9.24.2006

Now THIS is home

After a gueling day and night sorting out all our stuff yesterday, it's FINALLY starting to feel like a home.

Sure, we still have boxes everywhere.

Sure, we just found out the living room furniture won't arrive until LATE October.

But despite all that....we found a place to keep the Fluff--and all is good in the world.


(And Del's Lemondade! Mmmmmmm)

9.19.2006

The neverending unpack

So we can finally see the floor in our living room and Verizon came out to install the TV and Internet. At last it's starting to feel like home. (except for the fact that we have no living room furniture yet...)

All this moving and unpacking is beyond exhausting. Liz passed out before 9 and at just past 10 I'm near that point myself.

zzzzzzzz

9.13.2006

Tomorrow we move

After six fantastic years living with Darrin (and for a couple years an assortment of 4th roommate guest stars) at 832 16th Street in Hermosa Beach we're moving on tomorrow. Of course moving on means moving to 832 15th Place--one street over from our current abode, but while it's nearby and will be absolutely exciting to be living with just Liz in a place that's just us...there's a lot we'll miss about the 16th St abode.

Good bye old friend...we'll only see you every day we pass by you and your fabulous porch we no longer have to get home and it will be difficult for us. We'll go quickly and hope you don't notice. We'll believe that your new tennants can't possibly be as great as us. We'll know that with this move...an era has passed. We hope you'll miss us as much as we'll miss you.

Good bye.

p.s. our new place has a pool--something you couldn't give us. jealous?

9.10.2006

Scavengers!

As is the case whenever you move, we've found ourselves to have many things that we want to get rid of, yet are in too bad of condition to make an effort to sell. The people in this neighborhood are scavengers! Nearly everything we've put out on the street has been picked up by people to make their own--and usually in only a couple hours.

Here's a few items that people have snatched:
  • A long blacklight
  • Hockey goalie gear
  • various books
  • A huge entertainment center in really bad condition
  • A Chasing Amy framed poster signed by Kevin Smith
  • A Red (from the Kryslowski Three Colors trilogy) framed poster
  • A frame for a diploma
  • A wooden stool
  • 8 painted, wooden cd crates in bad condition
  • A cd rack in horrible condition
  • Three assembled crappy bookshelves in bad condition
  • a bunch of other little things
The person who took the Chasing Amy poster also took the Red poster. Red is a foreign film making it somewhat odd that the scavenger wanted both.

The blacklight was particular effective. It drew attention and disappeared within 15 minutes.

We have an old assembled desk out there now. I doubt it makes it to morning.

Wednesday is move day! finally.

9.06.2006

Our Honeymoon--the *almost* entire recap

Since our honeymoon posts come up in reverse order...here they all are if you're new to the site. Plus...if you're a first time visitor, you probably don't realize that it's taken us almost two months to get this all up here! We'll return to regular, timely crap very, very soon!

June 27: Day 1 (Maui North Shore)

June 28: Day 2 (Maui North Shore)
June 29: Day 3 (Maui North Shore)
June 30: Day 4 (Maui North Shore)
July 1: Day 5 (West Maui)
July 2: Day 6 (West Maui)
July 3: Day 7 (West Maui)
July 4: Day 8 (West Maui resorts and Big Island)
July 5: Day 9 (Big Island Volcano)
July 6: Day 10 (Big Island Volcano and Kona)
July 7: Day 11 (Big Island Kona)
July 8: Day 12 (Big Island Kona)--LAST DAY COMING SOON

July 7: Day 11

Most of our 11th day in Hawai'i was filled with relaxation--and there's nothing wrong with that! After waking up nice and late in our sweet suite, we headed down to the pool for some fun time in the water and under the sun.

It wasn't really very crowded, which was a good thing because more crowd would mean more children. We hit the big waterslide and waded around in the water (the deepest part of the pool was only 4 feet, so wading was all you could do). Pictures of pool fun will be in the recap of our final day.

So after spending the day with no agenda, on a recomendation we headed over to the nearby outrigger hotel for drinks at sunset. The rocks in the water made it pretty spectacular and perhaps the best sunset of our entire trip--which was appropriate considering that this would be our last full night here.




The place even had a really good Hawaiian band playing music. It was cool and wasn't at all cheesy like the lounge singer from the night before.


We left the car and took a cab to Kona--which is like Lahaina only older and dirtier. Since I never got to get sushi in Maui because of the wallet losing incident, we decided to try this Japanese restaurant called Fujimamas. The waitress told us that there was a sangria special which we thought to be a bit strange for a japanese place, but we ordered them anyway.

Here's me with Sangria and chopsticks...

