Here’s one of the great ironies of Redskins Park: It’s the Friday before the game at Dallas. The Redskins are riding a two game winning streak, and it’s early enough in the season for that winning streak to also carry all the hope and optimism of the start of the year. If I were working at any other job I had ever been at, right now, at about 4:00 on Friday afternoon, I would be thinking of pretty much nothing besides Sunday’s game. At that time here, it’s a ghost town. The players are enjoying their early day, heading home to their families or out to squeeze in whatever they can before tomorrow’s travel day and Sunday’s game.
Really, it’s the quiet before the proverbial storm here. The good news is that when that happens, we can usually count on something interesting happening with our popular emergency QB.
Here’s what happened: I came in today to find this envelope on my chair:
It’s a very nice letter from the office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, noting the blog post on her meeting with Colt Brennan. It was a really nice gesture, and certainly better than the last time I received a note from a congressperson (i.e., never). Similar letters went to P.R. whiz Zack Bolno, and P.R. intern Matt Taylor (who mostly facilitated the whole thing). Really, that would’ve been enough — more than enough.
But the congresswoman’s office also sent over the Mauna Loa Island Classics Assortment — five different kinds of macadamia nuts — for us all to share. I’ve posted about pineapples that Brennan received, but the flow of gifts from the islands is more or less constant: all things coconut, pineapple, or macadamia nut related.
So, excited to join such rarefied company, I went and asked Colt about the gift.
So what’s with the macadamia nuts?
I don’t know. That’s a good question. I don’t know the history behind it, but I know that they’re prevalent all over Hawai’i. I don’t know if it’s only the chocolate covered macadamia nuts that have become famous, or the nuts themselves.
They gave us, like, five different flavors. Are macadamia nuts all over the place down there?
I think so, pretty much. Hawai’i candy companies have done a great job of marketing and creating an identity for the chocolate covered macadamia nut.
So if you’re nice to people in Hawai’i, they just give you a package of macadamia nuts?
You can’t just be nice. If you do something that they appreciate, yeah — you’re helping these folks to connect to a former UH player, so they probably really appreciate that. But just being nice probably wouldn’t do it.