Archive for the ‘Road Rage’ Category

Who's Him?

September 24th, 2014

Whether it be bumpah stickahs or t-shirts, a lot of da slogans/catch phrases we "proudly" wear and display is an indication of who we are as an individual - especially if it came as a gift. For instance, I got two T&C shirts as gifts years ago dat I still wear today: "Yakamashi" and "I Not Late" - both of which I will not deny I am.

It's amazing dat we will proudly display who we are so loud visually but wen in public interaction - or wen no one's looking - it would almost contradict wat's so boastfully "said".

I was telling Da Wife a few weeks back I nevah understood why so many vehicles on da road had da window stickah "HEKI" (backwards 'K') on them. I nevah heard of it nor knew of any outfit by dat name so it was always a mystery to me every time I saw it. I was tinking of all da acronyms I could think of until one day by da hand of God slapping my coconut shell dat dat stickah.....

HEKI (assuming backwards 'K') = HE > I = HE is greater than I

Yeah, pun intended. :lol:

Basically, every vehicle with dat stickah is confirming their association with God and da practices dat go along with it...... right? I mean, if you're letting da entire world know dat your belief in God is greater than you, you not only are a God fearing human, you must live by your respective religious rules too no?

So it puzzles me as why some of those "HE>I" drivahs are so fake! And no, it's not only them but it's about da association they claim to have to God dat makes it so.... ironically funny. Isn't God's will - in da most minimalist sense - to love one another, care for each other, respect etc but seeing one shaking da one fingah Aloha while tailgating anoddah or parking crooked (two stalls) scream contradiction?

No get me wrong, my family is HEAVILY religious and I've been brought up dat way but my actions, if following a way of life, would run parallel with those beliefs as best I could. Perfect we all are not but when you "say" you are 24/7, it's kinda disheartening to witness actions proving oddahwise.

So it was a trip wen I was driving behind a Mercedes 5-class trying make his way into a lane. "His" signal was on but anyone dat has driven on da Pearl City Wal-Mart road knows dat 1) it's hellishly BS, 2) only one lane goes straight and got da "cutters" who make/force their way in last second as if it was da Lunalilo on-ramp and 3) no one like let you in knowing all dat wen they was waiting their turn.

Haven't noticed it yet? Well, no more da "HE>I" stickah but check out his license plate.

No one let him in and instead of turning left as traffic indicated, he just went straight as if it was a dedicated lane and I'm surah (couldn't see dat far aftah we turned) he "made" his way ovah into da lane. It would have taken him no more than two more minutes to get to da same place had he turned with traffic. :roll:

Now if dat isn't a slap in da face to "Him" I dunno wat is.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Now I dunno who "HM" is but I'm only guessing da vanity plate is saying "(LIV-4HM) = Live For Him". I can't imagine "Him" being a law breaking okole, can you? :lol:

Just to be clear, "HE > I" is just for co-relation purposes and nothing against those who have dat stickah on their vehicle(s)... unless you one of those who say one thing and do anoddah. It goes da same especially for someone driving a company vehicle, you REPRESENT wat you "saying".

And yes, I do have only ONE stickah on da outside of my truck window.......

"RELAX - This Ain't The Mainland"

And yes, I do drive li'dat..... most times. :razz:

Film This Fat Boy!!!

September 17th, 2014

We've all heard of road rage and it's naturally gotten worse as we as society has gotten more violently brave behind da barrier confines in da mega-ton framed steel box we freely enter not consciously aware dat it's a trigger for dissociative identity disorder.

Basically, you get shmall kine nuts behind da wheel even though you may be da most nicest person in da world wen on foot.

EVERYONE is a "perfect" drivah and wen you not, it's NEVAH about you being wrong - or admitting fault - but da oddah drivah is ALWAYS da okole.

I'm not timid to say I'm one of those types of people but I like to think I'm at least a step above cause wen I'm wrong, I admit I'm wrong and give da look of shame and wave a shaka. Most times da oddah drivah will mutter a few choice words for closure and will at least "accept" da apology but then there are times like recently wea da rage heard around da world has gone viral.

