Trippin' Out

June 23rd, 2008
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Last night I took my baseball kids to the 50th State Fair - as I do every year - and it's always interesting to see how people act outside their normal environment. I'm used to seeing my players in baseball attire and gloves so when I see them in "street" clothes, their "hidden" identity does shine through.

I take them to the fair for many reasons. First, to get them away from baseball. Second, to build camaraderie. Third, get them to socialize in the "real world" but last and most important...babysit their okole's so that their parents can have a night to themselves and "get it on".

Jus' joke.

It's more of a thank you for putting up with my antics at practice and on the field and filling my opu with onolicious grinds after the game!

As I pull into the stadium parking lot a little before 5:30pm, the main lot is already full and the line to enter the fair stretches all the way to the parking driveway entrance - Holy guacamole! In all my years of doing this I have never seen the fair this packed before and if it wasn't for my "connection", we wouldn't have entered the fair till 8pm!

We enter the fair grounds and immediately the kids go for their ride of choice. The sun is still up and walking around is manageable but the fun started once the sun went down. I should have known that it was going to be crazy considering the fair's headliner for that night was Kaba Modern (a very popular dance crew featured on MTV) so all the youngin's were in full force.

I was surprised at how much teenagers were there and really, how immature some of them act. In their "packs", it gets worse. They walk through you as if they own the entire walkway standing four to five wide, they are oblivious to their immediate surroundings and it's a little amusing - as a bystander - just watching them.

For instance, my players went to the bathroom as the Kaba Modern show started and the bathrooms are the container types on risers. A bunch of boys - intermediate age - were standing on the railings of the stairway trying to peer in. It wasn't high enough so they just decided to climb to the roof of the bathroom and get the overhead view. 

I was trippin' out at how much - or little - girls were wearing! I'm talking intermediate to no more than sophomore age - from my guesstimation - packed with makeup and pretty revealing clothes. I was watching a bunch of guys watching these three girls getting out of the Sizzler - with I'm talking hoochie-mama skirts way up there - and they couldn't have been more than 13 or 14!

Wassap Wit Dat!

I dunno about you but if my daughter ever went out like that I'd be a little pupule about it.

Then of course once the show was over, the lines for the rides were an hour minimum and the food lines went shmall kine nuts! I was in line for 35minutes when someone yelled out, "no mo' rice!" Ho, you could hear da groans but c'mon, dis Hawaii...how da heck you run out of rice - unless we get shortage of some kine?!.

Seven people in front of me left (yeaaa, I'm closer now) and this poor Braddah got four of his five plates but waited over twenty minutes for his last fried chicken plate. I got the new york steak & pork chop combo along with the clam chowder bowl but they also ran out of vegatables so they gave spring rolls as a substitute.

After a long night, as we were heading out I got a whiff, not of hamburgers or pizza, but of the ciga-weed. There were four adults and two keiki in strollers while they hid their joint in their palm and proceeded with the puff-puff-give procedure.

Wassap Wit Dat?!?!

Maybe their glaucoma was acting up.

Nonetheless, the fair was fun as usual and it is a definite must for all kama'aina! The people-watching is no ka oi and the rides are still classic.

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SHOUT OUT:A HUGE MAHALOS goes out to Donna Fernandez for always helping our keiki out!

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28 Responses to “Trippin' Out”

  1. GA Bows:

    Whoa. . . I forgot about the fair! I rememeber wen it use to be at Mckinnley .
    Oh, I miss those days.


  2. The Clown:

    Chee hooo! First one in line. Braddah Lance just imagine what the adults back in the day said about us at the fair. How we dressed and acted in public. Its probably not much different than the sentiments you just expressed. Now being a lot older and wiser you see how stupid and immature we were and more so the kids these days. I bet you it brought back some memories though. Checking out the chicks, cruzing with the guys and having fun with no parents around. Just wait you trippin out now watch when you have kids and they at the age to go out. I know you going be there with gun in hand making sure they act and dress proper. j/k.


  3. The Clown:

    Dam I'm second. Oh well need to learn to type faster.


