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Christmas Adventure
A mockery of a vacation MOC that doesn't really qualify as a MOC.
About this creation
When the family decided that we were going on a vacation instead of exchanging gifts this year I said: “We better go somewhere warm.”


Well, we did go somewhere warm and, unfortunately, Deathdog jumped in the luggage and went along. Of course, Mitzi fig and Kelsey fig did too – somebody has to keep Deathdog out of trouble and I’m certainly not going to do it.



We arrived in New Orleans about six hours before boarding our ship, the Carnival Triumph, so we took a quick walk down Bourbon Street in the historic French Quarter – more on The Big Easy later.



We sailed at sunset, and although I didn’t quite get the shot I wanted I was fairly happy with this one.



‘Dog said he wanted to hit the ship’s dance club to “Do the Electric Slide.” I hate that song and group/line dancing in general, so this was my solution.



On our second day at sea, we had to make a brief stop in Cozumel, Mexico. It seems one of our fellow travelers was injured and needed medical attention.



Our first scheduled stop was Belize. Although I have other photos of Belize City, I chose to share this one because it’s a cemetery and a playground. Yep, that wall surrounding the “playground” is where they stuffed the remains of folks. Uck! Ok, onto something more pleasant . . .


The Mayans!

We went to Altun Ha. According to the official website ( ) “Altun Ha means ‘Water of the Rock.’ It was here that the largest carved jadeobject in the whole maya area, a Jade Head, was found. This Jade Head represents the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, and can be seened in the corner of every Belizean banknote. Altun Ha was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period (250-900A.D) and functioned as a vital trading center linking the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers.”


Enough history! The big question is did they perform human sacrifice there?



No.



Mitzi and Kelsey were disappointed because they had a sacrifice in mind . . .



I did get to climb one of the ruins, and that was one more thing to scratch off my list of “Things I’d like to do.”



The next day we sailed into Mahogany Bay, which is located on the bay island of Roatan, Honduras. It was my second visit to Honduras, and I must say I enjoyed it much more than when I went there courtesy of the Indiana National Guard in the early 1990s. Mahogany Bay is a tourist trap that’s only been open about a month, so it was clean and nice. No dirty local kids running after you asking you to pay them for singing a song or any of that type of crap. I was especially happy because I met . . . .



. . . Bill, the dolphin! This was cool. There is a marine research facility at Roatan, and we were able to learn about Bill and his buddies. ‘Dog stayed behind for this excursion, thankfully, because all he was interested in was learning how to tell a male from a female dolphin. His reason: “In case I fall overboard.”



Kelsey and I were able to share a quick shrimp lunch . . .





The beach at Roatan is man-made, but ‘Dog didn’t care. He wanted warm water and his toes in the sand, and we obliged.



It wasn't my fault! I swear it! That's what happens when you put a psychotic mini-fig at the helm!



I sailed the good ship . . . it was the nicest one I hopped.



The local wild life enjoyed the taste of ABS . . .



At dinner, ‘Dog got lippy with our waiter, Ronald (shown here dancing as part of the dinner show) . . . .



. . . and he discovered that Ronald has a sense of humor, too. Funny how Ronald figured out the best way to shut up my alter ego was put him under glass. We were very fortunate to be assigned to Ronald's section -- he kept the water glasses full and kept the food comin'!
Of course, that means the dreaded post-holiday diet has already begun.





Our final destination was Cozumel. We went snorkeling, which was a blast. I haven’t snorkeled since I lived in Florida over 20 years ago, and I had forgotten how much fun it is. Yes, the iguana was just sunning himself along the path where we walked down to the beach. I wanted to put 'Dog on his back, but decided against it. Ok, the ugly thing scared the bejezus out of me, ok?



While shopping in Cozumel I found a nativity scene with a number of sheep in it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do another joke at Kelso’s expense.











Ok, the picture didn’t come out.





After a crappy day at sea on Christmas Day (really rough seas – totally sucked), we arrived back in New Orleans on Saturday. We took a tour of the city and rode through the Ninth Ward – the area hit the worst by Hurricane Katrina. It’s still in bad shape, and that’s no joke.



However, I did see two kids kicking the crap out of each other in Jackson Square and if you ask me that’s a vacation right there. Ok, they were really just practicing martial arts, but in my mind they’ll always be locked in vicious combat to the death.



One more thing I was able to check off my list was to witness a New Orleans funeral procession. These people were celebrating the life of a lost friend the right way – with laughter and music. When I go, that’s what I want: “Don’t be sad that I’m gone, just be glad I was here.”



My brother-in-law and I watched the Colts game in a nifty little place in the French Quarter – mmmmm, fried pickles. The Colts lost, but we had a good time anyway. Even though this is a crappy photo, it’s proof that ‘Dog has been to party town and lived to tell the tale.

Ok, not much Lego and even less humor, but let me tell you something, Johnny MOCpages: sometimes you just want to share. Oh, just one more thing . . .






















