10 years ago last month, we were in Ireland. Can’t wait to go back

Nice day. #Arsenal ++ #Inter ++ Met my team the the restaurant I’ll be managing starting next week. Having tacos for lunch.

All set for an afternoon nap. #FTW

It lost its role as the driver of our home network a few years ago, but looking to repurpose it as the Time Machine capsule for my Mac Mini.

This time of year the sun shines right in our lanai, so the shade comes down while in enjoy a Kona Longboard Island Lager Listening to Clientele

the big rewire.

My wife went to the mainland to visit family. First time since before Covid. I didn’t go this time, start a new job Monday. I did use the free time to rewire our entire home network. It was a mess. Set it up when we moved in. It was all in the corner of my wife’s office. A number of devices have come and gone since then. I pulled everything out and started over. New surge suppressors, new shorter network cables for the close devices. Found a lot of dead end cables for devices the were pulled out. I waited to do this while she was gone. She is internet reliant and we have a secure wired connection for her, she works for a health insurance provider. Set up a Powerline extension to get a more stable connection to our TV (and AppleTV) in the living room. So far it work great. No buffering like we had on Wi-Fi at peak times. Mounted the router and switch on the wall behind the desk. Moved the wireless printer in the closet. Built in room to expand.

So nice to have that done.

Love the AppleTV+ Baseball All day. Like Red Zone for baseball

Can never seem to find a lightning cable when one is urgently needed. But of course, in cleaning out a couple of cabinets, they all resurface.

I deleted and stopped using Facebook 5 years ago and Instagram 3 years ago. Never going back.

The Dodgers have been on a tear and have a much deserved day off. Hopefully the Pads and the Giants beat each other up.

Removed the drives from some old Macs so I can have them recycled

Just watched Paris Texas. Last saw it about 30 years. A video store rental. Didn’t appreciate it back then.

Really enjoyed it this time.

The GOP smokescreen.

Everything they do is about staying in office. They don’t really do anything. Symbolism over substance.

Amongst this man made coconut grove on a former lava flow are the multi $million homes of $Billionaires, business leaders, entertainers and sports team owners at the Kuki’o residential resort. Michael Dell is on lot #1

A week off between jobs. Much appreciated. Haven’t more than 2 days off in a row since the lockdown.

Rough for them, the GOP should support the climate change bill. My family is from Kentucky, since 1785

After floods, Kentucky struggles with a new challenge: clean water

NBC has moved most of the Premier League matches to the USA network which requires a cable account, so another season of not seeing most Arsenal matches.

Just got into my car. The dashboard is 167 degrees. Damn

Cutting the cable 3 years ago gave us the latitude to get faster internet and be able to afford a myriad of streaming services at a combined monthly cost well below what we paid for cable and internet.

We have 5 non-functioning Macs in the closet. I’ll spend some time next week taking out the drives. Then find someplace to recycle.

Hawaii has all mail in ballot. No polling places. The only in-person polling places are the county offices and they are open now for the primary. So simple, easy and safe

Wanted to get a new case for my iPhone. Guess not till tomorrow

Sunday afternoon playlist

#NowPlaying “Isn’t This A Lovely Day” by Diana Krall on @Sonos

Spontaneous mid day off nap. Went into the bedroom and the bed wasn’t made up, it was calling me.

We’re throwing away a dozen expired home Covid tests. Remember when they were impossible to get?

My first time being home early enough to catch one of AppleTV Friday night baseball. The picture quality is solid. Very enjoyable experience

Also, Dodgers have been on a tear.

Apple is the only company the has true consumer overnight delivery to Hawaii. Ships today, arrives tomorrow. Not on everything, but on important things.

Amazon not even close.

I’ve never purchased AppleCare on a phone before, but I’ve never purchased a $1k phone before

Been on a call with Apple support for over 2 hours. 3 escalations to senior support persons. At this rate, I may get to Tim Cook. An issue with my active AppleCare+ on my iPhone not showing up when I try to process a mail in repair. They booked the repair manually, but still trying to fix the initial issue.

One of the greatest advances in streaming services is “skip intro”

Missed a lot while at work today. #Arsenal thumped Chelsea and #Marvel announced a bunch of stuff.

Doesn’t seem to be a choice in Mac wallpaper on the beta to apply to all screens. A small thing, but…..

Pulled the trigger. 3 weeks more of corporate restaurant. Then working local.

Sunday afternoon. Made a pot of chili. I use coarse ground pork and beef. I like mine thick, spicy and no beans.

Yum 😋

How companies can expect infinite growth is beyond me.

Netflix is in rough shape. This week will determine its future

Hurricane Darby will miss us, but has sucked the trade winds away. It’s 80 degrees and massively humid at 1am. Yuk!

Will likely be leaving my current job in short time. The restaurant that I manage is in desperate need of repair and the company shows no sign of committing the capital to fix it. Met up with the owner of a single local, very popular pizza place who is opening 2 more and need an experienced hand to manage to growth. He has the money.

The local morning news here in Hawaii had multiple commercials for Illinois tourism. Also one for Oregon and more than one for California Great America. Interesting that the commercials had all white people. Not really Hawaii’s demographic.

Clearly remember that morning. Where we lived at that time we were pretty much 38 min from anything, so I just grabbed a bottle of Irish whiskey and set it out on the table, you know, just in case.

On the Morning You Wake (to the End of the World) review – the 38 minutes of nuclear dread

Kind of wondering if California and other blue states will just defy SCOTUS as they continue to erode personal rights of women and non-white citizens.

Kohala coast from the Eva Parker Woods cottage at Mauna Lani

Low key birthday. Worked most of the day. Home early from work. 22,995 amazing days. No regrets at all and expecting many more. Lots of longevity in my family, that said said, wasting none of them.

Ok that all wasn’t enough. Just finished the final episode of season 3 of Travelers

Productive days off. Finished off The Night Manager, Obi Wan and Counterpart and watched Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Still time for something else.

Fun times

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Wonder how long it will take for SCOTUS to allow guns on planes

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Heard a quote in an interview this week that really makes sense; the constitution was designed as a framework and not designed to be the rule of law. On this premise, the Supreme Court really has it wrong.

2 months with the M1 MacBook Air. Fastest laptop I’ve ever had. Takes on all tasks

Just discovered the FX show “The Old Man” on Hulu. Really enjoying it.

Finally got Canary mail and to play nice together after days of error messages. Set it up on Mac and the settings synced to all devices #FTW

I love using my iPhone 13 pro at home with no case, don’t dare when I’m out, it does take a beating out in the wild.

Nice MLBtv Father’s Day special. No thanks. All of these teams blacked out in Hawaii. Getting more difficult to be a sports fan, not easier

Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Oakland Athletics San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants

Worked 13 hours, 9 hours on Sauté, waiting for the pain killers to kick in before bed. Whew!

In choosing an MLS, I’ve kind of adapted Los Angeles FC, I was born in LA and am a Dodger.

For an east coast squeeze the NE revolution sounds about right, my GGrandparents settled in Boston from Parma, IT

Guess I’m going all in MLS (and Serie A on Paramount) NBC still want to keep most of the EPL behind a cable wall.

MLS and Apple TV FAQ about new global soccer deal

Father’s Day deal on MLBTv is enticing, but they still blackout all west coast games in Hawaii. Really sucks

Always love these lyrics: While Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters Sons of bankers, sons of lawyers Turn around and say good morning to the night For unless they see the sky But they can’t and that is why They know not if it’s dark outside or light

I got this leather satchel from Hide and Drink a few years ago for my 12” MacBook. Now I use for my MB Air and to carry papers and small things between work and home. I really love it expect it to serve for years to come

Not only did I eat the “whole enchilada” I had both of them, and a piece of cake.

Not sure if I’m a Star Wars super fan, but I do have these in my car

The first year in many that I don’t have a Dev account and am not partaking in the early betas. Things are so crazy at work, I won’t miss it.

Still a fun watch after all of these years.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Hitman “El Mariachi” becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.

Really happy with using a dual Sim phone. Have Soectrum mobile on the Verizon network and Mint Mobile on the T-Mobile network.

Got my 2nd booster today. So far so good. Had to delay it a couple of weeks due to a pesky head cold that took longer to shake. Btw tested COVID negative twice while I had the cold to be sure

My wife is sucker for a deal or a new item at Costco. Some are winners and some are dogs. This week she brought home a package of frozen fajita veggies, seasoned and ready to cook, just add chicken. This was a winner

What a beautiful time to be free. What a glorious world this will be.

Hasn’t quite turned out this way.

New lower price on MLBtv. Still not worth it, they still blackout all west coast games in Hawaii.

Canceled my Facebook and Instagram accounts a few years ago. I miss a few things people post links to on those networks, don’t open them as I don’t want to accidentally log back in. They seem to save ones logins forever.

Glad to see Forest back in the Premiership. These clubs all have history older than the Premier league and it’s fun to look up the history between 2 clubs going way back

Well well, I vaccinated and boosted and still COVID free. Staying as safe as is reasonable managing a restaurant

It’s ironic that my credit score briefly when above 800 a couple of years ago, then we paid of all of our consumer debt and now it’s gone down because we are using a high enough % of our credit.

First head cod since before Pandemic. Not too bad so far.

My mobile service sucks at my new workplace. Dropping calls. Thinking Of using the iPhones dual SIM feature and adding another carrier who has better signal where I work. Likely ATT

Woke up with a scratchy throat and sniffles, Wife brought a COVID quick test into the room and said to this be before you come out.


Cleaning out the car. A collection of masks from the past 2 years.

First clue our flight is late. Time to board and no plane yet.

I’m convinced these are for people who’s mobile phones are dead.

This place is amazing. Reminds me of the long gone Shirokiya bakery in Ala Moana. Love Japanese milk bread and pastries that double as meals.

Ala Moana beach park for sunset. It hasn’t happened yet

Date night. Chart House Waikiki. Been there since 1968. Still wonderful. Have been here since sometime in the early 90s. Used come a lot in the 80s. Pan Seared Ahi. Yum

Eye surgery tomorrow so I’m “focused” on that now.

You know when you have Dr appointment booked 5 months in advance and they still make you wait 40 min in the office. Yea that.

American oligarchs Bezos Musk Zuckerberg Google is on a differed level

Whew. We got all the way to the airport parking lot in Kona, then realised we forgot one bag. Went all the way back home, then back to the airport. Last ones on the flight.

Got home today. 7 weeks of training. All certifications complete. Woke up at 2:30am in California this morning for a 5:15am flight. It just hit me, it’s 7 in Hawaii, but 10pm my time

A young lady walked up to bar at the Sacramento airport, where I’m having coffee and oatmeal at 7:30am and ordered a double Patron. I’m guessing she was having a little of the hair of the dog that bit her

Sun rising over California. In my way home

I was lamenting about there being nothing open at Ontario airport at 4:30 am to get coffee (flight boards at 4:45). But lo and behold, a coffee vending machine. It’s not Kona coffee, but under the current circumstances, it will suffice nicely.

Last night in California this time. It’s been a great 2 weeks. This called for rellanos and tacos.

You can’t come to LA and not have an Original Tommy’s Chili Burger, Fries and a shake

It’s kind of calming having an Irish Woman narrate my navigation on Apple Maps driving in California traffic

In Hawaii #MLBtv blackouts every west coast team. So even when they’re playing anothe mr west coast team. It’s not like we have the choice of driving to a game. It’s been this way as long as theirs been an MLBtv

Should st least get a discount

A late afternoon beer in the room with the freeway in the background. The afternoon traffic is kind of why I’m having a beer in the room. Don’t want to deal with it.

I’ve noticed while driving in California, the center lane can often turn into a left or right turn only lane with minimal prior notice. I’ve been forcing Google maps to recalculate my route very often.

Stopped at a TGI Firdays in Corona CA for a beer out of curiosity. I managed for Fridays for 10 years in the 80s. I expected a fair amount of change, but other than the name, there is not a single thing that resembles the place I managed mult. locations for years

Heading back down from Riverside to Corona I told Google maps to avoid highways. It sent me on a route more direct, through a couple of valleys and passes. Came across Lake Mathews and Dam. Really shows California’s water crisis. The white is usually under water 💧

Finally finished East of Eden. Didn’t want it to end. Took a while, just haven’t had time to book read. Hope to carve out more after I settle in at new job. One more week of training

It was a great day. Glad I drove down there.

Dodgers vs. Padres - Play-By-Play - April 24, 2022 - ESPN

Open view. No one in front of me. Potential foul ball zone too. amazing vibe in all of downtown San Diego.

Just got to San Diego for the game. First time here in a decade. A couple of blocks of downtown closed due to accident.

Just landed in San Jose. First time on the continent in a number of years.

We all still have to take our shoes off at airports because one dufus put something in his shoe. Still annoyed

My 1 day at home before I’m back on a plane in the morning. Laundry, Easter lunch with our grandsons, quiet listening time to The Clientele and a sunset glass of wine on the lanai. Very nice day.

I moved away from Honolulu in 1991. After being there for the past 5 weeks, I know I can’t live there again. Wall to wall people and concrete. No solitude.

Last night in the hotel after 5 weeks of trainings. It’s been amazing in many ways.

Ala Wai yacht harbor. Where’s the Minnow went on that fateful trip on Gilligan’s island

Ala Moana beach park was one of my favourite places to come when I lived here. An oasis in the city.

Went on a walk at Ala Moana beach park and Magic island. The forest of tall buildings seem less imposing from this perspective

The problem is you have to choose a show on demand. When we had cable, my Wife, who has worked at home for years, would have CNN on all day in the background. You can’t do that on the app

CNN Plus is reportedly drawing fewer than 10,000 viewers a day

This Elon v Twitter saga will be interesting, hopefully it be just benign folly.

The record liner from Sunday Manoa Guava Jam released in 1969. The liner features many other Hawaiian music releases from Hula Records. Also available in 8-track cartridge and cassette.

Went for a morning walk on one of our favorite trails along the coast at Hualalai resort. This time we went to the end of the trail to see how work is going on the renovation of Kona Village. Built in the 60s it famously had no TVs or Radios. It was mentioned in Steve Jobs bio. It was destroyed in the tsunami from the Japan earthquake. Rumor is it will be a Mandarin resort

The Rolling Stones played a private concert in the largest tent ever erecting on Hawaii island for a Pepsi convention at the Hilton Waikoloa village in the mid 90s.

The Lavish Top-Secret World of Private Gigs - Rolling Stone

The breakfast cooking line at Liliha Bakery, where I’ve had breakfast almost daily since I arrived in Honolulu 4 weeks ago

Guarantee Elon will influence Twitter to suit his needs. Would not be surprised if we see Trump back on Twitter

I have 2 days off while training in California. Going to spend one of them going down to San Diego to catch a Dodger game. Can’t wait

Looking out the lanai of my hotel room, all but one of the buildings (the Ala Moana building) in my view were not there when I moved to Hawaii Island 30 years ago. And more are coming.

Have a pizza and a beer and taking in a ball game before I head to the airport.

I wish getting a new Mac was as seamless as a new phone. Took me a few days to get the Mac dialled in.

We walked the Oceanside path at the Four Seasons Hualalai this afternoon. I fly back to Honolulu tomorrow.

This is obscene. 20 year old condos, 810 sf, lumber construction that originally sold for $99-120k are going for over $500k. 2 years ago they sold for around $200k. It’s not local people. It’s driving the market away from locals. These condos used to be affordable.

While I’m training at Macaroni Grill on Oahu, I get to try a different dish each day. Yum

Haven’t gained any weight yet

On Hawaii island there’s nothing new coming. Actually we get worked up over a house being built on a piece of land that’s been empty for 59 years.

Growing up, the Kaka’ako are in Honolulu was light industrial and services. This goes back to the early 1900s. It’s where you went to get your car fixed or find other services you need. Nowx it’s morphing into a forest of $1,000.000 condos.

Haven’t been back at my room before sunset often since I got here

Nice one today

Just preordered this. I’m the current climate, sounds like a pertinent read.

Watched French Dispatch. Not sure. The cinematography was true Wes Anderson, I live that style. The story was meh. I’ll likely watch it again to make sure

My wife recalled that her great Aunt have given this blanket to her 40 years ago. She was from Odessa

Broke down and got a new 13” air. The company I just started with does almost everything in the cloud. I got this Mac based on a lot of feedback on here. I didn’t realise it had Touch ID. Cool

I moved from Oahu to Hawaii island 30 years ago. Riding an Uber through Honolulu, 90% of the buildings are still here and as they were 30 years, with nothing more that a paint job

To get the HomePod to work on the hotel network, I first had to switch my iPad to my phone’s hotspot and set up the HomePod on that device, then transfer it to the hotel next work via the home app. All good now. Good sounds in the room and when I’m watching a movie on my iPad

Met my daughter for an early dinner. Haven’t seen her since before Covid. Nice catching up. A lot has happened. 2 of her grandmothers and one grampa have passed since then. We had this sunset as we were finishing our visit.

We’re have Sonos at home, but since I’m in a hotel room for 6 weeks and I have proximity to an Apple store, I got a HomePod mini for my hotel room.

I’m going to be training in Corona Ca for 2 weeks in late April, hoping to catch the Dodgers while I’m there.

Here’s one like looking mauka. Up toward the mountains

same differences

Growing up in Hawaii, at least most of us of a certain age are just more tolerant of other Peoples ways. We knew the way the Filipinos or Chinese or Japanese or the Pacific Islanders celebrated or mourned & worshiped (there were a few other races in the Frey too. We said, it’s not our way, but it’s fine. They can go do it their way. We all came back together after and carried on. If they wanted to talk about it, cool, if not, cool.

My old school lo tech music player has music that I put on it about 10 years ago. Good job. Timeless selection

This is the longest, by time, trip I’m going on in 20+ years. 4 weeks away from home. There’s a chance I can fly home one weekend in the middle, but packing has been interesting.

The last time I flew. My 60 birthday road trip 2019. Almost forgot how.

You know that feature when you long press the keyboard and can use it as track pad on an iPhone? Doesn’t work on my 13 Pro.

The Russians are killing their own

2 members of the Fox News team in Ukraine were killed in an attack

unknown unknowns

I don’t always agree with his politics, but this quote was a revelation to me. As a manager, I’m always looking for the unknown unknowns. Otherwise know ln as unintended consequences.

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld

Whew. 30 day notice at now former employer job done. One day off then right into the next thing.

I grew up during the Cold War. The USSR was the evil empire. Since the break up, I’ve met a lot of greet people from Russia, but now, seeing what’s being done in Ukraine, I can’t help but to think Evil empire again.

We’ve had 5 Macs and 2 iPhones die in the past 18 months. Likely just a coincidence as we we acquired most of them from 2013-15 and were all heavily used (the phones more recently). The oldest one, a 2011 MBP finally bought the ranch. It had a late life as a Minecraft machine for our grandson. We now have an M-1 Mac Mini for things that need an actual computer, an iPad 9th Gen with a Brydge keyboard, acChromebook and 2 new iPhones. We’re set for a while.

I’ve always been a Lenny Kravitz fan. That first album as a CD stayed in my car for a long time

Lenny Kravitz: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Just got this Mophie triple charger (via Apple) for go “go” bag, ahead of my 7 weeks away from home. Great hotel nightstand companion.

I actually wrote a check today. Almost forgot how. The carpet cleansers wanted cash or a check how quaint

I think when someone bumps me in the kitchen I’m going to fall over and roll all over the floor like the football (soccer) players do.

Well. Lots of bells and whistles from Apple. I’m most excited about the MLB announcement. Hoping for more forays into sports.

I have a seek thermal camera that plugs into my phone. Got a few years ago, it still works. This is the TV

The new iPad Air looks delicious, but don’t want to buy a new keyboard. It fits my iPad 9th Gen

In 10 days I start training for my new job. I will be off-island in Honolulu for 5 weeks and in Corona California for 2 weeks. For the Honolulu portion I’ll come home on days off. My tech “Go bag” is different, not Mac based, all IPad and phone.

When we were in London in 2012, it was during Euros and British flags were up everywhere in support of England. The pubs were packed during matches. Incidentally it was also 1 month before the Olympics.

what IS normal??

Back in 2019, the world was chugging along with the normal BS. The environment was pretty much the biggest problem. Then we had a pandemic. Turned everything upside down. We’re finally moving past that and Putin has to go and mess it up for us all. They said Afghanistan was Russia’s Viet Nam. Ukrainian will Russia’s Afghanistan all over again.

Reminds me of American Fries and ditching Grey Poupon when France tested nuclear bombs in the Pacific. Grey Poupon is from Nabisco.

Liquor stores and supermarkets ditch Russian vodka. Importers say boycotts won’t punish Putin

Damn. That on came too easy

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If Trump is re-elected, maybe the rest of the world should sanction us.

My favourite coffee mug has mad it’s way to the front of the cabinet.

2 first world problems. Getting a new phone requires logging in to apps one has not logged into for years.

