Saturday, January 23, 2021

Friday 5 for January 22: Every family has one

This week's Friday 5 questions from Scrivener.. I don't quite get this one, especially the first question... "who"????

1. Who’s the nastiest flavor in the ice cream parlor?

I haven't been to an ice cream parlor in ages. Ice cream is so pricey these days. It is a luxury that I can ill afford at times. That said, if there is such a thing, I would hate Black Licorace Ice Cream with Raisins. 

2. Which item in the produce aisle is most likely to spoil the party?

Beets. I hate beets.

3. What’s the most embarrassing song by your favorite musician or band?

Top 5 Worst Songs by The Beatles (in reverse order with #1 being the worst)

5. Christmas Time is Here Again - came out in 1967.
4. Wild Honey Pie - McCartney must have been smoking something funny.
3. Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove - this doesn't even qualify as a song. 
2. You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) - when they just goofed around.
1. Revolution #9 - Just taking up space on an album.

4. Which part of your body is always in trouble?

All of it. Getting old sucks.

5. What’s the worst film in your favorite actor’s* filmography?

Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors. Worst films include the following:
  • Road to Perdition
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Volunteers
  • Joe vs. the Volcano
I haven't seen everything he's been in, so there may be a few others. Overall though I like many of his movies. My favorites are:
  • Apollo 13
  • Forrest Gump
  • Toy Story
  • That Thing You Do
  • Castaway
  • A League of Their Own
  • Captain Phillips

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Friday 5 for January 15: Groovy, rad, lit - It Is What It Is

Questions are taken from the weekly Friday 5 blog.

1. Which slang term from your youth, no longer in common use, do you remember fondly?

I think this one is a pidgin term that I haven't heard for a long time. I am not sure how to spell it either.

Footoo - pronounced foo-too - kind of like tutu... maybe even spelled like tutu...Futu.

Definition - 1. Funny, strange, ugly, gross.

Oh look dat car... da paint job is soo footoo.

2. What slang do you still use, ‘though it’s no longer in common use?

I can't think of one right now.

3. Which current (or sorta recent) slang terms do you particularly like?

It is what it is! - Yes.. my favorite. A great substitute way to end all discussion. Can't fix it? It is what it is! Huh! I love the finality of it. And while you  may not like it, a lot of people use it to end a conversation or topic. There is no further discussion. It is what it is.

If it ain't broke don't fix it. - Why should I buy the latest Android phone while mine running Android 7 just simply works. Plus it has a removable battery! Ugh. It's not broken. I don't want to fix it. It goes the same for the constant, nagging updates that pop up on MacOS, Android, iOS and even Windows. Ugh. The current version of my software is working perfectly fine... there is no need to update. It's not broken. I don't need to fix it.

4. Which slang terms, past or present, do you especially dislike?

I hated "Puuinsai"... gross! Figure it out if you are not from Hawaii.

"Eh brah!" - I hate when people call out at me with that term. A bra is something women wear. I am not a bra. I am a human being.

5. What slang terms are specific to your geographical region?

The two listed above as well as the kind of obsolete one in question #1 are all generic to Hawaii. Additional Hawaii specific slang terms, most of which I don't like.
Shaka brah. - I don't much like it and when it is combined with brah, ugh! I don't much care for "shaka" by itself either, nor the hand sign.
Da Kine. - I hate it when I occasionally catch myself saying this. Too local! Ugh!
Grindz - I don't much care for this one. What a bad substitute for "food". Name food for what it is. A hamburger... plate lunch... bento are all better terms that "grindz".
Aloha - I guess this overused word has reached epic slang proportions in Hawaii. I use it in professional correspondence, greetings, whatever. I try not to overuse it, but I still do. Be there... aloha! (Jack Lord)
Haole - This slang word for caucasian people has recently become politically incorrect. I try to avoid using this.
Popolo - The opposite of white, is black. This term is sometimes used to refer to black people. I never use it. In today's world it is probably more polite to use the term African American... though I think Black is still OK... Popolo rises about a few steps over the much hated N word.... but is way below other words.
Mahalo - Thank you. Used a lot I think second to "aloha".
Kanaka - It was once frowned upon to call Hawaiian people "kanaka". Many Hawaiian people like to now refer to themselves as "kanaka ma'oli". Whatever. I rarely ever use either terms.
Lua - Toilet. I rarely ever use this term. I just say I am going to the bathroom.
Benjo - Toilet. Same as above though I think this one is Japanese in origin.
Pau Hana - Done working. A popular term to describe that and then the gathering afterwork for "pupus" and drink. I use the term occasionally but rarely ever go out to socialize afterward.
All Pau - Done, finished, the end.
Pake - (pronounced pa kay - short a after p) - Chinese, tightwad, frugal.

