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LTAD Episode 18 Lets go to Curacao

November 27, 2023 LTAD Podcast Season 1 Episode 18
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LTAD Episode 18 Lets go to Curacao
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Get ready to be whisked away on a rollercoaster of laughs, adventures, and insider knowledge as we journey through the world of travel, theme parks, and online influences. The fun begins with a humorous Disney-themed Christmas gift for our co-host Erica, which promises to set the tone for an exciting episode. We also stir up the pot with some fresh Disney gossip about the possible reintroduction of character dining experiences at the Grand Floridian resort, and give our candid thoughts on the resort's recent changes.

Strap in as we jet off to the exquisite Sandals resort in Curacao, where we marvel at the luxurious amenities and breathtaking views. Can you imagine unwinding in a soaking tub, or cooling off in your private plunge pool after a day exploring the island? We do! But it's not all about leisure, as we also cast a critical eye on the role of influencers in the travel industry and the potential impact of unprincipled practices. Amid discussion of the recent controversy involving Chinese companies like Team U and Shein, we highlight the need for caution when shopping online.

As we reflect on our own travel adventures over the past year, be prepared for laughter, lessons and a few surprises. From navigating airline upgrades to recounting tales from our escapades in California, Hawaii, and Disney World, it's a ride you won't want to miss! And with our hearts set on a festive trip to Universal Studios, expect chatter about Grinch encounters, potato minions, and much more. So come along, join us on this thrilling journey and let's make some memories!

This episode, packed with anecdotes, personal insights and practical tips is more than just a podcast - it's an adventure waiting to happen. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a theme park enthusiast, there's something for everyone. So, are you ready to hop on board?

Jana:

Welcome, welcome, welcome everybody to the LTCH podcast. It is a beautiful Monday at Main Street Travel and we are here today, on a Monday actually, I don't know what happened to Friday.

Mike:

Did we?

Jana:

forget, were we busy.

Mike:

What were we doing on Friday? It was off, it was off. It was on Friday. We were shopping.

Jana:

Well, I went off but I know y'all took the day in that school. But yeah, I was like what happened to Friday? Now I've been so busy I can't keep up even with what day it is and all day yesterday I knew today or yesterday was Monday.

Mike:

So on Saturday is what I meant.

Jana:

All day Saturday. See what I'm doing. I knew it was Monday. I got up on Sunday, I was very good at work and then I was like oh, yeah, wait a minute. It's Sunday, yeah.

Mike:

So, and then we come to work today and then leave tomorrow.

Dana:

Right, you're not going to know what day it is for about two more January. It'll be January. It'll be January For sure.

Jana:

For sure, but yeah, we do leave tomorrow. Me and Micah are leaving tomorrow for Sandals Curacao.

Mike:

And it's Royal Curacao. Sorry, yes, excuse me, yeah.

Jana:

We'll talk about that in a second. Okay, no voicemails this week, because you people are apparently just a bunch of losers.

Mike:

You can't call and leave a voicemail 615-243-246-5823.

Jana:

I don't know what I'm missing. I think it's 246-5823.

Mike:

Maybe that's why they're not calling. Maybe we're giving them the wrong phone number. We'll find it. We'll find it. Well, it's actually Dana.

Dana:

it's on my desk, it's like stuck to the bottom of my computer screen. I have it. I have it right here, okay, well, while Micah's looking 246-5823.

Jana:

615-246-5823.

Mike:

Now we have an old listener, I don't know.

Jana:

I don't know, I don't know I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know. I just have started writing down those. I've tried to say it personally I don't know, I don't know, I never journalists I mean perhaps, but it was an art work. It was very important. Sometimes a New York Times post office is on text, the iPod is via and a really amazing supporter of Main Street Travel. You've been booking him for years, We've been booking him for years. He always calls me. He loves Disney Cruise Line. So, Scott, we appreciate you booking with us. But the thank you card. I'm telling him hey, did you know Altata's back? So maybe he'll download and hear this one as his first episode. So thank you, Scott. Did you get the phone number?

Mike:

I just said it 615-.

Jana:

You already got the phone number 2465823.

Erica:

The day of the week, is it? Not only is it Monday, it's Monday after a holiday, so it's around for us.

Jana:

Okay, erica. Yes, I got you a gift. I like gifts and this is it Okay, and I'm gonna have you open it right here. Okay, be careful if you go to jump in and holler and in screamin' not to rip the headphones Plugged in. Okay, and don't hit the camera over here. So we're testing the camera for YouTube videos. We might start uploading these to YouTube, you're welcome people. I saw this.

Dana:

Yeah, move that.

Jana:

I'm gonna move this out of the way and I was like absolutely, I am getting this for Erica and I'm not gonna say anything else. I just want you to open it, cause when you open it, you're gonna understand what I want you to do with this.

Erica:

Okay, I'm a little nervous.

Dana:

No, oh my gosh Fantastic.

Erica:

I'm a little seem, I'm nervous. Okay, it's a sweater. Okay, shut the front door. She sees it? No, she sees it. Oh my God, are you kidding me? Oh my God, oh my God, oh my.

Dana:

God, I didn't hear you in the front door. Shut the vehicle shut the vehicle.

Mike:

I'm not.

Erica:

Oh, John's gonna hate you.

Jana:

Tell the people. And this is a sweater. I bought Erica a Christmas sweater. We have been talking about her silver fox, I think, on the past multiple episodes I don't know how many, because Erica loves Josh tomorrow, oh my God. We were talking about how you saw a girl in the marathon wearing pants with his face all over it, and when I saw that I was like I am absolutely in this, erica. Now I would love for you to wear it on our trip coming up.

Erica:

I like it's the airport, are you?

Mike:

kidding me.

Jana:

It is so hot in Florida right now I don't care, so I don't know if you can wear it, maybe at night. So yeah, maybe one evening we can get that on you. So, and if we see him, you're gonna better believe he's going to see that sweater. I will make sure of it. I will make a fool of myself in a park to get him to see your sweater so you can meet him.

Erica:

I think this is one of the best guess I've ever heard. Oh my gosh, it's so funny, it's so funny.

Mike:

She ordered that and it was like, oh, that's great and everything. But as soon as she opened it she was like, oh, oh, it's way more better.

Dana:

It's way more better. Yeah, way more better than I even thought, and it came just in time it came.

Erica:

Saturday, oh my gosh, that is so funny.

Jana:

Yeah, I wasn't sure if it was gonna make it. So, thank you, hang on, hang on. Let me take a picture.

Erica:

Oh my gosh, that is so funny, you guys, this is the best.

Dana:

She's practically speechless, by the way.

Erica:

It takes a lot to find a single I know.

Jana:

okay, here you go Okay, I'm gonna put that in the LTED page.

Dana:

Oh my gosh.

Jana:

If you found the LTED podcast Facebook page. I'm gonna post it there.

Erica:

I'm gonna tag him on Instagram, yeah absolutely. I'm gonna go on Instagram Like hey, Josh, I'll be there next weekend Come find me. Come find me. Let's go do the cookie stroll together.

