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"Wassap" Wit Dat!"?"

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November 20th, 2008



You do know wat 'dis blog is called right?...... have you actually "said" it?

I've been saying it all my life... but apparently it was enough to bug a Lurkah....

Aloha Lance,

OK, it's been driving me nuts every time I see it...

Why is your blog titled "Wassap Wit Dat!" Shouldn't it be "Wassap Wit Dat?" After all, you are asking a question. Then again, if you're showing excitement, I can see you calling it "Wassap Wit Dat?!" Driving me even more nuts is why are you using the word "Wassap"? Shouldn't it be "Wassup"? Maybe something is lost in translation somewhere?

I don't know why this bugs the crap out of me, but it does!

LOL!

Yeah, I have nothing better to do than nit pick stuff like this at night!

Aloha and take care,
(Name
withheld to protect da innocent)

Funny thing though... I bet A LOT of you guys/gals have asked da samething no?

I'm pretty sure 'dis Lurkah meant no disrespect and actually pointed out a WWD! of his/her own so I wanted to elaborate on it. And no worries, it's au' good!

Mahalos fo' coming out and throwing out your two cents! Well, at least you did offline.... but don't you know I need da posts? ūüėÜ

In fact, one of my softball buddies asked da samething awhile ago and actually proceeded to enunciate the title.... several times in several ways. 

Now you're going to hear it straight from da horse's mouth.... Ok, read about it.

Let's take the first of two points da Lurkah pointed out - the "!". Why did I use the exclamation point? Good question.... but I wasn't asking a question. It's more of a "point out the issue" statement. It's not that I don't ask "what's up with that?", but most times I say it in frustration rather than looking for an answer.

In the blogs, it does come out "sounding" like a question - and sometimes it is - but the true original intent is to show emphasis on the issue at hand. True, a question mark would "solve" it, but then whenever you read it (the "?"), you'd think there's gotta be a "right" answer.

WWD! readers know, there's is no "right" answer and in fact in my "controversial" entries, they've proved dat we can "agree to disagree".

So let me ask 'dis, wouldn't da whole WWD! blog tone change if I was to use "?" instead of "!". Try read a few and imagine a "?"... all of a sudden it becomes... different.

Regarding the second point of "Wassap" to "Wassup", yes it is depending on the person and "Wassup" is more widely used and understood but if/when you use the latter, it automatically becomes a "question" which is not my intent. 

In any case, I too wanted to change it to a "Wassup" - cause it is our "local" twang - but da editor in charge said no can cause going be too much hu-hu changing all da thing-a-ma-jigs dat's set up already online. 

Wassap Wit Dat! ūüėČ ¬†

Anyways... if you've evah met me I like to say "Wassap" like 'dis.....

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Ok, so I spell it without da "Z" but same shmell.

In da end, words do get "lost in translation" and at times wat I blog about is usually a "condensed" version with no visual theatrics. Anoddah softball buddy of mine - we'll call him "Iv" - said his sistah is one Lurkah¬†dat reads WWD! ūüėČ ¬† and he was telling her.......

"Da blog is nothing... you gotta see him 'live'." ūüėÜ

 

SHOUT OUT: Fo' those who dunno there is a REAL pah-tay tomorrow... hea's da details again from last Friday's blog. Come if can... even if you nevah say you coming but if no can, no can.

So far we get 13.5 in, 1 chicken, 3 maybe, 2 wishy-washy, 1 like ack busy but ‚Äúsqueeze‚ÄĚ da pah-tay in somehow kine and 1 waiting at da Hilo docks fo‚Äô da SupahFerry to come in.

WAT:   Triad Pah-tay with hosts of O&E, MLC & WWD! in da house!
WEN:    Friday, November 21st from 6-10pm
WEA’:   Fort Street Bar & Grill in the Topa Financial Center Lobby
(directly across the street from Aloha Tower)

SOME MO DETAILS:   No host (dat means you buy your own beea), No cover (unless you’d like to donate to da WWD! fund),  live entertainment, karaoke, games & prizes (still working on da last two) and parking is only $2 w/ validation

 

Well this pah-tay could be a blog in itself but hea’s da low-down on da ho-down.

It’s really informal - just an excuse to get together with people you nevah would have known, drink a few, wala’au, drink some mo’ - responsibly of course - and have a good time. 

