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Bikini
05/13/2012

The terminal on Enyu Island where tourstis were stranded by Air Marshall Islands.

Enyu Island has a long wide landing strip which was once paved but now carpeted in mowed weeds. This was the staging and delivery area for the early research crews conducting nuclear tests. Aircraft seldom use the strip these days and no one lives on Enyu. The weeds are mowed by a large tractor dragging a wide mower operated by men who live on Bikini Island and take a power boat across the lagoon to Enyu.

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Bikini
05/13/2012

The few older buildings on Enu Island, where workers lived and dined
and the newer unfinished buildings are being reclaimed by vegetation.

In the 1990s, with a portion of the hundreds of millions of dollars given to the Bikini National Council by the U.S. government, the infrastructure of concrete buildings was well under way for a SCUBA resort when it became apparent the expenditure could never be balanced by the possible income. Biki is so remote and the local Air Marshall Islands is so unreliable, the project was abandoned and weeds now creep into the half finished structures on Enyu.

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I'd Pick More Daisies

I'd Pick More Daisies
By 
Nadine Stair, age 85

If I had my life to live over,
       	I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
            	I would relax. I would limber up.
      I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
      I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
   I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
  I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, 
		and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
  I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
         You see, I am one of those people who lives
    prophylactically and sensibly and sanely, 
	hour after hour, day after day.
 
               Oh, I have had my moments
  And if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
        In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. 
	   Just moments,one after another.
      Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
     I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
    without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a
		raincoat, and a parachute.
 
    If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
                       I'd travel lighter than I have.
      If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted
         earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
           I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades
		      except by accident.
                   I would ride on merry-go-rounds.
 
                        I'd pick more daisies!