Friday, July 1, 2022

Friday 5 for July 1: Solstice

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

1. How do you cool down on warm summer evenings?

Stay home, eat, sleep, watch streaming videos or listen to good music. AC or good ventilation helps.

2. What are some good songs for keeping the summer vibe flowing?

Just threw this list together:

  • Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
  • Theme From "Endless Summer" - Sandals
  • Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
  • California Girls - The Beach Boys
  • In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
  • Pipeline Sequence - Honk
  • Feeling Just The Way I Do (Over You) - Cecilio & Kapono
  • Island Woman - Pablo Cruise
  • Summer - War
  • Black Sand - Kalapana
  • Under the Boardwalk - Tom Tom Club
  • Kokomo - The Beach Boys
  • Wind Surfer - Roy Orbison
  • Insy'a - Henry Kapono
  • Deeper in Love - Hawaiian Style Band
  • Pi'i Mai Ka Nalu - Sistah Robi Kahakalau
  • Summer Kisses, Winter Tears - Julee Cruise
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
  • Life's a Beach - Heymous Molly
  • Don't Worry Baby (symphonic version) - The Beach Boys
  • Misirlou - Dick Dale & The Deltones
Listen to these songs and maybe more on my Summer Time! Spotify playlist.

3. What’s a good summer movie or a good summer book?

  • Movie: Jaws - If you haven't seen this classic Steven Spielberg movie see it! You'll think twice before going into the water at the beach. A swimming pool will be safer!
  • Book: I can't think of any books that are specifically summer related. Except if you like plenty of sand, gigantic worms, a very dystopian society full of conflict in a world where the spice and water are super precious commodities, then I can recommend Frank Herbert's Dune, which is the first of several sprawling books in the series.

4. How is this summer better than last summer?

I don't know about that. Stuff costs more this summer than they did last summer. Have you seen the price of gas? That surely limits summer travel. Air fares are up too. But then I haven't flown since the start of COVID.

5. What special something are you doing this summer?

I'm thinking whether or not I should drive to the other side of the island to go see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight show in August. I've seen them two times before and the USAF's Thunderbirds three times before. It may be more of the same, but it is always exciting. I just don't relish the though on driving in traffic to and from the event. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Friday 5 for June 24: Consumer Reports

Friday 5 for June 24: Consumer reports

The questions as usual come from the Friday 5 website.

1. When did you last eat or drink something purchased from a truck or other wheeled vehicle?

I used to go to a variety of lunch trucks in the past. The last time I went to one was probably in 2019, months before the COVID-19 attack happened. Since then I have not returned. Also prices for plate lunches spiked A LOT higher since the start of that darn pandemic.

2. When did you last purchase something previously owned?

A couple of $1 record albums that I bought from the Thrift Shop. New vinyl records are now WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! Thanks millennials for spiking the prices higher. Ugh! You folks should have just stayed with digital.

3. When did a purchase most recently exceed your expectations?

For any purchase to exceed my expectations, it has to 1. last longer than 10 years and 2. be affordable. That said, many of the cameras I use are older than 10 years. Some of my audio gear is old and analog. Love em. We need more devices that do not connect to the internet.

My Toyota Corolla is way older than 10 years. I certainly got my money's worth on that car, which I bought used many, many years ago. Things that cost more than $100 should last a long time. I use a 10 year time frame to gauge the quality of expensive consumer items. Long ago when you spent serious money, you expected things to last a very long time.

4. When did you last overpay for something because you needed it right away?

Gasoline! Damn that Biden. The Keystone Pipeline should be re-opened and our national policy should go to making our nation oil independent free of expensive foreign crude from the Middle East, Indonesia and Russia! Trump had that right.

Like everyone else that drives, we are severely impacted by the price of gas at the pump. Per gallon, while we are not the highest in the nation, $5.50+ cents per gallon truly bites, even if I only drive a Corolla!

5. Among recent purchases, what was the best bargain?

I got two FREE (with coupon discounts, etc.) Paul McCartney CDs from Amazon this week.... Egypt Station from 2018 and McCartney III from 2020 (see photo at top). Happy belated birthday Paul... 80 years strong and thanks for the decades of great music! Yeah!

Overall, CDs are now a way better bargain than new vinyl LPs. They cost way less, and like it or not, are more durable than record albums (which I still love, thank God I already have a big collection of many classic titles) and sound great even when bought used. Can't say that about vinyl record albums, especially when you take a chance on used titles (though I have been lucky with most).

