An Afterlife or Eternal Gloom?" I guess my readers are interested in the afterlife, or potential lack of it. Anyway, my current transition is in the pre-purgatory state of my final transition. To summarize, 15 Craigside:
- The food now is cafeteria-like, but reliable. I actually eat in the dining room perhaps only once a day, wasting something like $45/day.
- My next three dinners will be
- tonight on Fred's Tuesday-Thursday table for 6 or so (Fred is a Stanford graduate who taught in Japan for most of his professional life)
- Wednesday with the Chaine des Rotisseurs on a steak with extraordinary Italian reds extravanga at Wolfgang's (the wines are supposed to be so fabulous that one sitting should have cost $500/person, but we're paying less, although still ridiculously expensive)
- Thursday with my regular former professors group at 15 Craigside through the invitation of Ted, who taught chemical engineering in Oregon, and his wife Sets, who teaches a roots-type course here.
- Here is a typical meal I have on my lanai, this one from Gyotaku:
- This is actually a topic of some dinner conversation here: no one has yet seen a cockroach in 15 Craigside. Now, that is amazing, and reassuring, for I must have caught a thousand using Hoy Hoy Trap a Roach on my roof at 2101 Craigside. Maybe tomorrow I'll narrate one early evening I had in my battle with large flying roaches. I felt like General George Armstrong Custer.
- In fact, I still haven't seen a fly or ant here. Maybe they are overdoing this.
- I like the temperature control system. I set my apartment for 76 F in the daytime and 69 F at night.
- I have not locked my door now for months. There are security guards, a check-in desk, and cameras everywhere.
- I now and then join the poker group and there is a regular MWF bridge table.
- There are six or so exercise sessions every day. Also, Tai chi and yoga. Some day in the future I'll join them. For now, I walk nine holes two or three times a week at the Ala Wai Golf Course. I actually went 18 holes a few days ago.
- My personal doctor is the house doctor. I see him in our basement clinic, which is always open, The second floor is a hospital, There is a beauty salon where I get my haircut. Exercise machines, small pool, etc. I live in a cocoon.
- There are a couple of entertainment specials daily, like My Fair Lady, the Royal Hawaiian Band and everything you need to know about your health plan. I'll in time give a lecture on how to go around the world. I leave in a few days, and largely waste $4000 for the month I will not be here. But there is a lady who teaches in Alaska nine months of the year and only lives here for three months. I ask her why, and she says this like an insurance policy. Makes me feel better about my absences.
- The people here are friendly and staff helpful. I am slowly breaking out of my hermit phase.
Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the Indian Ocean is now at 130 MPH. However, all models have the storm weakening before crashing just south of the Pakistan-India border:
WELL, IT'S HAPPENING:
Lava enters residential property, but homes standing
On Saturday, my posting was
IS THIS THE END OF PAHOA?
Here is a recent video clip.