THE WORLD IS CHANGING
Different Frame of Mind
In the spring of 2020 Frank and Rocky were working inside their shop when two local police officers stop by to inform them that their mother had been in an auto accident and was in critical condition. Their father and sister had died at the scene. They were told that Vector was driving at the time and Velidia who was in the backseat on the driver side were killed instantly by a semi truck that had ran a red light, crushing the left side of the car. Before following the officers to the hospital, Frank called Flo and told her what had happened.
Sitting in the hallway Rocky notices Leo and Flo walking towards them. “You boys alright, if there is anything I or Flo can do let us know” Leo said with a sad face. Flo had been crying most of the way to the hospital said a few words of encouragement before wiping the tears with her handkerchief. They talked for an hour before Leo and Flo went home. Rocky and Frank would stay the rest of the day until guests were to leave at 9 pm. The following day Leo and Flo helped with the arrangements of Vector and Velidia’s funeral while Rocky and Frank were back at the hospital as their mom was still in the intesive care unit.
A few days later Outaforium showed up at Leo’s house and told him that with Vector’s passing Zeuyu decided to take back the spacecraft. Leo asked “Could you go back in time and save Vector from that moment.” Outaforium said “I discussed that scenario with Zeuyu and he said it was possible, but there will be a price to pay if that were to happen. You, Flo, Vector and Artemesia would lose everything you own except for $1200 in yours and Vector’s bank accounts. If you were to decide to exchange everything, when I say everything, that includes your vision into the future. But you will have your memories and only you would know of your loss. You will have to explain what had happen to Vector, Artemesia and Flo. All four of you will still have your intelligence.”
“You mean I would be homeless without all the assets that I had accumulated through the centuries, except for the $1200 in my bank account” Leo said while weighing his decision. “Alright I will do it, but I would like to have 48 hours before that happens and 2 cell phones after it happens, one for me and the other for Vector” replied Leo thinking ahead. “I will tell Zeuyu and he will arrange the change in 2 days before and 2 cell phones after it happens” Outaforium said.
After his meeting with Outaforium, Leo would see Flo and tell her of the deal that he had made. She was behind him on the decision to sacrifice what they have to bring back the people they loved. The 2 days passed by before the transition happened. Then Leo in his backyard was feeling a swirling sensation as his backyard disappeared and a beach reappeared. He, Flo, Vector, Artemesia and their children are once again walking on the beach in Panama City.
Vector mentions “There is some steps further up the beach.” Then Leo explains to everyone “Thing are not going to be like it use to be. All I have is $1200 to get by with and Vector too will have $1200 compared to what we had before being in the vortex. We will need to be more aware and stretch our funds to last until we can increase our amount and get better situated." “What happened Leo” asked Vector. “You and Velidia were in an accident and were killed and Artemesia was in critical condition. This happened in the future and Flo and I made a deal with Zeuyu and Outaforium to traded everything that we own to get you back” answered Leo looking at Flo before continuing.
“It’s going to be way different than what we thought it would be. There is going to be hardships that we are not use too. But we have each other and that’s what counts, so this is what we are going to do. One thing we do have is what they call cell phones. I have one and you have one Vector, look in your pant pocket. I arranged that and will need to get the service for them after we go to the bank. It is important for us to communicate with each other by voice and text. So once we get activation I will text you the basics and call to establish what they call a link” Leo said as everyone was listening.
“What do we do now Leo” asked Flo. “Vector and I will go to the bank and withdraw some cash to get what we need for now. Then we will need to make some money to get situated. Before agreeing to the terms of Zeuyu conditions, I did some homework to get ready for our new future. I looked into where we can rent a house for $400 a month. It’s not the best of locations, but it will do for now. So Vector and I will go to the bank and get the funds we will need. Rent a house and meet back here before we go shopping for the items we will need” Leo described as he was thinking ahead. Flo noticed a place under a palm tree where the others would wait for them.
“Where is the bank and how are we going to get” asked Vector. “There is a branch office a few miles away and we will take the bus there. After that it’s another few miles to where the housing is and make arrangements to rent the house for a month. Then go back and get everyone to go shopping. There is a store a couple blocks away from the place where we will be staying” Leo said. “You sure did some research Leo” Vector said as they got onto the crowded bus.
After getting their supplies and doing what Leo had described, everyone was in the small house cleaning the rooms. After that everyone was in the living room and talking about what they were going to do next. “The guys with their sleeping bags will sleep in here and the ladies will have the bedroom with their sleeping bags. Tomorrow I will look in the papers for job opportunities and go from there. Flo can apply for a job at a few large hotel as interpreters and Vector can look and see in the engineering maintenance department at a couple of different facilities. While Artemesia will watch over the kids and our belongings until we get better situated. She too can work and add to the funds we will need to move from here” explained Leo.
Leo and Flo by coincidence found employ at the same hotel and would take the rail system to get to work. Vector found a position at the canal zone as a backup maintenance personal and take the bus to work. After their first payday they would find another location which had more rooms and was closer to work. Before the full scope of the pandemic had taken place and before the modified lockdown. The group was at the beach on a Sunday afternoon relaxing and discussing what to do next. “Leo what do you think we should do during the lock down when no one is allowed to move around” asked Artemesia.
As they talked about their current and future situations, Leo was watching a few people surfing the beach break. This reminded him of his past and knowing he couldn’t afford to buy a surfboard just yet, sat and wonder about it. Flo looked at Leo and then at the surfer and knew he wanted to surf. “First things first, getting a surfboard can wait” she said. Frank and Rocky were watching too and knew they needed to get a job before they could afford to get a surfboard. “I’m going out for a swim and do some body surfing, anyone care to join me” Vector said while getting up. “I will dad” said Velidia getting up and holding her dad’s hand. Rocky looked at Frank and both got up and ran down to the water’s edge and dove into the water.
“Leo, what can we do to make additional funds to make it easier for us during these times” asked Artemesia. “Well, with the funds we have I’m going to invested half of it in a mask supplier who is on the Bolsa de Valores de Panama Exchange and get some silver mining stocks in Mexico and Peru. Those shares should be sound and will be rising. There are a few other products that look interesting, but will wait and see before making a move into other investments. There maybe more than one wave to this pandemic.
Summer arrived and some businesses were beginning to reopen while other remained closed. Vector is discussing what to do with Leo and Flo after picking them up in the groups car as he driving them home from their work. “Here we go again with the virus, what do you think we should do” asked Vector. “I sold the remaining shares of the mask company today and put half of that into our savings and invested some into Uhaul stocks and got a monster box of precious metals with the other half. The mask profit will help out if we get laid off again. Looks like our mining shares are going up and is supposed to go higher in a few months, so we will be alright” Leo said thinking of a few more avenues to travel on.
Arriving home to their 5 bedroom house they have rented, the boys are upstairs reading up on computer programming languages and sharing their computer with Velidia who was studying a few different cad software programs. With Artemesia and Vector using their computer for research by way of the internet as Flo and Leo are doing the same with their computer. Knowing that the US stocks are being manipulated and a crash may happen without notice. Leo, Flo, Vector and Artemesia are in the kitchen having a meeting about the possibility of a global Great Depression and what they should do and how to protect themselves physically and financially.
“If the Fed can’t manage the markets and we have inflation, are we Ok” asked Artemesia. “We have those precious metal coins to help out for that. So we should be Ok” Leo answered. “What do you think about the 3 Gorges Dam” Leo asked Vector. “If it goes 400 million people will be affected by it. The harbor at Shanghai will be flooded and a tysunami of water will hit South Korea. That plus a plague and famine with a collapse of certain markets” replied Vector. “Wow, how devastating” said Flo.
“Are the schools going to open back up Velidia” asked Artemesia. “I’m not sure, they still haven’t decided” Velidia said while looking at Frank and Rocky who were nodding their heads in agreement. Leo had a worried look knowing things wasn’t going back to normal for quite some time and the younger generation's future will be affected.
What's in Store
Though he didn’t have the money to buy a surfboard, Rocky knew he would get one someday. So, just wanting to get out with the lockdown easing up, he went to a local surf shop near the beach and was looking at the surfboards. The manager was talking to his salesperson and said “Did you asked your friend of wanting to do some work at the factory.” “I did, but he wasn’t interested” answered the salesperson. “Anyone else who you might know would be interested” asked the manager. “No, but I can asks around some more” said the salesperson.
“Excuse me” Rocky said. “Yes, can I help you” the manager replied. “I couldn’t help but hear you were looking for someone to do some work. What is it that you wanted done and perhaps I can help” Rocky said thinking of making some money. “We are cleaning the glassing room floor at the surf factory and need someone to help our other helper” said the manager. “I can do that” Rocky said without asking what it entailed. The manager looked at Rocky and said “What’s your name.” “It’s Rocky sir” replied Rocky. “Ok Rocky, if you are interested doing that kinda work be there Saturday morning at 8 am and you can start” the manager said while writing down the address and directions of how to get there.
Having found work by chance, Rocky tells his parents that he got a part time job at a surf factory. He told them what the manager had told him of taking out the tar paper floor in the glassing room and re-flooring it again with new tar paper. “That’s good Rocky, is it just the cleanup for now” asked Vector. “Yes, the money I make will go toward my surfboard that I’m saving for” Rocky said somewhat excited. Saturday came and Rocky was at the surf factory being told what to do.
“Rocky, after you and Jorge finished removing the cover. Take the new roll and refloor the glassing room. After that clean around the hallway to the sanding room” Ernesto the manager said. “Yes sir” Rocky answered back as the two began removing the major items in the room. After an hours the sweat ran down the side of Rocky’s face. “Today is muy caliente” (very hot) Jorge said as he folded part of the floor covering of tar paper and old harden excess resin outlines of surfboards that had been glassed in the past. Rocky was doing the same and tearing manageable sections out and the two guys would take out the sections together out the dumpster.
The laminator had finished a few boards before the cleanup began and had the boards hot coated and placed in the sanding room. He would wait for the glassing room to be taken care of before laminating again. After the floor covering was in place, the boards in the sanding room were taken out to the parking lot as the sanding room was being cleaned. Rocky was paid for his work and was leaving when Jorge asked Rocky “Would you be interested in a 9' 2" longboard” “What kind is it” asked Rocky.
“It’s a Siete Palmas Surfboard, I had for 2 years and was wanting to get a new one. It has a few dings I recently got while surfing Cave in the Wall. My leash broke and the board got dinged upped on the rocks. Will sell for cheap, $100 dollars” Jorge said. “Where is it and can I see it” asked Rocky. “It’s in my van outside. Been busy so I left it there for now” Jorge said. So they went out to the parking lot and Rocky looked over the board. “That is a big gash on the bottom and a smaller ding on the rail and a few snackles sprinkled over the length of the board. I don’t know Jorge, will you take $70” asked Rocky. Jorge thought it over and said “Ok.”
Jorge had just left and Rocky was about to call his dad when he sees the laminator drive up to glass a few boards. He sees the board that Rocky had just purchased. “Going to fix the dings” asked the laminatior. “Ah, I think so. How do you do that” asked Rocky. The laminator looked at Rocky knowing he was green behind the ears and said “You will need some resin, cabasil, catalyst and fiberglass. Have you fix a ding before” he asked. “No, not really” says Rocky. Remembering when he first started, the laminator felt sorry for Rocky and spent some time with him to described what to do. “I’m Steve and I know what you are going through. Been there way back when. So clean the inside without taking too much foam off and sand around the dings with sandpaper. Do you know how to use a sander” asked Steve.
“No” said Rocky. Looking at his watch, Steve had some time to show Rocky a few things before glassing some boards. “Alright lets go to the sanding room with your board” Steve said while walking into the shop and Rocky followed with his board. Putting a couple of old towels on both sanding racks, Steve had Rocky place his board on the racks with the bottom up. Getting a knife, he pry the crushed fiberglass open to see the extent of the cavity in the foam. Using his knife with a serrated attachment cuts the excess fiberglass off to expose the gash. He does the same for the ding on the rail.
“Ok, watch me use the sander and I will have you try it” Steve said putting on a mask and giving one to Rocky. So with the sander on Steve started on the rail. Lightly landing and taking off around the ding. Before saying “This is feathering the area for it to be clean of any soiled area of dirt and grim or other foreign substance like wax or oil that will effect the holding power of the resin to the surface.” Rocky watched as Steve place the board side ways in the rack and glided the sander onto the area and off the area in one continuous motion. Then tilting it over to get to the other side of the rail contour. After he had done that he would get a scrape piece of 100 grit sandpaper and sands over the area where the sander had just done.
Going over to the gash area. Steve draws a rectangular outline of 2” X 4” around the gash area and carefully cuts it out with his knife, not going no deeper than 1 inch. With a rectangle of 2”X4”X1”deep Steve says “Ok, you’re going to sand around the rectangle area with the sander” while holding the sander and showing Rocky the moves he should make while around the big ding without the sander being on. “Got it” asked Steve. “Yes I think so” Rocky said while taking the sander and getting ready to pull the trigger. Turning on the sander, Rocky lands lightly and lifts back up. “You can press a little bit more, but remember you can sand through the fiberglass within seconds” said Steve.
Feeling a little bit more confident with Steve next to him, Rocky puts more pressure on the sander as it grinds away and the dust starts to fly. Going around the ding and getting the area sanded Steve tells Rocky “Ok, thats good. You handled the sander quite well. Better than others I know who tried it” said Steve giving Rocky a compliment as he continued “Now lightly go over the bigger snackles with the sander and hand sand the smaller ones.”
