Monday, April 20, 2009

And So It Begins

Aloha kids! Just a quick update to let you know I'll be scarce for awhile. We just got the word that we're moving to the other island during the first week of May and all the advertising, rental forms, ordering office furniture and supplies, packing and moving has to be done within the next three weeks. Then all hell will break loose as we start taking rental applications. I think Ron and I will be sleeping on the floor for awhile as we don't have a stick of furniture.

It's a little overwhelming to be handling this 25 million dollar project all of a sudden. We've been twiddling our thumbs since December and all of a sudden things are progressing in a short time frame. It's very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Ron and I are just glad to be moving forward. I will check in on occasion (until my internet is canceled).

Aloha Nui and much love, Jen

P.S. ~ The photo is one I took last week during our Sunday walk down Waikiki to go to breakfast. Diamond Head in the background. The Hilton's lagoon beach (next door) is in the foreground.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Buoy Runs

Ron in the Boston Whaler off the stern of our boat this morning

Frank leaving his slip on Blue Hawaiian with Ron standing by in the Whaler

Frank and Bud realizing they'd lost their steering ~ it's always one of those F#@$%^!!!*# moments

Ron’s booked every day this week to assist fellow mariners do their buoy runs. The State now requires every boat to leave the marina and circle the buoys to prove they can, at least, leave their boat slips. 

I just took the pics (above) off the stern of my boat as our buddy Frank (who’s never left his slip in 7 years) was going to try his buoy run. He backed out of his slip and put it in forward only to find that he had lost his steering. Ron’s riding in the Boston Whaler and was able to maneuver the houseboat back into the slip. I just checked and all three guys are bent over the engine, scratching their heads. Aaaahhh boat life. 

There’s a reason for the new buoy run rule ~ which you’ll see in the pics below. There are many “floating vessels” that one can loosely describe as a boat but would not be capable of any seafaring. These are the boats that usually sink or wash up on shore after a storm and the rest of us have to pay for the clean-up. They’ve managed, somehow, to find loopholes in the inspection rules but no more. Everyone does a buoy run or they lose their boat slip. Since several boats crashed and burned while doing their runs, folks have asked Ron to assist in case the engine fails and they start heading for the rocks. For many of us, our boats are our homes and leaving the tranquil waters of a secure harbor can be a nail-biting situation. 

I think this one could cross the Pacific, don't you?

This one might be able to fly across the Pacific...dunno

Two story floating...something

Say Aloha!