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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

It's a tough life, but somebody's gotta live it.

Well, I arrived in Honolulu at 6 PM Tuesday evening, but in my body it was midnight.

It's now 4 AM in Chatham but only 10 PM on The Big Island.

I'm here for the REALLY BIG CELEBRATION of my dear friend Rob's retirement from active ministry and subsequent move to Bangkok, Thailand. Rob was the rector of my initially sponsoring congregation and chaired the Commission on Ministry when I was going through the ordination process.

He has become a treasured friend, lo these 26 years later. The festivities begin with a MAJOR party on Thursday night and culminate in a parish-wide celebration on Sunday. I'll post my tribute to him after the festivities are over.

It will be wonderful once my Northeast Corridor body catches up with my Hawaiian Paradise reality.

Until then, I suppose the drama in the Anglican World will just have to turn without me (It seems to do that on a daily basis without one iota of difficulty).

Later, gator.


Bill said...

Elizabeth, If you have time, take a ride up Lava road. It goes from Hilo up through the lava fields between the two volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano on Earth. When I was with the Army back in 1967 I tried to climb Mauna Kea. I ran out of energy and light. It's worth the ride. It's like riding through a Moon-scape.

Susan Russell said...

ALOHA! Have a FABULOUS time and give Liz and Rob my best ... and Cranmer and Hooker, of course!

Muthah+ said...

Get browner, sweetie.

Bill said...

We need at least one pic of you in either a hula skirt or a sarong. I'd go for the Dorothy Lamour look. And don't forget the lei, it's part of the costume. Almost forgot, Bird of Paradise flower behind ear.

Lisa said...

Have a marvelous time, Elizabeth. And please give Rob a very, very, very big hug from me. I'll look forward to reading your tribute.

(P.S. Hon, you're not on the Big Island. Thus Bill's confusion in the comment above.)

Bill said...

Ah, well I've been confused before. Well now, if it's the Island of Oahu, that's entirely different. She may want to take a run up to Punch Bowl Cemetery. The view from up there is wonderful. There was a state park located up above Punch Bowl. I don't remember the spelling but it began with K. From there you can look down on Punch Bowl and get a panorama view of everything from Diamond Head on the left to Honolulu, center to Pearl Harbor on the right. I'm stretching back forty years, but some things you just don't forget.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I am in Honolulu - which is in Oahu - aka "The Gathering Place." It has lightly rained every morning when I've gone for a walk.

A rainbow has always followed.

The first day I was here, I asked Rob, "What's the weather report for today?"

He looked up from his coffee and out the window, was pensive for a few moments, looked over at me and said, "Beaufiful."

He was right. He always is about that sort of thing since he's lived in Hawai'i.

Funny, that, eh?

Liz+ said...

Considering where you're currently staying, you might consider joining Pam on her early morning walks. It'll be another view into the daily lives of those of us call this place home. And you'll be introduced to a wonderful ministry to the feral cats that are at U-H.