Bridging The Gap Between Cultures

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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.

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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.

Bridging The Gap

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Makaha Stream Bridge at Farrington Highway

Makaha Stream Bridge at Farrington Highway

Tuesday I pictured for you the bridge over Makaha Stream at the head end.  This is the bridge that crosses the mouth of Makaha stream  I took this photo just before sundown, as you can see in the pinkening clouds and the spotlight of sun hitting the east end of the bridge.

If you biggie the photo, you can see the ultra high rent housing development just east of Sensible Acres, where we live.   From up here on our mountainside we can see over all the brush and trees and right down here to the ocean.

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The job interview went well.  I know she had two other people to see, but she told me to expect to be called back for a second interview.  We will see. I feel good about my presentation of self.

Ruby Tuesday Bridges the Gap

Our Ruby Tuesday host is Mary, the Teach.

On Tuesdays you can post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED. Your photo can contain lots of RED or a little bit of RED.

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Although you’ve not seen this exact photo, you have seen this view previously on my blog.  The bridge the jogger is running over is the Makaha Stream Bridge.  The bridge you see arching over the road is a cart bridge and foot path which connects the Makaha Country Club with the Makaha Golf Resort.  Yep, on either side of this lovely little winding country road, there is an 18 hole golf course.  Thirty-six holes within walking distance to our condo, and given our time and money constraints, OC has taken his clubs out once.

2-Fer Bridges

2-Fer Bridges

And here we have a bit of graffiti on the side rail of the Makaha Stream bridge.

Graffiti

Graffiti

The second photo was taken about a month ago and the graffiti was eye-popping red and fresh.  The first photo was taken this evening, and if you look at the side of the bridge you can see that the graffiti has been white washed over.

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Hey, I know you missed me yesterday.  I am sorry.  I was away from home most of the day.  I will be leaving the house very early today, too, and not returning until evening.  I will try to catch up with you as soon as time allows.

Today I am going on a job interview.  Prayers are accepted and appreciated.  I’ll let you all know what happens.

Punny Monday & Bridging The Gap

What proper noun (the name of a person, place or thing) does this photo represent? EMAIL your answers and leave a comment designed to either help or confuse your fellow game players.

Punny Monday
Punny Monday

The first contestant to EMAIL me the right answer wins a featured link in my blog which will display until next Monday when we’ll play this little game again. Enjoy.

PLEASE, do not write your guess in the comments. It spoils the game for the other players. Your guesses will be shared when the game ends.

Punny Winners!

August 25th, 2008 at 3:19 a.m. — Melli – Bridge Party, Bridge Mix, Bridge Club

August 25th, 2008 at 6:21 a.m. — AmberStar – Contract Bridge

August 25th, 2008 at 7:39 a.m. — Jane Latham – Bridge

August 25th, 2008 at 8:10 a.m. — Doug – Northbridge

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There is a bridge at Nanakuli Beach Park that seemingly leads to nowhere. It is brand new and beautiful. It spans Nanakuli Stream. It is parallel to — that is beside — Farrington Highway, and is blocked on both ends.

Nanakuli Bridge

Nanakuli Bridge

I found a reference in the minutes of the town council meeting granting permission to a boating club to use the bridge to bring their boats into the park. The minutes stated that the bridge would be open for club use transporting boats into and out of the park during the hours of the race. A police guard was to be posted to prevent non-sanctioned use.

Keep Out

Keep Out

The sign reads that the road is restricted to use by emergency personnel only. I could find nothing that stated why this fancy, expensive, new bridge would be built beside the old one, and then kept from use. We have speculated — maybe the new bridge has a structural flaw and can’t handle a constant, steady traffic flow. Maybe it was decided after the fact that the new bridge would move the highway too far over. The road leading from the pictured end of the bridge cuts through the park. The road leading from the other end of the bridge runs adjacent to the front yards in a housing complex.

Nanakuli Park Bridge

side view: Nanakuli Park Bridge

And maybe — just maybe — the bridge was built exactly for the purpose it serves. The current entrance to the park requires a 45 degree turn followed by another, immediate 45 degree turn. Some boats and rigs likely can’t make the narrow cut. This one allows rigs and trailers to roll straight in. They still have to make a 45 degree left turn, but that turn is managed in wide open space, not at the entrance to an overcrowded, undersized, packed parking lot.