Aloha Jim (responding to your e-mail separately)
Kona/south winds (no trades) blowing in choke vog today. Cannot see the Waianaes from my office, which is on the 28th floor. It's getting worse and many locals think drilling for geothermal in the rift zone made Pele hoʻohuhū and vog is her revenge. Breathing it all day is like taking up smoking without wanting to.
No, I'm still in the frozen north! St. Louis to be exact. Went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and absolutely fell in love with the place. I told my wife I would retire there, with or without her.... Not sure I'll ever get there, except for maybe my ashes! Came back several times (Oahu, Maui), the last time in 1993 to Kauai - we left 2 days before Iniki destroyed it. Then the kids came along and suddenly there was no extra income...funny how that works!
Kaua`i still has not fully recovered from Iniki. People don't realize how bad it was b/c Andrew had wiped out S. FL. at the same time. As for St. Louis, I really enjoyed the place when were were there in 2003(?) during the Lewis and Clark bi-centennial. Conquered my phobias of the Arch (claustro- and acro-) and had good fun. How's the new ball park?
I'm getting into Doug's site more and see that there's lots of information. Am trying to figure out what to do first and the 5F6A is still what I'm aiming for, though it's somewhat overwhelming when I start reading about "modding the caps" like the reissue, etc. So, more reading before our little canoe leaves the shore and sets out in search of tonal enlightenment.
Thanks for your post.