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8 Hours In

February 11th, 2016
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Vacations are supposed to be carefree, worry-free and free of the hum-ding of normal everyday life.

Well, let's just say that das not how WWD! rolls.

Aftah working 12 straight hours to get as much work as I could in, I rushed home for a red eye flight on Monday. Everything going to plan even aftah rushing to pack my carry on of last minute essentials. We dropped off my mother-in-law and her common-in-law, Da Keiki and Da Baby at da airport then headed back home for my father-in-law to drop Da Wife and I off back to da airport all well before da two hour check in.

As we headed out door for da final time, Da Wife was looking for her phone. Naturally we searched in da obvious places: bag and car. She then retraced her steps cause she was showing our house sitter da lay of da land. A'ole.

She went through her bag multiple times, she and I searched her car in every nook and cranny (surprisingly it was pretty clean in da places you normally don't look) and even checked da fridge! A'ole.

BL: You surah you no have 'em in your bag?
Da Wife: (with a frantic look cause she's NEVAH like dis) YES!
BL: You surah?
Da Wife: YES!!
BL: Ok. (went back inside da house to look make a sandwich cause I nevah eat da whole day)
Da Wife: Let's just go.
BL: You serious?! You know you going need da phone so we bettah find it.
Da Wife: (25 minutes latah) FOUND IT!
BL: (just rolling my eyes keeping my mouth shut with a sandwich)
Da Wife: You better not blog about this!
BL: Why would I? Plus, I don't use real names. :wink: :wink: :lol:

Trust me, she's on it like a comet and hardly evah is rattled, shaken or oddahwise and I no like say 'I told you so'... so I going keep my mouth shut to survive da vacation. :grin:

Wait, das just da first 45 minutes.

Having already checked in online and paid for our luggage along with notifying that we had two car seats in tow, we check in again (WWD!) at da Hawaiian Airlines automated kiosk. Aftah getting da same travel documents we already printed at home, our luggage and car seat tags were printed as well. Did I mention dat my MIL wasn't too thrilled dat we were "late".

Obviously having two car seats, we get two car seat tags but I guess they nevah saw two car seats packed into ONE box.

BL: (looking at da confused kiosk helper) There's TWO car seats in da box. They are flipped like Tetris so it could fit into one box.
Da Kiosk Wahine: (still staring at da TWO car seat tags but looking at da ONE box) But the box is oversized.
BL: Really? It's a car seat. It's only about six inches bigger than da regular box. (I flipped one box onto da oddah to make a single box) It saves space for you guys instead of having two huge boxes, there's only one.
Da Kiosk Wahine: (walks ovah to anoddah agent) They say there's two car seats in there.
BL: (explain da Tetris thing again)
Da Kiosk Wahine 2: We'll just get a supervisor to say 'ok'. (smiles and winks indicating it was 'ok')
Da Supahvisah: You have two car seats in there?
BL: (explains da Tetris thing again) I can open it up to show you.
Da Supahvisah: The box is too big. You have to take it out.
BL: But the box is the only thing protecting it - wat do we put it in then? We've had a car seat in a box before.
Da Supahvisah: But this is oversized.
BL: (nevah like upset 'Da Supavisah' and kept da 'wat about longboards & golf clubs being ovahsized' and way biggah than our car seat box comment to myself) So wat then? We no can take it?
Da Supahvisah: (hands me two ovahsized clear plastic bags)
BL: We had it in boxes to protect it from being thrown around.
Da Supahvisah: Car seats are placed in a special part of the plane.
BL: (das not da experience we've had - but I kept da comment to myself as well and starts to rip da beautifully taped box which I even 'built' handles so those who handled da box would have an easy time loading/unloading it)
Da Supahvisah: You don't have to rip up the box.
BL: Then how am I supposed to get da car seats out?
Da Wife: Do you have a knife or scissors?
Da Supahvisah: (kinda sassily) We don't have knives or scissors here. (seriously, with da kine 'mattah of fact' kine tone)

Well, let's just say dat I transferred any aggression ovah to da box.

And then da TSA line........... ohhhhhhhh boy.

Since wen was it ok to be right on somebody's okole breathing down their neck and literally shoving your things forward with their container from behind? Can't you see our hands were overly full with two keiki, two strollers and carry on's?

Ho Brah, I wanted fo'.......... woooooo-saaaaaaa.

Aftah all dat, we made it to da gate just in time to board.

But wait, there's more.

Aftah a little ovah five hour flight, we land and deplane only to find out dat one of our strollers is missing from da pick up area just outside da plane doors. There's three people standing there so I ask anyone who was listening where one of our strollers was at? One asked wat it looked like and we showed them, "exactly like that one". We couldn't understand how one was brought up but not da oddah? There were both IDENTICAL and I can only assume dat they were placed together in da hold cause they were together right before we boarded.

We were just hoping dat no one took it by 'accident' or dat it would be in da bizzaro world of lost luggage but alas aftah about fifteen minutes of waiting, it 'miraculously' showed up.

Oh yeah, wen I went to pick up our 'ovahsized' car seats in da ovahsized pick up area, it was placed in da special area all right.... as I heard it being thrown, thunked and partially rolled down da ramp.

Wassup Wit Dat!

And there's still da car rental part and no even get me started on da 'Happiest Place On Earth'. :lol:








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Ai-goo.... Let Da Madness Begin

February 9th, 2016
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Having landed in da wee hours of da morning, contemplating which minivan to choose from (trust me, it was difficult actually having choices), checking in to da hotel.... did I mention dat there was already a plethora of WWD! moments before we even left da 808. LOL

Classic I tell ya, classic.

Be back soon.

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Traveling Peeves

February 3rd, 2016
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As my vacation departure date creeps up, I can't help but feel 'uneasy' even before the vacation begins.

