Thur. May 30, 2019 – getting weirder out there

70Fand saturated. Yesterday continued hot and humid, with mostly sun until late afternoon. Openweathermap called it again.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7086559/Man-set-fire-outside-White-House-dies-hospital.html

Getting weirder.

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53 Responses to Thur. May 30, 2019 – getting weirder out there

  1. CowboySlim says:

    @ITGuy1998: Been many years but we have had great stays at the Wahweap Lodge, just north of the Lake Powell dam. Check out Hanksville store.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    I don’t get Mueller. His “well, I *didn’t* prove tRump is innocent” spiel. That’s not his job and people are by default innocent. Well, that was before the USA became the FUSA as Mr. OFD would say.

    The best part of this is the more Dumbocrats whine about impeachment, the less they get done and the less of my money is spent on studying Lesbians.

  3. Greg Norton says:

    The best part of this is the more Dumbocrats whine about impeachment, the less they get done and the less of my money is spent on studying Lesbians.

    Baseline budgeting. Lesbian Studies funding stays the same if Congress does nothing.

    The problem for the freshmen is that no new pork will get passed out of the House, and the unions will bet impatient in places like Chicago and New York.

  4. Greg Norton says:

    Again, Florida dodged a bullet in November.

    This indictment (I’m assuming) would have happened regardless of the election outcome, but only after Gillum appointed a Dem majority to the Florida Supreme Court to oversee redistricting.

    If anything, if Gillum won, the FL Dems would have wanted him out before the Legislature convened.

    https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/05/30/federal-subpoena-demands-records-on-andrew-gillum-and-his-campaign-for-governor/

    If the Times (known as “Pravda West” in Tampa) is this candid, the truth is probably far worse. The paper bought and shut down their only competition in town last year.

    Update: The Times bought out and shut down the Tampa Trib *three* years ago. Time flies.

  5. nick flandrey says:

    Freaking firefox. why can’t the f’ing devs leave sh!t alone? WTF they wiped out my tiles on the home page, I have to re-pin everything and I can’t arrange it without other cr@p moving.

    F’ing POCKET nonsense. KILL KILL KILL DIE DIE DIE

    WTF they changed the way clicking on pdf links works. Instead of d/l, it opens with a new tab and DOES”T d/l the file anymore. Where do I even find that setting?

    and ABP now allows ‘selected’ ads thru, unless you opt out. FUKC

    n

  6. DadCooks says:

    @Nick – take a deep breath. I feel your pain.

    All your problems can be fixed by going into “Options” and finding the right settings, go slow and look at all the options.

    For ABP you have to open up the “Add-Ons”>”Extensions” and uncheck a bunch of options.

    You’re not specific enough re:Pocket so…

    It is getting all too commonplace that when a program (and even an OS) updates it sets all your options to the opposite of what you had. Just another example of today’s inept inexperienced uncaring non-English speaking programmers.

  7. RickH says:

    Note that the Dreamhost guys are updating the MySQL servers for this place today.

    Don’t get excited if the site is unavailable for a bit. Should only take an hour. Will start between 4pm PDT and 7pm PDT.

    Re; FF updates. No problems here. The ’tiles’ page (where the frequent sites are listed when I do a new tab), are just like before.

    I run minimal add-ins. Just the uBlock Origin tab. (Which did have a death a couple of weekends ago because FF forgot to renew a certificate. Fixed within one day.)

  8. nick flandrey says:

    They reset the tiles page to have none of my frequent sites pinned, and all out of order.

    They added back the other options for that page- suggestions, news, etc. despite me having previously turned them off.

    Whatever in the unholy hells “pocket” is, I’m not using it, and don’t need its icon to replace the ‘reload’ icon on the toolbar. They moved the reload back to the left side, when I had moved it to the right of the address box- where it belongs.

    with those obvious resets, what other stuff did they meddle with? Privacy settings? Tracking?

    The change to how pdf links are handled is even more vexing, and I haven’t found that setting yet.

    n

  9. JimB says:

    Nick, I gave up on FF over a year ago; now use Chromium on Mint and Chrome on Android. Not perfect, but pretty good. I should take a look at FF again, but would prefer to try Brave… when my copious spare time permits. Oh forgot, Brave is not in my Mint repo, and it violates my policy to even *try* unauthorized apps. Will try it on Windows first.

