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Old 12-29-2014, 09:48 PM   #15941
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Had an expensive and less than fun day.

The plan was a quick trip to the doctor for my older son., Then zip back home and get the rest of the family and head out to use free passes (given to us) for seaworld with a friend of younger son.

Problem - doctor wanted older son to see another doctor - who wasn't available till 11am. So we decided to divide and conquer - DH took younger son, picked up friend and headed to the park. Older son and I met them there a little past noon. (Fortunately, Dr's office was only about a mile from Seaworld.)

Problem - they have jacked up the price of parking. 2 cars x $16/car.
Problem - they busted us for bringing our own food. So lunch was $60 for 5 of us.
We spent over $100 for our "free" tickets by the time we headed home.

I hate amusement parks,crowds, etc... I used to enjoy seaworld when the kids were super little - but I never ever ever went on a weekend or during a tourist week. It was beyond crowded and chaotic. Lines were long for attractions (shark encounter, etc) and even longer for rides.

I'm tired and grumpy now.
When I started reading this I thought it would be about the older son and doctor's visit going south, or expensive.

I remember in the late 80's taking my two young daughters and a few of their friends to Magic Mountain in Valencia over the holiday weekend (Dad's day out with the girls) and how much that jaunt would cost me. But I don't recall how much of the cost was parking (it might have been free at the time).

Wow: $16 to park at an amusement park..
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Old 12-30-2014, 07:40 AM   #15942
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Did some urban hiking. I didn't think Chicago would be this crowded on a holiday week, but I was wrong.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:06 AM   #15943
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Had an expensive and less than fun day.

The plan was a quick trip to the doctor for my older son., Then zip back home and get the rest of the family and head out to use free passes (given to us) for seaworld with a friend of younger son.

Problem - doctor wanted older son to see another doctor - who wasn't available till 11am. So we decided to divide and conquer - DH took younger son, picked up friend and headed to the park. Older son and I met them there a little past noon. (Fortunately, Dr's office was only about a mile from Seaworld.)

Problem - they have jacked up the price of parking. 2 cars x $16/car.
Problem - they busted us for bringing our own food. So lunch was $60 for 5 of us.
We spent over $100 for our "free" tickets by the time we headed home.

I hate amusement parks,crowds, etc... I used to enjoy seaworld when the kids were super little - but I never ever ever went on a weekend or during a tourist week. It was beyond crowded and chaotic. Lines were long for attractions (shark encounter, etc) and even longer for rides.

I'm tired and grumpy now.
I hope your boys and their friends were still able to enjoy the day.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:38 AM   #15944
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Did some tax/financial planning for when I FIRE *next month*, got the warm and fuzzy feeling that all systems are GO.


With an upbeat happy mood, went to see the last (thank goodness) Hobbit movie - which was ok.


Came home to enjoy a glorious afternoon in the backyard before starting dinner which was a big batch of ziti pasta - delectably good and hearty!


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Over age 18, amusement park is an oxymoron.

No it is not. It is called a senior retirement village.
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Old 12-30-2014, 05:08 PM   #15946
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I hope your boys and their friends were still able to enjoy the day.
*They* had fun. DH and I agreed we'd checked the box for the next 5 years for taking them to amusement parks. And in 5 years they'll be able to go on their own.
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No it is not. It is called a senior retirement village.
Eh, geezers need to amuse themselves too, in a different and, ahem, adult way.
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Oh no, I beg to disagree. Last year I had a great day at this one:

Xcaret Park Cancun México

I guess I am a kid at heart!
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DW and I are on a "hike a day" kick - an attempt to keep the addition of holiday pounds away... And it's just plain fun. Here is a picture of DW atop the summit of today's trek. It's her "I am master of all I survey" pose. A couple of BC Ferries are mere specks in the distance. It's been a most enjoyable holiday season. Crisp, clear weather... And I have no job to return to in the new year.
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Hey sea Kayaker, spent time hiking around the lighthouse area watching for whales today. A little brisk and nada on the whales, but they have been active down here. See J50 an mom were up north today.

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Eh, geezers need to amuse themselves too, in a different and, ahem, adult way.

It's still, hopefully, a thrill ride...

You couldn't drag me to Six Flags, or Sea or Disney or any other "world", with a tow truck...

Besides, I have a rule at my age that states that the a$$ should never be higher than the head, except perhaps during the aforementioned "thrill ride"...


