Hawaii Bowl Blog: Burgers, Sand & Sunsets

December 22, 2009  


Today was an eventful day for many reasons. It seemed to be the clearest and hottest day since we’ve been here. At one point, the car read 84 degrees. Quite a difference from the 35 degrees in Dallas.

We went to practice and media day at Aloha Stadium.

The front of Aloha Stadium during the Mustangs second practice. Photo by Alan H. Rose

The front of Aloha Stadium during the Mustangs second practice. Photo by Alan H. Rose

Practice went until 12:30 and media day started shortly after that. We set up shop in the Hospitality Room inside Aloha Stadium. The code to access wireless internet was about 30 characters long! We got to hear from Coach Junes, Emmanuel Sanders and Chase Kennemer—same stuff as usual. After the Mustangs interviews, the Nevada Wolfpack Head Coach Chris Ault, defensive lineman Alonzo Durham and defensive back Jonathon Amaya came in and answered questions regarding their season, preparation for the bowl and who they thought the crowd would be rooting for. I figured out how to stream the interviews live last second from my computer. The shots were from my webcam attached to my laptop. Here is the Nevada conference. Here is the SMU conference.

After all the questions were answered, we packed up and headed back towards the hotel. Before we got to the hotel, we stopped at Rainbow Drive-In. We actually stopped there yesterday for lunch after practice as well. Today, we must have gotten the wrong thing. Yesterday, I had a mix plate which included chicken, BBQ and Mahi Mahi and Robby had the BBQ. Today, we each had burgers. BAD CHOICE!

Rainbow Drive-In at lunchtime. Photo by Alan H. Rose

Rainbow Drive-In at lunchtime. Photo by Alan H. Rose

I guess we should have known that a $2 burger isn’t going to be the same as a burger from Village Burger Bar, Goff’s or even Kellers.

In the afternoon, we hit the beach. We weren’t the only ones. Although the scheduled event for the team was a trip to the local Wet ‘N Wild, a water theme park—most of the team declined that option and chose to hit the beach.

The sandy beach was packed with SMU student-athletes and tourists. Photo by Alan H. Rose

The sandy beach was packed with SMU student-athletes and tourists. Photo by Alan H. Rose

Robby and I brought a football down to the water and ended up throwing it around with a couple of SMU student-athletes and fans.

After we went to the beach, we ended up at the hotel pool. I played around with my underwater digital camera and ended up with this picture. It is my favorite over the ones I took of myself blowing bubbles underwater!

The view from underwater of the palm trees surrounding the edges of the pool. Photo by Alan H. Rose

The view from underwater of the palm trees surround the edges of the pool. Photo by Alan H. Rose

Following the relaxation at the pool, we made our way over to the Barefoot Pep Rally—about a ten-minute walk down the beach at sunset.

Here is a picture from the walk over.

The Sunset in Waikiki. Photo by Alan H. Rose

The Sunset in Waikiki. Photo by Alan H. Rose

Since I figured out how to set up the live interactive chat, we are going to go live from the hotel at 1 p.m. central time on Wednesday afternoon. We’d love for you to send questions to us in advance or log onto the live video chat and ask questions on the spot.

On a side note, it’s great to see members of the band walking around the hotel. Word is that Peruna arrived early this morning about 6 A.M. and will be make a debut sometime soon. Also, he has a couple of costume changes during the game. Let’s just say—he’ll be taking the culture and holiday season into consideration when picking his wardrobe.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.

Alan H. Rose

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