Welcome Gabbers to the Final Day of March, with your roving Gabber – Uncle B.O.B., this week coming to you from a cooler than normal South Florida. Before I start though I have to wish Sully a speedy recovery from his injury.
Uncle B.O.B.’s World Tour Stop #5 (Part 2 – Florida). Let me play the role of your travel agent for a moment. First off, if you are going to fly, be patient because flying absolutely sucks and its even worse if you are plus size, and by that I mean bigger than 5-8, 175.
Secondly, go to the airport EARLY!!! There are bottlenecks everywhere – the ticket counter, the TSA, then everybody fighting to get on the plane first for what reason only God knows. The plane ain’t leaving till it’s full folks, so take your damn time and stop clogging the path towards the jetway until it’s your turn – you bunch of dumb asses.
Secondly, living la vida loca in South Florida in March really doesn’t suck. There is just so much to do between the beach, the Everglades, food, drink, museums, and so many other things. Seriously, I don’t drink but slamming down a mojito or rum runner on the beach or at an outdoor restaurant/bar isn’t like a winter in Cleveland or Boston. Trust me on that. There is seriously so much to do throughout the state, but sitting in a t-shirt and shorts in a restaurant/bar that is Jimmy Buffett themed right on the water eating conch fritters and lobstah rolls is cool.
Third, don’t come to Disney in March. Seriously, it’s Spring Break. If you want the best “bang for the buck”, come when all the families have kids in school or something.
Spring Training. Those of you who know me know that I LOVE going to Spring Training and it’s even better because I usually hit games in both Arizona AND Florida in the same year. This year wasn’t the case in either, but I absolutely love Spring Training and will be back strong in 2016.
DisneyWorld. I was pleasantly surprised – I expected really long and uncontrollable lines yet outside of the Magic Kingdom, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I psyched myself up for. Other than the Magic Kingdom, Disney does a FANTASTIC job at keeping lines moving from parking to transportation to and from the parking lot, to getting you to and from the various parks, and the same for within the parks themselves.
There are so damn many things to see and do here – so let me give you some advice that will alleviate the frustration, at least to some degree: Stay the hell out of the Magic Kingdom (average wait time for a ride was nearly two hours) and go to the other parks, particularly EPCOT Center – which is more adult oriented – average wait times for the few rides were significantly less and there was always the option of getting the “fast pass.”
- But do yourselves a favor and get the three day passes that allow you to get into all the parks unlimited. We got into four parks, and squeezed in two more attractions in two days.
- If at all humanly possible, go between Sunday and Thursday and just avoid the weekend non-sense.
- Go to EPCOT Center – basically Disney for adults, very few rides, and lots of alcohol!!! 12 countries are represented and you can make it like a pub crawl because each country (excluding Canada) has alcohol for sale. Mexico has Margaritas everywhere, Italy has wine, Germany and Norway have the beer, and Japan has the sake. The UK has an old style English pub. For food? Germany was cheapest, everybody else was outrageous, and you need to make reservations to eat at the good places there. Oh, and to close the place, EPCOT has a seriously bad ass fireworks display at 9PM.
As for other places, there was Disney Animal Kingdom, Disney Boardwalk, Disney Hollywood, Downtown Disney, and the ESPN complexes.
The new website. Gabbers, I can’t stress it enough – when you post your blogs, I ask for two things: (1) post your blog to our Facebook Page, and (2) at the bottom of the blog writing page, please make sure to set your posts to the posts slider.
Setting your blogs to our Facebook page gets it noticed both via FB and Twitter wide. The reason I ask this is because I think we all want more readers and more participation, at least I hope we do. If not then I’m greedy. If you have any issues, ask questions via the chat box down in the bottom right of the screen.
And speaking of being greedy, I’m not a damn salesman – in fact I suck at it, but hey, feel free to let friends know about us.
The Madness. So who was this seasons Cinderella? Georgia State was a great story and I wish they could have gone further. Xavier got to the Sweet 16, and hell, Gonzaga even got to the elite eight before they bowed out to Mikey the Rat.
So now we’re down to Kentucky, Kook-U, Sparty, and Wisky. Sorry guys, not interested, but I will say this: For all the talk of the ACC and SEC, who owns 50% of the dance? Yep, the Big 10. I just find that interesting.
NBA. Absolutely shitty news out of the NBA – Craig Sager’s cancer came back. Damn that sucks.
NFL. As a beyond frustrated and nearly gone SF fan, the team finally got a bit of good news – Kurt Warner is working with Colin Kaepernick. If there was a QB who could get Kaepernick to wake up, it would be Warner. Here is the thing, Warner is a winner and he can impart wisdom in a way where Kaepernick would listen.
NFL in Los Angeles? Ole Bob Kraft dropped the bombshell didn’t he by saying that there would be a team playing in Lower Alabama (err, Los Angeles) in 2016. Great. Hey look NFL, you see dollar signs in LA, you know what I see? That’s right, EMPTY SEATS. LA is the #2 city in the US and I understand your eagerness to get back there but if you send a team there who isn’t ready to win immediately, you’re gonna be embarrassed.
We all know that fans in LA (with the exception of the hockey crowd down there) are a bunch of front running bandwagons who won’t give a damn about going to a game if their team stinks or is sitting around .500.
So why now? Why all of a sudden a big push? The NFL has gone 20 years without giving a bleep about LA and yet now all of a sudden they want back in? That tells me that the NFL is chasing more money. Nobody has been able to make anything happen in LA and I would think by now the NFL would take a “Yeah right” approach to the NFL coming back there. A new stadium in LA? I’ll believe it when I see it.
D-Bag of the Week – U. S. Airways. Could you freaking cram people any closer together? Not just in your planes but also in the airports? Good Lord, who thought it was a good freaking idea to have four flights leave at the same time from the end of the terminal in PHX with destinations of Fort Lauderdale, NYC, Cabo, and SF? Cattle in a train car had more room. As for the plane, I was thisclose to going straight up Beeze mode or at the very least “Sully on Spruz” mode. If I got bumped one more time – BY THE AIRCREW!!! I was gonna lose it.