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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tornado Warning

Aloha Kakahiaka
It is 4:48am and we have a tornado warning. We are in Milton.

At 455 am CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This
tornado was near Gulf Breeze... or about 7 miles south of Pensacola...
moving northwest at 52 mph.

5:18am- Warning in cancelled.

I am supposed to leave Florida this afternoon. Here's hoping!

5:59am- Tornado warning again.
This is going to be an interesting day!

Marianna gas stop

The storm front is moving in as we drive to Pensacola.

Aloha Gainesville

Mahalo to Jeanne and Jose for sharing your sweet hospitality and aloha!
I'm on the road back to Pensacola with fellow Tsai-ko alnbama.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Welcome to Gainesville

The sun rises and the bus has arrived!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bus ride view

I got the shotgun seat this time. Itusually helps with motion sickness.


Here we go again!
Lotsa people getting on at Tallahassee.
It's 5:45am and I am sleepy.


4:33am and we are stopped for bus servicing until 5:30am.
Sleep is not part of this trip. The terminal is open and air
conditioned. There is a TV playing the news.

Marietta, FL

Rest stop and some kaukau. But no ice cream. 2:24am.

On the bus

The bus is comfy. Low voices in the dark talk about jail and the
prices of land over the years.
Pensacola is a destination for people fleeing Louisiana and hurricane
There are important things going on. Some more important than a game
of football.

Bus trip to Gainesville

The Pensacola bus station closes at 7pm. It makes for an eerie
feeling. We wait outside in the heat (even at midnight),

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bayou Fishing

My sister Norma points out her favorite fishing site. We had a ball
fishing! Check out more pix from my Picasa Album.

Back yard dock

Bro Jim

Sis and Mom at home

Liz and Norma- back in the day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

How would Gandhi handle the Gators?

How would Gandhi handle the Gators?
When you get right down to it, we are talking about kids, someone's
son, someone's grandson. The key to this game for me is our own
Gators are not our enemy, actually they may prove to be the best
friend we have at this moment.
Our goals are to graduate every player, win the WAC and go to a bowl
game. I believe the Gators will help us do that.
TG and others are jamming on academics in order to play. No way they
will fail to graduate now.
The challenge of the Florida game for any team in a rebuilding year is
borderline,no, pure madness. To travel to the furthest extreme of the
US to play, well it is pure fantasy now.
But the greatest victories emerge from the greatest adversities and
this game holds our biggest opportunity to prove the proverb.
We must embrace the moment. All of us. Embrace the team as the path to
glory. Embrace their fans as family, for do they not want the same for
their children as we?
If we enter this arena as fans and players with a Gandhi attitude,
victory is assured. The victory will be over our own fear. The prize
will be self-determination.
Warriors must believe and put love in their hearts. So much love that
there is nor room for fear.
How appropriate that the movie on the plane was Kung Fu Panda. The
team should watch it the night before the game.

These are travel thoughts from Las Vegas.

Sent from my iPhone

New Places, New Friends

My travels to Florida started at Lihue Airport where I met Noel the photographer on his way to Tahiti. He loves the Warrior Football Team and lurks on the WB. I hope he popsup on the Life Boat to say hi!

In the Honolulu Airport, it was a treat to hook up with the A-House family who was on the same flight to Las Vegas!

On the plane, I sat with a lovely musician, Angela Chan who plays keyboards for 3 shows and works in the Blue Man Group office!

When we landed, we were met by Tsai-ko blogger las vegas. The A-House family went home and I had a chance to talk story and have a midnight Ramen Call with las vegas, a most gracious and delightful host!

Now I am back in the airport, charging the phone and enjoying the wifi connection on my Asus IEEE PC!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another Game, Another Lesson

Detroit Lion Jordon Dizon's Rookie Blog
Monday, August 25, 2008
“The third game went really good. The game slowed down for me and, like the coaches said, I played a lot faster and somewhat smarter. I still had a few mistakes here and there. I had one bust, which is down from the game before, so that’s good. We have to learn from our mistakes and I am definitely – finally – getting a feel for the game and relaxing and just starting to play football."


Honolulu Advertiser Bloggers Withhold Blogs in Sign of Unity
By Wayne Cahill, 8/25/2008 5:04:00 PM
The Honolulu Advertiser union members are once again withholding writing their voluntary blogs in a sign of unity as contract negotiations resume on Monday, Aug. 25. Unionized reporters, photographers, page designers, copy editors and other staff members already have unanimously declined to produce their voluntary news videos for The Advertiser's web site since May in a show of unity and protest over the lack of a new contract.
In response, Advertiser managers have prevented readers from commenting on several Advertiser blogs.
The previous contract expired in June 2007 and has been extended by mutual agreement. In February, Advertiser staff members conducted a three-day byline and blog strike over the stalled negotiations. The New York Times at the time reported that the blog action was the first blog strike in the newspaper industry.
Negotiators for the company maintain that The Advertiser is making a profit at the same time that staff members had been voluntarily writing blogs, producing videos and agreeing to perform other non-traditional newspaper work in order to keep up with changes in the newspaper industry.
Our members have gone out of their way for more than two years to enthusiastically learn and implement new technology. Now it's time for the company to reward the effort the same way it has rewarded the many senior managers with large pay increases.

