The 2012 Aloha Road Trip T Minus 17 days

For background on the 2012 Aloha Road trip, go here.

After three days of inactivity, we finally sold something –  the box spring and mattress went tonight.  People are coming tomorrow to look at the remaining chairs, stools and pots and pans.  We’re going to be sitting on the floor.   For 17 days.  I’ll either have excellent posture, or I’ll need a back brace.

“A” and “H” made reservations for a place to stay when they arrive in Honolulu on the 10th.  It was a marathon research weekend, with everyone bouncing around between various vacation rental sites.

We purchased two air mattresses (three if you count one for “A” and “H”).  Mine is comfortable, if you don’t mind literally rolling onto the floor every morning,  but every time I move, it sounds like a little kid with corduroy pants.  Swish, swish, swish.  It’s driving “L” nuts.

Writing news – I stopped at Office Depot and printed covers for 1st chapter booklets for “Spell Breaker” (available at Amazon, I’m working on loading it to B&N and Kobo – when I have time).  Tonight, I printed off the 1st chapter.  I need to buy card stock for the back cover (Hmmm, I had some once, but it’s gone in the massive purge.)  Then I can bind them and leave them for the Ready – Set – Write conference. 


While @ Office Depot, I bought a 2013 road atlas to map out the 2012 Aloha Road trip, and picked up some travel books at the library.  It’s this weekend’s project.  Where do we go?  What do we see?

Any sites I should see between here and LA (via Vegas)?

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2012 Aloha Road Trip T Minus 20 Days

More tales from the 2012 Aloha Road Trip adventure.

After several rounds of negotiation in which we gave up all but our first born son (“A”, you’re worth more than a house), the final, final, final addendum/agreement/suicide pact was signed, scanned and emailed back to our realtors, the Wonder Women.  We do not have a closing date, so let’s stick with the 9th for now.

Furniture gone as of tonight: the 2nd TV, the bedroom suite, “A & H’s” mattress set.  Spoken for but not picked up: the TV stand, bookcase and barstools.  Basically, we’re down to one lawn chair and my blue chair, but either or both might be gone by tomorrow.  Our mattress set is gone Monday.

We shopped Target, Walmart, Dunham’s Sporting Goods, Meijer and MC Sporting Goods for air mattresses.  We’ll need them for the next 2.7 weeks and we can ship them to Hawaii for use in our new but empty apartment.  As soon as we find one.  Currently, we ain’t got a home once we get there, and HPD will kick us off the beach after a few days.  At least, they do on “Hawaii-50”.

Tomorrow, “H” and I clean out the kitchen and pantry.  I’m afraid it’s going to be beans, rice and odd side dishes from the cans of food we have left.  Better stock up on paper plates and cups, too.

Our 2012 Aloha Road Trip T shirts are here!  Vistaprint shipped them in 5 days for a nominal fee of $16.00.  The slogan and palm trees are on the front, “Hawaii or Bust” on the back.  Let’s see how long it will be before someone points out that you can’t drive to Hawaii.

Sunday, we work on resumes.  Monday, I start planning the Aloha Road Trip.  Michigan to California.  Any suggestions?

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2012 Aloha Road Trip T-Minus 23 days

It’s 23 days until our road trip to Hawaii.

Today, one TV and stand, one kitchen table and one computer (with printer, speakers, etc) left the building.  Dinner was at Applebee’s as the last customer left after 8:00.  The phone is ringing off the hook.

Today’s highlight – walking into the elevator at work and having a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt ask me where was I going.  I ignored the obvious answer and said, “Where they made that shirt.  In three weeks.  Permanently.”

Today’s low (is lowlight a word?) – Hearing how the inspections went.  You’d think someone buying a 27 year old condo wouldn’t be upset that it has a 27 year old furnace, air conditioner and water heater.  It’s like the people who complain about a heat wave.  In July.  Like that never happens.

We have complete faith in the Wonder Women, our realtors.  Everything will work out.  We’ll be sitting and sleeping on the floor for the next month, but we’ll eventually make it to Paradise (cue the harps).

Tomorrow’s blog might not appear as I see prescription drugs in my future.  Oral surgery, people.  Get your mind out of the ghetto.  We are not in a crack house.

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