Romance Fun & Wisdom©Doug Miura May 9, 2020
In December of 1986 a Buick ran a red light and cut my car in half and I was taken to the UCLA teaching hospital. Upon waking I was still clad in
my bloody clothes because they were using me as a lesson. It was disappointed to occasionally opening my eyes and see the hospital ceiling.
When I finally did re-gain consciousness I could neither walk nor talk and just a babble of sounds came out. Memorial Hospital in Long Beach is
where my care was taken next.
Treatment here was excellent but the severity of my injuries required my transfer to a rehab where I stayed for nine months. At the end of the time I
put on a suit and checked into a hotel in Long Beach where I met Lei. Conversation took us to my room where we spent the night. I asked in the
morning, “What are you doing later?” “Nothing, why?” she responded. “I thought we could fly to Hawaii after we check out,” I said. “I have a
ton of luggage.” she said only half believing me.
“The hotel will check it” I assured her, so after breakfast we took a cab to the mall. I bought a backpack and filled it with two masks, snorkels and
fins. Now I was all set to fly, so Hawaii here we come! It was December and we were dressed in summer clothes under jackets. After we landed
walking off the plane and directly to a taxi came next. We were checked into our hotel within a few minutes after landing and after changing into
swimming gear we boarded the bus. Our destination was Hanauma Bay, but before we went I bought some bags of frozen vegetables.
When we got there I tied a bag of veggies to her waist and as we entered the water shaking vegetables into it brought fish swarming! Without an-
other word she was off off! Swimming through clouds of hungry fish had her shaking bag after bag of vegetables empty and before they ran out
she disappeared for the next three hours. I saw her crawling out of the water and went to her. “I’m so tired that I can’t stand up!” she gasped.
“Wow that was the best thing I ever did!" Showering back at our room had her falling onto our bed in collapse. Incredibly tired would be the best
description for Lei. “You rest and I’ll be here at the hotel.” I said. But she protested, denying that she was tired so we were off again to more adven-
ture. We spent the whole day having fun and that night found us alone, sitting under a tree. A big black man walked up and asked, “How are you
two?” My bluff, “I have a gun!” So the mugger walked away.
- 18 Jun, 2020
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