Who's Naughty?

December 24th, 2012
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Ok, who not pau with their Christmas shopping yet?

Wassamattah you? :lol:

Da Wife and I ventured out on Saturday to finish up.... ok, ok, she was all pau last week and I had to get for da rest of my ohana but I didn't tink it was bad at all. Da malls was hustlin' and bustlin' and da only "bad" thing about it was finding parking... in which da parking gods has bestowed upon me - besides da knack of finding terrible parkers - da luck of scoring parking within five to ten minutes.

Once we hit da main walkway at Ala Moana it felt like we were salmon during their annual run upstream. It's a good thing we had stroller in tow to serve like a fullback opening up a running lane for da running back cause from da looks of things, peoples just wanted to get in and out as fast as they could.

Why is it dat during da "happiest time of da year", people are usually at their worst?

Wassup Wit Dat!

People completely disreagrd da rules of da road, literally leave some aisles trashed and no fo'get about sharing da "oddah side" of da Christmas spirit... and it ain't giving da shaka. Let's not fo'get da workahs who NOT on commission literally acting like they no like be there and more grouchy than Da Wife. (it's ok, she no read WWD!) :lol:

I truly believe da holiday's are a test from da powers dat be to really see wat side of da list you really belong to. But while da spirit of giving runs true, one can't help to be selfish in order to give. Take da simple act of parking during dis time. If you see a spot open up, you try and rush 'em or if you see someone trying to snipe your spot, all da blood starts to boil. How about grabbing more than da "limit" of an item? Surah you not getting 'em for yourself - unless you really are - but then for every extra one you take, das one less for someone else.

Tink about it. Da true sense of giving is actually being selfish cause you always getting something out of it no mattah even if you say you not get anything out of it. More than likely it's an intangible benefit, but you still getting something out of it.

Just like you making everyone's favorite holiday dish, you feel good dat they enjoyed it. Or a "perfect" gift given, warms you up inside wen you see their face light up as they open it. I'll even admit dat all my years of coaching makes me giddy inside knowing dat hopefully, a difference was made in da keiki's life.

So I guess if being naughty makes me nice, call me a Grinch. :wink:

Anybody witness any "holiday spirit"? How has your Christmas rush been going.... or is it still going? Are you a gift card buyer or do you actually get out there and run with da salmon? Have you evah *gulp* re-gifted?








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17 Responses to “Who's Naughty?”

  1. BowlingBuddy:

    I had an incident where I had an item in the wagon. It was crowded in the store. I stopped to look at another item. When I looked away for maybe 30 seconds, I turned to continue my journey through the crowd, I noticed that the item was gone. Someone swiped my gift. Who was it, I will never know. But I guess they wanted it more than I did or just plain lazy to get it themselves. That is what I call fast shopping.


  2. che:

    Merry Christmas!!!


  3. Masako:

    I've pretty much avoided the Christmas rush this year except I had to pick up stuff at Kcc farmers market and Costco to make my pot luck dishes for tonight and tomorrow. Kcc farmers market was crowded as usual. One thing I found funny was people would buy something to eat , take two steps away from the line and stand there and eat, which resulted in a big crowd in front of the booth...Whats up wit dat? Same thing with the sample line at Costco, people pick up da sample and stand there and eat while other people waiting to pick up their sample. I was forth in line for one pizza sample and the full tray got put out, had this one lady passing samples to her family on the other side of the aisle, others were grabbing three or four saying they getting for other people, by the time was my turn, never have. Another funny thing is people abandoned carts blocking the aisles, I watched one and someone came back from a couple of aisle down....back in my younger days I would have dropped a box of condoms of sanitary napkins in that cart.
    Seems like everywhere I went this season had Braddah Lance's special, people taking up two stalls in a crowded lot. Funny thing is when I see the driver, its always a Soli or blala doing that...I guess regular people too scared to do stuff like that.
    Instead of getting angry I just amuse myself by laughing...its not worth raising my blood pressure.
    I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!


  4. M:

    Howzit BL!
    Sports Authority wasn't bad yesterday yeah. I found parking right away. In general doe, parking and shopping during Christmas time iz, every man fo himself.
    Have a Merry Christmas to u and your family!!!!


  5. Masako:

    @Bowling Buddy - I saw that happen at Walmart while shopping on Black Friday. I always grab a couple of jackets and cover my stuff cause it only takes a second for sticky fingers to get into your cart and grab something you waited for hours to get.


  6. Keoni Simpkins:

    Eh BL, a quote from David Shapiro's column in da Sunday Advertiser sums up my position right about now:

    "Dear Santa, I'm writing to let you know I've been naughty … and it was worth it, you fat, judgmental bastard." — Unknown

    :shock:
    :lol:


  7. wafan:

    Finished my holiday shopping a while ago. October, actually. When I do go to the stores it is just to pick up something I need or just to watch others acting all crazy. Best was the guy bulldozing his way through a crowd with his full cart followed by his wife and kids. I think he, like you, was using his cart to open the way. HA!

    And, yes. I have put in interesting things into seemingly abandoned carts -- condoms, pads, cough syrup/drops, . . .

    Hope everyone was able to purchase what they wanted and/or needed and safely returned home with a light heart.

    Happy Christmas, everyone!

    Whoo-hoo!!!


  8. Da808:

    It's funny how times have change during the christmas holiday. I recently went to the "Angel Tree" to pick-out a childs wish for a gift on christmas morning. To my surprise these "youngsters" want MP3 players. X-Box players, Nike shoes etc. Then I looked at the "seniors" section and they're asking for complete cooking pans sets, wallets, sheet-sets. I mean don't get me wrong I eventually gave-in but, what happen to simple wishes like a doll, or hot meal. Merry Christmas all- but let appreciate Christmas for what it is,,,,,and that is to be kind each other which is something money can't buy.