  4. M:

    How much kids did you have with you? Must be so hard to keep track of them in the crowd. But you da man taking on that responsibily. Not many coaches would do what you did. My hats off to you. Great job...


  5. Ocean Lover:

    Hey BL,

    My son's 6th grade class, the parents talked about who's "boyfriend/girlfriend". Back in our days that started in the 9th grade!

    As far as the 4 adults smoking in front of the 2 keiki's, "IT TAKES ALL KINDS TO MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND". I won't even get into any analysis of that. :-(

    OL


  6. Coconut Willy:

    Went on Friday night. My boy wanted to see Mitchel Musso (Disney). I was surprised how empty it was. I'd say there were about 200 to see the show, and the fair was pretty empty too. Good for us!

    The prices are crazy though. $3-$4 a ride. I saw a fimily of 4 riding one of those kiddie rides. That's $12 for a 2-3 minute ride. Yikes. Was there only 2 1/2 hours and spent $55.

    I did notice the demographic was..how should I say..let's just say there weren't many folks from Hawaii Loa Ridge at the fair. I'm not being racist, just noticed the lack of diversity. But it looked like whoever was there enjoyed themselves.

    Personally, I don't care for the Aloha Stadium location. It just didn't have "feel" No festive atmosphere. The McKinley location, now that was fun.


  7. munch:

    ehhh lucky kids!! didn't make it to the fair this year but i figure i'm not really missing anything...still, once i pass by the stadium and see the Big Wheel & Wildcat all put away i always wish i made time to go.
    but yes i hear you BL on those little kids dressed like they work the streets!!! whenever we're at Pearlridge or Mililani Theatres on the weekend all you see is intermediate school-age kids some wearing more makeup than most adults i know. and seriously parents, why oh WHYYYYY do you allow them to go out in public dressed like that?! no better yet why do you BUY them those clothes?! ugh maybe it's just me but i think it's really inappropriate to let those children draw that kind of attention to themselves. i think when i have kids my thing will be until you are old enough to get a job and make money to buy your own clothes, I have the last say as to what you wear! :-P


  8. frankie:

    I hate to be the one to say this, but it all started with the generation who lit it up (and I'm not talking about the scoreboard at a basketball game) and engaged in other "activities" in the 60s and 70s. The sins of the father aren't necessarily visited upon the son (and their sons), but can be learned. Parents need to step up. If my daughters dress in hood rat hood rat hoochie mama clothes before they reach 18 or my sons puff the ganja, they'll have to pay their own way through high school (rent, food, car, etc.).


  9. Braddah Lance:

    GA Bows:
    Whoa. . . I forgot about the fair! I rememeber wen it use to be at Mckinnley .
    Oh, I miss those days.

    Yeah, and if you remembah even further back it used to be in conjunction with da Farm Fair that followed shortly after so they didn't need to pack it up and move like how they do now.
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    The Clown:
    Chee hooo! First one in line.

    NOT! :lol:

    Braddah Lance just imagine what the adults back in the day said about us at the fair. How we dressed and acted in public. Its probably not much different than the sentiments you just expressed.

    Not even Braddah Clown! .... We jus' nevah get caught! Plus, my t-shirt nevah have "extra" pukas. :wink:

    ...watch when you have kids and they at the age to go out. I know you going be there with gun in hand making sure they act and dress proper.

    Rogah Dat! Plus da stun gun and night stick. :lol:
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    M:
    How much kids did you have with you? Must be so hard to keep track of them in the crowd.

    Well every year is different. This year I only had 12. They split into two groups and usually it's always the older kids want to stay together so I tag along with the younger ones because they are younger. The group not with me checks in every thirty minutes and everybody needs to be there otherwise we end up being one BIG happy family. Just a few years ago I had 25 players but at that time I had other coaches too so it wasn't too bad.
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    Ocean Lover:
    My son’s 6th grade class, the parents talked about who’s “boyfriend/girlfriend”. Back in our days that started in the 9th grade!

