This Weeks Letters
BUT WE LIKE CHAOS
May 10, 2007
Love the website, nicely done. Interesting article on the bus system
on Maui that reflects what I've heard about it from those who use it
("Easy Rider, May 3, 2007). Now it needs to get bigger and more
comprehensive but this at least is a good start.
I do have a couple of problems with the article, though. The plural
of bus is buses, not busses, though both words make it through a
spellchecker just fine because busses is a synonym for kisses.
Substituting the latter for the former in the article makes it an even
more interesting read though is somewhat less informative.
Also, the offhand comment about "whale families" is interesting if
not entirely accurate unless you count single parent households as a
family and these days there is increasing resistance to that. Male
humpbacks come to Maui for the same reason that single male humans
often come to Maui, to get laid without retaining any responsibility
for any resulting offspring. They don't much care about the young'uns.
So when you see large groups of whales "breaching and spouting" what
you're seeing is one harried female humpback being chased by a group of
horny males intent on beating the crap out of each other in an attempt
to impress her. Think Junior High School combined with closing time at
any bar and you get the picture. I understand you have folks on your
staff who are intimately familiar with bars and they can probably
elaborate further on that.
Anyway, love the website, got the gist of the article and I guess
these days, given the state of the media in this country, that counts
as a pretty good job. I'd rather The New York Times and the Washington Post
misspell a few words and get the story straight than the other way
around, there might be less chaos in the world right now and we'd all
be better informed.
-Tom Elliot, Ma`alaea
A guy on the staff who doesn't know
much about bars but does have a keen appreciation of the subtle beauty
of whale intimacy responds: According to Webster's Dictionary, "busses" is a perfectly acceptable plural of "bus."
THANKS, WE THINK
Aloha. I just wanted to respond to the person who was all upset
about "Best of Maui" being a joke (Letters, Apr. 26, 2007). It's true:
when I was working at local restaurants they always had their employees
filling out the stacks of ballots so their establishment could win.
Also, my hanai daughter worked at a salon and the owner had all her
girls filling in ballots with her name. You can imagine how bothered
she was when my daughter turned out winning the vote. After all, she
had just graduated.
But, back to me. It's true that last year I decided I wanted the
recognition for my business. So whenever my customers would say, "that
was our absolute BEST meal so far" I would ask them if they were
willing to put that in writing. Then during two whole weeks of the vote
I took off to South America and realized that I probably wasn't going
When the results came out, I was so surprised that I had actually
won a category that was better than the one that my customers were
filling out! It is common knowledge that whenever there is a vote that
the one with the most supporters usually wins. Sanjaya is a perfect
example. While a lot of people thought he was a horrible performer,
there were others that loved him.
But the thing I am wondering is why does this bother you so much? Is
it because your business has never won? Or is it because you have NO
business of your own to be proud of?
Oh, and the other thing I wanted to say is that after I won I
actually invited the staff at Maui Time to come have lunch. My treat.
If they were so about all the "kickbacks" you referred to, why didn't
any of them show up? Not only did they not come for a free lunch, but
they also didn't try to sell me advertising. What ya got to say 'bout
dat one, brah?
-Anonymous, via email
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