Maui, Kauai, or the mainland

April 21, 2019

I have a feeling that life on the island of Oahu will become unfeasible one day.  The drinking water might become contaminated from the jet fuel tanks stored in Red Hill, or the drinking water might become brackish due to rising sea levels.  We all will be forced to evacuate.  Where will we go?

How about moving to the island of Maui, where all the artists live?  This is a print of Lahaina Harbor, Maui, by artist David Warren.  I purchased it when I was on Maui more than ten years ago.  Maui is lovely:

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However, the Haleakala volcano on Maui could erupt, since it is not extinct.  If it does erupt, there will be widespread destruction.

How about moving to Kauai, where the volcano there is extinct and will never erupt again?  Facebook’s owner Zuckerberg resides on Kauai, which is known for its scenic beauty.  This is my photo of the Marriott Hotel in Lihue, Kauai, taken in 2008:

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David and I played a round of golf on Kauai (2008):

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I don’t want to live on the islands of Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island, because they are so unattractive.  But, there’s always the mainland to consider.

Medical bills up the ying yang

April 19, 2019

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Hibiscus in my patio (2016).

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I went to Straub Clinic on Wednesday to have a urinalysis, and sure enough, I have a UTI.  I last had one in May 2018.  So, Dr. Leong prescribed Cipro, which is an antibiotic.  I felt sick on Tuesday and Wednesday, but after taking Cipro, Pyridium and Ibuprofen, I am feeling much better.  And, yes, I drove myself to and from the clinic and pharmacy.  Thank goodness I was independent enough to do that.  I didn’t have to ask David to drive me.

I have medical bills up the ying yang due to appointments with Dr. Bender, who treated the Iritis in my right eye.  That’s $40 per visit.  Total is $160 for four visits.  Not to mention $90 for the ER.  Let’s see how much I am charged for the urinalysis on Wednesday.  There is no co-payment for my visit with Dr. Leong, who is my primary care provider.

What would I do without Medicare and Humana HMO?  My medical bills would be much higher without them.

Why do men get married?

April 17, 2019

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This is an anthurium we bought on Monday at Home Depot.  It cheers me up.  David said that if he weren’t married to me, he would just buy a silk plant for the coffee table, or he probably would buy no plant.

What a dreary, boring house this would be if David had his way.  A man needs a woman to make the house beautiful.  Why do men get married?  That’s the reason.  It’s not always about sex, you know.

David Shifrin, soloist and teacher

April 15, 2019

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David Shifrin (photo taken from the internet).

On Sunday, David and I attended a Hawaii Symphony Orchestra concert, featuring David Shifrin as clarinet soloist.  He performed Debussy’s Rhapsody and Weber’s Concerto No. 2.  Excellent!

David shook Shifrin’s hand during intermission:

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Shifrin was my husband David’s clarinet teacher at the University of Hawaii during the Fall semester of 1971, when David’s regular teacher was on sabbatical.  David, as you know, was a student in the music education department at UH.  After graduation, David could not get a job as a high school band director, so he returned to UH and graduated with an MBA, later passing the CPA exam.  Music was David’s first love, but it was his career as an accountant and controller that paid the bills.

Shifrin is a year younger than David and has had an excellent career in music.  He played with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as principal clarinetist for a year.  Now, he concertizes internationally and teaches the clarinet on the mainland.

Quite some time ago, we purchased Shifrin’s recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet, which received a national award in 1986.  We enjoy this CD immensely:

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We also purchased David Shifrin Plays Lalo Shifrin, and the CD was autographed by David Shifrin during intermission.  We shall listen to it later today:

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We were honored and delighted to meet David Shifrin in person at the Blaisdell yesterday.

We’re not dead, yet

April 13, 2019

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Colorful muumuus in my closet cheer me up.  (2018)

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We were supposed to host a lunch in our home last Thursday.  We had invited Hank and Portia to join us.  However, David and I have not been feeling well, so we canceled the lunch until we feel better.

On April 30, we are going to host a lunch in our home for Mike and Shirley (David’s brother and sister in law, who reside in Massachusetts).  We hope we feel well enough to go through with it.

What’s ailing us?  For David, it’s a fungal infection that has been bothering him for eight months.  He has already seen three doctors and will see a fourth doctor later this month. As for me, I have been having severe migraine headaches.  Ibuprofen seems to alleviate the pain, so maybe, I don’t have brain cancer.

We’re not dead, yet.  Not comatose, either.  We’re still alive and kicking.

Driving two cars

April 11, 2019

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My car is on the left, and David’s car is on the right.

On Wednesday, David had to take his car in because of an oil leak.  I trailed him to the shop in my car so that I could bring him home while his car was being repaired.  Then I returned him to the shop when his car was ready for pick up.  What would he have done had I not had a car of my own as a back up?  He’d be stuck at the shop all day.