Having a large container of adapters and plugs for devices long gone or dead.

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Nothing I could post seems relevant in light of Ukraine’s plight. Heartbroken.

And concerned that’s where the US is headed.

Playing with the 13 Pro camera. Night photos. Left with flash, right without.

Russia are now international thugs. Cyber attacks, invading a neighbors and being a nuisance for years


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I won’t get my SteamDeck for a couple of months. I had cancelled my original reservation for the 64gb model in July to get the 512gb. It says after Q2 2022


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One thing I really like about the iPad is I can be doing some work, then if I want to read something I can slide it out of the keyboard and lean back and read.

Got some hands on with some Macs today. Not sure they will do anything that I need that my iPad with the keyboard or my Mac Mini can’t do.

Its taken a while to get here, but my Twitter feed is pretty much all art and photos at night and football (soccer) with a little bit of tech in the day time. I really enjoy going through my feed before bed. No politics and very little news.


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The Ruskis don’t take a crap without a plan ….This business will get out of control and it will get out of control and we’ll be lucky if we live through it.

I think of this scene whenever the Russians act up

Sometime it works out

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I guess the Olympics are almost done. We haven’t watched a single event. Too busy

Went to a movie theater for the first time in years while our grandsons spent time with their Mom. Saw Death on the Nile. Enjoyed the movie, the employees were nice l, but the theater experience was no more than average. Did see this on the way home (cross island)

Brought our Grandsons to Hilo to spend time with their Mom. Loved here for many years. The Mall is a busy ghost town. Lots of people walking around. Lots of closed stores. Mostly food places. It’s like a big food court

A homemade latte before I head off to a night working in the kitchen.

Received my iPhone 13 pro. Apple make the set up so easy. Even moved my watch to the new phone. Just need to recall all of the passwords to individual apps.

This is interesting, for me, growing up on an island and living on this particular one for 32 years, I know most if not all of these.

Do You Know Where You’re At?

Nationwide 5G, except here. Maui has 5G because lots of famous people live there.

I remember laying on the floor of my room playing this album on the turntable with headphones and studying this album cover.

Submitted resignation yesterday, called my boss 1st to give him a heads up. Last day March 15th. I’ll start telling my staff tomorrow.

Long Term relationships

There’s a few apps (services) that I’ve been using pretty continuously for a number of years. If I reset my phone, these are the first app I install

  • Evernote - early adapter and have fallen in and out of love with it a few times. 26,000 some odd notes, it’s our primary digital storage place.
  • Instapaper - another app that I was an early Marco adapter and have also fallen in and out of love with it too. It still pretty much does what it’s supposed to. It fun to look back and an article i added years ago and to look into my mindset when I added it.
  • Twitter (via Twitterrific) - I was also early on this one. Had to close my early account, it got hacked (I think) and started a new account in 2010
  • > - still here
  • Readdle apps - I’ve used Spark, PDF Expert, Scanner Pro and Calendars since they’ve come out. Love their apps. The founders are from the Ukraine, hope the current situation works out.
  • Forza Football - My favorite football (soccer) schedule, table and score app.
  • ESPN - nuff said - since before they had an app.
  • New News Wire - all things RSS
  • OverCast - Been with it for a while now
  • Notes App - drifted out to others a number of times, but it does what it’s suppose to do. Apple has added features at the normal glacial Apple pace.

The app that is gone that I miss the most is Couple. My wife and I were using since we met and then one day it stopped working. We could still see old messages until we got new phones and couldn’t download the app.

Also miss the reader app Zite, Flipboard bought it a few years ago. Recently deleted Flipboard after years of use. It’s gotten too spammy

Well peacock on the Apple TV is unwatchable. Watching the game on my iPad.

As we get closer to game time, Peacock is buffering more than not

My strategy is still working

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I’m this | | close to signing an offer letter to become GM at a different restaurant that’s part of a national restaurant group. I’ll face the same staffing challenges but making 30% more for bigger company. They also specifically mentioned that they believe in managers having 2 days off. Definitely not important at my current job. In my early career I managed for TGI Fridays. They also put a big value on managers taking their 2 days off. Work like hell for 5, but stay away for 2.

Watching Three Days of the Condor. I remember seeing this in the theater.

Three Days of the Condor (1975) A bookish CIA researcher in Manhattan finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Ice Cream with local fresh made Blueberry balsamic vinegar. Tasty. Nice balance of sweet and tart.

I’m a late comer. 3 for 3. Developing a strategy.

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The kind of place located up slope on Mt Hualalai I’d like to see out my days living in. Will keep an eye out for a bargain.

I keep a couple of these accessible, still have a few working devices that use it.

Pulled the trigger on a iPhone 13. The trade in for my 10XS softened the blow. Not buying Mac and going with an iPad for everyday stuff also helped.

The thing about Fleetwood Mac is in addtion to making great music, all of their relationship drama was not only in their music but also in the news regularly. This was before social media and everyone knew their stories.

Has anyone used a Bluetooth number pad with an iPad? I have a Brydge keyboard but sometimes have to enter strings of numbers in a spreadsheet.

First attempt at Wordle. Saw the fuss, just haven’t had the time or brain power

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The Hawaii State Department of Health has a radio commercial asking if you are worried about catching Rubella. They go on to say, we aren’t due to vaccines. We can beat COVID by getting vaccinated.

Typically there’s one thing that we expect out of a charger.

When I first moved to Hawaii Island in the early 90s, it was still kind of a sleepy place. The sidewalks rolled up at dark and only a few bars and restaurants (and 7-Eleven) were open late. Now with staff shortages, we’re back there again. Everyone closing early.

If I recall, the company Readdle, which created a number of apps that I use daily is based in Ukraine.

Switched the family from T-Mobile to Spectrum mobile. They run on the Verizon network. Saving a lot of money, plus locally T-Mo has done nothing to improve their network locally. Took about 20 min to move the 3 lines.

My wife is very frugal. Here mid western North Dakota sensibilities. I finally convinced her to upgrade her iPhone 7 for a 12. She will be ecstatic when she gets it.

The Cowboys have given this game away though unforced penalties.

Recalling 49er v Cowboys epic battles in the playoffs in years past. Roger Staubach John Brodie Duane Thomas Calvin Hill Tony Dorsett Troy Aikman Joe Montana Jay Novacek Steve Young Dwight Clark Emmitt Smith Jerry Rice

The Cowboys need to exorcise that 1995 NFC Championship game loss

worker shortage

I said it a few months ago, if the worker situation doesn’t loosen up by the 1st Q of 2022 (we’re there) many businesses will just retool, do with less and eliminate jobs. It’s happening. A local grocery chain has merged and eliminated departments and shortened their hours. Starbucks is shortening hours. Ace hardware has eliminated services and shortened hours. This doesn’t even include restaurants which are shrinking menus buying more ready to cook food (heard this from a vendor) to make due with less people. Once they all figure out the economic model, those jobs won’t go back. This happened in the early 80s partially due to food production technology

The economy is going tank. 2 supermarket chains on this island have cut hours and now close on certain days, the hardware store closes at 4, Starbucks has 2 of 4 stores closed and shorter hours. All due to lack of workers.

I ordered one of these. I’m not supposed to wear my watch when I work in the kitchen (Dept of Health reg), which is every day. This will be a bettter solution than just putting my Apple Watch in my pocket.

Two years ago today I receive the lay off notice due to COVID. That’s when we know it was real. That company never hired me back

The two annoyances using primarily an iPad rather than a Mac is not having Spaces where apps are in a specific swipe-able place (1 or 2 spaces to the right or left) and reverting to this whenever I navigate away from it.

I was so ambivalent about the Webb telescope until it actually launched. I guess cuz it took so many years. Now I check on it daily. A balmy 128f

Ok rocket scientist. We offer a signing bonus, increased pay, have great benefits. The staff we do have raves about working here and still no applications

And not only us. Every business that I talk to

We don’t have snow like DC, but we do have guys trimming palm trees

My work around for situations where I must have a desktop app or website that has issues on the iPad is using the screens app to login into my Mac Mini.

We just checked out some earth cams. Fasten your seatbelts. COVID be blowin up next week

Watching episode one of Sense8. Kind of have the same feeling when I saw the first Matrix. I know the story line, but they are throwing so much out in the first 30 min . Maybe because it’s the same writers.

We’ll as the year ends, I won’t really worry until I see locusts.

Some really good things happened in 2021, but glad to move on. It was definitely not my worst year. 1990 was pretty bad. Just hope COVID stops being a pandemic and goes back just being a virus and that people come back out to work.

The warm side of the James Webb telescope is a balmy 80 degrees. Nice

I have this 10’ tough USB-Lightning cable. It works on my phone but not with the new iPad. Rather annoying. Wondering if it’s Apple or a technical reason with the power needs and the length of the cable.

Ending the sporting year on a good note ⚽️Inter Milan are top of the table ⚽️Arsenal are exceeding expectations and solid in 4th 🏈The Cowboys clinch the division and are looking strong going into the playoffs ⚾️The Dodgers were strong all season, fell off at the end.

retirement photo project

I have a cache of BW photos left from a great Aunt who was on Hawaii Island in 1939 and 1944 with a BF who was in the military. I’ve always wanted to take a current photo from the same location and post them side by side on a dedicated website. This is the China Clipper in 1939. Maybe a retirement project in a few years

Due to my wife’s advance planning and her being a Target Ninja, our grandson had an XBox under the tree on Christmas morning #FTW

Watching Casablanca for the umpteenth time.

Oh, he’s just like any other man, only more so.

It’s been a rough few months. Closed the restaurant early for Christmas Eve. We’re closed tomorrow. Finally got home and have a healthy measure of Irish whiskey.

My inbox Last call for Christmas shipping Last last call for Christmas shipping Really last last call for Christmas shipping Give a digital certificate and get it after Christmas

I lived in LA in the early 80s managing for TGI Fridays restaurants (the showtime of hospitality at the time) and went to a lot of Lakers games. This looks fun.

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

I’m still on Twitter, but my feed is almost all Photos and Football (soccer) with a little tech to stay updated.

Pondered this while sitting at a stop light. Wonder if I could get back all of the time I’ve spent at stop lights in my life at the end, much like stoppage time at the end of each half of a football match.

mattress fail

The fail in regards to boxed mattresses is that don’t tell you in advance that it takes 48-72 hours to decompress and keep the mattress well ventilated due to chemical odor. They say not to use it for this period. This was not on any literature in the box and we found this out on the website after the fact, after they took the old mattress. Slept on the floor last night.

One week in using an iPad with Brydge keyboard as my daily computer. Have only picked up the Mac once to look for a setting. I’ve been able to do work stuff. Process payroll, post schedules, update personnel action items and do orders. Only comment, Safari sucks

When or if this is ever behind us.

For the past year and a few months of this COVID re-opening and Delta and now Omicron, I’m managed a popular restaurant. I’ve had to be the strong and encouraging voice for concerned staff, keep the ship on course and the home office placated and be the “I want to see your manager” OR “let me get my manager” guy when customers get how customers can get. All of this while covering 2 or 3 positions juggling the staffing issues we all are dealing with.
When this is finally behind us, if it ever is, I want to find someplace quiet and secluded and off the grid to be alone for at least a few days. I may not want to return.

Listening to this interview by Malcolm Gladwell. I love his rhythm and pacing. Paul Simon is an amazing subject. There’s a free preview of this on the Cautionary Tales podcast.

Using the iPad with the Brydge keyboard reminds me of an old netbook I had about 10-12 years ago, but infinitely more powerful.

Torn about Kentucky. Feel really sad for the tornado’s destruction and what climate change is causing there. I’m a direct descendant of one of the founding fathers of Louisville and have lots of relations there, but the people that the citizens of Kentucky have elected have done and are doing generational damage to our democracy and the environment.

More people going to the edge of space. I just want to go the waters edge

New iPad with Brydge keyboard. Might be my Mac replacement. Still have a Mac Mini as a fall back.

I really like Vivaldi in my Mac, but since they aren’t on IOS, using MS Edge as my default browser in most places.

I know my VPN works. I had it on (via UK) to watch a Champions League clip and forgot to turn it off. I opened my Edge browser and got a warning from MS that my account was being used in the UK.

I guess one of the things that makes the Beatles Get Back docu so intriguing is back when this was happening, way pre social media, the only thing we knew was what was in the tabloids and what was on vinyl.

I really want my Brydge keyboard to get here. My new iPad is pretty much set up. Word, Excel, Edge browser synced with work. Deleted some of the Apple apps that this device won’t be for. Want to try some real work.

Kind of cool getting our old passports back in the mail after we got the new ones. Oh the places we’ve been

Received my new iPad yesterday. Not the pro, just the basic one. Still noticeably more responsive than my old one and real battery life. Spent some time getting it dialed in and learning the updated iPadOS. The Brydge keyboard hasn’t arrived yet.

Woke up in the middle of the night last night and we were in the middle of a vast black out. I went out and it was dark up the mountain where there are usually lots of light. The cellular network was also down so it was dark and off the grid. At least I had my Kindle to read myself back to sleep.

One thing cool in the Get Back docu was seeing the Beatles break out into snippets of old blues or rock songs or even the very early Beatles songs. Those voices and instant harmonies.

Photo on the left was taken with an iPhone 1 the right on a 10XS. No focusing, zooming or editing. We’ve come quite a ways

We are in the midst of a 3 or 4 day tropical winter storm. Very wet

When we go for tacos, I think street tacos (meat and tortillas), my wife thinks taco shells, meat, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, etc, etc.

This is an amazing time when I can spend a Saturday morning here in Hawaii watching live German, Italian and English football. A few short years ago I was left to watch maybe 1 match replay a day late

Does anyone have experience using MS Edge browser on Mac?

We are all windows at work. Currently use Chrome at work so I can sync bookmarks and setting with Chrome Mac. Considering a switch

My new iPad ordered in October finally shipped. The good news is Apple products are one of the very few things that actually ship and arrive overnight to Hawaii. Other companies say “overnight”, but it’s really 2-3 days to the islands.

I know what time of year it is when he appears in the coffee table.

If things don’t turn around in regards to staffing challenges in Q1 2022, there’s going to be a massive reset in the service economy. Fixed expenses aren’t going down, cost of sales is going up. Employee costs are going up per employee (wages, healthcare and workers comp and taxes) Consumers won’t see the level of service they’ve come expect and restaurant menus will be trimmed considerably. This is what will be required to stay in business.

Though I did order a Brydge keyboard this morning for the iPad I ordered that Apple will ship someday. Want to see if the iPad can replace a laptop for most of what I do.

Didn’t buy a single thing on Black Friday. I was working. Seems like every company that sent me a Black Friday email has sent me another one today notifying me that their sale continues

I guess it’s Black Friday deals.

Btw. Should use this as wallpaper

We’ve had 4 Macs die in the past year 2015 MBP 2014 MBAir 2014 Mac Mini 2015 12” MacBook They all got heavy use during COVID lockdowns and a more home based lifestyle. Only 1 addition - M1 Mac Mini Contemplating M1 Air

Inbox bankruptcy. Dozens of sale emails it seems from every online company that I’ve ever made a purchase or an inquiry from.

For the first time, we’re doing a turkey roast rather than a whole bird. The family is disbanding. Some have passed on, some have moved and the ones still here have other plans due to COVID or other stuff. We’ll still have an amazing meal.

Guns are not prevalent in Hawaii. I have a healthy fear of some big Samoan guy in a bad mood coming after me in an otherwise innocuous altercation, but having to worry about anyone in a bad mood or just annoyed who could have a loaded gun is scary. Old west stuff.

The Dangerous Impact of the NRA’s “Guns Everywhere” Law on Airport Security

Why it’s always hot in Kona. We’re in the shadow of 2 big and 1 smaller mountains.

Wish I could hit a “like” or a thumbs up button on a email and be done with it.

Almost there. Black roux for gumbo. I thicken my gumbo with black roux, gumbo file and okra. This one is seafood and andouille sausage. I was taught how to make gumbo by the mother of a college roommate from Lafayette Louisiana.

Received my McSweeney’s Audio edition today. Can’t wait to dive in

Based on posts today. Taking another look at Basecamp. With there was a middle ground. $99 a month is s big leap. I know my team would be light users at best, but I have 23 people and it will grow to about 30-35

The austerity measures that my wife and I put in place during the first COVID lockdown have stuck and are now fiscal habits. It’s showing in savings and retirement accounts.

Kind of think if OSHA said a vaccine was a job safety issue, it might go over better. We have so many other OSHA regs in the workplace that we don’t question, not to mention Department of Heath environmental and food safety regulations.

thinking of making Opera or other my default browser. Since recently Safari will not open all sort of links from emails, newsletters, websites, etc, I’m guessing due to security. It’s annoying.

I like to watch an old classic movie when I need a break from Marvel, DC and other new blockbusters. North by Northwest. It came out the year I was born.

Got my booster shot today. Same day Appt. No issues to report.

Marvel on Netflix

Been going through the Marvel Netflix series’ in suggested chronological order. Just finished the Defenders. On to Punisher

Netflix. Marvel

1   Daredevil, Season 1
2   Jessica Jones, Season 1
3   Daredevil, Season 2
4   Luke Cage, Season 1
5   Iron Fist, Season 1
6   The Defenders, Limited Series
7   The Punisher, Season 1
8   Jessica Jones, Season 2
9   Luke Cage, Season 2
10  Iron Fist, Season 2
11  Daredevil, Season 3
12  The Punisher, Season 2
13  Jessica Jones, Season 3

Wanted some casual pants, not sweats, but long for cool evenings to wear around the house or run out to the store, etc. These Birdwell Ripstop Beach Pants are perfect. I have Birdwell board shorts - world class.

Four years on from my total knee replacement. I regularly walk 15k step a day pain free. It still amazes me considering the condition my knee was in.

I had a severed ACL and there was no tissue left in the joint. It hurt all the time, even sitting.

Ordered the base level iPad today. Getting a good trade in on my iPad Air 2, which helped make the decision. I’ll dive into the new iPadOS and see how far I can go doing what I need.

Coffee to go

My wife and I were talking about where we went for coffee before Starbucks, which didn’t come to Hawaii til 1996, at Kahala Mall on Oahu.

Back in the day 7-Eleven stores were the place get a cup-o-joe, it was good (enough). There was also a place called Coffee Works in Ward Warehouse that opened in 1975 for “special occasion” coffee. It was a regular weekend stop, a place to sit and read the Sunday paper.

Moved to Hawaii Island in 1991, there was Bear’s Coffee in Downtown Hilo, it was also considered special occasion coffee (it’s still there with different owners), they had great waffles too. 7-Eleven was still the every day coffee stop.

Kona has always had a number of places to get coffee in support of the Kona Coffee industry, but not many formal coffee shops, more like places in support of a specific farm.

Currently we have 4 Starbucks in Kona (1 in Target). 1 is closed due to staffing issues, 1 is closed for renovation and the other 2 always have a long lines, so the hand-full of other smaller coffee places have come back into prominence. COVID may just break the Starbucks habit.

There were 4 Blockbuster stores here on Hawaii Island. It’s funny how people still say that something is located at or next to the old Blockbuster.

Trying to watch Dune. Got through the title sequence. Thanks HBO

The new Macs look amazing, I’d still like something like the discontinued 12” Macbook. My needs are more online based, no heavy lifting. I just need a portal.

Too many shows to watch and not enough time. Watching all of the Marvel shows on Netflix in sequential order. Succession is back tonight and the new season of Doom Patrol had dropped.

The problem of staffing is pretty much universal. We can’t simply say people expect more. Hospitality wages are better than they’ve ever been and people still aren’t coming out for work. With mandated slowly being lifted, customers expect things to get to the way they were, we can’t do it with half the staff. It’s aggravating

My Kindle Paperwhite just died. My new signature edition won’t be here for a month. Reading on my phone I guess.

I do miss this view of Mauna Kea. This was the view from the back yard of our old house in Waimea.

It’s been over 10 years since we lived in Waimea. I guess I’d forgotten how friggen cold it gets up here. 15-2.0 degree difference from Kona in the early morning. Starbucks offers a little respite.

The ESPN app is the only sports app that converts game or match start times to my local time.

Not sure about other places, but when a worker needs to get a COVID test here in Kona, the default should be the rapid test as the first line. If they don’t ask for and push for it, they get the PCR test by default and have to wait 2-3 days for a result. This puts a financial stress on the employee and further aggravates the already bad staffing challenges.

This COVID crap is not over yet. 2 employees exposed to family members who tested positive. A other employee can’t smell or taste.

An 80 year old bridge near our house was replaced last year. This the chasm that was once the bridge and temporary bridge around the gap.

iPhone 1st Generation IOS 3.1.3

It’s can’t connect to a mobile network, but still works on Wi-Fi.

