Posted by floatingbridge on June 7, 2011, at 22:14:15
In reply to Re: Capt. Kirk, posted by sigismund on June 7, 2011, at 19:35:26
Well, sigi, I am 1/4 Hungarian.
Here on Kaua'i, in my brief experience, I see alot of what I call open faces. People are not rushing. Personally, in my head, I call it aloha time.
I'm on the north coast which is reputedly 'slower' than the south. Some people say that there is nothing to do. Of course, I have my little phone to play with, but other than that, it suits me fine.
People stop and talk. Granted, the majority of my interactions are with tourists or relocated mainlanders.
People hitchhike, and it isn't scary. Unless it was my teenage son doing the thumbing.
My working theory is based on density. So many less people. What a relief.
Some of the local islanders I've met seem to share a sense of calm. Of course they may carry more weight of living with them. They are, of course, working, raising children.
I did have an unpleasant toned conversation in a hot tub with a relocated mainlander. She criticized the schools, called this Kaua'i a third world country. In her mouth those words seemed pejorative. I don't know why She was here except as a hedonist exhile. Whatever that means. Obviously she rubbed me the wrong way. She seemed immune to the charm of courtesy that is apparent in the driving habits here, such as signs that suggest how to share a one lane bridge on a two lane road.
Or that the official highway speed posted is 40 miles per hour.
* and whoever gazes at the stars will never again be quite alone...
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