Human Nature

August 5th, 2014
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Survival is an instinct dat we all have but lies on such a broad spectrum of extremes. There are those who are minimalists, those who overstock and then those who flat out hoard.

Evah since Da Baby came around, I haven't watched any tv (dvr is completely full) and any news I catch is from da radio if/wen I listen to dat too since I rely mostly on mp3's.

Then I barely hear through da radio dat we expecting a direct - near direct - hit of double whammy hurricanes.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Not one, but TWO! How crazy is dat?! We live in a tropical paradise but we all know it's a mattah of wen, not if, dat these natural disasters going strike and unfortunately we got two aiming for us with a vengeance.

I hope all 23 of you reading WWD! are taking precautions to ensure dat you got at least da basic supplies to last a few days: watah, toiletries, flashlights and batteries. Make surah you got your blankets and sheets washed, fill up containers with watah in case da plumbing goes out or gotta bocha outside.

But most of all, NO HOG CHEESE!

We went to Sam's Club last night to avoid da mad rush towards da end of da week and pick up a case of watah, paper towels and toilet paper and I saw people strolling out with cartfuls of watah - waaaaay more than they needed among oddah things dat you know they were ovahstocking like a nuclear war was going to happen and going to be trapped undahground for months.

I was amazed to see people's true human nature become exposed and their perspective of their own survival come to light. There were ohana's dat just pau work late rushing in with their keiki in tow to come to empty pallets yet da carts standing in da long a$$ lines had more than enough for their own biosphere utopia.

For me, it was saddening to see how selfish people can be wen it comes to "survival" and yet we are not in dire straits. Even wen past hurricanes have hit, we weren't in famine. Even wen Hana Road was literally "broken" and unable to enter or exit, people were able to keep on.

C'mon people's! I'd like to think people of dis great state, these great islands dat we were brought up a little different. A lot more heart than oddahs sharing all da aloha we can pour especially during times like dis. Have we succumbed to lose da title of "kama'aina"?

Well see in da next few days............








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22 Responses to “Human Nature”

  1. Braddah Lance:

    Oh yeah, Sam's Club is out of water and not sure if they are expecting stock soon. I think their shipment comes in on Wednesday but don't quote me.

    BUUUUUT I heard dat Home Depot has choke water - for now - and nobody has thought about going there wen you can get all your supplies in one stop shop.... except for food.

    Be safe out there and no go nuts eh!


  2. BananaFysh:

    I was at Home Depot pau hana time, and had choke pallets of water and TP. Guys were loading the wagons with water - like you said, I think people didn't think to look at someplace like Home Depot for "essentials" and just happened to be there, so might as well load up!

    Hopefully these people will share with friends/family if need be.


  3. M:

    Howzit BL!
    I no need that stuff, I always get plenty bottle watah all year round and toilet papah dat you should have already. People crap moa in a hurricane or storm or wat? I go camping so I get all da camping stuff, I get plenty can goods too all da time an batteries an flash lights. I get plenty big coolers and I going clean da inside guud and fill it up with watah and I get 3 batroom and I going fill da tub with watah so I can flush da toilet. I get 2 full bottles of propane fo my BBQ gas grill. Going fill up my gas tank in all my cars. I'm ready all year round, shouldn't everybody?


  4. zzzzzz:

    I don't buy water to prepare for hurricanes. I will fill up all our pitchers, water bottles, jugs (including the 5 gallon jug), and some buckets, with water tonight.


  5. Lowtone123:

    Agree wit M shuud be prepared at all times. I went and bought water and batteries because I was low anyways. Bought one package batteries and one case water for my family of five. Radio, flashlights, propane, non-perishable food, TP. Check on all. Coolers and water jugs can hold water for all other needs. Car is filled and phone is charged. No need get all nuts and get more than you need.


  6. De:

    And you know what is going happen next week...people going return the water they neva use.


  7. M:

    We get choke papah plates, plastic forks, hashi, papah towels and napkins too. No need wash if no moa running watah.


  8. 808 Dad:

    Went to Costco today for gas, water and TP. Saw the line to enter the parking lot and turned around and went to Foodland and Aloha Gas. Paid a little more but no wait and stress.


  9. 2B:

    Gotta remember not everyone is "prepared" with proper supplies for 7 days too, so those are probably the buggahs that gotta go in and buy 10 cases water, 5 cases spam, and 2 bags rice.

    Went to Sams this morning to grab a couple cases of water, and all they had was the manini 8oz bottles of water. Dang that's just more bottle fees that I have to pay.

