Ended up at my favorite beach in the late afternoon yesterday, and discovered a super ebb tide — the lowest I’d seen there — prompted by the solstice and pending full moon. It made me think of how the ocean, in this bountiful Makahiki time, pulls back her water and allows a big harvest from the reef.
I didn’t grab any opihi, squid or sea cucumber, but my friend found three great pieces of glass from Japanese fishing floats, including one with a rare double nipple, all of which he gave to me for my collection. The moon, already up, turned brighter as the sky faded to charcoal and dusky pink. I could have stayed forever, but I was wet from swimming and shaking from the cold, despite a thick sweatshirt.
On the way home I got a call from the owner of the dog, whose name is Daisy, and it turns out she was a former hunting dog, adopted from the shelter, and lost while hiking on the trail near my house. So they’re going to pick her up from the shelter today. We’re all pleased that story had a happy ending.
While we're on the topic of endings, it’s typical for newspapers in late December to do articles that capture the events of the past year, and so we have the Star-Bulletin today launching its “10 Who Made a Difference” line up with a piece on Superferry CEO John Garibaldi.
Besides the usual fluff that Garibaldi is prone to utter — "Now that we've started up our service to Kahului, and after seeing how that community has reacted to it and the support that we've seen from the various customers that have taken advantage of the Superferry in the first week, I'm very excited and looking forward to the future." — the article contained information about the substantial losses the company reportedly has suffered.
I thought this bit was interesting, seeing as how the Legislature’s bail-out bill supposedly was not aimed at Superferry: “Garibaldi estimates that lost revenue and fees for various legal and legislative proceedings during the 3 1/2 months the Superferry was shut down cost the company in excess of $10 million.”
I can’t help but wonder what kind of fees — and for exactly what services — Superferry was paying out during legislative proceedings that were intended not to benefit their company, but a generic high capacity ferry service. Ho! Magnanimous, dem.
The article also reported:
“Another daily round trip to Kauai has been postponed indefinitely due to the volatile situation there. ‘We're hoping to return there as soon as we can be assured it will be a safe environment for our passengers and the community,’ he said.
Hmmm, so if they can’t be assured of that, they won’t come? Awright!
The article continues:
“Garibaldi said one of the advantages in having the Maui service in operation now is that it can clear up a lot of the misunderstandings and misconceptions in how the ferry operates. ‘We can look to that example as the actual experience of what happens with the operation of the ferry,’ he said. ‘We're hopeful that will answer or address some of the concerns of the people within the state.”"
Yes, running the "Pukerferry" to Maui has made it clear that those on board can expect a sickening ride, (thanks to Disappeared News for posting the link to Pritchett’s carton) which looks like it will continue to get worse with the trades expected to pick up a couple of notches through next week.
Meanwhile, Gov. Lingle and her “Unified Command” are continuing to promote Superferry, this time by sending over National Guard troops to help clean up Maui’s storm damage.
This is such an obvious ploy to try out Superferry’s military transport abilities under the sugar-coated PR ploy of “community service.” I mean, come on! First, the storm was two weeks ago. And second, was Maui the only island that suffered such damage it warrants that sort of assistance?
Of course, it’s the kind of story that the TV stations lap up like kittens do cream, while the real objective of planting such stories is to have other folks in positions of authority hyping Superferry. The KGMB report includes this plug, er, I mean, statement from Director of Civil Defense Adjutant General Robert Lee:
“'Our National Guard and Civil Defense will pay the $55 fare per heavy equipment to bring it over,’ said Adjutant General Lee. ‘I can bring it in on C-17 but the cost is so much more.’
The report continues: "He says the Superferry is the best and fastest way to transport its vehicles to Maui, despite all the controversy that's surrounded the ship. ‘I think the community of Maui would want us to bring the heavy equipment to help neighbors out in the case of this emergency. We're not bringing in any kind of invasive species from Oahu to Maui.’”
That’s the kind of advertisement that money can’t buy — but slick PR firms can. And what a clever way to discourage demonstrations! People are bound to look like bad guys if they protest a ferry carrying Guardsman on a supposed humanitarian mission.
Oh, btw, KGMB also reported that the Guardsmen “will be on Maui until all the storm damage is cleaned up.”
Now isn’t that convenient. If Maui folks do decide to act up over the holidays, when people have more time to get out and demonstrate, the cops and Coast Guard will have back up handy.
Lingle is one smart cookie. Must be why she's da leader of da "Unified Command."