Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dry Running

A  L  O  H  A !

Still Here!

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist
but the ability to start over."

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Moana Surfrider. 100+ years of Aloha

"Speech is of time,
silence is of eternity."

Thomas Carlyle

"Art is the only way to run away
without leaving home."

Twyla Tharp

"If you neglect the welfare of others,
you will be very lonely."

Dalai Lama

"Christmas waves a magic wand
 over this world,
 and behold,
 everything is softer and more beautiful."

Norman Vincent Peale





My feet are dry.

That is no small thing.

Though we have had some Winter Rains
 here in the Islands-

(Sorry for that Pineapple Express, West Coast :(

-and my carpets here on the boat 
have been damp for two weeks or so,
slowly slowly we climb out of the slime and muck;
sometimes literally!

Those of you who know about our emergency (HERE)
know what I'm talking about.

Meanwhile. . .

First Lady Michelle Obama,
 her girls & the dog are waiting in Kailua
for the President to join them this week
on this island of his birth.

The press has taken over a ballroom
 (at least!) at the Moana Surfrider
and strange, stiff, focused men
 in slightly "off" aloha shirts
are seen around Oahu
 talking into tiny headsets.

I feel pretty safe. 
We're having a "Dry Run"
for the Asian Pacific Summit
 which will happen here in 2011
requiring coordination of several heads of state
moving about on one tiny island
converging on the Convention Center
a few blocks from here.

(Juicy: The chi chi Waikiki Edition Hotel
overlooking this harbor
is already booked solid for the event.  It's popular with diplomats - who knew?)

Folks are stoked that President Local Barry
 is coming home.
And he's sure to be seen around the islands,
golfing with high school friends.
(Our new Governor has been known to the Prez
since childhood as his parents' friend!)
I'm sure it's reviving for him to be in a place 
where he is appreciated.

It's almost as much of a thrill to see him
 and the girls eating Shave Ice
as it was to see Johnny Depp among us.
(We still miss ya, Johnny - please come back swoon -
 I mean soon.)

So yes, I'm still here! I missed you - 
but a wet boat in a rainstorm
is not the place to work on-line.

So now I'm off to see what YOU
 have been up to these few days.

Thanks AWFULLY for looking in today.
Leave me a comment so I can hear your breathing :) 
     fondly, cloudia