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Mahalo & Aloha! Shoots.... K-den

June 2nd, 2010
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It's been a good near two and a half year run for the Wassap Wit Dat! blog.

Yeah, that long. And for those who've been with WWD! since the beginning...... wassamattah you?   :lol: 

It's grown - and helped me grow - in so many ways I cannot express in words. Yeah, I'm speechless..... ok ok, you got me. Wen am I evah speechless?

But I am awestruck.

The countdown is on to the end of my employment at The Honolulu Advertiser and its newspaper, website and blogs as well (see zzzzzz? I still can learn.  :wink:   Mahalo for da link regarding "it's/its" - duh). It's just a few days away but I am respectfully bowing out now so that Kwonics, Lanceformers and Lurkahs alike can have a last chance to view the final WWD! blog entry before it goes black.... since not everyone reads everyday.   :wink: 

I have to admit, if you haven't noticed, writing (in english) is most definitely not my strong suit (hold your tongue zzzzzz   :lol:  ) hence Pidgin (which my friends would say is my native language). Truth be told (hopefully none of my players are reading this blog entry) I almost didn't graduate high school because of one course - English.

It was my senior year in high school and of course the "cruise" year. Well, actually every year was my cruise year and if I remember correctly, my senior year I had two teacher aid courses (ended up being three), band, math and english. *I'm pleading the fifth on how I managed more surf sessions than class sessions my entire four years in high school*

About a month before graduation, my english teacher (name withheld so not to get her in trouble) notified me that I didn't turn in enough assignments and I wouldn't be graduating unless I take summer school.

Not graduate? Not walk with my class? Waaaaat? Wassap Wit Dat!

Well, I knew exactly what was up with that. I F*&%#@ up big time and had no one to blame but myself. My mom would have a heartattack, my dad would have literally killed me (no joke) and I would have disgraced my familybeyond recognition that I'd have to commit seppuku just to save some kind of face.

After a very very very long talk with my english teacher - which included begging and pleading - she finally allowed me to turn in EVERY single assignment but at half the grade. I busted okole for the next couple of weeks and found out a few days before graduation that I earned a C- for the class.

Huh?

Turns out most of my assignments were 'A' work but since it was only worth half, I got 'C's.

I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders and thanked her profusely for giving me a chance, an opportunity, to prove myself and that she didn't waste her time on a "punk".

Once I began my career in accounting and eventually landing a job at The Honolulu Advertiser, I had made a comment (my WWD! observation skills and my big mouth on full tilt) regarding the Island Life section - as well as the blogs - not having a male voice as most, if not all at the time, were females. 

Jokingly, I mention it to a good friend - the then administrative assitant and former Island Tails blogger Leslie Kawamoto - who suggested I let Mark Platte - former VP newsroom editor - know about it putting me on the spot right then and there.

Long story short, so began Wassap Wit Dat!. Even though this was just a blog - nowhere near any newsworthy type of material - Mr.Platte gave me a "chance". As those of you who've stuck with WWD! since the beginning know that I try and seize every moment (opportunity) I can.

Writing for The Honolulu Advertiser - even though it wasn't "real" writing - was/is a honor I didn't take lightly. It took me a pretty long time to "let loose" and 'Pidgin' isn't something that was "appropriate" for mainstream media.

It (Pidgin) initially only came out in my repsonses to posters but as the readership grew, more and more had commented that this blog was "different". I especially liked the fact that our transplants - to as well as from Hawaii - wanted to hear more because they missed the "sound" of it. *If you ever been to one of the Triad pah-tay's you'd know it be full on blown out when we'd talk.*

Now there's pretty much a guarantee that any WWD! blog entry has shmall kine Pidgin in there somewhere. Sometimes no can understand and you all know what I say to those who complain....... No read then!   :wink: 

Now it's a graduation of sorts. A fitting end being that it's graduation season here in the 808 and where it all "began". There are goodbyes to be said, "virtual" hugs to be shared and on to bigger and better things right?

If there is one thing graduation exemplifies -  besides a sense of accomplishment - it's a sense of gratitude.

From every inch of my heart and soul, Mahalos for all da good, da bad, da ugly, da put downs, da jokes, da laughter, da ragging and da memories but most of all, Mahalos for "believing" and supporting Wassap Wit Dat!. There is no way WWD! would have continued without YOU.

So hea's a shout out to each and everyone of you...... literally.

