…Well the first thing you know ol’ Jed’s a millionaire…..

9 Jan

This trip has been a technology disaster for me.  I’m struggling to learn WordPress to write this blog on my iPad (which, considering my antipathy for Apple software is a struggle in and of itself).  I’ve also experienced a string of technology failures which I hope to include as I blog on…….
So in the interest of learning how to use more WordPress features, and because I have no pictures or better prose to offer for Saturday, January 9th I’m going to shamelessly plug a previous article written by “M” and his blog.  (Or shamelessly plagurize it).  I guess I’ll find out which when I get to his house in Ann Arbor next weekend and find out if I’m locked out in the winter cold.

When traveling to Hawaii, one usually flys into Honolulu on a major carrier, then “jumps” island to island on a local carrier.  Hawaain Airlines uses Boeing 717 regional jets, which is what we used for this trip, but there are other carriers like island air which uses smaller twin turbo prop planes, and Mokulele Airlines (honorable mention here) which uses single prop cessna’s.  In the future, if schedule permits, I will use Mokulele Airlines.  There is NOTHING like sitting right behind the pilots and watching the instruments and them fly the plane.  Very fun, very intimate.

So, if I ever did something “typical”, it’s when I give a tour of Hawaii, the first night is on o’ahu, and the first full day is at Pearl Harbor, the banzai pipeline, then back to the airport for the ‘jump’ to the island of choice.  This is the first day I did with butterblogger and this is the first day I did with my family.

Since I have a complete technology failure of pictures of the first day I will learn how to link to butterblogger previous article on this day 2 years ago, as his account is far better than any I could write.  But I will tell you the differences.

Pearl Harbor is now part of a larger historic site.  It has grown with additions to the original memorial.  One thing I do notice, and I should know as a boat owner, is the outside ships like the missouri and the bowfin age and require maintenance.  The miles of teak decking on the Missouri are showing weathering, as is the exterior of the Bowfin.

It takes money and effort to keep these relics in good repair.  And good money it costs to enter.  I hope those entry fees are used to maintain this heritage.

Also, I had wanted to see my sisters face when she saw the dental clinic on the Misouri.  Our father was a dentist and we both have early childhood (and later memories) and the experience of what it means to be the child of a dentist.  This was an unexpected bond I made with “M” from butterblogger, whilst visiting the Misouri in the past, as his father was also a dentist.

My sisters expression is stuck in an inaccessible memory card (which i hope to resolve upon my return to the mainland), but it wasn’t remarkable.  What was remarkable was once she got to thinking about it how she re-interpreted the statistics for me.

1800 sailors on board required 2 dentists working 14 hour days, 6 days a week.  Support staff consisting of lab technicians (for prosthetics) and hygienists, worked the other 10 hours a day, as there were only 2 chairs in tight quarters.  While the military may travel on its stomach, each stomach requires about 32 teeth to operate efficiently.

The dental clinic was not an afterthought, it was a primary neccessity.

Note to “M”, when she walked thought the bulkhead door and saw the “waiting room”, before she saw the operatory or knew it was the dental clinic, she instantly identified it and said “what’s this?  The waiting room?”.

I hope to have some of the technology issues repaired for the next blog.

So without further ado, this is what a morning in Pearl Harbor feels like:


Title: “the ballad of Jed Clampett” – Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs.


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