Wassup Wit Dat!
April 30th, 2016

I'm not a 100% certain but da only place I know wea May Day is celebrated and 'performed', is hea in Hawai'i. It is probably one of da biggest 'performances' by kids younger than 12 involving every school in Hawai'i which leads to me ask, is every elementary school in Hawai'i "required" to have a May Day program as I don't recall any in intermediate or high school?

I still remembah back in my hannah-battah days of da May Day court and da ceremony/performances dat followed. You see da court all dressed up along with da plethora of flowers and of course ti leaves.

Fast forward many many years, Da Wife and I watched Da Keiki at her final May Day performance in preschool da oddah day and boy was it 'entertaining', well, from wat we could see.

Naturally we take our seats and in the Pearl City Auditorium and who sits in front of us? The world's two tallest Asians. How ironically WWD! is dat? We're there 45 minutes early, grab some "good seats" and Da Wife and I being on da shorter side of da Asian scale, da two tallest sit in front of us.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I turned to Da Wife and we both kinda chuckled and "knew" dat would happen. Wen Da Keiki's class went up to perform, wat put da Hawaiian salt on da wound was dat since since she's one of da taller kids in her class (dat is so oxymoron-ish) she was put in da back row and because of da angle, we couldn't hardly evah see her regardless. Even wen they moved side to side and she was finally in view, da person in front of her would block her seconds latah.

Ha ha ha. Classic.

Have you evah been "blocked"? Are you auditorium seat challenged wea chances are your view is usually blocked or hindered? For those opposite, are you self conscious about blocking anyone?

CLICK HEA to check out dis blog back in 2009 for da ultimate block.... and it was a flashback to see choke posts and how many Kwonics are still checking out WWD!. 😀 😀 😀

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April 27th, 2016

Da oddah day I get a call from Da Wife while I was at work and wondering if something was wrong cause she was at home with Da Baby (stomach issues).

Da Wife: You know what your son did?
BL: (not phased since she's saying he is my son) Wat?
Da Wife: He shoved a blue bead up his nose and it got stuck!
BL: Huh? A blue wat?
Da Wife: A b-l-u-e bead! I don't know where he got it or where it came from but it was up there!
BL: So wat then?
Da Wife: It was really bothering him and all the doctor's were on lunch so no one answered the phone. I was about to take him to urgent care..... but I got it out.
BL: How'd you do dat? Did you have him blow hard?
Da Wife: I got it out With the ear cleaner.
Da Wife: Da wat??

Wassup Wit Dat!

(*Pic, yes a picture, to follow - my phone died before I could get a pic)
Updated: See below of da apparatus.







Believe me folks, you no can make dis kine stuff up. How or why a two month shy of turning three decides to shove something li'dat up an orifice beats da heck out of me cause nothing he watches at home even comes close to emulating dat. Da Keiki was NEVAH like dat at dat age so Da Wife of course says it's all me.

Have any of you - or your keiki - done such a thing? Care to share? Have you tried to run a spaghetti noodle through your nostril out to your mouth? I've had soda, watah and beer come out, but nevah going in. lol

Wen I get home latah that night, Da Wife 'reminds' me not to scold him since she had taken care of dat. With da softest Korean stink eye I could manage, I told him to nevah to put anything up his nose evah again cause it made us very worried and scared. I did ask him why he did it and he puts his head down, fiddles with his hands and with a sad, nasally tone, "I dunno."

Two seconds latah, he looks up, giggles and proceeds to tackle me.

Boys I tell ya........... as I laugh with him. lol




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April 25th, 2016

Wea can you see temptation dangle in front of people and see who bites da forbidden fruit whether oddah people watching or not?

Give up? Costco of course, hands down!

Fo' realz, Costco. Take a look at da parking situation wea certain curbs are painted red or wea there aren't even any stalls - people still park and make their own stall. Take a look at da free samples should be one - two tops - per person but once da tray of seven pieces are served, da person with his/her claw's hovering in front takes five. In fact I witnessed a guy take two, stand behind da demonstrator, gulp it down, go back, take two more, stand behind da demonstrator, pau dat and then go back take some more for 'da road'. Ai-goo.

For some reason, maybe it's cause people frequent Costco so much, that it's become their second hale and think everything there is 'their's'. That is a fact of life that da more comfortable you are in a situation or location, your guard is lowered and you're more 'free'. I get dat, but wen does displaying manners and doing wat's right go out da window?

As we were trolling for a parking space at Kapolei Costco, Da Wife spotted an open stall and upon pulling in she says,

"Look at that dog in the cage in the car." Naturally I'm look around and say, "Wea?" and naturally she say's "Right in front of you."

Aftah I park da car, I see da dog in a caged kennel pacing back and forth in da car. Da first thought in my mind is 'WWD!' leaving your dog in da car, windows all up in da middle of da day wea da car must feel like da Sahara by now.





Then I notice da engine running and was thinking, 'oh, maybe somebody stay sitting inside'. A'ole. S/he left da keys in da ignition, engine running and da a/c on thus da windows being fully closed.





You can barely see something dangling through da glare but it was in full view to see not only da keys but dis as well...





You know wat's da kicker? Check out da 'message' for everyone to see:





You love your lab but have no issues leaving him/her in a caged kennel alone with a running car? Can you imagine dat picture on a billboard for da AKC?

Wassup Wit Dat!

