Heidi and David spent a few of their vacation days this month in Kauai. They saw the sights, explored the beaches and the trails, and they learned a little bit about how to golf.
Princeville has two beautiful golf courses, but neither Heidi nor David had ever touched a golf club before. "Ron says we should learn by just going out and hitting the ball," said Heidi. "But Eric says that we should take lessons," said David, "and all the other golfers will get mad at us if we go out on such a nice course and hack around."
So they took lessons. And now they know the right grips and the right stroke, but they have trouble hitting the ball at all. "Golf is not as easy as it looks," said Ken, their instructor.
The Handyman's been away from Boston 3 of the last 4 weeks, so there's still plenty to do before the cold weather sets in. It's early December, but the temperatures in Boston this year are extra warm and into the 60's regularly. There are tons and tons of leaves yet to be cleared from the lawn and flower beds, storm doors have to be installed and the outside plumbing set for winter. Hmmmm, the folks in Honolulu and Los Angeles don't have to do these things anymore!
The weathers been so temperate that Paul and Rachel are thinking of driving to Philadelphia rather than flying. If one plans it correctly to skip the "rush hour traffic" of the big cities, then the drive will take about 6 hours.
The Mill Wharf
The Weston Food Critic took an afternoon off to visit the Mill Wharf located at 150R.Front Street on the Scituate Harbor. It was an overcast December lunch and the restaurant was not full, so we got a table overlooking the pictureque harbor and the lobster boats which stayed in port because of the poor weather conditions. What a delightful setting.
We had for lunch a terykaki chicken sandwich and our host (aka Bob Dalahunt) and fried clams. Both dishes were excellent and we cleaned our plates of all crumbs. It costs about $10/person which included non-alcoholic beverages, entrees and taxes. Certainly a great value given the view and the quality of the food.
A couple times a month on weekends, Bob's youngest daughter, Suzie, sings rock with a band at the Mill Wharf. Find out the evening and have a good meal and some entertainment at the same time. Tel.:(508) 545-3999
Rachel has lots of aunts and uncles around the world, as the old Chinese families were very large... sometimes 20 kids from one father. In Hawaii for Thanksgivings, we got together with Uncle Eddie Tsou, who retired from the HK government back in about 1970 and moved to Hawaii to work as a civil engineer. Today at about 85 years old, he plays golf and tennis weekly, exercises daily and paints beautifully in water colors.
His apartment in the Kahala section of Honolulu is full of his paintings and his calligraphy. Uncle Eddie is full of life and looks 20 years younger than his actual age. One of his four daughters, Jean, lives close by with her husband and children.
The little Korean/Japanese Rest located one block south of Boylston on Mass Ave in Boston was a fun place to stop for a quick Saturday lunch. The had a buffet lunch for $9.50/person and this is what the Weston Food Critic and his lunch companion wanted to try. The best dishes were the noodle dishes and the sushi bar... all included in the buffet.
The food quality was O.K., not great, but it was still a good buy if one enjoys sushi. Parking is not easy in this neighborhood and if one has to pay extra for a private parking lot, it may not be worth the trip!
Joan Byrnes Dies
Joan, the wife of Paul's friend Ed Byrnes died after a three year battle with cancer. The funernal and burial were held in the home town of Medfield, Ma.
Joan and Ed are both natives of the Boston area and had been married for over 45 years. Joan is survied by a daughter, a son, two grandchildren and Eddie.
Vienna Boys' Choir
Rachel's friend, Man-Yee Tang had an extra ticket to a concert of the Vienna Boys' Choir for the weekend, so Rachel got to attend a pre-X'mas concert. What a treat!
Paul and some other husbands got the opportunity to drive and join them for dinner in Chinatown after the concert. Seems fare to me?! :)
Paul and Rachel had a pleasant surprise when they went to see a Chinese movie produced in the Mainland and shown at the MFA (not your local movie theaters). The Emperor's Shadow is the story around the first Emperor of China, the king who conquered the other 5 kingdoms and united China for the first time, forced a common written language, standard weights and measures and started the construction of the Great Wall... all about 200 BC.
The theme of the movie was that you could conquer nations, and control material things and peoples' behavior, but you could not conquer their hearts and their thoughts. The story was great and the acting very fine. This movie is a "spectacular", grand photography, big casts of armies, .. the type of movie Cecil B Demill used to make in the USA. So, if you get a chance... be sure to go see it!