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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Friday 5 for September 7: The Whole Trial Is Out of Order!

The following questions are from Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 blog.

1. What’s something in which you took first place?

I was the first in line almost every day in third grade along with classmate Terry Brink in a boy - girl, alphabetical order by last name, daily line-up scheme we had going then. It was always nice to be first out of class and the first to lunch! Then one day the teacher decided to line us up from Z to A.... ugh!

Other than that I used to win music trivia contests on our old top 40 radio station in Hilo, HI. KPUA 970 AM. That was back in the early 1970s.

2. What’s something at which you’d like a second chance?

I already got a second chance on life... hmmmm... perhaps a second chance to visit an aircraft carrier out to sea again or fly in a Boeing 747 jetliner.

3. When did you last feel like a third wheel?

Sometimes at work.

4. What’s to look forward to in the fourth quarter of 2018?


5. Who had an especially good fifth film, fifth book, or fifth album?


1. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney (and Wings)
2. Ring - The Connells
3. The Joshua Tree - U2
4. Our Time in Eden - 10,000 Maniacs
5. Help! - The Beatles

My favorite 5th movie in a series (though not in reality)

- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - 5th in the story arc but second in series production.

Can't think of a book that I read where there was a fifth story in the series. I generally avoid long serialized novels which seem to be more prevalent today than before. I like books with a beginning, middle and end, and after it ends... that's it. The End! No more sequels.

The album Ring by The Connells is probably one of my all time favorites from the 1990s. It  contains the hit "74 - 75" which was big in Europe but barely registered in the U.S. The group is from North Carolina.


From last week's comment:

I was always aware of "Time for Me To Fly", but in the greater scheme of things I never truly got into REO Speedwagon except for the Hi Infidelity album. And yes, side 1 is stellar while side 2 is like... ok... there has to be something on the other side of the LP. Heh.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday 5 for August 31: Just Wing It

 As usual the questions comes from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.


1. What’s something for which you are waiting your tern?

A better job.

2. What have you lately gone cuckoo for?

Records... though I have always been cuckoo for recorded media. So for like the longest time I did not buy vinyl records. I have a substantial collection which I had to pare down a few years ago. I also pared down my massive CD collection. Funny thing is that I don't miss the CDs very much that I got rid of, but I miss many of the vinyl records I let go. Now I want to get some of them back.

3. What’s got you feeling down?

My close friend's sad financial situation and her depressive state. All she needs is a good paying job that utilizes her incredible writing talent. If you can help contact me.

4. What’s something you acquired that was unexpectedly cheep?

While not unexpected, I do occasionally run into cheap, used records in very good condition. We're talking vinyl LPs... for 50 cents to a dollar each. I also love it when I find 45s in good condition at under a dollar each.

5. What’s that fowl smell?

$10+ billion Honolulu rail project. Biggest stinking waste of taxpayer money this century.

And with that song, I'm flying the coop!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Friday 5 for August 24: Lyrical Gangsta

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog....

1. What’s a stupid lyric from a song you like?

I really love the music of Caro Emerald. Way back in 2009 I discovered her on "The 61" website when I stumbled into her song "A Night Like This"... good song.. and I shortly found "Back it Up" on the same site. Both songs were eventually issued to her debut album Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. Both songs became big hits in Europe but never clicked so much in the U.S.

I bought the album on iTunes and have followed Emerald for the past 10 years or so. She is one of my most played artists on Last FM. Caro is not a native English speaker as she is from Denmark. So I guess when they needed lyrics, non-sensical ones were added into the song... and guess what.. in their own quarky way they work!

