Notes From Oahuon July 24, 2011 at 11:26 am
Aloha! As I mentioned in the comic strip blogs recently, I’m kicking it in Hawaii with Mombot for the next several days, visiting with friends and family and soaking up some sun and surf. I couldn’t mention it earlier, but the main reason for taking this trip was to attend a surprise 60th Wedding Anniversary for my aunt and uncle. Since the event took place today (Saturday, July 23), I can finally write without fear of family members visiting my website and getting the surprise ruined. I’ll write more about the party later as it deserves a blog of its own, but for now, here’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days in paradise.
My mom and I left from Burbank, CA last Wednesday morning (July 20th) and arrived on Oahu – where Mombot was raised – later that day. Since then, it’s been a very casual, relaxing trip. I can’t remember the last time I was on a real vacation so it took some time to sink in; I think the first night after going out for food and drinks, I came back to the hotel and worked on Friday’s JEFbot for a few hours before crashing. The next day I took my mom to the Ala Moana shopping center so she could pick up gifts for the Anniversary party, and dessert for a dinner we had that night with my cousin, aunt and uncle.
It wasn’t until Friday I really started getting into “Vacation Mode” and spent the afternoon hiking and surfing with my sister, Linda/Xinda. Oh, did I not mention she’s here with us? That’s because we didn’t find out she’d be joining us until late Thursday night, when she came pounding on my hotel door. Earlier in the week she had threatened to A) Spend the entire time at my apartment while I was away, changing things around and possibly painting another wall, or B) Surprising us in Hawaii and getting a room at our hotel. I assumed she would choose option A as who buys an expensive, last minute plane ticket to Hawaii, just to terrorize one’s mother and brother? (Granted, also to hang out in one of the most beautiful places in the world.)
Anyway, it all turned out pretty great as she and I spent Friday afternoon on the beach – she hung out at Duke’s drinking iced teas, taking pictures and napping on the sand while I went surfing. It was the perfect day for it, too, as the ocean was fairly calm which meant the waves were just the right size for me to get back into the swing of things (I think it’s been at least four years since the last time I surfed off this very beach.) I plan to go back in the next day or two, but had to take a break since I got a bad sunburn on the back of my calves (the two places I didn’t put sunscreen on, wouldn’t you know) so gotta give those time to heal. In the meantime, I hiked up Diamond Head – kind of a tradition everytime I come to Oahu – and took my evil sis along. She made it to the top of the crater, but just barely, as it’s a pretty arduous climb and she hasn’t been able to exercise much lately, due to some health issues she’s been dealing with. After that, we drove back to the hotel and picked up Mombot for some local eats.
Like I said, it’s been a pretty chill vacation so far, and I think that’s exactly what I needed; it’s been years since I’ve had a proper getaway that wasn’t somewhat work-or-JEFbot-related, so it’s been strange not having to worry about much beyond when the next time I’m going to the beach, really. Yes, I did bring my computer and artstuffs along so I can post new comic strips while away, but I’m mixing in the JEFbot work without interrupting any Vacation Fun Time. And really, writing and drawing from my hotel window overlooking the beach while listening to the sound of the surf is still vacation time as far as I’m concerned. And hey, the McDonald’s fast food joints here on the islands all have Spam and/or Portuguese sausage and egg breakfasts, and that’s all I need to start each day with a smile on my face for now.
See you in a day or two with a new blog post, and next Tuesday with a new strip!
For some other photos and social networking while I’m away, check my:
Good to hear you’re having fun. 🙂
*disproving look at the sunburn* Always put it on the spots you least expect bebe.
Glad you and the familia are having a blast. Spam? Really?! I haven’t had Spam in years but if I remember correctly…EW! What part of the animal is the spam made from! LOL! glad you enjoy it. I may have to buy a can and see if my tastes have changed.
Wikipedia says it’s made of pork shoulder meat and ham. And here I thought it was some kind of corned beef… But hey, my only knowledge for this product came from the Monthy Python’s sketch.
To say the least, it doesn’t look really appetizing. Maybe because I didn’t taste it. It’s like Brussels sprouts, you should eat them since you were a child to like them.
Bot: Aloe Vera is the best for sunburns.
Great to know your having an awesome time Jeff 😀
Maybe next time you should set up a scheduled buffer of comics for yourself 😛
I wouldn’t be a Monty Python Fanatic if I didn’t do this…
Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spammity spam!
I used to think fried spam was pretty tasty, but I think that’s because my mom would season it enough that it didn’t taste like spam.
Great to know you’re having fun and enjoying it (You deserve it!) Watch out for Xinda plotting with sharks. (I’m sure they love her.)
Glad you’re enjoying the vaca! Oh! I forgot to update all here (I’ve been not posting for a while, I’m sorry!!! T__T I’ve been reading though!) I am the McCafe lady at the McD’s that I work at!!!! (just got hired on April 18th)
You GO girl!!!!
Oahu is beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Sounds and looks like you are having fun! Sorry to hear about your calves. Ouch. I hope they recover quickly so you can get back out on the water. Hi to Mombot and Xinda and the rest of the BotClan! Also, I hope Xinda has a quick and complete recovery from her health issues.
Diamond head… that like a volcano? Or some kind of ritual ground? were you gonna sacrifice her?
Though knowing your evil sister, they might send her back lol.
Pretty amazing that you’re still working on the strip while on vacation though, but I brought my laptop with me while on vacation for my grandparents 50th so I can totally relate to that need.
I made the climb up Diamond Head, it was one of my favorite memories of going to Oahu. I woke up early in the morning, left my mom, wife and son still sleeping at the hotel and made my way over there for a early morning hike. This is a small pano of the view from about 3/4 of the way up http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanfischerphotography/4004992026/in/set-72157622569069962/
What a great hike.
And don’t forget to stop for a Puka Dog!