Blas Keeps Building Bus Stops for a Better Community

Hat tip to Jon over at Punaonline,

I noticed that Fred Blas and his Hawaiian Beach Action Team has installed another bus stop for the keiki.

They are doing this without help from the county and it’s a great service to the community:

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I know this is the second one they have built for sure, but I think they have built at least three in the last few months.  I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

Here is another picture of one that they fixed-up a few weeks ago courtesy of Punaonline:

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Locker Partners With Jon Auer of “The Posies”

I was recently asked about “Rock Stars” that I may have met.  I really don’t know a lot of “Rock Stars” as I wasn’t really a “Rock” fan growing up and didn’t really go to many concerts when I was younger.

My wife… she’s the one related to a lot of the famous Hawaiian Musicians, but I would hardly call that “Rock”.

My mother used to date a guy named David Auer when I was younger.  David had two sons, Nathan and his older brother Jon.  While my mom and David only dated for a brief time… I remained friends with Jon.  My freshmen year, Jon and I were locker partners.

Probably not a lot of people have heard of “The Posies”… however, they were quite famous in the Seattle area in the early 90’s and were featured on the Soundtrack “Singles” that sold millions of copies.  Jon started this group with another guy from my High School Ken Stringfellow and the two of them still get together to this day and rock the house together.

This video was quite popular on MTV for about 6 months:  Dream All Day

Jon split off from the Posies to perform on his own where he is very successful still to this day more then 20 years later.

Here is one of his performances at the sold out Triple door in Seattle a few weeks ago:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqTBHKFHh6s&hl=en&fs=1]

I still talk to Jon every now and then.   Myspace was a cool thing to reconnect with old friends…

But now… I can TWITTER with him whenever I want!

I’m telling you now… get on TWITTER before it’s too late.

Check out the POSIES on Twitter here: @theposies

“Red Bull” Sports Drink Hits University of Hawaii Students Unsuspectingly

Red Bull sports drink has a creative branding project going on across America right now and UH Manoa was one of the latest campuses to get hit by the “Red Bull Team”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvL4JI5DBO8&hl=en&fs=1]

Here’s a bit more on this campaign:

Creative branding project done with Red Bull North America.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O23DfvY0t9c&hl=en&fs=1]

Ken’s House of Pancakes IS NOT CLOSING

Brad Cavanagh heard a rumor that the Kona Blog picked up on.

There’s a rumour going around that Ken’s House of Pancakes is not going to renew its lease, which ends this October. Rumour also has it that Ken’s is going to be replaced with a Denny’s.

A quick call to Ken’s Restaurant number listed in the phone book and the person answering the phone confirmed that it is a rumor and the restaurant IS NOT CLOSING.

NO NEED CALL THEM TO ASK… They have been getting calls!

Aaron… weren’t you the one talking about responsible blogging? :razz:

Easy to Read: Hawaii Counties Piece of Obama’s Stimulus Package

Mahalo to Shannon Rudolph for sending me the easily broken down Hawaii County “Piece of Obama Pie” otherwise known as the Stimulus package.

For a look at other Hawaii Counties you can click here. The total of cost of all the projects submitted by Hawaii is $2,390,826,455

Below are the “shovel-ready” projects for which this city has requested federal stimulus funding. You can click on a project to read (and add to) its description. You can also discuss the project and vote on whether you believe it is critical or not.

