Wassup Wit Dat!

Aug 25, 2010

This blog entry is dedicated to Bruddah Lance.  :wink:

Gift Card Fees – As of this past Sunday (8/22/10) new gift card rules have been put in place to “protect the consumer”.  For instance, gift card expiration dates must be 5 years from when the gift card was purchased or the last time it was reloaded.  Previously, card issuers would charge “inactivity fees” if a card wasn’t used for a period of months.  Now, they can charge this fee only after one year and can hit fees for your card only once per month.  Some places even have the gall to charge you a fee to buy one of their gift cards.  WWD?!

Let’s take a step back and look at the big picture here.  These companies want to charge me, what – for the PRIVILEGE – to give a gift that will guarantee that my gift will be spent at their store?  Shouldn’t these companies be paying me an INCENTIVE to give a gift that the recipient MUST shop at their store?  Maybe in the form of a discount to purchase the card.

I know, I’m going to screw it to these companies and give gifts of good ol’ USA cash.  That’ll teach them. :twisted:

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Luggage Fees – That’s another one I don’t get.  Isn’t it a “given” that when people travel, they WILL have to change clothes?  And will NEED to bring extra clothes?  And airplanes are designed with room for luggage because it is expected.  WWD?!

That’s like saying that you can rent a hotel room, but you’ll have to pay extra for the bed.  Isn’t it a “given” that you will be sleeping in the hotel room and need a bed?

Now, I can understand the 50# limit on the weight of luggage.  But shouldn’t at least 1 bag per person be included as part of the ticket price as it’s pretty much a REQUIREMENT when traveling?

If the airlines were smart, they’d work the price of the first piece of luggage into the price of the ticket – and tell folks that they don’t charge for the first piece of luggage.  And if someone somehow can travel without at least 1 piece of luggage, then the airlines make out.

But I digress – at least 1 piece of luggage should be allowed with the price of the ticket.  It’s a “given”.

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Tip Jars at Take Out Counters – Now tell me again, what exactly am I tipping them for?  For ringing up my purchase?  For providing me the opportunity to purchase their food or beverage?  I mean, it’s not like they’re bringing me the food to my table.  WWD?!  It’s TAKE-OUT!

Okay, now I can see places like Kakaako Kitchen where although it is a take-out counter place, they actually do bring the food to your table should you decide to eat there.  I can see leaving them a tip.  But places like coffee kiosks and eateries that make you carry your food or beverage from their counter SHOULD NOT have tips jars.

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UH Live Football – $500.00.  Are you crazy?  Yeah, it’ll include a few Wahine Volleyball games and a few Men’s Basketball games.  But what if you don’t give a rat’s okole about the volleyball and basketball games?  Too bad, you gotta watch them anyway.  LOL

I can see having to pay if you want to catch a game LIVE on TV, and if they feel that $55 and $65 is a fair price, then that’s fine with me.  I’ll just wait for the 10:00 PM rebroadcast.

Wait.  There is no 10:00 PM rebroadcast.  No, now I have to wait until 10:00 AM (then next day) to watch the rebroadcast.  WWD?!

So in other words – UH wants me to forgo reading the Sunday morning paper to avoid the outcome of the game so I can watch it on TV in the morning?  And let’s see – I’ll have to choose: Do I want to watch NFL PROFESSIONAL football or UH COLLEGIATE football.  Duh!  I’ll watch the pros play.

All this does is make me a UH Football un-fan.  At least when I could watch the game at the late 10:00 PM rebroadcast, I could watch the game in peace as the dishes were done, the kids were settled down, and maybe I’d already be home from Hawaiian Brian’s.  :wink:  And I’d keep up with the team and cheer them on.  Sadly, not anymore…

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Share The Road – Then follow the law!  So I’m driving in the right lane on Ala Moana Blvd. and there is a bicyclist riding next to the curb in the right lane.  So I slow down behind the bicyclist, wait for a break in the traffic, then cautiously pass the bicyclist.  But when I come to a red light and there is no cross traffic, the bicyclist blasts right though the intersection – against the red light.  Now I have to pass this person all over again.  WWD?!

Or the bicyclist will pull the ol’ “Make a right turn on the cross street, pull a U-Turn, then turn right, back on the to main street” trick.  Aaauugg!

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Okay, enough ranting from me.  What causes you to say Wassap Wit Dat?

Note: Let’s keep it clean.  Religion and Politics is NOT ALLOWED.

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128 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Keoni
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    First?

  2. Keoni
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    Wow! I was! Okeh, to the subject at hand. Even though I don’t drive, I see from my seat on TheBus that there is no shortage of wostupid people on bicycles on our roads. The other day, the bus was pulling out from a stop when some guy comes flying past on the left and cuts right in front of us! Do these people have a death wish or what? Like Bruddah Lance and Rod says, WWD?

  3. Keoni
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    and next time I post, I’ll do a more thorough proofread to catch typos. ;)

  4. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:38 am #

    WWD! Rant: Here in the States, many grocery stores have a self-checkout. To me, that makes no sense. Why should I have to learn to operate a machine, scan my own grocery items, bag them, and take them out to my car by myself, while paying the same price as the guy in the regular checkout line? If I’ve got to do this work myself, shouldn’t I get a discount?

  5. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:47 am #

    WWD! Rant: What is the purpose of the grocery store “membership” card?

    Unlike Costco, none of the grocery store memberships costs me anything, there is no membership fee.

