Entries from July 31st, 2009

Cubs vs. Astros (again!)

July 31st, 2009 · 4 Comments

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The band played Happy Birthday for someone :: Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville, Chicago

Brian and Jill invited us to go to the Cubs game on Monday night. Dallas is travelling for work, so I brought Paul Baker with me. I say vs. Astros “again” because I have seen the Cubs play the Astros at least 3 times (1, 2, 3) and even saw the Mets vs. Astros when I lived in NY. The first Cubs game I ever went to was against the Astros. Kind of strange, I think, since I don’t even go to that many Cubs games each season. This was my first game this season. I had fun. I hadn’t seen Paul Baker for a while. And I hadn’t seen Jill and Brian since we found out they were expecting and now Jill is about 7 months along. She looks great! Kind of bummed I’m going to miss her baby shower this weekend. The Cubs won in the 13th inning, we all sang the song, then went home and went to bed.

Oh, and outside the stadium. Do I even need to say anything about this? Some of these shirts are so offensive, and not just because they are slamming the Packers. Who buys these?

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Wrigleyville, Chicago

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The Original Jo Jo’s Anueanue Shave Ice

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

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The Original Jo Jo’s Anueanue Shave Ice, Waimea, Kauai

Finally, at the end of our day, Aunty Cathy took me to The Original Jo Jo’s Anueanue Shave Ice on Pokole Rd, not to be confused with Jo Jo’s Shave Ice on Kaumualii Highway, which is the one we usually visit, since it’s right at the end of the road to Dallas’s house. Supposedly, the owner of Jo Jo’s on the highway sold her business 7-8 years ago and the new owner kept running the shop with the Jo Jo’s name. Then the original owner opened this new place but called it “The Original.” I don’t know the whole story, but I’m sure it’s full of drama and competition.

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Aunty Cathy waving in front of The Original Jo Jo’s Anueanue Shave Ice, Waimea, Kauai

We had shave ice. It was good. We had to wait in line. It was worth the wait. This is the same story at every shave ice place I’ve been: Jo Jo’s, The Original Jo Jo’s, Matsumoto’s, etc.

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POG and Lemon Shave Ices :: The Original Jo Jo’s Anueanue Shave Ice, Waimea, Kauai

When we got back to the house Dallas and I took a nap. Then we packed, had leftover Portuegese meat for dinner and flew to Oahu. We stayed overnight at a hotel near the airport and early the next morning flew back to the mainland.

Vacation over. Wah!

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Shopping in Poipu & Lounging at Salt Pond Beach

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

After checking out the Russian fort and Kauai Coffee, we drove to Poipu to go shopping at the Poipu Shopping Village. I’ve been shopping there a lot before, it’s mostly the same. I got Billy and Ging a baby gift for their first son, Damien, who was born a couple weeks ago. It was good to go down to Poipu, though, because even if the shopping village has not changed, Poipu has. There is a ton of development.. and a lot of it only half complete because of the poor economy. And, get this: There’s a roundabout in Poipu now. It’s kind of neat to see all this, but I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic over seeing the small town blow up.

After shopping we had lunch at Joe’s on the Green (at the Kiahuna Golf Course).

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Joe’s on the Green, Koloa, Kauai

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Joe’s on the Green, Koloa, Kauai

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Kalua Pig Sandwich :: Joe’s on the Green, Koloa, Kauai

And then after lunch, we headed back towards Waimea, but stopped off at Salt Pond Beach in Hanapepe. Again, a place I’d always wanted to check out, but never did. Aunty Cathy told me this is a popular beach for locals and not many tourists were there, and she was right. So we just lounged around and walked on the beach, swam out in the water for a couple of hours.

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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Kauai

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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Kauai

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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Kauai

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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Kauai

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Salt Pond Beach, Hanapepe, Kauai

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