Thursday, November 20, 2014

Allergic Reaction on Disney Cruise Ship

I'm writing this for all the parents who will be researching the safety of sailing on a cruise ship with a child or other family member who has food allergies.

I'm not ready to tell our entire story yet because we have not settled a claim, and it is hard to write because of the emotion tied to it.

This I will advise -  DO NOT EVER let your guard down. We ordinarily would not, but after a previous cruising experience with no allergic reactions, and 6 days of no allergic reactions on this particular cruise, we were trusting of our servers in the dining room.  Especially with Disney's constant reassuring of how well they handle food allergies, we did not question everything after they gained our trust.

I might elaborate more on the details of this incident in the future, and I will share more if someone wishes to contact us via email or a comment left here.  But for now, I will share that my son had a severe life threatening allergic reaction while at sea on a Disney cruise ship, caused by the negligence of a cast member.

I will also advise, that before making the decision of cruising with a food allergic family member, think carefully and consider what medical care is available to you while at sea.  In our case, the medical staff was able to handle the medical emergency with IV fluids, oxygen, and a nebulizer treatment.  We caught the server's mistake and recognized his allergic reaction almost immediately, I gave my son benadryl and he used his Auvi-Q before his reaction became more severe and the medical staff took over.  But I cannot even bring myself to think about what could have happened if more treatment was needed.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hello Funkey Friends! It's been a long time since I've posted anything, and I'm glad to see there are still visitors. I just received a message from Daniel101 that the official UB Funkey website is still "live" in Spanish. Check this out: www.es.ubfunkeys.com

I've also received messages over the past few months that the server is still working so that you can play games against each other. I don't know about that first hand because we can't run the Funkeys game anymore because we only have Windows 7, and we haven't tried to make it work yet.
Has anyone played lately?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Are Skylanders the Next UB Funkeys?

Skylanders comes out today on Wii and the other gaming systems. It sure looks a lot like the UB Funkeys but for Wii, XBox, etc.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's True! UB Funkeys are back up and running!

OMG! It's true! Thanks Amy & Sharon. Amy left a comment back on April 19th that her son's progress was saved and they can interact again on UB Funkeys. I saw the comment come through and didn't realize it was from Amy, who can be trusted! Sometimes people just like to get hopes up for the fun of it, so I didn't pay close enough attention. But then Sharon left a message too, so I finally checked it out.

UB FUNKEYS are back up!

Now my question is what on earth is going on with Mattel after they tell us on the phone, and even sent a letter to someone that the on-line capabilities were no longer available. Hmmm.
Let's enjoy it while we can!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

UB Funkey Server is Officially Gone!

Newsflash: You can play UB Funkeys again! http://ubfunkeysarefun.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-true-ub-funkeys-are-back-up-and.html


That's right, it's official. Can I tell you how disappointed I am in Mattel for leading us on for the past month, letting us believe that they were fixing a problem? And then when I called just now for an update since I have heard from so many people asking about it, only to find out that it is officially done/gone/disfunctional/nada/run it's course/over....
When I expressed my disappointment to the Mattel Customer Service Rep. in the way this was handled, after he said it's been gone for a month, he said they only got the notice this morning at 9am.

You can still play the game on your computer, you just won't be able to anything in Angus's lab, or chat with other Funkeys, save data to the server (it should save to your hard drive, though), or play multiplayer games.

Are you still having problems with UB Funkeys?

If you are still having problems, I encourage you to post a comment about it or write something on the Funkey Fan Forum. I will call Mattel's customer service today, but meanwhile, let's hear from you! The last time I called, I saw that Mattel visited this blog and the forum. Perhaps they were looking for more detail about the problems to help them fix it. Or maybe they wanted to get an idea of how many people are affected by the problem.

Some of the problems I've hear about & experienced myself are: Not able to chat with other players, can't get to Angus's lab, unable to create or sign in with Unique Funkey Name, the server isn't saving data.
What are the problems you're having?

Friday, February 4, 2011

1994: "What is the Internet, Anyway?"

This is just for fun, and I know the readers of this blog like fun! Back in 1994, which really wasn't all that long ago, the internet wasn't as big as it is today. Katie Couric & Bryant Gumbel had a discussion about it on the Today Show. It's funny to look back now and see what they said....




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

UB Funkey Server Problem

Just want to report that Mattel has confirmed there is trouble with the server and the engineers are working on it. I'll post again when we find out it's working again.



Thanks so much to Amy & April for posting comments here on the blog & on the Funkey Fan Forum. That helped me to have more confidence when I called them back today. Last week I was told that the server was working fine & it was my computer that had the problem. So glad we have this communication so we know it's a wider problem. You saved me the time, grief, and hassle of having to uninstall & reinstall AGAIN!

We haven't played Funkeys since last March or so just before our computer's hard drive died. We finally installed the Funkey software on our new hard drive the end of last week and we are ready to get back into it.
Once we are back on, we should share Unique Funkey Names of those who are still playing.
We have: BB2 and FunkeysRFun

Sunday, January 16, 2011

UB Funkey Coloring Page

Now that the UB Funkey website is no longer available, I thought I'd put up a copy of this coloring page that I had saved.

If you double click on the image, you can then either print it (be sure to change the size to Landscape), or you can save it in MS Paint or something similar. Have fun!







UBFunkeys.com web site no longer supported

If you haven't noticed yet, the UB Funkey's official web site is no longer supported by Mattel. That is yet another sad sign to the UB Funkey fans. The Funkeys are no longer sold in stores...although I have seen starter kits still for sale at Toys R Us and Best Buy (the last Mattel customer service rep I spoke with said they are only still sold in discount stores. Not true)




Mattel says they are still supporting the server for a while longer, perhaps another year or so is what I was told earlier this year. However, the current answer is they have no date available to give us. ** (see note below)
We've had trouble connecting with the server even though Mattel tells me that it is working. Is anyone else having trouble?

** You will still be able to play games after Mattel discontinues support to the server, but you will not be able to chat or play multiplayer games. You won't be able to download the updates, nor have your data saved on the server. I will call Mattel to verify all this & to ask if they will give us a warner. But, from what I know, as long as you continue to use Microsoft Vista or XP (or 2000, ME, 98) as your operating system, you can continue to play the game from your hard drive. Some people have found a way to make the game work on Windows 7, and perhaps if future versions of MS operating systems allow to work in XP mode, then you can continue to play in the future. (disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert of any kind, just sharing what I've learned from others & through trial and error. Please, if anyone has a correction to this, I will gladly publish an update/correction. You can either post a comment, or send an email to ubfunkeysarefun@gmail.com Thanks!)