OK... that is good enough of a list. There are probably many other words unique to Hawaii. Most of them contribute to our mix of English, Hawaiian and terms from Asian cultures, which turns out to be "Pidgin" that linguists probably argue over or at least study in academic circles. Do they?

It is what it is!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Friday 5 for January 8: Watching my figure


Mel's Figurines

Friday 5 for January 8, 2021: Watching my figure

Questions from the Friday 5 blog.

1. What are some figurines you own?

I don't have much and they barely qualify as figurines. What you see in the photo above is what I have. Michelin Tire Man, Chinese Lucky Cat (the only one that I think is a figurine), Rubber Duckie with Lei and a small glass floater ball that I found at a North Shore beach more than 35 years ago.

2. What are you trying to figure out?

Life's complexities. Why can't life be simpler?

3. Two circles or one continuous motion: how do you write the figure 8?

For me on continuous stroke.... the same way I do a treble clef. Which brings me to this:

4. How do you feel about Fig Newtons?

I don't like them. Next...

5. What’s a good metaphor to describe your first week of 2021?

Trying to figure life out, related to #2. Plus I have work.... again. Can't think of anything metaphoric to it... it's just all routine. So far 2021 feels the same as 2020, though work is a good thing.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Friday 5 for January 1: A-M-Z

Friday 5 for January 1: A-M-Z

It's a new year (2021) and another round for the ever-going Friday 5.

First questions of the new year:

1. What’s better in its middle than in its edges, beginnings, or ends?

The center aisle seats half way up in a surround sound theater. I think you get the best view of the screen and the sound from all directions. But then it depends also on how large the auditorium is too. The bigger, the better I think.

Also I think the center of hamburgers are better than the outside edges. Ditto for sandwiches of all types.

2. Why is a sunrise better than a sunset?

It is not as crowded during sunrise as it is during sunset at the more popular places. I can't say if the photo opportunities are better during sunrise or sunset. Whatever light you are shooting in, it usually is coming into the golden hour or waning into the twilight hour. Sunrise or sunset. I am not partial to either. I've gotten decent photos at both sunrise and sunset settings.

3. What’s better in retrospect than when you experienced it?

At this point in time, security lines at the airport were better prior to 2019 but not as great as it was prior to 9-11-2001. Before then, security was adequate but over the years things have been tightened down way too much. Now to travel, it takes more effort and sacrifice of personal information, government tracking, additional wait times, health testing and social distancing. All of this has made travel so bad, that at this time I have no desire whatsoever as to go traveling by airplane or any mass transport mover. Easier, safer and cheaper to just stay home.

4. What songs have wonderful endings? Hmm... have to think about that one. are three in no particular order.
  • Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin - love how it starts as a ballad, slowly builds up and then rocks out for several minutes before settling down and ending on a rather soft and somber note..."and she's buying the stairway to heaven"....
  • A Day in the Life - The Beatles - Gotta love that sustained full note at the end that holds longer than it should, and then after a few minutes of silence you get the "Sgt. Pepper Inner Groove" which is just a loop of some guys saying some kind of jibberish... Paul, John, George and Ringo I presume.
  • The Streak - Ray Stevens - Damn funny song about streaking.. you know "running naked as a jailbird" and how the husband is trying to protect his wife Ethel from seeing what's going on... "Don't look Ethel!" ... Too late, ran out of the cheap seats and made the free shot.... Minutes later.... "Here he comes again. Who's that with him? Ethel? Is that you, Ethel? What do you think you're doin'? You git your clothes on!"... oh yes they call him The Streak fastest thing on two feet.... heh. FYI- The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Billboard Country chart, both in 1974.
5. What was the first thing you unwrapped in 2021?

A new roll of toilet paper!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Friday 5 for December 25: Year in review part 2

From the Friday 5 website here are the last questions of 2020.

1. What did you learn in 2020?
  • Our freedoms can be taken away with an emergency executive order
  • Masks are expensive and I hate them
  • COVID-19 sucks
  • Americans don't value freedom - they voted for Biden and a progressive.
  • Americans don't want to Make America Great Again - sad. 
  • Dumb ass young people want a socialist government.
  • Rail is grossly overpriced and we still have to pay for it.
2. What do you regret doing (or not doing) in 2020?
  • I regret not going to eat at LikeLike Drive-In one more time (they closed in 2020)
3. What are you proud of doing in 2020?

There is nothing I can think of that I am proud of doing this year. The year was crummy. Plus I am not one that boasts about whatever I am doing.

4. Who did you get to know better in 2020?


5. What do you hope to accomplish in the remaining days of 2020?

Well since I am answering this on December 31, there are just a few more hours left in the year. I did get the car safety checked and it passed yesterday. Another stupid government tax to be paid. Ugh.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Friday 5 for December 18: Year in review part 1

OK.. so the Friday 5 is wrapping up the year 2020 with part 1. Do I have anything good to say about 2020? Not really, but let me think.

