Esben's Blog (7)

Loser of the Day Award

So I am walking back from lunch along Kapiolani Boulevard when I hear someone say, "Behind you!"

My first inclination is to stop and turn around, but since I don't recognize the voice and I am not sure what "behind you" is supposed to be telling me, I simply go toward the nearest edge of the sidewalk (in this case, the left) and continue walking.

Next thing I know, this older guy on his bicycle comes up on my right repeating, " Behind you!" and this time adding, " what are… Continue

Added by Esben on June 3, 2008 at 1:21pm — No Comments

The Vog and Tutu Pele

Just last month, Halema`uma`u erupted with all of the fury of, well, a fire goddess. Breaching the surface for the first time in decades at the site that has been a center piece of the area and the National Park for decades, Tutu Pele cast forth ash and fire and sulfur dioxide.

It's that last bit that has many people on the island of Hawai`i concerned and has brought some reality to the predicament to the people across the state. I don't know if the population of Honolulu really ever… Continue

Added by Esben on May 14, 2008 at 8:12am — No Comments

So That's NOAA's Secret...

Winter Weather Forecast

It was October and the Indians on a remote reservation asked their new Chief if the coming winter was going to cold or mild. Since he was a Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be… Continue

Added by Esben on May 13, 2008 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Aloha to Aloha

It is with mixed feelings that I bid a fond aloha to Aloha Airlines.

As everyone here in Hawaii is aware, Aloha Airlines is no more. At least not the passenger service part that flew the Hawaiian skies for the past 60 years. All that remains now is the cargo service and a host of memories, good and bad.

I have a couple of friends who were working for Aloha and for them I am sorry. The one bright spot is that there has never been a better time to be looking for a job in… Continue

Added by Esben on April 5, 2008 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Oldie but a goodie

Okay, well, this is not a usual blog posting, but I thought you might enjoy it...

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some astronaut training on a Navajo Indian Reservation. One day a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who only spoke Navajo, asked a question, to which his son translated. "What are the guys in the big suits doing?" A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon.… Continue

Added by Esben on March 13, 2008 at 3:10pm — No Comments

No, the other kind of housing boom...

So am I the only one who is happy to hear that home sales here in Hawaii are slowing down and the economy may be turning? Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that so many people are gainfully employed, however, I would also like to own a house someday.

Growing up on the Big Island, I was already shocked ten years ago when the average single family home cost about $300K. I was also laughing when people were putting up a cool quarter million on condominiums here in Honolulu when the… Continue

Added by Esben on March 5, 2008 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Setting the tone

Having never been much of a blogger or a blog reader before, I am gonna take my own stab at this. Given my background, my natural inclination is to treat it like an on-line newspaper column. That being said, if you choose to read these entries don't be too surprised if you see more topical commentary than insight into what I did this weekend. I know you are all just dying to hear about my trips to Costco, but unless it is a really compelling story, I will spare you all the… Continue

Added by Esben on March 5, 2008 at 8:22pm — 4 Comments

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