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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday 5 for December 2: Celluloid Heroes

I hardly watch recent movies until most have made it to home video or streaming. That said.....

1. What movie most recently impressed you with its score or soundtrack?

From last year.... Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens. - John Williams always refreshes the Star Wars themes. He is able to deliver us familiar fanfares with new music made for whatever the latest story is. Been very consistent now for 4 decades. A Star Wars score is like comfort food.

2. What movie most recently impressed you with its costumes or makeup?

Can't think of any recently viewed movies with impressive costumes.... maybe The Martian from last year which is sci-fi but the look is grounded in reality... or The Revenant which I just saw. Most of its characters were scruffy frontiersmen in this 1820s period yarn of outback survival.

3. What movie most recently impressed you with its scenic backdrops?

I was impressed with all of the sweeping, wide scenic shots of The Revenant. Looks very good on the HDTV and I am sure it looked great in the movies. Just saw that movie this week.

4. What movie most recently impressed you with its originality?

This is not recent at all, but I find Quinten Tarentino's Pulp Fiction to be very original with its psychotic, violent, sideways and flashback story telling.

5. What movie most recently impressed you with its dialogue?

Can't really nail this one, but I think I liked the memorable dialogue in A Christmas Story (1983), Planet of the Apes (1968), and Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) to name a diverse few.... I dunno. I don't really notice it unless it is bad or not in English.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

Image from 20th Century Fox's The Revenant.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Friday 5 for November 25: You, Too

1. What are you too short to do?

Reaching high places.

2. What are you too smart to do?

(Revised answer) - See fears #3 and add any stupid daredevil tricks or anything that makes me look foolish. I also don't drive and text. I don't drink or smoke either.

3. What are you too fearful to do?

Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, Mountain / Cliff climbing, Cliff diving, contact sports. Many other things.

4. What are you too lazy to do?

There are things that I don't want to do - does it mean I am lazy? I put off doing a lot of things that I probably should do.

5. What are you too young to do?

Turn 100 years of age.

The questions taken from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.


Here are my answers for last week's Friday 5:

November 18 Friday 5: Fair Use

1. What was the last thing you put in the freezer not to freeze, but just to chill?

Butter that partially melted at room temperature.

2. What’s a non-food item you’re storing in a zippered, plastic bag?

Accessory cables and gadgets for cameras and computers.

3. What’s the most unusual item you’ve used as a bookmark?

Voter registration confirmation card.

4. What’s something unusual for which you’ve used a kitchen utensil?

Butter knife to open locked door or unscrew something when a screwdriver can't be found.

5. How many different kinds of balls do you have in your house?

I found a small glass ball more than 35 years ago at Clissold's Beach on the North Shore. Counting this one I probably have about 3.... the others being a tin foil ball, and a ball bearing... do marbles count?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday 5 for November 11: Sights Seen

On the Beach at Waikiki

1. What’s the tourist attraction nearest you that most people from other places are aware of?

Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. I live in Honolulu and these are less than 3 miles away!

2. What’s a tourist attraction you’ve visited that was better than you expected?

Most recently the Pacific Aviation Museum which I have visited at least 3 times, though I am always wowed by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park.

Pacific Aviation Museum

3. What’s a tourist attraction you’ve visited that was disappointing?

The White House in Washington DC. I waited in a very long line and we were just rushed through it in like about 15 minutes. Not worth the time standing in line. Better to just get a quick snapshot from outside and then, spend your time at the Smithsonian instead.

Cape Kennedy Space Center was kind of a disappointment too..... just mostly a widespread flat of unused rocket launching facilities and some junk lying around. At the time I saw it at the end of the Apollo era and the Space Shuttle was years away from flight. Perhaps it has changed a lot now.

4. What’s a tourist attraction you’re still hoping to visit?

There are many... here's a quick list:

* Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
* Other Aviation Museums
* Aircraft Graveyard at Mojave Desert, CA
* Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
* Museum of Broadcasting and TV
* Yellowstone National Park
* Haleakala National Park (again)
* Kalaupapa, Molokai - in fact the whole island
* National Parks in general are all interesting (so many).
* Cat Sanctuary on Lanai - Lanai island
* Alaska
* New Zealand
* Any place else where I can take plenty of pictures

Too bad I don't have enough money to travel these days.

