Airports, Bridges, Love and Incredible Luck

Baggage Carousel

Baggage Carousel

OC is back from SF! Yay! I went to the airport this afternoon to pick him up. He arrived safe and sound (well, perhaps just a tad bit frayed). His luggage did not arrive at all. We hurried to the baggage claim counter to file a report. We were there for quite sometime. I mostly stood quietly while OC talked.

Finally, report filed, we turned to leave and I picked up OC’s cornet (he’d taken it as carry-on) and OC grabbed his briefcase … which is about the time that I realized my purse was missing. Simultaneously, I saw it on the bench where I’d left it — and two nervous security guards were standing over it.

I stepped up to them, grabbed my purse, and slung it over my shoulder. One of the security guards asked if it was mine. I assured him that it was and asked him if he wanted to search it. He told me he had. Then he asked me to name the contents. I told him it held a digital SLR Nikon camera and a Kim Harrison novel. He relaxed and thanked me for being patient.

He thanked me! I figure I have to be the luckiest idiot on the face of the planet! I thanked him.

Here are some of the pictures that were in the camera:

A view of the Sky Bridge connecting the parking garage and the terminal.

External:

This shot is from looking out one Sky Bridge and finding yet another.

Sky Bridge

Internal:

This is the inside of the Sky Bridge looking from the terminal back toward the parking garage.

Sky Bridge

Sky Bridge

This is the inside of the Sky Bridge looking from the terminal back toward the parking garage.

Elevated Freeway (Hawaii 1)

Elevated Freeway (Hawaii 1)

When Alice wanted bridges, I didn’t have the time to get a picture of the elevated freeways — then today I realized that the airport is the exact perfect place to do so! Look close, there are three different levels shown here. On Oahu one can drive for miles elevated highways.

Bridging The Gap & Wordzzle

It is time to bid adieu to Bridging The Gap. Alice of, I Was Born2Cree8, has been a wonderful host. I have seen bridges of many kinds, sizes and shapes from all around the world. Thank you, Alice. You sure know how to throw a great party!

For my last Bridging the Gap entry, I wanted to show a type of bridge I don’t believe anyone has posted yet.

USS Missouri aka Mighty Mo
USS Missouri aka “Mighty Mo”

This is the Mighty Mo, and the rolling gang plank (staircase and bridge) that make her accessible to tourists. I learned a bit about Mo that boggles my mind — it took three years to build and over 3 million full hour work days! And did you know that if Mo were stood on end near the Washington Monument, she would be 332 feet taller? She was the last US Battleship to be commissioned, and the last US Battleship to be decommissioned.

Mo saw war time duty in WWII, the Korean War and the Gulf War. She is currently in Pearl Harbor, but will soon be moving to dry dock to have her hull scraped and painted, and much of her decking replaced.

Ships Motto
Ship’s Motto

Welcome aboard: When you step off the gang plank and onto Mighty Mo, you are greeted with a show of pride — and the Mighty Mo has plenty to be proud of. History was made — the world was shaped and changed by this ship and the men who worked on it.

Surrender of Japan, WWII
Surrender of Japan, WWII

Over this spot on 2 September 1945 the instrument of Formal Surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers was signed, thus bringing to a close, the Second World War.

General Douglas McArthur was there to oversee the proceedings. Other high-ranking officials included: Chinese General Hsu Yung-Ch’ang, British Admiral-of-the-Fleet Sir Bruce Fraser, Soviet Lieutenant-General Kuzma Nikolaevich Derevyanko, Australian General Sir Thomas Blamey, Canadian Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, French Général d’Armée Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque, Netherlands Vice Admiral Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich, and New Zealand Air Vice Marshal Leonard M. Isitt. You may read more interesting facts here.

The Bridge of the Mighty Mo
The Bridge of the Mighty Mo

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WORDZZLE!

It is time for Raven’s weekly word challenge, Wordzzle. This is my first time participating. I had a blast designing my paragraphs so that each of them (one for each Wordzzle Challenge I completed) used all of Raven’s words and told a comprehensible story.

Raven’s Words For The Ten Word Challenge Were: pogo stick, ant farm, psychic, tin box, wall safe, Waterloo, surge protector, pneumonia, ravages of time, turtle

My turtle was suffering from pnuemonia, so on the veterinarian’s recommendation, I bought him an electric heat rock. If I were psychic I never would have mounted the surge protector on the wall above the aquarium, but I am not psychic, so how could I have known that I would knock it into the water while practicing on my pogo stick. At least the turtle was warm when he met his waterloo. And at least I can happily report that I have learned from my mistake. No more water pets for me. I purchased an ant farm and I know just how to keep it safe. I’ve tucked it away in a tin box and locked it in the wall safe. My new pets are safe from fire, flood, my pogo stick, the ravages of time — and me!

