Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The votes are in and it looks like there's going to be a run-off.

Donna Frye 43% 103,349
Jerry Sanders 27% 64,564

Steve Francis received 24% with 56,225. Not bad considering he was an outsider, but he was so negative and nasty. How sad though that he spent about $2 million on a losing campaign. One analysist said that none of the other candidates brought up his "shady" past from Nevada. Las Vegas mob maybe? Who knows...who cares...he lost.

And this other loser, Myke Shelby. Did his parents really name him, "Myke?" or did he change it so that it would make him stand out? He stood out alright...lame loser candidate whose platform was to save the Mt. Soledad cross, which was an initiative that passed, but was he counting on those voters to vote for him? That would have given him 177,538 votes and he could have won. But first impressions really do make a difference and I'm sure San Diegans are smart enough not to vote for someone who wears glittery t-shirts to a mayoral debate, dodges questions by raising other issues, and never really looks into the camera when speaking. But then again, there are 3,495 idiots who voted for him. Yeah, the Harley Davidson brigade and its white trash followers.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

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Hopefully she'll win and San Diego won't have to wait until November to elect a new mayor. Frye had this election last year, but because of some technicality, the registrar of voters said her write in ballots were invalid because the voters didn't bubble in the circle. Dick Murphy should have conceded, but the idiot decided to resign a couple months ago. Politicians are really stupid.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

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The Associated Press
Updated: 11:53 a.m. ET July 20, 2005

LOS ANGELES - James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command “Beam me up, Scotty,” died early Wednesday. He was 85.

When the chips were down, or should I say the dilithium crystals were shot, Kirk always turned to Scotty. One of my favorite lines, "I doan think she can do it." Always referring to the Enterprise as a woman in his Scottish accent.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

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I just saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was skeptical about seeing this version because some of the coming attractions made the film look stupid. I am still a big fan of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder, but this new version, while keeping some of the same themes, is a gem in its own right. Johnny Depp is a little quirkyy, but then again, so was Wilder. I thought it would have been interesting if the part of Veruca Salt was played by a half Asian girl, considering at the beginning, some boxes of chocolates were sent to Japan. And what if Mike TeeVee was black? Or would that be a stereotype because all Mike did was play violent video games and watch t.v.

There could be a sequel to this fun movie, maybe a rival candy company, Slugworth's, could cause trouble for Charlie. The movie could also provide updates of the other children, because it was nice to see that they were alright, sort of. Whereas in the Wilder version, the audience doesn't know what happened.

Friday, July 15, 2005

I saw War of the Worlds last night, and it was good. The action sequences were amazing. Tim Robbins was creepy. Honestly, I think that Tom Cruise is possessed by an alien which would explain why he's acting like a freak.

The theater wasn't even crowded, but some stupid moron had to sit right in front of me. Of all the seats there were in the theater, this idiot sits right in front. I can understand if the theater was crowded, but come on. He and his friend were sweating profusely, which makes me think they snuck into the theater to see another movie. Whatever the case may be, there was a scene where the aliens were turning the people into ash...I wished I could do that.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

I'm home and it's cold...even though we're suppose to be having a heatwave. Tropical greenery is sorely missing, and before I venture out, I'm sure the spirit of aloha is not any where to be found. but at least I brought home some Ani's sweetbread. At least I can pretend I'm still in Hawaii...LOL!

The plane ride home was alright. I asked for an exit row, because it usually has better leg room, but I got the middle of the exit row instead which has no leg room because of the cabin galley wall. If my cousin was working the flight, she could have moved me up to first. Maybe next time. I watched Miss Congeniality 2 and, except for a few funny scenes,
it was a dud. There were some cranky people at the airport. It's amazing how some people, who have all this electronic gagetry, are not very friendly. Technology has taken the humanity out of people.

I was so tempted to extend my stay when I arrived at the airport but that would only have made it harder to leave later. My family kept telling me, "They need teachers out here," but I've made a commitment in California already. So I think in four years, unless I hit the mega millions lottery, then sooner.

I woke up at 9, which is rare, and didn't go to bed until 1, which is not rare at all. LOL!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Well, I must leave alohaland. I thought about extending my trip a few days, but there are some much needed things to attend to at home. I will miss the friendly aloha spirit here and the humid weather that I've grown accustom to. No Michelle Pfeifer sightings, but while looking through Tower Records yesterday, I saw Jasmine Trias. Who? You know, the island girl who was voted off of American Idol, who is now big in the Philipines, and trying to extend that popularity stateside.

