Monthly Archives: January 2020

A charming idea

I bought myself a new laptop for Christmas, and it came with preloaded with one of my least favorite operating systems – Windows 10. One of the “features” of this system is a program called “OneDrive” which automatically uploads all of my files to something called the Cloud… up to 5GB, and then I’m out of space and my laptop is virtually useless until I “free up space” or “go Premium.”

I’m at 4.6GB… and that’s after permanently deleting over 100 cartoons, memes and photos from my system (as deleting files from OneDrive automatically deletes them from my laptop as well). In order to keep this up, I’m going to have to make some sacrifices.

Sure, some photos can be taken off without any problem, but I found photos of my mom holding her grandniece for the first time when they were babies (the oldest starts COLLEGE in the fall 😮 ) and one of my aunt playing with the girls by mom’s pool when they were 3 or 4yo. As I said, if I delete them from OneDrive, they are gone forever.

Moreover, I also have pictures from my time in Baltimore. Pictures of festivals, pictures of places and it made me wonder if I still had enough usable photos to make a book out of. Maybe, I could include some old blog posts about these events/places (assuming they’re still on here) for color commentary. I like this idea, but it raises a huge question: Who would BUY it?

Better question: What would I call it? I kind of like “Charmed: Five years of Life in Baltimore,” but that doesn’t all that interesting (or marketable).

 

Update: I went through all of my surviving photos from 2009-2014, and I don’t have enough for a collection. I might be able to collect posts from the blog (a lot of them were lost in a mini crash on my last laptop). A collection like this could boost my confidence… or crush it when it doesn’t sell.

 

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Photo: I survived

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End of the magic

I booked my return flight from Anaheim for 12:15pm because I didn’t feel like getting up and rushing to the airport super early in the morning. So, of course, I woke up at 6:45am. There was no use in going back to bed as the kids next door were already up.

So I used the time to pack my pajamas and try to cram a cute slightly oversized hat I bought yesterday at the park into my carry-on without damaging either of them.

Then I plugged in my phone and tried making the instant coffee they left in the room for me to use. First it was too strong (and small), so I decided to make a second cup of just to water, which brought me up to half of the cardboard cup they provide, so… screw it, I’ll buy something at the lounge downstairs.

But first, I needed to make myself presentable. And then for the second day in a row, just I was nearly ready for a shower when I heard a knocking on the door. This time I was still dressed, so I opened the door and the 35yo Hispanic woman looked at me like she was shocked – SHOCKED – that someone would still be in their room at 8:30 in the morning before hastily going onto the next room before I could even get a word in edgewise. I’m not sure if that made the situation worse or just more confusing.

I get dressed again and go downstairs to the lobby, pour over their menu for a few seconds and approach the counter. After unsuccessfully trying to explain to the cashier that I wanted a decaf flavored coffee, I was ready to leave empty-handed, but a lucky break in communication meant I got my decaf iced mocha. Unfortunately, it tasted like chocolate flavored water, so I ended up throwing half of it out.

Interestingly enough, the boy cleaning the tables was… the same hot blonde haired boy from PCH last night (whose his badge says his name is “Luke”).

I got the nerve to speak to him and before I could finish the question (which disappointed me since I thought I was doing a decent job keeping my composure), he shrugged and said “yeah, they cross-trained me here as well” (I was GOING to say “I thought you worked evenings”).

I wanted to wish him goodbye, but I didn’t see a point to it as he’s working here and I’m leaving today. Thus, we will never meet again… which makes me sad, but that’s how these things work. Besides, my Lyft driver was outside.

I arrived at Orange County Airport (SNA), and saw a few nice hats and sweatshirts in the CNN Store next to the empty security line…but then I remembered how much trouble I had fitting that silly character hat into my bag this morning so I decided to forgo BOTH of them (the blue/grey “California” beanie for $21.95 would have fit in my regular bag).

Anyway, I passed through the metal detectors and checked the monitors and this old man came up beside me, asked what flight number I was on was and told me what I had already seen “gate 7.”

“So, how far is this ‘gate 7?'”

He pointed to a large rectangular sign directly behind me (which I honestly hadn’t seen yet as I was literally still holding my shoes in my left hand) with a black “7” on it, shrugged and said “you’re standing in it.”

I take a seat, put my shoes and rucksack back on and head to the McDonald’s across from the sign. It wasn’t a great breakfast, but it was better than starving myself all day.

I throw my bag out and return to the gate area. There are no open seats left, and there are no outlets that I could see along the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

There appears to be a charging station at the next gate, but with my phone at 58% power and my flight boarding in 20 minutes. This appears to be a good time to end this post and power down for the day…

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The most popular attraction of the day

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Seriously, there was a surprisingly large crowd around these two for the longest time.

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Travel denied

I got off the plane in LAX at 5:30pm, and made my way to ground transportation so I can find the Disneyland Express check-in area (as I was expecting large kiosk area)…but I couldn’t find one, so I did the unthinkable – I asked someone. They didn’t know, but the next person was able to look it up in her binder…but couldn’t tell me anything about prices or check-in procedures, just to “wait under the orange signs. They run hourly, so the 6pm one should be by shortly.”

I go outside, find one of the orange signs, and while I was looking for the huge blue/yellow Magical Express buses, a white mini-van (not to be confused with a “Minnie Van” in Orlando) with a pink “Disneyland” logo (that I barely saw amidst all the other logos) appears, and before I could process this, they were gone.

Was I under the right platform? Did I not move fast enough? Am I supposed to flag them down like a cab? I don’t know, but I had two more vans pull up to a rolling stop and then shoot off as I approached them. That’s when I remembered, that Disney’s contract with Super Shuttle expires tonight, so the drivers have exactly zero incentive to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

That’s how I ended up on a LAXit bus to the Ride Share at 9:00 at night, going through the narrow rope maze past somewhat bored looking employees (like everyone else in LA are hawt af) before arriving at my Lyft vehicle. Why spend $35 for a shuttle when I can spend $53 on an over-glorified taxi?

But, at least now – 10:35 at night – I’m back in the resort (finally). Tomorrow is when the magic starts…

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Travel delayed

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Got here at 10am just to have a 35-minute weather delay from NY and over an hour delay due to maintenance issue. So, this is the third time I’ve been “15-20 minutes” from boarding my 11:45am flight.
The good news is, I forgot to make a dinner reservation last night, so there’s that…

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Happy New Year

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