Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Nocturnal Adventure

Wednesday in Warm Waikiki

Click on photos for a brief visit to Hawaii

The iconic Ilikai Hotel seen all over the world in the opening sequence of TV's
Hawaii 50. See where the camera found Steve McGarret at top?

"Book `em, Danno!"
Steve McGarret, in EVERY episode.


"Each of us has a natural right, from God,
to defend his person, his liberty, and his property."
Frederic Bastiat

The Ilikai overlooks the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, where I live.

"No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky."
Llewelyn Powys

"Night's black Mantle covers all alike."
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Tiffany's Window - where the REAL loot is!

"Among the natural rights of the colonists are these:
First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them
in the best manner they can."
Samuel Adams, Revolutionary & Founding Father


Take it from me.
You wake up quickly when you hear strange noises at 3:15am.
My eyes popped even wider when I looked outside to see
a guy clambering the fence that separates our little pier from the sidewalk.

For a moment I thought I was in the Detroit of poet Mark Durfee's volume STINK
but no, this is Waikiki on board our old boat in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor !

Now, ropes slapping masts are a usual noise, with wood and aluminium masts singing
each their native tone.
The billowing of canvas and plastic tarps take the chorus
as the subsistence recycler clinks the 5cent deposit bottles he finds in the dumpster
into bags, then peddles away on his old bicycle.

All usual noises-
but a clumsy "land person" knocking the air conditioner off of the hatch -
accompanied by the razz matazz of boat kitty's claws as she careens around the deck in panic-
these are not usual noises.

Surprisingly (to me now) I did not chase the guy (now walking nonchalantly away
up the row of boats) nor did I tackle him like an angry banshee
and scream at him while awaiting the police.
I'm rather proud of my hard-earned self control;
I merely followed him
through the deep and quiet night
at a plausible distance
with a very sharp and pointy folding knife
secreted in the waistband of my yoga pants.

"You following me?"
He asked at one point.

"You crazy,"
I plausibly replied
as I trajectory-ed away from him
as if there was something I needed to do.

Where are the cops?

The dude,
Him! The guy who was on my boat
slipped up the ramp into the Ilikai Hotel (top picture)
where I got a very tall security guard to become interested.

We waited for HPD (Honolulu Police Dept)
me, the guard, and the dude who I followed from my deck.

The dude acted all innocent and faux drunk.
Rather than berate him and blow off steam
I simply waited for my police report to be taken
complete with the interloper's Identity.

"He was on your boat? You want to press tresspassing charges?"

"No, if he doesn't have warrants or something of interest to you folks
I simply want a report made
and for him not to come back.

Another officer told me that my favourite husband
(who had called 911 and met the officers first)
was wondering where I was.

So I strolled home
under the magical & tropic sky
feeling very blessed, lucky, and fearless.

The story is starting to spread around the harbor.
(Thanks, Honey)

Just one or two questions remain:
Am I Bat Girl-
or Wonder Woman?

Baseball bat or stun gun?


"Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love."

"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing,
it is always from the noblest motives."
Oscar Wilde

ALOHA, cloudia