Right now, I'm trying to figure out what kind of trouble I can get into before I leave. I'm going to miss all the new restaurants that I chowed out in, especially Kin Wah in Kaneohe for their minute chicken and cake noodle. Also, The Little Village in Chinatown for their honey walnut shrimp. Never made it to Waikiki this time. I guess I'll just have to come back, perhaps for the holidays, and try to spot Michelle.

Monday, July 11, 2005

I have two full days left before heading back to reality. I actually got a full nights sleep, although I did wake up at the halfway point. I think I'll go down to Waikiki to watch the tourists and get some sun. That's one thing I haven't done yet. Or maybe I'll head out to Kailua or Lanikai. I do want to head out to the University of Hawaii and pick up a catelog.

It's funny, I don't have any obligations and I can't figure out what I want to do first. It would have been nice if I had two more days like this. It looks like it's going to be a great day, so I'm going to get out and enjoy it. Aloha!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

What day is it? I've lost track of time. Went out last night to Gordon Biersch at the Aloha Tower for my ritual martini tribute to my late sister. We were going to go to the W hotel's nightclub, but decided to check out Chai Bistro right in front of the tower. It was much better because it was full of locals and very few tourists. It was a lot of fun and it was great to be among other Asians that out numbered the haoles and other minorities. I think I only saw one black person. We went to the Liliha Bakery at 2 am. It's an old school greasy diner that's open 24hrs. There is only a counter to eat at and since it's a "locals only kine," most people don't know about it.

During the day on Saturday, we walked part of the Aloha Swap Meet. It rained off and on which was great because it was hot. We also went to 99 Ranch Market. Okay, it's not like I've been to one on the mainland, but this one has a gigantic food court. It also has more little shops because they built the market inside a large hangar. I did wonder how one prepared "duck tongue." I saw this package of duck tongues...a first for me...and was bewildered. I mean, does one just come out and say, "Gee, I'm in the mood for duck tongue today."

My friend Deb leaves today, so I'll have a chance to do some serious trekking around town. At least I won't have to go out and eat, drink, and be merry any more. It's all out of my system. Still no signs of Michelle Pfeifer.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Swam with the sea turtles yesterday and fried my back! Just proves the point of sunscreen. I thought I covered myself well, but I guess "I nevah."

Once again, my friend Jane took us to another restaurant find: The Little Village. Located in Chinatown, this Honolulu magazine award winning establishment is nestle on a side street near crack whores, crazy loooking meth bitches, and scary hoodlums, all which come out as the sun starts to go down. Jane kept saying things like, "Walk over here, cross this way, don't go down that way." She only lives a couple blocks away, so I guess she knows her way around. The only problem was that all the shops close around 4 or 5, but it's understandable considering the low-lifes that wander around looking for their next fix.

Another find was this place called Gyu-Kaku. A Japanese cook your own habatchi in-the-middle of your table place. The staff was incredibly friendly. The bathrooms were clean and offered mouthwash, q-tips, lotion, and mints. The young hipsters frequent this place and I guess the mouthwash is in case one ate too much garlic or onions. But q-tips? What, for clean your ears? I was able to speak a little Japanese to the waitress, but she spoke way too fast for me. I could see myself working there, maybe for a couple days a week. The best part was late evening happy hour: 99 cent drafts!

I'm still trying to make it out to the Liliha Bakery, which is open 24 hours, except it's closed on Mondays. From what I've been told, the workers speak very little English.

I don't know if I'll be able to adjust back to California time, or just reality in general when I fly home next week. Oh well, at least I can stalk Michelle Pfeifer while I'm here.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

It would sure suck to be somewhere other than paradise. The weather here on Oahu has bee great. Every once in a while it rains. A friend of mine has a convertible bug and it has been fun driving around the island in it. I think that will be my next car. I haven't laid out on a beach yet, but I still have time.

