06/10/2006: "Still feeling the Aloha"
Well, I've been staying at the incredilbly mind-blowingly luxurious Fairmont Orchid for my conference and I honestly have no idea how they swung having the conference here. I've never stayed anywhere even remotely as nice...to the extent of feeling really uncomfortable at first. I pull up to a cadre of bell hops and vallet parking attendants and I have no idea how to tip and am generally not used to 7 dollar bottles of evian water. Still, it's amazing how quickly I'm adapting to my newly pampered lifestyle and I'm already feeling nostalgic for Hawaii even though I don't go home until tomorrow night.
I am at this very moment paying 21 bucks for an hour of internet, I can't remember the last time I went so long without my fingers touching a key board...so...oh, and the snorkeling has been amazing, greg...I think I've been to the same place you're referring to (on a number of ocassions) and it still blows my mind.
Oh, I haven't been taking photos since coming to the hotel but believe me when I say that it is insanely beautiful even while being a monument to artificiallity. I hate how much I love it...or at least feel guilty about it. Today, more beach activities and tomorrow, finally the horse-back riding in Waipio valley. I'm really looking forward to it.
And, I guess I should mention that the conference I'm here for has been the best I've ever attended. I actually feel exicited about my job again...gasp! So, overall my short time here has been completely renewing of mind and soul. I'm sure I'll have more to say when I can say it from the cheapness of home.