Da video is pretty intense and cause there's language and a minor, I don't know da rules about posting it on da blog so I'm erring on da side of caution to not post it but you can do a quick video search with da key words: Arakaki, Road Rage, Moanalua Shopping Center and you'll get about a million links.

If you haven't seen da video, it's BIG TIME nuts! I'm talking supah crazy!

In a nutshell dis is da he said/she said preamble: da guy (Arakaki) is behind da person *she's definitely not a lady* (Ong) and notices she's looking down as if "allegedly" on her phone. There's a good amount of space in front of her cause she not paying attention so he goes around and "cuts" her off. She accelerates hard and nearly rear ends him. Ong then follows him a long distance from Pearl Harbor area all the way to da Moanalua Shopping Center wea he heads into knowing she is tailgating him.

Then da video shows da rest.

Da actions in da video is extremely disturbing but wat really gets me is dat there are a bunch of people who have got to be more pupule than her actually backing Ong up!

Wait, she's not paying attention, he goes around her, she nearly rear ends him, tailgates him, honking her horn obnoxiously, drives on da oddah side of da road, nearly takes out two cars coming in da OPPOSITE direction, has a minor illegally sitting in da front seat, cursing, yelling, speeding, gets out of her van to confront him, "assaults" him trying to slap his phone down or take it away, screams obscenities, shows her "aloha" with double handed salutes, verbally abuses him, calls him out and all he's done (per da video) was to sit in his truck and not say anything oddah than wen she reached into his truck.

And you wanna back Ong up?

Wassup Wit Dat!

Seriously, wat planet are they from? How can you even say anything she did was justified wen EVERY SINGLE ACTION of her's was not only illegal for da most part but just morally wrong. And of course come to find out she's a RN and a captain in da U.S. Army! :shock: Really? A captain and a profession dat's about compassion and caring?? Ai-goo. :roll: Talk about conduct unbecoming not to mention how many (un)confirmed reports there were of previous outbursts from both her and husband. In dis digital age, you can't hide from anyone who knows how to "search" cause her identity - and background - was found almost immediately once it went on FaceBook.

Let me also point out dat Arakaki says he is fully aware dat using an electronic device while driving is illegal but wanted to document da craziness as he said/she said doesn't hold water. He also is readily and fully accepts any and all consequences for using dat electronic device but says she shouldn't be off da hook either.

Here's a small excerpt from KITV:

Ryan Arakaki told KITV4 News that she tailed him for about five minutes. Then, she shouted at him from her car. Later, she got out of her car and stormed right up to his window.

"You can hear me on the video saying, 'That's assault. That's assault.' But she really didn't care," said Arakaki. "She was pretty much off on the deep end already. She was pretty upset."

"I was super, super angry. I really was angry," said Kimberly Ong. "And, of course, he was taunting me somewhat. So, that obviously made me even more angry. I'm not the most happy about it. But, I could have probably chose some better words to use. I was upset and it's apparent. I don't totally 100 percent regret it."

"What made her upset was she wasn't paying attention and I cut in front of her or changed lanes to get in front of her and she probably looked up, probably stepped on the gas and probably almost rear-ended me and she was upset that she had her son in the car and almost got into a car accident," said Arakaki.

It's against the law to hold your phone and shoot video while driving. Arakaki says he knows this, but wanted to document the incident. He filed a police report Thursday morning.

Police say the case is classified as "unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle." They say most traffic violations have to be in view of the officer. Traffic investigators say they will have to get a statement from the victim and the suspect and the case would be referred to prosecutors.

I mean there's so much wrong about dis whole incident dat a blog cannot cover it all nor do I have da time or energy to do so.

One last thing I wanted to share though is dat HPD says dat da only thing dat Ong would/could likely be charged with is "unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle" wen da video shows a clear case of road rage (if I'm not mistaken, isn't dat a crime?), endangering a minor (sitting in da front seat AND leaving her vehicle with him in it assuming dat da engine was still on too), driving on da wrong side of da road (citation) and I don't know wat else cause just being an @$$ isn't illegal.

