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STP's BLOG 01/03/12 "Aloha...We Are Back!"

Today was our first show back from the Christmas break, and wow what a great vacation did I have! My wife and I celebrated one year of marriage awesomeness with a trip to Hawaii…we stayed in Waikiki, and I have top say, I finally get the hype about Hawaii!!! Sure it took me 37 years to finally get there, but I did not want to come back!!! Hawaii is awesome! I’m ready to leave Washington & live on the beach!!! I learned something cool…I always thought people from Hawaii had gigantic families, well I now know why…if you are a friend, you are considered family, and you are called a “cousin”. All this time I used to wonder how many cousins people from Hawaii have, but now I get it! We went to Hawaii with no actual plan, we knew that there was stuff we wanted to do, but we didn’t want to be bound to a schedule so we planned as we went along. We had 2 main goals…Snorkeling & Pearl Harbor. We accomplished both & I am glad we did…wow!
Let’s start with Pearl Harbor…this was an unbelievable powerful moment, one I’ll never forget. We got to the memorial real early, and the tour to the site where the USS Arizona was shot down is a free tour, on a first come first serve ticket basis…and to show you how popular the site is…we got there at 8:15 am, and the earliest ticket wasn’t until 12:15 in the afternoon. So to kill time, we went on one of the other tours available…these you had to pay for (brilliant way to make money)…we took a tour on the USS Missouri, and that was beyond cool.


Back in September 2nd of 1945, this was the Battleship where Japan signed the paperwork to surrender. Here is the actual spot where the surrender happened:


After we got off the Missouri we went to see a documentary about the Pearl Harbor bombings, and after watching the movie, they took us to the USS Arizona memorial…this was the battleship that sunk after being attacked, is still underwater, and is the grave site to over a thousand sailors.
Here is the memorial:


The memorial was built right over the Arizona, and parts of the battleship are still above water…there are no words that can describe the feeling of being there:


After we saw that, we went into a room in the memorial where they have all the names of those that died due to the attacks…again, no words can describe this:


We also went to Hanauma Bay to snorkel…I have to say that was something I never thought I would do, and it was so relaxing to be in the water looking at all these fish, and being a foot away from a turtle…that is until I tried to take a picture…I went to deep in the water & inhaled a bunch of water! Here is a pic of the bay…

One of our other goals was to check out places featured on those Food Network & Travel Channel shows…we actually accomplished seeing 4 of them…we went to Germaine’s Luau (featured on Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives), Moose McGillicuddy’s (Man Vs Food Nation)…Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck ($40 A Day), and our fave Matsumoto’s Shave Ice (Unwrapped)! Here I am chillin' at Giovanni’s:


There were so many great experiences!!!! Here are some other pix…this is a view from our hotel:


And these pix make me wish I was back there:


Here is a shot from the top of Diamond Head…we hiked to the top of this:




The other exciting thing that happened to me over the vacation is that on Sunday, we got a new puppy…yes, Lucy now has a sister…Lu Lu! She’s a Maltichon…


Here is Lucy hanging with her new little sister:

According to a new nationwide survey, in the past five years, 57% of people who made a New Year's resolution to lose weight say they succeeded. And 36% of people who resolved to quit smoking say they succeeded. Almost one-third of Americans have made a resolution to lose weight since 2006. Losing between 10 and 30 pounds is the most popular goal . . . the second-most popular is losing 30 to 50 pounds. About two in five smokers say they've made a New Year's resolution to quit in the last five years. For 2012, 51% of people say their resolution is to exercise more. 35% of people resolve to lose weight. Only 9% of smokers say they made a New Year's resolution to quit.
Based on these stats about New Years Resolutions… being that this is our first show of the New Year and many people make resolutions for the year...what is your resolution? What was your resolution for 2011...did you keep it or break it?  here are some of the texts:
This year I resolve to always wear pants in the kitchen while cooking Bacon.
I started my nww year resolution for 2012 early back in September. I have lost 75 pounds and still going.
Stop taking peanutbutter treats but they are so good. Thanks lucy
my 2011 resolution was to get laid, i failed. 2012 i gotta get laid! *NotLuke*
Quit gambling I dropped about a grand a month
I resolved to quit dating whores. Much less anxiety and zero fear of STDs

I want to become an MMA fighter in 2012 !!
My resolution is to write to my Alzheimer stricken grandpa every month. At least if I fail he won't remember. -KC in Port Orchard

We got this email…

I am writing this on Christmas, I just got back from my family celebration and had to send this to you! I think my grandma's gift is totally show material for worst or most random gifts! I got a red Ikea toilet brush & holder and a $20 check dated for December 25th 2012. Seeing as the world is supposed to end on 12/21/12, either my grandma is losing her mind or has some negative feelings towards me. lol
So Andy received a red Ikea toilet brush and holder, and a check that he cant use until next year…what about you? What was the worst or most random gift you received this Christmas? Here are the texts we received:
I got a box of banana chips from my grandparents for Christmas one year nothing else, ps there rich
A John Deer pencil from my ex father in law. He got it with the tractor he bought.
My sister gave me HERPIES Last xmas! now thats love 4 ya!
This year i Got a hat made out of tree bark from my girlfriend.
I once got 3, socks from my 92 year old grandma-in-law! Not 3 "pair", but "THREE" socks!!!
The husband got a lint roller brush and clothes hangers from his crazy aunt on Xmas
A dish towel and disposable underwater camera from very wealthy grandma
I got a bottle of Jonny's Jamaica me crazy sweet n spicy from an employee. Random, but excellent. Kevin the Great.
I got a bone but not the one I wanted thanks dad LUCY
Every year my aunt mails me a letter saying 25 dollars has been donated to protect African wildlife in my name. Just what I always wanted! -the drunk Viking
My mother in law got me wind up toys... No joke
My mom got me an extension cord!
My grandpa sent me a gift coupon for a free oil change. Only thing is , the stores are only on the east coast. Maybe i should drive to N Y ill need one by then

Today's Video Blog features some stuff we got in the mail while we were off...most from TV show's on FOX:  The Finder, Alcatraz, and American Idol.

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