Mike:

Great idea Cookie stroll. Oh, is that the cookie? Yeah?

Erica:

Yeah, and I've caught the cookie stroll. Your favorite part is back, yeah.

Jana:

Okay, there you go.

Dana:

Oh my gosh, so y'all wanna see it.

Jana:

It's an LTED podcast group and whatever, but I was like that is so funny, you can ask, Mike, I was like I was scrolling. You know, okay, when I scroll through Facebook it always gives me just the oddest things for AvertHouselments. Oh, so weird. And I guess because we've been talking about Christmas and whatnot a Christmas product popped up and I told Mike I was like oh, I'm buying this right now, I have to get this. So there you go. Josh loves you. That's the best. Josh is gonna hug you every time you wear it, and Johnny will be okay.

Erica:

He'll live, it's fine. Yeah, the channel's fault. It's fine, it's fine, absolutely. I have a Disney rumor. Okay, there's a new rumor that was just actually posted today in one of our groups and a lot of people that are, you know, the Disney diehards that have been going to the parks for a long time and are familiar with the resorts, have been wondering with the dining plan coming back next year, when are the rest of the character dining experience is going to come back? Okay, there are a few that are still missing. So today, actually this morning, there was someone that posted in one of our groups specifically talking about 1900 park fair. I was hoping that was the one you were gonna bring up At Grand. Floridian and the rumor is she said I was speaking to a well-informed cast member last week and she told me she was just over at the Grand and the CM over there told her 1900 park fair will be reopening once the lobby is finished. They are currently redoing it with the new color scheme of the resort and theme. As far as she knew, characters will return as well.

Jana:

Well, first of all, that lobby is probably gonna be done in about six years, maybe.

Dana:

There's speed Disney timeline.

Jana:

Disney timeline. Since COVID, everything is very slow. That's cool, but I hate the re-theme of the resort. I hate the color scheme. I don't like anything about it.

Erica:

I haven't seen it.

Jana:

The rooms are cute the Mary Poppins but I don't like the colors in the lobby. I think it's dull and dark Really. Yes, have you not seen it? I haven't seen it. I don't like it at all. I think the lighter colors in there because there's so I know there's you've got the dome at the top with the stained glass, but light doesn't come through there, so there's like no outside light coming into that lobby and when they darken the colors, it's gonna darken the whole lobby. And I think they're probably going to modernize and contemporary it up some, and that's not what the Grand Floridian theme is about. The theme is about old Florida, when everything was white, with red accents and bright and Victorian, and I think we're losing that. Yeah, and that would be a shame. Well, I mean, everything they're doing these days is a shame so it kind of seems that way.

Mike:

I was gonna say look at the hotel they're building right next door. Don't make any sense. I know the new JA and the DBC, the Polynesian, that looks like it, that's saddened.

Jana:

It looks like a Marriott.

Mike:

Right, it's not unique and themed.

Jana:

It's just another hotel right To put people just stack them in. So anyways.

Erica:

Anyways, well, I don't know I haven't seen it, but we're gonna see it on Saturday. When we arrive when we do the resort tours to see all the Christmas trees and the gingerbread displays. Well, we'll see that on Saturday.

Dana:

Fun time Yay.

Erica:

Maybe I'll wear this. I don't want to lose, I wanna go.

Jana:

I don't want to lose. Okay, so we don't have a whole lot of time today, because it is 10 o'clock and we're supposed to be open, not on Monday but you know, and Mike's got a lot of work to do, and Mike's got a lot of work to do. Our agents like to receive commission checks, and that's what he needs to do today before we leave for Carousel. Woo-hoo, yay, yeah, I'm so jealous. Well, look again. I think I said this last week. I am an agency owner who does not take the opportunities when they're offered to everybody. I try to give it to y'all first, but if you don't take, it, I'm taking it, you do so.

Erica:

Y'all had your chance. We tried.

Dana:

We checked airfare. This could have been y'all. Yeah, you know, we checked airfare, yeah.

Jana:

But when nobody took it, Mike was like do you wanna go? I was like, sure, let's me and you go, let's do it. So Sandals.

Mike:

I think it's one of the resorts that I was. I'm just curious about.

Erica:

I'm gonna do.

Mike:

All the rest of them are. I mean, it looks like what it is this here is. It reminds me of like a lakefront. I don't know. I'm not really excited, but I'm always shocked when I go to a Sandals.

Jana:

It looks different and it feels different from not being there before. It just looks and to me, feels different before I've even stepped foot on the island of Curacao, and we'll talk about why he says lakefront in just a second. Curacao is a constituent of the country, the kingdom of the Netherlands. So along with Aruba, which is just a skip over in Bonaire, these three Aruba, bonaire and Curacao make up the ABC Islands. So I know a lot of people have heard that term before ABC Islands. Curacao is the sea in the ABC of the islands.

Mike:

I've heard that before, but I've never known it yet.

Jana:

Oh yeah, now you know. Now you know Mike. So this Sandals, of course what Mike is referring to. It kind of sits on an inlet, so you're not directly on an ocean. There is an island across this little portion of water that breaks it up from the ocean.

Mike:

It's oceanfront, but you can't get on that part.

Jana:

Right. So the oceanfront part is like more on the far side. So what most people are going to say is but you can't use the beach on that side. So what most people feel like is that you're on this inlet where the beach is technically blocked not blocked but it's protected from big waves by the other islands. So it's probably going to feel more like a lakefront where, if any kind of waves lap in, they're going to be very small or they're going to be created from a boat passing by, which is fine and it's fine. And they've got a great marina and a little dock that walks out real far out there, and so we're going to go check it out. We're going to see how it feels. It's got an incredible infinity edge pool.

Mike:

Yeah, I hope we don't break that.

Dana:

Yeah, I broke. No, that won't ever happen, Mike.

Jana:

Sorry. So we're excited to see that and apparently it's like a layer of pools. There's a pool that's inside of a pool that's inside of a pool and it just kind of gets bigger as it steps down, essentially. But it is Infinity Edge. All three parts of it are Infinity Edge, so it has a swim up bar at that main pool. I know they rent bikes at this resort that you can go out and drive around the island. Sometimes and I'm not sure if they're offering right now, but sometimes this resort offers a dine-around coupon where you can go off property and dine-around at restaurants on Curacao that are not part of the Sandals Resort. That's neat. The other resort that is gonna begin doing that is Sandals, Royal Bohemian, but for now I know Curacao has offered it in the past. I don't know if they offered it right now or not. I assume they do. I need to look. I'm not sure if that's a promo or if that's something that's given off on doubt this week.

Mike:

We just watched some YouTube videos and it happened to them. They got that gift card. I don't know if that means anything with us going, but they had nothing good to say about this resort.

Jana:

Yeah.

