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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 5 for June 23: Don’t Go There

The following questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Shark Warning

1. Where were you forbidden (or too frightened) to go when you were growing up, and why?

Riding our bikes out of our neighborhood was one of the rules imposed by our parents. Why? The highway was just above the neighborhood road. Cars travel more than 55 mph on that highway. Parents feared that we would be hurt or killed by a speeding motorist.

2. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve done in the past couple of years?

Why anyone would admit to this is beyond me. Pass.

3. Under what circumstances have you gone into a place you knew you weren’t supposed to enter?

Probably to take a picture of something that I wasn't allowed to photograph. The Don Quijote store used to have a sign up in their entrance saying "no photography". I have taken pictures in there with a series of small cameras over the years. Lately I haven't seen the sign.

Don Quijote Store

4. Which aisle in your supermarket do you just about never go down?

Feminine hygiene products and cosmetics sections at the Don Quijote store. They sell a mix of groceries, fresh food, prepared meals, clothing, pharmaceuticals, hardware, electronics, home cleaning products, men's and women's ware, and much, much more.

5. Not counting traffic situations, when did you last willfully disobey something you read on a sign?

Who has not fed the birds in a park? There is a bird feeding ban in Hawaii but a lot of people ignore it. The law is rarely enforced.


If you ever have a chance to take a walk in Waikiki, you will notice plenty of signs prohibiting you from skateboarding, bird feeding or being at the park after certain hours among a number of things.

  Use of Deadly Force
This sign is located in Waikiki next to a site protecting Hawaiian remains or "Iw'i". Question is, what kind of deadly force and is it legal? Are the entities who set this place up and erected this sign legally able to kill a trespasser on site? I find it highly unlikely and against the law.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Friday 5 for June 16: Questions Created Very Quickly Late Friday Morning

And answered on TUESDAY! ☺ From Scrivener's Friday 5 Blog.

1. What are you reading?

"Closer to the Light: Learning From the Near Death Experiences of Children" - by Melvin Morse, M.D.

2. What are you listening to?

Latest turntable spin: The Moody Blues "This is The Moody Blues" 2 LP compilation on Threshold Records

Latest digital spin: Elton John "Caribou" album from 1974.

3. Anything amusing or strange happen to you recently?

I woke up! :)

4. What’s cookin’?

Leftover sauteed skinless, boneless chicken thighs with mixed vegetables + rice from yesterday.

5. What was your contribution to your most recent potluck?

I can't remember when I last went to one.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday 5 for June 2: Straight No Chaser

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog....

1. What keeps you on the straight and narrow?

Thinking about the consequences on the choices we make in life keeps me on the "straight and narrow". A large part of this is in relation to whether following the laws and rules of society, and how much everything is going to cost me in terms of real money. A lot of decisions I make is based on how much money I am willing to spend while others are based on how much the unintentional cost in dollars would be if I strayed off course.

2. Who in your life is a real straight shooter?

My parents but they are now both deceased. So next is my sister. These are the people that I have trusted over many years to be straight with me.

3. How straight are your teeth and hair?

Teeth straight enough to allow for mostly proper chewing. Hair is thinning on the top.

4. What’s a good song with the word straight in its lyrics or title?

The first song that comes to mind is "Straight On" by Heart because I remember dancing to this with Darla back in 1978.

5. What’s something that needs straightening?

My life always need to be improved one way or another. It's never ending.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 5 for May 12: Guestimation

Hilo Seaside Hotel
Photo: Hilo Seaside Hotel, July 2016.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog:

1. How well do you adjust to sleeping in an unfamiliar place?

It depends where it is. Some places about the same, others just toss and turn or stay up all night. Helps if I have music, talk radio or a podcast to put me to sleep.

2. When were you recently someone’s guest, and when were you recently someone’s host?

Someone's guest: Probably six weeks ago.
Someone's host: Last October, 2016.

3. What’s the ickiest place where you’ve ever showered or bathed?

Haven't gone to an icky place in decades, but if I can recall, public beach showers are pretty gross. The ones in the high school locker room were slimy. It's a good thing I am not in high school anymore.

4. What’s something you don’t need but insist on taking when you travel?

Computer, music player, radio, more than 1 camera..... all of the electronic stuff that keeps me happy.

5. Who’s got a comfy couch?

I don't own a couch, my place is too small. I can't say that I have sat on many couches in recent years except for a hotel last year. Don't remember it being "comfy".