  10. JimB says:

    Chrome on Android downloads PDFs without asking, and I hate that. You encouraged me to see if there is a setting to prevent that; nope. Funny, the desktop Chromium opens them in a new tab by default. Not home, so can’t check.

  11. JimB says:

    Yet another reason I hate PDFs is that they don’t view until dl is complete. I have to look at a lot of them, and that gets old, especially on a slow connection.

  12. JimB says:

    While I am ranting, I can run almost everything in Windows without ever touching the mouse. Much less so in every flavor of Linux I have tried, annoying.

  13. JimB says:

    Maybe I am grumpy bc I am waiting to see the dentist… sorry.

  14. Greg Norton says:

    Disney’s big attraction for the year on both coasts.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJ0B6H-JS4

    The video also shows one of the parks’ biggest problems currently — scooter people!

  15. ITGuy1998 says:

    That’s why we are airing until next year for our next Disney trip. We need to start planning that trip soon. You need to book a room through the DVC reseller sites early.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    That’s why we are airing until next year for our next Disney trip. We need to start planning that trip soon. You need to book a room through the DVC reseller sites early.

    We’re going to try and hold off until 2021 when the Tron light cycle coaster opens in Orlando.

    If you can’t get into Star Wars Land or the Harry Potter coaster at Universal, Gatorland has a new ride too. 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6XDgH77i9g

  17. Harold Combs says:

    I am taking the great granddaughter (6 yr old) to Orlando for a week in June. We had planned this to include a cruise but the wife’s dialysis requirement has forced us to cancel the cruise. So wife will stay with our son while I give our little Addie a trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth” (or was that Disneyland?) . She is not interested in roller coasters, mostly meeting the princesses and slow, dark rides. Will spend at least one day in “The Magic Kingdom” and then options are open to visit Epcot or Animal Kingdom. I’ve never been to Animal Kingdom and am unsure if there is enough there to keep her attention. We are staying at the Wyndom Disney Springs next to the Disney Springs shopping area. Staying at a Disney Springs property gives all the benefits of staying at a Disney resort, character breakfast, extra magic hours, etc. This whole thing was cobbled together at the last moment when wife’s dialysis changed everything. We will be flying down using my Awards Miles and it will be her first air trip. She is nervous about flying but that will end once we have gotten aboard.
    My son is dead set on moving to Florida so he can sail his 28 ft boat around the Caribbean. Florida is too hot for me. But then I live in Mississippi and it’s far too hot for me. The weather in New Zealand was the best of anyplace we ever lived. But as they have a rational immigration policy, retiring there is out of the question. (sigh)
    Ah well … any advice on Animal Kingdom would be appreciated.

    UPDATE: I have to note that we are visiting Medieval Times in Orlando thanks to the wonderful management of the one in Atlanta who let us transfer our tickets we had pre-paid for last year. Highly recommended.

  18. dkreck says:

    How do you know when someone’s a vegan?
    Just wait – they’ll tell you

    https://www.takimag.com/article/stop-lying-and-eat-your-salad/

    The other odd factoid about the meat-labeling controversy is that the vegetarians and vegans are all in favor of the manipulation of cellular food forms when it means turning a broccoli stalk into a fake cheeseburger, whereas genetically modified foods of any other type are by definition demonic poisons created by the agribusiness conspiracy. In other words, there’s a basic Pavlovian need to visualize a cheeseburger before consuming a not-cheeseburger.

    This means they’ll do anything to avoid simply putting together a bunch of plants and vegetables in a healthy stew/salad/whatever and labeling it as “Healthy Stew/Salad/Whatever.” They want you to think it’s meat. The vegetarians want to consume it as a meat. You don’t need to go to those lengths, though, because we already have a food group that satisfies that need. It’s called, uh, meat.

    What the heck – one more.
    Kill all the cows. That’s what I’ve been trying to do for years… one steak at a time.
    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/05/30/impossible-burger-impossible-sausage/

  19. nick flandrey says:

    @harold,

    We have always considered AK to be a “half day” park. It’s huge, hot, and the attractions are very spread out. It’s also the only place with real animals though.

    There are a couple of new things there that I haven’t done, the biggest is Avatar land, and there is a ‘rivers of light’ show at night.

    I’d recommend the breakfast safari tour, which should include a character meet and greet, the safari ride, and early admission. The food in the africa restaurant is really good, and just different enough to be interesting.

