Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The best job in the world

Well, I did get my application in for "the best job in the world" and it has been accepted. Normally, all we would do is wait at this point. But this application is different. YOU can help. We need you to go view and rate (highly of course) the video. You can see it at

Something happened during the compression/up-loading that really messed up the middle of the video. I've up-loaded the original file to YouTube - you can see it at That's the way it's SUPPOSED to look! Ah well!

Watch the real one then view it and rate it (highly of course) on the islandreef site.

Then we need you to tell all your friends about it so THEY can view and rate (highly of course) the video. And then they need to tell their friends to tell their friends to tell their friends. It's a viral marketing thing, you know?

You see, the Queensland Tourism people are going to shortlist 50 people (out of nearly 20,000). One of the shortlisted finalists will be a sort of "people's choice." So while we're confident we'll make the cut on the strength of the video alone, a little back up doesn't hurt.

So go watch the video and help us spread the word.

And thank you for your support.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ellery

A little catching up to do. We've been working our application for "The World's Best Job." Yeah, we know - living here and having Ola Lola's IS the world's best job. We absolutely agree. But the tourism folks in Queensland, Australia, seem to think being island caretaker on their island in the Great Barrier Reef is a better gig. Either way, sounds like a wonderful adventure so I'm sending in my application this week.

We had one other birthday last week that we couldn't mention earlier. Happy birthday, Ellery! She celebrated her birthday with a little surprise get-together at Ola Lola's on Friday. Ellery is here living with her mom and sister for a while, enjoying life on a tropical island. What a deal for your last year in high school!

Friday was also the first-ever Ola Lola's Friday the 13th "This could be your lucky night party." We had a lot of fun with drawings for special "get lucky" prizes including a bouquet of flowers from Elaine at Fusion Floral and Art. Congratulations to Zan who won the flowers.

Our friends Bobby and Alex won the grand prize for the night - they got to party for free when the won their tab for the night. Talk about lucky!

This weekend will be Jordan's last weekend at the grill at Ola Lola's. If you want some of the best pinchos on the island or one of his fabulous gourmet sirloin burgers, better get here this weekend. It's hard to believe he's been here nearly three months, but he leaves to back to school on the 27th.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

To all of our friends and loved ones, Happy Valentine's Day! Hug somebody you love today.

Today is also our son Jason's birthday. Happy birthday, Jason! We love you and miss you. Maybe next year you can spend your birthday here with us. We would love it!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th.

A lot of people think it's an unlucky day but here at Ola Lola's, we don't agree. So tonight we're having a "This Could Be Your Lucky Day" party (or as some people dubbed it, "You could get lucky at Ola Lola's" night). We have drawings for stuff- t-shirts, necklaces, special beer openers, and for the grand prize, on lucky guest will get his or her bar tab paid.

Some quick facts about Friday the 13th:

1. This is one of three Fridays the 13th this year. The next one is March 13th (makes sense if you think about it) and another is November 13th. Such a threesome of Fridays the 13th happens every - wait for it - 11 years (not 13).

2. The British Navy launched a ship named Friday the 13th. It left dock on Friday the 13th and was never heard from again.

3. The Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 CST on April 11, 1970. The sum of the digits of the date (4/11/70 or 4+1+1+7+0) equals 13. The explosion that crippled the spacecraft occurred on April 13 (not a Friday however).

4. Many hospitals do not have a room 13. Many high-rise buildings do not have a 13th floor.

5. Although no one know for sure where it came from, the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedektriaphobia. (I have a fear of ever having to type that again.)

6. Butch Cassidy was born on Friday, April 13, 1866.

7. Fidel Castro was born on Friday, August 13, 1926.

8. Franklin Rossevelt would not travel on the 13th of any month, whether Friday or not. Herbert Hoover and Napoleon were both triskaidekaphobic, with a fear of the number 13.

9. In Paris diners can hire a quatozieme - a profession 14th guest.

10. The seals on the back of a dollar bill include: 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 stars above the eagle's head, 13 war arrows in the eagle's claw and 13 leaves in the olive branch.

Enjoy your Friday the 13th. And for heaven's sake, don't walk under any ladders!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Birthdays birthdays birthdays

Today of course is the 200th anniversary of Abe Lincoln's birthday.

Did you know it's also the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday? Two of the most influential men of the 19th Century, men whose contributions to humanity are still felt today, were born on the same day.

Two of our great friends on the island celebrate birthdays this week. Today is Charlie Pasarell's birthday. Yesterday was Charlie's younger brother Stanley's birthday.

On Sunday we celebrated a very special birthday at Ola Lola's. Our friend George's stepfather Alec is here, visiting from Scotland. He celebrated his 80th birthday with us.

On Monday Alec, a life-long lover of horses and horse racing, got his very first horseback ride on Chocolate.

And, if that weren't enough birthdays for one week, Jackie Young, daughter of our friends Trevor and Jen at Villa Tropical, celebrated her 2nd birthday with a beach party.

Happy birthday to all. There are probably a few birthdays being celebrated this week that we missed. Happy birthday to all of you, too.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yesterday at Surfers Beach

It must have been quite a squall over the ocean. I think this was the widest, brightest, longest lasting rainbow I've ever seen. It was amazing!

We've had a funky week of weather here. Lots of rain (but no floods, knock on wood), huge winds, big, mostly unsurfable waves, and cold - at least for here. Maybe we're all becoming wooses. Maybe our blood in thinning out. Whatever the reason, there have been lots of sweatshirts and jackets pulled out of closets, some for the first time.

I hate to even mention the word "cold" since som many of our friends in the Midwest and Northeast have had one of the worst winters in years. But, hey - everything is relative, right?

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Happy birthday, Marti

Today would have been my mother's 82nd birthday.

Happy birthday, Marti. We miss you.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Happy February

It's a new month. Where did January go?

Happy belated birthday to Jen and Andrea. Both celebrated their birthdays yesterday.

Zan had a sorta combined birthday/Super Bowl party last night. That's the second party Zan hosted this week. On Wednesday we had a co-ed baby shower for Jen and Trevor. Their baby is due next month. A lot of the guys grumbled "I don't know what to do at a baby shower!" But a couple of beers or glasses of wine and some great food made it easier.

We got to the Super Bowl party late, after Lola's closed but in time to watch a great 4th quarter. I'm not really a big American football fan; I prefer real football, er... soccer. But that was a fun, exciting end to the "big" game, maybe one of the best quarters in Super Bowl history.

Things have been mostly quiet here on our corner of the island. There hasn't been much surf to speak of and the winds have been mostly pretty calm for the last few days. So, no new KAP photos, not many new kite surf photos, no new surf photos. I'm hoping that's about to change. There is supposed to be a good northwest swell building in this morning so all surfers (and photographers) are headed to the beach. Including me.