Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sam 4/27/2008 - 4/30/2008

Sam alias Pecky, Chirpy, Birdy died in his sleep last night he is survived by his adopted family and his inspiring memories. Sam will be remembered for being a bird, and for doing bird things, and the little chirp, ..chirp, chirp thing. During his stay on this terestrial ball Sam inspired us with his courage as he left the nest at such an early age. He was a people person (err-um bird), and was apt to meet new strangers and then demand food from them. At this time no birds were available to comment. Services will be held today by the City and County of Honolulu Refuse Division.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sam the Bird

The bird doesn't have a name, I call it Sam, Ben calls it Pecky, Sue calls it Chirpy. Regardless, Sameckirpy seems to be taking a turn for the worse. No appetite today. I see a tiny grave and a crutch without an owner in the future. The picture above was taken yesterday.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Gave My Kids the Bird

Ben and Naomi found a flightless baby bird and convinced me we should
keep it. After a while we figured out how to feed it with an oral
syringe. Really social little guy.

Kaimana Swim

Yesterday Nate and I went over and helped the Adams finish up pouring concrete for their new patio. The family has had a nasty flu lately so I could only get out for a little while.

Today I got out of the house for about 3  hours in the morning to do an outdoor swim with Bill Goding and the rest of the Waikiki swim club at Kaimana. We swam the Waikiki rough water course, and then doubled back. It was a casual pace, we took about 90 minutes to do it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Empty Lots the Video

I just got done editing footage from yesterday's session with Chad and Aaron et al. I'm also watching the kids today while Sue snorkles and then heads out to work.

The four of us will go over to help the Adams with a home project around 2. They are pouring some concrete for a new set of dryer line poles.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

House of Mouse

I went surfing with Chad, Aaron and his dad this morning at Empty Lots.

This afternoon we went to Brayden's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese's.

We got Anastasia to sit the kids this evening while Sue and I went out for some quality time. We decided on dinner at Naupaka Terrace in the Ko`olina Marriot. There was an awesome raw and fresh seafood bufet, and after dinner we walked the beach.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Endless Summer 2

As part of Aaron's ongoing influence to get me caught up on popular surf culture I watched Endless Summer 2 last night. What a great movie! Even Sue had trouble playing World of Warcraft while the movie played. Bruce Brown rocks!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


We hosted two barbeques at the new house this weekend. The first was after work Friday night with the Adams, The following night we had one for the Villafanas (family friends of my parents) who were in town briefly.

Our PS2 died over the weekend, I think the motor just didn't like being left on all the time. It was one of the re-released versions of the PS2. Slimmerline with a top feeding spring loaded eject button. I've heard the model is problematic, I'd heard rumors that some of them even tend to catch fire --oops!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Erector Set

Ben had a birthday present from Suz' parents that we forgot to give him on his birthday. We got into it together last night. At first I had to show him how the diagrams explain the way parts go together. Within an hour though, he was doing fine on his own. We are building a crane here. There are several steps, this might take a day or two.

I remember my dad helping me with Erector set when I was a kid. It's strange to be on the side now, but just as fun.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


I went up and took a look at the North Shore yesterday, it was a mess. I never got in. Two swells are hitting the island at the same time. Something aphasic is happening.

Today Gene called me from White Plains beach with a mild surf report and we decided to head West together. Sometimes the Western mountains block the winds from the North East and take care of all the chop. We found some 3 foot faces at Pokai Bay. Sometimes there were 12 in a set sometimes only ...1. It was often more than 15 minutes between sets though, and it was overcast and a little chilly. Surfers were waiting the sets out in the water as the ocean was warmer than the air. We had fun anyway though. Long rides at Pokai.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sand Island

A friend showed me a break on Sand Island, which is less than 10 minutes drive from work. Nothing great, but not bad. I took the 6'1 fish over there for lunch today. It was just a short black-ops session to work with the new board. I didn't expect much of a session, but its always a good thing to get some beach time over lunch hour. I did better than I expected, I caught at least one wave. Maybe working on new boards over lunch hour could become a new habit.

Movies Where Robots Went Crazy

Our group needed the white board space in the lunch room, so I had to erase a list that the developers had been working on over lunch. It was a list of movies where robots go crazy. I think it was pretty old anyway, and now it will live on as blog-fodder.

I think that the ones in blue indicate that there was a spiritual aspect, and the ones in the box, are not validated yet.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pau Ka Hale

We finished up on the old rental this evening. I cut work about an hour early to wrap up last day type issues. I cleaned, caulked holes and pulled the glow stars off of Naomi's ceiling. I opened and disconnected the fridge, and switched off the breaker on the major appliances. I also pulled the custom made bookshelf out of the mid-point on the stairwell. It was good Zen type work, well suited to nostalgia and a fresh MaiTai.

My mom and dad are still in town. They watched the kids while Sue and I went out for an evening meal to celebrate. We had a delicious dinner at Hana Sushi in Kapolei: unagi, chicken teriaki, volcano roll, california twist, and several kinds of maki. We dropped the keys in the landlords mailbox on the way back to the new house and I'm sure we'll sleep very well.