Thursday, July 30, 2009

Secret Garden…

First off, who are these Cubs?

Where have they been all year?

This is the way everyone had expected them to play from the start of the season. I hope they keep it up.

Here is where I watched the game.



On a hammock in the secret garden of the Marriott Hotel here in Kauai.



It's very quiet, secluded area.



It's a wonderful place to do some reading and get some writing done.

I plan on doing both!


-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, July 27, 2009

Maui…

After a long day of writing and playing tennis with Jeannie, I have ended up at Genki Sushi.



Genki is the conveyer belt sushi.



We only had 10 of the little plates.


It seems like a lot until you look around and see that everyone else has 4 and 5 stacks at their tables.

We are lightweights at this sushi business.

-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We had a nice day today in Honolulu.

Jeannie taught a class at Laughtrack Theater and I sat in and watched her teach.

Afterward we walked to Best Buy and I returned the "Weeds" DVD's I'd bought a few weeks ago. It's just not my cup of tea. I think Mary Louise Parker is cool and a great actress, but I think the writing in that show is bad and I despise almost all of the characters on the show.

Especially the kids. The kids in that show are terrible. They're bad actors and I secretly keep hoping their characters get killed off. They are despicable.

I pray to God that I never have kids like that.

To my surprise, Best Buy gave me a refund on all the DVD's. 3 out of the 4 DVD boxes were still in their plastic wrapping, but the first season had been opened. The girl looked at me, smiled and said, "Didn't like it?"

I wrinkled my nose and said, "Nope."

She shrugged her shoulders and said, "Oh well." And promptly scanned all the DVD's and then handed my my cash.

I was shocked.

I fully expected her to hand me back the opened DVD and say, "We can't return this, it's been opened."

I was prepared to say, "Oh, that's okay. I just thought I'd try anyway."

I was flabbergasted.

Pleased..., but flabbergasted.

On a different note, this is currently my favorite song...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Kauai…

It has rained all day.

All day.

It's not a big deal. It's just unusual. It just hardly ever rains here.

It rains in Hilo every week, but it never rains in Kauai, Honolulu or Maui.

Also, it didn't just rain, it was almost Typhoon-like.

It was intense.

Yesterday Brett, Chris and I played tennis in Kona. It was the hottest day of the year on The Big Island and we had no business being out there in that blazing hot sun.



That's Brett and Chris with their tennis coach Ota.

Stupidly, we played for 4 hours.

Stupidly, even after we started feeling feeling faint and dizzy, we continued playing.

It was a lot of fun.

Afterward we ate at a cool little place next to the tennis courts. The owner is a big Cubs fan. So it's a very "Cubs friendly" place.



When we got back to the ship we all had sunburns.









Brett even had a white stripe on his arm where he'd worn his watch.


-- Post From My iPhone

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kona…

It's been a busy few days.

On Sunday we flew to Honolulu from Maui to do an Aphasia show for Laughtrack Theater.


Getting from island to island is super easy. There are several small jet companies that transport people to all the islands.



We had a nice hotel in Waikiki with a great view.



For us it was special being able to be in a room with the balcony door open. It's been months since I've slept with a fresh breeze blowing into the room.

In the early evening we went to Laughtrack to do our show.


It was an especially nice show because Robyn, Chris and Shannon Whenpenny did the show with us.

On the flight back to Maui Brett spotted steam coming up from the floorboards. He freaked out and tried to get the flight attendant to stop the pilot from taking off.

Unfortunately, we were already barreling down the runway.

The flight attendant was very annoyed and spoke over the loudspeaker, "it's not smoke you are seeing. It's steam."

It was very funny to watch the whole thing transpire. Brett was FREAKING out, which in turn was scaring the crap out of everyone around him, including Robyn



-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jeannie's Day…

For Jeannie's birthday I got her a day pass at a nearby resort.




It's really amazing.

We've been so use to swimming at beaches that I forgot what it's like to swim in a pool.

I also got her a copy of …


Little People, Big World is Jeannie's favorite show so it made her very excited that I got her the book.

However, she was absolutely estatic to discover that I had ordered a signed copy!


I hope she's having a good birthday.


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We have a new episode of our podcast available. You can link to it here. If you go directly to that link, it will play the podcast. You can also find the podcast on iTunes. Please listen.

Also, my brother went to camp last week. My sister said: " They offered cliff jumping, water tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, rope swing, jet skiing and tons more stuff. The camp is located in the Table Rock State Park in Missouri (about a 7 hour drive from Decatur).
This was his second jump – he said he jumped about 11 times total – they called him The Legend afterwards. This jump was 43 feet high."
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jeannie's bday +1.…

Jeannie's official birthday dinner was a pizza party.














However, we're still waiting for the pizza to arrive.

A couple days ago we went to Haleakalea.












Brett strayed a little off course.







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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jeannie's Birthday Week...

Today began the official celebration for Jeannie's birthday.