    There are several fun parades. There is a “county fair” type area in the back that has some smaller rides. The bird show and the big puppet show are both fun. The dino ride is jerky and scary for kids. Several of the attractions are not that interesting for kids, but the Tree of Life 4D show (A Bugs Life) is a lot of fun, especially if they know the characters. The Himalayan Train Ride coaster is fast and fun but she’s too small. You def want to look at where and when the characters will be, get her an autograph book, and do the meets, but don’t wait in lines if they are long.

    In the MK, there is a whole princess makeup spa and meet and greet in the castle that is perfect for her age. You can choose not to spend for all the upgrades and belles and whistles…. There is also the princess meet lunch in the castle but it’s hard to get into. Keep trying as the food is good, and you do get to meet all the princesses.

    Also at MK the Belle’s adventure attraction is fun.

    Don’t wait for more than 20 minutes for anything, there is always something else to do, even if it’s just shopping or snacks.

    Review the rules for Fastpass, and take advantage of it, also any extra or “magic” hours that match your plans.

    n

  20. Greg Norton says:

    I’ve never been to Animal Kingdom and am unsure if there is enough there to keep her attention.

    The addition of the Avatar attractions made Animal Kingdom a full day park.

    Tough call if the choice is AK vs. Epcot. How big of a “Frozen” fan is she?

    My son is dead set on moving to Florida so he can sail his 28 ft boat around the Caribbean

    Lots of people have that dream. He already has the boat so he knows the expenses involved there. Lots of people who move to Florida expecting Margaritaville are shocked at how much money is required to live that lifestyle.

    I grew up outside Tampa. I hate (Mississippi native) Jimmy Buffett music.

    If you ever go visit him and want the *real* “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, I know the place. The first question — How do you feel about bugs?

  21. ITGuy1998 says:

    I’d recommend the breakfast safari tour, which should include a character meet and greet, the safari ride, and early admission.

    +1

    Book a character breakfast at the Tusker House. Get a time before the park opens. After you eat, you are already in the park, head further in to the rope and wait for the park to open. You will be able to walk right on the the safari ride. From there, we head to Everest. Since you don’t want coasters, you could go to the Dinosaur kids area or Pandora. We have t done Pandora yet, so no advice to offer there.

    If you are going to meet Anna and Elsa, a fast pass is the 9noy way to go. If you stand in line, expect 2 to 3.5 hour wait time. No, I’m not exaggerating.

  22. JimL says:

    If you ever go visit him and want the *real* “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, I know the place. The first question — How do you feel about bugs?

    For myself – I love cheeseburgers. Especially cheeseburgers in greasy spoons. But there are reasons that I moved back to the NorthEast, and one of them involves cockroaches. We don’t have them marching across parking lots in migrations here.

  23. nick flandrey says:

    “If you are going to meet Anna and Elsa, a fast pass is the 9noy way to go. If you stand in line, expect 2 to 3.5 hour wait time. No, I’m not exaggerating. ”

    The lunch/dinner meet and greet is the only way to eat in Norway now. The meal is delicious and varied, but ‘weird’ and ethnic. Kids probably won’t like it but I loved the different flavors.

    The Anna/elsa character meet in the house is awesome. The cast members were well cast and the kids get a good interaction with them. My girls were in awe. I can’t imagine doing it w/out the fast pass reservation.

    Epcot is a whole ‘nother ball o wax….

    n

  24. Ray Thompson says:

    The video also shows one of the parks’ biggest problems currently — scooter people!

    And a lot of what I like to call “waddlers”. Yeh, I am cruel.

  25. Greg Norton says:

    For myself – I love cheeseburgers. Especially cheeseburgers in greasy spoons. But there are reasons that I moved back to the NorthEast, and one of them involves cockroaches. We don’t have them marching across parking lots in migrations here.

    Going for the cheeseburger that inspired the song involves dealing with bugs of the flying variety, but only for the 50 yard walk from the dock to the restaurant. And it wasn’t bad when we went last July.

    https://cabbagekey.com/

    Get a small bowl of the black beans to go with the burger.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    And a lot of what I like to call “waddlers”. Yeh, I am cruel.

    Disney has tried to mitigate the problem by keeping a limit on the number of scooters they provide, but the scooter people can arrange to have a private company meet them and drop off a rental at the transportation center.

  27. RickH says:

    Our last visits to D-land, I walked and my wife rode her own scooter. She’s on oxygen full time, and just can’t walk long distances.

