An interesting, bittersweet evening at a friend’s goodbye luau. Justin Lui is off with his Guard unit to Iraq, and like many soldiers, he asked for and got his requested Christmas presents early — a pair of boots suitable for desert terrain, a workable scope for his rifle, welding gear so that he can repair equipment in the field. The military simply isn’t supplying the necessary gear to proscecute the war. Here’s an irony — Justin’s brother Joshua found a signed blank cashier’s check for $30,000 Thursday morning and spent a good part of the day tracking down the owner. For his troubles, he was given a box of cookies. I blurted out, You should have spent it all on body armor!