  • eMH - very 1st poster 1/15/08 9:30pm
  • jojo
  • Marc
  • jusamee - 1/16/08
  • MoOgooGuypAN - 1/16/08
  • tanataran808
  • Scott
  • the wife (later changed to Da Wife)
  • kefster
  • J.P.K - 1/18/08
  • Chicken Grease - 1/22/08 originator of term "Lanceformers"
  • Cat (OMG she read MY blog!)   :wink: 
  • 9th Island Girl  - 1/16/08
  • Yoshi
  • hemajang - 1/17/08
  • PrincessPixie
  • domino diva
  • Kimekomi - 1/22/08
  • hollyGL
  • Don
  • NevaUMind
  • tinytim
  • Opso - member 1/18/08 originator of term "Kwonics"
  • ohora
  • Bill
  • adt
  • iwonderwhytheyhateme
  • gotpoi
  • stacyj
  • ResponsibleMemberOfSociety
  • kpkp
  • Dave C
  • Coconut Willy - 1/21/08
  • warriorfan
  • Paula
  • cheerbrat
  • Largo - ; )
  • Beara
  • no can believe
  • LRob - 1/23/08
  • cataluna fan
  • RNtobe
  • Duck soup
  • jusbrowsin
  • shouldbeworking
  • ga bows - 1/25/08
  • chicago
  • lib
  • DaBomb
  • Jane
  • Duck soup
  • jb
  • wafan
  • Mokihana
  • AC
  • Yvette
  • Nate
  • nukem
  • ekylo
  • panda-hugger
  • Wen
  • Makiki - 1/29/08
  • Sister-In-Law
  • not-a-lurker
  • BananaFish - 1/29/08
  • hawaiiflower
  • CDaMan
  • tt
  • eDave
  • homey
  • Ninja Assassin
  • hukilau
  • kako mochi
  • Randy
  • TChahng
  • Kekoa
  • IPO
  • Jason
  • The Clown
  • Dr Grace
  • Ni
  • chawan_cut
  • Mie
  • anon
  • Juan E
  • not so tall soy latte
  • lakesidegt
  • kikaida
  • charles
  • Lava 2 Eat
  • Susan
  • HereToHelp
  • Ethan,Micah and Asher
  • Super Chang
  • 808bk
  • Rugby 101
  • Bill
  • Paula
  • Robin
  • MainlandIslandBoy
  • Papa Bear
  • Wannie
  • De
  • King Katonk - 2/29/08
  • Y3
  • munch - 2/29/08
  • snow - 3/3/08
  • I Chang Therefore I Am
  • E.Coli Sandwich
  • PinkPlumeria
  • sgoose
  • LocoMoco
  • Kekoa
  • roach - 3/10/08
  • Da Tin Man
  • 1nutbugga
  • franksabunch
  • Rusted2much
  • No Mind
  • Dave Matthews
  • TT
  • Mr Lurker
  • Da Kine
  • amyama
  • willie
  • Warrior Dave
  • Jen
  • Poi Dog
  • kefster
  • rn2b
  • Long Time UH Fan
  • bakopi5
  • Kakaako Blogger
  • FormerBG
  • rusted
  • Jason
  • acuradriver02 - 3/25/08
  • Da Kin
  • TChahng
  • First
  • hi hi
  • Lurker
  • dachad
  • 9th Island Cuz
  • J
  • : )
  • Goose
  • De
  • Rodney
  • yuenhernandez
  • Dave
  • dakinelidat
  • cyjai
  • EMM386 - 3/31/08
  • test
  • Bumbai
  • Professional Dispatcher
  • islandgirl in nc - 4/2/08
  • book2 - 4/2/08
  • spankthemonkey
  • goodbeer
  • Cin
  • G.Kwon
  • enzo
  • Wild Willie
  • LJ
  • Adam
  • me
  • iEATpoke
  • Jorge
  • franksabunch
  • Honolulu Haole
  • Michel - 4/16/08
  • KAN - 4/16/08
  • guest
  • Speed
  • Ynaku - 4/17/08
  • crappy bowler
  • kapalikuokalani
  • Speaking of License Plates
  • repeat
  • M - 4/21/08
  • Q
  • greymomma
  • C.W.
  • jiggyboo
  • conspiranoia
  • Ukuhead
  • Alohabound
  • 1dble
  • power-c
  • Dirtball
  • b-relaxed
  • GumbysHorse
  • CJS1
  • just an opinion
  • happy go lurker
  • kaiyo
  • Stuck in the Mind for Life
  • ensei
  • Angry Bovine
  • Ed
  • jpeace
  • pupulegurl
  • suka
  • HiFlyer
  • mclovin
  • raja
  • JT
  • Lolo Kine Big Head
  • joeydacat
  • warren
  • Local Dad
  • blueballs coach ha
  • kauaigirl
  • TwoFish - 5/10/08
  • Ninjya Girl
  • 4TUN8
  • mjstc
  • Chiemi
  • enzo
  • Alkatraz
  • Shauna
  • joeydacat
  • peeweeSherman
  • hawaiian gurl
  • hilo kine
  • wicked
  • MG
  • theidquiz
  • momona
  • A.B.
  • You'll love this contribution
  • ES101
  • scott - 5/20/98
  • SLDP
  • frankie
  • HOP 2008
  • Ocean Lover - 5/21/08
  • darealBBcoach
  • BarbieQ!
  • Braddah C
  • ex hilo boy
  • 10pinmisser
  • KPD
  • Mrs.R
  • Jackey Too Old
  • trippook
  • Ducks808
  • Hnl2Las - 6/4/08
  • 12117
  • radjahdat
  • Supposed Lurker
  • tony
  • thehaolecousinsboyfriend
  • Lose Money
  • Wes
  • HauulaPoi54
  • Glenn
  • NKHEA - 6/19/08
  • livestrong
  • Missy
  • issunboshi
  • L8-10
  • Cindy
  • KalopaMom
  • What The Pluck
  • anklebiters
  • MMM
  • Kim
  • L
  • lj
  • aja717
  • sassy7 - 7/3/08
  • honda si boy
  • Tankobu
  • Reido
  • Amanda
  • dubgee
