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Rick's Note:

As one can gather, Tahiti, or 'French Polynesia' if you prefer, is smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

My daughter Sam is a PhD candidate in Anthropology, so I asked her to show off.

Where did the Tahitians originate from?

Sam answered they came from Taiwan. 

And the Hawaiians came from Tahiti.





Rick Archer's Note:

In March 2018, Marla Archer took 16 guests on a trip to Paradise, also known as Tahiti.  We were gone for 16 days (March 4-March 20).  The 16 people on the trip were as follows:

Rick and Marla, Kyle and Yvette Guidry, Dale and Jackie Morrison, Jim and Cindy Hudson, Tom and Elaine Holthe, James and Vickie Wright, Joe Brenner and Sandy Murray, plus two ladies, Mary Burns and Diane Youngblood. 

A major highlight of the trip was spending two and a half days at Hotel Intercontinental, a luxury hotel on the island of Tahiti with a direct view of the island of Moorea 10 miles across the water.  

As one can gather from the picture above, a big part of the hotel was built out from the shore.  This new extension included a stunning lagoon stocked with exotic fish.  Behind the lagoon were a series of honeymoon bungalows.  This extension was a very beautiful area to explore.  To be honest, the hotel grounds were so vast and exquisitely landscaped, I really had no desire to explore the island of Tahiti.  I had my paradise right before me... with air-conditioning too.

Nevertheless we took an evening boat ride around Tahiti to see the sunset.  Alas, there were clouds.  So much for the sunset.  Fortunately Dale Morrison kept us well entertained with a series of jokes.  His favorites were lawyer jokes...

What is the difference between a catfish and a scum sucking bottom feeder?  
One is delicious and the other is a lawyer. 

What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?   A good start.

Incidentally, Dale is a lawyer himself.  I have never quite figured out why, but lawyers seem to love telling lawyer jokes. 

Fortunately, I had a good lawyer joke of my own to share with Dale.  I am happy to report that he liked it.  My joke is at the bottom of the page, but you can read it now if you wish. 

I have always wondered why these islands are referred to as the Society Islands, so I decided to figure it out.

According to Wikipedia, here's the answer.

The Society Islands includes a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It is, politically and legally, part of French Polynesia.  The archipelago is believed to have been named by Captain James Cook during his first voyage in 1769, supposedly in honor of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands.  However, Cook himself stated in his journal that he called the islands Society "as they lay contiguous to one another."

The Society Islands are divided into two groups:

Windward Islands (Îles du Vent):
Mehetia, Tahiti, Tetiaroa, Moorea, Maiao

Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-Vent)
Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Tupai, Maupiti, Mopelia, Manuae

These islands may have been discovered by the English, but they ended up in French hands.  Today it is called 'French Polynesia' because France is in charge.  The islands became a French protectorate in 1843 and then a colony in 1880.  They have a population of 235,295 inhabitants (as of 2012). 

So what do you suppose the French did once Tahiti fell into their lap?  Send the military and build forts?  Oh, heck, no.  Why bother with that?  Instead they sent over Paul Gaugin, a famous French artist.  Once Gaugin began sending back paintings of gorgeous bare-breasted Tahitian women, French men flocked to the island in droves.  

We all remember the Joni Mitchell song about how they ruined Paradise with Parking Lots.  It turns out priests can be just as effective.  Once the priests saw how much fun those immoral French men were having, naturally they had to send some priests over to put an end to all this heathen activity.

If there was one sour note on this trip, it was the undercurrent of resentment felt by the Polynesian people over years of European interference.  In a manner similar to the American Indian, the entire way of life of the Tahitians was altered.  In Tahiti, the British and the French have taken turns imposing their laws, their religion, and their language for the past three centuries. 

For example, the nerve of some English explorer to rename the Tahitian islands as the 'Society Islands'.   It's like, what gives you the right to show up and tell us what our name is?

Obviously the same thing has happened in Africa and Southeast Asia as well.  However, it is one thing to read about it, another thing altogether to 'feel it'.  This was the first time I have ever traveled to an area where I could see first-hand the damage done to the pride of the indigenous people.  I cannot imagine the humiliation of being forced to surrender one's culture to outsiders. 

Fortunately, on a more positive note, in recent years the Tahitian language and history has been reintroduced in the school system.  This is a major step in the right direction.

Trivia question:  What are the Sandwich Islands? 

