Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday 5 for December 30: Closing Time

The Capitol of Hilo
WalMart's always open. This is good when you have to buy stuff at 2 in the morning.

From Scrivener's Friday 5 website:

1. What business establishment’s recent closing was the most disappointing for you?

Rainbow Records near University Ave. They were around for a very long time. Used to sell a good selection of used books, records, CDs, and videos. Now gone. Jellys' remains the biggest retailer of used books, records, CDs and videos in Honolulu. Online is killing brick and mortar music, video and book stores.

2. At what place of business or service are you most likely to be the day’s last customer out the door?

Perhaps McDonalds' -- my friend and I spend some time there because of the free wi-fi access.

3. What place of business or service seems to be closed at times inconvenient to you?

Hawaii State Library system.

4. Where in the real world (not online) will you most likely spend your last 2011 money?

More than likely Don Quijote store at Kaheka in Honolulu. I have to buy groceries after I get back to Honolulu tomorrow.

5. What business or service has been the biggest blessing to you because it is always open?


Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday 5 for December 16 - Award Season

Angry Birds

Golden Globes nominees were announced this week, and while it should be clear by now to anyone paying attention that they are fully irrelevant, they do kick off the season for reflective retrospection, at least in certain parts of life. In that spirit, please announce your awards for the year 2011 in these categories!

From Scrivener's Friday 5:

1. What wins your award for Best Supporting Household Appliance?

Rice Cooker.

2. What wins your award for Outstanding Performance by Something that Comes in a Bottle or Can?

Bottled Water

3. Who wins your award for Excellence in Poor Timing?

Anyone who brings in something for me to do at the last minute and wants it an hour from now... or even tomorrow. Depending on what it is. I hate to produce last minute stuff, unless I know well in advance that there could be last minute stuff in the workflow... like breaking news for example.

4. What wins your award for Wardrobe Newcomer of the Year?

Nothing. I'm not big on fashion.

5. What wins your award for Outstanding Achievement in Stealing Time?

Angry Birds - It's a good thing I have it on only one Mac!

6. (bonus question!) The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences calls its trophy the Oscar. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences calls its trophy the Grammy. What do you call yours?

oscar the grouch

The Grouchies

Thanks for participating, and have an award-winning weekend!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday 5 for December 9: Toppings

From Scrivener's Friday 5: When in doubt: go to food.

Hot Fudge Sundae @ Rick's Dessert Diner

1. What’s your favorite ice cream topping?

Chocolate hot fudge... any type of chocolate hot fudge sundae is good.

2. What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Supreme - pepperoni, olives, bell peppers, onions, hamburger beef, cheese

3. What’s your favorite thing to sprinkle cocoa powder on?

Probably mix it up in ice cream or make a chocolate milk shake. Isn't this kind of like Nestles' Quick or Ovaltene? Hot chocolate is nice.

4. What’s your favorite thing to put whipped cream on?

Um... Chocolate hot fudge sundae (see top photo) or any kind of marangue or pumpkin pie... or maybe.... like her... below...

5. What do you like to put upon a cracker?

Saloon Pilot Cracker Toast

Toasted with butter and cinnamon.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday 5 for November 25: Leftovers.

Today's Thanksgiving Lunch

From the Friday 5 website: LEFTOVERS.

1. Leftover from April 17, 2009: What’s a creature comfort (practically unnecessary) you must take with you on an overnight trip in the great outdoors? Please consider a phone something that has practical necessity!

iPod Touch and another camera. I don't own a cell phone. iPod Touch comes in handy for listening to music, taking pictures or video, light reading, video viewing and more. Camera... well I use that to take pictures.

2. Leftover from August 31, 2007: What did yesterday cost you? Thanksgiving in the U.S., but answer it for wherever you are and whatever you did!

For starters $210 round trip fare from Honolulu to Big Island of Hawaii and back. Travel cost to get to Honokaa from Hilo + meal costs contributed to family meal.