But HPD says dat most traffic violations have to be in view of da officer so da video can't be used to dat effect............ but they can use da video of da HPD officer beating his girlfriend and suspend him? So video can only be used for certain crimes or violations?

Wassup Wit Dat!!!

Why even have video "proof" then?

All pau now..... no can prove nothing anyways.

Really... Wassa Mattah You?

September 2nd, 2014

It really makes me wondah how da heck society has gone from decently respectful people to people who just no give a $h!t.

Da Wife and I were at Waikele dis past Labor Day weekend - Saturday afternoon specifically - and while you might have thought dat da mall would be a little crazy, it really wasn't. There were a handful of parking stalls still open considering it was packed and while there were vehicles parked illegally against da far wall in da upper section of the mall, dat has always been da case wen it becomes overcrowded and no, we have nevah parked against da wall even though it was "open".

But dis one - no, make dat TWO - lolo's really took da mac out of da mac salad.

No see nothing wrong? Try look at 'em dis way.

Still don't know? Try check out da keiki and his dad walking in da second pic. Still no can figgah 'em out?

They stay walking on da median and not in walkway cause get two massive suv's PARKED in da walkway!!!

Wassup Wit Dat!

I mean really, in da WALKWAY?!? Why not just drive through da mall and park in front of da store you shopping at? Forget dat da curbs are CLEARLY painted red which at last check I thought universally - at least in da U.S. - signaled "no" or "danger" and da likes. I guess das a way to beat getting a ticket for parking in da handicap stall. :roll:

Wat gets me is dat even at da very least, da Mall Security didn't do a thing! I saw two ride by and nada - not even a flinching double take.

I get it dat it's busy and crowded but does dat mean we just ignore civilized rules? We no longer have da patience to wait your turn wen it's "inconvenient"? So wat if you have to park "far" - aren't da stores you're planning to visit even further? Outlet mall and shopping centers aren't cakewalks and you rack up miles walking during your shopping outing so wat's a few more yards?

Times like dat I wish I was in a Road Runner cartoon and da giant anvil just dropped. :lol:

We were there for a few hours and those two *bleep bleep bleep* were there before we got there and still wen we left with no repercussions.

Sadly, chances are they'll do it again...... and oddahs will follow.

Bumpy Ride

March 6th, 2014

At one time or anoddah, you've driven - or ridden - on our city roads and there's no denying dat they are in disrepair especially wat seems like it's only happening on da major roadways. We pretty much know wea da potholes are and I not surah if it's just me, but it seems like da potholes are biggah and deeper these days.

Steel plates on da roads are not uncommon as well but wit da rail being built, they are tearing up da road to get underneath for LOOOONG stretches and since da work isn't pau overnight, they put da steel plates to serve as da temporary "road".

Depending on your ride, you're prone to do one of two things, 1) avoid 'em or 2) drive ovah 'em. How you drive ovah them will depend on how much you care for your vehicle. If you no kea, you just drive on top of 'em without even slowing regardless of how lumpy or bumpy it may be and da more "precious" your ride, da more "careful" you try and be.

So it was trippy to see driving home da oddah weekend a rare sight. As you can see above, there's a long stretch of steel plates by da Sears Distribution Center in Pearl City and like an agility drill, da steel plates alternated between lanes. Wat Da Wife and I didn't expect was watching a vehicle in front of us maneuvering between da small gaps avoiding da plates performing "S" maneuvers.

Dat vehicle was....... TheBus!

It wasn't a shuttle version or a regular sized bus, it was da extended supah long kine and at first we thought there was something on da road so I slowed down to observe da road and once we passed da Sears Distribution Center it hit me dat da drivah was avoiding da plates!

Wassup Wit Dat!

I dunno about you but 1) da drivah no own da bus or pay to maintain it, 2) TheBus weighs like wat? A gazillion pounds? and 3) you would tink dat da passengers would be more nauseous during "S" maneuvers than riding ovah da little bumps of steel plates especially on a bus.

