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Smoothly Blind Quality

August 30th, 2016

Let's be honest, our roads in Hawai'i nei suck but you know wat sucks more? Da "repairs".

Since we're being honest, let's face it, da City and State no more money - at least das wat da public is told - and with dat being da case let me ask dis.... then why would "we" pay for - moreovah, authorize - a half-okole job wen we have "one shot" to make it happen? And if we are paying for it, why isn't there any quality control aftah da repairs/patchwork are done? Are these contractors being paid timely for crappy work or are their payments held assuming someone "checked" da work?

My main commute from Pearl City to town is consistently da same unless traffic dictates different so I know wea da 'problem' areas are. While there has been some feeble attempts to fix da roads - well, fix isn't da right verb since it would appear dat da attempt was to try and "smooth" da roads out - it would appear dat, imho, dat those are absolute FAILS!

While it is difficult to imagine wat it looks/feels like if you dont' travel da road, I'll post a video shortly to give you a glimpse of wat it literally feels like. For those who are familiar, I'll try and explain da best I can in regards to wat I encounter - there are obviously more - and see if you encountered or noticed da same or more.

Heading East bound on da H1:
* Right before and undah da Kaahumanu St ovahpass on da shoulder lane - they attempted to "fill" da "dents" and turned out to be da texture of oatmeal and why they tried to fill da center of da lane beats da heck out of me because dat was BEST part of da lane! (WWD!)
* About 100 yards past da Kaahumanu St ovahpass in da center lane - looks like they just wanted to sprinkle asphalt and let it sit creating freeway speed bumps
* Just aftah da Kaonohi St ovahpass in da car pool lane - 3/4's of da lane from da left side has "sludged" asphalt for at least a few hundred yards

Heading West bound on da H1:
* By da Harley Davidson dealership and for about a quarter mile - da sections of da freeway have SHIFTED and nevah settled so you are hitting speed bumps at 50+mph
* From Airport Hotel to Zipmobile Hale - pothole's galore! I swear I thought we spent months and uku-hundreds of thousands of $ to have those repaired and filled within da past few years?!? Don't notice da pothole's? Try checking them out wen in traffic. Trust me, wen you see a motorcycle weaving, they are not being jerks, just trying to avoid rim damage.
* At da Zipmobile Hale to da Hickam ovahpass - sad, sad, EXTREMELY sad attempt to try and "SMOOTH" da bumps. In fact, they made it WORSE!!! Trust me, dat is an accident waiting to happen if your vehicle's shocks (compression and rebound) aren't up to par since it is on a slight curve, you will 'bounce'.

Hea's da winnah winnah chicken katsu dinnah:
* Da bridge by Newtown between Kaonohi & Kaahumanu - who was da contractor dat ripped up da far right lane strips and dug out literally an ongoing 5x5 gash in da road without FILLING it up?? WASSUP WIT DAT! While for most vehicles, you'll feel a little resistance crossing da lane, for those whose wheels actually would fit in it (like motorcycles, mini's, smart cars etc) poses a HUGE danger of getting not only our tires chewed up, but getting stuck in it! It was partially filled - and sadly at dat - probably within da last few months but wen da lanes were extended, why wasn't it fixed wen they had lane closures? You telling me NOBODY from da State - or da contractors -'noticed' it or even thought it was a problem before opening up da lane to da public???

Doesn't anybody review work dat affects da populous of Oahu? Is there no accountability in dat? How come wen it comes to road work, it just seems so blatantly "Ainokea"?

Maybe those working on da roads going catch Da Rail.

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Early FGF

August 25th, 2016

Just wanted to share dis video dat was sent to me which I couldn't stop laughing. While we're taught not to have enjoyment at da expense of oddahs, wen done in good fun its pretty funny when everyone is a good sport.

No pee your pants.... while you buss out laughing! 😆


August 23rd, 2016

On da radio dis morning, I heard something dat kinda made me scratch da coconut shell. I didn't hear da full segment and I'm more than likely missing some information but based on da bit dat I 'heard', da State was meeting on how to warn and notify da public about da zika virus.

Now I don't know about you but I would like to know immediately about any (potential) virus outbreak dat could affect da general public whether it be a single case or contained to a specific area especially considering if da symptoms are not immediately displayed. Furthermore, if da source is something we are all exposed to - such as a mosquito - it would be prudent dat those who want to take precautions are able to do so.