The total cost of all the projects submitted by Hawaii County is $501,100,000

CLICK LEFT COLUMN TO SEE DESCRIPTION AS WELL AS VOTE TO SAY WHETHER THE PROJECT IS CRITICAL OR NOT

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio
Construct the 1,400-foot Laaloa Avenue extension from Kuakini Highway to create a new mountain-to-ocean connector road and add a new signalized intersection to improve traffic circulation in the area. Hawaii County HI 20 $17,000,000 Streets/Roads -4
Construct Kamanu Street Extension to connect Hina Lani Street to Kealakehe Parkway to reduce traffic congestion in West Hawaii Hawaii County HI 45 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Saddle Road resurfacing and reconstruction of 13 miles of highly deteriorated road from MP 43 to MP 56 Hawaii County HI 54 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Construct two-lane Ane Keohokalole (Mid-Level) highway linking Palani Road and Kealakehe, relieving congestion on surrounding roadways and opening 300 acres of state land up for development of affordable housing. Hawaii County HI 125 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Construct Alii Parkway, a 4.5-mile two-lane highway to reduce vehicular congestion on Alii Drive, Kuakini Highway and portions of Queen Kaahumanu Highway Hawaii County HI 133 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Mamalahoa Widening from North Hawaii Community Hospital to MP56 to increase traffic capacity through the Kamamalu Intersection and reduce congestion Hawaii County HI 30 $10,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Lindsey Road Bridge replacement to increase carrying capacity of bridge in Waimea to meet current standards Hawaii County HI 26 $9,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Hina Lani Resurfacing; resurface 5 miles of highly deteriorated urban street Hawaii County HI 20 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Kaiminani Drive resurfacing; resurface 6 miles of highly deteriorated highway and construct 10 new drywells Hawaii County HI 20 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Hamakua Highway Maintenance Base Yard to replace existing metal quonset hut that no longer meets safety codes; needs major repairs; and is not on county property. Replacement would be built on county land and centralize operations Hawaii County HI 15 $5,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Palani Road/Kamakaeaha Avenue Intersection Improvements including addition of left turning lane to increase intersection capacity and reduce congestion Hawaii County HI 20 $5,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
West Hawaii Maintenance Facility, replace existing building in Kealakekua with shops and offices for Public Works’ traffic building and automotive divisions Hawaii County HI 14 $3,500,000 Streets/Roads -1
Kawailani/Pohakulani/Ainaola/Iwalani Traffic signal improvements to install synchronized signals, acquire property for highway realignment and make drainage improvements to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety Hawaii County HI 4 $2,500,000 Streets/Roads +1
Hokulia Bypass traffic calming measures, four new signals and markings, all mitigation needed due to partial opening of new bypass road Hawaii County HI 4 $2,050,000 Streets/Roads -2
Puna Makai Alternate Road EIS for a high-priority new road necessary to meet the transportation needs of a region expected to double in population to 70,000 by 2030 Hawaii County HI 24 $2,000,000 Streets/Roads +4
Traffic signal upgrades from Traconex control cabinets to 170s, 10 signal locations to provide additional controller capabilities for signal coordination and standby power during power interruptions Hawaii County HI 3 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Highway Division Office Extension, additional Hilo office space required for additional personnel to manage roadway responsibilities Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
Replacement of Puna Highway Maintenance Warehouse, which is currently inadequate and no longer used. Needed to secure storage of equipment and supplies. Additional space needed to address additional roadway responsibilities. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
South Hilo Highway Baseyard Storage to replace equipment storage warehouse that had to be demolished after the roof was damaged in high winds. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
South Kohala Baseyard Storage to replace inadequate existing facility and secure equipment and supplies. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
Naalehu and Pahala Large Capacity Cesspool Replacement , replace wastewater system serving Kau public schools, business districts and residences. Hawaii County HI 250 $26,350,000 Water +1
North Kona Sewer and Reuse, installation of resuse infrastructure at the Queen Kaahumanu Highway in conjunction with the state highway widening project. Will serve planned development in the area and conserve limited potable water supplies. Hawaii County HI 250 $20,050,000 Water 0
Queen Liliuokalani Large Capacity Cesspool replacement, closing cesspool and connecting to Kealakehe Wastewater treatment plant to comply with EPA mandate, closure deadline 6/1/10 Hawaii County HI 250 $18,500,000 Water +2
Honokaa Large Capacity Cesspool replacement; per EPA mandate, replace cesspool system serving numerous public facilities including Honokaa Public School complex, state library, Health Department, Judiciary and elderly housing Hawaii County HI 200 $17,500,000 Water 0
Palani Road transmission waterline; construct two concrete reservoirs and 12,500 feet of waterline south of Palani Road to the Liliuokalani subdivision. Hawaii County HI 200 $14,000,000 Water 0
Kalanianaole Avenue Sewer Rehabilitation, Phase 2, repairs and upgrade of interceptor that serves much of the Hilo area. Failure of the interceptor would cause of spill of about 2.5 MG per day Hawaii County HI 50 $8,000,000 Water 0
Kealakehe Wastewater Aeration upgrade to allow plant to accommodate sewage from local septic tanks; EPA has required septic tanks to replace cesspools, adding to the waste delivered to the plant Hawaii County HI 50 $6,000,000 Water 0
Repair of the unlined Keopu Channel damaged in the 2007 earthquake and flood. TIMETABLE: Approx. 3,500 man day during a nine-month period. Hawaii County HI 20 $5,000,000 Water +1
Haao Springs drainage channel repair and improvements include repairing damaged concrete lining and enforcing the channel slopes, providing concrete lining between culvert and existing concrete lining and providing concrete wing walls at culvert inlet Hawaii County HI 24 $4,000,000 Water 0
Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant sludge removal, clearing lagoon treatment system is needed to restore plant to original design capacity of 5.1 MGD and to accommodate increased waste from local septic tanks Hawaii County HI 30 $4,000,000 Water +1
Komohana Heights Large Capacity Cesspool replacement; connection to sewer syatem will reduce bacterial levels within Hilo Bay and other parts of the East Hawaii shoreline Hawaii County HI 50 $4,000,000 Water +1
Install 16-inch water main in conjunction with state widening project of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway; includes installation of 25,000 linear feet of line from Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Reservoir. Hawaii County HI 50 $3,750,000 Water 0
Backflow Prevention Compliance, county Parks, to comply with state and county requirements for safety of public drinking water Hawaii County HI 12 $2,000,000 Water -1
Pua Sewage Pump Station replacement of aging wastewater pumps, control and monitoring systems. Failure of the station could result in a sewage spill of 3 million gallons per day. Hawaii County HI 30 $1,800,000 Water +2
Papaikou and Kulaimano Dewatering, installation of identical and updated sludge dewatering systems at wastewater treatment plants Hawaii County HI 30 $1,600,000 Water 0
Waimea Water System improvements; install 5,900 feet of 12-inch water line from Spencer Road to Opelo Road to provide transmission capacity in an area that regularly experiences low-pressure conditions. Hawaii County HI 40 $1,100,000 Water +1
Backflow Prevention Compliance to install water system backflow prevention assemblies on 67 county Public Works facilities to comply with Department of Water Supply rules Hawaii County HI 6 $1,000,000 Water 0
Memorial Hospital large capacity cesspool replacement, including installation of pump and connection to municipal sewer Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Water 0
Construct a new police station in Captain Cook for current and future public safety needs in South Kona, including a firing range for police department training. Property has been acquired next to an existing police substation. Hawaii County HI 200 $18,000,000 CDBG +2
Puna Gymnasium and ball fields, development of indoor recreational spaces and outdoor fields for economically disadvantaged community with severely underserved recreational needs Hawaii County HI 102 $15,000,000 CDBG +1
Hawaiian Paradise Park Subdivision District Park, development of 20-acre park site in rapidly growing subdivision with severely underserved recreational needs in an economically disadvantaged area Hawaii County HI 60 $10,000,000 CDBG +3
Island-wide accessibility improvements and removal of architectural barriers for Parks to meet ADA requirements Hawaii County HI 100 $10,000,000 CDBG +1
Construct Makalei Fire Station to improve response times to communities currently served by personnel and vehicles seven miles away, reducing fire insurance costs. Hawaii County HI 121 $9,000,000 CDBG +1
Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Hurricane Shelter and Community Center, provide hardened shelter and community center facilities to an economically disadvantaged area with about 5,000 residents that is more than 30 miles from the nearest state-approved shelte Hawaii County HI 50 $6,000,000 CDBG +3
Construct police station in economically disadvantaged Pahoa village next to new fire station to centralize public safety services in an area visible and accessible to the public. Hawaii County HI 100 $4,600,000 CDBG +8
Public Works Facilities ADA compliance, island-wide facilities in ADA compliance B Priority and C Priority in accordance with county self-evaluation and transition plan for accessibility to public facilities Hawaii County HI 8 $4,000,000 CDBG +1
ADA Curb Ramp Compliance Program, Waimea. Replace sidewalks and install curb ramps to comply with FHWA settlement agreement Hawaii County HI 9 $1,000,000 CDBG 0
Install Kealakehe Wastewater Plant Photovoltaic System to reduce electrical costs and reduce reliance on imported oil Hawaii County HI 30 $7,000,000 Energy 0
DPW Facilities Energy Systems will build solar energy systems, high-efficiency equipment replacements and other building energy efficiency improvements. Hawaii County HI 30 $4,000,000 Energy +3
Replace existing street lights with energy efficient lights on existing poles island-wide. Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 2 $1,000,000 Energy +3
Provide low-interest loans to homeowners to retrofit to increase energy efficiency; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 180 $1,000,000 Energy +3
Energy retrofits for county-owned multi-family elderly housing projects at Ouli Ekahi in Kawaihae and Kulaimano Elderly Housing in Pepeekeo; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 20 $900,000 Energy +2
Installation of solar energy systems in homes for very low income elderly and disabled homeowners; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation Hawaii County HI 90 $500,000 Energy +9
Construct Kaloko Housing Project to develop 24 transitional units for the homeless and 72 affordable rentals on a county-owned parcel; needed to prepare for the impending closure of the only homeless shelter in West Hawaii Hawaii County HI 85 $18,000,000 Housing +2
Upgrade land-mobile radio public safety communications system and migrate system to 700-800MHz range to comply with FCC mandate. Improves public safety and emergency response by adding radio coverage to areas of the island that are now without coverage. Hawaii County HI 0 $89,000,000 Public Safety +3
Information technology disaster mitigation to move mission-critical network and information infrastructure to non-hazardous zones. Will ensure voice and data capabilities in times of crisis. Hawaii County HI 6 $1,200,000 Public Safety 0
Vehicle enhancement project, purchase of 30-45 passenger buses and 25-30 passenger buses to expand transportation services, providing easier access for the public to health care, educational institutions, youth activities and work sites Hawaii County HI 75 $17,000,000 Transit +5
Mass transit base yard construction to include administrative building to serve the public and house staff, maintenance facility for vehicle repairs, bus wash bay and refueling station Hawaii County HI 50 $10,000,000 Transit +4
Bus Stop and Shelter project to construct 50 covered bus shelters to protect bus riders from the elements and encourage public transit use Hawaii County HI 40 $1,200,000 Transit +7

