…or as volleymom2 suggested: Song that you can listen to over and over again.
When I used to buy a new 45, I used to listen to it over and over again. Just ask Jules K. She’ll tell you about when I bought the Love Grows (Where My Rose Mary Goes) 45 record – and being my next door neighbor – she had to endure me playing over and over again. Sorry, Jules!
Remember how we used to put the record on the stereo and move the record-holder-arm-thingie in the up-and-out position so when the tone arm reached the end of the record, it would automatically go back to the start of the record. That was pretty cool, eh?
But back on topic – as volleymom2 suggested – Songs that we listened to over and over again.
When I’m on my computer and listening to songs on You Tube, I find myself listening to certain songs over and over again. Such as:
So, what are songs that you listened to over and over?
My cousin is in a spiritual group and has heard from many other spiritual sources that “water” is coming to Hawaii on Tuesday. She’s concerned because it’s coming from a variety of sources and all say the same day.
I know this might sound “out there” and she and I hope she’s wrong!
She just wanted to let me know to have your stash of water, tank full of gas, etc.
There’s a store called Be Ready if you think you need anything.
Just wanted to let you know to stock up this weekend. If it doesn’t happen, can always just use the stuff in time.
I would feel like crap if she told me this, it happened and I didn’t tell anyone.
If you think it’s nuts, don’t pass it on. I’m only telling you guys so no one else will think I’m nuts.
Of course I didn’t include the person’s name and I took out the link to the Be Ready shop because I don’t want it to seem like all this was just a big advertisement hoax.
When we were talking about this at work – the word “water” automatically made us think: Tsunami. Could be flooding, but there isn’t any heavy rain in the forecast. Nor is there a hurricane nearby.
But if something was to happen – are you prepared to go, say, 1 week without electricity? That means no Internet too! Actually, with a smart phone – provided the cell towers are still working – we can get internet. What? How you going to charge your smart phone? From the car! No need drive anywhere. Just charge it from in the car – making sure to run the car every so often to keep the battery charged up. That way you can keep up with the MLC blog!
Let’s see… we have a couple/few gallons of distilled water. About 1/4 tank of propane. A couple bottles of butane. No more charcoal though for when we run out of propane and butane. I guess I’m not that prepared…
Are you prepared in case something happens on Tuesday? Or on 12/21/12 as some predict?
I’m going to remain positive and send good vibes so nothing happens by getting my costume ready for this weekends DISGUISE gig at C’est Si Bon!
Food Rules – not in like “Yeah baby! This is soo ono! Food Rules!”
More like; Never double dip the knife into the peanut butter AND jelly jars.
This all started from when sally posted this picture on Facebook:
And I mentioned how we grew up with just Guava jelly in our house. After I got married, Paula had grape jelly and strawberry jelly, but a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just didn’t taste right unless it was made with guava jelly. Hawaiian Sun Guava jelly.
And Guava jam no work. Gotta be Guava jelly.
And I shared how I quickly learned to never spread the jelly on the bread first, then try to spread the peanut butter on top of the jelly. That no work either.
And that’s when sally mentioned “And for goodness sakes, do NOT double-dip the butterknife into both the PB and the J”.
And Kenny posted “you have to have good smooth PB otherwise the bread will have holes it in as you try to spread it… unless you have stale bread”.
Wow, so many rules – just for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then sally suggested – what about a Food Rules blog post?
What other food rules come to mind?
While watching old reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond, I watched how Frank would drink straight out of the juice bottle, then leave just a little bit in the bottle and put it back in the refrigerator. Of course, this drove Marie nuts. But it’s so true! Okay, not the part about drinking directly from the bottle. But when we were growing up, the pitcher of Exchange Orangeade would go down so fast, you’d think there was a leak in the Tupperware juice pitcher. In one day, the full pitcher would get down to less than half a cup left. And then the juice container would sit in the icebox like that for days – because no one wanted to finish it up and have to wash the juice container. Or refill it with more Orangeade.
Because that was the Rule: He who finishes up the last of the juice must wash the container and/or make more juice.
Remember when Hawaiian Sun juice used to come in just the huge 1 quart juice cans made out of tin? And you used to have to use the opposite side of a bottle opener to puncture the triangle shaped puka in the can (and don’t forget to make the small puka on the opposite side so the juice pours out smoothly).
And the rule was that if you didn’t finish the juice within one day, it had to be poured into a juice container otherwise the juice would start tasting like tin can.
I know that in the Japanese culture, the only time you’re allowed to poke your chopsticks into the rice and leave them standing up is when someone had died. I remember when my uncle passed away and after his funeral we went to my auntie’s house and right in front of the butsudan was a bowl of rice, with the rice nicely shaped with a round top and a pair of chopsticks sticking straight up from the center. I’ll never forget seeing that – nor will I ever stick my chopsticks into my rice.
Another one was round musubi. When we were small, we used to make round musubi because it just seemed natural. Just like a snowball, your hands just conveniently makes a round ball of rice.
It was later in life that someone told me that round musubi is served only at funerals.
Chips and dip! Never double dip your chips. Dip once and eat the whole chip.