Ok, it’s not your normal pah-tay so…..

If you¬†up tight‚Ķ. no come. If you¬†come to¬†beef‚Ķ.¬†they serve pork chops. But if you like pah-tay, ‚Äėden come! But please leave your¬†weirdness at home cause da last thing we‚Äôd want anyone to feel is awkward or uncomfortable.¬†¬†¬† ūüėȬ†

I‚Äôll be honest with you.¬†We‚Äôre going to get a wide¬†mix of people dat don‚Äôt know each oddah but¬†if you feel comfortable posting, you should be ok. The best part is, you don‚Äôt have to reveal your identity! You can still remain anonymous by giving your ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ name cause no one knows you by dat (Uncle Rodney and Queenie mentioned dat and it makes sense since we only know screen names).¬†

If you one Lurkah, no worries‚Ķ.. I get one special ‚ÄúLurkah‚ÄĚ table fo‚Äô you in da corner so you can still lurk.

In any case, if you’re attending or planning to attend, please give a shout out hea’ (post a comment) so dat we can guesstimate a head count cause da place can only hold so much.

Much Mahalos goes out to NKHEA fo’ getting us da hook ups at Fort Street B&G!

Last, please keep an open mind and venture out of your comfort zone hiding behind da confines of a keyboard and screen. No fo’get to bring your pah-tay shoes (eh, cross trainers good too) cause we certainly are hoping to have some fun!

And how fitting is it dat it’ll be on a Feel Good Friday?

Cheeee-hoooo!

 

 

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What A Week... Well, Da Oddah Oddah Week

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November 18th, 2008



Kinda long so get your coffee, tea, soda or watah ready.... ūüėÄ ¬† ¬†

In the October 24th  "You Get In The Mood" blog, started off a chain of "unfortunate" events. Lots of things - ok, one or two BIG things - have been on my mind which I still have no answers for.

Flash back exactly three weeks ago....

.... Since hearing of some bad news, I was looking forward to softball this particular week. It's not only the fact that I only played once in six weeks (3 byes, 2 rain outs) but this particular week had more bad then good.

It didn't help either that I was bombarded at work (co-worker on vacation for a week), month end was approaching, had to get audit materials together (if you're in accounting you know that sucks!), then I couldn't even go out surf when had a rare winter south swell! I did manage to go da next day but was supah junk!

Lose money.... Wait, I literally did!

The night of softball I had to fill up gas, air and make a stop at Sam's Club.

I pull into Chevron and head to da air pump and fill up da leaking tire. Air. Check. Go to da gas pump. Swipe da card. Push da 87 octane button.... nada. Lights flashing so I figgah I nevah press 'em hard enough. Hit 'em. Pull da levah..... Nada.

Wassap Wit Dat!

Oh....... Zip code. Duh.

Wassa mattah you! Too much things running around in da coconut shell.

I put my wallet on da tonneau cover right behind da rear window - as I always do - and start filling up. After wat felt like twenty minutes, I was pau.... and guess wat?

Yup. Fo'got 'em. Wat did I fo'get? Read on....

Aftah I wen park at Sam's, I was gathering my things: keys, phone, wallet. $h!t.

"Wea my wallet stay?!"

Ooohhh. Puh-llllleeeezzzze be there, please be there...... whew! Still was on da tonneau cover..... Idiot.

Aftah I picked up da snacks and "refreshments" fo' da game, I was loading it into da bed of da truck. I put my wallet on da corner of da tailgate and told myself as I was finishing up, "DON'T FOGET YOUR WALLET AGAIN!"....... Ok.

I take da cart ovah to da cart station about five stalls down (cause I not one to just leave it in da parking stall - plus I can hea' Da Wife in my head, "it's only right there!") and I head back to da truck..... and leave.

For some reason wen I was jus' passing da Stadium I reached ovah to da passenger seat noticed that something was missing.

Oh crap! Not again!

I pull ovah to da shoulder. Puh-llllleeeezzzze be there, please be there............

A'ole.

Aggghhhh fudgesicle! Wat I going do? Game going start... wallet missing. Hmmm... I call Da Wife.

BL:  "Babe."

Da Wife:  "Yes."

BL:  "You gotta do me one fave-ah."

Da Wife:  "What?"

BL:  "Uh.... I lost my wallet."

