Sunday, December 31, 2023

Friday 5 for December 29: Repetitively redundant


The last Friday 5 Answers blog entry - 123 123 (December 31, 2023).

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What inconveniences do you experience every single day?

I hate bending down.

2. What do you wish you weren’t so often in close proximity to?

Rail and TOD developments.

3. This past week, what would you have appreciated some advance warning about? (alternate question: What were you grateful to receive advance warning about?)

Paper copy of birth certificate. Fortunately I found it. Yay!

4. What caused you to smile happily today?

My best friend waking up and saying "Happy 123 123." It's the last day of the year.

5. When did you recently give in to a sudden impulse?

I ate a whole can of Almond Roca while watching TV.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Friday 5 for November 17: Roll the bones


From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. How do you feel about gambling?

I'm not a fan of gambling. I don't gamble.

2. Which casino-type game do you most enjoy?


3. What’s the riskiest thing you’ve done recently?

Spent money.

4. What are the chances this will be a terrific weekend for you?

Chances are low that it will be terrific.

5. What’s your favorite (gambling or not gambling) card game?

Solitaire on my computer or phone.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Friday 5 for November 10: When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange


I was going to use The Brady Bunch's "hit" single "Time to Change" for this Friday 5 Answer. However I am late in answering and saw that two other bloggers used the song in their responses. That said I offer this song of "Change" from 2013. It was my favorite song of that year... the band is Churchill, who disbanded shortly after this became a #1 alternative rock hit and a free iTunes giveaway.

As usual the source for the Friday 5 is from Scrivener.

1. If you could change one minor thing about your life right now, what would you choose?

What I do is usually safety check my car about 1 or 2 days after the expiration date. That way my next safety check deadline is pushed to the next month of the following year. Been doing this now for several years.

2. What’s your favorite bubblegum?

Bazooka Bubble Gum.. if you combined two or more together they could make the biggest bubble ever that broke on your face. Plus it had that funky Bazooka Joe comic strip folded within the gum wrapper. It was back in my day only a penny per gum. I haven't seen this bubble gum in ages. I looked it up, the company Bazooka is still in business making the gum, though the comic strip is no longer offered.

3. When did you most recently need an unexpected change of clothing?

While it was not expected, a few times I was caught in a rainy downpour... but then I was just wearing very casual clothes so I did not much care... plus I was close to home. We haven't had rain in a long time here.

4. Where do you keep your (currency) change?

  • Dollar bills assorted - Mostly in my wallet.
  • Loose Change / Coins - In plastic 35mm film containers and prescription pill bottles. Also some loosely in desk drawers, car console area.

5. When did you most recently need a change of scenery?

I haven't traveled out of the Honolulu urban core for more than three years now. I probably do need a change of scenery, even if only temporarily.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Friday 5 for November 3: Late again

Hey! In keeping with this week's theme... I'm late with my reply to the Friday 5 questions. Yay!

1. When did you last miss a scheduled appointment?

Hair cutter back in May of 2023.

2. What’s usually the reason you’re late for something?

When I don't really want to be there and I know there will be no line to wait in.

3. What have you recently finished well in advance of a due date or deadline?

Usually the Assistance League of Hawaii monthly newsletter.

4. In your daily life, what strategies do you use for not being in a hurry?

The main one is BE EARLY. Leave early, especially if what you need to do is on some other entitie's schedule that you rely on... like... um... airline travel. I am always at the airport 2 or 3 hours before flight. You can never tell if there will be some long ass line at TSA, ticketing or both.... I like being early at the airport because that gives me an excuse to take pictures, though often times of numerous planes that are the same airline as the one you are flying on.

I hate missing planes especially if you have someone at the other end who will pick you up at the airport.

5. What are you waiting for?

  • a. My aging old Mac
  • b. Resumption of The Handmaid's Tale TV series
  • c. Whatever I may have on order from Amazon
  • d. Black Friday bargains from streamers
  • e. Death! (Oh what fun!@)

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Friday 5 for October 20: On the subway walls


Friday 5 for October 20: On the subway walls: As usual the questions originate from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. Which words do you use too frequently?