It was even more funny in dat as we drove ovah da plates.... it was actually SMOOTHER than da road itself! :lol:

Do you avoid da steel plates? Is your ride precious enough to tip toe ovah 'em? Are you an evasive drivah specialist?

Watevah you do, no jam your brakes hard on 'em if they stay wet unless you practicing driving on ice.... or you TheBus.

Ford People?

January 28th, 2014

I no can believe how many people no realize dat as a drivah, you not only gotta obey da rules of da road but you stay behind one 3+ ton hunk of metal ready to do damage in an instant....... and you can nevah turn back once you commit.

One of da most frequent type of accidents are left turning vehicles. It's a simple concept really. Slow down, stop if directed by signage or traffic, ensure you have room to clear the crossing lane and go once it's safe to do so.

People tend to do only one of da four things above..... no ask me which one.

** FYI - A car making a left turn is almost always liable for a collision with a car coming straight in the other direction. Exceptions to this near-automatic rule are rare and difficult to prove, but they can occur if:
•The car going straight was going well over the speed limit.
•The car going straight went through a red light.

Making a left turn, or even a merging right turn at a stop light or stop sign into traffic, is all about judgment but sadly, it's shifted more towards arrogance. In da most basic of terms, if you making a "merging" turn, you DO NOT HAVE DA RIGHT OF WAY!!! It no mattah if you late or da person behind stay honking - unless it was at a distracted drivah on da phone - you have gotta obey da rules of da road regarding turns - parking lots are no exceptions either.

Dis morning as I was dropping off Da Baby at da sitters, I approach a T-intersection (I'm going straight and have da right of way) and I see a lolo in a beat up white Ford? blatantly blow past da stop sign das been there since da beginning of time. Nevah mind da bold wide white painted stop line which he obviously thought was just graffiti on da road. :roll: Da nose of his truck was more than enough into oncoming traffic but it also prevented me from making my left turn of which I had da right of way.

It wasn't like he was going to stop anyways so I slowed down and flash my highlights to let him know to go - not even a mahalo as he zoomed through. Wat can I say? I felt sorry for da guy...... he had a HUGEMANGEOUS St.Louis Ram flag flying from a pole dat was strapped to his truck and das punishment enough.

Aftah dropping off Da Keiki next, I go back home to pick up da bike but had to fill up gas before heading into work. I'm riding along and almost got T-boned in da parking lot cause da idiot making a right turn nevah like stop. In fact, I got da stink eye cause it was "my fault" and she still went through nevah mind I had to brake hard to avoid a collision with her AND an oncoming car.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Sistah, YOU making a turn from an "intersection", you do not have da right of way...... well she was driving a huge Ford Excursion so she may have thought it came with da SUV.

Aftah filling up, I head towards da on-ramp and sitting at a red light at da intersection of Hoomalu and Moanalua and truth be told, das one treacherous intersection especially if you do not know da rules of da road. There's anoddah mo'olelo with dat but for a future blog. Anyways, there was a Ford Taurus in front of me which had a van in front of dat and da Ford drivah, a USMC soldier based on his uniform and sticker on da window, throwing his arms up in da air urging da van to go.

We had da red light which meant da right turn was ok to make IF it was safe to do so and at dat intersection, you either need a vehicle dat will fly in a nanosecond or zero cars in da vicinity cause dat merge is mighty quick and has a semi-blind view as da vehicles make their way up a minor hill crest before being visible.

Since wen has it become "acceptable" to make turns regardless of safety especially wen there are rules set forth to keep da civility of da road? I tink it's so ridiculous dat at major intersections dis type of contempt has become commonplace. All it takes is one "I think I can make it" type of call to put not only your life at risk but those dat are sharing da road with you.

Da next time you at a stop, not just Ford owners, nevah mind if it taking a little longah to make dat turn, you'll nevah go wrong following da rules of da road and making surah you're able to complete your maneuver safely for your sake...... and mine.

Now I gotta go make a "Calvin / Ford" stickah. :lol: :wink: