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This is the view outside my window...

Aloha from the Ihilani resort at Ko Olina, Oahu!!!

Talk about a bit of a shock. My beautiful wife, mazisexton, outdid herself for my birthday this year. She had told me that she'd a surprise planned, and that it would be getting here on Saturday morning. The surprise turned out to be an Airport Limo. As we drove out, she informed me that we were going to the airport to catch a plane out to Hawaii, and that the next week had a variety of activities mapped out on Oahu.

We arrived that evening, after an uneventful and equally unpleasant flight. Then yesterday -- my birthday proper -- I got to go out for a surf lesson all morning (I suck, but it's a lot of fun anyway). I then spent the afternoon on the beach with Mazi & Rah. Later, I found out that I've picked up a sunburn -- in of all places -- the back of my knees. No, of course I didn't put sunscreen there. I figured I'd be chest deep in the ocean all day, so where's the risk. Evidently, I must have had them exposed long enough while I was on my stomach paddling my surfboard out to the waves. Ouch! :P

"And what about today", you're wondering? Well, we got up at about 5 in the morning for this:

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Yes, these are the actual photos we took today, and not stock images ripped off some nature site. Those are 10-12 foot Tiger Sharks, and they were so close to the shark cage that we could have reached out and touched them (not that I did; I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid). The good pics were snapped by Mazi, since I got all overexcited and started trying to chase them as they circled the enclosure. Vertigo kicked in, followed quickly by motion sickness, so I spent about a third of the cage time losing my breakfast.

After about twenty minutes, they reeled us in. It was pretty trippy. They normally get Sandbar and Galapagos Sharks, which can be very beautiful to watch. If you're out free in the ocean, these species -- particularly the Sandbar -- can be annoying to a diver, but won't really do anything more than nip at you at best. The Tigers, however, are considerably more impressive. They will circle the cage, then vector straight in to the bars (the other sharks beat it out of there fast when they showed up, BTW) and you can even see their eyes roll back as they butt the cage. They didn't seem as if they were *really* interested in having us for a meal, but you don't need to stretch your imagination very far to visualize what a real attack must look like.

Rah-Rah even came with us out for the trip. Little guy wasn't afraid of the sharks at all, but did freak out with all the bobbing and churning when we got him into the water. They reeled him back in and he spent the rest of the time helping the deckhands feed/chum the sharks, as well as a few local birds that showed up to scavenge.

The rest of the week: well, I've got more surfing tomorrow, then we fly over to Kona (on the Big Island) Wednesday to snorkel with a school of Manta Rays. Back to Oahu on Thursday for a lecture at the University of Hawaii's Center for Japanese Studies. Friday is a jaunt over to Molokai for the day, and Saturday is a rest day before flying home Sunday.

Boy, when my wife plans a birthday surprise, she really knows how to plan a birthday!!! :)

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More relative cuteness...

Lately, I've taken to getting up first thing in the morning (i have to go roust the little tiger out of bed and chase him into the the bathroom before he has an accident), then dressing Rah-Rah and taking him out with me to get coffee. This is so Mazi can sleep in longer.

We pulled up by Peet's this morning, and had to park around the corner next to the local comic shop. Recently they've put up a big red-neon Superman logo in their front window.

Rah: "A Superman shop! A Superman shop! Papa! Can we go into the Superman shop?!?"

Me: "Oh no, little guy. If we go in there, we'll get lost for hours."

Rah: "No we won't, Papa! Lookit, there's the door!"

Sometimes I feel like the straight man in a Rodney Dangerfield routine.... :P

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Quick, Do This...

Picked this up from the Big Medicine email list. Heh, fun!!!

Quick do this:

1- Go to www.Google.com

2- Type in the word "Failure"

3- Look at the first listing.

4- Tell other people before the people at Google Fix it

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It is like an Internet STD....

If you had me alone...locked up in your house for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to, what would you do with me?

All replies will be permanently screened because it's a secret.

Then repost this in your LJ.

You might be surprised with the responses you get.
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My wife, mazisexton, got inspired and made up new themes for us based on the Samurai Champloo characters. Hers is based on Mugen, and mine on Jin.

This looks great! If you're viewing this from your web page and aren't already seeing it, click HERE. Go ahead, I'll wait...

It never ceases to amaze me what she can put together in only a couple of hours when the muse hits her.


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Ow, ow, ow, ow, ouch, owchy, ow...

I feel like a wrung-out washcloth. I hurt all over.

Obviously, I must have gone to the gym today.

One of the things about using a personal trainer (there were 12 sessions that came as a "sign-up-now incentive" with our gym membership, and we're only just using them) is that there's somebody standing there who knows exactly how far to push you before you puke your guts up.


And in other news, temperatures here in Chicago soared high into the mid-30's today. Given the frigid weather of the last week or two, it felt like Summer had come early. Hell, I briefly considered taking a walkabout in t-shirt and shorts even.

That is so sad...

I'm really starting to miss Thailand about now.

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Coffee is really kicking in today. Got a mild case of the jitters and a little nausea from the speediness.

Joy. I'm going to meet another buddy of mine in a couple hours. We're getting together in -- you guessed it -- a coffee shop. I'd consider getting something non-caffeinated, but I'll probably be crashing by that time and need another stim-boost to keep from going comatose in the middle of the conversation.

Ah, the trials and tribulations of a wannabe speed freak. :P
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