Friday, March 21, 2014

Not the Friday 5: Bonus Questions #6

From Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

Bonus Questions, 6

And the hits keep coming.
  1. What store’s departure from your preferred shopping mall most saddened you?
  2. What’s good to eat at your preferred shopping mall?
  3. What services (as opposed to goods) do you pay for at your preferred shopping mall?
  4. What’s a store you’ve never been inside at your preferred shopping mall?
  5. What kind of store would you most welcome in your preferred shopping mall?
  6. What did you most recently purchase at an office supply store?
  7. What did you most recently purchase at a book store?
  8. What did you most recently purchase at a drugstore?
  9. What did you most recently purchase at a convenience store?
  10. What did you most recently purchase at a thrift shop?
I'm skipping the Friday 5 questions this week and just going for these.

All of the answers below refer to Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, the biggest shopping mall in Hawaii which is located about 3 blocks away from my residence.

Sears Ala Moana Center

1. Closings: The most recent store to have departed the Ala Moana Center that I miss is SEARS. Stupid center management took out one of the most local friendly stores and are replacing it with high priced town houses, Bloomingdales and other high priced stores. Ala Moana certainly has lost all the local charm it once had and it is now and has been for at least the last 20 years, an expensive high end mall... which is very sad and misses the intention of the center when it was first built in the late 1950s. Through the 1960s and 1970s it was the most popular shopping mall for local people to go to and get goods and services that were for the most part, affordable.

That all said here is the death roll of some stores and restaurants that were once at Ala Moana Center and are now all gone, mostly replaced with high-end, expensive boutique type establishments:

  • Sears
  • Woolworth
  • JC Penney
  • Zippys'
  • Sharper Image (another good place to browse but I never bought anything from them)
  • DJ's Sound City (record store)
  • Ritz (clothing)
  • Walden Books
  • Honolulu Book Store
  • Patti's Chinese Kitchen
  • Francis Camera (was not very cheap but was a good place to browse)
  • Hawaiian Airlines Ticket Counter
  • Aloha Airlines Ticket Counter (the airline went out of business in 2008)
  • Keiki Land
  • Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor
  • L and L Drive In

Sears Ala Moana Center

2. Good stuff to eat at your favorite shopping mall? In Ala Moana Center there is always a fallback to McDonald's since they are affordable and anything else you can take out of either Foodland or Longs' Drug. Otherwise I like all the Japanese bento places in the Shirokiya store. Another good thing they have at Shirokiya is a good selection of used, affordable CDs, DVDs and video games.

3. Services at Shopping Mall: The U.S. Post Office at Ala Moana Center is open on Saturdays!

4. Never Been Inside: Ala Moana Center - Many of the high end boutique stores and high end restaurants like Mortons' and Assagio's.

5. Store most welcome? In Ala Moana Center? Sears or Target. Something that is affordable for local people. That said, it is good that WalMart is only a block away from the expensive mall.

6. Most recently purchased at an office supply store? Paper.

7. Book Store purchase? Nothing recently.

8. Drugstore? Most recent purchase was toothpaste and soap at Longs.

The last two answers do not pertain to Ala Moana Center:

9. Convenence store purchase? Gas at a small place along Kapahulu Ave.

10. Thrift shop purchase: A 35 mm Minolta SLR camera a few years ago.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday 5 for March 14 - Breath

From Scrivener's Friday 5 site:


  1. What are your weapons in the fight against bad breath?
  2. What activity most recently caused you to be out of breath?
  3. How does your breath smell right now?
  4. What are some songs in your iTunes (or other media player) whose titles contain the word “breath” or “breathe?” Which is your favorite?
  5. What was the last thing you cleaned using condensation from your breath?


1. Toothpaste and mouth wash.

2. Not telling.

3. Bad because at this moment I am sick.

4. Breath songs: Not too many songs with the word "breath" in their titles. I do have a few more with "breathe". So I'll combine them and make this top 10 list:

    1. The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies (1974) 
    2. Every Breath You Take - The Police (1983) 
    3. Take My Breath Away - Berlin (1986) 
    4. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull (1972) 
    5. Geek Stink Breath - Green Day (1995) 
    6. Life and Breath - Climax (1972) 
    7. Breathless - The Corrs (2000) 
    8. You Took My Breath Away - Traveling Wilburys (1990) 
    9. Hold My Breath - The Downtown Fiction (2009) 
    10. Breathe Your Name - Sixpence None the Richer (2009)

5. Condensation from Breath / Clean? Occasionally a camera lens, as long as it is the filter in front that I am cleaning.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday 5 for March 7 - In Your Ear

From Scrivener's 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!"


1. What is a most pleasant sound to wake up hearing?

Maybe my "girl friend".

2. What is a most pleasant sound to fall asleep hearing?

1. Music. 2. Talk radio.

3. What’s a more annoying sound: car alarms or leaf-blowers?

In my urban environment, car alarms definitely are annoying. Don't have many trees in my area, so no leaf blowers in this concrete jungle.

4. What’s a sound most people seem to like but you hate?

Jawaiian music. Hardcore gangsta rap music.

5. What’s a sound most people seem to hate but you like?

Airplanes of all types... jets, turboprops, more.

Friday Five - Bonus Wednesday

OK here's something new.... from Scrivener's Friday 5 site:

Hawaiian Airlines Flight 382

Hello, and welcome to Bonus Questions for Wednesday, the 5th of March! You know what to do.
  1. What’s on your toilet tank?
  2. What’s on the dashboard of your car?
  3. What’s on top of your fridge?
  4. What’s on your front porch?
  5. What’s on your bathroom sink?
  6. How have you personalized your space at work?
  7. What’s the most you’ve spent on one meal out, and was it worth it?
  8. What’s the greatest height you’ve looked down from?
  9. What animal have you seen in the wild that most people see only in books, in other visual media, or in zoos?
  10. Among songs in your iTunes (or other media player), how many contain the word “eye” or “eyes,” and which is your favorite?
Thanks for participating, and happy middle-of-the-week day!
Answers to Questions:

1. Toilet tank - Nothing mostly but sometimes soap.

2. Dashboard of my car - Nothing unless I put my iPod on top of it.

3. Fridge - The Microwave is on top of my fridge... my fridge is half size so that's why. I live in a small apartment.

4. Front porch - I have none since I live in a condo. Condo, apartment both same to me.

5. Bathroom Sink - Bar of soap

6. Personalized workspace - One of my MacBook Pro's since the official office computers are PCs only.

7. Most spent on a meal out - More than $120 at Ruth Chris Steak House about 3 times a few years ago. More recently $71 at Mediterrano. As long as I am having a meal with a good friend it is worth it. If I eat alone, then Zippys' or Burger King will do fine!

8. Greatest Height Look Down From - Perhaps 32,000 feet from an airplane. On the ground, that would be in 1974 when I went to the 88th floor of the Empire State Building in NYC. I would have gone to the top, but the line for the single elevator was too damn long and we did not have time to wait!

9. Animal in the Wild - Mongoose perhaps, usually running across the road to avoid being hit.

10. Eye songs - Got 123 songs with "eye(s)" in the title. If I go by total plays so far for this year, the two most favorites are "Ebony Eyes" by The Stylistics and "The Story in Your Eye" by The Moody Blues.