Mike:

We've seen mixed reviews on YouTube. They said it was. They had a lot of complaints, complaints, complaints, complaints. And then, when we watched the video all the way through, something about their massage was not right. That's what they complained about. But they said it was horrible.

Jana:

Well, that was like the worst one We've seen, where people are going and saying it's beautiful and whatnot, when it's new and it's brand new. Every resort on the face of the planet is going to have issues at opening. Never book a resort the week it opens period. I wouldn't book a resort within the first couple of months it opens because it gives them time to work out kinks. Now, if you're somebody who you just excited to be there, you're not expecting just a absolute perfection.

Mike:

That's us.

Jana:

That's us. We would be ideal people to go on an opening week because we're very forgiving of mistakes and bad service or forgotten service or things like that. When you're new you know they're learning. They've got to find their groove.

Mike:

But nobody's complaining about that.

Jana:

Nobody's complaining about that, but there were some complaints when it first opened. That's grown pains Right, but now I've seen a couple of YouTube videos where they just didn't like it. But this one woman just made a fuss out of nothing, she was.

Mike:

We liked the food. The food was amazing, the service was amazing, the beach was amazing, but our massage was awful. The resort is horrible. Oh, it was. That kind of review Makes sense, gosh. And she's like oh, you're one of those types.

Jana:

She got to the sales office and made her complaints and they offered her, for the amount of money she paid, a free week to come in the future based off that credit, basically resort credit. But apparently when you take those, you signed an NDA. Well, duh, and this was like big horrible news to her. How dare they? I came here to video and vlog my experience. We're never coming back. Well, dude, don't ever go back. That's right?

Erica:

Was she an influencer?

Mike:

No, she was a travel agent Really.

Jana:

And it's like you know.

Mike:

You're not paying for my review.

Jana:

You're not going to make or break sandals and beaches resorts and I'm sure that they don't want you back after you put this horrible review out. But the only negative thing she said was that massage.

Mike:

And that's what we were like. We watched the end of that video. We were like, what Is that? The only thing she complained about?

Jana:

Yeah, the literal, the only thing was the massage. Oh, and the NDA, and the NDA when she got real upset about the NDA.

Mike:

I'll sign that NDA. In a heart, I will too. Yeah, you're going to give me a free week.

Erica:

I'll sign one every trip.

Dana:

I'll sign one every trip, right, how many times.

Jana:

So, now, look, don't take that, as we're encouraging to go down there and complain and get it, because we would never do that. And we're not telling you to do that. So, but if I were in a situation where there was a serious complaint required, yeah, I'll sign an NDA. Come on, let's do it. Let me redo my vacation and have a good time this next time, versus just losing my money and walking away. So, anyways, but Mike has been watching all the videos. I've been working on a booking all week and long. It's a big one.

Mike:

I have nothing to do. I haven't really been able to pay a whole lot of attention.

Jana:

This resort has some of the most incredible rooms in the room specifically I'm talking about and I'll have to look up the room type to tell you exactly but these rooms sit directly on the ocean. They are oceanfront. They will come with a butler. They're the top tier room. It is called the Awa Seaside Butler Bungalow with Private Pool.

Mike:

OK, we're not getting that room already.

Jana:

Oh gosh, we don't get to choose our room on these trips, so they will assign us. If they assign me that room, I'm never coming home.

Mike:

I am killing that butler. He's going to be going out every five seconds.

Erica:

Are those the ones that come with the Mini Cooper?

Mike:

Yeah, they do yeah. And you can drive, I think is this one of the islands. You can drive the Mini Cooper around town.

Jana:

I don't know what I just did with them. I think I messed up and lost it. Yes, so, but these rooms, y'all, they sit right against the ocean, like you're like four or five steps, but this is a non-swimmable side of the ocean, so you can't step out of these rooms and go into the water. You're not allowed to swim up on this end.

Mike:

So they got the ropes like it, Grandfler right.

Jana:

But you get your own private bungalow with a fairly good size, especially for a sandals plunge pool for a private room. Like I know, a lot of resorts have a fairly good size pool that shares, like it's a villa with four rooms and it'll share all four rooms. The pool this is one room, two people, a really good size pool, and it's every one of them on every single bungalow are infinity edged so you can walk out. It's beautiful. You'll have a butler with this room, so you can literally.

Mike:

Yeah, everyone never goes anywhere.

Jana:

Every single meal if you wanted to, you would never have to leave this room if you didn't want to.

Mike:

They can save money. They won't have to give us those gift cards to go off the resort. Just stay there, just stay there.

Jana:

Your boat can arrange a massage for you here at this bungalow as well, like there's just so many amazing things that a butler can do for you at a sandals resort, so I want you all to pay attention. But look closer at that. Look how pretty that is. Show them.

Mike:

Yeah.

Jana:

Guys, go to Main Street Travel Cocom, click the sandals, link it's a button and go to Curacao and it's the top level room I'm a C-Side butler bungalow and then call us to book because, because I'm traveling, when I come back I'm going to have an incredible incentive. I can read that in a minute. But y'all, this room is just gorgeous. It's got a soaking tub out on the deck, out by the pool, and soaking tubs are just like these really large bathtubs. Your butler can draw the bath for you, put bubbles in it, put rose petals in it, whatever you like. And I'm saying yes, I'm saying there is a bathtub outside on the deck, but it has curtains around it, so there's privacy for that. Your room is going to be beautiful. It's got a little trampoline out on that deck as well. Your room is going to be beautiful with a king size bed. It's going to have a mini bar in there, a little wet bar area for the butler to prepare things for you.

Mike:

Why does it have a trampoline?

Jana:

You lay on those out. It's not like a real trampoline. Hey, we got a trampoline.

Erica:

Not that kind of.

Mike:

We got my own trampoline Jump all day long.

Jana:

So they also at this resort, have a rendezvous suite which I did not realize it had rendezvous suites until this weekend when Mike was looking and they walked past the round of all I was like, oh, I didn't know they had rendezvous. I love the rendezvous suites and the first time I saw one was at Sandals Grand Saint Lucien, and then I also saw one at Sandals Antigua Rondovals are like little round, like a hut.

Dana:

Yeah, that's what it looks like.

Jana:

So the room is literally round and it's going to be split in the center, with the bedroom on one side and the bathroom, and then a small butler area separated on the backside. But again, you walk out your door and you are in a plunge pool. I'm your own private plunge pool. Now, this is a smaller plunge pool, but they also have a soaking tub out on the deck. But these are the perfectly round deep soaking tubs. Now, the good thing about a Rondeval is that the pool area and the soaking tub is completely private, with a fence. So nobody walking past can see anything into your suite. They would have to come into your suite on the other side of the building, open the door and come in to see any part of your space, your private space, the pool, the patio, the soaking tub. You have a little couch with a TV, like a little living room area right there with your king size bed, and then the wet bar area with your butler and then, of course, the bathroom as well. These normally have an outdoor shower. I don't know if these do, but we'll check. I think it might. Most of them usually do. And then, of course, you've got large one bedroom suites here. They even have the Sandals. South Coast is the first one that had the what do they call it? The village where you swim through the pools to get to all the little suites, little huts, what do they call that? That has a name, but this resort I know.

