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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Friday 5 for May 31: Genre

1. What gets an unfairly bad rap?

I am going out on a limb for this one... The current President of the United States, Donald Trump gets a very bad rap from all the people and media who hate him and the kinds of policies that he is committed to "Make America Great Again".

Here is a short list of what our president has accomplished for America:

This past week President Trump shook the hands of 1,000 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at their commencement ceremony. This is a good thing. The graduates were totally thrilled by this. The President did not have to stay. The Secret Service and other people in charge of his schedule told him he could leave after shaking the hands of a few top graduates like what other presidents did before him. Trump would have nothing of that. He stood for a long time and honored each graduate. You have to admire him for that.

2. What’s something you’ve done to jazz up your routine?

I'm pretty content with my routine and generally do not do much to change anything unless I have to.

3. When did you last have your mettle tested?

I am trying to help my friend get out of a bad, ongoing situation.

4. What’s something you were once — but are no longer — hardcore into?

Recording compilation tape cassettes. I was very passionate about making custom mixes and even recording record albums in full length so as to preserve the record while playing the tape all of the time.

I used to make my own tape covers for them by hand and later with my Macs using at first Hypercard and later Aldus Pagemaker. Printed them out on a black and white laser printer and hand colored many of them. Later cassettes featured color inkjet art.

This changed after digital became a bigger part of our lives. Today I have tons of iTunes playlists and others taking the place of the mixed tapes I once made before.

This link takes you to photos of several of the cassette tape mixes I used to make:

5. What are some porch swings, tire swings, or rope swings you’ve known?

Can't think of any in my life. Just never did any of that. I did ride regular playground swings when I was a kid.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Friday 5 for May 24: A Week

1. If I give you $20 to spend selfishly by tomorrow evening, what do you spend it on?

Recently back into vinyl again, so probably go to either Hungry Ear or Ideas Books and Records to buy some LPs... maybe 45s.

2. What’s a delivery you recently waited too long for?

Not recently, but prizes I won from a podcast that never came. Was several years ago.

3. How annoying have you been lately?

I try not to be annoying but if I am I apologize.

4. When did you last give someone a ride in your car for the first time?

Not recently.... probably a few years ago when my sister came. Otherwise it's the same few people... Lisa mostly.

5. What was the last piece of candy you ate?

Some small Snickers bar at the Hawaii Geek Meet on May 26.



For some reason my comments section won't let me respond to your comments... So amending this post to answer your comments here:

"Thanks folks for the comments. 勝美 - Seems like you got some cool vinyl finds. Not astonishing that the ancillary items that come with special edition releases have higher collectible value, but still that Steel Wheels box is a find.

Scrivner, my recent vinyl finds have been bringing more of my old vinyl back from the Big Island to Honolulu. I've been in vinyl for many years, tapered off in the 90s and early 2000s, and even got rid about 50% of it. Now I am in rebuilding mode but trying to control myself from being a gigantic record hoarder.

That said I am prone to buy used vinyl in good condition at either bargain or a reasonable price. Most recent find that I got from Hungry Ear on Record Store day was a good used copy of Brenda Lee's 1960 DECCA label debut album, "Brenda Lee". That one has some of my favorite Brenda Lee songs including "Sweet Nothins'", "I'm Sorry", "That's All You Gotta Do", "My Baby Likes Western Guys" and " Just Let Him Dream"... great stuff if you like rock-a-billy styled country pop from that era.

Brenda Lee was one of the biggest selling female artists of all time until contemporary ones like Madonna came along. She also headlined shows in England that The Beatles were once the opening act for."

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday 5 for May 3: Continental Breakfast

Credit: Machu Pichu by Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

1. When did you last enjoy some Asian cuisine?

Our office had a luncheon last week at Legends in the Chinese Cultural Plaza. Just the other day I had a Filipino plate lunch. None of it is very good if you are supposed to watch your health.

2. What’s something you’d like to do in South America?

Visit Machu Pichu in Peru. I don't know if you can drive up to it (probably can't) and I almost certainly will never go since travel is very expensive, especially if you are from Hawaii. You have to go northeast first to L.A. or San Diego and then travel down south to get to the continent of South America. Sounds very, very expensive.

You would think Hawaii would start marketing to South America and have a direct flight to at least one country there which could shorten the travel time and cost.

