February was coming, and the AS MP Bank had 0 EQMs. This was not good. Alas, time to use one of the companion tickets - over the holiday weekend, no one needed to take a day off of work, and the OAK/SEA/HNL/SEA/OAK routing in F earns over 10K EQMs. 25% to MVPG, 50% to MVP, all in one trip. Booked, ticketed, and refundable should a change of heart (or a mental health clarity moment) take place. The other thing that almost caused a cancellation was finding an affordable place to stay for our projected 12 hour ground time. Sleep-in holiday weekend Sunday started with a 6 AM wake up alarm. 2 showers, pack bags, get the dog ready (not a service dog), out the door before 6:50. At the doggie place just after 7. At OAK parking before 7:30. The nude-o-scope awaited. Timely boarding, and timely departure. We were eventually treated to Alaska's special blend of pre-departure water, and then we were off. Before we were off, a friend who lives about a mile from home walked on board - once he saw us, it must have been a walk of shame all the way to Row 7. This friend has flown around the world in classes of opulent splendor and obscenely elegant lounges around the world And here, he was flying in AS Y. (To avoid a full day of shame, we did bring him into the Bored Room with us @SEA before his connecting flight in a different direction than ours.) After take-off, we had some very occasional light chop. The FA commenced service, and then the captain came on, saying that all the rides to SEA were bad at all altitudes, and he likely wouldn't take the seatbelt sign off the entire flight. After another couple of minutes of occasional light chop, he instructed the FAs to be seated. Several minutes later (after no more chop), the F service resumed, and the mimosas began. Then, the granola with the magic spoon came. A slightly larger bowl of granola, a yogurt, and a banana would be a good breakfast for this route. Alas, just the granola, which is actually delicious. I then took my own personal walk of shame to Row 7 to have a visit. Mind you, this was a very smooth flight, and the seatbelt sign went off after awhile and remained off until descent. A guy in Row 1 was having a near-emergency needing the lav (early in the flight) and given that the lav was locked for quite some time, he went up to unlock it himself. Finally, landing time, and we were off to the Bored Room. All 3 of us got a beverage, then just as we settled down, 2 of us had to say goodbye and go meet a friend for lunch. She picked us up at the upper level in the H Limo (she drives it herself as a humility reminder, even though she is a current fashion plate model in a widely-circulated magazine). We went to have a lunch, superior to the offerings at the airport, in the ID. After a nice lunch the H Limo brought us back to SEA. After a very short line with a very long wait, we were back in the Bored Room for a pre-HNL beverage. Given the impending pre-departure beverage very similar to the one I had at about 8:45 AM, I took one of the BR "to go" cups filled with ice, Diet Coke, and sugar-free Torani syrup. We also bought a bottle of wine @SEA for our hotel room, should we not find a place to have a drink upon arrival. (What, no drinks in Honolulu? More on this later) SEA boarding to HNL was an absolute cluster&%*#. I counted at least 25 people in front of us. The F cabin has 16 seats. Kids that were almost getting peach fuzz were pre-boarding with their parents. The gate agent didn't flinch - she let them all on. Contrast this to OAK several hours earlier, when the one preboard with a kid went to board, the gate agent asked how old the kid was, the lady said "3" and she reminded her, 2 and under, and sent her back. Yay. I wanted to give her a Gold certificate. We finally boarded, and indeed, water was served. I will preface the details by stating that we had an excellent crew. This was the kind of crew that makes flying a pleasure, even if what they serve isn't so special. A wine list was presented. Ok, it wasn't presented as much as you stumble upon it in the magazine. For the life of me, I have no idea what the reviewer of the RADIUS was smoking when observing notes of "marshmallowy vanilla" in that wine. Some white wine came with a new snack mix. It is really tasty, in all 1/2 ounce of goodness per pack.