Raven’s Words For The Mini Challenge Were opera singer, oil paints, potter’s wheel, swollen ankles, toothy grin

The fat opera singer disdained the petite wire chair I had set out for her and, complaining of the pain in her swollen ankles, swiped the ordered row of my oil paints into the floor, flashed me a toothy grin, and hefted herself onto my work bench. My potter’s wheel and the cat completely disappeared beneath her bulk. She motioned toward me, standing stunned beside my easel, and said, “You may begin ….”

Bridging The Gap Between Cultures

Visit Alice to find more players in her photo challenge, Bridging The Gap.

On the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, there is a Korean Temple. It was built as a sign of peace between East and West. In fact, a good part of the UH@M campus is dedicated to bridging the gaps between Asian and American culture.

Korean Temple

Korean Temple

Here is a bit of detail from the Temple. You can see a bit more of it if you visit my Project Green Finale.

Temple entrance.

Temple entrance.

Here is the bridge one has to cross in order to enter the temple. Be certain to biggie the photo and look at the details etched on the rail supports.

The View From Work & Bridging the Gap

The View From Work

The View From Work

Okay, this isn’t the view from work. It’s the view from the parking garage at work. Wait! That isn’t quite accurate either. How do I explain? [Deep breath …]

Several weeks ago I hired on at a temp agency. They said they’d put me to work in a week — and they didn’t. I called in every day. In fact, it got to where the receptionist recognized my hello, and I wouldn’t even have to give my name! Yesterday when I called in instead of telling me, “Sorry. Thanks for calling,” she said, “One moment please.” I was routed through to a rep and asked to attend a job interview. I went.

The job interview was for an outsource company who picks up records and send them off island to their CPAs. My job is to do pick up. I sort, file, scan, photocopy, etc. all the necessary records and see that they are digitalized and sent via network to the CPA. Once I am trained I will get to travel between various businesses here on the island and gather their paperwork into sensible bundles for both the clients and the CPAs.

The thing that attracted me to this job was the movement. It will be nice to not be stuck in the same place all the time. Other perks — great health benefits, paid downtown parking, and nice coworkers (of course the girl training me is soon to be a stay at home mommy, so she’ll be replaced by someone I’ve not yet met because she’s away on her Honeymoon.)

After my first day the thing I like most about my job is the respect I received. It was startling to me. I never realized how profoundly my last work experience effected me until I recognized my amazement at being treated like an equal. It was wonderful.

I will never be able to tell you some things about my work because of client confidentiality. I have given my word, but I can tell you about the office in generic terms and most probably will.

Visit Alice to find more players in her photo challenge, Bridging The Gap.

Crossing The Canal

Crossing The Canal

OC can tell you the name of this canal, but considering that he is in SF, I cannot turn to the other end of the couch and ask him. All I can tell you is that to stop erosion of precious land, most of the streams have been paved. When one lives on an island each inch of space an millimeter of soil takes on greater significance. It ISN’T replaceable. There isn’t more where that came from. Gone isn’t moved down stream to someone else’s yard, it’s GONE.

The water you see here is shallow, and it isn’t flowing out to sea, it is the sea, flowing in. Here is the upstream view. LEss than 100 yards away the puddle ends and only a small trickle makes its way down stream.

Merging Canals

Merging Canals

Two streams come together here. If you biggie the photo and look up the right branch, you will see just the edge of a foot bridge connecting pedestrians to the road. A sidewalk leads to that bridge. I took a photo of it, but for some reason it downloaded with stripes through it.

Path To School

Path To School

A bit further up the left branch is another foot bridge (biggie the photo). These bridges are necessary to provide walking access to the school, other wise people would have to come all the way out to the main road and cross the big bridge with all the really fast moving cars.

Shopping Cart

Shopping Cart

The canals, like the edges of the highways, are often used as dumping places for things no longer wanted. There was a school of fish swimming around and about this basket. I took the water hoping they would show up, but the sun was too bright on the water and I couldn’t get a decent focus on them. I suppose clearer water would have helped, but I didn’t have clearer water.

An Excited Apology

I was going to spend the day catching up on my blogging responsibilities.  I have not been near the ‘net much these last few days and owe all of you visits and comments, but it’s not going to be today.  I just received a phone call.  I have been offered the job I interviewed for yesterday.  They want me to start this morning!  Since it is already 8:00 a.m. and I have a 90 minute drive ahead of me, I’d better go!

When I get home tonight I’ll tell you all about it!