Less clothes for Les’ visits

This is a story about our conservative, retired Japanese neighbor who would blush if he knew he was the focus of this blog. It goes back a few years.

Every time he comes over, we have this joke that I should wear less clothes than more. Today, I got out of the shower and Claus said, “Good timing. Les is coming over.” As a helpful afterthought, he offered, “You can wear my new shoes if you’re feeling shy.”

The story starts in 2016, when we started having washer issues. We knew Les repaired washers and dryers, and we hired Les to fix ours.

It was summer, and the heat was horrid. I have a habit of walking around in a t-shirt, and only putting on the shorts if company is coming. Don’t act like you don’t do the same.

One day, though, Les showed up without me realizing Claus had invited him. I was on the sofa when I heard a greeting and then footsteps coming to the door!

Claus had stepped away to the bathroom. I scrambled for a blanket and hollered to Les that Claus was coming out.

Les stayed outside. Nobody was embarrassed, but that is the birth of the joke that Les’ visits mean I should disrobe. Less for Les!

So here we are today, a few years later. Les is back working on our washer again. I knew he was coming so I went ahead and wore clothes.

I even walked out to greet him. “Hey, guys!” I chirped as I took something out to the garage.

Claus was standing behind Les and was looking at me with a puzzled face, and pointing to his chest, as if to indicate there was something wrong with my shirt. I felt very confused and self-conscious and crept back into the house.

Later, when Les left and Claus came in the house, I asked, “What was wrong with my shirt? Was it weird?”

Claus laughed and corrected, “No, I meant, you had so much clothes on.”

Oh, Les. If you only knew your name is synonymous with nudity in our household.

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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