Welcome to the Azeta stories website!
The following stories are currently available:
Azeta stories are posted occasionally as they become available. This should
mean about once a month or two, depending on other ongoing commitments.
All stories and Azeta logos are copyright ©2014-2016 by Diego Azeta. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to site visitors to download a copy of the text to a personal computing/storage device for personal, noncommercial use. Please do not upload the stories to other websites or intranets, but feel free to link to this and other story pages. And please do not affix pirated ads to this site, which is obviously intended to be ad-free; read the stories and you'll see why. You make yourself and your clients look like unscrupulous outfits, to say nothing of absolute dorks. You are proclaiming to the four winds that site readers not patronize your clients. Show some basic intelligence, guys.
The site banner portrays the classic coral isle, a common sight in the Caribbean. This islet, however, is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, roughly midway between Hawaii and the Cape York Peninsula of Far North Queensland, Australia. The reasons for presenting a Marshall island instead of one from the Caribbean region are discussed below. Photo by Christopher Michel @ChrisMichel, of San Francisco, California, dated 23 October 2004, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Many thanks, Christopher.
Why choose a Marshall island for the site banner when there are so many beautiful coral isles in the Caribbean? (For instance, Palominito Island, four miles east of Puerto Real, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.) There are three main reasons:
• This islet of unknown name is gorgeous, irrespective of its geographic location.
• The Marshall Islands were the principal site of the Pacific Proving Grounds between 1946 and 1962, where the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons with a total yield of some 210 megatons, about 14,000 times the yield of the bomb at Hiroshima. The effects of those tests are still with us today.
• The Caribbean is metaphorically a state of mind of global extent, as the following stories illustrate. So it is fitting to include a Marshall islet as an honorary Caribbean isle.
Enjoy the stories.