Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LIVE Surf with Murph has concluded


Murph, June and I are down in Waikiki for a few more days while everyone else has left. So, the live coverage is over. If you watched, I'm sure you weren't disappointed and most likely insulted at several points.

My posting has clearly slipped up, but I'll get updates and more photos sometime tomorrow.

Cannonballs, scorpion bowls and a football star


Well, the weather didn't cooperate so much yesterday and it looks like it might be the same today as well.

We started off Tuesday by hanging out at the pool for a while. June treated us to a few epic cannonballs. The video below just kills me. Not sure if the actual cannonball is better or Murph's "Today is a good day to die" comment.

After chillin in the pool, we planned on heading to Waimea Bay. It began to rain, so we detoured to lunch at this place called Joe's. It was such a great time and proved that we didn't need the weather to cooperate to have a good time... however, we did have to have plenty of alcohol at our disposal.

Murph and I continued our "honeymoon" by sharing a few scorpion bowls. We obviously took some heat for this, but we did set a key ground rule... no drinking at the same time.

Mellen was pretty hung over, so he showed up a little late for lunch with Abby... and boy are we all glad that he did. After we were all done eating, this 70-year-old Japanese lady came over to him at the table and asked if he played football. It was so random and so hilarious. She told us of how she went to Michigan State while Bubba Smith played there.

Even though Mellen denied ever playing football, I was able to scrounge up this photo on the internet. This should help explain why that lady approached him in the first place.

We had a few too many cocktails at Joe's and then we headed to Waimea. The rain wouldn't subside, so we drove back in the direction of Turtle Bay and ended up stopping at Sunset Beach again.

The rain stopped, so we were able to enjoy a little body surfing. Ty OWNED the waves at first, but eventually they got the best of him as they shot him out of the water and crushed him into the sand. Murph developed an interesting method of laying on his back right on the shore line and sliding across the sand. Both were events were hilarious.

The waves were some of the biggest that we've seen yet and it was pretty cool to see TONS of people surfing. A little rain doesn't really deter people from doing much of anything around here, so even if the weather doesn't cooperate today, that shouldn't slow us down too much.

The night (for me) was capped off by grilling at the pool outside of the other house. I was exhausted, so I called it a night rather early. I'm not entirely sure what everyone else did the rest of the they are all still sleeping.

The weather doesn't look too good for today, but it's New Year's Eve and we have a stretch Escalade picking us up for a night full of debachery, so either way it doesn't really matter.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Best day yet


Day three of Surf with Murph was epic in MANY ways.

Me, Murph, Lapa, Ty and the Cooks took a day trip down to Hanauma Bay. Murph did his best to have us reenact the "Look kids. Big Ben, Parliament" scene from National Lampoons on the drive as we had to make a handful of U turns to find the place.

Once we got there it was unbelievably annoying what we had to do to get down to the actual beach. We had to wait to park, then wait to buy our tickets, then wait to watch this annoying orientation video and wait again to get our snorkeling gear. It stunk, but it was completely worth it when we got down there.

It was one of the most amazing places that I've ever been to. The snorkeling was great and I was fired up to finally get to use my underwater camcorder apparatus (pictured left). I looked like Jacques Cousteau, but the HD footage came out pretty sick, so I'll try to post clips at some point.

Prior to Hanauma Bay we hit up a few other scenic spots, like Chinaman's Hat (pictured below), Kualoa Park and Kahana Bay. Murph was obsessed with getting a photo of Chinaman's Hat so it looked like the hat was actually on his head... what a jerk.

A few other things to note on the trip:

• Murph and I had a giggle fit during the orientation video as Murph "relieved a little pressure" as the lights went down. It was hilarious.

• After Hanauma Bay, we stopped off at Halona Blow Hole. Lapa is pictured at right at the Blow Hole.

• The last stop of the trip was Kaloko Point. Ty and Lapa went body surfing, while me, Jamie and Mike took advantage of the photo ops (pictured left). There were two weddings going on there and it was such a picturesque scene.

