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12-29-12 Our 50th Wedding Anniversary

January 20, 2013

Ware family Waikiki skyline Turtle at Makapu'u Pt. Tripler Army Hospital Traci made the serving tray Traci made the photo album Traci & Sue @ Diamond Head Susan made these bottles Susan got us a cake Susan designed the cake and made the Longboard bottles Sunrise @ Bellows 12-31 4 Sunrise @ Bellows 12-30 2 Sunrise @ Bellows 12-30  7 Sunrise @ Bellows 12-28 5 Sunrise @ Bellows 12-24 1 Sunrise @ Bellows 12-23 5 (2) Sunrise @ Bellows 12-22-12 2 Sunrise @ Bellows 1-1-13 3 Sunrise @ Bellows 1 Sue, Jack & Patty Sue & Kai's B&B on Big Island Sue & Kai Sue & Kai PCC Sue & Kai do the hula Sue & Kai @ Diamond Head Snow cone Polynesian Cultural Center Patty @ KBC Mele Kalikimaka llamas

well, can't read it, can you.

well, can’t read it, can you.

Kona Brewing Co. KC135 Stratotanker KBC Party 12-29-12 Kai & parrots Hawaii 1980

32 years later

32 years later

Family Picture PCC Family photo 12 Family photo 8 Family photo 6 Family photo 5 Family photo 4 Family photo 3 Family photo 2 Family photo 1 Family Boat ride @ PCC

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Dead Parrot

This parrot is dead!

This parrot is dead!

Christmas family 12-26-12 Cake 21

All of us

All of us

Cake 15 Cake 14 Cake 13 Cake 10 Cake 5

Family photo

Family photo

Cake 2

Our cake

Our cake

Fancy Bird by our beach cabin

Fancy Bird by our beach cabin

Traci & Gabriel

Traci & Gabriel

Rene & Traci

Rene & Traci

Traci, Samuel & Gabriel

Traci, Samuel & Gabriel

Banyan tree at the Hale Koa

Banyan tree at the Hale Koa

Atlantis Waikiki

International Market

International Market

Patty planned for this celebration for years and it turned out great.  A lot of the credit for how it turned out has to go to Susan, Traci and Tammy though; they came up with some surprises.  This posting is really a context for the photos that I want to post that really tells the story of this celebration. 

Patty and I had made reservations for beach cabins at Bellows AFB and a room at the Hale Koa on Waikiki over a year ahead of time.  Joe Clein, our friend for over 40 years, also had reserved a cabin but he passed away the end of September.  I wish he could have been there. 

Patty and I flew commercial since we had reservations and couldn’t tolerate the uncertainties of catching a hop over on a military plane.  We left Ashland on Tuesday the 18th of December since there was a storm coming in and we needed to beat the snows in the Siskiyou’s.  Our reservations were for Thursday flying out of Sacramento on Hawaiian Airlines.  We spent two nights at Travis AFB and left our car there and got a shuttle to take us to Sacramento for our flight. 

We arrived in Honolulu Thursday afternoon and checked into the Hale Koa on Waikiki.  There was a lot of logistics involved with picking people up at the airport, renting cars, securing our beach cabins and whatnot and it was mostly on Patty to get it all done but she had it meticulously planned out and it went off smoothly.  Susan and Kai spent a couple days on the Big Island in a fantastic B&B that Susan had found and they toured Volcano National Park by helicopter and rental car and had a great time.  When they came back, on Christmas Eve, we had them set up in the Hale Koa in an ocean-view room and we all met at the Warrior’s Lounge for Happy Hour that evening.    After that, we walked down Kalakaua Avenue Waikiki to the International Market where we found the guy with the parrots and recreated the photos we had of Susan and Traci from 1980.  It probably wasn’t the SAME guy, but maybe…  Anyway, Susan had put some work into recreating the same outfit she wore in 1980 and we got the pictures!  Check them out in the attached gallery.

We spent Christmas day hiking up Diamond Head and had Christmas Dinner at Bellows AFB.  Tammy stayed at the cabin because she had picked up the flu and was feeling terrible.  By the end of our stay, several of us would have succumbed to the flu but it didn’t stop us from having a great time.  The next day, everyone but Patty, Tammy and I went on the ‘Home of the Brave’ tour of all the military facilities including the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Field, Fort Shafter, etc.  That was an all day tour and Patty and I had been to most of those places before and Tammy was under the weather so we didn’t go.  However, the next day, Thursday, we all went to the Polynesian Cultural Center for an all day event even though Patty and I had been there several times before.    I think we all had fun there, I know I did. 

We went back to the Warrior’s Lounge for Happy Hour the next day, Friday, and then watched the fireworks on the beach set off by our neighbors, the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  Rene got another 50 or so 10 cent shrimp and the kids had pizza and coke.  I guess it goes without saying that the big attraction at Happy Hour at the Warriors Lounge is half price Longboard Lager 22 ouncers.  That’s for Patty and I- Blue Hawaii’s and pink drinks with umbrellas in them for everyone else. 

Saturday, the 29th of December, the big day.  (Coincidentally, it was a Saturday that we got married.)  We had reservations at the Kona Brewing Company at the Koko Marina at Hawaii Kai.  That is one of our favorite hangouts on Oahu and that is where were to meet that evening.  Patty and Traci’s family spent the day snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Then Patty and I picked up Susan and Kai who had been on a hike to the Lyon Arboretum and Manoa Falls in the mountains above Honolulu and then we drove to Hawaii Kai on the south end of Oahu.  We didn’t know it at the time but Susan and Kai were to delay us so that Traci and Tammy had time to get our party set up.  Patty and I thought we were just all going to meet there but the kids had set it up special and gotten the cooperation of the management to stage an event. 

Susan had catered a cake and she had made a decoration for the cake with little bottles of Longboard Lager on it and orchids (orchids are kinda Patty’s thing).  She had also coordinated the whole thing with the Kona Brewing Company to make sure it all came off without a hitch.  Traci had made a serving tray for us with an island theme and also pennants, a card and a photo album of high points of our life together.  Tammy had arranged to get us a pair of Llamas as a present (named Pat and Jack) and presented us with a certificate describing them and the cause they represent. 

Everyone, including the staff at KBC, made this a very special event for Patty and I and we appreciate it very much. 

The next week everyone started leaving and by Wednesday Patty and I were alone at the beach cabin.  We spent the next few days unwinding and relaxing and moved back to the Hale Koa that Friday.  On Saturday, I was still struggling with a cold and so we went into Pearl Harbor to the health clinic.  When we got there a female Navy Corpsman, 2nd Class Petty Officer I think, told me that since I was over 65, I couldn’t get service at the clinic.  I said, “What am I supposed to do, die?”  And she was all like, “No, no, you’ll need to go to Tripler Army Hospital!”  and she instructed the Marine Private on duty to get the Company car and take us to the hospital.  If you’ve been to Honolulu or seen the movie “Pearl Harbor” you’ll recognize Tripler as the big pink hospital in the mountains overlooking Honolulu.  Anyway, we spent the day there and they loaded me up with antibiotics and GI Gin (cough syrup).  Glad Patty made me do that or I’d probably still be sick.  We spent the rest of the weekend at the Hale Koa and then went to Hickam AFB to catch a hop.

While at the Hale Koa, I’d gone online and seen that they’d had about 200 seats available for Hickam to Travis AFB flights that weekend.  Well, that dried up when we got to Hickam.  We spent about three nights at the Aliki Inn at Hickam and a night in the terminal before catching a hop to Travis.  I had arranged it so that my eligibility would terminate on Friday, the 11th of January, which meant that I had a very senior position for any hops that left but I was at the end of my eligibility on the day we finally got a hop out.  We caught a hop on a KC135 Tanker that was on medivac duty and so we had to sit on web seats on the side of the cargo area.  It was unheated and it gets pretty cold at 30,000 feet but the good part is that it was pretty fast and we made it to Travis in 4 ½ hours.  I found a heat tube hanging from the overhead and Patty and I spent most of the flight wrapped around that tube to stay warm. 

We spent a couple days at the Windward Inn at Travis and drove home on Monday the 14th.  We had just missed another snowstorm and when we got home we had to shovel snow from the sidewalk and deck.  It’s been ridiculously cold every since we got home and Patty has been making comments about maybe going back to Hawaii.  Well, our next trip there will be next February unless she just can’t wait. 

Patty has a trip planned with Susan to go to the Guernsey Islands and France in April so maybe she can last that long.  Also, we may go on a road trip this coming fall.  We’ve been discussing that for awhile and this may be the year we do it.  We want to go to New England, West Virginia, and come back through the Gulf Coast and maybe Denver.  Kind of revisit our past. 

 


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