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Next Day on North Shore

Along one stretch of road are shrimp farms. They have ponds, raise shrimp, and serve them at outdoor tables. What a great concept. Locally raised protein, no transportation fuel or costs, served right next to the source…4-5 big wind generators, white blades, turning slowly in morning breeze…traffic along North Shore (Sunset Beach, Pipeline, etc.) is horrific. Haleiwa packed with turistas, but if you look close enough, some of the essence remains…like San Francisco: for years I bitched and moaned -- no more a port, the Ugly Transamerica building, the difficulty for natives who did something other than manipulate contracts, stocks, or digital data for a living…but one day, I thought, stop bitching, it's still the most beautiful city in America, there's still North Beach and The South End Rowing Club, Ocean Beach, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, new hip districts like out at the beach (46th & Judah), steep hills and clear vistas, a city surrounded on 3 sides by water…so here, in Haleiwa, a tourist-inundated area, there are pockets of soulfulness, of things that attracted so many people in the first place; am seeking them out…I start getting sucked into negativity on this blog on occasion, and have started writing the occasional boilerplate letter for critics: here's what I think about your opinion, whether it's not obeying the Rangers or printing books in China…and now I'm getting on with it…this isn't a forum, I'm a broadcaster, don't want to get slowed down in debates…to tell the truth, the criticism  is sometimes thought-provoking, but hey…

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I start getting sucked into negativity on this blog on occasion, and have started writing the occasional boilerplate letter for critics: here's what I think about your opinion, whether it's not obeying the Rangers or printing books in China…and now I'm getting on with it…this isn't a forum, I'm a broadcaster, don't want to get slowed down in debates…to tell the truth, the criticism is sometimes thought-provoking, but hey…

I love it. Every word. Especially "this isn't a forum, I'm a broadcaster". Stay the course, the world needs people like you.

Anonymous said...

You are a shining beacon of light on the internet (which is all too often ugly and negative) Lloyd! I love what you do here and in print and it is most appreciated.




Tim Joe Comstock said...

Spring approaches, Old Man, stay the course. Spring approaches and soon enough all the negatives will be transmuted into positive images drenched in sunshine and sneaky smiles and yes: here comes summer and our return to forever.

tj

Anonymous said...

.... what they said...

good stuff, Lloyd.

HighFidelityRob said...

I think people are just pissed off they can't be as cool as you. Like someone else said you are a beacon of light and do things the right way. Thanks for the inspiration. I can't wait for the new book and blog!

bayrider said...

I'm sure an alternative opinion respectfully stated is always welcome. But those commentators that manage to be so sanctimonious and yet completely uninformed and dictatorial should merely be deleted and perhaps banished after multiple offenses.

Lloyd, if you were even one iota less negative we'd have to call you a Pollyanna. That's why you're my role model as I'm entering my 60's, it's true I will never be as cool as you but I've already upped my game from following your blog, many thanks!

Speaking of Haleiwa, in 1969 I was at Waialua high school for my sophomore year, lived on the beach at Mokuleia. That end of the North Shore was the funkiest, coolest, exotic, primitive and remote country scene you could imagine, hardly any haoles at all other than hard core surfers and heads. Surfing, diving, spear fishing, that was a year where everything happened for me, a really fond memory. Whenever I see mahi mahi on a menu I think of the box lunches we used to get in Haleiwa, truly I have never enjoyed one more!

jandean said...

I remember the North Shore exactly so, bayrider. Waipahu High '69 & '70. We'd cut school to go find wind and surf. I'm sure Lloyd will find the best pockets.

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