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October 26, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I have returned from a grand 30th anniversary vacation in Hawaii. For those of you who refer to our 50th state as a paradise, let me tell you something. You are absolutely, 100%, CORRECT.
The islands are beautiful. The people are laid back and friendly. The cuisine is interesting and generally very good though you can keep the poi. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One other thing. It's great to be home again.
Now I can get back to the real world. It was tough being in Hawaii for ten days, as sporting news was hard to come by. We cruised the islands and the only way we could get sports news was to sit in the one bar on board that had TV's with ESPN access. I tried to stop by as often as I could, but my wife kept dragging me from one activity to another. The shows were great, but I was missing my sports fix.
I would have headed to the bar for Sunday afternoon NFL action (which takes place at 7:00 A.M. in Hawaii), but I was at the top of a volcano watching a pretty amazing sunrise. Interestingly enough I was freezing too. We were over 10,000 feet high, the temperature was 45 and the wind was howling. Was the ride to the rim worth it? I'm not sure. I think I would have prefered to be in the bar watching football action.
At one point I did ask the waiter if I could get one TV turned to the end of the Nascar race and he looked at me like I was crazy. He suggested that Hawaiians were not race fans, to which I suggested that the vast majority of the passengers on board were NOT Hawaiians. The TV never did get changed, but that was OK, it was time to go to another show.
Now that I'm back it's sports time. Tonight is the debut of the Miami Heat's Heavenly Trio and though I don't really care much for the NBA, it will be interesting to see how the super team fares. I am currently watching Boise State on their smurf field playing some football. Tomorrow the World Series begins - so life is good.
The view from my seat suggests that if you get the opportunity to go to Hawaii, by all means, take it. You will love the place. You will also have to wait for sports news. Don't kid yourself - it is worth the wait!
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