1. Who made you laugh most this year?

Since I hardly ever go out, I am pretty much limited to the person I hang out with... so that would be my friend Lisa. We have some funny moments, though most of the time, I don't get her jokes. I am not a very comedic person.

2. In what ways was 2020 better than 2019?

If you asked what was worst about 2020 over the previous year, I could offer you a huge laundry list. About the only remotely good thing about 2020 and the whole mask wearing mandate, is that for many days of each week, I could skip shaving since most of my face was under the darn mask while I was out in public. 

During the early, all clamped down martial law like phase of the pandemic back in late March, driving in Honolulu was not so bad because traffic was significantly down.. but then many of the businesses were sucking up a lot of red ink due to the government shut down mandates. Several never recovered. Sad.

3. What was the best movie or TV series you saw in 2020?

TV series

1. Tales From the Loop (Amazon Prime)
2. Star Trek Lower Decks (CBS All Access)
3. Star Trek Picard (CBS All Access)
4. Fringe (old series, never watched before but slowly chipping away at 5 seasons of episodes; IMDB-TV/Amazon Prime)
5. Captain Scarlet (2005 reboot - Amazon Prime)
6. A Teacher (Hulu Basic) - I hope this story continues to court
7. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hulu Basic) - 1980s era TV version of the original British radio play
8. Star Trek The Next Generation (reruns on either CBS All Access, Amazon Prime, Pluto TV) - just fun to watch again.
9. Babylon 5 - (Comet TV until 10-2020) - reruns - fun to watch again.
10. Doc Martin (Pluto TV, Tubi TV) - just watching various episodes of Series 1 to 6 or 7. I'll wait for 8, 9, and 10 to show up on one of the free services in the future.


1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) - I did not see this until January 2020. This is significant for me in that it marks the last movie I ever saw in a theater. I don't think I will be going to those places anymore due to rising ticket prices, expensive food and of course the possibility of catching COVID-19. My movies days are over... onward to streaming or watching my old DVDs... plus I am done with Star Wars... Disney is now putting out way too much product for me to even keep up, much less care about it anymore.

2. Plenty of older streaming movies that I can't immediately recall on various platforms plus stuff from my DVD collection.

4. What was your favorite food discovery of 2020?

Haven't gone to a restaurant of any type since February 2020. Eat almost all meals at home. I am not a cook so mostly I make stuff I can heat up in the microwave... discovered CAULIFLOWER RICE this year... it is a good rice substitute that is supposedly not too fattening.

5. What’s something nice you purchased for yourself or received as a gift in 2020?

I have a "new" Apple iMac computer, "new" iPad and a new "PC Netbook". Two different friends gave them to me because they upgraded to the latest and greatest. I was pleasantly surprised with both. The iMac is a 2013 model but can still run Catalina (10.15.x); the iPad is a 2012 model and is hobbled with iOS 9.3... but it still works and I can do online stuff and play simple games with it. The Netbook is hobbled with Windows 8, but I am going to use this as a testbed to fool around with a Linux installation.... again.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Friday 5 for December 11 - Heigh Ho

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

1. What do you do when it’s bedtime and you’re not sleepy? 

I think I do what millions of other people do... whip out their smartphone and browse the internet, watch videos or listen to music or an audio book. Lately I've been doing audio books, and some are real sleepers... they put me to sleep.

Music is also a good way to help me fall asleep. Some artists are better at putting me to sleep over others. Late night talk radio and some podcasts have the same effect.

Otherwise if I am really restless, then it is video time in bed... scrolling through many shows on Pluto TV or watching a wide variety of video content on regular YouTube... plane crashes, family blogs, car blogs, vinyl record blogs, tech blogs, news clips, music videos... yep... YouTube is still the best free video streaming platform to take to bed with you. Pluto TV is a good free streaming platform too since they have plenty of old TV shows, news and other stuff to watch. I love watching re-runs of Star Trek The Next Generation there. Hooray for free video streams on all platforms.

2. When were you most recently bashful? 

Can't think of anything recent, and if I did, I'd be too bashful to let anyone know here.

3. Have you seen a doc in the past nine months? 

Yes. Once for a stupid accident and then later for a routine check-up.

4. What’s got you feeling grumpy lately? 

COVID-19, Rail, Taxes and some personal things. Need I say more?

5. What’s making you happy today?

I will be depositing my late arriving, hard copy of my 2020 Economic Impact Payment Check of $1200 today. I wish I could just keep it as is because President Donald Trump's name is on it. It could be a collectible... but alas, I need the money, so to the bank I will go later today.

partial scan of my check