  9. Braddah Lance:

    BowlingBuddy:
    Someone swiped my gift. Who was it, I will never know. But I guess they wanted it more than I did or just plain lazy to get it themselves. That is what I call fast shopping.

    Ho da mean! I nevah heard of dat but I guess it does happen. Unrealz.
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    che:
    Merry Christmas!!!

    In about 12 hours...... :grin:
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    Masako:
    One thing I found funny was people would buy something to eat , take two steps away from the line and stand there and eat

    I nevah understood dat either.

    ...had this one lady passing samples to her family on the other side of the aisle, others were grabbing three or four saying they getting for other people

    I no like dat either. I can kinda see maybe one extra but three, four, five - you bettah be standing in line.

    Another funny thing is people abandoned carts blocking the aisles

    I actually anticipate dat and troll da aisles for "our" cart. :lol:

    ...I guess regular people too scared to do stuff like that.

    Or they can actually park. :shock:

    Instead of getting angry I just amuse myself by laughing...its not worth raising my blood pressure.

    Rogah dat.
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    M:
    In general doe, parking and shopping during Christmas time iz, every man fo himself.

    Big time rogah dat!
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    Keoni Simpkins:
    Eh BL, a quote from David Shapiro's column in da Sunday Advertiser sums up my position right about now:

    "Dear Santa, I'm writing to let you know I've been naughty … and it was worth it, you fat, judgmental bastard." — Unknown

    SOLID! LMAO!!!!

    David Shapiro is da haole version of WWD! - he's one cool dude! I still remembah he left a parting message in da last WWD! (v1.0) post which really pleasantly surprised me.
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    wafan:
    Best was the guy bulldozing his way through a crowd with his full cart followed by his wife and kids.

    I actually seen da opposite wea they send their little ones to "weasel" their way in and then say "excuse me" to pass you to meet up with the runts already kapu their spot in line. :lol:

    Hope everyone was able to purchase what they wanted and/or needed and safely returned home with a light heart.

    Well said.
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    Da808:
    It's funny how times have change during the christmas holiday...what happen to simple wishes like a doll, or hot meal.

    I think it's given way to people counting on da fact dat oddah people who "donate" are willing to get wat those people are "wanting" so why not "want" something you'd nevah get. Of course, as time goes by, those "wants" turn to higher, better, bigger ticket items.

    Merry Christmas all- but let appreciate Christmas for what it is,,,,,and that is to be kind each other which is something money can't buy.

    Rogah dat.


  10. dihudfan:

    no maddah what... comes down to one thing... have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!


  11. Masako:

    @Da808 - I can relate to your Angel Tree experience. I've been doing it for years. At first it was an outfit for a child, towels and toiletries for the elderly. One year all I could find was request for Wii's and Xboxes and I thought to myself I can barely afford that stuff for my own kids. I ended chipping in with a bunch of friends to meet the request. Like you said, even the elderly are asking for higher end stuff.
    Instead of doing Angel Tree this year we joined our Church group and did an outreach at the Next Step Shelter. Maybe we didn't organize it well or we let things get our of control because the first families in line wiped us out, its every person for themselves even though we kept saying to take a few things and leave some for the others in line. We had so much stuff to give out but for some reason people hoard and don't leave things for the others. There was this elderly lady with a cane who looked at me and said "everything is gone already" I grabbed a shopping bag and jumped into the frenzy and managed to grab a few things for her. I wish I had gotten her name, I would have come back later with more stuff for her.
    Its in my heart to go on a mission to a Third world country with my Church. I hear they appreciate even the tiniest things you have to give, even if its just a kind word or a hug.


  12. mh:

    Masako & friends: Mahalo for all that you try to do. Each year the "Aloha" spirit fades. There come a day when there is none left...too bad...sooooo sad.


  13. kamaaina808:

    I didn't do a whole lot of shopping, other than mac nut candy & Kona coffee for the mainlanders - that was enuf, trust me. Geez, almost $50 for shipping to 7 different states. But I was nice to the workers in a few places I either frequent, or used to frequent. DTE, Starbux, Straub... and a couple of neighbors... got 'em all something, even though it wasn't much.

    Wow.. how about that. It's officially Christmas, so MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone!! :-)


  14. Makiki:

    Mele Kalikimaka BL and the WWD Hui!


  15. Cojef:

    The X-Mas shopping madness is not for us. We have numerous catalogs in the mail and do our shopping from it. Of course, it doesn't feel like X-Mas, but it beats everything shopper face at the malls. Courtesy has gone out the door ever since huge mall were built. Notice the days back when everyone knew and respected each other space. It's gone, the whole essence of shopping for the masses did courtesy in. Merry Christmas to all. And Braddahs Lance many alohas to you for a wonderful year. Discovered column and am very grateful for yearlong pleasures.


  16. sally:

    "from da looks of things, peoples just wanted to get in and out as fast as they could."

    So busted. LOL that could have been me. No, I wasn't grouchy TOWARD others, I just really don't like Ala Moana Shopping Ctr (even on a slow day). Was like mini anxiety attack. If I didn't have to meet my daughter there for something, I really would never have gone.

    Merry Christmas, BL and Ohana!


  17. lowtone123:

    I venture to the malls to shop for gifts but I try to go and get it done early. I don't buy gift cards for gifts unless all else fails. I re-gifted once but it was for a grab bag gift so I didn't feel guilty about it.