You Nevah Need It Till You Need It

March 9th, 2015
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It's one of those things you kinda knew was going to happen eventually but just not when you expected it to and naturally of course, when you stay in one rush.

I load Da Baby and Da Keiki in their car seats to be dropped off at da sitter and preschool respectively, and hop in my trusty Tacoma steed as daylight starts to inch ovah da darkness enjoying da crisp 64 degree morning chill, turn da key and got da dreaded clickty-click-clickty-click-clickty-click.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Damn! Da Wife is gone and I no think she would approve of me taking them on da bike.

At dis point, I'm just praying dat it's just da battery and nothing else so I pop up da hood and then realize dat my charger is buried in da garage. And I mean buried. $h!t!

Then it dawn on me dat I actually had prepared myself for dis exact moment and bought dis exact "backup" tool about six months ago for dis exact emergency. Well, it's actually a "multi-tool" and a damn good one too!

So I dug through my backpack and pulled it out.......





Aftah reading about dis type of device and doing my homework, I still remembah I had to "convince" Da Wife dat we "needed" it. Well, it was a man-tool and she wasn't going to win on dat one but boy has it paid itself ovah and ovah again and again in which she has benefited from as well.

It's called a "personal power supply" (PPS) and there are many different variations and types out there so it's not like it's a one size fits all. One of da biggest - and most common - reason for a PPS is to recharge your phone's energy consuming battery on da fly wen you can't stop and find an outlet.

This particular model by Antigravity Batteries (XP-1) is kinda like a MacGyver of PPS's. It not only can charge multiple devices at once with the multitude of attachments, it can also power your laptop, jump start vehicles (and trucks) and to make it da MacGyver of tools, has a flash light to top it off.

We've used it on many occasions to charge our phones and tablets on da go but dis was da first time I've evah used it to jump start a vehicle. I was a little skeptical at first to see if it could power up a V6 with an AGM Optima battery but she fired right up da first time! Cheeeee-huuuu!

Granted, da battery wasn't fully depleted which helped it crank ovah but it still worked. I still couldn't believe da little $h!t worked! Ha ha ha :lol:

Hea's wat da full package looks like:





It comes with a multitude of connectors via USB including iPod, micro-usb, a car charger and various oddah connectors via "socket type" all conveniently packed away in a zippered bag. Da unit is just six inches wide and about a few pounds so lugging it around is probably not one of da best things to do unless you anticipate in using it knowing you'll be away.

We always have a stroller or baby bag so it doesn't bother us to lug it around constantly and I keep it on me wenevah I ride da motorcycle. There are definitely oddah models which are smaller and lighter but da trade off is dat da "power" would be less so it all depends on wat you need it for.

With hurricane season just a few months away, it truly is one of those things dat I would suggest everybody should have in their home especially in dis power hungry world. If you one Tim Allen type like I am, it's a definite must have.

How else you going check WWD! if you no mo' power? :grin:








Aaaalooooooha!

March 6th, 2015
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In a blink of an eye, you can say dat things can change for da bettah or worse leaving us to say, "Wassup Wit Dat!" and either shake it off or dwell on it a bit.

I'm both.

I'll express my passion whether it be good or bad and then shake it off like one Tahitian dancer's hips. I'm not one to carry da negative chi or have it weigh down on me but conversely wen it's a high, I like to ride it for as long as I possibly can.

Each day at work I'm fortunate enough to sneak a peek and woo-saa as I watch da world hustle and bustle by. Wednesday's view was interesting in da aftermath of morning ua (rain) casting da faintest glow of a rainbow ovah one of Hawai'i nei's state landmarks.









Days li'dat make you contemplate and appreciate da little things da world has to offer. Then I couldn't help but to gaze for awhile today's view.......









So for today's Feel Good Friday message, say Aaaaaloooooooooha to anything dat may be weighing heavily on your shoulders even if you know dat it'll be back. Exhale deeply and find your woo-saa moment and go hug somebody for a little - albeit temporary - pick me up as we all need dat once in awhile. Take a moment, literally, and just smile or laugh even if for a second or two. Text - or call - a loved one (or a friend in need) and say something spontaneous. No scade to spread a little Aloha and pay it forward - be da rock to start da ripple.

Have a grrrrrreeeeeeaaaat Feel Good Friday!








Sick

March 4th, 2015
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It's amazing wat kine people are out there in da anonymity world of social media and it has them coming out in droves.

Recently, Curt Schilling - former Boston Red Sox pitcher, congratulated his daughter via social media (Twitter) for making da Salve Regina University baseball team.

And let da madness begin.

Not only were there da standard congratulatory comments but wat was also posted were lewd and brutal comments even calling for raping his daughter.

Wassup Wit Dat!

It's one thing to say she may not be worthy of a roster spot on a men's team but it's anoddah to say vulgar and very inappropriate things (actions) to someone 1) you don't even know, 2) you don't even remotely have a connection to and 3) really, don't even give an iole's okole about.