The photo I snapped below is an instant classic. This wedding ceremony just got over, as you can see by a bridesmaid and groomsman walking out, and apparently these little kids REALLY had to go. So their dad helped them out by dropping trow COMPLETELY with one kid, while he assisted the other.

After the road trip, we got back to the house and got ready for dinner at Lei Lei's. June and the Airasians had arrived, so the entire crew was finally together for the first time. After Lei Lei's, we went up to The Bay Club at the resort and things really got out of hand.

We spent the night playing pool and this sick shuffle board game. We were having a good time...and then the shots started flying. I blame June and Murph for getting them going and just taking the entire night to the next level.

While we were at The Bay Club, Jamie was sitting there and says "KJ, come here." I go over to Jamie and she says to me, "Did that girl just take her pants off?" I was a little taken aback by the question, but I turned around to see this girl that is bare-ass naked from the waste down. Seriously.

Her pants weren't down to her ankles... they were completely off. I'm so bummed that I didn't have my camera on me (for obvious reasons), but trust me when I say, it was a scene like no other.

We are off for another day trip today. Not exactly sure yet where we're going yet and not sure if it will be more fun then yesterday, but we'll do our best.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Turtle Bay, Sunset Beach and Obama


Day two of Surf with Murph was definitely a great one and the fact that we went to the local Foodland to buy MORE beer REALLY, REALLY frightens me. This trip is already out of hand.

We started off the day by hanging out at the house, eating breakfast and then watching the Pats play. It's unconscionable to think that you wake up and watch live NFL games at 8 a.m. I don't think this is something that I could EVER get used to, even though it was great to crack my first beer at about 10 a.m.

At halftime of the Pats game we went out to assess the pool situation. It's so inconvenient to get to the pool as it's about 200 feet from our door. What a pain in the ass.

The Pats dismantled the Bills, much to Mike's chagrin, and then we were off to check out Turtle Bay.

The place we're staying at is actually off of the long driveway to Turtle Bay Resort (pictured left). So, it only took us about 10 minutes to walk to the resort itself.

As we approached the main building, we noticed a Honolulu police car that seemed a little out of place since Honolulu is about an hour south and also an unusual amount of cars and men in matching Hawaiian shirts hanging out around the perimeter of the lobby. Then, Mike noticed that all these guys had ear pieces in. So, the speculation by all of us began that Obama might be making a visit.

Despite having the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the President-elect in person, we instead decided to walk along the beach and then belly up at the Hang Ten poolside bar at Turtle Bay. While we were wrapping up our lunch at Hang Ten, we overheard a bartender say that she just met Obama. So, indeed the future leader of the free world was dining inside Turtle Bay, while we were throwing back Long Boards and checking out the "scenery" outside.

After Turtle Bay, we headed back to the pool for a little more R&R. Jamie went to get a pedicure at the spa at Turtle Bay and then we were off to try to catch the sunset at Sunset Beach.

The skies were a little hazy and it eventually started to rain for about five minutes before the sun actually set, but it was still a pretty cool place. I'm hoping we can hit it up on another night when skies are more clear.

Murph and I did take the opportunity to pose for a photo while standing on a lava rock of sorts right on Sunset Beach. We took quite a bit of heat for the "honeymoon" photo op, but it was well worth it. As you can see, I was rocking my very own Surf with Murph T.

Probably the funniest thing to happen all day was while we were at Sunset Beach. This random dog was strolling around the beach and came over to us. I petted him a few times and he sniffed my solo cup of beer. Then he made his was over to Murph and then to Ty. In an unexpected turn of events, the dog goes and pisses on Ty's beach mat...while Ty is sitting on it. An instant classic (see below).

The five-minute rain shower then came in and we were out. We headed to Foodland for some more beers and other stuff that we needed for our poolside dinner BBQ that we had planned.

Lapa dominated the charcoal grill with a spread probably more suitable for 15 people then eight and we just hung out until the pool was closed down at 9 p.m. We definitely spent a lot of time at the pool yesterday and I think that will be a go-to hang out spot for us all week.

