We are Family

Thursday, November 15, 2001

Greetings ,

Today was one of those wipe-out days at work.  Busy from the first second in the door, to the last.

No time for lunch. Thank goodness for a bag of Hawaiian goodies dropped off by a client yesterday, and li hing mui and dried mango sufficed as lunch and kept me going.

That, and knowing that at the end of the day, I'd be spending some decompression time with friends.

Tonight, a group of friends, online and real life, piled into a chat room and chatted up a storm.  As is typical, folks were on island  time, and instead of  7pm, most arrived at about 8.


Dear Comp 'Ohana,

I smiled when I typed that out. I cherish my memories of our times together, starting in 1996, when I signed on to the Internet and stumbled onto most of you at CompuServe's Hawai`i Forum and Yoda, a little later, at the new, independent HI Forum.

Mahalo to Bu and Paddy for realizing that we were overdue for a reunion and getting us together tonight. As I watched your words fill the screen, I got reflective.

This is 2001, making it our 6th year annniversary as friends, online and real life. The saying goes, "Whatever you love dearly, becomes a part of you."  Or something like that.  Well, all of you are a part of me.  I was delighted to "see" each of you. 

We all live such busy lives in different states and time zones, and yet, we intersected at IzChAt.  I still marvel over this technology that allows friendships as ours to be birthed and these days, to endure. 

- Bu in Northern California, I didn't know you were a Dumbo fan!  Congratulations on your kitchen remodeling; I bet your ultimate kitchen looks great. I miss you and Annie. This is the first year that we haven't seen each other in 3D, since 1996. Your Quan Yin keeps us connected, no matter what, and of course, we'll be thinking of you when you're bobbing about in Kealekekua Bay, playing with the dolphins.  

-  Yoda in Washington state, I hope Kalena's broken foot is recovering well. Now Yoda, you're still a newlywed, so here's some seasoned advice from an old married: you must kiss each of her ten peanut toes individually and with great feeling.  Doing so revs up the healing response of the general area, and in no time, she'll be off those crutches. It works like a miracle, but only if you do it with feeling. Get to work, boy. Have fun.

- Judy in Kailua, O'ahu, congratulations on your miracle arthroscopic hip surgery. I look forward to your next live hula performance next time we're back to O'ahu.   Big hugs to your senior dog with his glucosamine - chondroitin pills, who, like his Mama, is doing well. Old age is not for sissies.  Talk about old age, Uncle T and I recently  made our Big Five-Oh!  

-  Paddy in Canada, it goes both ways, as I think of you often too.  Your monster poiple Vancouver coffee mug evokes many memories of happy times in Las Vegas, Seattle and O`ahu. I use it often, so know that you're being wished many, many happy days. Cassy is adorable, and I'm so glad she joined us.  I mean it:  She has an open invitation to come visit us and go to Disneyland with us, along with her Mama,  Dad Les, Les Joonya, and Max (a Jack Russell terrier!)  

- RK in Northern CA, you lovable warpness, you.  I  still lurk over at amh, and you get an A+ for continuity and persistence.  You continue to crack me up with your slant on things and not-so-subtle barbs. Keep keeping that used car salesman (snork!) in check.  How are your sweet nieces doing, besides loving their Uncle Rick -- the one with the white hat -- to death?  I'll keep looking for you at E Hula Mau.

- Kit Kat in Makakilo, O'ahu, however late your arrival, it was a JOY to "see you.".  If it weren't for you, Ma & Pa Velle, we'd never have found each other.  Mahalo again for that.  What's this about a new job?  Will it be bringing you to SoCal like your old one did?  We'd love to get together with the only cat I'm not allergic to...you.

- UT in SoCal (and you thought I forgot you!)  I'm so glad you feel a part of this group that you joined in for your first chat.  No more looking over my shoulder!  I noticed three times, we expressed the same thought -- about Judy's vet, your computer, and Oli's thyroid pill -- in spite of us being in separate rooms.  We're thinking like identical twins. We're turning into each other.

Anyway, to all of you, thanks for a much enjoyed evening.  Let us know if you're in this part of the woods, and there's always a spare bedroom for you, as long as you can handle our very "doggie" house.  They rule.  

Also, for you Disneyphiles, Disneyland is only 10 freeway minutes away from where we live.  For our birthdays, we got each other Annual Passes (unlimited visits to both parks, free parking, etc) and have been rediscovering the kids in us.  We got our money's worth (and so much fun)  within the first two months!  Now it's all gravy.

So if you want to go to Disneyland or to the new park, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney, we'll tag-along, if you like, and help you minimize your waiting in line and maximize your fun time.  

Right now, the parks are decked out for Christmas as only Disney can.  Absolutely gorgeous.

Will one of you please e-mail (or forward this to) KitKat?  I checked my address book, and I have her old (defunct) address.  

Also, my e-mail address has changed.  My other address got majorly SPAMMED that it was taking me more time to delete SPAM than read real e-mail.  Not checking it often enough, it would also dump out my e-mail. 

Stay in touch.  I love you all, 

We are Family!


"Life is a Gift."

Author Unknown

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