Erica:

She stumped us. I think I've confused everybody, but I'll I'm thinking over the water bungalows, but that's not it.

Jana:

No, that's not it, so I'll look it up in just a second. But this resort has it as well. But what it is, it's one, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. There's eight bungalows that surround a heart-shaped pool with a little heart island in the middle of it. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, okay. So here it's called the Curison Island Pool, saab Butler Bungalow, so this would be a shared pool. The heart is one large pool that is shared by eight different bungalows.

Mike:

Unlike the other pools you have on your own, you gotta wear clothes on that one right.

Jana:

Apparently you gotta wear clothes. On this one, I mean, I would Nope don't want it, yeah, nevermind. So this Curison Island area with these eight bungalows would be perfect for a group of people If you've got eight couples who wanna travel together and just have a grand old time each room comes with a butler. Y'all could have such an amazing time at this and I wanna book it for you because I want it to. I wanna be a part of this. I don't necessarily have to go with you, but I wanna be a part of booking this right when you just kinda have this party of your grab. It's private and with butlers, you technically would never have to leave this area during the whole time. I can bring you food for any restaurant. Do all the things. Now most people do wanna dress up and go out at night and get out of the room and whatnot, but that would be super cool. So that makes me wanna go to Sandal South Coast real quick and tell y'all what is that's cold.

Erica:

I mean we have three couples right here grab.

Dana:

Russ, so grab Johnny. I was gonna say practically there.

Erica:

Three out of eight.

Dana:

We need five more people.

Mike:

We'll just rent those out, Call us what's that number again.

Jana:

Okay, I don't know why I didn't think of this. Sandal South Coast has the South Seas swim up, that's it. Yeah. Butler Rondeval Suite, so yeah, but at here at Curacao, it's the Curacao. Okay, that's cool, I like it. And of course, y'all. They have so many other room types and I won't talk about that. They do have some swim up suites. They have some Butler Walkout patio suites, one bedrooms, just they have all the rooms. And then down to just your normal hotel room Sandals. I wouldn't call them normal because they're so incredible, but your basic hotel room with a bathroom and a balcony.

Dana:

And that's one thing that probably a lot of people don't understand about sandals is you heard the brand. You think you know what the brand offers, but there is almost a room type for anybody. If you really want that type of a vacation experience, we can find you the right not only the right resort for you, but the right room type as well.

Jana:

So now it's sandals Curacao. They do have diving, but they have night diving here and I've seen videos of the night diving off of Curacao and man you can see like octopus, those gosh. That's wild, that sea life that only comes out at nighttime is what you're going to see.

Mike:

Yeah, it's terrifying. I mean I wouldn't do it, but that's pretty crazy cool.

Erica:

I love that for whoever loves doing it, but for me, no, thank you.

Mike:

I think I'd try it, but I don't know. I'd have to be really close to something to pull me out.

Erica:

Yeah.

Jana:

No joke, I can't dive. I can't go deep into pool anymore. It hurts my ears so bad. So I don't know what's wrong with my ears, but I can't even go like four or five feet down. It's like no, that's too hard on my ears. So I'd love to dive, and I would night dive in a heartbeat. Would you swim with sharks? Oh well, of course I would, would you?

Erica:

Yeah, would you do like an open dive or would you like an cage? You can do that in Cabo. Open dive, would you really?

Jana:

In Cabo you can swim with the whale sharks. You just have to follow the boat and get in with them. So there are some sharks that don't bite Really At least don't bite humans, Woo. My thoughts exactly, so they have all kinds of water sports here, but I think special to Curacao is the night diving. Of course they've got entertainment. They've got the land activities like day and night tennis, which I think everybody has day and night tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard, lawn chess, croquet. Do they have pickleball? I don't see pickleball listed and that's what I was just looking for, cause that's such a popular. What is pickleball?

Erica:

It's kind of like tennis, but not really, and you have different paddles. Use paddles instead of racquets.

Dana:

They're smaller, it's a big deal. It's a big deal but I've always, like I have wondered what exactly is it so?

Jana:

it's like ping pong tennis, but faster. Ping pong is pretty fast.

Erica:

Yeah, okay. Like the ball can hurt you, well, so can a ping pong ball. You see how fast are you going Hit somebody's eyeball with it?

Mike:

I don't know.

Jana:

I can make any sport dangerous. Yeah, fitness center. Of course. They've got the red lane spa. Red lane spas are standard across all sandals and beaches resorts. Some of those massages look amazing. Yeah, and you know what?

Dana:

Back to what Mike brought up earlier. There's only been one massage in the history of my life so far that I would say was a bad massage. Yeah, it'd be really hard to complain about a massage.

Jana:

I swear right.

Dana:

Really hard to complain.

Erica:

And for that one thing to ruin your whole experience.

Dana:

Correct.

Mike:

We made it how wonderful.

Erica:

Everything else was.

Mike:

That's just somebody wanting to complain about something.

Erica:

Yeah.

Jana:

Well, I think she was looking also for a good hook for her video to get people to watch it, because the video is I'll never go here again. That's true. Okay.

Mike:

She actually said that would never go to any sandals.

Jana:

Yeah, any sandals.

Erica:

What a dodo Because of that, when you say that.

Mike:

Yeah, hey, more room for us. Good, because they're always sold out. I mean, at least it gives us a spot, yeah, right.

Erica:

I mean, I didn't have a good experience with the spa onboard Royal Caribbean, but that didn't ruin my whole trip.

Dana:

And guess what? That's the first time I've heard you say that.

Erica:

Really, yeah, where were you? We talked about this. I don't remember. Oh, I don't think you were here, but yeah, it was not a good experience Interesting.

Mike:

But it didn't ruin my. I loved my cruise.

Erica:

And that wouldn't deter me from ever cruising with Royal Caribbean again.