Record albums should be $8 to $9 for a standard black vinyl issue as new. Clearly less than $15. I was cringing when reissues of LPs that I bought brand new for $8 or even less back in the day, are now selling for over $20 a pop and more recently with an industry price hike, selling for more than $30. I mean is a $30 copy of The Beatles Abbey Road worth it when a perfectly fine CD can be had for half the price? Duh! Good thing I have both the CD and a vinyl record copy of this classic album in my collection.

As for new music released this century I am more than happy with a digital download or a regular CD. Musicians of the current generation are not worthy for issuance on vinyl and the high prices that go with that.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Friday 5 for June 17: Flaming O


Friday 5 for June 17: Flaming O

I don't get the connection to "flaming O", but here are the answers to these fowl oriented questions. As usual the questions come for the Friday 5 blog.

1. Among stuff people have told you recently, what’s been most difficult to swallow?

"You stink". Ugh.

2. What swan thing from last week you’ll spend time reflecting on this week?

Probably reviewing this video that I produced from last Saturday.

3. What are you waiting your tern for?

Money that is not coming, otherwise nothing in particular.

4. Who do you suspect is robin you blind?

Been to gas station lately? The price per gallon is climbing way over $5. And who is responsible for this? JOE BIDEN of course. The rickety old man cut the Keystone Pipeline on the first day of his presidency. It is time to let the oil flow on through our own continent and in our own country once again. Never mind the Middle East, Indonesian and Russian crude.

The U.S. should be and could be pursuing a goal of energy self sufficiency in all sectors, including coal, oil, and nuclear in addition to all the "touchy feely" green energy that tree huggers and progressives love. 

We suffer from high prices because of the progressive agenda. We could also lose more of our freedoms because of progressives who learn horribly socialist.

5. To what cause or effort are you planning to pigeon sometime soon?

Well I do ongoing charity work for Assistance League of Hawaii if that counts.

OK. Wishing anyone who got this far, a great Friday and weekend. 

Bird photos from Wikimedia Commons.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Friday 5 for June 3: As happy as our cruel world allows

June 5, 2022: Questions from the Friday 5 blog.

1. Who has a great voice for acting in movies?

There are way too many actors to just narrow it down to one or even a few. Off the top of my head, I've enjoyed Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Charlton Heston and John Wayne through the years. Doesn't help much that two of them are dead. From women I can't remember too many from their voices... perhaps Kathleen Turner (whatever happened to her?).... I don't know who the young and trendy actors are today since I hardly ever watch new movies unless they stream somewhere. Plus my attention span for movies are not like they used to be in the past. I tend to like shorter films these days.

2. When have you recently resisted temptation?

High prices are easy to resist like last minute plane fares and big ticket items.

Just say "NO" to expensive stuff and walk away from it. It's easy!

3. When did you last cry in front of someone?

When my mother died.

4. When did you receive encouragement from an unexpected person?

I can't remember if that recently happened or if it ever did.

5. How old are some personal letters you’ve kept, and how easily do you throw personal letters away?

I have a few letters and cards from my Mom, and a few from old, long lost friends from back in the 1970s. Today hardly anyone gets personal letters. The kinds of letters I get in the mail, I usually hate, which are from businesses and government entities. Today we are more than likely to get "letters" (not saying much here) in the form of emails or even shorter by direct messaging texts, posts or tweets. Letter writing has fallen by the wayside in the digital age.

Plus to cost to send out anything in the mail is expensive when compared to email or texts. See #2 "expensive".

That said, here is a video....

Friday, May 27, 2022

Friday 5 + 5 : Two for May

Friday 5 for May 27: Double Stuff

As usual all of the questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What do you have two of because while you knew you had one, you couldn’t find it so you bought a new one?

Got plenty of these. They include combs, scissors, keychains, scotch tape, thumb drives, SD cards, batteries, and a number of other small items that I misplace and find it easier to buy a new one... most of the time.

2. What do you own none of because it’s convenient to borrow it from someone else?

Nothing at this time.

3. What do you own an old version of because it still works fine even though it’s very old?

My 1993 Toyota Corolla. Still works. Still goes. Why should I buy a new car with all that computer crap built in that is destined for obsolescence on the next software upgrade???? Look at those cars that have components that become or will become obsolete soon because they have 3G technology built in. 

Electric cars will become prohibitively expensive after their batteries die. So what do you do? Fork over $8000 to $10000 for new batteries or just scrap your old Tesla or whatever and get another new $50,000 one???? Yikes!!!! The whole EV thing is a huge conspiracy to put you on an endless upgrade trail just like computers and cell phones. Ugh!

