By Braddah Lance
Wen it's Da Keiki's turn to watch tv, while she doesn't know it, she's only allowed to watch educational and social learning type of cartoons. She doesn't watch "silly ones" or oddahs dat are above her comprehension level and I can honestly say dat she is influenced - and learns from - these types of cartoons.
Da Wife and I also watch all da cartoons with her to make surah it falls along da same lines we're trying to teach her and definitely don't use it as a "babysitter". We reference them during real life situations so she can correlate and understand the "lesson" - we find each oddah, Da Keiki, Da Wife and I, saying "just like ______".
I really wish some adults would start watching cartoons again.... and not da likes of Sponge Bob Square Pants for learning sake.
Yesterday, I had to take Da Keiki to da doctor and was on H1 from Pearl City to Aiea about 9:15am and while there were still a lot of vehicles on da freeway, it was flowing steadily going about 40mph. During normal morning rush hour, get choke cars dat try to cut across da solid lines to get to da far right shoulder lane but da shoulder lane is "closed" aftah 8am.... so I thought.
I was on da far right lane as I just got on da freeway from da Pearl City on ramp and I couldn't believe how many cars and trucks were jumping onto da shoulder and zooming past everybody as if they just stole spicy ahi poke - not everybody was doing it but you could tell some people were thinking "if they can do it, why can't I" as da lane merges. You could sense da hesitation as da merge ended and they were contemplating which way to go.
As I was merging into da "legal" right lane, I saw a truck jump onto da shoulder and hit da throttle. Before, during and aftah he passed, I blared my truck horn for a good seven seconds and as he jetted passed me, I got thanked with da one fingah salute. Nice.
Then as da merge completed, I noticed anoddah truck - then anoddah - jump into da shoulder but dis time I started to ride da solid line with da right side of my truck. It's pretty tight going across da overpass so they couldn't pass, instead, he rode my bumper so close dat if I brake checked him, guarantee would have fish-tailed.
I knew once we were across da overpass they would continue to pass - cause da shoulder expands aftah dat - and as they accelerate, I get da stink eye and obviously some adjectives lip synced through their tint since my window was down. I shake my head and give da Mutombo finger wag and they were on their way probably still muttering how I was such an a$$.
They stay doing something wrong, inconsiderate, uncool and illegal yet I'm da son of a motherless goat.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Just twenty minutes prior, Da Keiki was watching a cartoon called Special Agent Oso wea their "niche" is taking situations and breaking it down into three steps. It's a catchy tune with da lyrics dat goes like:
Three special steps, that’s all you need. Three special steps, and you’ll succeed. Your special assignment is starting now, and three special steps will show you how. Step 1.. Step 2.. Step 3
Three special steps, so now you know. Three special steps and you’re ready to go! The checklist has all the steps you need. Just follow them all and you will succeed with three special steps!
Dat episode's lesson was about owning up to your mistake and saying sorry - how visionary was dat.
I tink those guys missed dat show.
Everyone has their opinions about "Big Brother" - or other conglomerates doing work for/as Big Brother - and there probably is a great divide ovah whether it's helping or hurting but I wanted to share an app dat most everyone has on their phone dat you probably would nevah have guessed could help you everyday. Well, except iPhone users. I know, I know.....
Wassup Wit Dat!
If you've evah watched da morning newscast showing traffic, they have their traffic cams and a flow map showing wea da congestion is but da problem is dat, once you turn off da tv, jump in da car and hit da road, things can change shortly aftah leaving your driveway. If you've evah driven a car - doesn't mattah wat time of day - you're bound to run into da evah common dilemma: which way should I go?
Sadly, you pick one way and you either mutter to yourself or your shotgun partner and say, "See! I should have went da oddah way!"
Wat if I told you, many of you already have da technology to help you out everyday at any time of day? If you got an Android smartphone which normally has Google Maps, you all set.
Now before I share some details, nobody get all huu-huu about dis and dat cause if you use 'em, great. If you don't, watevah. I only sharing wat I tink is a useful tool dat's FREE nonetheless. Also, Da Wife and I have "experimented" it's use and it was pretty cool checking out it's practicality.
Simply put, Google Maps has a feature called "Traffic". Simple yeah? All you gotta do is select 'em and voila! You get your very own traffic flow map! In my humble opinion, it is very accurate especially if you have your GPS on but if you don't, das wea I tink Big Brother steps in. I can't imagine da traffic cams being so "advanced" dat they can calculate da flow but since everybody get cell phone, they "track" your movement. Even if you no more cell phone, there are enough drivers/riders with it on da road to make da guesstimation pretty accurate.
Hea's how da revelation started. One Saturday night, Da Wife and I was on our way home from town side and there seemed to have been a bit more cars on da road than usual. Out of a whim, I asked Da Wife to buss out her phone and check da "traffic". Low and behold she said da map was showing yellow and there was red up ahead. I asked how far ahead, she said right around da bend and waddah-ya-know.... boom, traffic.
Da colors are obvious indicators (green = go, free flowing, yellow = slowing traffic, red = slow, stop and go) and evah since dat revelation, we've both been using Google Maps-Traffic to help choose our route to work and on our way home everyday and even on weekends. I can't say how much times it's helped me "choose wisely" but I can only say I must save anywea from 10-20 minutes of driving each way as wen I pass by certain intersections, I can "see" dat I'm on da right road.
Have you evah used Google Maps-Traffic? Do you use any apps like Traffic to help you on da road? You tink Big Brother is always riding along?
Whether you've tried it or not, it works for you or not, you one iPhone user or hate Google and Android, at least you know it's out there but at da same time, you're being "watched" so take it with a heed of warning if you no like dat kine stuff.
We held Da Keiki's birthday a couple weeks ago and as I was filling up da cooler with soda, I saw something da really caught my eye. I nevah evah saw it before so I thought it was pretty cool considering. I pretty surah you guys going figgah 'em out and if you do, no say nothing till latah cause no fun if you shout out da answer before people can guess eh?
Da funny thing is, dat all three are from da same soda ohana but one of 'em is special.....
Wassup Wit Dat!
Go check 'em, go check 'em, go check 'em, go...........
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"
Dis video was forwarded to me recently and sorry, I couldn't wait till FGF to share it but since it's Hump Day Wednesday, it'll do just fine.
Trust me, put down your coffee, tea, milk, soda, watah, beea cause hea comes da disclaimer.......