I sat at my computer this morning and wondered what I wanted to say. I gazed out at downtown Honolulu on another beautiful day and thought, this is Sunday, I should count my blessings.
Behind me were my orchids still in bloom, so, pardon me, but I took a selfie:
- My only close family member, brother Dan in Las Vegas, seems to be doing well in his latest incarnation. I might drop by this year, and he is scheduled to be here in a few months.
- My Manoa Campus office is still there. A few days ago I entertained some Japanese and HNEI colleagues.
- It will be ten years in a few months since I initiated this daily blog. Here is my very first posting, on 29April2008. I might just end that ordeal, except I'm still learning from this experience. But that is a process that will never end, so perhaps I'll go to my next real book, with THE VENUS SYNDROME, or something related to THE BLUE REVOLUTION.
- My latest book, PEARL'S ASHES, is being serialized every Wednesday. I dropped three of those gel caps on Machu Picchu, and am now up to #27. Ultimately, I will document 50 or more. Next, Chapter 15, Diamond Head.
- It's certainly a blessing that I can golf. My knees are holding up, as a few months ago, at the Ala Wai Golf Course, I walked 18 holes with a couple on a cart (it had previously rained so hardly anyone else was playing) and we finished in 2 hours 20 minutes. I just purchased new clubs, so I'll continue playing into the foreseeable future. My next door neighbor, John, has indicated an interest in returning to golf, so I gave him my old set and bags. By walking 18 holes twice/week--and it costs me $90/month for the seniors' card, which allows ten rounds--I can eat and drink whatever I want and maintain my weight. The April issue of Scientific American reported on success with countering Alzheimer's: exercise, diet and mental stimulation. No absolutely confirmed perfect pill yet.
- Future trips? I'll spend a week on the Big Island later this month to participate in an Okinawa-Hawaii OTEC gathering, perhaps a week during the Fall on the Pride of America to golf on four Hawaiian Islands and maintain hope for a 2020 Global Cruise, where I remain in a search mode for the appropriate individual to share my cabin.
- I eat 25 of the 90 meals per month in the 15 Craigside dining room, which is a huge waste of money, but the price of freedom to allow me to dine at Vintage Cave and my lanai:
- I'll leave caring for the poor, indigent, oppressed and the like to others, while I continue to try to Save Planet Earth and Humanity. My carbon footprint is terrible, and I live too well, but the end is nearing and I still don't believe in an Afterlife. As such, my life of contradictions is not particularly aiding my cause towards ultimate purification in case I am in Purgatory. Oh well, in this short time left I seem to have entered a final phase of maximization and optimization that is eminently enjoyable and soul satisfying.