Jana:

But you know, we've had bad experiences at Disney. We literally almost got in a fight it up caught with these two drunk morons who were picking on my son, but like two adults picking on my teenager son, right, oh, ok Anyways. But you can't always trust what you're seeing on YouTube. What people's opinions are on YouTube or a podcast or a Facebook post or any kind of social media. Nobody travels the same. Me and Erica are a prime example of people who travel very, very differently and you know, for me, I can look at somebody and be like, well, I think it looks great, now I'm going to go anyways. But there's a lot of people who would watch that woman's YouTube vlog and would have been like, oh well, I'm never going there. That is such a loss and a shame for you to trust somebody to form an opinion on something that you might actually absolutely adore and love, just because she hated it. A lot of people just want to be measurable and negative and I felt for this lady. She was looking for a viral video with the way she named it and then, had the one complaint. It's like, ok, you know you're just trying to whatnot, but, like you said, find a hook to get something. Yeah, I think that's what she was doing. So y'all be careful when you're out there and this is another place where a travel agent is absolutely your best friend, but you've got to be a good travel agent. Look at reviews on travel agents, y'all, and look one bad review here and there does not dictate who that travel agent is or what, because think about that one bad review is that crazy woman on YouTube acting like a nut. The majority of the reviews is what's going to do, because some travel agents simply know how to do the best job for you that anybody else could do. Not all travel agents have the wisdom or the ability or the skill to work for you in this aspect, and I'm not going to tell y'all how to do it. If you want to know how we work with clients and what you need to join Main Street Travel. I'm not going to sit here and give a speech to travel agents on how we do what we do, but you, as a traveler, need to make sure that you're not listening to opinions of people who are just trying to get attention is essentially what I'm saying. Be careful. What influencers and I hate that term, I hate it and I hate that that's a real thing these days as influencers, because nine times out of 10, when you see an influencer in person, they're the rudest oh my gosh, you have no idea. most stuck up spoiled rotten person and they have the ego the size of a continent and it's like y'all got to stop Because you're not doing anybody favors. You're not cute. If I ever run across and I have not to this day an influencer who just put it out there and said it like it is and didn't have to act all prissy and stuff, then I might watch that. But I will not support any influencer who wants to get out there and act a certain way and then talk negatively about their experience. I'm going to tell y'all what happens to me at Disney and on any vacation. I'm going to tell you what happens, good or bad but I'm never going to tell you that that destination is not for you, because that's your decision to make. We're going to help you make that decision. When you work with us and this is not a main street commercial You're going to have to be a travel agent online with this video and trashing this resort. It's like what are you doing? Why wouldn't you even do that?

Erica:

That's so bizarre, though, because if you, as a travel agent, a lot of people are like well, you have to be an influencer to be a travel agent, because you have to influence people to book with you and go to this destination.

Mike:

I completely disagree.

Erica:

I completely disagree. And for her to try to get this viral hook and have this video go viral for this particular read like girl, you're hurting your own revenue. Yeah, like your views, don't pay your bills, your bookings. Pay your bills Like I don't know.

Mike:

I mean, I'm looking at this girl's channel. She also has something about Team U and she gets it a one star soap.

Erica:

Oh well, now she's crossed the line.

Dana:

Now we know Team U.

Jana:

She has crossed the freaking line now we're going to go track her down because I hate Team U as much as I love Team.

Dana:

U.

Jana:

Exactly. They text me like three or four times a day and I always scream at my phone shut up.

Dana:

Team U. She does, she says stop it. Team U, Because Team.

Jana:

U. Oh okay, we're going to get off the topic of the year. They're saying that places like Team U and Sheen Sheen Go ahead. You could probably say this way more clearer than I can say it, because you know what I'm going to say that they're selling your credit card information. No, no, no, no, no no. Okay, I thought that's where she was going to. I wasn't going there that if you are shopping on Team O and Sheen, you need to be using like a PayPal account to pay. Don't put your credit card into their system, because your credit card system, your credit card information, is being sold. So we do know that Well that's a good term for me to say they're saying I know, but who reads that?

Dana:

We know that nobody really really does.

Jana:

They're saying that Team U and Sheen are Chinese companies selling very cheap items. I have to kind of disagree. Me too. They're cheap and sometimes the quality is cheap, Like I got one pair of shoes from them. They're cute and they're okay, but they feel like a piece of cardboard. I probably get five or six wears out of them. They're not gonna be wearable anymore. But then I got another pair of shoes that I wore to my daughter's wedding and their phenomenal quality. They're pretty, they're cute and they're great quality. I will wear those shoes for years, right.

Mike:

I've ordered twice from them and I've thrown everything away.

Erica:

Have you really Everything?

Jana:

Oh my gosh, you're just that guy, you know what else I got from them that I absolutely love is those little perfume pump sprays for travel.

Dana:

I still need to get some of those I'll give you some.

Jana:

I got a handful of them. Yeah, that's so nice, so, but instead of taking your whole bottle of perfume, you just take them out. I think it might be one or two ounces in it, yeah, but still that's plenty.

Mike:

But they travel and for us that's important right.

Jana:

Yeah, but they're saying that Timu has a ridiculously big marketing budget and it's clogging up search engines appearing at the top of searches. They're making a huge loss on every sale, but by doing so they hope to force out the competition and the way it's going. They will. They won't be able to sustain the cheap prices forever, but hope that they will gain the market share and their cheap price with their cheap price strategy by shopping with them. It will force many US small businesses out of the market and out of the business.

Mike:

Oh, almost sounds like Amazon. This will have an adverse Sounds like.

Erica:

Google.

Jana:

All right, this will have an adverse effect on our economy. So I'm not sure how accurate that is, but that's what I'm reading, and I've seen several people post various versions of that statement about how they're going to put the small guys out of business.

Dana:

Well, we see that We've seen that for years now, so that's not necessarily new news.

Mike:

I think the only threat to Timu Timu, whatever, or the threat vice versa, is Amazon. I mean, Amazon's already put all the Monpo places out of business. So what I mean.

Jana:

And I shop Amazon like crazy every day.

Dana:

I think most people do, whether we Mike has an Amazon shopping problem.

Jana:

They're at my house not just daily, multiple times daily it's Christmas.

Dana:

And not just in the Christmas season.

Jana:

It could be June, right, you know, it could be just some random day in April, like there's constantly stuff coming.

Mike:

Well, we don't shop on anything, but I mean we'll go to Best Buy and look at what we want to get and then order it on Amazon.

Jana:

It's too easy to sit at home these days and just order what you need. And it makes us very, very lazy, but I mean well, kind of like the movie Wally.

Erica:

You probably haven't seen it in your mind. I've seen parts of it, I think I can't remember.

Dana:

I think, I can't remember, I think it was weird.

Jana:

It was boring, more so than weird actually. But it's like, for as busy as we stay here, it's a blessing to say, hey, I need this, and no, it's going to be at the house when you get home. But on the flip side of that coin, it is putting a lot of small business out which we need. All support small business, true.

Mike:

And now I've seen where Amazon's now doing travel. Yeah, oh so.

Jana:

I'm going to say is if you trust your vacation to Amazon or AI or Costco or any box, any big box like that that sells travel.

Erica:

Good luck, good luck.

