Saturday, September 23, 2023

Friday 5 for September 22: Don’t tip the boat over

Shades of The Hues Corporation for a song that is only a few years younger than you Mr. Scrivener. "Don't rock the boat, don't tip the boat over." I remember when the song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as Casey Kasem counted the hits down on American Top 40 back in the summer of 1974.

Anyways here are my answers to these disco music inspired questions.

1. When did you most recently feel you should be dancing?

Not in this century. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s I did some stints as a disco DJ... that was another lifetime ago, though all of the songs linked to in these questions were popular dance numbers at the time I was working.

2. What hot stuff have you recently consumed?

Black pepper? Mostly seasoning on stuff. A recent Saffron Road microwave dinner was quite spicy hot.

3. What kind of side-hustle would be fun to try?

I don't know if I would be relevant now, but mobile DJ again. However today it is probably real easy as you can load your entire dance trax and much more into a laptop computer(s). Back in the day it was a couple of crates of heavy LPs, 45s and 12 inch singles - and then there is the heavy gear.. nope not going there. Plus no one worried about copyright and public airplay back in those days.

Probably a better one would be radio DJ if that were available, but most radio stations are all computerized.

Other than that I have done freelance desktop publishing and wedding photography in the past. The latter is too stressful to cope with at my advanced age. Was fun in the film days because not everyone was good at shooting photos in those days, and no one had a smartphone or digital camera.

4. What were some of this summer’s good times?

None. I'm just plodding through life at my slow, mundane, old way.

5. What are your plans for Saturday night?

More than likely staying home, watching a movie and maybe ordering a pizza to go. 

S A T U R D A Y   night!!!! 

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Friday 5 for September 15: Happy Hour

I recently ate at Chic-fil-A for the first and only time so far. It was okay but nothing spectacular.

Happy Hour? Not.


I had all of my answers saved to Google Docs on Friday but forgot to post them here until today... Sunday. Questions come from their usual source.

1. During which specific hour of the day are you likeliest to be happy?

It depends on the circumstance and where I am during the day.

2. Which food-beverage pairings do you feel strongest about?

The standard burger - bun, beef, chicken or fish - should have tomato, lettuce and onion and one sauce at their most basic level.

The burger can be matched with water (my preference) or a soft drink of some type.

Optional - French fries or macaroni potato salad.

Optional 2 would be cheese, cucumbers, additional spices, avacado.

3. Do you enjoy (or have you enjoyed) socializing with coworkers?

It depends on where I have worked. Office parties are an unwanted social chore for me…. As are most "business" lunches with the entire group. I'm not a big fan of group gatherings.

One on one (or two) with a trusted colleague is more to my preference if one must socialize. Generally I rather go home.

4. When did you last try something different (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to drink?

I haven't tried anything new in the drink department for a long time. I don't do any alcoholic drinks, and have sworn off sugared drinks since 2011. I mostly drink just plain old water.

5. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of doing whatever you do during the day?

Listen to recorded music on one of my many owned playback devices. Records, CDs, tapes or digital files / streams. If I feel motivated, i also like to take photo walks with one of my many cameras.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Friday 5 for September 8: Kickoff

A6-AIN BOEING B737-7Z5 BBJ B737/WL  c/n 29268 I/n 280 → ROYAL JET / ROJ // BJ 1999 // auch A6-AIN → ABU DHABI AMIRI FLIGHT > AUH

Friday 5 for September 8: Kickoff

From Scrivener...

1. What is your system or routine for paying bills?

Some are on auto pay, others are manual via online payment. A few are done the old fashioned way, "send in a check". I don't do any mobile payments. Only my wired Mac computer.

2. Forced to choose from a lion, bear, and panther, which would you keep as a pet, which would you put on your family crest, and which would you be reincarnated as?

  • Crest - Lion
  • Pet - Bear
  • Reincarnated - Panther

And all of these are names of NFL football teams.. maybe I should be reincarnated as an NFL team owner?

3. Who in your life is (metaphorically!) a saint?

No one is perfect. So the answer is NONE.