Wayne Cahill is the administrative officer for the Hawaii Newspaper Guild and the spokesman for the Printing Trades Council that represents The Advertiser's six unions.

All in the Ohana

Thinking globally and acting locally.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Think Globally, Act Locally - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have found myself doing this most of my life and it is wonderful to see this point of view catching on everywhere.

Inclusivity instead of exclusivity, embracing change rather than fearing change, and above all, seeing life as a cohesive whole, spiritual experience - these are the things that stand out to me.

When we see the people of the world as a family, complete with in-laws and outlaws, sibling squabbles and moving through the various stages of growth towards maturity (infant, child, adolescent, young adult, parent, and elder), it is possible to visualize Peace.

I start this week - which will be fraught with changes- with this meditation:

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. 

Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. 

Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. 

Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. 

Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. 

Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. 

Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. 

Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. 

Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. 

Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.  

Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, page 285


Sunday, August 24, 2008

World Champs!

Underdog but undaunted Waipi'o scored in every inning to whip Mexico, 12-3, today to win the Little League World Series championship in South Williamsport, Pa.

1 2 3 4 5 6
Waipio 1 2 1 3 4 1
Mexico 0 1 2 0 0 0

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Waipio Wins US Little League World Series!

Final score:
1 2 3 4 5 6 F
Waipio 0 0 1 0 0 6 7
Louisiana 0 0 0 3 2 0 5

The stats and the images tell the story. 
Good luck tomorrow!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Congratulations, Bryan Clay!

The World's Best Athlete

"I can't tell you how happy I am to have worked for something for so long, and finally accomplish it, and have my dreams come true," Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay said after winning the decathlon.

iPhone Blogging

So I had this picture of Ukuleleboi in my iPhone and decided to see if I could upload it to the blog.


In a few days I will be heading to Florida- and the Swamp (all of FL is looking like a swamp because of the tropical storms). Before the big football game, I'll get to spend time with my Mom and sister and her family in the panhandle.

You may see more posts from my iPhone when the trip starts.


This is a blog test.

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DG Ayman visits Kauai

True to his refreshing, maverick form, Rotary 5000 District Governor Ayman El Dakhakhni and his wife Joann (the REAL DG, says he) are visiting the 6 Rotary Clubs on Kauai this week instead of waiting until mid-year.

His mission seems to be Empower and Enable, emphasizing the importance of thinking globally and Serving Locally with District level help trained and ready to assist whenever needed.
DG Ayman also redirected his OWN "traditional gift auction" towards helping every Rotarian instead of just a few. Proceeds will be used to bring down the cost of our 2009 District Conference (Memorial Day Weekend- Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu) as much as possible.

I posted pix from our meeting last night and the island-wide picnic today in my Picasa album - but here are some highlights.

Outstanding Woman Rotarian of our club.

Our club's Past President remembers when the first Women Rotarians came on board 20 years ago during his watch.

Two new members (with one of the sponsors) were inducted into the club by DG Ayman.
My #3 son got to meet the Man at the Lydgate Park picnic.
Four of the six Kauai club Presidents this year are women!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lilu and "zamfir"

New Lilu pix were on my daughter's album. Here are a few.

Lilu Dances to Abba's "Take a Chance"!

I'm glad my #1 son likes to cook. Last night "Zamfir" invited us over for rack of lamb.

Every dinner ends with a "who is taller" picture. Grandson Jamie is catching up! (more pix on my Picasa site).

Happy Birthday CB5

Have the best 25th Birthday, ever!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Can't Help but Wonder

Warrior Football has a starting QB. Brent Rausch, #16 follows Colt Brennan #15 and Timmy Chang #14.

Congratulations, Brent!
(Stephen Tsai photo)

Inoke Funake and Greg Alexander are the #2 QB's. All of these young men bring a lot of talent to the table.

Photo by: 
JEFF WIDENER | The Honolulu Advertiser

Chawan_cut's video of the News.

Jr. College Action

Thursday, August 14, 2008

lubberly and un-navy like

Capt. Jack Aubrey: England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship *is* England.

Capt. Jack Aubrey: Right lads, now, I know there's not a faint heart among you, and I know you're as anxious as I am to get into close action. But we must bring them right up beside us before we spring this trap. That will test our nerve, and discipline will count just as much as courage.

The Acheron is a tough nut to crack... more than twice our guns, more than twice our numbers, and they will sell their lives dearly.

Topmen, your handling of the sheets to be lubberly and un-navy like. Until the signal calls, you're to spill the wind from our sails, this will bring us almost to a complete stop.

Gun crews, you must run out and tie down in double quick time. With the rear wheels removed, you've gained elevation. and without recoil, there'll be no chance for re-load, so gun captains, that gives you one shot from the lardboard battery... one shot only.

You'll fire for her mainmast. Much will depend on your accuracy... however... even crippled, she will still be dangerous, like a wounded beast.

Captain Howard and the marines will sweep their weather deck with swivel gun and musket fire from the tops. They'll try and even the odds for us before we board. They mean to take us as a prize.

[all chuckling]
Capt. Jack Aubrey: And we are worth more to them undamaged. Their greed... will be their downfall. England is under threat of invasion, and though we be on the far side of the world, this ship is our home. This ship, is England. So it's every hand to his rope or gun, quick's the word and sharp's the action. After all... Surprise is on our side.

Crew: Huzzah, huzzah!