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Sunday, July 23, 2006



If the Pacific Hurricane Daniel continues as predicted, then we should get hit sometime on Thursday. By then it should only be a very strong tropical storm with sustained winds of 60mph (96kph). I'll keep you updated.

Satellite image:

Currently the maximum sustained winds are 110mph (177kph),with gusts to 130mph (209kph). It is moving WNW at 17 mph (27kph)

Currently the minimum pressure is 965mb.

The above images are "hot links" and should change as time passes.

We should get all the usual flooding zones that we get when the winter monsoons hit but worse. Which means Kihei might be isolated for a while in the worst case scenario.

The junction of SR-31 (Pi'ilani hwy), SR-310 (north Kihei rd) and SR-311 (Mokulele hwy) are only 5 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level and will easily be closed do to storm surge flooding.

I live about 140 feet (42.67 meters) above sea level, so should weather it pretty well.


"Let's all be careful out there!"



A husband is at home watching a football game when his wife interrupts.

"Honey, could you fix the light in the hallway? Its been flickering for weeks now."

He looks at her and says angrily,

"Fix the lights. Now? Does it look like I have GE written on my forehead? I don't think so."

"Fine," then the wife asks, "Well then, could you fix the fridge door? It won't close right."

To which he replied, "Fix the fridge door? Does it look like I have WESTINGHOUSE written on my forehead? I don't think so."

"Fine," she says, "Then could you at least fix the steps to the front door? They are about to break."

"I'm not a carpenter and I don't want to fix steps," he says, "does it look like I have ACE HARDWARE written on my forehead? I don't think so."

"I've had enough of you. I'm going to the bar!!!"

So he goes to the bar and drinks for a couple of hours.

He starts to feel guilty about how he treated his wife and decides to go home.

As he walks to the house he notices that the steps are already fixed.

As he enters the house, he sees the hall light is working.

As he goes to get a beer, he notices the fridge door is fixed.

"Honey," he asks, "how'd all this get fixed?"

She said, "Well, when you left I sat outside and cried.

Just then a nice young man asked me what was wrong and I told him.

He offered to do all the repairs and all I had to do was either go to bed with him or bake a cake."

"So what kind of cake did you bake?" the hubby asked.

She replied,

Do you see BETTY CROCKER written on my forehead? I don't think so!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"



Its summer. Its Saturday. Where is everybody?

The night started off god-awful slow and then ground to a complete halt. Very little activity. In fact, the phone never rang from 10:00pm to 12:30am.

Our brief moment of activity was from 1:30am to 2:30am ("bar close") and the three of us (TMR Alex, Mexican Mary and myself) had to hustle. At midnight I had less than $50 on the meter and doubled that in that one hour. Had one run after I went solo for the night

However, the tips that I did receive were great! A couple of times I was given $20 on a $5-$6 run and told to keep the change. Only once was I tipped less than the "meter". I actually took home more than I metered on my 10 runs of the night. Like I said, the tips were (very, very) good.

Oh, lost another tooth this morning. The one to the right of the one I lost Tuesday. It doesn't even ache. Scary.


Our good friend, MEATAREDA (aka Dog Bait) has been hospitalized after a medical "incident" and I ask everyone to send positive thoughts his way. He is going to be okay, but he gave everyone one hell'uv a big scare.

He is receiving the best medical care in the world.

The world renowned cardiologist, Dr. Holly Muppet.


Another southside resort

"Sea" Horses

Surfing the Northshore

Distant aerial view of Molokini. Kaho'olawe at top

Closer aerial view

Two sea views of Molokini

The rocky coast along the Keanae peninsula


Ma'alaea Harbor

Honokalani black sand beach at Waianapanapa

Haleakala Crater

Eucalyptus ("bubble-gum") trees


Entry to"The Spa" at The Grand

I showed you this statue at The Grand before, from a distance
Top is with the flash and bottom is just the ambient light


"Let's all be careful out there!"