    My wallet is fatter than a whale, not because it is filled with cash, but because it is filled with stupid membership cards from the various grocery stores around here. Some stores have smaller cards, that I can attach to my keychain. That still doesn’t resolve the problem, all it does is transfer it from my wallet to my keychain. I go from having a fat wallet, to having a keychain that makes me look like the janitor at the local elementary school.

    To make matters worse, there are many cases where I still need a coupon to get a discount. If I still need a coupon, what is the purpose of the card?

  6. Rob@96744
    August 25th, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    I agree with all of you, but we are looking at things from an older person’s point of view. We grew up in an age of no internet, no cell phones, microwaves, big screen tv, computers, etc. You get the picture. We INVENTED our fun BECAUSE there was no playstation or Facebook. Kids today dont know how to be creative to keep yourself busy. We used to play outside or go to the park to play ball. No more. Most people never had credit cards. They paid CASH. No more money, no more—– . You get the picture. Even TV was different. No cable, just a few broadcast channels. Because the world has become a society for instant gratification, and it’s about ME or MONEY, common courtesy and decency has all but disappeared. People nowadays think you OWE them something for everything they do for you. WWD??? whomever stated that money was the root of all evil never did forsee what’s happening today. I don’t know about you, but I’M GLAD I’M NOT 18! That said, i’ll wish all of you a great day and at least we know that there ARE some of us still on this planet with common sense and decency…

  7. ankleBYTERS
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    It’s Wednesday…. :!: ….Blast From the Past..

    The Chi-lites – Have you seen her

    http://youtu.be/xVYxKRXDT2I

  8. ankleBYTERS
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    MLCers:

    …..are an alternative rock band from Cornwall….like :?:

    http://youtu.be/rrtkjqCuLas

  9. ankleBYTERS
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    Rodney:

    Without Religion & Politics, where would life be :?: :-)

  10. ankleBYTERS
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    My WWD RANT

    1) People who lack common courtesy. Does it hurt to say Thank You once in a while :?:
    2) Using the cell phone/texting and driving…get a clue people, you’re endangering your life as well as mines :!:
    3) I have a feeling the WAC is pau…UH may end up as a Football Championship Subdivision, Division 1-AA, team in football. Doesn’t this situation kinda remind you of the Herminator :?:
    4) Microsoft
    5) When is the last time you saw a half gallon size container of ice cream :?:

  11. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Good morning MLCers :!: :smile:

  12. Elapo
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:21 am #

    Get the Sports Pak from Oceanic before the end of the month. Per Dave Reardon’s column, it’s a real alternative to the UH PPV package. $4.95 per month with a one time $2 initial fee. Do it before the end of the month. I don’t remember the date of his column but I believe it was in early August like the 2nd, but I’m not sure. UH definitely was not pleased with his article but what a bargain!

  13. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    @ankles #7, thanks for the blast from the past :!: :smile:

    @ankles #8, delightful :!: Thank you :!: :smile:

  14. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    @Rod, why did you dedicate this blog to “Bruddah Lance” :?: Does he complain a lot :?: :lol:

  15. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    Good Morning MLCers!

    @ankles: another good one… it was used in Greys Anatomy as well as others. Like!

  16. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Well, MLCers, I actually have nothing to complain about on this beautiful, rainy Wednesday. Will think about this topic and post something after my free movie tonight :!:

    Have a great Wednesday everyone :!: :smile:

  17. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Good morning, Sally :!: :smile:

  18. Masako
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    Good Morning! I totally agree about the luggage fees. One luggage should be free cause like Rod said, its a given that you need clothes and other basic things if you are away from home. Of course I loved it when you could bring two for free than can go major shopping. What M and I do now is bring one suitcase and we each bring a big carry on. Seems to be the trend cause overhead space is scarce on the flights that I have been on recently. Another gripe I have about traveling is how strict TSA is about liquids. I am all for safety but taking away items like Jam and tooth paste which is technically not a liquid? Then when you go neighbor island for a short trip and bring a carry on to save on the luggage fee you gotta go buy toothpaste than be careful what kind omiyage you bring back cause my friend got her jams and jellies taken away.
    The tipping jar, I see those everywhere now. I like that in Japan there is no tipping except for tour guides. I’ve had waitresses and taxi drivers come after me cause I tried to tip them. What impresses me is that I never had bad service at a restaurant in Japan.
    I could go on and on but I gotta go to work….have a great day everyone!

  19. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Okay, this could be just about any street, but since I drive Date St every day, this is my example:

    Early morning traffic… clueless, life-revolves-around-me, but-I-need-to-get-there-I-don’t-care-if-I-block-your-way drivers.

    1) They drop off or pick up people during flowing traffic right on Date Street. Heaven forbid they pull into a driveway to do this, they’d have to wait their turn in line to get back onto the street. “Oh, that’s okay, I’ll just hold up the line of traffic all the way up to Kapahulu Ave”.

    2) People who live along Date St in one of the gajillion apts and try to LEFT TURN during peak morning traffic. They could easily (and I think it would be faster) to go around but no, they’ll just hold up traffic and inch their way so they will be convenienced.