Later, we got some saki and chose our saki cups from this huge bowl filled with them. Liz got a much larger cup than me, so I had to refill twice as much as her to keep up. The place was more touristy than the spectacular sushi I hoped for on Maui, but that was ok because it was a fun dinner together.

Eventually we stumbled over to a cab and had a crazy-taxi like experience heading back to the hotel. After all the drinking, it didn't take us too long to pass out.

oh and at some point we visited this place in Kona town...


I'll be honest. Donkey Balls...over rated.

9.05.2006

July 6: Day 10

We woke up and enjoyed another lovely breakfast delivered by Higgin's ladies at the lodge--and then we were off.


Our first stop was a quick return to the National Park to visit the Thurston Lava Tube. There were so many tourbuses here in the afternoon on the day before that we couldn't even park the car. At 10AM, however, there was only one other car so we had the entire place practically to ourselves.



Hundreds of years ago, these vacant caves carried 2000 degree liquid rock to the ocean. Today they're just an empty reminder of that. While walking through we bot a little nervous that the lava spikot would be turned on again and they'd fill up with the red stuff while we explored. Fortunately that never happened.





Next we stopped at the Volcano Winery. Yup, there's a second vineyard in Hawai'i and it's worse than the subpar one on Maui. Most of the wines here are made with a fruit other than grapes and maybe they're decent if you're into that kind of thing. There were only about 10 grape vines present on the property near the tasting room--which was somewhat strange and made me wonder how they could really be a vineyard of they have no grapes. Inside Liz tried hard to be polite and not make the "ewww, this is totally disgusting face". I guess she succeeded because the woman pouring kept pushing us on buying a box of 6 bottles to take back to the mainland.



From winery, it was a long trek down 4000 feet of altitude to the southern tip of the island. We stopped at a black sand beach to stick our feet in the water and get a few more pictures.




Apparently they're anti-fun here though. We couldn't figure out what was so bad about horseshoes.



Our trek continued to Pu`uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. (Try and say that five times fast). We were here on a weekday, so it wasn't particularly crowded, but with living interpretors/actors here at busier times, I imagine it's much like a Plymouth Plantation or Historic Williamsburg kind of spot--except translated for native Hawai'ian history. Back in the day, if you commited even a minor crime, you could be killed by the King or his people. This location, called a Place of Refuge was a spot of religious significance that served as a kind of Get Out Of Jail free card. Anyone that was able to make it here alive, was forgiven by the priest and pardoned of their crimes by the king.



The park was in a gorgeous little bay and we even saw our first Sea Turtle of the entire trip.


Liz was ecstatic to finally find Turtle Town!


She also decided to take a picture of Japanese tourists getting a picture.


Not too far from the park is The Painted Church--which is a very small wooded Catholic church, that is, well, painted. It sits up on a hill with an endless view of the coastline. I imagine it would be a nice place to get married--if you only had 40 guests.


Now that we were getting close to Kona, we had to make the obligatory stop at a coffee mill. I don't drink the stuff--but Liz said it was damn tasty. There are countless coffee tasting rooms spread all throughout Kona. They operate very much like Wine Tasting rooms and most of them are affiliated with just one privately owned farm. (A few are larger and corporate).


We stopped for lunch at a restaurant in the old South Kona business district. The restaurant was a cool little cafe built into the converted lobby of a very old movie theater. We had a seat by the window where a little gecko seemed to live. The little guy darted up and down the window curtains eating bugs. Liz called him Percy. We wondered if he knew Petunia.


Kona was already starting to feel quite different from our experience in Maui. This area of town was older and felt run down and worn out. We wondered if things would change where our hotel was located in the newer part of Kona.

Finally, we reached out hotel--Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. The name of the place is somewhat deceptive since it didn't have nearly the number of resort amenities found at the Sheraton on Maui. And like most hotels on the eastern part of the Big Island where old lava rock makes up most of the coast, there was no actual beach.

The place seemed decent enough and we were shown a room that opened out right onto...a massive waterslide. Kids were screaming all over the place. Hmmm...this wasn't seeming like a romantic ending to our trip. After some complaining we were finally given an upgrade thanks to my Starwood Platinum Status and moved to The Plumeria Suite. Now the hotel may have been a bit too family oriented for our taste, but the room they moved us to was fabulous. It was a one bedroom suite with two bathrooms a wrap around porch with ocean AND mountain views as well as a living room with a 45" flatscreen television. Nice!



We relaxed for a while in our room and then ventured down to the large pool with the waterfalls and waterslides. There were a lot of kids but we made the best of it by ordering drinks. Soon we were having fun and forgot about all the families.

Eventually we ended up at the hotel lounge for dinner. The cheesiest lounge singer chick you could imagine was entertaining a small crowd. We ate our food and headed back up to our huge room to wrap up our second-to-last night in Hawai'i by ourselves.