Caro Emerald - Back it Up

I can't stop shakin'
The room has a groove and the floor
It's almost earthquakin'
Look what we're makin'
History out on the floor
And it's just awakin'
So get that needle in the core
Scratch that back and gimme more
You know zactly what I came here for
Back it up and do it again
From the middle to the top to the end
Ba dlu dla dlun dloday
Ba dlu dla dlun dloday
Back to the middle to the front to the end
Za dlu dla dlun dloday

Everybody ba dlun dloday
I don't care if he's a friend
From the front to the middle to the back to the end
Back, back, back, back it up (I wanna)
Back, back, back, back it up (I wanna)
Back, back, back, back it up (I wanna)
Back it up and do it again
Back, back, back, back it up (I wanna)
Back, back, back, back it up (I wanna)

2. What’s a pretty good lyric from a song you dislike?

It is quite funny that through the many songs that pioneering rock n roller Chuck Berry is known for, the guy never had a #1 hit with such stalwart songs as "Johnny B. Goode," "Rollover Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," or "You Can Never Tell" in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Berry was a huge influence on rock artists such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

In 1972 Chuck Berry finally got a #1 record on the Billboard Hot 100... and it was not a rock n roll song! The novelty hit "My Ding A Ling" was very popular on the radio in the late summer and fall of that year... so much so that it went to the top and annoyed a lot of listeners back then.

I don't exactly hate the song, but it certainly is not on my Top 12,000 or 23,000 of favorite songs... it is far down in the ranks of my 24,000 song iTunes library... but I have it (was included on one of those year by year Billboard Top 10 CDs issued by Rhino Records in the 1990s).

The song goes way beyond the mentioned "my grandmother bought me a cute little toy".... and holds it in a swim across old turtle creek...

In the end he comes up with this....

Hmm, this here song it ain't so sad
The cutest little song you ever had
Those of you who will not sing
You must be playing with your own ding-a-ling

My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling, I want you to play with my ding-a-ling!
My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling, I want you to play with my ding-a-ling!

Oh, your own, ding-a-ling, your own ding-a-ling, we saw you playing with your ding-a-ling

Yes, the song is NOT a masterpiece but is there to make you snicker and laugh... and well, I am sure that helped Berry with his retirement years later....

3. What’s a good non-Weird-Al-Yankovic lyric about food and drink?

By disallowing Weird Al, I had to go fish in my Doctor DeMento library of food songs... and of course I came up with this classic... lucky it was not animal songs cause I would have given you "Dead Puppies" or "My Dead Dog Rover".... muhahahahaha....  So just "Eat It!"

Barnes and Barnes.... FISH HEADS!

Fish heads, fish heads
Roly-poly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads
Eat them up, yum
Fish heads, fish heads
Roly-poly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads
Eat them up, yum
In the morning, laughing, happy fish heads
In the evening, floating in the soup
Ask a fish head anything you want to
They won’t answer, they can’t talk
I took a fish head out to see a movie
Didn’t have to pay to get it in
They can’t play baseball, they don’t wear sweaters
They’re not good dancers, they don’t play drums


Paul McCartney and his wife Linda have a pretty good song about "eating" heh... I don't think he's singing about food...

Come on, little lady,
Lady, let's eat at home
Come on, little lady,
Lady, let's eat at home, eat at home, eat at home
Come on, little lady,
Lady, let's eat in bed
Come on, little lady,
Lady, let's eat at bed, eat in bed, eat in bed
Bring the love that you feel for me
Into line with the love I see,
And in the morning you'll bring to me love
Just thought of another one... only people in Hawaii will probably know this... "Filipino Christmas" by Frank DeLima.... "black dog roasting on the open fire" It's a mashup of well known Christmas melodies.

4. What’s a good song lyric to describe your week?

The music more than the lyrics are frantic and somewhat descriptive of my week or even just a day or days, depending on the month. Been having some anxiety lately about the hurricane and feeling not as prepared as I could be... like forgot to buy a bath tub stopper, and they are now all sold out... plus I am working on an online newsletter and the people either send their articles at the last minute or even worst change their articles after I send out 3 proofs and have the thing set up for automatic mailing on Monday.. and now I have to make those changes... not very hard but I like to think when something is done... it is done... move on to the next project...

Billy Joel - PRESSURE

You have to learn to pace yourself
You're just like everybody else
You've only had to run so far
So good
But you will come to a place
Where the only thing you feel
Are loaded guns in your face
And you'll have to deal with

You used to call me paranoid
But even you can not avoid
You turned the tap dance into your crusade
Now here you are with your faith
And your Peter Pan advice
You have no scars on your face
And you cannot handle pressure

All grown up and no place to go
Psych 1, Psych 2
What do you know?
All your life is Channel 13
Sesame Street
What does it mean?