I ran along Kailua beach today. Someday, I'll be able to run on it everyday. There's a small beach community called Lanikai. Apparently, Michelle Pfeifer owns a house out there. We ran the loop yesterday and every woman I saw, be they old, fat, young, or other, well except for Asian, I kept telling my friend Deb, "It's Michelle Pfeifer," or "It's Michelle Pfeifer's sister or mother, or brother." The area is predominantly "haole" (in this context, semi-derogatory for whitey), and some of them are so snotty and walk with an attitude. Especially the leathery faced haole women. It's funny how one race thinks they are the dominant one in this little area. Strange things have happened in the past, and the Goddess Pele could toss some lava at them...well everyone except Michelle Pfeifer.

It's been hot over here, but not as hot as it was in Kona. I was sweating like a pig. Not only is it hot over there, but humid also. It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I spent my 4th of July on Kailua Beach. Fireworks were schedule for 7:45, but hey, I'm in Hawaii so naturally, it's Hawaiian time and they didn't start until 8. The went on for about 20 minutes and as we were packing up to leave, whoever was firing them off the little barge, found some more to shoot off. This was the first time I spent the holiday at the beach. It was very crowded but my niece had some friends that rented a couple of beach cottages and they had a bar-b-que after. They also had a bunch of fireworks to shoot off, and while we were eating, the owners of the property came and told them they couldn't "bus' firecrac-kah." It's not as wild as New Year's, but it was fun just the same.

Monday, July 04, 2005

I've been in Alohaland for four days and finally have access to a computer. I didn't go through withdrawals, but it's nice to have in case one needs to search for something, like the layout of the Honolulu Int'l Airport. I'm picking up a friend and not sure where to go. I was over in Kona and it was very hot and humid. But before I go into any of that, I read this on the net this morning:

"Why should people of color and others ... be humiliated and degraded to teach white people not to be bigots?" said Shanna Smith, president of the National Fair Housing Alliance. "That's not good for race relations in America."

Within the first two episodes, one man made a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family's car. The citizenry of the business-owning Asian family was questioned and displays of affection between the gay men were met with disgust.

Anger about the series even united the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (which found it "really disturbing" to watch privileged couples vote out families they don't like) with the Family Research Council (which worried that conservative Christians would appear like overly judgmental buffoons).

ABC has cancelled their reality series, "Welcome to the Neighborhood," before it even aired. I think that this is as close to reality as we can get, amid all the reality shows. People of color are humilated and degraded everyday. I think what it shows is that times have not changed and this real fact is too hard for "white America" to face. For example, why did ABC pick Texas? Because it's a well known fact that some of the people in that state are stupid racist rednecks. Isn't Bush from Texas?

It's also a well know fact that Hispanics have large families, as do some Asian groups, and some white folk. Has anyone been down to Mexico? I've seen large families in Acapulco, walking down the street, hand in hand, or arm in arm, taking up the whole sidewalk. One can tell that they have a deep affection for each other. Something that is rarely seen in America.

White Americans who are illiterate are the first to jump on the citizenship of Asians. "Why don't they go back to their own country! This is America, speak English," are just a couple of things that some of these "whities" say. Not only does this prove how uneducated they are, but also their jealousy of people who work hard. Another reality fact, Asian immigrants keep to themselves, are not extravagant, sacrafice and save, and work hard at whatever business they own.

And in regards to their disgust of the affections between gay people, I'm sure in some "white American" family lines somewhere, brothers and sisters or cousins, are married to each other and have families. Now THAT is disgusting. If the world didn't include gay people, it would become so overpopulated by illiterate inbreds. There would also be a huge lack of creativity and style.

Has anyone ever heard of country clubs? You know, the places that vote in new members and heaven forbid if you're not a white upperclass family with 2.7 children, an annual salary of $150,00, and a large house with a white picket fence in an affluent neighborhood, you'll never get in. Unless, the club wants to be on the PGA tour, they'd need to have at least one black family in their membership. What's disturbing is that this practice is still alive in America. Thank God for Tiger Woods. As a minority, I find it interesting to go into a predominantly white area and watch the reactions from the people.

Lastly, conservative Christians are over judgemental buffons. Bringing this fact to life would really hurt their cause. So by ABC cancelling this series, I think it has to do more with the real reality of life in America than anyone would like to suggest. What would this say to the rest of the world? I bet it would have been a hit. Isn't it ironic, that on 4th fo July, this was part of Bush's holiday address.

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.
The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and indepen-dence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.
We invite all nations to celebrate with Americans online this Fourth of July.

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