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Florida gala

As I reported before leaving, my GD Nadia & I flew to Orlando for the Capitol 
One Bowl Game where she participated in the half time performance.   We also 
spent a day at MGM which was her pick over Magic Kingdom or Epcot as she had 
spent time at both of those sites on previous visits.   We were at Universal 
Cities Universal Studio New Years Eve. US area was not as crowded as I expected 
how ever the route in and out thru the City Walk was at 'shuffle' pace.   I 
didn't think the game was well attended or least unlike other bowl games I have 
gone to.  The weather was fabulous however we were rained out early evening at 
MGM.   Our flights were not as pleasant.   We were scheduled to arrive in 
Orlando at 4:30 PM but did not   make it until 11:30 due to a 2 hr delay leaving 
Des Moines & then missing our connecting flight in Memphis.   Homeland 
Security had increased safety alert to a level orange.   We had heard by TV that 
Orlando airport had the capability of checking shoes without removing them however 
if they had the equipment they were not using it.
     Question for you, Jim.   At Universal Cities I saw several trees of a 
species which I did not recognize.   It was multi stemmed, short in height, the 
leaves were somewhat like a redbud but larger and had beautiful orchid like 
blooms that were dark rosy purple without fragrance.   Have an idea what it is?
     The areas we visited were spotless.
     Coming home we flew from Orlando to Minneapolis and home to Des Moines.  
 Minneapolis was snow covered but very lightly.   When we departed from 
Minneapolis our loaded plane taxied out on the run way & appeared to be in position 
to take off when the pilot announced we needed to return due to inbalance of 
weight.   Nadia thought they said the nose was to heavy & I thought they said 
the rear was to heavy   but whichever, we taxied back & it was corrected.   We 
have a couple of friends who are NW pilots and when Nadia told grandpa about 
it he quickly ask if Steve (who is a big guy & a bit over weight) was the 
pilot.    I am not a frequent flier but had only heard of overweight problems.
I also wondered why the problem was not noticed before leaving the terminal.
     Happy New Year to you all!

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