Today, we left for Oahu and this puddle jump was much smoother than the last. Although Katie still hated it. The rest of the day went kinda funky though. When we got to Oahu and were getting on the Alamo bus to take us to the rental car place, Katie fell trying to stop herself from running into someone and broke off two of her nails. I'm not talking about chipping real nails. She broke off two of those fake nails that are superglued to your existing nails. So, suffice it to say, she was in extreme pain for much of the day. Then we got our rental which was a metallic green Mustang convertible and drove to the University of Hawaii-Manoa to check out their bookstore. Katie is a big fan of University sweatshirts and I promised her we'd check out what they had to offer. However, all they had was a tiny little visitors parking lot so we had to leave because there really is nowhere to park unless I dropped her off at the bookstore and circled the school while waiting for her to get back. Katie was still in pain from her nails and getting frustrated (as was I), so we left the school and went into town to get some lunch. We found a Blimpies Subs and had some. When we came out and got in the car, we tried to start it and there was no sound whatsoever when I turned the key. I tried again... zilch. I waited a couple of minutes and tried again. This time I got the clicking sound from the alternator. Now, we're really ticked off. So we went into Blimpies and called Alamo. After finally navigating the recording loop, I got through to their emergency roadside assistance. They asked what town I was in. I said "Manoa." They said, "no, what town are you in?" Again, I said "MA-NO-A." She said, "where's that?" I said "Hawaii." She said, "oh, hold on, we don't cover them." So, then why in the hell is "roadside assistance" a calling option when you call Alamo of Oahu?!? Aye, aye, aye. Finally, Alamo sent someone out with a champagne-colored 35th anniversary edition Camaro convertible. This one ran the same as the other Camaro. But, let me tell you, the color is so much nicer. Things were looking up.
So we decided to try our luck by going back to UH-Manoa. We found about a half dozen parking spaces. Then we went to find the bookstore, and Katie found it right away without looking at maps or asking for directions. You go, girl! We found some pretty nice souvenirs in there. Katie got a sweatshirt for herself and I almost bought a UH baseball jersey, but I didn't. It was only $50 which isn't bad, but I decided I didn't really want it. Then, as we were leaving for the hotel, we accidentally overran the street we wanted to turn on and went right by a nail salon that charged only $25 for an entire set of nails to be done. Katie and I called it a sign and went in. Her new nails are quite nice and all still intact. Finally we checked into our hotel. It was a very difficult place to find but well worth it. The concierges (Ricky and Trevor) were very cool to both of us and upgraded our room when we told them we were honeymooners. They helped us out a lot while we were there and we'll remember them more than just about anyone on our entire honeymoon. So, if you get down to Oahu, look up Ricky and Trevor at the Aston Waikiki Beachside. They'll make your stay a great one. After our check-in was complete, we went for a walk down Kalakaua Rd (the one our hotel is on and also a major shopping area in Waikiki) and ate dinner at Planet Hollywood. By the time we got back to the hotel, we were just glad the day was finally over. I guess every vacation is allowed to have its off-moments, right?