Day Three—WDW

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imageWell, day three finds us at Port Orleans, the French Quarter, in Walt Disney World. We arrived about three, and it has been a wonderful day since. After checking in, unloading the car, and changing clothes, we took the water taxi down the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs. After a couple of drinks at the House of Blues, we arrived at Wolfgang Puck’s for our 6 o’clock dinner reservation. We were seated by the imagewindow, had a lovely waitress, Lindsay, as our server, and had a fabulous dinner from soup to nuts! Great meal, great

Green drinks at HOB pre dinner

Green drinks at HOB pre dinner

location, great server, and great food, and even a 20% Disney Retiree discount. A perfect evening! But, today’s story is not about Walt Disney World, about the sweat shirt I bought at Disney Springs with my 35% Disney Retiree benefits, about the great sax player we listened to in the Scat Cat’s Club, or about the great discussion we had with Kay, formerly from Long Island, and now a memeber of the Disney reception staff. No, today’s story goes back a state.

My snow bird cousin, Jeannie’s husband Walt, suggested that before we left Georgia, we stop at exit 3 on I-95 and gas up at a cheaper rate, and that’s exactly what we did this morning. Gas was $1.69 a gallon, and a whole tank for the Sonata cost about $20. My tale starts after I was done, when a gentleman walked up to me and asked what part of New York we were from. When I said, Long Island, he asked where, and when I said, Mineola, he said, “so if I go down Jericho Turnpike it will become Jamacia Avenue, and I’ll be in Queens”. He was allegedly from Brooklyn.

Before I knew what was happening, he was spraying some cleaning product on Susie’s car, showing me what a great job it did on the paint, on the windows, the chrome, and even the wheels. He cleaned off Love Bugs from the front bumper, shined the grill, and made the headlights sparkle! The pitch was that buying the product supported Breast Cancer Reasearch, but beside that, the products seemed to really do a good job. Well, one thing led to another, and he showed me a product for tires, cloth, leather, and for all I know, cleaning the toilet! The bottom line, I am now the owner of $107 worth of excellent car cleaning products! Need any cleaning help? (Susie said she was sorry she forgot to pack my tee shirt with the “S” on the front…Sucker!)

Day Two….Sunny Afternoon in Georgia!

So, the end of day two finds us in Darien, Georgia at a very nice Comfort Inn.  Our room tonight is much nicer than the Days Inn was last night.  Lesson learned……You get what you pay for!  Today we traveled from Virginia, through North Carolina, South Carolina, and into Georgia.  Driving was good, but if some of the folks we’ve encountered on the road today, did what they did on imagethe Garden State Parkway or the New Jersey Turnpike, I think they’d be dead.  Lets just say, interesting drivers.  We’ve spotted license plates from 21 states, the District of Columbia, Official US Government, Quebec, Ontario, and a bunch of US Army Humvees in full battle gear, with no license plates.  We drove by Paris Island,  Pope Army Air Base, and saw huge GI helicopters come in low over I-95.

imageThis morning, when we crossed from North Carolina into South Carolina, we passed South of the Border.  We’ve heard from friends that it’s a shell of what it used to be, and although we didn’t stop, it did bring to mind a story from one of our very early trips to Florida with the kids.

I guess we were nuts, or perhaps just didn’t know any better, but we loaded up our 1986 full size Ford van with two 18 month old twins, our almost 6 year old son, our baby sitter, and started down I-95.  Among the things loaded into the van were two porta cribs, which we unloaded and set up at every hotel.  Nuts, or what?

So, as we leave our first night’s motel, I notice that one of the tires on the van needed a little air.  I filled it before leaving, and when we got to the North/South Carolina border, we decided to stop at South of the Border to check the tire.  Once again it was low, so I decided to see if I could get it looked at.  The guy at the gas station in South of the Border said he had no empty lifts, but if I brought him the tire, he could fix it.

I went back to the car, got Susie, Eileen our baby sitter, Krissi, Kenny, and Billy out of the car, and started to jack up the van.  The way to jack up that generation van, was to slide the jack way under the frame, and then lift it off the ground.  Just as I was getting the jack under the frame, two Air Force fighter jets buzzed South of the Border at about 100 feet!  From that time on, Susie loved telling the story of how, when the planes flew over, I dove under the van, totally abandoning my wife and my 3 young children to protect myself!

