Saturday, December 30, 2006

Busy doing nothing.

I have a magnet on my fridge that reads "We lied, size matters"!
How true in this case.
Still I'm not knocking my trusty little sony. It's a good companion that gives me hours of pleasure and requires little in return. And before your dirty little minds can run away with that comment, let me just state for the record I'm not mechanically inclined!
I had originally planned to go windsurfing today but at my level it's soooooooooo much work. I know I won't improve if I don't put in the hours, but the waves have been big all week and this was my first chance to go & watch the big boys. Work or pleasure....I chose the later.
Ka-boom-look at that white water exploding behind him. So if you hear 'it's not the size of the wave, but how you ride it', does that actually mean 'we lied, size matters'?!
And finally, look at the plates of meat(feet)on this bloke! This is Pato coming safely off the rocks yesterday with a mate who has feet like a rabbit! I mean that in the best possible way, because you know what they say about men with big feet......

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Christmas.

So here we all are well into Christmas Eve (minus Nancy whose idea it was and therefore whose job it became to take the group photo). One of the highlights during “Secret Santa’ was Lily opening her gift and finding weed inside! And silly me, I was worried about her getting the blowjob vouchers?!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

One way to repair a soft top!

There's enough duct tape on the end of this board to sink a battleship. Luckily the name of the owner is Eddie Flotte! He's a water color genius and all around good dude. At Kanaha today I was the white water queen and whilst flailing around in the ocean I was thinking it would be great to run into Eddie to take this exact picture. As I was leaving he was pulling in....

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Keokea.


I took my bike out for a late afternoon spin starting at Rice Park, which provides a great view of the West Maui Mountains. The vistas are so wonderful it always sets the tone for a joyful ride.
When I hit Thompson road the magic really begins. This short stretch of heaven is home to some of the most magnificent views on Maui. It is always a 'healing' to ride or walk this road and I have done it in many different frames of mind, always feeling better afterwards. No matter what time of day the light is always exquisite and the serenity of the place is potent & palpable.
See what I mean.
How beautiful is this lovely creature. I stayed a while and fed the horses grass while they fed my soul.
And as if all that were not enough this was my vision at the end of the ride. Delightful.

Food glorious food.

Feeling smug for having left work early I decided to get a head start on my Christmas food shopping. I only needed a few things at Costco (a foolish notion at best as they don’t encourage ‘ 9 items or less’). However, having battled downtown traffic & finding even the overflow parking lot was full I realized (not so smugly) the rest of Maui had the same idea. Chuntering “there are way too many people on this Island” I moved to plan B…Puk-Sup-a kinder, gentler non bulky shopping experience. Here the natives are friendly and the veggies locally grown.

Puk-Sup led me to Foodland for the few items they didn’t have and as I was warning the local cashier about the horrors of the downtown population explosion I had to stop myself from saying “where did all these people come from”?, as I am clearly one of “those people”!

Upon opening the passenger door of my truck, the Puk-Sup potatoes & onions dove onto the concrete like lemmings off a cliff. Given that I had parked on a slight incline, they started rolling under the car next to me and were only stopped from gathering great speed by a concrete parking lot divider! As I bent over picking up my escaped verdure I must have looked like a bizarre well dressed bag lady who’d won the vegetable lottery!

Which reminds me, as my vegetable cup runneth over & there are too many mouths on the Island, I must give to the Maui food bank.

PS: Hawai'i's population grew by more than 12,000 people from July 2005 to July 2006 and is now home to 1.285 million people.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Meet the Neighbors

Big Daddy Rambo.
Bambi. and the kids......(no pun intended). Or are these fawns?
Seriously, these four leggeds live just two houses down from me and if you ever need directions to my house you'll hear this; "blah, blah, blah then look for the rams, deers & goats and turn right-mine is the third house on the left".

Quiz time.

As a kid I always liked the part of a quiz show when you had to figure out what the obscurely photographed object was. Answers please on a 3 x 5 postcard mailed to.......

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Flat-tery will get you no where.

Which is exactly where I went on my bike ride this morning! Bugger, now I'm dueling between two options. Fun: Making soup, painting, windsurfing or practical, weeding, spreading the mulch on the garden, cleaning the bird shit off my truck or fixing the damn flat!
Ennie meenie minie moe......

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Ho-Ho-Ho.

As I’m pouty about the demise of my native tongue, Christmas (due to its annual appearance) is thankfully full of juicy words that have survived 23 years of cultural assault. This particular example is doubly delightful as it's a monument and a bauble all in one!
Milk & two sugars Rudolf?
If I drink enough Baileys and squint my eyes nearly shut......Y.M.C.A!
So one year I had a party and the invite mentioned Christmas Crackers. To whit the majority of the guests were puzzled and dissapointed when instead of getting to eat a wheaty, crispy & savory cracker...they had to pull apart a snapping toilet roll and wear a silly paper hat on their head! I put the F in fun I do!
Santa's definately being naughty and as for Mrs Claus, I'm saving you the visual as you would never look at candy canes the same!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Buddah Said..

"Ely-be not impatient for new blog posts, when words are both true and kind they can change our world"

Billabong Pro Maui

Today was the last day of the Women's Billabong Pro surf contest held at Honolua Bay. It was hot and beautiful. Ulli, GP & I were hill top paparazzi and while I think Ulli won, here's a few of my offerings. I spy with my little eye, something beginning with 't' .



And if you win the world championship, you too can ride up hill uncomfortably on the your friends shoulders! This is Australian surfer Layne Beachley having just won her 7th ASP Women's World Title

Monday, December 04, 2006

What turning 50 really looks like!

My fantastic business partner Nancy, turns 50 on December 6th. To celebrate her half century, we've been giving her surprises for the last three work days. Today's theme was balloons, cake & champagne......I think it went down well don't you?!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

It's been a bit wet!

We've had a bit of rain the last few days. With a good down pour, it’s amazing how many parts of Maui get quickly flooded. The English-we always talk about the weather, a favorite when it’s especially grim is “looks like it’s clearing”.
At Kanaha today you definatly had to pack out what you brought in, infact my banana peel made it all the way back up the hill. But good news- it looks like it's clearing!

Just a reminder.....

"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
I don't have a clue who said it, but I like it.