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    Sweetpea -- You Go, Girl!! I know you'll have a wonderful time in HI. Any room for a stowaway in your suitcase? Just kidding....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisg;3777875;
    I suggested something to reframe the news again in a positive light in a somewhat joking manner since I've been to all the islands and they are all beautiful. Perhaps we can now get back to sharing good news, again.
    Yes, I did understand sweetpea's post, mine was only making a joke as well--I know what the implications of the President's visit are. Perhaps now "we " can get over it.

    Sweetpea, I hope you weren't highly offended by my remark! I do highly encourage you to enjoy the trip, and the heck with the so-called friend. I always go on the 'cheapie' trips that I plan myself, often doing things that ar free and/or that lots of people would care nothing about, but I end up getting to go a lot more than I would otherwise. When people start the snob stuff, I just laugh and say "I like what I like--and I can find something to do that I'll enjoy the heck out of anywhere I go." And I do! Remember, it's YOUR vacation. Also, as famita said, post pictures here, we love them. Tell your so-called friend you didn't bother taking any that she would like to see, since she's been there and done that, you hate to bore her.
    I haven't been to Hawaii yet, but when I do, I'll probably go to whichever island I can get to cheapest, so I can have the maximum time there. For now, I'm waiting to hear back from you.
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    You're all so sweet, thanks! No, I'm not easily offended by anything posted here, so no worries. My friend called yesterday to tell me they were going to rent a house on the ocean for a few days during spring break, and emailed me the link so I could see. They are renting with another family, but I almost choked when I saw the price...$400 a night!!! We tend to go more on the 'economical' side of things, as spending that much money a night on a place to stay would probably cause me to stay awake all night worrying about the cost, which would defeat the purpose... We're going to have a great time, and I will post pictures for sure. We decided last night to rent a car for the day to get out of Waikiki and explore the island and the north shore surfing scene (watching only as we don't surf and the undertow is scary there). I'm so excited. It would take a lot to take away my excitement and my joy at being able to go at all. I'm very lucky, and I know we'll have a great time.

    Thanks again for all your support. FORT is such a great place.

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    Sweetpea,

    I've been to HI countless times - all but 1 of the islands.
    Many do comment, like your friend, about Waikiki's commercialism. However, I wouldn't take it personally. There's still plenty to do there and lots of fun to be had. In fact, for me, they still had the best 'pupus' of all the islands!
    So, enjoy - you only live once!!
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    Even places that have reputations as being "too commercial" and "too touristy" have some wonderful gems off the beaten track -- that are fun, and "real" and don't cost an arm and a leg. (I know from experience -- I live in a "tourist trap"!) In my line of work, I encounter many visitors to San Diego -- my own clients, of course, but also people who aren't my clients. If someone approaches me with questions and a smile (or even if I overhear him/her puzzling out loud over places to visit), I'm happy to point him/her in the right direction and give whatever suggestions I can for local treasures.

    So when I travel, I ask local "regular folks" like the hotel housekeepers, front desk, and maintenance guys; restaurant waitstaff; bartenders; etc. for recommendations for where they like to hang out at the beach or go out to eat or any fun free-time stuff that don't normally make it into the brochures. We've discovered some real gems that way -- and also supported small local businesses that don't have the big advertising bucks, but offer excellent services and products at great prices.
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    I just noticed that I always ask for vacation pictures-how pathetic?! I am not a good traveler, so I enjoy other people's pictures!

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    Famita, that isn't pathetic, and it IS even cheaper than me!
    Norealityhere, since I have not been to Hawaii, please do tell what a pupu is, I just know it is something better than it sounds like!

    I have good news too; after frantically rushing to take entrance tests, late register, get books, and everything else while dealing with the Christmas stuff in the three 1/2 weeks I've been laid off I did manage to get into school and with the classes although not the schedule I wanted. And I've actually got the weekend with no more major must-do things, just littluns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queenb;3780227;
    . . . Norealityhere, since I have not been to Hawaii, please do tell what a pupu is, I just know it is something better than it sounds like! . . .
    Jumping in --
    "Pupu" is just Hawai'ian for "appetizer" or "small plate." Like tapas, but funnier, and the perfect accompaniment to rum-based drinks adorned with those silly little umbrellas.

    From M-W Unabridged:
    Etymology: Hawaiian: pupu: appetizer
    : an Asian dish often served as an appetizer or main course and consisting of samples of a variety of foods (as fried shrimp, spareribs, egg rolls, and teriyaki) <pupu platter>
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    We won $5 in the Michigan lottery. Woo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fierce Critter;3780321;
    We won $5 in the Michigan lottery. Woo.
    Save it to pay your taxes!! I heard from a Bach Board buddy that your dear governor is going to raise taxes. I wonder if she thinks she can collect it from the unemployed auto workers.

    Don't know what part of MI you're from. My son just moved from Northville after spending 11 years in MI (moved to PA). Glad he's closer to us now.

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