Questioning the Replies to My Questions – Re: Civil Defense and West Hawaii Flooding

Thank you for the prompt reply to my questions regarding the Counties Civil Defense response Wednesday.

Below in Green our my responses to the counties responses to my original questions.  (I’m not sure if you will be able to see this in color on your computers or not… so I’m also posting a blog of my replies to your questions on my blog).

I hope we can continue the discussion about bringing the COUNTY up to speed in the Digital world.  I know we are known for “Hawaii Time”… but we don’t have to be.

1. I would like to know how many Hawaii County Residents have signed up for the $40,000 Phone Alert System that the County is paying for: http://www.hawaii-county.com/cd/message.htm

Approximately, 35,000 people and businesses are registered on the master data base. Most of these numbers are currently in the white pages and not on a Federal Do Not Call List. An additional 2,600 people have registered for the service since it debuted in October 2008.

It is interesting that ONLY 2600 people have signed up for this and they are using the White Pages to get other numbers.

I understand this first year is free and subsequent years will be $40,000! This seems like a large chunk of change for something that has not been proven effective.

Civil Defense has secured funding (through grants) to July of 2011. Basically, it will be free to Hawai’i County taxpayers until that time. Three years should be ample time to determine whether or not the system is worth the cost. It should be mentioned that this system is not only for Civil Defense’s exclusive use: Public Works, Water, Fire, Police, Planning, Aging, Prosecutors, and Mayor’s office are among participating agencies currently using the system. Public Works has used it for bridge repair notification in Paauilo, for water restriction notification in Kaumana, for brush fire personnel recalls (about four times), and for high sulfur dioxide notifications in Pahala (once) and Volcano Golf & Country Club Subdivision (twice), shark sighting and road closure notification for the Big Island Visitors Security Association (about 10 notifications), and notifying governmental, non-governmental, volunteer, and community associations about our tsunami drill (600+ contacts).

Was it used on Wednesday at all?

2. I would like to know where the Civil Defense warnings were that West Hawaii was flooding yesterday.

Civil Defense telephoned the radio stations as soon as they were made aware of roads being closed and kept them up to date as new information came in. CD decided not to broadcast a standard Civil Defense radio message because it quickly became apparent that rain conditions and roadblock locations were changing constantly. The usual method of crafting, distributing, and broadcasting a radio message takes time and is not well suited for a quickly changing situation. We decided that notifying the radio stations on the fly and asking the DJs to get the word out was quicker.

I don’t know many people that listen to the radio anymore.  CD’s, IPOD’s and Internet Streaming is becoming more mainstream then the radio.  Even many people traveling in their cars are now listening to CD’s or IPOD’s through their speakers instead of a commercialized radio broadcast.

3. The only way I heard about the Flooding was through a Twitter Message put out by KWXX: http://twitter.com/KWXX/statuses/1201758225
You probably got the Twitter message only because Civil Defense sent the info to the radio stations.