I also have my old Power Mac G4 computer, Chromebook from 2013, 2013 iMac and a 2011 MacBook Pro...

And then there are cameras... digital: Canon 600D, Canon S5iS, Canon Powershot G5, Canon Powershot S9000, Fujifilm HX10, several others... Film cameras... Olympus, Minolta (many), Yashica GS. Old records. Old CDs. They all work just fine.

4. What do you own identical versions of because you like to have one in different places?

Two Amazon Echo Smart speakers that are not very smart. Ugh!

They were on sale this past Christmas and I got them for a good price... less than $24 each. They are a blessing and a curse. Good for listening to music you don't have... plus audio books, news, etc. Plus you can also stream other bluetooth devices to them such as a phone or computer... whatever. 

They do have some huge privacy issues, most of which I turned off. I also don't like the ads they throw at you to buy this and that from Amazon. I am not interested in buying ANYTHING through those speakers. I turned that function off and it still bombards me with ads.

5. What are you most likely to upgrade when an upgrade is available, even if you’re happy with the one you’ve got?

I probably am going to have to bite the bullet and get either a new Mac computer and/or a newer Chromebook. Still deciding. Ugh!

Friday 5 for May 20: Do-Re-Meme

1. When have you yelled at a cat?

I like cats. I don't yell at them. 

I don't like dogs. I usually try to avoid them. I've had to yell at one last month after he bit someone who was walking in front of me. The dumb owner could not control her stupid dog. Those kinds of dogs should not be allowed out in the public.

2. Would you please tell us you’re looking forward to the weekend without telling us you’re looking forward to the weekend?


3. What first-world problems have you recently complained about?

  • Not in order but all first world problems.
  • Biden (he is also a 2nd and 3rd world problem too)
  • Inflation
  • Gas Prices
  • Shut off of Keystone Pipeline by Biden
  • Illegal immigration
  • Crime
  • Environmental extremism
  • Green agenda
  • AOC
  • Price spikes for groceries, consumer goods
  • High priced new vinyl records (I stopped buying years ago)
  • Smartphone Tracking
  • Intrusion on our Privacy
  • Built in batteries that are next to impossible to replace
  • Taxes
  • High cost of living in Hawaii
  • Constant Upgrades to Devices
  • Built in obsolescence
  • Amazon orders being messed up
  • Jumping through hoops on phone system calls
  • Call centers
  • Spam calls
  • Spam emails
  • Phishing Scams
  • RAIL (Honolulu, Oahu only)
  • Democrats
  • Progressives
  • The Left
  • Socialism
  • Y2K generation embracement of socialism
  • Assholes
  • There is plenty to complain about!!!!

4. You have one job this weekend: what is it, and how might you mess it up?

One of them is putting together the monthly newsletter for Assistance League of Hawaii. The occasional typo might slip through, even though we proof it a few time.

5. What did you learn when you were today years old?

I'm old. There is always something new to learn. Like this past week I learned how to whisk whipped cream. Never did that before! (See photo above - Orange Jello with Whipped Cream).

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Friday 5 for April 29: Meh


The following questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 website.

1. This week, when was good enough good enough?

Whatever task I was doing but not putting a full effort into was good enough if I completed it satisfactorily. Then I went home.

2. What are a few songs you'd include in a middle-of-the-road playlist?

Here is a rough list I compiled of soft rock / pop / easy listening music through the years. Some of the biggest pop and rock artists have made songs that can be considered "middle of the road" or "adult contemporary". You can listen to the music by scrolling further down this list.

1. Yesterday Once More - The Carpenters

2. The End of the World - Skeeter Davis

3. Chances Are - Johnny Mathis

4. Can't Help Falling in Love With You - Elvis Presley

5. I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee

6. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk & Orchestra

7. Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra

8. Never on Sunday - Connie Francis

9. (I Left My Heart in) San Francisco - Tony Bennett

10. Michelle - The Beatles

11. You're My World - Helen Reddy

12. Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow

13. Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot

14. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend - Lobo

15. Open Arms - Journey

16. On The Wings of Love - Jeffrey Osborne

17. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago

18. Always - Atlantic Starr

19. Hello - Adele

20. Fallin For You - Colbie Caillat

Hopefully you like the examples I have presented here and are able to create your own playlists with similar music.

3. What is the most ordinary thing about you?

My body parts are pretty much the same with some fixing as most of the species classified as homo sapien.

4. What do you like most about an average day?

Sleeping. Meh is the topic right? 

