Monday, November 14, 2022

Friday 5 for November 11: Seemingly (but not actually) unrelated questions


The music of The Beatles are among my most played songs.

It's late Monday night and Tuesday in some parts of the globe. This is a late post to the last Friday 5 of November 11.

1. When did you last have something custom-made to your specifications, not counting meals?

Long ago, built to order Apple Macintosh G4 tower computer - 2001. Prior to that PowerCenter Power Computing Mac Clone - 1997

2. In what way were you reminded this week that we’ve been experiencing a pandemic for nearly three years?

I got sick before Halloween with the dreaded COVID bug. Got over it this past week.

3. Who did you recently see in person for the first time in ages?

About 4 weeks ago - D.R. from my college days.

4. What will me-time look like for you this weekend?

Stayed at home about 98% of the past weekend.

5. What songs have you been enjoying lately? 

Plenty. My songs change almost daily. You can view what I most recently listened to:

List of my most played rock and pop artists of all time since 2006:

Friday, October 21, 2022

Friday 5 for October 21: In the now

 The questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. When did you last have to MacGyver something?

I can't remember anything specific that I had to cobble together with tape and miscellaneous objects recently.

2. In what way were you spontaneous this week?

I am not very spontaneous. Mostly everything I do I have to think about the consequences and cost of the action... or in-action.

3. What have you recently completed at the last minute?

Last month's newsletter for Assistance League of Hawaii and likely this month's edition too. The good thing is that it is totally electronic and I have most of the pieces sent to me. All I have to do is meld them together into a congruent whole.

4. How good are you at thinking up a quick lie?

See #2 above. I have to think about it first.

5. What’s your personal organizer system like?

For the life of me, I am terrible and hate organizing paper files. I still have plenty of paper, but if you looked at my place, it would be fairly chaotic with paper documents all around.

Since the late 1980s I have done most of my organizing using a computer, such as this Macintosh Plus in 1988. Getting that Plus was the beginning of trying to get typed documents saved and organized.

Through many years, in addition to typed documents, my filing needs had to evolve into storing, organizing and archiving scanned images, digital photos, PDFs, eBooks, numerous audio files of all formats and videos.

Needless to say the ol' Macintosh Plus got replaced with more powerful computers with greater storage options over the years... Mac IIsi, Mac Centris 650, Power Computing Powercenter 150, Quicksilver G4 Mac tower, MacBook Pros, Chromebooks, Android devices and an iMac. Storage and organization also moved or was backed up to the cloud... Google Docs, Google Photos, Google Drive and a few others.

Despite all of this, I still have to struggle to find stuff. At least most of it is not on paper.

Oh and I do have vinyl records, cassettes, CDs and a few DVDs... So there. More media mediums and storage options.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday 5 for September 23: Dancing in September

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

1. How did you spend the 21st night of September?

I stayed home and did stuff on my computer.

2. When did you last hear bells ringing (real bells, not something electronic)?

I think the bells at Kawaihao Church several years ago. Not too many people use bells today.

3. What have you done in recent months to chase the clouds away for someone else?

Lisa lights up when I get her small gifts, flowers and pizza.

4. What are some good songs sung in falsetto?

The Bee Gees come to mind first in pop music - not in an ordered list….

  • Stayin' Alive

  • Tragedy

  • Night Fever

  • More Than a Woman

  • Love You Inside Out

  • You Should Be Dancing

Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Tiny Tim - Tiptoe Through the Tulips (good is debatable here, but the thing is memorable)

Earth Wind & Fire - Reasons, September, Let's Groove Tonight

Melanie - Brand New Key (probably not, but she has a high voice)

The Stylistics - I'm Stone in Love With You, Ebony Eyes

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons - Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll

Elton John - Crocodile Rock (probably the part in the chorus)

The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Mahi Beamer - Pupu Hinu Hinu

Funny how I only remember old songs from the 1960s and 70s with falsetto parts in them. Can't recall songs from later years.

5. Of earth, wind, and fire, which is likeliest to have a positive influence on your weekend?

Most definitely wind since sound needs air to travel through… and that allows us to hear and listen to music. đŸ˜ƒ

And of course a playlist of some of the songs listed above. Most are audio only. Listen at your own risk.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday 5 for September 16, 2022 - Heard It Through the Grapevine

 The following questions are from the Friday 5 blog.

GRAPES: I took this photo in 2017. I am sure the price has spiked up. Organic always cost more than a dollar than regular varieties.

On to the questions:

1. How do you feel about grapes?

They're good but EXPENSIVE!

2. How do you feel about wine?

I do not drink alcoholic beverages.

3. How much of a gossip are you?

Less than 10%. I don't keep up with this kind of crap, rarely socialize, so there is nothing much to gossip about.

4. How much purple is in your wardrobe?

Less than 5%.

5. How have you gotten better as you’ve grown older?

I remain committed to my conservative political beliefs.

