That is until I figured out this method. Now the deed is done in a flash and I don't mind it a bit. I have never seen directions to do it this way so it is for certain time to pass this along.
Take out a large sharp knife and a large cutting board. I also pull out my trash basket and place it along side me. I do not attempt to put the peels or stalk down the disposal. I feel certain that would be a BIG mistake and an even bigger mess.
Lay the pineapple on it's side and cut the top straight off about 1/2" below it's attachment to the fruit. Pitch this in the trash. Cut the bottom straight off across the bottom again about 1/2" up from the bottom of the fruit.
Sit the pineapple on the board on it's base standing straight up. Locate visually the round core at the center of the fruit. Slice all the way through the pineapple right through the center of this core top to bottom. You should have 2 halves now on the board.