Grabbing a roll of 3/4” masking tape Steve places it around the ding areas. On the rail area, the tape is extended across the gap, with rows of tape making a reservoir across the ding area for the resin to fill in and match the contour of the rail. Cutting a piece of foam 2”x4”x1 1/2” Steve places it in the gap to see how it fits. Then takes it out and places it near the gap where it will be placed. With everything in place Steve pours a dixie cups of sanding resin for the snackles and places it to the side of the table. Then fills a paper coffee cup with laminating resin, cabasil and a small amount of white pigment and adds the catalyst and begins stirring the mix.
Starting with the rail ding, he fill the cavity in the rail and making sure there isn’t air pockets and pressing his stir stick with excess resin inside the ding. Then moving over to the larger ding, he fills the rectangle a third of the way before pushing down the foam piece into the slot. Pouring excess resin around the plug, he use masking tape by placing one end further away form the foam piece and taping it to an area of 6 inches from the foam patch. Then pulling the tape across and over the foam piece and rubs the tape to it and pulls it across onto the bottom and rubs it to hold the foam piece down. After that Steve put catalyst in the dixie cup and brushed the sanding coat onto the snackles and said “There you go. Now all you need to do now is level the foam with a sand block on the bottom and sand the rail to match the contour. Place a layer of 4 oz. fiberglass on both those areas. Put a sanding coat on that, sand it after it drys and that should do it. Come back tomorrow and I will show how.”
“Thank you Steve, what time tomorrow” Rocky asks. “About 4 in the afternoon” Steve replied. The next day Rocky was there and Steve showed him how to finish the ding. “Our sander needs someone to hand sand for him would you like to learn” asked Steve. “Why sure, when can I start” asked Rocky. “Wednesday, show up around 9 am” Steve answered back. “Alright, I will be here next week on Wednesday at 9 to sand ” Rocky said before calling his dad to pick him up and take his board home.
After picking up Rocky and his board, Vector and Leo are walking around the block discussing some serious matters. “Leo do we have enough to get through a major upheaval in the banking system some are talking about” Vector asked. “I have been keeping an eye on our situation with the banking system and if it crashes. I cashed in our stocks except for the gold and silver mining stocks. With the cash we have at the house and having enough in the bank to pay for our monthly expenses, we should be Ok” Leo said.
Vector continued walking without saying a word before Leo added to their train of thought. “What if we move out of the city into a rural setting and grow our food and start a farm, but still commute to work.” “That sounds good to me, but we need to let our wives know” Vector said. Turning the corner towards their house Outaforium is walking towards them. Both looked surprised. “Well, what a pleasant surprise Outaforium. It’s been awhile since we lasted talked. It is good to see you” Leo said. “Yes, how are Outaforium” asked Vector.
“As usual, taking the good with the bad and weighing the matter accordingly. You may know this already Leo and Vector of the crisis that is looming” Outaforium said in his calm manner. “You mean the economic and political situation” mentioned Leo. “Yes, that is what brought me here to discuss with the both of you about that and a few other events” said Outaforium. Vector looked at Leo and then at Outaforium and said “What are the few other events you are talking about Outaforium and how should we prepare for it.”
“Just imagine that the money you have in your pocket becomes worstless. You should have a backup plan to compensate for it” Outaforium said. “We do Outaforium, we have precious metals to take of the transition” said Vector. “Well, I somewhat surprise, you two have been doing your homework” said Outaforium as he continued “The internet might go down for a day or a week. That would make things more confusing to everyone wouldn’t you say. These are just a few events that could happen” Outaforium remarked.
“How much time do we have before then” asked Leo. “About two months” answered Outaforium. “Outaforium there is something else besides what you have told us, can you tell us what it is” asked Leo. “Zeuyu has an offer for the both of you. To stay the course you are on with the possibility of regaining your wealth and riches again as before or return back in time wherever that maybe and live your life out there” replied Outaforium.
“Can you give us time to think that over” Leo said while looking at Vector. “You have two days, I will be back by then” Outaforium said as he walked near a building and disappeared. “We need to talk with our wives and get their input on this” said Leo. “To tell you the truth, I feel like we are yo-yo’s going up and down and getting tired of going around in a circle. But that life” Vector said. Once back at home the couples were discussing what might happen and should they go forward or return back to a more simpler time.
“If we do go forward, there is no guarantee none of us won’t catch the virus or other possibilities from the depression we will be going throughr” Flo said. “Plus it may take a longer time to find a cure for the virus and the likely hood of hyperinflation and war is something else to consider” said Artemesia. “On the other hand we all can make it through and be well off with a substantial amount of income as we grow older” added Leo. “What about our kids” Artemesia asked looking at Vector.
“If we stay here there will be no reason to tell them now” said Vector knowing they were more interested into computers and other modern devices compared to the older times. “I’m a forward thinking person and the challenge before us is going to to be rough. But life is not guaranteed to no one and to grow you must continue on, so I vote to go forward” Leo said. “There is no future for me in the past if you are not there. I will go forward with you into the future to live our lives together” said Flo. “If it weren’t for you two we wouldn’t be here, so we too will go forward and deal with whatever the future has in store” Vector said while holding Artemesia hand.
“Well, if the global system goes into a shock and you get online and type in on your browser “What about a hand baskets to hell” the search engine might reply back “Service down, Try later”. So, we will just have to do what we can and hopefully our preparation will solve our basic needs” Leo said while looking.
Here Today, Gone to 1970's
A couple of days later Leo, Vector and Frank are watching Rocky on his new used surfboard catching the waves at a beach break. Riding the waves for a short distance before stepping off the surfboard and turning around and paddling back out to do it again. Vector and Leo notice a person walking up the beach towards them. They got up to see to the person coming their way as Frank continue to watch Rocky. After a few minutes they met up with the person. Leo says “Outaforium, good to see again” as he extended his hand to shake his. Vector does the same as Outaforium mentioned “Well it good to see the both of you again, have you given it much thought of staying or leaving.”
“We have Outaforium and after going back and forth on the subject matter we decided to leave and go to Orange County, California in the time period of 1970 ” answered Leo. “Where abouts in Orange County” asked Outaforium. “Huntington Beach, but for only 10 years if that is possible. Then we would like to return back here in the year 2030 to live out the rest of our live” answered Leo.
“You mean to say you want to live for 10 years in Huntington Beach and after that return back here in 2030 to live out the rest of your lives. What you are saying is you want to lose a decade here in the 2020’s for a trip to Huntington Beach and return in 10 years. I’m not sure if Zeuyu would go for a “Lost Decade” and return to a brave new world in 2030 concept. But I can ask, what made you to come up with an idea like that” Outaforium asked somewhat intrigued.
“The reason was something I read in an old surfing journal the other day that interested me and seeing more concern on the internet that the predictions made years ago are starting to coming true.
We talked about it yesterday and everyone thought it to be a good idea to move for the time being. But we weren’t sure if you or Zeuyu would accept the idea. So that was the reason behind our decision” Leo explained and Vector nodding his head in agreement. “Also Outaforium, we will need an extra week to get ready if it alright with you and Zeuyu. We will need to prepare for what is going to happen” Leo mentioned.
“There is much going to happen in the 2020’s and when the dust settles the world will have changed. I will try to help if I can” Outaforium said knowing that he would. Vector changed the subject and mentioned “A comet has appeared and some are thinking it’s an omen of bad things to come. What say you Outaforium.” “As you know if it is not one thing, it’s another. Looking back in history when a comet appears, there have been pestilences, wars, floods and famines. This time looks no different, but the magnitude is much greater. Besides what has been mentioned, there will be global currencies thrown in for good measure. In other words, the aura of hyperinflation is in the air” Outaforium said while scratching his head.
“Besides hyperinflation, what else are in the cards” asked Leo. “There is an election up north and that will have repercussions around the world. There will be disasters to the west and that will play into the currency merry go round of value and the scrambling of nest eggs that were to have been turned over easy” Outaforium explained using general terms as not to be specific. “I get the picture, so if one of the players gets mad enough and turns the table over. Does that mean others will have to pick up the pieces and perhaps prepare for war” questioned Leo. “Yes and to make matters worst our sensor on board our ship are indicating a possible huge solar flare pulse from the sun which can cause electronic component to fail on a global scale. If that should happen, all bets are off.
Unless something else comes into the picture and nudges a different set of circumstances” Outaforium suggested. “Either way, it’s still going to be tough for many. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst is what I’m hearing” said Vector. “Yes, get ready is all I can say now. I will let you know tomorrow if Zeuyu goes along with your request, if he does I will have passports for everyone” said Outaforium as he started to walk up the beach before disappearing. “See you later Outaforium” Vector said as Outatorium turned and waved and Leo did the same and waved in silence. Both walked back to where they were and sees Rocky watching Frank surf.
After an hour of watching Frank and discussing what they should do before Outaforium returns. Leo says “Here comes Frank, lets go back after I try Rocky’s board for a few waves.” “Ok” said Vector looking at Rocky. Once back at home a meeting with Flo and Artemesia was taking place in the kitchen. “We saw Outaforium at the beach this morning and told him what we talked about yesterday. He understood and would get back to us tomorrow. More than likely we will be going to Huntington Beach” said Leo as his mind was jumping around with why, what, when, where and how things were going to be when they jump back into history.
The next day a knock at the door and it is Outaforium. Leo invited him into the living room. Leo yells to Vector who was with Artemesia, they came from their bedroom and Flo hearing the commotion came from the laundry room. They all sat as Outaforium told them what Zeuyu had decided. “He agreed to let you, Flo and Vector’s family in going to Huntington Beach at the beginning of the 1970’s and returning back here in 2030. “What about us” asked Leo looking at Flo. “There is a small farm on the outskirt of Santa Ana / Costa Mesa. It is a cozy place with eucalyptus trees near the barn with the house on a bluff overlooking Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley” Outaforium answered. “After the transition will we still have our knowledge and how should we go about our stay there” asked Leo.
“Yes, all of you will have your knowledge and how you use it will make a world of difference. So, Zeuyu has made arrangements for all of you to stop by the Dali Lama residence and have a talk with him before settling down in your farm house. The funds you have accumlated will take care of your expenses until things get better. Have the cash in your possession when you go” said Outaforium. “That means sell everything and get ready. But we will need a week then before we go, will that be alright with Zeuyu” asked Leo. Outaforium paused for a moment as if he was communicating with Zeuyu, then said “Yes, that will be alright” and with that said Outaforium went into the kitchen and vanished.
From that moment, Leo and Flo were busy getting ready as well as Vector and Artemesia who would explain to their children what was going to happen. Leo would sell their car and Rocky to give his board away if he didn’t sell it. With that in mind Rocky would go to the surf shop and put his board on consignment, which sold the next day after it was listed for $75. Everyone got backpacks and a hand bag and were ready the following week to make the trip back to the 1970s.
Before they knew it a week had passed and Outaforium was there to send them off. Within a moments notice of their travels, Outaforium wish them well before they entered the vortex. Their new adventure started in northern India where they came upon the Dali Lama strolling toward them. “How are you sir” asked Rocky. “I am well and it is interesting meeting you all here on my stroll. How are all of you” he asked. “We are on a journey that will takes us to California” mentioned Frank. “Where are you from” asked the Dali Lama. “We are from Panama” answered Velidia. “Oh, taking a short cut” he answered with a smile. Everyone began to laugh.
“This journey my children talk about has to do with going back and living a new direction which is different than lifestyle we were on” Vector said. “If we sound vague and not getting to the point. I apologize for all of us for doing so. We were told by a friend to talk to you and get a better idea of how to live life in general” Leo said trying to explain why they were there. “From what I gather you all are not from this time period” The Dali Lama said. “How did you know” asked Flo. “I had a dream of meeting people of the future when the comet Tago-Sato-Kosaka arrived” the Dali Lama said.“What a coincidence, we left when the comet Neowise appeared” said Leo remembering his father once telling him that he was born under the Great Comet of 1577.
They continued their conversation for an hour before being enlighten with his words about life in general. After which they thanked him for his time and left Northern India on a bus to New Dehli. It took awhile to get to Palam Airport and with that time they viewed the rural setting they were traveling through. Recollecting what they were told earlier by the Dali Lama and where they had been previously in history.
After the buses and taxi rides, they showed up at the airport. There to greet them was Outaforium, waving them to come to where he is. “Wouldn’t it had been easier to send us to Orange County from Northern India, than to take a plane from here” asked Vector. “The reason being was to get you all acquainted to how it is in other countries and an appreciation to where you are going. Here are your tickets for Pan America Airlines to Kai Tal Kowloon airport. There will be a layover in Hong Kong, for one day before flying over to Hawaii for another layover, before arriving at LAX. A rental car has been arranged at Hertz. From there you will go to the farm house with the keys to the house under the front door floor mat” Outaforium said while handing Leo the tickets for the flight over.
First stop at Kowloon mid morning and a ferry ride to Hong Kong before noon. They will be staying at the Hilton for the night. After checking in they went sight seeing around town and look at the some of the inexpensive garments that were for sale. The ladies bought a few dresses, while the guys thought of buying a suit, but changed their minds. After going up to the park at Victoria Peak and other places of interest listed on a brochure that Vector had picked up at the airport. They returned back to the hotel and had dinner at the Eagle’s Nest on the upper floor of the Hilton overlooking the harbor at night.
