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I couldn't possibly brief you on everything that happened since my last post, mostly because I've forgotten at least half of it, but I'll do the best I can.
The 2013 NHL season happened, which is better than the 2004-05 lockout. I guess I failed to mention one of the Columbus Blue Jackets' sales weasels talked me into renewing my 6-game pack early in 2012 and that just prior to the lockout, I discovered the 2012-13 season was crap; every game I wanted was considered "Premium" so I could only pick 2 of them and 3 that I didn't want. The new sales rep wouldn't give me a refund, but she suggested I give the Blue Jackets even more of my money for the "Premium Flex Pack" which, if memory serves me right, included 9 premium games, 5 or 6 regular games, and the home opener. When the 48-game lockout-shortened schedule was released, my plan was reduced to a 6-game pack with a credit for all the extra games I lost, and because the home opener was reduced to half-price, they gave me a bonus ticket to a game of my choosing. I don't remember exactly which games I chose, but I had to sell my home opener ticket (and it just barely sold) and at least one other game (which went unsold, despite being a very good game for Columbus). I used most of my credit to upgrade seats, and I got two extra tickets to a game on Friday, April 12 against the St. Louis Blues so I could take my sister Lisa and her fiancee Wade while they were in town.
Now that the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference (the same division as another favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins), I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I have a set of rules to govern cheering for multiple favorites:
1. Limit yourself to three - if you like everyone, then you don't have a "favorite."
2. You need two good reasons to like or dislike any team.
3. Don't choose two rival teams - they can't both win. (Technically the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, two of my three favorite baseball teams, are Inter-league rivals, but this rule is geared towards division rivals.)
4. Teams can't rest on their laurels - Random audits will be performed to ensure favorites are in the proper order (The Buffalo Bills were my #1 football team for nearly 20 years, then they dropped straight to 3rd when they started the 2010 season 0-8.)
For now, the Blue Jackets are grandfathered in as my 3rd favorite hockey team, behind the Kings and Penguins. We'll see how it works out over the course of this season. By the way, it seems Columbus gets another chance at hosting the NHL All-Star Game in 2015.
I took a week off work leading up to my 28th Birthday on August 3, and managed to get up to speed on Penny Arcade, PvP, and most of the content on the Escapist. Sadly, I don't remember doing much for my birthday.
Eventually, I completed Forza Motorsport 3, and finished the storyline of Forza Horizon. It seems I'm still only 5% through Forza 4 despite being on season 9 of 10; World Tour mode keeps giving me races that don't count. I'm not sure if I'll buy Forza 5 or the Xbox One on which to play it at launch. I've heard too many bad things about that console, but I'll never go back to PlayStation as long as Gran Turismo requires players to earn licenses.
I recently got back from a vacation in Hawaii to celebrate my niece's first birthday. We've been using automatic feeders for about a month, so no one had to stay and watch the cats - something that has held me back from countless family vacations. My parents and I went to Port Columbus early on the morning of Tuesday, September 17 to catch a 90-minute flight to Atlanta, a Delta hub. We were supposed to have a 45 minute layover, but we had barely enough time to reach the gate for our trip to Honolulu. The flight from ATL to HNL was over 9 hours, so I was able to watch the entire Dark Knight trilogy on the plane's in-flight entertainment system. When we arrived at the airport, we discovered our rental car company wasn't on-site; we had to catch a shuttle bus and go a couple of city blocks to reach the place where we picked up a Kia Forte. On the other end of the H-1 Highway was our hotel, the Marriot's Ko Olina Beach Club. Mom and Dad felt the jet lag and took a nap as soon as we reached our room; I just sat down on the pull-out sofa and flipped through all the Japanese TV channels until we headed out for dinner. We met up with my sister, her fiancee, and their daughter Kira at an Outback Steakhouse because we couldn't find the first place we were looking for, and the serving staff sang their own version of the birthday song when they brought out a fudge sundae with a candle stuck in it for Kira.
On Wednesday, we went to Sea Life Park Hawaii and met quite a few members of Wade's family. We also saw the world's only wholphin. On the way back to our hotel, I think we stumbled upon a film crew shooting an episode of "Hawaii Five-0." There were a couple of Honolulu Police prop cars and possibly a gray Camaro on the side of the road, so maybe they were about to film a chase scene.
Thursday, we went to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, despite GPS driving instructions that sent us towards the active military base. An MP on the Ford Island Bridge told us how to reach the visitor center.
On Friday, we invited Wade and Lisa to our hotel and took advantage of the Ko Olina Beach Club swimming facilities. I slowly relearned how to swim, a skill I haven't put to good use since the late 1990's when our pool liner ripped and was never fixed. By the time I regained confidence in my aquatic abilities, my forehead and shoulders were lobster red. Wade's parents invited us to dinner that evening, and his mother Linda found a bottle of aloe for me to use.
Saturday was the day of Kira's official Birthday party; the one that brought over 100 friends and relatives to a Japanese tea house on a hill overlooking the Honolulu waterfront. Evidently, Oahu means "The Gathering Place" and it is aptly named. Earlier that day, Wade and Lisa took me to a place called MiniQ Anime Shop where I found a line of Transformers modeled after the Nissan GT-R, with a Race Queen figure included with each one. Saber has the hottest race queen (on the box art, at least), but I don't recognize that Autobot, so I went with Optimus Prime.
On Sunday, September 22, we had to check out of the hotel by 10 AM and kill 4 hours on one last shopping trip with Wade and Lisa before returning the rental car and catching a shuttle back to Honolulu International Airport. I believe we left Hawaii around 4 PM Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, and I slept for most of the 9-hour flight back to Atlanta. I woke up around 5 AM Eastern and watched the flight data until we landed at Hartsfield-Jackson, somewhere between 6:00 and 7:00. This time, we made our connecting flight with ease, but I guess it was overloaded because we had to check our carry-on luggage; We packed light specifically to avoid the hassle of checked bags, but all of the overhead stowage was taken by people who boarded before us. The puddle jumper took off from Atlanta shortly after 10:00 and landed at Port Columbus around 11:45. We went to the baggage claim shortly after Noon and waited for several minutes watching bags slam into each other on the carousel until spotting ours and swiftly retrieving them. Ultimately, we made it to the Blue Lot Shuttle which took us to our car, paid just over $50 for one week of parking, and made our way home.
To be honest, my ears still hurt a little from the pressure change of that flight from HNL to ATL; my hearing is mostly normal now, but not quite what it was before the trip.
I rather enjoyed this experience, and it was productive as well; on my 3DS, I picked up StreetPass tags from Hawaii, Utah, and three prefectures of Japan. That gives me 20 regions from two countries.
I'm not sure if we have any other travel plans this year. My dad was thinking of driving us to Durham to see my older brother Kevin, who converted to Judaism 10 years ago, for Thanksgiving, but apparently this year, it's in the middle of Hanukkah. My oldest brother Harold and his wife Hollie are expecting a child in December, but she probably won't feel like having visitors until mid-January. It will take a while to save up for another trip to Hawaii, but my sister Lisa said February or April would be a great time to visit because she'll have breaks from her college classes then, and there's a better chance to see whales. If I have the opportunity to fly back to Hawaii, I'd like to see Maui next time.
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