6. Bonus Question: What’s the best food with raisins in it?



And of course the famous Marvin Gaye song from 1968. Did you know that Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded the first hit version of this song a year prior to Marvin Gaye? Both artists were on the celebrated Motown label.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Friday 5 + 5 = Catching Up With the Last Two Weeks

The Friday 5 questions as originally posted to the Friday 5 blog with answers here. Ready, Set, Go!

Friday 5 for September 2: All in the family

1. What efforts do you make in resisting Father Time?

I listen to a lot of old music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. I have old records and CDs. Plus mixed tapes. Old movies are good too. I have a pared down collection on DVD... I used to have more. I kept the ones I consider classics. I watch old TV shows and movies on streaming video. TUBI TV has some good old movies... Amazon Prime too. In the last 10 to 15 years I have not seen many contemporary movies. Theaters are too expensive, many movies don't go to Amazon Prime, so I just watch the oldies. No biggie.

I've tried turning the clock back a few minutes every day. I don't have a DeLorean with a nuclear thingy that can go 88.5 mph to break the time barrier... oh well.. and H.G. Wells' time traveler took his machine back to the Eloi Earth and there is not chance of him coming back.

So basically all efforts to resist Father Time will prove to be hopeless as the oblong box or the crematorium will be our final destination.

2. In what manner do you try to be a good steward of Mother Earth?

Don't get me started with this because I hate the whole green Earth Biden and AOC agenda that has been pushed not only by the federal government since January 2020, but also by the asinine State Government of Hawaii. Outlaw coal electricity production thereby raising our electric rates higher in the long run! Yep, thatʻs Hawaii. Politics and environmentalism have made our lives less convenient and more expensive!

Look at California and Washington State. They want to ban sales on gasoline powered cars. Screw that horrible agenda. I hate forced recycling. I hate less convenience and increased costs for this agenda. Plastics bans... and all of that government induced crap pandering to the Environmental Extermists! Ugh!!! CO$TLY to our pocketbooks. I am angry!

Since I will be dead in a couple of decades, why should I care? I don't have kids, I don't have much of a legacy to leave behind. Plus in about 5 billion years the sun will become a red giant and long before that happens, it will scorch this world Earth, Venus, Mercury and Mars into cinders. There is not much to hope for us in the long run except for death. It is a given.

That all said, I do send our trash down the building's trash chute. I don't use that much water in my home. I don't have a yard. My home is small/tiny so not much electricity is used. So you got those short term things. 

3. What has recently caused you to say Uncle?

With my advancing age, some young people call me "uncle". All of my real uncles from days gone by have passed away. So, I donʻt have any literal reason to say "uncle".

As a slang term for pain or stop or whatever, I have never used it.

4. Among actors in Ant-Man, who are you particularly fond of?

I have never seen Ant-Man or any new movie except for those that show up on Amazon Prime. I don't even know what Ant-Man is about. I guess that is either another Disney/Marvel franchise movie or one from Warner Brothers/DC Comics franchise... OK.. going to look that up... Thanks for the link.

OK... another Disney/Marvel franchise film... 2015... wow that was long ago already. See I donʻt go to the movies and I donʻt subscribe to Disney Plus. Also there are way too many Marvel movies out there. How can anyone keep up with this stuff? I think I only saw the original Thor and Captain America from the franchise movies.

Only two actors in that movie I know anything about. The first one is Michael Douglas who made a name of himself by being the son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas and getting his first big break in the TV series Streets of San Francisco. I know him best for the movies Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses and Wall Street. I loved Kathleen Turner

The only other member of that cast that I know of somewhat is Evangeline Lily, mainly because she was part of the cast of that doomed flight in LOST (2004 - 2010) TV series... ABC/Disney. What a coincidence!

Everyone else, I have never heard of.

5. Which notable brothers would you most like to hang out with? Which notable sisters?

First of all my brother and sister are the two most notable ones I know. While we are estranged from my brother, I like hanging with my sister when I can.

There are no other brothers and sisters of note that I would like to hang with.

Friday 5 for August 26: Four months

Merry Christmas

With this late posting probably less that that... Oh wait here is a link to the Christmas Countdown Clock. That will prevent you from resisting Father Time. Ever noticed when we were kids, it seemed like an eternity before Christmas would finally roll around. Now that I am much older, I go... "Oh no! Christmas is just around the corner??? This quickly! Yikes!!!"

Christmas is one of those turning points that mark our age, every year all the time. It is the signal that only seven days remain before another new year will arrive as we march another step closer to our graves.

1. How good are you at wrapping gifts?

With patience I am fairly good. For a short period of time I did work at the Waikiki Christmas Store where we did a lot of "gift wrapping".

2. When are you likely to begin your Christmas shopping this year?

December 21, 22 or 23....I know there is a gift card rack at Longs, Walmart and Target. Plus I can send out virtual gift cards from Amazon. Gift cards are great things for the last minute shopper.