    So, I guess we are one of those ‘scooter people’. There are reasons to be one, and it isn’t by choice (or weight). Denigrating those people — not cool.

  28. Ray Thompson says:

    For those with time on their hands here are some pictures from a day trip to Cherokee NC and the NC side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All taken with my iPhone.

    http://www.raymondthompsonphotography.com/Cherokee/

  29. Greg Norton says:

    So, I guess we are one of those ‘scooter people’. There are reasons to be one, and it isn’t by choice (or weight). Denigrating those people — not cool.

    I apologize for not being more specific.

    Too many people are using tthe scooters who don’t truly need them, and this is creating a problem at the theme parks as of late.

    The other problem is monstrous strollers.

  30. nick flandrey says:

    Scooters are a problem no matter whether they are needed or not. They take more room, they don’t go thru the lines, and the cause long delays during loading and unloading of disney transport.

    Many of the drivers are really unskilled which leads to run over guests and smashed feet.

    I’ve been on both sides, with my dad and mom using them as it was the only way dad could keep up, but it definitely is an issue for other guests.

    n

  31. Greg Norton says:

    “If you are going to meet Anna and Elsa, a fast pass is the 9noy way to go. If you stand in line, expect 2 to 3.5 hour wait time. No, I’m not exaggerating. ”

    Orlando has become a “once in a lifetime” experience. The wait time for the attractions don’t bother me as much as the tourists coming off the popular rides with *bored* looks on their faces. “Toy Story Mania” is the worst for that.

    The boat ride in Norway used to be a mechanism to soak up extra people into a building and out of the way for about 30-45 minutes.

  32. nick flandrey says:

    added, we’ve watched the evolution of how D transport deals with them, and it has improved. All the bus drivers are now very skilled at parking and securing the scooters. It still delays every arrival and departure for the non-scooter guests, sometimes by 10 minutes or more.

    I think the best solution would be purpose built vans with all drive in slots for the scooters, and minimal additional seating, and run them as needed on the bus routes. They are already using tracking screens, updates on the app, and human expediters with radios at bus stops during high use hours….

    That would be separate and unequal though, and is probably against some law.

    n

  33. Marcelo says:

    Re: browsers.
    For years the first thing I installed on any machine was Firefox but that was because IE was really lacking. That changed two years ago when they actually started delivering a very flackey product that hogged memory and was becoming slower with each release.

    I then tried a few alternatives and settled for Vivaldi. Completely customizable, ongoing feature additions and privacy conscious.

    I normally have one instance that is the “current” instance that is the last instance I close everyday and the one that is reinstated the following day. I also have a few sites I visit everyday, with this site top of the list. I have a specific “session” that opens the whole set of those in another browser instance. This makes it extremely fast to get continuity from day to day browsing specific activities and also browsing ongoing visited sites. Just a couple of clicks!

    Give it a try.

  34. nick flandrey says:

    The strollers are another issue that is totally abused. They’ve cut down on lockers, and guests stay in the parks (without going back to a resort during the day like we used to) and people in general have become more soft and needy, which leads to the huge strollers and masses of baby support material.

    NO ONE used strollers in the 70s.

    We brought our own, which stacked in line, rather than abreast, and we took the kids home instead of pushing their passed out butts around in the stroller. We also bought and used the most minimal stroller possible and not the most massive (Jeep brand, I’m looking at you.)

    We actually did research by asking strangers at WDW about their experiences and likes/dislikes whenever we saw a new stroller or had a chance to chat in line. We went with the McClaren line. They are sturdy and well engineered ‘umbrella’ type folders and minimal in the extreme. They fold up small too, which the giant ones do not.

    Guests with strollers and scooters can do their part by being familiar with their devices, getting ready to transfer or transform before they need to, and being a lot less ‘entitled’ in their bearing.

