Wednesday, November 23, 2005

MySpace.com

Things keep getting easier and easier for people to get their own webpage. It started with geocities, then livejournal, then blogs, and now the latest is MySpace.

The part worth mentioning is that myspace includes alot more than your average free homepage and it has grown extremely fast. Searchable information with some decent privacy controls allows people to find old friends, classmates, etc. very quickly. I signed up after hearing someone talk about it at work and have already caught up with half a dozen friends. The interface is pretty easy and allows for more customization than I expected. But, it can't replace my own webpage yet. So my profile is pretty bare, just a link to here.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Hail and Farewell

My first Catamaran Cruise was a good time. Too bad I had to go stag since Rikki doesn't have her sea legs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

SAR

The ladies went to the Polynesian Cultural Center yesterday and are doing a Circle Island Tour today and we might try to make the Magic of Polynesia tonight if we have time.

I was surprised to have a 0300 brief yesterday for a 10 hour SAR (search and rescue) mission. We searched an area 700 miles south of Hawaii along with a coast guard C-130 for a missing fishing vessel. No luck, but it was a good experience.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The long weekend

It was very nice to have a 3-day weekend. I realized it was this time last year that I first came to Hawaii during my cross-country flight from Jacksonville (I remembered the extreme lines at the Arizona Memorial, 200+ people waiting outside). We've done alot of touring the past few days. The Honolulu Zoo was very impressive. Much larger than I expected. The layout was poor, making you backtrack when coming to dead ends or to see a section that has more than one entrance/exit. Well worth the money though. The ladies did most of their shopping at the Swap Meet before being gouged at Waikiki and the malls.

We also visited the Waikiki Aquarium. Parking was a nightmare, but we got a decent spot after searching. The aquarium was a bit disappointing. What they had was well done, but they didn't have much and no air conditioning. It was unique since part of it was actually outdoors with fish and coral growing unprotected. The frogfish was interesting. After that we walked down the strip in Waikiki to the Hawaiian Hilton showing them all the sites. We ate at the Hale Koa on the veranda and watched the sunset. None of us thought the food was very good, except Rikki who didn't dare to try something new. We walked all of waikiki beach back to the aquarium and caught a little bit of a film about Senator Inouye (medal of honor recipient and long time Hawaiian politician).

Today I took the ladies to Hickam beach while the wife was teaching sunday school. We took Angel and she had a blast in the water, fetching sticks. Once Rikki was home we headed over to Kaneohe for champagne brunch at the Officer's Club. That was good as usual and I think I got Larissa hooked on Crab legs. After that I took them up to the top of radar road for a good view of the base, kaneohe bay, and kailua. We stopped by the hangar and a plane was available for a tour so they all were able to see the mighty P-3 up close and personal. We had planned to go to Bellows beach to meet Sue & Jerry but we were too slow doing everything else.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Extreme Parasailing

After getting home at 2 a.m. I was back at work by 8 a.m. But, I did leave work early to take Tanya & Larissa parasailing (they were going to take the bus). We left early and stopped at Ala Moana Beach/Park so they could radiate themselves. I hiked around the park and watched the surfers. When we checked in they had room so I decided to go also. My last experience with parasailing was through the Navy and involved a truck and practicing parachute landing falls (the Navy used to do it over water, but since we do some joint training with the Air Force they complained.... the Air Force always seems to win when it comes to things like this). 8 other people went with us. The 2 guys running the overpowered boat were great. The parasail was setup tandem. 2 people side by side so Larissa got to go twice. It was a good time and I love the flying experience without all the noise. They did dunk us, twice. There was a growing rainbow over downtown honolulu all day. It started about 100' above the city and grew to well over 500' by the time we pulled back in. The rain never reached us luckily. We picked Rikki up from work and ate at Gordon Biersch and toured Aloha Tower Marketplace. Including, of course, free samples from Bad Ass Coffee. The rest of the night was spent in the hot tub, and there was much rejoicing.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Thanksgiving Guests

Tanya and Larissa arrived on United Airlines flight 1 (same flight Rikki and I came in on) at 3 p.m. Rikki and I were both able to greet them since I had a night flight and Rikki took the day off. They did a little sightseeing, shopping, and enjoyed the hot tub while I went to work...