Too lazy to go out, then I realized that we have everything we needed or make chili cheese fries at home. We also have Kona Brew Longboard Lager. Maybe I’ll stay in forever

I have a 2015 12” MacBook that was for when I used to go an “in between” place, pre pandemic. You know that place that’s not home and not work. Used to stop at Starbucks or another local coffee shop to get in the mood on my way to work or on my way home.

I love that little computer. It’s been in a bag unused for months since I’m only at home or at work. Powered it up today, it still works. I’d like another Mac in that form factor. The entre computing part of that Mac is the size of an iPhone. The rest is battery.

I’m not playing all month, thought I would drop in on spice. Ichimi pepper.

Inexplicable behavior by my Apple watch. I often put it in my pocket while working in the kitchen at work, not because I’m worried about the watch, but because it’s a health department / food safety thing. Last night when I took it out of my pocket, the watch had reset to factory settings, checking the watch app, it was no longer paired. I had to re-pair it and restore the watch. Kind of hassle and it sucks because my long curated setting were lost. No clue

That 1985 series was painful. The Cards have been our nemesis.

Made Chili today, in our house it requires two batches. My wife, being from the North I suppose, prefers milder, thinner chili with beans. I prefer thick, spicy and no beans.

This is a great episode of Its been a minute about Soul Train. It used to come late Saturday Nights in Hawaii

It’s October, people still aren’t coming back to work. COVID is still an issue. 2 employees tested positive this week from family contact. We are having what I would cal normal attrition. Employees leaving for personal reasons, moving, school, etc. but none coming in.

For the, I guess, few of us who don’t use Facebook, or any of its properties, nothing’s different.

All of that hullabaloo about the drama of the last day of the MLB season. We ended up at the same place we were yesterday.

Not sure this will ever change, MLB app won’t let me watch any west coast MLB team playing on the west coast. I guess the 2900 miles and all of the ocean in between doesn’t count.

I closed my BBVA account after they consumed and closed Simple bank. I still get monthly statements in the mail (not getting those was one of points of Simple bank). Now they’ve sent a PNC debit card. Broken banking.

The volcano is erupting again. So the volcanic haze (VOG) is back, which means both of our air purifiers are back and on 24/7 as are scratchy throats from elevated SO2. At least it’s not COVID

The Democrats don’t deserve the majority in congress.

Aren’t together or ruthless enough. They haven’t learned a thing watching the republicans operate.

Not to worry, they can take thier bickering back to the minority caucus soon enough.

The newish Safari doesn’t open ad links, well ok, but not opening an unsubscribe link, not that’s just annoying.

The network policy on sports for cable cutters is driving me away from sports. The cost/benefit analysis doesn’t play out e.g. $120 year for MLB still has Dodger games blacked out in Hawaii. Reminiscent of the early ESPN days, I can watch hours of sports that I don’t care about.

I never you could catch squid slices in the wild. Learn new things even at my age

Back into the top half of the table. 3 wins on the bounce. #Arsenal whew. Onward

4 years ago this week I had a total knee replacement. I believe in science. I frequently do 15k steps a day. Prior surgery I had a hard time walking across the room.

I have an older external drive with Thunderbolt. To use it with my new M1 Mac Mini, i bought the apple adapter. Whenever the drive is plugged in using the adapter the Mac goes into a restart loop. When the drive is plugged in using USB, no issues, just slower transfer.

I signed up for the Craft apps a few weeks ago and got an invite today, after looking around, it looks cool, but it’s way too complicated for my needs. I just need a list and a calendar and contacts.

Streaming without a cable account is good most of the time, but most news organizations require a cable login.

Watching the Apple+ series on 1971 and the connection of Music to the war protests. I was 12 years old and vaguely recall the news of the era, but very much know the music. Parallels to now … and not. Think we’re dying of death by a thousand cuts and not one big thing.

Didn’t order any of the new Apple gear, but did pre-order the Kindle Signature edition.

This experiment of democracy in the US is not looking good.

A Government of the people, by the people, for the people. A flight from Tyranny.

Not sure it’s going as planned. The three branches of government are supposed to be a check and balance, but not so far apart that nothing gets done or they can’t be checked (SCOTUS).

I moved my mail to a year ago, not a single issue and they have so many features that I haven’t scratched the surface of

Think I’m going to get this for my M1 Mac Mini - add a 1TB SSD (not included) and ports, for less than Apple wanted for 1T

My inbox filled with emails from App Devs touting the new features on IOS 15, albeit mostly iPad features. I’m ostensibly not an iPad user, had to dig through the email to find iPhone features.

Guess I’m the rare bird on here that doesn’t use an iPad. I have one.

The Wire. IBM Selectric. My Dad had one at home I could use for my homework now and then.

If this debt ceiling thing isn’t fixed, can we just shut down Washington? They’re not doing anything anyway. At this point, they’re just getting in the way.

This what happens on the west side of Hawaii Island. The wind has to go around 2 big mountains and 1 smaller one and it hot right where we are. Mauna Kea the talked mountain in the world, if measured from its base at the bottom of the ocean Mauna Loa. The largest mountain based on volume. Hualalai just a smaller one, over looking Kona

My wife and I had an interesting talk last evening. We’ve always been bullish about the future, but after watching a little CNN last night and thinking about the past few years, we’ve both given pause. We’re in our 60s, very positive, pragmatic people, and have seen the world bounce back from some nasty shit in our short lifetimes. The current trifecta of the environment (global warming), COVID (and what may come next) and the political environment in many countries including the erosion of democracy are big worries

Could be our parents had similar concerns about Viet Nam or the cold war? We pulled through those ok, but not feeling good about our current challenges.

We feel lucky being Hawaii, we will definitely have weather concerns (storms and rising seas), we’ve shown we can manage a pandemic, though the state lost their way recently by reopening travel too soon. Hawaii is more liberal politically and geographically protected.

Maybe, just maybe COVID will start to peter out and science will prevail, and maybe a slightly more progressive populace will rise up and restore some balance to politics and maybe then we can pull back from the precipice on the environment. Lots of maybes there.

Guess we can continue to think globally and act locally and stay positive. It’s not looking too good for our kids though.

Losing weight is great for so many reason, but some of my favorite clothes look like clown clothes on me now. Having to give a lot of them away.

After a year and a half, I’m really missing that 3rd place in my life. The Starbucks or other coffee shop that I used to regularly stop at on my way to or from work as a transition between the two.

I read a book slow and deliberate. I don’t have lots of reading time, but do carve out a couple of “quiet” hours a week to read longform.

Getting in to Literal app. It imported my GoodReads library. A few books I started and didn’t finish. I used to read a lot business book, management books, sports and sports personalities books. Now I’m really only interested in classic literature.

Thinking about it. I use my IPhone XS for more things, more often and for more average hours per day than any other device, including the TV. I love this phone and will keep it for a while. After all, next year’s iPhone will be “the best phone they’ve ever built”

I’ve been a fan of 1More wired in-ear headphones. My 3rd pair. I wear them out. Wear them daily

Just came across this looking for something else. My Dad in the middle with his brother, my Grandfather and Great Grand Parents that came over from Parma Italy (to Boston)

how does the Epic court decision affect the average Joe (or Mary) consumer? not through the eyes of an app dev, but through the eyes of someone who never heard of Epic.

I work a lot of nights, therefore I often sleep in the daytime, tolerating all sorts of societal noise pollution in the development we live.

I would just once like to power up a leaf blower or power tool at 1am. Oops, sorry

Recalling David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech It’s a good reminder, especially during these times. This was 16 years ago and sounds like it was written yesterday.

Been watching a lot of shows in the DC world, need to get back to Marvel for a while.

Interesting. I may have used this feature a few years ago, but I’ve changed and much prefer quiet when I need to concentrate or even nap or sleep at night. I have really good ear plugs.

Hands-on: Here’s how Background Sounds work in iOS 15

Managing a restaurant during this period is brutal. Short staffed, but as busy as we can handle. We were on a waiting list from 11:30am (we open at 11) til 8pm. It’s like this almost every day. We seat as many tables as we feel comfortable giving a good experience to. I had another 18k+ steps day. Whew.

Came across this tree that had fallen over a long time ago. Kind of looks like driftwood.

Got out of the house on a rare day off. With the extended COVID spike we’re experiencing, we went down to Ke’alakekua Bay. This shoreline trail heads north towards the Captain Cook monument

Surfing the internet in one window, scrolling social media in another and the Mac app store say no internet connection. I think it’s confused

Two + years ago we were definitely looking at moving to Italy when we retire (I was working on my Passport), maybe in 8-10 years. But everything that’s happened in the past 2 years has changed our view Not only COVID, but how politics have gone and split around the world, the world economy has been and the entire environment mess. I’d really like to just stay here, right on this island the rest of my life. Maybe move up more out in the country.

The simple joy of crossing something off of my Teux Deux list as complete.

Got my new Spoke Design pen. Love it, though the first thing I did was change the ink cartridge to a Fisher Space pen refill. Now it’s complete

Had to pull the trigger and get a Thunderbolt 2-3 adapter ($50). The speed of my new M1 Mac Mini is irrelevant when my drive is plugged into a USB port

Set up a custom domain email address in iCloud w/seldom used domain. It worked almost instantly. Might revive use of the domain name. Remember the days when we would all create a website for the most mundane of things. Don’t really have the inclination to do that.

I’m worried in the face of these numbers, it’s not possible to stay safe. Record cases recorded today.

With no travel and minimal dining out, we’ve paid off the every debt we have excluding the home loan. We have already stated chipping away at the principal on that too.

New Mac Mini up and running, but my 2 big external drives are Thunderbolt 2 and the new Mac is Thunderbolt 4, need to get at least 1 $50 adapter. Also could no Migrate my MBP as it’s on the beta. Need to wait until I can put the public beta on the new Mac

With COVID cases and hospitalizations skyrocketing in Hawaii there is talk of another lockdown and also vaccine passports. I would be reticent to enforce a passport in the restaurant that I manage as it would put my staff on the front lines of enforcement, and anti-vaxers are very vocal and sometime violent. But if a lockdown is the alternative, then ok ✅

With this big push to get vaccinated, I got my flu vaccine today. I got my COVID vaccine in April.

I think my 2014 Mac Mini got wind of the new Mac Mini’s arrival tomorrow and decided to quit working. It’s done this before, stuck in a start up loop. Just wants attention. The old one is time machine backed up and to another Arq drive, though it has an old 1T Fusion drive, the new one is a 256 SSD, so can’t move the data anyway.

I read this book many years ago, he’s right in that the Supreme Courts purpose is to uphold the constitution, not make political decisions. They also need to keep the public’s trust.

“Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View” by Stephen Breyer

Mahalo everyone. Guess I went through a few days of my entire feed being about writing tools and cameras. I’ve spent some time tweaking it. I’ve been a life long nerd, but kind of thinking the COVID experience and age has made me more analog. Rediscovered reading too.

Feels odd here. I don’t write, don’t have a camera, don’t have a farm. I do talk to people a lot and get out and about on this stunning Hawaii island and I do listen to a lot of music.

So many writers here talking about their workflows. I’m more of a doer. Managing a restaurant and all. My team, customers, menus, repair and maintenance, vendors and product. I use the TeuxDeux app for to dos, notes app to save stuff calendar app and paper (order guides, etc)

Ordered a Refurb M1 Mac Mini. This will be my computer going forward. My 2015 MacBook is hanging on, but I don’t really depend on it. The things that I need to do on a computer are becoming less and less.

I’m a definitely a napper. I love a good mid day nap. It has to do with working a lot of nights through the years.

This hasn’t seemed to throttle the number of visitors. We’re #2

in other news, I bought a Milanese Loop watch band with my first Apple watch, and 2 watches later it still looks and feels great. I’ve lost a lot of weight since I bought it and it’s nice to have something that still fits nicely.

Went back to the Apple Mail app on MacOS a couple of months ago. Can’t do it. Back to Spark.

Twitter has taught me a couple things. First, there are some incredibly brilliant people in the world. Second, they are vastly outnumbered.

The best quote I’ve heard in a long time, from an Irish fisherman on Irish TV. “If I get a problem, I just troll it behind me and just move on with life”

Btw. I like the Fisher refill as it work consistently in a restaurant setting. Especially writing in the freezer and refrigerator and well on paper stained with all sorts of stuff

I prefer pens that support the Fisher Space pen refill. Looking for a good slim pen with a clip.

Found this photo of my Dad in the late 70s with his Heathkit CP/M based computer named “Charlie” on the table behind him. He used it for mailing lists. I could tell stories.

Productive (rare) day off. Gotta take them when I can. Watched 2 episodes of Punisher, 2 Episodes of Titan, ran some overdue errands, took a nap, worked on a puzzle and topped it off with a Root Beer float.

Pretty much decided that I won’t replace my dying iPad. Will upgrade my iPhone 10XS likely this fall and my 2015 MBP whenever it decides to die.

COVID Delta cases continue to blow up in Hawaii. Gov says no lock down in the plans, but I’m not so sure.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

Recalling back in the day when you could edit your iPhone apps and screens in iTunes. If I recall Xcode can do this, but don’t want to put that behemoth of an app on my aging Mac

The first rule of holes is, if you’re in one, stop digging. Not sure wether to apply this to where we were in Afghanistan or where Biden is now.

I don’t want to be mad about anything today. Turning off the TV

Lose. File a lawsuit.

Blue Origin sues US government over NASA’s decision to award SpaceX lunar lander contract

I don’t take near as many photos as I did when I managed as resort hotel. Lots of scenery at a beach resort… not as much in a sushi restaurant.

Taking a hiatus from trying to watch live sports. It too frustrating trying to find a place to watch a match or game I want in the non-cable world.

I’ve lost so much weight that I’m cold all the time, my wife is at an age where she has her own global warming thing going on. In any given room either she comfortable and I’m wearing a sweatshirt or I’m comfortable and she’s on fire.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ―Albert Einstein

This doesn’t look good. Cases are blowing up in Hawai’i. This could be really bad.

For the past 40 years, when I am upset or annoyed, I often put on this album, very loud. Usually snaps me out of it. Saw Van Halen live in 1981 **

Since the environment, politics, the pandemic and news in general has gone worse, I just bury myself at work, where I have at least a certain amount of control and mostly ingore the rest of it for 10-12 hours a day.

We had a scare at the restaurant, an employee’s Mom was exposed to a housekeeper who tested COVID positive. This employee had lunch with her Mom and came into work and hung out with 4 other employees behind the restaurant with no mask and sharing cups. The Mom came pack positive on, but all of our staff came back negative. It’s been a rough 3 days waiting for everyone’s results. We’re also in the midst of a rather large spike of cases on the island. I’ve worked every shift since Wednesday. Running on fumes.

Dodged a bullet. Kind of woke everyone up - I hope.

I just want to fly on Delta and enjoy a Corona and not have to worry about being around people.

I like Scarlett’s character, but Marvel can make another star

Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over streaming of Black Widow

Used to be when a new business was coming to the community and adding xx number of jobs, it was good news. Now it’s “good luck with that”

As I continue prune my Twitter follows, my feed is almost all Football (soccer) and tech. I will continue to unfollow any anyone with political posts.

I’ve unsubscribed from so many email newsletter and lists that my inbox is becoming a quiet place. If the NSA still wants to read the email of Americans, mine is very boring.

I’m working to make it so I get news in a more intentioned manner. I’m over the non stop feed of way more than I need to know. Deleting news apps.

The old ways was you either picked up a newspaper (or spotted a headline walking by a news rack) or turned on a news program.

Just rewatched the season ending episode of Loki. What started as such a simple premise in the first preview, sure blew up into a myriad of variants.

This is getting critical. Losing some staff due to normal attrition (moving career change, etc) but new applications and hires aren’t keeping up.

I have an iPhone 10XS. It’s still in perfect shape, not a scratch. I’m on my 2nd #Nomad case (wore one out). Many drops. In addition to its in intended purpose, I often use my phone as a coaster for my drink or my coffee.

The Panic PlayDate looks very cool, but I am on the list for a Steam Deck. Still thinking

I’m not planning on watching any of the olympics. Between COVID and the entire thing going against the will of the Japanese people. Plus disqualifications over marijuana as a performance enhancer.

They were quite the spectacle when we were younger. ABC announcers Chris Schenkel, Howard Cosell, Jim McKay, Curt Gowdy, Dick Button,

  • COVID / Delta
  • Environmental issues
  • Voter suppression
  • Business staffing issues
  • Too many shows to watch
  • Not enough good pizza
  • Arsenal FC
  • Dodger injuries.

Other then that, Life if good. (These are all external) Entire family’s health is good

The 80s is the decade of my 20s. I was married to my first wife in the 80s and my only daughter was born in the 80s. I remember every one of these

Can’t gallop polls or some other group do a big survey about why people aren’t apply for jobs, it’s everywhere.

Honolulu County made a deal that restaurants could open full capacity if they checked COVID tests and vaccination cards. A couple of places tried it, but none stuck with.
I knew as soon I heard it, that’s a situation no restaurant wants to be in the middle of.

These Billionaires flying in space, trying to make it look easy. I clearly remember the Space Shuttle Challenger. Complacency or simple human error will cause one of these ships will have an accident. It’s only when and who is on it.

Now that Apple has created every genre Spatial music playlist possible, how about a Spatial Music “Just for you” with music I actually listen to.

Not getting vaccinated is part of a larger issue of so many people who are choosing to not take responsibility for their own health. They eat poorly, aren’t active, don’t do any preventative healthcare, get sick and expect the healthcare system to fix them.
My wife works in healthcare management. We’ve had this discussion many times. Even with Medicaid that costs nothing and gets them a ride to the doctor, doctors struggle to get patients to go in for the most basic healthcare. They don’t go to the Dr till they’re really sick, won’t pick up their perceptions and then get mad because the Dr didn’t fix them.
How can we expect them to get a vaccination when they won’t even take care of their most basic health. My wife hears this rant from Doctors all the time. That’s all for now.

Reserved my Steam Deck. It’s the first gaming device I will have purchased for myself in many years.

When we remodeled our condo 2 years ago, we had a conversation about warmer summers possibly more hurricanes in the Pacific. Didn’t think it would happen this fast. We did invest in more robust A/C and larger, more efficient ceiling fans. It sure makes a difference now.

I haven’t had HBO for years. Now with HBO+ I can watch all of those critically acclaimed shows from years past that I missed. Finished True Detective last well. Just started the Wire.

Just finished a 14 hour shift. No one is apply for jobs. I have talked to so many other managers and business people in all kinds of businesses and everyone says the same thing. It’s not just a hospitality thing, it’s a no one is applying thing.

I don’t have an issue with breaking up all big tech into smaller companies.

Global warming has been a political football for over 40 years. I’m really starting to feel it’s too late stop it. It’s more like how can we live with it.

Deadly Heat, Fires, Deadly virus still around, voting rights on the chopping block, along with Democracy, inept Senate Democrats. Thinking I want to hunker down on this rock in the middle of the ocean, but a maybe further mauka (further up the mountain) and off the grid.

This quote:

For all the fuss about supporters singing “Football’s coming home”, English football fans generate atmosphere by reacting to events more than by creating a constant wall of sound, as you might find in other parts of Europe

Cox: England’s attacking at 1-0 was desperately poor. They failed when they were winning, not in the shootout

What I really liked about the Euros was it was football with the handbrake off, save for all but the first 2 min of England’s performance yesterday.

I miss going to the Borders Books & Records Cafe. You could grab book from the store and read a preview over coffee or take the coffee over and preview a CD. Nothing close that on Hawaii Island. Plenty of coffee shops, but none with books. That loss is one of the reasons I feel reading got away from me all those years ago.

Lot of Brits showing their okole after the match. Would have likely done the same if they won.

I’m about 30% through East of Eden. Only read the Cliff Notes version back in college, long over due. Thoroughly enjoying the read. This feels like the impetus to getting me back into long-form reading after a number of false start the past few years.

I’m a huge sports fan, but really have no interest in these ill timed, made for TV Olympics. Feel bad for the athletes.

Amazon provides a QR code to return to a UPS store rather than a label. The one UPS store in Kona has a line out the door every time I go, the limited opportunities, I have to go by there. There is apparently no way to just get a label.

“Man It’s a hot one, like 7 inches from the mid day sun” Just popped up in the playlist I’m listening to. That lyric seems so appropriate for what’s going on now.

Our VP of operations and CEO will be in my store on Monday. Going to have a conversation on the possible paths forward on staffing. Current path not tenable

well, I have my MB export, not quite sure how to get it into DayOne yet.

We don’t have any wild fires and the volcano isn’t active, but we still have nice sunsets.

I often miss the analog days of the 80s. Had a pager, not a phone. Used pay phones. Read the paper, had magazine subscriptions. Looked through the TV guide to see when shows were on. Life was more measured and time off was really time off.

We had our fireworks a day late due to technical difficulties. Nice show

Going to work on a day off for the 2nd time in 3 days. It’s fun being boss.

