Introducing Sensible Simplicity

I’ve been enjoying reading JWFITZ new blog Sensible Simplicity.

He is a guy that lives simply while making the best of things.

He has a strong work ethic while still learning the ropes here in Hawaii.

Sensible Simplicity

He may have views that differ from me on many things… however, he still is doing good in creating a good life for himself at a minimal expense to the environment.

If anyone ever needs a wood boat built…. See JW!

Google Says it Best on Big Island Mayoral Race

You used to be able to type the word “Idiot” in at Googles homepage and the top thread would be on George Bush.

I recently Googled the words “Pilago Accomplishments Hawaii” and “Kenoi Accomplishments Hawaii”

Here are the results:

Results 110 of about 88 for Pilago Accomplishments Hawaii

First thread title:

“K. Angel Pilago, – Hawaii County Mayor, 2008”

Results 110 of about 76 for Kenoi Accomplishments Hawaii

First thread title:

“Kenoi, beating rumors, advances”

I know this doesn’t mean much… but I do find it interesting.

Health Summit to be Held Next Week in Honolulu

…Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced today that he is bringing together senior-level federal health officials and the leaders of the U.S. territories and freely associated states to find ways to improve health care for those communities…
Joining Kempthorne at the Sept. 29-30, 2008 Insular Areas Health Summit will be Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake; Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness David S.C. Chu; Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Joxel Garcia, M.D.; Gov. Togiola Tulafono of American Samoa; Gov. Felix Camacho of Guam; Gov. Ben Fitial of the Northern Mariana Islands; U.S. Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Vivian Ebbesen Fludd; Lt. Gov. James Aiona of Hawaii; President Manny Mori of the Federated States of Micronesia; President Litokwa Tomeing of the Marshall Islands; and Vice President Elias Chin of Palau. Also participating are USVI Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen, M.D., and American Samoa’s Delegate to Congress Eni F.H. Faleomavaega.

“The federal government has a responsibility to help our territories and freely associated states meet the challenges they face in providing quality health care for their people,” Kempthorne said. “Whether the challenge is education, funding, equipment, personnel, training or facilities, we must work to build partnerships and expand programs, leverage resources and develop strategies to help island leaders improve and expand their public health services…”

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Islands at Risk

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Hawaiian’s New Planes Set to Arrive on Friday

Hawaiian Airlines will take delivery of the first of four leased Boeing 717 aircraft from Boeing Capital on Friday, September 26.

The aircraft will be placed into inter-island service on 1 October, if not earlier, a carrier spokesman says. Hawaiian’s inter-island network includes Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii.

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Life Lessons

Yes it’s a slow news day… I came across these, and I thought everyone should read this at least once:

Lesson 1: Naked Wife
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, I will give you $800 to drop that towel. After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks: Who was that? It was Bob the next door neighbor, she replies. Great! the husband says, Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?

Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2
A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, I will give each of you just one wish. Me first! Me first! says the admin clerk. I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world. Poof! She is gone. Me next! Me next! says the sales rep. I want to be in Hawaii,relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life. Poof! He is gone. OK, you are up, the Genie says to the manager. The manager says: I want those two back in the office after lunch.

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3
A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said: Father, remember Psalm 129? The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said: Father, remember Psalm 129? The priest apologized Sorry sister but the flesh is weak. Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said: Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 4
A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him: Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long? The crow answered: Sure, why not. So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.
A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

Lesson 5: Power of Charisma
A turkey was chatting with a bull I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree, sighed the turkey, but I haven’t got the energy. Well, why don’t you nibble on my droppings? replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients. The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it wont keep you there.

Lesson 6
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you’re in deep shit, it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

Today’s Miracle… I Mean KO

You gotta see it to believe it!


Howard Dicus on KGMB’s Coverage of Angel Pilago

Howard Dicus explains to his readers why Angel Pilago was not featured more on the night of the Primary Elections here.

…What happened on primary night was very simple. The top vote getter was in Hilo and the second-running finisher was in Kona. It wasn’t physically possible to be in two places at one time. We didn’t even have the option of cutting out early and racing across on the Saddle Road because in the first round of ballots Lorraine Inouye was in second place. We wound up having to cover Angel Pilago the following day…

…But as you might guess our resources are not infinite and our planners are not omniscient. In covering Angel, the devil was in the details. But nobody did it on purpose…

Well I hope the station plans on having two crews on the Big Island come November 4.

I’d also suggest your most trained crew to be covering the Pilago side… as he will be the next Big Island Mayor.

P.S. I wasn’t one of those sending him an email about this.

Big Island Residents URGED to Build “Safe Rooms”

Officials from the Big Island reported to state lawmakers that they suggest residents prepare “safe rooms” regarding the ongoing eruption of dangerous gases from Kilauea Volcano…

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Outdoor Magazine Gives Kalapana Cabin Top 50 Status for Great Escapes

Outdoor Magazine has ranked 50 destinations as “Great Escapes” in it’s upcoming October 2008 edition.

One of the “Escapes” mentioned is here on the Big Island.

Peaceful Cove Cottage in Kalapana!

University of Hawaii Gets $1.25 Million to Study Wave Energy

…The agency selected 14 research teams to receive as much as $7.3 million -representing a cost-shared value of more than $18 million – for projects to “advance commercial viability, cost-competitiveness, and market acceptance of new technologies that can harness renewable energy from oceans and rivers.” It’s part of the federal Advanced Energy Initiative designed to dramatically boost clean-energy research funding to develop cleaner, reliable alternative energy sources that cost less. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) signed into law in December 2007 authorizes DOE to establish a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application to expand marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy production.

“Wave, tidal, and current-driven hydro power is an important clean, natural, and domestic energy source that will promote energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” John Mizroch, acting assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy, noted in announcing the selections…

Two awards of up to $1.25 million in annual funding, renewable for up to five years, went to establishing marine energy centers…One went to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu for the National Renewable Marine Energy Center…

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