Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hawaii Five-O Late Edition

I forgot all about last night's Hawaii Five-O, the second episode of the season, however through the wonders of the Internet, I still got to watch a full version of the Hawaii Five-O episode on something similar to an embedded YouTube screen (see photos). A minor detail....da playback includes the advertisements. LOL, you don't miss a thing from last night's edition. The way it's setup, it doesn't seem that you're able to skip pass, er interrupt, the advertisements. Funny thing happened with a voicemail that I received the other day. Wrong number. Somebody else's dentist left a message requesting if I could reschedule an appointment. Well, today my own dentist left a voicemail reminding me of my yearly checkup. Just coincidence, I guess.

I was watching some kind of sports program on tv and the host commented about the revenue that pro football teams receive from the advertisements that gets played on the stadium's megatron tv screens. And here I thought the idea behind installing megatron screens in stadiums was to replay the previous plays and highlights for the viewing pleasure of the live audience. Even Gordon Gecko would have known better. Note: Hawaii doesn't have a pro football team. The only thing with this type of revenue stream is that the game has to be sold out or nearly sold out for the stadium to charge profitable rates from the advertisers. If a 50,000 seat stadium is only half-filled, than that ain't gonna cut it for whatever reasons. Getting back to the advertisements on the Hawaii Five-O video .... they weren't bad watching on a computer screen format versus watching the same commercials on the larger tv screen. It might be due to the fact that I'm watching the advertisements only a foot away on the computer monitor.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sugar Cubes and Ants

It took me a whole year to remember to buy sugar cubes. Either sugar cubes weren't in the grocery store or I just forgot about it while I was in another store that stocked sugar cubes on its shelves. Mission accomplished?

Anyways, the ants got into the box of sugar cubes even before I opened it. Mind you, the inspiration behind buying sugar cubes was not, I repeat, was not, to feed the household ants. Though the ants might disagree. Chocolate coated ants, to that. Sugar feed chocolate coated ants. I've started decorating my blog's banner with Xmas decoration extremely early this year (see above). Still working on blending the Xmas graphic into the pic that I use for the blog's banner. You'll notice the incremental blending makes the banner pic look better each new day. Are "ants" and premature "Xmas decorating" have anything to do with the tea in China? Yes, it does. It's been my experience from time to time while on a few other blogs to notice that the authors have developed an illusion that inhabitants of the world wide web visit their illustrious blogs to live life vacariously through the life of the bloggers as posted on the Internet. I'm not imagining this attitude. I'm so sure that I'm not. On that note, if you, yourself, happen to live life vicariously through what's written on HOTEL WAIKIKI (this blog), you have better get your brain examined, and in that regard, time is of essence. For example, ants and Xmas decorating is your idea of zest for life? Just a kindly reminder.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Works in Progress .... see above (blog's banner).

I saw this guy in Longs Drugs (CVS) waiting for his owner to finish the heck up shopping. He really livened the store up.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today is Officially the Last Day of Summer

I just finished up repairing the front forks on my motorbike. Now, dinner. After dinner I'll take the bike out for a test ride. Something on the stove.

The voter turnout for Saturday's election for the Waikiki/Ala Moana precinct was an astounding total of 2900 votes. No, I didn't leave out a zero. It's not a presidential voting year and you might expect a lower turnout but not as low as it was for my neck of the woods. 2900 votes.

Know all the hoola the Republicans are making about the injustice of letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich. I doubt that any readers to this site make $250,000 or more a year, so it won't affect you the way it'll affect the people who live, well, who live differently than you and me. The Bush tax cuts was suppose to be only a temporary reprieve, and I'd be remiss not to mention, passing a tax cut while the nation was supposedly at war is not the best example of fiscal responsibility. The Republicans are characterizing the expiration of the tax cuts as a tax increase targeting the rich. Well, yeah, you'd pay more federal taxes without the tax break, but that's not really the same thing as "increasing" your tax, is it? At any rate, whom do you suppose decreed that the tax cuts would expire at the end of 2010? Why it was Bush.

Mayor of Honolulu race. Again somebody who didn't grow up in Hawaii is the mayor. There wouldn't be that much wrong with this except for the fact the last local person mayor, before Hannemann, was like a gazillion years ago. Honolulu does not elect a local person as their mayor. Only malahini's need apply.

Hawaii Five-O. Two koreans on the Five-O crack squad. What the rationale for this casting in this genre remains beyond me. (Whoops, gigi.) I didn't stop by to see the last week's Premier on the beach just two blocks away from where I live, and last night I forgot all about the Hawaii Five-O debut night on the tv. Be There. By the looks of things, I doesn't seem that the new Hawaii Five-O will use many local personalities. Just like Magnum P.I. which was the furthest thing from Hawaii anything. Jack Lord, actors like dat are rare. Jack Lord had a minor role in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. He was the coast guard officer, or that was his CIA cover.

Autumn starts in a few hours.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Voted

It took me 20-minutes to ride my motorbike the two blocks to my polling place because Kalakaua Ave., the main drag in Waikiki, was already blocked off for tonight's ho'olaule'a, the biggest block party of the year. So this election worker who's seated outside the entrance to the voting room asks me for my ID which struck me as odd. I replied "let me check the voter list" which was posted on an adjacent wall and he "offered" to find my name for me. Which I also thought was odd. I informed Mr. Democracy that I'd prefer to find my own name on the voter list by myself. The polls close at 6pm. I was there well after 5 o'clock and I had 19 of the 20 voting booths to pick from.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010