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Friday, February 27, 2015

"Do I really look that pathetic..?‏ 'James"Kimo" Rosen' (Burger King)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired Professional photographer and publisher.
Rosen lives on the  beautiful Garden Island of Kaua'i with his best
friend Obama Da Dog. Rosen also posts the Sunrise daily on his Facebook Timeline.
Photo taken yesterday 02-26-15--

Do I really look that pathetic?

So, I am sitting at Burger King drinking a diet coke and reading. It's my way of meditation and relaxing.

I just really enjoy the staff and energy at my local Kapa'a Burger King. I believe it's the cleanest and most organized Burger King in the country. That's not why I am writing this though.
This is an actual Whopper jr. I bought
one month ago. The manager made
it special for me with extra tomato,
 extra onion, on a double toasted bun!
 Kapa'a, best Burger King in the world!

A couple from Honolulu with two young kids come up to me and  have a  folded over $5.00 bill in their hand and  offer it to me to buy something. They see me only drinking a diet coke and dressed down... City folks are not  used to us Kaua'i people.

I tell them, no I am fine and that things are very expensive on Kaua'i, spend it on your kids.  After going back and forth they say, "are you sure?" Yes, but thank you, that was a very nice gesture.  They leave and say, "we hope we didn't offend you."  No problem, and I say Aloha.

All I can say is holy Moose turds, do I look that sad and pathetic?

You tell me? I had my friend take a photo of me 10 minutes after the incident? The photo is at the top of this blog. Well, What chu tink?(sic)

This has happened before where people bring me food when they see me riding my bike with Walmart bags draped over the handlebars with my dog in tow. They automatically think I am riding a bike because I cannot afford a car. Oy Vey.

Reasoning based on observation is not very sound.



Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared from Facebook...





49 comments:

Sam Uel Clemens said...

Well, that's very strange! I think you nailed it. It's the difference between "city folk" and how we generally are here. To answer your question, no, you definitely don't look like a homeless person.

Sometimes Obama might look a bit homeless when she's wearing a shirt that's a bit dirty, or her giant bead collar might throw some people off? I'm just making guesses here... But, since she is always accompanied by you, she can't be mistaken as homeless.

Rick Comstock said...

Jimbo so right! Now for the left shoe.

The color of one skin or where they are from and how they dress. Are all personal life choices and should not be set in stereotype. I'm personally tired of being cast as a rich transplant and offered tickets back home. They do not look into my heart cause they're heart are like black holes and can't see out.

Aloha respects all....rich, poor....bags on bike or big ass car full. Give to each other equally. Share with aloha don't criticize or condemn we all are just visitors with opinions and individual identities.

Now I need to find two matching shoes to put on so I not misrepresenting myself today.

KimoRosen said...

The irony is looking back this couple did not look that well kept themselves? Maybe they just get out of a bad situation?

Rick Comstock said...

Exactly....open hearts not closed minds.

Sam Uel Clemens said...

That could be true as well, Kimo. People who have experienced difficulties (or even still are experiencing difficulties) of various natures tend to be more empathetic to others they believe (or know) are experiencing those types of difficulties.

KimoRosen said...

I have been house-less too, and when I see people i think are hurting I like to offer them something myself. makes sense...

Rick Comstock said...

Empathy....very good word....but also one of the most lacking in understanding.

Rick Comstock said...

Finding the right people, and humbly asking for help is very hard so I just try to broadcast "I need help!" or "my house is open" come inside my friend. I've never walked in your shoes but I do understand empathy. It's not a give away but a understanding.

Sam Uel Clemens said...

Asking for help is always last resort for me (if I even find the courage to do so before it's too late). Most people accuse me of having too much pride, but I don't think that's what it is. I was raised to *always* reciprocate (and if you can't, then don't accept the help). I was also raised to believe that accepting help is a burden to others (thus: "BAD! VERY VERY BAD!") When someone extends a kindness to me that I can't reciprocate, it haunts me in such a bad way. I'm still struggling with some help I've received from a friend dating back over 10 years ago & still haven't been able to reciprocate -and I'm not seeing any hope of being able to do so unless something in my life changes drastically.

Rick Comstock said...

Step into my home my friend...no questions no reciprocation needed

KimoRosen said...

There's an old Chinese proverb; a favor is not a favor if you expect one in return... 'Pay it forward...' Just because someone does something nice for you does not obligate you to pay them back but rather should the situation present itself to help someone different...

