Shaolin Warriors

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Today I went to see a great theatrical production called the ‘Shaolin Warriors’. This is a troupe of 22 Chinese jujitsu artists. The boys/men range in age from twelve to thirty.

This was playing at the beautifully restored Hawaii Theater in downtown Honolulu. This is the first stop of their world tour of 22 countries. So if you see that they are coming to your area in the next few months, be sure to go.

The show starts off with a boy of twelve who is studying to become a full fledged master of jujitsu. There is no speaking, but lots of sound and drumming and it is not difficult to follow along.

He is not a beginner. He is already pretty fantastic. One of his moves is to raise one leg to a ‘split’ while standing on the other leg. Then he falls on the floor into a true split. Ouch.

The first half of the show, (about an hour), focuses on the exercises that these men do and the various forms of ‘fighting’. Toward the end of the first act, three of the performers roamed through the audience and encouraged the children to go to the stage.

There were about fifty boys and girls ranging from three to twelve. They were arranged in four lines, with the shorter ones in front. Then the ‘teacher’ showed the children a simple exercise routine they could ‘follow’.

My ten year old grandson joined the group and was one of the few children who had had some jujitsu training and so got the moves down pretty well. All in all it was a very entertaining part of the performance.

After a short intermission, the second act featured some very scary feats of skill and danger. One involved a two man sandwich with a bed of nails in between each one. Then a slab of concrete across the top ones stomach. Then one of the men smashed the concrete with a sledge hammer.

Then a man was lowered in a prone position to balance on the tips of five spears. His full body weight, and not a scratch.

My grandson had his hands over his face more than once.

All in all a very good family outing and wonderful entertainment for all ages. I am 74, my son is 54 and my grandson is 10 and we all enjoyed the show.

Chinese dinner seemed like a must after this foray into Chinese culture.

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Home for Two Weeks

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I’ve been home from the hospital now for two full weeks. Open heart surgery is no picnic, but I am determined to get in better shape than I was before this all began.

I have been walking fifteen minutes twice a day. Some days even more. One day I went to the Farmer’s Market to get fresh produce. Another day I went to Costco. And then I went to a movie and walked through a shopping mall.

I had been taking pain killers eight times a day. I decided to cut out four. I am still taking vicodin tabs, two, four times a day, but the oxy is a controlled substance and involves going to the doctor’s office each week for a refill prescription and then trying to find a pharmacy that has this in stock.

Besides being a pain in the neck to obtain these drugs, I truly feel that the less drugs one puts in the system, the better.

So I have replaced these narcotics with something much healthier. Nikken magnets. I have a gold mini magnet about the size of a quarter that I tape on the sore spot and voila. The one I have  is at least 15 years old, so I ordered a new one from eBay. In the meantime, this seems to be working just fine.

You can’t use this if you have a pacemaker. But for arteries and veins it works just fine.

I had always meditated for twenty minutes each morning, but now I find I am going forty minutes with no problem.

I always put on fresh lounging clothes and makeup each morning, so that I ‘feel’ good. Lots of pretty things. Perfume, music.

I have to wear my heart hugger/sternum splint for three months. It is a white medical looking contraption and I have been in the process of giving it some style. Tonight I finished it. I colored the white plastic parts with pink nail polish and added silk velvet roses, which I made out of the scraps.

I see no reason to wear an ugly device 24/7 for the next 90 days. It all has to do with feeling better.

This one bears repeating…

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This is a repeat of a blog from over a year ago. It is as true today as it was then. And some of these quotes are really old.

A friend sent me this list of quotes. What is amazing to me is that even though some of these quotes are over 200 years old, not much has changed. (A couple are over one thousand years old).

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.

— John Adams

2. If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.

— Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.

— Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

— Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

— George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

— G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

— James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

— Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

— P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

— Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

— Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

— Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

— P.J. O’Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

— Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

— Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

— Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

— Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

— Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

— Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

— Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

— Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.

— Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

— Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

— Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

–Aesop

Corn on the Cob

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There are lots of ways to make corn on the cob. If I am just cooking two or three ears, I do them in the microwave with the husk on, or wrapped in paper towels for about two minutes an ear.

But if I am going to cook half a dozen or so, this is a great method. So after reading about a dozen “recipes” and formulas for corn on the cob, I settled on this method (which is a conglomeration of a couple different ones), which turned out to be a happy discovery. THIS is how corn on the cob should be!*

  • Fill your pot with water.
  • Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Drop in your corn.
  • Bring everything to a boil, making sure the sugar is dissolved in the water.
  • Boil for no longer than 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the water and let it cool enough for handling and eating.
  • Handle it and eat it.

