Baggage Grindz

May 28th, 2015
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Once da airline industry started to go 'à la carte', it was only a mattah of time dat da rest of da world started to follow suit..... all da way down to our everyday happenings.

Da billions dat da airlines have raked in from da baggage, food, headphones and even blanket/pillow 'extras', tapped into an unknown revenue source so any business would naturally follow suit seeing how nothing is inclusive anymore.

In Hawai'i, we all enjoy onolicious grindz - fast food or homemade - and with dat, we get certain side action 'needs' determined by da grindz you are eating:

Jack-In-Da-Box - gotta get da buttermilk dressing.
Arby's - gotta get da horsey sauce.
Pizza Hut - gotta eat da crust with ranch dressing.
Rainbow's Drive-In - gotta get gravy ALL (yes, including da mac salad of course!)
Mitsu-Ken - extra garlic sauce to cover da rice
Sushi (any kine) - GOTTA have wasabi and (my preference) KIKOMAN. :grin:

Wat about french fries? You gotta have ketchup right?

Ask yourself dis. You see a plate lunch full of fries and normally da first thing you look for is da ketchup right? Well for me its da sriracha but you tink dat itty bitty paper dipping cup is enough for dat ENTIRE plate?

So naturally our friend asked for a few more cups and was told each cup would be.....

Wassup Wit Dat!

EACH cup costs fifty cents! Really? Really??

Wen you dine out plate lunch kine, there's something about paying 'extra' dat always makes you do a no discount double check. It's not like you asking for an extra side or an extra plate wea you would naturally assume to pay for da cost but for a condiment das like on EVERY table wen you dine out? You $h!tt!n me right?

I was totally trippin' out. FIFTY CENTS for dat puny cup of ketchup and they nevah even bat an eye. You know how much da fries were? Almost $5. No ask for watah either, they charge you for da full price of a soda unlike oddah places wea you might pay for just da cup. :shock:

Unrealz.

I guess it really shouldn't be a surprise as Jack's charges you for their buttermilk (but if you ask at da window instead of wen ordering, most times they give it free :wink: :wink: ), Pizza Hut charges for their sauces but at least they come in 'pretty' packages and more too. I'm surprised dat Rainbow's charges you for gravy all (da ONLY place I've evah been dat charged for gravy).

Wea else has condiments or 'extras' come at à la carte prices besides da kine fancy shmancy places? Wat oddah kine 'extra' you like on your food and wea? I like da kine extra green onions on my spicy ahi and ask for a small bowl on da side (no charge). :lol: You tink it's pupule to charge for condiments?

btw, we asked for three chopsticks and guess wat?

Was free.

LMAO! :lol: WWD! :lol:








True Meaning

May 26th, 2015
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As time evolves, things are/get diluted - there's really no way around dat.

Things once overly sensitive have become desensitized, things hardly spoken are now used as punch lines and things dat are normally not asked for are now taken advantage of.

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Yes, M-E-M-O-R-I-A-L Day. Just da word alone would make you tink about it. We all memorialize our lost ones, our beloved ones and even those dat we've witness pass but do you truly know wat Memorial Day is for?

I've always thought it was for our military veterans who gave their ultimate sacrifice and paid with their lives. They fought and died so dat we all can live bettah lives and breathe - and take advantage of - freedom.

Wen has dis 'holiday' been turning - turned into - memorializing ANYONE who has passed?

Wassup Wit Dat!

You not only dishonor our military but now you make it about YOU. It's not about YOU, it's about THEM. Those who lay beneath da very soil we walk on top of and those who have nevah made it home still lying in foreign soil nevah to be found. Those who are forevah trapped just a yardstick away from da surface of da watahs in Pearl Harbor.

No get me wrong, dis is a holiday we all enjoy cause it's a day off but don't turn it into 'memorializing' your passed (if they are not military) as it just isn't pono - there are 350+ some odd days to do dat. We all enjoy da time off with a beach bbq or spending time with ohana but please don't dilute dis holiday even though you may not be personally connected to any military person(s). Our servicemen and women deserve more than dat since they are on duty 24/7/365.

I not saying you no can visit grave but there's a difference when you make da day about you vs paying tribute to our fallen military. Just to be clear, I do not have any ohana dat I know of dat has served or know of any military personnel personally. I just feel they deserve a little more respect especially on Memorial Day.

Click hea for an article written by Historian Walter R. Borneman on Fox News which sheds a light about Memorial Day.

RIP and God Speed.








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Anybody?

May 22nd, 2015
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Huuuuuuuiiiiiiii.......... anybody stay?

Just wondering cause looks like between site problems and pages not loading, people may have given up on WWD! and really, only three or four comments? :cry: :cry:

While I wallow in blog sadness for da next seven seconds, hope Da WWD! Hui has a great Feel Good Friday but an awesomer (I know das not a word) - and safe - Memorial Weekend....... share a shaka (808 salute) with a soldier.








You Want My Left Olo Too?

May 20th, 2015
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We've all been through it before calling a local or an 800 numbah and having to verify your whole life story just to find out if a transaction had cleared or verify that something had happened - or not - on your account or just need clarification and go through da whole shebang:

First and last name, date of birth, address (sometimes both residential AND mailing if different), phone numbah, social security, pin numbah, secret phrase, your left olo.

Das wat if feels like these days; before it was just maybe a few pieces of information but now if you no more blood sample or willing to cut off your left olo, no can.

Aftah going through a few automated phone prompts (we all LOVE those right?) I get a 'live' person at ASB (American Savings Bank). I give her my account numbah (mentioned I have a few accounts that need da same request I'm calling about), verified da 'main' information and then she asked me for da recent transactions AND account balances. Now who da heck - wen calling - going have dat type of info right on them?

She made it sound like it was SOP (standard operating procedure) everywea (maybe for her) but das da first time I evah heard someone ask me dat and I've talked to oddah financial institutions ranging from credit cards to credit unions to mortgage lenders. Da Wife usually makes da payments for these accounts so I don't know da EXACT transactions or balances but I knew da ball park figure so I told her.

She says, "You have to be more specific."

You got my entire credit history information and just cause I don't know wat da last check amount we wrote for, I not 'authorized'?

Wassup Wit Dat!

It's not like I'm not an authorized person (I'm on da damn loan). I'm not asking to change anything. I'm not asking to add anything. I'm not asking for specific information as if I was phishing for something. I can fully understand if my request was account changing and they couldn't 'verify' me but my inquiry was about tax forms they sent out - per our request two weeks ago which obviously wasn't a problem then - dat if she could check if we had activity in 2012 and 2013 as wen we made da initial inquiry, da 'customer service rep' said they would send all of it but we only got 2014.

Was dat an account jeopardizing request? Was it a request dat could shut down or affect our account? Was it a national security breach?

I fully understand and respect dat verifying information is part of their job for OUR security but that much information just so she can say yes or no if we were supposed to get those tax forms for 2012 and 2013? Seriously?

And then hea's da kicker, she asked me if I lived in Hawai'i? Really? Really?? If she doesn't have caller ID on her phone at da very least my account information is staring right at her. Didn't we just 'verify' all dis??

Oh yeah, I not 'authorized'. :roll:

Do you get frustrated with the 'verification process'? Have you evah just hung up? For anyone who's on da oddah end, you guys put stink kine notes on da account? No lie now, I know for a fact a major company does hea.... and let's just say you no like asterisks next to your name.








Wat's Da Reason?

May 18th, 2015
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Reading about Noboru Kawamoto, 94, and his wife of 67 years, Elaine, 88, heartbreaking situation is just straight up pupule!

You got two people dat know their days are numbered because of declining health issues and desperately wish for one thing and one thing only - shockingly it isn't for a medical miracle - but simply... to live together.

Forced - rogah, you read right - FORCED to live miles apart because of some sort of mind boggling legislative issue(s) dat keeps being 'ignored' and because of dat, they are unable to live in da same foster care home even though they don't even rely on da City or State for any assistance with their care - they pay for it all ON THEIR OWN!

They pay for their own foster care expenses and yet da State says a'ole??

Wassup Wit Dat!

I admit I have no idea wat da law or bill says dat prohibits them being together but it bettah be a damn good one! Hea's a classic case of wea doing da right thing gets all jam up with some kine of bureaucratic bull kaka.

Their son, Norman Kawamoto, described how much his parents miss each other and "just simply being together and eating together is a joy for them."

If anything, I believe he's earned da right for them to live together. As a veteran of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who served in World War II, Noboru Kawa­moto - imho - has most definitely earn dat right with just dat sacrifice alone but da fact dat both he and his wife Elaine are paying for it privately and still yet no can be together is just straight up pupule!

They will continue to live in care homes miles apart in Windward Oahu as their son drives them to see each other as much as he can while da state Legislature continues to debate, waiver/'defer' and talk about it.

Are our lawmakers taking "Go For Broke!" literally? I tip my hat off and respectfully bow down to Mr. & Mrs.Noboru Kawamoto for carrying on da actual true sense of da phrase.

At least one thing is for certain..... Heaven ain't run by bureaucrats.




Click Hea to read da 5/5/15 article








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