"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present
a new place for new ideas and progress."
Eventually I found out that he was not a bully but one of the better street fighters in Kalihi and he was fond of saying that he could be beaten. I just never saw it. I found a place closer to town and a different job but we always manage to have a drink or two and talk story. Later on he got his own condo in Waianae,
Three years ago, I got my senior housing in Nanakuli and I since I have no relatives in Hawaii, I put him as next of kin. I saw him regularly at the VA and he could no longer drink but we could help each other. He knew what to do with my things, now I have to find someone else for my next of kin.
He passed on Wednesday, December 24th. May he rest in peace. I, along with a lot of other people, are going to miss Gordon.