Well my 2006 Honda Civic EX has done it again. While on H3 or one of the 3 highways here in Hawaii, it decided to burn the clutch out. Thankfully USAA offers free towing to the nearest repair shop plus 10 miles for free (with the purchase of roadside assistance). However H3 is down by the Marine Base down on the East side of the Island. About 30 Miles from Wheeler, thankfully I was able to get to the Honda Windward Dealership. When I arrived very very nice people, they noted that people come from all over the island because there mechanics treat all jobs as if they are race car mechanics. And get things done fast. However this made me nervous and happy all at the same time. However having my car worked on like it is a race car makes me wonder if it will be done correctly. However they were very fast within 3 hours they had found out what was wrong and had a price for the part. They quoted me $15.50 for the parts and then about $500 for the labor. Opps did I say $15.50 I ment $1,550. However for me to put down $1,550 for a clutch when I could buy the part plus a flywheel for $500 I decided that I would have a friend tow me back to base to get it fixed. I had one friend say that he would tow me. So I called the police and they said a tow rope was fine as long as there was a 12in by 12in square of white on the tow rope. So said great just put a white t-shirt on the rope and we are good. However that person fell through and thankfully I found another to tow my car. Now it is home and I am headed to PTA on the 7th and won’t have it done before my nana, uncle and Paul come out here. So hoping to get some parts and then get them and put them in as soon as I am back from PTA. So far I have put $275 in to the car between the towing rental from u-hall and the cost the dealer had me pay for the diagnosis on the car. Fun with the Car!!!!
Tonight after thawing out the 2 lbs of beef that was in the freezer I invited my friend Barry up to my room to cook some burgers. Not sure what he did but they were some of the juiciest burgers I have ever had. He started by adding Garlic and some Seasoning Salt to the meat, mixing it by hand. He then made patties and put them in a frying pan to cook the burgers enough to make them hold together. After a few flips Barry put them on the George Foreman. Cooking them fully on there. With Cheese, Ketchup and Barbecue it was one of the best burgers I have had in a long time.
Well it has now been 7 months that I have been here in Hawaii. It has been life changing and honestly a very good way for me to grow myself to become more of a man. I have now been moved in to the barracks that I will be staying in for as long as I am here in Hawaii. My address is:Travis Mast 2-6 CAV, Box 525 Wheeler AAF, HI 96854
Feel free to send mail I try to check my mail box once a week.
Well last night I took advice from my grandmother to stay up till the local time was my bed time well doing that meant I was up till 1 am Michigan time. However I woke up many times because I am still use to Michigan time and waking up at 4 am here is 9 am in Michigan so I had to force my self back to sleep at some points even though I was tired my body kept telling me that since it was 9 am (actually 4am) that I should be out of bed.
This is a Panorama from my window at reception. Looks like it is going to rain in a little wile.
Well after a wonderful 20 day leave I am now off to my first duty station. I am not sure how I was granted such a nice place however I am very thankful for the location on the island of Oahu, the third largest island in the Hawaiian island chain. I was planning on leaving on Thursday, January 9th to head down to Dothan, Alabama however due to the big snow storm that happened in Michigan I switched my flight to leave out of Louisville, Kentucky. I was driven down by my Nana (Marcia Roberts, Fathers Mom) and stayed in a hotel till I left at 7:35 am on Thursday morning. I then went to Atlanta, Georgia and then on to Dothan, Alabama.
After arriving in Dothan, Alabama I rode the most expensive 3 mile taxi ride to the hotel. Then Friday, January 10th I rode the expensive taxi back to the airport to leave at 5:34 am (Michigan time – 6:34 am). It had 3 gates however one desk. Was very very small. Now I am in Atlanta, Georgia waiting for the flight to leave at 10:50 am (Michigan time – same). It will be a 10 hour flight to Honolulu, Oahu. however I will be landing at 3:50 pm (Michigan time – 8:50pm) it is a 5 hour difference between Michigan and Oahu.
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