Posts tagged with 'Hawaii'

Hawaii Vacation

  • Posted on October 23, 2007 at 6:47 pm

This entry is long overdue so I am going to give up on finishing it and just post what I have. Maybe one day I will fill in the rest. I will eventually create a photo album of the trip and will link to it from here and from the photo page.

Dio and I went on vacation to Hawaii between May 30 and June 12, 2007 with 14 other members of my family on my father’s side. We spent a few days on land in Waikiki and then took a cruise around the different islands. The big island was definitely my favorite; we stopped at both Hilo and Kona.


Hilo was the first of the stops and the motion of the ship had me feeling pretty during that day. During the first night I had a hard time sleeping because the hangers were making so much noise in the closet shifting across the pole they were hanging on and my luggage would roll across the floor. Despite not feeling tip top due to lack of sleep/boat motion, I really enjoyed the small farmer’s market and shops in Hilo. One of the store’s had art work done by an artist who had studied under 3 masters in China. Dio and I purchased a few of her watercolors. One is of beautiful cherry blossoms and the other is bamboo. We also had great sushi and the best mushroom tempura I have ever had for lunch there.


We had two days in Maui. On the first day we went scuba diving. It was Dio, my father, and me. On the boat ride over to the wrecked pier reef, we were accompanied by a school of dolphins. When we arrived at the reef, we were greeted by a school of goat fish that collected in the shadow of the boat. First we went through a training session before going on a 30 minute tour of the reef. The reef tour was amazing. We saw a giant turtle, a puffer fish, and a baby white tip shark among the other countess kinds of fish and coral that I don’t have names for.

Our second day in Maui was a walking tour of waterfalls. I was a little disappointed by this tour. Not only did it rain so we did not get as many pictures and videos of this as we were hoping but it was basically two very small waterfalls (due to the “drought” Maui was having) and it was only 2 miles basically on some guy’s 5 foot wide drive way. They made us wear these awful shoes that were rubber with old socks as the top portion. The shoes had a split between your big and little toes and I got a blister in between my toes and on the back of my heels. The highlight of the walk was getting to see a baby pineapple plant. I will get some picture up later when I have time so you can see it.


Our day in Kona was spent on the “Eruption of Flavor Tour.” The tour consisted of a Kona Coffee farm, the only Hawaiin chocolate farm, and the only US vanilla farm. I purchased a bunch of Kona coffee to share when I returned from work. I had never had peaberry coffee before. Only about 3-5% of a Kona coffee crop and they make an outstanding cup of coffee. The chocolate factory was interested to see too. They had a bunch of geckos running around the coffee trays. On the vanilla tour they don’t actually take you to see the orchids because they are so temperamental. Instead they showed you a video while we were served lunch consisting of things that are all made with vanilla. I bought a vanilla cookbook from them because their vanilla lemonade was so great.

Things have been busy

  • Posted on April 17, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Between the stolen car, the couch, 2 bad eBay auctions, and work I have been a “little” busy this past month. I don’t have much more time right now but I wanted to toss out some updates on how things are going.

The Couch

After giving me back my money, I never heard anything else about the situation from my credit card. Dio and I bought a different couch from Wick’s Furniture after checking them out with the Better Business Bureau. Ordered it on Tuesday April 3rd and it was delivered on Saturday April 7th. It is a 3 piece sectional that is huge, soft, and red. The day it was delivered we went out and rented movies. There is so much space that both of us can layout completely without bothering the other. We also picked up a big round cream colored chair for me to sit on and work at my computer. Dio also bought me a large jewelry armoire but it is on back order.

Lunch Talk #2

This talk went even better than the first. Last time we planned on 100 and 250 people attended. This time I didn’t take any chances, I planned on food for 300 people, room capacity. We had more than 325 people show up and those beyond the 325 we had to turn away for fire code. Five minutes before the talk started we tore down the food tables and replaced them with the extra 25 chairs. Without removing those tables there would not have been space for the extra 25. Beyond the popularity shown by attendance, I have also been getting pats on the back that “this is the lunch speaker series that is setting the standards for everyone else.” Our donors at the center are happy too. Unfortunately, our event sponsor became sick and was not able to attend this event as he had been planning.

Office Assistants

I have been working way too many hours for the past two months so my boss approved letting me get some office assistants. I get to hire two undergraduate students for 10-15 hours per week. I found one and she is doing a great job. The search for the other one has been less than productive. Fifty applications later and I wonder about the intelligence of the students at my alma mater. Granted the last quarter of school is the absolute worst time to find a skilled worker who does not already have a job.

Office Assistant Interviews

My last interview was with a “beauty pageant contestant.” I don’t think she gave an answer without first flipping her hair and then feeding me some line that she thought I wanted to hear which typically conflicted with something she earlier stated. My favorite line was that she wanted to hold a position that kept her moving and doing something different all the time. This statement was followed by “but I can also sit still and just do data entry and file paperwork all day long.” Those ideas just don’t agree with one another. She was also very persistent in telling me she was from Ohio. I am not mocking Ohio, but coming from the Midwest myself, there is not as much interesting about it as she made there out to be. I asked her to tell me about herself and every other line included “in Ohio.” I told her the potential existed to continue this position through the summer (the very position she was interviewing for) and she told me she would rather go back to Ohio. So I will let her go back to Ohio and I will be interviewing three more people this week. I am hoping these go better than the last five interviews.

I hit a new level of crazy

While working 50-60 hours a week this past two months, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to apply for an MBA. So I am filling out my application form, rounding up my letters of recommendation, and trying to write compelling essays that will differentiate me from every other applicant. So far I have two really solid people willing to write my letters and I have three out of the five essays done. Part of my benefits includes half tuition (since I work at a University) and I thought getting an MBA would be a great way to develop contacts that will aid the center. I am hoping that my work will pick up the other half of the cost because it would be an amazing asset to the center since most of the donors are alumni and I would become part of their network.

I attended an informational meeting and I was definitely noticed. Now whether it is a good thing is another matter. This past week I have been suffering from allergies with all of the coughing, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, you name it symptoms. While sitting in the middle of the front row of a room of more than one hundred people, all watching the MBA presentation, I had a coughing fit. I had to stand up and walk out because I could not catch my breath. I was met outside by no less than five people all checking on my welfare. So as any good entrepreneur I took the opportunity to introduce myself, give them a business card, and invite them to the next event my center was hosting. Since I also work for the University I am applying to there was instantly the “oh I know you” or “one of us” remark. I know it was the smoothest means I have ever used to get myself noticed but I did get noticed. I am still not sure if this was a good thing though.


I threw a party for Dio’s co-workers on Saturday. It seemed to go well. I had way too much food and drink and tons are left over sitting around messing with my diet. The party consisted of drinking, playing the Wii, and playing DDR. For those people completely out of the gaming loop, the Wii is the new Nintendo gaming system where the remote senses movement so you play computer tennis by “playing tennis” and DDR is a game called Dance Dance Revolution where you step in time to the beats on the screen. I have never seen Dio play DDR for more than an hour straight but everyone wanted to play him rather than each other. Dio is quite good and a lot of fun to watch but he looked like he was about to drop after playing for so long.

Dio’s new toy

We are going to Hawaii and Dio wanted to buy a video camera to record the event. This week the video camera Dio has been waiting for finally came out. The camera is the first high definition digital camcorder to shoot in 1080p. He has been playing with his new toy and has some great footage of his parents. When he gets the video editing software from New Egg I am looking forward to having some embarrassing videos of my in-laws to share. He wants to practice working with the so we can get some great videos of Hawaii.