- Swear words when I am frustrated, startled or angry... the two common ones starting with F and Sh.

2. Which words do you use not enough?

I apologize.

3. Which words have you recently learned?

- Rakkyo - I thought it was "Ronkyo". I recently found out that ronkyo does not exist but instead it is called Rakkyo.

4. Which words do you love to hear?

"Chuckle" - it's cute when I hear it spoken in audio books or podcasts. I think about fuzzy little creatures that purr similar to Tribbles in Star Trek, even though it means a somewhat subdued laugh.. Chuckles.

FREE STUFF - Yep, that gets my attention.

FREE PARKING - self explanatory


FREE STREAMING - yep... Pluto TV, Tubi TV,  iHeartRadio, etc.

FREE - by itself is generally good too.

5. Which new slang terms do you especially like or dislike?

Some of these may be new, but I suspect and know several are old:


Legit - legal, legitimate

Doh! - what?!! Oh NO! (adopted from The Simpsons)

Cluckers - I made this up and use it... chickens! 

Puka (Hawaii) - hole 


Brah (local Hawaii) - I hate being called that... "Eh brah"

Unkle (local Hawaii) - I am not your uncle.

Friday, October 13, 2023

Friday 5 for October 13: Capitalizing on Opportunity


1. When did you last visit a building where legislation or executive governing take place?

Hawaii State Capitol - May 2023.... will be visiting again next week.

2. What do you carry on your person, in a bag, or in your car, just in case?

Either my primary smartphone (Google Pixel 4a) or my secondary "dumbphone", an Alcatel Smartflip 2. I was opposed to cell phones for a long time until I needed one in 2014 to communicate on the go and at work with my slowly dying Mom. I got a cheap 3G Smartphone at that time, which eventually saved my life in late 2015 after I suffered a mild heart attack at a public park. After that I always have one of them with me.

3. When did you last lower yourself (physically) through an opening of some kind?

It was either in 2010 on a tour aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, or more recently in 2015 on another tour on the historic battleship U.S.S. Missouri. Lots of climbing up and down, especially the carrier. 

4. How do you feel about the death penalty?

I'm all for it in its use in capital crimes such as murder, serial murder, treason against the United States of America, and for serial rape. 

5. Which vocalists most impress you with their ability to sing in the upper register?

Off the top of my head Art Garfunkel comes to mind... and maybe Jon Anderson in the group Yes. Of course there is always the late Tiny Tim... "Tiptoe through the tulips with me...."

However females can naturally hit high notes and for me the most famous locally is Genoa Keawe, a Hawaiian music singer who could hit high notes and sustain them with aplomb. See video at the top of this posting.

Below inside the Hawaii State Capitol Senate Chamber earlier this year. I work there part of the time.

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Friday 5 for October 6: Boo!


It's SATURDAY October 7. The following questions came from the Friday 5 blog.

1. How easily are you startled?

Very easily. I don’t like sudden, unexpected things that pop up.

2. What music do you find scary?

Gangsta rap music and any type of ghetto (black) music associated with threatening messages, disrespect for the law, disrespect for our flag and country, espousing urban and rural violence, etc. That is the kind of rap music I would not want to be caught someplace where people love that stuff congregate. It is threatening.

3. When did you last attend a performance you didn’t think highly of?

I rarely ever go to live performances. I think the thing that offends me the most about paid live performances, is not the performers or the performance itself, but mostly the high ticket prices and zeroing on those horrid, mandatory “service fees”. Looking at you Ticketmaster. Blech!!!! 

Of course I know way in advance as to whether or not I would like the live performance by the type of content it would be… like I would go to some rock show and never ever go to a rap or hip hop concert.

So the chances of attending something I don't think highly of is fairly minimal at best.

4. What caused your most recent small cut or scrape?


5. When was your ego most recently bruised, and what did you do to recover?

Can’t remember anything of recent times. I generally avoid situations where something negative may happen to me.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Friday 5 for September 29: Gang aft agley

Does this one sound like it is following another nautical term? From Scrivener's Friday 5 site, come these stirring questions.

1. When did you last plan a special gathering or event?

I think that was around 2019.... though I was not the main planner which is a good thing... It was for a family reunion back home on Hawaii Island... I just had to plan on being there as the main photographer... that was it. Oh and help set up the Facebook page for that.

Prior to that... um... my Mom's funeral in 2015 and some years before that, my Dad's funeral in 2010.

Oh what fun! 😟

2. How do you rate yourself as an organizer of activities?

I'd rather avoid it. Just invite me to eat or take pictures at your event. That is good enough.

3. When did you plan something and then say, “Never again!”

Um... certificate presentations for my former employer between 1999 and 2014. Those horrible things were like trying to herd cats to a specific day and time for a rather public event. I did not relish doing them, but for the most part I pulled them off. At the end of whatever presentation we were doing, I always said to myself "never again". But then another one would come up, much to my annoyance. The above photo was taken in 2002 during one such event.

Today I would not want to do them. Too much headache. Just let me take photos if you need me for something like that.

4. When were you especially impressed by someone else’s planning for a special event?

The special events that I have been to have more of less turned out well. When you are not involved with it, you don't see or experience the behind the scenes stuff, so if something went wrong or a detail was missed, I would not know or care. I haven't been to anything that was so awful to make a bad impression on me. But then I don't go to many organized activites in my life.

5. When have you recently experienced a sudden change of plans?

I try to avoid change of plans, especially if I have to travel off island. That can be EXPENSIVE. The travel industry tries to nail you for every change you make and whatever changes you do make, causes the experience to SOUR and put a bigger hole in your POCKETBOOK.

I guess that is a reason why I do not like traveling so much. It is stressful just taking a plane from one island to another because we can't even drive to another county in this state surrounded by water. 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Friday 5 for September 22: Don’t tip the boat over

Shades of The Hues Corporation for a song that is only a few years younger than you Mr. Scrivener. "Don't rock the boat, don't tip the boat over." I remember when the song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as Casey Kasem counted the hits down on American Top 40 back in the summer of 1974.

Anyways here are my answers to these disco music inspired questions.

1. When did you most recently feel you should be dancing?

Not in this century. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s I did some stints as a disco DJ... that was another lifetime ago, though all of the songs linked to in these questions were popular dance numbers at the time I was working.

2. What hot stuff have you recently consumed?

Black pepper? Mostly seasoning on stuff. A recent Saffron Road microwave dinner was quite spicy hot.

3. What kind of side-hustle would be fun to try?

I don't know if I would be relevant now, but mobile DJ again. However today it is probably real easy as you can load your entire dance trax and much more into a laptop computer(s). Back in the day it was a couple of crates of heavy LPs, 45s and 12 inch singles - and then there is the heavy gear.. nope not going there. Plus no one worried about copyright and public airplay back in those days.

Probably a better one would be radio DJ if that were available, but most radio stations are all computerized.

Other than that I have done freelance desktop publishing and wedding photography in the past. The latter is too stressful to cope with at my advanced age. Was fun in the film days because not everyone was good at shooting photos in those days, and no one had a smartphone or digital camera.

4. What were some of this summer’s good times?

None. I'm just plodding through life at my slow, mundane, old way.

5. What are your plans for Saturday night?

More than likely staying home, watching a movie and maybe ordering a pizza to go. 

S A T U R D A Y   night!!!! 

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Friday 5 for September 15: Happy Hour

I recently ate at Chic-fil-A for the first and only time so far. It was okay but nothing spectacular.

Happy Hour? Not.


I had all of my answers saved to Google Docs on Friday but forgot to post them here until today... Sunday. Questions come from their usual source.

1. During which specific hour of the day are you likeliest to be happy?

It depends on the circumstance and where I am during the day.

2. Which food-beverage pairings do you feel strongest about?

The standard burger - bun, beef, chicken or fish - should have tomato, lettuce and onion and one sauce at their most basic level.

