Trip Report: Orlando, FL & Universal Studios – 2014

Orlando, no doubt the tourist capital of the Sunshine State, home to Walt Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. Also a favorite travel destination of mine, mostly due to the distance and travel time, around 2.5 hours. While I’m not a fan of Sea World (not for popular reasons, I merely prefer a proper aquarium), I love Universal Studios and enjoy Disney World, in small doses. Orlando’s Mall at Millenia and I also go way back, having been a frequent flyer in the Apple Store before Jacksonville’s location opened.hogwarts-hogsmeade

We usually make a pilgrimage to Orlando a few times a year, usually to visit the world class spa at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando, but this time around I was keen on visiting the new Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We’ve been to Hogsmeade, and aside from the Butterbeer, it’s kinda meh. As you may know, they took an area of The Lost Continent, Merlinwood, and converted it into phase 1 of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, aka Hogsmeade. I say “meh” because it’s the same Islands of Adventure area with a Harry Potter facelift. Same rides: Dueling Dragons became Dragon Challenge; Flying Unicorn became Flight of the Hippogriff. Color me excited!

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Banned from the Dentist – Bad Business Practice? Or Normal?

About a year ago, I began the long, mildly painful, almost lethal, and expensive process of restoring my teeth. I had numerous issues including some teeth which required extraction, and a few cavities. Well, more than a few, but that’s beside the point. As someone had not been to the Dentist in probably 5 years, I asked for recommendations from my oral surgeon.

Enter Crovatto & Edwards. Their office staff were hospitable, and turns out, the Doctors weren’t scary! The Dentist isn’t all that bad, folks. You just have to find the right one!

Of course, not all that glitters is gold. At first, I had to see Doctor Edwards, which didn’t work out. I suppose I’m too fidgety or needy. Whatever. On the next visit, Doctor Crovatto, who was much more pleasant, and willing to work with me. In the end, we found my problem with Doctor Edwards was due to me being nervous. When you’re nervous, your pulse and blood pressure increase, which causes you to “eat thru” or “burn thru” the novocaine much faster than normal.

Also, scheduling with their office wasn’t the most pleasant. It was about 50% / 50% – they aren’t open on Saturdays and my work schedule isn’t the easiest to work around. So, I missed an appointment. Well, actually two. The first time they waived the missed appointment fee (thank goodness, $35 dollars would totally bankrupt me! /sarcasm). The second time, today, I wasn’t so fortunate.

But, how bad could it really be? Could a Dentist ban you from their office?

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