They flew out of Kowloon and the long flight to Hawaii before landing at the Honolulu International Airport. Another layover of 1 day and a taxi drive to Waikiki. Once again after checking in, they were out and about laying on the beach at Canoe’s. Renting 3 surfboards they were surfing the afternoon away. In the evening they would take in a show with Don Ho as the main attraction. They retired early as to catch up on some sleep and get ready to leave in the morning.
Finding their seats on a Western Airline’s plane, their were once again in flight and heading towards the mainland. Arriving around 9 pm and waited for their baggage before going to the car rental lot and getting a station wagon for their trip to Costa Mesa. It was midnight after following the directional map that Outaforium had given them in India. Finding the key under the mat, they went inside to find sleeping bags piled in a corner of the living room.
The next morning Leo and Vector were walking around the yard and checking it out. They see a 1955 ford pickup truck parked in the barn with the keys in the ignition. Leo starts it up and says “Let go get some breakfast for everyone at McDonalds and be back to wake them up.” After driving around on Harbor Blvd. they found the place and return back to the house with breakfast for everyone.
“Hot dogs, look Frank, Outaforium has a truck for us” said Rocky rushing over to check it out. “Whoa, hold on a minute. I think its for all of us currently, but I know Leo or I won’t mind you using it whenever, after we get another car for ourselves” Vector said while calming Rocky and Frank down. “That reminds me Vector, lets take the rental car back and go look around for some used cars for you and I and then the ladies” Leo said looking into his hand bag for some cash.
After getting into the truck Vector asks Leo “Where are we going to find a new or used car lot.” “Lets go to a gas station and put some gas into the truck and ask the attendant where one is” Leo said. Pulling into a Mobil station Leo pays for the gas and ask where a car lot was at. “You can stay on this road toward the 405 freeway a few miles or make a left at Adams and go west to Beach Blvd in Huntington Beach and make a right there, a car lot will be on the right side a few miles” said the attendant.
They drove to the Chevy dealership on Harbor Blvd and looked around before going back to Adams Street and to Beach Blvd and stop by a couple of dealerships there. “Well we now know where to bring our wives for the cars to choose from. “Lets stop by the beach and check it out” Vector said as the drove toward the beach and got on Pacific Coast Highway heading north. “There’s a pier let stop there” suggested Leo as he got closer to the pier. Parking on PCH along side of a garage at 3rd St. they put a few coins in the meter and walk towards the intersection at Main St. passing the Golden Bear Night Club.
Crossing over to the pier they walked towards the lifeguard station at the middle of the pier. Looking over to the southside a few surfers were out. Then crossing over to the northside there were more surfer out. Some were riding the waves underneath the pier as a surfer with a helmet on, kneepaddle back out. “Hey Vector do you want a beer” questioned Leo pointing to a pub. “Ok” said Vector. They went inside and sat on the stools and looked north up the beach to a condominium and had a beer, after finishing their mug they were on their way back to Main Street.
After walking back to their truck Vector and Leo made a right hand turn onto Main St. and another a right hand turn onto Walnut Ave. traveling south to Lakeview Ave where they see PCH and turns toward the beach and making a left onto PCH and returned home. After setting in at their new residence Leo took Flo to the car dealership where he and Vector had gone to the day before.
They walked around and Flo saw a 1969 Ford Mustang and wanted to get that. Leo was attracted to a 1968 Ford F150 pick up truck that had been discounted. The salesman came out and would make the sales on both vehicles. Flo would take Leo back to pick up his truck and take Vector and Artemesia to a different dealership where Artemesia would get a 1966 Ford Falcon station wagon and Vector would buy a 1964 Chevy El Camino. Rocky would get the 1955 Ford F100 pickup truck that they had been using, while Frank would get a 1967 Volkswagon van and Velidia would get a 1969 VW bug.
Having a lot to do around the farm Leo suggested and everyone agreed to buy a tractor with a scrapper and tiller for the open field areas and a 6’ X10’ trailer to haul the debris to the county dump. To make it less crowded in the house, Leo had purchased a house trailer from a mobile park for himself and Flo. Placing it where it could tie into the sewer line and be about 15 feet away from the main house.
A weeks later while having lunch with everyone in the kitchen Vector asked Leo “Why did you decide on moving here instead of staying in 2020.” “We were in the calm of the storm that was about to happen. With the build up of all the funny money, something was about to give and the dam of complacency was about to collapse with the wave of devastion wiping out the many. I figure we had a few month before that would happen” Leo explained while looking back. “Now we are going through a time period that you have chosen, why was that” continued Vector.
“Before making the move I researched the different times in history and the 1970’s stood out as an era that many changes were happening. The development of the personal computer in the mid 70’s, space exploration in the early 70’s and surfboard designs through out the 1970’s and beyond” Leo said. “Why do you say surf design” remarked Vector. “Surfboards designs were changing and maneuverability on the waves were taking off with the shorter boards compared to the longer boards of the 1960’s. Surfboard designs in Australia, Hawaii and California were leading the way with the surfers and shapers developing shapes for that to happen” explained Leo thinking back when Kai’ike taught him to surf and shape and wanting to get back into surfing again.
Let's go Surfing
Leo is talking to Flo and says “Flo, Vector and I are going over to the Frog House to look at some surfboards. We will be back after that” Leo said stepping out from the trailer and walked over to Vector who was in his truck waiting for him. Driving down the Coast Highway towards the Santa Ana River jetty they pull over at the Frog House. Going in Leo walks over to the board rack and sees a 7’ 6” Bing Surfboard with round pintail with a shaped by Mike Eaton on the lower portion of the deck. He pulls it out and looks at it for about 10 minutes and says to Vector “I like this board, I’m going to get it.” Vectot turns to Leo and says “Yeah nice board” as he sees a used 9’6” G&S Skip Frye model. He walks over to it and pull it off the rack and places it on the carpet floor looking at the deck then the bottom.
The salesman comes over and says “Hi, my name is Paul can I help you.” Yeah, how much is it” Vector said. Paul answers back “Lets see, the price has been taken off, it’s $90.” “Why was it for sale” asked Leo. “The owner was moving to Oregon and decided to sell it” Paul said. Leo wanted the board and was thinking it over when Paul remarked “I will throw in 2 bars of wax for free.” “I take it” Leo said. “That’s $90 with 2 bar of wax as well” Paul said. “I would like to buy the 9’6” G&S” Vector said pointing to the board on the floor. “Ok, thats $100 with 3 bars of wax” Paul said.
“How much is your wetsuits” asked Leo. “The long john’s are $85, the short johns are $55 and the Beaver tails are $60. Would you like to try them on, there is a dressing at the back of the shop” Paul said. After both Leo and Vector tried out the long john and beaver tails and felt alright in them. “Hows the surf out front” asked Vector. “The wind came up early so it’s not good. I talked to someone about 10 minuets ago and he said Trestle’s was 4-6 ft and in good shape.
After putting the boards into the back of Vector El Camino, Leo says “Lets check the surf out” wanting to surf on his new used board. Not having far to go, they drove over to Brookhurst St. which is less than a mile away and turned around from the direction they came from. They see a few cars park off the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), half in the sand the other half on the road. “Lets check it out” asked Vector. “Ok” Leo said.
Walking over to the jetty and the steel pier that was being dismantled they notice people out surfing a left breaking wave from the Newport Beach side towards the mouth of the Santa Ana river. “Hey that looks like fun. Lets go out” Leo said. “I’m with you” replied Vector as the hurried back to Vector’s El Camino and the boards. Having a couple of towels behind the seat they cover the lower half of their bodies and put on their wetsuits.
Walking back to the water’s edge they paddle out and the wind was starting to pickup. Sitting further north than the guys by the peak. Vector sees a wave and he paddles for it and stands up. With the tide being low, the wave walled up and within a few seconds the front end of Vector’s board did a nose dive in front of the wave. Vector get launched like the cartoon character Superman, before splashing onto the water and going into a tumbling cycle in 5 feet of water.
Leo was watching what had happen to Vector from behind and would let the set of waves pass. Then he noticed a peak with a shoulder and paddled for it, taking off at an angle. Making it to the bottom and gliding across the section before the wave turned into a wall and collapsed in front of him as he straighten out and slowed down before jumping off onto the sandy bottom placing a hand on the surfboard as not to let it drift away.
Vector and Leo would adjust to the waves and catch a few short rides before going in and returning back home. Back at home Vector is building surfboard racks in the barn for their surfboards. Leo is in the trailer writing down of things to do as he is listening to a FM radio station. He hears someone mentioning this is Gabriel Wisdom with the noon day surf report from San Diego. It’s 4-6 ft and fair shape. Then he hears someone else from Huntington Beach say its 3-4 ft and poor conditions followed by Hermosa Beach and Ventura.
Cleaning around the property, Leo says “I heard the surf report and there is surf down south. Care to go surf to San Diego tomorrow” asked Leo as they were loading up his truck and trailer with branches, weeds and old lumber that had been laying in the field for years. “I have to ask Artemesia if she has plans for tomorrow, but that sounds good to me. Will let you know after we get back from the dump” Vector said.
Artemesia was in the trailer, sitting in the kitchen with Flo talking about going to South Coast Plaza the next day. “Need to get some living room furniture and some clothes and shoes. Do you want to go to South Coast Plaza and do some shopping” asked Artemesia. “I was thinking about going up to the Mart in the garment district in LA, but that can wait. Sure I will go with you” Flo answered back.
Rocky, Frank and Velidia had started classes at the local coast college nearby and were getting use to being in school. They were busy attending their classes and had homework to do. During a two hour break between classes Rocky and Frank were discussing their situation and thinking about getting some surfboards. “Rocky I was talking with some guys in class who surf and they mentioned about their last surf session. How a fun they had surfing Salt Creek, just the three of them. One of them asked if I surfed. I told them I just moved here from Panama and would learn as soon as I got a surfboard. My schedule is open tomorrow, let go gets some surfboards” Frank said.
“Ok, don’t have any classes tomorrow. What about going to Huntington Beach and stop by some shops there” asked Rocky. “Yeah, ok lets plan on it tomorrow around 11” Frank said and started thinking about surfing and his next class. Velidia met two girls in her Oceanography class and would become friends with them. They invited her to go with them to a cafe after class. She did and got to know them better. Meanwhile at the dump “It sure smells and the flys are bugging the heck out of me” Vector mentioned pulling a branch out of the trailer. “We are almost finished” Leo said throwing debri from the back of his truck bed.
After the dump, driving back to the house Leo says “Vector, Flo was thinking about getting a place of our own and let you and Artemesia have the farm with your kids.” “Where were you two thinking about” asked Vector. “Not far, maybe San Clemente or Oceanside” Leo said. “If we go down south tomorrow and surf we can look at some areas down there to get a general idea” Vector suggested. “That’s not a bad idea. I will asked Flo if she wants to go” Leo said.
Later that afternoon Leo is talking to Flo “Vector and I are going surfing tomorrow and look around for some properties in the Oceanside area. “Would you like to come and check it out” asked Leo. “Artemesia and I are going to do some shopping tomorrow. What about you and Vector surf and check out some of places that might interest you and if it is to your liking we can go back during the weekend and I can see and talk about it” Flo said. “Ok, that sounds like a plan” Leo said and would let Vector know and Vector would let Leo that he got the Ok also.
Leo and Vector left the left the house at 4:30 am in Vector’s El Camino, traveling south on the 405 freeway as more traffic was flowing in the opposite direction. Stopping at Doheny State Beach with the sun climbing over the Santa Ana mountains, they watched the blurry lines in the darkness turn into waves of 3 feet rolling towards shore. “Tides kinda low, let keep going further south” Leo said.
Getting on the Coast Highway to San Clemente they park it near the San Clemente pier. The waves were walled and didn’t look inviting, so they got back onto the freeway and drove to Basilone Rd. and pulled off to the shoulder of the road overlooking the coastline. “Hey, the waves look like fun and only a few guys out” Vector said and notice a couple of cars with surfboards pass them as they drove south. “Follow them, they are probably going to the surf” Leo said as Vector got it of park and put it into drive. “There they are pulling into a side road. I will follow” mentioned Vector making a left hand turn.
They came up behind the cars who were paying to get in. It was their turn to pay and the ranger said $1 dollar please, as Vector handed him the dollar. “Kinda expensive” said Leo. “Get a yearly pass and your cost will be much less” replied the ranger. “How much is a yearly pass” asked Vector. “$35” the ranger said giving them their receipt and told them to put it on their dash. Pulling up along side of the beach they watched the surfers ride San Onofre. “Let go out, that looks like fun” Leo said. “What about those waves we saw” asked Vector.
“That’s a long walk up the beach. Maybe next time” Leo said as Vector pulled in facing the ocean. They hurried to put on his wetsuits and wax up. They paddled out and caught about 30 waves each. “Leo, I’m going in. My armpits feel sore where the wetsuit was rubbing there” Vector said seeing another set of waves coming in. “Ok, I’m going in too” Leo said. Drying off and taking their wetsuit off onto the ground. Leo was watching others who had gotten out wash their themselves and their wetsuits with plastic water bottles and thought to himself thats a good idea as he tossed his dirt covered wetsuit in the back of the truck under his board.
Driving down to Oceanside, Vector looked at his gas gauge and noticed it was registering a quarter full. “I’m going to get some gas once we get into Oceanside” Vector said. It wasn’t long after passing the rest stop that they pulled into a gas station. “Hey, this station is cheaper than the one in Costa Mesa. It’s only 65 cent a gallon here compared to 74 cents there” Vector said as he pulled in. Driving east on Highway 76 Leo was looking at the open land area next to Camp Pendleton and on the Oceanside of the road. As they continued looking, they came up to an intersection stating Vista to the right and Fallbrook to the left.
“Let go to Vista and check it out there” Leo mentioned as he looked at the open area that the road went through. As Vector continued to drive Leo was jotting down notes of what he saw and thought. Making a right on Oceanside Blvd. Vector was driving back towards the beach. Then Leo said “Make a left up ahead on El Camino Real.” After hearing Leo, Vector made the turn and thought “Was this the place my car was named after” as he asked out loud. “Never thought of it before, but most likely” Leo said as he kept a watch of the surrounding area writing any for sale sign location.
Passing Batiquitos Lagoon they drove a few miles and the open land to Encinitas Blvd. Where Leo had Vector make a right turn. Going over the hill and down towards the 5 freeway as Vector was driving towards the beach, they came up to a parking lot at the end of the road where Moonlight State Beach is located. Looking a the people and the waves which looked like fun. Knowing the tide was going to high and the temperature was in the low 80’s. Vector said “Lets go out Leo.” Noticing a shower Vector said “Let wash off our wetsuits and just go out in our long johns.” It wasn’t long before they were paddling out. After surfing for another 2 hours, Leo and Vector were physically tired, but were mentally stoked on surfing as they drove home.
It had been 6 months since Leo and Vector first went surfing down south, when Leo was looking for a place to move too. Leo and Flo found a house in Oceanside after that trip and it was located on the bluff overlooking the ocean, near the Harbor. After purchasing the house Leo and Flo would go to the Del Mar Race track and bet on the horses that he knew would win. How he was able to do this was during the week before going back to the 1970’s Leo was on the internet researching what had happen in business and sport during the 1970’s
Having lost the ability to look into the future in exchange to save Vector, Artemesia and Velidia. Leo knew where he was going and studied those area of interest so as to make it easier for himself and Flo. Having information of dates, description of event and outcome made for a valuable list of data that he and Flo could live off of. When the day came, they were prepared to go back into the past with their list of data, they could start over with a cushion.
It was like the dream that he had when he and Flo were visiting Kai’ike and Hokuao. In that dream Leo and Flo were tranformed to Hermosa Beach in the 1950’s and 60’s and made a lot money by betting on the horses at first and then going on to more profitable ventures. After awakening from that situation, they were once again in Portobello and would meet Vector and his family after inheriting the gold and silver mines from Vincenzo’s will. When Flo’s father passed away she would inherit his fortune of gold and land.
Leo and Flo having a substantial amount of wealth is when Vector came into their lives with his spacecraft, which made their opportunities expand beyond the horizon. Then the other alien race who targeted Vector for elimination showed up and changed their outlook. Having Zeuyu and Outaforium on their side made for a new adventure possible in modern day Panama.
But do to unforeseen event, Leo and Flo had to start all over when Vector, Artemesia and Velidia were in the accident and they had to make a choice of bringing them back and losing everything they had or keep on going with their wealth. After their decision and Leo lost his ability to see into the future and Vector lost of his spacecraft made life difficult, making ends meet was hard. Then when Outaforium asked the question of where would you like to go and live, that thought of the past came back to mind, where the future back then, was now the past and has come back into to play.
With that in mind Leo developed a plan that vaguely described the reason of going back to the 1970’s. With that and his overall plan, he and Flo and the Durasels would get out of the situation that they were in and jump start a new beginning. Vector had been using the name Durasel since the transformation into the 21 century Panama and would use it instead of his last name that he had in the 16th century.
With the money that they had accumulated in the short time after starting over Leo and Flo used the money to put a down payment on their residence and started to implement their plan of betting on the horses as in the dream and go from there. After the income started to flow in Flo and Leo would once again be sailing. They bought a 36 ft. Cross trimaran and placed it at the harbor. After that, their income bracket took a big leap. They would start taking flight lessons and get their pilot licenses. It wasn’t long before they purchased a Learjet 24 and had it at the Oceanside Airport located on Highway 76, a few miles from their house.
Leo and Flo were having the Durasels over for the weekend. Before going out to surf out front, the Durasels talked about what they had been up to. Though Flo already knew what was happening since she and Artemesia would talk over the phone whenever they had the time. Rocky and Frank were starting to make their own surfboards in the barn. Frank talked about what he was doing in school and majoring in architecture. Rocky was taking business classes, while Velidia was majoring in Oceanography.
Vector with his experience in maintenance engineering found a job for a property management company. After two months he was promoted to a supervisor position and was responsible for properties in Orange and Riverside counties. Artemesia was staying home and doing research on varies opportunities that she and Flo were interested in.
They would all go surf in the morning and lay around the beach until noon and go back to the house to cleanup and get ready for an afternoon sail down to Leucadia and come back by late afternoon. After cleaning up, they would dine out and go see a movie titled “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and afterwards return to the house and talk about the day before calling it a night.
The following day they would drive over to the harbor and surf the south jetty and later that morning drive over to the airport and fly out to San Clemente island, then swing north to Catalina island. Looking down on Avalon before flying pass Two Harbors and out to the west around the South Bay and the smoggy haze that was over the basin. Looking down at the mountain ranges of the area before flying along the coast to Santa Barbara,
Leo would land at the airport in Goleta and rent a car for the afternoon. The Vi’s and the Durasels went sightseeing around the harbor and the downtown area. Stopping by the Yater’s Surfboard shop the group went in and looked around and checked out Rennie’s and a few other shaper’s shapes. Having a late lunch before returning to the airport and flying back to the Oceanside airport. After the flight back the Durasels would get ready to drive back home to Costa Mesa. Thanking the Vi’s for a wonderful weekend, they drove off in their Falcon station wagon, driving north on Interstate 5 freeway.
Talking about the waves that they surfed, the day sail and flying over to Santa Barbara. Rocky says “What a difference from barely getting by in Panama to getting to go surf when the opportunity comes up, to sail and fly whenever. Boy, Leo and Flo have it made.” “Yes it just one of those thing that they figured out with their time. We as a family should be grateful for each other and that we are alive and well” Vector said looking at Artemesia and Velidia as traffic slowed down at the checkpoint.
Monday came and everyone was back to normal. Velidia, Frank and Rocky were attending their classes and planning on going places with their friends. Rocky and Frank would go into their shop and check up on their boards that they were working on before going to school and after they got back. Vector and Artemesia were out in Riverside County looking at HUD houses and buying them and fixing them up to sell. With his connections Vector also knew of apartments for sale and new developments to venture into with his friends at work.
Leo and Flo were planning on taking a vacation to Hawaii. Remembering their short stay previously before starting out on the mainland. They booked a reservation at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina and would be staying for 2 weeks. After arriving at the Honolulu International airport, they would catch a flight the inter island flight to Maui with their luggage and surfboards. Walking over to the baggage claim area and watching the carousel of luggage go around in circles, they grab their luggage and surfboards and went over to the car rental yard and renting a Dodge station wagon, they drove over to Lahaina to check in. Leo looked out at the harbor and sees the waves at the Break Wall breaking 3 to 4 ft. “Flo, the waves look like fun, lets go out after we put away our luggage” Leo said.
After putting the sun tan lotion on their backs, necks and legs they walked across the breakwater rocks and paddled out, Leo and Flo were having a fun time surfing the south swells of summer after getting off the plane and the drive over to the westside. Surfing for two hours and feeling somewhat sunburnt, they went in to get some rest and enjoy the scenery. Feeling rested they make their way to Front Street and walked north alongside the seawall. Turning around after 6 blocks they strolled back on the other side of the street going into varies shops along the way.
The next day having breakfast Leo over heard someone mentioning the “Wharf” was on. Asking another waiter who looked like a surfer where the Wharf was he replied “About a mile from here, just go north and make a left. Excuse me I have a customer waiting” as he hurried back to the kitchen.Leo and Flo drove north and spotted a car with surfboards making a left hand turn towards the ocean. They followed and saw the people parked off to the side and walking towards the beach, Leo and Flo soon followed.
They see a wave breaking across their view and continuing down the beach. There was about 12 people out and catching long rides. “Lets go out here Flo” Leo said while turning around to change. They stayed out in the water for a few hours catching some long lefts before going in and back to the Inn. “Leo let go over to Hana. I read some brochures about the place and it sounded interesting” Flo said. “Well It’s close to 11, we can get something to eat in Paia, then drive to Hana after that” Leo said.
Stopping at a fish cafe and having lunch Flo asks a waitress “Have you been to Hana and if so whats it like.” The waitress said “It’s very picturesque with waterfalls and ponds. Its a winding road with narrow bridges at some places. If you are going and want to spend some time in Hana. It will better to start early and enjoy the day more” she said. With that said Leo and Flo would go to Hookipa and watch the surfer for a half hour before going over to Wailuku and drive around before returning to Lahaina.
Flo and Leo would visit Hana, take in a crater sunrise on Haleakala, and do some sight seeing on the island of Lanai before spending a few days on Oahu. Their stay at Waikiki went fast and they would return home to begin working on their plans of building a company that would support their needs when 2030 arrives and when they are back in Panama. Vector is working around the farm after his day job and is driving around on his tractor and looking at the small orchard of oranges and avocados. He sees someone in the middle of the oranges orchard and drives over to investigate.
“Vector, how are you” greeted Outaforium. “Good Outaforium, you are the last person I would see in my orange grove today” Vector said getting off his tractor and walking over to him. “What brings you here” asked Vector. “Came by to see how things are going with you, your family and Leo and Flo” Outaforium said. “We are doing well and so are Leo and Flo. We spent the weekend over at their place” Vector said without mentioning how Leo and Flo had brought with them the information to make them sucessful. “Good, good. Zeuyu was saying he wanted to help you, so you will be financially stable and won’t have to worry about making a living like before in Panama” said Outaforium.
“I’m doing well right now. But, what did you have in mind” asked Vector.
“I came here to remind you Vector, that you were allowed to return back in time with your knowledge. Knowing what will happen before it happens is a very powerful tool that Zeuyu and I trusted you, your family and the Vi’s with. We do want you to honor our decision by not letting others know of the future and let destiny take it course. Even though your presents has altered a small segment of that. To what extent only time will tell” Outaforium said as he looked around the orange grove and continued.
“We know Leo is using the information that he took with him and is building a fortune like he had done before and after the 16th century. We knew that would happen, but there is a line he must not cross or otherwise his and Flo’s stay here will be cut short” Outaforium calmly explained. “What is that line you speak of Outaforium” questioned Vector. “It is when he deals in political issues with his money and influence others for his personal gain. That is when he and Flo would be returned back to 2020 without much money. He will be like many in the middle classes whose lives have been affected” Outaforium said.
“We will do as you say and I will inform Leo of the line you have mentioned and that he should take care in what he is doing. I give you my word” Vector said. “Also there is something else I want to mention regarding your stay here in California. There is going to be a real estate boom and many will profit from it. Some of those companies and other industries will grow larger in time, but will file for bankruptcy during the decade you have left. This is the outcome of the greatest depression in the history of this planet will occur” Outaforium mentioned.
“Why are you telling me this” asked Vector. “Do you remember when we met” asked Outaforium.
“Yes, as if it was yesterday; It was after the meeting of council on Etobiius, your carriage was on the side of the road and you were looking at the city from the hillside. When Leuquotus and I drove up in his carriage and he asked “Outaforium how are you, do you need assistance” questioned the governor. You turned to us and said “No, just taking in the view” you said. Then you asked “I would like to talk with Vectorus about the things he was mentioning at the meeting. Could we have a chat at my residence to go over a few things.” Then I said “Yes, that would be fine.” “What about tomorrow morning” you asked and I said “Yes, tomorrow morning will be good.” After the brief discussion Leuquotus and I continued on our way.
The next morning I was at your residence and you said “Vectorus I was asked by the Star people that they wanted to meet you.” I said “Let me think about it and I will get back to you.” When suddenly I heard a strange noise, we looked up and I saw a flying ship of about 75 feet in diameter coming down and landing near us. You stood quiet as I looked over to the side of the vessel where a door opened and 3 Star people walked out and approached us. They were short with larger than normal heads and skinny bodies, with longer than normal arms with 3 fingers on their hands and 3 toes on their feet. Then you welcomed them “Greetings Zeuyu, Zor 2, Zor 3 my fellow travelers” then looked over to me and said “This is Vectorus the architect engineer I have told you about.”
Speaking in the same language as the ambassador the leader of the group began to talk “I am Zeuyu and these are my fellow travelers Zor 2 and Zor 3. We are from a distant planet of Xertron which is in another part of the galaxy, far, far away. We are learning about this planet and its peoples. One of things that make us different that the other species of space travelers is we share our knowledge for the betterment of others” said Zeuyu.
I sensed something was about to happen and said “I am a person of simple means who respect knowledge as you. There is much to learn and things to do, but I would prefer to do them here.” Without answering my statement, Zeuyu response was “What we will show you will not take up much of your time, so to speak. You will be amazed at the things that are being done in this window of time.”
“I sense I have no say in what is going to happen and not sure where you will be taking me” I said as I was transformed from where I was standing to within one of the ship’s rooms. Looking around I saw Zor 2 and said “Where are the others.” “My fellow travelers are in a different part of the ship and the Outaforium is back at his residence.
