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September 19th, 2016

It's been awhile since I've had a completely and totally f'd up Wassup Wit Dat! kinda day and still not pau.....

How's your day going?

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You Special?

September 15th, 2016

Dunno about you but isn't it funny how we get two hurricanes that just missed us (again) and da weather it brought is nothing compared to da "regulah" weather we've been having since early this week?

Wassup Wit Dat!

As I'm finishing up a pretty 'typical' blog, hea's one to tickle your fancy. For those who haven't floated away just yet, hea's a test to see how special you are. Take a look at da image below and let me know how many black dots are you able to see at ONE time.

Trust me, it'll say how special you are. 😉 😉

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Pau Hana Decree

September 13th, 2016

Whether you want to admit it or not, we've all experienced - or have done it ourselves - da pau hana mode. Das when you enter a store or a business and it's within 30 minutes of close and no one is there (wanting) to help.

Or they just hiding. Or they just counting down da minutes. Or they thinking about how fast they can leave.

A couple weeks ago I had da fortuitous task of picking up some office supplies of which included 2 6-shelf chrome racks and 6 20" high velocity fans from Sam's Club - obviously more than a cartful of items. I got there at 5:35pm (closes at 6pm) and there were no flatbeds outside. A quick stroll inside proved fruitless as well so I headed back to da front and asked da 'greeter' if there were any flatbeds to which she monotonically answered, "no".

I paused and stood for a couple of seconds 'hoping' she would call on her walkie-talkie to see if anyone was near or had a flatbed but dat was wishful thinking as she just nonchalantly looked away as to signal dat she was pau with her 'effort'. I went hunting up and down a few aisles but to no avail. I even walked outside into da parking lot and couldn't find any either and when I headed back, followed a person returning a mattress on a flatbed. I patiently waited while he was returning it all da while looking outside to see if any flatbeds were making its way back. A "customer service" person just so happened to walk by so I flagged him down,

BL: Are there any flatbeds around?
Customer Service: They should be in the front.
BL: I was just outside and there isn't any.
Customer Service: (Doesn't believe me so he looks for himself then says...) Sorry, there isn't any.
BL: (paused again hoping he'd "call" for help but a'ole and standing next to one I say...) Here's one, can I use this one?

Customer Service: That's a return.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Could da mattress not be moved? Was it in dire straits dat it must stay in dat particular place? Dunno about you but judging from their "return area", it nevah look dat vital in having it remain on da flatbed and da store wasn't even close to being busy nor crowded.

I was just a little perplexed on how NO ONE even flinched in wanting to help a customer yet alone help find a flatbed. Maybe da thought dat I was going to fill it up scared them when they were already in ready to go home decompression mode. I understand it was pau hana time but still, are they so big dat one 'little' customer don't mean $heesh-kabob? I ended up doing anoddah lap wen I decided dat I had enough and started to leave and of course in WWD! fashion there was a flatbed being returned by a customer with only five minutes left to spare before closing.

It wasn't just one but I actually ended up encountering four employees which all obviously pointed out that there weren't any flatbeds. It was more of a sore disappointment dat not one of them even offered to click a fingah and ask around on their walkie-talkies. Was it that far fetched of an idea considering das part of da reason why they carry da short wave communicators?

Wat should have been a ten minute trip took forty minutes and good thing I knew wea I had to go to get wat I needed but guess it kinda nevah mattah.... they still got their money regardless no mattah how much time was spent there.

Lucky We Live Hawai'i

September 9th, 2016

Since it's a short week, we'll keep it short and simple on dis Feel Good Friday. Yeah, yeah, WWD!. lol

Take time today or this weekend to get outside your normal box. Sit back or stand, take a deep breath and woo-saa out. If you're able, look around and take notice and appreciate wat we normally would overlook or take for granted and no need think, just appreciate.

About a month ago I attended a baby shower for one of my best friends in Kailua and amazingly I wasn't da drivah. My oddah friend volunteered to chauffeur so I sat back and enjoyed da view of wat da windward side of da Koolau's had to offer. It was a brief 60mph 2.5 mile stroll but those couple of minutes were worth dat rainy day(s) and for those who know, aftah heavy rains, da majestic Koolau's are one of da most beautiful scenes you can evah (should) witness.