3. Leftover from January 25, 2008: What was your excuse the last time you were REALLY late for something?

Could not find my keys.

4. Leftover from February 18, 2011: What was your first online purchase?

It was probably a CD from in 1997.

5. Leftover from December 25, 2009: Which of your gifts do you think you do not put to its best, fullest use?

Color rotating light fixture. It's still in the box from the person I got it from. Haven't used it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday 5 for November 18 - Moving

Queen Mary 2 Sails into Honolulu Harbor

You have to get up early to get pictures of cruise ships coming into Honolulu Harbor.

From Scrivener's weekly Friday 5 website (which moved to a new, strange URL this week) comes this week's meme... Moving... what else?

1. When did you last move residences?


2. What song leaves you completely unmoved even though it seems everyone else is moved by it?

Anything by Glee Cast. I don't see the point in people getting excited by this TV show or all of the lame cover songs that sell in the millions and make the charts with regularity. Glee Cast.... lame, lame, lame.

3. On what kinds of mornings is it easiest for you to jump out of bed and get moving?

When I know some nice ship is coming in like the MS Queen Mary. All of the cruise ships that come into Honolulu Harbor tend to be here just before or during sunrise. Gotta wake up early to get a good picture of these. Another thing that gets me moving early is if I have to catch an early morning flight to somewhere... and once I had to catch an early morning ride on the Hawaii Superferry. Getting a good sunrise picture or photographing a rare celestial event requires an early rising.

Dawn of a Brand New Day

4. What object do you get most annoyed about when people move it without letting you know?

My wallet, comb, keys, scissors, scotch tape or iPod Shuffle... Of course since I live by myself, I only have me to blame for this.

5. In what way are you waiting on someone else to make a move?

I wait for an eternity, don't initiate much and let the person get away.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday 5 for 11-11-11: What to Take

My Canon 600D Rebel T3i

What to Take - the latest topic from Scrivener's Friday 5 website.

Let's face it, I take a camera just about everywhere I go.

1. What do you usually take to the beach?


Waikiki Honolulu 9-5-09

Yes, there are a lot of sights to see and photograph at the beach! Camera is essential.


2. What do you find essential for a trip to the mall?

Money and camera

My Sony Cybershot U30

I often carry a small camera such as this one on my trips to the mall, even to the beach and elsewhere. I like this camera because it is stealthy.

3. What’s something you take to the ballgame?


It's been a long time since I been to a ballgame.

4. What do you take to the movies?

Money, ticket, iPod for listening to music before the movie starts. And yes a small camera.

Honokaa Peoples' Theater

Here's a photo of the old Peoples' Theater in Honokaa Hawaii that is still in operation.

5. This one may not have broad enough a relevance, but what do you take when you go to the symphony?

If I went to the symphony, I'd take my camera. Also the ticket to get in.

Canon S5 Is

A small non-SLR camera with a good long lens may be ideal to take to symphonies and other types of concerts where the long zoom and silent mode may come in handy.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday 5 for November 4: Hanging Out

Tower Records Closing

From Scrivener's Friday 5 site, the topic this week is "Hanging Out".

1. Where did you hang out with friends when you were a teen?

Mostly at school. I was mostly a stay at home kid.

2. Where did you hang out with friends when you were in your twenties?

School, workplace and record stores.

3. Where do you hang out with friends now? If you’re still in your teens or twenties, where do you imagine you’ll hang out with friends when you’re older?

Facebook. Twitter. Workplace. I mostly stay at home. I'm an old fart. Don't go out much.

4. What’s great hanging-out memories do you have?

Scouring through stacks of records and later CDs with my friends and deciding what we wanted to buy, trade and make mixed tapes with.

5. What ingredient makes hanging out better sometimes than others?

 Food and music? Girls?

 Not too sure which in priority.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday 5 for September 23: To The Table

Earthquake Potato Chips

1. Some friends have invited you over to watch the big game. What do you bring for the snack table?

Anything that is already made that I can conveniently buy from a store... cookies, chips, other snack food types.

