First- the car.
So we are interested in the F-150s. If Mike Rowe promotes them- you know they are good ;)
So we worked out all of the numbers so that they worked for us and went in. Then a wrench was thrown into the plan. Becuase that punk rear ended me in Waterford, my car is listed as being in an accident and it knocked $2500 off the value of my car. F me.
When Chaz worked across the street, he was eligible for this thing called the X Plan where you you just pay a certain amount below invoice. We know this dealer so well that they will get an X Plan number for us so it still might be in our cards. We will see. My car is having some issues so now would be a good time.
Yesterday I took my kids to Epcot. CHaz went as well as MC and Amr of course. What a flawless trip. It rocked. I must say though, during this 3 week camp- I do not sleep or eat right. It is a constant stresser but it does have its moments. OMG- the nest icee ever is the rainbow one in Japan. The funniest part of the trip was the meeting point- everytime someone joined the group- we would all yell "Heeeeey" and we had 1/2 the theme park yelling it back at us. Our group was kicking all the other groups butts in terms of spirit. Long story short- that was the best Epcot trip ever.
Then there was today. EVERYTHING that could have gone wrong- went wrong. Holy smokes.
So first, Chaz was gonna go, but then changed his mind, then changed it back, then we got to campus and he decided not to go.... :( What a bummer. No problem. Then my bus was over an hour late due to some accident on 528. This has never happened b4 but how much does that suck? We had to figure out how to keep the kids entertained and around for over an hour. Plus I had some killer behind the scenes tours lined up- 1st was the behind the scenes tour of Shamu, then of Kracken w/ automatic admission onto the ride, then a tour of how the facility is run. So b/c we were over an hour late, we miss the Shamu thing. ARRRRRG. I didnt do a group pic b/c I was saving it for the Shamu pic. So we rush into the park and meet the guys for the Kracken tour. It was flippin cool- we were very behind the scenes, then 2 minutes before the ride part, this freak storm of hail and thunder and small hurricane force winds blow in from nowhere and we all get trapped in the Kracken engineer center. Are you kidding me? I am trapped in a metal room w/ about 40 high schoolers in a room full of sharp objects and wires that if they pulled, could totally disable the ride for good. F me!!!! Are you kidding me?!?!?!? SO we were there for like 45 minutes w/ our 2 poor enginner guy tour guides. My trouble maker kid, he freakin hit a button that turned on a spinning saw. I nearly beat him. So we were trapped in the room - a cool room- but none the less- trapped. It was the closest safest shelter from the freak tsunami monsoon outside...I had plans to hang w/ the kids in the park but after that- I was done! When it lightened up, we went to the 3rd tour- we started in a conference room for like 12 and packed 40 of us in there. That was special. We all know how fragrant wet high school students can be in July......But it was cool- this tour guide showed us how the mechanical operations work in the park- and also how he programs stuff using Java, just like the kids do in class ;) Smooth. Then he pulled up the presentation showing the park and the different duct systems of the park- including Beer School at the Hospitality Center. NOOOOOOOOO! I have kept that place secret from the kids for 5 years. Crap crap crap. So I tell them how they ID there of course. Punks. So this guy has a really cool job so I asked him what his degree(s) in and his reply was "None- just the right place at the right time. " CRAP crap crap!!! Thats not what I want these kids to hear.
So by this point, I am done. I feel beaten. My bus was late, I smelled, I got trapped in a monsoon. No Chaz. I missed my anticipated Shamu tour and group pic, my kids didnt get the cool direct pass onto Kracken, etc.
So then it was time to leave. Here is where it gets interesting. I will tell you straight up- I am a bus Nazi. If you are not early, you are late. I have left the instructor behind before. Everyone knows this. The bus (originally we were gonna leave at 7 but I bumped it to 8 since we were late)was to leave at 8. By 8:15pm, I was missing 5 kids (4 of them were the returners). Oh HELL NO. Now that pisses me off. I need to scare these kids straight b/c I am not having this crap. So one of the RAs parents were on this trip with us. They drove a Tahoe. I left messages on the kids cell phones (that they conveniently left in the lockers...). I repeated 15 times what time the bus was leaving and that I will leave you behind if u r not on time. So I worked it out with those parents (they are super cool) that they would stay behind and drive these punks. So I walked out to the bus, made the announcement that I am pissed, yada yada yada, the bus driver has a family to get to, we have school tomorrow, they are old enough to keep track of time, how rude it was to keep others waiting, and I shouted "bus driver, move that bus!" So some of the kids were like Holy Crap! We cant leave them (they didnt know I had a ride waiting for those kids). And I replied w/ Oh Yes we can.
I think I can guarantee know one will be late for the bus next weekend :)
So the parents were totally in on it and were telling the kids "Oh man, was Dr.Jill pissed, Arup was having to talk her out of kicking you guys out of the program. I cant believe you would be late. " Oh, and we made them pay the tolls. I have been itching to make an example out of somebody and I got to make an example of 5 students. Rock on!
That cracked me up. I will pull them out of class tomorrow in front of everyone as well. But that made my day. :)