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Missing the Phone Booth!

Cell phones, smart phones are nothing but a huge time suck. They are stuck to our ears and fill our brains with a bunch of ridiculous nonsense. The slight vibration, sound, ping or whatever the thing does to notify you has us scrambling to our smart phones as if we were being contacted by the President. Wonder what the injury rate is diving for a smart phone? About 5% of all conversations are relevant, and the other 95% verbal garbage that has no significance except to waste time. Yea, you may argue they are convenient and time efficient. Yea, right, whatever? Oh how I miss the phone booth.

Phone Booth Today

If you are old enough to remember the phone booth, it was a private–not so private booth where we could step in and close the glass door, place a coin in the slot and make a call to someone. We made the call, quickly got our business done and we were gone. Most phone booth calls lasted 2-3 minutes at most. Mostly to contact a friend to find out where we were meeting–a girlfriend–directions–contact our family to let them know we were on our way home and if they needed anything–or as a kid, checked in so the parents would not worry. No senseless chit-chat. An actual time efficient purpose.

The Loner on Keawakapu Beach

Being on vacation in Maui, everyone is having a great time. Happy, smiling, active enjoying the ocean and just some vacation downtime.  Who wouldn’t, its a beautiful place.

During my morning run, I always plan my route so I can cool down by walking for about 3/4 a mile on Keawakapu beach in South Maui.  For the past three years, I see this same man walking every morning.  He wears the same green boonie hat and has a beard.  Not in bad shape but not in great shape either. Kind of looks like he could work on a fishing boat. Never do I see him with anyone, never.  He doesn’t look sad but he also does not look happy.

Keawakapu Beach - South Maui