Marku'u & Open Mic
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Today, I went to the Marku’a Market in Pahoa. There were rows of stalls selling ukuleles, Aloha shirts, pearls, poi, kava, flower jewelry, ahi filets, etc. While this place wasn’t as exciting as the farmers’ market in Hilo, I think my favorite photos from the trip are turning out to be those I took in the markets.
After a p.m. shift in the kitchen, I went to Kate’s farewell bonfire at the Field of Dreams. I’ll be sad to see her go. Although everyone here really likes Kate, not many people showed up. That’s the downside of living in a place where people are encouraged to follow their own whims and do exactly as they please. They were probably all tired or something and decided to skip it, rather than acting unselfishly and going because it honored Kate.
I felt really bad for her, but as we walked back towards our Hale, we looked up and saw a meteor shower. Every minute or so, there were huge, clear, bright shooting stars. It was spectacular, and I wished on every single one I saw (can’t hurt, right?)
Today, my p.m. shift with the shift leader who doesn’t like me went really well. I moved as fast as I could, and he kept a distance. For once, we had a full staff, which freed us up a bit to chat as we worked, sing along with the music, etc. At the end of the shift, the shift leader gave us all hugs. Maybe we’re both making progress!
After work, Vincenzo and I were laying around in the lounge, and he told me the story of how he and Cosimo met, how much C means to him, and what their lives are like together. It was the most beautiful love story. I had tears in my eyes! V went through so many ups and downs before he met C, but their happy ending gives me hope. I think those two are the greatest.
Today, I went to an aqua massage class with Sylvie in Kalani’s huge watsu pool. The water is heated to the temperature of the human body and felt just right. Sylvie taught us the basics and helped us to practice on each other. She placed floats under the neck and calves of the person receiving the massage, so that they floated on their own. The massage itself involved wiggling the limbs, sloshing them back and forth, and gently pushing them up and down. These motions were designed to mimic waves, and to relieve tension in the body.When it was my turn to receive the massage, I found it very relaxing. It definitely loosened up my spine, although I think I still prefer traditional Swedish massage.Dec. 15Walked Kali again this morning. While I sat with him, another volunteer came up to me who I’d overheard a few days ago telling a crazy story about how he truly believes he’s from another planet. Someone had asked him where he was from, and instead of saying, “Florida” or, “New Jersey,” he answered: “I’m from the planet Plesior,” (or something like that). He was not kidding. It was extra freaky because he seemed so normal before that comment. There are some pretty zany people around here who you’d expect to say something like that, but not him.Anyway, the alleged alien from Plesior came up to me when I was sitting with the dog and we had the following exchange:Him: “Betsy, have you ever felt a special connection to the stars?”
Me: “Well, I think they’re very pretty. Yes, I like them a lot.”
Him: “That’s it? You like them a lot?”
Me: “I guess so.” (thinking) “Well, I’m not from one, if that’s what you mean.”
Now that I think back on it, I realized what a fantastic opportunity I missed. I could’ve really ran with this. If I’d said, “Yeah, you know actually I do feel a certain familiarity with them,” who knows what fantastic things would’ve come out of his mouth? I guess I’ll never know.Tonight was open mic night at the Emax. A group of us donned red and green leis and sang Christmas carols, some of which had special Kalani lyrics. Once the carols were over, I sang, “Imagine” by John Lennon. I sang in English while Jonathan sang in Hawaiian and accompanied us with his drum, and Richard did the hula. Although we’d never practiced it all together, it went pretty well.Other performances included a couple of short films, some poetry and even a couple of yodels from Martin.