|Guest-blogger Bettejo Dux is one of Kauai's most colorful people, she has lived on the cosmic island of Kaua'i for over 40 years... She is an animal lover, people lover and enjoys life to the fullest.Today she guest blogs about "About Bettejo" and her fiction book "The Scam." Plus as an encore(Hana Hou) of her daughter Blu singing her award winning song on YouTube for the third week in a row... "Kalaheo shuffle."|
Bettejo also publishes her own blog column.
You can check it out at ; http://www.bettejo.wordpress.com . Besides her blog she recently published and authored the humorous fiction book, "The Scam," check it out at(www.bettejodux.com) or on Amazon.
I've seen Kauai through my own eyes for over forty years but my humorous novel, The SCAM, will be seen through the eyes of a character I love and created, Karen Holt, she and her whole clan, in the hip 60's. This column-you call it a blog-will take us back and bring us forward to today.
Today, driving to metropolitan Lihue, I see more cars than there were on the island when I arrived.
My husband, Bill, was the Engineering Department Head for McBryde Sugar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander and Baldwin, Big Five, lots of land and MATSON navigation; sugar was King then, actually the managers were Kings and department heads and their wives Lords and Ladies of the land. It was a wonderful life. We lived in some beautiful homes, one on the Spouting Horn Road-millionaire’s row-overlooking Kukuiula Harbor, where we kept our boat, and across the street from land we leased where we kept our horses. Our last abode, a lava rock mansion up the Alexander Dam Road where, behind us all the way to Hanalei, there was no other habitation, was delightfully secluded. Up there I rode my leopard appaloosa, Beauregard, followed by the dogs and my black American Show Shetland stallion Flash’s Fanfare Sensation. Flashy darted along, no halter, no line, a free soul who, at the ripe old age of 40, sometimes led the way.
Our canine companions were two Great Pyrenees and an odd assortment -sometimes two , sometimes three- of mixed bred size and shape. They fit in.
I did not. I was, and still am, sometimes, the one everybody loves to hate. In my lifetime of travels I've been the one everybody loved to love and the one everybody loved to hate and, truthfully, I can’t tell you what role I liked the best.
Remember, I’d blown into Kauai from big city Honolulu where I wrote a column for the Honolulu Star Bulletin/Advertiser, some small local magazines, and acted with the only professional theater group in Hawaii, the Magic Ring Theater at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. I was also a noisy Peacenik, an early environmentalist, and a rabid Letter to the Editor writer. I've kept what I call the Bettejo Page, an entire Letter to the Editor section of the Honolulu Advertiser with a guest commentary about over-development signed by Mrs. William Dux. A picture of me-2X6- with a blurb about my column and a cartoon showing a lady holding back a million junked cars has a caption that still reads “Beauty and the Beast”. The head of my long diatribe reads “Where To Go When All’s Gone?”
My writing and outspoken personality went over on Kauai like a tsunami at a beach party.
Poor Bill, he was constantly bombarded at work with, “Do you know what she did?” Which, by the way, most of the time I didn't.
I once had a neighbor drop in for coffee and regale me with his hour-long diatribe of what people were saying about me. My response, as I spilled hot coffee in his lap, “…and I hope they believe every word of it. Then they’ll stay away which is exactly what I want them to do.”
Bettejo has a blog of her own you can check out at ; http://www.bettejo.wordpress.com
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