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Way Too Old...Now

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April 6th, 2016



Recently, I was looking ovah some vacation pictures and boy....... do I look old!

I nevah realized how from salt and peppah hair, da salt has become da season of choice. It was actually pointed out to me as a 'compliment' wen we were on vacation in February. I fo'get if it was at Disneyland or at da outlet mall but da conversation with a workah went like dis:

WORKAH: "Wow, your hair is cool."
BL: "Huh?"
WORKAH: "Your hair, how'd you do that?"
BL: (wearing a UH visor) "Do wat?"
WORKAH: "Get your hair to look like that." (mesmerized by my hair)
BL: (still confused - does she think it's one of those wig hats?) "Uh, look like wat?"
WORKAH: "I've always wanted to get my hair colored like that but yours looks really natural - did that take long?"
BL: (laughing) "Um, it's my real hair."

Da Wife was cracking up by now while I was about to cry.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Anoddah makule flashback came wen we was at Ala Moana Beach Park talking to cousins dis past Saturday too. Their pre-teen kid was kinda complaining about it being bored and we (adults) all laughed together as we started to go down da "wen we were your age" list.

We rambled on about how we nevah have pop-up tents like there is now and we had to come supah early to kapu a 'tree'. We nevah have wagons and rolling coolers to pull stuff and based on how many people was there, had to come back MULTIPLE times to unload and transport all da necessities. We nevah have da kine compact folding tables, chairs and cot's but had to look for da 'tree spot' which usually had a table and we brought blankets, mats and tarps to sit on having to place objects on all four corners to prevent it from flying away. We most definitely nevah have tablets, smart phones and wi-fi hotspots but rather played games on da grass, on da sand and went surfing or swimming.

Da only thing nevah change is da hibachi but even with that now they get da stand up kine so you not six inches off da ground sitting on an old school polyester kalakoa woven beach chair or true old school; standing hunched ovah da grill with tongs in one hand and a piece of folded newspapah or cardboard from da case Passion-Orange trying to keep da fire going.... although dat still has yet to fully change. 😀

And then on Sunday, playing basketball at 7am really put da nail in da coffin as in my (youthful days) mind I was hustling aftah da loose ball, making most of my shots and moving at lightening speed wen in reality we were looking at each oddah pointing out who was closer to da out of bounds ball to pick it up, chucking up air balls wea hard hats were required to avoid being bonked on da head and snails and turtles would have burned us on a layup.

Anybody else feeling 'old' recently? Notice any changes in da way beach days 'used' to be? You still active or active in da mind only? Have you gotten any 'makule compliments'?

Unfortunately besides my hair, I'm salty enough.








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No Means...... Watevahs

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April 4th, 2016



Living in Hawai'i, we all know dat da islands are way too small. Most people also tend to be a lot more tolerant (passive) of everyday things no mattah da situation - das just how we roll in da 808.

We took da monstahs to Ala Moana Beach Park on Saturday to meet up with some mainland relatives and I was totally shocked that there was sooo much parking left at 9:30am! My mother-in-law and her boyfriend were there early before 7am to kapu a spot but really, you could have come when we came and still got a good spot. We scored one awesome parking right next to our picnic site and was so easy to unload da truck and da monstahs. Fo'realz, I have NEVAH found parking li'dat at da Magic Island lot without having to circle a dozen times.

And of course, dis being Hawai'i you going run into somebody you know. We ran into cousins picnicking twenty yards away from us saying we took 'their' spot. You snooze you lose braddah. LOL We also ran into anoddah cousin (2nd cousin? I have no clue) on a team bonding scavenger hunt. Too shmall dis aina.

Naturally both rugrats wanted to hit da beach and play in da sand which was fairly easy to claim your 'own' piece of beachfront property in da morning run; aftah lunch was a different story. I scoped da beach and headed into an open area and aftah about 10 mins a bunch of 'local' kids came and started splashing nearby. While I was in da watah, I was watching Da Keiki play with a family friend and wen she went to get some watah to help build their sand castle and a little boy, about three years old, came by checking things out.

He circled around our 'area' a couple times and wen Da Keiki went back to get anoddah bucket full of watah, he waited for da family friend to turn away and snatched a toy! He started to walk away playing with it like it was his. Once da family friend realized it was ours, she walked over to da kid and took it back.

Deja vu a few minutes latah but dis time his Maddah saw him do it.

MADDAH: NO.
BOY: (stares back)
MADDAH: NO.
BOY: (stares back)

Then she just turns her head keeping her lazy okole glued to da folding chair clutching her umbrella not even thinking an iota dat anything was wrong.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I just stared at her waiting to see wat she would do since her son kept trying to take Da Keiki's beach toys. All da while Da Keiki was trying to be patient but wen dis kid kept taking things like it was his, she said "NO" sternly (Korean side). Obviously dat didnt' phase him or da "mom" so I walked towards them, grabbed da toys out of his hand and said "NO!" with da Korean stink eye. He didn't even flinch as he just trotted back to his 'area' ten feet away.

Seriously? Wtf just happened and why did it happen? If you not going to even move a muscle to control/discipline your kid, move da jaw bone at da least and apologize! It's times like dis dat da profile fits like a glove and I'm not shy about saying it wen there were more than ample opportunities to make things right.

It's actually a damned if you do, damned if you don't cause there are usually two "stereotypical" reactions if they haven't apologized - or think anything is wrong - 1) they'll comment with something like, "wow, no like even share eh?" or 2) they'll snap not to talk to their child dat way. Watevahs.

You can't change people, only da person in da mirror can.








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