Touching his lead finger on the wall a screen appears. Touching the screen once again a view of the outside world is moving very fast. “We are traveling very fast in your way of thinking and within these seconds that we have been talking we have traveled thousands of mile across the surface of this planet. Beside the here and now, we also can travel from what has been, to what will be. It is the vortex of the 4th dimension that I speak of” said Zor 2. “You mean your ship can travel through time” I questioned. “Yes” answered Zor 2 before giving an example. “Below is the Pyramids of Egypt they have been constructed in your time period Vectorus” said Zor 2 as I stared at the smoothness of the surface and the precise angle of all four edges leading to a point at the apex.
Looking closer I noticed the pyramids had 8 sides instead of 4 by a slight angulation of each side toward its middle, like a slight vee. “The sun rays being absorbed into the smooth surface of the sides and is being transferred from the surface and channeled inward and is being converted into electrical charge” explained Zor 2. Then I noticed the space ship is situated over the tallest pyramid. “The ship is replenishing it’s energy supply from the sun and converting it to magnetic energy” said Zor 2. “I stood silent as I took in the magnitude of what was being explained to me” I said.
“To build this structure we used Phi in our formulation and left that mathematical formula here in Egypt for others to find and use” said Zor 2. “It must have took many men and a long time to complete this structure” I replied. “We used levitation to move and insert the heavy and light blocks of stone for the inner and outer parts of the structure. It took about a three months with six ships” answered Zor 2 as he continued “There is an inner passage way, where looking out at a certain time during the night you can see the 3 stars of the Belt of Orion.” After his explanation Zor 2 then pressed the screen and we were hovering over Etobiius and said “We are back Vectorus.”
“You have a photographic memory and your intelligence is beyond anyone who came from Atlantis. With your engineering background and working for Leo and Flo during the golden age of Spain has added to that knowledge. Then by learning to the fly our spacecraft that we lent you and only added to your skill. What I’m saying is that you are someone we invested our time in and care about. No other individual has that status from us” Outaforium said.
“Since the days of Atlantis and Etobiius, I never thought my travels will bring me here to where I am. My world has been a learning process, far more advance than compared to others I have known. I have gained much knowledge through your guidance and protection. I and my family are grateful for that. Now with a pandemic 50 years into the future awaiting us, will 2030 be a time where the corona virus is under control and what will the global economies look like” asked Vector.
“The bio weapon that was created will mutate many times over. Those individual that plan on its expansion were evil people and have met their doom is all I can tell you now” Outaforium mentioned to give some insight to what will happened. “There will come a time when you will start your own business and your wife, sons and daughter will work for you. Just remember you have 10 years before entering the world that has gone through a huge economic depression and a disease that is not under control, but could be. Get prepared for your life after the 1970’s as soon as possible” with that said a shimmering light encapsulated Outaforium before he disappeared.
Putting his tractor into 2nd gear then to 4th gear, Vector was moving down the row of orange trees in a hurry. Vector makes his way home and has a talk with Artemesia, telling her what Outaforium had told him. After talking it over with Artemesia, Vector would call and setup a meeting with Leo and Flo at his house. They would stop by the next day. After telling them also what Outaforium had told him, he mentioned “I going to start a company in real estate. Would you and Flo be interested in joining us” asked Vector. “Why yes, I think that would be great for the both of us and we can prepare for our return trip back the future” Leo said.
“For starters, I can get a variance to build an office by the street at the corner of the property, submit the plans to the building department and sub-contract most of the work and go from there. Flo and Artemesia can be in charge of the office” Vector said. “Rocky, Frank and Velidia will work part time and finish their classes this semester and switch over to real estate this coming fall and work full time next year” Artemesia said. “Then anything else would be considered a side ventures and done without the need of getting approval from either of us, like a house or car things like that. Something larger, we will need to talk about it” Flo mentioned.
“What will be the name of the company” asked Flo. “What about using the first letter of our names to name the company” suggested Vector. “V-A-L-F” said Flo. “What about Mesa Atlantis Properties” Leo said. “I like the sound of that” Vector added. “I like that, too” Flo said looking at Artemesia. “I like how it represents the current with the past and MAP is catchy acronym” Artemesia said agreeing with everyone. “Mesa Atlantis Properties it is” said Leo. “Lets take a walk Vector and talk about that and see what you have done to the farm lately” mentioned Leo. “Yes why don’t you take a walk while Flo and I catch up on a few things” Artemesia said.
Walking out to the barn Vector shows Leo the shop Rocky and Frank had setup. The boards they were working, the boards they. Vector, Artemesia and Velidia were riding. “How are the waves lately” asked Leo. “They’ve been small to flat. How’s it at your place” Vector asked. “About 2-3 ft., there is a south swell on the way and it should be here in a few days” Leo said. “Sounds good to me, I get antsy when I haven’t surfed for awhile” Vector said. “I know what you mean, I have to jog to keep in shape when it goes flat” Leo said.
Flo and Artemesia are talking about what the office décor should look like and what type of software to use and modify for their type of business. From logo to statement type, internal procedures with their accounts receivable to accounts payable and everything else they could think of. Artemesia made some coffee and kept on thinking what else to do. Meanwhile out in the barn Vector goes to the refrig and grabs a couple of beers and walks outside hands one to Leo who was sitting on a tree stump next to the barn. Vector grabs an foldable beach chair and sits nearby. Both pop the tabs of their cans and take a sip.
“Does does your boys drink beer” asked Leo. “No, I placed them in the frig before you came. I knew we would need something to celebrate with once the meeting was over” Vector said. “I’ll drink to that” Leo said raising his can. “To Mesa Atlantis Properties” Vector said as his can met Leo’s in mid air.
“Why don’t you get a pilot license and start flying” suggested Leo. “I’ve been thinking about it and I think I will” Vector said. “What kind of plane were you thinking about” asked Leo. “I was thinking about getting a Cessna Citation” Vector said. “That sounds interesting” Leo said and continued with other subjects that he had in mind “What other areas besides LA and Orange County were you thinking of to pursue.” “The San Jose and the bay area for one and some of the coastal regions like Santa Maria, Moro Bay, Ventura, the South Bay and North County San Diego” Vector said.
“What about Hawaii” asked Leo. “Yes, that too and a few other places” Vector said taking a sip from his can of beer. “There are some beach front properties we drove by when we were there that looked interesting. Not sure if they are still on the market. But that’s an idea also” Leo said. They continued their talks when their wives walked around the corner of the barn and towards them. “There you two are. Flo has a few things she has to do at home, so they need to get back” Artemesia said. “Oh, thats right. I completely forgot about our appointment later this afternoon with our sailmaker” Leo said preoccupied with the new company.
“Ok, let continue doing our homework and talk it over at our next meeting in a week” Vector said. With that said Leo and Flo went back to the harbor. Vector and Artemesia continued talking what else they should be doing. After the dust of starting a company had settled. The Durasel’s and Vi’s were very busy with going to places, making deals of buying and selling, renting, hiring more employees, maintaining the properties and taking vacations.
Rocky and Frank took a two week vacation to Hawaii to see the latest shapes and what was happening in surfing and look around for their father of properties that were available. After landing they went and got a rental car and drove to their hotel with their two boards each. Franks says to Rocky “Well, lets go surf Ala Moana since the North Shore is flat.” “Ok, I’m going to ride my 6’3” square tail” Frank said. “Yeah, I’m going short also and ride my 6’4” round tail” Rocky said looking into his luggage for his trunks. After getting to the parking lot and finding a space to park at, they walked over to the beach and paddled out.
One of the local was paddling in and was upset for some reason. As he paddle by he made a comment of “Haole go home” and continued paddling in. “What do you think of that Rocky” Frank said feeling uncomfortable about the statement. “He mad about us surfing in their territory” Rocky said. Another person who was paddling out and heard the comment came up to the guys paddling and said “Don’t mind that guy he came from the mainland a few years back and thinks he own the place, a real jerk. But, don’t rip people off out there and try to stay cool” as he paddled out faster than Rocky and Frank.
“Thanks” said Rocky as the person who made the comment stayed silent and continued paddling out. Once in the lineup Frank and Rocky could sense a pecking order of the people out in the water. As they watched when the sets came in the crowd would let the better surfer catch the waves while they waited for a wave the others had missed. Eventually Rocky would catch a wave with someone would take off in front of him and would ride the wave with Rocky following. The same would happened to Frank. After awhile Frank and Rocky would get waves to themselves after proving they were above average in their surfing abilities and staying cool on the waves while other would take off in front of them.
After a couple of hours they paddled over to Kaisers and got more waves to themselves before going in. The next day they surfed Canoes and Queens and had a fun time with the crowds. After hearing stories from Leo about Maui, the guys got plane tickets to Maui and flew over. By chance while going over to Lahaina side, Maalaea was breaking and only a few people out. They decided to ride their longer boards that they had brought. Frank’s was a 7’10 round pin and Rocky’s was an 7’6” diamond tail. After paddling out and sitting with the others who were out, they watched as one surfer took off. The top of the wave’s white water zippered across the section and continued to move at fast breaking manner passing the surfer and leaving him behind in the soup.
Rocky paddle for a wave and did an angle takeoff, doing a backside bottom turned as he crouched low. the wave in front of him took off and left him in the dust as the white water took over. After coming up after his wipeout he thought to himself, this is the fastest wave he had ever surfed as he watch in front of him the same thing happening to Frank. He smiled while paddling pass Frank and said “These waves are “Fast” and unbelievable. Surfing for an hour they decided go to Lahaina and surf there. Driving up to the place where Leo had mention, they both were excited in seeing 4 to 6 feet waves breaking left. About 15 people were out, it didn’t seemed to be crowded. After catching their first waves, they were stoked on the conditions and would surf for 5 hours. Being burnt out and their arms feeling like spaghetti noodles they went in to get something to eat.
Flying back to Oahu with a few days left on their vacation, they drove around the island as they did on Maui. They look around at the properties on windward side and took pictures of the scenery. It wasn’t long before they are flying back home. Telling their story about their trip to Hawaii and the real estate on Maui and Oahu, it was back to work on Monday and getting adjusted from laid back to hurrying to get things done.
Vector had hired a couple of friend from his previous company and they would be taking some of the load off his back and be responsible for their people under them with the different regions they were covering. Meanwhile Leo who was a part of the company as an investor and had other investment under his umbrella and was making a considerable amount of income with his data sheet that he brought over. Whatever Leo invested in Vector got a piece of the action and was doing quite well himself and both were multi-millionaires a year later.
To sail around the World
The inflow of more people from out of state and other countries continued to grow as the cities and counties prospered while the congestion on the freeways became noticeable. With the growth happening, Mesa Atlantis Properties office building grew to a 3 story office complex next to the original site. In the conference room Vector and Artemesia are talking about their situation.
“We were well to do in the 16th century and we were rich and poor in the 21th century in Panama. What if we lived a simpler life and still have funds for a rainy day” mentioned Artemesia. “What did you have in mind” asked Vector. “Be less active in our company and focus on things we would like to do on our leisure and enjoy life. I was thinking about sailing around the world and see other lands” Artemesia said. “Well ok, but first lets talk to Leo and Flo since they have been sailing for quite a while and get us some insights of what it might look like. I will give Leo a call” replied Vector.
After making the call and they drove down to Oceanside to Leo and Flo’s house a few days later. They greeted each other and talked about the earthquake that happened the other. “Did you feel the Sylmar quake in the San Fernando Valley, it shook the house and woke us up” asked Vector. “Just barely, but heard about it on the news. So you want to sail around the world, what made you decide on that” Leo said. “Actually it was I who suggested it” Artemesia said before Vector could answer. “Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s of doing what Artemesia has in mind. I wouldn’t mind doing that myself” Flo said as Leo turned to her and wondered.
“Like anything in life, you have to take the good with the bad. It takes fortitude for those not so perfect days of storms and not feeling well or being sick for an extended amount of time. Certain places are not safe, do to thugs, robbers and pirates at different locations on land and sea” Leo said. “And there will be times where there is nothing but ocean for weeks on end. If somethings breaks or malfunctions, you have to do the repairs, be it plumbing, electrical, mechanical or medical. But there is something about being out there and feeling free and easy. You have the winds taking you to places others only dream of, that by itself makes it worthwhile.” Flo said expressing the other side of the coin of adventure.
Looking at the tree tops “The wind is picking up, let go out to the harbor and go for a sail” Leo said. Driving over to their trimaran and doing the preliminary check of the boat before Flo turns on the motor, after she does Leo who is on the dock unwraps all but one of the dock lines and then walks along side of the dock before tossing the bow line to Vector and jumps onboard. Flo slowly backs out and turns the stern away from the harbor entrance before pushing the throttle forward and begins going forward slowly passing the fuel dock and jetty. Leo is bringing onboard the 3 fenders from the starboard ama of the boat and puts them away in the forward bow locker.
Sailing at angle toward the pier on a starboard tack with the main and staysail up. Flo has Artemesia at the helm coaching her of what to do and what to say to the others if she want to change course. With the sails trimmed everyone is sitting in the cockpit and discussing the lifestyle Vector and Artemesia would be sailing into. “Have you looked into some boats” asked Leo. I’ve been looking at monohulls, since I read about multihulls likely to pitch pole and flip over under stormy condition or going to fast. So I’ve been recently been at looking mono hulls instead. The Nautor Swan 40 & 48, Morgan Out Island 41, Crealock 37 and C&C 39 were some of the boat I have seen in the magazines. The Swan 48 is what I’m leaning to” Vector said.