Now about dat meeting, I'm still shaking my head cause if they need to meet on how to warn/notify da public, how did they accomplish da "notification" of da Hepatitis A outbreak? Now please don't say it's a City - State thing.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Are there really guidelines on when to notify da public? 5, 10 or 25 confirmed cases? Hospitalization? I understand dat panic is definitely something dat no one wants but if it's something dat common folk can do to help prevent something, then why shouldn't we know? If you say it's spread via mosquito, I'd go around da hale and empty pooled watah or if we're heading to an area wea there might be mosquitoes, we could spray some repellent on ourselves. If you say it's shell fish borne, we'd stay away from shell fish. If it was in a certain part of da island, we'd stay away etc.

How many times in our life had we come across da question, "had we known?" But then again, there have been many a times we've asked dat question and done nothing as well but shouldn't dat be 'our' choice?

If anyone knows da 'full story', please share as I'm a bit confused since I only caught a bit of it but then again, government is know to be confusing.

Maybe there should be a meeting about meeting.

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No Be Scared

August 19th, 2016

A couple of months ago while Da Baby was getting his haircut on a mid-morning Sunday, Da Keiki wanted go next door to da McDonald's playground at Moanalua Shopping Center. While we were walking there, she asked for a smoothie from Jamba Juice and me being da 'economist' really didn't feel like dropping $7 for a smoothie. I told her dat we could pick one up at McDonald's aftah she pau play since we had gift cards.

Aftah Da Baby was pau with his haircut, I asked Da Wife to get two smoothies for da rugrats and she came back empty handed.

BL: No more smoothie's? (was thinking morning time they don't serve it)
Da Wife: They're only taking cash right now.
BL: Heh? Wassup Wit Dat!
Da Wife: They said their machines are down and only taking cash.
BL: So no gift cards or credit cards?
Da Wife: Nothing but cash.

Since we manage our expenses - as well as rack up da points - via credit cards, cash isn't something we always have on hand and having dropped tip to da stylist, we didn't have enough to buy one let alone two smoothies.

A few minutes latah, an 'intimidating' lady tapped Da Wife's shoulder and I couldn't help but immediately notice da tat's on her arms and a skull on her motorcycle club vest. She gently placed two small smoothie's on our table and began to leave. We immediately offered her our gift card to which she politely refused and aftah thanking her repeatedly and trying to get da monkeys to come down, she left. We nevah look hobo (was wearing a puka-less shirt) so I can't imagine her thinking we couldn't afford it but seeing dat Da Wife entered da playground could probably assume we had keiki.

Once da monkeys took their final laps, they were excited to have smoothies waiting for them. We explained to them wat just happened and Da Keiki asked wea da lady was to thank her to which we further explained that da lady just wanted to help and be kind then left.

On our way out, I was spocking out da parking lot (hoping) for bikes and noticed a gang of them in da parking lot. Once we recognized da lady was still hea, we gave da gift card to Da Keiki and she walked ovah with Da Baby to thank her personally. Her reply, "you're welcome Sweetie."

Let's be real. Most of us already have a perceived idea of 'biker gangs' and it generally involves a mixture of rude, mean and dangerous type of people. Skulls, tattoo's and loud bikes don't help soften da notion so having an 'out of character' moment, was a lesson we couldn't let pass. Maybe cause Da Keiki already has been exposed to tat's and bikes (via me), it wasn't as intimidating to her but it was a touching moment to see da exchange between Da Keiki and da lady.

She rode with da Combat Veterans Association (CVA) and I wanted to give a shout out to them and say Mahalo for showing true colors and da spirit of Aloha!

I didn't ask for a name but upon retrospect, I'm glad I didn't because I think it emphasized a complete random act of kindness from a stranger and once you know a 'name', you no longer are strangers.

Dis moment was classy.... and I'd like to remembah it dat way.

Full Disclosure

August 18th, 2016

Costco and Sam's Club are always fun places to have WWD! moments but there are products too dat will put a chuckle in your mood.

While stocking up on our office snacks, I couldn't help but notice da packaging of a staple for da office:

It may be just me but I found da product name to be quite hilarious. These aren't your normal peanuts. They ain't small, medium or large. They are "SUPER" EXTRA-Large peanuts.

Wassup Wit Dat!

You know it's against all policies dat they can't sell any 'normal' sized product at Costco. LOL

Stay tuned for a Shakanack review coming up. 😀

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