Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Florida Family Vacation Starts

Posted on Friday April 8, 2022 by Jacob Campbell.

This year’s spring break is a pretty special one. Usually, during the summer, we take the kids places and do fun activities. We’ve not gotten the opportunity to go and do a lot for spring break. We usually hang out around the house. This year, we decided to go to Florida. We are planning for seven nights, which is also the longest trip we’ve taken the kids on. It has been a blast so far, but not without it own travel troubles.

Photo of Campbell/Rodriguez family with pouring rain in front of the Universal Studio's Globe
My Rain Covered Family in Front of the Universal Studio’s Globe

While the classic John Candy and Steve Martin’s Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) had more comic relief crazy events, traveling with a large family brings its own challenges. We flew into Orlando, Florida, arriving pretty late into the evening at about 11:30 by the time we made it to get a Lyft to go to our hotel. Due to operator challenges (that means me), I took us to the wrong hotel, so it’s about 12:30, and we are in the hotel lobby, telling receptionist that I was sure we had reservations at Comfort Suites Maingate. Luckily our actual hotel, the Comfort Inn Maingate, was only another short 10 minute Lyft ride away. Our travel exhausted kids and we got to the hotel and settled in at about 1:30 in the morning, with a firm plan to catch the 7:05 AM shuttle to Universal Studio’s Adventure Island.

View of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey from the line in Flight of the Hippogriff.
View of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey from the line in Flight of the Hippogriff. From this spot, Alexander was so thirsty and frustrated from the wait that he wanted to quit and go back

After a 30-minute shuttle ride in the morning, we made it to Adventure Island and made it our first ride of our two-day adventure in the theme parks. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which was the best of the Dark Rides/simulation rides in my opinion at the two parks. I really like roller coasters, although I need to lose some weight as I fit in tightly to many of the rides. Flight of the Hippogriff was too long of a wait for how short/nondramatic the ride was. I wanted to on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure but the line was too long every time. Mateo was the only one brave enough to go on the The Incredible Hulk Coaster, which goes up to 67 MPH. We all loved The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and the kids even rode it three times. After lunch at the Captain America Diner, we got wet on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (which was Alexa’s favorite ride). We also enjoyed the The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!, and The Cat in the Hat. I went with just Arianna on the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We did get separated toward the end, and we were al tired. I know I walked 10.3 miles (or 23,055 steps). We bought the express pass, but just for the first day. I would say that it was worth it. Otherwise we wouldn’t have ridden nearly as many rides. But we waited too long to get it, and it was pretty expensive.

After not enough sleep, we returned to it again, but this time at Universal Studios proper. My favorite land was again Harry Potter-related and Diagon Alley. Maybe it is because I listened to the audiobooks this last year and really enjoyed them a ton. I think I listened through the entire series faster than any other because I didn’t want to stop listening. I’ve been trying to get the kids into the movies (I also tried the audiobook on a family trip last summer) but have only had limited success. In Diagon Alley, we rode Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, which was exhilarating, and the first time I was able to get my nephew Jose to ride a more roller coaster type ride. Alexander was most excited about Simpson Land, and I think the kids rode the The Simpsons Ride several times. Arianna is still talking about how good a Krusty Burger was even though she got scared before going on E.T. Adventure and I had to walk off and wait with her. Some of the other rides the family enjoyed were Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl which is one I can’t do, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster. Mateo and I also got to be the only ones brave enough to ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit which has an epic 90 degree start to going up to the first drop. I think we were also the last group that was able to ride the roller coaster as the rain started coming down too heavy. It was very much a torrential downpour, which I’ve experienced at least a a couple of times. We went to Starbucks to wait for our shuttle (which, if I had read the paper better, I would have known there weren’t two), but eventually ended up taking a Lyft back to the hotel, where we relaxed after a busy, wet, and fun day. Despite the drenching, I spent the evening playing in the pool with the kids and then trying to do a bit of homework and a late-night trip to Denny’s.

After three nights in Orlando, we headed to our next stop, Tampa/Clearwater, Florida. As we were planning the trip, I knew I wanted to be able to have some good beach time, so we bought a multi-city ticket going to Orlando but leaving a week later from Tampa. To get between the two, we got to take an Amtrak, which was a fun way to get around. After checking in at our Airbnb, Coastal Cozy Cottage B, which has been lovely so far. Today, we spent the day at the Beach, but that will be a story for another time. Until then, you can see the photos from our 2022 Orlando Family Theme Park Adventure

2022 Orlando Family Theme Park Adventure

Hierarchy in Academic Sources and Researching Advice for Social Work Students [YouTube Video]

Posted on Sunday February 20, 2022 by Jacob Campbell.

