Monday, October 16, 2006

I Miss My Condo Already

After spending all of September getting through escrow insanity for our condo, we knew that there was light at the end of the tunnel. What kept my wife and I going was knowing we were going to spend a week in relaxing Hawaii. Well, we made it...but it really hasn't been that relaxing.

As we were in the air, our pilot informed us that a 6.6 earthquake had hit the Big Island and that it had impacted all the other islands. Being from California we're use to earthquakes, but come on not on our vacation. We landed in Honolulu around 11:30AM local time, and we were told that there was no power on the island, which meant nothing was working. We were manually exited off the plane and in the dark awaited for the airline to bring out our luggage. Man, it was so chaotic trying to find our bags.

After we got our bags we headed to Alamo to pick-up our rental. Luckily it wasn't crowded and despite not having power, the staff was pretty efficient. Cool, we got an Impala. We drove east on Nimitz Hwy to Waikiki. We arrived in about 10 minutes. Since the stop lights were down, everyone was driving extra slow. Upon arriving at our hotel, it was pitch dark and we were told our room wasn't ready. Err, not cool. The lady at the front desk was very nice and gave my wife and I a voucher for free lunch. This worked out, because we were starving. So after checking our bags with the bell desk, we were off to eat. Since there were only a handful of places open, everywhere you went (including the bathroom) there was a long line. Getting our free meal wasn't too bad, but when we wandered to the streets later to pick-up some supplies....we ended up waiting in line for about an hour and a half. It also didn't help that it started pouring rain while we were in line. Errr, not the relaxing time I was expecting.

Man, I miss my condo already.

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