5. What do people seem to think is wonderful while you think its just okay?

My photography, though most of the pictures I have shot I consider "meh". Whatever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Friday 5 for April 22: Moves Like Jagger

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog... here are the questions.

1. What are you moving toward?

Old age and my eventual demise.

2.What moves you right out the door?

High prices. Often I won't even go into that door.

3. When did you recently move a scheduled meeting, appointment, get-together, or date?

When it was inconvenient.

4. Whats keeping you from moving on something?


5. Whats a memorable move (successful or not) someone made on you, or a memorable move you made on someone?

Oh gawd, I hate moving. I had to help my friend move a few years ago and it was far from a pleasant experience. I dread having to move out myself someday. Ugh.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Catching Up on the Friday 5s

 All ten of these are from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

Friday 5 for March 18: Take me to the old playground

1. When did you most recently swing on a swing?

Probably around 1970. It's been ages ago.

2. On what issue have you teeter-tottered?

Not too sure who I'd like to see as the next Governor of Hawaii. It depends on the issues they support like lowering taxes, TMT and those they oppose, like RAIL.

3. How close is your residence to a park, and when did you last visit?

Ala Moana Beach Park, like last month... I should go more often, but lately work has kept me away. No time.

4. How capable are you with a charcoal grill?

I don't own one, I don't grill, I live in a building. It's not allowed.

5. With what are you playing hide-and-seek?

A few things that I don't want to mention.

Friday 5 for March 11: Chocolate-covered mothballs: they always satisfy!

1. How did you have it your way this week?

I got to do most of the things I wanted to do this week.

2. Where do you want to go today?

As mostly a homebody, I prefer to go home.

3. How have you recently taken a licking but kept on ticking?

Well, I had a heart attack a few years ago. I am still here today.

4. In what manner are you thinking different(ly) these days?

I'm mostly set in my ways. I don't change my opinions very often. Can't think of anything right off hand where I am thinking differently.

5. This weekend, how will you indulge because you’re worth it?

Indulging is expensive and I have to hold back since gas prices are flying sky high, thanks to Biden cutting off the Keystone Pipeline and the war between Russia and the Ukraine only making matters worse. Re-open that damn pipeline. Trump had that correct... now look where we are! Gas prices higher than $5!!!!

I'm adding this question from the week previous Friday 5.

6. What’s a good song with ”yellow” in its lyrics or title?

Not too many yellow songs I can think of... but here's a list.

  1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (my favorite yellow song)
  2. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman
  3. Yellow - Coldplay
  4. Mellow Yellow - Donovan
  5. Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
  6. Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell (1970 version)
  7. Yellow River -  Christie
  8. Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam
  9. Yellow Rose of Texas - Johnny Lee
  10. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole' Oak Tree - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Friday 5 for February 25: They


The following questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. How have you proven them right or wrong? 

Kind of 50 / 50 for me. I am willing to learn new things some of the time, but not all of the time. Doing things in the old way is better than adapting to something new. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

2. They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him or her drink. How has this proven true or false in your life?

That's true. If you want something you have to pursue it. Only rarely has something dropped into my lap.

3. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. How have they been proven right or wrong in your life?

I don't have much feeling in this one either way.

4. They say looks can be deceiving. How have you proven them right or wrong?

You can't judge a book by its cover... the same can be applied to record albums, movie posters and trailers. Sometimes the cool looking ones are overhyped trash and the not so attractive ones can be a gem.

5. They say opposites attract. How have you proven them right or wrong?

I think that varies depending on the person or the situation. In politics, to me, opposites don't attract, especially if you are entrenched into your ideology and reject the beliefs of the other.... Capitalism vs. Communism, Right vs. Left, Christian vs. Muslim, etc., etc. Life is never going to be perfect. Look at what's happening between Russia and Ukraine. It's a mess there that could escalate into something even more horrible than what it currently is.

Friday, February 18, 2022

Friday 5 for February 18: You are known

 OH... Today's Friday 5 plus 2.

Here goes.... 

1. What is your least favorite smell?

Doo doo, poop, sewage and anything else associated with it.

2. Cats or dogs?

Most definitely CATS.  Photo above is Poof, my sister's cat who lived to be about 20 years old. We had her since kitten days.

Not a fan of dogs at all. Dogs should not be allowed in grocery stores and restaurants. Ugh! And we have a leash law on Oahu. Follow it.

3. You only get one song to listen to for the rest of your life. What is it?

Too impossible to answer as I like way too many songs to just settle for one.

