Friday, August 04, 2006

Mid-hiatus hiatus

Brit is off to Paris tomorrow, not returning until Thursday, so unless Oro and Skipper pull their fingers out, this place could be a bit slow for a few days.

But please feel free to talk amongst yourselves...


Blogger Hey Skipper said...

so unless Oro and Skipper pull their fingers out ...

In my case, technically it is my thumb.

August 04, 2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

To a simple redneck like me, the idea that somebody is 'off to Paris till Thursday' still seems impossibly exotic and inapproachable, as if to say, 'off to Xanadu for a picnic.'

August 05, 2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger David said...

Speaks the man who lives in paradise, but spends his time covering the sewage commission.

August 05, 2006 5:58 PM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

...and watching flies speciate in his garden.

Paris, eh? I guess we all better steel ourselves for a turgid, inscrutable dissertation on the meaninglessness of life.

August 07, 2006 4:44 AM  
Blogger M Ali said...

You live in Hawaii, Harry.

The land of endless congressional junkets, Hawaii Five-O and Magnum PI.

It makes Paris look like Cleveland or Hull.

August 07, 2006 6:28 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

As it happens, today is my 19th anniversary on Maui and, within a few weeks, 40th as a newspaperman.

Indeed, one of my very first assignments was to cover the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission meeting, back in the summer of 1966.

While Maui does not have a sewer commission, I do still cover wastewater. Sewage treatment doesn't become less important because the scenery is pretty.

We have a mini-scandal here about what to do with a beach mansion that was built, some say, on land meant to stay open. Whether that was so or not, politics forced the county to evict the owners and acquire the house.

The question is, now they have a $5 million beach house, is the county obliged to tear it down to restore open space, or could it be used for some noble purpose?

The proposal is to make it an 'environmental education center.'

Call me a redneck philistine, but my view is that if you want to teach the kiddies about how to preserve the environment, you put your education center next to a sewage treatment plant, not a beautiful beach.

August 07, 2006 7:04 PM  

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