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COOL STUFF VIDEO: GOOD VIBRATIONS, AND A 1-1-1 STANDING FOR SAMOA

FIJI AND NZ LEAD MARCH TO CUP QUARTER-FINALS WITH SAMOA THIRD
The Beach Boys, Mike Love delights the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens crowd at the Hong Kong Stadium between games. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy Tri Marine/Samoa Tuna]

After two days of pool play at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens the knock-out draws have been set in both the main Cup competition and the Series core team qualifier.
 
Samoa stands 1-1-1 having downed England in their first match and suprisingly being uped by Portugal in the first match of day 2 (10-14) while coming back to tie Scotland (12-12).
 
Canada will line up in the quarters today against Wales, impressive Portugal will face Kenya, defending champions Fiji will play a resurgent Australia and Series leader New Zealand will face Samoa.
 
After five rounds of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series New Zealand is first in the standings on 96 points followed by South Africa (73), Samoa (71), Fiji (66), France (59) and Kenya (57).
 
A big suprise for our coolio photographer was meeting up again between matches with Mike Wilson of the Beach Boys.
 
Here’s what Barry Markowitz had to say:
 
Old Sadie’s Restaurant 1991 remember?  One of my two cute adorable coolio daughters used to accompany me from Apia to Transpac, to do business with Billy Young, then cruise on around to Sadie’s.  
 
At that time it was a different change of pace from my Amigo's Restaurant steaks and hot yummy street muli pipi bbq after hanging with the boys getting oga at Otto's Reef (taxi of course...no wrong messages here).  
 
So while awaiting our Sadie's gourmet meal, my "Pretty Catalina" would stand on a chair and sing the Beach Boys' song "Surfer Girl" to the other restaurant guests.....which resulted in many free deserts.  
 
Which in my own round about boring circuitous manners brings me to editing Manu Samoa images last night, missing my family, and playing of all songs..."Surfer Girl"  
 
So today, (will this circuitous story ever come to an end?), I shoot Manu Samoa, then New Zealand ...and then, like wow (say with Valley Girl intonation), up pops Mike Wilson and the Beach Boys 5 feet away.  
 
So Mike and I talk pre-concert about the old days when I was his mid 70's on stage security guy under Contemporary Security Company's Damon Zumwalt and Pete Kranske. So he says, "So you went from being a consummate professional security guy protecting my life to a photojournalist?"  So with Samoa News pride I puffed out my chest and meekly sighed, "Yup.”
 
So, no kidding, 900 photos later, awaiting my daughters special song....and?  Those legendary wonderful youth inspiring Beach Boys never played "Surfer Girl".   
 
At least my son and I still have our times together listening to Samoa's Harry Miller.  
 
Support Harry, give Mike Love a rest, support Samoan music, and remember Brian Wilson one of the other surviving Beach Boys who wasn't here.  And forgive our Manu....Portugal is now a rugby powerhouse?  
 
Give me a Vailima and a shoulder to cry on.  More Manu tonight...lots more in the Samoa News for the next couple days.  
 
Cheers from Hong Kong Stadium and hopefully the home of Manu Samoa's redemption 

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