That is probably correct, it’s sad that I have to receive my information from a Radio Station Tweet, instead of a government official.  The nice thing about the Radio Stations Tweet feed, is that I read it more then 45 minutes after it was posted.  Twitter feeds are available all the time… Radio Station “SPOTS”  are only  30 seconds played every 20 minutes or so on the radio.  Some people can get in and out of their cars before that message is even played.

4. Hawaii County Has A Civil Defense Twitter site… why is it not being used?
http://twitter.com/Civil_Defense

Civil Defense is unaware of that account. As I discovered now that I just signed on for my own account, apparently anyone could have set up the CD account. However City Watch is more efficient in reaching large numbers of people, many of whom do not have Twitter accounts. Almost everybody has a telephone. At some point it may behoove us to use Twitter as part of emergency notification procedures but at the current time we do not because of the alternatives available. Thanks for your interest.

Very STRANGE that someone would hijack the Hawaii Civil Defense Twitter Name and then post VOG warnings the day that Pahoa got vogged out, on that account.

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

Questions Answered Regarding Civil Defense and Wednesdays West Hawaii Flooding

The other day I questioned why Civil Defense did not do a better job of getting notice out to Big Island residents regarding Wednesdays flooding in West Hawaii.  I just received the following response:

My questions in BLACK:

County Response in RED:

1. I would like to know how many Hawaii County Residents have signed up for the $40,000 Phone Alert System that the County is paying for:  http://www.hawaii-county.com/cd/message.htm

Approximately, 35,000 people and businesses are registered on the master data base. Most of these numbers are currently in the white pages and not on a Federal Do Not Call List. An additional 2,600 people have registered for the service since it debuted in October 2008.

I understand this first year is free and subsequent years will be $40,000!  This seems like a large chunk of change for something that has not been proven effective.

Civil Defense has secured funding (through grants)  to July of 2011. Basically, it will be free to Hawai’i County taxpayers until that time. Three years should be ample time to determine whether or not the system is worth the cost. It should be mentioned that this system is not only for Civil Defense’s exclusive use: Public Works, Water, Fire, Police, Planning, Aging, Prosecutors, and Mayor’s office are among participating agencies currently using the system. Public Works has used it for bridge repair notification in Paauilo, for water restriction notification in Kaumana, for brush fire personnel recalls (about four times), and for high sulfur dioxide notifications in Pahala (once) and Volcano Golf & Country Club Subdivision (twice), shark sighting and road closure notification for the Big Island Visitors Security Association (about 10 notifications), and notifying governmental, non-governmental, volunteer, and community associations about our tsunami drill (600+ contacts).

2. I would like to know where the Civil Defense warnings were that West Hawaii was flooding yesterday.

Civil Defense telephoned the radio stations as soon as they were made aware of roads being closed and kept them up to date as new information came in. CD decided not to broadcast a standard Civil Defense radio message because it quickly became apparent that rain conditions and roadblock locations were changing constantly. The usual method of crafting, distributing, and broadcasting a radio message takes time and is not well suited for a quickly changing situation. We decided that notifying the radio stations on the fly and asking the DJs to get the word out was quicker.

3. The only way I heard about the Flooding was through a Twitter Message put out by KWXX:  http://twitter.com/KWXX/statuses/1201758225
You probably got the Twitter message only because Civil Defense sent the info to the radio stations.

4. Hawaii County Has A Civil Defense Twitter site… why is it not being used?
http://twitter.com/Civil_Defense

Civil Defense is unaware of that account. As I discovered now that I just signed on for my own account, apparently anyone could have set up the CD account. However City Watch is more efficient in reaching large numbers of people, many of whom do not have Twitter accounts. Almost everybody has a telephone. At some point it may behoove us to use Twitter as part of emergency notification procedures but at the current time we do not because of the alternatives available. Thanks for your interest.

Nice to Be Working… But These Damn Kids!

Well just got back from my first day back to work.  Only had to bring one kid to the counselors office and only assisted removing another from class.

I don’t remember kids being this hyperactive when I was in school…

Have a lot to catch up on… will write more later.

“Coquis Are Wonderful” Says CHIRP Founder Syd Singer… Running Coqui Survey on His Site

A few months back, BIVN posted a video on the Coqui Hawaiian Integration and Reeducation Project (CHIRP), run by Syd Singer.