From what I gather, there are 118 islands in all.  Besides the Windwards and the Leewards, there are the Marquesas Islands including Nuku Hiva, an island we visited.  Then there are the Tuamotu Islands, including Fakarava and Rangiroa, two other islands we visited.  Oops, change that.  Fakarava and Rangiroa are not technically 'islands', but rather they are atolls. 

So what is an Atoll?  An atoll is a donut-shaped island... it has a big hole in the middle.  The coral of the atoll often sits atop the rim of an extinct seamount or volcano which has eroded or subsided partially beneath the water.  The lagoon forms over the volcanic crater or caldera while the higher rim remains above water or at shallow depths that permit the coral to grow and form the reefs. For the atoll to persist, continued erosion or subsidence must be at a rate slow enough to permit reef growth upwards and outwards to replace the lost height.

In the old days, atolls were used to test nuclear weapons.  Fortunately we've gone beyond that.  These days the lagoons inside the atolls are excellent places for scuba diving and snorkeling due to the abundance of fish and shallow waters.

Trivia question:  What is the most famous atoll in history?

While some of the places we visited were Atolls with giant holes in the middle, other places had a giant volcano in the middle.  Then some places had a little bit of both.  Bora Bora, for example, had a volcano plus a well-defined coral reef which ringed much of the island.  This explains why Bora Bora is so popular as 'The Place' to see all kinds of fish. 

Trivia question:  Name a group of islands in the Indian Ocean that are mostly atolls. 

Our gang did extensive snorkeling at Bora Bora.  Believe it or not, several intrepid members actually swam with the sharks.  First of all, our guide had the sense to feed the sharks first.  I thought that was a nice touch.  Our sharks were not as large as humans and they stuck to the surface of the water.  Once we saw these sharks were not particularly threatening, everyone relaxed a bit.  However, there were some really big sharks deeper down.  No one had any interest in getting close to those guys.  They looked hungry.

Trivia question:  What are the three corners of the Polynesian Triangle?

With the exception of the island of Tahiti, there was little in the way of modern development on any of the islands.  If there was a two-story structure on the remote islands, I didn't see it.  The islands struck me as what Hawaii looked like before commercial development.  That said, the standard of living in this area seemed high.  Not only is there is plenty of land available for homesteading and agriculture, if you're hungry, go find a fishing pole.  The Tahitians I saw seemed well fed. 

Trivia question:  What does Rapa Nui mean?

Our time on board the Oceania Marina was spent primarily on four activities: eating, drinking, playing trivia, and dancing. 

Our group absolutely dominated the dancing.  The ship had their orchestra play from 5-7 pm.  When our group danced, there were 100 people watching, but rarely did anyone dare join us.  I think they were intimidated at being seen next to us.  However, since no one bothered to take a picture to illustrate this odd situation, I have no way to show how weird it was to be out there alone.

Currently here in America, it appears that social dancing has reached a real stand-still, especially when it comes to the art of Formal Dancing.  Other than members of Marla's travel group, virtually no one on the ship had a clue when it came to Formal Dancing.  These guests were extremely well-heeled travelers.  Given these people have the money to afford this type of cruise, one would imagine they would also wish to acquire the sophistication of Formal Dance.  What better way to enhance the romantic opportunities of their vacation?

Instead, everyone but us stayed glued to their seats.  Our group had the floor to ourselves every Happy Hour throughout the two-week trip. Meanwhile, 100 people would sit in the lounge drinking their Martinis and watch in consternation.  It was all rather sad.

One woman came up to ask where we all learned to dance. After the discussion got rolling, she said whimsically, "You all make it look like so much fun. I wish I could get my husband to dance."

I replied, "Unfortunately, a guy cannot learn this kind of dancing on the spot.  This is something you have to prepare for in advance."

She replied, "I know and so does my husband.  He said if he had to do this cruise over again, he would have taken dance lessons. But I guess it's too late now."

This Tahiti trip was the 41st trip organized by Marla.  She and I discovered right at the start that partner dancing and cruise trips go hand in hand.  That is why this trip was an eye-opener for me.  If Marla and I could figure out how valuable 'Dancing' is on a cruise ship, why can't anyone else?

Apparently the rest of the world hasn't figured out how pleasurable it is to dance with one's partner on these trips.  This suggests to me that in modern society, Formal Dancing is pretty much a lost art.  One need look no further than the seat-bound Tahiti guests on this ship to surmise this.

