A Craft Fair

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Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday was the Honolulu Craft Fair. It was held at the Blaisdell and featured 200 booths.

There was the usual Hawaiian type offerings of potholders and baby blankets in Hawaiian prints. The Hawaiian flavors of salt and dips, cookies and drinks were in full force.

And then there were the As Seen on TV type of goodies. Slush makers, and magic whisks. Of course there were massage chairs and all sorts of magnet therapy items for necks and backs.

Lots of creams and lotions and even vitamins. Pots and pans and knives and storage solutions. Just a bevy of things to make your life easier.

I went with my son and my grandson and it really was a fun time.

There were several very unusual booths. One was a booth where the mother and father made gorgeous Hawaiian quilts. These were all one of a kind and huge. My son bought a queen size one for his bed.

Then we came upon the most original booth of the night. Murano glass jewelry and Venetian masks and capes. The masks were so beautiful. Really works of art.

With Halloween coming up, my son got himself a large gold and dark blue mask with a matching navy silky cape. As he is 6’3″ and 250 pounds, the cape had to be extra extra large. Sort of like Phantom of the Opera.

Then it was my turn. I chose a ‘Baby size mask’, as I didn’t want to be too hot.

It will be perfect for my walk through Waikiki on Halloween. And then I will keep it on my glass coffee table to enjoy the rest of the year.

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The Root Canal That Didn’t Happen

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Friday I went to my regular dentist with a tooth ache. “OH. You need a root canal, then come to me and I will replace the crown on that tooth. In the meantime, take these antibiotics to clear up any infection”.

I was mentally adding this all up in my head. $65 for the exam, $700 for the root canal, and $1000 plus for the new crown.

I called Dr. Fu, (the root canal dentist) and made an appointment for today, Monday. All weekend I was filled with dread, as nobody likes to have a root canal.

Today was the day. I was advised to eat something first, as I would be numb afterwards and not be able to chew. So I ‘celebrated’ with a Dairy Queen hot fudge sundae. Perfect.

When I got to the dentist I was advised that first he would do an x-ray and consultation and that would cost $160. If it was determined that I did indeed need a root canal, then that fee would be waived and the charge would be $670.

As I had used up my dental insurance allotment for the year already, I was not too pleased. This was all to be out of pocket.

After the x-ray and exam, the dentist said, “You don’t need a root canal. The infection is in your gums, what you need is a different antibiotic.”

Boy, was I elated. I happily paid the $160, went to the drugstore and got my new pills and went home and took a nap. Not only did I ‘save’ at least $1500, I also ‘saved’ a lot of pain and aggravation.

This is a good example of ‘always get a second opinion’.

World Series

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Well, that was the shortest World Series I have ever seen. I did love the outcome, but the first three games were not that exciting.

The game today, Number 4 was really thrilling. First it was one to nothing, then two to one, then three to two, then three to three and finally four to three, Giants.

Each game had a different great player. It wasn’t all pitching. Sandoval got three home runs in one game. Buster Posey got a two run RBI home run in this final game and besides was a terrific catcher. And he is only 25 years old.

The game today was tied at the end of the ninth inning and so had to go into extra innings. Only one, though, as the Giants wrapped it up in the tenth with a go ahead run. And the Tigers didn’t score in the bottom of the tenth.

Watching the San Francisco team celebrate their win, was like watching twenty five little boys jumping up and down and hugging one another.

Meanwhile there were 10,000 fans in San Francisco at the Civic Center having their victory celebration. People were going crazy with excitement and squirting one another with champagne.

I guess the next big sporting event will be the Super Bowl. I’ll have to rest up for that one.

‘Ringer’, a TV show review

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I am hooked on a TV show called ‘Ringer’. This is available on Netflix streaming.This is such a good show, I was so disappointed to find that it has been cancelled by the Network.

I find myself wanting to watch two or three episodes in a row. The ending of each one, always leaves you hanging.Ringer Poster

Check it out.

Ringer (2011–2012)

A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.

Bridget Kelly (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a recovering drug addict and stripper in Wyoming. She is under the protection of FBI Agent Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell), having agreed to testify against her employer, local crime boss Bodaway Macawi (Zahn McClarnon), who she witnessed committing murder. Fearing that Macawi, who has already murdered several witnesses linking him to previous crimes, will also kill her, Bridget flees to New York to meet her estranged twin sister Siobhan (also played by Gellar).

Soon after arriving in New York, Siobhan, who had kept her sister’s existence secret from her family, appears to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean. Bridget then assumes Siobhan’s identity and tries to fit in among Siobhan’s wealthy social circle, including Siobhan’s husband Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), stepdaughter Juliet (Zoey Deutch), best friend Gemma (Tara Summers), and Gemma’s husband Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) with whom Siobhan had been having an affair. The only one who knows that Bridget is passing as Siobhan is Bridget’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor Malcolm (Mike Colter). Bridget’s life becomes more complicated as she discovers that her sister was hiding secrets of her own and that someone is trying to kill Siobhan as well.

It’s really not that complicated, but there are lots of twists and turns. The action moves in many directions. First might be a scene in Wyoming and then it will skip to what is happening in Paris. Then it will jump to New York, where the ‘action’ will be taking place in the walk in closet of the Martin’s fabulous condo.

It keeps you on your toes and it requires a little thinking. I have been enjoying this show. There are 22 episodes in Season One. Each one is about 45 minutes, so this could keep you busy for three weeks, if you only watched one at a time.

