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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday 5 for July 21: Let’s Get Physical

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.


1. How confidently could you turn a cartwheel right now? 

ZERO. I am too old to be doing this kind of stuff. Don't want to break a bone anytime soon.

2. How (physically) flexible are you?

Basically I am a walking stiff. ZERO.

3. How are your Frisbee-throwing skills?

Haven't thrown one in decades so I would have to rate it at a ZERO.

4. Which carnival game do you have the best shot at winning?

Never played carnival games because it is a way for them to take away more of your money in the hope that you may win something, usually useless like a stuffed animal. ZERO.

5. How good are you at toss-the-paper-in-the-wastebasket?

Fair. I sometime can get 2 points depending on how far away I am.

Thinking about this song right now:



Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday 5 for July 14: Mornings Are for Coffee and Contemplation

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog:

"In honor of Barb somehow getting an Emmy nomination (look it up if you don’t know and you’re curious), five questions."

First of all who the heck is Barb? Never heard of her. Looked up Emmy nominations here: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/2017-emmy-nominees-list-nominations-1202494465/ - Saw no mention of this person. Plus I haven't seen any of the TV shows nominated except for the first year of Better Call Saul on some pirate website. Because I am such a cheap ass and cut my cable years ago and watch mostly YouTube and free stuff that is old on free streaming channels, I don't keep up with current TV except for local and Fox News.

1. Why are waffles better than pancakes?

Waffles have ridges and they are far more crispier than flat pancakes.


2. What’s something you remember about being 11?

Eleven was 1969. The most significant thing I remember was watching the first lunar landing and moonwalk by the astronauts of Apollo 11.... all on a colorful, grainy, black and white TV... using an antenna because in those days there was no cable.

3. What experience do you have with role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons?

None. I can't remember doing a role playing game ever. Just another personification of I not being a serious gamer beyond a 5 minute Nintendo app that can kill me in less time than that.

4. How do you feel about carnival rides that make you go upside-down?

Nauseous.... avoid at all costs... which is easy since 1. I rarely ever go to carnivals and 2. all rides are outrageously expensive.

5. You’ve seen Matthew Modine in more films than you realize (which he famously admitted during his opening monologue when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1988) (filmography here). Which have you seen, and which was the best?

After looking at the filmography list, the only movies I've seen with this guy in it were the following:

Full Metal Jacket
Memphis Belle
Men in Black

I don't remember the Modine characters very well in any of those movies.

Out of the three movies, I remember Full Metal Jacket the most due to the basic training section of the story which were ultra memorable because of the conflict between the drill sergeant and the bumbling Private "Pyle". Intense. The movie then falls apart during the Vietnam War portion because it did not look like a tropical jungle or environment. Found out later that the film was shot entirely in the U.K.... not exactly a tropical place. Fail.

Memphis Belle I remember because the crew of the B-17 bomber were all shot to hell but they still made it back to base after the bombing run. Modine's plane was shot down and he died. Heh. ☺

Don't remember anything about his role in Men In Black. Was not really impressed with that movie at all.... I don't take too well to comedy in scifi.

From the three movies mentioned above, Full Metal Jacket is the best but not because of Modine.




Friday, July 7, 2017

Friday 5 for July 7: Grabby


Questions from Scivener's weekly Friday 5 blog.

1. There’s a convenience store nearby and you have a small case of the munchies. What do you grab?

Lately a granola bar like the one pictured above.

2. You’re about to get on a plane and someone just stole all your reading material, but there’s a newsstand nearby. What magazine (of likely available titles) do you grab?

Who buys magazines these days? They cost at least $5 a pop not the $2 of years gone by. The internet has free stuff you can read, but of course the damn thing don't work on many flights. Of course you can always download a book or PDF file of some sort to read on your device. Or maybe even listen to a podcast. Plenty of stuff to keep you entertained and informed while on a plane.

3. On a regular work day, where do you grab lunch and what do you get if you don’t bring a lunch from home?

I don't have much time for lunch, so the granola bar (above) is a substitute.

4. Instead of a lunch, you decide you need a quick nap during your workday. Where can you grab 40 winks?

We'd be fired if we slept on the job. :O

5. How close to your head is your cell phone when you’re asleep in bed?

Today's smart phones are pretty much internet access devices and digital cameras more than they are a phone, so yeah, they are close by so you can get news, information or entertainment. Mine is on the night table connected to a long charging cable.

Unboxing Samsung Galaxy J7

I purposely leave the damn thing at home when I don't want to be bothered. For emergency use I do carry around an out of commission Alcatel phone that can still do emergency 911 calls.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday 5 for June 30: Shape of Things to Come






















The M House by Melvin Ah Ching © 2017

Questions from Scivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What shape is your mood today?

Moods change through the day. As of this morning, my mood is reservedly optimistic. Got the day off, jury duty was postponed.

2. What snack comes in a fun shape?

Animal Crackers.

3. Someone’s building your dream house, but it has to be in the shape of a letter of the alphabet.  Which letter do you choose?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

The letter M would be the shape of my house (see picture above). Both the upper and lower case letter "M" use up the most space of any letter form. Therefore they seem to be a stable design to use in a possible construction of a dwelling. The letters A, D, L, N and Z may also be stable enough. A has proven itself since there are plenty of A shaped dwellings around.

4. What’s a great song with a shape in its title or lyrics?


Off the top of my head is the British bubblegum hit from 2007 called "Pull Shapes" by The Pipettes. Otherwise there is the #1 hit from earlier this year called "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran which is a pretty good song.

5. What’s something in your line of sight that can reasonably be called blob-shaped?

Crumpled up tissue..... clouds outside my window.

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.

Illegal

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

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

Overrated:

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.

Underrated:

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.

Ugh!



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: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1549

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.

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!!!!!!

* Note that video clips from this page could disappear at any time.




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.