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Monday, February 14, 2011


Ed Jurkens is my main role model, and I have featured him in several of my blogs.  The story I use is:  He picks me up to golf at Hickam--because his car has the decal--we walk 18 holes, carrying our bag, have a beer or two at the end and he drops me off, only to finish the daily newspaper crossword puzzles with a triple martini.  Well, that was last year, he is now 93 and usually rides a cart now and has reduced his intake to a double martini or scotch or whatever, if he is less than 175 pounds.

He invited me to join his family at the Hale Koa Sunday champagne (Wycliff from California, which actually says Champagne on the bottle, which I thought was illegal, but, it turns out that it is okay in this state to use this term--however, if exported to Europe, the product is considered to be counterfeit--in a related story,  Prosecco is the Italian version of Champagne, and they jealously guard the name, so that when Paris Hilton marketed a sparkling wine in an aluminum can and called it Rich Prosecco, Italy went bananas) brunch.

Ed is the oldest guy in the following photo:
Good luck trying to figure out which one is him.

He remains a man of mystery because he does not brag like most people.  For example, I just learned at this meal that he has saved three people in two incidents.  In one, he single-handedly pulled a mother and her daughter from a burning wreck on a Hawaii freeway (and till today, they don't know who saved them) and once, while golfing, his cartmate suffered a heart attack, I think (I did not get the details), so he  drove the cart to the hospital.  Well, this second one might have a slight exaggeration.  In any case, all three survived, and he can be credited with two miracles.

In Japan you don't even need to be religious to became a saint.  But here is how one can become a Catholic saint:

The Steps of Canonization

  1. A local bishop investigates the candidate's life and writings for evidence of heroic virtue. The information uncovered by the bishop is sent to the Vatican.
  2. A panel of theologians and the cardinals of the Congregation for Cause of Saints evaluate the candidate's life.
  3. If the panel approves, the pope proclaims that the candidate is venerable, which means that the person is a role model of Catholic virtues.
  4. The next step toward sainthood is beatification, which allows a person to be honored by a particular group or region. In order to beatify a candidate, it must be shown that the person is responsible for a posthumous miracle. Martyrs -- those who died for their religious cause -- can be beatified without evidence of a miracle. On Oct. 20, 2003, Mother Teresa was beatified. She is now known as Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata.
  5. In order for the candidate to be considered a saint, there must be proof of a second posthumous miracle. If there is, the person is canonized.

Ed has met all those requirements, especially the one that calls for venerability, for anyone who knows him puts him in the top one tenth of one percent of people they've ever met, even his family.  Alas, in the Catholic version, you need to die first (however, the five-year waiting period for Mother Teresa was waived, even though she lost the faith).  Maybe we need to explore the Japan pathway because Saint Genshin Fujinami is alive and well.

The Dow Jones Industrials settled down $5 to 12,268, while world markets mostly increased.  Gold went up $6/toz to $1362 and, this is unbelievable, for the London Brent Spot price of petroleum is at $103/barrel, while the New York Mercantile Exchange has it at $85/barrel.  This $18/barrel discrepancy is the largest ever--made all the more remarkable because, historically, the NYMEX is higher than the Brent Spot--is caused by the African/Middle East unrest.  The protest in Iran today can be seen through these clips.  Looks like the virus is spreading to Iran, Yeman and Bahrain.

Tropical Cyclone Bingiza is bringing a lot of rain to the western side of Madagascar.



Anonymous said...

Will the virus invade China?


Well, as mentioned in my blog of 11Feb2011:


Anonymous said...

Ed Jurkens' family certainly thinks of him as a the whole world knows!
Thank you