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Published: January 29th 2023
Drove to Chicago the night before our flight to Hawaii. There was snow during the day and several major pile ups on the interstate during the day. The roads were all clear by the time we were driving. Roads earlier in the day were sketchy with slippery patches. Pedro had picked up Kasie earlier in the day from college as it was time to take the stitches out after her surgery to fix the humerus. 16 days post major open reduction with internal fixation of the right dominant arm. She has been doing well and she has been doing her exercises regularly. She is doing well and getting really good motion already. Always nice to have a faithful patient doing all the exercises correctly!
We were up early to catch the shuttle from the hotel to the airport. We had booked a stay, park and fly for this trip. Had to wait a bit for the shuttle and it was full!. It was a short 7-8 minutes from the hotel to our stop at the United departure area. Check in went smoothly. Security lines were not too long and we were through quickly without issues. We stopped to grab coffee
and a breakfast sandwich. The flight was on time. We boarded and then the captain announced that the plane's generator was not working. We did not know a plane had a generator. It seems that if the generator is not working they have to do something similar to a "jump start" to get the engine going. There was a moment of "huh" and "what" and "hope this doesn't cause any issues". Soon the engine was going and we were backing away from the gate. The flight was a bit bumpy in the middle. Had to put the seatbelts back on. One movie on the United app and another show and we were in LA. Layover was lengthy, but better than a rush through the airport. We had lunch and then wandered the airport. Tried to get a milkshake at one of the fast food places and they did not have any ice cream. We went to several of the different terminals at the airport to see if we could find some ice cream. There was none to be found. We went up and down and no success. Found a restaurant that was not too busy and had a beverage and
a cheesecake instead. We went to our gate early and did some people watching. Planes coming in from various parts of the country. Every time a plane unloaded the gate doors were propped open and a horrible screeching alarm went off during the process. It seems that this is part of the normal at the airport. The screech went on for at least 15 minutes and staff did not really seem to be bothered at all by it. Eventually a security guy came and must have had to reset the system. After a 7 hour and 36 minute layover our flight to Honolulu was on time.
The plane ride was a bit bumpy at times, but we arrived at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on time. We were properly greeted by Todd with official Hawaiian lei. The bags eventually arrived on "island time" after a bit of a wait and then our private "Uber" Todd took us to our hotel. We are on the 33rd floor overlooking the Ala Wai Boat Harbor. The room has floor to ceiling windows and the top half of the window in the center slides out to allow for fresh air and sticking your
nose into the 33rd floor atmosphere! It is going to be a beautiful place for us to call home.
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