Growing up American. Myth busting 101.


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Motsura’s papaya field. Puna Hawaii. 1982

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Kona Coffe plantation Kona Hawaii 1985

 

Setting the record straight requires a bit of gumption, determination and gusto. Would you agree? As the current social & political correctness of a particular ill fabricates myths that I for one am not going to tolerate, I’m about to get down on it and when you open your mouth to protest the current trend of myth fabrication, the cry babies will start to holla. I realize some folks just don’t have the will to stand up to the bullies or wish to appease them to get along or what ever their issue is. I will get down for ya K?

To begin Myth #1 White Americans won’t or can’t perform field work.

Well son, let me be the one to shatter your “Day without A Mexican myth.” I come from good stock as my kin like to say. They are all hard-working folks who busted their tails to get ahead in life. Dirt poor farmers who came up by the sweat and toil behind a plow or wrench. No government handouts, no slave labor, no Day without a Mexican movie telling them they don’t or wont clean a toilet or pick a leaf of tobacco and no socialist bum of a president telling them they were not exceptional. All of them worked in the fields of North Carolina to help the Gardner family thrive, men and women. My granny worked and saved her money to head west after working those fields and learning nursing. She worked at the West L.A VA day and night for 25 years with her husband, a Jewish immigrant who arrived in the USA with nothing but pain and history of persecution, to give us a decent life. I have the same blood and work ethic.

7043My experience in farm labor began at the age of 19. I worked in the agriculture fields, farms and fisheries of Hawaii for several years (1981-85) picking papaya, flowers,Macadamia, working on a dairy farm,sien liner, and the toughest of all Kona Coffee fields of Hawaii USA. Coffee beans are grown for production in one location in the U.S,Kona Hawaii. Harvesting beans is tough work. For one the beans must be selected by hand as the beans ripen at separate intervals. Therefore the worker must go through the entire branch and select only the ripe bean. Secondly the worker must traverse steep terraced hillsides carrying the heavy bag slung over a shoulder all day in the humid and hot often rainy climate. Picking papayas and other fruit was not nearly as tough as picking coffee beans but still hard on the back and the papaya fruit is acidic stinging the hands and eyes.   I got paid $15-20 a day busting my tail at in those fields and farms. As you can see from the old photos. I put on plenty of weight and muscle working in the fields in the four years. I also worked on a dairy farm in Hamakua wrestling steers, milking cows, bailing hay, feeding livestock, and even worked a rodeo. I am an official Paniolo! That is Hawaiian for cowboy. I also hunted wild Heliconya, Orchids, Torch Giner and other flowers in the jungles of the Big Isle.  It is tough sweaty work and easy to fall into a lava “puka” or hole (as they are covered with Aluhe fern) gored by a wild boar or just vanish out there in the jungle. 4796052722_f15d775982 heliconia_tropical_flowers3 peter-hendrie-heliconia-flower-nadi-fiji

Finally I worked on a sein liner and hand line fishing boat catching tuna and other fish. 12-14 hour shifts lifting nets and killing fish on a boat is straight up toil. For the fist six weeks I was sea sick as any rookie could be. I eventually got my sea legs and acclimated to the sea -life but that was no respite from the hard labor.

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I don’t’ know about ya’ll, but I’ve had it with the B.S, soft headed, weak-minded, hand out expecting, excuse giving, victim-hood, White-man blaming for their troubles,  sorry state of much of American society these days. Time to get it “write” homeboy. 

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