So that’s my South of the Border story for today.  Tomorrow we have about 4 hours to Walt Disney World, and our reservations at Disney’s Port Orleans, French Quarter.  Tonight we are in 60 degree temperatures, tomorrow we’re hoping for the 70s!  Also, looking forward to using my ABC/Disney Retiree discounts!  Ah, retirement!!

And so it starts!

If you know anything about us, you know that every two weeks there is a special occasion in the D’Elia Household that we call “Nail Night.”  Every second Wednesday, daughter Krissi takes the Long Island Rail Road out to Mineola, walks across the Citibank parking lot, and joins her Mom at the local nail place, and they both have their nails done.  Meanwhile, Dad holds down the fort next door at the bar of the St. James Restaurant, preparing to buy martinis and dinner for the ladies once their nails have been done.  So, you know, that since last night was nail night, our first adventure to Spring Training and Disney World could not start till this morning!

So yesterday was spent packing, getting the car washed and gassed up, and then ultimately loading most of our gear in the car, so that this morning all we had to do was go.  And go we did, a little after 10 this morning we were off!  Before 12 we were in New Jersey and winging our way south on the NJ Turnpike.  In quick succession we went from New York, to New Jersey, to Delaware, and then on to Maryland.  While it was a beautiful sunny morning when we left Long Island, by the time we got near Baltimore, the sky was getting clouded over.  Then we checked the Weather Channel app on our phones!  Winter Weather Advisory for Virginia and Maryland!  What?  I thought we were in the south??

So now it’s a little after 9PM, we are ensconced in the Days Inn in Emporia, Virginia, and it is starting to snow out.  Oh well, when life hands you lemons, cut a peal and put it in your vodka!  We’re about 434 miles from Mineola, and tomorrow’s another day!

See you in Florida!

And so it starts!

If you know anything about us, you know that every two weeks there is a special occasion in the D’Elia Household that we call “Nail Night.”  Every second Wednesday, daughter Krissi takes the Long Island Rail Road out to Mineola, walks across the Citibank parking lot, and joins her Mom at the local nail place, and they both have their nails done.  Meanwhile, Dad holds down the fort next door at the bar of the St. James Restaurant, preparing to buy martinis and dinner for the ladies once their nails have been done.  So, you know, that since last night was nail night, our first adventure to Spring Training and Disney World could not start till this morning!

So yesterday was spent packing, getting the car washed and gassed up, and then ultimately loading most of our gear in the car, so that this morning all we had to do was go.  And go we did, a little after 10 this morning we were off!  Before 12 we were in New Jersey and winging our way south on the NJ Turnpike.  In quick succession we went from New York, to New Jersey, to Delaware, and then on to Maryland.  While it was a beautiful sunny morning when we left Long Island, by the time we got near Baltimore, the sky was getting clouded over.  Then we checked the Weather Channel app on our phones!  Winter Weather Advisory for Virginia and Maryland!  What?  I thought we were in the south??

So now it’s a little after 9PM, we are ensconced in the Days Inn in Emporia, Virginia, and it is starting to snow out.  Oh well, when life hands you lemons, cut a peal and put it in your vodka!  We’re about 434 miles from Mineola, and tomorrow’s another day!

See you in Florida!

And so it starts!

If you know anything about us, you know that every two weeks there is a special occasion in the D’Elia Household that we call, Nail Night.  Every second Wednesday, daughter Krissi takes the Long Island Rail Road out to Mineola, walks across the Citibank parking lot, and joins her Mom at the local nail place, and they both have their nails done.  Meanwhile, Dad holds down the fort next door at the bar of the St. James Restaurant, preparing to buy martinis and dinner for the ladies once their nails have been done.  So, you know, that since last night was nail night, our first adventure to Spring Training and Disney World could not start till this morning!

So yesterday was spent packing, getting the car washed and gassed up, and then ultimately loading most of our gear in the car, so that this morning all we had to do was go.  And go we did, a little after 10 this morning we were off!  Before 12 we were in New Jersey and winging our way south on the NJ Turnpike.  In quick succession we went from New York, to New Jersey, to Delaware, and then on to Maryland.  While it was a beautiful sunny morning when we left Long Island, by the time we got near Baltimore, the sky was getting clouded over.  Then we checked the Weather Channel app on our phones!  Winter Weather Advisory for Virginia and Maryland!  What?  I thought we were in the south??

So now it’s a little after 9PM, we are ensconced in the Days Inn in Emporia, Virginia and it is starting
to snow out.  Oh well, when life hands you lemons, cut a peal and put it in your vodka!  We’re about 434 miles from Mineola, and tomorrow’s another day!

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See you in Florida!