The Misadventures of Ian Heller

Make No Little Plans.


Hawaii 2017

Headline: Unexpected Side Trip to La La Land

Headline: Unexpected Side Trip to La La Land

Our flight from Phoenix to LA was delayed due to “weather,” said Delta. The foul weather turned out to be runway repairs at LAX and regardless of how you define it, we thus missed our connection to Honolulu. Our bags were more fortunate. All of them made it onto our Hawaii-bound plane and will be awaiting us at the airport there — or so says Delta. We shall see. 

And as it turns out, Delta doesn’t distinguish between acts of God and acts of Government, so the runway construction snafu means we are on our own in terms of paying for our one night stay in the glamorous Courtyard Marriott on Century Boulevard.

We are supposed to be gazing upon the moonlit bay of Waikiki tonight. Instead, we have a parking garage with LAX in the background. 

On the other hand, it’s another adventure and I’m with my one true love, Penny Serfazo Heller.


Finally, Hawaii. Or: Wa-hoo! Oahu! 

After our unexpected stay at the LAX Courtyard Marriott and a five hour flight across (a little of) the Pacific, we have finally arrived in Waikiki. We have four days of work and fun (for me) and all fun for Penny. This will be followed by five days of nothing but fun for both on Maui. 

Since my employer is paying for the room, we immediately upgraded — we are paying the difference ourselves, of course. The payoff is the scene pictured above, which we are enjoying at the same net cost we paid at last night’s Courtyard. 

After a great workout and a long walk on the beach, we are preparing for tonight’s business dinner. Much to my surprise, we have already had the, “What if we sold everything and moved to Hawaii?” conversation that we don’t normally enjoy until several days here. Given that we covered this so quickly, perhaps we can do some actual on-site investigating with the time we have left here. 

Cheers from paradise. 


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