Day Five: The day we couldn’t keep dry!

Today we went to universal island of adventures.  We got there around 10:30ish.   We should of met Tracy, Alan, Pat and Jimmy for 9:30, but it took ages for us to get though the tick booths.

When we walked in there was a huge ride called the Hulk!  So for some insane reason we deiced to go on that straight away.  So me, Lisa, Sam, Ellen, Mat, Laura, Jimmy and Tracy all queued or rather we walked on as there was no queue.  We all sat there and the cars moved forward as expected and then start to be pulled up an incline, which is normal then out of no where, the thing shot forward and we were off…. it seemed to go on for ages, other than that I can’t remember much more, too bust pooing my pants! 🙂

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These images don’t really so the size of the the ride, but it was huge!

We all then went on the Spiderman 3D ride.  This was cool!  You sat in a car you put some 3D glasses on and then a story was played out in 3D with Spidy landing on the front of the car and the car would move to simulate his weight hitting the front, it was done really well.

We got some lunch.

Next was the rapids, which we all went on, and we came of drenched!  Soaked from top to bottom, it was wasn’t even a hot day!  As we were all soaked we went on the log flume next, all of the girls (apart from Pat) in one log and the lads in another, me and Sam were behind Big Al, so we didn’t get that wet, until the end when the kids soaks us from a bridge with water guns.

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We then went on Jurassic Park ride, which was another wet ride!  To me this looked a bit like oblivion in Alton Towers a  huge drop looking at, it wasn’t a coaster as such, it kind of went up and down and made you believe you were in trouble, then the drop, which wasn’t that bad then a huge splash at the end!

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That was the last wet ride… or so we thought.  So we all decided to go buy some new cloths to get dry, which most of us did.  This took about an hour.   We had some lunch then went to watch the Sinbad show, which was a bit poo.

We went on a ride called Journey to Atlantis, which was poo.  We then went on two other coasters called dual of the dragons, these were two separate rides but they intertwined each other, they were very similar to nemesis in Alton Towers.

Sam, Ellen, Mat and Laura wanted to go on Spiderman again, which they did and the rest of us went to get a drink in a coffee shop, whilst in there, waiting for them to come back, it start raining and raining hard, we waited 10mins but it didn’t appear to be stopping any time soon, so we decided to start walking towards the car park, yes we got wet again!

Day Four

We went to Hollywood Studios today.  We went on the back lot tour, watched a stunt car show, which was good. Indiana Show, which was OK.  Then we went back to the hotel got change and went out for some food, again to the bar over the road from the hotel.

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Day Three

We got up this morning and started to get ready to go to Animal Kingdom, whilst getting ready we received a phone call from Tracy to say that Pat was in hospital, she said it was nothing to worry about but of course we were worried, Animal Kingdom was postponed while we waited to find out what was happening with Pat.

She had been in the hospital from 5 in the morning and was waiting to see a doctor, when she did get to see a doctor and he performed various tests, she didn’t actual get out of the hospital until around mid day.

Whilst waiting we (Sam, Ellen, me and Lisa) went for breakfast and were in contact via mobile with updates coming from Tracy and Alan as they were staying in a different hotel.  As we were walking to breakfast we did receive another call from Tracy just letting us know that Pat was fine and was waiting for the final test and there really wasn’t any point going to the hospital.

Lisa wanted to keep her self busy as much as possible, so after breakfast we just stayed around the hotel complex and played volley ball, went for a bike ride, if you can call it a bike and the went swimming.

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In the afternoon we went to Disney from 3pm to about 9pm.  It’s very similar to Euro Disney.  We went to the Bar over the road from the hotel for food and a few beers.

Day Two

Day Two

The Airport UK

A2B collected us all no problems.  We arrived at the airport 7:30am.  We checked in without any issues, we then went looking for the VIP lounge which was easy to find.  We were in a real quiet area with breakfast included, for £15 each, I thought it was well worth it and if it’s that cheap in future we’ll be doing it. 

We then got the call to board.

The flight

We boarded fine, just before we took off the captain announced that it was a 9 hour flight, which was an hour more that we thought.  We sat down and were happy watching a film and a stewardess brought us a bottle of Champagne, which I thought was from Lisa’s mum but it wasn’t, it was from Virgin to congratulate us on our wedding. 

Just as we were about to come in and land and after all of the standard announcements, there was one from the stewardess, which congratulated us on behalf of Virgin, but Lisa’s Mum (Pat) asked for this to be done,  which I found a little embarrassing.

We landed exactly when the captain said we would.

Security

We got though the security fine, no problems, just took a while as the queue took ages as the guy seemed really slow compared to the other queues.  You now have to have your finger print taken and your iris scanned.

The Airport USA

We collected our bags and then went on a long walk to the virgin desk were we had to collect confirmation of our meeting with the wedding coordinator Monday morning. We collected OK, we had to sign for it and open it in front of her.  We then had to go and sort out the car, when we got to the hire desk, the guy told us the car we had got in the UK when we booked was like a panda!