    3) People who take their keiki to Iolani school. The elem school entrance is along Date St so granted, yes, parents need to drop their precious little ones off. This creates a traffic backup in BOTH directions, essentially creating an Iolani School only lane both ways (cuz no one in their right mind will otherwise be in that lane). But that is NOT the problem. The problem is when people think they can make it across the Date/Kapiolani 48-way intersection, thus being 3 cars deep blocking it when their light turns red. Now they are blocking the people that need to left turn. By the time they inch up, our light is red again.

    This is where my fantasy super power would come in handy. I would wiggle my nose (a la Bewitched) and send each of those cars 5 blocks back and make them start all over again.

    MWAHAHAHA I got da powah!

  20. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    While I am not happy about having to pay luggage fees, I understand this is necessary for the airlines to stay in business.

    I wish Aloha Airlines had charged us luggage fees or raised their fees slightly to enable them to stay in business. I was even unhappier when Aloha Airlines went out of business and we had to kiss our thousands of mileage points goodbye :!: :sad:

  21. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    Rod: Thank you for not allowing Religion and Politics!

  22. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    Good Morning LINDA KATO!

    I’ll help you with two things.

    #1: There is a difference between a rant and a complaint

    #2: Bruddah Lance taught us that

    hahaha… sure do miss Bruddah Lance and his WWD blog. Lance, are you there? Howzit BL!

  23. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    @Sally, good morning :!: Guess someone needs to provide me with a link to one of his past blogs :!: :smile:

  24. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:24 am #

    @LINDA KATO: Lance’s blog was with the HonAdv. Google it, you’ll find it. Maybe do it after you retire hahaha, it’s a lot to digest.

  25. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:29 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!

    No time to read right now. Be back later. :)

  26. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Luggage fees… necessary evil put into effect in the most uncool way.

  27. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    Linda: Here’s the address to Lance’s blog:

    http://wassapwitdat.honadvblogs.com/

  28. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    If you want to start from the very beginning, go here:

    http://wassapwitdat.honadvblogs.com/page/89/

  29. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    Linda: You’ll need to adjust the size of the font when looking at the old blog, otherwise, it’ll be very small.

  30. hemajang
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Okay, no religion or politics rants but last night at 9pm a very large person came to the door to talk religion. He had the standard religious solicitor dress shirt, tie and bible in hand but immediately told him “not interested.” At least he didn’t press on and made a quick exit. Next door neighbor called a minute later and complained…why is this guy walking around the neighborhood at 9pm pushing his agenda…WWD!

    I too miss bruddah lance’s blog…what he doing now?

  31. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    RANT ala WWD! How come I neva first anymore? :lol: Oh yeah, I MLC and no can stay up after 9 pm.

    Not to insult bicyclist on this blog. I “dislike” when they come flying down the sidewalk AGAINST traffic on a one way street.

  32. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    WWD! RANT 2

    Skateboarders trying to speed skate down a public road and looks like you loosing control as I’m coming up with my truck. If you like looking like that flat toad with guts coming out, keep it up and let the mongoose finish you off.

  33. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Tipping: why?

    If people were paid a fair $$$ for their services to begin with, there would be no need for tipping. What are we tipping for? For waithelp to bring my food? Isn’t that what they were hired to do? For a hairdresser to cut my hair? Isn’t that what they do? For a valet driver to get my car?

    okay, you get my drift. Someone explain to me why they get tipped for doing their job and I don’t get tipped for mine.

    I make your appointments. I keep the schedule balanced. I time it so you hopefully don’t wait in the reception room for your turn. I file your insurance. I fight with your insurance when they deny your claim. I check your eligibility. I run your treatment estimate. I smile at you when you when I see you. I’m nice to you on the phone. I control the timing of the other patients around you when you arrive late for your appointment.

    How come I don’t get a tip? Again, pay a fair wage and there’d be no need for tip. It’s just one more stressful thing to do when you pay the bill (unless you’re a math whiz, which I am not).

    btw… this applies to ANY other job out there. Whats the deal with tipping?

  34. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    Speaking of skateboarders. Why you peeps gotta trash your own skate park? How stoopid is dat? You guys grumble no mo place to legally skate and then you go ahead and trash the place. Hey, the owners was kind enough to build the park. They said if they knew it was going to be abused, they wouldn’t have built it in the first place and then you would have to go on the road to see if you can avoid ending up like that dead toad.

  35. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    Hey sally, I give you tip. Get cheap land in Kalapana (but you gotta wear heat resistant slippahs to get dea) :D :lol: 8)

  36. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:58 am #

    @Ynaku: LOL I get swampland in Florida…. hahaha!

    Guud Morning Ynaku!

  37. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    :D

  38. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    Sorry, Good Morning sally, Rod and MLC

  39. Ynaku
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    I owe I owe so off to work I go

  40. 91boz
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    How about this — Your eating dinner the phone rings you answer, hello… .hello slight pause … “Good evening Mr … my name is so and so from I want your money and enjoy ruining your dinner…” WWD!

    This has to be one of my pet peeves! It’s so bad I don’t answer the land line phone during dinner hrs anymore. If the call is important all my friends have my cell #.

    Nowadays if I pick up the phone and there is a pause after I say hello I just hang up the phone.

    Maybe I should invest in caller id?

  41. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    91boz: Caller I.D. It’s a very good thing. I went one step further and disconnected my landline. I now have “stand-alone internet service” from HawnTelcom.

    My brother, for sentimental reasons, will not disconnect his landline. It’s the number we’ve had since before we were born. I remember when it was jut 5 digits. But I digress, lol.