It was perfect! Well, almost perfect. It was early-season corn and not the best I’ve ever had, but it was delicious and cooked properly! With just a smear of butter and a few shakes of salt, it was delicious.

By the way, an easy way to butter corn is to take a stick of butter or I Can’t Believe it is not Butter and roll the corn cob on the stick of butter. Then a little salt.

For those of you who do not like to eat the corn on the cob, but love fresh corn, it is very easy to cut the kernels off the cob. Either just slice off with a sharp knife, or if you have one of those nifty corn kernel removers, that is even better.

Melt a little butter in a skillet, stir the kernels around a minute or two and Voila. If you cook the corn first it is a little faster, but even if you just cut the kernels off raw, it just takes a few minutes.

By the way, if you are cutting the kernels off and don’t want them flying all over the counter, you can wedge the cob in the center of an angel food cake tube pan and the kernels will fall into the pan.

I usually forget to do this until I am already making a big mess. Whatever way you do it, this is the best month for corn in most parts of the country. Although I did have some incredible corn in New England one October.

Here in Hawaii, Kahuku corn is best and this week it is available at the regular market for three for 99 cents. Such a deal!

And I had my 2 ears of leftover corn reserved in the fridge for later, when I enjoyed them cold, and sprinkled with salt.

Now that you’ve got such an easy delicious recipe for corn on the cob, don’t forget it!

*Unless it’s grilled, which is equally as delicious, and always a special treat. I LOVE grilled corn on the cob.

So Simple.Why didn’t I think of that?

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I love to find new ways of doing things. Now that I have a new lease on life, I am especially fond of finding ways to save time and energy.

Would you like to know a simple way to separate the egg yolk from the white? Sure wish I knew this the other day when I made an angel food cake. (With fourteen egg whites)

I just did this with a regular plastic water bottle from Hawaiian Water. Voila!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4E_9iAU3RI

iPhone 5, TA DA

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Yes, I was one of those people who logged into the Apple store to pre order my iPhone 5. The phone was supposed to go on sale at 9 p.m. September 14, Hawaii time. So at 8:30 I logged on and waited for the count down. It was like the Big Ball in Times square on New Years Eve.

Lucky I got home from the hospital on September 12. This was to be my Big Celebration after just two days home from my double bypass surgery.

Very exciting to be one of the first few million. From 8:30 to 9 there was a nice note from Apple saying thank you and that they would get to me just as soon as possible. This came on every few seconds in languages from around the world. Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, French, Italian and on and on.

Then at 9:04 came a message that if I would choose the model and color I wanted, they would reserve me a phone. And then they would get back to me with an actual order form a little later in the evening.

I chose the white case with the 32GB and requested the same unlimited data plan that I have with AT&T. ($299)

It is now about ten days later and I have received a shipping notice that says my phone will be arriving on Tuesday, (tomorrow).

I have seen Peter’s phone. He ordered his about half an hour before I did and so he got his already. It is so slim and does so many neat things, I can’t wait.

I decided to see what accessories are available for the phone and I stumbled across a very good deal. Zoo Gue iPhone 5 case for FREE.

FREE iPhone 5 Social Pro Cases

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Just go to zoogue.com. Select case. Comes in ten colors. I got black and spice red. Both striking with white.
Enter code ‘free zoo gue accessory’ and Voila. Regularly $14.99 each. Now just $3.99 for shipping, or for two $5.99.

What an exciting September! Open heart surgery and a new iPhone!

Please…

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Now that I have a scar running from the middle of my chest down about six inches, I doubt that I will be wearing extremely revealing clothing when I travel. But you never know.

Right now I can’t even put baby powder on the incision, but when it is healed, my girlfriend turned me on to a terrific scar concealer. It is from Walmart, looks and goes on like a lipstick, comes in various shades and costs $1.

This just in from Dallas. I am fuming. I hardly think this is “sexy”. But it is OK to wear a burka, which I find extremely offensive.
Next time I fly anywhere, I plan to wear my most low cut top and see what happens. (Just for fun).

Guess I better take a jacket and shawl just to be safe.This is a ‘before’ photo. I am not doing ‘after’ photos for a while.

DALLAS » Airlines give many reasons for refusing to let you board, but none stir as much debate as this: How you’re dressed.

A woman flying from Las Vegas on Southwest this spring says she was confronted by an airline employee for showing too much cleavage. In another recent case, an American Airlines pilot lectured a passenger because her T-shirt bore a four-letter expletive. She was allowed to keep flying after draping a shawl over the shirt.

