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I just bought this fine Mercedes a few minutes ago. Funny thing At the moment, I am blogging from the sidewalk where it is parked and awaiting a tow truck. The deal was too odd to pass up. I saw it on craigslist for $200. I agreed to meet the lady and took it for a drive, it ran fine but a little bit hot. I know I am leaving in a few months, but I figured a Mercedes station wagon would be fun to have for my last months in Hawaii and the price was right. So anyway, we met, I drove it we signed the paperwork, I gave her the money and drove off and then two minutes later, the radiator blew up. She came out and gave me my money back and offered to give me the car for free. I accepted. So it was free. Now I am waiting for the tow truck she called to have it towed to my friend Priams so he can see if it was only the hose that blew off or if there are more serious problems. She has AAA so the towing is free, we will see what Priam says. This might be one of those messages from the universe, or it could be a way of the universe giving me a Mercedes. We will see very soon. I am laughing my ass off, hopefully it won’t end up being a very expensive Trojan horse, but only time will tell. In any event, I am glad there is wifi here so I can share it with everyone. I officially dub my new car Horse, and we will see if I need to attach Trojan to the name or not.
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Wow. The Republicans are looking to the past to define the future…past issues of the Onion that is.
Who knew that life would ever be as interesting as it has become. I’m not talking about blogging about the news…which I have become fairly tired of, but am doing while my life is focused on completing school…but that all will change soon enough. I’m excited about the coming changes as existensis becomes my travel blog and more. More what I am talking about is technology. In the past few days, I have contacted and been contacted by the little girl who in the third grade told me that I should become a storyteller and also my first real friend who I used to run around the National Forest in Big Bear with when we were five. And a whole lot of other friends that I thought were gone from my life. Absolutely astounding and wonderful. The world we are moving into is wonderous if we can only survive long enough to enjoy it.
Since I’m carping about blogging the news, I figure I might as well do that a little. By the way, thanks to Paul Dylan for pointing out just how bizarre the collapsed shanty story has become, unbelievable that the guy was injecting people with his own concoctions, ran for mayor, and is obvously a complete nutter ala Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde.
And you had to wonder who Stephen Colbert would endorse…or how he would do it… And here is what al Queda has to say:
An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing any party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a video posted on the Internet.
“O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him,” Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.
Libi, one of the top al Qaeda commanders believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God’s wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.
The remarks were the first comments from a leading al Qaeda figure referring, albeit indirectly, to the U.S. elections. Muslim clerics often end sermons by calling on God to guide and support Muslims and help defeat their enemies.
Also, never mind Dubai, check out the beautiful architecture that is emergeing in Kazakhstan.
And where do you go these days to see great art? Why not check out the public toilet in Munich?
And finally, are you a Phoenician?
Check this out…it makes me feel excited and terrified at the same time…this is real.
The End To Boredom
By: Robert R. Yates
In the modern day of sitting on your lazy ass and playing computer games, and the cult following of Role Playing Games, comes the first Reality game where you are the actually pieces of the game and the world is your playing field.
This game is called Morton’s List. So you say you have not heard of it yet, that’s because it has been banned by one of the biggest game conventions in the world. Here is a letter from the company. Click here: http://www.mortonslist.com/13_news/hostile_letter.jpg Dark Carnival Games themselves was not banned but Morton’s List was. This game was banned because they felt any game, which encourages the participants to engage in vigilantism, real life spell casting, and to experiment with potentially illegal substances does not fit with in the scope of their family oriented event. But don’t worry you can order Morton’s List from www.mortonslist.com.
If you’re bored and ready for anything, Morton’s List will expand your concept of fun by randomly giving you one of 360, unique, fun Quests; to do for the next hour. It could be anything. From normal stuff like playing pool, cruising the strip, going to a strip club, weightlifting, skating, painting, bonfires, and more to giving each other psychological tests, digging for lost artifacts, exploring a graveyard, inventing new drinks, playing adult party games, spreading your own homemade propaganda, burning things, peeping people, sneaking into private events, sabotage, seances, Wiccan magic – the possibilities are limitless. And that’s not even mentioning the possibility of doing any of the above activities while wearing costumes, handcuffed to each other, forced to tell only the truth (or always lie), pretending to have a disease/injury,while drunk, with foreign accents, etc. Things can get pretty crazy pretty quick. But no matter what, you’ll end up with real life experiences to remember and talk about for years to come. Morton’s List isn’t a simple diversion or any normal type of game. It is the first and only game that gives you real life fun.
