Pardon our Dust

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Kauai

February 28-March 7

With a ring of the doorbell our trip officially started. Scott, a dear friend of ours, stood outside our door ready to take us to the airport. A moment of scrambling occurred as we double checked to make sure we had everything and once we we were certain we were good, we grabbed our bags, placed them in the car, fastened our seatbelts and away we went. Surprisingly, traffic was light and Scott got us to the airport in a jiffy. Thank you, Scott! Our plane didn’t actually leave until 9:45, so we had plenty of time to check in and find our terminal. This was perfect since we didn’t have breakfast before we left. There wasn’t much to choose from. It was either Starbucks pastries, McDonalds (greasy) or California Pizza Kitchen. Even though California Pizza Kitchen isn’t known for breakfast food, we thought we’d give their breakfast pizza a try and we were pleasantly surprised. Now we were ready to start our adventure!

This was our first long airplane ride and we were thrilled at the chance to get away to an exotic island. We were also extremely amazed and blessed by my parents generosity. See, this trip was made possible because they wanted to let their children go and visit the place they have gone so many times in the past and have grown to cherish so much. They not only let us have their timeshare for two weeks, they also paid for our plane tickets. Amazing! What a chance of a life time. Thank you to my parents…thank you…thank you…thank you.

Before we knew it we were in Honolulu waiting for our connector flight to Lihue. While we waited I was approached by a gal that looked all too familiar. She had her son with her and called out my name. I instantly got up and started talking with her while trying to rememberi her name. She said she used to work with me and then she said her name, Lacey. It all came back to me. How funny that I’d run into someone I knew in an airport in Hawaii. Just shows how small our world really is. Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the plane.

The plane ride took only 30 minutes to get to Luhue and was over before we blinked an eye. I was getting really excited at this time. I knew we were close and the only thing stopping us from arriving to our condo was getting our luggage and our rental car. The whole process went fast and within a half hour we were making our way out of the airport and finding our way thru the streets of Kauai.

…more to come…

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the house by the side of the road

by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat,
Or hurl the cynic’s ban;-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears-
Both parts of an infinite plan;-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice,
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish- so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat
Or hurl the cynic’s ban?-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

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Hello world!

Searching for pictures? The Gallery is now integrated and ready for your viewing pleasure. For those of you with questions about what themes we used, here is a brief explination…

I use the Cutline Theme for WordPress with the WordPressEmbeded Theme for Gallery2. I use the custom wpg2header.php option to remove the sidebars and get the page title from G2. I also had to make changes to the top navigation so that it looks like the other pages (ie current page is in Green font)

One last thing, like many WP themes the sidebar was called from the Index, Page and Post php files so I moved that portion to the footer and made a custom WPG2footer that omits the call for a sidebar. This was probably an unnecessary step since I don’t use the sidebar within the gallery pages but now you know.

I also use the squarethumb module in G2 for a more uniform look.

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