Sep 162016

I can adapt to most any situation but out here in the middle of the Pacific there are two minor things I will have some trouble adjusting too.

First off is the time change.  I have spent virtually my entire life in the Eastern Time Zone.  My body clock is geared towards the east coast, and everything I have done up till now has been according to the east coast.  Now I am on Hawaii Standard Time, a full 6 hours behind the east, and it’s taking some getting used to.

The first few days my sleeping patterns have been all a tilted.  I feel like going to bed around 6:00 in the evening, waking up at 3:00 in the morning.  I’m slowly adjusting but be advised if you do come out here and cross 6 times zones, it will have an effect on you.

Go Pack Go!

Go Pack Go!

The other time issue is all my stuff I do online, all the sites I visit, are still on eastern time.  For example, my football games, especially the ones which start at 1:00 in the east, kickoff at 7:00am here.  It just so happens I found a watering hole two blocks from where I am staying which shows said games and opens early in the morning.  This past Sunday I went to watch the Packers whup up on the Jags and found the place to be standing room only.  It was funny but everyone was there to watch their games early in the morning.  The place had a full breakfast menu and was even serving booze by halftime.  It was great fun and the best part was the game was over by 10:30, meaning I had the rest of the day to myself.  I will be going back there to catch all the games this season.

Otherwise, I’m still getting used to the fact while the day is pretty much over back east, we still have a ways to go here.  It will take a little while longer to get used to it, then when I do, and go back east, I’ll be living on island time and be 6 hours off again.

Oh well, the problems of a global traveler.

The other issue I will have, and it will take a lot longer to figger out is the language.  I do not have an ear for foreign language and Hawaiian is going to be complicated.  Correct pronunciation of words, spelling, and all will come into play.  I don’t want to insult the locals by butchering their language with my southern/ pennsylvania/Key West drawl, but I do want to make the effort to learn so I can communicate more better.

I know:

Aloha of course.  Hello, goodbye.

Mahalo means thank you

‘Alani means orange.  I’ll ‘splain later.

Mahi Mahi means dinner.

And not much more beyond those words.

I’m sure with time it will improve but I have to rely on listening to others, and using the occasional website or app to get by.

So other than time zones and language barriers, I see little or no problems to adjusting to life out here.  And if those two issues are all I have to deal with, then I can deal with it.

Capt. Fritter

  3 Responses to “Two Things To Get Used Too…”

  1. you found a watering hole that not touristy and it’s within walking distance and the beach is a skip away…
    and I checked out the link. their prices are not really all that bad… a big fish taco for $5

  2. The thing I learned about the language is that vowels are always pronounced the same…if you can see the word written, you can sound it out. It turned out to be quite simple in terms of being able to say something you can see/read. Knowing what people are talking about when you hear the word is a totally different animal, but it seemed to come quickly. I was there less than a month and was already picking stuff up.You’ll be ready to book’em Danno in no time.

  3. I am, by nature, a night owl. Staying up very late and sleeping much of the day away. Except in Hawaii. There I was on “normal” hours. It made a nice change while doing touristy things to have them be open when I was awake. 🙂