Da Wife:  "WHAT?! WHERE?..........."

We'll just end dat conversation there.

If you've ever lost your wallet, you know EXACTLY wat I was going through. Cancel everything. Get everything replaced and still gotta remembah wat had inside yeah? (HINT: Photocopy all the contents - front and back - of your wallet so if you evah lose 'em, you know wat you lost and have all da account and phone numbahs to call right away). Hugs and kisses Babe! You da bestest! (She was on da phone aftah cancelling everything)

Well, still had to play a game right? ūüėČ

That night I must have been possessed because although I wasn't my jovial self considering everything going on (as my softball buddies recognized), I had an amazing game both offensively (rare) and defensively! It also was cool dat my softball guys had my back to try and cheer me up and be supportive. Mahalos fellahs!

Then on the way home.......

I got pulled over for speeding. Oh crap. As if my life couldn't get any worse.

Relax, not excessive speeding but speeding nonetheless. He said he got me doing 40 in a 25 but at the time I saw his lights flash you instinctively look at your speedometer - I saw 35. It was still ovah da speed limit so I wasn't about to argue with the officer.

Officer:  "License, insurance, registration."

BL:  "Officer, you're not going to believe this. But uh, I just lost my wallet earlier this evening. We were at our softball game and my friend and I have been driving around the past half hour retracing my steps cause it was on the tailgate and fell off."

Officer:  (Light in my face as he's asking for information) "You have no license, no papers. You know dat's a $1k fine right?"

BL:  "Yes sir."

Officer:  (Verifying my info back at da squad car and walks back) "Do you have any open bottles of alcohol inside your vehicle?"

BL:  (Huh? Wea dat came from?) "No sir. Take a look." (rolling down all da windows)

Officer:  "Have you been drinking? There's a 12-pack of Heine's in the bed - is that yours?"

BL:  "No sir (I don't drink Heine's). It's my friend's (pointing to my half passed out friend)"

Officer:  "Can you please step of the truck."

ūüėĮ I go through the required sobriety tests and pass. (HINT: Carry an extra shirt so next time beer gets spilled on you, change shirts) ūüė°

Officer:  "I'll let you off with a warning this time. Slow down."

BL:  "Sorry sir. Thank you."

Who says officers don't do their jobs and show compassion? He wasn't rude or arrogant about it either.  If he had given me a speeding ticket, I wouldn't have liked it (who would?) but I was going faster than the posted speed limit and broke da law... and it's no excuse either that there was no one around at 12:30am in Aiea. He made a judgement call and I'm just grateful the officer showed a compassionate side.

Flash forward to a week ago.......

As Da Wife and I check da mail at our PO Box, guess wat I got? No, not smoked salmon. My wallet! A good samaritan found it and mailed it back to me. I don't carry cash and everything in there was still there - whew! Although Da Wife already canceled and replaced everything, at least I didn't have to go and renew any ID stuff.

Flash forward to 'dis morning.......

Wake up to Da Wife in a scolding voice, "OH MY GOD! Oneone!"

Great. Wat did she do now? Did she pee or doo-doo in da house? Did she tear up anything again?

I walk ovah to da living room and take a look.... "OMG! You frickin' little.... (we'll just stop it right there)".

Guess wat?

My wallet.... ripped to shreds! Credit cards, bank cards, registrations, safety checks, insurance cards and a couple of gift cards.... and fo' da extra MSG in da wound?....... she separated my cash from my money clip and ate $17..... really.... a $10, a $5 and 2 $1 bills.

Wassap Wit Dat!

She managed to open the pockets to my backpack and get out all da stuff dat was replaced recently....

So now I gotta call all da places Da Wife just called a few weeks ago and say, "You not going believe 'dis..... my dog ate it."

Is there anything else we can pile on? ūüė•

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Bah-Humbug!

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November 17th, 2008



I give up already.

I'm not too sure how most of you feel about the holidays but I've been a pretty adamant - to friends and Da Wife - about one thing.... celebrate the holidays in their respective "cycles".

It's only at this time of year does the term "holidays" actually just mean most/all things Christmas.

Where did Thanksgiving go?

It seems like Thanksgiving is reserved for one day and one day only, the last Saturday in November - not before, not after. It's almost like it was placed there to give Christmas a transition from Halloween. You certainly can't go from ghost and ghouls to Santa and reindeer overnight.