Someday, we’ll have enough staff that I can have a full day off now and then.

ESPN+ turns out to be a joke, can’t watch anything of substance without a cable subscription.

They both work. If only for nostalgia sake. I tried last year, can’t get a SIM card for the iPhone 1. The kids at ATT thought I was joking and just laughed. The real problem is the network won’t support it.

Have very much enjoyed the international competition more than the EPL season by a long shot. Much more diverse and creative matches. Euro and the Americas

Well, earlier in my life we left Viet Nam and it fell, and here we are further down the road of my life and we’re leaving Afghanistan and it too will fall.

I guess the lesson we haven’t learned is don’t get into a fight you can’t win.

Found this in the closet. It starts up. The battery fine. Now how to get music on it.

Companies won’t ship batteries outside the continental US anymore. That means no more do it yourself battery changes to my devices.

Very exciting Tour stage today. The tour has been blown up by Pogacar. Great stage win by Dylan Teuns. Loved his interview

Most of my Twitter feed is Brits. They are insufferable with England up 3-nil.

ESPN sells the alternate feed as a benefit. No replays, doesn’t follow the action, follows 2 player and 2 static cameras

I really hate the #Espn only gives me this feed because I don’t have a cable subscription, even thiugh I’m an #ESPN+ subscriber

Got an Apple Watch for my birthday. I haven’t gotten a new personal Apple device for a couple of years, save for an Apple TV last year. The set up took minutes. After only a day, nice having battery life again.

Was not a fan of everything Donald Rumsfeld did (he passed today), but loved this statement and have used it often.

Closed my BBVA account. The final chapter of the Simple Bank story is closed. The big banks won this one

Tried the new Outlook for Mac for a day, it’s really dumbed down, went back to the old version. Hope they don’t force a change.

Great to have someone speaking for us. There’s a hundred reasons that restaurants don’t have national representation.

Not near as hot as PNW, but then we have 68% humidity.

My new Apple Watch has gone from China > Anchorage > Louisville so far, now it has to come 4,368 miles back west to Hawaii

Friday 9am HST - BELGIUM v ITALY. Whew! Calendar block. Froza Italy

Apps and services that purport to offer “Lifetime” plans or access are a marketing ploy. Whose lifetime is it, the lifetime of the EULA? Don’t believe it. Companies are bought, sold, get sherlocked or just plain shut down, and often take your data with them.

I’m not really a Bezos fan and in Hawaii, fast Amazon Prime shipping isn’t really a thing, but purely as a streaming service, Amazon Video is right in there with the other streaming services at $119 a year, then throw in the MGM acquisition and Amazon music.

I’ve been listening to this Chez Baldwin play list. This list was made from vinyl records left behind in his France house when he passed in 1987. It was on Spotify, I turned it to an Apple playlist.

Back to Apple mail on my Mac. The least buggy of the bunch. Since I use for my email, using OX Mail on IOS.

Lots of chat about Twitter. Through the years I have curated my Twitter feed to match what interests me. Football (Soccer), tech, news that I trust, movies as well as some specific people that I have followed since Twitter’s early days. I have the bar set very low for unfollows.

The greatest technological innovation of my lifetime is seedless watermelon.

I’ve only bitten on 1 Prime day deal, an iHealth scale based on an email from iHealth. Since I’ve been using their products for years, I knew it was a deal ($24.99). Ordered an Apple Watch from Apple as I had a trade in. My V4 is still in good shape, except for the battery life.

My Apple Watch V4 is getting a little long in the tooth. The battery time is going downhill fast. Ordered a new V6. No cellular this time. Don’t use it anymore. Used to use cellular when I managed at a large resort.

I was shopping for and bought only one thing on Amazon Prime day. A new iHealth digital scale. My old one is on its last legs. $24.99 is great deal for basically the same thing.

My Father’s days have become much different now with all of my Grandfathers (I actually had 4 due to divorces and remarriages), my Father and Step-Father and even my Uncles all passing in the past few years. I just have a simple glass of Whisky in memory of them all.

Went on a date night to a new restaurant/ bar in Kailua Village. A-Bays island grill. They’ve had one in Waikoloa for a few years. Kailua town was so busy, a mix of visitors and locals, every bar and restaurant and the streets were packed.

There are so many tourist in town, the floodgates have been opened.

Gone back to the open spaces Home Screen. Everything on the Home Screen including what’s in those folders is used often

A long list that I created in the #TeuxDeux app last night during a meeting disappeared after an app update today. I’m very upset that that app right now. Recreating the list to the best of my memory in #Things and on paper.

We have unplugged and boxed up our Amazon echos. Too many times, something we talk about shows up on my Amazon page or my Wife’s Facebook page. (I don’t use Facebook) too many times for it to be a coincidence.

This isn’t fair, but it’s the nature of technology. This 2013 MacBook Pro with an old spinning drive still works, has some issues, but still works. This 2015 MacBook Air with an SSD is dead

I’m as much a nerd as the next guy and I love a rocket launch, but all of the space folly with no goal other than to just go there seems wasteful. I really like the idea of going up there to look back here and see what’s going on and what damage we’s causing.

It’s been said may times that when a couple has a baby it multiplies everything in the relationship, good or bad. It can also be said the pandemic shined the same light on society. It amplified the good and the bad in society

Numbers from this past Monday show more people flew into Hawaii Island than a Monday in June 2019. - 1. What pandemic. - 2. Everyone wants to go somewhere other than home.

My Dev account expired last week, but my Mac had an update and downloaded Monterey. Oh well.

I have no desire to travel anywhere. I feel very safe and content here on Hawaii island. Also almost as far away from Washington DC as I can get, unless I go to Guam.

The employee crunch is starting to show up in restaurants with cut back menu offerings, more self service, take out only. The ones that are saying to just pay them more, don’t run a restaurant or under restaurant economics. We can pay more, and just make do with less people.

The Democrats lack creativity and guts. Wimpier versions of the GOP. We’re destined to the 1% getting it all and mediocrity for the rest with a failing infrastructure so a bunch of old white guys on the hill can stay in power and rich.

Current rant is over..

It’s interesting that 30 years ago people always said you didn’t go to Kona Community Hospital to get better, you went there to die. The facility was really bad. It was old, crumbling and dirty. It was built to serve the plantation community.

I must say, they have really got their act together in the past decade. They have a top notch emergency room (I’ve been there too many times) and Oncology unit and have remodeled rooms and their surgery center. But old perceptions die hard.

People still say they’ll fly to Honolulu for surgery or anything non-emergency related or even drive to North Hawaii Medical Center 30 miles away.

Feel like Italy has a real chance in the Euros. More so than in recent years

Living in Hawaii so many things happen before we even get out of bed. Today’s internet outage, most of the stock market trading day, football matches in the UK, and even the 9-11 attacks. That’s why I check my phone first thing when I wake up to see what I’ve missed.

I am reticent to turn spatial audio (Dolby Atmos) always on. It might mess up a sound I’m used to on certain songs.

Well, Apple made no mention of getting Hawaiian Street names correct in Maps directions.

Kind of annoyed that those who didn’t get vaccinated and said how bad it is will get swag for finally making us all safe.

Reward bad behavior

Siri: flush the toilet - oh doesn’t do that yet?

Still excited about what Apple has coming, but my days of being involved in making the sausage are over. My job is analog. People, food, equipment.

Let my Dev membership lapse. Watching WWDC from the outside. No betas for me this time.

★ “The clearest signal that a novel risk is emerging is anomalies—things that just don’t make sense. This sounds obvious, but most anomalies are difficult for people to recognize.” HBR

Easy to see in retrospect.

My wife bought an HP Chromebook at Costco. She admitted she was sad about losing her MB Air, but we agreed that when the inevitable happens to my 2015 13” MBP, we will get one of the M1 MacBooks and set it up as a 2 user machine. I’m at work 10 hours a day and many nights, so that will work.

After losing so much weight, I actually get cold at night. Not typically a thing in Hawaii, especially down close to the ocean. I just bought long pants pajamas for the first time in my life.

Hawaii Island had higher visitors numbers than this time in 2019 and they’ve stoped airport COVID testing. The streets in Kailua Kona are packed with people and traffic is very sticky.

I guess we’re cured and this is over.

My wife’s 2015 Mac Air finally die, just like that. Worked Tuesday night, dead on Wednesday. Now she won’t pay for Mac, she just wants a cheap lap computer. oh well.

Grilled cheese sand before I head off to work.

This steam (Kolekole) down by the ocean is fed by this waterfall (Akaka Falls) 3 miles up the valley


Listening to loud music trying to get in the mood to go work. My supervisor called out. Said it a family emergency. I call BS without more info. So the boss goes in on his off day.…

I miss the days when sports were only about the game/match. Now it’s more about the noise that happens between the games/matches. Takes the joy out it.

Finally took the time to clean up bookmarks. It’s been too long. Had a folder of COVID links that I don’t really need anymore. I remember checking these pages of charts and graph and case counts daily a year ago.

I signed up for AARP last year when we were shopping for car insurance. I get almost weekly snail mail from them. I guess they assume those north of 60 don’t do digital. We were the digital first adapters.

Seeing what’s going on in these GOP strongholds in regards to voter rights seems to foreshadow a real rigged election, not a lie.

The Kolekole Gulch state park is basically under this old railroad bridge. The bridge was abandoned after the 1946 tidal wave and rebuilt for autos in the 1950s. It now supports Hawaii Belt road over this gulch. Very peaceful place to stop.

I love how views of the Pacific Ocean peak out between buildings in Honoka’a town.

We got out of town today, which means going over to the east side of the island. First stop was Wifey’s Waffles in Honoka’a town for some amazing waffle cone creations. Then Kolekole state part. Used to camp here as a kid. Finally Akaka falls state park before having a late lunch in Hilo. Fun was has by all

scal·a·wag /ˈskaləˌwaɡ,ˈskalēˌwaɡ/ noun. INFORMAL noun: scallywag a person who behaves badly but in an amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way; a rascal.

I really wish … … oh never mind.

Back to reality

An old quote that still rings true “I have a reasonably and responsible attitude towards my major competitors, I’d like to see them all dead”

I now use my iPhone as my primary computer device for large swaths of the day. I also use it more for communication than is recent years primarily with my supervisors, staff and corporate office. Slack, email messages, ProService, phone. Quite the change from 18 mos ago

The Hawaii GOP just picked a new wingnut to be their party chair. She (looks to be north of 70 yo) just did an interview on morning news. Paraphrasing; Election was stolen, this vaccine is bad and young people are joining our party in droves.

How I spent my day off.

Trying to revive the old Mac Mini. Disk Utility found a couple of errors. Reinstalling OS now. Then we’ll see.

Yep, old Mac Mini has bad SSD. I’ve changed them before and not sure I want to do that. Don’t “need” as new one, but may justify it in the end.

Looks like my 2016 Mac Mini is failing. It’s backed up and only used as a home server. No data lost, just a beloved machine.

This Gaza strip mess is going to blow up, ISIS will come back in spades. They just need an excuse and Israel and the US are giving it to them.

Watching 1980s music videos on YouTube. It’s was MTV’s golden era

I saw them in LA in ‘82. It was an amazing show back then too

Favorite Concerts Ever: Los Lobos Live at the Whisky

My Apple Dev account us up for renewal, can’t even remember how many years it’s been, but not renewing. I’m becoming just a simple end user. Also backing off from app betas once the ones I’m currently on expire. Just don’t have the time or brain power, just want stuff to work.

Over the years, I had automated many of the lights in our house. Living room, kitchen, lanai. Voice or app activated But periodically the devices lose their way; connection drops or typically resets its connection on an app update. I’m finally over the dog and pony show of crawling behind the entertainment center or on top of a cabinet to reset the wireless switch.

Going back to manual analog switches for the time being. I need to find a place to put the switches that make them more accessible. That’s a project for an empty day off.

It’s so easy when it works, but so aggravating when it doesn’t

I look at blood work labs as a report card on my health. 4 years ago in my state of health back then, I dreaded opening that report card. Since then, I’ve lost 75# and have kept it off for a year. Got blood work results today. Perfect numbers.

The conversion from Simple bank to BBVA bank began today. Not going well. It said my activation failed 3 times, now I’m locked out. I all but emptied my Simple account as a wait and see about #BBVA. So I wait longer

Bummed that Parma Calcio FC couldn’t pull it together this year and will relegated to Serie B. It’s been a good run since their bankruptcy in 2015, reformation of the club in Serie D and their sprint back up to Serie A.

I’m glad I live in a place where COVID, Vaccine and global warming denial are believed by a smaller minority than many places in the mainland states

Watched Mortal Kombat on HBO+ today. Not sure I would have gone to the theater to see ir, but I found it entertaining.

HBO+ will be boring next year when new films aren’t premiered there on the same day as theaters

Just rewatched Tenet. I think much like Matrix and Inception, it will take a couple of viewings to totally understand the depth of the stories.

Doing a mass unfollow and cleanup on Twitter today. The feed has gotten a little out of hand.

Quite the kerfuffle at Basecamp. I took a long solid look at Hey, but didn’t bite. Happy with

Unintended consequences. The government has given out additional unemployment $$ and addl. weeks of eligibility plus child credits and payments, but rather than seeing that as extra money to get a leg up, an entire swath of the population sees it as a chance to not have to work.

I’d get a 3rd COVID vaccine if it would make me invincible to COVID. Would still wear a mask, haven’t contracted a cold or other roving virus since I’ve gone back to work..wearing a mask, among 30 employees, with kids and large families.

I’m in the middle of sorting out what’s in Jane’s head on Doom Patrol. I don’t have the brain power to apply to this Matrix theory right now. A 2nd Matrix by the Oracle. Whew

‘Matrix 4’ plot theory solves a huge problem: How is Trinity alive?

Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand. -Leo Durocher

With new guidelines suggesting those who have been vaccinated don’t need a mask outdoors, but how do we know who’s been vaccinated and who not? The honor system is questionable with all of the anti-masker / anti-vaccine people about

I’m keeping my distance.

Last year during the lockdown I had a few bored moments.

IMHO the Hawaii Dept of Labor needs to shift back to enforcement on Unemployment abuse. There are 100s of open jobs on Hawaii Island and people no-show for interviews and don’t return calls for offers of work. The restaurant that I mange is closing sections of the dining room.

As Simple Bank goes away and becomes BBVA bank in a few days, I downloaded all 107 statement. I was lucky to get into the Simple Bank beta in 2012 as a virtual bank, It was my primary institution for quite a while. Sad to see them go.

We went to get some gelato in Kailua town this evening. Other than masks, it almost felt normal. Lots of tourists and locals out. Nice.

Listening to a pre COVID playlist from back when I had a 30 mile commute each way to work. Now it’s 3 miles.

“The floor is a hard, unforgiving taskmaster. But the floor never hits you – you hit the floor.”

I just bought a new Apple TV last year, hopefully the new remote will be available on its own.

I’ve been using the Fluid app for years to make web apps in the Mac apps. Love it and it still works great.

I really do like the sarcastic and cynical tone of the DC Doom Patrol series on HBO

Looks like the only problem I encountered with my 2nd vaccine shot has been a bout of slight lethargy. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Possibly extra coffee will be in order.

Apple is pretty good at creating the Made for You playlist in the music app, but the weekly email that they send has nothing I’m remotely interested in. just released new a pricing structure. Game changer.

I’ll move my primary mail account there. Though I just renewed my Hover email for a year, I’ll make the move gradually.

Going through the master drive where I’ve dumped data from the past, oh about 20 years. Scans, photos from old devices, exports from apps I stopped using and services that shut down. Looking back, I’ve forgotten how many different note apps I’ve used through the years.

What’s next “I meant to take out my pen and write a ticket, but I mistakenly took out my gun and shot”??

Nine months since I got my weight under 200# (from a high of 268 in early 2019). Feels good to hold the weight loss. Have failed many many times before.

I now bounce between about 190-196# depending on what I’m doing and eating.

Even after hundreds of eye drops post retina surgery and the subsequent procedures, I still don’t like putting in eye drops.

First these big corporations start documenting and writing you up for little, seemingly benign incidents that eventually force you into a PIP (perform improvement plan), then they got you. These plans can be so subjective and company leaning that you don’t have a leg to stand on.

Amazon will clean house after this vote. Companies know how to get around retaliation claims and manage someone out the door. It happened to me at Marriott.

During last year’s lockdown and stay at home orders, I realized I don’t really miss being around crowds and lots of people. I work in Hospitality and am around enough people and get my socializing at work, but when I’m off, a secluded spot seems best for me.

Been consistently unsubscribing to listservs and marketing emails over the past couple of months. My morning email, when most of them hit, is down considerably.

Over years of using different email clients;, Outlook, Airmail, Spark, there are a bunch of extra folders in the IMAP structure created by the different apps. Took time today to clean up this mess.

One of the few things I’ve had for more than 40 years. Still works as is it when new.

A continuing annoyance is blogs and e-lists that post links to articles behind paywalls without mentioning that fact. I’m pretty much tapped out as far subscriptions go. If I add one, then one needs to go.

Looks like I’m going all in with Have 1 there now that I’ve been playing with.

I’ll leave the others in Hover where the domains live, but will forward the mail to Mailbox as they come up.

I’m going to want to ride Amtrak when we next go back to the continent. It is going to get better.

Start a new job on Monday. Feels good. Had a zoom call with the corporate team last Monday. They offered an attractive compensation & benefit package.

The current manager is leaving “organically” (do to a life changes). I will get a 1 week crossover with him.

The Paramount app is a drama queen

Fatal error? I’m not sure anything actually died

Did something good for my mind and attitude. Sharpened all of my knives. Takes me a couple of hours.

Renewed my ServeSafe training. Got 1 wrong (50 questions). I can live with that. Good for another 3 years. They added use of hand sanitizers to the training (it doesn’t replace hand washing).

The GOP wants an ID to vote, but not to buy a gun. WTF

I took this photo 1 year and 1 weeks ago on Alii Drive in Kona when we first locked down. It was heartbreaking then and still is. A number of small businesses didn’t ever reopen.

That stuck ship is huge. The ones that we get on Hawaii Island are stacked only 2 containers high.

Just rewatched Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Havn’t watched it for at least 10 years. I have much more appreciation for the quality of the film.

What I like about (and before it) as well as Mastadon is my feed is not controlled by an algorithm. It’s organic.

Just that.

Pain points in streaming

We cancelled cable a month ago, and it’s mostly OK. A flaw in streaming is you can’t bookmark or save specific feeds or channels within or outside of apps. On cable you just go to the channel number or to your favorites.

For morning news. we need to go into an app, then either search for or scroll to the channel. To change to a different news network, its change app and repeat.

The AppleTV app tries to consolidate “Up Next” or “What to Watch”, but thats for Movies, TV and Sports. I hope they add “frequently watched” or “continue” Maybe it will in time. I guess it assumes TV is event based and not for casual watching. This would require cooperation by the individual apps who want to keep you inside the app.

I’m guessing over time, the apps will add features and muscle memory will kick in. After-all, most of the apps (Paramount & Peacock) have only been around a few months.

Side notes: - Fox Sports (owned by a cable company) and Disney owned ABC still requires cable account sign in. That will change, they’ll want to cash in. Would be nice to have ABC inside the Disney app. - The CNN app also requires a cable login to watch the live feed, though it’s available in the Pluto app. - The Pluto app is more like cable, tons of silly channels, set favorites and it’s free. - The Paramount app has the local CBS feed in their app, Peacock does not have the local NBC feed. - Hulu has FOX and ABC, but not live local feeds without Hulu+ ($72+/mo), but does have the shows.

Now, where was that movie I wanted to watch?

Finished all 3 seasons of #Legion I know, late to the game. Would love to see all of the main characters in #MCU at some point.

I must be the oddball here. I don’t use Ulysses or Drafts. I tried them both, more than once. If I want to write something, I just go to the app I want to write in and write. I didn’t feel the need for an app in the middle.

As we come to the end of the 1 year sign up deals for many of the streaming services, some decisions will be made. Can’t really afford to keep them all.

The only reaction that I had from the vaccine was a craving for glazed donuts and I wanted to listen to ‘80 music. I’m curious what the 2nd shot will bring.

Just finished watching “The Head” on HBOMax. Wasn’t sure at the start, but it turned out to be a very good mystery. Quite the twist at the end.

It says season 1, Not sure what a season 2 would look like.

Had my shot in my bad left shoulder (3 detached tendons), so I can’t tell whether the pain my regular shoulder pain or if it’s from the shot.

I’m not sure if I’m interested in seeing Justice League in black and white, it’s already a rather dark movie. Though after seeing an interview with Zack Snider about his affinity for movie history, I understand why he’s doing it.

Watched in section today, but finished Zack Snyder’s Justice League. What a BIG movie. Really enjoyed it. I don’t get into this actor or that actor would’ve been better, I just enjoy the film.

