mishalak: Mishalak with long hair and modified so as to look faded. (Faded Photo)
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing." –Daniel J. Boorstin

The previous day we had signed up for a number of excursions from the ship. We had signed up for three things without a huge amount of thought on my part and some of them were not as cool as I might have hoped from the price, but on this morning it was all ahead of me. One of the many restrictions that we had to work around was the fact that if Richie ate anywhere on the ship except the crew cafeteria, where I could not eat with him, he had to wear the Catholic School standard outfit: slacks (no jeans, no shorts), a shirt with a collar, shoes (no sandals), and also his name tag. In addition he could not eat in any of the restaurants onboard without special permission and they were deeply reluctant to give it. So he would change into this outfit just to eat and then wear something different and more comfortable when we went onshore.

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mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Couple)
Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. — Captain A. G. Lamplugh

The first part of my tale is one of careful over-planning. I arrived at the airport with just two bags. One carry on bag and one 'personal item' a largish bag probably intended for laptop stuff. I also had headphones I got for 'free' from using points off my credit card. I was there quite early, more than an hour and a half ahead of time and quite keyed up. I had spent weeks checking flight loads and being slightly worried that things would go south on me. But whatever gods of travel smiled and not only did I get on the flight to Houston at 7am, but I didn't even had to wait until the last minute to get on the flight to Hawaii. They just called up all the standby passengers and handed out tickets. That is unusual, usually there is some waiting and checking to see if there are any last seats for the few people standing around waiting to get on.

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