For those unaccustomed to Jeannie's birthday celebrations, the revelry usually lasts one full week. I've known her now for five years and she never says "my birthday". She always says "my birthday week".

Well, today the festivities kicked off in grand fashion. Jeannie announced yesterday that she wanted to go to a tea house that she had discovered in Honolulu. She asked if I would take her there.

I, of course, told her we could go early Saturday morning. She invited the rest of the cast and to our surprise, not only did Robyn agree to come, but so did Brett.

The tea house was called "Tea At 1024".

As we sat down the waitress informed us that we had a 2 hour time limit to drink our tea.

2 hours!

I don't think she had any cause for concern. We had no intention of having a 2 hour tea party.

She then informed us that the first thing we had to do was to pick our cups from the collections on the wall...

...and then, we had the option of visiting the hat wall to select costumes...

The tea room was full of people and not a single person had visited the hat wall. Well, we were not in the least bit afraid of looking silly.

We all visited the hat wall and immediately developed characters.

I present to you the Professor...

...the Duchess...

...Captain Cloister...

....The Widow.

We had way too much fun.




We had a delicious salad.

Lots of tea sandwiches.

Scones, chocolate and clotted cream and jam.

And, of course, lovely tea.

Because it was loose tea, they gave us a cool filter to pour it.

Robyn, didn't realize it and her tea ended up looking like dirt.

It was a grand time. I hope Jeannie had fun.

For more pictures, go to her blog.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Kauai...

My team (the Cubs) lost today.

They played horribly and their high priced stars stunk up the joint. Meanwhile, Derek Lee, Aramis Rameriz, Ryan Theriot and the rest of the gritty True Blue Cubs performed admirably.

Soriano was embarrassing, Harden was a joke and the bullpen was awful. Milton Bradley didn't play, but I'm sure he went 0 for 4 on the bench.

They're just playing terrible right now.

With that being said, I just want to let everyone know I know that they lost. In fact, I watch or listen to every game. I don't need to be reminded that they lost.

I know that you're probably very excited that your team won, but there's no need to rub it in my face. I don't (and have never) done that to anyone, so I'd be much obliged if you refrain from doing it to me.

I know there are people out there who love to bicker back and forth about their teams. I am not one of those.

I'm happy for you that your team won.

However, I'm not happy about that at all.

Am I a poor loser? Nope. Not at all.

I just don't like losing and having it rubbed in my face.

There's no such thing as "good natured ribbing"! It's a misnomer.

There's nothing "good natured" about it.

The truth is, I'm probably not mature enough to handle taunts about my team losing. If you taunt me, I invariably end up hating you.

There's really no exceptions to that rule.

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In other news, it's becoming the Summer of George at the World Series of Poker.

After 3 days of the tournament, Jason Alexander is alive and well and one of the chip leaders.

Go Costanza.

Lou Diamond Phillips is also doing well. He used his winnings from "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!" well.

I'm rooting for Phil Ivey. Or, Dan Harrington.

It's time a Pro won.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Kona…

In our quest for a quality pizza pie, Jeannie and I ventured into Kona.

We don't always like to get off the ship on Kona days because we have to take the tender boats to get there.

However, our friend Krista from the bar staff told me that there was a phenomenal pizza place in town, so on the tender we went.



The place she recomended was a pretty cool place. It was the Kona Brewery.

They had some very cool pizzas on the menu.

Normally I would opt for a plain pepperoni pizza, but I was feeling adventerous and got a pepper and pepperoni combo. Jeannie got a ground sausage taco style pizza.


To our delight, the pizza was fantastic!

We have finally found awesome pizza in Hawaii!



-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

"My Kid Could Paint That"...



Jeannie and I watched a documentary about a 4 year old girl named Marla who has become famous for her abstract paintings.

Her paintings are being sold for $3o,000!

I'm not a fan at all of abstract art, but I was very moved by the beautiful paintings she was creating. For a little 4 year old girl they were amazingly deep and introspective.

Looking at these paintings, they're a little haunting.



Looking at the little girl, there's something haunting about her too. What's behind those eyes?
Is it possible that there's a 60 year old artist living in that little body?

In fact, I felt like the director of the documentary was advancing the eeriness of the little girl. While everyone around her was whispering the words "prodigy", the camera focused on the little girl. He slowly zoomed in on her eyes as she stared at the camera.

"What could she possibly be thinking?" I asked myself.

And then...

...the movie took a bit of a U-Turn.

The "prodigy story" became a "why would the parents allow their child to be subjected to this?" story.

There's a controversy in the movie. A lot of questions are left unanswered. And, somehow, the director of the movie becomes a focal point of the film. It's all a little crazy.

I'm being vague because I don't want to give anything away. I don't want to ruin anything in case you watch the movie. When I Netflixed the movie I had no idea what it was about. So, the whole controversy caught me totally by surprise.

Watch the movie and then tell me what you think.