ANOKS: A Perfect Getaway

I was happy to see “A Perfect Getaway” on Kelly’s ANOKS list, because other than the serial killer/slasher type movies (which I’m not really interested in and likely won’t watch), it’s one of the few movies on the list that I hadn’t previously seen. It’s too bad that we hadn’t seen this before this past…

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Hawaiian Fortnight: Land of Shakas

During this cold, rainy July here in San Diego (not a typo), I have found myself thinking back to our vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii from time to time, and realized that I probably left the impression that all there was to our vacation was hanging around the house and getting poisoned by…

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Book Review: Wipeout! by Chip Hughes

One of the things that I did before this recent trip to Hawaii was search Amazon for "Hawaii" + "mystery" because I wanted to take along a book that had some Island flavor. I was surprised at the low number of matches — there was a smattering of Charlie Chan books and a few young…

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Hawaiian Fortnight: Volcano 1, Steve 0

Note: Big post.  But didn’t really want to split it.  Please bear along.  It’s a good story. What do you expect when you go to a National Park? a) To see breathtaking scenery b) To learn something new c) To appreciate the awesomeness of nature d) To get poisoned If you answered “All of the…

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Hawaiian Fortnight: Around the House

One of the things you (meaning “I”) worry about the most when buying something on the internet is that maybe the product isn’t quite as advertised.  This is especially worrisome with lodging – almost all hotels look great on their websites, but what about in reality, right?  The same is most assuredly true with vacation…

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Friday Drabble: Steve Versus The Volcano

I'm a little late with this week's drabble, but we're getting ready to hit the road — well, the skies — again.  Remember, a drabble is a very short story of exactly 100 words.  Feel free to join in and write your own 100 word stories on Fridays, and tag them with “friday drabble”.  Link to them…

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Aloha Means Hello!

So, The Beloved has a couple of friends from grad school that usually try to have a "girls weekend" somewhere fun.  This year one of the pals is celebrating a milestone birthday and so wanted to do something special. It was decided early on that this trip wouldn't be just a girls weekend, but would…

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