Monday, October 29, 2012

Tsunami Saturday Night

A   L   O   H   A  !
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke on Grooveshark
It had been a fun Saturday.

heralded a relaxing evening at home.

 The moon was almost full.
Honolulu was buzzing
with Halloween Hi-Jinks.

Then it all went sideways:


Living on our boat
for 20 years,
we had run from two
tsunami alerts!

But this time
we could watch it all
from the 35th floor
of our apartment building-

- MUCH nicer experience!

I wish I could describe
the sounds of multiple sirens
at varying distances,
the traffic,
the media hub-bub,
the government proclamations,
traffic jams,
traffic accidents. . .
The confusion
and expectation.

I wish I could show you
the lighted boats:
from commercial shipping,
to small private craft,
to the Coast Guard-
that all left the harbor
to bob on the dark horizon
like a flotilla
of stars.

I especially loved
the row of tug boats
that went out like
a family of 
bright ducks.

Soon the streets
were silent.

Hawaii Waited.

We had seen significant
from the Japanese Tsunami
of March 2011. 

We were lucky

this time.    

This morning,
all the ships returned.

Relaxing Waikiki Again

" The right time
 is any time
 that one is still
 so lucky
 as to have. "

Henry James 

" The world is getting to be
 such a dangerous place, 
a man is lucky
 to get out of it 
alive. "

W. C. Fields

You can read about
 the Tsunami experience on our boat  here:  [ Link ]

Now our hearts are with those
 facing Hurricane Sandy
 on America's North Atlantic Coast .

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