by Bob Sparrow
Charged with a most difficult task of following Suzanne’s eloquent reprise of her emotional account of Melissa Harrington Hughes’ 9/11 experience, and given that I have barely seen the outside of my home in the last six weeks, I submit a rather pedestrian look at updating some past blog stories.
Previous blog links:
Emails from Nepal http://fromabirdseyeview.com/?p=3943
Feeling the Nepal Earthquake Here at Home http://fromabirdseyeview.com/?p=3893
The rest of this story begins with an email from our trekking guide in the Himalayas, Dom, saying that he and his family (wife and two children) were still living in a tent due to their home being destroyed by the earthquake in April 2015 and asking for some help. Patrick and I and several friends sent money to him back in May 2015, but due to the earthquake, the trekking business was not doing so well in Nepal so Dom had limited income opportunities. I decided to ask our most-generous neighborhood if they wanted to help. They responded in spades and I was able to send Dom over $1,000, which in Kathmandu is like a year’s income. Contributors commented on how nice it was to donate knowing that all the money was going to where it’s suppose to and that it is someone with a personal connection. Dom was most grateful. I asked him if he could send some pictures of his family and the surrounding area so that I could share them with the neighbors who contributed. He did, including a picture of him on Mt. Everest, getting to Camp 4, which is over 26,000 feet in elevation. He was attempting to summit Everest without oxygen, something only a handful of people have done. He did not do it this time, but he said next time he will use oxygen and get to the top. Thankfully Dom is back in business.
Previous blog link: Why L.A. Will Never Get an NFL Team http://fromabirdseyeview.com/?p=3835
In April of last year I predicted that Los Angeles would never get an NFL team for a variety of reasons. Whether L.A. actually got an NFL team was still up for debate after the Rams lost their season opener to the 49ers 28-0, but after a win against a tough Seattle team last Sunday, my prediction is now officially wrong. It was worth it just to watch Pete Carroll go apoplectic on the sidelines.
Murder on the Road to Hana
Previous blog link: http://fromabirdseyeview.com/?p=2595
I was driving by myself on the road to Hana, with no alibi, on the day Carly Scott was declared ‘missing’ in the area and subsequently found murdered. I did pick up a strange female hitchhiker that day, but I swear I am not a person of interest! Steven Capobianco, however is, in fact he has moved on from a ‘person of interest’ to being incarcerated and standing trial for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Carly “Charli” Scott. He is also accused of setting her vehicle on fire. Scott was 27-years-old and five months pregnant at the time with an unborn child fathered by the defendant. Capobianco has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Maui trial has been on-going since June 27, 2016; yes, two-and-a-half months! Evidence presented thus far implicates Capobianco as the murderer. Stay tuned for final verdict.
Hip, Hip Away
Thanks again to all you well-wishers – the hip is great; played golf last week (score not important and it’s really none of your business); and walked 5 miles on Thursday. In no time I’ll be smelling those pine trees in the local mountains.