Saturday, July 30, 2011


On Wednesday we stopped in at one of our old Kona haunts, as Nate Dufort would say.

It's a place were we ate all the time with Brett and Chris during our first Hawaii contract. We always ate there after we played tennis. I got the old standby, the Hula Chicken.

A chicken sandwich with pineapple and bacon. Delicious!

On our way back we watched the fisherman return to weigh their fish at the Bullfish Tournament.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lost and found...

On Saturday in Honolulu, Jeannie had a weird thing happen. As we were walking down Ala Moana blvd. I looked down at the ground and saw someone's debit card. I picked it up and dropped it off at the nearest bank branch office that we found in Waikiki.

Several hours later as we were walking back to the ship, I looked down and found...

...another debit card.

But wait, this story doesn't end.

As soon as we got on the ship Jeannie went down to laundry. She opened up the washing machine and out popped a debit card and driver's license.

People, people, people.

Hold on to your stuff. I'm a busy man. I can't spend all my day finding bank branches and dropping off your valuable belongings.

Next time I'm going to need to charge a finder's fee of a Diet Dr. Pepper. (it tastes so much like regular Dr. Pepper!)
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Thursday, July 21, 2011


The most popular spot for kids in Maui on Sundays?

The fountain in front of the movie theater.

It's packed with kids every day.

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Shuffle it...

Had a bit of a tumultuous week. The needle of my personal thermostat is very high right now.

Here's a sample of some of the things I've dealt with...

Offered a HUGE job. Had to turn it down because I already committed to another job.

Was contacted by a different company about a job opening they have. They asked for a phone interview. When I asked if they could change the time of the phone interview to an afternoon time because I'm currently 5 hours behind them, they retracted their interest. Guess they're morning people!

Had to reprimand a tech for ignoring my tech requests and screwing up our show.

Signed a lease for a new apartment in Chicago and sent out the deposit, first month's rent and lease agreement to the new landlords. Found out that even though I mailed it all out 2 weeks ago, the Chicago Postal system still hasn't delivered it.

Met with the Cruise Director for 2 hours to ensure that comments someone else made didn't start a war and set off a firestorm.

And finally, wedding vendors. Some wedding vendors are the scourge of the earth.

I know a lot of people deal with a lot more pressing issues, but these things really had me hot under the collar this week.

Today, I conquered all the frustration by doing the following...

I found a nice shady spot, put on my headphones and listened to music.

I never do that. If I ever listen to music, I do it while I'm doing something else. I listen while I work out or while I work on my computer, but I never just sit, relax and listen to music.

I turned the shuffle on my top rated songs.

These songs were the first songs to play and they thoroughly relaxed me and cooled me down immensely:

"She came in through the bathroom window" - The Beatles

"Disarm" - Smashing Pumpkins

"Haven't met you yet" - Michael Buble

"Lady Jesus" - The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

"We can dance if we want to" - Men Without Hats

"January Hymn" - The Decemberist's.

"Burn Down the Mission" - Elton John

"Home" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's

"I want to know what love is" - Foreigner

And, winding it all down...

"Africa" - Toto

So, I highly recommend you do the same. Find some shade, turn on your music and relax.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Jeannie's Birthday...

Saturday was Jeannie's Birthday!

She had her annual tea party at Tea At 1024.

This year, she invited our castmates from Second City and a team that she's been coaching in Honolulu.

The biggest and most important part of any tea party is the selection of hats.

Next, you have to choose your teacup.

The rest of the tea party involves drinking tea, eating sandwiches and desserts and having lots and lots of laughs.

Best tea party ever!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


How small is the cabin we live in on the ships? I bent over Sunday to pick up the belt I dropped on the floor and ended up konking my head.

Last night we played Apples to Apples.

That game's always good for some laughs. We're starting to get a good feel for each other so we know how to play our cards. For instance, no matter what the topic, if you play a Captain Kirk card for Phil, he will always pick it. Same goes with Jeannie and Anything Japan.

Saturday, Jeannie and I had a ton of errands to run. We finished with just enough time to grab a quick lunch. We stopped off and snarfed down some pasta at Jeannie's favorite Honolulu restaurant, The Old Spaghetti Factory. The highlight of the very rushed meal was their delicious Olive Tapenade.

It's a Megan Hovde Wilkins fave.

In Kauai, we ran into one of the island's local characters.

We've seen this woman before. She wears a ton of white makeup on her face and has about ten pounds of hair on her head.

She must have the strongest neck muscles in the world to hold up all that hair.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Run through the valley...

On Saturday, after our writing class, the students in the class treated Jeannie and I to tickets to Tony And Tina's Wedding at the Manoa Valley Theater.

It was great! I've never seen the show and a few of our friends were in the cast. It was a lot of fun.

Our dear friend Shannon from Laughtrack Theater directed the production. She also was filling in for one of the roles so it was fun getting to watch her do a show.

One of the curious things about the theater was that there is a cemetery out front.

They mentioned it a few times in the show as being the place where Tina's dad was buried, which was very funny.

On Sunday, Jeannie and I decided to do a long run from shore to shore in the valley at Maui.

We ran from Kahului to Kihei. It was 8.8 miles and we ran it in 90 minutes. It was hot, sunny, windy and we were extremely dehydrated after the run, but we did it!

Shore to shore.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Vacation Hero...

We filmed a promo video for the ship today. We all got to wear costumes.

I was the Cruise Director.

Holly, Joe and Phil were vacation hero's.

Rich was the lazy, evil server.

He was also Batman.

Jeannie was a passenger who just wanted a poached egg.

The evil Bat-Baker was battled down by our vacation hero's.

It was all very fun. Video may follow some time down the road.

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Jeannie's new favorite restaurant in Kauai is Genki Sushi.

We really haven't liked conveyer belt sushi, but the one in Kauai is quite good.

Yesterday, Jeannie got the Hawaiian special, Spam Sushi.

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