Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stuck, Part Two...

A couple days ago I walked out of my cabin and heard some odd grunting coming from down the hall.

I walked toward the noise and arrived at Megan's door.  I watched for a few seconds as she grunted and struggled to walk into her room.

"What's wrong," I asked.

"I'm stuck," she said.  "I can't get through my door."

"Why not?" I asked.

"I think I'm caught on something," she grunted.

I looked a little more closely and saw that her backpack strap had hooked across her door handle.  I let her struggle and grunt around for a few seconds as I took out my phone and took this picture.
I'm not sure how she keeps getting stuck.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hawaiian food...

After I taught my improv class in Honolulu on Saturday, John, Jeannie and I went to an authentic Hawaiian restaurant to eat with some of our Laughtrack Theater friends.



Here's Scott in front of Ono's.

Joining us were Jen, Scott, Larissa, John-John, Monica and Squire.



Inside, we had lots of laughs and lots of food.

John got his first taste of true Hawaiian food.



He ate all of it.



Even the Poi.

I tried day old Poi and it was very good.

The highlight of the day was when, much to Jen's horror, she spotted a photo on the wall of her and her family.



Jen's father was Governor of Hawaii for eight years. She was a little embarrassed by her photo being on the wall.



So was her brother John, who was also in the picture.



After lunch they took us to a shave ice stand that was in the middle of one of the neighborhoods.



It was very good.







It was a very fun day.

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 23, 2010

Left Behind...

We had ourselves quite a morning.

Remember how I told you that we were getting off the ship in Honolulu on Friday morning for a couple days while the ship went into dry dock?  Well, it did not go off without a hitch.

We had a pretty bad morning.


We were told to be at the gangway at 7:00am.  We got there and were escorted off the ship by someone from the ship's personnel/HR department.  Once there, we were taken to a bus and told it would be transporting us downtown.  Our escort from personnel left and the bus driver informed us that none of our names were on his list so we couldn't get on his bus.

He filled up his bus with all the crew members that were on his list, leaving all the entertainers and a handful of crew members(who weren't on his list because they had arranged for their own hotels) standing in the middle of a sweltering hot parking lot.
The gate to leave the dock area was a few feet away, but the port security refused to allow us to walk out.  We had to be driven out off the premises, no exceptions.  However, we couldn't call a cab or have anyone drive on to the port area to take us off.   It had to be a bus.

The bus drivers would not take us off because we were not on any list that they had.

After 40 minutes of standing outside in the blazing sun, ship security told us we had to come back onto the ship.  They would not, however, let us past the gangway.  30 of us were forced to stand in a 4'  x 4 ' area right next to the door for another 90 minutes.  '

As we and the other Entertainers stood there, 2,500 passengers walked by, many of them commented how much they loved our shows.

Finally, at 9:15 we were ushered off the ship.  We thought we were finally going to our bus.

We were not.  We were ushered back into the hot sun and told our bus would arrive soon.  It never came.
As we were standing there, they pulled up the gangplank, shut the door and pulled away from the dock, leaving us and a few hundred passengers behind. 
The busses for the passengers finally arrived, but nothing ever came for us.  Port Security, knowing we were trapped there, still would not allow us to walk through the gates.
Eventually, a couple of the bus drivers had mercy on us and snuck us onto their buses.


We got to our hotel, checked in, immediately ate lunch, swam in the pool and took a nap.


It was a really crappy morning, but we let it go and had a nice relaxing afternoon.  Tonight, we're going to Laughtrack Theater to do an Aphasia and Friends show.


Ah, ship life.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

We're leaving early...

We're leaving early today.

It's caused a bit of a commotion.

We're supposed to be in Kauai until 2:00pm on Friday.  We'll, we're leaving at 3:30pm today, Thursday.

At 7am, Friday, we're arriving in Honolulu and disembarking all passengers.  The ship is then going into 2 days of surprise "dry dock".

Dry Dock is a process that all ships go through, but it's usually a 2 week process where the ship is inspected by the Coast Guard and the entire ship is cleaned and repainted and recarpeted and lots of renovations.  Things like that.

Since this is a "surprise" dry dock, it will involve a hull inspection and 2 days of cleaning.

The electricity will be turned down to 40% and the air conditioning will be completely turned off.  No one is allowed into public/passenger areas except for cleaning crews.

All of this means that we in the Second City cast have all elected to disembark with the passengers.

It wasn't a difficult choice.

It's always nice to have an overnight in Honolulu and it means we get to stay in a hotel and sleep in bed that's on dry land.  We get to open our window and walk outside whenever we like.  We get to eat all of our meals in restaurants that aren't buffet style.  And, most importantly, we get to go to Laughtrack Theater and do a longform improv show!

I think we're all pretty excited.  We get a little 1 day vacation!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jeannie's birthday...

