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Hi everybody.

Yes, I'm still here. I have not updated in a while mostly because I've been very busy with work and did not have the time. I also sent myself into a self-imposed exile. I am on vacation now though, so I thought I would pop in and say hi.

I am still thinking about all of you though and still care about you. I think about you all every day and hope that you are doing well.

I know that some of you already know this, but I will post it here anyway.

I am taking my first real vacation since 1999 starting on Friday. I am going to Florida to spend some time with mickey0801 and Mikey from Florida. We are going to Disney World and all of the other parks. They are my closest and longest Internet friends. I love them very much. Sometimes I sit back and marvel at the fact that they are still with me. Especially since I don't deserve them. They are amazing people though. (I'm not being down on myself either, it is just the plain and simple truth).

I have always wanted to go to Disney World. So I am looking forward to it. I have a bit of anxiety though, so I don't think I will be able to to allow myself to fully enjoy it until I get there. I have some debt that I am trying to pay off and I honestly cannot afford to take this trip now. Finally getting rid of my debt and having the ability to build a good, solid life for myself and my family is the major gift that I want for us. It feels like an uphill battle sometimes though. I am always thinking about my finances.

Everybody I know seems to be in debt right now. I know I am not the only one. I guess I will just join the rest of you, huh? :)

This trip will mark the first time that I have ever been on an airplane. Am I nervous? YES!!!!! Everyone who I have talked to about it says I will enjoy it though. Mickey is flying with me, although "she" will be duct-taped to the wing of the plane and I will actually be IN the plane. I don't think the flight attendants or passengers could tolerate us any other way. (giggle)

When my Mom and Dad go somewhere, we drive. Granted, we've never been any further than Tennessee or Virginia. They have never even been to the airport, and don't know how to get there. I am hiring a car to get me there and back. My Mom and I had a conversation about it a few weeks ago that went something like this:

MOM: How are you going to get to the airport?

ME: I dunno.

MOM: Doesn't Mikey (from Florida) know that we don't know how to get to the airport?

ME: Yes.

MOM: Hmmmm.

End of conversation.

My parents aren't much for vacations anyway. They are perfectly content to stay at home and just "be." There's nothing wrong with that. I like it myself, but I do long for a bit more than they do. They are happy for me though. A bit TOO happy. I wouldn't be surprised if a ticker-tape parade followed my car to the airport on Friday. I think they want to get rid of me. LOL

Of course, "Miss Mickey" is having NONE of this driving stuff. I don't think "she" can even grasp the concept of driving to a vacation destination. I think "she" needs to learn to "slum" a bit like the rest of us. What do you think? (giggle).

We will actually spend New Year's Eve at the Magic Kingdom. Be sure to watch "Dick Clark's New Year's Rickin' Eve." You may see us.

I am looking forward to it. It's always been a dream of mine to go to Disney World. Part of me feels guilty though because I wish my Mom and Dad could experience it with me. I just can't win can I? I'm happy but wracked with guilt and anxiety. (sigh) Welcome to my life.

I am sure that I will have lots to share when I return if anyone is interested. We may even get a chance to update during the trip. I don't know yet.

Time for me to end for now.

Comments

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mickey0801
Dec. 23rd, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
Whatever! Do you know how far that is?
tomonwheels
Dec. 24th, 2003 10:23 am (UTC)
Yes, I do.

It's a trek to be sure.

It would be fun to drive though.
mickey0801
Dec. 24th, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC)
Are you admitting you want to spend 12 hours in a car with me?
mblj
Dec. 24th, 2003 12:07 am (UTC)
Tom:
You're making a grand trip--wishing you and Mickey safe travels, please give Mikey my regards. And hope you'll have loads of fun.

tomonwheels
Dec. 24th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
Thanks Mark,

I'm sure we will have lots to share when we get back.
mikey89
Dec. 24th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
We're going to Disney World
We are going to have a blast.. I can't wait till both of you are here... I am so excited I could platz.. lol

and Mickey it's not that far a drive.. it's only 10.5 hours by car.. but then being tied to the roof rack might be a bit uncomfortable for you.. lol

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