“The more we talk about sailing around the world, I’m getting the bug of doing the same” Leo said as Flo smiled and not adding to the discussion until Artemesia asked “Flo have you given it much thought.” “I have thought about it whenever I hear it mentioned, but feel much more comfortable on land for now” Flo said. Continuing to go south until they see the powerplant at Carlsbad, Flo mentions to Aretemesia to switch directions. Artemesia tells the guys “Prepare to go about.” Vector goes forward and walks the clew of the staysail around the mast after Leo releases the sheet from the winch. As Artemesia veer off toward the west onto a port tack. Leo moves over to the starboard winch and tightens the jib sheet and Flo adjust the boom.
After everyone was back in the cockpit Leo asked Artemesia “What made you want to go sail around the world.” “I was watching a program on TV the other day and just as you mentioned the adventure was a motivator for me wanting to do that” Artemesia said. Leo looked at Vector who nodded in agreement without saying a word. Flo had went inside the galley to make some sandwiches and had returned with chips and water to go with the sandwiches for a late lunch.
Taking the paper plates and cups into the trash bin, Flo cleaned up was enjoying the moment of not doing anything after that. The crew made another sail adjustment and were sailing north back to Oceanside Harbor. “Have you heard from Outaforium lately” asked Leo looking at Vector. “Why yes, I was in the barn the other afternoon and he came in and told me about the things that were happening since we left Panama. The pandemic had happen and most of the countries had a lockdown, where the people were confined to their place of residence.
Many businesses went out of business and the economies of the world hyperinflated with all the money printing to prevent a total collape. China was blamed for the corona virus which the global communities are calling it the CCP virus, short for Chinese Commuist Party virus or Covid 19. It’s a bio-weapon that continues to mutate. Besides that China had heavy flooding during the summer months of that year and many villages and cities were cover with water. Some places as high as 10 feet. The largest dam in the world hasn’t collapse yet as we spoke, but with all that water flowing to the ocean they had to release it at a historical rate” Vector said.
“What does that mean” asked Leo. “What Outaforium said it wasn’t good for China. All that water has chemical pollution from the sewage waste being mixed into it. The water has water born dieases, debris, the corrosion of metal in buildings and bridges, oil and gas from all the abandon cars, truck, and buses. All that setting in on the land after the water has subsided. The agricultural land will be damaged for future generations” Vector said. “Wow, the poor people” Flo said as Leo shook his head sideways in sadness of the thought.
The subject matter was changed and Leo asked “What else did Outaforium had to say about the times in which we live now.” “That reminds me, he did say something about investing in Intel next year” Vector said. “Yes, that is on my cheat sheet. They are going public next year at $24. AMD is another stock that is on my list. Gold is at $40 so I’m going to get some now” Leo said. The ladies started talking about the latest fashions and movies. While the guys changed the subject and talked about surfboards and surfing.
Approaching the jetty entrance at the harbor, the wind had turned calm and the water was glassy. Leo and Vector took down the jib and main and got out the fenders. Flo was at the helm as they were motored in as Leo and Vector were watching the waves on the other side of the breakwater. The waves were 3-5 feet breaking on high tide manner. “You see what I see” Leo said to Vector. “Yelp” answered Vector. Flo was telling Artemesia what she was doing and how to prepare to dock at their berth. After securing the lines to the dock the girls cleaned up the salon and Leo watered down the deck and sides of the boat while Vector shrubbed the areas where the water was squirted at. Both were in a hurry to cleanup and go surf.
Leo had extra surfboards for Vector and Artemesia. After everyone changed and walked down to the beach and found a place to put their towels, they paddled out from for an evening session. The group would cleanup after surfing and go out for dinner near the pier and Coast Highway. After ordering their meals Leo asked Artemesia “What do you think about getting a boat and sailing to places unknown now.” “Getting use to sailing is something we should do first and then decide to make the decision of going around the world in a sailboart” Artemesia said looking at Vector. “I’m with her” Vector said with a smile. The Durasels would return home and Vector would start looking around for a boat and where they would keep it.
A couple of days later, Sunday morning in the kitchen “How was your day with the Vi’s” asked Velidia who happened to had been away on a backpacking trip at Big Bear lake and was at the kitchen table having toast and orange juice. “It was very good, we had a wonderful time. We sailed and surfed. Your father is going to look for a boat for us and we are going sailing more” Artemesia said while making breakfast for Vector. “Good morning Vel, what are you up too” asked Vector having walked in and hearing part of the conversation. “I’m going golfing with my friends at Cliffs by the Sea this morning, our tee time is at 8. Mom says you are going to look for a sailboat” Velida said.
“I have a few sail magazines on brokers and boat for sales. I made a call about 10 minutes ago and made an appointment to see one today. Your mother and I are going to look and see it this morning. After that I have a few project to work on this afternoon” Vector answered. “Ok, got to go” Velidia said looking at her watch and finishing her orange juice as she raced out the door.
“Where is Rocky and Frank” asked Vector. “They went to the beach earlier this morning, I heard them say they were going to the Rivermouth when I came into the kitchen” Artemesia said as she took hers and Vector’s breakfast to the table and asked about the boat they were going to see. “It is a Swan 48 over in Dana Point” Vector said taking a sip from his coffee. “Lets take our boards and surf Doheny if it is good or fun looking” Artemesia said taking a bite from her plate.
Meanwhile “Look at that right” Rocky said as he and Frank were waxing up their board on the beach. “All right, it’s going to be good for an least an hour I hope” Frank mentioned as he place his wax under his towel and hurried out. Rocky was close behind as they walked waist high into the incoming surge, before jumping over the white water and started to paddleout. With only 10 surfers scattered along the takeoff areas near the metal pillons, they continued to paddled as the white water from a set pushed them back a couple of times. After 5 minutes they were sitting out in the lineup waiting for the next set.
Back at the house, after breakfast Vector made the call to let the owner know that they were leaving and would be there in an hour. Artemesia got a few thing for their drive down to Dana Point and Vector got ready and placed the boards in the back of his new 71’ silver body and black top Chevy El Camino with mag wheels. Tying a rope across the boards laying across the back end of the raised tailgate. It wasn’t long before they were fueling up at the gas station. “Look Art, the gas is going up, it’s 42 cent a gallon, last week it was 40 cents. After filling up they were off driving down the 405 south to the I-5 Y and to Dana Point.
Before meeting with the owner of the boat they drove slowly along the side street next to the harbor entrance. Watching as the waves rolled in at 3 feet and it looked like fun. Turning around and getting back on the main drive, they made their way to the parking lot where the Swan was located. Going to the locked gate where it branches out to the docks they met the owner Red Keddidohopper. After the cordial greeting they walked down the ramp to the dock where the boat was located.
Artemesia looked at the boat and was very much taken by her, as if she knew this was for her. Vector looked at the clean lines of the hull and her rigging and he too was impressed. Red said “I liked her very and hate to sell her, but I recently had to file for bankruptcy and needed to pay for my losses.” “What line of work do you do” asked Artemesia. “I worked as a comedian at Vegas” he said as they went aboard. Walking around the deck and checked out the forward sail lockers and sails, the anchor locker and the chain and windlass before going to the cockpit and saloon. “She sleep six comfortably and has plenty of storage for a long passage, a very well design salon” Red said waving his arm across his body in a slow motion manner. The nav station had adequate room to plot and read charts and a good size book rack above the table.
Talking story of his trips to Catalina that he made in the short time that he owned the boat and his plans of where he wanted to go. “Does the slip go with the boat” Vector asked. “It does, but you will have to notify the harbor master and make the arrangements” Red said. After a half an hour Vector said to Red “Can you excuse us for a minute we need to go on deck to discuss our decision. “Why yes, be my guess” Red said. Vector and Artemesia went to the bow of the boat and talked it over. “I really like this boat Art. I want to get it” Vector said. “Me too” Artemesia said as they walked back to the salon to let Red know of their decision to buy the boat after it had been inspected by their boat surveyor. After shaking hands Vector and Artemesia would soon be the new boat owners later the following week.
With that done, they went inside the campground’s parking lot and went surfing.
Monday came and Rocky says to Frank “Well, I going to shape a board today on our day off and go
over to Wind of the Sea to get some blanks. A few 7’2”’s and a kneeboard blank.” “I’m going over to Crystal Glass Supplies down the street and pick up a 5 gallon can of laminating resin, 4 rolls of ¾” tape and black pigment” Frank said looking around the shop to remind himself of things he was running out of. Rocky took off for Huntington Beach as Frank poured hot coats on two boards before leaving to get supplies.
Vector and Artemesia had flown to the Livermore Municipal Airport to look over some land that was for sale. Located in Pleasanton near Sunol the price was quite reasonable for the 1000 acre lot that was for. “What do you think Vector” Artemesia asked. “It has real good potential for a commercial and residential setting” Vector said. “Ok, lets get it” Artemesia said writing down a note to let the office know of their decision. After flying back to Costa Mesa, they drove home and Vector got on his tractor to till some rows his orchard as Artemesia got a hold of her secretary to get the ball rolling regarding the land in Pleasanton.
Switching to a different Tack
Vector has his top people running the company that is growing and doing well. He and Artemesia are spending more time aboard their new boat “There She Goes”. Sailing out a few miles around the harbor at first then to Oceanside to spend the weekend there with Leo and Flo or to sail to Newport Beach and back on a daysail. As they gain more experience they would plan trips to Catalina’s Avalon Harbor and Two Harbor on holidays with an occasional 7 to 10 day sail to the Channel Islands and anchor off of Coches Prietos in Santa Cruz Island and a couple of other anchorage locations around the island.
Then sail over to Santa Barbara Harbor for a couple of days before returning south to King Harbor for a day and bike ride on the Strand. From 1 St. to 22nd St. in Hermosa Beach and back to the Chart house next to breakwater. To have an early dinner and watch the small waves breaking in front of them from their table. They would spend the night at King Harbor before making the run around Palos Verdes and veer away from commercial freighters as they entered the shipping lane made their way south to Dana Point by sailing a mile off the coast of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach.
After returning home Vector and Artemesia decided to buy a house closer to the Dana Point harbor and found a location up the hill over looking the harbor, it was about 7 minutes drive away. They would keep the Costa Mesa facility and let their kids have the house to live in. Vector and Artemesia would stop by Leo and Flo’s house after the move was made and catch up on what they had been doing. “Long time no see, strangers” Leo said.
“We’ve been busy and you two were gone for a couple of months in Europe and Thailand. How was that” asked Vector. “We had a great time seeing the places I remembered as a child growing up in Italy and enjoyed the time in the UK, France, Spain, Germany and the islands of Greece and Thailand was nice and humid. We did some surfing on some surf charters and caught some great waves” Leo said as he paused for a moment as he recollected places that wasn’t mentioned.
“Since being back I heard they had surf trials for the US surf team here. The surfers they chose are representing the US down in San Diego. I heard swallow tail shape are in do to their manueverability” Leo said. “That’s interesting, Rocky and Frank are saying twin fins are being used more and others are placing different size fins to go along with the center single fin” Vector said and continued.
“I’ve been busy myself, I haven’t been paying much attention to surfing lately. But, I’m getting back into it after this layoff of a month. So, there some wave out front I noticed and we brought our boards” Vector replied. “Come on in Flo has been waiting to see you two” Leo said as he led the way to the backyard. “Hi Vector, Hi Artemesia how are you, you are a sight for sore eyes” Flo said laughing. “I’m fine and the kids are doing good” Artemesia said as she gave Flo a hug. “How do you like your new place” asked Flo. “We love it, the scenery is good and we get an ocean breeze in the afternoon and it not far from the harbor” Artemesia said looking at Vector.
Vector was looking at the waves breaking by the pier, the waves out front and the ones at the jetties. “Tides look low with the waves walling up” Vector said. “It’s going back up in a half an hour, it should get better when it does. Been sailing?” asked Leo. “Just day sailing lately and started joining in on some races that the yacht club has going on. Have you done any sailing since being back” Vector asked. “No I haven’t, just checked up on the boat after getting back, but I do need to get back out there” Leo said with a smile. “Have you done any flying” Vector asked.
“Why yes, yesterday I went over to San Jose and checked out Intel’s facility and talked to their receptionist and told them I was a stockholder asked questions about their projections for their product, which they said was good. Then I went over to the Xerox’s facility and asked a few questions about their graphic’s user interface that they were developing and they told me their working on it and wasn’t allowed to discuss the matter said the person whom I was talking with. After that I drove around the San Jose / Milpitas area and looked at some open land there. Some good size lots. I bought a couple” Leo said.
“Do you remember the streets the other open lots were on that you didn’t buy” asked Vector. “Yeah I do. Will give you the info before you leave” Leo said. “The potential there is looking good says my research department” Vector said as Artemesia and Flo were listening. “Ok, ok we can talk about business later, lets go surf and enjoy the day” Flo said and Artemesia nodded her head to agree. “Surf it is” Leo said looking out and seeing a left breaking across the sand bar. It wasn’t long before they were out in the water going right and left. Cheering each other on as they took off on a peak and traveling down the line. After a couple of hours they went in and spend the afternoon at the patio talking story.
“You must come over and see our house, after that join us in an afternoon regatta race with the yacht club” Vector said. “Ok, we will be there around 11” Leo said. The next day the Vi’s were visiting the Durasels and looking over their house. “Nice house and a wonderful view” Flo said from the upstairs study. Leo and Vector were in the garage looking at Artemesia’s 1972 911S Porsche. “Nice car, how does she like it” Leo asked.