3. How do you feel about candy canes?

Cheap sticky, sugary crap that is passed out for free at all kinds of places and functions. I do however like the song "Candy Cane Lane" by Sia.

4. Have you been naughty or nice this year? 

Just hiding under the radar as I do most years. Naughty or nice is a subjective judgement.

5. In what way was today most December-like?

It was sunny and hot as I think it will be in December. Global warming is a good thing in December.... plus I live in Honolulu Hawaii close to Waikiki. ItÊ»s sunny and warm every Christmas which is what helps our economy as jet-loads of tourists come to visit Hawaii and flee the harsh cold for a few days or weeks. 

So E Como Mai. Hawaii is open for most businesses. Come visit us. Spend your money. Add to our tax collections. Help pay for Hawaiiʻs wasteful government spending. Oh what fun it is to ride and sing in a slaying song tonight!

Moohahahahahaha! Merry Christmas and Have Fun. Donʻt forget about that Red Giant which will come in 4 billion years. Whoopee!

Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday 5 for August 12: X³


The five questions this week come from its usual source, the Friday 5 Blog.

Here are the Qs and my As:

1. One lump or two?

Two if I am drinking hot chocolate or something like that. I donʻt do coffee.

2. What was in the last box you received in the mail?

Amazon Echo Dot 4 $19 on Cyber Monday Nov. 2021. See photo here. "Alexa, play Song Quiz..." "Alexa turn on the light." "Alexa play The Beatles"... "Alexa, what time is it?"

"Alexa, kill yourself"... (boink).... heheheh...

3. In those places where you prepare your own soft drink, how much ice do you put in the cup?

None. I only drink water.

4. How do you have your workspace decorated?

With clutter.

5. What’s your favorite dice-driven game?

None, though I recall Monopoly have dice. Been ages since I played that. Otherwise none. Not a roll the dice kind of guy.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Friday 5's: Friday 5 + 1 + 5 = 11!

This post catches up on two week's worth of Friday 5s. The questions are sourced from the usual place... The Friday 5 blog.

August 5, 2022 - WHMS

WHMS - A radio or TV station or just a fancy way to say "whims".

1. What’s the farthest you’ve ever driven in one trip?

Um.. since I live in Hawaii there is not too many places you can go. They are mostly near, but go over an hour, then that's far. That said... on the Big Island of Hawaii.... Honokaa to Ka'u on the south-side of that island. Did that in 1984 when we took my grandmother on a drive back to the area she grew up during the early years of the last century. It was a fun, multi hour trip for the day that covered more than 200 miles I guess. We did that with my parents' Ford Granada.

I've been to the continent, but none of the trips I drove there were "far"... Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam and a little over the boarder into Arizona... Um.. ok...more sand and desert, we turned back avoiding an even longer, unplanned trip segment.

2. What are you very particular about when ordering in a restaurant?

Make sure they have free iced water. Some restaurants don't. I do not do alcoholic beverages or sugared soft drinks.

3. Which of your friendships goes back the furthest?

My sister! Knew her since 1965 (baby time). We keep in touch. Friendships with my cousins go back more than 50 years, though I am not very close to most of them. After that my ongoing friendships (mainly through Facebook and other social media platforms) with some grade/high school classmates (1970s). After that some of my college friends (late 1970s)... and then professional friends from the 1980s onward. Not mentioning any names, but if you follow me on Facebook, you may know who some of them are.

4. How do you feel about romantic comedy films, and what’s your favorite?

Um... I can live without them... That said, the ones I enjoyed the most:

  • Splash
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Romancing the Stone

5. How did you spend last new year’s eve, and how would you like to spend the next?

I stayed at home. I did the same the previous year and will probably do the same this coming new year. Ho hum. Not much to celebrate as I grow older.

6. Bonus question, since it’s the sort not everyone can answer: What’s your favorite song from Oklahoma!?

Checked some YouTube clips. Don't recall any of them, though I do remember Shirley Jones who went on the star in The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974.

July 29: Scattergories Part 12

This is the random generator one. Let's see which letter option I'm gonna do:


Ding! I got C and we know "C is for Cookie!"

1. What geographical feature should be renamed in your honor?

Cape of Mad Mel - You know way down south near South Africa and Antarctica. A menace to navigation!

2. Who should play you in a movie about your life?

Clint Eastwood. Heh. One of my favorite actors currently alive, though his characterization of me would probably not match since I associate him with "tough guy" roles. More to my liking and still alive is Tom Hanks.

3. What are you chasing?

Elusive CASH.

4. What’s getting in your way?

Lack of CASH

5. What are you especially grateful for this week?

CASH! I found a dime on the ground the other day. Plus I can use cash to pay for COOKIES! I am always grateful for cookies that I can eat and not the evil ones I have to delete from my browsers.