Oh Fahrvergnügen

November 12th, 2014
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It just dawned on me dat it's two weeks and a day (or less depending on wen you read dis blog) till Thanksgiving.

Yeah, THANKSGIVING!

Wassup Wit Dat!

Wea does da time go. No, really. Wea does it go??? I swear it was just Labor Day a couple weeks ago. Ok, maybe a couple months ago but still, it happens EVERY year wea we all do a Haka shrieking double take as mid-November strolls on by and then it hits us like a rubbah slippah right upside yo' head, "oh $h!t, it's Thanksgiving.... then Christmas.... and then New Year's! Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggghhh!!!" (insert Home Alone Macaulay Culkin's infamous pic hea)

It's like I tell Da Wife though, it's 52 weeks in a year and every weekend dat goes by - whether it was fun, productive or lazy - it's one less to da demise of dat year... and your life. My boss asked me if I was ready for Thanksgiving - not my life's demise - and I told her I still get candy and pumpkins at home so you tell me. :roll:

Dis year I feel like it's going to be like old times wea it's pure madness all ovah in da stores, grocery markets, online practically wea evah you go since many seem to be doing well enough instead of having dat recession ball and chain attached. I wouldn't be surprised to hear of numerous reports of some sort of violence whether it be parking lot road rage or people getting trampled or fighting ovah door busters.

And no get me started about da Christmas stuff up already even at Labor Day! Now das a WTF?! moment which no one seems to have any shame of doing these days. Plus no mo' even Black Friday anymore cause now it starts on Thursday and how dare those stores even start up BEFORE dinner! Now das totally pilau if you ask me. I finally caved in and "accepted" dat they started aftah Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago but now as early as 5pm dis year? Wat about those workers? Unless they volunteered or no mo' any special place to go or do on da "thankless" day, wat kine is dat to make them work - so sad I tell ya.

Have you hit da "oh $h!t" moment yet? Are you getting all ants in yo' pants knowing da days are ticking down? Have you been scoping out da deals already? No lie. Are things going smoothly thus far or you stay popping Tylenol like it's left ovah Halloween candy?

Just a friendly reminder dat it's Thanksgiving soon..... regardless of all da Christmas decorations, products and commercials saying oddahwise.








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Classic Gotta Be (Only) Me

November 10th, 2014
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Going through life as da King of WWD! moments, it's been a "quiet" few weeks thus da lull in actual WWD! postings but as I kept contemplating wat to blog about, BAM! it hit me.

Well, da sirens did at least.

Already being late in dropping off da rugrats dis morning as well as being reeeeeaaaaallly late for work, Da Wife has been taken out by illness since yesterday and well wen da rugrats out numbah you two to one, it makes for a rough night and even worse morning.

Leaving for work was totally clockwork normal (besides being choke late): load up da backpack, open da garage door, start da bike, roll it down da driveway in reverse, sit there for just a bit to warm it up a little, head check da street so I no get run ovah and let momentum take da bike down to da cross street letting it warm up still.

Wen I get to da cross street, do a double take so I no get run ovah and roll da throttle still going not more than 15 mph to gradually warm up da engine.

It couldn't have been more than fifty linear yards from my driveway and I hear "womp womp" and see strobing blue and whites.

Crap, I'm being pulled ovah.... Wassup Wit Dat!

HPD: You know why I pulled you over?
BL: No ma'am. (although I was thinking she was checking to see if I was riding a stolen motorcycle - it has happened before)
HPD: You rolled past a stop sign.
BL: Oh....Ohhhhhh.
HPD: You have your license?
BL: Yes. (taking it out of my bag) Sorry about that. I'm just a little late for work.
HPD: Where do you work?
BL: Why? You looking? (jus' joke, I nevah say dat but just checking to see if you reading. lol)
HPD: (probably profiling me at dis point) You didn't see me behind you?
BL: No ma'am.
HPD: I know these are surface streets and you're on a motorcycle but it's still a stop sign.
BL: I understand, sorry.

Boy wat a start to a glorious morning huh? Da officer did exercise compassion and understanding of da situation while reminding me about traffic signs as she let me go. She was in no way condescending nor power tripping - just doing her job in a very professional manner.

I was just shaking my head (inside my head of course) as I was thinking wat are da odds dat I've been living there for almost a decade and NOBODY stops fully at dat stop sign - in fact, nobody does a complete stop unless absolutely necessary at any of da six stop signs in my area! And having an actual squad car roaming our street? About da same odds I'd hit MegaBucks.

No, it absolutely does not excuse my action but I was just thinking it's a one in a million and I was dat one. Ai-goo. :roll:

And wat do I see as I head out to da main road? Three failure to "stop", one red light runner, one crossing a SOLID white line and a jay walker.

Totally Wassup Wit Dat! yeah? :lol: :lol:

Have you evah gotten pulled ovah? Was it an "everybody else was doing it" infraction at a common spot? Or was it like me dat everybody does it but just at dat right moment, you were got caught? Were you evah given chance... but still do it at dat location?

Go figgah but all I can do is shake my head cause I know my counter has reset and it'll (hopefully) be a long time before dat millionth lucky strike comes back around.








No Blame Me Eh

November 5th, 2014
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Really, no blame me eh.

For those - let's say in their 30's - probably will (re)connect with wat I'm about to share but let me forewarn you and put out a WWD! disclaimer and say dat if you spend HOURS on dis site and get busted at work, NO BLAME ME EH!