Hurricane Sandy

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I don’t usually pay much attention to hurricane watches, but as this one shares my name, I thought you might like to read all about it.

If any of you readers have friends or family on the East Coast, you may want to tell them to stock up on batteries and such. Bottled water and easy snacks.

I remember during the Cuban crisis in the 60’s, I stocked up on canned goods that could feed my family for at least a week. The only problem was, there really was never a need for that, and nobody in my family would eat any of the food I had so carefully saved.

There was no such thing as bottled water. And unless they were dying of thirst, I can’t imagine anyone in my family drinking a warm bottle of soda.

Early Worries That Hurricane Sandy Could Be a ‘Perfect Storm’

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

Hurricane Sandy, which on Thursday was barreling through the Bahamas as a Category 2 storm, may be taking aim at the northeastern United States and could make landfall along the Atlantic coast early next week. If so,  forecasters say, the storm could become, to use a technical term from meteorology, a whopper.

“It really could be an extremely significant, historic storm,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami, explaining that conditions are similar to those that created the famous “perfect storm” of 1991.

Hurricane prediction is, of course, an iffy business, said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, who noted that the storm was still days from the East Coast and could weaken drastically or even shift course and race off into the Atlantic.

The chain of events that would make Hurricane Sandy develop into a grave threat to the coast involves a storm system known as a midlatitude trough that is moving across the country from the west. If the systems meet up, as many computer models predict, the storm over land could draw the hurricane in.

“Now you’ve got this giant storm complex with a lot of energy,” Mr. Feltgen said. The combined systems could produce high winds, heavy rains and storm surges that would cause extensive damage.

New York was beginning to prepare for trouble. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told reporters that the city activated its coastal storm plan on Thursday morning and that it had already opened its Office of Emergency Management situation room. He also said that important city agencies had been meeting regularly and that the storm was discussed at Thursday’s senior staff meeting, “just to make sure that everybody knows they should, you know, start getting out the plans, which we’ve worked on very hard.”

Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in a radio interview on WNYC on Thursday that the agency was discussing contingency plans to move buses to higher ground if necessary. Last year, the authority carried out an unprecedented shutdown of the entire subway system ahead of Tropical Storm Irene.

“I don’t think we’re looking at anything like that for what’s happening next week,” Mr. Lhota said.

Such storm combinations have happened before: one that occurred 21 years ago developed into what is now known as the “perfect storm” off the coast of New England. That disaster was memorialized in a 1997 book and a 2000 movie by the same name.

“Essentially, all of the major models are now showing some form of phasing event similar to the perfect storm occurring sometime next week,” said William A. Komaromi, a graduate student at the University of Miami who posted an essay online on Thursday comparing Hurricane Sandy to the 1991 event.

Mr. Feltgen said that “everybody along the U.S. East Coast needs to be paying attention to this right now,” though he added that “we’re not telling people to rush to the grocery stores.” It is a time, he suggested, for watchful waiting. “Let’s not go overboard with this thing,” he said, “but you should at least start becoming aware of it.”

Mr. McNoldy said, “You want to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” Even if the storm’s wind power weakens substantially, as Hurricane Irene showed, “rainfall can still be extremely high.” Mr. McNoldy’s posts on Twitter about Hurricane Sandy now bear the label “frankenstorm.”

The storm is approaching in the middle of preparations for next month’s presidential election and could disrupt plans for early voting in some areas, with unpredictable results. Mark McKinnon, a former media strategist for President George W. Bush who went on to found No Labels, a group promoting bipartisanship, said that the hurricane brought to the campaigns something they both dread: uncertainty.

“Campaigns are all about control,” he said. “So in the closing days, they fear any external events that could disrupt the game plan. Ain’t no leashes for Mother Nature.”

World Series Game 1

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I am a San Francisco Giants fan and so I was very happy with the game today. Game one of the World Series 8-3.

For the longest time it was 5-0, 6-0 and finally Detroit scored a run. Then two more. The Detroit pitcher was touted as the greatest since sliced bread.

But when Pablo Sandoval hit his second home run, he was replaced. Then when Pablo came up again against another pitcher, he hit his third home run of the game. With that, he joined only three other players in history who have done that in a World Series game.

What a thrill to join the ranks of Babe Ruth.

Tomorrow is game two, and I hope it is a repeat of the game today.

I will not be writing much in the way of original blogs this week due to the fact that I will be very busy watching the games. I may do some reprints of previous blogs.

One Paper Towel

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Today I got my Punahou Bulletin. This is a magazine from my high school that I look forward to reading. Besides telling about the latest in education, it has class by year section, so you can look up the year you graduated and read about people you knew.

After nearly sixty years, most of the entries are obituaries and celebrations for birthday number 75 or 80.

I graduated in 1955 and I also read the 1954 news, as I knew some of these people also. I also check out the ”76, ’78, and ’80 classes, as these are when my three children graduated.

There was a blurb about a YOU TUBE by Joe Smith, ’54. He is a lawyer and he made a video about how to use one paper towel. The idea being to save millions of tons of paper.

As he lives in Oregon and this is a big lumber/tree/paper state, this is a huge issue.

This instructional video has gotten nearly one million ‘hits’. So I just looked it up. Check it out. Published on Apr 17, 2012 by

R. P. Joe Smith served as a District Attorney in Umatilla County and nearly won a race for Oregon Attorney General without taking a single contribution over $99.99. He is a former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party and is active with several local nonprofits.

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