Archive for January, 2005

Opening of the Session

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Ahh, the mysteriously disappearing Wendell returns! I’m interning in the state senate this spring. It’s kept me so swamped I haven’t been blogging much. Actually, that’s pretty funny, because a couple people got canned last year for shooting their mouths off in their blogs. I know this because we had a special warning about blogs in our orientation. It’s good I was told that on day 1, because by day 2 I had already discovered that Senator xxxxxxxx was having an affair with xxxxxx xxxxxx!!! Ok, that didn’t really happen, but what if

Anyway, today was the opening day of the session. I skipped most of the ceremonies though. Trust me, it’s way better to watch it on TV than to be present on the floor. Once they start, they lock you in the chamber. I went to these things as a kid, and all I remember is desperately trying to find a way out of the room to pee. Funny what you remember…but enough of my childhood trauma! The reception in our office ruled. We had more food than the next three offices combined. Conclusion: District 18 knows how to party.

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Boom! You just got checked by the shrimp bomb.

Cheapo to Go

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Cheapo, One of Honolulu’s more visible spots to score some used CDs, books, and other odd knicknacks, is closing its doors for good tomorrow. It’s “clearance sale” will save you 25 percent on new CDs, and an unbeatable 75 percent on used CDs. A used Blondie disc that might have cost you $7 now costs just over a $1. That’s a steal, even versus iTunes.

I zipped over there over lunch, and joined the hoards rifling through the CD bins. The clack of the plastic cases as shoppers flipped through them made the shop sound like some mechanical widget factory. Customers and employees readily and regularly embraced.
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Happy New Year

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Chinese lion dance at Daiei Honolulu welcomes customers to the new year.

I’m not one to actively celebrate the arrival of the new year at midnight. Fact is I usually stay home, watch the ball drop at 7 on TV, go to sleep, wake up at 11:45, open my window to watch and listen for the firework pandamonium to break out as it does every year. Precisely at 12 hundreds, perhaps thousands of people in Honolulu lit their fireworks all at once and let the noise loose for a few minutes as Hawaii became the last state in the union to welcome in the new year.
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