    So when the phone rings at his house, it’s just background noise. We’re so used to it, we don’t even think about it anymore. If the caller leaves a msg and we can hear who it is, they MIGHT pick it up. He leaves the ringer activated “just in case”.

    Hey, his house, not mine. lol

  42. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Off to work now… have a RANT-less day everyone! ohmm ohmm
    Be cool!

  43. Ocean Lover
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    @ DiO…..you getting a FAT WALLET and its NOT because of all the cash inside…………..welcome to MLC LAND!!!!!! ;-)

    @ Rodney………..LOVE YOUR RANTS! You’re a regular GRUMPY GUY huh?

    And speaking of this stupid cell phone law that THE POLICE DON’T ENFORCE………On the weekend I saw a cop in his personal vehicle with the blue light on top driving around….while TALKING ON HIS CELL PHONE. WWD??????? I’m all for the law….they should make the fine $543.12 (get it?) for each offense and put the funds into BOTH the State and City treasury. We wouldn’t have furloughs to deal with anymore!

    And what’s with people……..you walking into a store, see this old FUGLY lady (or could even be a young HOT SKANK) and you open the door to let them in…..and they act like YOU DON’T EXIST and don’t even have the friggin human courtesy to say “Thanks”.

    I could go on fo evah on dis topic……….

    OL

  44. Ocean Lover
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Oops………….just noticed above that I should’ve typed $543.21……darn it! Getting OLD and DYSLEXIC! :-(

    OL

  45. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    WWD! Rant: OL’s door slamming neighbor.

  46. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    OL: My wallet has been “fat” without cash for years and years and years. :lol: That’s what happens when one grows up poor.

  47. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    OL: When you mentioned that ODD amount for the fine, I thought you were making like the ole Gong Show. They used to hand out checks to the winner with some odd amount like that. :lol:

  48. 4G
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    LOL @Ocean Lover. I was like, “$543.12″ . . . . Huh, I don’t get it?! LOL. ;)

  49. zzzzzz
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    @David in Oregon #4: “Here in the states???” As opposed to………?????????

    This could lead to another blog subject, albeit one that’s been done many times: ignorant things people say or ask about Hawai’i.

    E.g., people from here who move to the mainland often hear the question, “So when did you move to the states?”

  50. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    At Ala Moana beach they put up bouys to separate the swimmers from the paddle boarders because the swimmers complained that the paddle boarders put them in danger. The paddle boarders are paddling in the correct side of the bouys but the swimmers are swimming in the area for the paddle boarders. WWD??????

  51. David In Oregon
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    zzzzzz: Aw come on. I wrote that without proofreading. I meant to write “here in this state.” People here know I’m from Hawai’i. No matter where I live, Hawai’i will always be home.

  52. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    My boss is on vacation this week so I’m in charge of our whole division. I’m running our operation but I still have to do my regular duties too at the same time. So much to do, so much to think about. WWD????

  53. kathi
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Mine would be people who fail to yield to emergency vehicles. Just HOW freaking important are you in your own mind, that you feel you do not need to make way for an ambulance, fire truck, or police car? (I do admit I take this one a little too personally because of my husband’s job.)

  54. weke
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    I just read Lori Okami’s (one bloggers story) Fat Bellies WWD

  55. Mikey KHS 74
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    What irks me, whether it concerns me or not, people who hog cheese the condiments (especially, if there’s only one ketchup, tabasco, shoyu, etc). What’s more annoying is when they leave, & they don’t return it to the counter. It’s so selfish & inconsiderate.

  56. visitor
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Good morning…still morning.

    Rod, you and Rob@96744 #6 captured a lot of my thoughts.

    One thing that irritates me. I purchase season tickets for UH sporting events. And it’s not that cheap factoring in the “premium” on top of the ticket prices. (no premium for individual game tickets) At the games, others who just purchase individual game tickets, student, seniors or those who get comp tickets are sitting all around us. All of their tickets have a specific seat, but they choose to sit where ever.

    Why charge loyal season ticket holders a premium if there’s no enforcement of where people sit? I even saw a senior citizen couple get to there season ticket seats only to find others sitting there. And these people have the nerve to tell the couple they’re settled, and if the couple can sit elsewhere!!! No ushers in sight.

    If that’s the case (no enforcement), UH should just have all seats general admission…first come first served. And all ticket prices the same, no matter where you sit.

  57. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    When I’m at Ala Moana or another beach I see those plastic grocery bags blowing around and no one seems to care about trying to get it and it ends up in the ocean. WWD?????

  58. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    At the end of my sons soccer game the other team just left all their empty water bottles on the ground when they left the field. Their coach didn’t even do anything and left too. WWD?????

  59. snow
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    WWD!?! woo hoo… rodney is on a roll! ;) (but, i miss BL! :( )

    i’ve been seeing people every day who run the red light… WWD! so dangerous and self-centered! apparently, they think their time is more important so they can’t wait for the next green light. :mad: grr…

    i’ve been seeing crazy bicylists, too. saw one the other day who went through the red light, cut over all lanes on beretania and came out of nowhere to turn left on kalakaua. yikes! i was glad that i knew where he was in the beginning – if i caught him by the turn, i would have been totally surprized!

