....it's a go!!!
11.07.2009 85 °F
I flew to Honolulu on Oct 20 to visit with Tom and Gina. I applied for sleep lab jobs and interviewed. Looks like everything is go!
I can not describe the feeling of Hawaii. It has an atmosphere that is exciting and serene. Makes no sense, I know, but the feel of the place is unusual. The clouds, with persistent rains in the mountains are a stark contrast to the sunshine on the beaches. The water, the water is incredible. As the sun traverses the sky the pale aqua of the shallows becomes a deep blue finally turning a dark turquoise before sunset. I'm hooked!
I made it a point to walk up to and engage as many strangers in conversation as possible. One can learn a lot about the attitude of a place with just a little conversation. I'm impressed! Everyone was extremely nice, polite and helpful. I met native Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, Russians, Greeks, Koreans and, my favorite, a couple from Armenia. They have a small kiosk near the post office. When I ordered my chicken Gharsi khorovats, I mentioned enjoying Armenian food while stationed in England. The lady's eyes lit up, she starting talking a mile a minute. LOL! I couldn't understand a word she said, but left with warm hugs from she and her husband and a HUGE Gharsi khorovats absolutely stuffed to the gills with their delicious marinated chicken.
Tom and I took a trip to Shark's Cove on the North side of O'ahu for a bit of snorkeling. It was nice, the water bit chilly, the visibility only about 20 feet, but lots of beautiful tropical fish. I learned from that trip I definitely need to diet. Salt content in the Pacific is higher than the Gulf of Mexico so I was very buoyant. So much so, I could not free dive to the bottom in only 30 feet! We met a very neat lady from San Diego. Her companions left her alone in the cove, so she buddy dived with us; too dangerous to be alone there. Heidi is an electrical engineer with a special interest in medical devices. Now what are the chances of two seasoned medical entrepreneurs, with a number of product ideas, meeting a medical device engineer while snorkeling in Hawaii?
So here I go; selling everything I own and starting from scratch. This is the 5th time I have started from basically nothing, but the only time it was a voluntary act.
I have my one way flight booked for Dec 8th. I planned to leave on the 1st, but big sister Gale grounded me. Our family Christmas party is the 6th. I hate to go because I'm too emotional. Yet, it is not fair to just leave. I love all my family and will certainly not miss them because 3/4 of them already have plans to visit. Ha!
I promise to be more faithful with this blog; making my posts in a more timely fashion.