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the rest of my weekend in San Diego

Last Saturday/Sunday was the weekend for Daylight Saving Time to begin. Because we don’t change our clocks in Hawaii, I haven’t had to change my clocks for years now. I made sure to double check on which way to change the time so I would not be late for the Sunday Brunch. The change in time also meant that 9 am was no longer 7 am Hawaii time but instead 6 am Hawaii time. Not the best news for a night owl.

I am still trying to figure out the time change and how it affected me (sort of like a math word problem)… since we don’t change the time in Hawaii, and I left Hawaii losing two hours but returned to Hawaii gaining three hours, does that mean that I gained an extra hour in my life?

The Sunday Brunch, which was being held at the Island Palms Hotel, would be the last of the three scheduled formal events where everyone attending the ST GTG would be gathering (except for a few people who had to fly out that morning to get home for work the following day).

It was so nice getting to spend one more day together and to be able to spend time talking to a few more people I had not had time talking to at the previous two events. We talked, we laughed, we drank & we ate.

Here are a couple of photos I took before we started eating.
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As the brunch came to a close, all those who purchased the wine glasses from Mindy got together for a group photo.
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After the group photo, the goodbyes began. That was the sad part. At least I did not have to say goodbye to everyone yet. A bunch of us were planning to go to Brigantine for dinner that evening. After the brunch ended, I went for a short walk and then went back to my room to pack.

We met back at the lobby of the Island Palms early in the evening to walk to the Brigantine. I think it was probably a 20 minute walk. Brrrrr! It was chilly outside. There were about 15 or 20 of us having dinner at the Brigantine, although we were not all able to sit together because the Brigantine was so busy. Our table ordered two orders each of fried clams and calamari. Good, but not as good as New England fried clams. We also all ordered fish tacos - YUM!! After some discussion, we decided to go to Humphreys for dessert. Again YUM!!

Because Shannon's brother works there and was working that evening, we were treated royally. First they put together a long table (forget how many it seated), but once everyone arrived, it was apparent that the table would not fit everyone. They were able to fit us all in another area (I think there were probably about 16 or so of us). It was great being able to spend a little more time together before heading back to the hotel. I really was not ready to say goodbye just yet. When we returned to the hotel, a few of us gathered in ColleenK, Jan, Sheri, & Terry's suite. We chatted for an hour or two and then I finally said goodbye to everyone.

Monday morning arrived much too soon. Good thing I packed everything on Sunday. It was hard getting up early Monday morning. The hotel shuttle was waiting for me when I arrived at the lobby. I was the only one scheduled for the 7:30 shuttle. The airport was not far from the hotel.

I was able to check in for my flight using my iPod Touch on Sunday afternoon but was not able to print my boarding pass. I was a little nervous since the directions said, "must print now". I checked in early because it cost less that way for the baggage charge. When I reached the Hawaiian Airlines check in area, I told the person directing everyone that I checked in on my iPod Touch. That worked out well because I did not have to wait in the line and instead was directed to a kiosk at the far left. When I mentioned how I checked in, the guy said not a problem and quickly printed out a boarding pass for me. He tagged my check in bag and also put a pink approved for boarding slip on my carry on and purse. I was also holding a small paper bag containing a bagel and an orange. He told me that I would have to put that inside one of my other bags because only two items were allowed.

I stopped at Starbucks for an espresso and ate my orange since oranges are not allowed into Hawaii (agricultural restrictions) and I was not sure if it was ok to bring it on board.

I discovered that the San Diego airport offers free wifi. That was a nice treat.

The security line was a little longer than I anticipated but not too terribly long. I made the mistake of getting in the line behind a family with a stroller. It took three people to figure out how to collapse the stroller (the mom, the only person who knew, was on the other side and was not allowed back). Fortunately I had plenty of time before my flight would be departing.

The flight was delayed because of some girl sitting towards the back of the plane. I am not sure what took place, but at one point, the guy that helped me at the kiosk was on the plane to escort her off of the plane.

The food on the flight was horrible. Fortunately I was prepared with a bagel, some nuts, and a Luna Bar.

I found it interesting that the plane returning to Honolulu was a different plane than the plane I was on flying to San Diego. This plane was a nicer plane - nicer seats/same size but with leather by the headrest and more movie screens throughout the plane.

The movie playing was New Moon. Not a movie I was interested in seeing. I still don't get the policy of Hawaiian Airlines. They charge $5 to watch the movie (headset rentals or use of your own headsets). Now how are they monitoring this? Does your seat buzz or light up somehow if you plug in your own headset and did not pay? The movie on the way to San Diego (The Blind Side) was a movie I would have watched but there were not as many screens on that plane and the only way I could see the screen (even to watch the important safety video) was to lean my head out into the aisle.

