We've settled in and are having a fine time here, even though it is bitter cold with ground fog; we are staying indoors.We are just loving the way everyone is in fine shape and moving along and we can just enjoy being with them.
Back in Hilo, just before they left, I got this photo of friends Arlie Conner and Mimi in front of the breadfruit tree. In our absence we're having the tree topped, because it has been cutting off too much of the view of the water.
Our short visit to San Francisco, which is a annual event, was wonderful. It's when we get to see our good old friends, Joan and Allan Kmetz. We knew them in Switzerland when we were young with little kids. Joan and Allen are moving out to San Francisco soon, so we hope to see more of them in the future. Maybe a visit to Hawaii????
That's Joan on the left with Sylvia Wong, someone I have been seeing periodically for a number of years. She and her husband divide their time between Taiwan and Chicago. We are the "traditional" wives of scientists! And it's been a good life for us, mostly.
We went to Scomas Restaurant on the wharf later in the evening. Terry and I ordered crab and didn't mind being elbow deep in it. Others were more cautious and got the usual squishy seafood pasta dishes that people seem to favor these days.
A particular delight, aside from the crab, was conversing with one of those Englishmen who don't mind being clever and entertaining: something about the Brits I do like, in spite of my over-all anglophobia. This skill they cultivate comes out of a real desire to please and to make social occasions fun.
My sister and I managed to spend a few hours together. The delay getting over here cut our time short, unfortunately.
Next day Terry and I went to Aliotos for lunch--more crab-- and the great views.
I kind of like this shot. It's so full of visual noise and very lively.
It was such a pretty day, though cold.
And I'm enjoying a great read, The Spoiler, by Annalena McAfee. It could be subtitled, Everything you have always suspected but did not want to believe. There are pretty obvious references to Martha Gellhorn and The Guardian. Alas, the young are ignorant and overconfident and the old are vain and foolish! It is about journalism and the publishing industry in the late 90's, just before the Internet changed print culture forever.
Yes. It's a great life if you don't weaken.
Have a nice weekend, everyone!