Pearl Harbor

Pear Harbor Memorial, USS ArizonaPear Harbor Memorial

I wasn’t expecting to go to Hawaii this year, but I had a chance to visit my cousins and took it. We didn’t do many touristy things, but they took me to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. (The official name has changed to “World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument” and includes sites in Hawaii, Alaska, and California.)

While the most fun for me was seeing all my little cousins (four, ages 5 to 13), being at the site was very emotional as well since my grandpa served in the Pacific during World War II. Before boarding the boat that takes visitors to the memorial, we watched a short historical film which was so interesting (although it made most of us cry).

During World War II, my grandpa had leave in Hawaii. I was glad his photo was a solo portrait. Some of the men he served with were photographed with Hawaiian Hula girls. I always feel bad for them when I see the pictures.

WWII Midshipman (my grandpa) on leave in Hawaii


Catie Copley, Canine Ambassador

Catie Copley is the Fairmont Copley Plaza‘s Canine Ambassador. When I walked into the hotel, I wondered why a doghouse was sitting outside, behind the lion flanking the door. I was delighted to find Catie resting on her couch in the reception area.

I sat with Catie for a few minutes and was amazed at her serenity in the face of the noise of the lobby. She was unflappable in the face of yelling children, rumbling luggage carts, and crowds of convention-goers. Later, I asked the staff in the gift store (where they sell a book on Catie’s adventures) about her. The very nice staffer seemed to really love Catie and informed me that Catie was 11, and had been trained as a seeing-eye dog but developed cataracts and couldn’t be placed with a seeing-impaired person. Instead, she came to the Fairmont Plaza. Catie doesn’t live at the hotel, but with a staff member, but she is on duty five days a week. Had I stayed at the Plaza, I would have asked to take her for a walk!