Oct 16, 2016

Shiver of Sharks

I've had big finny creatures on my mind all day. This is likely in part because sharks abound in the waters around the House of Good Living and a beach in South Maui was closed two days ago because of a human vs shark encounter. I had an uncomfortable paddle with a big grey one a couple of winters ago and that event is never far from my mind when I'm near the beach where it happened. Even so, I know there's a greater chance of death by lightning strike than by shark bite and it goes without saying I try to avoid circumstances where either event may occur.

We've discussed the "sharks are scary" matter before and I only bring the issue up again because statistics reveal that October is the month when most human-shark encounters occur in the islands of Hawai'i, in part as a result of pregnant Tiger sharks visiting shoreline areas to have their babies. Unsurprisingly, hungry "pupping" momma sharks and coconut oil-frosted snorkelers don't play well together.

I'm revisiting the topic of sharks because last night's Saturday Night Live episode featured a Jaws-themed skit. This isn't a political blog so I won't opine on the threats posed to our nation's safety by either candidate. What I will do is dare you to watch the skit without laughing out loud.

The other reason I'm currently obsessing about fins in the water is because of the wonderful collective noun used to describe a group of sharks - "SHIVER". Could there be a more perfect word for a gathering of these teethy nightmares? A shiver of sharks is right up there with "crash" of rhinoceroses and "parliament" of owls and "fluthering" of jellyfish. I find these unexpectedly entertaining words so delightful I can't resist shouting them out to my increasingly annoyed husband who's trying to finish a yoga practice this morning.

Me:  A Knot of Snakes!
Him: mutters "mountain pose, mountain pose..."
Me:  A Busyness of Ferrets!
Him: Sun salutation, sun salutation ...
Me:  ~ And, because I can't resist ~ A Charm of Finches!!!
Him:  Go AWAY.

Some people, right?!



Oct 14, 2016

Morning People

Molokai waking up, Oct 14, 2016
Do you wake up easily, agreeably and eager to begin the day?
Or are you in the camp who believes that if people were meant to pop out of bed in the morning they should sleep in toasters?

Is this an "us" vs "them" issue for you? Can we still be friends if I tell you that my middle name is "Dawn?"

My first wage-paying job required that I report for work at 4:45 AM. I was 14 years old. It sucked a LOT to be the only kid in the neighborhood who needed to go to sleep before full dark and eliminated the possibility of advancing my crush on David next door beyond the wishing stage. It also effectively set in place the pattern of waking early, ready to roll with the day**.

Waking with the dawn here at the House of Good Living means I get to watch Molokai brighten with the rising sun. It's a slow, warm, green coloration change that symbolizes everything a new day is supposed to mean, IMHO.

Dawn. I guess that's me.