Both women told their stories to sympathetic bloggers, and the debate over what you can wear in the air went viral.

It’s not always clear what’s appropriate. Airlines don’t publish dress codes. There are no rules that spell out the highest hemline or the lowest neckline allowed. That can leave passengers guessing how far to push fashion boundaries. Every once in a while the airline says: Not that far.

“It’s like any service business. If you run a family restaurant and somebody is swearing, you kindly ask them to leave,” says Kenneth Quinn, an aviation lawyer and former chief counsel at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

The American Airlines passenger, who declined to be interviewed by The Associated Press, works for an abortion provider. Supporters suggested that she was singled out because her T-shirt had a pro-choice slogan.

A spokesman for American says the passenger was asked to cover up “because of the F-word on the T-shirt.” He says that the airline isn’t taking sides in the abortion debate.

Last week, Arijit Guha, a graduate student at Arizona State University, was barred from a Delta flight in Buffalo, N.Y., because of a T-shirt that mocked federal security agents and included the words, “Terrists gonna kill us all.” He says the misspelled shirt was satirical and he wore it to protest what he considers racial profiling.

“I thought it was a very American idea to speak up and dissent when you think people’s rights are being violated,” Guha says. The pilot thought it scared other passengers.

American and Delta are within their rights to make the passengers change shirts even if messages are political, says Joe Larsen, a First Amendment lawyer from Houston who has defended many media companies.

The First Amendment prohibits government from limiting a person’s free-speech rights, but it doesn’t apply to rules set by private companies, Larsen says. He notes that government security screeners didn’t challenge Guha; private Delta employees did.

In short, since airlines and their planes are private property and not a public space like the courthouse steps, crews can tell you what to wear.

In the early years of jet travel, passengers dressed up and confrontations over clothing were unimaginable. They’re still rare — there aren’t any precise numbers — but when showdowns happen, they gain more attention as aggrieved passengers complain on the Internet about airline clothing cops. It’s unwelcome publicity for airlines, which already rate near the bottom of all industries when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Critics complain that airlines enforce clothing standards inconsistently. The lack of clear rules leaves decisions to the judgment of individual airline employees.

Last year, a passenger was pulled off a US Airways jet and arrested at San Francisco International Airport after airline employees say he refused to pull up his low-hanging pants. The local prosecutor declined to file charges against Deshon Marman, a University of New Mexico football player.

Marman’s lawyer complained that the same airline repeatedly allowed a middle-age man to travel wearing women’s underwear and not much else.

“You can’t let someone repugnant like that (the cross-dresser) on the plane and single out this kid because he’s black, wearing dreadlocks, and had two or three inches of his underwear showing,” says the lawyer, Joseph D. O’Sullivan. “They can’t arrest him for what someone perceives to be inappropriate attire.”

US Airways spokesman John McDonald says no passengers complained about the cross-dresser until his photo in women’s underwear circulated on the Internet after the Marman incident. He says the airline doesn’t have a dress code but that employees may talk to a passenger if other people might be offended by the way he’s dressed.

“It’s not an issue of a dress code, it’s one of disruption,” like watching pornography within sight of other passengers, McDonald says.

An informal survey of passengers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport found much support for limits on clothing.

“Curse words on shirts always bother me,” says John Gordon, who just graduated from film school in Florida and was dressed in khaki shorts and a T-shirt. “It’s an unspoken rule that when you go out in public, you should be respectful.”

But Leigh Ann Epperson, a corporate lawyer who had just flown in from Tokyo, says she wouldn’t be bothered if another passenger’s shirt bore the F-word.

“If people are paying the price for their tickets, they should be able to wear what they want,” says Epperson, who wore a black sweater over a low-cut blouse, black slacks and wedge-type heels.

Airlines say they refund the passenger’s fare if they deny boarding for inappropriate attire.

Clashes over clothing and other flash points seem to be increasing, says Alexander Anolik, a travel-law attorney in Tiburon, Calif. He blames an unhappy mix of airline employees who feel underpaid and unloved, and passengers who are stressed out and angry over extra fees on everything from checking a bag to scoring an aisle seat.

Anolik says that passengers should obey requests from airline employees. If passengers don’t, they could be accused of interfering with a flight crew — a federal crime. He says passengers should wait until they’re off the plane to file complaints with the airline, the U.S. Department of Transportation or in small-claims court.

“They have this omnipotent power,” Anolik says of flight crews. “You shouldn’t argue your case while you’re on the airplane. You’re in a no-win scenario — you will be arrested.”

 


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