2. What do you bring for a potluck lunch at work (or school)?

We usually just buy pizza from Pizza Hut. Easy and they deliver. No need to bring anything. Can buy pizza online too.

3. It’s a regifting party! Everyone brings some gift they never opened or used and leaves with someone else’s. What do you bring?

Star Wars lego spaceship thing that I never opened.

From Friday 5 Answers

4. You’re going camping for a long weekend with a bunch of friends. Everybody agrees to bring one thing that others often don’t think to bring. What’s your contribution?

AM / FM radio with VHF weather band. Comes in handy if you want to know what the forecast may be. (The thing could also receive TV audio but after conversion to digital that part of the radio is now blank).

Dengue Fever on CD

5. Road trip! The car in which you’re going to spend twenty hours with your closest friends only has a CD player. What do you bring?

Mixed CDs that I made on my Mac, The Beatles #1s, Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Dengue Fever CDs, anything else from my collection that can fit in a small carryon case.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday 5 for September 2: Falling

From the Friday 5 website:

Sunset at Ala Moana Beach

"Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5. Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there; then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!"

1. What were the circumstances surrounding your most embarrassing (physical) stumble?

I fell in the mud more than 30 years ago while taking a picture at an amusement park in California.

2. As summer winds down and autumn makes its approach, what are you most looking forward to in the changing of the seasons?

Sunsets that set back in the water instead of behind the Waianae mountains from this part of Honolulu. (See photo above)

3. What’s something you’ve recently fallen for?

My New MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 13 inch. Bought it in June.

Last week I bought a new Canon 600D - Rebel T3i camera body because my only DSLR body, an 8 year old Digital Rebel 300D broke! Awaiting the new camera from

4. Of what has there been a shortfall in your life recently?

Time, maybe money... but time mostly to do stuff I need to do.

5. Has there been any kind of windfall in your life in the past few months?

If it is money.... no. Can't think of anything else.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday 5 for August 12: Evidence

Stop Going
A photograph that is not in focus.

1. What could serve as physical evidence that you sometimes lose focus?

When I take a photo (like the one shown above) that is not in focus.

2. What could serve as physical evidence that you are loved?

My mother.

3. What could serve as physical evidence that you’re from wherever you’re from?

Property tax bill.

4. What could serve as physical evidence that you went anywhere this past week?

Gas station fuel receipt from Lex Brodie's.

5. What could serve as physical evidence that you recently caved in to temptation?

My weight.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Friday 5 for August 5: Lifelong Learning

A week late and probably a dollar short, but here's last week's answers to the Friday 5.

1. What’s something you recently learned how to do on a computer?

How to download YouTube videos so that I can play them offline with Quicktime, iTunes and on my iPod Touch. Thanks Srivenrer for the link to Evom -

2. What’s something you recently learned in the kitchen?

To generally avoid it.

3. What’s something you recently learned about the town where you live?

That it costs more as a local resident to subscribe to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser than someone who lives out of town, off island or elsewhere in the world. As a result I ain't subscribing. I already found other news and opinion sources.... for free.

4. What’s something you recently learned from television?

Um... to unsubscribe to Time Warner Oceanic Cable TV after the rates went up earlier this year again. I get a satisfactory amount of decent content from OTA, internet and DVDs.

5. What’s something you recently learned the hard way?

Nothing recently....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday 5 for July 29, 2011 - Public Options

1. When did you last use a public restroom?

Today at work.

2. When did you last ride public transportation?


Airlines are a form of public transportation run by private companies. That was the last time I rode public transportation. Specifically it was done on a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 717 in June 2011. Plan to ride again in August.

3. How far away from your home is the nearest public housing?

Several miles away from the Next Step Homeless shelter and Mayor Wright Housing.

4. Which of your public utilities is the least reliable?

While I have not had a water main break in my area for ages, our city's water system is subjected to frequent pipe breakages every week.

