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April 24, 2008


Dear Brian,

Perhaps you could have just stayed in the peace of your own mansion (and donated your vacation expenses to/for cancer research).

Robert Paul Howard

Robert, I wish I had a mansion (on Maui, ideally). But we just have a 35 year old house that is far from a mansion.

As regarding donating to cancer research, almost all of us could live more frugally than we do. There's always the choice to live in a one-room apartment, eat rice and beans, and give everything else away.

My wife and I donate a lot of time and money to charitable and community causes. A lot. So we don't feel guilty about indulging ourselves now and then.

Three things:

1) To Robert:
When people go on vacation they do so with the money they earned through their hard work (usually). By spending money on vacations they support the economy by helping others have jobs, not to mention tips for a variety of services. This helps all these other people pay for their expenses and then they will be able to go on vacations and help others as well.

2) A friend of mine went to Hawaii last year and while she was on the beach, a group of tourists was surrounding a sea turtle to get a closer (read, right up to it!) look. She finally yelled at the group "Hey! Leave it alone! It's trying to get away!!" Surprisingly, it worked! They just said things like "Oh, ok, I guess so" and the like. I'm proud of my friend.

3) I also would like to thank the babes in bikinis.

Dear Brian,

Sorry: I must have touched a nerve.

I haven't been able to afford a "vacation" (from my 100+ year old house) for quite a long time.

"Some movies are better than others, for sure."

Robert Paul Howard


Any chance you could fly over to the Big Island and check out the Kilauea volcano?
Is it still erupting as of today?

haha..........just kidding..

A number of years ago, while dormate, I had an opportunity to walk up to the edge of the crater. Wow....whata experience...

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