photos by Joey Hamamoto
My longest running gondolier, and very dear friend, Joey Hamamoto
got a unique view of the harbor today - a view that can only be had
from a window in the Maternity Ward of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Eighteen years ago, a young smiling gondolier, who was known
to occasionally tap-dance on the back of the boat, joined our ranks.
He was 19 at the time.
Now he's married, and until about 3:30 this afternoon,
he had two sons to hold and play with.
As of this afternoon he has three sons.
I sent word to the gondoliers to cruise by Hoag and wave in his direction.
I've enjoyed a little remeniscing today about Joey as we kept in touch
about the baby.
I'd just finished the above text about Joey's unique habit of dancing,
when Joey sent me a message informing me that the baby was happy,
healthy, and then finished with:
"and I danced him to sleep as we saw the gondolas go by."
So on behalf of all the gondoliers,
I would like to welcome Isaiah Kanoa Hamamoto to the world,
and express a big congratulations to Joey and Brenda, proud parents
(who happen to have an amazing view right about now).