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday 5 for May 5: Over/Under

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5!  Please copy these questions to your website.  Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

1. What’s a film you consider overrated, and what’s a related or similar film you consider underrated?


1. Avatar - (2009) from James Cameron - the movie is very pretty visual experience, the sci-fi somewhat passable but the message is so anti-corporate. Big corporations exist to pummel and pillage. Sad. You know if corporations did not exist we would not have many of the wonders we take for granted today... cars, cell phones, computers, department stores, canned food, etc. Corporations make these and many other things. Corporations employ people. There is nothing wrong with corporations.

2. Blair Witch Project (1999) - There was a ton of media buzz singing praises for this film, which is essentially some idiots getting lost in a forest for a couple of nights and recording it all with a hand held camera. Today this movie is just too long, too shakey to sit through. If I want shaky crappy video I can watch shorter, crappy films of the same ilk or worst on YouTube.

3. Alien (1979) - It's a good movie, but I found it to be boringly long. I mean after the darn thing pops out of the poor guy's chest, you know everyone will eventually buy the farm except Ripley who survives to live on in the better Aliens 2 movie... more action.


Hillary's America by Dinesh D'Souza (2016) - A scary documentary on what could have happened to our country had Crooked Hillary won the presidential election. I love this movie as well as D'Souza's 2012 movie 2016: Obama's America. As most know D'Souza is an immigrant from India who has written a number of books from the conservative point of view.

Gigantic Expensive Mistake

2. What’s overrated about the area in which you live, and what’s underrated about it?

Honolulu - Overrated:

RAIL - Politicians are spending way too much tax money to build this elevated rail that they say will solve transportation problems. But we have all known for the longest time that rail is a development vehicle to enhance the pocketbooks of developers, well connected construction contractors and union labor.

In the meantime the legislature and the city council are scrambling to find ways to take more and more of our tax dollars to pay for this thing which currently costs $10 billion to build with estimates going higher to at least $13 billion. The project is billions of dollars short.

This has been a pain for more than 20 years. Rail should have never been built. This should have never become a priority for the City & County of Honolulu. Rail is the biggest and most expensive mistake ever unleashed upon the taxpayers in Hawaii... and you too, if you are a tourist.

Honolulu / Hawaii - Underrated: Can't think of much that is underrated in Honolulu or in Hawaii. An article titled "11 Amazing Underrated Places in Hawaii" singles out the Halona Blowhole on Oahu, Iao Valley State Park (when it is not flooded), and Ahalanui Hot Pond on the island of Hawaii.

3. Whose talent or skill is overrated, and whose is underrated?

Can't help but zeroing on Presidents 44 and 45 for this one.

Overrated: Former President Barack Obama. Not much to say except I am happy his term is over.

Underrated: President Donald Trump - He's doing a good job so far to "Make America Great Again".

4. What item in the supermarket is overrated, and what’s underrated?

Overrated: Organic foods. Why pay more money for this stuff when regular food of the same stuff costs less? When we eat the food the body breaks it down to whatever it needs with the rest being expelled at #2. It's all the same at the trailing end.

Runner up to overrated: Bans on plastic bags. Ugh! I love plastic bags. They are so versatile.

Underrated: Parking. Every good retail store including supermarkets have plentiful free parking. We take this for granted, but I am always thankful that my favorite supermarket has lots of free parking so that when you buy stuff you can load and drive it home in your vehicle.

5. What’s utterly terrific except for one or two things?

Macintosh Computers and iOS devices: What's terrific about them? Mainly the operating systems are very well thought out. I have been a Mac user since 1988 and have lived through many incarnations of Mac OS. All have been mostly great. While I don't use iOS much these days, it is still a very good operating system.

The app ecosystem on Apple devices are good too. Most apps that I use are well thought out and function as intended.

That said, there are a couple of things I don't like about Apple products.

1. Built in batteries that cannot be replaced. This is leads to forced obsolescence which I hate. How many of you own iPods, iPhones and other, older iOS devices that are just sitting in drawers because their built in, non-replaceable batteries do not hold a charge beyond a few minutes? This totally defeats the portability purpose of these devices, when in many cases they work perfectly fine while connected to a power source!

That is one reason when I finally got a cell phone, I opted for an Android device that has a replaceable battery.

2. Un-replaceable batteries have also crept into Macintosh computers. This mantra has also crept into non-Apple devices too like Chromebooks. Sad.

When I buy something that is so expensive ($100 or more in my book), I expect that thing to last a long time. Ten years has always been my golden yardstick for expensive items. Has to last. Sadly these days way too many devices are just designed to become obsolete in 3 to 4 years and you have to throw it away. That is a crime considering the amount of money you have to pay for them.


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:

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.