When I was a small boy my grade one class went to this old Fire Station Five. A firefighter slid down pole and all the kids were impressed and amazed. We got to try the giant rubber boots on and spray a hose. I told myself I want to do that job when I grow up! Maybe even the bullies wouldn't harass and beat me up any more because of my funny name and my heritage. Well 20 years later I got that job competing against hundreds of other men. Amazingly, this very station was my very first posting. I happily slid down that brass pole for the visiting kids many times. I also told them the story. Maybe some were being bullied like I was, maybe some were bullies. I always wonder how many kids followed my dream. I looked up most of the bullies in my life, face to face, when I was older. They all were sorry and all regretted ever being a bully. But they had to live with those memories and actions. Even as an adult , some pretending to be friends, took advantage of my offered help, and sadly tried turning it against me. But Karma will deal with them, as the universe knows the truth! We eventually moved to the new station five where I spent time as a Captain before being transferred between other stations. As an officer, I never tolerated bullying, ever!
The Moral of this story: Always try to be a role model for children, they listen carefully and may follow the very dreams you create for them.
Six years ago Nov. 29 2016 I proudly set a world record climb for cancer charity New Zealand, on the steepest street in the world. Grade is 38% time was 3:49:15 minutes . My legs are still burning. The Baldwin St. record still stands today.
My ironman training starts with a sunrise ocean swim two times a week. Water is a balmy 82 f. From point at Kanapaali beach to Black Rock 1.5 miles. Dolphins join me sometimes to play and pass me, but turtles I can thankfully barely still pass!
I keep running into this old turtle and old friends from my past young life living part time on Maui. Must be at least 350 lbs or more and maybe 50 years old. A green sea turtle with at least 100,000 miles on him by now. I find my peace underwater with the silence, fish, and coral reefs.
A poor skip the dishes cyclist. His chain broke on his bike on the bridge. The poor kid was standing at the concession in the park looking at the food. He was hungry, stuck and naturally a bit upset. His clothes and holes in his shoes told me he was poor. So I got him a double cheeseburger, fries, pop and a donut. Many people gave me a room and food on my journey. Made my day, just seeing that he was so happy was priceless ....... PS we fixed the chain too.
I just applied, (because Im already able to skip breakfast sometimes) and Canadians can now finally apply. Need a challenge or one gets weaker. Filming May to July 2023 in Fiji. Winner gets one million USD.
Losers lose 15 to 50 lbs in Fiji. I love Fiji.
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE
A Cycle Around the World For Cancer Charity