Today Pi Wen and I arrived in Oahu, for our long-awaited Hawaiian honeymoon. Our wedding day was 10 days ago, but I am glad we didn't immediately rush off. For one thing, family members and friends whom I hardly ever see were in town for several days after the wedding. And for another, the Oakland half marathon was two days ago. My time wasn't that great--a combination of running and walking, which I'll attribute to a lack of proper training leading up to the wedding. But it was still fun to see parts of Oakland I'd never see otherwise. I now have to visit to the Brown Sugar Bakery in West Oakland.
Another reason I'm glad we waited to travel is because of the "Celebration of Life for Locke Morrisey" held in Ross last Saturday. Locke died much too young last December, of skin cancer. This event was a multifaceted tribute, in which friends, family members and professional colleagues offered moving remembrances. I became pretty choked up during my own remarks, as I remembered how Locke had been especially kind to me during the difficult divorce year of 2009.
Locke's partner Al has put together a wonderful online tribute that everyone should visit. As we learned Saturday, Locke's philosophy (as reflected in the fortune cookie fortune he kept in his wallet) was that being kind brings its own rewards. Easier said than done sometimes, alas, but always worth striving for.