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Published: February 16th 2015
Deke woke up this morning and felt better. In contrast to how he was feeling yesterday, he almost did cartwheels in celebration. Additionally, the morning was stunningly beautiful, clear, and there was practically no breeze at all.
I woke up early, and made my way to the lobby. The collective mood of the guests even at 6:00 a.m. was optimistic and happy. Not many hit the pool and beach scene yesterday because of the weather, but today looked perfect for fun-in-the-sun activities.
The hotel was very busy and it took us a while to get a table at breakfast though we had a reservation. Deke was happy and talkative; he was a new man. People swarmed to the beach and pool. It was as if people were trying to make up for what they were not able to do yesterday. We’re strange that way, humans. Sometimes we have to be sick or thwarted by the weather to appreciate good health and sunshine.
There were more weddings and smartly dressed people. They were a pleasure to see.
Deke and I came down to the tiki cabana. The wait staff was very busy, so we had to flag a
person down to get our food and drink orders at the pool. Deke was a little frustrated as he likes good service.
Let me tell you a little story about Deke. We went to La Jolla, California on vacation a few years ago. I told Deke that I wanted to go t the beach, and I was very excited. Deke wanted to go too. The beach was buzzing with activity—people playing Frisbee, volleyball, etc. Sometimes people played Frisbee over our heads. Deke looked disconcerted. After a while he said, “There are no cabanas here. There are no people serving us drinks.”
“Yes,” I said.
“What’s going on?” It took me a minute to see what he was getting at and I said, “It’s a public beach.”
“It is?” asked Deke.
“I have never frequented public beaches by choice.” Deke was horrified by the masses and by the lack of service. Deke had only been to private beaches! I laughed because before I met Deke, I had only been to public beaches.
“Really, you have never been to a public beach?”
“On the periphery of one, when I walked my dog in
“Deke, I said, you need me to teach you about the real world.” I am the sort who was incensed when I learned that my friend and I had to pay $13.00 on a public beach in New York just to put our blanket down. I was even more incensed that Greenwich, Connecticut has its own beach and regularly kicks interlopers off of it.
I told my family about what Deke had said, and they burst out laughing. My sister, “Heather” told Deke that she and her family were going on vacation. “And Deke, we’re going to a public
We are all creatures of our environment,
I suppose. I know that Deke is glad that The Kahala has a private beach; as for me, I like both public and private beaches.
Today, I heard a child at the pool surrounded by other children say, “Okay guys, now let’s have fun!” I think that this sweet child encapsulated the spirit of the day. May we all be that enthusiastic in our travels.
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