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Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday 5 for May 18: How About a Knuckle Sandwich?

The original Foodland Meal Club card when it first started.


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

1. When did you last punch someone?  Alternate question: When did someone last punch you?

That was probably in 6th grade or even earlier. I can’t remember. I haven’t punched anyone in decades or have been punched since. I try to avoid violent physical stuff.

2. How many of those frequent (whatever) stampcards / punchcards do you have, and which are you most likely to fill and redeem?

Foodland Meal Club card. When you buy a ready made sandwich (knuckles not included) or bento lunch, you get one stamp. Collect 7 stamps and you get a free sandwich or bento. I have used these several times over the years.

3. When have you had a really good fruit punch?

I can’t remember. Since my heart surgery and pre-diabetes diagnosis, I’ve more or less avoided nearly all sugary drinks.

4. What are your thoughts on boxing?

I’m not a fan of sport fighting of any type. Surely boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, etc. are very popular. They are good for the promoters and pay per view TV networks, I just am not very interested. I have watched a few of the classic fights in the past, but none have moved me to fandom of any type. Overall I am not a sports fan of anything. I enjoyed watching the “Rocky” movies more than the real thing.

5. When do you usually punch in and punch out?

Currently late afternoon early evenings.

This song of course goes synonymous with the "Rocky" movies, the third one in the series:



Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday 5 for May 11: Who Put the Pomp in the Pomp Bah Pomp Bah Pomp



Been a few weeks since I did one of these Friday 5 blog postings. So here goes with my first post for May, 2018.

1. What’s something you remember about your high school graduation?

I attended the graduation for sure and walked the line to pick up my diploma. I think my parents were proud of me... most parents usually are. After graduation, we had a small gathering of my high school classmates and fellow graduates over at my home.

2. If you were asked to speak at a commencement ceremony this year, what would be the theme of your message?

Make America Great Again - It will be good for you and for our country. We need a strong country that is centrally focused on us, while retaining those important, traditional values that have made the United States the greatest nation on earth. Dedicate your lives and work to preserving and supporting our freedoms and the Constitution in all that you do.

Behind Honokaa School

3. What items in your possession are marked with the name or logo of your high school or college?

I have no idea where my high school diploma is. I am sure that has the State of Hawaii seal on it, since I graduated from Honokaa High School in Hawaii. I know I have my diploma stashed away from my college. It's in a file drawer, still in the foldable, red binder or whatever it is called. I think I have some class key or something from Honokaa, but don't know where that is. I was never one to buy trinkets like class rings since I considered them to be a waste of money. I do have my high school yearbooks.

4. What do you expect will be your next rite of passage? 

Well the next major thing will be death! Came close to that in late 2015. Enjoying my reprieve on life so far, but as the years go by the only thing that will be a major rite is passing on hopefully to that realm where the bright light shines ever so white and forever. Otherwise I am doomed.

5. What’s a good movie with a graduation scene, or a good movie with a graduation theme?

I can't think of anything recent since I rarely go to the movies or have seen many new ones (post 2010)..... My vague memory would like to recall the following:

Legally Blonde - Ellie did graduate right? Loved her pink Apple iBook G3. Been a few years since I last saw this comedy.

Back to School - Didn't Rodney Dangerfield's character also graduate? I think he did... this came out in 1986 and was one of two movies out that year that pushed the old Isley Brothers song "Twist & Shout", covered by The Beatles, back to the Billboard Hot 100 chart that year. The other movie with the Beatles song the same year was of course, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

OK those are the only two I can think off right now. I may amend this after I see some of your responses or think of another movie.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday 5 for April 13: Aloon Again, Naturally



1. With which Looney Tunes character do you have the most in common?

That is an intriguing question that I would have never applied to myself. While I watched Looney Tunes and its Warner Brothers Inc. related stablemate Merrie Melodies a lot when I was a kid, I never totally related to any of the characters in a personal way. After checking with Wikipedia, there are many, many Looney Tunes characters some of which I don't recall.

Any character that is frustrated with the outcome of whatever situation he or she is in. Often it is Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, and Yosemite Sam. 