I'll tell you what it means

Don't ask for help
You're all alone
You'll have to answer
To your own
I'm sure…

5. What’s a good song lyric about inclement weather?

I get frustrated when it is sunny, I am outside... and then it starts to rain... like what the f***??? Of course this weekend I am waiting for BIG RAIN and WIND blowing in from Hurricane Lane. Ugh!

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
The song was also covered by Joan Jett in 1990.

Someone told me long ago
There's a calm before the storm
I know!

It's been comin' for sometime
When it's over, so they say
It'll rain on a sunny day
I know!

Shining down like water
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?

Yesterday and days before
Sun is cold and rain is hard
I know!

Been that way for all my time
'Til forever on it goes
Through the circle fast and slow
I know!

It can't stop, I wonder
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain
Comin' down on a sunny day?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friday 5 for August 10: Great and Small

Steak and Potato

From Scrivener's Friday 5 of August 10.

1. What’s your favorite large, furry animal? 

Cow... I love them on my plate as steak, nearly well done with potatoes and a salad. Yum! Haven't had a steak in a long time! Hamburgers, barbecue and spaghetti with meat sauce are pretty good too. It is too bad with my health conditions I am not allowed to eat much beef or pork products.

2. What’s your favorite large sea creature? 

Kaiwi, Hawaiian Monk Seal

I'll go with the Hawaiian Monk Seal, since I shot one last year. They're kind of cute and hey... at least I am not eating them, because there are a lot of other sea creatures that I enjoy eating.

3. What’s your favorite insect?

Baby Monarch

Monarch Butterfly and butterflies in general because of the incredible metamorphosis they go through to get from baby stage to flying adult.

4. What are your favorite names for pets you’ve known?


The one that comes immediately to mind is my sister's cat, Poof (R.I.P.). Poof got her name from when she was a kitten. My sister had a couple of other kittens back in late 1998 when Poof appeared out of nowhere... well at least it seemed. She was a surprise from one of our cousins who gave her the kitten way back when.

Poof lived for a long time. She was a cat with an attitude. My sister loved Poof from the first time she got her to her very last days. That cat and her were always together at home. The cat's attitude was that she was not friendly with most other people. Poof hated my Dad. She was extremely cautious around my Mom. For me, Poof and I slowly got acquainted over the years to a point, she let me pet her and even curled up on my lap or around my feet.

The cat got used to me because she used to sleep above the area on my sister's desk where the desktop PC was. I used the PC a lot whenever I went to the Big Island for a visit, years before I bought a laptop Mac. It was through the use of my sister's PC  that Poof warmed up to me.

Poof lived for a long time... I mean a real long time. She died in early 2017 at age what... 18 or 19... which is a long time for a cat.

Rest in Peace, Poof. You are missed.

5. Besides unicorns, what are some mythical beasts you wish were real?

The first thing that came to my mind were TRIBBLES, one of the cutest mythical furry animals you'll ever meet. Heh... they are great detectors of Klingon spies, so a must on pre-treaty Federation Starships... of course you have to find some way to neuter them which can be difficult since they are born pregnant!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday 5 for July 13: The Road to H. E. Double Hockeysticks

Happy Friday the 13th. The following questions are from Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 blog.

Here are the questions and answers:

1. What are some titles in your to-read stack?

Funny thing about books, I tend to read one for several chapters and then skip over to another one before I continue, sometimes much later, finishing up the book I started to read....

Real Books

"Closer to the Light" by Melvin Morse, MD. - in progress
"Madam, Your Daughter is Molting" by Lisa Davidson, a collection of poems - read most but not all
"Radio Revolution" A novel by Sheriff Norm Winter - in progress
"Between the Songs" by Ron Gerber (Crap From the Past radio host / KFAI FM)

Kindle and Google Play Books

Got a bunch there, mostly freebies that I downloaded but haven't gotten around to read yet.