Jana:

Yeah, I hope you have zero issues. I hope your flights are not delayed or canceled. I hope that when you get there the hotel actually exists and it's not just an empty lot and if it does stand with a building on it, I hope it's actually open. There's just there's such a risk in doing that. So if you're going to do it yourself, do it on something like Expedia, don't go do it at Costco. And I don't care how many gift cards that give you if you get there and the building literally does not exist and you're standing in front of a lot and get on the phone and try to get you some help. Good luck, go read the reviews on Costco travel. Just go read the reviews, because it's not good. These days there seems to be a group of we do it ourselves and we don't need you travel agents and those who absolutely want to travel agent, because we know if it's open, we know it's there, all the things I just said but we're also here when things go wrong. So in, you know we can't control the airplane or the pilot or the hotel or the front desk person being rude, or you get into Disney and rain shutting down the parade or whatnot. We can't control any of those things, but we are here to help you figure out the solution to the problem. If a problem arises, a problem is not my fault. I didn't cause the rain, I didn't cause the delay, I didn't cause the smart electric front desk person. I didn't do any of that. That's not your travel agents fault. But what we can do is help you resolve it as best as can be resolved. But also understand that if it can't be resolved or that destination or that vendor or whatnot is refusing to resolve it, then at that point we have to follow different avenues. But it's still not our fault and you're not. You should not be blaming a travel agent for the failure of a destination. So if you show up to a Disney hotel and that hotel front desk agent says, well, your travel agent didn't link your rooms together, oh, were you traveling?

Erica:

That's what happens to me.

Jana:

Your travel agent canceled your booking, or your travel agent did this or that, your travel agent did not do that. That is now Disney's new go-to to keep themselves from getting yelled at face to face by customers standing across the front desk from them. So just know that we're seeing that a lot with Disney and I don't know why Disney but Disney is absolutely taking everything that they're doing wrong with their system fails on and they're blaming your travel agent, and it is a bold face law.

Erica:

So story time. Okay, the first time I stayed at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort clearly I booked it myself, it was my husband and I we were there for an adult weekend and went to try to check in on the my Disney Experience app and it wouldn't let me. And I'm like, wow, that's kind of strange, I've never had that happen. So we go do whatever we're doing. We don't have to check in right away. Finally we're like, okay, it's nighttime, let's go check in, let's take showers, get ready for the parks. Tomorrow I have to go to the front desk because we still can't check in online and go to the front desk and the cast member dead, looks me in the eye and says your travel agent canceled your reservation. So at this point I'm tired. We had driven, we drove down there. It was during a snowstorm here in Tennessee, so we had to pull over. We slept for like three hours at a hotel, had to get back from the road, go to Florida. It was just. It was a long time. I said come here, lean in closer, closer.

Mike:

I just looked at him.

Erica:

I said just come here, come here. And he leaned in. He was a little scared. I said I am the travel agent. Do you want to try again? Boom Boom. Then miraculously it was the computer's course. And then they found our reservation, yeah, so please know that a travel agent is not going to cancel your reservation. And why would we do that?

Jana:

Please know that the reservation is 99 times out of 100 not canceled. Yes, it's just that their computer will glitch for half a second. Maybe they typed in your name wrong, correct. Who knows why they would tell you it's canceled, but I've heard I didn't know what happened to you, oh yeah absolutely but we did have another client it happened to, and luckily the client standing at the front desk called me and so I said please hand the cast member the phone. And me and the cast member had a conversation and suddenly the reservation was discovered and then the cast member was also apologizing to my client with me still on the phone, like I wouldn't get to hang up without them saying I'm wrong, sorry, yeah, but just know that y'all and we hate that, but sometimes, oh gosh, hang on.

Erica:

Travel agents are here from you. We're never going to cancel your reservation without your permission. Right Bottom line, bottom line.

Jana:

Amen, but no matter what travel agent you might choose to use in this big world, we really want you to use one, and I think that's hilarious that we just completely got off the topic of Sandals Curacao all the way over here.

Mike:

We totally left.

Jana:

Curacao? We sure did, but yeah y'all, curacao is going to be fun. I think we'll just leave it at that today. We will tell you so much more about it when we get back. I just don't have a ton of information. I do know that.

Erica:

What was that Goodness?

Mike:

Steve, steve, yeah, steve, maybe on a table on top of that.

Jana:

I do know that when you go to Curacao you have to fill out a form online first.

Mike:

Yes, it's free, but you got to do it.

Jana:

We did that. It was super simple, super easy, and at this point we just travel. We are flying through Miami and Miami's train terminal train is shut down.

Mike:

So, but wait, we're first class, they're going to come get us right.

Jana:

No, they're not going to come get us they upgraded us to first class yeah. We got upgraded on the plane America.

Mike:

You're so special Woohoo. It's going to be fun. Never slip, never. The fanciest I've done is the Spirit Big Comfy Seats. Woohoo, I had.

Jana:

That had gum on it. When I went to Alaska I was on Delta and I upgraded to what do you call it?

Mike:

It's like business, business comfort something comfort plus, comfort plus.

Jana:

That was the absolute most uncomfortable seat on the way. Really, I was sitting on a concrete block. I may as well have sat on the floor and I asked that stewardess a few times. I'd rather sit in the floor than sit in this chair. Can I move? And of course they won't let you do that.

Mike:

Do you have a pillow?

Jana:

Do you have a blanket? You have something my shoulders, literally back of my neck and my shoulders. When I got home, just I hurt for two days from that hard seat it was so bad. Order plane so hopefully it's just reflective of the older planes. But I was really ticked off that I paid to upgrade. Oh yeah, that just absolutely Warming out that was coming back. It was going up and coming back.

Mike:

Okay, so you never got to experience the regular it was.

Jana:

It was the national to Seattle legs is where I had that and then coming back to see what the regular seats were Then that might have been just wood. Oh, yeah, send on a plank back there.

Dana:

Yeah, so well, and it's Unfortunate that you had that experience, but however, it does speak to the point that things happen to everybody.

Mike:

Yeah, even your travel agent, even a seasoned.

Dana:

Well experienced travel agent like Janice and you know I approached on the flight back.

Jana:

I won't be stupid. Fantastic, I'm on the on the flights home up in Anchorage. I went to the desk there at the airport and I very kindly explained that the seat was not comfortable. Could you is there a place for me to upgrade to first class for these flights home? And no, it wasn't available.

Mike:

So but they everybody already knew this seat sucks, so they went right.

Jana:

that gave me a $50 credit and I was like okay, that's not gonna help my, my rear end on the ride home right, thanks.

Mike:

So that doesn't the next Alaska trip.

Jana:

Yeah, and always remember when you do encounter problems on your vacations, you will catch way more flies with honey. If you approach somebody in anger and yelling and whatnot it's, it's usually only gonna get you attitude back. And if you do approach somebody with kindness and you're not getting what you want, ask for a manager, ask for a supervisor. As for somebody who could truly make a difference, sometimes you're always just gonna get that hard no, and other times you might actually wind up with an upgrade or a credit or something. So just keep that in mind as well. Mike and I fly home on December 1st. We land at like nine o'clock or so at night. Right, at least it's not midnight right there.

Erica:

Might as well to stay at the airport, and then I'm gonna go home.

Jana:

And I'm gonna. I've got two suitcases packed right now sitting side by side. One is Kirisal, one is Disney Universal and I'm gonna go home and I'm going to open the suitcase from Kirisal, pull out my toiletries, stuff it in the bag with the Disney stuff and leave that bag home and then grab that bag and have to be back at the airport Brighten early the next morning.

Erica:

Yeah, at least we're not taking the very first flight of the day. Oh right, eight o'clock.

