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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

CHAPTER 25: Pearl's Ashes--La Mer

Pearl's favorite restaurant was La Mer at the Halekulani Hotel.  It was on 1 December 2012 that I dropped off Pearl's Ashes #40 in these environs.  That photo at the top of this blog was taken at House Without a Key here.  To quote from my posting the following day:

Chaine des Rotisseurs (CdR) is a 764 year old eating club having our annual dinner at the Halekulani Hotel.  I long ago belonged to El Capitan, another eating club, this one only about a century old, when I was at Stanford, but the club is presently no more for a variety of reasons, and primarily because the school a dozen years ago abolished all of them. 

Why were eating clubs outlawed?  There's probably a simple  and more innocent reason, but academic conspiracy keeps coming up, and this site suggests that the administration wanted to insure that Stanford did not cultivate anything resembling Yale's Skull and Bones and so called secret "final" clubs in the Ivy League.  Harvard is only now in the process of doing something similar (termination?) to all student organization.

I decided to spend the night at the Halekulani Hotel, and this was my view to the right.  Pearl and I did this on several occasions for special occasions. 

The Chaine dinner was our annual formal affair, with tuxedos.  Caviar, of course.  The usual lobster, beef, fancy dessert and after dinner dinner sweets.  
The highlight was the quality and variety of wines.  The full list would take up too much space.  But, to the right, are "some" of the glasses.  The wine expert for the night was Patrick Okubo, sitting across me, who was the world's youngest sommelier then, and now has become famous.

I still have a dozen more PA's, but will take a holiday for the next few months to complete this e-book.  I'll explain why a week from today.  My posting on September 7 will announce the future of this blog 

Harvey is finally moving northeast:

USA Today reports that at $160 billion, Hurricane Harvey would become the most damaging natural disaster in U.S. history.  Worst till Harvey?
1. Hurricane Katrina
  • Cost: $149 Billion
  • Fatalities: 1,836
  • Date: August 2005
  • Location: Mississippi and Louisiana
Katrina reached wind speeds of 174 mph, but the biggest damage was caused by the 20-30 foot storm surge, which broke levees and flooded 80% of New Orleans. Farms were destroyed. LSU AgCenter calculated that over $1 billion of the total loss was in crops, cattle, fisheries, and forestry. Towns and homes across the Gulf Coast were flooded and damaged, and thousands were forced to abandon their homes. In total, over 1,800 people died, in spite of efforts to evacuate before the storm struck.

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