"Cyber Storm" by Matthew Mather - I hope it is not the beginning of a series.*
"Far From the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
"Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin"
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

Many others, mostly political, scifi or books in the public domain.


I got so many here that I cancelled by Audible just so I have time to catch up with what I have. I also have a bunch of freebie books saved in my LibriVox library.

Currently listening to:

"Killing the Deep State" by Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. - in progress, about 50% done.

Waiting list but titles in my library:

"Dune Unabridged" by Frank Herbert + the 2 other books he wrote in the long going series. I read the originals in the 1970s. Want to re-read these again. I wonder why this book is unabridged? As I recall the story was long... so what did I get back 40 years ago? A shortened version??? I don't want to think about it.

"This Perfect Day" by Ira Levin
"Hawaii" by James Michener
"The Reagan Diaries" by Ronald Reagan
"Alien: Out of the Shadow" by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
"Kill Switch" by Jonathan Maberry
"American Sniper" by Scott McEwan, etc.

* Lately I hate reading new scifi books and other modern novels. A lot of them are set up so that they get you hooked to read sequels. Ugh. I want a good book with a great story that has a beginning, middle and end and that's it. No more sequels.... (I did make an exception for the Dune series.... never read "Lord of the Rings" but seen the movies... read "The Hobbit" but did not bother watching the movies... go figure).

2. What are the highlights of this weekend’s to-do list?

I do not make any physical "to do" lists.

3. Which current or upcoming movies are you looking forward to?

Movies are SO EXPENSIVE these days to watch in a theater. I don't keep track of them anymore since I rarely go. I am a big STAR WARS fan, but guess what? I haven't seen the latest installment, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. It's probably gone from the theater now.... I will probably watch it someday on DVD or a stream. Sadly, I missed the last installment of the current PLANET OF THE APES trilogy. I haven't gotten the DVD or watched on TV.

The only movie that I am looking forward to doesn't come out until next December 2019....

Drumroll please... STAR WARS 9: WHATEVER IT IS CALLED.... yep... and you know what.. this is the LAST STAR WARS movie that I will pay to see in a theater. It is probably also the last one I will get somewhat excited about. I have no problem with the stories moving forward and all that with new characters. It keeps the series fresh. But at my age, waiting another 9 to 12 years for the next trilogy to play out is probably not very prudent, given my life is about 2/3 over. I am getting older and who knows how long I will be around on Earth.

Lately too, my attention span towards movies or long form entertainment is not as great as before. I don't know why. Anyone want to buy some DVDs from my collection?

4. What’s something you meant to do this past week that will have to wait until next week?

It would be something I did not do this week and put off to next week. If I had to tell you this, the information would not be private. So hence that is known only to me. Sorry!

5. What’s an unfinished project (unrelated to media consumption) you haven’t touched in at least a year?

Clean out my storage locker that is costing me too much money. Need to get rid of 20 to 30 years of negatives and old photos. Should I toss them or give them away? I also have a Mac Plus computer and a bunch of stuff I need to rid of... probably sell.... all kinds of crap in there. I need to downsize even more... though I feel sad to think I got rid of a bunch of records and CDs from my collection a few years ago... The CDs I don't miss but some of the vinyl, I realize now, I do miss.... despite still having about 300 LPs in my current collection.

Clutter.... story of my life sometimes. Ugh.

Lastly if you got this far down in this posting... I'd like to thank everyone and anyone who has read this blog and commented. For about the last 2 years now, I can't reply to comments left on this blog. I don't know what is wrong with Blogger, but under my own or any name, I can't reply to comments.

So Scrivener, in answer to last week's comment... yeah I figured out the items was for trail mix... which I don't buy if it has raisins in them!

And with that,  I am outta here. Bye!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday 5 for July 6: Happy ASLIRT

What in hell is ASLIRT? Gonna have to look that one up. OK.. on Google it says ASLIRT "is not a valid Scrabble word".... if it is an anagram then you can get the words TRAILS and TRIALS from it.... so I guess these questions are a trial? I have no idea!

Anyway, from the Friday 5 page by S.

