Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter...

Jeannie and I went to Easter services in Maui.

What's different about Hawaiian Easter?

Well, for one, there's a Hula Dance in church on Easter.


The other main difference is that everyone's Easter candy melts a lot faster here. The kids in front of us had chocolate all over their Easter clothes way before we even got to the offering.

Afterward Jeannie and I went to have dinner at this sushi place everyone on the ship's been telling us about for the past 3 years. They serve 1/2 price sushi everyday from noon to 2pm and then again from 9pm to 1am.


How was it?

Well, it tasted like a place that would have 1/2 price sushi.

There's a new initiative that's taking place in Hawaii that's driving me crazy. It's mainly only being enforced in Kauai.

No shopping bags! They refuse to give you any bags for anything!

It's sooooooo annoying. It's also frustrating because they get so snippy when you ask for a bag.

So, here I am, headed back to the ship without anything holding my snacks.


Preposterous!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Honolulu...

We love all the islands, but Honolulu is always our favorite.

I consider myself a "city person" so Honolulu gives me a little bit of both things that I like. A large, urban city inside a tropical setting.


So great.

I went to the mall to go to the Apple Store and look who I saw...


It's Mondo and Andy from Project Runway. I watched them talk for a little while. They were both very nice and funny.

After that Jeannie and I met up and had lunch at Gomatei.


Many people in Hawaii consider it the best ramen restaurant in the state.

It's tough for me to judge. I think I need to go back to all of them again before I make a definitive declaration.

After lunch I made my way over to Laughtrack Theater. I taught a workshop for Shannon Whinpenny.


It was a sketch writing class for a group of media personalities that do a sketch show every year. It was a very fun class and I got to meet several local news celebrities.

The best part of the class was that they gave me a Lei.


It's hard to believe, but in the three years that I've been coming to Hawaii, this is the first flower Lei that I've been given. It was pretty cool.


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Thursday, April 21, 2011

New videos...

Before we left Chicago, Jeannie and I met with a few of our friends and recorded more videos so we could continue putting out some of the video projects we've been doing.

Here are a few more episodes of Gym Buddies.  Each one is only a minute or so.  Please feel free to watch them and comment or "like" them.

Surprise, we also have a new episode of  The Happy Couple; David and Dierdre

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Honolulu...

Our long week of rehearsing and performing finally concluded last night.  It was a long week.  A great week, but a long week.

Today was the last day with TJ and Jenna so we took them around to a few of our favorite places in Waikiki.
That's our view from the Royal Hawaiian.
We stopped off at one of our favorite places in Honolulu, Puka Dog!  Phil was very excited.
The lines were very long.
TJ proudly posed with his Puka Dog as Holly took his photo.
It looks like TJ's eyes are closed, but that's the way he spent the entire week with us.

After that, we went to the Westin and sat under the banyan tree, had some drinks and listened to the Hawaiian musicians.

These photos look fake, but they're not.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hawaii...

Jeannie and I are back in Hawaii with our new cast.
On our flight over here the woman who sat behind me spent the entire flight yanking and pulling and shaking my seat.  Nine hours of her hovering over the top of me rocking my seat all over the place.  When I looked up at her, this is what she looked like.
We've been hard at work rehearsing and getting ready for our shows.

It's great being back in Hawaii and so nice to be back on the Pride.  This is our 3rd summer back here.  I told Jeannie it's like college.  We leave for 3 or 4 months and then come back and see they've updated the campus a bit and things look a little bit fresher.  The seniors have all graduated, but we still all the people around the dorms that we always see.  The freshmen have come in and they're a little too excited and wild and spend too much time drinking and partying, but they'll settle in and act normal soon.

It's very comfortable and very relaxing.

We had our Hollywood Theater shows on Monday and they went well.  I bought Lei's for TJ and Jenna for the show to welcome them to Hawaii.
While TJ our director is onboard, we've been taking him and Jenna our traveling producer to all of our old haunts.  On Tuesday we took them to Ken's House of Pancakes.
Today we're in Kona and just trying to get some work done on the internet.  The rest of the cast is at Turtle Beach.  Hopefully, they'll be able to see some turtles.  The last cast never got to see any.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Leaving Chicago...

We head out early Saturday morning to go back to Hawaii.

The past few days have been spent seeing friends and getting some last minute planning done for the wedding. Well, not exactly last minute. It's still 7 months away, but we're going to be gone for five of those months.

On Thursday we had Dim Sum with Jason at Chinatown.


Here's Jeannie saying goodbye to Jo.



And, Jeannie saying goodbye to her friends Becca and Anne.





Today Jeannie and I took all of our winter stuff to the storage space. We then ran some errands and then met up with Matt, Rance and our new friend Alec to play Battlestar Galactica.





It has become a tradition that the night before we leave we meet up and battle some Cylons.

Is it the best idea that we do it the night before we leave? Absolutely not. The game usually lasts 6 hours and we're always exhausted afterward.

Still, with all those drawbacks, it's so fun and so awesome to go out that way. We really have a lot of fun.





Matt posed for this picture, trying to look as nerdy as possible. Who knew he'd also look like an alien?

Deanna stopped in to say goodbye before we left.





She also watched as Jeannie made a new treat, Dutch Babies.





She was really proud.





They were great. She did a good job.

It's a little before 3:00 am and I just finished packing. The trip to Hawaii is going to be stressful. It's my seventh contract and I've still managed to overpack. It's mostly electronics and stuff clogging it up.

Hopefully, it won't be too complicated getting to Honolulu.

We had a really fantastic time here at home in Chicago. This time around it felt like we really got to spend some quality time with a lot of our old and new friends.

I subletted a great apartment from Kate Lambert and was very fortunate to be able to stay in such a nice play.

To all our friends in Chicago, see you in September. To our friends in Hawaii, see you tomorrow!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cubs Game #2...

Since we're headed to Hawaii in a few days I decided to take advantage of the few remaining days we have in Chicago and bought tickets for Jeannie and I to go to the Cubs game again today.
It was sunnier, but still a little chilly.  We layered up, but were still a little cold.
In the third inning Tyler Colvin slammed a home run right at us.  I stood up on my seat and reached out for the ball, but it dropped a row below us. 

You can see Jeannie and I here.  I'm wearing the blue and yellow hat and the puffy black jacket.  Jeannie's right next to me wearing her brand new Cubs hat with the giant red "C" on it.

Here's the video of it all.  You can see Jeannie I pretty clearly here.  

The ball just wizzed past the heads of the two kids sitting below us.  The guy who ended up with the ball gave it to the 2 kids.  Jeannie was so excited about the entire happening that she took a picture with the kids.
It was a good game.  The Cubs blew a 3 run lead, but ended up winning in the end.  
I've got my Cubs fix.  I guess we can go to Hawaii now.  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Birthday...

It's my birthday today.

We went to the Cubs game.  We had great seats.

Jeannie bought me a Cubs hat.

So did Brett.

Brett bought peanuts and Jeannie bought Cracker Jacks.

Jeannie also bought me a cake.

It was a great day.  Cubs won and we had a nice relaxing, awesome day.  In fact, looking back, I had a really awesome year.  I'm the type of person who always thinks that every year has been great, but this one has been especially fantastic.  Look at all the things I saw this past year!





























Such an amazing year. 

This upcoming year is going to be even better!