Friday was Jeannie's official birthday. The night before we went out for her birthday dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Kauai.


Friday morning, we went to Brett's favorite place in Kauai, CostCo.


Once there, we picked out Jeannie's birthday cake.


Jeannie also considered purchasing one of the CostCo swimsuits.


Back on the ship we had our second birthday dinner at the sushi restaurant where Jeannie was able to wear her new birthday dress.


We did our improv show after dinner and we shared Jeannie's birthday cake with the audience.


When that was over we went up to one of the conference rooms to play Jeannie's favorite game, Celebrity.





Happy Birthday, Jeannie!

-- Post From My iPhone

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Topsy Turvy...

Things are a little out of whack.

We've always been told that Hilo is super Rainy and Kona is super sunny and hot.

They're on opposite ends of the Big Island and that's the way it's always been.

Last year that description was very true. Always rained in Hilo. Crazy sunny and hot in Kona.

This year it's completely changed. In the 3 months we've been here, it's only rained in Hilo once. The rest of the time it's been bright and sunny.

Meanwhile, in Kona, it's rained every week.

What's going on?

***

Walking down the stairs on our way to tennis today, Megan got stuck on the stairs. She took the turn too tightly and it got stuck.


If you zoom into the picture you'll see she got her handle is stuck under the hinge for the handrail. It took us a little while to get her out of there.
-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tea Time...

Yesterday was the kick off to Jeannie's birthday.

For the second year in a row, we started off the celebratory week by going to the tea house at Tea At 1024.


We all grabbed our hats off the wall and selected our tea cups.





This year we ate outside on the back veranda.


We had tea sandwiches, delicious desserts,


And of course, tea.


It was a lot of fun.


Just a few tears were shed.


After tea I hurried over to class to teach my class at Laughtrack.

When that was over Jeannie, Brett, John and Megan joined me at the theater and we did a matinee improv show at the Theater. The show went great.

Before our show a great group from Laughtrack did a really funny show. The group featured Scoot, Larissa, Shannon and Jen. Through that show I discovered that hamsters are banned in Hawaii.

Great fun. Great times all day long!

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 9, 2010

Coming attractions...

It was our first Thursday off in awhile so after a long day of tennis, we went to our favorite movie theater in Kauai.

All the movies playing there were pretty bad so we went to the one that we felt was the "least bad", Knight and Day.

It was pretty bad, but it was somewhat entertaining. Somewhat.

As we walked in, everyone saw posters of movies that they were looking forward to seeing.


Brett saw Tron.


Megan saw some cheesy Zac Effron movie.


Jeannie saw a 3D dance movie.


They all looked bad to me.

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

3D...

We went to the theater on Sunday to watch the new Twilight movie.  Yes, I know, that was a very embarrassing line to write.  Yes, I watched it.

If you're in a relationship, you understand why I saw it and why I have now seen all 3 of them.  If I want Jeannie to go to the theater with me to see The Hangover, than I have to, from time to time, see the newest sappy, Vampire love story movie.

Anyway, there were 6 previews for coming attractions that played before the Twilight movie started.  Of those 6 movies, 5 of them proudly and boldly proclaimed that they were in 3D.  When the 5th movie flashed the announcement "IN 3D!", the audience booed.  Booed loudly.

I thought I was the only one tired of all this 3D craziness.  Apparently, I'm not.

Hopefully, Hollywood will lighten up on all this 3D madness.

3D is boring.

Once they stop worrying about making movies in 3D, maybe they'll spend more time working on scripts.

This has been the worst summer of movies that I've ever seen.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July...

It's still the 3rd of July here in Hawaii, but the 4th of July everywhere else in America.

We're doing our show tonight as a special showcase right after the fireworks. Here are a couple of the cruise staff members, Jillian and Ross, in their 4th of July costumes in the Cruise Director's office.


Early today we met up with some of our Laughtrack Theater friends for breakfast at Cinnamon. Specifically, we met up with Monica, Squire, Scott, Larissa, John and Jen. Here are Jen and Megan showing they have the same phone.


Cinnamon was featured on the Rachel Ray show as having delicious breakfast.

That Rachel Ray was right. They had Guava Chiffon pancakes...


And Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese frosting syrup.





The greatest pancakes I have ever eaten.

Happy 4th of July, everybody!

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 2, 2010

Run Through...

I have turned off the Cubs game.  That team is killing me.

So, lets think about something different.

We do our mainstage show every Monday night.  For a few weeks, we're switching our mainstage show to a different night.  This week it'll be on Saturday night, after that we'll be doing Tuesdays.  We're also going to be doing one show a night, instead of 2.

It'll be strange.  We've always done 2 shows every Monday night on this ship.

This week during our sound check/run through, I took pictures of everyone doing scenes with me.  We have a lot of fun during our run throughs.