25-48 The Second Twenty-Four
49-72 The Third Twenty-Four
73-96 The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120 The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144 The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168 The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on The Eighth Twenty-Four
1 One Sunday In Perry
2 What the Army Taught Me
3 Not My Mother's Shopping List
4 Brain Calisthenics
5 The Pono Nano Diet
6 Oatmeal Jim-Jams
7 A Walk in the Park
8 Escape to California
10 Printer's Devil
11 Pono - The Addict
13 Love in the Woods
14 It's a Small World
15 Culinary Crutches
16 We Want Sandin
17 Better With Age
18 Parallel Universes
19 Mårten Nilsson Finne
20 Hawaii Is A State
21 Shake-em-up Flashlight
22 The Use of E-mail
23 Normal American Schoolboy
24 Lake Gogebic Early Days
A WALK IN THE PARK
I was relatively early getting out for my walk this morning. I felt the cool, pleasant breeze on my arms. The sun was behind a thin cloud here but it was shining full force on Kaho’olawe. The usual parade of small boats was heading for Molokini.
I felt a twinge in my knee, the one with the ACL missing, but it was gone in about 100 yards.
Snowy white egrets were busy on the golf course, following the tractors and mesmerizing bugs with their steady heads and constantly wobbling necks. I thought once again that those white cattle egrets in this area needed to be renamed mower egrets.
A couple with an infant in a stroller spied a Francolin scratching for seeds and they stopped to make sure the child saw it.
The sun broke through the cloud cover and I felt the immediate heat on my arms and face.
A beautiful girl was running toward me with arms outstretched. She had a great figure and as she got closer I noted a perfect tan. I slowed down to make the most of it and she gave me a big smile and a “Good morning!” and was gone. Her “welcoming arms” supported a water bottle and a cell phone.
An errant sprinkler went on and a few drops startled me but then felt cool and pleasant.
I listened to the Doppler effect of that high-rise pickup with knobby tires approaching from Kihei town. It passed and there was a sudden cessation of man-made noise and all I could hear was nature. No one was near and I reveled in it.
A tourist bus went by with grim-faced occupants checking their watches and marking off one more event from their “Things to do on Maui” itinerary.
I caught the faint smell of the Lappert’s store. If they could bottle that combined scent of ice cream, waffle cone, and coffee, they could double their income.
A gardener was squatting near a plot of periwinkles pulling weeds and I marveled at how he could do that all day and still stand up and walk. My knee twinged again.
As I leaned into the rise from the Shops back to my home street I felt a trickle of sweat run down my spine and knew I had made my doctors proud of me one more time.
I entered the compound and passed the lava rock waterfall and thought to myself, I must not be dead, or if I am, death isn’t all that bad!
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