. . . this picture is just for you, Phipson.













Comments

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  December 23, 2013
Quoting Lieutenant Darkstorm Whered you find that bloody Iguana!?!!1?!!?! I study herpetology and want to kow where you found that iguana!!
On a walkway in Cozamel
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  August 9, 2010
Whered you find that bloody Iguana!?!!1?!!?! I study herpetology and want to kow where you found that iguana!!
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  January 5, 2010
Quoting Topsy Cret Ah, it seems you had a wonderful time. Especially with the weather. I was wondering if you, by any chance, helped work on a video game called "Diablo II"? I only ask because I was watching the game credits and your name popped up. Good day
The guy who worked on "Diablo II" is an imposter and now I have to hunt him down . . . no, it wasn't me, and we're not related. However, he does have one cool name, huh?
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  January 5, 2010
Ah, it seems you had a wonderful time. Especially with the weather. I was wondering if you, by any chance, helped work on a video game called "Diablo II"? I only ask because I was watching the game credits and your name popped up. Good day
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  January 1, 2010
It is -25C here right now in Hinton, Alberta - I hate you, but I still love Mitzi so I guess it breaks even. Lee.
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  December 31, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Yeap, you get an LOL for that last pic. I thought about you guys a lot like Kelso did... well, not "like" Kelso did but, everytime I shoveled my driveway, I thought of you. Everytime I saw the pond in my backyard frozen over, I thought of you. Everytime I got explosive diarrhea... you guessed it, I thought of you. I do have one question though. Did your cabin have a chimney and if not, how did Santa get in to deliver your presents? ~ Chris.
I don't know how he did it, perhaps by squeezing through a porthole, but he somehow managed to surprise me with an Exoforce Swamp Skimmer, which is already being put to good use -- as you'll see later this evening!
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  December 31, 2009
Yeap, you get an LOL for that last pic. I thought about you guys a lot like Kelso did... well, not "like" Kelso did but, everytime I shoveled my driveway, I thought of you. Everytime I saw the pond in my backyard frozen over, I thought of you. Everytime I got explosive diarrhea... you guessed it, I thought of you. I do have one question though. Did your cabin have a chimney and if not, how did Santa get in to deliver your presents? ~ Chris.
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  December 31, 2009
Thanks for sharing. It looks like you had a blast.
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  December 31, 2009
That was awesome, Dennis! Thought about you guys a lot over the holiday hoping you were all having a good time, and it looks as though you were. Best vacation slide show I've seen. Ruth and I have talked about doing a cruise so I'll have to hit ya up for more info later. Meanwhile, good to have ya back, and thanks for sharing.
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  December 31, 2009
Wow, well deserved. That will get you through til June. Thanks for sharing Dennis.
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  December 31, 2009
What a great trip! Way better than the boring ones ol Bones went on. The ruins look a lot like the ones I visited in El Salvador, which would make sense since they are neighbors....Great Real Life Lego Dennis, thanks for sharing!
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  December 31, 2009
Quoting Steef de Prouw What a cool report! Looks like you had fun. I hate to get pedantic at this point, but Cuzumel City isn't the capital, it's the largest city. Belmopan is Belizes capital. Belize City was the capital when the country was still called British Honduras. Yep. Oh, and snorkeling at Cozumel: nice!
Yep, you're correct. That's what I get for not taking notes while touring the city. *Corrects the post, then sends himself to detention.
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  December 31, 2009
seems like you had an amazing holiday, and new orleans looked great but i don't think i'll ever be able to get that last image out of my head
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  December 31, 2009
What a cool report! Looks like you had fun. I hate to get pedantic at this point, but Cuzumel City isn't the capital, it's the largest city. Belmopan is Belizes capital. Belize City was the capital when the country was still called British Honduras. Yep. Oh, and snorkeling at Cozumel: nice!
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  December 31, 2009
Thanks for sharing your awesome vacation Dennis! Glad you guys had a great time! I've never been to the Big Easy, but definitely have it on my list of things to do as well.
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  December 31, 2009
Ronald is just SUCH a talent.
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  December 30, 2009
i agree with brick builder 719
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  December 30, 2009
I like iguanas don't call them ugly they are so cool I always wished I could see one in the wild and it looks like you had a great vacation
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  December 30, 2009
Looks like you had a good time and if you didn't get explosive diarrhea or splattergoit, that's a win. Te old ruins look cool. I looked up that jade head. It's head size and really quite the homely god. He has a huge nose, at least I hope that's a nose. Good to be home safe and sound, huh. see ya. garth
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  December 30, 2009
Shame about the picture with the sheep... Looks like a good time was had by all!~H
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  December 30, 2009
Hmm, so if I got this right, you went on a cruise, visited temples, took strange pictures of your sigfig, and watched the Colts get trampled on all in one vacation. Your good, Price, your good.
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  December 30, 2009
Wow, that will probably be the best gift Chris will get this year!
 
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