4. Assuming no negative impact on the environment and all expenses covered by someone else, where would you go (and what would you do) right now if someone offered you use of a private jet?

First back to the Big Island and then traveling in different places around the United States. Of course it would depend on the size and range of the jet. 

5. Brown gets a lot of hate, but what are some lovely brown things?

One of the cars I used to own was brown. Dirt is mostly brown but you need it to grow things. I don't have any hate of brown. Heck I am brown skinned myself. So there.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Friday 5 for August 25: Until it hurts


The following questions come from Scrivener's Friday 5 website:

1. Which charitable organizations do you think do especially meaningful work?

There are many that do good work. But from my biased perspective, I will go with Assistance League (of Hawaii). I am their website administrator, photographer and newsletter editor. Our mission statement:

"Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs."

In other words, we provide needy children and families with school clothes, supplies, baby items, emergency supplies, education services reading enrichment (through our OWL and literacy services programs) and much more.

Learn more by downloading our community newsletter or visiting our website.

2. When has someone recently appreciated your giving them your time?

The member volunteers from Assistance League of Hawaii like the work I do for their website and monthly member newsletter.

3. When have you asked someone to give you a little space?

I keep my distance and rarely have to ask anyone to give me more space.

4. What do you simply not give a darn* about, despite its mattering to your friends or relatives?

Dogs. High maintenance, costly waste of money, messy,  noisy, smelly, jumpy and sometimes biting. Yuck! How can people put up with such creatures... especially indoors, on bedding, furniture and everywhere else these stinky things go. Ugh!

5. What are you close to giving up on?

Hulu, Paramount+ when the 1 year promotional trial rates expire.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Friday 5 for August 18: Career day

 The following questions come from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

1. What is an ideal career for someone who’s your exact opposite?

Communist party chancellor, president or dictator.

2. What do most people not know about your job?

That for the last few years, I occasionally work there.

3. Which stereotypes about people in your job are pretty close to accurate?

Government bureaucrats.

4. Which movie or TV series has a pretty good portrayal of your job?

I can't pinpoint any to the nth degree. But thinking back on most of the jobs I had, it would be within the legislative profession, photography or the advertising/marketing area.

5. Which wild animal would be best suited to doing your job?

Donkey... plenty of those there. 

The public arena where I have spent several years working, lately though only part time.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Friday 5 for August 11: For argument’s sake

Alexa lives in the Amazon Echo Dot.

I have long surpassed 992 Arguments. 

1. How argumentative are you?

You probably don't want to be in the same room with me if that happens.

2. With whom do you have a friendly, long-running argument, and what is it about?

A person I know who supports rail and I don't. Been simmering since 1992. "Rail is not a right".

3. What was your most recent argument about?


4. When did you most recently overhear an argument between people you don’t know?

From the upper floor of my building where I live occasionally we can hear late night arguments on the street with who know who! Sometimes very loud and police are called.

5. What’s an unpopular opinion you have about food?

Organic food is just a way for the food industry to push more expensive food on consumers.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Friday 5 for August 4: The Bard says

 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is one of my favorite places to visit.

Bard or What?

The text on this blog is not Barded.

I use Bard. It is a good writing aid. Write your prose as normal, get Bard to fix it, and then rephrase it somewhat to make it your own. Will use Bard as long as it remains free. It is a nice tool to use in writing or editing. 

1. What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Learning is a lifelong process. There are all kinds of subjects that I pursue more knowledge of. Top of mind for me include keeping up with the latest news on cord cutting, best ways of getting tech without spending too much money, discovering both new and old music, political news, local news and issues, and much more.

2. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?

Eat, walk around taking photos of stuff, talk about or listening to music, whatever.

3. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?

Any place on Hawaii, the Big Island…. Hilo, Honokaa, Volcanoes National Park, Waimea, Kohala, Laupahoehoe, Ookala, Kalopa, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley.

4. What is your favorite way to relax?

Listening to music on my stereo or devices at home.

5. What is your favorite thing to cook

I'm not good at cooking. I can make hamburgers and spaghetti with meat sauce (hamburger).