Friday, January 20, 2012

Exotic Birds, Breakfast and Booze

(Maui) – So far, Day One of the Great Hawaii Vacation has gone according to plan. Our accommodations are so spectacular; we simply couldn’t find a reason to leave. For instance, this is where we had breakfast.

This place featured sunshine, tropical plants, open-air dining and swans!

Not to mention penguins. Penguins? (!)

Great little moment for me this morning with my soon-to-be-50 bride, who is excited like a school girl. We were enjoying our fabulous breakfast when I compared what I was having to her selections. I casually said, “Hey, you didn’t get any papaya.” I mean, it’s not every day you see sliced papaya on the breakfast buffet. She said, “Papaya? I thought it was cantaloupe and they just didn’t cut off the rind.” We got some papaya for her.

After that, we executed Plan A, which was to find a place to park ourselves to watch the waves. So, we sat. And sat. There was a waiter named Justin who just kept bringing us stuff. Happy hour started at 11:00 a.m. We were happy.
Earlier in the day, however, we noted one tiny but not insignificant shortcoming here: It’s a Pepsi place and we’re Coke people. So, if you’re 49 years, 364 days old and you can’t get a Diet Coke, what do you do? Switch to a banana daiquiri, of course.

Under the influence of a variety of liquors, the birthday girl escaped the afternoon sun and found herself shopping at the mall inside The Fabulous Resort. She now has new dresses. Moments later, our wayward luggage arrived a day late, but apparently unharmed.
So, now we’re ready to go out to dinner. Be there. Aloha.

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