Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sen. Inouye's Teeny Library?

If you live in Hawaii, and if you subscribe to the local rag, The Star-Advertiser, you may have missed this. I almost did. See, I didn't actually read the story (I'm a headline reader, as you probably know by now).

But for some reason, egregious errors just pop out at me. Like this huge one in Tuesday's morning newspaper.

According to the article, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye's papers are to be stored in a $27.5 Inouye library. I think a word might be missing - like "million"? Gotta be. Otherwise, the newspaper is saying Sen. Inouye costs only $27.50. Either that, or his library is going to cost only $27.50.

That's a pretty small library.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Where Hawaii Ranks 33

Okay, so we in Hawaii don’t listen to a lot of holiday (Christmas) music on radio during the season.

And, we tax the poor pretty high.

But … we have a lot of millionaires, our well-being is pretty high, and we have the best beaches in the nation.

Highest "Naughty" Christmas Spirit (AccuRadio, 2014)
Based on total hours of holiday music listened to, adjusted for population.
  1. New Jersey
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Delaware
  4. Wyoming

Highest Tax Rates on the Poor (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 2015)
  1. Washington
  3. Illinois
  4. Florida
  5. Rhode Island

Most Millionaires per Capita (Phoenix Global Wealth Monitor, 2015)
  1. Maryland (7.69%)
  2. Connecticut (7.23%)
  3. New Jersey (7.14%)
  4. HAWAII (6.93%)
  5. Alaska (6.82%)

States with Highest Overall Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways, 2014)
  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. South Dakota
  4. Wyoming
  5. Montana

Best U.S. Beaches (U.S. News and World Report, 2015)
  1. Maui, HI
  2. The Big Island of Hawaii, HI
  3. Honolulu, Oahu, HI
  4. U.S. Virgin Islands, VI
  5. Outer Banks, NC

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Phone Pix 41: After the Meal ...

Teasing's my game, and "Belch" is my middle name. So I thought I'd tease y'all with some pictures of my restaurant plates after eating ... and pre-belch.

Enjoy! I know I really, really did.

Korean Chicken Sandwich, Dec. 4, 2012,
Zippy's Vineyard, Honolulu, HI

Reuben Sandwich, Sept. 16, 2013, Kenny's, Honolulu, HI

Tonkatsu Teishoku, Sept. 20, 2013, Yuki Sushi, San Jose, CA

Kalbi Breakfast, Dec. 2, 2013, Big City Diner, Honolulu, HI

Fruitti di Mari, Dec. 10, 2013,
Andiamo Italian Steak House, Las Vegas, NV

Special Rodeo Steak Hash, Dec. 10, 2013,
Hash House a Go Go Plaza Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Ciopinno, Dec. 10, 2013, Triple George Restaurant, Las Vegas, NV

Fried Green Tomato Benedict, Dec. 11, 2013,
Stewart Ogden, Las Vegas, NV
*Belch* ... oops, sorry.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Convincing Email Scam

The day before yesterday, I received a rather disturbing email from a friend of mine (or so I thought). His email address seemed legitimate (it was an AOL account), and the message was quite convincing:

Subject ..... (friend’s name)

I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. We had to be in Philippines for a Tour..the program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. We misplaced our wallets and cell phones on our way back to the hotel after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contains all the valuables we have. Now, our luggage is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.

I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but I have only very few people to turn to now. I will be very grateful if I can get a short term loan of ($2,450) from you. This will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford at this moment. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. Please let me know if you can be of any assistance.

Thanks, (name)

It was quite tempting to at least email my friend and ask if this really was true. But the request for money is always a red flag.

Then, the clincher … I got another email a few minutes later, with the identical message, from a person I didn’t know.

You gotta be really careful these days! I kid you not.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Innocent, Yet Incredible: Perspective

It all depends on your point of view. Everything depends on your point of view - where things are in relation to each other, and where YOU are in relation to what's in front of you.

That's the beauty of these pictures. They just happened, they weren't set up (I think).

