Archive for October, 2009

Happy Spooky FGF!

October 30th, 2009
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Howzit howzit!

It's Hallow's Eve and personally, it's da kick off to da holiday season. *Note: I didn't say da "X" word cause dat's a whole 'noddah blog post to come latahz iykwim*

Dunno wat it is about Halloween but it always brings out da kookyness in us no? Whether it be da lolo with da hobo costume, homemade or store bought we see all kines... spooky, funny, original and of course some of those we just say.......... Wassap Wit Dat! to.   :wink: 

Our crew in The Honolulu Advertiser Finance department always loves a good potluck pah-tay and any reason to celebrate and grind is reason enough. Today is no different and I'll have pictures to prove it too.  :grin: 

If you have any Halloween pah-tay's or cool costumes of yourself or oddahs, send 'em to me for a shout out post next week. Da coolest one will win a gift certificate to Ryan's ($10 minimum up to $500) and Kincaid's ($15 minimum up to $500) *details on the card*.

Hea's some facts about Halloween dat you may or may not of known courtesy of Halloween Web.......

 

Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
  • Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
  • Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.
  • In 1962, the Count Dracula Society was founded.
  • To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
  • There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
  • Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects.
  • The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal it's size, with a life span averaging 32 years.
  • The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.
  • Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.

And of course gott share da most coolest costume in da world!!! I soooo wanted one and wen I checked it out......... it was only $4 grand!   :shock: 

 


 

Have a fun - and safe - spooktacular FGF and Halloween!

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

Waiting On The World To Change

October 28th, 2009
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Last night Da Wife had to work a little later than normal and since it was going to be too late to start making dinner, we picked up on da way home. Now I don't know if it was a full moon or not but it turned out to be just a little bit too much for me to handle last night.

We stopped by Waimalu Shopping Center because I had to pick up some ingredients at the Korean market and Da Wife wanted a chili spaghetti from Zippy's. If you've evah been there, you know dat da Korean market is on one end of da mall and Zippy's on da far oddah end.

I decided to park near da Korean market - since we were going to get more stuff there - and walk ovah to Zippy's. On our way there in front of Kabuki, there was a family (it appeared to be) of about 7 or 8 people (3 teenagers) standing smack dab in da middle of da walkway. Actually, blocking da about 90% of da walkway and da walkway isn't manini either! You could probably fit close to two cars side by side but they just stood there talking story as people kept trying to find a "lane" and go around them.

On our way back from Zippy's they were still there and their numbers grew to about 10 or so...... and they still were blocking da walkway like they owned it! As we walked by I just muttered to Da Wife, "wow, you tink they'd at least leave some room to walk by yeah?".

Wassap Wit Dat!

Aftah da market, I wanted something quick so decided to get some Mickey D's. (We all know my "love" for Zippy's  :lol:   ) As we pull up to da drive-thru da line is choke long (notoriously famous for being loooong and slooooow) so Da Wife suggested to just walk in.

I park da car and as I'm heading in, I hear from da drive-thru a customer yelling at da window something about a button. We'll get back to dat later. I nevah like be niele so I just walked in and BAM!, choke long line inside too.  Loser. No can win.   :sad: 

So as da line grew to about 7 deep (I was 4 back), da ONLY cashier appeared to ask for help. She asked three times till a cook behind da prep wall said she'd help. Wat tripped us out (those standing in line) was dat she wasn't asking for help...... she didn't want to cashier anymore! (WWD!) As soon as da cook person came up front, she was relieved and all she wanted to do was bag the food.   :roll: 

Uh, it wouldn't have been too bad if da cook actually knew how to use da damn register!!! She pressed one button and was stuck. It kept beeping and she kept hitting buttons and it kept beeping and she kept pressing da buttons and looking around for help all da while da cashier dat was just there kept bagging food without even a peek in to help.

Aftah about 10 minutes, da line has grown to at least 10 deep and finally just as a manager walks in to open a register, simultaneously - seriously, like at da exact same moment like synchronized swimming, a lady and her three kids just walked in da restaurant and waltzed right up da register and da manager asked, "what can I get for you?"

Huh? Wat da heck just happened?

Da lady in front of me seemed a little dazed. She started to look around. Da damn cashier in front of us was still beeping and now dis frickin' family just cut in front of all of us who've been waiting for da past 10 minutes!

Woooo-saaaaa.

I waited a little bit for da lady in front of me to say something to but she was too dazed I guess and everybody else didn't want to "get involved" so while they were ordering away I walk up to them and say,

BL:   "Excuse me. You know that was very rude what you just did. You cut in front of everybody that was standing in line."
RUDE LADY:   "Nobody was here. Nobody in this line."
BL:   "What? This register just opened. Nobody was here because there's only one line."
RUDE LADY:   "Nobody in this line."
BL:   *about to go shmall kine nutz cause was hungry*  "You're very rude to cut in front of everybody."
MANAGER:   "I'm sorry."

I couldn't believe I only got a sorry. Da manager should have just canceled their order and made them stand in line but wen I get flustered, words don't come easy. I can't think rationally either wen I'm li'dat so I just stood back in line in awe while my mind is spinning with things to say.... and some weren't pretty.

