|Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.|
Bettejo is the author of the famed novella, "The Scam."
IN THE FRAY AGAIN
I had an interlude. Interesting. Fun. Difficult. A new ‘personality’ was born. In May last year I became a ‘columnist’ in the Wednesday Garden Island Wellness section. I had 32 columns published. I loved the wonderful full color picture Carol Ann Davis took of me.
|Photo of Bettejo by Carol Ann Davis.|
My healthy ego was busting out all over. My self-esteem soared to pinnacle heights. To gaze in the mirror was to see stars in my eyes. I walked on air.
But it wasn't me. I am, and always have been, one who loves to rock the boat. Make waves. Stir the pot. Rattle the cage. Shake things up and scrawl a Bettejo.
So many topics on Kauai went unstung. GMOs. Milk factories. Christian mafia types galore. Too many grizzly patriarchs to shake a stick at. Cell towers. Jesus camps. Jesus!!
Greedy? A rogue by any other name should smell so skunk. And that’s insulting skunks.
Why is it so few on Kauai see another vision of Kauai? A different future? All they see is the same old same old. More suburban sprawl. More Malls. More cars. Buy one get one free. They go home and breed. Everybody loves his car. Cars. We need more super highways to accommodate them. More traffic jams. Everybody loves the smell of CO2 in the morning.
Metropolitan Kalaheo is going to get an ABC store. Walk to this convenient store and buy cheap junk food and stuff for higher prices. Walk don’t waddle.
Love the sound of traffic rumbling by. Drones and helicopters spying by.
Love vast fields of Franken corn to feed Franken cows who produce Franken milk. Franken ice cream. Franken yogurt. Franken cheese. Even Franken Tee shirts to sell to tourists. Surfers and swimmers and kids and tourists swim in Franken cow poop, which-like old fashioned humuhumunukunukupua’a-goes swinning by.
Swimming bye bye.
Everybody needs more war games.More profit for pubs and bars and grass shacks of ill repute. More forbidden beaches.
More dead whales and dolphins and seals and other living things.Collateral? They get in the way. Who needs ‘em?
I’m fed up with cutsey wootsy. Think positive thoughts. Be agreeable. Get along. Meditate. Hide under the bed and all the bad sick old stuff that doesn’t work, never did work, will go away. Maybe if you close our eyes or keep them glued to the boob. Buy ear plugs and strap a fresh air tank to your back. Buy a cheap one at Walmart and breath through a hose in your nose.
Remember to kill all the chickens. Barking dogs, prowling cats, bleating goats. Let the hills be alive with the sound of Musac.
Don’t dream of a different future. Don’t express it or write about it. It’s a mess but be happy.
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