    Both can make a trip possible instead of impossible and I treasure the opportunities the girls had with grandpa and grandma, but the logistics and physicality of it were F’d up.

    n

  35. nick flandrey says:

    Thanks for the tip Marcelo, I’ll give it a try. The brave browser ran poorly on my machine and I gave up on it. I hate IE or Edge or whatever it is now. And FFox looks like they’ve forgotten who was the customer.

    n

  36. nick flandrey says:

    Boy, 14, is charged with murder after he ‘shot dead a mother and her pregnant 18-year-old daughter’ – whose premature baby died three days later after an emergency C-section

    A 14-year-old boy from Texas has been accused of murdering Janette Quiroz, 37, and Bernadette Quiroz, 18, who was seven-months-pregnant
    Janette was found shot dead outside of her home at the Rosemont University Park apartments in San Antonio and Bernadette was critically injured
    Bernadette died hours later and her daughter, Tabitha Quiroz, had to be prematurely delivered by emergency C-Section but sadly died after three days
    Investigators have not yet revealed the boy’s identity because of his age, but on Thursday he was charged with capital murder in relation to the deaths”

    The teenager suspect was already in custody accused of aggravated robbery when he was arrested for the April 9 murder of Janette Quiroz, 37, and her daughter, Bernadette Quiroz.”

    –anyone want to hazard a guess? Little ‘banger with a long rap sheet? Big for his age? No father around? Mom only 15 years older than him?

    “‘I feel like, we’re in Texas. So I want them to get the full punishment. I don’t care how old you are, or how young you are, you deserve the death punishment,’ Bernadette’s brother Damian said.”

    “Prosecutors now have 30 days to decide whether they would like to file a petition to continue with their pursuit of capital murder charges and try the boy as an adult.

    ‘The law does not allow the state to seek the death penalty on someone as young as 14,’ Bexar County District Attorney Joe D. Gonzales told News4.

    ‘Typically you don’t see someone as young as 14 being subject to adult certification but the law does allow it in extreme circumstances and certainly this would be one of them.’”

    –I believe what happens is they lock them up until 18, then try them for the murders while seeking the death penalty. This is a triple homicide, or at least a double with aggravated manslaughter.

    –and the story is full of fail all around.

    n

  37. nick flandrey says:

    BTW, was this Trump’s “big news” about the border he was teasing for Thur or Fri?

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-30/peso-futures-tumble-trump-unleashes-tariffs-mexico-until-illegal-immigration-stops

    On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019

    ….at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019″

    That’s a pretty big announcement…..

    n

  38. nick flandrey says:

    And if this is true, it happened sooner than I thought…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7088771/Weibo-user-claims-software-identifies-porn-actors-social-media.html

    –and by actors the article means anyone who appears in porn online, which has a very high percentage of ‘amateur’ and unwitting subjects.

    — if true, I don’t expect it to take long to have a floating name tagged to every face in every video, maybe with a hotlink to FB profile.

    — also note this revelation… “popular porn streaming site, Pornhub has been actively employing the use of facial recognition software to catalog performers on it site. ”

    –and again, by “performers” they mean anyone who appears in the images, regardless of the circumstances under which the images were made.

    n

  39. Marcelo says:

    Re: Vivaldi.
    Forgot to mention that it is Chromium based so that whatever runs with that engine will run under Vivaldi. I only use AdBlockPlus.
    Under Windows 10 I use Edge (the original) as my preferred one because it is the fastest but I use Vivaldi for flexibility.
    As an aside, MS is now developing a new browser that uses the Chromium engine. We’ll see what happens with that very soon. They are putting a lot of resources into that development. It is available for downloading. It will probably replace Edge itself when they are done with that and will be implemented in Win, Android and IOS platforms giving similar look and feel. I am not doing Beta work for them. 🙂

  40. JimB says:

    Good news from the dentist, a relief.

    As Rick said, this site was unavailable for a while, and so was my Internet while I was out of town. Caught up now.

    Vivaldi is a descendent from the Opera devs. I have heard good things about it, and now on this site. Must be good 🙂

    Brave is similarly descended from Chrome, but I have heard of some growing pains. I will eventually try both.

    I have never found one browser that did it all for me. Worse, as I am certain some here know well, web sites change, making some good browsers worse. The world keeps spinning, and nothing stays the same. Unlike digital, I have many old tools that have worked well for decades, and likely always will. I enjoy them.

  41. JimB says:

    Marcelo, I had read about MS bringing out a Chrome-engined browser. One more to try.

    Also agree with you on Edge, which seems fine on my W10 test box. I even liked IE for a while, a while back. These things remind me of women’s clothing styles 😉

  42. nick flandrey says:

    The chinese are gearing up for Taiwan, and NOK executed 4 guys from the Trump summit.

    Crazy.

    n

  43. lynn says:

    “Video: Fake DEA agents caught on camera outside home in Pearland”
    https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/video-fake-dea-agents-caught-on-camera-outside-home-in-pearland/285-3e7802c5-1649-4af1-9097-5a99b4c49075

    “A couple of fake DEA agents tried to talk their way into a home in Pearland Tuesday night.”

