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Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday 5 for April 28: Bizarro Cliché

The weekly Friday 5 from Scrivener covers the top "Bizarro Cliché." You can find a link to his blog and questions here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1549

From the Cockpit

1. The Magic Word is “please,” but what’s the magic gesture?

In Hawaii that would probably be the "shaka" sign which is a local acknowledgement of "yeah, you're cool" or "thanks brah"!

2. “Big D” is Dallas, but where is Big G?

Gotham City in the Batman comics, movies and TV (aka New York City). At least in my mind that is what I would consider "The Big G". Certainly not Grand Rapids or other urban areas that start with that letter.

3. Elvis Presley is the King of Rock and Roll, but who’s the king of your personal music collection?


King of my personal music collection: Paul McCartney collectively dominates my music collection because he recorded so many albums and singles on his own and with two of music's most successful rock groups. The Beatles and Wings. Plus he has another music group called The Fireman which I have one CD of. The Beatles by themselves dominate with 638 songs.

In my iTunes alone McCartney rules:

1. The Beatles - 638 songs
2. Paul McCartney & Wings - 196 songs
3. Paul McCartney (solo) - 195 songs **
4. The Fireman - 13 songs (1 album "Electric Arguments" 2005)
5. Paul & Linda McCartney - 11 songs (1 album "Ram" 1971)
6. Linda McCartney - 2 songs (billed as Suzy & the Red Stripes; 45 rpm / digital file)

** Includes documented pairings such as Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, Kanye West & Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Rihanna & Paul McCartney.

Does not include tracks that are known to have McCartney singing or playing guitar by artists such as Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Mary Hopkin, Elvis Costello, Band Aid, etc.

Many songs from The Beatles and McCartney catalogs are duplicates and variations of duplicated songs such as live versions of "She's A Woman" or "Band on the Run".

Total known songs on digital iTunes only: 1055

Many of my digital songs are duplicates from CDs I own and vinyl records that I originally bought which are not counted in the total above.

The second and third most dominating artists I have are Elton John (384 songs) and Fleetwood Mac (245 songs). Digital, CD, vinyl. In numbers all by themselves for a solo artist, Elton would top McCartney but then he has never been in any official group except for The Elton John Band which is generally credited today as just being Elton John, solo artist.

4. The motherland is wherever you consider your family’s origins, but what’s the cousinland?

My family origins  are in China, Hawaii, Japan and various parts of Europe if you had to mash all of the nationalities that were in my Dad and Mom. They lived in Hawaii all their lives and called the Big Island of Hawaii home. Nearly all of their siblings lived on that island too. So in the end, most of their children who are my cousins also live on the Big Island of Hawaii.

5. CBS calls itself the Tiffany Network, but what would you call the Walmart Network?

Great place to buy a lot of cheap merchandise. WalMart does not run a broadcast network, though they have a website and their internal music service that plays in the store is called, I think, WalMart Music Network.

Amending this answer after I read through a couple of responses from participants: I don't have cable, nor a TV, so my Walmart network is everyman's online streaming network where the price for entertainment is even cheaper than WalMart: YouTube! :)

I also like Fox News and I can get it online for free but I'm not saying where. Fox News also has plenty of clips on YouTube.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday 5 for April 21: Ssssssh!

Ssssssssh! It's Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 questions and my answers.

1. What’s something sneaky you’ve recently done?

I have a Macintosh app called You Tube to MP3. Figure it out.

2. Who or what do you feel the need to tiptoe around?

My brother.

3. What’s the dirty secret about the field in which you work?

It's a lot about kissing someone's ass and not making any waves in order to preserve your employment status.

4. What was the subject or your last whispered conversation?

"What was that? I cannot hear. Can you speak louder. Thanks."

5. What’s recently snuck up on you?

Ugh... taxes.... again.

Friday 5 for April 14: Nor Any Drop to Drink

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Brown Water Flow

1. What’s a memory you have of a nearby stream?

The photo above is of a "stream" that flows in my neighborhood. In 2006 debris clogged this stream, it filled over because of heavy rains and flash flooding... and well, it flooded the roadway and surrounding area. Most of the time the water just slowly trickles down this way pooling deep enough at certain spots to attract the ducks.

2. What’s a good film scene or song lyric involving a river?

"And it goes on and on... watching the river run." - Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina from the 1973 album Full Sail.

3. What fond memory do you have of a lake?

I don't have any fond memories of any lakes since they are relatively rare in Hawaii. On the island of Oahu we have Lake Wilson up in Wahiawa which I never take notice of since I am just driving over the bridge that passes over it. Oh whoopee!

4. What’s the most fascinating sea creature?

The expensive ones that end up on my dinner plate... Mmmm... lobster, salmon, ahi, aku, opihi, etc.

5. What’s something that caused you to cry tears of laughter?

One day my sister and I had a hysterical fit of laughter after she noticed the sad condition of socks filled with holes that I was wearing. This was about 10 years ago.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday 5 for April 7: Gimme One Reason



1. What makes you unreasonably irritated?

Whenever my computer slows down or freezes. That beach ball of death that spins on the screen drives me crazy when it doesn't allow me to do anything else with the Mac except to force quit the offending app, the finder or rebooting. Often times you can't get to the "Force Quit" menu option even with the 3 finger salute... ARRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!

