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Bullet Sunday 99

Posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2008


It's another edition of Bullet Sunday on Monday! Since this is my last day in the Hawaiian Islands and all I'm going to do is sit on the beach and relax, I figured it was a better day to shoot bullets.

• Happily Mauied. This morning I flew back to Maui where my vacation all began. This is my most favorite of all the islands, and I wanted my last memory to be from here. With the US economy getting worse by the hour, who knows if I'll ever be able to afford to come back again?

• Macadamia Kisses. When you're in Hawaii, you can't turn around without bumping into chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. They are sold absolutely everywhere... from gift shops and grocery stores to restaurants and fruit stands. I think they must be the unofficial-official souvenir of Hawaii, and tourists pack them home by the cases. Sometimes the chocolate-covered macs have clever names like "Donkey Balls," and there are endless varieties where the macs are mixed with everything from crispy rice to coconut. But my favorite way of eating them would be "Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses with Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts," sold only in Hawaii...

Hershey Mac Kisses

Sublime! I love them and eat them by the bag-full because they're more addictive than crack (or so I would imagine). Of course, admitting this is going to get me hate-mail from people telling me (again) that Hershey is a horrible company that's buying out candy companies left and right in an effort to eliminate all competition (including Mauna Loa, Scharffen Berger, Joseph Schmidt, and others) and they're shipping American jobs off to Mexico... but I just can't help myself. I don't like "gourmet" chocolate or dark chocolate or the crap chocolate used in the souvenir boxes that tastes like wax. I like plain old boring Hershey's chocolate. And if I'm going to eat chocolate-covered macs, I want them with a chocolate I'm going to actually like. If it makes Hershey-haters feel any better, I'll switch to M&M Mars Dove bars to get my chocolate fix back home.

• Spore Origins. Games for the iPhone seem to lose their luster quickly on me. They're exciting at first, but eventually I grow bored with their repetitive nature and stop playing. I thought Electronic Arts' latest "Spore: Origins" would be different because the creature you play can evolve to meet new challenges. But it's grown repetitive to me just like the others (move around, avoid baddies, eat food). Oh well. It sure is a pretty game, so I'll probably play it again eventually...

Spore Origins Splash Screen

Spore Origins Snapshot

• Chevy Cobalt. I never thought I would run across a car that had a worse turning radius than my Saturn SC-2, but the Chevy Cobalt that Hertz Rent-A-Car stuck me with on Kauaʻi really takes the cake. I swear that there were frickin' TOUR BUSSES that could take a corner tighter than I could in the Cobalt. How embarrassing for Chevy that they built a car which requires a six-point turn to flip a 180 on a two-lane road (well, not really, but it sure seems that way as I was trying to maneuver in parking lots). I have no clue as to why auto-makers think a shitty turning radius is acceptable when designing a car but, if you value being able to make a U-Turn, test-drive before you buy... I'm just sayin'.

• Accentuate The Positive. Soon after I began my vacation, I got a few emails asking if I was aware that somebody was trashing me personally in a popular forum because of a Blogography entry I wrote years ago. The answer was "yes"... I did know because I saw the referral links showing up in my stats bar... but I just didn't care. First of all, the dumbass who was doing the trashing didn't read the full entry and had no idea what the fuck they were talking about. Second of all, it was obvious to anybody reading the trash-talk that this person was a total moron, so there was no reason for me to get involved. And, lastly, the douchebag was making a personal attack ANONYMOUSLY with a pathetic alias that pointed to a profile that was BLANK. If somebody is going to attack me personally, how can I take them seriously if they're being an anonymous coward about it? Either sign your name to the shit you say and be accountable for it or don't even bother, you flaming ass troll.


And thus ends my thirteenth day in paradise. Tomorrow I fly home and resume real life. In many ways I'm glad, because it's time. If I were to stay any longer I would never want to go home again.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got one last perfect sunset to watch...

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  1. Danalyn says:

    Mmmmm….chocolate mac nuts…I want some!

    Coffee drinkers should try chocolate macadamia nut coffee, too…it’s all I drink at home. It makes me all kinds of sad when I run out and have to go buy regular coffee to tide me over.

    It also makes me sad that more coffee shops in the continental US don’t have chocolate flavored coffee…not Mocha, but chocolate roasted in the beans… 🙁

    Quit posting pics of food!

    Damn…I have to call my mom and have her send a care package now…

  2. awytch says:

    And you are coming home to 40 degree night weather and the autumn winds are kicking in..