Watched the first ½ on TV in 4:3 ratio, then 2nd half on my iPad in full screen.

Was laid off due to COVID lockdown 1 year ago tomorrow. My career (hospitality)has not recovered yet.

I’ve tried a couple of other things with no success. The places that are reopening are doing so with smaller crews. Had one interview yesterday and one on Friday.

There are some days I just need to listen to REALLY LOUD Rock-n-roll. Right now is one of those times


Would like to see Dr. Manhattan & Vision sit down for a cup of coffee and talk about the end of the world.

Nice to see a shopping center developer using Lawae Fern in their landscaping

Going back to rewatch the Watchman series from last year on HBOMax. I’m seeing things that I missed the first time already.

Closed a few accounts Linkedin ✓ Facebook ✓ Instagram ✓ Mothballed my website ✓ ✓

so far, more to come

“The floor is a hard, unforgiving taskmaster. But the floor never hits you – you hit the floor

Quarterly sync done. I have a password protected 4T drive that I keep at my step-son’s house. Once a quarter I bring it home and sync any data added to the home server master drive. We are in a Tsunami evacuation zone, so can’t be too careful.

I’m pretty much equal parts Irish and Italian - roughly 40-45 odd % each. As I’ve gotten older, I pretty much identify equally with each. I love Irish music, whisky and beer and Italian food and wine. I feel that I could live in either county and feel at home.

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint–and another one!”

Happy St Patrick’s Day Sláinte

Erin go Braugh

Made fresh Spaghetti Carbonara after seeing it on Stanley Tuci’s CNN show.

Can only watch so much food on TV before I need to make it. Side benefit of being a former chef, it’s not a reach for me to make almost anything (that’s not baking).

cutting the cable, as they say…

One dynamic of canceling cable is for 40+ years the behavior has been to turn on the TV, power up the cable box, then scroll the cable guide for something to watch. Sometimes watch a specific show intently, most times scroll till something remotely interesting pops up, then watch it or just have it on while I do something else. Not having cable requires a more intentioned action. Have to choose a streaming app, then do a more focused scroll. If something has been saved in a watch list, which app? The Apple TV app tries to be a hub, but not everything is there. It’ll take a few weeks to sort out.

I only had a Facebook account to stay in touch with a relation overseas, I used my Grandfather’s last name rather than my own, don’t want to engage on that platform. I was recently harshly criticized by a family member for not using my real last name on Facebook. F%&k Facebook. Deactivated the account.

What kind of sucks about the new Stimulus is that we changed banks 3 months ago and there was no way to update the bank info on the IRS website. Now they are sending money to accounts with still no way to update the info, so the money will bounce back from a closed account and we’ll have to wait months for a paper check.

an Irish Pub in Kona

Been thinking a lot about opening a small Irish / British style Pub here in Kona. Small meaning 20-25 seats (1 person operation, much larger will need 2 people). Focus on service and atmosphere over sports and gimmicks. More like the pubs of 50 years ago. A place to meet someone after work for a pint or a small celebration or date. Ran some numbers, keeping it small and simple keeps overhead low so it wouldn’t need a lot of revenue to keep it going. Location just needs street frontage and some parking. Lots of options in Kona if one is creative.

Guinness Draft and a few other beers. Irish whiskies and few other spirits a couple of wines Grilled sandwiches with chips and baked beans. Bar snacks. Could also make beef pies. Small TV for soccer and rugby.

Named McBroom’s, After my grandfather.

Now that I’ve seen WandaVision all the way through, I’ll go back and binge watch it all over again.

One channel / app we’ll lose is CNN live. But with Trump out of office, even that is less important

It’s official, we’re cutting the cord and canceling cable. The recent price increase was the last straw. We’ll lose a couple of apps that don’t have a subscription and are tied to the cable account. I’ve had a cable account for over 40 years.

No flood map for Hawaii. We’re not really part of the nation, besides, why would island flood?

Is your house going to flood because of climate change? These maps will tell you

Republican president and COVID mess Republican state leaders in Texas and the current weather crisis

Not thinking it’s a coincidence.

The news looks like the movies The Day After Tomorrow and Contagion combined.

Brought the grandsons and their friends to the pool. Rather chase master, their playing Corona virus. Keep away from the one with the virus

Just turned off most notifications on my iPhone so I’m not distracted when I’m reading in the Books app or Kindle on my phone.

This book, which I read a few years ago, really shows how fragile and how much of an experiment our Democracy is from the beginning. There is not really a blueprint, it’s a work in progress and no two are alike.

“The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution (Simon & Schuster America Collection)” by David O. Stewart

Will not be renewing my Apple Dev account, will just sign up for public betas. My tinkering days are winding down. Will also only sign up for App betas sparingly. Pulling back from tech.

Managing a small restaurant it’s almost all about people in person.

I haven’t posted anything since Jan 2. Here’s the big things that happened in January from my view

January 2021 - [ ] Extremists stormed the US Capital - [ ] Trump’s 2nd impeachment - [ ] I started a new job, back in F&B. The job I’ve wanted for the last 10 years. - [ ] My Mom passed away from COVID in a care home in California - [ ] Biden took office. - [ ] Started. Social media diet. Seems no one noticed, but I feel better. - [ ] Much less time online. More movies and at least an hour a day reading books. - [ ] Restarted my website business. Built 3 sites already. I guess there’s demand. - [ ] My wife got vaccinated (through work) - [ ] Arsenal FC got back to winning ways On to February

It dawned on me tonight, after my Mother’s recent passing (COVID), I am now the oldest in our immediate and extend family. No Parents, Grand Parents, Uncles or Aunts are left. I have younger siblings, cousins and a daughter. It really is my turn. #responsibility

I just watched the first episode of Restaurant Hustle on Food Network about Chefs, Restaurants and COVID. This show made me sad, happy and proud of the industry that I have spent most of my life working in.

New Years at Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-bay). Everyone suitably spaced. Brisk breeze, but nice. I used to manage at the Marriott resort behind us. Mixed memories. Been coming to this beach for over 30 years. Great family beach

My 2 Tilley hats. I’ve had these for decades. A quick wash and air dry and they bounce back. Comfortable all day out in the sun.

Not optimal, but it helps none the less, our stimulus showed up in the bank this morning.

Starting out 2021 with a cloudy and hazy sunrise. TBH, kind of like the outlook for 2021. Want to be positive, but so much is hazy right now.

At least I know I’ll have a new job in 3 weeks

Trump’s vaccine plan is like the USPS just leaving the mail at the airport and letting the states sort it out.

The loss that hit me the hardest was Chadwick Boseman. So much talent taken early. Cancer sucks

I lost 51# this year, mostly in the first 9 months and have kept it off the last 3 months. Focusing on making it stick this time.

2020 wasn’t the worst, at least to me

Truth is, this was not the worst year in my life. It’s was very different, but I had some unique experiences, some great memories and also did some things I never would have done otherwise. Of course this is not taking into account challenges in other parts of the world. This is only speaking for me, also everyone in my family has avoided COVID so far.

My worst year was 2017 (medical challenges - almost died). Came back stronger

Lots of posts about new phones and Macs. I need to live vicariously through you all. We’re in the mode of playing out the string and using our tech until it dies while fastidiously backing up all data until that fateful day.

I need a calendar / date based note app. I’m testing Agenda and Note Plan. I need to add, notes, names, phone numbers, tasks.

Note Plan seems to have. the edge for ease of entry and retrieval.

I just inhaled a perfect Rib Eye steak right off the Grill with caramelized onions and glass of Woodford Reserve, If I die right now, I will die happy.

I’ve never been one to look back other than as a lesson.

In 2021 I expect better finances, less stuff, renewed relationships, progress in the job front and move forward in learning Italian language.

The little tree on top of the air purifier. Now running 24/7 with volcanic emissions being what they are.

This was amazing. The only problem is season 3 is far far away

I thought you might like “Disney Gallery / Star Wars: The Mandalorian” on Disney+.

I bought NotePlan 2, now I need to spend some time working it into a workflow

It’s working, our air quality inside is down to good numbers. It was 75 before we locked down.

The VOG (Volcanic Haze) is bad today, we have all of the windows and doors closed and have the A/C on and the air purifier cranked up.

We asked our kids to get us alcohol rather than Starbucks cards this year, being that 2020 is what it is.


I’m old enough to remember Viet Nam, African famine, oppressive dictatorships, regional genocides, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami, ebola, AIDS, wildfires, chemical spills, industrial disaster, environmental disasters, dam breaks etc, etc.

These were all mostly regional. Flashes on the evening newscast (or now on social media), then you move on with your life.

The difference with COVID is that it’s worldwide, and everyone, everywhere has had a similar experience. These other events are still happening, they are just layered on top of the common experience of a pandemic.

Before Trump and BLM I generally didn’t make consumer choices based politics. That has changed, there are companies I go to lengths to avoid.

Shades of 2018 during the of lava flows. Air purifiers running 24/7 in the house.

Christmas gift opening with 2 Grandsons here and Granddaughter via Zoom

On tonight’s cocktail menu Hot Buttered Rum Cranberry Old Fashioned Hot Apple Cider (with Irish Whisky)

With the Volcano back in flow mode and volcanic haze dominating the sky line, I went back to a photo from last years Holiday period.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you

The VOG (Volcanic haze) is definitely back after the volcano only being active for 2 days. Guess she was feeling that COVID was getting all of the attention.

Starting to see the first vestiges of volcanic haze that hangs over West Hawaii when the volcano is active. We’ve had a 2 year respite. The VOG was prevalent for the previous 20 years.

This will come to a big surprise tothose people who bought property sight unseen and moved here during COVID.

The stars were behind clouds, so we’ll look at pictures instead.

Happening now: a new eruption of Kīlauea inside Halemaʻumaʻu

It’s beautiful, but can be devastating. If we see a return to volcanic haze hanging over the island, it means respiratory issues fo everyone

See live webcams inside Halemaʻumaʻu, courtesy of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory:

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas - December snow on Mauna Kea

My wife has always over cooked cookies and I have given up trying to fix it, I just dip them in milk.

nothing is constant but change

After a couple of interviews, Rethinking going back into food & beverage. Expectations to hit pre-COVID revenue & profit numbers are unrealistic. Though I did get a surprise call from the GM of another car dealer, a 30 year friend. They sell Hyundai and Subaru rather than Toyota’s I sell now Less brand status, but way better work environment. Besides, I’ve owned a Hyundai for 8 years. Talking again after New Years.

With Fargo and Mandalorian over till next year, I guess I’ll go back to reading

Just watched Tenet. It had premise and promise, the story line was kind of thin.

You’re part of the problem, part of the solution or just part of the landscape.

Glassware. I basically have the proper glass for most types of wine, beer and cocktails.

Look what I found. This is a rare find in Hawaii. It wasn’t cheap. The last Shiner Bock I had was in Texas about 10 years ago. Yum!

“Serve cold…and often”

On balance, most of 2020 really sucked, and still does, BUT, The Lakers, Dodgers, Biden / Harris, my wife and living in Hawaii made it slightly less so.

The Georgia run-off “could” start 2021 off on the right foot.

Seeing a lot of posts on camera. I sold my last proper camera early this year. Had used only occasionally for the past few years. No patience to tinker with setting. Now I can Moment lenses for my iPhone, though the phone alone is good enough for me

Planning our next Mac purchases. My wife’s 11” air is getting a little long in the tooth and my 2015 13” MBP is not far behind. She’ll need a laptop, I’m considering a new Mac Mini.

Can’t wait for this election cycle to end. I work with a group of far right conspiracy theorists. I’ve had to listen to every single conspiracy regurgitated over and over. Now they’re saying all of their guns will be confiscated and they’ll have to fight with sticks and stones. I so want ask who they will be fighting. Oh and how anarchy will prevail after Jan 20

The unfortunate chain of events; I had a mocha mid afternoon yesterday, led to waking up at 12:30 AM - wide awake, which led to taking ½ an ambien which has caused a thick morning fog which I’m sure will lead to extra coffee this morning.

Seeing a lot commercial for movies “only in theaters” Not for us. We’ve come this far with no COVID, we can wait.

From yesterday. Mise en Place for cranberry scones. They came out great. I’m still annoyed that I can’t make clotted cream. I can’t get the correct whipping cream (not ultra pasteurized)

Watched Mank last night on Netflix. I enjoyed it, but then I like subtlety and interesting dialog.

My wife hated it, she wants entertainment where she doesn’t have to think.

Can’t believe this album is 25 years old. I can clearly remember getting the CD when is came out and driving along the south coast of Maui on business in rental car listening very loud

Soon is a relative term during COVID. This has been like this since January

Out cruising at the Waikoloa resort. The activity calendar has not updated since…pre COVID

Rewatching Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy with Gary Oldman before it disappears from Netflix. A great old fashioned spy movie, the kind I grew up watching with my Dad.

I don’t like the culture of car sales, I do love my customers. I’ve been told by customers that I’m a refreshing change and not like any other car salesman (I’m not ruthless, I’m respectful of the customer as a person). That all being said, I still sold 7 cars this week.

If the SCOTUS does anything to mess with the election, there will be civil war. The Black Lives Matter protests will seem tame compared to what will come and the Trumpites will be emboldened. It would be ugly.

I don’t agree with hyper analyzing every Biden pick, maybe the big cabinet positions.

Let’s judge the body of work. He needs to put in people that he trusts to go in the right direction without micromanaging them.

I grew up at the old Honolulu Stadium watching the Hawaii Islanders Triple A team. Minor league baseball has a place in my heart

The new minor-league affiliates of all 30 MLB teams, explained

New annoying behavior by my Beats Flex headphones since the iPhone update. They disconnect when the phone is locked as I get the reconnect window when I unlock.

I’m not a coder, never have been, I speak english (and Hawaiian and a little Italian - still learning) I just watch all of those posts about coding and the app used for such go by like a foreign language.

I think we can file the vaccines under sometimes “perfect is the enemy of good enough”

This caught my eye in this video. Son of Mauna Kea

For those who don’t know, Mauna Kea is here on Hawaii Island and is the tallest mountain on earth from base to peak at more than 33,500 feet [10,210 meters].

Lazy Sunday afternoon

Going out for anniversary dinner tonight. Outdoor dining

Baked scones for the first time, used a basic recipe from King Arthur flour. They came out pretty good.

I’ve been hesitant to make scones, as I had so many bad ones through the years. The best scone I’ve ever had was in Enniscorthy, Ireland, at Cotton Tree Cafe

The best streaming service is one that you will watch. There are so many, We started keeping track of what service the shows or sports that we watch are on to help make educated decisions on what to keep.

One step closer to getting out of car sales and back into hospitality. Meeting with the owner of a pair of restaurants (working on a third) here on the island this week. It would be back to my wheelhouse and comfort zone.

We left the beach earlier that we wanted. It was beautiful day, It was starting to get crowded and not a mask in sight. Lots of larger groups starting to congregate. We were just feeling uncomfortable about the whole thing.

Usage observations. The Beats Flex has a way better, consistent and persistent connection with my phone that the AirPod pro. Sound is better on the AirPod pro if it’s actually connected

Just sayin’

December F%k’N FIRST 2020.

Don’t know if I feel “what the hell happened to this year” or “ let’s get the damn thing over with”

COVID will be with us well into 2021, but stay safe and whatever at this point.

My vehicles 1985 Isuzu Pup. 250,000 miles 1995 Nissan Frontier 103,000 miles 2004 Nissan Fromtier 101,500 miles 2013 Hyundai Accent 103,500 so far

This may not be much on a continent, but I have driven over 550,000 combined miles (4 different cars) over 30 year on Hawaii island. Only 2 speeding tickets and 1 fender bender.

It’s Cyber “I’m going to work and not spending any money” Monday

Macy’s is so devoid of inventory it sure seems like they’re closing.

Democrats best not fall into infighting, complacency & trying to grab power for their slice of the party. We could be sitting here 4 years from now with a Republican president elect wondering what the f%&k happened.

The Republicans are already at work to win it back

Got my AARP card today, time to embrace being old(er). You only get old once, hopefully it lasts a long time.

I am very close to exiting the car business. My 5 month experiment is closing. The dark side of car sales is too much for me. I could deal with it if we were in a better economy and I was doing better financially.

Stormy night last night, not a cloud in the sky today. Gonna be a hot one.

Deleted the mother lode of black Friday emails, don’t need anything and the the family has been prepared for a different type of Christmas.

Had our Thanksgiving Japanese Dinner at #IzakayaShiono in Kona, They opened a few weeks ago. (opening was delayed by COVID lockdown). The service and food was great. They were very respectful of COVID, tables spaced, etc.

Great to support a local small business.

How soon is now.

“When you say it’s gonna happen now, well when exactly do you mean, See, I’ve already waited too long. And all my hope is gone…

We went for a Thanksgiving walk down at the Four Season Hualalai oceanside walking path. It’s nice to see the resort slowly awaken from its COVID forced months long slumber. We saw a number of staff doing preparation work

My wife went all in holidays today. Even the fireplace app on AppleTV

My wife and I are not having anyone over, we’re going out for dinner. Japanese bistro food. Untraditional

This pair of roosters live between 2 parking lots. In the afternoon at Ace Hardware next door and in the morning they’re on our side

The holiday season, where I can count on getting an email from any company I’ve purchased from in the internet era.
It’s easier to deal with than a mailbox full of catalogs

Late to the game (literally). But just blew through Monument Valley. Really enjoyed it. Downloaded MV II. We’ll see how long that takes.

Dug out my trusted cast iron skillet to make Cajun blackened chicken. Due to smoke alarms, I put the pan on the grill outside and got it nice and hot. Came our perfect.

I really like the Airmail app on IOS, but the Mac version is so so

Couldn’t resist, had all of the ingredients, had to make another batch.

As a life long nerd and also old enough to recall Mercury and Apollo, landing a rocket on a dime, back on earth continues to amaze me.

I am a sports fan for escape and moments off joy. The Lakers and Dodgers were solid. So far #Arsenal and #Inter not so much

Made roasted corn and jalapeño corn bread on my day off yesterday. It was a great addition to breakfast this morning.

Enjoyed the Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix.

We had our own share of War protests in Hawaii. Honolulu was a stop for kids going to and from Viet Nam. The protesters had a constant presence in Waikiki in the late ‘60s - early 70s

I have signed up for too many lifetime subscriptions that went out of business. No thanks.

Store and protect your digital life with this lifetime subscription

All this happened in my adult life.

I used DOS for the first few years on a PC clone (a Gateway if I recall) Had a Mac at work in ‘86. The first version of Windows was very bad

Just watched “I am Greta” on Hulu. Shame on us, we have been nothing but complacent.

The climate needs everyone.

My Apple Watch battery time is massively degraded since the last update. Sucky

This was a very memorable chilly afternoon at the historic Volcano House. We stayed there after the recent volcanic eruption ended to support the people who worked there and see the volcano.

My final fireplace of the day. This was a holiday portrait my Wife and I took at our former home in Waimea as newlyweds. This fireplace was propane and truth be told, didn’t throw much heat. We had a space heater in the great room.

One of my favorite Fireplaces here on Hawaii Island is at Kilauea Lodge in Volcano village. Have had dinner there often and enjoy an after-dinner port by the Fireplace. This place has history. Fond memories.

It’s been cloudy and raining all afternoon, the sun finally peaked under the clouds just before dropping for the night.

Quite a few people I work with are gun owners. What I hear from them often is; what would you do if someone broke into your house, you need protection. I’m 61 years old and lived in big cities and the country. I’ve always felt fine with a baseball bat behind my bedroom door.

They must be new to Kona. That tree will a dried up timber in 3 weeks

This was in a car that came in for service. Don’t want to be on the road when this guy is.

The county is replacing a small but important bridge near our home. It’s on a very busy street. It’s right next to the ocean so high tide floods the stream. They’ve put in a coffer dam to facilitate building the base.

I had completely forgotten to upgrade my home server. It just sits there quietly and does its job. Had to jump through 2 updates to get to Big Sur giving me 3 relocated items folders.

Snow on Mauna Kea this morning. Thought it was a little nippy last night.

We’ve gone back to Apple native apps. Canceled Spotify, Adobe suite and MIcrosoft Office. Next up, moving back to the Apple podcast app.

Oh and also broke an expensive Starbucks habit and just do pour over coffee. Starbucks is just an occasional treat now.


just heard the announcer use the word “trickeration” on a college football game.

had to look it up to see if it was real.

trick·er·a·tion | ˌtrikəˈrāSHən |.
noun US informal.
(chiefly in African American usage) trickery or deception: they felt the need to resort to cheap trickeration to achieve success.
ORIGIN. 1930s: from trickery + -ation; earliest use found in the title of a song performed by jazz singer Cab Calloway.

When Trump says the vaccine is great and we all should get it, I would tend to run the other way. I don’t even know which so called ‘scientists” to believe.

He needs to just shut up already.

