Archive for February, 2012

Rail Boss Need Not Be A Supporter?

February 29th, 2012
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After reading the article "Panel picks finalist to direct rail board" by B.J. Reyes in Sunday's paper, I'm perplexed about how the powers that be couldn't even figure out how contradictory the package is for the next CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).

* Face it, we're gonna get rail no mattah wat so we either bettah stop bitchin' or offer up great ideas on how to make it benefit us. It'll take da whole island to join in unison to stop it cause no one is listening. And btw, have you seen da markings on Kamehameha Hwy for the drilling? Looks to me like we're losing driving lanes and traffic is going to really look like LA traffic. I thought da whole point of rail was to alleviate traffic? :roll: *

Back on topic.

We all know CEO "base salaries" are outrageous already and that part doesn't even faze me anymore but "his proposed three-year contract includes an annual base salary of $245,000, plus a $36,000-a-year housing allowance and a $6,000 annual transportation allowance, HART said. The proposal also includes the potential for a $35,000 annual performance bonus."

Did you catch it? Reread it and think about it.

It's kinda buried and an inconsequential amount compared to da rest of da "perks" but how you figgah da next CEO of HART going get one $6,000 transportation allowance?

Wassup Wit Dat!

Seriously? Our next "leader" of our future of transportation going get kala for buy one VEHICLE? Surah as heck he ain't buying a bus pass and unless da annual pass for rail is $6k, it ain't going there either.

It's exactly like saying da CEO of Pepsi drinks Coca-Cola or Ronald McDonald was seen eating a Jumbo Jack. Would you tink da Starbucks creator would be drinking a cup of joe from Dunkin' Donuts?

I totally understand hiring outside of Hawai'i for this position since it's something we've never had/done before but the contract appears that whoever is hired is not in it for the long haul and most definitely not fully vested in Hawai'i's future.

Basically, s/he could fulfill the 3-year contract and whether s/he succeeds or not, is still getting paid and then wat? We gotta get anoddah CEO and pay dat person bettah cause we gotta offer a "competitive and attractive package"?

Da "package" sounds like a hit a run cause da housing allowance is probably for a rental, da transportion allowance is probably for a lease and who cares about $35k wen you already banking $245k! Hang around for three years, make an awesome salary and live for "free" in Hawai'i - who WOULDN'T apply for dat job?

Wen a package is created for a position to lead Hawai'i's run to da future of Hawai'i nei - shouldn't dat person "live" Hawai'i instead of just visiting it? If we're all paying for something as monumental as this, I want someone who cares about our island, our community, our lifestyle and not just here doing a "job".

Sadly, garans-ball-barans s/he will probably leave to da next "challenge" in his/her life but we're stuck wit da rail........... for LIFE.








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Etiquette 101

February 25th, 2012
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I'm constantly amazed at how inconsiderate people are in one of the most common situations in everyday life.....

Elevator etiquette.

Here's the situation. You're in the elevator - regardless if it's just you or it's packed - and it doesn't matter which floor you're getting off - usually it's the bottom floor - but once the door opens a flood of people try to rush in.

Wassup Wit Dat!

We, da people IN da elevator, are trying fo' get OUT! It's simple logic. You can't fill a can a can dat's full so why try to pour more in? Imagine salmon trying to swim upstream during spawning season and you'll know exactly wat I mean.

Da Wife and I were at Ala Moana earlier tonight and da two times we went on da elevator, twice we had to fight da current. No mattah wea we go - it's especially worse in Vegas - but since wen did it become so life threatening to get in an elevator da moment da door opens? And to make mattahs worse, wen da heck did it become ok to just stand right in front of da opening preventing da people from going out quickly and not making a pathway?

Da first time, we had to go AROUND da salmon and then we get da shmall kine stink eye action going even though we were da ones dat had to go around them. Da second time I just wen 4x4 Bigfoot action with da stroller - Da Wife was carrying Da Baby behind me - and made a path..... everybody in da elevator followed. :grin:

Sam's Club in Pearl City is a mattah of cha-cha-cha'ing. Once da door opens on da bottom floor you gotta wait for da lolos outside da elevator to move their carts out of da way just so you can get out. Why they nevah just do dat in da first place just bewilders me. It's such a tight area and still yet nobody even tinks to make room. Then we dance. 1-2-cha-cha-cha. 3-4-cha-cha-cha. It's a dance you go through EVERYTIME.

Elevator etiquette is not a situation wea people are unfamiliar with and it's definitely not a situation wea you dunno wat to do.... so why does it happen all da frickin' time?

One last thing about Etiquette 101-Elevators, if you da last person to get off, hold da elevator door open till da first person gets in.

We've all been there but let's show some malama on a such a simple act of courtesy.

Or no be surprised if I run your okole ovah wit da stroller. :lol:








GARJWC

February 22nd, 2012
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GAR

No, I'm not making pirate noises but I'm talking about the Great Aloha Run... or Jog... or Walk... or Crawl - an 8.15 mile race from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium.

Where else would you be surrounded by nearly 30,000 young, old, fit, athletic, overweight, weekend warrior types with one goal in mind: crossing the finish line.... without passing out.

Never mind that it's a charitable organization that gives more than $400,000 to the community annually and provides volunteer and community service opportunities. Never mind that in the past twenty-seven years the Great Aloha Run has raised over $9.1 million for 150+ non-profit health, human service organizations and community groups throughout Hawaii.

It's all about the pain.

I've run the GAR four times since 2000 but since working at The Advertiser, I was unable to participate because it wasn't an observed holiday. Now that I have the holiday back, it was something I thought I'd try again.

Da Wife was relunctant at first till the last day of the early bird entry but she decided to try it out since she's never done it before. I gave her the lowdown about what to expect: casualties, man-e-faces and false cracks.