Knowing how to start a research project and get to the end is challenging. Developing your academic voice can take years and is an area in which we can continually grow. In our academic writing, especially as we are just starting, it can be challenging to determine the best source to use.

Robbins (2016) describes how social work students can find their academic voice through reading, practicing writing, and having the courage to receive feedback.


Robbins, S. P. (2016). Finding your voice as an academic writer (and writing clearly). Journal of Social Work Education, 52(2), 133-135.

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Posted on Wednesday December 29, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

Episode #15

Jacob gives a bit of update about his Ph.D. and where he is at in the process. They use the OSHO Zen Tarot deck to pull the 4 of Fire, Participation card. They talk about learning to be in the moment, Judy’s sister’s polio and her other sister that died of a brain tumor and the impact of that on their family.

The Temperature Bacteria Grows In [Link Post] Permalink

Posted on Friday November 26, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

Episode #14

Jacob and Judy use Rider Waite/Pathfinder Tarot Deck to pull the XI Justice and the Kind of Pentacles. They talk about the process of the new moon, and it is a time for planting seeds and thinking, and how Judy is working on slowing down. They speak of ecology and climate change, building relationships, building rapport with kids, and thinking about healthy eating.

Responsibility and Freedom [Link Post] Permalink

Posted on Saturday November 13, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

Episode #13

Spend some time talking about Jacob’s next steps in working on his Ph.D.. They use OSHO Zen Tarot Deck to pull the Page of Water: Understanding card. They talk about the five gates of grief and Judy’s upcoming retreat she is facilitating. They also talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and a book relating the treatment of Black Americans in the US and various caste systems around the world.

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Posted on Monday November 8, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

Episode #12

Jacob and Judy start off with some conversation about upcoming events and activities. They use the Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards to pull the 8: Community (Tribe) Card. They talk all about forgiveness. How do we help clients learn to forgive, how do we forgive ourselves, and helping our kids learn to forgive?

Recuredos en Vida de Patricia del Villar Martinez [YouTube]

Posted on Sunday October 17, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

My concuñada (sister-in-law1) passed away recently. They asked me to put together a remembrance video for her. I ended creating the photos with the various bible verses and quotes/information in Keynote and exporting them as images. Many of the images used are from Unsplash or from Wikipedia Commons. I used the SetApp app PullTube to download the songs from YouTube. Then I added everything to Final Cut, made some Ken Burns effects and transitions. The song list is as follows:

  1. Inolvidable Amor - Los Yonics 4:05
  2. Rocío Dúrcal - Amor Eterno 5:53
  3. Dos Coronas A Mi Madre - Cadetes De Linares 19 Éxitos 2:31
  5. Para Mi Ángel En El Cielo 3:04
  6. YO TE EXTRAÑARE - Tercer Cielo ( C.R ) 4:27
  1. Concuñado/a is an interesting word in Spanish. We don’t really have an English translation that is the same. Cunado/a is also Brother/Sister-in-law. But they are the one that is directly related to your spouse, where your Concuñado/a is their spouse. Familia connection is something that is often talked about in relation to Latinx culture, I find it telling that they would have more words to help express family relationships than we would in English. 

They Were On To Something with that Yoga Thing [Link Post] Permalink

Posted on Sunday October 10, 2021 by Jacob Campbell.

Episode #11

Jacob and Judy use the OSHO Zen Tarot Deck to pull the Page of Fire - Playfulness. They talk about the values of playfulness and how hard it is sometimes for adults to have a real spirit of playfulness. They also talk about different seasons they like and having done martial arts in Jacob’s younger years.

A photo of the OSHO Zen Tarot Deck's Page of Fire Card - Playfulness
A photo of the OSHO Zen Tarot Deck’s Page of Fire Card - Playfulness
A photo of Jacob's Dog, Chewie Sitting Lazy on the Couch
A photo of Jacob’s Dog, Chewie Sitting Lazy on the Couch
A photo of Judy in her Karate Gi
A photo of Judy in her Karate Gi
A photo of Jacob in his Karate Gi
A photo of Jacob in his Karate Gi