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Second to last day of work. Too busy. IT folk here do a "quarterly software update". Problem is they start at 4AM and try to finish by 9 AM. I've been here twice when they do this and they don't finish until 1PM. Doctor's round are in the morning. Elective surgeries are in the morning. Why don't these IT guys start at 9PM do they're finished by 7AM. After all, it's a hospital, and our job is taking care of patients, not doing tech stuff. My day was at least 2 hrs longer because of this quarterly fiasco. 😁

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Second to last day of work. Too busy. IT folk here do a "quarterly software update". Problem is they start at 4AM and try to finish by 9 AM. I've been here twice when they do this and they don't finish until 1PM. Doctor's round are in the morning. Elective surgeries are in the morning. Why don't these IT guys start at 9PM do they're finished by 7AM. After all, it's a hospital, and our job is taking care of patients, not doing tech stuff. My day was at least 2 hrs longer because of this quarterly fiasco. ��

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If this has happened to you only twice you are lucky. This happens every time I go to my doctors office. The appointments at 2pm but doctor doesn't see me until 3pm and 2 other people in the waiting room had the same 2pm appointment. In both those professions (I'm sure it applies to other professions) the people you deal with sometimes mess things up, have lots of questions, slow/long winded responses/downloads, a lot of unexpected things.
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Second to last day of work. Too busy. IT folk here do a "quarterly software update". Problem is they start at 4AM and try to finish by 9 AM. I've been here twice when they do this and they don't finish until 1PM. Doctor's round are in the morning. Elective surgeries are in the morning. Why don't these IT guys start at 9PM do they're finished by 7AM. After all, it's a hospital, and our job is taking care of patients, not doing tech stuff. My day was at least 2 hrs longer because of this quarterly fiasco. 😁

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I did 29 years in IT. We worked the clients schedule, normally Saturday night starting at 10:00 PM. You might get to keep the systems to 4:00AM after that you and a VP would have a conversation.

I can't imagine a hospital not doing the same, they need a new IT director. I'd volunteer but I'm retired. Actually looking forward at the beginning of '13 made up my mind. Looked at what we had to get done and the number of weekends, knew I'd be in every weekend all year. No thanks!

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I did 29 years in IT. We worked the clients schedule, normally Saturday night starting at 10:00 PM. You might get to keep the systems to 4:00AM after that you and a VP would have a conversation.

I can't imagine a hospital not doing the same, they need a new IT director.
This was my healthcare experience too. IT worked around patient care schedules, not the other way round.

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Hey sea Kayaker, spent time hiking around the lighthouse area watching for whales today. A little brisk and nada on the whales, but they have been active down here. See J50 an mom were up north today.

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Thanks for that Springnr. The birth of J50 is great news, especially after the recent death of a mother and her stillborn calf. One of my post-ER goals is to help out with the preservation of our local orca families...

The whale scene here is a little slow right now too. Won't soon forget the humpback show we saw in November though.
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Second to last day of work. Too busy. IT folk here do a "quarterly software update". Problem is they start at 4AM and try to finish by 9 AM. I've been here twice when they do this and they don't finish until 1PM. Doctor's round are in the morning. Elective surgeries are in the morning. Why don't these IT guys start at 9PM do they're finished by 7AM. After all, it's a hospital, and our job is taking care of patients, not doing tech stuff. My day was at least 2 hrs longer because of this quarterly fiasco. 😁

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That really surprises me that they time it that way. DH is an architect that did a lot of local hospital projects. (He had good working knowledge of OSHPD - the governing agency in California that deals with Hospital facilities, codes, inspections, requirements.) He had to go to the hospital at 4am several times to do inspections of an elevator project - because that was the only allowed time to bring one of the elevators offline. By 5am they needed the elevator for getting patients to surgery. (Note - they never took more than one elevator offline - and the hospitals are built with massive amounts of redundancy.)
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Snow in SoCal--SW Riverside County

This is not usual.
Our new neighbors are holding us responsible.

Lots of broken branches to clear up when things warm up a bit.

If I were a snowbird, I'd be ticked.
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I'm sitting here reading all of the stories about the last day of the year, what happened this year, and NYE celebrations. Here's a cool article about the history of firew*rks...
A history of fireworks: how about some flaming artichokes to blast in the new year?

I have a minor stomach bug, derived from Mr B's bout a few days ago. I'm feeling a lot better today, even ate some real food. Nothing spicy or complex yet.

It snowed a little. The sun is shining.
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