    Uh...let's jus' say I think it starts earlier than 6th grade now....
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    Coconut Willy:
    Went on Friday night. My boy wanted to see Mitchel Musso (Disney). I was surprised how empty it was. I’d say there were about 200 to see the show, and the fair was pretty empty too. Good for us!

    Yeah, that is very good! It's just that the evening for all you can ride wristbands are usually only Sunday nights so we end up going on the busy night.

    Personally, I don’t care for the Aloha Stadium location. It just didn’t have “feel” No festive atmosphere. The McKinley location, now that was fun.

    I think it was just the fact that it was on grass and it had a different "smell" to it. Yeah, McKinley was good fun but come to think of it....how da heck did parking work wen even at the Stadium it's a hassle?
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    munch:
    ehhh lucky kids!! didn’t make it to the fair this year but i figure i’m not really missing anything…still, once i pass by the stadium and see the Big Wheel & Wildcat all put away i always wish i made time to go.

    Your welcome to help "babysit" next year! :wink:
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    frankie:
    If my daughters dress in hood rat hood rat hoochie mama....

    I'm just cracking up dat you even know those lyrics frankie!!! You da man!


  10. Rodney:

    I remember going to the 50th State Fair when was at Magic Island.


  11. acuradriver02:

    CW,

    I noticed the difference in the "clientele" at the State Fair too, as compared to the Punahou Carnival or the Iolani Fair. More...ummm..."edgier".

    Being the father of a 6 year old daughter, I'm dreading those upcoming years in junior high and high school. For our baby shower, one of the other guys gave me a toy rifle, but I suspect that's not far from the truth. May just have to mount a real one right by the front door and get a NRA membership sticker. All us guys know exactly what guys are thinking...gonna have plenty sleepless nights.


  12. opso:

    Ho BL......give you props fo taking dat much kids to the Fair. Dat's like dropping marbles on one table and trying fo keep em all together. What you wen rent one bus too?

    The parents must've been really appreciative for you babysitting and allowing them to have one "date night". ;)


  13. frankie:

    Lance, of course I know the lyrics. How else do you think I spent my late teen years? World Cafe, Blue Zebra and Rumours, baby! (Before Rumours turned into a club for tourists and military personnel.)

    Actually, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it. But this begs the question... how do YOU know the lyrics? ;-)


  14. Braddah Lance:

    Rodney:
    I remember going to the 50th State Fair when was at Magic Island.

    Wow! Uh, no comment.
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    acuradriver02:
    I noticed the difference in the “clientele” at the State Fair too, as compared to the Punahou Carnival or the Iolani Fair. More…ummm…”edgier”.

    Come to think of it, you're right. How come? Too far?
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    opso:
    Ho BL……give you props fo taking dat much kids to the Fair. Dat’s like dropping marbles on one table and trying fo keep em all together.

    Not wen I'm da bombucha (da steel pinball one too!) :grin:
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    frankie:
    Lance, of course I know the lyrics. How else do you think I spent my late teen years? World Cafe, Blue Zebra and Rumours, baby! (Before Rumours turned into a club for tourists and military personnel.)

    Actually, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it. But this begs the question… how do YOU know the lyrics?

    Ho Braddah, I da youngin' in dis group (besides munch)...I stay one club younger den you. For our "age demographic" was Blue Zebra, World Cafe, Mai Tai, Ocean's & now Pearl. Ahhh, da (adult) hood rat hood rat hoochie-mama's....

    (SLAP! from Da Wife)

    Ok, I'm up now.


  15. HNL2LAS:

    WOW BL! I too, give you credit for taking out so many young'nz out! Whew! Tuff job eh? Wat a great coach!

    hahah....I hardly ever go to the fairs anymore when I'm home, too much hassles and not enuff fundage, hard to play games, ride, eat all dat food with no money! I liked it better at McKinley,but yah Aloha Stadium at least you get better chance for find parking.

    FO' REAL, I freak out with the kids now, from how they act to how they dress, AND I'm not that old! Kay, I went out alot at that age, but uhhhh was really different! I neva act like i the most freakin' important person in da world and you better get outta my way! I (even now) say sorry if I bang into someone, even if wasn't my fault! A lot of times you get da look dat says, yah watch it, but uhhhhh THEY were the ones not paying attention and banged into me!!

    I didn't even get to wear shorts to school until like 8th grade!! In public school! Some of the shorts/skirts these girls wear, uhhhh I may not even wear AT HOME! SHEEEZ! I no like anyone see any fat hanging out hahhaahah! Uhhh cheeks should be hmmmm covered maybe?????

    As for the "adults".... geeez .... they aren't even giving the keiki a CHANCE for have some brains as they killing the brain cells before they even get into their heads!! They are breathing in all dat stuff!! If you gonna do dat kine stuff, puhhlllleeez do it away from your kids, come on! Obviously another one not mature enough to even have kids!


  16. 9th Island Girl:

    The fair: too far and way too crowded. I get claustrophobic when there are that many people around. Besides that, there are mostly teenagers there, and the raging hormones and the need for them to act tan-taran in front of their friends is way too much for me.


  17. M:

    Before Magic Island, wasn't the fair at Kapiolani park? That's what I kinda remember.


  18. munch:

    aahahahaha! hoochie mama!!!! that was my 7th grade year i think? so funny, we were listening to it at my friend's house and her grandma came in and asked us, "what's a hoochie mama?" LOL
    our "clubbing days" were at Blue Tropix, Pipeline, Mai Tai, and Ocean's once we were all old enough to get in everyday instead of just Thursdays :-P my run was short though, i guess you could say i never really had the time of my life coming home smelling like an ashtray after drinking cheap/weak alcohol ;-)


  19. rn2b:

    the fair has changed since i was a teen (okay aging myself again). from the commercials this year's fair they had well known teen celebrities that sing and will even take picture with you. i think we had the diving donkey and the pig race (wow). okay i haven't gone for a while but its okay i save big bucks and i agree with 9th island girl, too much of the teenies and too crowded. :)


  20. book2:

    did'nt they have fairs at sand island back in the 60's lahdat? I come from kauai and the first state fair i attended was at mckinley high school aftah dat was farmer's fair..
    I think I went coupla times but I prefer the farmers fair...


  21. jiggyboo:

    Braddah Lance, wow! all of those kids and just uno of you? man braatha.....u r da man!.......am sure the parents appreciate you plenT too.
    and rn2b: M: Rodney:HNL2LAS.........o my goodness i remember all of those sites and those were the good fun days . and yeah we had stuffs like the horseor was it a mule? i 4get, anyways that had to dive from this makeshift diving board to the water on the bottom.....dang. that was the thing to see in those days. EXCITEMENT!!! RAH
    as for those little ones that dress li' dat-what are the chances that their moms dress li dat too? Dang if i evah see any of my moopuna dressed li dat you best believe they be running da uddah way wen day see me coming....no respect for the body.
    s y hud huh. and as for those lolo parents w/da weed ........W W D?????ok pau


  22. NKHEA:

    Yeah M, I remember going to Kapiolani park for the fair, that was many, many moons ago. And the Farm Fair was together with the 50th State Fair.
    About the dress code, just went to a high school grad party, all the kids in school gotta wear uniform so when I saw them at the party I when blow my mind at how different they look......if you know what I mean...


