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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

"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. 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!

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.