    @OL – i didn’t even notice the dyslexia! i read it as $543.21 the first time! lol… MLC on me! :)

    @rodney – shucks, can’t believe i missed your hawaii trivia post! :roll: it got so many comments, it was hard to read (and remember… ha ha!) them all! :)

  60. snow
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    OH! how could i forget my pet peeve of people calling the house take surveys at dinnertime! argh! got called for one the other night that was supposed to take a half hour… when i said that i wouldn’t continue, the guy tried to guilt me into taking the rest of the survey! i was so pissed and was ready to tell him, “honestly, i don’t mind taking the survey but you’re so annoying that i can’t stand to talk to you another 25 minutes.” (which was actually the truth! lol.)

  61. Rob@96744
    August 25th, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Mikey KHS ’74 #55; Glad to see you here and posting about the condiments.

    M #58, talk about recycling…Which reminds me..Any of you remember when we didn’t have this recycling of bottles and cans? Now they charge us .06 for the “privlege” of recycling our aluminum cans, 5 cents for the container itself, and 1 cent “fee” to run the program. When we didn’t have this program, I almost never saw an aluminum can on the ground, as the companies would PAY US for the cans, based on the weight of the cans. Now that we pay the “fee” to run the program and the state “rewards” us by giving us our 5 cents back with no interest, what have we gained? Not only do we not get the money for the aluminum itself, we LOSE because they collected that extra “fee” for the running the program. The state told us early on that they had MILLIONS of dollars from the unclaimed deposits. WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT, and WHO GETS THE PAYMENT fot the SCRAP, since they used to PAY US for bringing the aluminum to US?? WWD??? Now they don’t even mention what happened to the money. WWD???

  62. Mike in Waipio
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Phone surveys!!! I’ll do some if they don’t take much time. When someone calls, I first ask how long the survey will take. If it’s more than I want to spend, I say thank you but no and hang up. Some don’t answer the question and continue talking; then I say thank you but no and hang up loudly. Now, I get automated calls. Sometimes, not realizing it’s a recording, I ask how long; then I hear it’s automated, and I hang up but without the pleasure of hanging up loudly. WWD. If someone wants a survey, they should at least use real people, not recordings.

  63. Mark'75
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Time was, when you made a purchase at a store, the cashier would hand you your change, smile and say something like, “Thank you for shopping with us.”
    More often than not, today the sales clerk hands you your change and not say a thing to you. Then you say, thank you and the sales clerk goes, “K.”
    What ever happened to good old fashioned customer service?

  64. Rodney
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    @Mikey KHS 74 – #55 – Welcome to the MLC blog! I agree with you about people who hog cheese the condiments. If they’re going to take it to their table, the should use it and replace it so others can use it too. Isn’t that common courtesy?

  65. Rodney
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    @Rob@96744 – #61 – Yes! What happens to the money that the recyclers get?
    I remember when they were reviewing the redemption program and said that if it was more than, what was it – 85%? successful, they’d have to raise the fee. WWD!?

    So they want to punish us some more for making it work? Ai Kudish!

  66. Kage
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Good afternoon.

    Ohboy, no get me started on rants… :)

    @OL- I must be dyslexic too like snow. I read it as $543.21 the first time. :lol:

  67. Kage
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    Okay, like others I notice that many bike riders think they are pedestrians. Eh, you gotta stop at the red like like other vehicles. What, your bike not a vehicle? Think again buddy. Its a human powered vehicle.

  68. Kage
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    I notice that many drivers do not know how to use a 4-way stop signs at an intersection. Too many times there are those that want to go as soon as the guy in front of them goes.

    Then there are the Mr/Ms Aloha. Let everyone else go before they even try to enter the intersection. Come on, take your turn like everyone else.

  69. Kage
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I do not drive in heavy traffic much anymore. But when I did I remember there was often someone that will keep 2 car lengths between their front and the car ahead of them.

    Then everyone keeps cutting in front and making me wait longer behind that “cautious” driver.

    phooey.

  70. Kage
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    See I got started and now I cannot stop.

    There is the one person at work that keeps blaming others for her mistakes. She tried to blame me that I told her to hand write something on a form before she returned it to me.

    HUH!? It was an electronic spreadsheet. No handwriting anything in on that form. Plus it was then emailed to me electronically.

    Maybe she did hand write it on the form. The information is still written on her computer screen. :lol:

  71. Seawalker
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I think if you’re Type A personality, kind of high-strung, an@l-retentive, pay too much to details, and a perfectionist, you have a little more WWD than the person next to you.

    My first trip to Mexico, on my way home, they tell me I cannot bring my spray-on deodorant onto the plane. So they confiscated ‘em from me. Did it bother me? Heck yeah. But I got even with them. No deodorant meant adding to the haunas on the plane. WWD!?!…Hehehe

    I work with some of the most uncouth people on this planet. We have 1 toilet in the men’s bathroom. Some of us do not do a number 2 until midday. Not only me. So when someone else takes a cr@p, why don’t they use the air-freshener afterwards? When you have to go, you have to go. And sometimes the toilet seat is still warm. Yikes! WWD

  72. M
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Guud evening MLCers!

  73. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Good Evening MLCers!

    WATTTT?! We got OL out of hiding! Miss you OL, hope all is good for you.
    I miss your stories!

    To everyone on this thread… FIST BUMP! Right on all your WWDs! Now we all have lower blood pressures thanks to Rod. lol

  74. ct
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    Good Evening MLCers!!!

    Interesting topic. Hmmmm … rants vs WWD

    OK howz about who decides on the corners get No Right Turn on Red ???? WWD!!!