    Did Monkey do anything fun?

  3. anyone notice that even in paradise you tell us how incredible macs are? hehe. while in hawaii i only bought mauna loa macs, some regular, some with a coffee coating and some with chocolate. but why is it that i never saw those hershey kisses from heaven? i feel robbed somehow.

    i would love to know who is trashing you in a pubilic forum. you just don’t seem like a confrontational kinda guy.

    travel safe…

  4. Lisa says:

    You are kidding me, right? Someone was trashing you because of something you wrote a year ago? I just don’t understand people.

    And people seriously get hostile that you like Hershey’s chocolate? Damn.

    Well, I hope you enjoyed your last day of vacation.

  5. RW says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your Hawaii pictures but please stop now before MrsRW takes a gun to my head and demands we go there TOMORROW.

  6. metalmom says:

    I enjoyed your vacation vicariously. You took some great pictures and found lots to explore. Enjoy your last day.

    Safe passage home!!

    (Those macadamia kisses sound divine!)

  7. Finn says:

    Oooo… I want some of those kisses… and the Hershey ones too. 😉

    I’ve been loving your tour of Hawaii. I’ve yet to get there but I will! Your pictures have been amazing. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. Rory says:

    Spore: Origins definitely was a let down, and so was the Spore: Creatures Unleashed game for DS. If you are looking for a great game for iPhone check out Galcon, it’s like RISK on speed and in space!!!

  9. Göran says:

    Seems like you had a GREAT holiday. Hope you feel rested and ready to take over the world now.

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    So sad to see the vacation come to an end, but it sounds (and looks like) you had a great time.

    And poo-poo shit on the dumbass who trashes people and doesn’t have the balls to sign their own name.

  11. Patty says:

    Maui no ka oi or whatever that was, Maui is the best! Love the sunsets there….that’s something I really miss. That, and just looking at the ocean. I remember once in Kihei all these people stopped and looking out at the beach and I had to go over and see why….it was a humpback whale and her baby stopping the morning traffic. Awesome.
    Sorry about the stupid trolls….they should at least me brave enough to leave their real names/links.

  12. I am with you on the chocolate. I don’t like fancy chocolate at all.

    I am also with you on the sign your name or don’t say it.

  13. I’m so happy that you had this amazing vacation. You’re usually so insanely busy, so I hope this time of relaxation will provide the fuel you need to make it through another round of non-stop madness.

  14. Poppy says:

    Why is it that when bloggers go away, even if they keep blogging, we miss each other? I think someone should do a thesis about this phenomenon.

    Welcome home when you get there, Davey!

  15. Colin B. says:

    Ooooooo cho-co-la-te!

    I wouldn’t care about the trashing either. It’s pointless to bother with it at all.

  16. A Lewis says:

    I wish you happy aloha dreams on your return flight…and with any luck, you’ll have a halfway pleasant cabin crew. I still don’t see any reason for you to return. Stay there and we’ll all come to join you.

  17. Oh, um, wow. I need to find a Hawaiian Hershey/Macadamia nut/crack dealer to send me a few bags of those. What if you just stay there and we pay you for bags of those, plus some overhead so you can live comfortably? 🙂

  18. claire says:

    We are simpatico, Dave. Hershey’s is my favorite chocolate too. I love their nuggets with almonds. So tasty! The perfect proportion of chocolate to nut. Damn, wish I had some now… 🙂

  19. kapgar says:

    I could be wrong, but I think they had those macadamia Kisses when we were there. I loved them… so long as I’m remembering actually having them. Damn my memory.

    So, no on Spore, eh? I don’t know if I could justify the spending. Any word of it for Wii? Then it could be fun. I don’t really have a gaming worthy computer of my own.

  20. Avitable says:

    Now I want some kisses. Chocolate covered ones.

  21. Naomi says:

    I’ll attack you, and I don’t give a f*ck who knows! …’cause that’s how I roll. RAAAAR! (*and she loses steam because she doesn’t actually have anything to attack you about… ummm… Hershey’s chocolate is gross..?*)

  22. Erin says:

    Thanks to you I am now jonesing for Hershey’s Macadamia Nut kisses…which, obviously, are not available in Portland. Damn you! 🙂

  23. Cap says:

    I’m afraid to comment on this. I’m afraid you’ll yell at me to shut the fuck up … or take away my lesbian porn.

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