Archive for March, 2015

Makule + Political (Non)Power = Watevahs

March 30th, 2015

It constantly amazes me at how society just seems to be degrading and it's becoming da acceptable norm. Whether it be an ainokea kine attitude or it's all about me, no one - generally speaking - seems to give a damn. Add to dat, if it was a person in some sort of power position, heaven forbid dat any "inconvenient" rule would apply to them.

Last week I came across a video dat went pretty viral of a 77 year old Washington D.C. delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton and her awesome parking skills - I'm not saying dat lightly, seriously, it took some skills mind you a 77 year old is behind da wheel. Check it out:

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It seems dat if you're a nonvoting delegate, you're immune to da commoner's rules of da road. No mattah dat da painted lines on da road dictated angled parking, she decided on her own dat it was to be a perpendicular parking spot. Wat many haven't noted or noticed was dat if she parked dat way, she approached from da "wrong" angle! She was coming from da oddah side of da street cause if she was "proper" there's no way in heck da parking would look li'dat.

And da second thing no one bothered to notice was her aide - wat kine aide is dat? He no can even tell her da parking is off but instead gets out of da car to make surah dat she nevah hit da oddah two cars on each side of her and helps guide her in?! Braddah no more da olo's to say da car stay parked "wrong"? Oh wait, I get it. She was right but EVERYBODY else was parked wrong. πŸ™„ Maybe da aide was in awe dat he gets to be chauffeured around instead of her.

And da kicker? When contacted for comment, Norton’s office claimed that nothing was amiss with the parking job. β€œAfter the Congresswoman parked her car, we assessed the cars on either side to see if there was any damage. We could not find any. But we left a note with a business card so the congresswoman could be contacted in case we missed any.”


Uh, not a she's sorry about da terrible parking or da fact dat she's even sorry one iota. So oblivious to da most obvious fact dat she violated parking rules by actually parking out of da stall? You telling me her ENTIRE office - including her handler or campaign manager - didn't see anything wrong?

Oh yeah, I fo'got, commoner rules are for commoners only.......... at least those who give a......

How You Stack Up?

March 18th, 2015

Having been around da block and experienced many types of work environments, I've come to da conclusion dat it's da people dat you work with dat make you want to come to work moreso than da company itself.

Your initial draw to apply was probably da opposite but as soon as you've "settled in", it becomes about da people you're surrounded by, work next to, share cubicle space with since they are (will be) your ohana away from your real ohana. Like it or not, you're there with strangers who turn to co-workahs who for many also turn into friends - spending 8+ hours a day will do dat to ya.

But c'mon, like any ohana, there will be some dat rub you da wrong way or habits you just no like but gotta tolerate, shake your head and say Wassup Wit Dat!. Whether your boss sucks okole or you have a co-workah who's da bestest of da restest, at one point in time you going get upset about something.

One thing dat irks me is wen people come and take files out but wen they put 'em back, stay all kapakahi li'dat and even more so it stay sticking out or folded or something. Wen I file things away, I make surah dat da buggah is flush so da next file is visible and keep it as "neat" as possible. My job deals a lot with papers so wen da buggahs make 'em messy wen it wasn't messy, kinda pilau.

And I'm surah dis happens to EVERYBODY with one shared fridge but if you get one container and it stay growing penicillin, maybe gotta throw 'em out yeah? Or maybe if you wait long enough going grow legs and jump in da trash by itself no? And those with expired expiration dates on bottles, no get all pissy wen you see 'em in da trash.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Wen get dat kine stuff lingering, it takes away from people who latah say nevah have room to put their stuff in. Wooo-saaaaaa.

So if there's a time to talk stink and get it off your chest, dis is your woooo-saaaaa moment. Share your co-workahs irks, your untolerable bosses habits, da cubicle mate who invades da border - no worry, nobody knows you hea....... unless s/he works with you and reads WWD!.........

But wat's da odds of dat?

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Believe It Or Not

March 16th, 2015

I can't. I really can't.

As I ritually do every year about dis time: get a haircut, shave and load up da truck for da first "official" day of practice. This will be year 22 of my faithful community service to da Police Activities League (PAL) with HPD and da C&C of Honolulu.

Every year, ritually, I fall back to two mo'olelo's dat 1) got me doing wat I do and 2) keeps me doing wat I do. As a volunteer, I am not paid for my time or resources spent and rely on soulful guidance to carry on since I don't even like baseball all too much. Seriously, I don't. I don't watch or keep up with any baseball teams oddah than highlights on ESPN and find it a little boring. I know, I know........

Wassup Wit Dat!

Long story short, I was asked by a friend a supah dupah loooooong time ago if I wanted to help him coach.

BL: "Coach wat?"
Friend: "Uh, baseball - what else?" (He's a baseball fanatic)
BL: "Baseball? BASEBALL?! Dat isn't even a contact sport!" (BL played football and loves contact sports)

Da very first day I show up to da field expecting to see "tweeners" but wat did I see? Little 5-year old munchkin rugrats wearing gloves and hats dat were too big. AI-GOO! πŸ™„

We had a majority of those kids for the next six/seven years and it was really fascinating to see them grow athletically but more importantly as individuals.

My friend "(involuntarily) retired" almost a decade ago and I've been carrying da torch alone full-time evah since.

Why continue to do it?

For da most part, I tell both da keiki and parents I don't coach baseball... I coach life. If they want hardcore baseball they've signed up at da wrong place. Don't take me wrong, da players will learn baseball and I can say with ablsolute certainty that they leave da program learning more about baseball in four months than they've learned da last few years they've been playing.

