I’m back from Waikiki, where I almost had a shark encounter of the scariest kind. No kidding. Check out this newsreel from KHON2 News. I had been snorkeling around these waters during that very time period on that exact day.
Here’s how it went: After snorkeling for a while I felt that I was getting a little too far out and a little too deep. The coral was far behind. All was silent, still and turquoise, and I got a ‘funny’ feeling that I was in shark water. I tried to imagine how quickly a shark could appear from ‘nowhere.’ I got scared and swam at a pretty good tilt toward shore. Once on terra firma I got cleaned up, drank a pomegranate smoothie, and headed to the Ala Moana Hotel where I presented my conference paper on drug policy. After a brief Q & A session I had a couple of drinks with colleagues at Cheeseburger’s and told them about my earlier frightful experience. Needless to say, when I returned to my hotel that evening, clicked on the news, and learned just how close I had been to a 10 foot tiger shark, I felt pretty, uh, pretty relieved. I don’t eat tuna, but the least I can do is thank Lady Fortuna.
Anyway, that’s not terribly exciting. What’s really exciting is my art exhibit opening at Havana Gallery on Commercial Drive, on Sunday, March 23, from 4 to 7 pm. I will even be having a book launch at that time. Everyone is welcome!