Patti and Ernie Beugh: New Quarantine addiction

Tuesday May 05, 2020 Published in Letters to the Editor
 Tourist Patti Beugh from Qualicum Beach, Canada, and the "angel" who rescued her from a rainstorm. 20050405 Tourist Patti Beugh from Qualicum Beach, Canada, and the "angel" who rescued her from a rainstorm. 20050405

Kia orana from Qualicum Beach, Canada.


We are so thankful that we were able to visit your beautiful country in February before the world went sideways, and we can't wait to get back to you.

We would like to thank the boys at Moana Sands, Muri, for the best birthday cake ever. Also, to the manager there for teaching us to listen to the reef and offering up a room if we couldn't hear it.

To the one lovely bus driver who was always know who you are.

And to this angel, who saw us on the side of the road in a rain storm and drove us to the south side.  We will never forget you and promise to pay it forward. 

Patti and Ernie Beugh, Canada


Kia Orana,

Just prior to the world changing, my wife and I had pleasure of spending two wonderful weeks in the Cook Islands. 

As the pandemic reached its tentacles around the world, I often wondered how our friends in the Cook Islands were being impacted. 

Naturally, I turned to the website of the Cook Island News for information. I have been pleased that the islands have been able to stay free of Covid-19, but disheartened by the economic stress being experienced by so many. 

I hope that soon, we reach a point where tourists like my wife and I can return and contribute mightily to your economy. We look forward to the opportunity.

In the meantime, we have a problem, and it’s your fault!  We have become addicted to your Quarantine Quiz. Every evening as we sit down for dinner, we check to see if there’s a new one to tackle.

Admittedly, many questions prompt an “I have no idea” response and a wild guess. Some we actually know! We’re learning a lot and trying our best to pronounce names and places.

Thank you for providing us with simple entertainment, and a daily reminder of the strong sense of tradition, community and caring that we experienced during our time there. 

Meitaki and kia manuia.


David Gorden
Indianapolis, USA


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