  • smurf84
  • lesliek
  • dj
  • blt sandwich
  • decrepit
  • T dawg
  • Robbie
  • kris
  • CaptainblUbAll
  • Yikes
  • incognito
  • pink lady
  • from big island
  • Aunty Paula
  • AlexM
  • Hitman24
  • wwdfan
  • x3x
  • Lurka
  • YobOtob
  • Stephen Tsai
  • ksdfokdkwk
  • JindoMaster808
  • zzzzzz - 7/23/08
  • Colleen Patterson
  • MMM
  • N's Mommy
  • logan
  • tman
  • logic1201
  • kuuipo
  • gmanoa - 7/28/08
  • daBomb
  • MaYoROana808
  • L10pc
  • motocross mom
  • rahrah
  • peachypeach
  • Kelli
  • Uncle Jimmy - 08/08/08
  • Zoom220
  • leerahrahrah
  • B - 8/11/08
  • hanapaa - 8/11/08
  • fdog
  • MadiMacMele
  • al
  • masas808
  • Daniel
  • calwillnol
  • RK
  • NEO - 8/21/08
  • 808Dad - 8/22/08
  • D - 9/4/08
  • b-dizzle fo' shizzle
  • Masako - 9/4/08
  • shoyu burner - 9/4/08
  • Syxx
  • Caryn
  • tksv
  • ZX6R - 9/6/08
  • sparkyhasselhoff
  • moose
  • Bre - 9/17/08
  • BC
  • skycastles
  • da hoover
  • uglyvalentine
  • Jet
  • troy
  • govgirl
  • ducky
  • doofus
  • lovelyhanalei
  • jim mendonza
  • what
  • AquaDan
  • Braddah Lance's Teachah
  • follow the money
  • J-Dog
  • bamboohouse808
  • Like
  • Wahtdahaps
  • Owek
  • Wes
  • leerz
  • Fire Reggie
  • ratmin
  • Eugene
  • Pikake
  • rayboyjr - 10/24/08
  • susie
  • Pu'ka
  • Lulu
  • buddahbelly
  • Cuz'n Makawao
  • Troy
  • c
  • Andi
  • Shizah
  • 2B
  • Jay Higa
  • Lurkah girl
  • Rod's Big Bro
  • mrthreem
  • IKHEA
  • Kathy Goo
  • HRHKhunPamela
  • Synaps
  • Dee
  • tita leerz
  • jaydee - 12/23/08
  • TEN
  • teejay
  • oh man...
  • Kat
  • bB
  • NKHEA - 1st poster of 2009
  • mahina59
  • Alex
  • mapuana
  • The BC
  • j-roc
  • FLOJO
  • HRH Pami
  • robert
  • J.P.
  • anada1
  • Brother Love
  • NEENZ
  • onenutbugga
  • alidoki
  • Dani
  • Lance DuBosky
  • yoshiyoshi
  • Khun Pamela
  • Rosette - 2/13/09
  • kate - 2/13/09
  • Sook
  • JPW
  • Melissa
  • Zpizza girl
  • Hitman 24
  • mutadah
  • kauinoa4lyph
  • sansei
  • HiloBoy
  • uhsa2
  • BuBu
  • Lulu
  • Carol Takahashi
  • kaimana808
  • Kristen
  • Voice of the Haole
  • Ack Patrol
  • uji
  • dokidoki
  • che - 3/24/09
  • Crystal Padron
  • theDman
  • bubbles
  • ottotman
  • Kage
  • Mr. Coors
  • patricia kaniho
  • Kalikiano Kalei
  • getITon
  • Center Of Thought
  • D.
  • Glenn Miyashiro
  • Bookworm
  • LALeilani
  • TTT
  • Kraze Apparel
  • World Wide Ed
  • kuya.d
  • Keith
  • matt - 5/18/09
  • 9th Island Cuz
  • UH Baseball Fan
  • Sachi
  • jtbrogan
  • mypassionbucketisfull
  • Tacoma
  • volleymom2 - 6/3/09
  • Lurker
  • Tahoe-gal
  • Mike Brawn
  • kaiolohiakid
  • ManekiNekko
  • t-roy - 7/7/09
  • David In Oregon - 7/8/09
  • Kelsey
  • midori-mm - 7/13/09
  • onecupcoffee - 7/13/09
  • Sittinginlimbo - 7/20/09
  • Hawaii.kiwi
  • Maxcat
  • C Chan
  • carokun
  • houcndat
  • GTS
  • COhiba
  • Lori
  • islandcrafters
  • nanigurl
  • NaPueo
  • New Blogger
  • Jun Tao
  • chicorex
  • MGI
  • Hawaiian Superman
  • John Garcia
  • That Lurkah
  • Chocaholic
  • hawaiiobsessed - 9/13/09
  • jtb
  • JENN
  • greenbananas
  • missb84
  • britt84
  • BReal
  • DT
  • KU808HAWAIIAN
  • J.HA
  • SoftwareDude
  • doug wheeler
  • Tom AKA Systom
  • crazy deb
  • Just visiting
  • jhmcn
  • dougtat2
  • ducksinthewind
  • ted
  • sally - 11/13/09
  • ylea
  • Vern
  • Seattle Gail
  • hi2wa
  • Gene
  • OMFG
  • aokami
  • Alohikea
  • aj
  • Hawaiianbod
  • sally - 1st poster of 2010
  • kingmushroom
  • Michael
  • Koreankanak - 1/12/10
  • Brian
  • meangene
  • m@x
  • Alex
  • Mash
  • Jack
  • strobie
  • Jufi
  • just me
  • dihudfan
  • Seawalker
  • Echidna
  • jayz
  • Zatoichi
  • omilu
  • (Jesse) James
  • jamrus36
  • Keoni
  • Menosabe
  • tv
  • cstrobel
  • Madeleine
  • K-POI
  • Jay
  • losthawaiian
  • 9Ball
  • 91boz
  • 4G
  • 420
  • Ekela
  • old dude
  • Ozzie
  • sir
  • Rich Figel
  • ec
  • R-Dizzle
  • You Da Man
  • scott mullen
  • ted
  • 1B
  • CCHAN
  • Where's da aloha?
  • halekipa
  • Bruce
  • HP
  • Creative
  • Alan Spelder - 6/1/10
    Very last "Lanceformer"