The Airpod Pro spatial sound is an amazing way to listen to shows on Disney+

This will be my last beta cycle. This one was more or less stable on all devices and it was a big one, but I won’t be renewing my Dev account.

Seeing everyone get their new phones is fun to watch.

We’re taking a different tack, We will only buy a device when one dies. We’re just playing out the string on our 3 Macs (11” Air, 13: rMBP and Mac Mini), 2 iPads and 2 phones. They do what they need to do now.

This remote learning, school at home is really wearing on our 9 yo Grandson. He’s tends towards hyperactive / ADHD. He needs to be in a classroom. We fight with him every day to sit still, pay attention and stop turning your camera off.

Guessing Google hasn’t figured out how to monetize photos in the app

50.8% is not a total repudiation of Trump but it’s a start and I’ll take it.

Lots of press on the vaccine. My wife works in healthcare. Keeping the vaccine at -70° F is a big deal and officials are minimizing it. How long can it be out of cold storage during administration. Can it just be set on the counter between doses?

It’s not like dry ice is available on every corner.

Here we go. He’ll start burning for down the house from one corner

Trump fires Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Reviewing the IMDB 100 movie bucket list, I’ve seen ¾ of them, albeit many of them 1 time years ago. Many of the old ones that I’ve tried to rewatch aren’t on any of the streaming channels that we subscribe to (Netflix, HBO-Max< Amazon, TV+, Peacock, Hulu, Fox, Disney+

Our imitation In-n-Out burgers were amazing Ground Chuck Secret Sauce Fresh baked buns (local bakery) Fresh lettuce and onion Cheddar rather than American

We don’t have In-n-Out burger in Hawaii so I’m making a copycat version for lunch today. Just need an appropriate bun. Made the sauce already.

My wife and I decided to go out to our favorite restaurant #IslandLavaJava to celebrate #BidenIn #TrumpOut

We haven’t been out for dinner since my birthday in June. 80% of the young people had no masks. Many other people were just carrying their mask (maybe it works that way)

It just dawned on me the amazing First Lady we will have. This is going to be amazing, blazing light after 4 years of darkness.

My wife and I have had a bottle of good champagne in the refrigerator for a couple of years, waiting for the right occasion.

This is it


It’s so annoying when you have to threaten to cancel for a company to offer a better deal. I find when just calling to ask for the deal, there is none. We just shopped our auto and home insurance and called our current companies first to give them a chance. Not until we called to cancel was a much better offer presented.

My Wife and I are both looking forward to the day, hopefully sooner, when the adults move back into the Executive branch.

They don’t need to be perfect, just make adult, mature decisions based on the best information available.

You know you’re getting old when you recognize more and more of the medications advertised on TV.

This election was better, but we need more

Hawaii had a 67% turnout, much better than last time, but what about the other 30+%.

Let’s start now for the mid-term. The Senate and McConnell will still be a major impediment.

Is it too early to talk about a Harris / _______ ticket?

I just calling them Electrical votes, either will be shock to certain people.

“What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance.” – David Eagleman

Really hoping Biden trounces Trump, then we just need to worry about fixing all of the damage he does between now and Jan 20.

IMHO, they should stop posting polls already. I think it really does influence the election.

A customer of mine is the granddaughter of Stan “the Man” Musial. She found out how much of a baseball fan I am and gave me this today.

Can’t wrap my head around what we do if SCOTUS usurps the constitution to support Trump.

Do we just ignore it? We’ve seen what Trump will do if we protest. This why leaving the country seems so logical.

Hi, Thanks for contacting us. I understand that you’d like to know if you will be credited or will the payment be adjust for your Apple TV and Arcade once you subscribe to Apple One. I’m happy to help.

No. If you sign up to Apple One after redeeming an offer like free year of Apple TV+, the redeemed offer will run at the same time as the available subscription in Apple One but will not impact the cost of Apple One. If Apple One is canceled, any remaining time on the redemption time continues.

Got my answer from Apple. They will not credit back existing subscriptions when you sign up for Apple One. I will just wait until they expire and look at Apple One again.

I’ll have to wait to update my phone at home tonight. WiFi is dis functional at work. Says 11 hours.

What the Apple bundles haven’t answered is how to deal with existing annual or free subscriptions. Disney did a great job with this when setting up their bundles. I’ll give it a few days and try calling apple

Ok. I’m officially fed up with this. C’mon Apple. Fix it.

We walk by places like this on our weekend outings and can never see beyond the fence line. Opulence not paying their share of local taxes I must say.

Kua Bay House)

Watching game 4 of the 1984 NBA finals. I remember it clearly. The Lakers won it in 6. Was living in LA in ‘84

I got the new Beats Flex. I can leave them hanging around my neck and stick one in my ear when my phone rings. I love how it answers the phone as soon as I put it in my ear. We use RingCentral at work, so I can answer any incoming call to the dealership on my mobile from anywhere

The nice thing tonight is my Twitter feed had WAY more baseball than politics.

I’m a life long #Dodger fan. They’ve now won 6 championships in my lifetime, including the year I was born. in the 80’s when I lived in LA, I went to over 50 home games for 3 years in a row. I’m so happy tonight.

It’s probably too much to ask for the Rams to win the SuperBowl.

I’m avoiding the news for the next week. There is already too mud and lies being slung around.

My college football coach used to say “don’t leave it till the 4 quarter” score enough to leave no doubt. This election is about that. We need enough votes to give the GOP no room to wiggle.

Not renewing my Microsoft Office software subscription. Going back to using Pages and Numbers. Dumped Adobe a couple of months ago.

Can’t justify the expense for non-essential software. File this under using the good enough model.

Kona is much more interested pleasant when there are these high clouds all day long

In my estimate, there’s not just one Donald Trump, there are over 60 million of them. If you back what he stands for and does, you’re just like him.

4Runnner TRD Off Road Pro. Lunar Rock Color. Hard to come by. We got one for one of my customers.

At this point, we might as well recycle the paper the constitution was written on. The GOP is making it a useless document.

Saw Jambalaya on TV last night which of course meant I have to make some. Conveniently we had all but one ingredient in the house (bell pepper), including andouille, and i can make it without thinking. Made enough to take for lunch at least a couple of days #FTW.

Needless to say, after the issues coming up with the Indegogo project #SecondScreen and other crowd funded project failures that I’ve backed,

I’m done. The jury is still out on #SecondScreen, they may still deliver, but I’ve lost enough $$$

This week’s day out in the world was to Anaeho’omalu Bay at Waikoloa. The fish pond in the pix is the Ku’uali’i Fishpond. The hotel seen is the not yet open Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort, where I used to manage. Much fun was had by all

Starting to get the feeling I’ll never see the Indegogo project I backed #SecondScreen - more than the $350, I really wanted what they are making. Their updates are less frequent and bleaker

Still an outside chance I guess.

Wear the damn mask.

I had saved this text from an article a couple of months ago quoting Venki Ramakrishnan from the Royal society science journal.

“It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts,”

“Today both of those would be considered antisocial, and not wearing face coverings in public should be regarded in the same way”

My Apple Watch battery is confused, or maybe it’s some of the apps.

I do the same thing every day. I put it on the charger in the evening after I eat and put it back on at bedtime. in the morning sometimes the battery is at 92%, sometimes 72% or something in between.

Not watching the debate, though my wife is totally into it in the other room. Getting my entertainment watching Twitter.

Way to show up “New York is NOT a ghost town” people

Not making a global judgement, we see very few Tesla in Kona, but so far the drivers of the ones we’ve seen are jerks.

Babe Ruth and Mookie Betts are

Passan: How Mookie Betts just made the super-sabermetric World Series super-fun

I have no compelling reason to get the new phone. We won’t have 5G for the foreseeable future and the camera on my XS Max with (or without) Moment lenses is more than adequate. I can live the current form factor. Also won’t need to buy new case or charge cables.

Bought Reeder 5 for IOS, don’t really want to pay for Reeder 5 for Mac. Still thinking on it

The industry that I know and love is still dead (hospitality).

I’m doing something I don’t really like and feel like a fish out of water.

We need to resuscitate this economy one way or another

World Series

Well here we go, I’m a life long Dodger fan. This will be fun and great diversion from the pre-election shyt show.

  • As a kid I used to go into the restroom at school to listen to playoff games on my pocket transistor radio.
  • Rocked my newborn daughter to sleep in her nursery with Vin Scully calling the games.
  • I had tickets to game 7 of the 1988 World Series that was closed out in 5 games.
  • I have always watched the World Series no matter who is playing, but having the Dodgers in the Series in this strange, experimental season will make it more memorable.

Our grandsons (9 & 12) are getting more and more anti-social. Haven’t gone to in-person school since March. We get them out as much as we can, though it’s not among people.

At their Dad’s they’re on the X-Box for hours and hours. Can’t do anything about that.

My view at work now vs one year ago

Now. Used cars, power sub station, utility poles, warehouses, cellular towers and finally Mount Hualalai

Then Anaeho’omalu Bay at Waikoloa

At least I’m working, the resort is still closed.

Someday this will end, Trump will fade way and we’ll focus on repairing the damage and finding perceived normalcy.

The Dem party has a lot of young guns coming up that can carry the torch for years. All of the GOP leaders are old, who is their “next”?

At home I often take the Nomad leather case off of my iPhone 10 XS, which thanks to the case is in pristine shape, to enjoy the amazing design and feel in my hands. I won’t dare use it out in the wild without the case.

my how things have changes, an Apple phone event and Amazon Prime day went by and did order or buy a single thing.

On another note, that Apple watch update that was supposed to address battery drain, didn’t.

We are so lucky to live in a State that Trump ostensibly ignores. We got our ballots on Saturday, filled. them out and I dropped them off at the county building today. No lines, no issues.

Wishing the best to those in the states under attack.

I’m on the fence about Twitter. I’ve curated my feed to mostly soccer and tech and little noise that I’ll clean up and see.

No new phones or other stuff this round. Our Sonos speakers work great, no need invest in something new (Apple)

I remember the early promise of 5G is that it would replace home internet. Don’t see that happening for a long time.

An unintended consequence of losing a lot of weight is alway being cold. My metabolism went down and then the obvious. I easily get a chill. At work everyone else is running into the Air Conditioning, I’m content outside.

I think we were only supposed to post one, but oh well

Sunset on #adayinthelife in Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Since I posted a depressing COVID pic earlier, I went up the coast to get this one at Puako looking up the N Kohala coast. Hawaii Island


Kailua Village during COVID-19 Kailua-Kona Hawaii

Normally bustling with activity both visitors and local. Kailua Village has been a ghost town since April. At least 50% of the small businesses had shuttered for good.


Eliminated a couple of more rogue subscriptions while setting up the #Bobby app. Had to go through credit card bills to find some hidden charges.

She can say whatever she wants now, once she’s on the court, we can’t recall. She can out and out lie to us.

Each individual has his or her own perception of reality. The implication is that because each of us perceives the world through our own eyes, reality itself changes from person to person. While it’s true that everyone perceives reality differently, reality could care less about our perceptions.


My career started in farming. We lost our farm to a freeway on Oahu. I wish I had a farm to go to now. Simple lifestyle and always in demand - people need to eat.

I remember the last time Hawaii island’s unemployment was this high and the economy had tanked was when the sugar mills closed in the mid 90s. It took 10 years to fully recover. Many of those people shifted to hospitality jobs. Now that industry is decimated. What now?

The old iPods in our house have about a 10 minute battery life

Done. Will drop off at the county building Dropbox next week.

Going back to reread this book. One question it asks is why we abide by Supreme Court rulings. The court has no way to enforce their own ruling.

“Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View” by Stephen Breyer

Life is what happens while your waiting for something to happen.

Society as a whole would benefit if Twitter just shut down.

deleted and reinstalled the app and it works again.

Picked up a Costco hot dog to pair with the Chili my wife made yesterday - Instant classic


One of my favorite albums of the last few years. I keep going back to it more often these days.


My fishing trip to Craig Alaska in 2006. A one-off trip, I don’t fish.

It was sponsored by Coors Light, they were one of my clients at a radio group. They had an extra spot after a contest and I got to go. It was a blast. #ThrowbackThursday

My wife and I had strategy session last night. We definitely want to retire to Italy in a few years.

But if Trump wins the election, we will accelerate the timeline and likely move before the end of 2021 and plan on working in Italy for a few years, then retire.

since my 100 day “safer at home” period earlier this year I’ve become very comfortable baking. I’ve maintained a successful sourdough starter, have a feel for when the dough is proper and my results are more predicable. I bake every Sunday now

Due to COVID, since they’re closed anyway, a number of Hawaii resorts have either moved up scheduled renovations or added work that was in long term plans. This is the 2nd and even the 3rd renovation in my lifetime for some of these resorts

Naupaka. The legend is the half flower is separated lovers. This plant is Naupaka o Ke kai, it’s prevalent along the shoreline. The companion is a vining version that grows up mauka or at higher elevation that has the other half the flower. The separated lovers

Watch a movie on my iPhone with the AirPod Pro. What amazing sound.

Needless to say, I will miss Saturday’s matches. I will need to be at work at 8am.

The monthly Hawaii emergency alert siren test. Warning for tsunami, air raids or other emergency. In grade school, we had to duck under the desks, though this was during the Vietnam era.

Love the Sticky Widgets app, and stacking multiple notes is a game changer.

I guess Hawaii is last. My Mac had a update, but not my phone. Probably in the morning

Watched Long way Round last week and am into Long way down. Love the adventures.

on Hawaii Island, we had the Onomea arch, it fell in during an earthquake many years ago. There’s a Hawaiian legend about it, of course.


Found a recipe to make pasta using Sourdough starter. I know what I’m doing today.

The wind patterns around the Pacific are complex. But the window of trade winds from the west coast to Hawaii persists.

At my new job I don’t have a computer terminal of my own. 5 terminals, 6 sales people. I can jump on one as needed. I was using my MacBook for a while, but have discovered that I can do almost everything on my phone. The only exception is printing on the network printer.

A year ago this week, we had an amazing staycation at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. We won’t be doing they for quite a while.

Ha. I’m not the only one

After six months and $1.8 billion, Quibi wants a new owner. That will be a hard sell.

Deleted Quibi. If they do have an algorithm, it doesn’t work, I have to scroll endlessly to find something remotely interesting, then watch a commercial out of the chute.

Tried it since launch, but it’s an annoying experience.

Flashing back to a time when you could open up a Mac and fix it yourself.

I have news fatigue.

I’m avoiding watching news. My Twitter feed is almost entirely sports and tech. Unsubscribed from news RSS feeds.

I figure if something really big happens, the news will find its way to me.

This week’s Time out of house with our grandsons was to Honaunau in S Kona. Home of the Pu’u Honua o Honaunau or the City of Refuge and Keoua Canoe Club. Lots of memories here. 25 years of canoe races out of this bay, also where I proposed to my wife.

With Apple’s supposed movement to not put power adapters in the box with new tech, better to keep these in a safe place.

Found my “tech go bag” in the closet. We used to travel inter island and do staycations every few weeks. I have a bag with cables, charge bricks, mag safe, mini WiFi router, charge bricks, etc. we won’t be traveling for quite a while, will probably clear out the bag.

Rewatched All the President’s Men after many years. First thought was how good the newspapers were, second was how Trump has squirmed away.

I’ve walked 30 miles at work this week. Doing laps around a car lot.

If the GOP pushes through a SCOTUS nominee and approval before the inauguration, they will need to be hit with a retaliatory force that they never could have imagined on Election Day.

Came to the conclusion after 3 mos that car sales is not for me. It’s not the action of selling cars, I can do that, it’s the culture of the sales community. Cut throat, favoritism, inequitable. I spent years in hospitality where teamwork is the rule. But that industry is decimated, so I need to bide my time.

When I started my weight loss program and the Doc says the goal is 1# / week, my first though was WTF, is there something faster? But 18 months later, I’ve stuck with it and damn, it worked - 70# and still going.


I’m typically positive, but I’ve talked to a number of people in the past week who were very interested and wanted to be notified when we get trucks. I’ve kept in touch, now they say, we’re gonna wait till later in the year or in 2021. Can’t do it now. Can’t afford a loan payment

IMHO. In the past 6 weeks the divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” has gotten deeper. There is so much uncertainty in the world, people who were gung ho 6-8 weeks ago to buy cars who have now become gun shy. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting dimmer.

Just found an update on my ethnicity.
Combined estimates from 3 DNA different results and ancestry tracing.

As they get better at the data, it gets closer to the genealogy data we have. We knew we had generations of Irish, but parts of the family came from Scotland and England before that, the DNA now shows that too.

  • 41% Italian
  • 21% Scottish
  • 20% Irish
  • 13% English and Welsh
  • 5% Greece, Albania and Africa ??

My 2015 12” MacBook that I use for work started getting the dreaded “Battery need service” warning. Everything we do at work is cloud based. I do access iCloud and OneDrive docs, but that can be done online. Don’t even need ↑ computing power.

Looking at getting a Chromebook.

We finished season 1 of Away, but season 2 has no date yet and maybe over a year away. We’ll have to watch it again to remember what it was.

One consequence of losing a lot of weight is I get chilled easily. We wife is at the other end of the spectrum. She’ll have the Air conditioning running and I’ll have on a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt.

This week’s “out of house experience” with our Grandsons was down Napo’opo’o road to Kealakekua Bay. Lots of history and beauty here. That’s the Capt. Cook monument across the bay. That’s roughly where he died.

Picked up a pork loin. 1/3 will be BBQ. 1/3 herbed and 1/3 garlic and pepper. They will go in the sous vide shortly, then on the grill later.

I was so lucky to not have any student loans. I went into culinary science and travel industry management and got student industry grants and scholarships. TGI Friday’s paid for executive business school.

My love of baseball grew out of going to Hawaii Islander AAA game at the old Honolulu stadium growing up. Up close and personal.

I just watched Inception in its entirety for the first time in years. What a ride.

My wife picked up some nice roast turkey, so I felt compelled to play. Made a chili aioli from dried habaneros and some caramelized onions for roast turkey sandwiches for lunch.

My office in 2008. Now I have no office, Just a MacBook Pro at the coffee table or on the lanai

So much for making clotted cream. The is no non-ultra pasteurized heavy whipping cream to be found in Kailua Kona. I’ll try calling the dairy.

Found the pix from this fishing trip to Alaska in 2005. It was so much fun.

The famous Beach Tree chef’s table at the Four Seasons Hualalai will return someday #COVID

COVID has exposed so many public officials.

The Peter principle is a concept in management developed by Laurence J. Peter, which observes that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their “level of incompetence”, as skills in one job do not necessarily translate to another.

At my workplace, our small sales team has a far right conspiracy theorist (massive Trump supporter), a liberal former hippie, a devoted Libertarian (gun owner), I’m a left leaning centrist and 2 who don’t know where they are (20 somethings). We all get along well enough.

As I get older, I share my opinion less and less. Life has taught me that it really carries no weight in the world and no one really wants to hear (or read it)

The old quote “If I wanted your opinion I would have asked for it! Don’t you know opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one and most of them stink.

I do believe everyone should vote.

“Black Panther” Director Ryan Coogler on Chadwick Boseman: “After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him”

I love this stuff.

A new quantum paradox throws the foundations of observed reality into question

Re watched Black Panther today. Love the picture. It one that I will re-watch frequently

An era drifts away. Used to listen to Vin Scully calling the #Dodgers on a transistor radio under my pillow as a kid.

Catching up with Vin Scully: On America today, Jackie Robinson, MLB in 2020 and daily life in retirement

A Toyota Tundra completely covered in Rhino Lining. Still don’t know how I feel about. No need to wax. Just wash and rinse.

Making British beef pies today.

Reading about @PieburyCorner in London closing made me do it.

in old westerns, the guy running away is always riding at full tilt and the guys chasing with the Indian guide are just moseying along, but they still always catch their man.

Must be an answer in physics somewhere.

My Wife is Facebook’s model user. She spend most of her online time on the site. Facebook and CNN are her windows to the world. I’ve tried to sway her away from Facebook, but no use. No blood, no foul.

Finally back home. 5 hours at the Hapuna State Beach. Epic day. We can’t do that every weekend, but when we can it’s amazing.

Approaching noon and the beach is still rather empty. It’s a beautiful day. Light breeze, Passing clouds.

Loaded up for a beach day. Chairs Tent Boogie boards Towels Food. Lots Drinks Sun screen Music.


Low and behold. I figured out why the delete button on my 12” MacBook wasn’t working. The function button was sticking. All good now

I’ve been all Apple products for years, but Apple is changing. I am having a harder time giving blind support.

I’m going to order a Chomebook to use for work, everything we use is web based.

My said “you don’t have to shut up, just stop talking”. Er…ok

The first Presidential election that I voted in was 1980, for Reagan. I was a conservative leaning centrist up until 2008 when started leaning left and have voted Democrat since. I’ve always considered voting a privilege not to be squandered.

