Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday 5 for May 27: Good and Bad

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

Today's Waikiki Sunset
The pleasant warm weather in Hawaii is usually lovely.

1. What’s good and what’s bad about the weather lately?

Good - Here in Honolulu our weather is like 97% good. Clear sunny skies usually, light trade-winds, and an occasional shower or two.
Bad - The pleasant weather comes at a price - high humidity, heat.. which means running the AC in house. That can add to the price of your electricity bill. Otherwise the only really bad weather we have is the rare hurricane with destructive winds exceeding 75 mph.

2. What’s something that’s so bad it’s good?

I like old sci-fi B-movies. Those films had a lot of anti-nuclear paranoia or alien invasions in their story lines, most of them produced on a shoestring budget.

Some of my favorites include "Angry Red Planet", "Panic in the Year Zero", "Reptilicus", "Island of Terror", "The Man With the X-Ray Eyes",  "The Time Travelers", and "Crack in the World". From the horror genre, "Monster in the Closet", "Ssssss!" and "Night of the Living Dead" (the original 1968 movie).

3. What’s something that used to be bad but now is good?

Can't think of anything. Bad is bad, and good is good.

4. What are some of your pet words for very bad and very good?

Very Bad - "Oh shit", "crap", and of course "fuck" which is used in a variety of ways.
Very Good - "Cool", "Nice", "Love It, "Good, goood" and pretty much anything else that projects a positive feeling.

5. What’s your favorite song by Bad Company (or Good Charlotte, if BadCo isn’t your style)? *

BAD COMPANY - When I look at my iTunes music plays I have to say "Shooting Star". It has the most plays from all their songs. There are others that I also like including "Can't Get Enough," "Feel Like Making Love", "Bad Company" (album link), "Silver Blue and Gold", "Young Blood" (album link) and "Rock n Roll Fantasy".... yep pretty much stuff from their albums of the 1970s. Lost track of the band in the 80s.

BADFINGER - "Baby Blue" (always loved this song from way before Walter White met his fate), "Flying" (B-side of "Baby Blue"), "Day After Day", "Without You" (this is the original; later covered by Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey), "Come And Get It" (money!), "Perfection" and "No Matter What". They may have been "the next Beatles".

BENNY GOODMAN - I have a few tracks from him but can't remember the titles.

BAD BRAINS - I remember when some of their songs were played on Radio Free Hawaii... not really my cup of tea. Can't even name one song.

"Thanks for participating, and have a goooooooood weekend, and all the world will love you just as long as you are a shooting star!"

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday 5 for May 13: How Did You Learn That?

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1. How did you learn to throw a ball?

From my Dad, neighborhood friends and school.

2. How did you learn to drive?

My Dad started teaching me how to drive at around age 8 and 10. We had/have a big place to drive without hitting anything. So I first learned to drive a 1960 Willys Pick-Up truck and later a 1967 International pick-up truck. When it came time for getting my driver's license, my Mom led me through most of that process (learner's permit) using her 1972 Chevelle. It was fun. Still is when there is no traffic.

3. How did you learn to swim?

Add me to the statistic "living on an island, not knowing how to swim".... how bad is that? Next....

4. What is the most recent thing you learned how to do from an online tutorial?

Learning how to sew on a button!

I also keep referring back to a couple of Unix tutorials when I forget how to do something in the terminal shell and also to the one on how to eject a stuck CD or DVD from your MacBook Pro. I find the terminal command to be the most useful in getting a stubborn one out: drutil eject

5. How did you learn most of your social etiquette?

I credit my Mom with teaching us good table manners. Back in the day we all ate at the dinner table as a family, and this is where, as kids we learned how to eat, behave and which fork was for the salad, which one was for the entree, etc. These are good skills to know especially after you grow up and get into situations where you just need to know this, like at corporate functions.

In the larger scope of other social etiquette skills I learned from school, church, friends and other sources of information.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday 5 for May 6: Dexterity

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1. How skilled are you with a chef’s knife?

I can adequately cut my vegetables, fruit, and proteins for lunch and dinner. That's it. What the heck is a "chef's knife"? I just use the cheap knife I got from Walmart.

2. How skilled are you with chopsticks?

I am a disgrace to my partial Asian heritage. I am all thumbs with chopsticks. No coordination. I can't even play it on the piano!

3. How skilled are you with a hammer?

I can pound a nail in 90% of the time without bending it or hitting my fingers. I am an expert in destroying things with a hammer... where's that old PC laptop?

4. How skilled are you with a corkscrew?

I don't drink alcoholic beverages so given that some of these things come with corks, the question does not apply to me since I do not use one.

5. How skilled are you with a needle and thread?

After watching a video of someone teaching me how to sew a button on, I can safely say that I can do that without stabbing myself.