Here’s one – not so much of a rule as much as it is a tip: When you go to a Chinese restaurant and soup is served as the first course, after you finish your soup – keep the soup bowl for when the rice arrives. It makes for a good chawan (rice bowl).
What else…? When eating McDonalds french fries – pour them out from the container onto the sandwich wrapper or box, then eat all the long fries first and end the meal by eating all the little ones last.
When eating Jack in the Box tacos – gotta have onion rings to compliment the tacos.
When you eat Filipino noodles – ask for vinegar to pour on the noodles.
When you eat shave ice – never keep your feet directly underneath your shave ice. There’s nothing more irritating than sticky shave ice syrup between your toes and all over your slipper.
And finally, when eating spaghetti – it’s totally appropriate to eat it with rice. In fact, tastes guud together!
Okay, what are some of your Food Rules? Anything from practical to silly.
Okay, so I’ve known Juli Kam or “Jules” for maybe 6 months or so – although it seems like we’ve known each other for longer than that.
Jules sings with a number of bands: Moonlight Kiss, Rolando Sanchez and Salsa Hawaii, and Soulz just to name a few. And this past Saturday, we watched her and Lori Nasu performing with Moonlight Kiss at Hawaiian Brian’s Lounge. They were the first band up, followed by FunkShun (another great R&B band).
Sally had introduced me to Jules at one of their gigs at Haw’n Brian’s and told me that she was from the Windward side. I thought she said that Jules graduated from Castle High School.
So this past Saturday after Moonlight Kiss was done, I had some time to talk with Jules. When I asked if she graduated from Castle, she said that her brother went to Castle because of their band program, but she graduated from Kailua High School.
“Kailua? Hey! I went to Kailua!” But when she told me that she graduated in 198x, I told her that I was long gone by then. And I asked her what part of Kailua did she live and she replied “in the Keolu Hills area”. I told her that I grew up in the Coconut Grove area and went to Kainalu Elementary and Kalaheo Intermediate and that I was supposed to graduate from Kalaheo as it transitioned into a high school, but transferred to Kailua High instead.
Jules then shared with me that before they moved to Keolu Hills, they too lived in the Coconut Grove area – just off of K____ street. She was trying to remember the name of the little block that they grew up on. I said that I grew up around there too, on H_____ drive.
Then Jules says “That’s it! That’s the street I grew up on!”.
Hmm… I didn’t remember any Kam family on the block, maybe it was on the other side of the block.
So I was back at my seat, thinking about where could it have been that Jules used to live. Maybe it was one of the other small blocks off K_____ street.
Then Sally comes and sits next to me and I ask her “Do you know what’s Jule’s maiden name?”
Sally has a MLC moment and pauses “I know it. Wait, it’ll come to me”. Then she pounds the table a few times and mumbles “What was that name!”.
Then Sally says “It was S_______”.
Immediately, my brain starts processing the name: Jules S______. Juli S______. JULI S_______!
My eyes fly open wide and I say to Sally: “WHAT?! Does she have a brother named J__?”
Sally replies “Yeah, he’s a dentist”.
I reply “OMG! They were my neighbors! Remember when I wrote about the first time I tried pizza? How we took a ride with our neighbors because their dad had to pick something up at Leileihua golf course? Then on the way home we stopped by Shakey’s Pizza in Waimalu? That was the Jules’ dad, her, and her brother!”.
So during the next break, I went back to Jules and told her “We were neighbors! You grew up right at the next door house! We used to play with you and your brother!”.
Then Jules adds “Really? You know how the houses are so close together? I remember when it was time for me to go sleep, my neighbor kept playing the “Love Grows” record over and over again”.
And I tell her “That was me! I have that record (or had that record)”.
Remember how when you’d come home with a new 45 rpm record, you’d put that on the record player and lift the record holder arm and swing it to the side over the tone arm so the record would automatically repeat? Over and over again? That’s what I used to do. LOL
And I shared with Jules the story I blogged about – the first time I ever tried pizza – how that was with her, her brother, and her dad.
Then we caught up for a bit and I asked how her parents were doing and told her that my mom still lives in the same house.
It was only a couple of years that Jules lived next door to us, but I remember going over to their house to play or her and her brother would come over our house to play. She must’ve been maybe 4 or 5 years old back then.
And look at her today. That little girl next door has become a singing sensation and a beautiful woman. Not quite the little girl I remember. LOL
Over on FaceBook, Jules wrote: “Rod…because of you…and your NONSTOP playing of this record in your room, I learned this song by heart at the age of 4…:-). To this day, it’s one of my favorite songs…ever.”
And “…let’s just say it was the first and last song I heard before falling asleep as a 4 year old.”
Sorry about that, Jules
No wonder it seemed like we’ve known each other for a long time.
What kind of “Ho, da small world, yeah?” story do you have to share?
Rodney Lee is a Baby Boomer - and proud of it. Rodney started the Midlife Crisis blog back in the days of The Honolulu Advertiser and ran it for about 3 years. After The Honolulu Advertiser shut down, Rodney decided to continue his blog here at Midlife Crisis Hawaii. New blog entries are added every Monday and Thursday.
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