Today was a good day for dogs.
Photographs of our Kahala Morning Dogs, that is.
For one thing, we walked down the beach in the opposite direction from our regular route, and so we ran into dogs that we don’t see often, and at least one we hadn’t met before.
And I was primed for certain dogs. Pepper, for example. Pepper is typically in nonstop motion. Despite my best efforts, and many tries, I’ve still been in search of a good picture of Pepper. Today I had great luck, and managed to not only get a few good shots of Pepper, but a twofer in combo with Pup Tart.
The two of them are shown in this photo, below.
Just click on the picture to see more of today’s Kahala Morning Dogs.
It’s expected to rain later in the day, but you certainly wouldn’t have guessed that when you walked out the door this morning.
It was a gorgeous morning, almost no wind, clear sky, bright sun, calm ocean, and a bit of surf breaking out on the reef.
Click on any photo to see a larger version.
Top photo: Koko Head and Koko Crater visible in the background across the bay.
2nd photo: The light in the shallow water had its own special colors.
3rd photo: This line of coconut trees along the shore have a bit of age, and have so far survived the clear cutting to make way for the Kahala Avenue mansions.
Bottom photo: Just to shatter the illusion of the simple tropical paradise, there’s graffiti sprinkled in a number of places along the beach and the public access ways (sorry about Ms. Autocorrect doing damage in the earlier version of that sentence).
We took a different turn today and walked towards Black Point from our start at the Waialae Beach Park, instead of our usual turn towards Wailupe. The beautiful morning brought a lot of dogs and their people out onto the beach. I’ll hopefully post a few photos of more Kahala morning dogs later today.
“Believe it or not, listening to the Nixon tapes is fun.”
Okay, I admit it. That first sentence had me hooked.
It’s the lead to a story from the Center for Investigative Reporting, “Caught on tape – the presidential edition.”
The article offers a quick tour of selected highlights from the Watergate tapes, with brief descriptions and links to the chosen audio files.
There’s also a link provided to full transcripts of these and other conversations.
While sorting through another box of old folders and papers (one pile, trash; another pile, scan and trash; third pile, offer to other history buffs; final pile, keep), another unexpected bit of local history turned up in an old envelope.
Another remnant of Hawaii’s media history.
They are pogs, the small cardboard pieces for the game originally played with milk bottle caps. It roared back into popularity in the 1990s, and the Hawaii Newspaper Agency, along with the old Star-Bulletin, got right into the spirit.
I’ve got eight of the dark rim version, and just two of the lighter, gray rim version.
I’ll split them into two sets, each with five pogs, including four of the dark version and one of the lighter design.
Free to the first two people who ask.
The Washington Post today features an incredible tale of corruption in the U.S. Navy (“The man who seduced the 7th Fleet“).
Leonard Glenn Francis, whose nickname was “Fat Leonard, “was legendary on the high seas for his charm and his appetite for excess. For years, the Singapore-based businessman had showered Navy officers with gifts, epicurean dinners, prostitutes and, if necessary, cash bribes so they would look the other way while he swindled the Navy to refuel and resupply its ships.”
It’s the tale behind an ongoing investigation that has already netted a number of convictions, with more likely on the way.
According to the Post, the Chief of Naval Operations told a small gathering of top Navy officers in December that 30 admirals are under investigation for their roles in the corruption scandal.
According to the article, one of the defendants has already been convicted of accepting “Meals, alcohol, gifts and stays at luxury hotels, including one night with his family at the Marriott Waikiki in Hawaii.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune published their own take on the scandal in November 2015 (“How ‘Fat Leonard’ fleeced the fleet“). There’s even a Wikipedia entry with an overview of the Fat Leonard case.
In any case, the Post story should be on your definite reading list today.