I attempted to read but that did not last very long. I have a terrible attention span for reading when flying. Instead, I played solitaire on my iPod Touch and watched a few Lost episodes that I had downloaded for free a few months earlier to keep myself busy. While watching the pilot (of Lost/not the pilot flying the plane), we hit some major turbulence at the same time that the plane on Lost starts to shake and then crash. That was a very strange feeling, especially since I am not a great flier and usually take ativan to calm my nerves but decided to fly dangerously and skip the ativan for the first time. Because I had the volume set pretty loud, it was hard to tell what was real and what was happening on Lost, especially when the flight attendant goes running after Charlie, yelling "Sir, excuse me". I really thought for a moment that a flight attendant on my flight was calling for someone. Probably not the smartest moves to watch the plane crash on Lost while flying, but I guess a good way to desensitize my discomfort when flying.

Towards the end of the flight I noticed on the movie screen that part of the movie New Moon was taking place in the Piazza Grande in Montepulciano, Italy. I plugged in my headset to see what the movie had to do with Italy. NO alarms went off/no lights flashing. There was nothing Italian about it except I guess that the vampires or whoever they were were meeting inside a major building in Montepulciano and I am guessing that the inside of the building was a set and not really the inside of the building shown. I am not a big fan of vampire type movies but it helped to pass the time a bit.

That is about it. I can't believe a week has passed since the last ST GTG event. I am very glad I decided to go. I enjoyed myself at all of the events and despite the cold had a wonderful weekend in San Diego.

Comments (13)

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the GTG. I also had a great time. Amazing that it has already been a full week.

Eden:

I am glad that you enjoyed your time in San Diego. Next ST Gathering - Hawaii? I'll definitely attend. :)

I have really enjoyed reading your account of the GTG. I went to the one in Savannah, and had a great time. I really wanted to go to this one, as I am on the west coast, just outside of Seattle, but I have this other little trip, coming up, that I am saving all my $ for!! Your pictures were really fun to see too! Glad you had such a good time.

Marta, it seems both like it was yesterday and it was already weeks ago.

Eden, if someone else plans :)

SandraK, I didn't realize you went to the Savannah GTG. I can understand your plan to save all your $ for your Venice trip. You must be getting so excited!! I might have done the same thing if I was going to Italy this summer. Glad you enjoyed my photos.

We will be going through this story next weekend...I am NOT looking forward to it, my body refuses to cooperate!

Nice event, it's fun to see happy people.

Thanks for your concern. Fortunately relatives and friends are safe, a bit nervous still, but they only reported minor damages, like broken glassware and the like. Which is nothing compared to the suffering of too many in the South of the country... I appreciate your comments and sorry blogger gives you a hard time.
Happy week ahead!

It sounds like so much fun! The time change mayhem is funny (I can't figure it out either).

Barb Cabot:

Girasoli, so nice to relive these days through your blogpost. I haven't even had time to post my thoughts on the weekend. Someday soon. I'm enjoying reading everyone else's posts. Take care.

Great descriptions - thanks for the update. I think I would agree, Lost while travelling - I would have a problem with that:-) You are brave - with no ativan to boot!

sandrac:

Girasoli, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the San Diego GTG -- it really sounds like it was wonderful! I'm sorry that I missed it.

Flights can be so annoying. I'm thrilled that Air Canada has inseat entertainment now on most of its flights and most of the time it works! It can make a flight seem so much quicker if there's a choice of movies, and you can actually see the movie (because the screen, although it's tiny, is right on the seat in front of you.)

Anne:

What a freakish coincidence about the Lost story and the turbulence - that would be surreal! It's so cool seeing everyone's photos of the GTG and recognizing so many faces of people I've never met!

I'm sure everyone had an amazing time. I love looking at the photo with the STers with the wine glasses.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, it sounds like you and everyone had such a great time. I'm really sorry that I missed the opportunity to meet you (just couldn't get away from work in time and in good conscious). I enjoyed seeing all of your photos from your trip. It's been at least 5 years since I've visited San Diego and I've not even visited the missions so it is especially a treat to see all of your beautiful photos.

I have to agree with you about the air travel and the limited entertainment features. I finally learned how to convert some of my DVD's so I can add them to my iTouch. I added a few Sienfeld episodes and a couple movies as back up now. :)

Thanks so much for sharing your GTG experiences. Have a great weekend!

Marcee, glad to hear your family & friends are ok.

Annie, it was fun. Too bad you couldn't make it.

Barb, figured I better write about it soon after before I forgot some of the details. I did not write any notes like I do when I am in Italy. At least at the GTG there were enough other people there though to help me remember :)

menehune, it really was not too bright of me to watch LOST on the plane.

sandra, I'm sorry too. I have been so spoiled with Continental, not that they spoil me that much... but I do love their inseat entertainment systems, well at least when they work and the screens are a little bigger than an iPod Touch. The other benefit is that you don't have to hold the airplane screens like you do the iPod Touch. I also like having choices rather than just the one movie offered.

Maria, they were very cool glasses. Some people wore them at all of the events!

Anne, it really was surreal with the turbulence happening at the same time! It was amazing how many people I recognized right away.

Kathy, I am so sorry you weren't able to make it after all. I did let Pauline know how you felt about her. She was very touched. Glad you enjoyed the photos. You will have to take a trip down sometime to check out the missions, although I am guessing you must have a few cool ones in your area also. I need to learn to convert my DVDs. I found the LOST shows on iTunes as a free download. Good to hear from you :)

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