5. What did you last view on public television or listen to on public radio?

For TV that was probably sometime in January. More than likely I watched the show "Nova" on PBS. My TV broke since that time, I dis-contiued cable, haven't bought a new set yet, and watch available TV content online or on DVD. As for public radio, I rarely listen, and when I do it is either "Bytemarks" on Wednesday afternoons or the BBC News.

These questions were generated from Scrivener's Friday 5 weblog.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday 5 for July 15: Long Journeys

Pan Am 707

1. What is the longest distance you’ve traveled (in one trip) by foot?

I think the longest was way back in 1981 when a friend and I hiked from the Laie Cemetery up to Laie Falls. That's what 4 miles uphill and then back down??? Don't know. Maybe it's only 2 miles each way.

2. What is the longest trip you’ve taken by car?

Driving around the island of Hawaii (Big Island) - Honokaa to Hilo to Volcano to Kailua-Kona to Waimea back to Honokaa. A few times in the last 40 years.

3. What is the longest trip you’ve taken by plane?

Honolulu to Seattle on a Pan Am Boeing 707. Later Honolulu to Las Angeles and back in a United Airlines 747. Also flew across the U.S. to Boston but made a few stops for several days between points. This was a couple of decades ago.

4. What is the longest trip you’ve taken on some kind of water craft?

Honolulu to Kahului Maui and back on the Hawaii Superferry, December 2007.

Hawaii Superferry 12-13-07
Photo: On the open ocean in the Hawaii Superferry. More photos.

Flight Deck View

The second long trip was last year, 2010 - a trip from Pearl Harbor out to nowhere 250 miles south of Honolulu aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. Flew back to Hickam AFB on a U.S. Navy helicopter. All in one day. Reported for online news source. More photos. The photo above was taken in the open ocean far away from land from the bridge deck of the aircraft carrier.

5. What is the longest trip you’ve taken aboard a bus or train?

6 miles on the old Lahaina railroad for tourists.

Around the island of Oahu several times on either TheBus #52 or #55 (back in the 1970s when I used to live way up there).

A trip from Edmonton Alberta to Banff National Park, 1974 on a "Motorcoach" (fancy tour bus).

Questions compiled from the weekly Friday 5 weblog.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday 5 for June 24: Summer Blockbusters

 Here is the perfect summer song for 2011:

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there, then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!

1. What transformation do you undergo on summer Fridays at midnight?

I stay up later? I usually stay up after midnight on Fridays summer or not.

2. What super power do the kids in your neighborhood seem to have?

The power to annoy us old folks on their skateboards and loud rap music.

3. Who (or what!) is your nemesis in these warm summer days?


4. What is your trustiest weapon against the evil heat monster?

The air conditioner and if outside, more ice, more water.

5. What seems to be invading your life lately, and how will you fend it off?

Clutter - need to toss some of it out.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday 5 for June 3: Summer

On the Beach at Waikiki
On the beach at Waikiki, visit Hawaii this summer!

1. What was your best summer vacation like?

Taking a tour on the U.S. mainland (West to East Coast) back in 1974 and meeting some interesting people and seeing different places.

2. What was your worst summer vacation like?

Probably the year my sister got mortally sick and eventually died 8 months later.

3. What food or drink reminds you of a particular summer?

Nothing in particular.

4th of July 2006 in Hawaii

4. What summer-only activity do you now look most forward to every year?

Probably 4th of July fireworks.

5. What summer movie or summer reading are you most looking forward to this year?

No movies in particular. My previous summers were filled with great sci-fi and fantasy movies such as "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and the "Star Trek" movies... nowdays, not too many movies prompt me to part with my money. Ticket prices are too high.

I plan to finish reading "Atlas Shrugged" among other books I own.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday 5 for May 27 - In the Mood

From the Friday 5 blog:

"Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5! Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there, then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses. Please don’t forget to link us from your website!"

It's Saturday, a day late and a dollar short!