Anonymous said...

Funny story, Kimo. That couple had the right idea, just the wrong bum.

Rick Comstock said...

Making coffee.....better late than never... One diet coke in fridge...

Sam Uel Clemens said...

No Diet Pepsi, Rick?

KimoRosen said...

Coke or Pepsi? McDonalds or Burger King? I'll take coke and BK!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are just helpful. Maybe they experienced before that kind of living wherein they can't afford to buy food for themeselves and they know how it feels. So giving you money is like sharing what they have right now. You know back in the Philippines my family suffered a lot of hardships in life wherein we even tried eating just 2 egg divided by 10 person. So now that i can eat anything i like and buy anything I like everytime i go vacation in the Philippines, Im sharing what I have. The only bad thing that I can see about what happened to you is that they thought u r homeless.( are the couple filipino?).

Rick Comstock said...

To many homeless people in BK......I'll stock up on the pepsi n fries when you all arriving

KimoRosen said...

BK fries are addicting. I had to stop, was gaining too much weight. I challenge you to a blind test of BK and Mick D- fries, and to diet coke vs Diet Pepsi. I differ with you on both, i hope this means we can still be friends? ;-)

Rick Comstock said...

By the way my 4 dogs are non-discriminating you can bring treats and $5 bills for all...

Rick Comstock said...

I have empathy for you Jimbo....both you can be my friends....Prime Rib and a "taste off" coming soon.

KimoRosen said...

Sounds great, can't wait!

Rick Comstock said...

Let me get back on my feet and we'll combine with a "Celebration of New Life"

KimoRosen said...

Amen to that Bruddah Rick, again prayers and positive vibes your way!

Sam Uel Clemens said...

I definitely wish to help celebrate your new life, Rickster!

And Kimo, I would most definitely pass a blind taste test of the fries because McD still makes the skinny fries (the ones that are supposedly less healthy).

Rick Comstock said...

The Pepsi vs. Coke will include Koloa Rum

Mimi Tolva said...

How sweet. They meant well.

Rick Comstock said...

I've been called Rickster for 35 years, kind of like the sound of it again. They use to spell it "Rixter".... coming to Kauai some things get left behind....Thanks I needed that Sam...

KimoRosen said...

Mimi Tolva I guess us Homer people just look homeless? Imagine if they saw Red Harrington?

Mimi Tolva said...

They would freak out!

Mimi Tolva said...

He sure was funny. I miss him.

KimoRosen said...

I miss old Red too,he was definitely his own man and represented Alaska in the homestead era of individualism. RIP RED!

Rick Comstock said...

Mimi, we need a unforgettable funny story about Jimbo that he will never live down from Alaska....Can you give us one or make one up?

Mimi Tolva said...

RIP Red!

KimoRosen said...

Let's think on that, Rick!

Harmony Bentosino said...

No, you don't look poor in that pix. One time I had to take everything out of my purse to find my cell phone & sat down on the sidewalk to do so. Someone thought I was homeless & offered me some food.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I see the problem here, Kimo...They thought you were 'homeless' whereas you were actually 'Homerless'.
Easy mistake to make.

Mimi Tolva said...

Yes, Jim, you've been "Homerless" for too long.

KimoRosen said...

Mimi, You can take the man out of Homer but you can't take the Homer out of the man!

Debbie Eayrs said...

....I fed the fish....they were hungry!

KimoRosen said...

Yes, but Deb, did you like the blog?

Peter Antonson said...

It was the headband. They are only worn in the NBA and dark alleys with large cardboard boxes!

Terrance K Brown said...

Via Facebook;
"Terrance K Brown Dirty rolled up sleeves says "Homeless" in most modern languages! I would have bought you a burger and gave you $5 in quarters for laundry"

Terrance K Brown said...

And yes I like the blog!

KimoRosen said...

Terrance , can i take a rain check?



Terrance K Brown said...

Absolutely!

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear of parents trying to set a good example for their children...sharing with and caring for others. And your reply that Kauai is expensive, use the money for the kids was a very sensitive response.

Good hearts all around!

KimoRosen said...

Yes, and it all happened @ BK!

Judith Roesch said...

Yes do l [ok like a needy person nut you are our person zand those of us who are lucky enuf to know you love you as you are
Especially me. Lol

Deborah Morel said...

Via Facebook;
"An Aloha story. Very kind of the the family to show concern."