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The Makaha Golf Club view

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The flower lei that the lady gave me at the powerlifting meet

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A ridiculous tee shot, yeah, I had to drop a ball on this one…but I did tee off from the black tees…in my defense.

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From the 3rd tee at Ko’olau, which is now apparently owned by the Presbyterian church…the whole thing, not just the 3rd tee box

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And the results of playing way too much golf…or shooting a 139 at Ko’olau

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OK, and most people fret over the damage caused by vacations. Besides that toe, which was debilitating and resulted in the purchase of flip flops, the damage was…this morning’s weigh in:

Weight 212

Fat 36.0

BMI 36.1

On the upside, my weigh-in for the meet on Friday night was 207.2. I’m stiff from playing golf and the meet and sitting on a plane for 5 hours yesterday. I had to get up and stretch numerous times, but it was easy, since I was the only person in my row in first class. The best $150 I spent on this vacation!

I occasionally check to see how I’m doing in the various powerlifting federations. I will be ranked in the top ten of the WABDL after last weekend’s performance for the dead lift. I’d have been in the top 20 if I had just pressed the weight once. I am attributing that failure to either the lack of a massage after arrival (which also occured in Chicago) and/or the vicious spider bite I got on my arm the previous Tuesday. It was so bad that Dr. Elkind refused to adjust the elbow. There was a lump the size of a golfball under the skin and it was hot to touch and firey red to look at. It didn’t shoot up my arm, ruling out black widows and my arm didn’t swell up to twice it’s size, ruling out the fiddleback. So it was just a mean mofo that jacked up my arm. I forgot about it, but the lump was still there when I went to play golf on Sunday. It could have been a contributor, but at the end of the day, I didn’t do what I needed to, and will have to go back to the drawing board. I do hold eleven AAU records, currently nothing in USAPL. I know I hold some records in Scott Taylor’s APA, but he has forgotten to renew his URL, so I can’t see how many right now. Yes, the Big Dog lifts.

The problem with my hotel was that it was so far away from civilization. Waianae was down the hill but there weren’t any restaraunts down there. At least nothing more than a couple of Micky-D’s, a couple of KFC’s a Murder King and a Taco Hell. So I would have to drive for real food. Really drive. Like an hour. On the upside, the night before the meet I ate at the Honolulu Ruth’s Chris. I couldn’t figure out where to park in Waikiki and gave up. I had my typical pre-meet meal, petite filet, potatoes au gratin and 1/2 Caesar. I sat next to a guy who worked for the Speaker of the House of the State of Hawaii. Unfortunately, I had just arrived and hadn’t figured much out, so we ended up talking about UC Davis, where he went to school and Bay Area nonsense. If I had gotten that guy on the third night, WOW what a conversation that would have been. The next night I walked from the Sheraton Waikiki, where the meet was held to Roy’s Hawaiian, Waikiki. I sat at the bar and they didn’t hassle me for my gym clothes. I appreciate that. I know I wasn’t dressed properly, so I felt sitting at the outside bar would help the situation. They were cool. I had the blackened ahi appetizer. They didn’t blacken it and I’ve had better…at Patrick David’s in Danville. The first glass of wine, actually taste, was disappointing, so I told the bartender that I was a pain in the ass when it came to wine and just pick a good one. It could be anything from a Sauvignon Blanc to a Cab, but it had to be good. So this kid picks the Roy’s blend, made specifically for Roy’s Hawaiian, from Santa Barbara. I look at him incrediously, but tasted it any way. It was very good and it went with my dinner nicely. I also ordered the blue crab cakes, very nice, much better execution than the ahi. I ordered the tomato, goat cheese salad. Very nicely executed with thin sliced tomatos, a pate of goat cheese and olives and a spritz of greens. Then the boys talked me into trying the chocolate souffle. A very nice dessert, served warm with fresh ice cream. All and all an enjoyable meal, thanks guys!

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