I just realized that Mr. Singer  made a comment recently made the following comment on my site on the blog I posted about $4 million dollars being spent on coqui eradication:

The coquis are wonderful! They are now a part of the Big Island environment, and we need to be positive about them, or we will be putting down our island. Let’s promote coqui ecotourism. It’s all in your attitude…

Syd, you might be a great guy and all… but I thought harboring evasive species was some sort of an offense.  I don’t know how you get away with running a coqui sanctuary.

I see you have made good friends with them:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rerAYLykbU&hl=en&fs=1]

I noticed that Mr. Singer is running a “Coqui Survey” on his site.  I just love this slanted question he has at the end of of his 8 part survey:

7. Do you support the use of citric acid to burn the frogs to death?

I don’t really urge anyone to go fill out his survey or anything, because I doubt the results will mean anything, just as my polls don’t mean squat either, but if you want to go see what a “Coqui Survey” looks like, feel free to fill it out here.

I’m Not Here… But I’ll Be Home Soon

Well in case you haven’t been following my blog… I’ve been letting you all know that I’ve been desperate for work.

Most of you have probably been thinking… well get off your ass and go find a job!  Well I have been looking and most of the jobs here on the Big Island do not pay near as much as what I was making on Oahu, and are in fields that I either don’t enjoy, or wouldn’t find myself lasting more then a few weeks in that type of employment.

I’ve actually had quite a few leads and thanks to my wonderful hardworking wife and a very supportive Ohana, I haven’t been diving in trash cans for food.

Well I’m actually working again.  Today is my first day at work… I actually left this morning at 6:15.  I’m currently working from 7:30 to 2:00 and I’m not sure how my schedule will work out in the future.  I am working with the Dept. of Education again, however, I’m not in nearly as a technical position as I was before.

Before I felt more like I was teaching teachers… Now I’ll just be amongst them.

Have no fear about my blog.  Due to technology, I can still post throughout the day without even using the States computers.  This blog posting I’m actually writing on Wednesday and I’m just going to set my the visibility on this blog to show up sometime on Friday while I’m at work.

I’ll be doing a lot of blogs like that once I start working more and more hours.

I won’t be able to moderate the comments throughout the day while I’m at work… so don’t fret if you see posts showing up, however, your comment that you may have made hasn’t shown up until after I get home from work.

Stoked to be back at work.  Now if I could only make some more side money on this blog.  Anyone want to purchase a Damon Dollar?

Friday the 13th Crazies

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Today is another one of those crazy downhill skateboard races over there on Oahu that pretty much stay “underground” until the day of the race.  I used to love to skate when I was younger, but some of the things these kids do now a days just makes me worry about my son skating when he gets older.

Here is the route they will be riding at 3:30 this afternoon:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNbzcz1InSY&hl=en&fs=1]

Condom Fair Today

Don’t forget to pick up your free Friday the 13th Condoms if you are a UH Manoa student.

The Health Promotion Office of University Health Services-Manoa is excited to announce the 2009 Condom Fair.  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Campus Center Mall. The Health Promotion Office anticipates approximately 2,000 students to attend this year’s Condom Fair.

The purpose of the Condom Fair is to promote a healthier lifestyle, through the appropriate and consistent use of condoms, healthy sexual decision-making, and good communication. The Condom Fair is not meant to promote sexual activity, however for students who do choose to be sexually active, condoms are the safest way to protect against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. The Condom Fair 2009 aims to educate students about healthy relationships in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

This year, participants for Condom Fair 2009 include Planned Parenthood, Kulia Na Mamo, the Waikiki Health Center, Life Foundation, and Power 104.3 FM will provide entertainment. Condom Fair 2009 will offer free massages and educational activities such as the condom race and “Pin the Condom on Jack.” Prizes and giveaways are available such as condom roses, condom key chains, lubricant, candy, and other fun Valentine’s Day items.

For more information, please contact Akina Takahashi or Kristen Scholly at 956-8060. Health Promotion Office University Health Services-Manoa 2600 Campus Road, Room 313 Honolulu, HI 96822

Friday the 13th

A man bought a new Mercedes to celebrate his wife leaving him and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive.

The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him.

“There’s no way they can catch a Mercedes,” he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100…..Then the reality of the situation hit him. “What am I doing?” he thought and pulled over.

The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car.

“It’s been a long hard day, this is the end of my shift and it’s Friday the 13th. I don’t feel like more paperwork, I don’t need the frustration or the overtime, so if you can give me a really good excuse for your driving that I haven’t heard before, you can go.”

The guy thinks about it for a second and says, “Last week my nagging wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back!”

“Have a nice weekend,” said the officer.