WHEW!

Now that was a handful huh? Now you wonder why this post took so long? Cause I had to go through EVERY SINGLE BLOG then go through EVERY SINGLE COMMENT (20,000 of 'em) and if I missed you, my sincere apologies but then again if I missed you then you nevah post enough!   :lol: 

For some, we've become "virtual" friends and for others I've had the pleasure to meet in real life, we've become "real" friends but in any case, friendships are something I treasure and don't take lightly.

We may see each other again, we may not. We may keep in touch for the time being or we may drift away....... but there will always be Wassap Wit Dat! somewhere in your heart (at da least longing for my kim chee).

So the next you find yourself using OUR catch phrase, chill-lax and smile. You helped make WWD! one of the most successful blogs at The Honolulu Advertsier and for that..... we all should be proud.

From me to Da WWD! Hui (listen to the words)............


 

Mahalos and Aloooooooooha!

Shoots!
k-den,

Braddah Lance

 

p.s. If you need any silkscreen or embroidery work done, I'll be set up and ready to go in a few months. Trust me, I'll hook you up if you mention WWD!.   :wink:   :wink: 

For those who want to email or stay in touch, email wassapwitdat@gmail.com or check into the WWD! Facebook page by clicking below.

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

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Still Working On It....

June 1st, 2010
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Check back tomorrow...... GUARANTEE!!!

But in the mean time, did you check out WWD!'s tribute to the USS Missouri?

Click here to see the post!

 

:grin:

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