What a wonderful world we live in.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Don't Let Kids Your See This

Moms and Dads, cover your kids' eyes. Right now. Do it. Because if you don't, you can't blame me, because I tried to warn you. In fact, if certain words offend you, turn the page right now and check out someone else's blog.

Or, come back tomorrow when things aren't quite so objectionable.

I have something to show you, something that takes an advertising catch phrase and turns it into adult memorabilia.

I found this tee-shirt in Las Vegas and almost bought it, but I'm sure the wife would have kicked me out of the house, and I like having a place to eat, sleep, and watch TV. So I passed it up.

But I did take a picture of it so I would never forget it.

One of the words is objectionable to a large portion of the populace, so I fuzzed it out. Well, not entirely, but at least it's fuzzy.

Are you ready? Got milk? Got beer?

Here ya go (you're sure the kids are out of the room, right?)



Saturday, February 21, 2015

JFK Experience

... As in "Just Fuhgeddaboudit, Kiddo."

While driving along the Las Vegas Strip, heading back downtown from a buying expedition at Fry's Electronics, I saw this mock-up of President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One. I tried to take a photo from the car, but that didn't work out.

When I got back to my hotel room, I Googled it on my iPad and discovered there was an exhibition of JFK stuff at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.

The memorabilia, which includes two Presidential limos, a number of Jacqueline Kennedy's formal gowns, and oodles and oodles of JFK's campaign ribbons and buttons. Is a small portion of presidential enthusiast Jim Warlick's collection.

The next day, I went to the Tropicana, took a picture of Air Force One, then headed inside to find the exhibit. I figured it was in the same place where I had seen "The Human Body" and "Titanic" exhibitions several years ago. Without thinking much of it, I began my long trudge.

Now, the day before, and earlier that same day, I'd done a lot of walking, and by the time I found the place, I must have walked at least a quarter mile in my search. My feet hurt, and my legs, hips and lower back were killing me. Not only that, there's a long stairway to negotiate before you get to the entrance.

So I get there, and the guy sitting at the entrance table tells me I have to buy my ticket at the "Show Tickets" booth 'way back where I'd started from. I ask the price. It's $24.95, or $19.95 for local residents (whom we call "kamaaina" in Hawaii) and seniors (like me).

What if, I offer, I just give him $25 (forget the senior price). Would he let me in? He just smiled faintly. I told him if I have to walk back to get a ticket, I'm not coming back. Didn't faze him in the least. I took a peek inside and saw how sparse the exhibit looked, turned on my sore heels, and went back the way I came.

Then I played a deuces-wild poker slot at the Tropicana casino and won $50. Poetic justice, no?

I kid you not.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Selective Hearing Aid

The wife often accuses me of having selective hearing. So I told her I'd get a hearing aid; I got one like this  >

She was happy.

Ssshhhh, don’t tell her, okay?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

If You Love Words 2

Here’s the second half of a lexophile’s compilation. A lexophile is someone who loves words. Are YOU a lexophile? 
  • Police were summoned to a daycare center where a 3-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
  • A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
  • When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  • The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
  • He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
  • When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
  • Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
  • Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

Groaning is permitted.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Phone Pix 40: Fruits

Ahhh, fruits. Fah-ROOTS! There they are, ripe and plumb and crispy, just waiting for someone to buy them, cool 'em up, and munch into them.

And yes, no matter what you've been told, tomatoes are fruits (berries, actually).

Take a deep breath and smell the intoxicating aromas of fresh fruit:

Mangoes, Foodland Supermarket, Aug. 12, 2013, Honolulu, HI

Dragon Fruit, Chinatown Marketplace, Aug. 20, 2013, Honolulu, HI

Apples, Safeway Manoa, Oct. 8, 2013, Honolulu, HI

Bananas, Safeway Manoa, Oct. 17, 2013, Honolulu, HI

Watermelons, Trader Joes, Aug. 14, 2014, Fremont, CA

Mangos, Sprouts, Aug. 18, 2014, Fremont, CA

Heirloom Tomatoes, Sprouts, Aug. 18, 2014, Fremont, CA

Persimmons, Times Vineyard, Nov. 13, 2014, Honolulu, HI