A word to the wise.  Since many of us have reached the age where we like to travel, I have a suggestion... if you plan to cruise in the near future, take some dance lessons.  They are bound to pay off during your trip. 

However Country-Western is not going to cut it.  Many of the dance floors don't have enough room to travel anywhere.  On many cruise ships, the dance floors are small.  Consequently, this is why I developed a preoccupation with learning more about 'Small Floor Formal Dancing'.  This style of dance includes Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha and Slow Dance/Nightclub.

A major takeaway from our adventure to Tahiti was the camaraderie among our group.  We got along so well that we turned into one big happy family.  If you would like to know more about our trip, I have an excellent suggestion. 

Five men - James, Kyle, Dale, Tom and Joe - went to a considerable amount of trouble to post their favorite pictures from the trip on the Internet.  I highly recommend you visit Tahiti 2018.   There are over 200 pictures posted.  These pictures absolutely bring our trip to life.

And now for the Trivia questions.  The Hawaiian Islands were once referred to as the 'Sandwich Islands', named by James Cook for the Earl of Sandwich back in England.

The most famous Atoll in history has to be the Bikini Atoll

The name for the bikini design was coined in 1946 by Parisian engineer Louis Réard, designer of the bikini.

He named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the nuclear bomb was taking place.

Now the word 'bikini' came to signify a much different kind of bombshell.


The Maldives is a South Asian country located in the Indian Ocean.  Lying southwest of Sri Lanka and India, the country consists only of small islands.  It is a chain of 26 atolls.  


The Polynesian Triangle is a geographical region of the Pacific Ocean with Hawaii, New Zealand, and Easter Island at its corners.

Tahiti is at the exact center with Samoa to the west.

I will conclude my story with two anecdotes. 

By and large, our group did very well at Trivia.  We were definitely one of the three best teams, but we did not dominate.  Due to some stiff competition, we won some of the time, but not all of the time. 

One day, one of the husbands indicated that the men were the main reason our group was doing so well.  Bad move.  In a huff, the women left and formed their own team.  To the considerable embarrassment of the guys, the women beat the guys handily. 

The other incident still makes me laugh. 

Eight of us were dining in a very dark Japanese restaurant and some of the food was unfamiliar to us.  Before I continue, I should add that we were all in a bit of 'Happy Hour Fog' from a flurry of two for one drinks. 

At one point, the server brought us each two items... endamame beans and what looked to me like a bowl of wonton soup.  The soup was clear and there was a large white noodle in the middle of the soup. 

I ignored the wonton soup at first.  But when I glanced at it again, in the gloom, the white noodle seemed larger.  I assumed it was my imagination, but when I looked at it a second time a minute later, it seemed even larger.  But I wasn't sure because it was dark and because I was... well, I'd rather not say.

In my case, since I was so unsure what to do with the soup, I avoided it.  However, one lady was braver.  She got out her fork and knife and attempted to cut the noodle in half.  To her consternation, the noodle fought back... it refused to be cut!

Flustered, the lady asked the server how to eat this noodle. 

"Uh, ma'am, that is a moist towel to use when you finish your endamame beans."




Rapa Nui
is the Polynesian name for Easter Island.  The island is currently owned by Chile 2,000 miles away.

The island got its European name when Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen first encountered it on Easter Sunday in 1722. 

Hundreds of years ago, an advanced seafaring civilization called Rapa Nui built 887 giant monuments. 

The Easter Island statues, 'moai', are enormous stone figures placed along the coastline as if surveying the island's interior lands. The largest statue weighs 90 tons and stands 32 feet tall.

One of archaeology's greatest mysteries is what happened to the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island. 

In addition, what is the story behind these statues?  The statues are so massive their origin remains a mystery.

Along with Stonehenge and the Pyramids, the sheer size of the statues makes people wonder if alien technology was responsible. 



Written by Rick Archer

How about a house on Fantasy Island??

Since many people love the water, a popular vacation and retirement fantasy is to find a remote island and get away from it all.  Although I myself am more of a mountain guy, my wife Marla says a house on the ocean would suit her perfectly. 

So when Marla told me we would be visiting Tahiti, I thought it would be fun to indulge her island fantasies a bit.

This article displays pictures of mouth-watering cabanas built right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 



(Rick's Note: 
I found these blurbs on a vacation website.  I am always amused by the lengths writers go to hype their particular location.  As for me, I personally would NEVER use such flagrant hyperbole myself.  Never.)