Me being a "stickler" about it for as long as I can remembah, have been pretty stubborn sticking to my guns and not giving in. Wat does dat mean? Nothing much. Just making sure I'm not buying Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving and/or decorating with the red, white and strobes lights around the house and such.

But the biggest thing? Not entering or visiting stores that promotes Christmas items/sales and have Christmas decorations all around.

The only exception was Sam's Club but strictly out of necessity and I make sure to bypass the "gift and decoration section".

Call me hard head, call me stupid. No mattah. Wat I believe was dat we "lost" the sense of Thanksgiving and every year it seems to get worse. I actually seen Christmas decorations up as well as Christmas "stores" opened up in October!

Wassap Wit Dat!

Isn't dat wat Black Friday is for? To kick off the Christmas gift buying and getting into the whole countdown to Christmas?

Da Wife and I went to Ala Moana yesterday to "get out" and boy was I "disappointed". "Christmas" was EVERYWHERE! From wreaths to "pre-Christmas" sales to the loud speaker blasting away Christmas music... even da center stage performers were all performing Christmas songs!

Please don't get me wrong. I LOVE Christmas. I love the "feeling", the weather (sunny or not), the people (rude or not although I am more patient with the very inconsiderate people dat come out this time of year) and of course..... the shopping!

I, like Uncle Rodney, love to shop as well! In fact, for those true Kwonics who's been around WWD!, my very first blog (Forced To Shop) was about shopping!

Considering the state of our economy, I've put aside my "petty" morals and gave in. No, I did not shop for gifts but I did "woo-saa" my feelings about the prematureness of Christmas.

We need it. We need the spirit. Hopefully it'll translate not only into an economic rebound, but our human spriit as well.

The mall was decently crowded so the pre-holiday blitz must be working and of course we passed by the Christmas store. You know, the one dressed up in all red, silver and glitterry - not to mention all the lights and "snow" and anything and everything about Christmas. 

Da Wife tugged my hand and gave me a look (she wanted to go in and check it out). I said,

"OH HELL NO!"

I tugged her back and we kept walking.

Now dat's one thing...... I can save fo' Christmas.

 

 

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Aloha Is Everywhere!

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November 14th, 2008



For those who have been reading recently know that I've been in kind of a funk - well, still am - but sucking it up and just fighting through it the best I can.

So what a surprise it was to receive a package at work.

Wait. Did I order something and forgot it was coming? It's not my birthday. Was it put in my box my accident?

Check the address.

Yup. To me.

Check the return address.......

Aloha Street? You gotta be kidding me. Aloha street?

Now I KNOW 'dis one prank! Plus was wrapped in da kine brown paper bag¬†kine. Who da joker dat set this up? Wea' da camera at? I wondah if it's a bomb? ūüėĮ

It was a good sized package and I was curious to find out wat it was but opted to open it up at home.

After carefully diagnosing it wasn't a bomb, there was an envelope taped to two boxes of smoked salmon.

Whoa! Who 'dis from?

As I peel off da rest of da wrapping, I pull da card out......

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Ho da classic! If I was one dog, that would be me and das' exactly wat I'd say too! ūüėÜ The card¬†had some very touching words¬†inside and I read it a few times because you could tell it was written from the heart.

It also said that "times are hard, but hard times pass" and that's so true. If you "tough enough", you can survive anything if you're willing to fight.

Unfortunately, the person who sent it wishes to remain anonymous so all I can say is......

MAHALOS!

Who says "Aloha" only stay¬†in Hawaii? ūüėÄ

Happy Feel Good Friday everyone!

 

 

SHOUT OUT:¬† And for those wondering, yes the pah-tay is still on. Here are the details dat Ynaku already mentioned in yesterday's blog ūüė≥ .......

 

WAT:   Triad Pah-tay with hosts of O&E, MLC & WWD!
WEN:    Friday, November 21st from 6-10pm
WEA':   Fort Street Bar & Grill in the Topa Financial Center Lobby
(directly across the street from Aloha Tower)

SOME MO DETAILS:   No host (dat means you buy your own beea), No cover (unless you'd like to donate to da WWD! fund),  live entertainment, karaoke, games & prizes (still working on da last two) and parking is only $2 w/ validation

 

Well this pah-tay could be a blog in itself but hea's da low-down on da ho-down.

It's really informal - just an excuse to get together with people you nevah would have known, drink a few, wala'au, drink some mo' - responsibly of course - and have a good time. 

Ok, it's not your normal pah-tay so.....

If you¬†up tight.... no come. If you¬†come to¬†beef....¬†they serve pork chops. But if you like pah-tay, 'den come! But please leave your¬†weirdness at home cause da last thing we'd want anyone to feel is awkward or uncomfortable.¬†¬†¬† ūüėȬ†

I'll be honest with you. We're going to get a wide mix of people dat don't know each oddah but if you feel comfortable posting, you should be ok. The best part is, you don't have to reveal your identity! You can still remain anonymous by giving your "real" name cause no one knows you by dat (Uncle Rodney and Queenie mentioned dat and it makes sense since we only know screen names). 

If you one Lurkah, no worries..... I get one special "Lurkah" table fo' you in da corner so you can still lurk. ūüėÜ

In any case, if you're attending or planning to attend, please give a shout out hea' (post a comment) so dat we can guesstimate a head count cause da place can only hold so much.

Much Mahalos goes out to NKHEA fo' getting us da hook ups at Fort Street B&G!

Last, please keep an open mind and venture out of your comfort zone hiding behind da confines of a keyboard and screen. No fo'get to bring your pah-tay shoes (eh, cross trainers good too) cause we certainly are hoping to have some fun!

And how fitting is it dat it'll be on a Feel Good Friday?

Cheeee-hoooo!

 

 

Wassap Wit..... Joe?

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November 13th, 2008



I couldn't help but notice that when I dropped Da Wife off at work this morning, most EVERYONE walking to work in town had a cup of joe.

At first I didn't think much of it but then I really started to think about it.

I'm not a¬†coffee drinker, more of a fufu'e coffee drinker. You know, gotta have flavah....¬†a twist....¬†sugar..... uh, flavah'd sugar. ūüėČ

You know da kine. Frappacino with chocolate syrup and whip cream or some oddah kine of "mixed" coffee.

Wassap Wit Dat!

Ok. So it's not da real straight up¬†coffee but that's just about as close as I get to drinking it.... unless I'm really hanging. :mrgreen: And even then, it's cream and Splenda (watching my figure). ūüėÜ

So I see all these peoples walking around in the styrofoamish cups and wondering, how much money do these people really spend on coffee a day? A month? A year???

Or should the real question be..... how much coffee do you drink a day?

And then it's not only that. It's the "unlimited" office coffee pots¬†and/or maybe you even have your own personal stash with your own¬†grinder and coffee press¬†hiding in the desk¬†drawer? ūüėĮ

No lie.

Das' you eh?¬†¬† ūüėÜ

And then even get da coffee you drink after lunch or dinner...

Holy Canole! Das a $h!t load of coffee you may drink everyday!

Me? I'm a tea drinker. And not da kine "Starbucks" kine either.¬†Straigh from Daiei, sorry, Don Quixote and gotta be green¬†or brown tea.... and on sale. ūüė≥ When get 2 for $3 sale, that lasts me a month! Bettah 'den coffee which must be wat? At least¬†$2 a pop?¬† ūüėĮ

No get me wrong. I like coffee too¬†but kinda expensive and fo' some reason I no get jacked up from it like some oddahs. Maybe I'm "immune" to coffee..... nah, I just get high on life.¬† ūüėÜ

I'll bet about 90% of you who read WWD! probably doing with a cup of joe next to you eh? Eh?¬†No lie.¬†I see you. ūüėÄ

Now where's my gift card to Starbucks.............

 

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

FUFU'E
(fu-fu or phew-phew)

Haole Translation: Flamboyant, Girlie, Over done

Use: Someone who's "out there" not only in appearance but personality as well, when a guy does stuff a girl normally does (hard fo' explain dat one)

Sentence: BL's GUY Friend to Bartender: ‚ÄúCan¬†I¬†get a¬†Cosmopolitan?‚ÄĚ
BL: "Hoi, you like da kine fufu'e drinks eh?"

Sentence:¬†‚ÄúHo how's dat wahine? She get enough bracelets or wot? Da buggahs up to her elbows... on BOTH arms!‚ÄĚ

 

 

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