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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby RoCo » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:03 pm

The Saturn V rocket alone makes this a must-see for me. An amazing piece of history.

(Maybe the Forbidden Water Fountains of Mysteriousness are some kind of Big Brother-ish program the gummint is running. Take a drink and your FBI file gets upgraded to "Level 4 Authority Ignorer.")
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:32 pm

As awesome as this TR is, and as mysterious and unsolvable as the forbidden drinking fountain is. I'm still waiting for the ebony & ivory shoes to re-appear. =)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby dragsterfan420 » Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:19 pm

As always nice Photo TR. I've never been to the actual visitors complex at Kennedy Space Center, but going "behind the scene" kind of with an engineer I know that works there and seeing countless launches of shuttles, rockets, etc. I can say that the complex farther East of the visitor center towards the beaches is very interesting. Especially getting near the building that use to house the shuttles, the launch site, and the old somewhat decrepit launch sites. Such as where the Mercury and Apollo missions took place.

I got a question too. Are you guys looking to go on any adventures down into the Glades, Big Cypress, or other "wild" type of adventures? 'Cause I'd be glad to recommend some places in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Florida to visit for nice tastes of the wilds of Florida.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:23 am

niiicolaaah wrote:Cause they left the rovers down on the moon? :)


Yeah, that's what I was going for. :)


mcjaco wrote:I'm more mesmerized by your tan lines.


Yeah, that's what I was going for.


lt_hambone wrote:Snoopy was recruited by NASA to be their unofficial mascot, and Charles Schulz was so honored by the NASA request that he granted NASA free use of Snoopy.


For the record, that is explained at the Snoopy statue. I was just (attempting) being funny. :p


dragsterfan420 wrote:Are you guys looking to go on any adventures down into the Glades, Big Cypress, or other "wild" type of adventures?


Hmmm, not sure. I'm not opposed to it. But only if it's more interesting than going out in a boat to look at gators.


PriestofSyrinx wrote:Maybe there could be another Aeronautics themed update soon... Maybe something from Polk County... One that could inspire "Fantasy" while still covering "Flight" ;)


Aeronautics? Perhaps....

Not only do I have one more KSC update in the works (stop groaning!) but I've recently been informed that we won free tickets for "Lunch With An Astronaut."

I'd like to think that it was rigged by NASA because they've been so happy with our updates and they want to advertise their dining program. (Especially since I don't remember entering to win it. :p)

Now doubly glad I didn't make the "Dine With An Astronaut" joke that I was going to back in the first KSC update!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:46 am

Electerik wrote:
dragsterfan420 wrote:Are you guys looking to go on any adventures down into the Glades, Big Cypress, or other "wild" type of adventures?


Hmmm, not sure. I'm not opposed to it. But only if it's more interesting than going out in a boat to look at gators.

Well, there's always the chance to witness the real Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby haydn12 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:12 am

Congratulations on winning! Free food!

We did the Dine with the Astronaut thing a few years ago. My kids really enjoyed it.

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:09 pm

We wrap up--at least, for the immediate future--our Kennedy Space Center updates with an attraction some miles down the road, in Titusville. Admission is $20, or free on the same day with your Visitor Complex ticket--but that's actually a bit tricky to pull off, considering this place's noon-to-6:00pm operating hours. But we opted for the KSC annual pass, since we knew we wanted to do this on a separate day.

The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
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There's a space shuttle out front, but don't let those ramps fool you: You can't go into it. (Boo, hiss!)