“She likes it a lot. Makes her feel younger” Vector said with a smile. “Are you going to get one too” Leo asked. “No, I’m happy with my work truck. It gets me where I want to go and I carry my surfboard in back. What more could I ask for. Say, lets go get the girls and hop over to the harbor” Vector said going through the door that led from the garage into the house as he was thinking about getting ready for the race.
Driving over to the harbor in the Vi’s 72’ Mercedes 300 SEL in 5 minutes by catching the lights green on the way down. Parking it in the lot and walking over to the dock where “There She Goes” is tied up.
After getting ready Vector is on the dock walking the bow line as Artemesia backs her out slowly. Tossing the line to Leo, Vector jumps on boards grabbing the starboard shroud and straddles the lifeline. Motoring out to the main channel and out pass the entrance. Vector goes to the mast and hooks up the halyard to the mainsail as Leo collects the side fenders. Hauling up the mainsail, Vector is just about there but needs a little help from the winch to top the mainsail.
Artemesia sees a group of boats gathering near a committee boat and steers in that direction. “We usually do this race with the club when we have time. They call it the Beer Can race, the more I do it, it helps me be a better sailor and get more out of sailing. We aren’t that good yet, but we enjoy the spirit of racing and learn something new about how we sail. We start at the committee boat and go out to the outer buoy and sail south to another buoy and race back to the committee boat. But for now we just circle around before the start. As you know we can’t cross the starting line until it’s time” Vector said.
Waving to the people on the other boats whom they know and have race against before. Vector is Artemesia’s statistician and sail handler while she steers. “Looks like the current is flowing south through the starting line and the wind is coming from the west southwest at 12 knots. We can go on a port tack at the start and aim high or go on a starboard tack to catch more wind and then go to port. If we do the port tack at the start we might have an extra tack to do to go round the buoy” Vector said.
“If the fleet goes on a starboard tack most likely you will get shadowed. What if you do the port tack halfway from the harbor and the headlands of the point, then go on a starboard until you pass the headland and tack again for the first buoy, might that be another option. What do you think” asked Leo. “Ok, let see what the fleet does at the start. We have 10 minutes before the first warning” Vector said. The second warning was given at the 5 minute mark and Artemesia looked at her wristwatch as did Vector, Leo and Flo. With most of the fleet on a starboard tack Vector says “We will go on a port tack” to Artemesia. She stay clear of the on coming boats and goes behind them and swings over to the start line on a port tack and the race is on.
After the race concluded “There She Goes” came in 9th and everyone onboard had fun. Vector was treating at the new restaurant Jolly Roger that had opened up. The ladies had wine and the guy had a mug of beer before ordering dinner. Laughing over what had happen and the fun that they had. Leo and Flo drop off Vector and Artemesia and mentioned that they couldn’t stay and drove back home.
The next day Vector was working in the garage with the garage door opened. He hears a knock on the wall and turns around to see Outaforium. “Hello Vector” greeted Outaforium. “Oh, Outaforium good to see you, what brings you to these neck of the woods” Vector said with a smile. “Oh, to see how you are doing and let you know what is happening back in 2022 so you won’t be to shocked to find out when you all go back there in 2030” Outaforium said. “It sounds like something not so good had happen and you are going to let me in on what it is” Vector said.
“Yes I am. Many people who have never been through a depression got a rude awakening. They were thinking after the pandemic lockdown there will be a light at the end of the tunnel that they are going through and everything will be fine after the lockdown. What they didn’t know was that the light they were seeing in the tunnel was a freight train” Outaforium said in a sober tone as he continued.
“Even in this country during the 2020-2021 years there were mass layoff, foreclosures, homelessness, bankruptcies, increase of taxes including wealth tax which caused a mass exodus of rich and middle income people and starvation to the lower classes do to hyperinflation. Those who were prepared weathered the storm, other less fortune, those thinking otherwise had their lives changed and were never the same after that. The monetary system went through changes and the governments were monitoring everything the people were doing by way of digital currencies. The leaders of states had bad ideas which contributed to the down fall to their constituents. It wasn’t a very good situation for many. You have this time to prepare when you go back to a changed environment.”
“That is why you and Zeuyu sent us back here to prepare for our return in 8 years. What happened in surfing during this time” Vector asked. “It was a chain reaction where people had no jobs. The retail stores, the restaurant, the sporting event had no spectators and the sponsors had no viewers to advertise too. The airlines had less flights and hotels had no reservation. Many manufacturing companies of goods had to close and food prices went up all that affected surfing" Outaforium replied.
“Well, the 2020’s sure looks like hard times. So what they said about it being worst depression ever turned out to be true. I will let Leo know what we talked about and get ready when we return to the future” Vector said feeling drained. “I feel bad about bringing you back news, but the world is changing. We will talk again” Outaforium said as he walked out of the garage and disappeared as he was beamed back aboard his spaceship.
After Outaforium had left Vector went inside and talked with Artemesia about what they should do and make a time table of those things that needed to be done as they approached the transition period in 8 years. “We won’t know how it will be in the 2030’s and if our investment will make much sense once we are there” Vector said looking out at the harbor from their living room window.
“What we know now doesn’t add up in the future. What then should we do that will help us make it through the hard times” asked Artemesia. “We know land is permanent, precious metal will hold it value and food and water is a must to have. The paper currency will be good into the 2020’s, but a digital form of it will more than likely be used or take over. As we got a glimpse of it before coming here into the 1970’s” Vector said feeling his way through his question that he said out loud. “The clues Outaforium is giving us of what is happening then and what we should be doing now does seem blurry because of the covid-19 virus and it character of continuous state of mutating.”
“If that is a given and if a vaccine is developed for one form of it, but not another then it will be a big mess for the politicians to figure out. How that will be done is something beyond my intellect” Artemesia said tossing ideas out at Vector. “Let’s think about it some more later. Do want to go to San Onofre and surf” Vector asked. “Yes, I will make a lunch for us and bring the beach umbrella and we can talk some more about what we should do on the beach” Artemesia said. “Ok, I’ll put the board in the truck and get ready” Vector replied while thinking about 5 different options that came to mind after saying what he was going to do about the surfboards.
Paddling out at San Onofre both Vector and Artemesia left their thoughts of the future next to their towels on the beach and concentrated on getting through the white water to the takeoff spot. Artemesia catches an outside set and is gliding by Vector who yells out “Good one.” She continues to concentrate in front of her and walks up to the nose of the surfboard, then back peddles to her sweet spot on her board. Cutting back and bottom turning again to pick up more speed in a trim position. After the wave breaks and turns into a wall of white water rolling to shore, she kicks out and paddles back out. Vector catches a fun wave and does the turns and cutbacks before kicking out as well. After a couple of hours Artemesia would go in and dry off. Putting on her sunglasses to shield her view from the afternoon glare, she see Vector catch a large outside wave.
Sitting on her beach chairs and watching Vector make the first section of a long wave, she take a sip from her bottle water as Vector is surfing down the beach. He would paddle in after kicking out and walk back up the beach to where Artemesia was sitting. “Still want to sail around the world” Vector asked while drying himself off. Artemesia turns to him and says “Yes, I still do” placing her book down. “That last wave got me thinking. We can ride the average wave and enjoy it and not remember it in a year. But, riding something special like a big outside wave and ride it for a long time will last a long time in memory” Vector said using surfing as an analogy. After an hour or so of talking about places and things to do they notice a VW van driving up to them.
It was Leo and Flo driving up for an afternoon surf session. Leo parks next to Vector’s El Camino. “Hey, what a surprise finding you two here. Have you already been out, we wanted to get some waves and here we are” Leo said looking at Flo and back at Vector and Artemesia.. “Yeah, we were out for a couple hours earlier and have been enjoying the day. We were thinking about going back out” Vector said looking at Artemesia who had a smile on her face. Artemesia added “ We were thinking about sailing around the world, but changed our minds and came up with another idea of leaving a boat in Hawaii and sail around the islands there. This way we can fly back and forth from the mainland in our plane and to fly to Tahiti from there and just charter a boat for our time there and fly back to Hawaii, then back to the mainland ” “What made you decide on that concept” asked Flo to Artemesia.
“We decided to not spend time out in the open ocean, which would have taken the majority of our time. Instead we would spend it more with our family and enjoy the essence of sailing which is sailing to places without the hassles of watches, breakdown in open ocean and storms getting there” Artemesia said. “That sounds good to me, lets talk about after we get back in” Leo said while watching another set roll in.
All four went out and after an hour an a half, Vector and Artemesia came in and watched Leo and Flo stayed out for 45 minutes longer before they too came in and resumed where they left off. The sun was going down and Leo went to the back of his van and got a box of firewood that he brought for a campfire. Flo had brought some leftover from the night before in a ice-chest. Artemesia had extra bottles of water as did Flo who got out the paper plates and plastic spoons, forks and knives.
As the sunset faded to the darkness of night, all four were in their beach chairs talking stories about what had been, what is going on and how they were going to deal with the return trip back into the future as the flames rose and crackled when Leo added another piece of wood to the fire. It was getting close to closing as the other parked cars began to leave. Vector and Leo were cleaning up and putting out the fire, as Artemesia and Flo with their flashlights looked around to see if the guys had left anything behind. Before leaving Leo invited Vector and Artemesia for a day sail the next day. Vector said he and Artemesia would like that and they would show up around 10:30. With that said it took Leo and Flo 20 minutes and Vector and Artemesia 35 minutes to get home and call it a day.
The next day before going to the harbor Vector was sitting in the backyard and talking to Leo while Artemesia and Flo were going over ideas that Flo had in her study. Leo heard his side gate to the house open and close and sees Outaforium walking towards them. “Hi Outaforium, how are you” Leo asked as Vector turned to see him walking towards them. “Good Leo, just stop by to chat for a short while before going back to the ship” Outaforium said.
“We are going for a day sail today and talk about Vector and Artemesia plans on going to Hawaii and Tahiti” Leo said as Vector was about to asks Outaforium about Panama. “ Outaforium, is it possible to be in Hawaii when our time is up in the 1970’s instead of Panama” Vector asked. “Why do you asks” Outaforium questioned.
“Artemesia had a dream of when we returned there in 2030 and it was way different compared to when we left. The effects of the pandemic and the depression of the 2020’s lingered on more in the latin american countries compared to other areas is the reason I ask” Vector said. Pausing for a moment as if he was being told what to do and said “I don’t see why not. What about you Leo, do you have the same notion as Vector” Outaforium asked. Somewhat caught off guard, Leo cleared his throat and said “Yes, I and Flo would like to be there instead of Panama.” “Alright then, lets plan on it” Outaforium said before explaining his reason for being there.
“Currently in 2023 the economies of the world are in disarray with many having a difficult time making ends meets. Wars, famines, currencies and mutating viruses are causing havoc in certain countries and tourist and that includes sailboats are being restricted from entering countries where medical facilities are overwhelmed. A word of precaution, the world will never be the same as you remember it, so be prepare for the worst of times even though you have plenty of funds to help you” Outaforium said.
Leo looked at Vector who was thinking ahead and asked Outaforium “How bad will it be in 2020’s if you are telling us this.” Without telling them everything about the latter half of 2020 and the 2030 he answered Vector’s question with a question. “Think about what is bad in your mind and times it by 10 and that will give you an idea how bad it is going to be. I do know how bad it will be, but I’m not at liberty to say. Do your best to figure it out and go from there” Outaforium said as he walked back to the side gate and disappeared.
Vector looked at Leo and said “Well, we just have to enjoy life now and appreciate the memories that will be forth coming and get ready for 2030.” Their wives came out and asked were they ready to go to the harbor and the guys said “Yes” at the same time as Leo locked up and drove over to the boat. After leaving the harbor and just sailing along with a mild breeze from the west. They are talking about the old times in the 16th century and how it was before the 2020 decade. “I wonder how it will be in the 2030’s” Flo said while off the coast of Encinitas as a squadron of pelicans glided by in a V formation.
“Since you will be leaving another boat in the islands, what kind of boat are you going to get” asked Leo. “Nothing concrete regarding the boat yet, but I was thinking about a catamaran. I was at the supermarket yesterday and was at the magazine rack. I saw a catamaran in one magazine and it was designed by Lock Crowther. I liked the design. I’m going to take a visit and see some more of his designs and see Australia. There were some other designs done by Rudy Choy a Hawaiian designer that I will check out his designs over in Costa Mesa. Sailing by the coastal vicinity of Torrey Pines golf course, Leo turns around and heads back to Oceanside.
A few days later Vector is over at the boat yard where a Choy designed catamaran was being worked on. Walking over to the warehouse where the cat was being worked on Vector looks inside and sees someone supervising the construction of the boat. That person sees Vector at the sliding doors and walks over to him. “Can I help you” he said. “Well, I was thinking about getting a catamaran and heard of Choy cats being build here. So, I thought of seeing one of his designs” Vector said, “I’m Gil, what is your name” he asked. “I’m Vector, I’m in the real estate properties management business” Vector said.
“Lets go outside, there is a cat being finished up I can show you” Gil said. Gil gave Vector the tour of the facility and insight of where he came from. “I was born and raised in Hawaii” he said. “I’m going to Hawaii in about two weeks” Vector said as they continued to share each other’s stories. One of Gil’s workers came over to Gil needing his expertise about a certain procedure. He excused himself, but before he left Vector said “I have to be going also, thank you very much for your time.” as he shook his hand before leaving.
