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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:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday 5 for August 26: Two Thousand Zero Zero Party Over Oops Out of Time

Blondie's 1999 hit "Maria" is from the album "No Exit".

1. What’s your favorite song from 1999?

How can I not resist another top 10 list? First of all my #1 song of 1999 is not on the Billboard 100 Top Hits. Others are:

1. Maria - Blondie
2. Steal My Sunshine - Len
3. There She Goes - Sixpence None The Richer
4. Smooth - Santana featuring Rob Thomas
5. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Joining You - Alanis Morissette
7. Animal Instinct - Cranberries
8. Beautiful Stranger - Madonna
9. Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
10. Anything But Down - Sheryl Crow

My Top 100 Hits of 1999 -

2. What are some of your favorite films from 1999?

"Beautiful Stranger" by Madonna, the promotional clip for 
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
- The Matrix
- American Beauty
- The Green Mile
- Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
- The Mummy
- The World is Not Enough (James Bond 007)
- Wing Commander
- The Insider 
      (last movie I saw at my favorite theater - Cinerama in HNL)
- Galaxy Quest

3. What’s something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999?

I got another year older than I was in 1998. I do not publicly disclose my birthdate.

One of the world events that happened on that day in 1999:

"Turkey - 13 people were killed in a bomb attack on a shopping center in the Goztepe section of Istanbul."

Some things don't change....

4. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000?

My friend Helena and I spent the evening cruising around Honolulu. We ended up at Magic Island waiting for the fireworks and the electricity to go off since the so-called "Millenium Bug" was going to bring down all of the computers around the world (except for Macs) that could not handle the date change from 1999 to 2000. Of course nothing happened and all we got was being enveloped in a huge ton of home burst firework smoke. Was fun.

I miss Helena (passed away 2013).

5. What’s something that’s gotten better since 1999?

1. Faster Internet
2. Movie, video, TV and audio streaming.
3. Better computers and connected devices.
4. Digital cameras are the norm and way better than 1999.
5. SSD drives

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday 5 for August 19: French Kissing

This week's questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog:

1. What’s your favorite kind of French fry? 

Decades ago at the old Dairy Queen in Honokaa, Hawaii they used to make their own french fries from fresh potatoes daily. They got the potato and used a machine to slice them into wedgy sticks and then deep fry them. I don't know what made those taste really great, probably using the same oil in the deep fryer daily. Anyway they were the best french fries on Earth and to me still are since it was my Aunt Clara who at one time used to work there, was the person who made those fries. She eventually went on to enjoy a look career as a master chef or something at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort in Kawaihae.

2. Where can you get really good French toast?

Again long ago, I used to like the french toast that were made in the old Woolworth restaurant, especially the one that used to be in Waikiki.

3. What are your feelings about French salad dressing? 

It's okay, I just finished a bottle. I do like Italian and Ranch better.


4. What’s something you know how to say in French? 

 Renault, Peugeot, Citroen - car brand names made in France! :)

5. What French films have you seen? 

The most recent one I saw was Betty Blue from 1986. It streams online for free: 

The film is about 2 flawed characters who are trying to make ends meet. The guy is a failed writer, Betty is an eccentric and attractive young woman. Probably rated a strong R or maybe even NC-17. Some strong sexual content.

The first French film that I saw and have always liked is The Red Balloon. From 1956 it is a children's fantasy film about a kid who finds and befriends a red balloon. The balloon in the whimsical, short film is the most colorful object in the story set against a city in post-war France (presumably Paris). Nice technicolor print if you can see it on film. I saw it for the first time in school back in the early 1970s on a 16mm projector screen. Streams for free YouTube.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday 5 for August 12: Down the Rabbit Hole

1. What was the subject of one of your memorable YouTube holes?

I love YouTube. Lots of free stuff to watch there. Some good, others ridiculously bad, most entertaining.

1. Aviation videos - plane take-offs, landings, in-flight, airports, Hawaii airlines
2. Aviation disasters: Air Crash Disaster and other channels.
3. Russian dash-cam car crash videos - They have some of the worst drivers in the world.
4. Maritime disasters - Titanic, Costa Concordia, Star Diamond, Andrea Doria, Britanic, freighters, container ships, etc.
5. Daily Bumps video blog. Subscribed to several related ones.

2. What was your most recent Wikipedia hole like?

Going deep to find out what happened to the cast of the NBC TV series L.A. Law and then being sidetracked to Star Wars because Jimmy Smits who was Senator Bail Organa is going to have a cameo in the newest feature, Rouge 1.

3. What’s a recipe you got from the internet and actually prepared?  How did it turn out?

Haven't tried any though I am subscribed to Active Beat, a channel on how to prepare healthy meals.

4. What apparently little-known website do you enjoy?

The easy answer here is - Come at least once a week to read the questions, maybe answer them and see how other people answered.

5. What apparently popular website can you just not get into?

From this list of popular U.S. based websites: - I don't use the following:

1. Netflix
2. Bing
3. Instagram
4. Microsoft
5. CNN
6. Whatsapp
7. Microsoft
8. Windows Live
9. MSN
10. Reddit