5. Excluding restaurants, what tourist attraction you’ve visited had the best food and the best gift shop?

I generally avoid those because food and gifts at tourist attractions are usually outrageously expensive.

Questions pulled from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday 5 for October 14: Be of Good Cheer

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.....

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy J7

1. What’s something non-political you’re rooting for nowadays?

- Chromebooks that support Android apps
- Removable batteries in cell phones and other connected devices

2. What were the circumstances–and who was the recipient–the last time you were part of a standing ovation?

Mama Mia - Toyota Hawaii

When my friend and I attended the Diamond Head Theatre's performance of "Mamma Mia" featuring music from the 1970s Swedish pop group, ABBA - we gave the performance a standing ovation. It was fun and of course made better because I got free tickets!

3. What’s a cheer you remember from high school or college?

"Yum yum eat em up oofa, oofa!" - It's a stupid one but you asked -- Honokaa High School from many decades ago. (pronounced "oo-fa")

4. What inanimate object in your residence deserves applause for its outstanding role in your life this past week?

- As usual any of the cameras I used to take photos this week.
- My 2 MacBook Pros
- My Chromebook
- lastly my recently acquired Samsung Galaxy J7 smart phone with a removable battery

5. When was the last time a group of people clapped for you?

- A very long time ago... can't even remember. Maybe it was when I was in high school band.... I'm not one that seeks the spotlight.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday 5 for October 7: Bacon

1. When did you most recently have bacon, and what did you have with it?

Sometime last year was the last I had bacon. After my surgery I was told to keep away from greasy, fatty, oily foods. I must have had my last bacon with a breakfast food such as eggs and waffles.

2. How do you like your bacon? 

Chopped up and mixed with fried rice.

3. Where do you rate bacon among the standard breakfast meats?

Formerly essential, but sadly not anymore since I should not eat it.

4. What's something unusual you've had with bacon as an ingredient?  How was it?

Perhaps in a turkey sandwich? That is not very unusual.

5. Whats a better aroma to wake up to than bacon?

Bacon has a nice smell. Better than tofu. I'm not a tofu fan. Too mooshy.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday 5 for September 23: All Over

"Lame questions" from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What would you like right now to be coated with?

Ten million dollars in cash would be nice.

2. What’s something you recently slathered on something else?

Butter on an English muffin.

3. What’s something you purchased recently whose purpose is to cover something?

Protective cover for my new Samsung Galaxy J7.

4. What do your current bed linens look like?

Used except for the one that has a Star Wars print on it.

5. Under what circumstances did you last wear some kind of gloves?

Pallbearer. :(

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday 5 for September 16: That’s My Fund-Day

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog....

Save That Loose Change

1. What’s the last thing you didn’t want but purchased anyway because someone’s kid was raising funds for something?

Nothing in years. I rarely fall prey to little kids and their parents asking me to buy anything. I'm pretty tight with money.

2. What’s something you’re always happy to buy when kids sell it as a fundraiser?

If I did buy anything, and it's been years, it was either chocolate girl scout cookies or chili tickets from Zippy's.

3. What was the last fundraiser you participated in?

The closest thing that comes to mind is a political fundraiser that I helped out with a few years ago. I don't do that kind of stuff today.

4. What are your feelings about the endless cycle of fundraising?

I don't like it. With Hawaii's economy constantly being over taxed and priced extremely high, who has the cash to give to the numerous organizations always asking for money. I hate it when they use telemarketing to try and weasel people out of their money.

5. What’s something people don’t sell as a fundraiser but really should?

I think everything that is cheap with low entry level costs to the organization has been tried... re: cookies, chili tickets, sweet bread, donuts, home baked goods, etc.

Maybe for a healthful twist try some kind of fruits or vegetables... yep, not as enticing as cookies and candy, but hey, you asked for something.

Finally the topic title got the following ear-worm stuck in me today: