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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"A real life redneck fish tale..." 'Robert Bitos Gandia' (Source of comedy relief!)

Guest-blogger,Robert Bitos Gandia is back!
.Robert is an avid cook (ono gandule rice) and always laughing!!
Robert lives in Kekaha on Kauai's west-side and loves football!!
Bitos is an avid Cheeseburger connoisseur!
A real life redneck fish tale



"A redneck with a bucket full of live fish, was approached recently by a game warden in Texas as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden asked the man, "May I see your fishing license please?" "Naw, sir," replied the redneck. "I don't need none of them there papers. These here are my pet fish."
"Pet fish!?!?"

"Yep. Once a week, I bring these here fish o'mine down to the lake and let 'em swim 'round for a while. Then when I whistle, they swim right back into my net and I take 'em home."
"What a line of baloney....you're under arrest."
The redneck said, "It's the truth, Mr. Gov'ment man. I'll show ya!
We do this all the time!!"
"WE do, now, do WE?" smirked the warden. "PROVE it!"
The redneck released the fish into the lake and stood and waited. After a few minutes, the warden said, "Well?"
"Well, WHUT?" said the redneck.
Redneck fishing pole! ;-)

The warden asked, "When are you going to call em back?"
"Call who back?"
"The FISH," replied the warden!
"Whut fish?" asked the redneck.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
We may not be as smart as some city slickers, but we ain't as dumb as some government employees. 


Hana Hou, (Encore) 

Redneck fishing boat!  ;-)







Monday, April 24, 2017

"Truth be told on Letters of dairy opposition on Kauai..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #180)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Ivanka-Obama Da Dog!
Ivanka is her first name and Obama is her last name
she is  a bipartisan dog!

Kimo's world's #181~Blog #1927

Publishers note,
Hawaii Dairy Farms, a long-planned 699-cow operation on the island of Kauai being funded by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Honolulu investment firm Ulupono Initiative.
James "Kimo" Rosen
Publisher/Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog

Truth be told on Letters of  dairy opposition on Kauai 

There have been a gargantuan number of letters  to the Garden Island news of opposition the last few years  of the proposed Hawaii Dairy Farm in Mahaulepu valley on Kauai's south shore. 

Is it just me or do most the letters of opposition if not all letters of oppositions  come from those
whose ancestors migrated to Kauai on Cruise ships and Commercial Airlines?

I don't remember seeing any Hawaiian names signed to those letters of opposition? I did read on April 5, on the forum page, Masaru Shirai's letter titled; "Dairy opposition protests are too much." Mr. Shirai sums things by  saying," I’m older and maybe not as akamai as those other writers. Just my reaction to folks moving to what was an agricultural island, not demanding that nothing of that sort come back."
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-wednesday-april/article_5102f803-7e58-5ec6-97c3-54de842c8d06.html
The hipsters are always screaming we need to be more sustainable.  Why not more farms
 in lieu of more hotels and timeshares? Mr. Shirau also points out the flies go to where the stink is, so there shouldn't be a problem at the hotels. Councilman Kawakami said in a recent TGI opinion column  ""We are extremely dependent on imports and vulnerable to natural disasters and shipping disruptions."  
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/hawaii-dairy-farms-deserves-a-chance-to-operate/article_fb537e6c-7e7f-5783-a10f-d2f3f4bd48be.html

Kauai dairy farms is one small step in our"Garden island's quest on becoming sustainable. The proposed dairy is under a microscope to do things in a environmental and pono way.  

There are so many people whom are not farmers or engineers voicing "professional opinions" why the dairy won't work? 

 Kauai's reputation of saying "NO"
to every new idea hopefully becomes a Big Yes with the Dairy.

Let's remember the dairy man's motto and be kind to udders(sic) and give Kauai dairy farms some positive energies!
P.S.
Further dakinetalk reading on Kauai's dairy;
"Dairy and Seed companies may be a perfect marriage?"
http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2017/02/dairy-and-seed-companies-may-be-perfect.html
"Pierre Omidyar, free enterprise and Hawai'i dairy farms."
http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2015/03/pierre-omidyar-free-enterprise-and.html
Hana Hou, Encore!




Friday, April 21, 2017

"A Big Fish in a Small pond..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Friday)

Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
 and has worked in the ophthalmology
 field of medicine for nearly 40 years

 A Big Fish in a Small pond


Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond
 or a small fish in a big pond? This has been the question for many decades between my husband and myself. My husband and I met as teenagers, on a blind date; he was from Los Angeles and I was born and raised in Buffalo. Two worlds meeting and blending
into one.

We have been married for over 40 years and have lived in both cities. As a young married couple we were attracted to the exciting large city life filled with more opportunity and excitement than the small town of Buffalo. Back in the 1970's Buffalo was not making the resurgence it has now begun; jobs were not plentiful although the cost of living has always been reasonable in this area. 


We returned to Buffalo from Los Angeles in time to raise our two children here in the safe and controlled environment of Buffalo and the suburbs. Many say that one can drive through Buffalo to any area in the suburbs within 20 minutes and it is hard to get lost in our city. 

The 1980's were a good time to bring up a family here; children felt safe and the quality of life was good. As our children grew up having experienced numerous trips out west to visit family, our youngest at the age of 25, decided to seek his future in a larger city so he returned to the West coast to set down roots. Since then, we have made many trips to visit with him and have experienced the “big” city in a whole new light. 


The neighborhoods have become much more populated and the traffic much more congested with impatient drivers and clogged traffic lanes. The pollution hangs like a curtain over the city on a warm day and makes the breathing that much more difficult. I find myself resentful wasting time siting in
lanes of traffic when I could be doing something more enjoyable and constructive.  People are much more impersonal in a large town; wary of strangers, many people just pass each other by in a store without a simple smile or greeting.

The cost of living is more than triple for housing along with food and extras; jobs are very competitive to secure.

My husband and I miss spending more time with my son but after 40 years I rarely hear from my husband any longer “should we move back to L.A.”? After a week or two of visiting, enduring the traffic and high cost of living, we have decided to keep our roots in place. 

We may spend several  weeks at a time visiting the concrete jungle but no longer yearn for the hustle, excitement and crowded streets as we did as young people. We now enjoy the conveniences of a small town; the ability to jump in the car and stop at the store to pick up groceries that are a few minutes away 


We appreciate the open “space” between our homes in the suburbs and don't feel the need for a concrete fence for
privacy that is a given in a larger city. We appreciate the affordability of living in our smaller town and the clear and clean air after a good rain that others yearn for in a large bustling city.

I never really understood what it meant to be a big fish in a small pond until I reached my 50's and then it hit me; what kind of quality of life is there if the day is spent swimming up stream all day only to rest and repeat the same swim the next day...

As I am lucky enough to add birthday candles to my age, I more and more appreciate the serenity in a quiet, peaceful day
where I can recoup, recharge and reflect on those things that being me happiness. 



Hana Hou, (Encore)



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Baseball Phenomenon on Kauai..." 'Glenn Mickens' (Kaua'i Island Watchdog)

Glenn Mickens has lived on Kauai  with his wife Ruth for the last 26 years. Born July 26, 1930 in Wilmar, California, USA) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in four games (two of which were starts) for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. He also played for five years in Japan, from 1959 until 1963 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. There, he compiled a record of 45–53 with a 2.54 ERA.  Glenn also  served in the Army for 2 years and coached baseball at UCLA for 25 years. 
Last but not least Glenn would really like to see Kaua'i give the county manager style of Government a chance.
Above photo of Glenn Mickens courtesy of Kauai Garden island news, used with permission...



A Baseball  Phenomenon   on Kaua'i
Mr. Mickens is locally known
as one of Kauai county's
political watchdogs
and Nitpickers...
Mahalos Glenn!
                 

I would like to bring up a phenomenon that happened here on Kauai in regards to my favorite sport(baseball) that has never happened before nor will it ever happen again. 

The odds of a baseball player---youth, high school, college or minor leaguer ever getting to the big leagues are extremely low. But amazingly enough Kauai had 2 brothers, Tyler
Tyler Yates pitching
for the N.Y. Mets.
Check out Tyler's profile
on his Wikipedia page;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_Yates
and Kirby Yates from this tiny rock in the Pacific making it to the major leagues, truly unbelievable! The odds of this happening are probably in the millions or greater and, to my knowledge has never happened before nor will it ever happen again. 


And, another "first" for me was to see the 5'11"- 175 lb Kirby Yates put a 90 mph number on my "slow" radar gun whereas his brother, 6'4"- 235 lbTyler
Kirby Yates pitching for
Tampa Bay Rays.
Check out Kirby's profile
on his Wikipedia page;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_Yates
at the same age put 87-mph on this gun. Of course with Pittsburgh Tyler was putting upper 90's on the gun but, to this day no one but Kirby has come close to throwing that hard on my gun.

Check out the KHON-TV story on the Yates brothers below;
http://khon2.com/2014/06/08/kauais-kirby-tyler-yates-talk-big-league-brotherhood/

Congratulations to Gary and Jonna Yates for raising two phenomenal young men who have made Kauai proud for their accomplishments and setting the standards for other young ball players here on Kauai. But, as my friend the legendary John Wooden always said, be the best you can be not matter if it is in sports or any other avenue of life. 


P.S.
Check out Glenn's Wikipedia page;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Mickens
Editor's note, Dakinetalk guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the opinions of dakinetalk. Guest bloggers are given space to express their beliefs and or opinions. We feel there are many roads and like to give people space to express their thoughts,after-all that's what dakine is...
Aloha, James "Kimo" Rosen---Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog---

Kapa'a  Sunrise
From my lanai
watching the Sunrise!
i-Phone photo by James "Kimo Rosen

Hana Hou, (Encore) 






Monday, April 17, 2017

"United's nightmare becomes the good doctors fantasy-Epilogue..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #180)


James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser
Photo above of James "Kimo"Rosen
at Chicago O'Hare Airport during a United Airlines
10 hour flight delay back in September 2015.
United only gave out meal vouchers. I wound
up missing my connection in Honolulu for Kauai
and was given a Hotel voucher but had to be back to the airport in
3 hours. They said I had to take the next available flight.
United was not very accommodating.
Finally on my connecting flight the following morning
a Hawaiian airlines jet with a rainbow.
I knew my day would be better!

Kimo's world #180~Blog #1924

Publishers note,
On April 10 I heard of a story on Facebook of a man being dragged by force
with blood  on his face from a United airlines flight. I thought it was fake news.
I  checked on many of the fact checking websites and found it to be true. Since then this story has gone viral world wide. It is a nice diversion from everything Trump. I hope you enjoy my take on this story.

http://www.snopes.com/2017/04/10/passenger-force-united-flight/
James "Kimo" Rosen
Publisher/Blogger-n-chief, dakinetalk blog




United's nightmare becomes the good doctors fantasy
An edited version of this blog appeared in the 4-14-17
edition of the Kauai Garden Island news;
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-friday-april/article_af98ecb7-81c9-588f-8f03-02fd7569d90c.html




 Imagine prepaying for a meal at your favorite restaurant, already seated and then being asked to leave in favor of one of the restaurant's employees to be seated for a meal? If you don't leave the restaurant brings in security to pull you out?
https://www.facebook.com/TheConservativePunk/videos/vb.438987046299274/633961390135171/?type=2&theater      (United Airlines Training Video-Funny, check it out!)
A similar scenario recently happened on United airlines overbooked flight #3411 from Chicago to Louisville.
  

