Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Florida! aka Longest Post Ever.

This post is at least a week later than I planned on making it. For the sole reason that I didn't have internet for the past week. I felt completely cut off from the outside world. It was soo frustrating since I've been paying for internet when I didn't have it. But it's finally working (after calling IT more times than I ever want to and getting a new modem) and my new roommate figured out how to set up the wireless which I definitely couldn't figure out.

I have so much to tell you that I don't even know where to start! The beginning would be the best place I guess. I wrote a bunch of this out already in a word document but now it seems so outdated in a way so I'll start from scratch. I'm living in Vista Way, which is the complex I wanted the least. We were supposed to have a choice about the complex and apartment size but when it was my turn the lady said, "Ok, Vista 3 bedroom." I was like, what? I can't even give a preference?! And she said that almost every single person who checked in on the 10th had to be in a Vista 3 bedroom because that's where the beds were. Ugh. I was mostly irritated because I took the earliest possible arrival date so that I could basically take my pick of where to stay. Why didn't I want Vista you ask? Because it's over 20 years old whereas the other 2 complexes are like 2 or 3. Our rent is a little less, but I had to buy a giant long cable to reach into my bedroom since Vista only has one cable outlet for the entire apartment. It's like comparable to Crimson Park to the dorms. Literally. This is a video that explains the reputation of this complex. Hahahahahahahahaha

However! It has worked out well. I really like my 5 roommates. And I think I got lucky cause I have met so many weird people and already heard some roommate horror stories. Plus almost everyone I've met is in Vista.

I'll be working in the Contemporary Resort in the stores inside.

It's the resort that the monorail actually goes through. And it's the resort that owns the suite in Cinderella Castle. My initial reaction was intense disappointment. I really wanted to work in a park. I kept picturing a typical hotel gift shop and I was so sad that other cast members were getting to sell princess dresses and pins when I was selling medicine and gift cards. But I should've know that it's Disney, not some random hotel! The Contemporary opened simultaneously with Disney World, so it's been there a long time. The gift shop is actually 3 different stores and they take up about half of the 4th floor, they are the Fantasia Market (like a convenience store that sells liquor, wine, fancy things and regular convenience stuff), Fantasia (which is kinda like a toy store, but it also has lots of pins, collectables and the cutest kitchen stuff ever) and Bay View Gifts (the home of clothing, princess dresses, candy, fudge (that I had to learn to cut a certain way), jewelry, golf stuff and lots of other things). So basically I ended up getting a pretty good location. The stores are open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. I know that's a long time, but sometimes the Magic Kingdom is open till like 2 a.m. Gross. My costume is probably one of the better ones. BY FAR. It's just a powder blue blouse and chocolate brown pinstripe pants. Also, I like the people who work at my location. There were only 3 of us on the College program who came in to work at the resort on our date, but I think they said there are 7 total. A lot of the people who work in the resort have been there forever. One lady has worked at the Contemporary since Disney World, excuse me, The Walt Disney World Resort, opened in 1971. Other people have worked there for 22 years, 30 years or 20 years. That's so long!

Our schedules suck. It's been hard to figure out times to hang out because half of us will be working till Midnight or later and the other half will have to be at work at 7 a.m. I hope we can find a time to do something other than work soon!

Ok, so now that I've caught you up on my Disney life, I should tell you about my cell phone. Uggggghh. Yesterday when I was on my break I took my phone out of my pocket and it appeared to be off. I thought, "Oh, that's weird, maybe I accidentally shut it off." No. I didn't. I tried to turn it on and nothing happened. So I took the battery out and put it back in, the supposed cure all for Blackberrys. Did that work? No. It turned on and pretended to be normal but I could do anything! The roller ball worked but I couldn't click on anything. None of the buttons worked either. Now I'm mad. And extremely frustrated. I have numbers for people I know in Florida, but of course, I don't have them memorized. My roommate Emily was going to pick me up yesterday so I wouldn't have to take the bus all the way home and now I had no way to let her know when I was done or to find out where to meet her. Skip to the end of my shift. I'm on the bus that's taking me to the place where Emily was to pick me up. And suddenly my phone lights up and I can see her phone number! I turn to the person next to me, a rando that I hadn't said a word to) and asked to use his phone. I called Emily and she told me where she was and all was well with that. Because Emily is lovely, she took me to the Sprint store to try and figure out what the hell was going on. They said that one of my keys was broken, which makes it so that none of the keys work. Lame, right? My phone has insurance so I asked how much it would be to fix. They said $119! Are you kidding?! Apparently since my screen was cracked (remember that?) then Sprint becomes liable for it when they take it to fix. So even though it would be free to fix the keys, which was the problem, I'd have to pay to fix the screen too! Now my contract at Sprint ends in a month. I refused to pay $119 when in a month I'd pay $199 for a new phone. So I got a new phone instead of fixing my old one since they let me upgrade early. I've never been less excited to get a new phone. I had to decide right then and there which phone I wanted. I was not happy about having to make this decision so quickly. I decided on the Blackberry Tour. And so far I like it.

Oh, one more frustration. My old phone wouldn't cooperate with the phone number transfer at the store. The Sprint guy said that I should try and back up my old phone on my computer and then restore my new phone. Too bad that I have a Mac and the software isn't compatible. But Emily saved the day again! She has a Blackberry and a PC so we backed up my phone and restored it on her computer. It was a long day to say the least. I'm glad it's over.

By the way, the humidity is having a complete field day with my hair.
I miss being in Norman. I keep forgetting that I won't be seeing anyone for a long time. :(
Oh, I almost forgot! I've found like 3 college football fans here. It's like NY, Laura! Also there aren't too many people here from big schools that you would recognize. I've met 2 people from the Big 12. It's so weird because I thought there'd be more of us. At least more Division I schools. But nope!

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we are not together there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think but most important of all, even if we are apart, I'll always be with you.” - Winnie the Pooh


  1. that sounds like an eventful start to your florida life! i am glad it is working out okay and you like your 5(!!!) roommates. And that quote just made me tear up a LYMI

  2. i cant believe that people dont watch football. its like some strange fantasy world that i dont even think is real. you should change them! im also glad they let you upgrade early

  3. I loved it!!!
    Except I did not understand the music video too much though... Does that mean I am lame?
    Miss you a lot.

  4. I love this post callie - gives me an idea of what you're life is like! :) I'm glad you are enjoying it! :)