Coaching in a low-income latch-key community, I've witnessed - experienced as well - too many punks with no guidance or direction. I grew up there for most of my young life and now as an adult, spend my afternoons there for five months of every year and things haven't changed so much. I've seen and experienced things most keiki should not and know how tough it is to be an environment where most of the people you see are struggling one way or anoddah.

Da people in my life - "old school Korean parents", key coaches and teachers - have shown me oddahwise. Now I blend all da influences I've experienced and share them through coaching - hopefully it'll sink in for those keiki learning to balance on da fence of life even if it is just one.

I always read dis little mo'olelo before da season starts and some say it's true, some say it's made up and oddahs say it was tweaked but all da same, it's a reminder of why I still do wat I do after all these years.

In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to children with learning disabilities. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school career while others can transfer into conventional schools. At a Chush fund-raising dinner the father of a Chush child delivered a speech that always be remembered by all who attended.

After extolling the school and its dedicated staff he cried out, "Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God's perfection?"

The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father's anguish and stilled by the piercing query. "I believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like this into the world the perfection that he seeks is in the way people react to this child."

He then told the following story about his son Shaya:

One afternoon, Shaya and his father walked past a park where some boys whom Shaya knew were playing baseball. Shaya asked, "Do you think they will let me play?"

Shaya's father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team. But Shaya's father also understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging. Shaya's father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shaya could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his team mates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said "We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning."

Shaya's father was ecstatic as Shaya smiled broadly. Shaya was told to put on a glove and go out to play short centre field. In the bottom of the eighth inning Shaya's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning Shaya's team scored again and now, with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning run on base, Shaya was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shaya was given the bat. Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Shaya didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it.

However, as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shaya should at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shaya swung clumsily and missed. One of Shaya's team mates came up to Shaya and together they held the bat and faced the pitcher waiting for the next pitch.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shaya. As the pitch came in, Shaya and his team mate swung at the ball and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game.

Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shaya, run to first. Run to first." Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline wide eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman who would tag out the still-running Shaya.

But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions were so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head. Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second." Shaya ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shaya reached second base the opposing short stop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, "Run to third." As Shaya rounded third the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, "Shaya run home." Shaya ran home, stepped on home plate and all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero as he had just hit a "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "those 18 boys reached their level of God's perfection."

'Nuff said............... Kleenex please.

You Worried?

March 13th, 2015

I've always wondered who da heck makes up superstitions/lores dat we've grown accustomed to. Do they just sit around and shotgun beers or maybe they just had a bad batch of pakalolo - who knows. πŸ™„

Today is Friday da 13th - in case you nevah know - and while I've nevah been freaked out about it, apparently choke people are. Amazingly enough there's even a name for it, Paraskavedekatriaphobia, which is "the fear of Friday the 13th".

While just da number "13" doesn't strike fear into me, I don't dismiss it as well. I won't bet against it, I'll nevah wear a jersey printed on it and I'm just glad da dice at da crap tables in Vegas only goes up to 12. I'm not especially going to walk under any ladders or break mirrors but I still "respect" da fact that it's unlucky.

As quoted from Wikipedia:

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day.

Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day".[5]

Despite this, representatives for both Delta and Continental Airlines say that their airlines don't suffer from any noticeable drop in travel on those Fridays.[13]

17 to 21 million people don't even wanna get out of bed cause of Friday the 13th?

Wassap Wit Dat!

I thought that was already a gimmie on ANY given day! πŸ˜†

And da thought that da economy is hit $800 or 900 million on this "special day" is kinda shocking if anything. And, really, wen da heck would ANY airline say NOT to travel? πŸ™„

Are there any superstitions you absolutely "fear"? Do you purposely avoid any bad luck omens - black cats, cracks on da sidewalk, whistling at night? Are you afraid of anything? Off tangent a little, but wat's da scariest movie you've evah saw?

FGF will always trump Friday da 13th....... well, untill WWD! rolls around. πŸ˜€

Have a grrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeat weekend!

I'm Not Alone - Revealed

March 12th, 2015

Ok, ok, so it was impossible to decipher wat da heck I could see wit da naked eye but your guesses was pretty eye popping as well.

Hea's a little zoomed up view:

Ok, so you still no can see but there are da three buoys on da right side of da channel, take a look just above and a little to da right side of da middle buoy, there's an itty bitty barely noticeable tiny speck.

As I was taking a break and admiring da view, I couldn't help but notice dat in my near entire view of da South Shore from Ewa to Diamond Head, it was raining and only raining in one spot. It was a little odd to see dat type of action at dat time of day at dat location plus it was fairly sunny and not really a rain expected day.

I was thinking to myself, "boy would it suck to be in dat rain" considering dat it wasn't raining anywhere else. And wat do I see slowly making its way out? A boat!

Ha ha ha - Wassup Wit Dat!

I busted out with a chuckle cause at dat moment I could only imagine dat whoevah was on dat boat was saying da same thing dat runs through my mind all da time - lucky buggah you. πŸ˜€

Truth be told, dat actually happened to me once as well. I was tako diving with a friend's dad many many moons ago in K-Bay and as we headed back to da boat, it started to pour. I swear it was sunny just moments ago and aftah we loaded up and started to make our way in getting "rain stung", we "exited" da lone rain cloud and viola! Sun all around. SMH, WWD!.

Thought for da day.... A promise is a cloud, fulfillment is da rain.

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