We went into Waikiki today and the day before. It’s very strange to find how living in Kailua has made me soft. The normal bustle of Ala Moana beach felt very exciting 🙂 I mean that’s hysterical. K and I live on a street in New York that is non-stop noise and activity. Meanwhile I felt like a bumpkin walking around Ala Moana Mall. I had to stop at every storefront and peer at the merchandise displays. Even the koi pond was more entertaining than usual.
We went to Ala Moana beach to practice our swimming. At Kailua Beach the surf has been a little more active and when we try to practice we get tossed around. K had alot of success with his swimming in Waikiki. I mean he basically swims well now. I, on the other hand, had a harder time swimming in calmer water. I still haven’t quite figured out what the deal with that is.
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- Speedo Speed Socket $24.99
- Tyr Nest Pro Goggle $20.00
- Swedish Goggles $5.00
Today K drove me into town for my first meeting at HIFF–which was great. I met some of the staff and went over some of the outreach process. I was telling K that the HIFF people are like New Yorkers just more gentle. That’s pretty much the speed I want to be at for now.
After HIFF, K and I went for lunch and a movie at the Dole Cannery. Recently there was a NY Times article reviewing and summarizing iPhone apps that were great for travel. I’ve been downloading apps like crazy this past week. Local Eats and iWant helped us find our lunch place which was delicious and our movie directly after.
my favorite iPhone apps:
- Air Sharing
- White pages mobile
I had macadamia nut encrusted Mahi Mahi at Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch and Crab. It looked like a very standard sort of lunch place but it turned out to really hit the spot. There was a luau plate that looked so delicious but definitely a ticket to the town Fattsville.
We went to see Tropic Thunder afterwards and I was so surprised at how much I liked it. I love Robert Downey Jr. but I heard all the bruhaha about the use of the word ‘retarded’ and was pretty indifferent to seeing it. It turned out to be oddly touching and I’m glad we went. I actually cried at the ending even though it’s basically a big spoof.
K noticed that their was a recurring snowflake theme at the Dole Cannery Theater. A bit random but I like snow flakes. I told K that maybe it had something to do with Dole and he said, ‘you mean pineapples?’ and I didn’t have anywhere to go after that. When we came out of the film it was raining so hard that there was a waterfall running through the elevator shaft and down the stairwells.
Another way my new iPhone came in handy was this morning. At 7:45AM I was jarred out of sleep by what sounded like a 20 piece brass band. The grade school by us was having an early assembly for the students. I looked up grade schools in my zip code through the white pages app and I found the school’s phone number. I didn’t call this morning but I got their number now. Brass bands beware.