Today we're going to do some sort of day trip and then tonight the rest of the crew (the Airasians and June) arrives. We're planning on the "opening ceremonies" of the decathlon tonight too, so that should be interesting.

The live webcam has been a big hit so far as more people than expected are checking in at random times throughout the day to see what's happening at the house. We aren't recording any of that footage as we're all fearful of having any video evidence of some of the things that are done and said in this house. So, if you want to be a part of Surf with Murph, you've gotta tune in live.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wish you were here?


The crib


This is one of the two places that Murph has hooked us up with. Sick!

The eagle has landed


Just touched down in Honolu at 8:04 p.m. local time and I'm already in a cab on my way to the North Shore.

In a miracle of all miracle type of situations, my suitcase was the first one off the carousel. I have done my fair share of traveling and never once has this happened to me. So I feel it's a sign from God that I am supposed to be tipping back a few with Scott and "Lapa" ASAP.

I am about $30 into a "grab-your-ankles" cab ride that's going to run me over $100. I could've waited three hours for Jamie and Mike to split the fare with me, but no chance was that going to happen...especially once my bag was the first one out in baggage claim. I consider it money well spent.

That's it for now. Aloha!

UPDATE: When I said "grab-your-ankles", I meant it... $131.10. Ouch.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The ascent has begun


Murph's pounding rum and cokes in first class, Jamie and Mike are delayed two hours in Atlanta and I'm blogging and drinking a beer in San Fran. The ascent on Oahu has officially begun.

I'm not sure the status of the rest of the crew, but those are the reports that I've received thus far.

I'm currently sitting at a place called The Buena Vista San Francisco (a little Irish pub in the SF Airport...picture left). This place is pretty cool. There's a table of four people to my left that are literally playing some sort of card drinking game. I am contemplating inviting them along for the Surf with Murph debacle...they'd probably fit right in.

Anyway, just a quick update from here. I'll be getting leied (READ: layed) in no time.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Some missing info...

By LaPa

We are getting really close to kicking this thing off. Is it bad if during Christmas dinner I constantly tell my family that I’ll be in Hawaii in 2 days…is rubbing it in not part of the Christmas spirit..? Anyways, I am still awaiting Ty’s “introduction” but in the meantime I figured we were missing one for our host. How can I pass up a free shot at some cheap heat. Here you go…

Scott A Murphy

One Liner: Born in raised in Blue Hill, Maine aka “The hill” (not to be confused with Beacon Hill), he has resided south of Maine since high school. A graduate of George Stevens Academy (along with 10 people I think), St A’s, BU and recently Babson. Seriously dude, enough! He is the strangest combination of intelligence and childish behavior you’ll meet. Really he’s a math geek who enjoys a good social life. He’ll be flying to Hawaii riding in First class with a bunch of “Chatches”.

Scary Thought: Murph is actually spending a month in Hawaii, so basically he has plenty of time to see the sights and relax, which means that while he has company, it should be an all out bender. When Murph says he’ll buy 600 beers, he actually will, remember he’s a math geek at heart. He’s actually admitted to passing his time during the morning commute, adding up numbers on license plates….ask him, it’s more complicated than you think. As always his #1 goal will be to make sure everyone is hammered and having a good time. If you’re a guy he still might ask if you’re interested in a late night tickle fight. He will most likely be seen at the bar all week ordering bevs and pretending to be one of his aliases, Doug Murphy, Doug Wynn, D Lowe’s brother…maybe Colt Brennan's bro??? Murph, just remember if you order shots and you spill them, the bartender will not refill them for free!

Little Known Facts: Murph is a huge advocate of the snap point, chest bump, Top Gun high five and the dreaded late night chest poke. He worked as a high school janitor at one point. He has been to approximately 78 bachelor parties. He has no respect for police officers or state troopers, he thinks they are dumb and he’ll tell them that (please don’t give him the chance). Most embarrassing moment, he once lost a pool game to Meg Grew (his rival), who rubbed it in his face by eating his popcorn without invitation. Murph is also well known for his “best, worst, best” scenarios, “Zams”, “awh..awh…awh” and many other strange noises. He is probably the only person I know that could have organized this trip.