Imagine wearing costumes while sneaking into a community pool after hours, playing a board game at a strip club, or summoning the spirits of the dead…. There is no typical play session with Morton’s List because the possibilities are limitless. Cruising, Tarot, chemical experiments, pool, underground parties, skating, you name it. Its there. What about booty calls, drinking games, backyard death-match wrestling, making pornographic movies, and potentially dangerous pranks you ask? See for yourself.
Play begins when a group of friends comes together and agrees to let Morton’s List give them a Quest. Rolling a special 30-sided die, called the Morton Boulder, reveals this quest. The many Quests are arranged by general theme. There are 13 different themes, including chaotic, social, physical, spiritual, good, and evil.
For example, lets say they roll Neighborhood Patrol on the night time Table. This Quest is about patrolling a neighborhood for lawbreakers. The players need to decide where they are going to patrol, whether to do it by foot, car, bike, etc. Should they split up? Stay together? What kind of equipment should they bring: cell phones to contact the police, or a copy of the citizens arrest procedures (provided in the game) and some restraints to take matters into their own hands? Each Quest can be totally catered to what the players like. The heart of this activity involves patrolling a neighborhood, vigilante style, armed with weapons, first aid kits, etc. Now, the players must decide what area they are going to patrol, whether to do it by foot, car, bike, or whatever. Are they going to split up; stay together? How are they going to communicate, what kind of weapons (if any) will they bring, should they bring cell phones to contact the police, or baseball bats and hockey sticks to deal with criminals themselves? Each activity can be catered to what a group likes or dislikes.
For one group, they could decide to hide in the bushes with cell phones to call the police if anyone jaywalksÿ another group could drive around a shady neighborhood in a black tinted van, armed to the teeth, and ready to jump out and pounce on the first person they see stealing hubcaps. It really depends on the players involved, and what morals they have. In fact, the only limitations on how far you can take the game are your own morals.
Another example is playing pranks on Children. Example Exert from the book. Pg. 207. One things kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my little nephew to Disneyland, but I drove him to an old burned out warehouse. Oh no I said, Disneyland burned down, he cried and cried but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive down to the real Disneyland but it started to get too late.
Once things are determined, and the details worked out, the game beings. We have provided for you a detailed description of each activity, packed with details, information, tactics, and resources, all carefully researched.
To spice things up the game has Mutations that put a twist and add a new dimension on game play. For example, one of the mutations involve carrying around an obscure object while you do the activity. Try to imagine you’re talking to a girl to get her number, cause its what your activity involves, but at the same time your mutation has you carrying around a box of fruit loops cereal in your hand. Or another mutation could be that you have to wear costumes while you do the activity. Imagine, as in the example above, the night patrol pouring out the back of the van wearing gorilla suits! Check this out: we can’t even BEGIN to explain all the MILLIONS of possibilities of what you might be doing when you play this game. You might meet the girl of your dreams. You might end up being locked in jail for a crime you committed. You could have the most exciting night of your life. But no matter what, you will have memories and stories that last a life time, and experiences that will shape you forever. Probably the main hype of the game is that it opens you up to doing so many things that you have never even thought of before. You will experience so many new things that in many ways it will open your eyes to the true wonders of life.
Some aspects of Morton’s list have the potential to be dangerous or get someone in trouble, just like any real life situation.Morton’s list deals with real life activities, and not unlike real life there can be real life consequences. Morton’s list never directly says, “Get yourself into trouble, and carelessly do something dangerous.” But some activities can be interpreted to be as risky as players like. For those who live on the edge, Morton’s List doesn’t put up any safety rails.
So go out and buy Morton’s List Today. You will never be bored again, you may spend he night in jail but al least you will not be bored ever again.
A quick look at the paper this morning made reminded me why I am leaving Hawaii. Jobs are down, tourism is down, rents are up as owners try to make their mortgages, and in general, even though I am one of the best tour guides on Oahu, there isn’t much of a future for me here at the moment. I reserve the right to return, but I am definitely out of here before 2009.
First, if you are interested, here are the numbers…keep in mind that these are painted to be less grim than they really are from the ground….
