I woke up this morning filled with optimism for the coming year. I've prayed and I've worked and I've put my personal and professional reputation, not to mention my family's reputation, on the line and it has come down to this. We are only a few days away from the designation of a Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. As I type this out on the first morning of 2009 I cannot believe that there are only 19 possible days left for this to happen.
If the President wants to conveniently designate the monument around our schedule, he'll do it next Wednesday. All of our leaders, including the governor, are going to DC for Kilili's swearing in on Tuesday. We can all go to the swearing in on Tuesday, do the monument signing on Wednesday and then we can all go out for cheesecake on Thursday. I love cheesecake.