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What's for lunch?

November 29th, 2010

Part of my job entails taking VIP media to lunch. It seems to happen about once a week. I take them to one of the restaurants at the hotel, which means fancy food.

I have been snapping photos and showing them to Claus. At first, it was just for the cool-factor, like, Look at this awesome meal! He would laugh and tell me what a hard job I have, then whip out his iPhone and show me a photo of his brown bag lunch. "Great, but that can't compete with my hot dog," he'd quip.

Over the weeks, it's turned into a running joke. It's not just the food that I need to know about, it's all the hotel services. I have to stay overnight at the hotel. I have to try the spa. "Make sure you eat the chocolates that are placed in the rooms," reminded my coworker.

I know, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it. I can take one for the team.


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Hawaii 5-O vs. Korean dramas

November 26th, 2010

Not one but two aunties told me they would watch my Hawaii 5-O cameo on Monday night, if if didn't conflict with their K-drama. "When in the show are you? Beginning, middle, or end?" they asked. I had no idea. I only got the pages of script relevant to my lines, so I had no clue. As it turns out, my scene airs about 15 minutes into the show, and darn it, I'll have you know I save a man's life.

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A friend called from Connecticut. "You were good. I was surprised," Jon admitted, and then went on to say repeatedly how phony he thought my amateur turn at acting would be. Thanks?

"It really seemed like you were a reporter!" he marveled. I wonder why that could be?

I can't believe I now have a profile on IMDB. It's been fun, because I've had friends call, e mail, and Facebook out of the blue. A number of them didn't know I was going to be on and were surprised to see me.

Except, of course, the aunties loyal to My Lovely Sam Soon or Dae Jang Geum. Should I make it on KBFD, now that would really rate in their book.

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November 24th, 2010

Olivia brings me flowers every day. They aren't the fancy kind from a florist, they aren't even traditionally what you'd use in an arrangement. They're usually small, for small hands to grasp easily. I never would have chosen those kinds of flowering shrubs to plant around my house. She finds them on our evening walks, or when we're passing a bush on the way through a parking lot. "Mommy, I want to pick you a flower!" she'll say excitedly.


Some days, when I haven't had time to clean for a while, I'll look around a notice a lot of dead and dying flowers scattered around the house. One day I was feeling annoyed that there's just so much to do - in life, in general! - , and not enough time or energy. I swept up all the dead flowers within radius and tossed them in the trash.


Then I stopped to figuratively smell these roses and remember that there will come a day when the flowers will stop, and my girl will have other interests. I love the flowers; dead, wilted, fresh - I love them all because they came from her.


That's what I'm thankful for today.


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Langlitz Leathers

November 22nd, 2010

Are you the sort that wins things? Contests, prizes, drawings? I am not. I know people who are, but that's never been me. When Antiques Roadshow was in Hawaii, I took old jewelry and dishes for appraisal, and found my items were worth not much. That's why, when I recently sold a very old leather jacket for hundreds of dollars, I was shocked. I have finally "won" something.

Dave, my old jacket, and a new version

Dave, my old jacket, and a new version

In high school, my then-boyfriend's dad gave me his leather motorcycle jacket. It was old even at the time. Mr. T bought it when he was in college in Portland, rode his motorcycle with it, and as the decades passed, he outgrew the jacket (horizontally.) By the time it came to me it was over 30 years old.

I loved it at first. I wore it through college, which was perfect, since California weather necessitates a jacket. It was so biker-chic to me. Over the years, though, I did not take care of the cowhide jacket, and it hardened and dried so stiffly that it could stand up by itself. I also changed to prefer a different fashion.

I still could not get rid of the jacket for sentimental reasons. It followed me around the country, but usually sat at the back of the closet. After I got married and had a child, I forgot all about it.

Over the summer, I was cleaning out the guest room closet in preparation for a long-term house guest, Tai. I found the jacket. We are in a Craigslist era, so I decided to try to sell it over the internet. I researched it online to see what kind of price to try and fetch for it. The label said it's from Langlitz Leathers in Portland, Oregon, so I contacted them.


The jacket style is still made, and on their website, it sells new for $800. "I have no idea what condition your jacket it in. You should just bring it in and we can get a better idea," said the staffer at Langlitz Leathers. I know my friend Jen goes to Portland biannually, so I decided I'd ask her to do it for me. If it wasn't for the convenience of Jen, though, I would totally have given it to Goodwill.