This album was released over 50 years ago and still stands up. It was a game changer for island music

When I started on my road to losing weight and taking back control of my health 2 years ago, I was a 38 waist. Finally to a point to shop for new slacks, I comfortably fit a 34. I have not been a 34 waste since I was 15 years old.

As COVID drags on, more and more public officials who were reasonably competent before COVID have reached a level of total incompetence. #PeterPrincipal

Thinking back on the good ole days when news site were more about page views that paywalls.

I’m not surprised at the quality of the CBS Champions League coverage. They’ve been doing sports for a very long time, it was adopting to the needs of soccer fans.

I’m sure the best constitutional legal minds are pouring over the laws and precedents on how to push back on Trump’s crushing of the post office. Is it too late to contract UPS or FedEx to handle ballots? They’re everywhere, everyday in our community.

I love my Airpod Pros, I watch a lot of movies on my iPhone and use wired headphones. My Airpods have the bad habit of disconnecting when I pause the movie for more than a few minutes, it’ sannoying. I’ve tried the unpair and the reset routines to no avial. I just use wired.

Hawaii was good about containing COVID until the lockdown ended. The biggest error Hawaii made was requiring one to be a medical professional to be a contact tracer, we have a dire shortage of both

Watching Interstellar for the first time in a while. Paying extra attention to the soundtrack. What a master track it is. Building then releasing tension over and over. the ticking of the clock was effective.

My daily steps during the last few weeks of lockdown and getting back to work. Feels good to move.

I was never a comic book fan, though I’m a big fan of Marvel and DC movies. I feel for the DC comics people laid off today. Hopefully the can keep drawing somewhere.

Hawaii had it highest ever (all mail in) primary election voter turn out, but 52% still means a small percentage of the population actually decides who is elected.

My favorite everyday knife. A 5” utility knive from the Edge of Belgravia knife company. Have 3 others from them. 1 smaller and 2 larger, a steel, a cutting board and a sauté pan.

There are so many “Harvard Educated” idiots, that it totally degrades the idea of “Harvard Educated”

Went for a long walk on the beach side path at the Four Season Hualalai at Ka’upulehu. The hotel is closed. The restaurants are ‘Ulu, Beach Tree & Resident’s Beach House. Lots of renovation and repairs taking place too.

Took the boys for a walk along the shore at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Ka’upulehu. The hotel is closed. Many more pics to come. Enjoy this interlude.

I am so over Adobe (and other)subscription model, I think I’m spoiled by the Setapp subscription model. A menu of apps, pay by computer, not by app.

Hawaii’s primary is today, lots of important local races. It’s all mail in election. Totally secure.

Italy of bust

I wish we were in a position to move to Italy. Just came accross a property in Bore, Parma, Emilia Romagna. 1700 sqft main house, with a double garage, a side guest cottage, 200 Sq m property. The owner is selling due to age. €119,950. The adjacent property is undeveloped and available at a good price, Bore town is 4k away.

We’re liquid enough to buy, but a few years from being ready to relocate. Other properties will be available when we’re ready, but I like this one. Oh well.

Truth is hospitality jobs and that part of economy is not coming back soon, no matter how much we hope and wish and dream. We need to start making another plan for those people and the supporting industries. When it does eventually come back, it will be a bonus.

I’ve nver used TikTok and don’t care about. I only created a Facebook page under pseudonym (My Grandfather’s name) so I can research clients.

Just watched Dr Sleep. As a fan of The Shining I very much enjoyed it.

Watching Harlem Nights. Love that all star cast. Redd Foxx, Della Reece, Richard Prior, Eddie Murphy, Danny Aiello, Michael Lerner and more

I’ve been managing F&B teams for most of the last 30 years. Teams of 20-80. I also had full responsibility for the restaurants or outlets I managed. Now I am a car salesman, responsible for just me. It’s a refreshing change to leave work at work and on a day off, just be off.

Day off. Meeting up with and old friend (both types of old). Dealership is closed Sunday and the other day off rotates monthly. Tuesdays for August

My Mobile phone path. Most changes because of coverage where I worked. Challenge of living on a rural island. - US Cellular 1994 - Cingular - ATT - Nextel - Sprint - Verizon - T-Mobile - Verizon - T-Mobile - ATT - T-Mobile

X-Men Movies

I watched Marvel Avenger and Guardians 23 movies in chronological order during the lockdown, now the X-men the same way.

  • X-Men: First Class (set in 1962, released in 2011)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (set in 1973, released in 2014)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (set in 1981, released in 2009)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (set in 1983, released in 2016)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (set in 1992, released in 2019)
  • X-Men (set in 2000, released in 2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (set in 2003, released in 2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (set in 2006, released in 2006)
  • The Wolverine (set in 2013, released in 2013)
  • Deadpool (set in 2016, released in 2016)​
  • Deadpool 2 (2018, released in 2018)
  • Logan (2029, released in 2017)

Then I’ll attack the other Marvel outliers.

unexpected benefit of losing lots of weight, my persnickety knees, including one with a total replacement do not hurt at all on stairs.

We mailed in our primary ballot, but will deposit our General election ballots in a county drop box to make sure.

Making a pot of chili. I prefer a spicier no bean Texas style version, my wife who’s from the north prefers milder with beans. I cook it to a point, split the batch, add beans to hers and add chipotle, ancho and a little cayenne to mine. Then finish them off. Everyone is happy

Bummer that during all of this activity, we only get to see mission control.

I never thought I would walk more in car sales than I did managing Food and Beverage at a resort.

Bartender app still not Big Sur ready. Due to what it does, it likely needs a lot of work.

Good day #Arsenal won the FA Cup #Inter won, finishing only 1 point behind Juve. The #Dodgers romped 11-2 ok Parma you’re up on Sunday

** #Arsenal won the FA cup and I sold a 4Runner Premium on the first day of the month. Off the Schneid out of the gate for August.

The disappointment I have with the electoral college is Hawaii will, for the foreseeable future be Democrat. My local vote matters, but my presidential vote not so much.

O’ahu is blowing up. No new cases on Hawaii Island for days.

I’ve never ever in my life understood blacking out Major League Baseball games in Hawaii. It’s not like we can go to the game as an option. It’s been like this as long there’s been televised sports.

I live on an island with among the lowest COVID case counts in the country. I wear a mask indoor and Ok, I’ll wear one outdoors, but if they tell me I have to wear one when I sleep, that’s where I draw the line.

Dark and Altered Carbon on Netflix both have the same feeling and similar music.

I lost it and don’t want it back

I’ve lost 60# over the past 3 years. It was purposeful, not due to sickness. I didn’t know how much I’d lose when I started, set incremental goals, and I will likely lose more. A couple of medical scares prompted my lifestyle changes. I was always big, football and all. The spare off road tire around my mid is now a bike tire. Looking back at iHealth app, I stalled in the mid 230s for a few months, then the mid 220s also. Now 205. Looking to get under 200 for the first time since I was a teenager. We’ll see where it takes me after that.

Feel much better overall.

Our Vector was unconnected from the internet and I didn’t know it. I checked the app today and it told me he was disconnected. I fixed it & he hasn’t shut up since.

We figured out he must have have been just sitting on his charger mad for past week cuz he couldn’t connect

There are rumblings that if the MLB season collapses, other sports will follow.

Interesting that the the English Premiere league did their restart with few if any COVID issues.

Oh oh. The MLB season restart may be short lived. 8 COVID cases among the Marlin players. They’re testing the Phillies players today - who they played all weekend. This could unravel very quickly.

The hurricane narrowly missed, but this just happened. Minor shaking.

Central pacific hurricane center says the storm skirted along the edge of the island chain likely due to its speed. It actually picked up speed as it got closer.

It’s good to have a fast moving storm, it will go through all of the main Hawaii Island in one day.

Just have to say, I’ve used Hover for domains and email for the past 11 years since I switched from FastMail. It’s been an amazing no hassle experience, Their help is fast, even during COVID. This is not a paid endorsement, it just works for me.

Hurricane Douglas is passing N of Hawaii Island, Maui is going to get hammered. Then O`ahu.

It is very humid, can feel the storm in our neighborhood. Weʻll see some rain as it passes, but should be no wind.

I guess per capita 73 COVID cases in Hawaii is not too bad, but had the since the start 3 days in a row is not good at all 95% are on Oahu. Hawaii Island is still safe. So far

It’s quieter on Saturdays in service. Only 2 mechanics. They crank the island music and power through the work.

Working today. Will keep one eye on the hurricane all day. We should feel effects starting later.

The national media is only talking about the storm in Florida. We’re just a small democrat state

Sure looks like the gangs in Chicago are trying re instill their street authority.

Trump’s Kent State is coming. There will be some young federal agent somewhere facing up to protesters who just loses it.

“We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year”

Why not 2020. We have an event at the dealership on Sunday.

I was 10 years old when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. It was one of the very few things shown live on TV in Hawaii. I remember watching it at our house in Kailua O’ahu.

An older but a giddie. Haven’t seen it for years. Found it in an old Mac Bag.

First stab at a crusty baguette, Didn’t come out perfect. I had cut the recipe in half and think it needed the full volume of the recipe to proof correctly. Will try again next week using the full recipe.

My wife has noticed people on Facebook (I don’t use it), change their ‘COVID is a hoax” tune after they or someone in their family catches it.

The concern with COVID is that you don’t know how your body will react, but also that it’s so contagious.

When I used to work in F&B at resorts, it was common for me to walk 12k steps a day. During my 100 day stay at home I avg 5k steps a day. Now working at the Toyota dealership, I’m back up over 12k again.

I would love to see the cast from Rogue One in another movie maybe another look back side story. #Starwars

Kukio beach is public access which is required by law for all Hawaii Resorts , though they only have about 20 parking stalls and don’t let any more people in till someone leaves. so coming early is a must. We bring a tent and make a full day of it.

Since Airmail is still broken on Bug Sur, gone back to Spark email. Like with any consumer product, once I switch for whatever reason, I may not go back.

My geekiness is evaporating with age, or maybe I just don’t have the patience to tinker anymore. I just want stuff to work. I still like beta testing, I just don’t want to build.

Our choice of political parties in Hawaii. It’s a democracy and all, but this is a little silly.

Just in time production for auto manufacturing has come back to bite. The S. Korean company that make radios for many cars has shut down due to COVID. As a result, many asian production have shut down. No Radio, no car.

So I guess the NBCsports app is dead. It’s all on Peacock????

It’s taken a few months and a few back and forths, but my trademark application for “Hawaiiboy” is going to publication. Pending any claims it should be settled by September.

I’m a former chef, but when I see a headline “Easy recipe for _____”. I expect 3 or 4 ingredients commonly available. 15 ingredients, with 2 or 3 obscure items is not an easy recipe #linkbait

This is awesome; Vorticity 3 (4K) We don’t get weather like that in Hawaii - you know the tropics and being an island and all

#Trump solved it, Testing causes COVID-19, if we stop testing and we’ll have no cases.

Well well. A new low today. In a good way. I have lost 53 pounds in the past year. Slow and steady, 1 pound a week. Still want to drops out 12# more. Way below my high school weight.

The most annoying niggles of Big Sur for me are the daily occurrence my Mac freezing forcing restart, seems to be Safari related (reported), Bartender app invokes Siri and Twitterific had strange coloration on a clicked on post. #BetaToughLove

Hmmm. I’m writing a post and Gluon didn’t crash. It’s a good sign for Monday morning. @vincent

I love my 2015 13” MacBook Pro. The ports, the memory, the functionality. I hope it lasts a couple of more years. Also have a 12” MacBook and I’m always annoyed by lack of ports.

Down to the last episode of Netflix’s Dark. I’m totally into it. But much like Matrix, I will go back and watch it all again. It’s too complex for a single apps.

Hang on, I’ll be right there, can’t be any worse than up here.

Baking sourdough starter discard crackers for the first time. They’re in the over now. We’ll see

I have unsubscribed from so many email newsletters and marketing emails that my inbox is mostly quiet. I don’t even bother checking it unless I’m expecting something from a bank or other financial institution.

I need to find out how I can travel into one of Darks past time periods and do this all over. I’d even take 1888, though 1953 is tenable.

School in Hawaii returns Aug 3 with a number of caveats. Only 2 days a week, based on last name and only 8:15am - 11:45am. The students are expected to complete schoolwork the remainder of the day at home & will have work for 2 other day. The onus is really on the parents.

Think I can file my 100 day stay at home under “life is what happens while you’re waiting for something to happen”

I’ll pay a subscription for an app that I use daily, but can’t do it for an app that does a single mundane task. This is why I love setapp. One subscription.

Spent some time doing a text search of the constitution, cannot find any constitutional right to not have to wear a mask. If they are claiming “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” that’s in the Declaration of Independence.

Guess we won’t ever be able to buy Lysol again. Still haven’t seen Clorox wipes in the store since, you know when.

Zuck and Bezos are teflon.

Heartless and justing sitting back and piling up the $$$$.. Most corporations are heartless, but they at least have to follow some rule of law.

A nice house lot in Hawaii. Just steps from the ocean. It’s only 3 feet under lava

It’s almost comical (muscle memory). I’ve participated in so many Betas, OS and apps. I have duplicates of apps that do the same thing and when one acts up, I just go the next one.

Used to do a lot of carpentry, built shelf systems to fit where we lived. I would typically just leave the stuff I built behind. Built in work benches, built-in desks & shelving, often in used space over windows. Now we’re in a condo and I don’t have tools or a place to build

I’ll just say this, then shut up on politics for now. Trump’s limited arsenal for response to any challenge is to attack and defer blame. It’s only fooling his core.

The boss bought us all huge Chili dogs and onions rings today, since we had to work. He wins

Well Hawaii us up to 999 COVID cases, but Hawaii island is still the safest place.

Almost finished season 1 of Dark. What an addictive show.

It was great returning to work. I am with a great team.

First day on the job. COVID has done a job on auto supplies. It’s smaller suppliers that have the system messed up. You can’t ship a Tacoma if the tail light manufacturer is shut down.

Twitterific is acting strange on Big Sur, Going to Tweetbot for now.

More thoughts, 100 days is longest I’ve been off work since I was 16 years old. Always had at least a part-time job through last 2 years of high school and college before launching into the work force. I was self unemployed for 2 years, but I punched in 6-7 days/week.

Stay at Home analytics

100 days - **Sleep: ** Week of March 23 Avg. Time in Bed 6hr 47 min / Avg sleep 5hr 46 min. - **Sleep: ** Week of June 23 Avg Time in bed 9hr 7 min Avg /Sleep 7hr 2 min - Weight: March 23 234# - June 29 217# - Goal is 1# loss / week. - **Heart rate: **Avg. Week of March 23 80.8 bpm / Avg. Week of June 23 79.2 bmp. _inconclusive _ - Average steps / day: March 23 - June 29. 4,279. (Previous 6 months 7,149) - **Electricity usage: ** was about the same, Wife already worked at home March 580 kWh June 565 kWh.

Goldman-Sachs declined me for an Apple Card- mid 700 credit score, good debt to credit ratio, likely because I have my credit reports locked. Other institutions contact me to do a temp unlock. GS just declined. Don’t want it now. Path to Apple Card

It’s kind of cool how the Apple created for me playlists pull other songs from the albums of artists I have in my collection or have liked in the past. When algorithms work.

My wife has become very anti Amazon. Bezos is a kagilionaire and just keeps building more homes, planes and boats. Does nothing for communities. Does not employ locally here. I’m coming around to her thinking on this.

My last Honey Do project before I go back to work on Wednesday. Paint this rusty screen door.

I have a library of ebooks from Amazon (and a few in iBooks) that are resisting conversion. I’ll just read them on my devices as is, but am going with DRM free going forward.

I’ve used a number of sleep tracking apps from when I was in the hotel industry & lacked sleep. I just needed to change careers to fix my sleep.

First meal out since February. Early Birthday dinner

27 new cases in Hawaii. We’re seeing cases from travel despite the quarantine. This is far from over.

Cancelled Facebook 4 years ago, Dropbox 3 years ago, Evernote this week. Pulling back.

With focus on picking up a book (albeit on a Kindle) rather that a device, I’ve unsubscribed from newsletter emails that are just about links to short pieces also Medium cutting back the feed in NetNewsWire

I can read again.

My internal reading switch, that had shut off years ago has been switched back on. Since forever, like many, I lost the ability to read books, I would only read social media, blog post, news articles with a few long form articles peppered in.

Through the years I started a number of books and didn’t have the patience to get past a few pages. Mostly self improvement or science.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve dusted off my Kindle Paperwhite and have been hooked, like many years ago with paper books.

I think it’s a combination of what’s going on in the world, I felt like I needed something comforting and I had time on my hands. Yesterday I laid under a tree at the beach and read for 4 hours. I haven’t done that for 20 years.

The other key was the first author I went to after seeing something on Social Media was Samuel Becket. I was sucked back in. Right now I am reading Walden for the first time since college and the Wilderness Essays by John Muir. More Samuel Becket and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the queue.

Will budget my RSS feed and social media time.

This will be fun

I’m done with politics. It’s getting too much. Every day it seems to be more corrupt and unbelievable. I don’t want to put more into it beyond a quick tacit thought. I’ll speak with my vote.

How I spent my 100 day Spring vacation

I go back to Work Wednesday, been home for 100 days. My Wife has worked at home since mid 2018 This time at home we got some things done.

  • Emptied a storage locker we had since we moved from a big house to a condo in 2017. Sold, donated and trashed stuff.
  • Went through 2 closets of old clothes and linens, donated a bunch, vacuum bagged the rest.
  • Emptied every drawer and cabinet in the kitchen, cleaned and organized.
  • Emptied and reorganized a large utility closet.
  • Took up baking - Bread, pretzels, scones and more.
  • Have an active sourdough starter for future baking.
  • Watched all 22 Marvel movies in chronological order.
  • Tried to watch DC movies, but they are all over the place, not on a single service like most of Marvel.
  • Started and finished about a doz. shows on various streaming networks.
  • Into season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Donated about 50 books to the friends of the library.
  • Went back and watched lots of old westerns and WW2 movies that I first watched with my Dad as a kid. - He passed 3 years ago.
  • Cleaned up our finances and paid off some bills.
  • Shopped for new mobile phone plans, auto insurance and went through all of our subscriptions. Saved a bucket of $$.
  • Consolidated about 2 dz. external drives (small thumb drives to many large drives) going back 20 years to less than 4TB. There were lots of duplicates. Music, photos, old Mac back ups - back to Tiger, and lots of docs. Backed up to the 3-2-1 rule.
  • Went through a couple of large boxes of cables, adapter and chargers - many for devices we haven’t had for years.
  • Found an iPhone 1, iPod Classic, iPod shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod video, iPod touch and few other old phones and they all work. Way more lightning cables than I thought I had.
  • Things from Kickstarter projects that I backed but never ended up using after a short time.
  • Lots of other old tech for old network set ups, etc. Did find some things I lost when we moved.
  • Have the Mac Mini home server dialed in - with all of that consolidated data attached.
  • We had our Grandsons about 50 of the 100 days - their Dad had to work - single parent. Did a lot school work with them.
  • Lost 30 pounds.
  • A lot of time getting Unemployment, but it finally came though in late May.
  • Cut my drinking from 1-3 drink most days to 1-3 drinks a week and some weeks none.
  • Back into reading (Kindle) finished 3 books, working on Walden and Wilderness Essays now. Cued up Emerson next.
  • Lots of other small projects.
  • Looked for and found a new job. Yay!

The only bummer about going back now, there’s a lot of good shows coming out in July.

A great day. The sunset one way and a rainbow 🌈 up the mountain.

Biden needs to stop stretching the truth, that is Trump’s job.

Was just recalling the quote I used to use in social media presentations to businesses 15 years ago “Facebook is where you tell lies to people you know and Twitter is where you tell the truth to people you don’t know”. Add to that is where you just have civil conversations.

This is the swimming beach at Mauna Lani. This area was covered with rocks and was cleared when the hotel was built 37 years ago. Usually packed with rich white people, but with the resort closed, all local people here for a change. Rich homes up on the hill beyond the beach.

Rereading Thoreau’s Walden for the first time since college. Back then I read it on assignment. This time it reads much differently. Looking back on life rather than forward it hits harder.

Back at the Mauna Lani Bay Club beach with the boys. The hotel is still closed, so not crowded

Typically during a beta I keep an index card near my Mac and note any issues to send to Apple. It’s kind of cool when they contact you for more info on an issue you discovered and you see it mentions in an update. 3 years ago they had me send in the Mac that experienced the issue. They replaced it.

I installed Big Sur on my every day machine. I want to see it through the Beta period in daily use. I have another fall back Mac, Have had to go to the fall back in previous Betas, not on this one…yet.

Hawaii Island is still doing very good with COVID despite O`ahu seeing an uptick. My wife and I decided that will plan no travel for at least a year and likely longer. The Governor is loosing travel limitation Aug 1 and seeing what’s going on in the S. West, we’ll stay put.