Driving down the Plancenta Ave. Vector sees someone making a left hand turn in front of him into a warehouse facility in a dune buggy. He looks closer and see it is Dale Velzy driving into the parking lot of George Lee’s Marine Taxidermy. Wondering why, but too busy to give it much thought as he drove by. Two weeks came and went, Vector and Artemesia are at the LAX airport getting ready to leave for Hawaii to look at some of the catamaran boats and properties there and then to Sydney, Australia to see some catamarans there. Following the sun they arrived at the Honolulu International Airport the two hours difference earlier than the time back home. After picking up their luggage and surfboards at the baggage claims, they shuttled over to their rental car office and yard.
Having brought over a pair of Aloha racks for the rental car they would be using, Vector and Artemesia made the adjustments to fit the car and they drove over to Waikiki with their surfboards. Stopping first at a surfboard locker facility that an employee of Vector knew of by way of his friend who owned it. Getting settled in at their hotel room they walked across the street and would find a place on the beach to relax and view the scenery.
Up early, they were at the locker getting their surfboards to go surf. Ala Moana looked crowded so they paddled over to Kaisers and spend a couple of hours there before driving over to the design office of the catamaran designer. The designer was on the mainland, so his assistant Tony showed them pictures of catamarans that they had designed and said “There is two located at the Ala Wai yacht harbor and another one at the Kewala Basin harbor.” “Okay will be go back there and check them out, thanks” Vector said.
“You were there already” asked the assistant. “Not at the harbor to see boats, but we surfed Kaiser’s” Vector said. “Oh, how was it” Tony asked. “It was fun, 3-4 feet with about 15 guys out” Vector said. “I think I will go out after work, thank. See you later “Tony said as Vector and Artemesia walked backt to their car and went over to the two harbors that were a half a mile apart. Looking over the design from the docks since no one was on board. They took pictures of the 3 designs and went to the North Shore after that.
pictures of the 3 designs and went to the North Shore after that.
“Let go to Vista and check it out there” Leo mentioned as he looked at the open area that the road went through. As Vector continued to drive Leo was jotting down notes of what he saw and thought. Making a right on Oceanside Blvd. Vector was driving back towards the beach. Then Leo said “Make a left up ahead on El Camino Real.” After hearing Leo, Vector made the turn and thought “Was this the place my car was named after” as he asked out loud. “Never thought of it before, but most likely” Leo said as he kept a watch of the surrounding area writing any for sale sign location.
Passing Batiquitos Lagoon they drove a few miles and the open land to Encinitas Blvd. Where Leo had Vector make a right turn. Going over the hill and down towards the 5 freeway as Vector was driving towards the beach, they came up to a parking lot at the end of the road where Moonlight State Beach is located. Looking a the people and the waves which looked like fun. Knowing the tide was going to high and the temperature was in the low 80’s. Vector said “Lets go out Leo.” Noticing a shower Vector said “Let wash off our wetsuits and just go out in our long johns.” It wasn’t long before they were paddling out. After surfing for another 2 hours, Leo and Vector were physically tired, but were mentally stoked on surfing as they drove home.
Preparing for the next Move
Having a few places to look at on the North Shore, Vector and Artemesia are driving through Haleiwa with their surfboards on top of their rental car. They see local people going in and out of IGA market and pull in to get something to drink before driving out to Sunset Beach. Artemesia is looking over the list of places with her map as Vector drives slow pass Laniakea looking at the small surf. Once passed Waimea Bay Artemesia tells Vector to make a right up the hill to some open lots that are available. They looked around at the lots with ocean views and then Artemesia says “This acre lot is 45 thousand.” “Not bad, it has a view” Vector said walking around and taking pictures. After a few more lots they drove back down to Kam Highway and headed north.
After stopping at a few houses for sale in the area, Vector parked the car at Sunset Beach where the surf was flat. They decide to go back to Laniakea and paddle around and catch some small waves before going back to Honolulu. Returning to Waikiki they are sitting on their beach towels and Vector mentioned “I’m going to cancel our trip to Australia and instead go to Tahiti in three weeks. But before then we can go see the other islands here before we go to Tahiti. Then come back here for a week before returning back home to the mainland” Vector said. “Thats Ok with me” Artemesia said.
Looking down the beach from where they were Vector see a catamaran on the beach an 1/8 of a mile away and says to Artemesia “Lets go down there and check out that catamaran” pointing at the catamaran. They approach the boat as it is being pushed off the beach. Vector asked “Are you going out for a sail and if so, can we come aboard.” “There is a $30 fee for each person, but you have to hurry if you want to go” the skipper said.
“Ok, I have the cash for me and my wife” Vector said. “Come on board you two, there is a ladder over here” the person said going to the port side hull where a ladder was located. The person lends a hand to Artemesia as she climbed aboard on the side ladder, then Vector. “You made it in time, this is the last trip out for the day. I have a few other guest on board. My name is Captain Ron, what is your names” he asked. “I’m Vector and this is my wife Artemesia” Vector said. Pointing to the other couple “That is Henry and Gladys from Kansas and the gentleman next to me is a good friend, his name is Woody. The other two guys are my deckhands Ollie and Bert” Ron said as they slowly moved through the canal in the reef.
Once pass the reef marker Ron had Henry and Gladys and Vector and Artemesia introduce themselves so as to get to know each other. Ron introduce Woody and said he was a catamaran designer, sailor, surfer and pilot who is visiting from Maui. “What a pleasure to meet you Woody” Vector said. “It nice to meet you all here in Waikiki” Woody said. We were thinking about getting a catamaran and going to talk with Rudy Choy about having one of his designs” Vector said.
“Good choice, Rudy is a very good catamaran designer” Ron said interrupting Vector and Woody’s discussion. “Yes, I know him too and he is a great guy” Woody said as Ron steer the catamaran out to the southwest beyond the other boats that were closer to shore. “So you surf Woody” Vector asked. “Yes, started when I came over here awhile back. Makaha, Sunset Beach, here in town and over on Maui. Do you surf” he asked. “Yes I do and so does my wife” Vector said. “What line of work do you do” Woody asked. “I’m into commercial real estate” Vector said. “I have seen the prices for houses here continues to go up. Why, when I first came to Hawaii the properties were dirt cheap compared to now” Woody commented.
The afternoon went by as they sailed along the coast with gust of winds happening now and then, causing one of the hulls to lift out of the water. Moving along everyone was enjoying the ride, the sun was lowering to the west as the catamaran returned to shore. “It was nice meeting you Woody, Henry, Gladys, Ollie, Bert and Captain Ron” Vector and Artemesia said as they got ashore onto the beach. Waving go bye to everyone, Vector and Artemesia walked back to their beach towel knowing that they probably won’t be seeing anyone of them again.
Having two weeks before going to Tahiti they flew over to the Big Island to see how it is over there. Flying alongside the eastside of the Big Island, Artemesia was looking down at the Kamakua coastline before their landing at Hilo Airport. Going over to their hotel where they would be staying for a few nights.Looking at the tour brochures that was on the front desk of the hotel Vector and Artemesia decided to go on those tours.
The beginning of the first tour went by Radio Bay in Hilo Bay and the mooring docks there in the morning. Then going over to Akaka falls and Wapio valley and the small towns along the way before returning to Hilo. Then the next day goi out to the town of Pahoa and the black sand beach of Kalapana and to Poihiki boat ramp and the tree tunnel of Old Pahoa road. Then drive up Highway 11 to Volcano National Park in the afternoon. The next day tour was out to the Kailua Kona side and places of interest including Honokohau Harbor noted on the brochure before taking the long way around and returning to Hilo. The next day they would fly over to Kahului Airport on Maui.
Spending a few days on Maui, surfing and sailing on Lahaina side and looking over Maalaea Harbor before spending the early morning crater sunrise at Haleakala Volcano after which they would look at properties at Makawao side that were for sale there. The following day their schedule had them flying over to Kauai and see the sites there. After landing and going over to their hotel room, they surfed Poipu side and would check out the harbors at Nawiliwili and Port Allen. Seeing Waimea Canyon and driving to the northside of the island to Hanalei and the anchorage and properties there.
After returning to Oahu they took a day to go over the properties and harbors that they had been to in Hawaii. Before their flight to Pape’ete, Tahiti. After their flight to Tahiti they were surfing a few local spots with hardly anyone out and chartering a boat out to Moorea and Bora Bora for a few days at each location before staying in Tahiti for the remainder of their stay. They returned back to Hawaii for a week before flying back to Orange County.
After arriving home, they went to see their children and find out what has been happening at Mesa Atlantis. The management team of the company continued growing the business and were diversifying the company into other fields of interest. Frank and Rocky started a start up company in surfwear. While Velidia had completed her undergraduate classes and was going on to graduate school. After touching base at home Vector and Artemesia went to see Leo and Flo who had return from their trip to Europe and the Carrbbean islands.
“How was your trip Leo” Vector asked. “It was great, we had a wonderful time recollecting the past at the varies capital cities and viewing the art works of their museum. We went out to the countryside of England and France and spent some time out there. We cruised the Greek islands for a few weeks before flying over to Trinidad and cruised the Lesser Antilles islands of Grenada, St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Martinique, Antigua, the BVI and the USVI and to Puerto Rico. Where we flew back from” Leo said.
“Talk about out there, you two had a great trip. We just went to Hawaii and Tahiti. But we did have fun and did our homework on what we want to do in the near future. Any tips you want to share from your list of what is going to happen” Vector asked. “Sure, lets go out in back and talk about it” Leo mentioned. “Will you excuse us, I’m going to show Artemesia some pictures of our trip and my new dresses that I got from the different place. Especially the picture of my evening gown I purchased at Christian Dior that they were holding until I returned home” Flo said.
Leo looked at Flo with a smile and said to Vector “I got some really good tips for next year” as they went out to the back and Flo and Artemesia went to her walkin closet of thier master bedroom. “First tell me what type of sailboat you are going to have in the islands” Leo asked. At first I was leaning towards a couple designers in Australia. But after visiting Gil in Costa Mesa and seeing pictures of Jim Arness’s boat Seasmoke and Buddy Epstiens’s boat Polynesian Concept. I decided to get a Rudy Chow design. After sailing with Woody Brown in Waikiki and noticing Joe Quigg’s designed boat for Joey Cabell. I was hooked on the Hawaiian catamaran designs” Vector said.
“Sounds good to me, what size were you thinking about” Leo asked. “Around fifty feet, where Artemesia and I can handle her without too much difficulties. There are a few bays I want to anchor at and do some skin diving during different times of the year” Vector answered. “Where abouts” Leo asked. “Hanalei Bay, Waimea Bay, Honolua Bay and Tahiti during our winter months, which is their summer months and other islands in Hawaii like Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island during the winter months there” Vector said.
“How’s business” Leo asked. “Doing great, that reminds me. What’s on your list in the near future to invest in” Vector asked. “There is McDonald who are placing a driveup window to their restaurants in the near future, which will increase sales. Sony and Panasonic who are growing, a couple of oil companies is on the list along with teams in professional sports that have won their championships later this year. Before you leave I will get you that list for you” Leo said. “Amazing how knowing what will happen can make you so much money” Vector said looking out at the ocean.
“History repeats itself and we have been in this type of scenario before. What we do now will prove whether we learned from our lessons or we make the same mistakes as before” Leo reminding Vector of where they are at and where they are going. “So, we are in the thick of things now and we may be in the thin of things later is what you and Outaforium are saying. I can’t put a distinct idea to encapsulate the thin of things, but it an idea of solving that question continues to swirl around me” Vector replied.
“If you do find a glimpse of it, let talk some more and maybe a solution can be found of what we should do before the year 2030” Leo said before changing the subject when Flo and Artemesia came walking through the sliding glass door out into the patio. “What you two been talking about” Flo asked with a smile. “We are trying to figure out what to do before the year 2030 and to protect our love ones from the unforseen danger that awaits us all” Leo said walking over to Flo and asking Artemesia “What did you think of Flo’s haute couture dress.” “I loved it, but that was a pretty penny she paid for it” Artemesia said looking at Vector who turned and looked up at the sky knowing the price of such a dress, before walking over to her.
“Did you bring your golf clubs in your car” Leo asked Vector then looking at Artemesia. “Yes we did” answered Artemesia. “Care for a round” Leo asked. “Where at” Vector responded. “Pala Mesa, I know the course superintendent. We met while surfing the other day” Leo said. Vector turned to Artemesia and said “Sound like fun, what do you say” asked Vector who looked at Flo as she nodded her head to say yes. “Alright, I’m game for a round” Artemesia said.
Vector’s beeper went off and called Rocky who told Vector that someone tried stealing his plane and the authorities had caught him. Vector would need to fill out the paper work at the airport. So Vector and Artemesia took a raincheck on the playing golf and went home to take care of the matter. Leo and Flo went anyway and had a fun time. On the way back they stopped at a local restaurant in Fallbrook before going home.
The following week Vector and Leo were flying to Florida and the Bahamas in Leo’s jet plane. It was on Leo’s things to do list of investing into a resort and golf course. Flying over to Fort Lauderdale in Florida and to Nassau in the Bahamas to look at the resorts and golf courses. First flying to Fort Lauderdale and spending the rest of the day there before going on to Nassau the next morning.
Leaving Florida Leo’s was halfway there when his compass on his plane started acting up and the cloud formations became turbulent. The plane began to sway in an unexpected motion and the control panel went blank. “What’s happening Leo” Vector asked. “Not sure what is happening with the controls of the plane” Leo said. “Do you think what they say about the Bermuda Triangle is true” Vector said as the plane stabilized and the controls came back on, with the clouds opening up with the ocean below them and an island coming into view.
End of Part 2