3. What’s a popular tourist thing in Europe you have very little interest in?

Waiting in a long line to see Mona Lisa in crowded conditions just to get a picture of a picture. Ugh. Waiting in a long line to see anything where you finally get there, the time is very limited or the venue is very crowded.

I hope the French government has a huge insurance policy and fire protection on this one. You can fix Notre Dame but if Mona burns up, she's gone forever!

4. Which of Australia’s strange animals do you find most fascinating or adorable?

There are so many strange animals in Australia. Koala bears come to mind as being cute and cuddly, but I would not think so. Kangaroos I'd avoid since they are known to kick with deadly force.... I guess I would like to see a big Emu bird. There we go.

5. What’s something interesting you just learned about Africa?

I can't think of anything significant right off hand. One of my Flickr acquaintances spends a lot of time in Kenya, so I get to see pictures from that region.

Questions from the Friday 5 blog.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday 5 for March 8 2019: Parental Control

The following are from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

Where Am I Goiing

1. Where do you think you’re going?

To work, then home, then work, then home, etc.

2. Who do you think you are?

I am... Me! Learn more here..... and here..... and here.

3. What’s gotten into you?

Lately too much fatty food, salt and sugar. Need to change my ways.... again. 

4. How do you expect to pay for all this?

With funds gained from work.

5. When are you going to come to your senses?

Perhaps when I stop answering questions like this.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday 5 for January 25: Teal This Record

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

1. Where in Africa would you like to visit?

Far down my list on places where I'd like to visit, if there was a choice of Africa and I could afford it, and the government in whatever country I go to is stable, then some U.S. friendly country where you can see and photograph animals in the wild... think Serengeti plains.

2. If you ruled the world, what would you forbid people to talk about in the company of strangers?

I would not want to curtail free speech unless that speech is a threat upon the person or persons receiving it... so like no terroristic threatening stuff like "I am going to kill you"....

3. In what way do you tolerate (or enjoy) being used?

I don't. Next....

4. When did you recently have an a-ha moment?

Not recently... everything is grounded in harsh reality for me.

5. What’s something you know about turtles?

They are majestic sea creatures that should not be harmed. In fact several species in Hawaii are protected by federal law. They also make for cute animated GIFs that I can send to my friend.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday 5 for December 14: I Spy

1. How do you feel about candy sprinkles (on ice cream, doughnuts, cupcakes, or whatever)?

They make sweets and desserts look more appetizing, but do they really add to the flavor? Perhaps but it depends on the amount of sprinkles that are on the item. Mild sugar on top of plenty of sugar.

2. Where’s a good place to look at Christmas lights?

I don't go out and stalk neighborhoods for Christmas lights, but here in Honolulu, I have to say the annual Honolulu City Lights display at city hall remains a perennial favorite. You have to stop by and walk around the entire area to get a good look at it all. Some of the best lighted displays are inside the city hall building itself.

3. What’s a good idea for a drive-through service or product that doesn’t yet exist?

Here's some that will never happen: Drive through voting, drive through driver licensing renewals, drive through art museum, drive through grocery shopping, drive through bookstore, drive through record store, drive in church. Some probably have been tried, and if so, I am not aware of them. Hey how about drive in movies??? Hehehe. Too expensive these days.

4. How confident a parallel parker are you?

Next to uncontrolled left turn lanes at intersections, I generally try to avoid parallel parking unless I really have to.

5. How much plaid do you own?

Currently nothing. Long time ago I had a plaid long sleeve flannel shirt.

Questions generated from Scrivener.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday 5 for November 23: The Game’s Afoot

Oops... I forgot to publish this post... so from last week now, the Friday 5 questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 site are now here:

1. Where’s a nice place to take a walk?

Since I live in Hawaii, just about anywhere near the ocean or out in the country will provide a nice place to walk.

2. What do your everyday shoes look like nowadays?

Old and worn.

3. What separates a good pedicure from a bad one?

Cost - For free I cut my own toenails. Going to one of those pedicure places are 1. usually for women and 2. represent a 100% increase in cost from my free option.

4. When did you last go for a hike?

It's been ages.... actively last was in the 1980s.... otherwise most recent was in 1999... and maybe a short one on the Big Island in 2005 (Volcano) and 2015 (near Pu'ukohala Heiau)

5. What’s a good song with the word “walk” in its title?

My Top 5:

1. The Walker - Fitz & the Tantrums
2. Walk of Life - Dire Straits
3. Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & the Waves
4. Walk This Way - Aerosmith
5. Walk Out in the Rain - Eric Clapton