Tahiti, Queen of the Pacific

Tahiti, often called the island of love, is the largest of all French Polynesian islands. Deep valleys, waterfalls cascading into cool rivers and streams hide between the beautiful mountains, overlooked by majestic peaks. The flat coastal lands, are planted with fields of tropical flowers and home to most of the island's population. Tahiti's beaches vary from black sand beaches on the north east coast and white sand beaches on the south west coast. Papeete, the capital, is the place to shop for authentic souvenirs at the great local market.

Bora Bora, the Romantic Island

Bora Bora island is possibly the most famous island in the world
(Rick's Note:  I seriously doubt that Bora Bora is the most famous island in the world.)

Lush tropical rainforests, white sand beaches and palm covered motu surrounding the island and the gorgeous azure lagoon, make this island the perfect nest for romantics and honeymooners... Bora Bora is love at first sight.

Moorea, the Bay Island

Crystalline lagoons, home of dolphins and rays. Waterfalls tumble down the steep pineapple covered mountains. Volcanic peaks rise high above the tranquil waters of Cook's Bay and Oponohu Bay. Peaceful meadows and gardens of hibiscus, birds of paradise and many more exotic plants will renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Less than ten minutes away by air from Tahiti, Moorea is ideal for a day's visit.

Huahine, Garden of Eden
Huahine, picturesque, with its lush rainforests, rich and fertile soil growing abundance of vanilla and bananas on the slopes of a very diverse and dramatic geography, is one of Polynesia's best kept secrets. A scenic road winds around the two small islands that compose Huahine, through charming villages, beautiful vistas of crystal-clear lagoons, rich with sea life, where lie motu islets bordered by white sand beaches and coconut trees. Maeva village is a wealth of archeological sites that go back to 1000 years. The spell cast by Huahine will last a lifetime.

Raiatea and Taha'a

Far less traveled than Bora Bora or Moorea, these two sister islands offer an experience of a true unspoiled Polynesia. They share a wonderful lagoon rich in sea life, and ideal for sailing, scuba diving and outrigger canoeing.  

Taha'a, filled with a rich aroma of vanilla lingering in the air, is "The Vanilla Island". This flower shaped island charms us with the simple beauty of its soft mountains and surrounding of tiny motu on the endless lagoon. Taha'a still maintains an authentic flavor of Polynesia.


Life on these remote atolls is simple and normally quiet and peaceful. In the small villages the visitor can discover the true flavor of the Tuamotu, often participating in the daily activities of the Paumotu people. The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, fish parks, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Tikehau, Remote, Beautiful, Magical

Tikehau, considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls of Polynesia, is a graceful crown of pink-sand beaches. In this pristine world, fish seem to outnumber people. The interior lagoons are a haven for black pearl farms, snorkeling, exploring the Isle of Birds and enjoying endless hours of kayak ballads encountering rays, exotic fish and coral gardens. The local people, friendly inhabitants of the small village of Tuherahera, invite you to share their world beyond imagination.




Every time our group went snorkeling, we would pass small, uninhabited islands.  Finally I got curious and asked what the deal was.  Our guide Aru explained that these small islands are known as a 'motu'. 

Then Aru grinned at me and said, "Hey, you want to buy one?  They are all for sale!  Every rich Texan should have one!"

Now I wasn't sure what to make of this mostly naked ladies man, but he gave me the impression that any guy who owned his own motu would be hot stuff with the babes.


Besides, Aru might have a point.  Every rich Texan should have a Motu!  Seriously, let's face it, there are times when living in Houston isn't as much fun as it used to be.


Tropical Storm Allison June 2001:
Worst Urban Flood in US History (until Harvey)


Rita evacuees from Houston Texas September 2005:
Worst Traffic Jam in US History


Hurricane Harvey August 2018:
This Flood made Allison seem tame by comparison.



After careful thought, I decided Aru was right.  Now that Houstonians are accustomed to living in the middle of an ocean, the transition to Tahiti shouldn't be that tough.  Maybe we should all move to Tahiti or at the very least purchase an island where we can get away from the traffic and the hustle and bustle. 

So I decided to research the 'Motu Lifestyle' in hopes of giving Marla the dream home she has always desired.


These long strips of land are 'motus'. 

A motu is very small island.  It is a reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding an atoll.  These little, mostly nameless spits of land can be found all over the area.   Some are large enough to support structures. 