4. What number is Stephen Colbert thinking of?

His ratings. I never watch that show.

5. Flat or sparkling?

I only drink regular water. Not sparkling and not anything else... no alcohol for me.

6. What is the most-used app on your phone?

Android OS is probably the most used. Next comes....

  1. Chrome browser
  2. YouTube
  3. Google Voice
  4. Gmail
  5. DuckDuckGo browser

7. Describe the rest of your life in five words.

Can't avoid the death coming. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Froday [sic] 5 for February 11: Everything possibly worth knowing about a person

The following question gathered from Scrivener's Friday 5 website. Enjoy!

1. Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?


2. What do you think happens when we die?

Depending on what you believe, I think our spirits move on to a new eternity, hopefully with God our Heavenly Father... at least for the good people... The less than worthy and downright bad people probably have a place to go where it will burn for their entire eternal existence.

That said, our physical bodies will start to break down as all of the stuff that holds us together start the process of decay.... rotting very slowly, becoming a vessel for scavengers to consume very slowly as the body rots. Of course there are ways to prolong the dead body by having it chemically treated at a mortuary in order to keep it in near normal, though "petrified" condition, at least so that it can be viewed at a funeral service.

Of course there is the tried, true and cheap solution... just get the body cremated in a very hot furnace (at an approved crematorium) and have all that liquid and other goo burned down to ash, where about the only items that remain are fragments of bones, traces of mechanical stuff added to the body through its life (pacemakers, fillings, artificial replacement parts, etc.). I think the ash is mostly gray and can fit into anything that can be declared as an urn.

Even cheaper than cremation, there is always the option to send your un-needed body to some academic institution where doctors, nurses, coroners and others in training can use it for real life exercises. Scientists can also use dead bodies for medical research.

Beyond that there is always some kind of memorial you can set up, the most simple though not the cheapest is to have the body buried into the earth and have a headstone placed above to "mark your grave". That has been kind of a standard for centuries, though unmarked graves were also common in ancient and recent history.

I think one of the better ways for you to be remembered long term, beyond death is have an online memorial to yourself or loved ones set up. Memorializing your social media pages are an option, and many people do it. I also notice Funeral Homes set up memorial pages for their clients who have passed where visitors can leave items of remembrance behind.

For me, after I die, one of the best, free long term memorial for my life will be having my profile set up at, a genealogical site run by The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is open and free to use by the public. You can create or maintain profiles of people who have passed on, including a profile for yourself to maintain so that your memories of life can be preserved from your point of view instead of someone else writing "I remember my friend... etc., etc." after your death.

Profiles of the living are not activated on FamilySearch for public viewing until AFTER you die. In the meantime you can set your site up so that what you want to be put there is set up by you and not someone else... though others can contribute to your profile after you pass.

Anyway, so much for the topic on death. There are a lot of other things that you can plan for before you go to the great beyond....

3. What’s your favorite action movie?

Most of my favorite action movies are from the late 1970s and 1980s, which is a decade that I watched a lot of movies. I cannot nail down just one, so again here is a top five, though the order may and will probably change if I have to revisit the subject again.

  1. Star Wars - It's got good action, a definite line between good and evil, and as a standalone movie, holds up very well more than 40 years after is 1977 release. Runner up in the series for me is The Empire Strikes Back.
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark - This is a classic action adventure and the first and best of the four movie franchise (1981).
  3. The Terminator - It was groundbreaking in its release year of 1984 and definitely cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger as a major box office draw. "I'll Be Back".
  4. Die Hard - Bruce Willis was never better in the first of these action yarns.
  5. Rambo II - Of all the Rambo movies, this one was the best for me. Lots of action between Rambo and the rouge Vietcong soldiers.
  6. Aliens - OK there was a lot of screaming in this movie and our heroine Ripley is once again set up to fight the brutal xenomorphs that made their appearance in the first movie of 1979. This 1986 sequel stands out as a high action yarn in a scifi setting.
  7. Predator - Our action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger is at it again, battling a nearly indestructible alien entity sent to Earth to scout out and eliminate our life form.
  8. Gladiator - This is a great action yarn set in the historic times of Rome where gladiators were rounded up to provide entertainment to the death for the Romans. Russell Crowe won the "Best Actor" Academy Award for this picture. It was also the Best Picture of the Year 2000 as voted in by the same academy.
  9. Ben Hur - 1959 action yarn starring Charlton Heston as the main protagonist in this Academy Award winning story set in the time of Christ. The chariot race is the highlight of this movie, which also contains several other action sequences.... "Ramming Speed" ahead!
  10. Romancing the Stone - This is a good one that weaves hard action with comedic elements. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are unforgettable characters in this comedic action adventure. (1984)

4. What’s your favorite smell? 

Hmm... The answer to this question hasn't changed since its first appearance (for me) last week.

