If You Don’t Get Past the Fear… You Won’t Get the Reward – I’m Jumping Out of a Plane!

I was brought up with a belief that if you don’t get past your fears in life that you will pretty much stay in a victim state of mind.

You see you need to push past your fears to accomplish things in life.

I already mentioned earlier that I took the risk of Ziplining as a “First Client” for a Zipline Tour company that had not even installed their brakes in place.

Well on the last day of this year… I will be going Skydiving courtesy of Skydive Hawaii.

I’ll be expanding more on my pending Oahu trip… If I don’t make it back alive and I do die skydiving… I hereby claim everything that I may own  publicly to my wife.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity… I can’t think of a better way of ending the new year by jumping out of a plane!

Thanks… But Still Intermittent Internet Service

Well I mentioned the other day that I was getting pretty irritated by my intermittent internet services.

The cable man called at about 9:00 to tell me he would be here at 12:00.

Well he finally at 2:30 he arrived.  He checked everything out and did a few tests and asked a few questions then climbed up the pole outside of our house.

After about 2 hours, he installed a new faceplate on the pole outside,  as well as a new booster to our TV Services.

While this worked while he was here… Shortly there after… I started noticing drop out again.

The cable guy told me to keep calling them every time the buggah goes down… so that’s all I can do at this point.

I myself think a pole has been taken out and they are spending a lot of time servicing people individually when they need to find the pole that has been damaged from the lightning storm.

I do want to personally thank the technician that spent more then two hours trying to resolve this… and I do hope this get’s worked out soon.

Astrology on Local Blogs? Give Me My Technology… I’m a VIRGO!

It seems a few local bloggers like to post astrological things on their blogs and seem to rely upon stars to answer their questions to life at times.

So if any of these local bloggers that rely upon the stars and astrology for answers could please answer my question as to why my internet service has been in and out since the last lightning storm we had… I’d be willing to listen!

I’m not knocking astrology at all… I’m a realist.

Someone predict that my internet will be working during this month on a consistent basis and then make it happen!

Temporary Salary Reductions for UH Faculty Beginning New Years Day

Media Release:

The University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents and President M.R.C. Greenwood today announced that the salary reductions proposed for UH faculty in the final formal offer to the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly (UHPA) will be implemented Jan. 1, 2010.

The administration’s formal written offer of Sept. 15, 2009 called for a temporary 5 percent salary reduction during a new two-year contract. This offer was rejected by UHPA. UHPA instead proposed a new four-year contract with a temporary 5 percent pay reduction in the first two years, followed by restoration to current salary levels plus a 7.5 percent salary increase in the third year and then an additional 7.5 percent increase in the fourth year. Negotiations are at impasse.
In separate letters to UHPA and members of the faculty, UH President Greenwood said the administration is implementing its Sept. 15 offer. Because it is being implemented over the shorter 18-month period, the temporary 5 percent salary reduction proposed for 24 months will be taken as a 6.667 percent temporary reduction over 18 months.
Greenwood said the administration decided to implement its final formal offer in order to sustain operations through the rest of this fiscal year and next. The university’s clerical and administrative, professional and technical staff, represented by HGEA, previously ratified new contracts that include equivalent temporary 5 percent salary reductions over the current two-year biennium.
While Greenwood supports salary increases for faculty, she noted that “until the economy improves and UH funding is stabilized, we simply do not have the money to meet the expectations of UHPA.”
The temporary salary reduction will not affect faculty members paid through non-appropriated funds, such as extramural contracts and grants. It will also not affect faculty members who retire before June 30, 2010.
“I remain committed to working with the leadership of UHPA and the faculty to reach a mutually acceptable settlement that responsibly addresses the university’s critical economic challenges and the longer term need for competitive faculty salaries,” Greenwood said.

New Year’s Resolution Run/Walk

Media Release:

To kick off 2010 Big Dog Productions will host the New Year’s Resolution Run/Walk on Friday, New Year’s Day, January 1st, starting at 9:30 am at the entrance to Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo.

The 3.1-mile run/walk is free and open to the public with the first 100 people signing up receiving a can of sports drink donated by Anheuser-Busch/Hilo.  Post race refreshments will be provided by the Big Dog.

After the event the Big Dog would like to hear from the participants about their goals and resolutions for 2010.  For more information call the Big Dog at 969-7400 or check out his  site at:  http://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/

Christmas Tree Recycling

Media Release (and edited by my discretion):

Please help keep our island green by recycling your holiday CHRISTMAS tree!

Trees ready to be discarded can dropped off at any of the following ten (10) Recycle and Transfer Stations: Hilo , Kailua-Kona, Puako, Honoka‘a, Ka‘auhuhu, Keauhou, Pāhoa, Kea‘au, Waimea and Wai‘ōhinu.

The transfer stations will be accepting trees for recycling through January 17, 2010.

Trees should be free of all decorations, lights, tinsel and ornaments. Please do not drop off artificial or flocked trees.

The County of Hawai ‘i’s Department of Environmental Management and Department of Public Works are teaming up to support Treecycling.  Public Works will be providing on-site tree chipping at certain locations.

By chipping the trees and making the material available for use in gardens, the County can divert thousands of trees from our landfills and add valuable mulch to island soils. In addition, it will help reduce the illegal dumping of holiday trees.

The County’s Treecycling Program and additional recycling and solid waste programs are available on the website at www.HawaiiZeroWaste.org.  For further information, please contact the County Solid Waste Division at 961-8339.

Puna CDP Adopts Guidelines, Mission Statement

From the Mayors Office:

The month-old Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee adopted operating guidelines, defined its mission and began preparing to identify and prioritize actions ripe for implementation at its second meeting held Friday, Dec. 18, at the Kea’au Community Center.

The eight appointed members present divided themselves into four standing sub-committees on transportation, growth management, mālama i ka ‘āina (land stewardship), and budget & finance.  The sub-committees will be the workhorses of the Action Committee, facilitating greater progress between meetings without violating Sunshine Laws.  By opening membership to interested community members, the sub-committees are expected to serve as a primary means of continued and expanding community participation in the Puna CDP effort.

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Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens Offering Its Annual Docent (volunteer) Training Course

Media Release:

Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens will offer its annual docent (volunteer) training course at the zoo for six weeks beginning February 4, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Docents will have the opportunity to share zoo information by leading tours, operating the information booth and by offering presentations to the public.  A year-long commitment of two (2) volunteer hours a week is asked of all trained docents.

The course fee is $55. The deadline to register is January 15, 2010.

For more information or to register contact Terry Moniz at 959-7224 or e-mail tmoniz@co.hawaii.hi.us.