  23. Cindy:

    I know its kinda late to post today, but you was late posting! Know what? We went to the fair last night! I thought the line was nuts at 5pm. But took us only 15 minutes to get in. Younger daughter made 13 yesterday, so it waz her day. 1st ride was the fireball thing. Dad doesn't "do" rides. He gets sick on Disney's teacup, 16 yr old rode all the rides w/her friends on saturday. So here I was, this 50yr old mom riding THAT ride. It was too long a ride. I can see where the younger crowd would enjoy it. It's true, you know, the older you get, the worse things get.
    Then it was stand in line for Kaba Modern. The line went from the concert gate to the Wild Cat ride, then halfway back to the concert gate. SRO by the time we got in! Being short, we only saw the upper body movements,nothing from waist down.
    And you right! Lotta teeny boppers. Hubby commented on the hoochie momma clothes! Really! If they were MY girls, scissors to the clothes, scrub brush to the face! Grounded!
    We lucked out on the food line. Dippin Dots was fast and good too. Ben & Jerry's line was steady, but moved right along. I wanted to try the funnel cake but wasn't gonna pay $6 for donuts-in-worm-form. Funny, I still paid $4 & $4.50 for ice cream.
    All in all, the fair was fun. And what was that stooop-id game with the beer bottles? I mean come on, guys can stay at home & do it for free! I thought it was a bad example--breaking bottles. Olden times you didn't break bottles and you didn't litter. You didn't swear, didn't try to hook up with everything that walked! Times are changing! Getting old. Think I'll go check with Rodney & his ML Crisis!


  24. snow:

    My son wanted us to go to the fair last night, too, to see Kaba Modern (we watched them on MTV - they are awesome!)... I wouldn't have minded seeing Kaba Modern, but we couldn't go anyway. Kudos to you for taking the kids - what a treat for them and their parents!

    Wow, I neva know the 50th State Fair was at Magic Island (and Kapiolani Park?) before... when wuz dat? I only remember it being at McKinley High School - I remember it being much cooler there, without the asphalt like we have at the stadium.

    As far as clothing on teenagers goes... sometimes it's difficult to even find clothing that is more age appropriate. At least, now, the girls wear things layered so they can cover up, if they choose! But, that's the thing... everybody wanna looks sexy, even when they're too young to know! Chances are, their mothers dress like that too! When that's all you know, it's hard to make choices that differ from your "norm."

    And, kids acting immature? I don't know if our generations, in our respective times, really acted that much differently.


  25. MoOgooGuypAN:

    I don't go to the fairs for those reasons that you pointed out. Too dangerous now days. Before time it used to be a family friendly environment. Not now. With all these lazy cops sucking up special duty work, why don't they have more at the "State" fair?


  26. JuSaMee:

    as for the hoochie tweeners...i'm pretty sure they do the change up action and someones house, whose poor parents/guardians are workin' a second job. i don't like goin to the carnivals anymore cuz the rides are pretty lame...the cost is freakin' outrageous...and like u said the kids are small kine annoying. not to mention freakin' EK Fernandez busted our trip and made the unlimited bracelets for day time only...who the heck goes to the fair at noon?!?! wwd!?!


  27. Goodbeer:

    I remember back there was a target shooting contraption with real 22 caliber rifles. I guess it was real because it was full of empty shells. Today, no way!


  28. sassy7:

    Bradda Lance....

    Mahalo to you for showing your team a great time...and taking them to the fair. As a coaches wife for many years my hubby took his boys to the movie and other games, and always made sure the lessons of respect, malama,unity and pride were learned as they attended these functions. True to word...you learned quite a bit watching the players, and you pick up very fast the ones who are the leaders and the ones you gotta empower to become the leader.

    Did you say the performance group was from MTV..well that explains the dressing. I go crazy when I see my daughters watching an MTV video with all it's loosely clad dressed (if dressed videos). My daughters laugh at me when we go the mall here in Utah...the sevee's (7th graders) walking around in Kabuki style make up, 5 inch stilletos, and necklaces like she when just came back from the madigra. Either too short skirt or belly showing..belly piercing like she suppose to be on a corner. By the time we leave my daughter tells me I need to get a neck brace, from cracking my neck around to look at these girls....too much.....

    And those boys trying to peek into the bano's,,,,they need slaps.....where was their adult supervision. If I knew even one boy...I'd tell them to no make shame....learning to be peeping toms at that age. Lo`pe.....

    Any who...my bradda lance...like I said in our last tele conversation...I may not comment often...but I read your blogs everytime.....take care and keep it going....just reading your blogs keeps me up on the happings back home.....love it....

    choooooo....whooooooo.....bradda lance....you somebody.........ova and out....