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SPEDE

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September 19th, 2008



Exactomondo.

Dunno about you but it's been a pretty long week for me and believe it or not we're heading into our last quarter of the year in two weeks!

Sheeesh. Where does da time go yeah?

Yesterday aftah picking up Da Wife we were stopped at a red light on Merchant Street. The lane we were in was a dedicated right turn lane (fo' those who know "how" to drive it means dat you can turn right aftah stopping and yielding at any time).

Da car in front of us gunned it as soon as it turned green.

Hana okolele.

Braddah almost ran ovah da people waiting to cross da street!

As a motorcycle rider, I've been "trained" to SPEDE - Scan, Predict, Evaluate, Decide, Execute. Yeah, all of dat in fractions of a second.

I already noticed dat people was waiting fo' cross so I wasn't rushing even though we had da green.

Somebody needed to tell da braddah behind me.

He was honking his horn and waving his hand (gestures I cannot duplicate online). Once I seen dat I put my hands up "signaling", Wassap Wit Dat! and pointed to da people crossing da street.

He was giving me stink eye while still "waving" at me and I was about fo' snap. I was going to dismount and walk ovah to da guy and re-edumacate him dat pedestrians get da right of way wen they get da "glowing white guy" but Da Wife convinced me otherwise.

Good thing I installed intercoms between our helmets recently yeah?

I noticed also da braddah had one handicap plaque hanging from his rear view mirror - maybe he thought dat was one free pass to drive howevah he like too.

Well we make da turn and I signal to him again as we were stopped by anoddah traffic light, Wassap Wit Dat! and he still going off. Ho braddah, if nevah have Da Wife........

Dat reminded me of one joke dat was sent to me from rn2b,

 

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious state trooper. The trooper ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the barracks where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a trooper approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting trooper was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. 

Naturally... ..I assumed you had stolen the car."

Priceless.

 

HAPPY FEEL GOOD FRIDAY EVERBODY!

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! - On break today......

Shillawon Review

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September 18th, 2008



So da friends - half of them anyways - Da Wife and I finally got together after three weeks of planning. I had read about Shillawon and was quite "intrigued" by a yakiniku buffet. Yeah, I know Camellia has one and I've eaten there several times growing up (yeah, they've been there dat long) but not thoroughly impressed.

Truth be told, Da Wife and I are Million (dat's da name of da restaurant) faithfuls but you know once I hear buffet, I come a' runnin'.  😆

Shillawon is on da road in between KGMB (perpendicular to their antenna) and Pagoda going mauka to makai (north to south).

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Street side signage at 747 Amana St.

       

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Entrance.  There are doors to the right which lead to the apartments above. 

 

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Fancy menu.  😎   A pretty reasonable price for the layout.

 

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Kal-bi and chicken (somewhere in there). Not bad... but not as good as mom's.  😉

 

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Other meats - brisket and I think it was tri-tips. There was steak and bul-go-gi too but it was already on the grill. Nice color and marbling.

 

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On the grill.... with garlic of course!

 

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Korean salad. Dressing made of (from what I could tell): vinegar, shoyu, garlic, sugar and chili pepper. Yummy.

 

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Seaweed soup. Was a little cold but still like mommy used to make.

 

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Tofu chi-ge. Fermented soybean paste based soup with tofu, green onions, onions, zucchini and of course sliced up chili pepper.

 

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South side

 

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North side

 

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Da Wife making a "lettuce sushi". Basically you put rice, meat, soybean paste (hot or mild), garlic, wrap it up and shove as much as you can in your mouth. You can put whatevah you like but traditionally dat's how it's done.

Had one "classic" picture of Da Wife grinding one but wasn't.... flattering. Plus, I no like sleep on da couch.  😉

 

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Finished off with a cinnamon lemon tea - cool and refreshing. Nice touch.

 

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We weren't finished yet. We originally wanted to go to Yogurt Land but the line was out da door and around da block.... FOR YOGURT!  WWD! So we ended up at Cold Stone and had mint chocolate brownie ice cream.

 

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Making a donation to "Make A Wish Foundation". My friend didn't know wat to put so she put "Go Broncos!".  A little photoshop magic put wat she REALLY wanted to say.  😀

 

All in all, Shillawon is a great value for your money. I was impressed by the service most of all - very attentive and asking if we needed anything else in a timely fashion (not like every five minutes or half hour).

As a Korean, you know a Korean restaurant is good if you see other Koreans in there and there were more than enough to validate my point.

The side dishes, pan-chan or ban-chan, were authentic and tasted like.... mommy used to make so it does get the Korean stamp of approval (although my mom's kim chee rocks waaaay bettah 'den theirs).  😉

Best yet of Shillawon is that for some reason you don't come out stinking of "yakiniku". You smell a little but not overpowering like others. It was strange because I didn't hear the sound of a nuclear fan so it's kinda ODD where the smoke goes. The only thing I could come up with was that the grill "sucked" it up because no smoke was billowing above. Neat-o if dat's da case.

Kelli, one of our bloggers at Campus Life 101, had mentioned that "stars" go there. Maybe if I dressed up and did my hair I could have been mistaken as one of them. Too bad. We did get escorted to a private room though but not because of "celebrity" status - we had 10 people.  So if you have a big party it looks like they can accommodate.

Oddah 'den dat, Shillawon gets

                  

Das right! Five shakas and a Howzit!

 

Go check 'em go check 'em go!

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)

OPU
(OH poo)

Haole Translation: Stomach, tummy, place fo' hold beer

Use: C'mon, you need one definition?

Sentence: “Braddah, your opu getting kinda huge eh?”

Sentence: “My opu is solid! I went from a six-pack to a keg!”

 

 

Wassssszzzzaaaap..... Roll Call

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September 16th, 2008



Hui....... HUUUUUUUUUUUIII!

Jus' tryin' fo' make surah everyone can hear.

I felt kinda bad dat one of da WWD! hui was still rehabing from WWD! withdrawals cause she nevah know (updated) dat WWD! was back.

Sorry eh Mokihana!

I dunno how to "tell" everyone WWD! is back. I personally dunno who's out there cause not everyone posts and those Kwonics who do post regularly know wen one person stay missing... I no need say nothing.

But fo' those who Lanceformers who post once in awhile or even those Lurkahs - no can tell cause dunno if/wen you guys/gals going post.  (hint hint)     😉

I also noticed (observed) dat quite a few people get "(RSS) feeds".

Wat dat?

Is dat like one ticker that's planted on your screen? Do you get "notified" wen there's a new post? A new comment? You have to download it? Do you go to da site or do read/write someplace else? Do you have mo' than one feed? Is your screen cluttered with them?

Can you tell I no mo'?  😕

Sistah Mokihana had mentioned dat she nevah receive da new feed from my return post at da Okinawan Festival so Kahi Mohala nevah like release her..... Jus' joke.  😆

So how's about dis... it's Roll Call Time!

Drop a line. Say Howzit! Let WWD! know you in Da House!

You'll be rewarded with food........ ok, virtual food..... Shillawon review tomorrow..... special jus' fo' you Kelli-girl!

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)

HUI
(hoo-E*)
*short "E" sound

Haole Translation: 'Hey!' or group of people

Use: Calling someone from afar, describing a "gang" or bunch of people

Sentence: “HUI! Wat? No can hear?"

Sentence: “Brah, dat hui is always at Point Panic.”

 

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Wat? No Trade Winds?!

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September 15th, 2008



In Hawaii, if we don't receive our daily tradewinds we're in a whole heap of trouble.  From haze to intermitent rain to straight out stationary downpours.

This past weekend was a classic example.

Friday was bummer day for me cause for the first time in about 10 months I had a chance to go golfing... "HAD" is da operative word.

All looked good till about 3:30pm. Then it came dark. Then it rained... and rained... and rained.

Aaaarrrrggghhh!

I was so looking forward to it because I can't golf during baseball season and I tag along with my MIL and her golf club after my season is done but because it's football season they don't go on the days we have home games. Lose money.

On Saturday, Da Wife and I had planned to attend Sunset on the Beach in Laie but the clouds that loomed overhead suggested otherwise. We couldn't hang any laundry and the day we could take the dogs out were nixed.

So wat did we do?

Nada.

Well, she cleaned up some until it was nap time. I played Madden until it was nap time. Da dogs? It was nap time da whole day.

The highlight on Saturday was that "most" of my friends and I went out to dinner at Shillawon (review to follow) although one of my friends said they didn't get the message, another was already eating dinner and the one that takes the cake was one was going out on a date... with TWO girls... did I mention it was two lesbians?  (not that there's anything wrong with that)

Wassap Wit Dat! 

