So I’m leaving on my roadtrip in 21 days. I will be driving from Palm Beach County, Florida to Aurora, Illinois. 1330 miles or 2140 kms. My sister has made the drive in 20 hours without stops; but I usually do it in three days with two sleepovers in a hotel. There are many ways to die, but a fiery car crash due to exhaustion is just stupid (and wicked painful). I booked my first stop online: Orlando, Florida. This is only 7 hours away from my starting point, but was chosen for its’ secret advantages.
This little life episode made me reminisce about the narcissist and generated my next post about lying. You see, first I set the stage by blogging about being susceptible to moon madness and then I did something irresponsible and impulsive – which I can now blame on the full moon instead of myself. This is a trick I learned from David.
I am a Harry Potter addict. After movie #3 came out in the theaters, I had to know what was going to happen next in the stories, so I started reading the books. By then, I believe four books had been published and I became a superfan. I joined a Harry Potter book club that met once a month at Border’s Book Store. We all wore wizard robes and avidly discussed what was going to happen next to each character and why. My greatest achievement was when I accurately foresaw (SPOILER ALERT***) that Snape was in love with Lily. I was the first and only member of the book club who figured this out before book 7 was published. We also went in costume to all the movie premieres and book release parties and those were some of the best times in my entire life. For four years, I had so much fun with the Harry Potter book club group. (P.S. At the time, the average HP fan was 31 years old, i.e. not a child, and I was about 40.)
After the final book was published, all of us in the book club felt such grief. It was like both our friend had died and our childhood was over. It was terrible. But then, the theme park opened at Universal Orlando Resort and we got to live “the magic” all over again – in 3-D! The first park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, was aesthetically beautiful, true to the books, and had fun rides. I went there alone for my birthday on a 3-day pass and made an awesome scrapbook of everything I saw and felt and did. It took me many months to make that scrapbook but it was beautiful when it was done. As you might imagine, I mostly journal when I scrapbook (in the days pre-blog) and the book is more like a diary than a photo album.
Four years have passed and a second HP theme park just opened. As a Florida resident who has a Florida driver’s license, I can get into the park for 2-days for the price of one day, which is still $150 to ride a rollercoaster. That’s right. $150 just to get in the park, plus $20 to park your car, and $5 for a soda (no outside food allowed). Disney/Orlando is big bucks. I planned my roadtrip to stop at Universal Studios and visit the new park before I have to change my identification to an Illinois driver’s license. Also, it is fairly obvious to me that if I do not go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter right now, that I will never get to go. So, despite being nearly broke and mooching off my parents, I bought a hotel room online and went to buy a park pass.
Then I discovered that April 1st is a blackout date because it is considered Mardi Gras Week, the biggest concert event of the season. Damn! My only option was to buy an annual pass for $280… so I did. I spent $280 to go to Daigon Alley in person. Needless to say, I am NEVER telling my parents. Certainly, they are going to discover that I am at the theme park when I don’t arrive in Illinois at the scheduled time; but I will never divulge how much money I spent to do it. That information is going to my grave with me. While I hope this irresponsible and selfish decision doesn’t bite me in the ass, I don’t regret being impulsive in this case and I will probably make an awesome second scrapbook from the experience, which means I will get to be in it for at least another six months. That’s a long vacation. I did it. I put $350 on my charge card. End of story. See you in Orlando! Ravenclaws rule!!! (Forever.)
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