According to an employee, you used to be able to, but it was damaged by a hurricane, so now they only let school groups go into it(!)
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Note that this is the *US* Astronaut Hall of Fame, so don't expect to see anything about unimportant astronauts, like the first man in space. Or the first woman in space. Or the guy who did the first space walk.
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Quick, who's this?
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What's cool about this mural is that it was actually painted by an astronaut. (Specifically, Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon.)
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This sign is on the back of the restroom door and kind of freaks me out.
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Okay, I know I should let this go. But we can mention Jules Verne, but not Yuri Gagarin?
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If you so choose, you can sit through a short film that manages to make space exploration seem completely uninteresting.
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A display dedicated to the Mercury 7. (The then-surviving 6 of which first came up with the idea for this place.)
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Hooray, a space capsule! (Specifically, Sigma 7. Yes, the real one.)
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Gemini never gets any love. Let's move on.
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A spacesuit designed for sitting.
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I love this quote. All the stronger that it came from a man who died in said pursuit.
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SPACE STUFF
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There are lots of displays like this. Meaning that you can breeze through this place, or spend several hours there, depending on your approach.
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This room is focused largely on space shuttle stuff, which is why it's so boring.
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Nope, can't ever be an astronaut.
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This pretty well encapsulates my feelings on the subject.
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Oh, this is the hall of fame? Alright, then....
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This is maybe about a quarter of what's on display in this room. I'm pretty sure everyone who's ever had Tang is here.
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Stuff that *belonged* to astronauts. Bit of a stretch, if you ask me.
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A really complicated diagram that aims to show how Neal Armstrong ended up being selected to be the first astronaut to set foot on the moon, but doesn't really.
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And they both ended up in space later, when we became slightly less picky about the whole thing.
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Moon dust created a spot on my photo.
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Fun Erik fact: I was conceived before man walked on the moon, but born after. None of which has anything to do with Jimi Hendrix.
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This area has lots of interactive games and such, as well as a small ride that's very much "Mission: Space" lite.

Speaking of which: I wonder what rides would be like on the moon...?
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The "Science Sphere."
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Why we must go to Mars. To carve giant logos on it.
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This photo was taken through the window of the room the Science Sphere is in, and is awesome.
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Photo op!
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Photo...um, well this isn't going to work.
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What the surface of Mars is like. So it's good to know that it's already wheelchair accessible!
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No, dear, you can't be an astronaut. But you can be dizzy like one!
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Seriously, who wears a shirt with a quote from themselves on it into space? That's just tacky.
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Space chess! But which one is Melody?
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Holy crap! You can buy a whole space jumpsuit?!

I totally want one. But I live in Florida.
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Um...maybe we should leave it to the scientists, for now.

And maybe we'll just leave it there. Goodbye, for now, US Astronaut Hall of Fame and Kennedy Space Center. We had fun being inside of you!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby scottian » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:34 am

I'm officially going to Titusville to buy a NASA jumpsuit. Did you price check them or just snap a shot?

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:32 pm

^ I believe it was $100.00. Good hunting!
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:37 pm

Erik & Smisty will be leaving for vacation tomorrow, so no more Florida updates for at least a couple weeks. But here's a little something to tide you over until then....

The other day, we were wandering around Universal Orlando (as we do), and decided to check out the Royal Pacific Hotel. It was around lunch time, and we hadn't eaten yet, so the thought of trying out one of the hotel's restaurant's did occur. I knew that Tchoup Chop was sort of the high-end, and we weren't looking to spend that much--but as it turns out, their lunch prices are actually fairly reasonable. So we decided to give it a shot.

Emeril's Tchoup Chop
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You can get to Royal Pacific from CityWalk by foot, or by "water taxi."
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Luckily, I can drive a boat.
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Tchoup Chop is sort of around the side from the hotel lobby, but right across from the water taxi dock.
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Adding to our decision to give it a try, it was completely dead. As in, we were the only guests in the restaurant.
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I know more about Elzar than I do Emeril. In fact, it's not even close.
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We loved the decor. I want to design my house around a big fountain now.
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The kitchen. It's hard to see here, but water runs down the grey stones at top.
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The bar.
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Random decorations. Because you deserve this photo.
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I went with the build-your-own bento box. Which was amazing.
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Smisty played it a little safer.
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She got a bit braver when it came to dessert, though.
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You can by Emeril stuff. Hey, I liked it, but I didn't like it that much.
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Just one of the reasons this hotel always reminds me of Tales of the Gold Monkey.
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All Hail Doctor Doom!
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Yeah, this is a weird update. Anyway, Elzar's was good. But tomorrow we're having Toft's, biatches!

Bam!
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