    Oh my. Please tell me that this was a joke.

    BTW, Pearland is in the Houston metropolitan area.

  44. brad says:

    I’ve been using Vivaldi for a while now. While it’s Chromium-based, it has added some nice UI features. Takes a bit of getting used to, but worth it imho…

    Finally, finally, we have some warm weather. It has been a long and cold Spring, but today it should get up into the 20s (70s F). Apparently, there are still huge amounts of snow in the mountains – the glaciers are likely to grow this year. Which is not, imho, a good thing, but it will make the greenies happy.

  45. dkreck says:

    the glaciers are likely to grow this year. Which is not, imho, a good thing, but it will make the greenies happy.

    No it won’t. It will make all us deplorable deniers happy.

    Yes been too unseasonably cold here (central Cal) but warming up this week. Maybe the pool will finally warm up. Kind of odd to wish for warm weather to warm the pool so you can use it to cool off.

  46. Greg Norton says:

    We actually did research by asking strangers at WDW about their experiences and likes/dislikes whenever we saw a new stroller or had a chance to chat in line. We went with the McClaren line. They are sturdy and well engineered ‘umbrella’ type folders and minimal in the extreme. They fold up small too, which the giant ones do not.

    We had a McClaren that we used across two kids.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    The chinese are gearing up for Taiwan, and NOK executed 4 guys from the Trump summit.

    They’re always gearing up for Taiwan.

    That will be the Chinese Afghanistan.

    My in-laws are Taiwanese, and ‘batsh*t crazy’ doesn’t begin to describe the thought process. The Mainland should know this. The family is part of the reason we bailed on WA State.

    Of course, there isn’t much we can do about it thanks to BJ Klinton’s friends at Loral. Plus, I’m sure there are elements of our Government who would like to see what happens when a technically advanced military takes on an equally tech savvy populace capable of drawing on outside resources. Taiwan probably has *more* skilled tradespeople per capita than the US at this point, and I know the expat population’s attitudes towards occupation firsthand.

    An ugly situation driven by ego. “Number One Son” is for real, folks, and the in-laws practice what I can only adequately describe by referencing the Eddie Murphy “Raw” sketch, “You Ain’t Got No Ice Cream”. Except in WA State it was, “You Ain’t Got No Job … and I’m a VP at Dell/VMWare”.

    Payback is a b*tch.

  48. Harold Combs says:

    Nick RE: “NO ONE used strollers in the 70s.”

    If I were at home I’d post a photo of my wife and I with our first born at Disneyland in an umbrella stroller in 1974. I also have a photo somewhere of my twin brothers in a twin stroller at Disneyland in the mid 60’s. I remember stroller rentals even back then. But I have to agree with you that the HUGE strollers you see today are being used as a carry-all for the whole family.

    Update: That said … after doing it more than once I think it’s CRAZY to take kids under 5 to any Amusement park. They can’t ride most of the rides, tire easily, and can’t even remember the experience a couple of years later.

  49. Harold Combs says:

    RE: Scooters
    On our last visit yo WDW a couple of years ago, my wife required a scooter because her heart condition made her unable to walk very far especially in any heat. It also kept her from riding her favorite rids so she ended up as a hold-all while the rest of the family went on the rides. She said NEVER AGAIN !! Her scooter rental cost as much as the park ticket and she didn’t have a good time. This year she is staying home.

  50. Harold Combs says:

    Greg:

    If you ever go visit him and want the *real* “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, I know the place. The first question — How do you feel about bugs?

    I spent a four month software development contract in Panama City back in the 80s. I rented a trailer house and was immediately impressed at the size and quality of the Florida bugs. One evening I saw a 3 inch cockroach crawling across the kitchen floor. Grabbed a shoe and whacked him hard with the heel. A blow that would have turned a Virginia cockroach to mush. He just shoot it off and kept going. I had to get a hammer to flatten him. Good thing he wasn’t fast.

  51. IT_Pro says:

    I thought all cockroaches in FL were known as “palmetto bugs”. At least that’s what they told me at the hotel when I was working in North Miami Beach some years ago.

  52. Nick Flandrey says:

    Phoenix is the same way, flying roach = palmetto bug. You could hit them with a hammer and it wouldn’t kill them.

    n

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