It might sound funny to say it, but I never tire of being photographed with smiling bridge players, especially the women. I would have come “back” much sooner if I had known I was going to get such ego-boosting attention. You will note in the photos that they always had some flowers on me. That’s the way they do things in Hawaii, I suppose. No complaints from here, mind you.
On Saturday, I got to sit in on a Youth bridge session at the club. Thanks to Busaba Williams and many of her friends, there is a large contingent of young players in Hawaii. You would think all these young people would all be out surfing 24-7 – How about that? Another new phrase for me – but Busaba, who is an absolute ball of fire, has them bidding their heads off and taking tricks like crazy. It was great to see all the young faces at the bridge games.
I have to say that the highlight of my trip was being invited to the wedding ceremony of Busaba and Luke Han at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Just like so many other spots in Hawaii, the club is in a primo location.
I’m guessing you have heard of Diamond Head, one of the most famous places in all of Hawaii. It’s a volcanic cone that looks like a big mountain from a distance. Lots of people like to climb it, and for good reason. When you get to the top, the view will knock your socks off (I already had that phrase…from the “old days”).
Well, the Outrigger Canoe Club is located below the slopes of Diamond Head and near Waikiki Beach. Okay, I can’t resist: Waikiki means “spouting fresh water.”
Anyway, Busaba and Luke made a fantastic couple, all dressed in white for their wedding day. I wasn’t around when she was chair of the 2006 Fall NABC in Honolulu, but everyone tells me Busaba and Luke made one of the best tournament organizing teams in ACBL history.
Their wedding was fabulous, and everyone seemed so happy for them. I didn’t even know Busaba that long, but I would guess it would be impossible not to like someone with her charismatic personality – you might find her photo next to “vivacious” in the dictionary.
After Busaba and Luke got hitched, they headed off for Tahiti. Wow! I dropped a few hints about maybe tagging along, but nothing registered with the happy couple. I can’t say as I blame them. I definitely would have been out of place in the honeymoon suite!
I guess I should check my Blackberry now to see where I’m heading next. Just kidding; I haven’t achieved that level of hipness yet (I have trouble with even the elementary cell phones).
I guess I’ll just go with the flow. You’ll find out next time where I’ve been. See you in San Diego, if not sooner.