Yesterday was a veeeerrrry long day. I hate LAX and Northwest Airlines. Well, actually, maybe it isn't Northwest itself that I hate, but just the kind of people they attract to fly their airline. That's harsh, I know, but so is sitting for 5 hours next to a screaming child that, as far as I could tell, had no reason to be screaming. Also harsh? Being delayed 2 hours due to engine trouble although I'm certainly thankful that they fixed it before sending me over the Pacific Ocean.
Today has been great, though. Besides dealing with Honolulu traffic, everything has gone smoothly. Everyone we've had contact with has been so nice - Blanca that met us at the airport and went and got us ti leaf (to ward off bad spirits and bring us good luck) when she found out we were getting married, our porter at the airport who also turned out to be the guy at the car rental place today (he works a lot apparently), our waitress at Cheeseburger In Paradise who was from Arlington Heights and whose sister teaches at Wheaton North, Sherrilyn at the marriage license place (she was soooo nice), and the guy at Cindy's Lei Shoppe who got us totally hooked up and even gave us a free lei. Everyone is friendly.
Oh. And our room is awesome. We are on the 18th floor with a huge lanai (that's a balcony/deck) overlooking Waikiki Beach. There are no buildings blocking our view, it's just a gorgeous expanse of water over which hung a huge rainbow this morning. Jon is itching to rent a surfboard but it is awfully crowded out there. Seriously, though, this hotel has totally met our expectations.
Here are a few pictures.
^ My feelings about LAX.
^ Jon falling asleep over his cheeseburger when we got in last night. It was only about 9:00 p.m. but our bodies were telling us it was 2:00 a.m.
^ At the famous Cindy's Lei Shoppe in Chinatown, buying our wedding leis.
^ Our view. Eat your hearts out.