"Lavender, jasmine, citrus, kimono rose and several others that I can't remember are nice aromas that my friend Lisa puts into her lighted diffusor."

5. Exercise: worth it?

It is but so hard to be disciplined enough to do it.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Friday 5 for February 4: The full spectrum of human experience


I like cats. This is the first part of a series of three Friday 5 questions. Let's see if the upcoming ones are ok.

1. What is the best sandwich?

More time than never, if I opt for a sandwich it usually is TURKEY.

In my former life it was hamburgers.

Not mentioning any brands to any of the above. It just gets too complicated.

2. What’s the one thing you own that you really should throw out?

I have several old computers. They seem to slowly add up because people give them to me. I did get rid of about a dozen old Macs around 2016... and I still have 4 others, including two that are in regular service. I can't fathom the thought of throwing out an Apple computer...

Which also brings me to mostly dead iPods. I have about 5 of them where the internal, built in batteries are next to impossible to replace... gawd.. I hate built in batteries. Why not make devices with batteries consumers can easily remove? I hate it. I used to love my iPod Touch 4.... but its battery gave up the ghost about 2 years ago and now it just sits in a box. Ditto for my 2 iPod Shuffles, an iPod Photo, iPod Nano and iPod Mini. Except for the iPod Touch, at least those older iPods can still be used while plugged into an AC power source... but it defeats the purpose of having a portable device that you can take with you.

And that's why when I finally adopted cell phones in 2014, I opted for Android since there were several that have easy to replace batteries that prolong the device's life beyond the built in obsolescence shelf life common to those with built in batteries. I have one of those phones that is no longer in active service, yet with its replaced battery soldiers on as a wifi device, MP3 music player and FM radio. iPhones don't have FM radios. Lisa and I refer to out of service phones as "Phapps".

3. What’s the scariest animal?

I've had bad experiences with DOGS. I don't like them. 

4. Apples or oranges?

Computers - Apples so far, but Chromebooks are not far behind.

Food - Definitely ORANGES though within the citrus family I like Grapefruit and Tangerines better.

5. What’s your favorite smell?

Lavender, jasmine, citrus, kimono rose and several others that I can't remember are nice aromas that my friend Lisa puts into her lighted diffusor.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Friday 5 for January 14: Feelingverse


These came from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. When did you take the road less traveled?

It wasn't less traveled the last time I took the Crater Rim Drive road around Kilauea caldera back in 2005. Today it is the road way less traveled since half the road collapsed into the crater at the time of the 2018 volcano eruption. So now it is the road less traveled, at least near the southern end of the caldera.

2. When have you told the truth but told it slant?

Now why would I want to admit to that in a public forum? Pass.

3. When did you most recently strike out?

Bought a SIM card for one of my phones and it did not work. The phone is unlocked. I lost the ICCID number which is not the same as the IMEI number. The ICCID number was printed on the packaging the card came with. I more than likely tossed the packaging into the trash or hopefully misplaced it.  The service provider need that ICCID number to match the card with the phone. Ugh!

4. In what way is today like a summer’s day?

Well this is Honolulu, Hawaii. In the middle of the winter today... the sunshine is out, I am sure the beach will be busy. There is a slight chill this morning at around 70 degrees... but it will heat up as the day progresses and the sunshine climbs higher in the sky without any threat rain, hail or snow today.

5.  Where do you go to find yourself?


Friday, January 7, 2022

Friday 5 for January 7: Combo

 Friday 5 for January 7: Combo

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1. What do you have mixed feelings about?

Anything that I am uncertain of but for some reason have been forced to do.

2. What blended drinks do you enjoy?

Water with ice. The ice will blend into the water.

3. At social or professional gatherings (when it’s safe to have them), how easily do you mingle?

I hate those. I rather be in the background as a distant observer. I don't do well in group social situations. In that regard, all the social distancing protocols in effect for COVID-19 is kind of a godsend since socials are rare these days.

4. When did something most recently stir you to tears?

When my Mom died. That was in 2015.

5. What did you most recently add to your collection of something?

I bought 4 CDs in the last 2 months of 2021. I have mostly stopped buying massive amount of physical media for music and video since I had to severely de-clutter my place a few years ago.