Feeling Awfully White

Don Chapman
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April 19, 2006
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Sorry for taking all this recent rain personally, but ... the real reason we need to start seeing more sunshine is that I’m starting to look like a haole! ...

Not that turning into “shark bait” really matters. It’ll be a long time before I’ll be doing my swimming in the ocean ...

Source at Kaiser says they’re seeing patients with infections on the bottoms of their feet - just from walking on the sand at Waikiki and Ala Moana ...


Likewise, vets are treating dogs that ran on the sand and jumped in the water ...

As for the woman surfer with the infected okole: It’s hard to believe an experienced water person wouldn’t know that the ocean gets yucky after any significant rainfall, and after a month it was unfit for man or fish. Which is why, even before the sewer line broke in Waikiki, I disappointed my 11-year-old niece visiting from Oregon by going back on a promise to teach her how to Boogie Board ...

Speaking of the broken sewer line that polluted the Ala Wai: I herewith christen it for the one man who could have prevented it, the Jeremy Harris Memorial Sewage Spill Muckup ...

Could six weeks of heavy rain be related to global warming and changing weather patterns? ...

Bill O’Reilly didn’t mention Hawaii directly on a Factor show last week, but the inference was clearly there when he touted his vacation snorkeling in Jamaica’s “pristine waters” ...


Otherwise, greatest performance by a female vocalist I’ve ever enjoyed: Lani Misalucha with the Society of Seven at Hawaii Theatre. She does it all incredibly well, from Broadway to pop to rock to a Puccini opera aria. The clincher was her total mastery of the difficult Kamehameha Waltz. Seeing Lani and SOS again is almost reason enough to pack the bags for Las Vegas ...

Marching orders: Never trust a country that forces its soldiers to do some variation of the goose-step when marching in formation: Nazi Germany, North Korea, Iran ...

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