My Hawaii vacation commenced today at 4am when my fiancee, the Boon Monster and I took to the Metro Red Line in Hollywood for a rendezvous with the FlyAway Bus at Union Station.

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On the plane, the Boon Monster discovered the wonders of headphones for the first time and became DJ Monster. She’s all like, “This is my B, The Mom.” This was something like her 5th time flying and easily the best she’s ever behaved. In a 12 hour span, all said and done, she only threw two minor hissy fits. Easily a highlight of the day.

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Our rental car. Note the missing headlight. Not pictured: the sandalicious interior, not-working seatbelt and damaged dashboard. First World problems to be sure, but it may be worth it for my parents to reconsider where they decide to cut corners.

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These little guys are everywhere! The Common Myna is like the pidgeon of Hawaii — only not repulsive and disease ridden. Or frequently seen missing a leg.

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With food shopping done and the fridge stocked with the local flavor of Kona Brewing Company & Hawaii Nui Brewing, this vacation has officially begun!

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On a total tangent, I finished “Dune: The Butlerian Jihad” last night, my second experiencing of the novel. Reading 30+ comics a week has absolutely destroyed my attention span for prose, so banging this baby out in under a month wasn’t easy — it’s my first cover-to-cover prose read in over 3 years. I told myself I’d read every single “Dune” book in 2013, and had to bang this one out last night so as to bring along “Dune: The Machine Crusade” to Hawaii.

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