    You sitting at one corner waiting foa turn right at 9:00 at nite with no one coming … sheeesshhhh … What is dis one moron test or someting … We get times for tow away AM & PM … howz about No Right Turn on Red from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM or someting …

    Opps … sorry … bettah stop now … turning one WWD into one rant … ahahaha

  75. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    Good late evening MLCers :!: :smile:

  76. volleymom2
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Don’t get me started on bicyclers.. started back in Canada on those back roads going to WA, taking up the entire road. I start honking …A couple months ago I was driving on S. Beretania by the state capitol in heavy traffic when this idiot father had his 8 yr. kid on the back of his bike in the car lane with the rest of the cars. Good thing I turned right onto Punchbowl street or else…

  77. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    @DIO, thanks for Lance’s blog. Will read it tomorrow. Just got back from our free movie “Takers”. Lots of action :!: I won a free T-shirt :!: Fun :!: :smile:

  78. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    volleymom2: carry one of these around with you when you have a passenger in your car:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsUNhq2LtKo

  79. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    @Kage #68, sorry, I’m one of those Mrs. Aloha who lets everyone get through. I hate it when you need to make a left turn and no one lets you get in so whenever someone is stuck forever, I pause and let them into Waipahu Elementary School, yes, that’s me letting everyone get to school and work on time :!:

  80. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    So this is what a WWD blog is like, so many new posters :!: Guess everyone got things off their chest :!: Tomorrow should be a better day :!:

    Today is my anniversary from the day I first set foot into my state job. I have completed exactly 34 years of state service :!: I gave my employer official written notice today I am retiring on 9/30/10. We are only required to give 2 weeks advance notice :!: Only 25 work days and I’m officially retired :!: Whoo hoo :!: :smile:

    Then Vegas here I come :!: :smile:

  81. Dean
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Having done thousands of miles of cycling I can attest to the large number of idiots on two wheels. I can also attest to an equal number of lamebrains on four wheels and two feet.

    The group I rode with (Tradewind Cycling Team from The Bike Shop) had strict rules against running red lights. Also, if you came to a light, you stopped at the end of the line and not creep to the front. It was a courtesy to drivers. We rode with traffic and stuck to all the conventions that apply to other vehicles.

    One day I found myself in the midst of a motorcycle gang for a few minutes, blazing along at 40 mph going down the hill at the Makapuu light house. We gave each other “the nod”. They might have had Harleys but we had carbon fiber and titanium!

    What a wonderful world it would be if everyone stuck to the rules of the road. Sadly, we were in the minority.

    I’ve had to deal with cyclists going the wrong way on the road. Joggers who hog the road’s shoulder when there’s a nice sidewalk available. I found it difficult to understand why joggers feel they have a right to the road when they have to contend with all the other traffic there, and when there are much safer options just a couple feet away. Too many look at themselves as entitled athletes. Especially on the East side along Kalanianaole.

    There are the oblivious two-abreast bike path riders who like to put themselves into a situation that almost leads to a head-on collision before they’ll get over to the right.

    There was a kamikaze college kid who was weaving from one lane to the next in heavy traffic on King Street. I caught up to him in my car and told him to knock it off. He said he knew what he was doing and did that all the time. Maybe he’ll end up in the papers someday for the worst reasons.

    There was a cyclist who made it a habit of blowing past runners just a foot away from their elbows and skimming next to parked cars. He’s lucky he didn’t get “doored”!

    And then there were those drivers who simply don’t realize how their thoughtlessness can result in someone being crippled or killed. They pass too closely or overtake to make a sudden right turn directly in front of you. I had to turn on the inside of a beat-up compact that did that. I wish she tried that in front of my Explorer with trailer!

    There are drivers who make left turns in front of cyclists, assuming that cyclists can stop on a dime, or not realizing that cyclists can go 30 miles per hour on a flat stretch (that was me on Nimitz and Kalanianaole).

    In general, this city doesn’t take cycling seriously enough. That’s why I gave it up.

    Bike paths are just a disconnected patchwork of short routes. Some bike paths, like the one beneath the Nimitz viaduct, are dangerous. If you don’t understand why, try riding it at a brisk pace through any of the intersections on a green light. Chances you could get broadsided by a car coming around a curve that’s obscured by a huge concrete pillar.

    Bike lanes are almost non-existent. Most roads are just totally unsafe, in town and elsewhere. Try to find a safe route from Waipahu to Mililani. Or from Thomas Square to Chinatown on Beretania. The City has been “planning” a coordinated bike route system since the 1970s. It’s never gotten past the planning stage in four decades.

    So I decided: Forget the thought of “going green” or doing a little bit to help alleviate traffic congestion. I’ll stick to staying behind the wheel like every other selfish nitwit. Too bad. Because I have a nice bike that I really enjoyed riding.

    Maybe that’s why I look forward to getting out on the ocean for a long day of fishing or diving. If we don’t catch, who cares? At least there are no road hogs to deal with. And when boaters pass each other, they usually raise a hand with all five fingers extended.

  82. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    @Dean #81, lots on your mind tonight. I agree with you on all counts :!:

  83. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    @Dean: I once was behind a car on Kapiolani in front of Pan Am Bldg, stopped a light. Bicyclist came into view of my passenger rear view mirror. I noticed the passenger in the car in front of me is fiddling with trying to get out of the car, (see one of my previous rants about dropping off passengers on streets). Timing was perfect, the bicyclist got to the car just when the door was opened. I couldn’t believe I was seeing this. The guy was okay, at least he walked away. His bike didn’t look to good though.

