Well, I spent a good 35 straight days in Hawai'i, and I just walked in the door having gotten off a 13 hour flight. Welcome back to me!
Hawai'i is absolutely beautiful in so many ways.. I need to move there and live there, but that will take some time, I guess.
Know what's weird about this trip? I now have to pay 1/12th of my state taxes to Hawaii and 11/12ths to Jersey :)
I have a lot to do in terms of putting my expenses together (I dropped a good $30k in the last month), getting pictures online, making sure I still have a job.. that kind of thing. But now I'm back :)
May 1 2009 8:33 AM EDT
May 1 2009 8:59 AM EDT
Glad you're back :) Why wouldnt you have a job? I thought you were out there because of your job?
Yay! Welcome back NS. It has been a long time o.o
May 1 2009 9:20 AM EDT
Welcome Back! Glad you enjoyed Hawaii! *Drops the tons of bugs that CB has accumulated on your desk.* We missed you.....lol
May 1 2009 9:54 AM EDT
Welcome back to solid land.
May 1 2009 10:17 AM EDT
Welcome back to the mainland! :)
May 1 2009 10:17 AM EDT
Hey welcome back
I bet you had fun. ;)
Besides being insanely jealous, I'm not surprised at all. Anyone who spends that kind of time in Hawaii is likely to fall for it. Many folks just never bother to use the second half of a round trip ticket, so consider yourself lucky.
If you're planning to move there, might I suggest Maui, it's a nice blend between the do nothing slow pace of Kauai and the frantic pace of city life on Oahu. Besides there is world class theater going on on Maui, and I know that matters to you. In addition, the MHPCC offers a variety of opportunities, from a business development park, to a big black building full of DoD contractors. It's got (almost) every kind of weather you could want, from stiflingly humid desert to cloud forest fog. Throw in Hana and the back side of the island with all it's wilderness and you've got no choice but to love it!
May 1 2009 10:27 AM EDT
Hope you didn't get skin cancer.
Oh, and watch out for this swine flu stuff.
May 1 2009 10:33 AM EDT
Is not Hawaii one of the most expensive places to live?
One of the reasons I did not move there myself.
May 1 2009 10:39 AM EDT
And please fix the BoE!!!
I need to start beating LA.
Food is expensive, gas is expensive, housing can be expensive (depending on what phase in the boom/bust cycle it's in). I tend to look the value that simply being there offers. You can be homeless living on the beach and have a life that isn't available anywhere else I've ever been (an admittedly small number of places). Were it not for family, I'd have swum back years ago...
May 1 2009 10:45 AM EDT
One of the reasons I live in South Florida, given the (used to be) very high housing costs.
And the 3rd world country it has become.
May 1 2009 11:04 AM EDT
Welcome back NS :)
Welcome back. Glad to hear you had a great time!
/me steals NS all for herself.
You people and your bugs will just have to wait! ;p
May 1 2009 1:07 PM EDT
Who are you?
Nooowwww I remember the name. Weren't you a former admin of mine? (Garfield, ftw.)
Dinh: because while I'm away, things occur back home.
Thanks to all the welcomes...
Zenai: hopefully I got a nice bite into some of them for my first day back :)
novice: believe me, I was very very close to going AWOL from work and never leaving. In retrospect, maybe I should have. I will look into Maui more carefully. I met someone there that really opened my eyes in a lot of ways..
Rawr: already have it...
Ranger: incredibly expensive. $300k for a 700 sq ft condo is not unusual. But it's worth it :)
novice: Note: they just made living on the beach illegal. Like, several days ago. A lot of people live there, and they're rather annoyed.
Hakai: come with me next time! :)
May 4 2009 2:56 PM EDT
300k for a 700 sq foot condo in S. Florida is cheap but only if your on the beach/water.
But why spend that much for a condo if your not on the water :)
WB, I see your doing a lot of catch up work in CB, excellent!
heh.. that condo in hawaii is definitely not on the water :) It's not bad, though. I don't think you can even buy shore front condos. They're either houses or hotels. Maybe in Turtle Bay, I guess.
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