So Jen kept it at her house for a while, and then pretty soon I coincidentally had a trip to Portland scheduled (to shoot a documentary.) I took the jacket.

When I walked it into the store, the guy at the counter - Dave-  said, "I'll give you $10 for it." I didn't say anything, but I was thinking that I had just wasted my time over a piece of junk. He quickly added that he was joking and proceeded to apprise it as a vintage  1950's jacket, limited edition, worth $2,500. I was stunned.

Apparently, I had a Cascade-style, green label jacket, that, with some care, would look wonderful again. Other than some rust on the snaps, it was in good condition. "This is really popular in Japan," he told me. "I know someone who would probably want it. If you want to consign it, I think I can sell it for you."

He was so honest, that he told me if I kept it longer, it'd be worth more. I considered that, but while it seems good in theory, I decided that I might also run the risk of damaging it more due to certain neglect. I agreed to the 30% consignment fee.

Two days later, Dave called me. "Your jacket sold," he said. "Where should I send the check?"

The check came in the mail, and it's bookmarked for a couple months' tuition at preschool. But because getting it was such an incredible windfall, I decided to pay it forward by portioning some of it for my favorite non-profit. When Hawaii Public Radio has its next fundraising drive, I'll pledge some of my jacket money.

So thanks, Mr. T, and Tai for giving me a reason to clean the closet, and Jen, and Dave for your honesty. The jacket was special to me for a long time, and I am happy that it's found a home with someone else who will love it the way it should be.

2443-A SE Division
Portland, Oregon 97202


Our mailing address (2443 SE Division) does not quite coincide with our actual physical address. Our driveway is directly across from the intersection of 25th Avenue.


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KITV4 News This Morning, weekends

November 19th, 2010

When I'm up that early, I like to tune into KITV4 News This Morning on Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Left to my own devices, I'd be sleeping, but because I have a three-year-old, it generally means I'm up. I wrest the remote control from her after I've squared us away with breakfast, and I ask if I can just leave PBS kids for a minute, to peek at the news.

Jodi Leong & Paul Drewes

Jodi Leong & Paul Drewes

"Let's look at Paul Drewes," I tell her. She knows Paul, and because that's how he's referred to on television, she actually knows him as "Paul Drewes." She uses his full name.

In mid-September, Paul and another longtime work friend, Jodi Leong, were promoted to the anchor desk. "KITV4 News This Morning on Saturdays and Sundays will be anchored by Jodi Leong and Paul Drewes. Leong is a long time Hawaii news reporter and anchor. Drewes joined KITV4 News this past year from a competing station. He is also a reporter, anchor and a certified Meteorologist who has earned his seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society," reads the press release from KITV.


They do a great job. That goes without saying. They're both experienced, smart, and capable, and they pair well together. Actually, though, every single time my daughter sees them on the set together, she asks me, "Is that you, Mommy?" Jodi laughed when she heard that.

We all have very young children. Paul's sons are six and three. Jodi's daughter is two. My girl is three. I totally know the feeling of working what's essentially a graveyard shift, but I also know the feeling of wanting to be home with your child. I asked them how their new shift affects their family life.

Paul and Kai

Paul and Kai



"I anchor the morning show twice a week, and I report at night the other three days. I chose the night shift so I could be home with my three-year-old during the day, since he's not in preschool," says Paul. "Because of that, I  have a lot more time to be at home. I like it." Paul's morning shift starts at 2 a.m. because he also prepares the weather forecast. He says he loves the schedule.

Kai and Olivia

Kai and Olivia

Jodi, who anchors the show twice a week and reports three days a week (during the day), echoes a similar sentiment. She has a babysitter to care for her daughter, Carys, while she's working, but this does allow her to be home more. "I did this for her," says Jodi. "I have two full weekdays off now. I have way more time with my daughter. I can take her to the zoo in the day and do fun things. And, it adds variety to my duties because now I split my time between reporting and anchoring."

I think constant fatigue would be an issue for me, though Paul says he manages to adjust. Jodi says she is always tired, but the tradeoff of seeing Carys so much more is well worth it. That, I understand.


The thing I like best about the new morning show is that I can see my friends more often. Our lives are busy and we don't see each other as regularly as when we worked alongside each other in the same newsroom, but at least I know I can turn on the tube and wave at Paul. He says one of these days he'll come up with a code that means he's waving back.

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