Bora Bora 2005.10.24

Bora Bora 2005.10.24
Bora Bora 2005.10.24 ©2005 Mark Phillips

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Ugly American

Stocky mom from Stockton. Hair without color brushed back and plastered into permanence with what looks like spray-on epoxy. White accountant's eyeshade, square green sunglasses. Built for strength: she'd be a Soviet Bloc athlete if she were healthy.

Mark Phillips, Honolulu, HI, 2004.11.23.
Mark Phillips, Honolulu, HI, 2004.11.23.

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Honolulu

Gray-haired husband, gray-haired wife, floral print shirts over soft middles, cheap airport leis, department store bags in all four hands.

Mark Phillips, Shi-No Temple, Oahu, HI, 2004.11.24.
Mark Phillips, Shi-No Temple, Oahu, HI, 2004.11.24.

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HNL

Heavyset college-age man, straw-colored mohawk, straw-colored hipster goatee, swept-back black shades. Slouched posture, seated in a black airport lounge seat with one hand on each open knee, staring stonily straight ahead.

Mark Phillips, Waimea Canyon, Kauai, HI, 2004.11.27.
Mark Phillips, Waimea Canyon, Kauai, HI, 2004.11.27.

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Saturday, November 13, 2004

International Deathsuckers

Cigarettes, everywhere.

Some cities smell like diesel: this one smells like nicotine. Sickly thin smoke-trails waft from half the fingers on the streets. Butts on the sidewalks, butts in the planters, butts below the benches.

It's not just the Asians. The mainland tourists are unhealthy. They're fat, sallow-looking. They can't walk, they can't carry their own bags, their skin hangs and is yellowy. They eat the cheapest, most fat-filled food, queued on the sidewalks before Dunkin' Donuts and Porky's Smorgy.

Elderly woman, skinny arms and legs stuck into a bloated torso like pins into a pincushion. Bent. Eyes on the sidewalk. She's on vacation in paradise and she looks miserable. On her t-shirt: "Las Vegas."

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI

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Friday, November 12, 2004

BAAAAAALLLLS

"Ya got no BAAAAAALLLLS... Ya got no BAAAAAALLLLS..."

Hawaiian boys, teenagers, gorgeous, bronze skin and black curls, shaming their friend into diving into the sea from the roof of a tourist gazebo.

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Ugly American

"The natives build their houses on stilts above the water, so that when big waves come nothing is washed away. It's" - gropes for a word - "bizarre."

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.26 Poipu Beach, Kauai, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.26 Poipu Beach, Kauai, HI

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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

He Has a Point

"These U.S. people live all their lives in air conditioning. They are not used to the heat."

Mark Phillips, Ka-ulu-Paoa Heiau, Kauai, HI, 2004.11.30
Mark Phillips, Ka-ulu-Paoa Heiau, Kauai, HI, 2004.11.30.

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Monday, November 8, 2004

One Hundred Thousand Each

"Her uncle was a roadie for the Beatles. He gave her a show bill signed by all four of them. Can you imagine? Each autograph is worth one hundred thousand dollars. And she has all four."

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.28 North Coast, Kauai, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.28 North Coast, Kauai, HI

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Saturday, November 6, 2004

Ugly American

Pudgy white tourist in the omelette line. "How many of those have you made? No, ever. Ever in your lifetime. Ever. How many? How many?"

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI

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Friday, November 5, 2004

HNL

The word "paradise", stenciled on the backs of airport wheelchairs.

Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI
Mark Phillips, 2004.11.22 Honolulu, HI

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Thursday, November 4, 2004

Elvis

"Talk about a cultural icon, Andrew! Our six-year-old knows who Elvis is!"

Mark Phillips
2004.11.24 Pipeline Beach, Oahu, HI

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