The burger can be matched with water (my preference) or a soft drink of some type.

Optional - French fries or macaroni potato salad.

Optional 2 would be cheese, cucumbers, additional spices, avacado.

3. Do you enjoy (or have you enjoyed) socializing with coworkers?

It depends on where I have worked. Office parties are an unwanted social chore for me…. As are most "business" lunches with the entire group. I'm not a big fan of group gatherings.

One on one (or two) with a trusted colleague is more to my preference if one must socialize. Generally I rather go home.

4. When did you last try something different (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to drink?

I haven't tried anything new in the drink department for a long time. I don't do any alcoholic drinks, and have sworn off sugared drinks since 2011. I mostly drink just plain old water.

5. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of doing whatever you do during the day?

Listen to recorded music on one of my many owned playback devices. Records, CDs, tapes or digital files / streams. If I feel motivated, i also like to take photo walks with one of my many cameras.

Friday, September 8, 2023

Friday 5 for September 8: Kickoff

A6-AIN BOEING B737-7Z5 BBJ B737/WL  c/n 29268 I/n 280 → ROYAL JET / ROJ // BJ 1999 // auch A6-AIN → ABU DHABI AMIRI FLIGHT > AUH

Friday 5 for September 8: Kickoff

From Scrivener...

1. What is your system or routine for paying bills?

Some are on auto pay, others are manual via online payment. A few are done the old fashioned way, "send in a check". I don't do any mobile payments. Only my wired Mac computer.

2. Forced to choose from a lion, bear, and panther, which would you keep as a pet, which would you put on your family crest, and which would you be reincarnated as?

  • Crest - Lion
  • Pet - Bear
  • Reincarnated - Panther

And all of these are names of NFL football teams.. maybe I should be reincarnated as an NFL team owner?

3. Who in your life is (metaphorically!) a saint?

No one is perfect. So the answer is NONE.

4. Assuming no negative impact on the environment and all expenses covered by someone else, where would you go (and what would you do) right now if someone offered you use of a private jet?

First back to the Big Island and then traveling in different places around the United States. Of course it would depend on the size and range of the jet. 

5. Brown gets a lot of hate, but what are some lovely brown things?

One of the cars I used to own was brown. Dirt is mostly brown but you need it to grow things. I don't have any hate of brown. Heck I am brown skinned myself. So there.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Friday 5 for August 25: Until it hurts


The following questions come from Scrivener's Friday 5 website:

1. Which charitable organizations do you think do especially meaningful work?

There are many that do good work. But from my biased perspective, I will go with Assistance League (of Hawaii). I am their website administrator, photographer and newsletter editor. Our mission statement:

"Assistance League volunteers transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs."

In other words, we provide needy children and families with school clothes, supplies, baby items, emergency supplies, education services reading enrichment (through our OWL and literacy services programs) and much more.

Learn more by downloading our community newsletter or visiting our website.

2. When has someone recently appreciated your giving them your time?

The member volunteers from Assistance League of Hawaii like the work I do for their website and monthly member newsletter.

3. When have you asked someone to give you a little space?

I keep my distance and rarely have to ask anyone to give me more space.

4. What do you simply not give a darn* about, despite its mattering to your friends or relatives?

Dogs. High maintenance, costly waste of money, messy,  noisy, smelly, jumpy and sometimes biting. Yuck! How can people put up with such creatures... especially indoors, on bedding, furniture and everywhere else these stinky things go. Ugh!

5. What are you close to giving up on?

Hulu, Paramount+ when the 1 year promotional trial rates expire.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Friday 5 for August 18: Career day

 The following questions come from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

1. What is an ideal career for someone who’s your exact opposite?

Communist party chancellor, president or dictator.

2. What do most people not know about your job?

That for the last few years, I occasionally work there.

3. Which stereotypes about people in your job are pretty close to accurate?

Government bureaucrats.