Jana:

Because I chose the flights and I was like you know, I don't want to get the airport at four o'clock in the morning for a. I want to get there at six, which is fine compared to what I would have had, but look what we're about to have to do now.

Mike:

What's the plane start at Kirisal. What is it? Five o'clock. Yeah, and it's international, so we got to be there with three hours early. Yeah well, national national airport Security won't open till 3 30 and we're calling everybody we know at 3 30, make sure they're awake. Yeah, including y'all.

Jana:

Mike's awake that kind of time of day Anyway.

Mike:

so he's already gone so yeah, I've already been practicing.

Jana:

Michael, just have to carry me, obviously.

Mike:

I think here's one over the airport but and then you're flying back and I guess you're gonna be home for about a week and then we're flying to Philadelphia for a wedding for a wedding.

Dana:

Mm-hmm, it's just a busy time of the year. It's just in a Disney, disney, a busy year period.

Jana:

Yes, um gosh. January started with California, hawaii, yeah. And then I came back and had Three, maybe four groups I can't remember between Disney, universal. So I was down there for about a month straight. Then came home and you and me went to Branson oh, we came home. And you and me went to Turks and Caicos oh, yes, we did. Then, you and me, mike, went to Disney for Aaron's graduation trip with his friends.

Mike:

That seems so long.

Dana:

Right, it's been a long year Then. This year. Yes, yeah.

Erica:

Right, that was in June, was Aaron's trip?

Jana:

No, it was end of May and then in June I went and did the Universal, you preferred conference, the inaugural conference. We're just in June All right, dana tacked on with me because she had kind of come at the end of my dates to Disney to check in a group. And then I came Over and joined Dana and we worked the group that week. Then we went to Jamaica next, right? No, we went back to Disney in July. Yes, we did, we went to Jamaica first. Hang on, let's count that. So do we go to Jamaica?

Erica:

We went to Jamaica, California, August.

Jana:

Okay, california, hawaii, and I'm gonna count that month of groups as one. Okay, and then Branson, and then Turks, and then you preferred, and then Disney again, and then Disney for Lucy's birthday, right y'all and then we did Jamaica with several mainstream travel planners, Mm-hmm. Then I did Alaska.

Dana:

Mm-hmm, don't forget about San Antonio.

Jana:

Was that? This year it was, so that's 11. We did San Antonio the first week of June. Okay okay, then we're doing Curacao, and then I'm going to Disney with y'all and I'm doing Philadelphia. That is 14.

Mike:

You y'all done just as much almost practically.

Dana:

Maybe my family would agree, but Love me so much.

Erica:

Oh, yeah, johnny loves it.

Jana:

I love Jan even more, I swear they love, because I'm the one that makes them go. They're like Johnny, I'm going on a trip.

Dana:

Don't think that your name wasn't first and foremost in my explanation of why I'm going on this trip.

Mike:

I'm.

Dana:

Jana invited Jan as.

Erica:

But yeah, I just think. I mean, I know this isn't a mainstream commercial or plug or anything, but it kind of just it's turned into one but it just kind of speaks to why mainstream travel is way more better. Oh, because you can travel all this much throughout the year and run a successful business and help agents grow from the ground up at the same time. It's just, it's fascinating, and I wish Agents elsewhere knew that.

Mike:

I just remember Erica. I was tag way more better months ago you were on a trip and you're like and I'm just taking advantage of this because I won't be able to come back to Disney till next year.

Dana:

I.

Erica:

He says where you going, where you going, mm-hmm how much is it gonna cost right here?

Mike:

Okay, me and Aaron, the PlayStation out in the living room. We eat nothing but barbecue and pizza, so y'all need to take more trips.

Jana:

I've literally traveled more this year in a single year than I ever have, and it's hard to travel and Book and work at the same time. All I'm doing are groups, but it's still very difficult.

Mike:

I have a real hard time with that.

Jana:

I Don't. I don't work well when I'm traveling because I want to be in the moment so much to truly absorb what. I'm seeing some come back and sell it that much better because I'm not looking at a resort from the perspective of two adults. I'm looking at the resort because these days, in case y'all didn't know, sandals is no longer for couples in love. Sandals is for adults. So if you got two girls who want to go to sandals, you can do it. You got a guys trip that wants to go to sandals, you can do it. It's just that you have to understand that there's one king bed in the room. You are not in love you're gonna be. Share that bed. Yes, so that makes it much easier for destination weddings and things like that, but I Don't remember while I was going with that thought. But period. Point being is that we don't just look for that's where I was going. We don't look from the perspective of a man and a woman or a couple of any type in love going. We're looking from multiple perspectives as to how we approach a resort, because I got to be able to sell it to anybody who wants to go, and you and I do not travel the same. And, listener, you and I do not travel the same, but I promise you that if you plan a trip with myself or any of my mainstream travel planners, we are going to be able to plan you the best trip with the tools that we use to Get that information from you. So, period.

Mike:

We're right back to this mainstream.

Jana:

Why this podcast? Yeah, I'm sorry this podcast turned into a main street travel commercial. It's just one of those days, it's I don't know.

Mike:

It's all that's blame it on the tear, here we go, here we go.

Jana:

I'm gonna blame it on Josh If you view the Disney parks as the world's biggest stage, then performance is in your blood. We have also been watching videos of the Grinch.

Mike:

Oh yeah, have you checked out the Grinch channel?

Erica:

Is not, that's not, I just seen Ticktocks of people going and seeing the Grinch this year, that's.

Dana:

I guess I will now too.

Mike:

That's what this is, but when just the username Grinch is not a universal, it's a probably ran one, and it's just grins from everything, but most of them are from universal.

Jana:

All right, I'm gonna remember that video I saw where the lady walks up to him and gives him a gift.

Erica:

Was it the onion.

Jana:

But there was another one. But I also saw another video last night where a lady walks up and it's like a little jack-in-the-box. I sent that to you. It's a.

Erica:

Mickey Mouse Jack-in-the-box. No, the Grinch opens it. It is so funny. Also to you it's very funny.

Jana:

Have we figured out any kind of gift to give him? No, because I got you're getting him liter hose in. I forgot to buy them. I was going to and I totally forgot to buy it. Maybe we could buy it and it could get here before now, and so if you look and get it, I'll reimburse you on it, because I want I did want to get him that, I just totally forgot about it.

Erica:

What else can we get? Give the Grinch? I don't know.

Dana:

Maybe we need our listeners to call in.

Erica:

Oh yeah, let's listeners, please call in. Well, we won't get it before.

Jana:

Yeah, they're gonna. We're gonna release this today, oh, okay.

Erica:

So somebody please call in and with your suggestions of a good gift to grit and not something that he well like.

Jana:

We don't want to give an onion. He's already got an onion, but we're talking about those liter hose in outfit. So we need to look to see if we can get one here before. Okay, the second and then Amazon yeah.

Erica:

My just.

