead? Or, at least arrived 5 extra minutes early? I know, I know, I'm not one to be punctual, either, but really, don't hold up the 157 other people on the flight.

Also, they made the final boarding call, sealed the door, and this German couple came walking up... five minutes before the flight was supposed to depart. They were trying to board with the little English they knew. I kinda felt bad for them when the gate lady started questioning them, "where were you? What were you doing? The flight's gone!" Sufficed to say, they didn't get on the flight, but they used their language phone line to get a new flight.

Yes! The TSA person just confiscated an unattended bag! She's calling the police!

Damn. The old lady just came back.

Well, looks like it's now our turn to board. California, here we come! WOO HOO! CAN'T WAIT!

Almost home

Well, we're now on the Florida Turnpike after a couple of fun days up in Georgia. I saw lots of cool things in and around Atlanta, from Chase's favorite bar, to Six Flags, even a gay strip club (really - my first!), and had a great time. I even got really drunk at Doc's (Chase's bar) and made a few phone calls to some people I hadn't talked to in quite a while. =P

That was fun.

It was definitely nice being out of the state, away from the everyday, and spending some time with Chase, his family, and friends. Gave me a good escape that helped prime me for my 7-day trip to California that begins Friday evening.

Speaking of the one day I have back in town between my two vacations, I'll probably be saying goodbye to a couple of good friends then, as they'll be moving back home before I get back from Cali. I've gotten used to doing that, as most local WDW Cast Members have. Even though doing so has become such a common occurrence, it always sucks... especially when you grow close to them. Oh, well. I'll survive.

Anyway, it looks like we're now just a few miles away from Orlando - almost home! We were gonna stop for lunch at Cracker Barrel on the way up to Georgia, but it was a Sunday afternoon, after church let out, and the line was WAY TOO LONG! But now it's a Wednesday night and there shouldn't be one... so that's where we're going for dinner. Yum.

Well, that's all I have for now! Despite the fun, it'll sure be nice being home.

En route to an escape...

Well, from a Saturday of doing almost nothing, I'm now on the road to Georgia with Chase, which, hopefully, will be a nice escape from Florida for a few days. Getting away will be good for me, I hope.

We're on I-75 now and I'm using the awesome feature of blogging from my BlackBerry that I mentioned in an earlier post. So, expect a few more while I'm on my trip.

Anyway, we've passed a few things that I thought were humorus and thought I'd mention them:

  1. Two state troopers were along side of the road, on both sides of what they were standing around. They seemed to be investigating the sudden death... of a chef. Well, at least it looked that way. They were standing over what looked like chef's tuque and pointing at it.
    I have no idea what it REALLY was, but I enjoy entertaining the thought of a chef running across the interstate, rushing a big dish to a fancy banquet, getting hit by a car, and being thrown into the semi that hit him in an effort to cover up the manslaughter... whilst leaving his tuque behind.
  2. There was a billboard alongside the road for, I think, 184 acres of land that was for sale. All it said was "184 ACRES - FOR SALE - 3 FAMILY HOMES - 2 OFFICE BUILDINGS", followed by "www.buymyland.com". Since when can you buy large plots of land online? That's a new one on me. I was really interested in purchasing a few acres, however, when I visited the site, I got some kind of error message. I was highly discouraged and now, will never be able to open up my orchard. Sad day.
  3. We passed a car that had a kid in its back seat, playing with a plush tiger. When I first noticed it, though, it serously looked like the small tiger was eating the kid's face. What a way for your parents to get in an accident... "Now, Jimmy, stop playing with the tiger cub, or else he's gonna bite your... OH MY GOD!"

Oh, and speaking of baby animals, check out this site.

There's an adult store called "Love Stuff" in Cordele, GA that is having a store closing sale - everything 75% off! Be sure to swing by for a "touch of class for couples" before this swingin' store disappears forever!

Well, that's all I have for now. We're about to stop for gas in Unadilla and it's my turn to pay - and they have a Dairy Queen! Yes! Alright, later.

Lazy Saturday

Well, here I am. It's Saturday evening and another day has been wasted. (No, that's not me in the picture, I just needed a quick pic from Google Images to add some "spice" to a rather boring post. Deal with it.)

I HATE wasting days. Yes, a relaxing day from time to time is nice, but that's not what I wanted to do today. According to The World Bank, the average human being on this planet has a lifespan of a mere 24,149 days. I've been alive on Earth for 7,869 days, so that means I only have 16,280 to go. Damn.
What did I do today? Well, I finished work around 2:00 this morning, then helped Justin move out of Rosen as soon as I got home, fell asleep on his couch until 8, went back to my apartment, slept until 4 this afternoon, woke up and did laundry, and spent way too much time on facebook (not like I don't do that all the time, anyhow).

I had all these wonderful plans of going to Universal, or rollerblading, or running, or hanging out with friends... but those certainly never came to fruition.

I leave for Georgia in the morning with Chase for a little four-day escape. So, at least I'm certain I'll be keeping myself busy for day 7,870, 7,871, 7,872, and 7,873... thank God.

I think I'm gonna take a shower and go have a nice little dinner at Elephant Bar Restaurant (which is an INCREDIBLE place, if you've never been), so I won't feel that the day has been entirely wasted. Any takers?