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Old 05-04-2017, 09:14 AM   #1
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I have recently made a local Disney Addict connection with a friend I know through DH's amateur theater group. We both experience the need to go to a park. Like, need. So, it's only natural that we should start planning a trip together!

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Me: 39, mom to 8 yo son, married to DH
N: 61, single (has adult children), pastry chef, Disney Addict.
E: N's childhood friend that I haven't met yet. 60-62 ish. She gets some serious discounts as an employee of Royal Caribbean. She's offered to join us and to apply her discounts to the trip.
DS: Likely joining. Will be 9. Likes DL, but doesn't get why it occupies so much of my time and mental energy.
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Mom is a very easygoing traveler and is happy to join in or hang back. I've asked her to join as a babysitter for DS for evenings out. I'll be paying her travel and hotel. Can't quite afford to pay her park tickets, but she understands. She's got enough extra in retirement that she can do fun things now and then.
DH: May or may not join. He'll probably decide at the last minute. He does not visit theme parks unless it is free or very cheap. He's a tightwad. He also used to work in theme parks (streetmosphere-type performer) so it's hard for him to pay the price tag when it kind of feels like going to work. If he comes, he'll be doing his own thing, but will be able to help out with DS.

When: Spring break 2018. This is the week before Easter. It will be CROWDED. I really don't care at all, and neither does N. It makes it harder on DS, but I just love being in the bubble, and so the crowds don't bother me. Working for the schools, it's really hard to take time off during the school year. When I have done it, it's been such a problem, that it makes it not worth it.

Background: N is a bit unstable. Some past issues with alcohol, suicidality, mania. She is highly creative and is making art all the time. She can be a handful. But I like her a LOT. She's exciting to be with. And she loves The Mouse as much as I do. Maybe more. I love the idea of taking a trip with her, even if it turns out bad somehow. It's a wild thing to do. Hence, the title of this PTR!

Next: This weekend, N, E, and I are going to an annual fabric sale in a neighboring town. My mom may join in too. This will be my first time meeting E. We'll see if we hit it off.

See post 25 for major updates to the plan!!!!
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Sounds like a fun trip! Hopefully you'll hit it off with E!
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Great start! I hope you get on well with E.
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Thanks everybody! I'm excited to meet E, that's happening tomorrow! N is such a total kook, I have absolutely no idea of what to expect.

Can't tell you all how happy I am to have another PTR going! It keeps my Disney itch scratched!
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Has the makings of a great trip and hoping it will be!
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Thanks, Dave!

I hung out with N and E yesterday. Here's what I think. E is a very vibrant person with a lot of opinions. We had a few excellent laughs!!! She's a conspiracy theorist and not a scientific mind at all. Bummer, I usually find listening to those conspiracy theories boring, because I don't have the info to dispute the wonky ideas at my fingertips, and there is no way to win in an argument...sigh... BUT, she's pretty, stylish, and energetic. And N was pretty normal with her, I think she's a moderating influence. Which is good and bad, right?! Overall, I think having E along will make the trip better. If N needs support, E will be the primary person, so I shouldn't be pulled to hard away from DS on the trip. Also, she seemed to think I was funny, and who doesn't like to be around people who laugh at their jokes?

The two of them are going to WDW in Sept, and I have offered to research and recommend an itinerary and help with FP+, since they are overwhelmed and not really interested. We'll be working together along the way and I'll have more of a read on how we'll gel over time.

Overall, a really fun outing with these 2.
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We have a tentative plan to head to Portland to Oregon's largest fabric store at some point soon. Both ladies are into sewing and theater. I think the situation holds promise. We've decied we won't share a room, so the pressure is off a bit, also.
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