Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday 5 for September 23: Dancing in September

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

1. How did you spend the 21st night of September?

I stayed home and did stuff on my computer.

2. When did you last hear bells ringing (real bells, not something electronic)?

I think the bells at Kawaihao Church several years ago. Not too many people use bells today.

3. What have you done in recent months to chase the clouds away for someone else?

Lisa lights up when I get her small gifts, flowers and pizza.

4. What are some good songs sung in falsetto?

The Bee Gees come to mind first in pop music - not in an ordered list….

  • Stayin' Alive

  • Tragedy

  • Night Fever

  • More Than a Woman

  • Love You Inside Out

  • You Should Be Dancing

Leo Sayer - You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Tiny Tim - Tiptoe Through the Tulips (good is debatable here, but the thing is memorable)

Earth Wind & Fire - Reasons, September, Let's Groove Tonight

Melanie - Brand New Key (probably not, but she has a high voice)

The Stylistics - I'm Stone in Love With You, Ebony Eyes

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons - Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll

Elton John - Crocodile Rock (probably the part in the chorus)

The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Mahi Beamer - Pupu Hinu Hinu

Funny how I only remember old songs from the 1960s and 70s with falsetto parts in them. Can't recall songs from later years.

5. Of earth, wind, and fire, which is likeliest to have a positive influence on your weekend?

Most definitely wind since sound needs air to travel through… and that allows us to hear and listen to music. đŸ˜ƒ

And of course a playlist of some of the songs listed above. Most are audio only. Listen at your own risk.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday 5 for September 16, 2022 - Heard It Through the Grapevine

 The following questions are from the Friday 5 blog.

GRAPES: I took this photo in 2017. I am sure the price has spiked up. Organic always cost more than a dollar than regular varieties.

On to the questions:

1. How do you feel about grapes?

They're good but EXPENSIVE!

2. How do you feel about wine?

I do not drink alcoholic beverages.

3. How much of a gossip are you?

Less than 10%. I don't keep up with this kind of crap, rarely socialize, so there is nothing much to gossip about.

4. How much purple is in your wardrobe?

Less than 5%.

5. How have you gotten better as you’ve grown older?

I remain committed to my conservative political beliefs.

6. Bonus Question: What’s the best food with raisins in it?



And of course the famous Marvin Gaye song from 1968. Did you know that Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded the first hit version of this song a year prior to Marvin Gaye? Both artists were on the celebrated Motown label.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Friday 5 + 5 = Catching Up With the Last Two Weeks

The Friday 5 questions as originally posted to the Friday 5 blog with answers here. Ready, Set, Go!

Friday 5 for September 2: All in the family

1. What efforts do you make in resisting Father Time?

I listen to a lot of old music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. I have old records and CDs. Plus mixed tapes. Old movies are good too. I have a pared down collection on DVD... I used to have more. I kept the ones I consider classics. I watch old TV shows and movies on streaming video. TUBI TV has some good old movies... Amazon Prime too. In the last 10 to 15 years I have not seen many contemporary movies. Theaters are too expensive, many movies don't go to Amazon Prime, so I just watch the oldies. No biggie.

I've tried turning the clock back a few minutes every day. I don't have a DeLorean with a nuclear thingy that can go 88.5 mph to break the time barrier... oh well.. and H.G. Wells' time traveler took his machine back to the Eloi Earth and there is not chance of him coming back.

So basically all efforts to resist Father Time will prove to be hopeless as the oblong box or the crematorium will be our final destination.

2. In what manner do you try to be a good steward of Mother Earth?

Don't get me started with this because I hate the whole green Earth Biden and AOC agenda that has been pushed not only by the federal government since January 2020, but also by the asinine State Government of Hawaii. Outlaw coal electricity production thereby raising our electric rates higher in the long run! Yep, thatʻs Hawaii. Politics and environmentalism have made our lives less convenient and more expensive!

Look at California and Washington State. They want to ban sales on gasoline powered cars. Screw that horrible agenda. I hate forced recycling. I hate less convenience and increased costs for this agenda. Plastics bans... and all of that government induced crap pandering to the Environmental Extermists! Ugh!!! CO$TLY to our pocketbooks. I am angry!

Since I will be dead in a couple of decades, why should I care? I don't have kids, I don't have much of a legacy to leave behind. Plus in about 5 billion years the sun will become a red giant and long before that happens, it will scorch this world Earth, Venus, Mercury and Mars into cinders. There is not much to hope for us in the long run except for death. It is a given.

That all said, I do send our trash down the building's trash chute. I don't use that much water in my home. I don't have a yard. My home is small/tiny so not much electricity is used. So you got those short term things. 

3. What has recently caused you to say Uncle?

With my advancing age, some young people call me "uncle". All of my real uncles from days gone by have passed away. So, I donʻt have any literal reason to say "uncle".

As a slang term for pain or stop or whatever, I have never used it.

4. Among actors in Ant-Man, who are you particularly fond of?

I have never seen Ant-Man or any new movie except for those that show up on Amazon Prime. I don't even know what Ant-Man is about. I guess that is either another Disney/Marvel franchise movie or one from Warner Brothers/DC Comics franchise... OK.. going to look that up... Thanks for the link.

OK... another Disney/Marvel franchise film... 2015... wow that was long ago already. See I donʻt go to the movies and I donʻt subscribe to Disney Plus. Also there are way too many Marvel movies out there. How can anyone keep up with this stuff? I think I only saw the original Thor and Captain America from the franchise movies.

Only two actors in that movie I know anything about. The first one is Michael Douglas who made a name of himself by being the son of legendary actor Kirk Douglas and getting his first big break in the TV series Streets of San Francisco. I know him best for the movies Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses and Wall Street. I loved Kathleen Turner

The only other member of that cast that I know of somewhat is Evangeline Lily, mainly because she was part of the cast of that doomed flight in LOST (2004 - 2010) TV series... ABC/Disney. What a coincidence!

Everyone else, I have never heard of.

5. Which notable brothers would you most like to hang out with? Which notable sisters?

First of all my brother and sister are the two most notable ones I know. While we are estranged from my brother, I like hanging with my sister when I can.

There are no other brothers and sisters of note that I would like to hang with.

Friday 5 for August 26: Four months

Merry Christmas

With this late posting probably less that that... Oh wait here is a link to the Christmas Countdown Clock. That will prevent you from resisting Father Time. Ever noticed when we were kids, it seemed like an eternity before Christmas would finally roll around. Now that I am much older, I go... "Oh no! Christmas is just around the corner??? This quickly! Yikes!!!"

Christmas is one of those turning points that mark our age, every year all the time. It is the signal that only seven days remain before another new year will arrive as we march another step closer to our graves.

1. How good are you at wrapping gifts?

With patience I am fairly good. For a short period of time I did work at the Waikiki Christmas Store where we did a lot of "gift wrapping".

2. When are you likely to begin your Christmas shopping this year?

December 21, 22 or 23....I know there is a gift card rack at Longs, Walmart and Target. Plus I can send out virtual gift cards from Amazon. Gift cards are great things for the last minute shopper.

3. How do you feel about candy canes?

Cheap sticky, sugary crap that is passed out for free at all kinds of places and functions. I do however like the song "Candy Cane Lane" by Sia.

4. Have you been naughty or nice this year? 

Just hiding under the radar as I do most years. Naughty or nice is a subjective judgement.

5. In what way was today most December-like?

It was sunny and hot as I think it will be in December. Global warming is a good thing in December.... plus I live in Honolulu Hawaii close to Waikiki. ItÊ»s sunny and warm every Christmas which is what helps our economy as jet-loads of tourists come to visit Hawaii and flee the harsh cold for a few days or weeks. 

So E Como Mai. Hawaii is open for most businesses. Come visit us. Spend your money. Add to our tax collections. Help pay for Hawaiiʻs wasteful government spending. Oh what fun it is to ride and sing in a slaying song tonight!

Moohahahahahaha! Merry Christmas and Have Fun. Donʻt forget about that Red Giant which will come in 4 billion years. Whoopee!