Hawaii is a small state, and my parents have lived there many years. So they know a lot of people.
So it's not boasting really when I say that we're friends with Hawaii's new governor, Neil Abercrombie. The state may technically have a million residents, but in reality it's like a small town. So Neil's friends with a lot of people. But I went to the official site for Hawaii's state government today and saw his smiling face and just had to post - hurray!
This isn't a political blog, so I'm not going to go into details as to why Neil was definitely the best choice for governor in the recent election. (Although I will say that, unlike the other candidates, he's pro marriage equality, which warms my heart.) But I happen to know Neil a little as a person, and so I think I'm entitled to a brief Huzzah! to celebrate his recent inauguration.
He's a good man. One summer, when my mother, her then boyfriend, and I were between houses and unable to find something quickly that fit our limited budget, Neil and his wife Nancy offered to let us stay in their home for a few months. It was a typically generous move.
The place wasn't huge, but we fit in just fine. It was, however, a trifle eccentric. The floors were uneven enough to give you an "I'm at sea" sensation as you crossed the living room, and on certain summer nights, the termites would swarm, letting you know they'd found themselves a home. Termite swarms are not uncommmmon in Hawaii, so that's no reflection on Neil. At another of our residences we were treated occasionally to cockroach swarms, so it could've been worse. Termites are manini compared to that.
Then there was the time that the phone rang. I picked it up and said in my fourteen-year-old girl voice: "Hello?"
A man on the other end said, "Neil??"
Well, no. Sorry to disappoint. He's letting us live in his home until we find our feet. He's a man of integrity and compassion. I'll be sure to let him know you called.
So congratulations, Neil, on your governorship. And congrats too, to Hawaii, for making a fine choice. Huzzah!