This makes me wonder what we will do if I stop driving.  I am 73 and want to stop driving when I reach 80.  However, we will miss the convenience of having two cars.

On the other hand, there is always Uber.

Stunning colors that pop

April 9, 2019

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I bought a dozen red roses from Sack n Save recently and placed them in a vase on our dining table.  Do you like red?  It was my mother’s favorite color.  But, yellow was my mother in law’s favorite color.  So, whenever I see red or yellow, I think of my mother or mother in law.

This was my table setting for last year’s Thanksgiving party, attended by family members.  Note the red and yellow cloth napkins and the yellow rosebud:

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When I lived in San Francisco in 1968, I had a roommate, who loved stark black and white.  She set the table with white plates on a black tablecloth.  My son in law likes black and white, too, decorating his living room with black and white photography and calligraphy.

As for me, I like stunning colors that pop.

“Something Rotten!” – Diamond Head Theatre

April 7, 2019

David and I attended the Saturday matinee of the Broadway musical, “Something Rotten!,” at the Diamond Head Theatre.  It was outstanding!  It’s a spoof on Shakespeare.  Two brothers, Nick and Nigel, try valiantly to produce the first musical during the 1590s in Elizabethan England.  They try to compete with Shakespeare, who is a huge success, but Shakespeare always finds a way to upstage the two brothers.  This is why the play is titled “Something Rotten,” which refers to the line, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” taken from Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.”  We wonder how Shakespeare manages to steal the brothers’ ideas in such a rotten way.  There also are witty parodies of famous Broadway musicals, setting new words to old tunes.

Aleks Pevec stars as Shakespeare, singing, dancing, and acting like a rock star.  He was raised in Hawaii and now performs on the mainland.  He performed in the original Broadway version of “Something Rotten!”

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Kevin Pease stars as Nick and is the true star of the show, because he does the most singing and acting.  He has a lyrical voice that is very pleasant to listen to:

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This was the stage at Diamond Head Theatre:

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There were seven musicians in the corner of the theater, including trumpet, trombone, drums, guitar, reeds, and two keyboards:

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Overall, we had a splendid time at this show.  “Something Rotten!” plays until April 14, 2019 at the Diamond Head Theatre.

Renovated Korean art gallery

April 5, 2019

The Korean Foundation donated money to the Honolulu Museum of Art to renovate the Korean art gallery.  David and I took advantage of the free admission offered on the first Wednesday of every month.  We enjoyed the new additions to the Korean gallery, and then we had lunch at the café on the premises of the museum.

The Korean peninsula was unified in the 7th century by the Silla dynasty.  That’s when Korean art began to flourish with influences from Buddhism and later, Confucianism.  The Silla dynasty was followed by the Koryo dynasty and the Chosun dynasty.  Then, during the twentieth century, Japan colonized Korea, and WWII and the Korean War resulted in a divided Korea.

These are images of our tour of the Korean gallery at the Honolulu Museum of Art last Wednesday:

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David and I had lunch at the café on the premises of the Honolulu Museum of Art:

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David ordered the cheese burger with salad.  Look at those walnuts!  ($18):

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I ordered the grilled opah (white fish) with vegetables and mashed Okinawan sweet potato.  Delicious!  ($23):

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There are other foreign art exhibits that I plan to blog about in the near future, such as the Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Persian, Indian, and Buddhist exhibits.  The museum also has art from Europe.  Not to mention contemporary art from America.  Lots to see at the museum.

I love to promote the arts in Hawaii, such as classical music, classical ballet, opera, Broadway plays and musicals, and fine art exhibits.  Hawaii is definitely more than hula, swimming, surfing, and hiking.  There is so much more to Hawaii than most people realize.  My blog will attest to that.  Enjoy the photos.  They reflect my life.

A haunting legal case

April 3, 2019

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Palm trees at the Blaisdell (2017).

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There was a legal case that has continued to haunt me.  A second grade boy was sitting on the floor, waiting for his teacher to start a cooking demonstration.  The students were reminded to sit away from the electric skillet and not touch the cord.  Well, that boy did not listen.  He pulled the cord, the pan flipped over and spilled scalding hot oil on top of his head.  It burned his scalp, face, neck, and torso.  The boy’s parents sued the DOE and the State of Hawaii for negligence.  The case reached the attorney general’s office, where I was working as a temporary legal secretary.  The attorney general argued that the boy was just as negligent as the teacher, because he had not followed instructions.

Anyway, the case was settled out of court, and the amount paid by the State of Hawaii was a paltry $900,000.  After attorney’s fees and costs, the family got practically nothing.  I think they settled for that small sum of money, because they did not want to traumatize the boy further by making him testify.

About 41 years later, I wonder what happened to that kid.  After all of those skin grafts and endless surgeries, is he still alive?  If so, does he have a good career, is he married, does he have children?

I’ll never know.