:grin:

Kung-Fu Master, LodeRunner, Moon Presta, Out Run, PaperBoy, Tiger Heli, Zaxxon.

Wassup Wit Dat!

You probably either too makule to remembah or waaaay too young but for those digging deep into da coconut shell having those names ringing familiar memories you going absolutely LOVE dis site. It has choke old school kine games dat you can play right on your browser (read da instructions eh - some browsers are "faster") with nothing special to add or download. There aren't any trick advertising but just plain old fun.

The "Internet Archive" which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit is in the business of building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. As a "library" they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public and as such rely on donations to keep the site running. (excerpt edited from site)

Bottom line, it not only brings back some awesome memories, it's some kick okole kine fun! Plus da buggah is FREE and nothing to sign up for and zero advertising (at least from wat I saw).

Click hea to check out da Internet Arcade!

Let me know wat you tink and if you went exploring further to find out wat oddah kine "treasures" they get. Let me know wat games you wen sample and wat games was missing from dat "era".

And of course I gotta reiterate wen you get busted from having too much fun...... No blame me eh! :wink: :wink:








First Time

November 3rd, 2014
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Brah, I'm not talking DAT kine. :roll: We are rated PG aftah all.

Aftah getting into recovery mode from my friends wedding, I finally got around to building Da Keiki's first bike - a pink Red Wagon bicycle with training wheels which was her birthday present as she just turned four.

I don't evah recall having one of my own cause being da youngest - even with my cousins - I always had da leftovahs but I remembah two bicycles in specific: a flower printed banana seat Schwinn dat I used to share with my cousin wen I stayed with them and a red and yellow Kent dat my older braddah got for his birthday. I also remembah not evah having training wheels and to suck it up and no cry if I ate it (part of da old school Korean culture). Ahhh, da memories.

Remembah yours?

Did you have a banana seat? Have you evah scraped da pedals leaning into a turn and then thinking you was going to eat it? Evah tried making da motorcycle sound with da soda can wedged? I nevah did (saw) da clothes pin and baseball card thing so wenevah we saw a can thrown away on da ground, we scored! Once I graduated to da "coasting" gears and hand brake, it was fun pedaling backwards but even more cool to always hear da tack-tack-tack sound as da wheels spun freely.

I most definitely always looked for ramps to jump, dirt to brake slide in and any kine trails to ride in. I remembah riding from Salt Lake to Waikiki too on several occasions on bmx's - imagine a handful of ten year olds cruising Nimitz to Ala Moana to Kalakaua. Ahhh, da good ole' days.

It was not only our only mode of transportation - besides TheBus - it was freedom. It was self fulfilling. It was some kick @$$ memories. :grin:

Da Keiki was "tired" of riding in circles at home so Da Wife and I took her to Ala Moana Beach Park a couple Saturday's ago and she had a great time riding da ENTIRE length of da park, then Magic Island and back to da Ward side entrance. Geez, Da Baby and Da Keiki was riding and da parents walked......

Wassup Wit Dat!

Dis was her third time evah on her bicycle so naturally aftah I got tired of being da "nice guy", she got some old school Korean "encouragement" and yes, she did eat it a good one and yes she was told to suck it up.....

Aftah I was done laughing.




























Surprising Surprise

October 30th, 2014
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Most times notes placed on your vehicle (Remembah dis one? Click hea.) aren't good. From strangers leaving "friendly" notes to solicitors placing business cards or leaflets on your window/windshield to tickets from HPD - they are nevah pleasant to see and most times they are spotted well before you even get your keys out making you wondah "wat da heck is dat?"

About a couple weeks ago a notice was placed on my motorcycle letting me know that motorcycle parking will no longer be free and will begin a $50 /month charge should I decide to continue parking there. Downtown parking - especially if you're able to park in your own work place building - for $50 is a fair and reasonable amount (even though designated motorcycle parking areas take up such a small footprint) of which I would be more than happy to plunk down.... if I could afford it.

Sadly, I've been on a quest to find free motorcycle parking of which there are a few lots (Marin Tower, Kekaulike Courtyards & Hale Pauahi) but kinda out of my way and I've emailed at least a dozen other buildings of which no one responded back. In da end, I may have to succumb to da "extortion" :lol: but it was nice of them to have offered it for free all dis time. And it is a nice parking area.....







So it was pleasant surprise wen I walked to my bike last night and as I was about to put my key in, I saw dis:







My immediate reaction of course was Wassup Wit Dat! - well, actually it was more like WTF - and as I looked at it noticed it was a hat. Once I got home and looked at it, it was a brand new in a sealed package Yamaha Hawaii blue (racing team color) hat. I've seen Yamaha hats before but none with Hawaii embroidered on it so I was tripping out. Plus, since I "collect" hats it was an extremely cool hat to add to my repertoire.

Hea's wat it looked outside da package next to Da Keiki's ride:







It was a real treat and dunno who "gave" it to me but it was a cool gesture cause I believe I might be da only Yamaha rider there. There might be one oddah but I'm not 100% surah so whoevah donated it noticed dat I ride a Yamaha (have been for nearly 20 years) and thought it would be nice to hand it to someone who might appreciate it more.... like a Yamaha rider. :grin:

So naturally, I left a note dis morning as well.........





"Whoever "donated" the super cool YAMAHA hat..... MAHALOS!!!
Very Much Appreciated,
Lance"








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