Tourism slumps 19.5% in September.
This doesn’t necessarily reflect that hotels are all 50% full and most of that is people who own timeshares. Also, in terms of tipping….ummmm….lets just say that most visitors are thinking of two numbers and picking the lower and then cutting it in half.
Now, check this out for the rent situation: Collapse reveals Hidden Homeless.
Tenants of a Kalihi home with makeshift additions where at least 50 people lived until the partial collapse of one of those illegal structures Sunday say they couldn’t afford anything more than the rooms offered at the property, some of which were constructed of little more than poles, plywood and tarps.
“We had no other place to go,” said Bernadette I. Yockman, 58, who lived at the Gulick Avenue residence with her daughter, also named Bernadette, and 3-year-old grandson. Her 33-year-old daughter paid $500 a month for a room, while Yockman lived rent-free in a small room of her own in exchange for working on the property, which has two bathrooms and one stove. “When I moved in, I said, ‘I can’t live like this,’ ” said Yockman, who has lived at the residence for two years.
“It was unsanitary. It was terrible. But we needed a roof over our heads.”
The city says it has been working to address the deplorable conditions at the home. Henry Eng, city Department of Planning and Permitting director, said yesterday, “The city has taken steps to foreclose on the property” after its owners were unwilling or unable to pay more than $53,000 in fines issued to them for the illegal structures.
The addition to the home that collapsed and fell into a streambed behind the property was built much like scaffolding — with floors made out of thin wood and tarpaulins used to shield tenants from the sun and rain. There are several such additions on the home, some of which were at one point as high as four stories, neighbors said.
Advocates say the case highlights the dire need for affordable housing in the Islands.
And they say the Gulick Avenue house is not the only place where renters are living in squalid conditions out of necessity.
“There’s a whole cadre of people who are living in less than acceptable conditions,” said Doran Porter, executive director of the Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance, which provides case management to the homeless and pushes for more affordable rentals. “The cost of rent is so high that people are living in structures that are really not sound.”
The American Red Cross of Hawai’i opened a temporary shelter Sunday night at Kalihi District Park for residents, including several children, displaced from the home. The tenants are being allowed to take their things from the home, though they are not allowed to stay.
About 21 people stayed at the shelter Sunday, while others stayed with family or in their cars.
The Red Cross said it’s unclear how long the shelter will stay open or where the tenants will go when it closes.
The agency is working with the displaced residents to see what options they have, and to link them up with nonprofits or service providers that could offer them help.
concerns looked over
Jay Young, who moved in next to the Kalihi home eight months ago, said he has been trying to get city and state agencies to take action against the owners of the house at 1732 Gulick Ave. for months. He said his complaints have spurred little action. Meanwhile, other neighbors say they also have been raising concerns about the house for at least five years.
“It’s crazy,” Young said, adding he has befriended many tenants of the home. “It’s a complete array of people. They’re not all drug addicts. They are good people who are down on their luck.”
In an e-mail yesterday, Eng said the city has gotten more than 20 complaints about “illegal construction” on the property.
“What collapsed was this illegal construction,” added Eng, who could not be reached for further comment.
The owners of the home were listed in Honolulu property records as Loida Santos, Grace Santos and George Jenkins. They could not be reached yesterday. Daniel Cunningham, who tenants identified as the on-site property manager and who collected rent and allegedly oversaw the construction of the illegal additions to the home, did not return phone calls.
Cunningham has run for Honolulu mayor and other elected positions.
Neighbors say the situation raises questions about whether the city can — and should — act faster in similar cases.
The makeshift structure at the home collapsed about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
Though no one was injured in the collapse, tenants say someone could have been.
Robert Bates, 58, said his room was in the addition that fell into the streambed Sunday.
He had just left the room to brush his teeth when it collapsed. Bates, who was paying about $700 for a room, said the house was the only option for some because they didn’t have good rent histories or couldn’t afford to put down money for a security deposit and first month’s rent. For his small room, he added, he didn’t have to pay a security deposit.
‘i was stuck here’
Raphael Gutierrez, 37, has lived in a nearby room for nearly two years.
His room wasn’t damaged in the collapse, but he wasn’t allowed in it yesterday because the property was unsafe.