It is also possible to buy them.  I think I am going to buy one for Marla. 


Most of the motus we saw on the trip were just small slivers of land not even remotely large enough to live on. 

However, the motus in this picture have enough size to support a few structures. 

On the larger island, there appear to be about 20 cabanas placed among the palm trees in a circle.

There are also some bungalow trophy homes out in the water.  Note the long walkway out to the trophy homes. 


If you look carefully, you will also notice a long bridge connecting the two 'motu' islands together.   

Note the series of white dots at the top of the picture.  If one is not used to the many coral reefs of Tahiti, one might think that is a man-made protective barrier.  However, that is actually a coral reef, completely natural.  Those white dots are tiny motus.

As we look at the larger island, we can see cabanas on land as well as the ones out in the water.  I think this island has been developed as a resort.  I think we can assume these two motus serve as Fantasy Islands for the rich. 

If you are curious why the water color changes, the dark blue is the deeper water and the light blue color indicates shallow water.  In the light blue water, most of the time you can even walk in the water (but boats can't go there for fear of damaging the reefs).  The shallow water makes it perfect for snorkeling.  You have to wonder how long these small islands will hang around with global warming.  After a few more Antarctic glaciers melt, these islands might just be marked for extinction.  I suppose that will make them easier to afford. 

As one watches the threatening water mark rise little by little, one is reminded of the old saying, 'Buy in haste, repent at leisure.'   Just ask my friends who live out in Katy.  They've heard that phrase several times.


Now we come to some Cabana Trophy Homes.   Do you see the two blue squares in front of the stairs?

Since dark blue usually means 'deeper', my guess is those squares signify a place where someone dug out the sand to be used for docking purposes. 


Here is a closer look at a cabana.  Studying the architecture, wouldn't you agree our cabana hut has 'dream home' written all over it? 

Are you paying attention, Marla?



What a lovely view.

Love the woodwork.

Is that a hot tub on the left?  

I imagine those ocean breezes are just perfect. 



Here we have a massage table with a see-through floor. This allows someone to watch the fish swim by as they scream in pain. 

I suppose this is a cabana at a resort.  Private homes don't typically have massage tables. 

In the second picture I see a ceiling fan.  Conclusion: There must be electricity!  The electric wires are probably disguised by attaching them to the underside of the walkway from shore. 


Looks heavenly, doesn't it?

Makes me want to sigh.

I can't wait to buy one for Marla!


That's pretty cool - three stingrays right below the deck!  Very high on the Wow! factor. 

Do you the lady on the deck? 

That could be Marla sipping her wine, enjoying herself as the world swims by.



In the second picture, how about having a living room with a see-through floor!   Thanks to glass bottom floors, the fish will provide constant entertainment.  It is like having a house on top of an aquarium. 

I am still curious to know if these are places to live or places to visit.   The spare furnishings suggest to me these cabanas are 'visited'.  They don't have that 'lived in' look.  My guess is these must be resort pictures advertising their charms (and doing an excellent job at it). 

No need for hype when the pictures do the trick for you. 


So what do you think, Marla?  Are you ready to settle down on Fantasy Island?  Is this a valid Retirement Fantasy?  Want to spend the rest of your life watching fish float by amidst soothing ocean breezes? 

Or would you rather just drop in for a visit sometime?   One thing for sure - Tahiti definitely qualifies as a Tropical Paradise.


Wow, I just found an island perfect for me.  I quickly decided this was the one I want to buy.  But then I had second thoughts. 

Are you ready to have a look at my favorite island? 


Alas, I lost interest because I decided this picture is a fake.  And why do I think this picture is fake?  A tennis court needs to be an enclosed structure.  Otherwise the tennis balls will go into the ocean.    I think someone is pulling our leg with this picture.

Now if that was a basketball court, that might make a difference.  I wouldn't mind jumping in the water to retrieve a basketball because it would help cool me down.  However, it might be difficult to find 10 buddies able to drop by on short notice.  Oh well. 

Following my disappointment to find that Tennis Island is not all that it seems, I decided it was time to get serious.  So I went to the Internet to see how I could go about purchasing Motu Marla.   Let's see what's out there!

I immediately seized upon a brochure from Motu Moie.  And how did I decide to pick this one?  It was the first one on the page.












Tahiti is truly a Paradise, don't you agree?




All right, enough looking at these  pictures of Paradise. 

What's the price tag at Motu Moie? 

