By Braddah Lance
So we dodged anoddah one. Hurricane Ana came and spared us all from da damage and devastation of Mother Nature's fury and boy were we lucky. Who would have imagined a hurricane headed straight for us - at least run closely parallel - and then veer off westerly - it was only our hope dat it would and it did.
Wat I no understand is da countless numbah of people who kept saying, "not going hit us" or even those who decided it was "safe" to go out and about - especially surfing - in stormy conditions. Granted it wasn't nearly as windy as we thought it would be but das due to Ana tracking away from us. As a surfer of ovah 30 years, why would you go out and surf in those conditions? Da waves are mush, da size - if it's there - isn't even fun to ride being lumpy and bumpy and da biggest rush of shooting through a barrel is a far fetched dream if evah.
It's times like dat I wish it did hit us to shut those kines of people up but at da same time I'll take a million false cracks rather than having to go through a hurricane hitting us.
Da Wife and I was sitting at home doing our best to keep up to date while occupying Da Baby and Da Keiki and there was one update dat aired dat I was totally surprised to hear.
It was on Saturday I believe and of course there's the dog and pony show from the Mayor and a handful of other departments making their statement on air in the Civil Defense room but there was one person, Peter Hirai - Deputy Director of Emergency Management, dat made me double take.
He opened up, "For those whose weekend plans were spoiled or ruined, we have many people working hard..." and blah blah blah (I'm totally paraphrasing as I can't recall word for word what was said). Now it may be just me but his face and his tone was basically saying quit whining you frickin' complainers who don't have a weekend while I (we) have to work.
I couldn't believe his "message" was about his department working "hard" while people couldn't enjoy da weekend.
Wassup Wit Dat!
His ENTIRE message was about dat. Nothing about wat to do or take shelter or who to contact, it was about people's plans ruined and his department "hard at work". Ummm, Mr.Deputy Director of Emergency Management, have you looked at your title recently? Isn't dis an "emergency"? Isn't dis wat you and your department does in times of "emergency"??
And tink about it, if you're in an emergent position, isn't dis wat you are prepared and trained to do? It's like telling a firefighter no fight one fire or HPD not to respond to a threat or a lifeguard no jump into da watah to save da idiot trying to surf in a storm.
Last time I checked, it's their JOB to do it.
All those positions, I would like to think, is something they LOVE to do. Helping, saving, responding and just being of service as those jobs are things dat they especially enjoy doing. Have we forgotten about 9-11 and those responders who just did their job?
Oh wait, sorry, I read too fast. I only read Emergency..... I overlooked Management.
I certainly hope his attitude is not trickled down through his department but then again like I said, it might be just me but I for one if in dat position would not have started off by scolding or going off in a blaming innuendo.
But then again, I listen wen I hear wolf.
FYI - I tried looking for that particular update but couldn't locate it. If you find it, please let me know so dat I can look at it again. Maybe I was in a salty mood and I surah would like to know if it was noticed by oddahs or if its just my no nonsense nonsense. I believe it was Saturday afternoon and Mayor Caldwell was wearing a black and green aloha shirt and there four people speaking.