WASSAP WIT DAT!!!

Wat's even more worse was dat both at Waimalu Shopping Center and McDonald's, there were teenagers involved. So wat message does dat send to our young adults? It's ok to be rude and "own" everything? And we all wondah why - or at least I do - why dis world/society is going to heck!

And then I get da wrong size soda on top of dat!   :mad: 

Oh yeah, about da guy in da drive-thru? Da Wife was saying dat da guy wanted a cone. No ice cream. Just da cone. He was extremely adamant about it and da kicker? He wanted it free - not because he wasn't getting da ice cream with it but................ wait for it............... because there was no "button" for it on da register. Go figgah.   :roll: 

So sad dat da world is changing..... and it ain't good.

 


 

Braddah Lance Kwon

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Boy We Suck.... So Wea You Stay?

October 26th, 2009
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Anoddah week.... anoddah beating.

Boy, wen it rains it pours for our young men in green and our Warriors suffered yet anoddah humiliating loss.

But wea were you?

Ok, so maybe not WEA were you but how come all da boo's? I know Halloween is coming up but c'mon no need put down da only team we "should" be supporting. Wen we were winning, it was green fever all ovah and people were jumping on da bandwagon left and right but now in these hard times you couldn't give away game tickets.

Wassap Wit Dat!

I know wat you guys thinking *BL already hearing OLis saying it*, it's always been - and forevah will be - about winning and da Benjamin's.

But last time I checked..... support was free.

You no like support 'em? No buy da ticket, no go to da game, no buy da hats, no buy da shirts and then go moan and groan and b!tch all you like.

There's no need to boo, cuss, yell things you wouldn't say in front of your mother to da players who are buss'ing okole right on da field. There's no need to pour any more Hawaiian salt on da wound during a game wea da seconds couldn't tick any fastah. You don't think da player's hearts are hurting by their (lack of) performance? You don't think they have any pride? Then you hear, "fire da coach!".

WASSAP WIT DAT!

Brah, give Coach Mac a chance. It's only his second year and on top of dat a new system, new direction and let's not fo'get all da injuries!  :shock:   Jus' imagine if you nevah got a "chance" for dat job interview or given a "chance" to make right.

And Coach Mac, we heard you da first time wen you said da players are buss'ing okole but it's getting old wen you say dat ovah and ovah again at every press conference. I hear ya! I personally wish I had a coach like you dat cared about da players almost, if not more, than da game itself but in today's world, sadly, nobody cares. It's about instant gratification and immediate glory.

I can guarantee you that on ANY team, while they preach team work and "there's no 'I' in team", there are more than a handful of players who are out for their own. I've played/coached on literally wat feels like a thousand teams and trust and believe I haven't witnessed one team wea EVERY single one thought about da team first.

So wat's da solution?

I have no frickin' clue oddah than Trust and Believe. You gotta trust and believe dat da coaches and players can get in synch. You gotta trust and believe dat our Warriors can dig deeper in their hearts and overcome. You gotta just trust and believe.

Oh yeah, all you guys who are da LOUDEST complainers and back seat coaches of them all......... STOP BETTING ON DA GAME and maybe then you'll be a true supporter or just no bet at all!

Or at least bet on da right side then maybe you not going get all agro and nutz eh?   :wink: 

While we all worried about not evah revisiting anoddah VonAppen era, we can be frustrated and express our disappointment but let's show a little class and not do it during a game crushing any spirit left by da players trying to gut it out. While there may be nothing to cheer about, negative energy works da same as positive energy, it can either help or destroy.

Let's keep da faith..... or at least keep your negative energy away from da game should you be at 'Aloha' Stadium.

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

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FGF Furlough

October 23rd, 2009
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Happy Feel Good Friday to Da WWD! Hui!

It's also FF....... Furlough Friday - which has various meanings (consequences) for all.

If you're not a teacher or state workah, you gotta work anyways but we (non-state workahs) surah did benefit big time in one way...... da freeways/highways are supah clear! Da Wife and I got to work in about 17 minutes and people were still zooming past us too like they were on da autobahn trying to break da land speed record.

Wait a minute.

We have DAT much state workahs and teachers off today?  :shock:    Whoa.

It also meant that those with keiki had to scramble with day care or take a vacation day or for da lucky ones, bring their keiki to work with them. Business' are brainstorming for ways to help out - cash in - on a possible opportunity like Pearlridge's Free Furlough Friday Activities.

Wat I don't get is how come oddah state agencies didn't collaborate in helping out like how da libraries are suggesting to help out. They have to go through so much red tape (WWD!) just to change their furloughs from Fridays to Wednesday's in hopes to give keiki - and oddahs on furlough - a place to go to on Fridays.

Wat I reaaaaally no get is is if everybody get furloughs on Friday....... wat everybody going/can do?

How dis affects us all in da long run won't be determined till..... da long run so it's a wait and see for now with all da legal mumbo-jumbo flying around now.

I guess FGF could have stood for...... Furloughs Garner Fights or Freeways Gone Free or my favorite....... Families Get F#*&ed.

So for those who drop in on FGF (traditionally seems to be a slow post day), got any acronyms to share? Be witty, be clever........ and you'll win a minimum $10 gift card to Ryan's or minimum $15 to Kincaids with a possibility to win a $500 gift card to da respective restaurants! *Details on da card itself and gotta use by Dec 9*

So whether you come up with a clever "FGF" or if we hit post #77....... or maybe you just like one by asking, I have a couple of each to give away so good luck!

And of course, hea's da FGF Joke of da Day courtesy of rn2b:

 

The Sweetness of Married Life

A couple had only been married for two weeks and the husband although very much in love, couldn't wait to go out on the town and party with his old buddies.

So, he said to his new wife, "Honey, I'll be right back."

"Where are you going, Coochy Coo?" asked the wife.

"I'm going to the bar, Pretty Face," he answered. "I'm going to have a beer."

The wife said, "You want a beer, my love?" She opened the door to the refrigerator and showed him 25 different kinds of beer, brands from 12 different countries: Germany, Holland, Japan, India, etc.

The husband didn't know what to do, and the only thing that he could think of saying was, "Yes, Lollipop... but at the bar... You know...they have frozen glasses... "

He didn't get to finish the sentence, because the wife interrupted him by saying, "You want a frozen glass, Puppy Face?" She took a huge beer mug out of the freezer, so frozen that she was getting chills just holding it.

The husband, looking a bit pale, said, "Yes, Tootsie Roll, but at the bar they have those hors d'oeuvres that are really delicious... I won't be long.

I'll be right back. I promise. OK?"

"You want hors d'oeuvres, Poochie Pooh?" She opened the oven and took out 5 dishes of different hors d'oeuvres: chicken wings, pigs in blankets, mushroom caps, and little quiches.

"But my sweet honey... at the bar.... you know there's swearing, dirty words and all that..."

"You want dirty words, Cutie Pie? LISTEN UP CHICKEN SHIT! SIT YOUR A$$ DOWN, SHUT THE HELL UP, DRINK YOUR BEER IN YOUR FROZEN MUG AND EAT YOUR HORS D'OEUVRES BECAUSE YOUR MARRIED A$$ ISN'T GOING TO A DAMNED BAR! THAT SH!T IS OVER, GOT IT, JACKA$$?"

and...they lived happily ever after.

 

Sounds almost like a true story.   :lol: 

Happy Feel Good Friday Everybodies!

 

Shoots!
k-den

There's No Crying In Softball

October 22nd, 2009
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The oddah oddah week at my softball game we played against a team that had two girls..... no, not guys we were calling girls, but really two wahines.

In about the third or fourth inning, one of the girls was up to bat and our outfielders naturally crept in. I played my normal depth becasue of my defensive alignment with my shortstop (I was to get all the ground balls and he would get all the bloops in our area).

The girls in our league aren't slouches either. They can play, while not up to the level of most of the males, I'd say they can outplay about 25-30% of the guys in our league.... including those on da team they play for!

Anyways, one of the bettah girls was up to bat and she hit a hard sinking line drive towards the gap of me (3rd baseman) and my shortstop. I was only able to take one step to my left and then dove hard laying out to  make the catch about six inches before it touched the ground making the third out.

As we're jogging off the field we hear, "C'MON! SHE"S A GIRL!" *response to follow below*

Wassap Wit Dat!

Heh? So frickin' wat?! Does that mean kane have to play different? It's not a co-ed league where there are certain rules to help da wahine out, plus even if it was a co-ed league, wat, kane cannot make any plays against them? We gotta give them "chance"?

No even get me started about wat they were doing in da innings before but let me break it down for ya. 

They were hitting quite a few popflys to our outfielders and EVERYTIME they would try and jinx da catch by yelling things like "miss" or "I got it" or just yelling anything in general. Now that's fine if you whispered it to yourself or even kept it to your bench area but when you direct your comments to da person directly involved, now dat's a different story. No class I tell ya.

So I gave them da mean Korean stink eye and shook my head. Their 3rd base coach noticed and asked,

NO CLASS TEAM:   "What's the matter 3B?"
BL:   "Brah, wat? You don't know?"
NO CLASS TEAM:   "No."
BL:   "How you guys going play li'dat with no class yelling to jinx a player DURING a play?"

It didn't change.

In this past Tuesday's game against a different team with a wahine - she was on fire! She was 2 for 3 and guess wat? She hit a GRAND SLAM!   :shock:   :grin:    Yeah, no $h!t, a GRAND SLAM! She hit a perfect liner just ovah our second baseman and dropped in between our right and center fielder's - I don't know wat da heck they were doing - and as they watched each oddah watch da ball roll between them she was on her horse and beat da throw in.

We gave her her props and dat team nevah once "asked fo' chance".... at least none dat I heard.

So wat you tink? Gotta give chance to da wahines li'dat?

Going back to da oddah oddah week's game, one of my teammates, as witty as he is, had a perfect comeback though and shut them up pretty good right aftah dat.

NO CLASS TEAM:   "C'MON! SHE'S A GIRL!"
BL's TEAMMATE:   "So what! He's only 4'8" "

I guess dat makes us even.   :grin:

 

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

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