So I decided to upgrade to a 4×4 🙂 It was a extra $15 a day, which was discounted to $12 a day as we were getting married.

The Drive

Many of first’s for me, first time driving in a different country, automatic car and the first time driving on the wrong side.  The strange thing was we just walked up to the correct class of car and jumped in it, the keys were in the door, we loaded the suite cases and drove out of the airport.

For some reason I was using my left foot to break, which made the breaking very interesting. I pretty much kangaroo-ed out of the car park.

The TomTom took a few sec’s to get a GPS fix, which it did as we left the car park (or car lot) and we set off to the hotel.  We took one wrong turn, we came of an exit we shouldn’t off, but the TomTom recalculated and we just followed it and we arrived at the hotel, in about 15 mins. 

The Hotel

When we arrived we unloaded the luggage with the help of the bell boy, if that’s what you call them.  He offered to park the car for us $18.50, so we decided to park the car our self’s. 🙂

After parking the car we walked back into the hotel, which is when we realised how big it was.  Sam and Ellen hadn’t arrived as of yet.  So me and Lisa had a drink at the bar and we had to show our ID’s, I showed our driving licenses which were accepted and we waited for them to arrive.

They were about 10-15 mins behind us as they had trouble with their car, getting the cases in and took a wrong turning too.  We all had a drink at the bar and then went to check in,  Ellen wanted us to be on the same floor, which is why we waited for them to arrive before checking in.

We checked in, went to our rooms and meet about an hour later and went out for some food at a local bar just across the road from our hotel.  The food was good and the bar was great $2.00 for a pint of fosters! 🙂

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Day One – Wedding/Holiday

Today is the first day off from work to pack and generally to get ready to leave early hours tomorrow morning.  Were pretty much packed, just the camera, laptop and various other bits ‘n’ pieces that need putting into hand luggage.   Lisa has just gone out to collect her wedding dress.  We have four suitcases, never knew we needed to take so much stuff!

So we fly tomorrow at 10:30am, I think its an 8 hour flight… Can’t wait now….

Looking at the e-mail and phone calls coming in to the office looks like Phil has had a busy first day manning stuff on his own.  What I find amazing even though I have not only spoken to customers about being off and e-mailed and had those e-mails acknowledged either in person,  phone calls or an email…   They are still calling my mobile today :S

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I enabled out of office before whilst I’m away, it has to be enabled as it’s disabled by default in SBS 2003 and I think in exchange server 2003 in general.   The annoying thing is I couldn’t find a way to stop the out off office reply e-mail getting sent to internal users, still time thou. 🙂 

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Bought a Sony DSC-T70 camera to take with us, rather taking the old cannon (can’t recall the model number at the moment). 

So the next time I blog I will be sitting in our hotel room. 🙂

A Better Day Today

Yesterday I spoke about losing data at a customers site….  Well it was indeed lost.  Which wasn’t great as you can imagine.  Thankfully the customer was very understanding all things considered.

We managed to part restore some data into the database and reset the stock values, it’s now down to them to carry out a stock take and update those values and they should be up and running again, albeit without any history, I do suspect that it was all a little to easy and I think as time goes on that there will be more problems with this site because of this, I am hoping to be proved wrong.

So I left site feeling that we had done all we could had done in a bad situation, so hopefully this will be chalked up to experience for all concerned.

This is the second post as in as many days, I have no idea what’s going on! 🙂  At this moment in time, I’m finding blogging therapeutic.  I know many won’t understand why bother, but in true geek style, I don’t care.

I think the other reason, I’ve started blogging this week as I’m hoping to blog about our wedding and adventures in Florida in the coming weeks, I’m not sure when or even if I’m going to have time to blog ever single day, but I’m going to do my best, assuming the future wife will allow it! 🙂

It’s funning once I start typing I start to want to talk about all kinds of stuff, I just been reading Paul Thurrott’s blog about Amazon’s Kindle after reading that, I wish I had one for the flights for the coming weeks, as I’ve found in the pass few years that I really enjoying reading and I think this device sounds quite useful and it would be a new gadget to play with of course 🙂  As usual it’s not available in the UK as of yet, just like the Zune!

It is of course difficult knowing how much to share on a public blog,I guess I will have to buy Scoble’s book about blogging…. to see what insights I can get.

I’m using Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer to blog this and I must say, I’m loving it!

Not a good day

Mixed feelings about this, no one likes talking about mistakes they make.  Today it appears that some data was over written…. no backup smile_angry…  how many times do we have to try and drum it in to everyone, customers, staff, home users, everyone!

Customer didn’t have any backups, engineer didn’t backup before working on the server!

The thing is he was installing an update to the server (err this is a peer-to-peer Windows XP network, so the server is a dedicated PC holding all the data), which overwrote the database, the setup program didn’t warn him that this was going to happen, of course this isn’t no excuse for not having a backup!

This could of happened to anyone!

No we have to wait for the fall out from this….  to be continued.

Of course this had to happen the week before we (me and my other half that is) fly off to the states to go and get married.