Archive for January, 2014

Beach day

January 31st, 2014

My friend Pau's son Kai had a beach day with his class. He would climb on Paul and Paul would toss him into the water.

Kai and classmate

Kai and classmate


That led to half a dozen other kids all wanting to climb on Paul as well. In order to peel them off, Paul would tickle whoever was on his back then toss that one into the water. All the kids took turns climbing on and getting tossed, except a blonde-haired girl.

Later Paul found out why. Paul asked her if she liked to be tickled and she said, "No, when my older sister tickles me, I pee a little."

Hope your day is so much fun you wet your pants!

Cold weather

January 29th, 2014

The "cold snap" that recently affected Hawaii is an amusing concept for me. Of course, I'm cold. It's in the high 50's to low 60's at night. I'm not used to it.

It's funny that when the weather strays too many degrees from the usual, everyone talks about it. As I scroll the news feed on Facebook, there were dozens of comments about the temperatures.

I now sleep with a summer-weight down comforter topped with a regular comforter. We have, like, six inches of blankets on the bed. It's a little ridiculous to think this is Hawaii.

My Danish in laws are still here. I have asked them a few times if they are warm enough at night with just one blanket. Each time they look puzzled and politely decline. Finally, one day, they said, "This is warmer than summer in Denmark. If you want to know what cold is, go there now."

That is true. I recall being there one September when it was 40 degrees fahrenheit. Now it's the dead of winter. Even odder, they sleep with the window cracked open, "for fresh air," all year round.

Like all Danes, they have a winter-weight down comforter which is extremely thick, and it's pulled up all the way to their eyes when they sleep. I am absolutely not sure I could ever live in Northern Europe if this is how it's done. Brr.

I also feel like I should just stop whimpering about the cold here in the sunny tropics.

What do you think of the cold weather lately?

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Jazz Peace Concert at the Byodo-in

January 24th, 2014

New York tenor/soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps is headlining the Jazz Peace Concert 2014 at Valley of the Temples tomorrow afternoon (weather permitting.)

Scheps plays with the Jazz Clique Quartet, a band of talented local musicians who share a passion for jazz and perform together in diverse venues.

The band name is a play on words. The press release explains, "A clique is a group of people who interact more intensely than others in the same setting. When something 'clicks' you get it, it is now understood. A click is a sound, a lot of clicks can be rhythm. We hope that you enjoy the jazz stylings of the Jazz Clique Quartet."

Rounding out the band are: Joshua Kaye on piano; Louis Benanto on bass; Scott Shafer on drums; and Mihoko M. as vocalist. 

Bring your lunch and enjoy the day!

Byodo-in, the Valley of theTemples Memorial Park
47-200 Kahekili Hwy
Kaneohe, Hi 96744

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Temple Admission:
Adult $3
Senior & Child $ 2

Danish invasion

January 22nd, 2014

It's that time of year again, when birds fly south for the winter, bears hibernate, and Danes flee to tropical destinations. Yes, my in laws and my friend/former housemate all coincidentally arrived at my house on the same day!

I had so many Danes entering my domain all at once, I felt like Sweden circa 1600.

What does living with Danes look like? Well, for one, there is a lot of alcohol in the house. A LOT. It makes a newsroom look like the Bible Belt on Sunday.

There's also a constant supply of, or search for, that super hard, dark bread called rugbrød. It looks like a brown brick. I'm not used to it, but they die for it.

Once, Jul went to the mainland and got a bunch of cartons of multigrain bread baking mix - BRÖDMIX FLERKORN- at Ikea. It's Swedish, but it's as close as they can get.

Then he and my mother in law kind of fought over the last one. She thought he wasn't baking the breads fast enough, so she wanted to bake the last packet and they had words.

I like that they always bring my favorite Danish candy, Anthon Berg marzipans.

Did I mention the alcohol?

In return, we try to Dane-up the house a little bit. My mother in law embroidered a gift calendar a long time ago, and it's my daughter-in-law obligation to get that thing out where she can see we're using and appreciating it.

Every gift she's ever given us gets rearranged, dusted, and placed in a prominent position. Family portrait shoots are scheduled.

The in laws are here for nearly seven weeks. Jul and his girlfriend have come and gone already.

It's always a little bit of a cultural exchange when they come. Most of the talking occurs at the dinner table, and on this visit so far, I've learned the Danes consider Germany the Costco of Western Europe. My in laws drive to Germany for good prices on alcohol and other things and go back home with a full carload.

I've accidentally taught them about banana bread. It never occurred to me that banana bread is not known throughout the Western world, but when I mentioned it, they asked, "What do you do with the bananas and the bread? Is it sliced and on top the bread?" Which I thought was logical and cute, but it still kind of blows me away that banana bread is so uniquely American.

They've also unintentionally given me my new favorite substitute curse word: frikadeller. It's actually Danish meatballs, and my mother-in-law's best dish, but it's just so angry sounding to my American ears. I think I can use that right along with mother... of pearl.

Do you have foreign house visitors and what do you learn from them?

Jun ken po 25

January 20th, 2014

This is so awesome. My friend Tyler D.S.T. pointed out to me after my original Jun Ken Po blog that there's actually an internet chart suggesting 25 more hand shapes with which to play this game.

I looked up RPS25 (Rock Paper Scissors 25) and there are a number of websites. Here is one:

I knew the game came from Japan, but I did not realize that this is also known as roshambo, courtesy of a stop through Europe!

I really like all the creative hand shapes, though nowhere do I see Pencil, which I mentioned before that my cousins and I invented decades ago. I enjoy reading the suggested reasons for why each shape might win - my favorite is that Cockroach sleeps in fur of Wolf. I'm not sure how that is a winner but it makes me laugh.

I'm going to have to print both the hand chart and the reasons before I play this. And if I'm playing with Olivia, I'm going to have to read/define most of the reasons to her since she's still learning to read. I'm not sure she'll know words like "terrifies" or "rebukes."

I'd like to add another hand shape to this long list. Holding your thumb and index finger together, with pinkie outstretched, you cast your gesture as Wine. That's right. Because if I have to bring a set of directions to play the new and improved RPS25, I will need the wine to relax when I'm done!

Got a good hand shape to suggest?

PS: Tyler, you're on for RPS25 at the next Thursday outing! Loser buys winner a beer. Ha!

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