Friday, May 30, 2008

What? No Pregnant Discount?

Yesterday was a long day. Fun, but long. This pregnant woman was really feeling it around mid-day and I wasn't done having fun yet!

First thing in the morning, I took my van to the tire shop to repair a slow leak. It was so annoying. In the last month, I learned how to check my tire pressure and fill my tire up with air. In fact, I'm so freaking amazing, I got really good at it! Maybe cuz of all the practice. Stupid tire started to leak faster and faster. I decided, that's enough, I'm getting it repaired or a new tire or something. So, off we went to the tire place before hitting the road.

Got the tire repaired. It had a nail in it. We all piled in and headed to Knott's Berry Farm for a day of fun, sun, and roller coasters! Woooo Hoooo!

But, at the ticket booth, what's this? No Pregnant Woman Who Can't Go on the Roller Coasters discount? But... I won't be taking up a seat on the best rides! I promise! I'm just a walking coatrack for my family! I will just be following them around, holding all their sodas, cameras, hats, etc while they get their thrills. Dang it. What is wrong with the world these days? Fine, here's my plastic, lemme in so I can at least pee in every ladie's room and use up $30 worth of toilet paper.

By the way, kudos to the Ladies Room Maintenance Crew at Knotts! Best restrooms in any amusement park I've ever been to! Dollywood in Tennessee was really good too, but Knotts Potty Facilities really kick ass! Plenty of them, stocked, and most importantly, clean! I inspected all of them, so I think I'm qualified to judge.

We had a fabulous day. I forgot that when I'm busy baking a bun in the oven, my skin sunburns so much more easily. Ooops! Ouch! The kids had a great time on the coasters, the place wasn't very full of people so lines were minimal. Miss Gracie loved the performances, especially in Camp Snoopy!

Lexie won a bear doing one of those carnival games that they have. First try and she walked away with the biggest bear they had. Crazy girl!

After seven hours of wandering around the amusement park, I think I walked a hundred miles or so. The park finally closed. The kids said "Awwwww" And we began our 5 mile hike to the van in the parking lot.

Got to the mini-van, and guess what. FLAT TIRE!!! Oh yeah, same one I had fixed before we left so that we wouldn't get a flat.

Luckily, my brother-in-law was with us, visiting while on vacation... he sure came in handy! Nothing like using your vactioning BIL. He changed the tire and put on the spare and we headed home. He told me I was restricted to driving no more than 55. Um.... are you kidding me? This is California! I do 55 in town! Fine, I did 55 on the freeway. Old people and semi trucks passed me. I didn't look at the people driving cuz I didn't want to see how many of them were flipping me off. I'm sure I would have lost count half way home. But, we made it!

And Knotts ended up being a really fun day. Even though we had to cart home a bear bigger than life and drive home on the spare tire. We wore out the kids, ahhhh, sweet silence all night long!

So, if you ever go to Knotts Berry Farm, don't bother asking for the Pregnant Woman Discount. They don't have one. And bring an extra tire. And sunscreen.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That's a long drive on a spare. I hope you're getting a refund on the tire repair!

Mary said...

They didn't charge me for the second repair. Same tire, same kinda nail. Hmmmm.... Makes ya wonder. But, I could have run over matching nails on different freeways on different days... who knows! What are the chances of my freshly repaired tire getting another nail the same day?

Chrysler is paying for the repairs anyway since my van is less than a year old.


Mary said...

update: I have a flat tire again today!!! Same tire!!!

Alicia said...

Sounds like you need a NEW tire! Sounds like you guys had a ton of fun!! I think we are doing Knottsberry when we are in town in july. I am sure it will be super busy by then.

Have a great day and have fun getting a new tire.

Kate said...

Really? AGAIN? What the heck? Are you driving through a construction site every day or did they give you the world's crummiest tire? I would be livid.

And can I discuss with you putting air in your tires at the gas station? I just found out that they charge. For AIR. I would go in and buy a Coke instead! Seriously the thing took quarters. Once I got a washer-dryer of my own, I quit hoarding them.

Mary said...

I know it! What's with the constant stream of quarters I have to plug into the air hose at the gas station?

We have an air compressor in our garage, so I just use that.