2. What are you unreasonably particular about?

For starters, one space after a period at the end of a sentence. Two spaces is like so typewriter and yesterday. If I get a document from someone that has to be imported into something else, the first thing I do is spellcheck and then a search and destroy (replace) of any and all double spaces after sentence ending periods.

3. What’s something that’s unreasonably complicated?

Taxes! Life would be a whole lot easier and cheaper if income taxes were replaced with a consumption tax you pay at the cash register. Why should we continually be penalized for productivity (work)?

4. What are the best reasons for working in your field?

Perhaps like minded people within the organization you work for.

5. What are some good reasons for the most recent silly purchase you made?

I don't purchase silly stuff. Money is tight and it can't be wasted on silly stuff. Sorry.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday 5 for March 31, 2017 - Quarters

The Hawaii Quarter

1. The first quarter of 2017 is now behind us.  How has it been?

At best: Mediocre. Haven't really done anything outstanding this quarter except take a few pictures of stuff that I like.

2. How has this past quarter of your life been surprisingly good?

I survived the quarter and hope to live through the next 3 without much difficulty.

3. When did you last drop quarters into a vending machine?

Since our condo building forbids us from owning our own washing machines, we have to use the ones that are on every floor of our multi-story dwelling. Therefore about every two weeks it is a gamble to toss your clothes into the washer, spend $1.75 in quarters per load and hope the machine works (which it usually does 95% of the time). The dryers are more like slot machines. They take quarters and only in multiples of 4 ($1)... It is a gamble because sometimes you get a dryer that only spins the clothes but emits no heat! Therefore your clothes do not dry. It is a bitch to go through the process with the management company to get a refund. I do the laundry about every two weeks. The last time was on Monday, March 27.

4. How do you feel about your state’s twenty-five-cent coin?  If you’re not in the U.S., which of the coins do you think is especially striking?

King Kamehameha, the monarch that first united the Hawaiian Islands was worth the honor of being put on our state's coin. That happened in 2008. I have yet to see the one that honors our National Park. Don't even know if it is out.

5. Google’s corporate headquarters is called the Googleplex.  What would be a good name for the corporate headquarters of your life?

The Melplex. I just need millions of dollars to build it.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Catching Up With The Friday 5

This week I tackle two Friday 5's with this post.

Friday 5 for March 17: Picture This

This is the easier of the two....


1. What’s your favorite monster movie?

I've watched several over many decades. I tend to skew toward monsters within the Science Fiction genre. That said, my top 5:

Aliens (1986) - Kick ass action movie sequel that is better than the original. Gotta save Newt! Sigourney Weaver as Ripley again. She was great! James Cameron directed. I react to big cockroaches like how the hapless people in this series react to the alien(s).

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) - This movie is a well known "dinosaur invades a city" classic featuring the stop motion animation of Ray Harryhausen. It set the standard for movies of this type that followed in its footsteps.

King Kong (1933) - When is an ape a monster? When it is gigantic and goes lovesick over a pretty Fay Wray on a savage island and again in New York City. A total black and white classic.

The Forbidden Planet (1956) - Classic sci-fi yarn of astronauts who travel to a distant planet and encounter the electrified "monster of the ID". Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen.

Monster in the Closet (1978) - Comedic yarn about people in a small town getting devoured by monsters living in their closets. Troma films.

Throwing this one in.... Night of the Living Dead (1968) - The low budget, original zombie movie. No hope for anyone living.

Also see Hillary's America mentioned below. :)

2. What’s your favorite social issues movie?

I would like to mention The Godfather and Godfather II for this one and its focus on the family business of organized crime. Crime continues to be an ongoing social issue.

Otherwise in this genre I lean toward documentaries such as John Stossel's TV segment on education, Stupid in America: How We Cheat Our Kids from 20/20 on ABC in 2006. This is one of the best reports on education I have ever seen. Rubber rooms? Really??? It is a terrible waste of taxpayer dollars. The teacher unions get too much of their way with politicians who advocate for them. It is no wonder why America's "government" education has gone down the toilet in the last 30 to 40 years.

After seeing we need to support non-unionization of our schools, merit pay, right to work, school vouchers, charter schools and home schooling.

Stossel updated this report when he moved to Fox News.

Democrat Party policies are part of the reason for many of the social ills we have in our country. I've seen two of Dinesh D'Souza's stunning documentaries on how the Democrats continue to screw our country up, first with 2016: Obama's America released in 2012 and last year's documentary Hillary's America. If you are a conservative, you'll love what both films have to say about corrupt and compromising Democrat politics.

3. What’s a movie you dislike in a genre you love?

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1985) - William Shatner directed this stinker in the Star Trek franchise about Spock's half brother's search for God. Doesn't work for me on many fronts. I like Star Trek and love Science Fiction, but this one stinks.

