29th June 2000
Well, there's not much to tell for today.
I got up, packed and checked out. Bye bye, Ocean Resort Hotel!
Sat in the sun and read Interview with the Vampire while waiting for the bus to the hotel... took a little while, that wait, but there wasn't anything else I could have done, while carrying around my luggage. :p
Eventually the bus came, and took me to the airport. (Back at Honolulu airport again! Almost been there more times than I've been to MEL this year! ;p )
I had a lot of time at the airport, so I spent that time going and having a look at all of the duty free shops - I got some taro bread, but that was about it.
All I can say is thank goodness for the aviation museum near my gate! I had something to do for a while - went in, had a look around, and watched their little show ... how the hour passed, when I had something to do! ^_^
Then I spent another hour in one of the cafes and had some lunch before it was time to go back and wait to get on the plane.
Eventually it happened, and I was set for the five hour flight to LAX.
Bye bye, Hawaii!
I wasn't in a window seat, so I didn't get any photos from this plan. Oh, well...
You know, having only ever flown international (well, once or twice to and from Sydney, but I don't count them as they're so short!), I was a shock to the system to find out that I a) had to pay for alcohol on top of the air ticket... and b) had to rent headphones to listen to the movie!
What a rip off!!!
I wasn't going to have alcohol anyway (it's bad for you when you're flying - makes jet lag worse, among other things), but having to pay US$5 (or was it US$10) to rent a pair of headphones really pissed me off, despite the fact that it was a crap movie, anyway.
So what did I do? I read my book for five hours (with a little attempt at sleep, and talking to the girl next to me.)
Hrm. Stupid five hour domestic travel.
I got to LA late in the evening, had to wait for yonks before getting my luggage... but I did make it to the smoggy city! With all of my luggaeg intact! And I found a bus to take me to the Disneyland Hotel, too! Yay!
By the time I got there, it was past midnight. So it was actually, technically, the next day. After getting to my hotel and dumping my stuff, I found a note left for me, by my friends (yay for people giving me messages at the check in desk!)... they were at the Lost Bar, and would be till 1am... if I got there in time, I was to join them! ^_^
At 12.30am I made it to the bar and found them, and some others who I hadn't met before. We spent a nice, long time at the bar talking and catching up, and drinking.
Heh... this is when we started a collection for Scott - as his apartment was basically empty, we got him Lost Bar souvineer plastic cups and Disneyland-ish stiring sticks to go with them. *grin*
I was pretty tired, so I can't remember who was there, other than Scott, Toshi and Jonno (another Melbournite, who I only ever see at AX... at least, until Manifest)... but we all had fun till the lack of sleep made us head back to our various hotel rooms for a little sleep... AX was to begin tomorrow!
Sorry, I didn't take any photos today...
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