Men, women, little boys and girls
Gather 'round by the seaside,
Beach party, tropic-style
Diamond Head and palm trees, surf riders on the sea
This is the place to be, oh, yeah, this is the place to be
On the beach at Waikiki, that's where you'll find me
Here on the south side, Beach Boys paradise
Duke's on Sunday
Duke's on Sunday
-- henry kapono
i'm obliged to frame this post in the past and future tense.
to wit: in the past, prior to the global economic meltdown, mrs. spaceneedl planned and purchased a nice family vacation. i'm reluctant to talk about it now, since vacations have become an extravagance. and at a time when many people are struggling, saying "look at us, we've got a future vacation on the books!" is just vulgar.
but then barack obama came along and totally copied our idea, so now i feel compelled to elaborate. a little.
President-elect Barack Obama, returning to his home state of Hawaii for the holidays, plans a beachside vacation at one of Oahu's most exclusive properties, according to one insider.you can see where this is heading: the spaceneedls are going to kailua as well. note: the obamas are traveling over the holidays, and we're scheduled for february. this is a very good thing, given that security will be tight and all of kailua will be on defcon 4 during the presidential visit.
Arrangements are being finalized for the Obamas and the families of two or three friends to stay at a Kailua beachfront location...
coincidental timing would be bad. i like running on the beach at dawn, but not being tackled by secret service sprinting in from the dunes.
i like the little needls splashing in the surf, but not a pre-emptive ambuscade by navy seals in full battle gear.
i like swimming in the warm hawaiian waters, but not being eaten by a patrolling tiger shark. not that sharks are likely to be working with the presidential security team...i'm just sayin'.
so, while we welcome the premise and promise of an obama administration, it's good that the first family's itinerary doesn't overlap ours. because while barack might need a respite before taking over a ship with the aerodynamics of the hindenberg and the seaworthiness of the andrea doria -- we don't have time for a lot of fuss.
our vacation is really important.