“I’m homeless. I’m just in shock,” said Gutierrez, who pays about $500 a month for a room at the home. In addition to rent, Gutierrez said he would be asked to donate hundreds of hours a month to work on the house, including building illegal structures, in exchange for his rent staying the same. He said he was forced to comply because he couldn’t afford anything more. “I’m struggling,” said Gutierrez, who works in construction and has a young son who doesn’t live with him.
“I was stuck here.”
Neighbors said conditions at the home were not only unsafe, but unsanitary.
With only two bathrooms, some tenants would urinate into the stream or onto the property, neighbors said.
There is also a massive trash pile in front of the home, for which the owners have also been cited.
Porter said those in the Gulick Avenue home are considered “hidden homeless” — a term that includes people who are overcrowded in rentals because they can’t afford anything more. Last year, according to new Census figures, Hawai’i had the highest rents in the nation. Median monthly rent was $1,194 in Hawai’i last year, meaning half of all renters paid more.
Only three other states had four-figure median rental rates — California, New Jersey and Maryland.
And though the housing market has cooled somewhat, advocates say rents have not gone down considerably.
Darlene Hein, program director of the Waikiki Care-a-Van, which provides services to homeless islandwide, said she often hears of people doubling, tripling or quadrupling up or “actually taking shifts at houses” because of the high rents.
“It’s not unusual,” she said, adding that the Gulick Avenue home is an extreme case, but by no means the only home on O’ahu with multiple illegal additions. She said it is also harder to help the “hidden homeless” because they are not visible — sleeping in parks or on beaches — and often don’t know where to go for help or what help is available to them.
“Because there are so many homeless, they become a secondary concern,” she said.
Kathi Hasegawa, executive director of Hawaii Habitat for Humanity, said her agency sees many families living in “substandard housing.”
Renters find themselves in substandard housing “because of the lack of affordable housing,” she said, adding, “when you get high rents for substandard housing, there’s really no incentive to repair that housing.”
Yesterday as I was driving the Oahu Nature Tours Van to pick up guests to take hiking, I was overtaken by a minivan, a black excalade, and eight police vehicles. As the Escalade went by, I realized it was probably Obama. Even though I am voting for Nader and am disappointed at the concessions Obama has made towards moderates, I am rooting for him to win. The alternative is entirely too god-awful to think about. So anyway, the windows in the back of the Escalade were tinted pretty dark, but I’m pretty sure the figure sitting back there was Obama and I’m also pretty sure that he gave a shaka back at me. For those who don’t know, the shaka is a hand sign that looks like this:
The “shaka” sign is a common greeting gesture. It is often associated with Hawaii and sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, skateboarding, skimboarding, snowboarding and skydiving. It consists of extending the thumb and pinky finger while keeping the three middle fingers curled, and raising the hand as in salutation with the back of the hand facing the person that is being greeted; sometimes the hand is rotated back and forth to emphasize the sign.
Hawaiian locals use the shaka for various meanings, like “all right”, “cool”, “smooth”, etc. Residents of states other than Hawaii who use the shaka may describe it as meaning “hang loose”. It is also used to convey what locals in Hawai’i call the “Aloha Spirit,” a gesture of friendship and understanding between the various ethnic cultures that reside within Hawai’i. It can also be used to signal a “hello”, “goodbye”, ” ’till next time”, “take care”, “Alright!”
I’ve determined that God is like a person in a coma. They are aware of the people around them, they hear the people in the room, but there is nothing they can do to affect the environment of the room itself. I think God is like syntax and grammar, the invisible glue that holds things together and makes the difference between marks/sounds and language. God is composed of the sticky bits that hold it all together and thus, God is actually a part of all of us and we are thus a part of God. I think I had a conception of this at 16 but I couldn’t state it quite this clearly. Like talking to the person in the Coma, it makes a difference if you talk to and acknowledge God, but you are invariably disappointed if you expect a response.
Have you ever noticed how whenever you make concrete steps to leave a party, things invariably get more interesting? That’s how I feel about my forthcoming departure from Hawaii.
Of course, the thing with peoples in comas is that they sometimes wake up.
My friend Steve believes that our ultimate goal in life is to provide orgasms for each other. I think that is a pretty great concept, but it needs to include intellectual and spiritual orgasms as well. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to Sunday Service, doesn’t it?