  84. ct
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    @Linda – Sorry if the WWD rants may be getting to you … here’s some relief

    Heatwave – All You Do Is Dial

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx_CzsR1uYk&feature=search

    Sometimes the link doesn’t work on the first try so press your F5 key on your keyboard to refresh.

  85. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    2nd bicycle incident:

    This was at the Date/Kapiolani 50 way intersection. I’m stopped at the light heading toward Kapahulu from Date. Mr. Impatient Bicyclist was at the red light at Date wanted to cross Ewa direction. He couldn’t stand it. Hopped on the seat and started across the intersection.

    The light turned green for the drivers coming from the Kaimuki side of Kapiolani going toward downtown. First car got going. Timing, again, was perfect. Mr I’m-On-A-Bicycle-I-Own-The-Road got banged off his bike. The driver stopped and tried to see if he was okay, but he was so embarrassed he kept waving him off “go away, go away”. The driver tried to help him but got refused so he went back in his car and went on.

    It takes a special kind of stupid to think you outrank the Date-Kapiolani Intersection.

  86. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    @ct #84, I don’t mind listening to the WDD rants.

    Thanks for the music :!: :smile:

  87. sally
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    Here’s one: Annoying people who get in the 15 items or less line at Safeway and put their cartload of groceries on the belt and have the audacity to smile at everyone in line and then pay and FINALLY leave and give the rest their turn.

    oh, heh heh, that person was me a few weeks ago. I did come back to say sorry to the cashier but the others in line were already gone by the time I realized what I had done.

    So, if this was any of you at Kapahulu Safeway…. I’m so sorry!!!

  88. LINDA KATO
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    @sally, funny bicycle stories :!:

    You’re up late tonight. Lucky you a day off tomorrow :!:

  89. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    Rod where are you tonight :?:

    Good evening MLCers :!: Pleasant dreams :!: :smile:

  90. Rodney
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    Had a meeting with my blog host tonight.

  91. ct
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    @Rodney – So was it good news? Inquiring minds want to know … nah … hope all is well.

    @Linda – For some reason when I listened to the previous selection it made me think of this song …

    Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Heatwave

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2fnYpwrng&feature=fvw

    Well it’s about time … will finish up … good nite all …

  92. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:00 am #

    @Rod #90, so how did your meeting go :?: Will you be adding your picture soon :?:

    We enjoyed our free movie tonight :!: Missed you :!:

    Wish I had not drank 3 cups of coffee at Zippy’s after the movie :!: I’m wide awake and know I should sleep soon :!:

    Hmmmm…..will try some warm milk, see if that works :!:

  93. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:04 am #

    @ct #91, thank you :!: Perky music for the middle of the morning :!: :lol:

  94. ankleBYTERS
    August 26th, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    YAWN…..tele commute day…..need a “sunny” Blast From the Past this morning…

    Bobby Hebb – Sunny

    http://youtu.be/IbUl_E-R91Q

  95. ankleBYTERS
    August 26th, 2010 at 3:45 am #

    MLCers:

    For you “New Moon” fans……like :?:

    http://youtu.be/RdMqLxYu-_0

  96. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    Good morning MLCers :!: Happy Thursday :!: :smile:

  97. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    Good morning, @ankles :!: :smile:

    @ankles #94, nice memories :!: :smile:

    @ankles #95, delightful :!: Like :!: :smile:

  98. M
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    Guud morning MLCers!

  99. David In Oregon
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    Good morning everyone!!

  100. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Good Morning MLCers!

    Starting my morning and waiting to see if hiking is an option this morning. Gotta be sure, I don’t want to be sliding down the side of Diamond Head.

  101. Ynaku
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Good Morning MLC

    My rant for today. A few weeks ago I was at Kapahulu Safeway in the 15 and under lane and had one wahine in front of me with one cartload of groceries. Oh man, she made us wait long time and I only had poke and beea. I could have finished the 1 lb poke and drink the cold pack by the time she was done. And she never even say Sorry :x

  102. Ynaku
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Oh good morning sally :lol:

  103. volleymom2
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    @ sally- funny, funny.. I should have one of extra steering wheels!!

  104. Ocean Lover
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    This one’s for Sally………..

    Roll the clock back around 25 years ago…..I’m delivering “books” for an accounting office and just finishing my afternoon run.

    I’m on Kaheka St. where it intersects with Kapiolani Blvd. going makai toward’s Ala Moana. and the traffic light stops me. I’m the first car at the light…..STOPPED AT THE LIGHT and checking out this hot skank walking on the sidewalk on my right.

    All of a sudden “BAM!” “BOOM” “POW!”

    This idiot in back of me rear ends me 3 friggin times! I’m like “What the heck’s going on?”

    I wait for the light to change, make the right turn and pull over to the side……far right lane of Kapiolani heading ewa next to the FHB parking lot. The idiot that hit me follows…..

    I get out of the car and its an older man by himself. We exchange information….I look at my car and don’t really see any damage. I tell the guy “You okay? Doesn’t seem like anything’s wrong…….” and wave the guy off thinking that’s the end of it.