4. Which movie or TV series has a pretty good portrayal of your job?

I can't pinpoint any to the nth degree. But thinking back on most of the jobs I had, it would be within the legislative profession, photography or the advertising/marketing area.

5. Which wild animal would be best suited to doing your job?

Donkey... plenty of those there. 

The public arena where I have spent several years working, lately though only part time.

Friday, August 11, 2023

Friday 5 for August 11: For argument’s sake

Alexa lives in the Amazon Echo Dot.

I have long surpassed 992 Arguments. 

1. How argumentative are you?

You probably don't want to be in the same room with me if that happens.

2. With whom do you have a friendly, long-running argument, and what is it about?

A person I know who supports rail and I don't. Been simmering since 1992. "Rail is not a right".

3. What was your most recent argument about?


4. When did you most recently overhear an argument between people you don’t know?

From the upper floor of my building where I live occasionally we can hear late night arguments on the street with who know who! Sometimes very loud and police are called.

5. What’s an unpopular opinion you have about food?

Organic food is just a way for the food industry to push more expensive food on consumers.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Friday 5 for August 4: The Bard says

 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island is one of my favorite places to visit.

Bard or What?

The text on this blog is not Barded.

I use Bard. It is a good writing aid. Write your prose as normal, get Bard to fix it, and then rephrase it somewhat to make it your own. Will use Bard as long as it remains free. It is a nice tool to use in writing or editing. 

1. What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Learning is a lifelong process. There are all kinds of subjects that I pursue more knowledge of. Top of mind for me include keeping up with the latest news on cord cutting, best ways of getting tech without spending too much money, discovering both new and old music, political news, local news and issues, and much more.

2. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?

Eat, walk around taking photos of stuff, talk about or listening to music, whatever.

3. What is your favorite place you’ve ever been?

Any place on Hawaii, the Big Island…. Hilo, Honokaa, Volcanoes National Park, Waimea, Kohala, Laupahoehoe, Ookala, Kalopa, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Waipio Valley.

4. What is your favorite way to relax?

Listening to music on my stereo or devices at home.

5. What is your favorite thing to cook

I'm not good at cooking. I can make hamburgers and spaghetti with meat sauce (hamburger).

Saturday, July 29, 2023

Friday 5 for July 28: (abbr.)


Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

1. What shortcuts do you frequently take? 

When I'm walking to certain locations, I tend to think what is the shortest way to get there and then follow through.

2. How do you make up for one of your shortcomings?

Most of the time, I try to avoid those once they happen.

3. What does your favorite pair of shorts look like?

Old with a bunch of pockets... Well worn.

4. What was meant to be short-term but lasted much longer than planned?

Recurring seasonal employment for the last five years.

5. Which short films do you especially like?

My favorite from when I was a kid until today is The Red Balloon, a French film that came out in 1956. I first saw it in school a long time ago for one of our classes.

The DUST Channel on YouTube have a ton of great short, science fiction films. I can't remember the titles of specific films, but for the most part they have all been good.

NPR has the Tiny Desk short in-studio concert series and KCRW have some good concerts. Don't know if they qualify as short films, but I enjoy them.

Lastly Michael Jackson's long form video for "Thriller" is also a good short film.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Friday 5 for July 21: Scattergories Part 13

These are the answers to Scrivener's annual Friday 5 Scattergories questions which features the never changing nifty online random-letter generator.

My letter for 2023. I got a 3 letter sequence: btv

I'm going with the letter B Ernie.

1. What should you always be careful with?

Bullies. If you know someone who is a bully, the best thing to do is to avoid them whenever possible. I always take this to another level by avoiding "bully locations" such um Kalihi and Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki during the night time hours. Those areas and several others in Honolulu are high crime areas where bullies, drug pushers, gangs, etc. could strike at you in a very negative way. So yes... B is for BULLIES.

2. With whom would you like to have dinner?

Just off the top of my head, there is no one I personally know that whose name starts with the letter B. That said my other choice would be the actor Bruce Boxleitner. So B is for BRUCE BOXLEITNER... and we have a double B here. Yay!

3. What would you like to learn how to do?

Bake a cake or pie? Sounds delicious. I have never considered myself a cook. I can make edible stuff to just get by. Baking I don't have much patience for, but it does yield something delicious, most of the time... Oh and baked chicken I guess. That is good. B is for BAKE.

4. Where will you find what you’ve been looking all over for?

Ben Franklin Crafts store. I may be able to get some materials that I need to cut and shape and use to replace light baffles in several of my aging film cameras. B is for BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS STORE.

B is also for Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

5. What do you dream about?

New BABYLON 5 movies and series is a dream every B5 fan like me wants

This year fans are getting a one-off animated Babylon 5 TV movie of the beloved sci-fi series that helped revolutionize episodic TV storytelling

The place is Earth 1993; The show is Babylon 5. It premiered on the now defunct PTEN network in 1993 (the pilot) and launched into a full blown TV series lasting 5 more years through 110 episodes.  Babylon 5 had a focused storyline with interesting characters, plots and sub-plots that carried from one episode to another forming a long, planned story arc that lasted for five years (seasons).

Babylon 5's creator and writer of nearly all of the episodes J. Michael Stravinsky (JMS), pitched the series as a "five year novel for television." First run episodes of the entire story ran from 1994 to 1998 on the PTEN network and TNT cable. The show was released to DVD and is streaming on TUBI TV and the Roku Channel.

After the original series finished its network run, a short-lived sequel series titled Crusade was produced for 13 episodes in 1999 before being cancelled by TNT.  Four made for TV movies were also produced and aired between 1998 and 2000 on TNT.

Warner Brothers television, the franchise rights owner to Babylon 5 announced a re-imagined series that is supposed to debut on the CW network written by JMS. Since 2020 the series is in development limbo due to a number of factors impacting the show's production.

This year a Babylon 5: The Road Home, an animated movie written by JMS will be released to home video and possibly run on a streaming service such as Amazon Prime. An official announcement regarding the movie's streaming schedule and channel has yet to come. Orders are now being taken for the DVD.

Speaking of which, JMS also announced that Babylon 5 will be released to Blu-Ray DVD for the first time ever. For many years fans had to be satisfied with releases on VHS and standard DVDs. I have all of the standard DVDs. 

Above: Civil war breaks out between the Earth Alliance and Babylon 5. This clip is from the Season 3 episode Severed Dreams which won a Hugo Award back in 1994. All of the music for Babylon 5 was composed by Christopher Franke of Tangerine Dream.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Friday 5 for July 14: Late night dorm talk

Matt Damon in "Air"... good new movie on Amazon Prime.

The following questions come from Scrivener’s Friday 5 blog.

1. If you could dispense one condiment from each finger on your left hand without its ever running out (and without losing any normal use of your fingers), which condiments would they be?

  1. Salt

  2. Pepper

  3. Cinnamon

  4. Sugar

  5. Oregano

2. Which you is the realer you: real-world in-person you, or online you?

Probably a blend of the two.

3. Who’s a better actor: Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon?

Matt Damon nailed it for me in “The Martian”, one of the better science fiction movies of recent times. He also gave a good performance in the recent Amazon Prime movie, “Air” which is about how Nike wooed Michael Jordan to become their spokesman back in the late 1980s, early 1990s.  He was also good in the “Bourne” series of movies.

I only remember Leonardo from the movie “Titanic” and it is a good thing he sank to the bottom of the ocean. Heh!

4. If you had to watch (and stay awake during) the same movie repeated for 24 hours, which movie would you choose and why?

While I would prefer not to watch any movie on repeat for 24-hours, any of the three original Star Wars movies would do fine for me. Probably the “Empire Strikes Back” would be the best one, even though I love the original “A New Hope” a lot.

One of the neatest things to do is to binge a movie series that you like a lot all in a day or whatever time it takes to go through them. I did it with Star Wars 4, 5 and 6 and also the entire 5 movies of the original Planet of the Apes series.

5. Who are the five most visually recognizable people in the world?

Just because I mention someone, it does not mean I am a fan of the person. I am going to break these down into categories….



  1. President Abraham Lincoln

  2. President John F. Kennedy

  3. President Ronald Reagan

  4. Marilyn Monroe

  5. Michael Jackson


  1. President Donald Trump

  2. President Barack Obama

  3. King Charles III (U.K.)

  4. Kim Jong Un (North Korea)

  5. President Joe Biden (current)


  1. The Beatles

  2. Madonna

  3. Mariah Carey

  4. Ed Sheeran

  5. The Rolling Stones


  1. Tom Cruise

  2. Tom Hanks

  3. Kim Kardashian

  4. Dwayne Johnson

  5. Angelina Jolie

Category: Dead people, music industry and celebrity.

Friday, July 7, 2023

Friday 5 for July 7: Midyear examination

More questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 page.

1. What has been a nice surprise in this first half of the year?

Nothing surprisingly nice has happened to me so far. Most of the time everything stays the same.

2. What’s the best new (new-to-you or brand-new) music, TV, or reading you consumed this year?


If I had to rate my top 20 "new" songs so far this year, this is what it would be (based on chart performance of my weekly Current Top 20 Hits that I post here and here  - click the links).

Rank                     TitleArtistPeakWAPTotal Weeks
1GhostTom MacDonald1721
2Anti-HeroTaylor Swift1523
3Love AgainThe Kid LAROI1210
4End of the WorldTom MacDonald featuring John Rich1210
5Wish You The BestLewis Capaldi1211
6FlowersMiley Cyrus1213
7I Feel Like DancingJason Mraz1213
8PointlessLewis Capaldi1216
9Karma / Karma (featuring Ice Spice)Taylor Swift128
10Lux Γ†ternaMetallica129
11Eyes ClosedEd Sheeran1112
12LostLinkin Park1114
13Get Her BackMichael Ray119
14Blind For LoveAmerican Authors2314
15I'll Be Seeing YouIam Tongi216
16EvangelineStephen Sanchez3213
17Lavendar HazeTaylor Swift3111
18I'm Feelin' Good (Steve Miller Band)King Calaway3111
20BejeweledTaylor Swift3112

Key - Rank | Peak Position | Weeks at Peak (WAP) | Total Weeks on Top 20 

Rapper Tom MacDonald has held the #1 position on my Current Top 20 song longer than any other this year with his song "Ghost". It's an indie record (like all of his others) that most radio stations refused to play, even though this is just a simple love song to his significant other Nova Rockerfeller, who is the producer of most of his videos. MacDonald has amassed a large YouTube following and has sold many records / songs / digital downloads.

TV (My Top 10 TV Shows this year; old and new; I watch a lot of YouTube)
1. 1883 (Paramount+) Yellowstone prequel series
2. 1923 (Paramount+) Yellowstone prequel series
3. Star Trek Strange New Worlds (Paramount+)
4. The Expanse (Seasons 1 - 3 so far; 4 -6 to be watched soon; Amazon Prime)
5. Babylon 5 (Tubi TV - Classic scifi from 1993-1998 - rewatch)
6. Sleeperdude  / Sleeperdude 2 (YouTube - A family that fixes old cars)
7. The Flight Channel (YouTube - airline crash accounts / computer simulations)
8. Airline Videos (YouTube - live streaming from LAX, CA. take offs and landings)
9. Adventures Made From Scratch (YouTube - A guy who crushes cars at his junkyard)
10. Melinda (YouTube - Vinyl Record Reviews)
11. Kilauea Volcano Live (YouTube - USGS live feed of active volcano in Hawaii)

I take a long time going through books since I skip around from book to book. None listed right now.

3. What have you learned so far in 2023?
4. What is the outlook for the rest of your 2023?

Uncertain and most likely more expensive.

5. What can you do this week to make someone else’s 2023 better?

Be a better listener.

Friday, June 30, 2023

Friday 5 for June 30: It’s a good time for the great taste.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 blog.

1. What lies somewhere Beyond the Sea?

From Hawaii: California, Oregon, Washington and many other states to the East of there.

2.When and where did you last have a Splish Splash?

I spilled some water a few weeks ago at home which I had to wipe off the floor and the counter top.

3. What do you do Early in the Morning?

Open my eyes. Get out of bed. Go to the bathroom. More stuff afterward but it varies.

4. Who is your Dream Lover?

None of them would love me, so names are not worth mentioning.

5. What proves You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby?

My mother and father did not put me up for adoption. πŸ˜€πŸ˜―

Friday, June 23, 2023

Friday 5 for June 23: Be curious, not judgmental

From Scrivener: "Hello, and welcome to this week’s Friday 5!" 

"Questions inspired by a favorite show you don’t have to have seen. πŸ™‚"

Yep, probably some TV show I never saw.

1. How do you feel about (or what do you think of) soccer, the sport known everywhere but in the U.S. as football?

Soccer makes big money for the TV networks all across the world, especially during the FIFA World Cup which they all vie for every four years. The fervor for Soccer in some countries is so great that it is also a security risk at some locations with fans creating riots and other mayhem. 

I am happy that American football is a huge success in the USA and continues to be so. What I like best about American football is that it never uses the metric system and keeps our English based inches, feet and yards popularly intact. Damn the rest of the world and their metric system. I can't visualize it. Thanks to football, I can visualize a foot, yard or even a mile (more credit for that goes to speedometers). I can't visualize metrics.

I am not a sports fan, but will watch a game once in a while when there is some interest. Sports TV is very expensive. Cable TV companies so far have sports fans locked into their live sports feeds. Over time this will change as streaming services land more and more contracts from professional and collegiate sport programs. Many are going to streaming where there are better options in terms of consumer choice and cost over cable TV bundles.

Here's a fun music video that promoted the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Africa. The song is called "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" by Colombian born singer Shakira.

2. What have you been forgiven for?

Can't remember anything recent or specific on this.

3. Who is the most joyful person you know?

Lisa when she is happy.

4. When were you most recently a fish out of water?

I try not to put myself in unfamiliar situations, which means I mostly play it safe. That said, I can't recall the last time I felt out of place... maybe very long ago when I first worked at the Hawaii State Legislature... way back in 1998... I guess everyone is a newbie at some job or another.

5. Under which circumstances are you the best version of yourself?

My best guess is when I am talking to people about old music, records and the top 40 charts of the 1960s to the 1980s. I was a big fan of the old Casey Kasem "American Top 40" radio show from back then.

Friday, June 9, 2023

Friday 5 for June 9: Themeless

 The following is from Scrivner's Friday 5 website:

1. What did you most recent affix a sticker to, and what was the sticker?

Coming real soon, registration sticker on our car bumper. 6/24.

2. What are your favorite and least favorite songs about weather?

Favorite songs about the weather:

  • Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
  • Rain - The Beatles
  • Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
  • Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sunshine Superman - Donovan

Worst songs about the weather:

  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head - B.J. Thomas
  • It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
  • Fire and Rain - James Taylor
  • I Made It Through the Rain - Barry Manilow
  • Blame it on the Rain - Milli Vanilli

3. What turned out to be a good idea(s)?

1. Electricity! - Best idea ever. Thank you Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, etc. Electricity helped us to become a highly industrial and technological society.

2. Recorded Music - Yes from the first wax cylinder through the years of AM/FM radio, phonograph records, reel to reel tapes, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, compact discs, DVDs, MP3s, AAC,  digital downloads and streaming music and video... All of these made my life on Earth mostly pleasant.

3. Motorized Vehicles of all types. Cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, etc. have mostly been beneficial to my life as well as the lives of many others.

4. High Speed Communication - From the telegraph, through landline telephones, cell phones, smart phones, computers, email, the internet and more. What would life be without these?

4. Which errands should you probably run this weekend?

I need to deposit a check I got in the mail.

5. What are your feelings about yogurt?

I like yogurt, especially strawberry and lemon lime flavors. Often yogurt is too expensive.