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Friday, March 20, 2020

Friday 5 for March 20: Healthy sequestration?


As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, we have this wonderful set of questions on self sequestration. Thanks Scrivener.

1. In the next seven days, what’s something you’ll do for your mental health?

Take some herbal medicine that my friend Lisa has given me. Listen to some audio books, meditation podcasts and new age music to make me fall asleep.

2. In the next seven days, what’s something you’ll do to feel connected?

Talk and listen to Lisa more closely. Also talk to my sister, friends and other people on the phone.... and connect to my other friends, relatives and acquaintances through the usual virtual apps... Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Voice, etc. It is good to be connected on a personal level to people as well as being connected to media news on COVID-19 updates and er... um... the government... and industry.

3. In the next seven days, what’s something you’ll do to relax?

A. Sleep more
B. Hopefully find time to walk around where places are still open and allowed.
C. Take pictures of stuff.
D. Listen to music
E. Watch useless videos and online movies/TV shows.
F. Listen to audio books and podcasts
G. Read stuff - books maybe... online news and stuff.

4. In the next seven days, what’s something you’ll do to make yourself laugh?

Make up stupid songs to sing for Lisa.

5. In the next seven days, what’s something you’ll do to flex your creativity?

Work at home on stuff my boss sends me and expects me to do.

Update ALH website and Facebook page. Set up the April newsletter.

For my own sake... take pictures of stuff if I can or want to.

Perhaps write something on my blogs... update my genealogy stuff...

Finish writing my will... er... is that fun or creative? No.


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Friday 5 for March 13: Social Distancing




We're doomed.

1. In what ways have recent events altered your everyday life or your plans?

I'm buying more toilet paper, stocking up pack by pack on separate one purchase trips to Don Quijote after buying some bulk packs at WalMart before they ran out. Been stocking up on some other items such as soap.

2. Where’s a good place to dine out if you want to practice comfortable social distancing?

Anywhere that has a drive through window or take out. Spend as minimal time as possible in a crowded venue. Best to stay home and be isolated even if you are not sick. Better to be safe than sorry.

3. How’s your mood lately?

As usual always pessimistic. More so now that we have this COVID-19 virus running rampant. But I've been extremely pessimistic ever since July 11, 2005 when the rail tax became law without the Governor's signature. Now look what we have. A horrible rail that costs way too much money and a virus that will cost us even more money in terms of lost revenue (for state and county) and possibly more taxes and costs thrown at us somewhere down the road. It is definitely no-win situation.

4. If you’re forced to isolate at home for a couple of weeks, what would be your primary source of entertainment?

Nothing much different... spend a lot of time on the computer doing stuff, surfing the internet, streaming music and videos, downloading stuff.

5. How do you think you’d be able to handle two weeks of isolation at home, assuming whoever you live with (if anyone) would do the same?

Probably difficult because I would have to be very careful about exposing her to the virus since she has a weak immune system. One of us would probably have to move out on a temporary basis.

We're doomed. Watch Life After People.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Friday 5 for February 28, 2020: Together Alone

Today is LEAP DAY Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Here are my answers to this week's Friday 5....

1. What’s something you can’t do alone?

I do most stuff alone... though I guess I would have to say I need a dentist to drill my teeth and fill a cavity. That can't be done alone... or um... if you have a heart attack, fixing it can't be done alone. You need a doctor and paramedics to help you out.

2. What’s something you can’t do if people around you are making noise?

Watching a movie for the first time. I hate outside noise, interruptions or distractions from the movie.

3. What’s something you can’t do in complete silence?

Play music on my record player and other devices.



4. What’s something you can only do at home?

Play my vinyl records. Can't really take them to play at another place unless I am invited to spin a record on someone else's turntable.

5. What’s something you wish you didn’t need help with?

Taxes. Ugh.

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"