First thing on my list is trying not to forget anything between packing da right clothes, chargers/cables, cameras (rogah, das plural), documents and of course da phone amongst choke oddah things. With dat being said, I started to think about da things dat have been travel irks to anyone dat has evah traveled.

You got of course checking in by which with technology these days you do it online but still have to stand in line to check in your bags... which of course you still got those who are technologically challenged and stand in front of da monitor as if waiting for a Vegas payout.

Then da infamous TSA screening lines. I won't go there but c'mon people.... SHOES come off!

No can bring watah inside so Hydroflasks have been a welcome addition. Then you get da outlet hogs with their 'gear' spread out as if they were NASA coordinating a space shuttle launch.

And then there's da plane.

If you happen to have to sit next to strangers, you hope they don't occupy BOTH armrests or encroach on da property line having da occasional uncomfortable nudge with da apologetic nod. And I used to feel especially sorry for those around crying babies.

Wat kinda gets me though is those who recline their seats and then try to recline them some more by leaning on it hard every so often as if they are bending it further back!

Wassup Wit Dat!

It not only shoves da tray into da passenger in da back, every time they push back it makes da already small space smaller. I read a few months ago dat there are even gadgets dat prohibit da recline of seats in front of you. :lol: Now dat would make for an ugly flight.

Wat peeves you at da airport? Da flight? Traveling? Got any solutions, tips or tricks you live by when traveling?

I'm just hoping I'm not selected for full body search........ it won't be pretty. :razz:








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$5.50 Or Free

February 1st, 2016
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I can safely assume at least 98% of da WWD! Hui drive no?

We all remembah dat glossy orange bordered booklet full of pictures and multiple choice questions with da 'nostalgic' cover of H1 near University in da early 80's we passed along to family, friends and by da time it came back was all buss up.... but was still around somewea.

Many have forgotten da "rules of the road" and da very Q&A's we needed to know in order to obtain da PRIVILEGE of obtaining a driver's license. So be da case of dis frickin' idiot who didn't understand wat dis meant:






For those needing a refresher, it means "Merge" or "Merging Traffic Ahead".

And for those needing an in depth refresher it means dat those on da right hand side will be merging with da main road soon. Let me ask you dis, who has da right of way wen you see dat?

I'll let it simmer for those who are guessing right now.

Heading underneath da viaduct aftah work, I was in da left lane of da two lane road heading West knowing dat da lane will merge into one soon. As I approach da merge, dis lolo rolls up on da side of me (going about 35mph) and then inches his way just ahead of me as da lanes were merging. Once I seen dat he wasn't going to merge properly, I tapped my brakes to slow and avoid being a smooshed petroglyph.

Once da lanes opened up, I roll up along side him and suggest to him to take a driver's ed course cause he just blew through a merge and almost took me out! He proceeds to tell me (pointing to an imaginary sign) dat it was a "Merge".

Wassup Wit Dat! No f'in $%!t it was a "merge"!

BL: "Yeah Brah, it was a merge, YOU have to YIELD!"
IDIOT: "No, I don't.... YOU have to!"

I couldn't believe dat he just said dat. Funny thing is dat there's actually an "IGNORANCE" section in da Hawai'i Drivers Manual and da first of five noted "bad" driving categories is "Failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles having the right of way."

Guess dat braddah aced dat section of da test. LOL

For those trying to look for your buss up copy of da manual, consider dis a $5.50 gift..... or you could just send ovah a mini plate lunch instead.

CLICK HEA' FOR A COPY OF DA HAWAI'I DRIVERS MANUAL








Wat Can We Do?

January 27th, 2016
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It's been bothering me for awhile now dat no mattah wea we at or wat we're doing - people just no kea (care).

Whether it be something like last night again wea there were a handful of vehicles traveling in da pau hana shoulder lane at 6:30pm wen it specifically states dat it closes at 6:00pm. I'm just hoping da motorcyclist dat was stranded on da side nevah get run ovah as he was waiting for help. Or people who just cut in lines without a second thought dat people are already in a formed line. And how everyone seems to be "wat's in it for me?" kine of attitude.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Call me nostalgic but I enjoy watching a handful of - definitely not all - black and white films wea there was such thing as displaying courtesy and using da words "sorry", "thank you", "please" with meaning instead of something you 'have to say'. Even 'traditional' things as holding da door open for a wahine, waiting for oddahs before you start eating (if they're not running late) and just good hearted gestures are far in between da current 'societal norms'.

How is it dat we have 'evolved' into such a selfish culture? I'm surah we all can agree technology has played a major role (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc) but haven't we been raised before all dat nonsense? Haven't we had good and decent parents instill core values, morals and character into us? Why has dat been thrown out da window?

With such a sensitive issue such as excessive force by police (law enforcement) but would it have escalated to dat point if da lay person would just "listen"? Think about it, would law enforcement have to feel like they have to constantly protect themselves if they weren't pushed into dat corner from previous experiences? We all see da online videos of one side - why not show all da videos of wea police are assaulted, shot at, spit on, called into dangerous/precarious situations? Why not show da officers in da hospital with injuries? Oh yeah, da 'alleged' criminals have rights. :roll:

Trying to raise two young keiki, it's sad wen finally Da Keiki is making an honest effort to speak up and look people in da eye saying "please" and "thank you" and in return she doesn't even get a "you're welcome" or an acknowledgment without looking back at her. Sometimes she gets a grin and I have to reassure her dat she made dat person happy as she looks at me as if she did something wrong.

So I challenge all da 11 readers of WWD! to go out today and just do one thing without reward. Go out and do something real instead of watching 'commercialized' videos of good deeds. While we won't go 'viral', we can at least show dat it still exists.

Live it, do it, crave to be pono.








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