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I made this up and some folks have liked it.. “Think like an owner, act like a shareholder.”
Had a good 20 miler today..
Some details below.. here are some photo highlights!
• Got to airport just, fine. Hung out in Red Carpet Club room for a bit, but then quickly learned that our 8:40AM flight would be leaving at 1:45! Man, that smarts. Thankfully, we had enough games and stuff to do to keep busy while passing the time. We later learned that some people actually went back home.. we chose to ride it out. We were about to leave the RCC about Noon, and just as I stood up, I got new TXT from United – the flight was delayed again – to 3:45! Friggidy. So we ate some lunch, walked around and browsed some stores and then managed to get saved – the kids ran into some other kids they knew and the bunch of them hung out and wandered around the airport.
• The flight was fine, the pilot claimed they added extra gas and were going a little bit faster, who knows. I really expected a free drink, but that was not to be. They did send us to a URL where we were able to pick a make-good. It was points, a % discount, or voucher. While the voucher seemed the best, since we already have all our trips booked for the next many months and the vouchers expired before next spring break, we all took the miles.
• We met a Google female engineer while waiting for our luggage. More importantly, we met her daughter, who likes to babysit ..yea!
• We got to the hotel, checked in – which began a series of Marriott sort-of let downs. Now, the Marriott didn’t totally screw us, but they did leave us underwhelmed on more than a few occasions. At check-in, we got no upgrade. I know, boohoo. But I had just recently used a bunch of Marriott points to remain Platinum Elite, one of the real benefits of doing so was for the complementary upgrade… oh well.
• We had dinner in the hotel restaurant which was good and looked forward to starting our vacation ½ behind our plans, but we were in Hawaii, hard to complain too loudly.
Ok, time to vacation!
• Too little sunscreen
• Sunburn x 4
• Took real nice drive up the coast. We made a few stops, one real cool one at a wind farm and teeny airport. We ended up at some bluff or viewing point that was epic. See pictures here.
• We drove back to hotel, wanting to stop a real nice beach, but nobody had eaten yet and everyone was hungry. So we decided to head back to hotel, get some food there and jump in the pool. Nobody ever complains about that.
• We stopped at the Queens market and got a bunch of supplies, like beer. Oh yea, and sandwiches and some snacks. But a 12-pack of Kona Longboard is essential to a week-long vacation in Hawaii.
• Monday dinner we walked across the street and found a real good place, Merrimans. Across the street was Kings Shopping – with some high-end places like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Rolex, and Macy*s. A little bit down the road was Queense shopping center, which had starbucks, a food court, a market, and some other shopping stuff.
• Kayak day!
• We got up early, got in the car and headed south, south of Kona, which was about 20 minutes south of our hotel
• We stopped for some breakfast at a good place called “Buns in the Sun”
• Passed some nice viewing points, even stopped at Wal-Mart for some necessary, but inexpensive, water shoes. I reaffirmed on this trip that I have the most tender feet on the planet. It’s almost a point of shame, I can’t walk on anything – rocks, hot pavement, etc with my feet. Well, I can, but it seems to hurt me more than others.
• We struggled a bit, but managed to find the kayak departure point. I got a giant jolt of a reminder. Last year, we ocean kayaked, Miles & I shared a boat. And the strongest memory I have is of me rowing my ass off and Miles talking his ass off. It was a pretty exhausting trip, I was rowing for 2 of us, last year in a strong headwind, but none of that deterred him from chatting the entire time, about any number of topics.
Ways that the Marriott didn’t exceed expectations:
• No upgrade for Platinum status. Used points to keep platinum, and to not get any upgrade was disappointing.
• The hotel only had one restaurant, it’s a pretty big complex to just have one hotel.
• No pool snack-bar or bar. The restaurant wasn’t too far, but it didn’t feel accommodating
• There was waitress service at the pool, but It was very hit or miss. They would walk by often for stretches, then you wouldn’t see someone for a long time
We visited the Big Island – here are some of the highlights..
Growing up, I became a gadget geek early on. Not just a color TV, for this who think I am that old. But we had a VHS early on, and a VHS camcorder really early on, and cable, and remote controls, and more. But, for me, the real brand that was aspirational for me was one and one alone – Sony. I read the book, Made in Japan, written by its founder, Akio Morita, in awe. It was a great company with a great legacy, started with simple transistor radios and a dream to change peoples perception that Japanes electronics were garbage.
They peaked when I was in college, they had lost BETA, but it was agreed that it was a superior technology. Their TVs were the stuff you dreamt about. They had good stuff and their cutting edge stuff, their ES line, was really stunning. When they peaked, I jumped on the bandwagon, I had:
But in the 1990s, I lost some of my passion for electronics (party due to still growing into the budget to afford them), and when I returned, Sony’s profile had changed. My rear-projection TV was a Mitsu – theirs were just better. And that was just the beginning. Over the next 15-20 years, Sony would proceed to make mistake after mistake, wrong bet after wrong bet, and has ended up as not just an also-ran, but a company that seems destined to outright fail. Let me re-cap some of this:
Why am I writing all of this? I went to the Sony Store today. I have had a Sony credit card for years and am ready to spend my 50,000 points and close the account. Know why? Because after browsing the web site over and over, I can’t find anything I really want. That made it loud and clear that a) I’m not a Sony guy any longer, and b) the company is in the crapper, probably forever.
Sony still has lots of revenue, they own a music company and movie production house, they still make lots of electronics of all sizes and shapes. And it’s the mass and heft of all of these things that might be killing them. At todays visit to the Sony Store, I was warned, all sales are final! What!? Yes. Sony Electronics owns the stores, Sony Playstation is a separate company, so they will sell me a PS/3, but I can’t return it. It’s this kind of idiot thinking that is killing them. Go down the mall to the Apple store – the experience is fun, engaging, and focuses on the customer. I have no idea what Sony is focused on, but it’s not me.
I surprised the boys this weekend and took them to Dallas for a whirlwind weekend to see the Dallas Cowboys, in person! It was a great trip and the Cowboys didn’t let us down and smoked the Lions! Some highlights:
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