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Old 04-14-2017, 12:19 AM   #1
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This last weekend was the event we look forward to the most every year, the Hawaii Scottish Festival and Highland Games.

We left for Oahu on Friday, (30 minute flight from the BI), and had just about everything go wrong that could. Traffic was unnaturally horrific, so we got to the airport later than we'd wanted, but still an hour early. Baggage was a nightmare, and the lady manning the baggage area was new and had to scratch her head over every single bag, including the flight case for my pedal board, guitar, etc.. Once we were past her, the folks at the baggage check put us through the same paces because the other girl was new... We *almost* missed our flight.

So, we get to Oahu and I'm waiting at the gate check for my guitar and the dude looks at me and asks what I want. I tell him I'm waiting for my gate-checked guitar. He says, "What guitar?"... After some frantic searching, he comes back in the gate with it and tells us they were 'taking it someplace'. Nice.

We get to the event and start to sound check, and guess what? The airline has dropped my board so frigging hard that one of the XLR ground pins on my VoiceLive3 broke off and fell onto the circuit board, frying it the moment I turned it on. Naturally, they don't cover that kind of damage, but they're happy to give me 1000 airline miles!

I quickly rerouted everything on my board and got through our sound check... Fortunately, Tannie Music is absolutely wonderful.. definitely the best sound engineers I've ever worked with. I was thrilled to see them there again this year.
I was determined not to let the day's events ruin that evening's set. Through sheer determination, we played a great set. Saturday and Sunday were good, too.

We had some excellent feedback on our sets, almost completely sold out our merch table (I had to re-order T-shirts and CD's), and overall had a killer experience. I love this event the most, and I hope beyond hope that we're invited back again next year.

We flew back to the Big Island on Monday, and once again, when I got to the gate-check... "What guitar?"
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:30 AM   #2
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At least you didn't fly United:

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Old 04-14-2017, 05:02 PM   #3
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Ouch! There is a reason I don't take my favorite guitars.
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Old 04-14-2017, 06:38 PM   #4
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Glad you had a great gig. I feel your pain re lost gear,
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Great job, Harry!

Glad to hear ya'll persevered and hope you land a return date for next year. Sounds like a blast!
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Seems like it must have been difficult to keep a positive attitude through that experience...wow! Glad you had a successful show despite all of the adversity you had to deal with!
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Don't let the Man get you down! Glad it worked out okay and sounds like the gig was great eventually.
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What many don't realize and Harry doesn't mention is that HNL and the entire Hawaiian airport system and personnel are just completely outdated, are dumps, and the folks can barely comprehend English in any fashion that isn't pidgen in most cases.

A bigger case of "I don't give a shit" cannot be found due to their unions, completely incompetent management and reliance on Tourists to pull the $$$ load. If there was no tourism, these airports wouldn't be considered more than rural airfields, and that is being nice. They are also getting ready to take a hit from a family suing them for a SECURITY GUARD shooting their dog after a flight from the BI to Oahu...
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