Dr. David Dao refused to leave when randomly picked after passengers were originally offered $400.00 to give up their seats which was later bumped to $800.00 and when there were no takers a final offer of $1,000.000 was offered to give up their seat to take a later flight and over night in a hotel and a meal voucher!
http://www.tmz.com/2017/04/10/united-airlines-yanks-passenger-from-flight/
I can't imagine passengers not willing to go on a later flight and be compensated $1,000 plus a  hotel room and  meal voucher  to leave the following morning.  This flight must had been full of affluent and wealthy people with the last name of Trump. I would had jumped on a deal like that.


None the less it looks like Dr.Dao  is going to have a huge pay day  thanks to the person who took the smart phone video that went viral. The good doctor is a poker player and it looks like his  poker move of resisting leaving his seat may have paid off in the millions. 



What becomes a nightmare for United Airlines has become a fantasy dream come true for the good  Dr.Dao. 

I am guessing this will settle out of court to avoid even more negative publicity with reporters at court every day with more headlines. Dr. Dao will probably be offered free airfares for life, stock and a good amount of cash. Good move Doc!

I sure hope the good doc tips the the person very generously who shot the video that went viral.

Now imagine the world without smart phones? What a boring world it would be. 



Epilogue; 
Back in the 1980's a good friend of mine was a travel agent, Herbert has since passed away. I would always book my flights with Herbert and would always ask Herbert to make my reservations on the most over-booked flights he could find.  When I would I get to the gate I would always ask the ticket agents if your looking for any volunteer denied boarders I am  your guy. They would thank me, take my name and call me should they have the need. 

Many times I got an upgrade to first class and there was a period of 3-4 years that I had acquired 7-8 round-trip bumped airfares to anywhere in the United stated including Alaska since most my flights had originated in Alaska.  

I was never offered money in those days. Now if you have the time and the way flights are being overbooked, and if you play your cards right you can make some good cash.

They are now talking about offering up to $10,000 to give up your seat!  I am willing to bet there will be many people playing the same game I played with Herbert back in the 1980's now that the perks have increased for giving up your seat. You can Thank the good Dr. Dao for that!

I only wish I was healthy enough to sit and stand for prolong periods of times, I'd be on the  next overbooked flight to somewhere flying high over the friendly  or even the unfriendly  skies!

An edited version of this blog appeared in the 4-14-17
edition of the Kauai Garden Island news;
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-for-friday-april/article_af98ecb7-81c9-588f-8f03-02fd7569d90c.html
James "Kimo" Rosen
stressed out on United Airlines

September 2015 on a United
flight delayed 10 hours...

P.S.
Here is the footage of Dr. Dao being escorted of United flight #3411.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NFLvNMX2hY

Hana Hou, Encore!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

"A young ventriloquist at the White House..." 'Chester "Unc" Lau' (Source of comedy relief!)

Dakinetalk's favorite Uncle (Chester Lau)
Unc's really passionate about creating
 a National day To Help US Veterans
  and their families for their risks
 and sacrifices to keep America FREE . 
'Unc' currently resides on the Hawai'ian Island of Oahu. 
He is a retired cinematographer,
 and  enjoys giving the politicians a bad time...

 A young ventriloquist at the White House 


A young ventriloquist is touring Washington DC , one night he's doing a show in the White House with his dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes,Suddenly a blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and starts shouting, "I've heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes".

 What makes you think you can stereotype blondes that way? What does the color of a person's hair have to do with her worth as a human being? It's men like you who keep people  like me from being respected at work and in the community, and from reaching our full potential as people. It's people like you that make others think that all blondes are dumb !
You and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only blondes, but fat people in general... pathetically all in the name of humor !"

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize, and the blonde yells : "You stay out of this ! I'm talking to that little shit on your lap"!!!

LOL,
Uncle C
PS~And we had two blondes campaign for US president and a blonde was appointed by the blondes of the Electoral College !!! "Oy Vey!" I cry for America   !!! 

Laughter is healing!~ Chester "Unc" Lau


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