Today is the first day since we arrived a little more than five weeks ago that we’ve had any significant rainfall during the day. But, we’ve learned first hand that when it rains on Oahu, the rain comes down in heavy. copious amounts! We were not close to our umbrellas, either. The locals are used to it and almost always have an umbrella handy. I’ve seen in the store a device for hanging the umbrella on my belt that looked pretty useful (if I wore a belt…). Tomorrow afternoon is forecast to be rainy and that’s when we’ll be at the Visitors’ Center and I’ll be outside. I think I’ll keep my umbrella close by.
As we were going to Church today we both got quite wet between the car in the parking lot and the Chapel. The air conditioning was going full blast (as usual) and it didn’t take very long before both Nina and I were more than a little chilly. It did get better as our clothes dried out.
Church services today were excellent and we’re starting to recognize a few members of the Ward. We also decided to join the Ward choir as a means to get to know some members a bit better. It is a very small choir and they were happy to have us participate. We both enjoy singing in the choir and we’ll have a good time being part of this group. Several members of the Ward are associated with BYU-Hawaii and as a result the discussions in Sunday School, Relief Society, and Priesthood Meeting are delightful. We are going to enjoy being a part of the Laie Third Ward!
Because the Temple grounds and the Visitors’ Center are so beautiful, everyone who comes wants to take pictures and have their picture taken. That is probably my primary job when we’re working at the Center and I’ve probably seen every smart phone make and model on the planet. Most people have iPhones with Samsung being next. Any Samsung other than the recent Galaxy models have screens that are simply too dark out in the bright sunlight. iPhones and the recent Galaxy models work great. Quite a few people use their tablets also as cameras. A couple of the Samsung models work reasonably well, but most tablets are very, very poor cameras. Fortunately, I haven’t dropped any (yet). The most vulnerable time is during the exchange … when they hand me the phone or I’m handing it back. I have to be very careful because that’s a Lot of Money when one gets dropped!
This Sunday evening is coming to a close and we’re starting another week. We’re having a great time in this little corner of paradise!
Life is very comfortable.