1. What puts you in a creative mood?

Sometimes when I am working on my computer with Photoshop or maybe even writing. I sometimes draw stuff. I don't usually publish it.

2. What puts you in a silly mood?

Want silly? Play the video above.

3. What puts you in a contemplative mood?

When I am thinking about some serious stuff... death, taxes, the future....

4. What puts you in a competitive mood?

Finding a parking space at a busy shopping center during the holiday season. Also not letting those pesky, last minute lane divers into my lane when I am at the intersection with the left turn arrow traffic light.

5. If you’d call yourself a talkative person, what puts you in a quiet mood? If you’d call yourself a quiet person, what puts you in a talkative mood?

I would say I am mostly quiet unless I am talking about stuff that interest me like music, movies, politics, technology, Macs, or answering some trivia questions.

About the video: This computer animation was created over the old Glenn Miller song "In the Mood". This however is a cover version done by Ray Stevens, who is well known for many novelty songs. In 1977 he covered "In the Mood" but billed himself on the record as "Hen House Plus Five Too"... hence the chicken noises.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday 5 for May 13: Food Treatments

Chocolate Sundae

1. What’s your favorite pickled food?

Just plain old pickles.

2. What’s your favorite dehydrated food?

If Kellogg's Pop Tarts count, then this would be it.

Pop`Tarts :D

3. What’s your favorite covered-in-chocolate food?

Chocolate cake, chocolate custard pie, hot fudge chocolate sundae

Chocolate custard

4. What’s your favorite sauteed-in-garlic-and-butter food?

Garlic chicken, garlic fish, garlic fried rice

5. What’s your favorite order-at-the-drive-through food?

Quarter Pounder

McDonalds' - Quarter pounder meal with fries

Burger King - Whopper with onion rings

Jack in the Box - Jumbo Jack and 2 tacos

all with some kind of soft drink.

Questions taken from the Friday 5 weblog.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday 5 for April 22: Tee Vee!

TV and Brother TV

Friday 5 questions for April 22.

Let me premise this by saying that my TV broke a few months ago. I have decided not to buy one for the time being. I have also discontinued my cable TV service and don't intend to re-up once I get a new TV.

That said most of my "TV" viewing is now done online with my computer, and much of it is free except for my monthly internet access fee.

1. What are your thoughts on late-night television talk shows?

Never watched any of the late night talk shows with regularity. If I did it was boring old ABC News Nightline or something on Fox News Channel.

2. What television program is so bad you can’t believe anyone watches it?

The following are current TV shows that stink:

ABC TV - The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, True Beauty, Wife Swap, Wipeout

CBS - Big Brother, Amazing Race, Arranged Marriage

NBC - most of their shows stink lately except for most of the Law & Order franchise.

Fox - Glee, Family Guy, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol

CW - Everything on that network stinks.

Syndicated - Oprah, Judge Judy, most daytime talk shows, reality shows.

Cable - All of MTV and VH1 suck - they don't play music videos anymore.

Cable - Lifetime network, all shopping channels, many more.

One of the main reasons why I canceled my cable is because I hate paying for junk I never watch. Why subsidize this crap when I only want to watch a few shows on some channels? I can find several good shows for free online via some of the networks and places like and YouTube. Besides standard TV shows, there are many types of unique videos hosted on YouTube and other services such as Vimeo and UStream.

3. In what way have your television-viewing habits changed over the years?

Since I stopped subscribing to cable I watch way less TV and get most of my content from the internet. Plus I have more time to watch my DVD collection.

As a general thought over the years I have tended to watch more Fox News, C-SPAN, some Discovery and History Channel and occasionally Animal Planet.

I used to subscribe to HBO a long time ago, but after my Betamax died, I discontinued. Back in the 1980s the VCR and HBO (as well as other pay movie services) were a great way to record movies to build a relatively cheap collection.

DVD and DRM changed all of that. I like DVD and maybe will like Blue Ray too. But I absolutely hate DRM. Don’t know what DRM is? Look it up! I'm not a fan of DRM.