Hmm, $9.5 million.  A little steep. 

Even with some shrewd bargaining, Motu Moie might be a bit out of my league.

So I decided to dig deeper.   Back to the Internet for more ideas.


Fortunately, I was able to find something more in my price range.



Just so everyone understands, I don't wish to be a hermit.  My plan is to let Marla teach a little Tahitian dancing to our friends and maybe hire a local band to play at our dance parties on Motu Marla. 

Remind me to let you know what Marla thinks about my idea. 


And now it is time for me to share my favorite joke about Tahiti.

The Genie and the Law Firm

A certain big city law firm is under the gun on a lucrative project.  The pressure is almost unbearable.  Nevertheless, people do need to eat, so the boss authorizes a short lunch.  The boss, his secretary, and a rookie lawyer just out of law school are driving to lunch. The traffic is ridiculous and they haven't moved five feet in five minutes. The boss is fuming. Noticing a parking spot next to a city park, the boss orders the first-year man to pull over and everyone get out.

The high-powered attorney barks that it would be quicker to simply walk.  Then he looks at his watch and frowns.  Addressing his secretary, "What does my afternoon look like, Sarah?"

Worried she's about to miss lunch, Sarah squirms a little.  Finally she admits, "You're booked solid.  You have one appointment after another, Mr. Jones."

The law partner
fumes, "That's what I thought.  Damn, it's late!  We are wasting valuable time!  Let's get moving, people.  Where can we go?"
Jeff, the first-year lawyer, points to the city park.  Jeff suggests, "Sometimes I walk to lunch.  I know a short-cut through this park."

The law partner snorts and says the rookie better be right or he'll take any wasted time out of the kid's salary.

So they walk through the park on their way to lunch.  Jeff, the over-worked first-year lawyer, is so preoccupied with his massive workload that he pays little attention to where he is going.  Suddenly Jeff trips over some object buried in mud on the side of the trail.  Looking down, it appears Jeff has kicked up an antique lamp of some sort.

Sarah the secretary exclaims, "Oh, how pretty! That looks just like Aladdin's lamp!  I can't wait to polish it off and put it on my desk!"

Sarah rubs the lamp gently to clean the mud off a bit.  Suddenly...

Shazaam!  A Genie comes out in a big puff of smoke!

The Genie takes a look, then says, "Boy, am I glad to see you guys.  I've been stuck in that lamp for a thousand years.  But I have a problem. I can only grant three wishes and there are three of you.  Therefore I will grant you each one wish."


Sarah the secretary catches on fast.  "Me first! Me first!" she says.

"I haven't had a vacation in years.  I work year-round, put in lots of unpaid overtime, and never call in sick.  But it seems like no matter how hard I work, I am still too broke to go anywhere fun.  However I read travel magazines all the time, so I know just what I want."

Sarah pauses for effect.  She hopes the boss will realize she is underpaid and overworked.  But the boss doesn't blink.  Undeterred, Sarah continues, "
I want to be in Jamaica laying in a hammock on the beach with my boyfriend.  We can smooch and cuddle without a care in the world!"

Poof!  Sarah's gone!  She vanishes before their very eyes. 

At Sarah's sudden disappearance, the rookie lawyer's eyes bulge in disbelief.  Jeff asks the Genie, "Where's Sarah?"

"She's on a beach in Jamaica.  That was her wish."

Jeff is astonished to learn this incredible opportunity is real.  Taking a deep breath, Jeff says, "Since I joined the law firm, I work seven days a week.  I got married the moment I finished law school, but ever since I started working here I barely see my wife Mary at all.  All I do is work all day, go home late, pass out, then get back up at 5 am to come to the office.  Not only am I exhausted, I miss my wife so much!"

Jeff stops to think.  "I would like to be alone with Mary in Tahiti watching the sun set. We could live together in one of those straw roof bungalows and sip silly fruit drinks with umbrellas in them!"

Poof!!  Jeff is gone.


Now that Sarah and Jeff have been whisked off to Paradise with their loved ones, that leaves only the law partner and the Genie. 

Standing alone in the park together, the Genie awaits his final command.  However, the boss is mulling something over.

"You're next," the Genie says to the law partner.

Pressed for a decision, the partner looks at his watch and frowns

Finally he looks up.  The boss curses under his breath and mutters, "Oh hell, give 'em 20 more minutes...

... and then I want them both back in the office after lunch."

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