Casualties. There would be many but I didn't expect to see one within the first two hundred yards. There was a high schoolish looking girl slumped over her knees crying and obvious she wasn't going to be able to continue the race. It looked like a sprained ankle but I'm just guessing. There are always a few along the way as well and I saw two people hurling on the side and another looking like they needed oxygen pronto.

Man-e-faces. It starts the moment you wake up. There's the voice in your head is asking why the heck are you up so early on a holiday? Then in darkness, battling rush hour traffic but at 5 in the morning, finding parking, boarding a bus to shuttle you to the start line, battling the morning chill, waiting forever for the race to start, stretching in solitude, listening to the national anthem, the Sounds of Freedom groups cadence, cheering, hollering and the race hasn't even started yet. The roller coaster ride has only just begun as those who started off with gusto and a smile end up looking like.... well, let's just say it ain't pretty.

False Cracks. There are three major false cracks. The first is right at the start of the race when you hear the gun. You typically associate the sound of the gun as the start of the race but unless you're an elite runner at the head of the pack, you typically won't even be able to start going give or take anywhere from 10-30 minutes later. We "officially" started 22 minutes later. The second false crack comes at the Nimitz overpass. You've driven or ridden the overpass or underpass before and what feels like thirty seconds to get from the beginning to end is pretty quick buuuut when you're walking or running it, it literally feels endless. The last false crack - which is probably the worst - is entering the stadium grounds and "thinking" you just about finished and find out that you still have to go half way around the stadium, down the long tunnel and once you cross the finish line you still have to go literally around the same half just to get outside, then walk up a steep grade hill to pick your refreshments and shirt. And the kicker? If you parked far, you still gotta get to your car! I swear we walked another two miles AFTER the finish line.

Hea's some pics from the 2012 Great Aloha Run/Jog/Walk/Crawl and for a few others, click hea:
GAR 2012 Pics.





Since we met up with my friend and his ohana, we were at da end of da pack. It may not seem crowded but once the gun sounded, we were shoulder to shoulder inching our way to the official start line.



Click the picture for a quick look as some of the Sounds of Freedom groups get started.





I tink we were numbah 29,177 in line waiting to start.....





Da starting monument.





Let's start......





We found out moments latah why a couple of solo bikes went wisking by. It was to aid da girl with wat appeared to be a sprained ankle.





Did I mention dat there are many characters dat run da race? Anybody know these guys? :wink:





Even with cones and barricades lining the course, people still ignored the safety measures as 18-wheelers roared by a few feet from their elbows. I couldn't believe some parents did that with their strollers and babies in tow - Wassup Wit Dat!





Let da "can't see da light at da end of da tunnel false crack" begin.





Going to da lua is a sure-fire time killah. Minimum 15 minutes added to your race time.





It's been a long while since I've ran da race but I was surprised to see such little rubbish as the road used to be flooded with empty cups. Da Wife made me throw da cup away to a volunteer holding a garbage bag.





There were many ohana supporters along the route and dis is one sign I couldn't pass up. :lol:





Do you see something wrong in dis picture?



Da taiko's were so cool listening to as we jogged through - Awesome beat and motivating. There were a few oddah bands that were placed along the route and imho, there could have been more. It's amazing what a little music can do for you.





You know das how WWD! rolls! Plus, I heard it was a secret short cut. :razz:





Da first glimpse at da prize.





Wassup Wit Dat! ............. need I say more?





THEY LIE!!!! There was no Michelob Ultra to hydrate with right there! How you going tease a braddah li'dat aftah six miles! Wassup Wit Dat!





Jus' cause I like numbah 7. :grin:





Let da pre-false crack begin......




d>

Almost there........





Did I mention characters?





Did I mention characters? Oh, wait. Das Da Wife and I. :grin:




We finished at a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes which is pretty good considering we didn't train one bit and would have been a little faster had I not been taking pictures and a pee break. I told Da Wife next time we bettah at least beat my slowest time of 1 hour 45 minutes since wen I did do dat run, it was practically on one leg being I was only 1 1/2 months out of ACL surgery.

So if you've evah thought about doing the Great Aloha Run, I say No Scade 'Em Go Get 'Em. It truly is a great run to do because it's one where you can go at your own pace and actually enjoy the race itself. The scenery is great, the weather is usually always perfect and without even thinking about it, it's actually for a good cause. Everyone and anyone can participate and as the Hawaiian name for this race, “Ke kukini me ke aloha pau‘ole” means "the race with compassionate love", you can also add "hau'oli 'eha"......

Happy pain.








Fun? We'll See....

February 19th, 2012
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Up at 4:30 to get ready for 8.15 miles of running, walking, crawling fun........

Anybody else?








Late Night TV?

February 18th, 2012
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If you're up late whether you're a night owl or just can't sleep, you know when you turn the tv on you're "limited" to watevah is on.

Half da time it's infomercials up da wazoo ranging from miracle skin products to inversion tables to snoring mouth guards and if not that it's au' kines of wacky "reality" shows.

I'm up late watching "Alaska State Troopers" and da only thing dat goes through my mind is...... "I guess these guy's don't evah wear shorts, tank tops or slippahs". I'm surah da producers would want you thinking oddahwise but it's late night, I'm half asleep and just watching da show makes me cold.

Then comes on a commercial for "Housewives of NBA Stars".

Huh? Wassup Wit Dat!

Not only are they already married to filthy rich athletes but now with no talent of their own and thirsting desire to be publicly aired for all to see, they got their own show?

Are you a late night junkie? Do you watch some crazy "reality" shows? Have you seen any weird informercials? Bought any? No lie now.

I bettah get some sleep.... or da tv might suckah me into buying a Brazil Butt Lift dvd or subject me into watching Swamp People wit missing teeth wrestle an alligator for some grub.






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