Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This Saturday, the Bootleg Family heads to Hawaii for our second annual family vacation. Last year, we spent a week in the Pacific Northwest (four days in Seattle, three days in Vancouver). The highlights included (1) Lay's Ketchup Potato Chips, which are only available in Canada and (2) my run-in with rapper/actor/raconteur, Ice Cube.
I'm taking my laptop, so I'm hopeful that there'll be relatively real time updates here at TBG. And, you'll want to make sure to be here next week for updates on the three most intriguing things about this trip – in no particular order:
The Flight - Pray for me. It's a 30-minute drive to the "Park n' Ride" shuttle parking lot from our house. Then, we'll unload a week's worth of luggage from our car once we get there. It's another 10 minutes to the airport and 20 more to get through security…if we're lucky. We'll wait an hour or so at the gate and then we'll finally be allowed to board our flight to Maui.
That would be our six hour flight to Maui.
As all of you know, we have a 3-year-old son. He's flown a few times, but never more than 2 ½ hours, so the wife and I have been stockpiling new toys and movies in the hope that we can buy his silence for those 360 minutes of flight time. Mrs. Bootleg and I have meticulously planned this like a military assault on our son's senses ("Let's not show him our big guns too soon. We'll start with The Cars™ coloring book and work our way up to the Benadryl. Remember, this is a round-trip that we're contending with!")
Live…on Tape Delay - Curiously, I can't seem to find a consensus on this. Will Sunday's slate of NFL games really start at 7:00 AM local time on the island? Various Google search seem to indicate that ESPN airs Monday Night Football live at 2:30 PM, then replays it at 7:00 PM and that's all well n' good.
But, can I really start drinking at 7:00 AM this Sunday? And, does ESPN's pre-game NFL scream-n-yell actually start at 5:00 AM out there? I'll let y'all know!
The Spam - F*ck it. I'm doing it here…aaaaaaaand, doing it here.