Have an awesome Feel Good Friday day today!

*heh heh.... said "day" three words in a row - lol* sorry, coffee deprived at da moment right now.

Shakanack Review: Fatboy's Kailua

September 6th, 2016

Not being in an area we frequent often - with Da Rugrats grumbling about wanting some (late) lunch - it's tough to find a place yet alone know wea's a good place to eat so we did wat anyone else would do, pulled out our lifeline's: 1) drive around aimlessly "looking" for watevah would catch our eye, 2) utilize da 'smart'phone checking out Yelp and searching for da "best places to eat in Kailua" and last but not least 3) I phoned (texted) a friend who lives in da community.

He suggested Times Coffee Shop which I've always wanted to try but they were set to close in half hour so that was out. While driving, Da Keiki ovahheard Da Wife reading da menu from Teddy's Bigger Burger and by subliminal behest, they now wanted corn dogs - so Teddy's it is.

Once we got there, a table opens up outside and we sit. Da Wife goes inside to grab a menu and she said there's about 10-12 people standing in line so while we mull ovah da menu, Da Baby needed to go to da bathroom. As Da Wife goes half way around da block to find a bathroom, I was unable to just leave Da Keiki at da table to order and guess wat happens? Either da Japanee tour bus came or everybody was pau with da beach cause about twenty malahini strolled on in just as Da Wife and Da Baby come back.

Wassup Wit Dat!

I tell Da Wife there's no way we going wait and I spock Fatboy's right across da street. I always wanted to check dat place out too so we serendipitous-ly walked on ovah.


I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:

Da Wife and Da Baby shared a "Fatboy's Bento" ($9). Da Wife said da shrimp tempura was good. Da spam and hotdog were... well, it's spam and a hotdog - standard pieces of a local bento. Da garlic chicken was good but da teri-beef? Well, you be da judge. If you think it looks like dried leather and asking wea's da "teri"... you ain't wrong.

Da Keiki had da teri-burger ($7) which was 'ovahpowered' by da bun which was a perfect soft and fluffy size for a burgah. Scratch dat, it was more like not enough burgah.

You can't forget da fries ($2.79) which was unevenly salted if you check out da concentrated white dots.

I had da garlic chicken plate ($9 - Kailua location "special price") with brown rice (extra but fo'got how much). Da garlic chicken was juicy and tender while da breading ratio was in balance with each cut of chicken. Da sweet garlic flavor rivals Mitsu-ken but da mac salad, I wouldn't go for seconds. For a $9 plate lunch, da mac salad was bland with nothing else inside of it like tuna or potato or egg or anything. Basically mac, mayo and barely any slivers of carrots - pretty sad mac salad.

So hea's da breakdown:


Three Shakas and Bumbye

On a Sunday afternoon, da location (strip mall) proved to be quiet enough as da neighboring stores were closed to enjoy your meal and an excellent place to people watch as da sidewalks and crosswalk action proved to be 'exciting' with all da malahini. Da only dining area is outside on cast iron chairs and tables with barely any shade. We lucked out got da only table under da eave but as da sun crept in, it got warm in a hurry.


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

At an average of $9+ person for a 'plain' plate lunch, you're asking yourself "wea's da kama'aina discount?" Da portions can't even justify da price and there's no way you getting any kanack value out of any one of da meals we had. Da biggest disappointment? How can you charge $7 for a teri-burger and 1) not even have enough meat to cover da bottom bun and 2) not even come with fries?? (WWD!) Adding da chang-a-lang $3 fries which you could eat in a few bites, Da Keiki had da most expensive "meal" and it was considerably less than wat Da Wife and I had - did I mention it didn't come with a drink either?


Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

Their only saving grace was da garlic chicken oddahwise it would be a single shaka and even then, my plate could have handled one or two pieces more easily. Aftah spending ovah $40 with a large soda and bottled watah, dat was definitely one disappointing lunch. If you got money to spend, by all means happy trails to you but if you're in da mood to save a buck or two or three, I would look elsewhere - unless someone is buying me lunch and they chose da place, dis isn't even a blip on my radar. We 'saved' $10 compared to if we ate at Teddy's.

Would you rather save $10 or eat it?

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