2. Who or what are your metaphorical Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote?

Runaway government taxes and spending vs. citizens who just want to stop taxes from increasing and cutting government spending. It is so frustrating.

3. What’s up, doc?

The sky.
The moon.
The planets.
The stars.
The sun.
Birds.
Aircraft.
Spaceships (currently only Soyuz).
International Space Station.
Space probes.
Thousands of satellites and assorted space junk.

4. When did you last hear some opera music?

Just to answer this question I sampled a couple of tracks at this link: 


BTW, Accuradio is a good streaming service that has all kinds of music genres in a countless number of playlists that you can listen to for FREE.

5. What’s a good life lesson you learned from Looney Tunes?

Cartoon violence is funny. It is not harmful to your health. You just have to be able to separate the fiction (cartoons) from fact (your life). Looney Tunes is good entertainment. Th-th-that's all folks!

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday 5 for April 6: Welcome to the Terrordome

Did something terrible happen to you? "I’m a frayed knot"... Friday 5....



1. What’s the scariest movie you’ve seen?

When I was a little kid, The Haunting scared both my sister and I. This movie came out in 1963. There wasn't much blood or gore. A group of people are recruited by a scientist to spend time at "Hill House" in New England. Stars Julie Harris. Directed by Robert Wise, whose next move was The Sound of Music.

Runner-up: Jaws... the Steven Spielberg movie from 1975.

2. What most recently startled you?

My bank account!

3. What’s something in your residence that’s frightening?

Nothing really except for the possibility of fire or a 6.0 and higher earthquake. Otherwise we have good security in our building.

4. What kinds of social settings cause you anxiety?

Mostly group settings, parties. Never liked them. I'm not a good mingler. I'm a better observer at these things. For the most part I try to avoid these whenever possible.

5. What’s something you are no longer afraid of?

Death. Came close once. Read up on it, and it doesn't sound too bad, as long as it is not violent and painful. I would not want to die in a plane or car crash, drown in the ocean or be murdered. It's mostly the process. Hopefully once that happens, we can all go to a good place.

Friday 5 for March 30: Waste

Holiday Fallout

From Scrivener's Friday 5, my week late entry....

1. What’s something you unintentionally threw away?

Two years ago, a big bag of a big pile of brand new plastic Don Quijote shopping bags were mistakenly tossed out. These bags were given to me by one of the clerks there as they neared the time when all, free, single-use plastic shopping bags were being phased out because a stupid law would make them illegal for stores to give out. Really, really sad. The clerk was nice enough that she gave me a big bagful of new, unopened plastic bags. This was in mid 2015. A few months into 2016 when my sister and I were doing the big purge of all the clutter in my apartment, somewhere that collection of bags were thrown out.

2. What disgusting memory of garbage do you have?

The terrible smell of rotting garbage comes to mind. More specifically some of the times that I had to clean the fridge out and there was rotting food in the back that I had forgotten about. It is especially disgusting when you have to remove the food from the container it was in. Sometimes it is so bad you just get rid of that dead food along with the container!

3. How are you about deleting emails?

Back in the old days of Eudora when emails used to download into your computer, I used to regularly delete them. Today with several free server based cloud accounts, I don't do this very often. I have email accounts on Google, Yahoo and Outlook which are the major ones. There are thousands of emails on my main Gmail account, many unopened. Up to last year there were tens of thousands on Yahoo, but after I was aware of the gigantic data breach they had, I got rid of most of them. Today the Yahoo account is still active and slowly building up with email inventory again. The Outlook account probably has a couple of thousand of emails, not too much. I also have email accounts at SDF.org, Headgap and AOL, but those don't get much use and when I got there I tend to clean them up fairly well.

4. What do you treasure that someone else considers trash?

All of the stuff I keep are "treasures".... I don't think people would consider my CD, vinyl records, DVD and cassette tape collections trash. I hope not!

5. What’s the litter like in your neighborhood?

Not too bad as some other areas in my city. Yes, we have some trash on the street. It can get bad when people put their bulky pick up items on the curb, and the city doesn't pick it up on the day they are supposed to. Sometimes they are a week late.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Friday 5 for March 23: The Shine of a Thousand Spotlights

Hello! It's Monday and not Friday. Heh.

This week’s five questions are inspired by the movie The Greatest Showman, which Scrivener strongly recommends. Perhaps I may watch this when I can find a free copy. Movies are just too darn expensive to go to these days.

1. What physical trait are you (or have you been) self-conscious about?

Since my open heart surgery in late 2015, the big "zipper" scar that runs down the middle of my chest. It is 7.25 inches long and looked extremely gnarly right after surgery. It took several months to heal. I have pictures of it with the stitches. You don't want to see it.

Under that big scar is a smaller puncture wound scar. That is where some kind of tube had to be rammed into my chest. I was out during the eight hour operation and recovery immediately after. When I woke up I could not speak, was hooked up to all kinds of high tech devices, and looked like a poor man's version of The Borg.

Today the wounds are nicely healed but still leaves an obvious scar. I won't go out in public without a shirt on.

Bottom line: Pursue a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are young.

2. When did you last do something risking injury?

Always Use a Crosswalk

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Crossing the street within a crosswalk risks serious injury or even death when drivers who are so focused on making a turn before the light turns red often don't look for pedestrians. I almost got hit several times by drivers making left turns who seem to be oblivious to pedestrians crossing the street. Hello! Look at the crosswalk before committing to that left turn.

3. Why do critics and the general movie-going public never seem to agree?

Critics seem to have this pre-conceived notion that films should either be 1. art 2. pursue some kind of message (usually liberal biased) or 3. be some kind artsy-fartsy character piece... throw in an overblown epic or two, and critics fall in love this crap. Critics don't like movies with a conservative bias, unless they are conservative... duh?

The public meanwhile vote with their hard earned dollars. Look at the weekly Box Office Mojo. Currently super hero movies are all the rage. Brings in big bucks for Disney and Sony Pictures. Marvel. DC comics universe.... yeah. All popular, big selling movies at the silver screen and on home video. Another category that the public loves are family pictures which includes a lot of animation. Toy Story, Moana, The Lion King, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, etc. I am most disappointed when some very good science fiction get dismissed by critics and most notably the Academy Awards. I was disillusioned by the Oscars the day the original Star Wars movie did not get its rightful "best picture" award for the year 1977. Bottom line is that people vote with their wallets no matter what in hell the critics say.

4. How do you feel about Hugh Jackman as an actor?

I have no opinion of this guy since I've seen only one of his movies. That would be The Fountain, which is a sci-fi fantasy film about three different characters who are seemingly the same person. I can't remember all the details since I watched this late in the night on some streaming channel. It was a good movie, but I think I have to watch it again. It seemed very disjointed at the beginning.

5. Who is the best singer you’ve seen in live performance?

I rarely go to live concerts because of the cost. Way too expensive just like the movies. The best concert performance that I enjoyed because I was up close and the performance was free, was by the group Dengue Fever in 2010. Chhom Nimol is a good vocalist for the type of surf-rock-Khmer-1960s era type of rock n roll music stylings the group is known for. So I'd put her on top of the few other bands I've seen including Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Norah Jones, and Jon Anderson of Yes.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday 5 for March 16: Mist It by That Much

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1. What did you most recently spray out of a can?



RAID! It kills bugs dead.

2. What’s your favorite food (or food product) that’s sprayed from a can?

Whipped Cream though I can't eat much of it these days due to health reasons. But whipped cream is good on hot chocolate, chocolate sundaes, pies, cakes and most other dessert items. Mmmmmm....

Leap Day Dessert

3. When did you last spray-paint something?

I think an MPC model car that I last made back in 1972. We used to buy Testors paint in either spray form or bottle. I spray painted a 1972 Plymouth Road Runner model car green. This was many decades ago. Haven't sprayed anything since.

4. What’s something that’s not sprayed from a can but would be pretty cool if it were?

Um.... Love Potion #9?



5. What’s conceptually the oddest thing sprayed from a can?

Sorry I have no idea at this time. I'll amend this answer when I can think of something.