Aloha, y'all. The Radar is now pinging from Hawaii.
I won't bore you too much with the sightseeing, since I'm here to report on the six Jets here for the game - Thomas Jones, Leon Washington, Alan Faneca, Nick Mangold, Kris Jenkins and Darrelle Revis (Brett Favre withdrew due to injury) - plus Flight Crew member Ryann.
But in advance of today's practice, I wanted to check in and let you know what we have planned.
I've never been to the Islands before, although I waved to them during the 2003 flight to Tokyo. The nonstop flight from Newark was a monster, about 10 1/2 hours. It's mind-numbing to think that you're over the Pacific, having left San Fran/Oakland behind three hours earlier, and you've still got a Newark-to-Chicago flight still ahead.
But the flight landed on time and it was only 7:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m., though, for this New Jerseyan.)
There is not much sightseeing to be done in the darkness, so I found a great restaurant near the Hilton Hawaiian Village called the Chart House. (No relation to another great Chart House eatery in Jacksonville, the hometown of Washington and Laveranues Coles, but I digress.)
The food was outstanding. I can still taste the garlic chicken this morning (a good thing) and the black & blue ahi with a fine wasabi sauce was sashimilicious. I'll be seeing my new friends Guy, Tyler and Alvin a few more times this week, and I have my eye on the Sicilian steak with jalapenos, serranos and mushrooms.
It was raining lightly when I hit the rack and raining again this morning. You don't get to say "overcast" and "Honolulu" in the same breath, much, but the forecast for the rest of the week through Sunday's game is pretty boring: 78 and sunny by day, 66 and clear by night.
My plans are to chat with Eric Allen back in Jersey for special editions of "Jets Two-Minute Drive: Hawaiian Style," probably available on newyorkjets.com around 6 p.m. ET. Then I'll file stories and Radar reports that will go live each night.
So aloha again until later today, when I promise to talk more about football and less about dinner.