Mike:

See, and you can play, because I come to our house all the time.

Jana:

But it's like what else? And I thought what? Maybe you can just give him a piece of trash. He loves trash.

Mike:

But then I'm like I saw somebody give him that the the angel.

Erica:

Oh, I didn't see that that.

Mike:

Uh, he takes it and puts it on top of his tree.

Erica:

Oh, precious that's cute.

Jana:

I love that I got me a grinch shirt off amazon, so it's coming. Oh, I got one too. Did you get one? I got one yesterday. We all have those.

Erica:

Okay, have you seen the wait times, now that they've done away with the virtual queue?

Jana:

Uh-oh they're like four to five hours you know how I would didn't understand a few podcasts go about how some people would stand in line for a character such as figment.

Mike:

Here we go Five hours. Well, you understand.

Dana:

Is my figment. The grinch is my figment. The grinch is my figment. There we go.

Jana:

I will stand in that line. If that's all, we do all day long I want to meet the grinch. For what? Maybe two whole minutes, yeah right, so it's ridiculous. But um, we got to meet the grant.

Erica:

We're gonna meet the grinch and I just want to get those little potato minions. Oh yeah, I want to get the potato minions and meet the grinch. Okay and I'm, I'm.

Jana:

They say those aren't actually potatoes, are they? I don't think they're potatoes. You had them, didn't you know it was jennifer woods and her son. Oh, I think they were like cheese field or something. I'm okay with that too. Okay, yeah, cheese is good.

Mike:

I'm gonna find cheese. We're good.

Jana:

Yeah, and I never looked up anything else. Universal Christmas, but we're not gonna be there late enough for the parade and the night time stuff, but there definitely will be characters. We got to go to the tribute store. Yes, oh, definitely. I'm not interested in riding anything, I just want to be sure I hit all the Christmas stuff that they might offer there. Um, there was something else I saw that I know they do and gosh, I'm just blank today y'all Like I am not a trip to fan, I'm telling you, it's a real thing, I'm not a. I'm not a good podcast host today, so that's all right.

Erica:

It's none of us. It's no makeup Monday, so works for me, it's fine. Um, I do have a question though, okay, because we're we're bunny hopping all over the place here. So you know, we, we travel differently. We travel differently. Yeah, so I have a breakfast reservation on tuesday at 7 40. Do you want to go?

Jana:

That was perfectly timed, you realize that is 6, 40 nash full time right.

Erica:

Yes, I can cancel it. Where is it?

Jana:

Kate may Walk. Specifically Kate may because it's character dining right. But it's super popular but you know, I could go see Minnie Mouse at magic kingdom, but not in those outfits.

Erica:

Which outfits? The beachy outfits? Oh, I'll cancel it. That's really.

Mike:

I know you weren't gonna go, I just like to say it, make it like 9, 40, nothing else.

Jana:

That's why you got it, because nothing else nobody wants to get up at 6 40 in the morning. We have to get up at 5 am To make out reservation. Lord, what's the cancellation on it? Two hours Then. Let's wait and make the decision the day before. What are we doing the night before that? I'm gonna go get up. Very merry, okay, okay. My goal for very merry was to stay until they sweep us out. Oh, me too.

Dana:

In which case I will not make a 6 40 am Breakfast yeah.

Jana:

Cause I'm usually that's about 1 am when they'll sweep us out.

Erica:

Well, plus that's a tuesday and it's also my run day, so I might just have to get up and go running instead.

Jana:

So why get up at all?

Erica:

just go run after Christmas party then you go to bed, change my shoes and while you're because me and dana will sleep as long as you.

Jana:

Well, you can come, like you'll go back to the room from very merry, run me and dana is going to bed. Yeah, you go run, and then you can come in, have your shower, go to sleep and then by the time we wake up, you'll be ready to wake up, because you don't need as much sleep as we do, apparently.

Erica:

A parent apparently. So I say Mike and I are up at like the same time every morning.

Jana:

Mike naturally wakes up about 3 30 every morning.

Erica:

Naturally, oh, no, mine's by alarm. Oh, no he just wakes up after snooze a few times.

Mike:

No, I don't know about, it's always been that way. So I mean, if I sleep till six. I'm done. I can't do nothing, I don't work. Well, he normally goes to bed around none.

Jana:

Like I make him stay up till nine o'clock at night. He was trying to go to bed at eight o'clock, like what's wrong with you? You know it's wrong with you.

Mike:

Went to bed at 3 30.

Jana:

I mean, well then you shouldn't whatever, but um.

Mike:

So it doesn't matter. I could stay up till midnight and I'll still wake up, and that's what we did the other night because he stayed up.

Jana:

I was like, well, I'm like it's 10 o'clock, why are you still awake? And he I thought he was getting up to go to bed but he didn't. He went to the kitchen, came back, sat back down, stayed up to about 11, went to bed, woke up at 3 30 yeah.

Erica:

It's hard to snap your body out of that once you're so used to it.

Mike:

I've done that forever.

Erica:

It's hard to to change the habit.

Mike:

I never stayed out late when I was kid, I mean I would. I would wake up 3, 34 o'clock in the morning.

Jana:

We were in the streets, yeah. Oh we were crawling in about five minutes before our parents alarms went off and nobody knew any better.

Erica:

So yeah, good old days.

Jana:

For all those millennials listening. We could do all of that back in the 90s. So, okay, we all, we are literally just blabbering and you're welcome, you're. You're welcome, we're fun people. This podcast had a, had a different outline, but I don't know what happened. I'm blaming it on the branch. I'm blaming it on the branch.

Dana:

I mean I've said turkey tripped a fan.

Mike:

Enough Say we're doing it lighter than normal, but I guess not. I mean, we're just doing it on monday instead on friday.

Jana:

Yeah, so y'all have a good week. When is december 5th? What day is that?

Erica:

Is it tuesday? Okay so.

Jana:

You will not get another podcast from us between now. When you release this one today in december 5th, we will probably do with the friday after december 5th, I don't know what number day that falls on seven. Okay, so we will do something on seventh.

Mike:

We will drop it on the monday though.

Jana:

We will drop it on the monday following. So that's when you're going to get the next podcast from us and we are going to have so Much stuff to say me and michael, have all the sandals, curacao stuff. Maybe we'll try to do that first, because if not, I will forget, um all the things I want to say, and then um, erica and data and me will then the next one do this disney universal christmas extravaganza.

Erica:

We're gonna have to bring a lot of, like, three parts. Yeah, for sure.

Jana:

We'll probably take this into the new year. So probably. But what we'll do? Is we'll be sure to just drop some odd Things here and there, not like we did today, but today was odd, but it's fun. Today it was very hard. Okay, all right, y'all. We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for listening. We would love To have a voicemail, please, please. Please call me a voicemail Are you're making us a beg for voicemails. This was never a problem before, so I'm not sure why everybody's gotten so shy. Ah, I don't know what's phone number Mike 615 2465823. Bye y'all, bye, bye.

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