When I do get a set again, the computer will be hooked up to it , as well as the DVD player. I have decent over the air digital TV reception, so definitely an antenna set up will also do. Plus I may get either a Roku Box or Apple TV… anything that doesn’t require me to pay additional monthly fees is game for me.

4. If you were in charge of the universe, what changes might you make to television?

Too many that I could think of, but a few that I would implement include:

Allowing viewers to have ala-carte cable. Offer that as an option instead of bundling everything as a package. Let the buyer pick and choose what they want. If no one actively subscribes to a network, then let that network go out of business. TV networks that don’t get viewers should not be allowed to stay in business.

I think they future of TV lies mostly with the internet. We will get ala carte TV as more and more people slowly drift away from the current cable TV and satellite offerings. Hulu, YouTube, NetFlix, and other services are in the wings ready to eventually become mainstream.

5. What is most likely the very next thing you will be watching on television?

Nothing! My TV is broken. I’ll be watching something on my computer -- more than likely a music video on YouTube, a local newscast snippet or a clip from Fox News TV.

Anyone who wants to suggest more online places where we can get interesting content let me know. Leave a comment below.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday 5 for April 15 - Unwanted Attention


I try not to draw attention to myself.

1. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to mosquitoes?

Not too many mosquitoes in my area.. so no one in particular. You need a source of standing water nearby to attract mosquitoes.

2. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to illness-causing viruses and bacteria?

Illness attack people I know at random. There is no one person that can be singled out.

3. Among people you know, who seems to be most attractive to rip-off artists?

A few years ago I would have said my mother. Not anymore. She learned.

4. In what way were you recently the object of unwanted attention?

A few years ago a photo of myself was maliciously used on a website. I hate having my picture taken.

5. When you go out with friends, which of you is most likely to be flirted with?

No one. I rarely "go out".

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday 5 for March 25: March Madness

My March is not as "mad" as most other peoples' Marches. These are my answers to the latest Friday 5 meme questions.

2008 Kamehameha Day Parade

1. When did you last have occasion to march anywhere?

I marched in several parades while playing trumpet for our high school band... not to mention also marching on the football field during halftime performances... this was many decades ago in a previous life. No photos exist.

2. What kind of hula-hooper are you?

I don't do that, but I would suspect I'd be extremely lousy.

3. What kind of madness is most likely to infect you this weekend?

Nothing very critical unless I get upset about hand coding an html page or something like that.

4. Under what circumstances this past week might you have had reason to shout, “SCORE!”

Hasn't happened this week.

5. When did you last inadvertently dribble, drool, or otherwise let liquid escape your mouth while trying to keep it in?

Probably when I was asleep or brushing my teeth. Luckily none of this occurred in public. I was at the car show last weekend, but none of the vehicles made me drool after looking at the prices.

The eyes...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday 5 for February 18: Connections

My New MacBook Pro

These are my answers to this week's questions on "Connections" for the Friday 5.

1. Nowadays, just about everyone knows a couple who first met online. Among couples you know, who has the best story?

No one I can think of who met online. Hey, I'm old. I'm not "just about everyone".

2. Who among your real-life acquaintances might you never have been friends with if you hadn’t gotten to know each other online first?

A friend that I met on a BBS many years ago.

3. Of people you know online only, who would you most like to meet in real life?

Not naming any names here... sorry.

4. In the past 365 days, what’s the longest you’ve gone without connecting in any way to the Internet, including email?

From November 17 to December 3, 2010 I was mostly offline due to the fact that I spent most of the time at Hilo Hospital watching my Dad slowly wither away and die. Sad times indeed.

5. Who is the least-connected person you know in real life?

My Mom in so far as not being online.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday 5 for February 11: Late Nights

Sam's Club Parking

Here are my late night answers for this week's Friday 5:

1. What’s the best thing about being awake when the rest of the world seems to be sleeping?

Not very much traffic in the wee hours of the night. Love that. Roads are not crowded and it is easy to find parking at most places.

