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Monday, August 8, 2011

PRIDE OF AMERICA ON MAUI

The internet system on the Pride of American does not work on Maui, but a short ten minute walk away is Whole Foods, where the connection is free.  Arrival at Kahului Harbor:

After landing, a group of us was taken to the Wailea Golf Course.  I selected the Emerald Course with Brett and Bryant of Australia and Lou of California, I think:

I have never been on a more beautiful technicolor course, for the shower and bougainvillea trees were in full bloom.  I opened with a 41, got 7's on #10 and #11, but went on to do amazingly well, for me.  However, the final two holes were memorable.  First, on a 365 yard par 4, Lou hit a 3-wood just past the pin, but three putted.  Yes, around 380 yards, with a 3-wood.  On the final hole, a par 5, Brett (whose handicap is 8.5), hit his drive to the right into another fairway.  He then proceeded to paste the ball to within 10 yards of the pin, and putted in for an eagle.

Dinner was at Lazy J's Steakhouse.  First, beefsteak tomato with onions with mozarrella cheese and basil, accompanied by a plate of oysters Rockefeller.  I don't like oysters, but Pearl loved this dish.  I again had some Ulupalakua Cabernet / Syrah.
The second course consisted of a large T-bone steak, baked potato and creamed spinach:
Then, for dessert, macadamia nut ice cream with a raspberry topped creme brulee and a cappuccino:
Why so much food is beyond my imagination.  This is only Day 2.  I might add that the service was just great.  Jose (not available when photo taken), Matthew Young (Maitre'D) and Rachel Hipolite were terrific:

The evening ended with a Beatles tribute by Tony Beau, once a group of six, but now only Balde Silva and his wife Rennetta.  
The band had a million seller  in 1978, My Angel Baby.  Tuesday night, a tribute to the Eagles.

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Not as bad as the crash of 2008, but the Dow Jones Industrials sunk 636 (-5.6%) to 10,810, with world markets down, except for the Orient.  Brazil dropped 8% today.  Gold shot up $54/toz to $1717, yes, another all-time high.  Oil is also sinking, the NYMEX crude future at $81/barrel and the Dated Brent Spot at $103/barrel.

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