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July, 2004 - Issue #38

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

JEWELRY BOX

This may be the last birthday present Camille receives for turning 50.  Bob had this box custom made from Walnut and Che Chen Burl by Emily Palm of Petoskey, Michigan.  Che Chen is known in Belize as Black Poison Wood because the bark of this tree will cause a terrible rash.  It is a beautiful wood and the burl, with its crazy grain, is spectacular.

 

JULY FOURTH RODEO

Summer is synonymous with rodeo and we rarely miss one.  For more rodeo photos click on 2004 Makawao Rodeo.

 

A DAY OFF

We had Inter-dependence Day off and used it to go for a little drive.  We ended up hanging around at the new playground in Haiku.

 

ANOTHER BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Pam and Shaun invited us for dinner on July 10th to celebrate Camille's Birthday.  Here Bob and Shaun settle in for a few beers to help them solve the problems of the world.  For more photos of this very special gift, click on Birthday Party.

 

WHACK A DOO

Bob clips the hibiscus hedge beside our home, giving us an additional three feet of walking space between the front and back yard.

 

CONSPIRING

On the 18th, Shaun and Ralph share a secret.  Bob and Shaun had put up decorations at Hapa's in Kihei to welcome Ralph Nadar to Maui.  Inspired by Ralph, Shaun decided to run for the Senate on the Green Party ticket in an effort to promote election reform.

WHY DO WE NEED ELECTION REFORM?

I'll let Howard Zinn answer that:

"Money dominates the whole electoral process, with huge sums being expended by both Democrats and Republicans.  Candidates need to amass enormous sums of money in order to have a chance at winning, and those sums do not come from ordinary people; they come from big-business interests.  So it's not a free election in that sense."

"It's also not a free election in the sense of people having the freedom to choose whichever candidate they want, because just two parties dominate the entire system.  Other parties don't have a chance.  'Third-party' candidates are not even allowed to appear in televised presidential debates. [snip] It's hardly a free choice."

 

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER?

Amy arrives at the Kahului Airport on July 19th.

 

ART HISTORY 101

Bob and Amy discover the secrets of several painted masterpieces with the helpful guidance of Sister Wendy on July 2nd.

 

SNORKELING AROUND

Amy, Bob and Camille headed out to Molokini aboard the Pride of Maui on July 25th.  For more photos, click on A Trip to Molokini

 

WHAT, MORE PRESENTS?!

Thanks to Mom and Dad, this party isn't over, yet!

 

UNWRAPPED

And here is what was in three of those pretty packages; a solar-powered landscaping light, a copy of "Ma and Pa Kettle at Home" circa 1954, and a cute potted plant ornament featuring roses and a big bumble bee.  We'll place the light outside with our bunny and add the bumble bee to our potted jade plant.  We all watched Ma and Pa's antics with dinner.  We saved the other two presents to open with Molly. 

 

HERE'S AMY

  

Sitting at the computer terminal Bob set up for her, Amy dries her hair.

 

IN THE BACKYARD    

Bob and Amy satisfy the annual backyard photo requirement.

    

On the last day of our visit, Bob generally takes the obligatory annual portraits.  Amy looks Surprised, doesn't she?

Not really!

    

At some point, all women learn the hand on the hip gesture which Amy demonstrates here.

I know - it's hard to keep a straight face, isn't it?

 

HEY, WHAT?

Hello, it's Molly!  We put Amy on a plane for Denver on July 29th and picked up Molly in the same spot the next day!  Now, Molly gets to play the only child in our oh-so-adult lives.

 

SCREENS

   

Molly looks in through the window screen and later, looks out into cyberspace through the PC screen.

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Molly has the same color eyes as Bob does.

 

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?

To find out click on Just Kidding Around.

 

SCREEN TEST

Bob snapped this photo of Camille from outside the kitchen window.  She's probably making something good for dinner! 

 

WITH A LITTLE HELP

Molly helps Camille make potato salad by peeling the eggs.

 

WATER BOMB

Bob showed us how to make a groovy alternative to a water balloon out of paper.

Here we are with our bombs.  Molly is laughing because hers has begun to leak.

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