I told Da Wife I wanted to get into da car and move it to anoddah parking spot but she said it would be bachi amongst oddah things. Wat if a thief trolling da parking lot saw dat? How do you explain to da police - or your insurance - dat you willingly left da keys in da car and da engine running with a "pet" in da back? I don't know what's worse - leaving a family pet like dat or bringing one in to a place you're not supposed to?

Thank goodness da car was gone by da time we got back but still, hopefully no one witnessed dat message in plain sight.





April 13th, 2016

Such as everything else in life, if you want it, you have to pay for it. If it's something you think is sooooo simple and upon checking things out you find out da 'fee's' are outrageous, you scream.....

Wassup Wit Dat!

You see fees all da time: "set up fee", "customization fee", "disposal fee", "supplies fee", "fut fee", "breathing fee".... well da last two were thrown in there to see if you was still reading.

But das wat it is all about in dis country no? Making da moo-lah and charging da prices you want to charge cause why? Cause you can. If you no like 'em, go find somebody else. Wen you no can find 'em, you cower back to da original place and pony up da cash but wen you score and find a "lower price", you can't help but feel like you beat da 'system'.

Dat has to be one of da most irking things to find a good price on something only to find out dat you have to pay for dis and dat and dat and dis; kinda like shipping. You find something for like $20 and shipping is $35. lol Well, shipping I can understand but all these (hidden) fees? A prime example is renting a car - have you evah seen all da 'fees' and taxes you have to pay which most times is just as much as da rental itself.

Currently I'm looking to get some team baseball hats embroidered and was told (by da embroiderer I've been going to for well ovah a decade) dat da setup fee was $75-100! Brah, my jaw just dropped. I know get all kine costs from da software to da machines to rent to payroll but wat, you making it all up with a single 'fee'? Wen you've been a loyal customer for dat long you would hope for even a slight kama'aina discount on the 'fee' but a $100 setup fee sounds steep no?

I checked Lids and their price is dramatically lower at $50 but if you come in with da specific type of graphic file they use, da fee is waived buuuuuut - there's always a catch - da price per piece is much higher.

No can win I tell ya!

Wat kine fees do you see all da time and scratch your head about? How many of you are tired of fees? Do you think an "all in one" pricing should be law?

Unfortunately CorelDraw X5 doesn't export to an embroidery file so I'm stuck out of luck there which leads me to ask, does anybody have an embroider that they use... or by chance have embroidery software? If so, may I ask whose your go to embroiderer please? Or if you do embroidery work yourself, give me a shout out and I can possibly shoot some business your way as I'm always asked about embroidery work.

And no, I have not forgotten, I still owe a handful of you 'free' custom t-shirts. I'm on Hawaiian time but I nevah evah renege a deal..... or charge a fee. 😀





April 11th, 2016

Sometimes you wondah with new construction - or renovation or upgrade - dat things aren't thought out da way they 'supposed to be'. How many times have you gone into a store, restaurant or building and said out loud, "why da heck did they do dat?" At work, how come it seems like those working da front lines know 'more' than da suits?

If I was a designer, I would hold a 'town hall' meeting and brainstorm da people who would use it da most and have something built dat actually made sense or helped facilitate watevah was da normal need of da business.

Take for instance parking garages. How many times have you almost scraped - or did you? - da side of your ride against da wall dat is just in da "wrong place"? How come they couldn't move it a foot further in so dat vehicles can make dat dreaded right angle turn easier? Why can't stalls be slightly angled with da direction of traffic so dat you can swing into - and reverse out - of da spot instead of pulling da Austin Powers? Sometimes I wondah if they even drive cars or just use valet, a chauffeur or car service?

It is totally understandable dat cost is probably da numbah one factor in construction but doesn't it seem like sometimes those with da most 'experience' designing and building things, they skimp on da very things dat would make it 'friendly'? If you really think about it and break it down abstractly, who ends up paying for it? Da customer of course! So why not let us have a few 'perks'?

Wassup Wit Dat!

Surah they know best about which direction to face a window for maximum ventilation but wat about da actual usage of it? Wat if you don't plan on opening dat window? Take a look at da outlets in da rooms of your home - don't you hate wen da cord no reach without an extension cord or da fact dat a light switch isn't wea it's 'supposed' to be? lol

So why not build something dat's 'customer friendly' no? On vacation, we of course had to stop by da Las Vegas Premium Outlets (North) and I was floored to see dis.....





Noticed anything?

How about hea............





At first I was like "wat da heck are those red lights for - emergency beacons (like at UH but those are blue)?" Then it hit me dat those were lights signifying an OPEN stall! I was wondering wat da heck da LED sign on da ground level was for, it was literally telling me wat stall was open closest to me. I can only assume dat it was using a proximity sensor to let da 'computahs' know which stall was available but there it was, a GREEN light and voila, an open stall.

Wen I was in Vegas nearly five years ago, they nevah have da "lights" in da same garage so it was an upgrade which I was impressed dat da mall spent money to add but think about it, da fastah they can get you to park, da fastah you going get to shopping no? Win-win I say. 😀

Granted, there's no way anybody/anything can evah meet 100% satisfaction but wat else has been built or designed without da consumer in mind? Do you have an everyday item dat if it had a small tweak, it would be bettah than dat rubbah slippah held together with duct tape and a papah clip? Imagine if all car doors were sliding doors? Getting in and out would be a breeze and you definitely no need worry about dings from oddah car doors swinging open.

Has anybody seen if we get parking stall lights here in Hawai'i? Do you think any developers hea have any ideas li'dat or cause we live Hawai'i we out of luck?




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