    A few weeks later the accounting office gets a letter from an insurance company. Its about the incident and it says that I CAUSED THE ACCIDENT and that the guy’s wife was in the car as a witness! I’m thinking “What….she was in the trunk?”

    I never found out what happened after that but surely one for the WWD? files.

    OL

  105. Kage
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    @Ynaku #101- read sally’s #87 – IT WAS HER, before you met her IRL. I bet you had the “you look familiar” feeling when you met her. :lol:

  106. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Back from hiking Diamond Head to find you all talking steenk about me! HAHAHA!
    Ynaku, I neva notice one Red Muumuu in line behind me in Safeway. LOL

    @OL: If anyone else told your stories, I’d say they were making them up. But with your I.D. on it, gotta believe it’s you. HaCome dis kine weird stuff happen to you?

  107. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    I told this story on FB via HondaSiBoy:

    One time, this bicyclist got mad at me for not giving him space. He came up from my drivers side and slammed the palm of his hand against my window… scared the crap outta me. As he was doing his small kine rant at me, I looked at him and said “ehh, howzitt! It’s me, Linda! Remember from Gary’s house? How you been?” Then quickly turned the corner when the light turned green. I mean, c’mon, you gotta use the most generic names you can think of. Everybody has a friend named Gary. LOL What I would give to have seen this guy’s face.

  108. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    And sometimes I used to do this.

    I play ‘um. Sometimes, if they giving me “the look”, I look back and wave enthusiastically like ehhhh howzzzit! neva see you in long time!!! …as I drive away. You gotta know they wondering….

    I’m not too sure I’d do this now. People are krazier these days.

  109. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Back in the late 70′s my then husband worked for this company who’s owner turned out to be kinda wacko and he quit. I got a call one day from a Detective saying he was following up on a claim Mr. WackoBoss said we stole construction equipment from the warehouse.

    I told the detective “I’m home right now, come on over and if you can find stolen goods in our less than 500 sq ft apt, you’re welcome to arrest us.

    He said “nah, neva mind, if anything substantial comes up we’ll be in touch”.

    Last I heard from Mr. Detective.

  110. Ocean Lover
    August 26th, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    @ Sally #106 -”HaCome dis kine weird stuff happen to you?”

    Perhaps I’m a WEIRDO magnet? ;-)

    OL

  111. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    “Perhaps” ??? is an understatement! LOL

    But its great for entertainment.

  112. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    Chee HUUUUU Waipio!

  113. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    @sally #107, you tell funny stories :!: Linda was the ONLY name you could think of :?: :lol:

  114. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Good evening MLCers :!: :smile:

  115. ankleBYTERS
    August 26th, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Hey….just watched Wie make a hole-in-one at the Canadian Open…at -7 and leading by 3 after the 1st round….a good start for her :!:

  116. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    Good Evening MLCers!

    @LINDA KATO: hahaha! In my day, names like Linda, Ann, and Karen were the most common. We used to go to football games and yell either name and see how many heads turned around.

    Just for fun.

    Just cuz were were stoopid.

    LOL

  117. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Finally got to watch a LLWS game this afternoon. Chee HUUU Waipio!

  118. Seawalker
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Try this link for tomorrow’s 8:00 a.m. Waipio vs. Georgia game, if you don’t have TV.

    http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-little-league-world-series.html

  119. sally
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    Thanks Seawalker, I watched it this afternoon on the LL Online site that ankles gave me. Can’t watch tomorrow … boo… : (

  120. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    @sally #116 :lol: I would have turned around :!: :lol:

  121. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Only 24 work days before I retire :!: Whoo hoo :!: :smile:

  122. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    @DIO #27, thank you for the link to Braddah Lance’s blog :!: What a large following there. Many of the same names blog here. You folks have been around for many years :!:

    The only blog I used to participate in was David Shapiro’s blog. If you ever read his blog it is more heavy duty thinkers there with long dissertations, like school :!: My brain would get too tired reading all their rantings.

    When the Vegas blog started up, I was hooked :!: Since I love Vegas :!: Since I liked Rodney’s writing style, I came over to the MLC blog here and loved all the stories :!:

    I sure missed out on many of the other blogs :!: What a nice bunch of people I’ve met on this blog. It is my pleasure to learn new things through all of you.

    Thanks again, DIO for bringing me up to speed. I sure miss The Honolulu Advertiser :!:

  123. David In Oregon
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    Gooooooood evening everybody!

  124. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    @DIO, good evening :!: Did you see my thank you to you #122 :?: Thank you again :!: :smile:

  125. David In Oregon
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Linda: You’re welcome. After you retire, you can go back and look at all the blog entries from the various blogs, if you wish.

    I’m not sure what kind of computer you’re using, but the fonts (on the old blogs) will be a bit small. If you’re using a pc, go to those old blogs, and press (and hold down) the Ctrl key, then press the + key. That will increase the size of the fonts on the page.

    Press (and hold down) the Ctrl key then press the – key to make the fonts smaller.

  126. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    @DIO, thanks again. I have a Dell monitor and a HP computer. Yes the font is small on the blog but I am near sighted so can read it just fine. Will have lots of time after I retire. Am counting the days…. :smile:

  127. David In Oregon
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Linda: Since you have a HP computer, the keystrokes I mentioned above will work. That same thing will work regardless of whether you’re looking at the old blogs or anything else on the internet, including this site here.

  128. LINDA KATO
    August 26th, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    @DIO #127, good to know, thanks so much :!: :smile: