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Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday 5 for February 17: Yule Never Be Alone



Merry Christmas! From Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 blog: "Hello, and welcome to this week's Friday 5!  Please copy these questions to your webspace.  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. About how many family Christmas photo-cards did you receive this year*?

Zero from my family; one that had a picture of a family on it.

2. About how many family Christmas newsletters did you receive this year?

Usually one from Rob and Tammy.

3. What do you do with the Christmas photo-cards and newsletters you get each year?

File them and later toss 'em when I do a de-cluttering clean out.

4. What's a good solution for singles who want to participate in this tradition without coming across as a loser?

I don't send out Christmas cards these days, but when I did, I just sent out generic ones that you buy individually or in boxed sets.

5. About how many old-school, hand-addressed Christmas cards did you receive this year?

Zero.

" * Yeah, yeah.  It was last year, but you know what I mean"

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday 5 for January 27: Shiver Me Timbers

Pirate Ship in Honolulu

Shiver Me Timbers! The title of this week's Friday 5 got me to think about pirate ships. How wrong can I be? None of these questions refer to anything about pirates or sailors. Don't they say "shiver me timbers"? Probably not. I think I first heard this phrase in one of those old Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons.

That said, here are my answers to Scrivener's Friday 5 questions this week.

1. When did you last make what could be described as a wriggling motion?

Do I wiggle? I am too old and stiff to do anything that requires wiggling. Maybe I reluctantly wiggled into something... um... yeah, a parking space! The parallel parking kind which I hate if you have maneuver your vehicle in between 2 others.

2. What never fails to give you the willies?

Those big damn flying American Cockroaches that can walk upside down on your ceiling. If you are in a dark room at night you sometimes can hear them wiggling and rustling their spindly legs and bodies over loose papers or whatever. The worst is when they fly and attack you! Yuck. I hate them. Gotta keep baited roach traps, cans or Raid, "slippahs" and a broom nearby.

Those big roaches give me the creeps! I hate having to deal with one of these invaders, especially in my small apartment where I don't have much room to run after spraying the damn thing with Raid. Often I spray, run out of my apartment and wait for an hour for the roach to die.

In the meantime the damn thing is running all around your home going crazy because of the deadly chemicals sprayed onto it, touching everything in its wake with those awful spiky and spindly legs!

Sometimes I bravely wait for the roach to crawl over the tile floor and either hit it with a shoe, "slippah" or the broom.

The aftermath of a roach encounter can be a time for the willies too, as you have to scoop the supposedly dead body of the thing and figure out a method of quick disposal. The offensive bug is not completely dead. Even after crushing them, roaches still kick and attempt to run.

The squirmy reaction to these big roaches only occurs if I am in an enclosed space... like my home or other, small indoor setting. I need a space to flee!

Outside I can flee or if I am lucky enough to be wearing shoes, step on them. I mostly opt to flee.


The American Cockroach. Yuck! (Photo not by me)

3. What’s something you’ve seen on TV or in a movie that made you squirm?

I don't squirm at movies or for TV shows, unless it is a real life documentary or a graphic news clip where a terrorist cuts off someone's head or something. For most movies, if I see a squeamish scene I will disassociate myself from the plot and think "how did they make or do that"?

4. What’s something in your life that could be described as serpentine?

There have been times when I have been mean or as cold as a snake.

5. Where can you get a really great shake?

Big Island of Hawaii - Volcanoes National Park: Also San Francisco - Los Angeles - just about anywhere in California - Japan - the Pacific "Rim of Fire". Get jolted by an earthquake? A big one 5 and higher? That is a big shake... big jolt... damaging and even deadly. Here in Hawaii we occasionally get big, damaging earthquakes in the magnitude 6 and 7 area. Scary!




Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday 5 for January 13: We Can Work It Out

Replacing a Tire
We can work it out. Photo by Mel on Flickr.

It's Friday the 13th and here are the questions for this week's Friday 5 as presented by our good friend Scrivener.

1. What’s a real-world lesson you learned from your first job?

My first job was working at a pharmacy. This was a very long time ago. I don't remember any "real world lessons" except that you obeyed what you were told to do -- the boss is usually always right -- and being it is your first job, you learn new things. For example in this job I learned about the extraordinarily high prices of prescription drugs. This was back in the 1970s and some pills cost hundreds of dollars. The same ones probably cost a thousand dollars today. That is why we have to get medical insurance that can cover the high prescription drug costs. However, the cost of medical insurance keeps on getting higher every year.

2. What was pleasantly unexpected about your current (or most recent) job?

Learning a lot about how government functioned and what people did to build relationships, connections and lobby in that realm was eye opening when I first started working at that venue. Government is all about who you know, how much you can contribute to a particular cause and how big of a number you can get to advance your agenda.

3. What are some identifying tools of your trade?

For most of the recent jobs I've had, the two most identifying tools for me are 1. the computer (I would think a vast majority of jobs require computer use) and 2. the camera (when applicable I've applied my photography hobby to my trade). Hopefully the camera will become more of a job focus as I search for something new to do. Other tools or skills that I use include writing, editing, page layout, design, blogging, minor coding, organization and management.