2. Where can you go when you get a case of the late-night munchies?

Here in Honolulu my favorite places to go are Zippys' Restaurants or Like Like Drive In for a meal.

For fast food, most of the McDonalds' and Jack in the Box places have a 24-7 drive thru.

For take home food, we have grocery stores, a big box and drug stores open 24-7...

WalMart, Foodland, Safeway, Don Quijote, Longs' Drug, Walgreens come to mind.

3. What open-all-night establishment has saved you from catastrophe, and what were the circumstances?

Probably WalMart when I needed something for late that night or early the next morning.

4. What’s the worst thing about being awake when the rest of the world seems to be sleeping?

Missing the sunshine and seeing your daytime friends.

5. When you are up all night at home for whatever reason, what’s most likely to be on the television to keep you company?

Security camera image from our main lounge or Fox News. Mostly late night I rather listen to the radio... Coast to Coast AM with George Noory or iTunes.

Waiting at Zippy's
Zippys' is one of the good places to get late night munchies.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Too Much Not Enough - F5 for Feb 4

Power Traveller rechargeable AA batteries

Answers to this week's Friday 5!

1. Who’s not as funny as he or she thinks?

I don't think David Letterman's very funny. But then is he really a comedian? Probably not.

2. What’s not as big a deal as everyone else seems to think?

Global warming, climate change - biggest pile of bullshit since the bull. People on the mainland are freezing their asses off, shoveling snow and skidding on icy roads. Temps way, way down. Global warming my ass.

I'd put President Barrack Obama right behind that or maybe even in the same place. Full of bull again.

3. What’s something people aren’t concerned enough about?

Taxes and the high cost of living in Hawaii. Sadly people are not concerned about this enough to get rid of the local politicians who implement more taxes upon us every year. We need more fiscal conservatives who can cut the budget and wasteful spending. Reduce taxes. No New Taxes!

4. What’s something in the grocery store that’s underrated?

Batteries - you take them for granted, but when you need them, you are happy to find them in a grocery store even if you have to pay more than in a discount or electronics store.

5. What do you pay too much attention to?


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday 5 for January 28: Unrelated

2010 - Year of the Tiger

It's Saturday and I'm answering The Friday 5!

Please copy these questions to your webspace. Answer the questions there, then leave a comment below so we’ll all know where to check out your responses.

1. What’s your favorite kind of cracker?

Hilo Saloon Pilot Cracker

What was my favorite kind of cracker... Hilo Macaroni Factory Brand Salon Pilots... long gone since 2003. Cracker factory went out of business. Sad. On another note visit this link to get my recipe for "Cracker Toast".

2. What part of your residence gets the best natural lighting?

The front of my building during the afternoon.

3. What song have you frequently listened to lately?


According to my Last.FM song tracker that would be "Heart of Stone" by the Raveonettes for this week.

4. What could you use a little break from?


5. What’s going on in your town this weekend?

Chinese New Year. Kung Hee Fat Choy. Year of the Rabbit.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday 5 for January 21: Super

Super Man

It's 4:23 AM Hawaii time and the January 28 Friday 5 has not been posted. I'll answer the January 21 edition.

1. There are superheroes named Superman, Superfly, and Supergirl. Based on your performance this past week in whatever you do, what would have been your Super_____ name?

My super name? This past week it would have been Superoverworked.

2. This week, what has been superterrific and what has been superlame?

Superterrific - a cool picture I shot of Shiro Matsuo, Hawaii's Saimin King on Jan. 27.

Superlame - The Governor's State of the State address.

3. Which of Superman’s abilities would have been the most useful this week?

X-ray vision could always be useful.

4. What do you most expect will be super this weekend?

Nothing much.

5. What are your thoughts this week about the coming Super Bowl?

I wonder who will have the best multi-million dollar commercial on Fox TV.