Yes, I know. It's been nearly a month since my last blog post and you're dying for an update. Where have you been? How's the pineapple? How's the triathlon training? Did you jump out of a plane yet? Done anything cool lately?
Well, I have the answers to all those questions and more. My absence was primarily due to being on vacation for 14 days on the mainland. I was home for a few days and then went to Myrtle Beach, SC for 8 straight days of golf with my dad and some of his buddies. It's an annual trip where we play a handicap-based tournament for a green jacket. It's called the "Hack Master's" tournament in honor of the green jacket awarded at the actual Master's tournament. I really thought I had a shot this year, but alas, I suck. I played like garbage the entire week and was out of the running by the 3rd or 4th day. Overall, though, it was a lot of fun. We rent a condo for the week and do a lot of golfing, a lot of card playing, and a lot of drinking. It was a good vacation.
Then I spent a few days at home before flying back to Hawaii. One thing I experienced while on vacation may have ruined me for life. I flew first class on my direct flight to New York. It was an 11 hour flight and they gave me the option to upgrade so I took it. I've decided that on long flights, it's the only way to travel. I got a pretty good dinner (shrimp cocktail, pork chop, and ice cream sundae) along with all the booze you can drink. you also get to check 2 bags for free, which I needed because I had my golf clubs, etc. Anyway, I stretched out completely, had my own tv screen, and a plug for my computer. I ate dinner, got "sleepy" on a few drinks, put in a movie on my laptop and slept for a solid 6-7 hours. It was the most enjoyable 11 hour flight I've ever had.
So now I'm back and have less than two months left in Hawaii. I can't believe it's already July! In a separate post I will describe my 4th of July weekend, but for the most part nothing exciting has really been happening here. I am mostly doing the same stuff as before. I have 24 days until the Honolulu Tinman Triathlon so I've spent the last 4-5 days getting swimming lessons to improve my stroke efficiency and to work on my endurance. I still think I'm going to drown, but I am slowly improving, which is a good thing I guess.
My next couple months are going to be quite busy, though. My mom and sister are coming for an 8-day visit at the end of the month, I am going to visit friends on Maui for a few days in mid-July, I have to pack up and ship all my stuff to Chicago before I leave for South America at the end of August, and at some point I should probably do some actual work.