I still have getting my Italian passport on my radar via Jure Sanguinis. This won’t happen for a couple of years, but it’s insurance if this country continues its slide. My family is from a small town just N of Parma. Lots of them still there. Retirement plan.

Certain sports are becoming less fun. Liverpool/Mancity, Real/Barca, Bayern, Juve dominate. their leagues. Mercedes dominate F-1. Watch FA Championship when I can, those matches are fun. Baseball is still fun, when teams don’t cheat.

Giving up trying to download my archive. I’m not geeky enough to write a script and had too many posts to use the existing solutions. The IOS shortcut timeout every time.

It was a fun time, I’ll see about grabbing screenshots from the Wayback Machine

Looks like Trump wants to burn down the house on the way out, try to set up Biden for failure.

The Hey app looks interesting for a higher volume email user.

I’ve been persistently unsubscribing subs and cancelling lists and am down to a couple of dozen a day. This makes $99 not worth it. I’ve used #Hover for my domains and email for over 10 years.

Finally done with Evernote, it’s bloated black hole. Everything exported.

Relishing these last days of my “safer at home” time. Back to work July 1.

Seeing people flock to bars and beaches in the face of COVID is idiotic. I’ve been going to the beach, concerts, bars, nightclubs & other events my entire life. I have great memories, but I can wait until it’s safe. Waiting a few months won’t kill me and it may save my life.

One Screen. Taking full advantage of the App Library. One app folder in the dock for 2nd layer regularly used apps and two Apple won’t let be moved into Library. The Widget stack is also a nice quick look and launcher for primary apps.

used the Fluid app to get the browser version of and all of it’s features on my Mac desktop. #FTW

Knowing what I know about certain parts of the country, systematic racism will simply not go away in these places.

It’s been going on unabated for far too long. The more we push the harder they will hang on, and it’s not just in the south. It sucks, but it is.

New iPhone home screen. All on one screen with apps I use daily so the app library is the 2nd screen. One folder in the doc. Can’t delete workout and Watch app from home screen without unpairing so I made a utility folder.

So many good shows hitting the streaming services in July and I go back to work next week. Far less watching time.

Beta fun. A number of apps don’t go beyond a white screen. Will give it an update or two before I start emailing Devs. Mostly big company apps

I’ve had basically the same iPhone screen and folder set up through the last 3 of 4 phones.

Going all in with app library. Removing all but the the most used app from the home screen and using a couple of widgets.

As I go through my day, I come across more apps that aren’t ready for IOS14. A few don’t work on OS11 or the UI is messed up.

Not liking the extra spacing in the dock, Bartender app is acting funky so that doesn’t’ help

My Apple Music curated “My Favorites” hit it out of the park this week, I’ve listened 2x through.

We get to boo the Astros too this short season #Dodgers

West - Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles Angels - Oakland A’s - Arizona Diamondbacks - San Francisco Giants - Seattle Mariners - Texas Rangers - Houston Astros - Colorado Rockies - San Diego Padres

Moved a bunch of apps to the IOS app library and set up a widget stack. The future is upon us.

Couldn’t pul the trigger on Hey, Can’t justify the $99/year. Nice idea, the timing sucks, haven’t been working for 95 days.

The questions: What do I cancel to make room for it? Is it necessary or nice to have?

Apple Maps has always been annoyingly a few steps behind here in Hawaii. I will exclusively use Apple Maps for a few weeks and see how they are doing.

My weight loss has plateaued for a week so I did a modified fast today. I’ve had about 3oz of ham and some sips of Sated Keto shake and lots of water, I feel fine. Been about 21 hours.

Will eat something shortly.

Was just reminded, on early MacOS betas I have to return to a few stock apps until the Devs catch up.

No luck on WatchOS - getting an error on the page.

IOS 14 installed, that’s the quickest I’ve ever been able to get a Beta, being in Hawaii - last US time zone and all.

Now to try WatchOS

I use primarily Mac and iPhone. Never worked iPad into any workflow, still a consumption device for me. Never got an Apple Pencil, my handwriting is chicken scratch and I can’t draw. Love my 12” Macbook as 2nd Mac, maybe that form factor is my next Mac when 2015 13” MBP dies.

One frustration I’ve had with AirPod is moving between devices, hopefully their fix works. I use wired earpods most often as I just move the plug and and it works

Kawaihae Harbor. Paddled our of here many many times

The Hey / Apple kerfuffle

The Hey / Apple controversy sure hit a nerve this week. I’m not a Developer, I’m a Consumer, I know a lot of Devs and have beta tested dozens of apps, at one point I had a whole list in Testflight. Only 3 right now. I’ve lost the desire to do testing, I just want apps to work out of the box.

As a user, I like the simplicity of the app store. I don’t need to enter a CC# every time. I like how I can see all of my subscriptions, manage them in one place and change the credit card if I like.

My wife and I recently reviewed every subscription that we have, it was a hassle going though credit card statements to look for subscriptions not in the app store.

I do think the Apple App tax is a bit onerous and in my world, if my restaurant paid a 30% off the top for each customer, I wouldn’t be very happy. I did have to deal with worker’s comp, unemployment, Social Security tax, rent, utilities, licenses (liquor was big one) and permits and the constantly changing cost of sales and supplies. (Food and Beverage).

We offered free lunch delivery in Hilo. My delivery guy got 30% off the top and free lunch every day, he was independent. The way I looked at it, was the deliver order didn’t take a seat in the restaurant and didn’t take the time of my dining room staff. We did a solid lunch delivery business to medical offices. To me it was gravy sales and getting 70% of the revenue was fine with me, after-all dollars go into the bank not %. 70% of something it better than 100% of nothing.

I don’t know the full economic model of a developer to form a proper opinion, every business has their thing. Just trying to weight in with a brick and mortar perspective.

Canoes Cafe - 1995-2004

Found this photo from 1983 of the Puna Sugar Company offices a few days before closing, having been in operation since 1825.

Just watched A Well Spent Life 1971 A tribute to the Texas songster, Mance Lipscomb Loved it, lots of common sense, which we lack now.

Embarking on a new careeer, kind of

In my career, I’ve sold: - Beer (Miller and Heineken) - Water - Juices - Wine - Kendall-Jackson back in the day. - Spirits - Ocean Garden Shrimp - Mrs Fridays Seafood products - Ambrosia Chocolates - Heinz Food products - Lipton teas - Minute Maid Food Service - Trident Seafoods - Dannon Yogurts - Radio and other Media - Apple Computers and Apple other products - Bose Music systems - Computer peripherals

This is what I did in between Food and Beverage management.

But on July 1, I start at Big Island Toyota selling cars - never done that. The number one dealer on the island. It’s still selling, just something bigger.

Looks like the barrier to any change in police depts is the police unions. They can all hide behind their union. Follow the money unions give to politicians.

When I managed at hotels, the company was not the barrier to any appreciable change or improvement, it was the union.

Guarantee Obama would have been out talking to the crowd rather hiding in a fortified bunker (eg Hitler)

Any war with China would be trouble for Hawaii c

In a war with China, the US Navy’s warships might not be the first target - Business Insider

Great article on Looting. “People with a lot to lose don’t do things like that. The question you have to ask yourself is: Why are there so many people in our society who don’t have a lot to lose? That’s the fundamental underlying question”

When I lived in Los Angeles in the early ‘80, I had an employee who was originally from Watts. He was kid during the riots. We became good friends. One day he took me to Watts to see what it was like. It was 3rd world. No change since 1965, and it’s still the same in 2020.

My Mom’s family is from Louisville KY going back to the 1780s (one of the founding families) I’ve only been there once, but will never go back as long as I live. It’s the way they vote and they way they act.

I can’t give any more attention or energy towards Trump. He doesn’t and never did care and will never change. I’ll focus on what I can change.

Hopefully after summer people are still pumped up and get out the vote.

I deleted Quibi till TMobile gave it to me free, I still don’t use the app. Nothing looks interesting whenever I look

In Net NewsWire I generally have 4 folders (there’s a few un-filed misc items) News, Sports, Tech and interesting. The most new items is always “News”, lately I click “mark all as read” more frequently and move on the lighter fare.

Seeing daily articles about how fast the vaccine will come out. They’re giving up more testing for speed.

  • Will the corners be cut in safety or efficacy.
  • Are we willing to accept one that is 75% effective, 65%?
  • How low will the bar be set.
  • How much confidence will the public have?

My Mac must be too old (2015rMBP), I’m on 10.15, but don’t have the battery health feature or the new fonts added in the last update.

Going back and rereading Walden. It’s been about 30 years.

I quit FB 4 years ago, do not trust their policies and their aim. I have an account under a pseudonym for work and only use it TOR.

The ISS course is shifting North, we should get about 6 nights in row with a chance of spotting it. Yay!

Reading about how many Hawaii businesses passed on PPP loans due to the strings attached. Reminds of the loans FEMA offered after the flood in Hilo in Nov. 2000. Most of us all said thanks, but no thanks. Sell your soul to the Feds.

My Mom is from Kentucky, her Family are racists. My Mom and G’mother would try to keep it under wraps, but it would come out now and then. It was disturbing to me as a kid

I grew up in Hawaii and skipped that, wrote about it here. Racism is a behavior, it’s not genetic.

I need a news detox. It’s not a denial of what’s happening, it’s for my own sanity.

Not sure if it’s my iPhone or #T-Mobile but often my phone won’t connect to the network and I need to turn cellular off then back on, then it connects.

Hawaii's Ethnic Tapestry

It’s interesting, all that’s happening all across America has caused me to think back on growing up in Hawaii where pretty much everyone was a minority. I feel so fortunate to have grown in a place with such diversity and acceptance.

In such a small place, we were all thrown in together: Caucasian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Samoan, Fijian, African American, Hispanic, Filipino, etc, etc. We played on the same sports teams and sat side by side in class, went to each-other birthday parties and weddings. Our children all played on the same playgrounds.

We all grew up with each-others customs. We all knew about Filipino and Chinese weddings and funerals. We all ate each-others ethnic foods and shopped in ethnic shops. We knew to stay away from a Samoan who had a few beers, but Japanese got friendlier when they had few cocktails.

We typically handled differences with humor. We always said, if we don’t pick on you, it’s because we don’t like you, so if we do pick on you, it’s all OK. Gave us all a thick skin too.

It’s a little different now, Especially on O`ahu where the population has shifted decidedly more caucasian. It’s still pretty diverse on the neighbor islands. The past few years, I managed large teams at resort hotels. My teams consisted of the typical Hawaii blend of ethnicities, with the addition of newer arrival; Micronesians. When my team-members had disagreements, it was never about race, never.

Growing up in Hawaii has equipped me to manage this mix of races. I have seen the difficulty managers that move here from from elsewhere have that make me appreciate the gift of growing up part of Hawaii’s Ethnic Tapestry.

Racism is real and it sucks. There are good and bad people of every ethnicity, but too many people don’t see it that way.

Maybe we just need to burn down the entire house and start over.

The Patio by Beth Cooper - Maui

Microblog art and drawing challenge.

As California goes, so goes Hawaii Tourism

  • 39.4% from the U.S. West
  • 20.8% from the U.S. East
  • 18.3% from Japan
  • 6.3% from Canada
  • 15.2% others

Fresh Sunday Morning biscuits going into the oven.

Was seriously considering canceling my Twitter account, even exported my data. Then all of this happened. It’s like a train wreck, can’t look away.

Black Lives Matter Native American Lives Matter Hispanic American Lives Matter Asian American Lives Matter All Lives Matter

Beautiful day after lots of rain during the week.

I am absolutely convinced there is a ton of false media from forces beyond our country. I’m confident the news surrounding the event of the George Floyd murder is mostly accurate. I know there have been protests across the country. Beyond that I’m not sure who or what to believe.

Loved the exchange between the Falcon launch team and flight crew. Never really heard that kind of talk during NASA flights.

I think I’m anticipating the return of Baseball more than any other sport. Baseball has a calming effect, no clock, kind of like where we are now.

Eye surgery on Thursday means multiple eye drops for days.

Yoga. By Beth Cooper - Maui

Microblog art challenge. I’m not an artist by the broad stretch of the mind. I’m post art from my best friend.

When Trump sends in the military this will get ugly.

Go listen to CSN&Y Ohio: “What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground?”

That was Ohio National Guard, but still, young men with guns in a highly charged situation. Something bad will happen.

Reading about how Apple wants to eliminate all phone ports. My 2 favorite music earphones are wired (One in ear, one over ear). I can adapt to wireless charging in places I use a cable now, but I really like those headphones.

Lost 17 pounds (so far) since laid off and stay at home order. Would like to drop 13 more.

Welcome to Trump’s Great America

Arrest of CNN Crew in Minneapolis a ‘Violation of First Amendment’

I’ve use the #Airmail email app for a long time and has #Spark as 2nd fiddle, but Airmail is so buggy on my Mac. I’ve emailed support and put up with it for weeks, but I’m over it for now. Going to Spark on all devices.

Peace out dawg - by Beth Cooper - Maui drawing and art challenge.

I’m waiting for 4 outstanding backed Kickstarter projects. All but one is late (one is actually early). After I receive these, I’m done with Kickstarter I’ll write a blog post about it shortly. I have one big criticism of most creators.

That was a different experience post, or within COVID. Lots of extra cleaning and checks and balances. Longer waits for OR with the extra cleaning.

Really enjoying the 1988 World Series with Vin Scully on play by play.

I was diagnosed with a detached retina last Oct. got that fixed, had the temporary oil removed in late December, but due to COVID had to wait till today to get a lens replacement. Won’t know till the swelling goes down, looks better already.

My very cluttered desk from 2010. MacBook Pro with Cinema Display.

Now I don’t have desk now. Just a MacBook.


Channel surfing and found the 1988 World Series. Dodgers v As. Game 4. Vin Scully doing the play by play. #FTW

Side note, I had tickets to Game 6 of this series, but the Dodgers closed it out in 5. I watched this game at Critters Bar in Hermosa Beach.

I had this CD back in the day. Still enjoy listening to it.

Gonna be fun watching Trump and Twitter duke it out.

These type old general merchandise stores were all over the islands from plantation days. Many are now art galleries or cafes or real estate offices.

This piece is by Curtis Wilson Cost from Maui

As we all enjoy the diversion of SpaceX, the 800# gorilla looms

Devs, please do not ask me to sign up for a beta then immediately try to sell me an in app purchase to upgrade to pro. When I agree to beta test, I accept a responsibility to help you find bugs and usability issues and get the benefit of early access to the app.

That’s all

Looking thru old pix. This was my final canoe race 2006/05/07 Molokai - Oahu race. I blew out my left shoulder a month later. This was end of years of sports. Pop Warner, High School and College football, club Volleyball, adult BasketBall leagues and 20 years of Canoe paddling.

Lots of press today on Hawaii Tourism. Lt Gov wants to open in July. Economist say soonest is Sept. and that’s if there are no spikes in COVID here or elsewhere.

Doesn’t matter if we have no cases here. What if you open an no one came. Hotels won’t open without reservations

2/2 most restaurants have built a clientele based on a specific type of food, flavor profile, atmosphere, type of service and location. The big challenge is keep what they had in the new financial atmosphere. Smaller family owned ethnic restaurants should be better off.

½ Restaurant owners should’ve already run the numbers vs. their financial model. Most will find numbers don’t work. Revenue is based on number of seats X number of turns X check avg. It only works if prices go up or cost goes way down (fixed cost, cost of sales or labor)

Most hotels offer a breakfast buffet. It works financially. Less staffing. Easier to manage preparation. Fast, inexpensive breakfast and broad selection for guests. At least for now, that model is blown up.

I figure we’ll all know in about a week if the debauchery and lack of COVID common sense has put us back where we were a few weeks ago in cases and deaths.

We got to the beach early, when we left the parking lot was full

I have ancestors and relatives who fight in the Revolutionary war, Civil war, Mexican American War, both World Wars, Korean War, Vietnam and the First Gulf War. From Andrew Kimbley to William McBroom to Richard Benecchi all the others, thinking of you all.

Came back to Hapuna State Beach Park today. The beach is open now. Everyone here is behaving and adequately physically spaced. It’s still early though. We’ll be gone before the peak hours of the day.

On another note, not renewing AppleNews+ come on Apple give us a bundle option. The Disney+ bundle really worked out for us, and it will get better when sports are back and I go back to watching ESPN+

My wife keeps saying I should go for one of those remote tech jobs, problem is, I was never a developer, never learned coding. Always enough of a nerd to be helpful to family, manage networks, build websites. I’ve always managed people, teams of over 200, hard to do remotely.

By Curtis Wilson Cost 1990 Always loved this one.

Small shacks like this dot the countryside on Maui and Hawaii Island.

The community pool is empty. Everyone went out. Please don’t bring any viruses back to our safe corner of the world.

This will be Cinnamon rolls later this afternoon

3 month window: We rarely use AppleTV+ have 1 year free sub. Only go there for a specific shows now and then. We are mostly in Netflix, Hulu and Disney+, occasionally HBONow

My wife said all of her family and friends in North Dakota are posting pictures with fish. Said that’s a thing back there on Memorial Day weekend.

I haven’t been fishing in 30 years. I told her if we move back, I’ll have to go to the store and buy a fish to take a photo with

Avoiding all politics today, The UK up in arms over the PMs speach today and Trump is. …. well being Trump. That’s enough for today.

Going for a walk then reading and watching movies.

Based on the number of people out in Kona today (traffic, stores busy, beaches packed). we’re cured, COVID is over. Let’s all go to a nightclub tonight, hug everyone and dance and carry on.

Or not.

This is from my good friend Beth Cooper from Maui. We have been friends for 20+ years, She’s like the sister I never had (I have 2 brothers). She was my Best Person when I was married.

Vacuum cleaners with headlights. Never has this when I was a kid.

5 stores, no yeast. Guess I need to wake up my starter.

This one line encapsulates it all: if you put men who care nothing for competence, complexity, or the difference between truth and falsehood in power, you will live to regret it by Nick Cohen

I kind of feel, Trump is causing less harm when he’s golfing than when he’s sitting the White House watching Fox.

He never will care and it’s all about damage control .

The results of my first COVID test came back in less than 2 days (not detected))

It’s been raining 🌧 here in Kona for most of the afternoon. Not going anywhere, so it’s no bother.

Trump and McConnell will continue their attack on the courts. Try filing a lawsuit in support of a social program or fighting an inequity, it will be DOA in any of the courts with their new appointees for decades to come.

The right will dismantle ROEvWADE with court support.

The COVID test felt like when you’re swimming in the ocean and inhale seawater through your nose.

Took the COVID test today. (Pre-medical procedure). It’s was rather unpleasant.

My weight loss the last 3 months. Safe-at-home has been good for me.

How can a Telco promise 10 years of anything?

T-Mobile’s free mobile service for first responders is now available

Unfortunately I may have too many posts to download my history using the 2 new tools just released. I’ll wait a couple of weeks and try again, maybe a new option will be available later. I had 15.792 posts from 2012-16


and webapp

If Trump is re-elected because people don’t vote, his attack on right and wrong and the court system will continue. At that point I will give up. I’m getting too old to worry about people who don’t care.

I have spent way too much time trying to find a way to have my posts flow through directly to one of my Squarespace blogs. Seems as though Squarespace is the impediment. Even IFTTT draws a blank. The best I could do is embed my Twitter feed which flows from

I must have had a lot to say, 7,300+ posts on

First larger restaurant to close in Kona, Bongo Bens, a popular Breakfast and Lunch destination for visitors. Part of the issue was an uncooperative landlord.

Incidentally that same landlord caused Hard Rock Cafe to close their Kona location in 2008.

Fascinating read

“Most marine science is gritty as fuck,” Alan Jamieson, the chief scientist, said. “It’s all the weird vessels we end up on, the work of hauling things in and out of the water.”

Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea

Hawaii has so few cases of COVID-19 that we have virtually no immunity. When travel reopens, we could be in a world of hurt.

Wish there was a way to post from to my Squarespace blog. It would be easier.

Finally took the time to watch Cloud Atlas in its entirety. A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking film. I will watch it again.

1.5 million COVID-19 cases and 90k fatalities in the US and Trump gloats.

This country is screwed until everyone who can vote him out does. NO excuses

I’ve lost 20 lbs in 3 mos. (40 lbs in a year). I don’t feel deprived, because we only have so much food at home and have not really been able to go out. I think I can comfortably lose 10 more.

Did the import thing, now I have pics and posts going back to Jan 11, 2011 in

When I went to culinary school, albeit it quite a few years ago, I learned to cook real food

Chateaubriand Beef Wellington Coq au vin Beef bourguignon Bolognese sauce Pacific Rim Cuisine, use fresh local ingredients with Pacific Rim cooking styles

Wondering the point of this.