February 3rd, 2009


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My burrowing owl plushie is a total chick magnet. I carried her with me for the whole trip from Santa Cruz to Sarasota. Unfortunately, most of the women who commented about the owl were 40+.

Normally I'm on edge whenever I pass through a security checkpoint at an airport. After I passed through the x-ray machine at San Jose, one of the women stopped me.
"What's the name of your owl?"
"Uhh, it's a burrowing owl."
"No, the name of it."
"...I haven't named it yet."
"You should name it Mineta, after our airport."
"Sorry, we get really bored doing this job."

The flight to Atlanta was uneventful. My moving map was broken, unfortunately. I watched four of the five episodes of The Hollowmen on my phone, then a bunch of Split Enz music videos. Again, I'm impressed by the battery life of my iPhone when it's not actually being used as a phone. :P

I have no opinion of Atlanta. The airport seemed big. I dragged Felix and Daniel along with me to a different concourse so that I could have a "real" sandwich from Quiznos. It's the first time that I've tried Quiznos and it seemed ... edible. Probably more edible than most of the other food on offer at the airport. I was amused by Georgian accents.

The flight to Sarasota was mercifully brief. After collecting my suitcase, I opened it up and put on my tail. XD I gave Rose a guilty look as I was putting it on. >_> Then we went to the car rental desk to pick up our vehicle. XD

I now have a gold Trek tunic. There is photographic evidence of me wearing it with my gryphon costume. Sadly, I am unable to show it to you. All I need to do to geek it up even more is wear that while using Google maps on my iPhone. XD

Highlights from yesterday include wearing my tail out in public to a local supermarket and going to a cheesy dinner/show thing called Arabian Nights. The steak was ... well, it was probably a $10 steak. Dear gods was the show cheesy! I might have enjoyed it better if I wasn't tired and mildly antisocial and if I actually liked horses. XD The horses were most entertaining after the show when they were free to roll around and bite each others' butts.

Magic Kingdom was freaking awesome today and I'm really glad I had a good time!

Magic Kingdom is magic


So I had my first "real" experience driving in the US today. XD The five minute drive last week was real enough, I suppose, but I didn't really have to contend with traffic, and there was only one intersection. Today was driving in Orlando with crazy batshit tourists and winnebagos and crap. Rose freaked out at my driving because I tailgated and drove too fast and was impatient. Having said that, Rose's mum handed me the keys for the drive back. XD

Felix, Daniel, Rose and I got to ride up front with the driver in the monorail! We got copilot cards. *floof*

After we passed through the main gate, we were milling around in Main Street when suddenly some people exploded out of a cart and burst into a song and dance. Welcome to Disney. XD

I wanted a beer so badly after that song and dance. Wait, I haven't had a beer all day! Nooooooo! ;__;

We each got a photo taken in front of the castle. Mine was the cutest because I had a tail. Nyah.

Rose finally got to show me the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. Yes, I do want a house like it. The height was almost enough to trigger my vertigo, so it's a good height too.

Tiki birds! I liked that show because, well, they're birds. There were a lot of bird puns. XD I just wish I could have understood Iago better. Animatronics!

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was disappointing only because there wasn't enough scary drops and splashes and stuff like I was expecting. XD Aside from that, it was great. Captain Jack has obviously been replaced because of the movie.

We stopped off for lunch after poking around in the Pirates gift shop (but we didn't buy anything). The chicken nuggets were surprisingly good, especially since it contained real chicken, but dear gods, the salt!

I decided I really needed a strap for my camera. I bought one from "The Crows Nest" camera store (plus I wanted to go into that shop anyway because of the name) for $17. o_O I already had a camera strap, but it's currently in the mail. D'oh! On the plus side, I have a souvenir. XD

Splash Mountain is an awesome ride! I got my quota of scary drops and water and then some. Unfortunately, when the photo was taken, I had my "serious face" on. I did enjoy that ride though, honest. >_>

Thunder Mountain Railroad was a great ride too! Had to queue for about 20 minutes but it was definitely worth the wait. Much bumpier than most other rollercoasters I've been on. XD It's great getting the adrenalin going.

Bought a bottle of Sprite and some Nerds candy and watched Rose's mum dance a jig in the street when a three piece band wandered by (because I suck, I don't know what instruments they were playing).

My camera's batteries ran flat and foolishly I wasn't carrying any spare batteries so I had to buy some. D: It set me back $17 for four Energizer lithium ultras or whatever they're called. I probably should have bought the cheaper ones. Better yet, I should have brought the ones I've been carrying since I bought the camera.

While I was buying batteries, some jackass started making comments about my tail. He asked me where I got it from. I said I made it, and to confuse the matter further, I pointed at Rose and said she made it. The guy asked if it was my mum, or sister, or girlfriend that made it. Then he asked about my mother again, and said that was because I must have grown the tail. *facepalm* If I wasn't in such a good mood I would have chewed his face off.

Country Bears was, um, animatronic singing bears. That about sums it up.

I really enjoyed the Haunted Mansion. XD One of the paintings has a woman that changes into a ... tiger? XD Plus there was a gryphon statue! Gryphons and catgirls! Wheeeee!

Space Mountain is superawesomeholycow ride! It's a roller coaster in almost pitch blackness that goes really fast and twists and drops and absolutely terrifies you. XD We did it twice! It was much better the first time, though, despite it being exactly the same ride.

I had a cookies and cream icecream sundae! OMNOMONOMsoooooogood! I managed to polish off the entire thing and made a complete dork of myself in the process. XD

There was a stage show Mickey Mouse, and Donald and Minnie and Goofy and Peter Pan and some other characters. It was surprisingly good. Rose was there to take a photo of Donald but we ended up staying to watch the whole thing. Ugh, the theme was "dreams come true". I thought I'd blotted that out of my memory. XD

Poked around in the gift shop before leaving. I didn't see anything that caught my eye. Rose was shopping for her boyfriend's kid. Daniel and I eventually got bored and wandered off to inspect the rest of the store, but it was one of those gift shops where you have to be a hard core fan to buy anything.

I'm really super glad I wore my tail out to Magic Kingdom. XD Someone else might have more photos of me.

Magic Kingdom, Florida 2009
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