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I’m back! Some people asked where the hell I went on vacation. The story is this: my girlfriend and I won extremely cheap tickets to anywhere in Canada or the US in a silent charity auction, so we decided to try a 10-day low-expense trip to Hawaii. Here are a few snapshots:

Shot from the Aston Coconut Plaza balcony

This is what the view was like from the balcony of the Aston Coconut Plaza when we checked in. I have lots of beautiful shots of Hawaii, but they don’t do it much justice. You really have to stand in it to realize how incredibly beautiful Hawaii is.

Spam section in a grocery store on Oahu

Hawaiians really, really love Spam (as in the meat). Any time I was in a grocery store I had to check out their Spam section and this was one of the better ones. Multiple shelves and varieties. Stunning.

My foot: stung by a jellyfish

Here’s what my foot looked like after I got stung by a box jellyfish. When you get stung by a jellyfish everyone tries to pee on it. I negotiated down to pouring vinegar on it in a grocery store parking lot. (The two blisters near my ankle are sandal wounds and unrelated to jellyfish.)

Smashed in Subaru Forrester from the side

This is a blurry shot of our rented Subaru Forrester after somebody broke into it, smashing the driver’s and rear windows while it sat in the Aston Maui Lu parking lot. Everyone we talked to about it blamed it on a rising Crystal Meth problem.

Chipwagon internet

It was surprisingly hard to find Internet access in Hawaii. The craziest place we used was this computer inside of an old chipwagon on the north shore of Oahu. I should have taken a picture of the outside, but I lost my sense of humor somewhere around this point and became scared for my life.

Turkeyfish at the Waikiki aquarium

This is a Turkeyfish at the Waikiki aquarium. I’m thankful it did not sting me or break into my car.

All in all, I had a great time — though the crime outside heavy tourist areas like Waikiki sucked. We witnessed one car break-in on Oahu (in broad daylight, one car away from us) on our second day there and then two days after that it happened to us on Maui. No fun.

But the weather was awesome and most people we met (in and outside the tourist areas) were extremely friendly and we got to see a ton of Oahu and Maui without spending too much money. My knees are sunburnt and I have a lot of email to deal with.

Posted on - June 21, 2005 [at] 12:10 pm by Brad
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al saiz on Back from Vacation
June 21, 2005 at 1:05 pm

Welcome back…spam is indeed the official food of Hawaii thanks to World War II food rationing when Spam was distributed by the Armed Forces in Hawaii to help the locals.
Jelly fish ouch!!

al s

Kajun Firefly on Back from Vacation
June 21, 2005 at 1:17 pm

There is almost definitely a link between the high Spam consumption and the high crime rates.

macbuoy on Back from Vacation
June 21, 2005 at 7:05 pm

The Spam Allstars are in no way related to Hormel, but they get a lot of slack from Hormel for their band name. Thought fellow Brad fans might like to check out the music from Miami.

Jack on Back from Vacation
June 23, 2005 at 1:19 am

someone should write a song about spam.

Auzjeweii on Back from Vacation
June 24, 2005 at 6:08 am

Well, Save Ferris did a good spam song, and then there is the classic from Monty Python — Brad also recorded a song based on spam e-mail . . . do we need another? ;)

lisa db on Back from Vacation
July 1, 2005 at 9:05 pm

that Turkeyfish kicks ASS

Freaked Out about the Slums? Wrong Turn on the Freeway? on Back from Vacation
October 5, 2006 at 1:15 am

You oughta see it now. A year later. Try going out to the west coast (leeward side) of the island. When you get off the bus, the bastards try to steal your grocery bags.
Crystal Meth is the issue, and there is nobody stopping it.
Thank God I’m not an old woman on a pension with these animals stealing my daily bread when I get off the bus and trying to make a transfer.
Pity they crashed your Suburu…maybe they got together with some pals from the Bronx….check out the graffiti and clothing styles going about.
A vacation? Try suntanning next to some sewer pipe on a Mexican Beach…you might be in a safer and cleaner place.
Refer on internet to “raw sewage Oahu”…I’m not kidding.
Spam is gross..but that’s about the only personal opinion you would have just read..the rest is observed and very much for real.

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