It wasn't locker room talk - and I have NEVAH heard locker room talk li'dat for as long as I've played sports - and it's not like it was a high profile school as well. In fact, it's a Catholic school!

Wat kine of sick world are we turning to? Sadly we do see it EVERY single time, EVERY single day - just click on most any article in The Star-Advertiser.com pages and you'll see it. People being straight up j@ck@$$es, rude and high makamaka kine hiding behind a self reflecting moniker screen name.

But you couldn't hide from Daddy Schilling.

You really must be one of da biggest lolo's to think dat someone with money and connections wouldn't find you. It was amazing how quickly he was able to locate those who made threatening comments (it came from athletes as well) and how quickly he was able to forward their comments to their employers as well.

At last check, one person was fired from his ticket selling job at da New York Yankees and a college student was suspended awaiting a disciplinary hearing.

Geez, now if only "real" justice was so swift.

I still cannot believe dat (normal) people don't realize - unless you one supah cyber hacker - dat watevah you've said, posted, commented or shared on da internet nevah dies. It's a living legacy dat will tie back to you even aftah you've long gone. And keep in mind too dat many employers have policies in place dat are able and willing to use watevah you've shared "privately" on social media for watevah disciplinary reasons they deem necessary.

Similarly as da coined Vegas term goes, watevah happens on da internet, stays on da internet.... for life.

So who's up to commenting? :grin:








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Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House

March 2nd, 2015
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Dis time I did it right - eat breakfast at a breakfast joint.

Having done a review about a year ago (Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House) and ordering lunch instead of breakfast, it was da least I could do to at least order wat made them a popular breakfast place.





Da Wife and Da Baby shared a Koa Omelette in which Da Baby nevah waits wen food is placed in front of him





Da Keiki had her go to pancake option: chocolate chips





I had da Eggs Benedict with breakfast potatoes





Da damage



Disclaimer:
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:





So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

Same as last time: typical no flash, sit your okole down, grind your grindz and pau. Da décor is not a let's take it easy and talk story and for wat it's worth, you won't feel like staying long anyways. It is busy in da morning - as expected - but da tables were still "sticky" and we had to ask for it to be wiped with a rag dat I know wasn't in da most sanitary condition. There isn't a person to seat you and it's almost like you have to call dibs on seats cause you don't know if people standing around are waiting for their food, waiting to order or waiting for a table. Plus, there are people who'll stalk you for a table. :shock:



KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and Bumbye


Their prices are in line in today's market although I personally think any plate lunch - whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinnah - at $9+ is pricey.

Da Koa Omelette was stuffed pretty good with spinach, mushrooms and meat (portuguese sausage I think). Da Wife did enjoy her choice and Da Baby wasn't complaining either. Simple kine served with two scoops rice but worth da $9? Depends who you talk to and I would only agree if da omelette was biggah or it came with anoddah side.

Da chocolate chip pancakes, well, they are wat they are. At least da chocolate chips was spread out unlike da last breakfast place, pancake & waffles bld. It was also fluffy and light which made it easier to eat considering it's "bread". If you a fancy kine syrup person, bring your own cause they only get one flavah.

Da eggs benedict was surprisingly pretty good. Normally I reserve da benny for da kine fancier kine restaurants as I know they put a little more effort into da hollandaise sauce but aftah glancing at da menu and its prices, thought I might try something different. And yeah, da whole time I was telling myself I was going to regret going "different" but au contraire mon frere, it satisfied my taste buds. It also pleased me dat they weren't frugal with da sauce too as I was able to dip da bland breakfast potatoes in which was da saving grace. For $8.65, it seemed like a good balance of price to portion ratio.

I will say one thing for certain though, I was contemplating da steak and eggs too and totally glad I didn't. I saw it being delivered to two separate tables and talk about manini! You would be sorely disappointed should you be a meat lover.



OVERALL


Three Shakas and Bumbye


I said it in da review last year, stick with da breakfast stuff and you'll definitely fare bettah thus da one bump up from Two Shakas and a Go Figgah to Three Shakas and Bumbye. I still think it'll be a hit or miss with their menu but at least dis time around da choices we made were more on da hit side. Da food is palatable and nothing spectacular to rave about but it's diner kine food. It definitely is not a Kanack type of establishment as aftah I was pau with my plate, I ended up eating a couple more bites of da omelette and finishing off three full pancakes as well and still could have eaten anoddah plate...... but just remembah to order breakfast eh? :grin:








Da Opu Knows

February 25th, 2015
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As I finish up a Shakanack Review post, hea's something to get you started - anoddah one of Tracy Nishibun's awesome local kine quiz creations! Keep in mind da answers are very particular so if you spelled it wrong or call it by anoddah name, it not going pick it up.

Have fun and no shame share your score. :razz:


Click da link below to begin (Excel file - you may have to "Enable Editing"):


LOCAL KINE GRINDZ