from WORLD BALL NOTEBOOK
a couple in san jose hired my dad to build them a greenhouse for their orchid collection. when i stopped by to visit, he was staying in their garage instead of in parked cars or on friends' couches. he said they let him shower in the house. the guy, who was about 6 foot 8 and 300 pounds, was a former ibm engineer who'd lost his millions in investments. ibm took him to court for stealing his own ideas he developed as their property when he worked for them and took a hefty settlement; but he assured me that he was going to make back all the money and more. a year or two later he was arrested at the canadian border and sent to san quentin for selling computers to the soviets. his petite trophy wife listened to me tell her about the wars in central america and said, "i guess the government is always doing terrible things we don't even know about. the way i fight back against it all is by maintaining a totally organic vegetarian diet."
is all about talking about hawaii. it probably involves going to hawaii, but not for you. it is when the talk turns to hawaii. the talk is about hawaii for an hour or more. you have dinner and what can you eat. who do you know in the islands? do you know so and so? yes i know so & so, he/she is/was my neighbor! who else do you know? yes, i worked with this or that person. did you know so & so died? yes, he/she died this or that year. yes, he/she was important in the sovereignty movement, for indigenous rights and the recovery of a certain geographical area, a valley. discussion of local history related to the military, world war 2. i have some of this plant from that valley, actually, growing at home; it's important for such and such a ceremony. i'll have to give you some. you can grow it from a cutting. did you know that it's good for dealing with ghosts? yes, ghosts. which island do you go to? now it's your turn to talk about hawaii.
with this unique experience you should be able to defibrillate the dead
with this fishbone you ought to be able to fix your car
with this terrific amigo you should be able to buy some shoes
with this chilly reception you should be able to get wild
with this clammy handshake you should be able to conceive children
with this posthumous recognition you should be able to get paid
with this boulder the size of a house you should be able to (you name it)