April 7, 2002

10:34am - "Darwinism doesn't apply on this island." (just uttered by someone in the house). It stormed all night, resulting in the cancellation of today's morning dives, and I was jolted awake a few times this morning by loud birds fighting outside, and a domestic dispute next door. The father hit his kids with a fishing rod before driving off, cursing at the mother (while the kids were begging him not to go), and the police showed up shortly after. I drove Kenny to the airport an hour ago, and there were three young kids riding bicycles in the road, circling around aimlessly while two cars waited to get by. I made a comment about Darwinism, and Kenny replid, "Darwinism only works if you have no conscience." :)

It was very, very nice to sleep in this morning. (more updates later)

7:04pm, the next day - So I lied about adding more content yesterday.

In the mid-afternoon I drove up the hill to Dave's place to hang out, and it was soon time for bed. I found out that he was one who took an amazing flying fish photo I had seen before! It was featured in a two-page spread in Skin Diver Magazine.

I'm learning slowly about the demographic make-up of Maui. There seem to be a lot of uh... non-indigenous folk here from the mainland, whom I always feel like calling "ex-pats." The ones who seem reasonable are the most familiar to me. However, in areas like Paia there are hordes of pseudo-hippies (Mauitian spiritual folk) who like to talk about having dreadlocks for "spiritual reasons," and who debate about the "density of thought," where "density" still means "the quantity per unit volume, unit area, or unit length." Perhaps, in this case, it should take on its other definition: "the quality or state of being dense."

I'm staying with a theoretical physicist, an AI guy, and a soon-to-be genetic counselor, so I'm getting a good dose of atypical Mauitian life, but simply looking across the street at the HUGE pickup truck with the license plate, "RNM OVR," gives me another look at what this particular suburb is really like.