Just before our trip to Hawai‘i, a friend suggested we visit Laupahoehoe on the Big Island. The little town is on the northeast side of the island, miles from much of anything other than lava rock and gorgeous views. The interesting thing about Laupahoehoe is that it is the site of the April Fool’s Day tsunami in 1946. The tsunami claimed the lives of twenty-four people in this little town alone. There is now a monument along the shore to the twenty-one schoolchildren and three teachers who were killed when the tsunami inundated the schoolhouse.
I started out as a skip tracer. Just in case you don’t know, that’s the guy who finds the people who don’t want to be found. It was the little things—getting paid to lie—that made skip tracing the fun part of the job.
Those years of chasing deadbeats taught me many valuable life lessons, such as liars come from all walks of life, and always keep your car in the garage.