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Sunday, March 11, 2018


I've been quarantined for ten days.  Yesterday, I decided to catch The Bus into downtown Honolulu for lunch.

Most of the roads were closed for what was called Walk on the Wild Side, the 30th Anniversary of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.  There were displays of art, entertainment, a wide-range of charitable booths and more food trucks than I've seen together.

However, if you bought food from them, there was nowhere to sit down and eat.  So I went to Grondin, a French-Latin kitchen, sort of reminiscent of New Orleans.  I had a bone marrow and beer:

I thought the bone marrow at Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was the very best, until this Grondin version, which was exceptional.  And at half the price.  There are so many of this genre in Vegas that TripAdvisor has a list of the ten best Cajun & Creole Restaurants.

On my walk home I took a photo of two birds of paradise:

I also squeezed in a Byington Vineyard wine-tasting at the International Marketplace, and met the owner, Benny Madsen, who with Douglas Preisel, showed mutual interest in a few sustainable energy and resources topics for future partnership.  These were high end reds and whites hoping to gain the interest of local connoisseurs.

Tonight I will stay at the Waikiki Sheraton for the Honolulu Festival, which has been ongoing since Friday.  A major parade goes down Kalakaua later this afternoon, ending with the always spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks Show.  I have learned how to take fireworks shots, so tomorrow I'll exhibit my new skill...hopefully.

In the meantime, I have not exactly starved in my apartment:

I have two new algae eaters in my tank.  Hopefully they'll eat all the algae obscuring my view into the aquarium:

I also have two blooming Honohono orchid plants.  There is a delicately fragrant aroma that nothing else can match.


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