Day One: Travel Day
We had to get up early to catch our flight out of Las Vegas to Orlando with a 3-hour layover in Atlanta. This was so not the fun part. Unfortunately, on the first and long leg, we had seats in a row of 3, although Rich managed to snag us the exit row. I was so happy to get the exit row because I thought it would be so much easier to get up and use the restroom from my window seat. Not so.
We were seated with that one guy you don’t want to be seated with. He was loud, obnoxious, and rude. And, yes, he was from New York – lol! He couldn’t stop telling everybody that he was a chef and you could trust him because he wasn’t skinny. He kept talking about his size (think Chef Paul) and that was annoying. He could have been a gentleman and stood up when I tried to squeeze by him to use the restroom. I’m not skinny either, but even Rich had a hard time getting by him. But that isn’t the point – he should have been a gentleman and stood up. Instead, he was intent on wearing his headset and ignoring our needs. Believe me, I try to never have to use the restroom on the plane, but it couldn’t be helped. We talked about upgrading to Business Class for the flight home.
At last, we’d arrived in Atlanta, and it was time to get something to eat. The choices were poor and I don’t remember that being the case in Atlanta from my trips there before. Perhaps we were in a different terminal, which really wasn’t very nice. We found one place to sit down, eat a hot dog, drink a beer, and relax the 3 hours before the flight to Orlando. Thankfully, the plane to Orlando had 2 seats on each side, so we had our own row – yay!
When you fly from the west coast, it takes all day to get east and with the time change, it’s late when you arrive. We landed around 7:30 p.m. rented a car, checked in at All Star Vacation Homes, originally discovered via the All Ears site. This would be our third time renting a pool home from them, and the main reason was to live like a local for one week – we loved the Florida lifestyle from before and we thought this would give us the best experience to help us make our decision about moving back. We stopped off at Winn Dixie to pick up a few necessary items like coffee, Krispy Kremes and wine, and then arrived at the pool home at around 8:30-9:00 p.m.
We explored the home, took a dip in the pool, which was absolutely heavenly having our own private pool, and then went to bed, where we encountered Problem #1. The king bed in the master was downright deplorable. The springs were pushing into our backs. We both feared a night on the bad would leave us crippled for our active, Disney World vacation. We tried all of the beds in the house, which were even worse. We contemplated sleeping on the couch and love seat, but that reminded us too much of the night we slept in our chairs our first night living in Orlando – lol! We called the All Stars office and the person who answered the phone had no authority to do anything about it. We were stuck until morning when her supervisor would call us.
To get some kind of night’s sleep after a horrendous travel day, we piled several comforters from the other beds on top of the master, and managed to sleep pretty well, but pondered what the solution might be for our stay. We might be able to switch houses, but we were really loving the other details of this house that we had chosen specifically, so we weren’t sure what to do.