Friday, February 25, 2011

Hawaii: Part Three

The flight from Dallas to Honolulu was loooong.... to say the least.  It is just under 8 hours.  We left our house at 5:45 a.m. and arrived in Honolulu at about 6:30 p.m. their time and they are 5 hours behind Eastern Standard so it was 11:30 p.m. our time. It was dark when we arrived.   Makes for one very long day.  I am so grateful that Nicole was in a wheelchair the whole time or she would have been much more tired than she was.  It took us awhile to get our bags in Honolulu but we had a car waiting for us at the airport to take our party (which consisted of Julie who works for MindWorks (the multimedia company) and two other co-workers of hers that joined us  on the Dallas to Honolulu flight to the resort that is on the other side of the island.  We reached the hotel and was wisked through the service elevator up to our room so nobody in UT would see us and the surprise wouldn't be blown.  This is why I couldn't say anything on facebook about it as it was going to be a surprise.  The night we arrived there had been a wedding or something and there were fireworks right outside on the lagoon that we could see from our balcony.  The fireworks were better than most of the July 4th firework shows that we have.  We ordered room service and then hit the hay as we all were exhausted but excited at the same time.

We woke up Sunday morning and had to be discreet. If someone asked us we were told that we had to say that we were just here on vacation. Rick walked around the property a lot as he does smoke cigarettes and they only have a couple of designated smoking areas. Rick and I walked around the grounds to get a feel where we would be able to walk with Nicole etc.     We tried to recuperate and make sure that Nicole got enough rest.  I believe it did rain on Sunday also.  The Super Bowl was the same day which we watched a little bit of.  The bar poolside was also showing the Super Bowl so you heard a lot of cheering.  I believe we ended up walk around the grounds with Nicole.

On Monday, we took  Nicole around the grounds of the resort and she took a lot of pictures. She was tired and didn't want to really go anywhere.  We had rehearsal for Tuesdays  presentation at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    This is when I met Alex for the first time.  He is the senior VP of selling and marketing and had been the one who had invited us to come on the trip.  We saw the video that they made from the day they spent at our house.  Greg who is the owner of Media Works did a fabulous job.  I admit I didn't like myself on the video.... my voice... the 10 pounds the camera adds etc. and Nicole didn't like seeing herself either but she is beautiful so it didn't matter. Everyone, including Rick, was in tears.  My dogs where even stars :o)  We were whisked back through the kitchen and up the service elevator to our room.  We went to the restaurant for dinner.  It rained for several hours that evening along with some windy weather.  The food was just fabulous, as you can imagine, but every meal was at least $70 which in my opinion is way too expensive.

I will be back tomorrow with our day on Tuesday which includes the big presentation and the whole reason we were there.


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