4. What’s something a job required that you thought was far outside your skill set?

Event organizing at one time was something that had to be learned on the job. Coordination of venue, time, people, materials and a whole lot more takes work way in advance of the event. It can be traumatizing at the beginning, especially when things don't go as planned. You have to be careful and mindful that something unexpected will happen. People are always a huge variable. Will they show up, will they have parking, can they speak, do they need assistance, etc.

After doing a few events anyone tasked with the job will learn and be able to handle the next event with increasing ease, based on what you previously learned.

5. Robert Frost wrote, “My object in living is to unite / My vocation and my avocation / as my two eyes make one in sight.”  To what degree have you united your vocation (your job) and your avocation (your hobby)?

Whenever I can blend photography with a job that I am doing would be a good thing. I am still fascinated with computers, so that will always be whenever I use one. There is always something new to learn doing both.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday 5 for January 6, 2017: Animate




Happy New Year: Animate is Scrivener's Friday 5 topic. Here are my answers.

1. In what ways are you like an ox? Stubborn.

2. In what ways are you like a rabbit? None.

3. In what ways are you like a snake? Cold.

4. In what ways are you like a goat? Baaaaaaa..... Humbug!

5. In what ways are you like a rooster? 

I was born in the Year of the Rooster.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday 5 for December 30: Forward


From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog comes the last entry for 2016.

1. What are you looking forward to in your personal life in 2017?

Increasing my income, a new job, strengthening and maintaining my friendships, definitely maintaining my health and perhaps traveling.

2. What's something you're planning ahead for?

If I have enough money, travel to the mainland in August 2017 to view the total eclipse of the sun.

3. How intense is your to-do list for the last days of the year?

Not very. Do the laundry. Pay bills. Clean. Routine stuff.

4. What's something you'd like to jump past, between now and the end of the year?

Bills.

5. How will you ring in the new year?

Usually very quietly on New Year's Eve. I avoid any and all parties. I am not a wild celebratory type of person. I prefer to stay at home, observe the insane firecracker noise from the safety of my own place. I try not to drive on New Year's eve. Gotta avoid collisions with the drunk drivers.

Early the next morning as I have done for several years now, I go out and take a picture of the first sunrise of the new year.... rain or shine. If it is raining I take a picture of where the sun should come up and show the rain. I publish the photos to my Flickr photostream and other social media sites.

I will more than likely take my first walk of the new year by pushing it 3 miles that day.

After that I sometimes go to Don Quijote Store and watch them burst the fireworks and have the Chinese dragon people come over and make a lot of noise. Asians make a big deal of ringing in the New Year.

That's about it. Hope you all have a Happy New Year.


New Year's Day @ Don Quijote Store - 2013. For 2017 it is the Year of the Rooster.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday 5 for December 23: Something’s Afoot


1. What’s the nicest pair of shoes you’ve owned?

Some nice brown dress shoes I had several years ago. They were around for a very long time. Was nice. Worn off and on through the years. Recently disposed.

2. What’s likely to be your next shoe purchase?

Either new work shoes for office use when the time comes or more than likely replacement for my daily walker. 

3. Where’s your favorite place to get shoes?

WalMart or any other discount shoe retailer. I’m not a stickler about fashion and usually buy what is comfortable and cheap.  Low prices matters a lot when it comes to any purchase I make.

4. When did you last swap out the insoles or laces on a pair of shoes?

Never did.  Shoes go bad just buy new ones. The ones I own tend to be cheap from the get-go.

5. What were the last shoes you got rid of like?

Bad.

September 2015 - Kawaihae, Big Island of Hawaii - Puukohola National Historic Site....

I took a short walk around 2:00 pm in the afternoon - hot sun, hot day - before I knew it as I walked along the hot cement trail, the bottom of my shoes began to melt. After several minutes the sole on one side dislodged (see photos below). 

It is a drag to walk around in shoes where the soles are just barely hanging on. My sister and I both got a huge laugh out of this... hahaha. Needless to say, the shoes were disposed of later that day. They were about 10 years old originally bought from WalMart.

Can you say these shoes are ready for the dumpster?

Right foot almost dislodged, left foot melting under.

 The cement trail. Top photo is of Pu'ukohola Heiau in Hawaii.

Last mile for these rubber soled shoes. Never thought I'd be posting these photos to something more than a year later.



Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday 5 for December 16 - Back in the Highlights Again

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

1. What was your highlight in dining for 2016?

Not eating out as often as I did in previous years due to my health condition.

2. What was your highlight in relationships for 2016?

Trying to keep my relationships with various people stable.

3. What was your highlight in entertainment for 2016?

Ringo Starr and His All Star Band at Blaisdell Center. The Beatles are an endangered species with only 2 alive. It was good to see one of them live after being a fan for many decades.

4. What was your highlight in self-improvement for 2016?

Losing 30 lbs. since end of 2015 due to my heart surgery and healthier diet.

5. What was your highlight in completing something for 2016?

Starting a daily walking regimen and trying to keep to it as well as keeping and perhaps increasing the distance.


Map My Walk - on Android.... I walk about 2 miles a day. Not much but it is better than last year.

Top photo: Ringo Starr in concert... yes, I sneaked my camera in. More photos on Flickr.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5.