Whew! It has been a long time since I was here last. I bet you want to know what I’ve been up to. Well, for awhile I was down. I just couldn’t look at the computer screen without my eyes and head screaming in protest. Since I was also blowing my nose and feeling icky in general, I thought I was coming down with a cold, but OC says it was probably just another bout of allergies, since I wasn’t exhibiting other cold symptoms. For those couple of days I mostly slept and felt sorry for myself.
Then Saturday came and the scientist —
— said he was going to Haleiwa to look at alga (seaweed) and did I want to come along? Okay, I know that doesn’t sound very exciting to you but let me translate — OC was asking if I wanted to ride with him to the other side of the island and spend the morning beachcombing, and — if the water was clean despite the recent storms — maybe even do some swimming. My answer, of course, was YES!
We returned to the same place we went last time, which isn’t really a swimming spot, but I think you’ll agree that it’s beautiful. By the time OC finished collecting and examining seaweed, the storm that had been forcasted was coming over the mountain and it was time to leave.
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A Hawaiian Language Lesson for Melli and Other Interested Readers: As I have said before, the syllable break on a Hawaiian word is at the vowel. If there are several vowels in a row, each is it’s own syllable. So Haleiwa is Ha-le-i-wa. The Next thing you need to know is that the Hawaiian alphabet doesn’t have the “W” sound in it. All Ws should be pronounced with a “V” sound — including Havaii! So, in parts: Ha (like the laugh); Lay; E (like the letter name); Vuh. Four Syllables: Ha Lay E Va. Ha Lay E Va. Ha Lay E Va. Now, if you’ve got that down, try saying it with the actual word: Haleiwa.
Well, it’s like this …. the studs holding the tires on my car weren’t stripped. Apparently the real studs were inside these little metal jackets. The jackets were spinning, but the studs and bolts underneath were just fine.
Okay, I offically feel stupid, but as I pointed out to the tow truck driver who came to take my car to the shop this morning — but didn’t — it wasn’t my job to know about those jackets. You see, it was one of his coworkers that, after twirling those jackets, convinced us that our studs had been stripped. We believed him, he was the pro, right?
Actually, he’s brand new at driving a tow truck and we were one of his very first solo runs. The guy who showed up this morning though had 30 years in the business. He said, “Let me take a look.”
So, three of our tires were just fine. One had loose lug nuts, but the studs weren’t stripped, they just hadn’t been tightened down. That’s the one that was making all the banging noise. Issac From Haleiwa Towing had the car road safe and rolling in under 20 minutes.
I still haven’t called the garage. By the time I got to work I was 3 hours late and had a pile of stuff wanting my attention. I dove in to the pile and didn’t come up for air until quitting time.