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Monday, January 20, 2020

Friday 5 for January 17: Master of your domain

Happy New Year Three+ Weeks in. It's Monday and here are my answers to this past weekend's Friday 5.

1. What are the areas of your expertise?

Basic skills: Breathing, sleeping, eating, consuming stuff.

Special skills: Photography, Mac and Chrome OS computers, typesetting (from long ago), layout and design, blogging, writing and editing (though I am always in a rush and am sometimes careless), navigating and explaining the quagmire of the Hawaii State Legislative process, complaining, pop music knowledge, old technology. Ha!

2. What are you territorial about?

My home. I live in a place with a good security system. I also hate spam email and junk phone calls, so I am quite territorial about phone numbers and email addresses.

3. What’s a bit of specific wisdom from your field that could apply to life in general?

Try to be patient and let things slowly develop if there is time. Be early, never be late.

4. How big or small is your personal space bubble?

At least 5 feet. Most of the time I am miles away from things I don't like.

5. What are your current emotional and mental states?

I'm ok.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Friday 5 for December 27, 2019: Year End Awards

Hey it's Tuesday, December 31, the last day of the year 2019. This post will finish up my Friday 5 Answers Blog for 2019 as I answer these questions as published to Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Here's wishing anyone reading this, a Happy New Year in 2020. The Roaring 20's are back.

And now the questions with answers:

1. Who is your 2019 most valuable player?

In short order: MYSELF. If I don't value me, then what more is there to value?

2. Who is your 2019 newcomer of the year?

My new Grand Niece born April 11, 2019. She lives with her Mom and Dad in Texas.

3. Who is your 2019 most improved player?

My sister. She and my cousins took the lead with our family reunion this past May.

4. Who is your 2019 comeback player of the year?

My friend who lives in Waikiki for being resilient against the bad things put upon him by his family.

5. Who receives your 2019 team spirit award?

My friend Lisa for encouragement, optimism, talent, knowledge, perseverance and survival against tremendous odds. Despite the anguish and pain that she is in, I've found her to be very kind and helpful toward others and myself through the years and today.

The last sunrise of 2019, December 31 - Honolulu, Hawaii

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Friday 5 for December 13: Accidents Will Happen

The following questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog:

1. What was the last thing you spilled?

Water! Good thing it wasn't near any of my electronics.

2. What was the last thing you broke?

I think it was one of my friend's ceramic art piece that was hanging above her doorway a few months ago. Sorry.

3. What was the last thing you dented?

My head??? Huh! My car? No. I know... a plastic bottle!

4. What was the last thing you tore?

Snagged a piece of my shirt... you know something sticking out and you walk by it and for some reason your shirt sleeve gets snagged on it. Ugh!

5. What was the last thing you stumbled over?

Uneven city sidewalk. There are plenty in Honolulu. Tree roots growing under sidewalks pushing the cement up. Could be dangerous.

Otherwise a box of stuff in my own home!

The world's worst drivers probably live in Russia.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday 5 for December 6: Five for Five

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog, out answers are to be five words per question. Here goes:

1. In exactly five words, how was your week?

It was a ho-hum week.

2. In exactly five words, what’s up this weekend?

Rainy today, sunny Saturday, Sunday.

3. In exactly five words, what are you feeling great about?

Feeling good to be alive!

4. In exactly five words, what’s giving you confidence?

Hoping 2020 may be better.

5. In exactly five words, what’re you listening to?

"I Should Have Known Better"

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Friday 5 for November 29: Thrill of Victory (And the Agony of Defeat)

Many, many years ago there was a television program called ABC's Wide World of Sports. It was a weekly Saturday afternoon feature that showcased all kinds of sporting events from many parts of the world.

The sporting events showcased over the years included automobile racing, basketball games, football games, snow skiing, track and field championships and other events too numerous to mention. The program started in 1961 and lasted to 1998. After that it was periodically on the ABC network until the early 2000s.

One of their most memorable slogans used to promote the weekly show was this: "The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat".

I always remembered the defeat part of the intro reel with a skier crashing into the snow! Here is the video for that memorable program introduction:

So what has all this have to do with this week's Friday 5? I'll be focusing on the "agony of defeat" part.

To say it all here... I suck at sports. I was no good at any sports from the time I was in elementary school to today. I was the last kid picked for school class teams. I never played any organized sports. I never played by myself either. 

The closest thing that I consider a sport is walking. I only do that to keep fit and hopefully live longer. That's it. No running. No jogging, No cross country. No soccer, football, baseball, basketball, golf or whatever. Zero. Nada.

If channel surfing was a sport, perhaps so. But I cut my cable cord in 2011, so I don't even do that. I hardly ever watch sports on TV. I don't even have a TV at this time. I just stream free stuff on my Macs, Chromebook and Android.

OK we're straying now.

Here are my answers to this week's Friday 5 as presented by Scrivener.

1. Which summer Olympics event would you have the best chance of winning?

Hahahaha.... Summer Olympic sports include soccer, baseball, swimming, diving and a whole lot of others. I rarely ever watch the Olympics. Depending on where the Olympics were held, many of the sports they showed in Hawaii during prime time were over before they began, especially those in Asia and Europe. Kind of anti-climatic to get excited about something that got over hours before you woke up.