    Anyway, hunker down and let's hope this thing fizzles out or makes a left turn for Alburquerque.


  10. Kage:

    I going M's house. He stay ready.

    Nah.

    I always have canned goods just in case. I have one of those Water Bob big plastic bag for water in your tub. It has a spout on it to get the water in and out. No need clean da tub and I get drinking water. :)


  11. M:

    At my work place we have been in emergency prepare mode since yesterday. Getting our fleet ready and checked out, fueling up the fuel storage tanks, checking maintenance supplies. In an event that it becomes a disaster, am required to be ready to report to work as soon it's safe to do so.


  12. roach:

    BL,
    I often wonder about people that buy way too much stuff before a storm, what do they do with all the extra stuff especially when the storm misses us. Do they try to return the stuff to the stores? If they actually keep the stuff, they probably won't use it all before the next storm warning but they'll run out and buy more stuff again. Just wondering.


  13. 9th Island Girl:

    My husband said he was going to buy water this weekend. He bought one case. Then he was grumpy thus morning that he had to out to get some more so I went to get it before work. Ahem...next time get more!!


  14. Masako:

    My co-worker who also works at Walmart as a front end manager said it was crazy last night. When the cases of water were gone, couple customers got bunches of 24 singles and demanded that they wanted to pay the case price. She's like "I'm sorry, I don't think so" As bad as she said it was last night, she said it's even worst after the storm when people come back to return all the stuff they bought. Not only a lot of work for them but also for the guys who have to restock it.


  15. GA Bows:

    Be smart and safe everyone.


  16. jb 33564:

    Folks, instead of going to the stores to buy water, have you ever thought of just going directly to the water suppliers like Aloha Water and Menehune Water? They do have a large surplus. Plus no long lines... Good luck out there!


  17. wafan:

    There should be a hefty restocking fee for those folks who return the water, TP, whatever else. It might help folks be a little more sane.


  18. Lowtone123:

    Peepo get nuts and buy way more than they need and then they try to return it later. If you buying water, TP and such just buy what you could reasonably use later in case it's not needed then. You end up using it anyways.


  19. kssjr:

    Live in CA, but was b&r in Honolulu. We are always prepared for the big earthquake, we don't get heads up like the hurricane. Lived through Iwa and Iniki. Save the landfills and save your money, I know everyone in Hawaii get choke Tupperware or similar containers, empty Best Foods jars or those big drink coolers for friut punch and access to tap water, go fill um.


  20. Braddah Lance:

    BananaFysh:
    ...like you said, I think people didn't think to look at someplace like Home Depot for "essentials" and just happened to be there, so might as well load up!

    HD rocks! Eh, long time no "see"! E Komo Mai back BananaFysh!
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    M:
    People crap moa in a hurricane or storm or wat?

    Ha ha ha, das wat I told Da Wife wen I saw those with carts full of TP - shouldn't we doo-doo less cause we not going eat as much as we would?
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    zzzzzz:
    I don't buy water to prepare for hurricanes. I will fill up all our pitchers, water bottles, jugs (including the 5 gallon jug), and some buckets, with water tonight.

    Try check out water bladders. They are supah neat and come in all sizes. There's one called "BOB" and das one 100 gal bladder you throw in your tub and fill 'em up. Get one pump too to siphon it out. They come hard or soft so depends wat kine you like. I get da kine das pvc and bpa free so can actually use 'em for drinking purposes oddahwise it would be just for bocha or banjo kine purpose.
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    Lowtone123:
    Coolers and water jugs can hold water for all other needs.

    Rogah dat, filling up all my coolers tonight.
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    De:
    And you know what is going happen next week...people going return the water they neva use.

    Das wat I heard people do........ WWD!
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    M:
    We get choke papah plates, plastic forks, hashi, papah towels and napkins too. No need wash if no moa running watah.

    Rogah dat. We get one good supply too.
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    808 Dad:
    Paid a little more but no wait and stress.

    Das true, only manini da little extra cost to know dat you'll be home quicker and like you said, less stress.
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    2B:
    Gotta remember not everyone is "prepared" with proper supplies for 7 days too, so those are probably the buggahs that gotta go in and buy 10 cases water, 5 cases spam, and 2 bags rice.

    Rogah dat but I no tink people understand dat there are oddah methods too like da ones mentioned above. Everybody like try live da "same" during emergencies but you gotta think simple like filling up coolers and tupperware and using disposal goods.

