Friday, May 14, 2010

Still in Hilo, no news updates

Taking advantage of McDonald's and their free wi-fi, I thought I'd give an update. Between work responsibilities, I'm enjoying this quaint little harbor town, billed as the southernmost city in the United States (if you don't count Guam and Saipan because they're not states). But you wouldn't know that what with the windy weather bringing a bit of chill (and sulfur dioxide) when you go to Kilauea Crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's only 4000 feet, but it got cool enough to put on a jacket and ride around with the heater on.

This is a place I could live in. I love old cities that still retain a neighborly community feel to them, and all the old wooden houses up the slope of the Mauna Kea. I would say it reminds me of Eureka, California, but with palm trees, but then I remembered that place — also devastated by a tsunami — has palm trees, too, despite its northern location. And a pervasive pot culture, too.


  1. Hope the only thing on the table besides your laptop is a cup of coffee or tea.

  2. Since it was 10:30 a.m., it's a sure bet there was something breafkasty there. I've made no secret of, nor apologies for, my love of Egg McMuffins, and I believe I had one that morning, with coffee.

    However, an Egg McMuffin is only an occasional item for me (except during Census Bureau training, when they doubled as an office and they were the only eatery within the time allowed for breaks), though I had more of the $1 breakfast burritos.

    My two most commonly ordered items, which probably make up about eighty to ninety percent of what I order at McDonald's, are the one-dollar side salad and the one-dollar coffee, in that order.

    I got used to ordering the side salad after a trip to the Mainland where road trips "forced" us to eat somewhat quickly. I was impressed with how many greens and tomatoes (though, undoubtedly, they are not locally grown) were in those things. But it does vary from location to location, and from day to day, with some having more iceberg lettuce than they should.


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