Olympic sport? Is Golf an Olympic Sport? Maybe that, though I'd have a huge big fat score of 200 strokes over par. Ha!

Shooting is a sport isn't it? I remember going to the shooting range once and fired off a few rounds on a Luger... Um... what is that dirt exploding beyond the target back there??? Oh my shots...  I missed!
That can get expensive.

The agony of defeat.

2. Which winter Olympics event would you have the best chance of winning?

Ahh... Well one that I maybe could have tried if we had snow and ice here... and if it was free. I never been to that Ice Palace place in Aiea.

But in the movie "HELP" that featured The Beatles and their wonderful music, there is a segment of them pushing this big heavy weight thing on the ice around. I later learned it's called "curling".

Looks like you don't need to use ice skates for this because I don't skate and never have. There is the fear of falling too. I don't know what the objective of this game is, but it looks  like you have to move the weight or whatever the thing is from one place to another.

Spare me from the agony of defeat. Maybe there is hope.

3. Which competitive reality TV program would you have the best chance of winning?

If they gave a prize away for "Hoarders" I definitely could have win that one at one time.

The thrill of victory!

Now I won't since I did a major de-cluttering back in 2016.

4. Which traditional TV game show would you have the best chance of winning?

I used to watch Wheel of Fortune with my Mom whenever I stayed with her. I could figure out most of the puzzles.

Potential agony and potential win. Yay!

5. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. What would a prize named after you be for?

The Ah Ching Trophy for the most ridiculous last name. In order to qualify your name must be constantly mispronounced, misspelled especially by computer generated mail and websites, ridiculed in public while you were a kid, and have your kids be ridiculed by said name too.

OK... now I'll go wallow in my list of past defeats in life. Bye!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday 5 for November 22: Places to Go

Five questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

1. What’s the closest you’ve come to having a hangout where everybody knows your name?

Since I am just a homebody, I have to say my own home... and when someone comes to visit, well everybody knows my name! I hang out at home the most.

2. Where do you go when you want to be around people but don’t want to talk to anyone or be recognized?

I generally try to avoid crowds, but usually when I am at Ala Moana Shopping Center or the big box retail place, I generally don't run into anyone I know... and if I see someone I know and I want to avoid them, there are usually places to duck into like an aisle or a shop.

Secondarily, a busy airport is another place where no one will probably know you... though you can't just go there and blend in like you used to long, long time ago (before 911 security measures).

3. Where can you go if you need a little bit of sleep but home is unavailable?

Um... the beach or a park.... maybe the public library... er... church.... a committee hearing at the state legislature.... school! Anyplace that may be boring.

Of course if  you want to pay, there are always hotels.

4. Where do you dine out when you’ve got very little to spend?

$1.50 menu at McDonalds or $2.49 for 10 chicken nuggets and Burger King.

5. What TV show’s characters’ hangout spot do you most wish were right around the corner?

The easy one to mention is CHEERS... where everyone knows your name as the theme song proclaims.
However for me this would be my top 5:

  1. Holodeck - Star Trek TNG Enterprise, Deep Space 9 - create your own virtual scenario and have fun. 
  2. Ten Forward - Star Trek TNG Enterprise - talk to Guinan for words of wisdom. Heh.
  3. The Zocalo - Babylon 5 - shopping area, food court, bar where you can meet all the weirdoes from different worlds.
  4. Cantina at Mos Eisley Station -  Star Wars - bar.
  5. Restaurant - Seinfeld... um... a place so generic where you can plan or complain or whatever. You can also eat there, though no one said how great or bad the food was...not that I can recall. Actually this is a real restaurant that the show used the exterior of.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Friday 5 for November 1: Food Mood

From the Friday 5 blog... comes another topic on food.*

1. What’s the best striped food?
From when I was a kid, I always liked 
these striped cookies from Keebler.

2. What’s the best spotted food? 

I don't  know  about spotted food. I associate that with age... like bread that is growing green mold spots... cheese with mold growing on it. Because this comes to mind, I don't think I want spotted food.

Spotted food? Really??? 

3. What’s the best layered food?

  • Any multi layered cake with chocolate frosting between each layer will do fine.
  • I guess the second layered food I like is lasanga.

4. What’s the best swirly food? 

We're back to junk dessert food for this which is so good... cinnamon roll is good or the strawberry one. Mmmm... sugar and too much for me. Look at all the junk food so far in this post... we got like really crappy food (moldy bread) to really sweet but not totally good for you food and we haven't even made it to #5.


5. What’s the best black-and-white food?

And drumroll please, back to my childhood... OREO COOKIES! Yep, the ultimate, black and white food... Just don't eat too much all at once... because what goes in black and white comes out all...... black! Muahahahahahaha!

I hope my doctor doesn't read this... heh... Most of these foods I should not eat... especially #2.... and too much of #5 because you would not like the color of your #2. That's it for my sugar and cholesterol fix for today.

This was fun compared to the last Friday 5 I answered.

* Photos come from various public domain files.