  M & Ms

1. What are your favorite and least favorite nuts? 

My Top 5 favorite nuts:

1. Macadamia Nuts
2. Walnut
3. Cashew
4. Pistacio
5. Almond

Least favorite: Brazil Nuts... they are ok but are a bitch to open and dig the stupid nut out.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite berries? 

Favorite: Strawberry
Least favorite: Probably black berry or anything that is poisonous.

3. What are your favorite and least favorite tropical fruits? 

Favorite: My all time favorite is grapefruit... unfortunately I am prohibited from eating that due to its bad interaction with medication I take. Bummers. Citrus fruits do grow in the tropics, right?

Otherwise #2 would be guava and #3 banana.

Least favorite: I love lemons but I hate lime. Are those tropical? If not I don't really care for papaya.

4. What are your favorite and least favorite varieties of m&ms? 

Best: Stick to the basics... m&m's plain chocolate candy.

Worst: Whatever the stupid new concoction is... did they have a coconut one at one time?

Just checked... they had coconut. Ugh.

Here is a dumb question. Why are M&Ms as a brand name in all caps when the candies themselves have lowercase "m" on them?

5. What are your favorite and least favorite raisin-containing foods?

Favorite: Huh are you kidding. I HATE RAISINS.

Least favorite: Raisin Bran cereal... I like the flakes but I will laboriously pick out those fermented grapes one by one before I pour milk on the darn thing to eat it. Ditto for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Ugh.

Going back to #4, at least M&M / Mars did not make an m&m candy with raisins in them. There have been other ones like Raisinets which I avoid like the plague.

There. Caught up. Done. No more raisins!!!!!!

Friday 5 for June 29: Scattergories, Part 8!

These are the answers to the annual Scattergories Friday 5 questions. So what letter did the "nifty online random-letter generator" give to me this year... Hmmmm.

I wrote most of this post last week but could not decide on question #5.... so here I am one week later answering this.


1. What’s a movie you love whose title begins with the letter?

For the letter "W" this one is easy: The 1953 George Pal science fiction movie of the H.G. Wells story, War of the Worlds. Long long ago when I was a kid, the movie scared me. Over the years I have watched War of the Worlds and have never ceased to marvel at how great the special effects were, especially considering this movie came out when each effect had to be painstakingly produced using stop motion techniques and models. Combined with cool lighting, good acting, an interesting plot, the Martian invasion of Earth looked very scary and convincing. To me this movie is far superior to all other versions that have come out since, including the big budget Steven Spielberg edition that came out in 2005. Needless to say I own this movie on DVD and watch it at least 2 or 3 times a year.

I did read the book which took place in Victoria era Britain.

2. What’s a popular tourist destination whose name begins with the letter?

Waikiki Beach 2008

Um... about a mile away from where I live there is WAIKIKI BEACH and the entire resort area of Waikiki. Yep, it is super crowded there every day, but as far as popularity goes, it is one of the most popular places in Hawaii. To anyone who has not been to Hawaii, come here... spend your money... visit Waikiki and all of the other destinations around our island state.

3. What’s something you do, whose name begins with the letter, when you’re very happy?

In my life I am mostly an "observer" vs. being a "participant" in a lot of things. Usually with a camera around my neck I like to observe and photograph people, places and events. If I had to use the letter W to describe this I would say WATCH stuff...  It is a broad generalization, but I could not think of anything specific to the letter W.

4. What’s a frightening animal whose name begins with the letter? 

I had to look it up here for the letter W. I am going to fudge this one a bit, but my first frightening animal that starts with the letter W is:


Why? Simple. If given the chance, a Great White Shark can eat you. That doesn't sound like much fun. My solution to not become shark bait is simple: STAY OUT OF THE WATER!

Runners up: White Tiger, Wasp, or any carnivorous animal name that is preceded by the description WILD.... Wild Lion, Wild Cheetah, Wild Leopard, Wild Tiger, Wild Dogs, Wild Snakes, etc. Anything wild that can consume a human being is frightening.

5. Who’s a person you admire whose name begins with the letter?

I can't think of anyone except for maybe George Washington who was the first President of the United States. I am reminded of him every time I pick up a quarter or a dollar to spend.