Along the road to Hana.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
A week ago, I arrived in Honolulu.
I didn’t tell people because even me musing about the possibility created a kerfluffle. Well, I’m here and you can kerfluffle all you want, but I’m still here.
One does not just walk into Hawaii. Right now, Honolulu has a 1.1% positive COVID rate, and they’d like to keep it that way. You can’t get on the plane without first getting a specific type of test from one of the approved partners, and all the LA ones are drive-through, except the one at LAX. I don’t have a car—on purpose—and usually it’s not a big deal, but this was one time when it was annoying. I couldn’t exactly ask a friend or an Uber to drive me through for a COVID test.
Eventually, my results showed up (negative!) and I uploaded them so I could check in.
Then I got a spinning beach ball followed by “Verification in Process.”
What? In process? How long will this take?
I dug around online for an answer to what I was supposed to do when the app got stuck—someone said to just print the results and get on the plane. I went back to the test center to ask for a printout, but they said they can’t do that for privacy reasons. Finally, I checked in and went to the airline’s customer service counter, and they printed out my results.
I realized I might be stuck in quarantine for a few weeks, which would suck since I wouldn’t even be able to go for a walk, but I went ahead and got on the plane, wearing my N95 for the LAX-San Francisco leg, then double-masked from SFO-Honolulu.
On the other end, I showed my printout and was processed on into Hawaii!
A friend was here on Monday night, so we met up that evening for carry-ou
Tuesday, February 09, 2021
Remember how I was toying with the idea of going to Hawaii for a while?
I am still toying. Airfares are cheap, hotels are cheaper but a lot for someone who is still paying for a roof...but we don't get the work-from-home forever, so I'm still thinking about it.
I ran through a scenario today. I like to call it "What if I flew to Hawaii on Saturday?"
And what I learned is I would have to get a Zipcar to get the pre-travel COVID test.
Basically, only certain places are partners with Hawaii to do the test. And nearly all of them require you be be IN A CAR to get the test. There are FAQs online about these tests, and no, you may not just walk up and take the test. You have to be in a car. (I assume it's for the safety of the workers, though I'm not sure how me walking up is all that different than driving up.)
LAX has a walk-in place you can do day-of-travel, but it's a lot more trouble to get to LAX than it would be to get a Zipcar one morning and go to CVS.
This is all kind of odd and hilarious and this is the world we live in right now.
Saturday, February 06, 2021
I've been toying with the idea of going to Hawaii for a month of this work from home stuff, and it ain't cheap, y'all.
I have dug and dug and found a few possible places to stay that wouldn't make me queasy, and just now I checked to see how much groceries are in Hawaii.
Today in Adventures in Condo Owning, Marie contemplates her attempts to buy 36 inches of T-moulding (molding?) to match the existing bamboo. It's "tongue and groove horizontal natural solid bamboo" flavored.
Attempt #1 resulted in a free strip from Lumber Liquidators. Too brown.
Attempt #2 resulted in a $13 strip of "too yellow." This came from the same supplier as the original bamboo, out in Van Nuys.Where will the next attempt take us?