Throwback Thursday: June 1987

It’s Throwback Thursday. And, perhaps, also a head start on Feline Friday.

There’s no date on the photo, but it’s easy to figure out. The kitten on my shoulder is the clue.

It was June or July of 1987. We had adopted a calico kitten the previous Christmas after she was rescued by my mother’s neighbor. Six months later, Meda had a bad case of kitten fever. We checked around at pet stores, and finally found one out on North King Street in Kalihi that had a litter. Into the car and off to Kalihi we went. And we came home with this little one. It was June 6, 1987.

She was a wonderful cat. But as a kitten, she turned out to have a good case of intestinal parasites, a bit of mange, and quickly ran up a vet bill. She’s still pretty small in this picture, so I’m pretty sure it was taken in June or July.

We were sitting at the old card table that served as our dining table when we lived in Tropic Gardens, a townhouse development on the mountain side of the freeway above Kahala Mall. That’s my trusty Mac Plus, purchased as soon as it was introduced just the year before. A few years later, I added a Laserwriter printer and started Hawaii Monitor, a monthly newsletter that I managed to publish for about three years before being offered a reporting job at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

Kua died of congestive heart failure in July 1998. It was way too early to lose her. You can read more about her and see a few more photos here.

Ian & Ms. Kua

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