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The Peanut Gallery's Hawaiian Vacation, Day 1

It's been too long since Schondy and I had a vacation. It's been almost 3 years since our Alaskan cruise and believe me - that's too long ago to be doing us much good now. Recent events have given us cause to celebrate - my weight loss and Schondy's job change have both been very good developments, changing long-standing points of tension in our lives.

So now, we're in Hawai'i. I'm currently sitting on a king-size hotel bed belonging to the Sheraton Resort on Po'ipu Beach on the Hawiian island of Kauai. I'm hot, tired, and immensely happy to be here. And so I don't forget the details later when folks ask me about my trip, I'm going to record them here for all posterity. My comments are posted in black, and Schondy has commented in red (since his commentary is always entertaining). Hopefully he'll actually make some comments at some point...

We woke up at 5am, not really having slept much due to the... anxiety of leaving on vacation early the next morning. Lulu was so confused. She could not figure out what was going on and why Mom and Dad were awake so early - she hates mornings as much as we do. Schondy and I got dressed and then scrambled around, cleaning up the house to prepare it for the loooovely young lady who is housesitting for us. We had to be ready for when the airport shuttle picked us up at 6:30am.

We got to the airport right at 7am and checked our luggage and then went through security, on our way to find breakfast. Schondy got a sandwich that was (in his words) ham, ham, more ham, cheese and ham. Then we settled in to wait for our 9am flight to Honolulu. Schondy was wearing his Allensville Yacht Club t-shirt, which greatly puzzled the man sitting across from us. It puzzled him to the point that he had to ask about it. :-)

Our flight took over 5 hours on a 767, which Schondy says is the largest plane he's ever been on. Sadly, it wasn't quite big enough because we ended up a little too close to the two screaming-est kids on the PLANET! Those two made it the ENTIRE 5 hours without stopping to breathe OR sleep! It was awesome!

We landed in Honolulu at 11:15am local time due to the 3-hour time difference from home. The Honolulu airport is strange, folks. Seriously strange. I thought several times that we had left the secured area and that we'd have to go back through security, but apparently not so much. There were gardens in the middle of the airport and a lot of the walkways were open. It was nice, but very strange. Our very first restaurant visit was to... a Starbucks!... of course. That was the only place we found that had a fruit cup for me, and I had my 5th cup of coffee for the day.

We caught our second flight to Lihue on Kauai. It was seriously the quickest flight ever. They didn't even bother to turn off the seatbelt sign and offered us only a token cup of apple juice as a snack. We both declined. Once we landed in the SERIOUSLY teensy airport, we found the baggage claim and waited... and waited... and waited for our luggage. It took forever. Don't know why. But finally, we got our luggage and called a taxi to come get us.

The cab ride to the hotel was... interesting. We ended up riding with a man listening to the stand-up comedy of Richard Jeni, which was... shall we say... adult... in nature. It was a loooooong ride across the island to the Sheraton. We arrived at the resort a little before 3 and discovered that, since we're here in the off season, this is apparently the perfect time for repaving the entire parking lot. Also, since we were early (slightly before 3), we had no room to sleep in. So we sat and waited until a room was clean for us.

Once we were in our room and had changed clothes out of our traveling duds, we went in search of some food for me, since my diet dictates whole fruit and vegetables only, and the restaurants at the resort mostly specialize in burgers, steak and pizza (with a little fish thrown in for good measure). There was a little shopping center not too far from the hotel, so we walked over and grabbed a burger for Schondy, a salad for me, and hit the little general store there for some diet-sanctioned foods and supplies for our room (apples, salt, pepper and soy sauce).

We wandered back to our room via a really big cactus/succulent garden at the hotel next door. When we got back to the room, Schondy turned on the TV and flipped through the channels for a few minutes until he decided he'd had enough. At that point, it was 9:00 and we were pooped. So we went to bed.

Stay tuned...

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