    Went to Sams this morning to grab a couple cases of water, and all they had was the manini 8oz bottles of water. Dang that's just more bottle fees that I have to pay.

    Ha ha ha - I did dat too! But then I saw da big gallon kine from Crystal Geyser.... 12 bottle fees compared to 48. :lol:

    Anyway, hunker down and let's hope this thing fizzles out or makes a left turn for Alburquerque.

    Rogah dat two times.
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    Kage:
    I going M's house. He stay ready.

    Me too. :razz:

    I always have canned goods just in case. I have one of those Water Bob big plastic bag for water in your tub.

    Those things are cool yeah? :grin:
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    M:
    In an event that it becomes a disaster, am required to be ready to report to work as soon it's safe to do so.

    Be safe out there.
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    roach:
    I often wonder about people that buy way too much stuff before a storm, what do they do with all the extra stuff especially when the storm misses us. Do they try to return the stuff to the stores?

    I've always wondered da same thing but apparently it is NOT uncommon for people to return them... WWD! I say cause imagine those who couldn't get for watevah reason, they had to stress out da whole time and hea, da person returning nevah even need. :roll:
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    9th Island Girl:
    Ahem...next time get more!!

    You should ration out his portion of watah by da capful. :lol:
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    Masako:
    When the cases of water were gone, couple customers got bunches of 24 singles and demanded that they wanted to pay the case price.

    Crazy times brings out crazy people.

    As bad as she said it was last night, she said it's even worst after the storm when people come back to return all the stuff they bought. Not only a lot of work for them but also for the guys who have to restock it.

    Now dat must really suck!
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    GA Bows:
    Be smart and safe everyone.

    How much you like bet going get at least one lolo going try go surf?
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    jb 33564:
    Folks, instead of going to the stores to buy water, have you ever thought of just going directly to the water suppliers like Aloha Water and Menehune Water? They do have a large surplus. Plus no long lines... Good luck out there!

    E Komo Mai to WWD! jb 33564!

    Great suggestion! I nevah even thought about doing dat! I have a co-worker dat said she said people dat had da refillable 5gal jugs were filling up multiples at those dispenser locations.
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    wafan:
    There should be a hefty restocking fee for those folks who return the water, TP, whatever else. It might help folks be a little more sane.

    20%?
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    Lowtone123:
    Peepo get nuts and buy way more than they need and then they try to return it later. If you buying water, TP and such just buy what you could reasonably use later in case it's not needed then. You end up using it anyways.

    Not everybody get da kine "common sense" and courtesy during da kine crazy time.
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    kssjr:
    Live in CA

    We won't hold dat against you. :razz: :lol: E Komo Mai to WWD! kssjr!

    Save the landfills and save your money

    Save your money yes, but hopefully da bottles will be recycled either via da redemption center or through our recycle pick up.


  21. Dorobo:

    BL you are always right wen come to situations that need common sense and aloha fo da next guy. I see it a lot of times and like you wonda "you really going buy all 24 cases of water and 360 rolls of toilet paper". WOW REALLY WWD?
    Sad to say I also seen people bringing back 95% of the stuff they hoarded cause the danger to them has past.
    BL, you tell 'em fo all us that neva buy everybody elses share, WASSUP WITH DAT!!!!
    Stay safe as you can everybody!!!


  22. N:

    I stay mad at all these hoarders. Went into Times had one case of 2 litter water, went back less than 10 mins. to grab one, was all gone. The dude in front of me grabbed the entire case. Then he has the nerve to dump the box on the sidewalk. I old enuf for remember the dock strike and that time the TP shortage was M A D N E S S. I think it doesn't what generation, ppl panic and hoard. When you go to da store, the panic is caught cuz other shoppers are feeding on each others craziness and panic and think wow they get 5 cases I better get some too. Nearly every place had signs NO RETURNS OF WATER and too late but some had 1 cs only per customer. In the two hurricanes and the ensuing rolling black outs during Thanksgiving I never ran out of anything. I even managed to cook the entire turkey dinner when the power was on! I have never run outta supplies. I even went back to work the day after each hurricane. Now Waianae was back during Iniki due to road closures and they had some bad price gouging with customers threatening we going remembah you when it's all normal, but nah nothing when happen. I think stores price gougings coupla had fines but so manini and long after. People STAY CALM we survived before we going do it again. Worse come to worse get leaves for TP! I also remember dumping so much water when it was all pau. What a waste of our water. The main thing is that no one is killed or injured. Life is the only important thing, the rest are luxuries.