Timothy Burton's Planet of the Apes movie from 2001 stunk — especially the stupid ending. I also did not like the movie Avatar from 2009.

4. What’s a movie you like in a genre you dislike?

I'm not a fan of slasher movies, but I did see the original Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) which is not bad for that genre. I guess I liked Robert Englund in the lead role of Freddy Krueger that made him famous. I was familiar with Englund through his appearance as the likable "visitor" Willie in the TV mini series V and its sequels from 1982 - 1984.

5. What’s a movie everyone else has seen but you have not seen?

I can name plenty because I rarely ever pay to go see movies (ticket prices are way too high) and take my sweet time in getting around to see them on either home video, streaming or on regular TV. That said, recent movies I have not seen that everyone seems to have seen:

1. Harry Potter series - all of them.
2. Moana (2016)
3. Frozen (2013)
4. Everything else from 2016 except Star Wars Rouge 1 and the last Star Trek movie.
5. Ditto for almost everything in 2015 except for The Martian and Star Wars The Force Awakens.

There are plenty of others too numerous to mention. High ticket prices, not enough time in the day, no cable, not subscribing to NetFlix, etc.

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Friday 5 for March 10: 
Count All The Bees in the Hive

"Thanks to Lisa Davidson of Tropical Toes for the idea.  This is such fertile ground I’ve already decided to return to it in a few weeks."

I would be dishonoring my friend Lisa for not answering this one. Fact is the last time I had anything to do with the Pooh story was when I saw the Disney movie back in 1966 when I was only 9 years old. Borrowed the book from the library last week to read up on this. Haven't finished yet (reading two other library books all due next Saturday)... thankfully they're on Overdrive.. yeah for borrowing eBooks vs. buying them on Kindle, Google or Apple.

1. Which of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters do you most relate to?

You know there is not much of a plot to this book.... just this ridiculous toy bear stumbling through life in his little forest world among his cast of friends. Lisa told me that I was most like Eeyore... probably because I am kind of a pessimist in many ways. If something can go wrong, it will. Huh!

2. Which of the Winnie-the-Pooh characters has qualities you’d find most attractive in a romantic partner?

I don't know enough about the characters to answer this.

3. In what way have you “wandered much further” today than you should?

I walked beyond my usual 2.25 mile limit this morning. Probably because it was early in the morning and wasn't so hot or crowded where I walked... so was nicely pleasant to almost make it to 3 miles.

4. Of Winnie-the-Pooh stories you can remember (from the books, Disney cartoons, or other sources), which is your favorite?

Only familiar with the original one I am reading now and the movie which I assume is based on the first book. I barely remember the movie, but it was cute. My Mom loved it. Slow paced, innocent, innocuous.... just the way a "safe" family story or movie should be.

5. Which quote from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories would be good for the epigraph in the book about your life?

”People who don’t think probably don’t have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that’s blown into their heads by mistake.”

Unfortunately we run into too many people like this.  Eeyore syndrome here. Huh!!!!!!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 5 for February 24: REST

Pan Pacific Bed

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1. When did you last need a few days of complete rest and nothing else?

Last year I needed a lot of rest while recovering from open heart surgery. I had to slowly ramp myself up back to life by eating healthier and walking more. Today I can say that I am happy to be alive with a new lease on life.

2. How do you keep yourself occupied when you have to be in bed all day and night?

The internet always keeps me occupied whether I am in bed or not. I do use it a lot if I am confined to bed. Luckily we have many ways to access the net beyond desktop and laptop computers. Smart phones and tablets makes it easy to consume internet content while in bed. I tend to read a lot of news websites, tech blogs, do some book reading on Kindle and Google Play books, listening to music, podcasts, audio books and watching videos. There are always the old school standbys such as TV (which I currently don't have), books, magazines, newspapers, and audio media (record player, CDs, radio). With all that stuff accessible to us who has time to rest? Fortunately some of it actually helps me to fall asleep... anyone for Enya?

Other than consuming media, there is the necessity of food consumption and yes, rest too!

3. Who do you most want to hear from when you have to withdraw to your bed for a few days of rest?

It is tough being a single person when you are down and out and need rest. As a single person you still have to do a lot of core things yourself like eating, cleaning up, shopping, etc. which forces you to get out of bed even if you may have to stay there. So hats off to those individuals who have a reliable and loving spouse, room mate or companion. That all said singles like myself sometimes have to rely on friends or relatives for help, especially if your parents have gone to the great beyond.

4. What adverse effects have you experienced while staying in bed for a few days?

It would depend on the reasons why bed rest was required. The following examples come to mind:

Flu - fever, run, vomiting, tummy aches, feeling lousy, coughing

Heart surgery - pain, weakness, lack of movement, constant sleep interruption while hospitalized, lack of privacy, noise, slow recovery, relapse, coughing, grumpiness, dreariness, etc.

5. When you first notice a few symptoms, are you more likely to shut everything down right away, or try to power through until you don’t have a choice anymore?

Always usually power through until I can't take it... then boom! Stuck in bed.

"Thanks for participating!  And have a healthy weekend!"

Always trying!