Sunday was no different. Basketball in the morning and of course rain. Riding home in the balloon sized rain drops isn't fun - especially without a helmet. Even with the rain, I did manage to do a few loads of laundry (used the dryer after) while Da Wife was out... along with a few games of Madden.  🙂

Then this morning. Brrrrrrr. I take it as a sign our winter weather is here earlier than normal and I love it. Cool, crisp air always feels good and it changes the mood - at least it does for me.

So did this weekend's weather ruin any of your plans? Did you have a "lazy" weekend? Are you looking forward to a cool winter? Does weather even affect you or your mood? 

Yeah, I know. Weak today's blog but hey... I blame da weather.    😉

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(No definition in Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… Wassap Wit Dat!)

LOSE MONEY
(exactly as it's read/said)

Haole Translation: Waste time or the like - waste something

Use: Doing something and it ends up it's for nothing

Sentence: “Ho Brah, 'dey wen call you into work and nevah even need you? Lose money!”

Sentence: “Wow! Lose money you wen cook au' dat food and nobody wen eat 'em.”

 

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Wat Kine Friend You?

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September 12th, 2008



Believe it or not, you are who you are because of friends.

Sure parents, teachers, coaches and the like, guide and shape you but no one has as much influence as friends. Ever since you could crawl you were already learning how to make friends and being a grown up isn't much different either... just more stubborn... and can drive freely.

A close ex-coworker's husband - well actually I used to work with him too so we would be ex-coworkers as well - once told me (ok told me a few times since he could actually be my father - we'll call him Mr.Masada),

"Remember this when you get kids. A good way to gauge what your kid will grow up to be is to watch their friends."

Ok, something to that effect - memory not too good but I got the message.

I began to look back at my past friendships and found that to be so true. While I lost some, I'm able to understand why now. I also did lose a few I shouldn't have but due to uncontrollable factors such as moving, unable to keep in touch (back in da day we nevah have da kine cell's, internet, email, text etc) and.... marriage.  WWD!

But I look at my friends now... WOW!

I've really been blessed to have turned out the way I did because of the company I choose to hang around with.

You see our group, I believe, is not like most others. It's really a wonder how we've all stayed together practically all our lives. We're so diverse and honestly there is no common ground among us other than band (anoddah plug to get your keiki into a music program at school).    😉   

Originally there were over 20+ of us from intermediate time (I was one of about five from a different elementary school) and in high school that number dwindled down a bit although we'd all meet up once in a great while.

Now as adults (classified by age cause I still like to think I'm a kid at heart), there's a handful of us that still hang together.

Why? I have no friggin' clue.

(no worries, none of my friends read 'dis.... and you wondah why I wondah how we've been friends for so long).   😯 

What I do know is there's nothing that can break the bond of brotherhood (unless you break one of the many unwritten codes) and I think that's what kept us together for so long. I've known these guys/gals for the better part of 21 years and a few of them for 28 years since preschool (do the math to see how old I am) and we all respected the code.

I seen/met a lot of people who say, "yeah, I've know him/her long time already.... like (any single digit number) years." While there's nothing wrong with it, I think about what Mr.M said and for our remaining group to have stayed together for this long is truly a blessing.

I have a feeling that each of our parents knew that too as we've always been welcomed in each others home without reservation - other than making sure the fridge had food. They must have "felt" we were good people and we must have shown that as well. Sure we all (ok, mostly me) did stupid things from time to time (ok, half da time) but with all the quirks came the spoils - our aloha for each other.

We don't go out as much as we used to and our lifestyles have changed some but we still da same at heart. 

Our group dynamic is no different than most others either. We all got our strengths and weakness' but it's the union of characteristics that keeps us in check. My circle of friends encompass:

Lazy  /  Pretty  /  Athletic  /  Dumb  /  Smart  /  Organizer  /  Fat  /  Chang  /  Po-tagee  /  Saavy  /  Suave  /  Pupule  /  Complainer  /  No kea  /  Babooze  / Bakatare

While there are a ton more traits than these, each friend posses multiple characteristics and there's always one that clearly stands out more than others - one where only a true friend can recognize....

Wat kine friend you?

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)

BU
(boo)

Haole Translation: Friend, Acquaintance

Use: At times used when you fo'get da persons name. Also to elevate from "stranger" status.

Sentence: "Wassap Bu! Howzit goin'?"

Sentence: “Ah, c'mon Bu! Chance 'em!”

 

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