After the event, Derek and I talked about whether we learned anything from this experience. Yes, I’d say we learned some interesting things…
Yellow is the Go-To Color for your emergency-kit purchasing needs:
Let’s look at a SMALL portion of our little last minute / we-might-be-stuck-in-a-field-or-parking-lot-for-a-week shopping spree...
Please note that I have been far too scared to eat any of the spam products. I bought them just in case I might be dying and I really felt that I should not leave this earth without trying Spam even the once.
Edited to add: I found many of these items at home in my nearby grocery store in Los Angeles. I didn’t need to go to Hawaii and be faced with DEATH to find the need to buy Spam products. And one more thing: a year later, I just yesterday (one year later) threw away the Spam Macademias that I just couldn't bring myself to eat. Hoard much?
While yellow was the dominant Emergency-kit color, it also seemed to be everywhere even before the Pseudo-nami:
“The Daily Plate”.
Edited to add: Ironically, after a long hiatus from calorie counting, I went back to the DP almost a year to the day after I first tried (and loved) it in Hawaii. And I'm loving it again.
What else did we learn?
Home-made Filet-o-Fish sandwiches are very yummy.
Allie, at Pimp my Protein Shake: She admits to consuming enough high-glycemic tropical fruit to fuel a few Iron Man Triathlons while awaiting the Tsunami on neighboring Maui. I must share some of our texts during this time:
- Allie: Are u really at 24 hour fitness?
- Deb: Yes, it’s how I cope with disaster.
- Allie: I eat chips during natural disasters.
- Allie: So many blog titles: In case of emergency. Appetite of tsunami proportions. Appetite for destruction. When sirens blare, it’s time for ice cream.
- Deb: Stop stop you have so many good ones and mine is boring
- Allie: Tsunamis are “swell”
- Deb: hahahahahha
Life is short: One really should drink Mai Tais more often:
Deb Before the Mai Tai:
Deb, After the Mai Tai:
What else did we learn?
Life is short: Eat only spectacular dessert:
One night we didn't care for any of the restaurant desserts on offer, so Derek announced that he was going to go home and create an amazing dessert from the remnants of food we still had back at the cottage:
Derek’s Temple of the Sissy Tsunami:
- Half of an Ice cream Sandwich
- Half of a slice of lemon cake plucked from the emergency food stash
- Expertly decorated with japanese Pocky Men’s biscuits (why dark chocolate makes them “men’s” I’m not entirely sure).
To take my functional flip-flops, or my dressy flip flops?
Which brings me to the next lesson we learned:.
Near-death experiences make island boys thirsty…
Walks on the beach and biking to picnics are just ‘that’ much more precious:
The Ocean is mysterious and beautiful. Even Wimpy Waves deserve our respect…
Now, here’s my PSA: Get your kit together: Check out the following sites that I just stumbled upon. There are hundreds more: