Archive for December 5th, 2009

From today’s Maui News:

The National Weather Service is warning of “giant” surf headed for the islands, prompting civil defense officials to caution people in coastal areas to take precautions.

A set of very powerful storms in the north Pacific will produce two northwest swells over the coming week, according to the weather service. The first swell was expected to arrive Friday night and peak today, bringing 20- to 30-foot surf with 40-foot sets on outer reefs.

A second and larger swell was forecast to arrive Sunday night, with surf building rapidly to 30 to 40 feet, with sets up to 50 feet on outer reefs early Monday through Tuesday night. Surf is expected to remain above warning levels through Wednesday.

That’s Eddie Aikau size ladies and gents!

I blogged last year about the Quicksilver Invitational in memory of Eddie Aikau over on Oahu.  The holding period just started for this season and now we have alerts for some super high surf.  They haven’t run the Eddie since 2004, but this may be the year folks! 

I don’t know why I get so excited about it.  I’m not a surfer.  Although – I still want to take at least one or two lessons while I am living on the island.  I think it’s pretty intimidating to have a surf invitational event that isn’t even held if the waves don’t get big enough.  Makes it pretty intense when it runs.  I’d love to be on the North Shore to see it live but it’s fun enough for me to watch our local newscasters report. 

As for Maui, maybe I’ll have to run out to the Hookipa Lookout spot and see if any local surfers would dare to brave the waves.  I don’t think our surfing spots are as consistent as Oahu’s North Shore, but it’s still fun to watch. 

Eddie Aikau site is over HERE.

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Dog Etiquette

We’ve been taking care of Henry the dog for about a month now while Sweetie’s co-worker is off-island.  All in all, it’s a good experience.  I like to say that Henry is a good ambassador to the dog world, as far as my husband is concerned.  Sweetie is a cat person, not a dog person.  I would venture to say he doesn’t like dogs.  But he likes Henry.  He plays with Henry and tells Henry he is a “good dog.”  It’s pretty cute to watch the two of them play. 

There are plenty of dogs in the neighborhood.  At this point, I can’t decide which people I hate more – the people who chain their dogs up all day long or the people who let their dogs run free.  Both of them annoy me to no end. 

There are two dogs at the house down the street from us.  Two small yappy dogs who are tethered to the house all day long and who generally bark at anything in sight.  Sweetie often wants to kick these dogs.  But me?  I want to kick the owners.  In over three years, I have never ever seen a resident of that house interact with either one of those dogs.  They must at some point because I think the dogs are occasionally let into the house.  But the rest of the time?  They are outside.  Alone.  There used to be just one dog but it got a companion this year because – why have one yappy dog you neglect when you can have two yappy dogs, right?

On our walking route, Henry and I sometimes encounter the free running dog.  If we stay on the main street by the side of her house, she doesn’t come out.  But if venture onto her street, she comes barrelling out of the garage, yapping all the way.  She comes and sniffs and jumps around Henry.  And she doesn’t stop.  She will walk with us for the whole block just yapping and jumping around Henry.  Most of the time, Henry couldn’t care less.  He never barks at other dogs.  He’ll sniff and say hello and then move on.  Sometimes, this little dog finally gets on his last nerve and he growls at her.  Only dog I’ve ever seen him growl at.  Good for you Henry.  I want to growl at her also.  I sometimes want to lure her out toward the busy side of the street but then I remind myself it’s not really her fault her idiot owners let her run around by herself.  She is such a small dog that I don’t feel threatened by her at all.  However, on our walk last night, I was very startled when Henry and I walked past the house and encountered a much larger dog running loose.  This dog had come out and around the house and was suddenly standing before us and made a quick lunge toward Henry.  I yanked Henry’s leash to back him up and walked away as fast as I could.  Cursing the stupid people.  I’m not sure I could take on that dog if he took a serious swipe at Henry.

And the people who annoy me the most?  All the idiots who walk their dogs and leave dog crap all over the neighborhood.  Our walking route includes lots of public sidewalk areas.  Apparently people believe that as long as their dogs don’t crap in someone’s yard, they don’t need to pick up after them (although there is plenty of crap in yards also).  So the rest of us get to walk around the sidewalk and grass and dodge poop bombs all over the place.  I walk Henry twice a day every day and I always carry enough bags to pick up anything he “drops” on the ground.  Why is it so hard for other dog owners to do the same?

My final gripe of the day?  With two walks and many extra trips outside every day, you would think Henry would refrain from peeing inside the house.  Somehow though, he manages to show his displeasure from time to time and has relieved himself in three different rooms in the house during his stay.  *sigh*   Really dog?  We spoil you and then go out for dinner, and this is how you behave??

So, our guest is not a perfect ambassador to the dog world.  But he’s still pretty good.  And he’s better behaved than many of the humans around here.

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