Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Even a new, pragmatic, intelligent president can't pull this one up from the bottom.
This is the year I found I can't work anymore. The year I lost my house. The year my pain got much worse. The year the money ran out. Hell, I'm one of the lucky ones.
Could be worse. Could be -3 degrees.
Oh, wait, it is.
Could be worse. Could be giving birth in a tree during a flood.
Good night and good luck.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Back in 1998, when we were living on Maui, I was contacted by an organic Kona coffee farmer about helping him sell his gourmet coffee beans. He was one of my best clients until he sold his farm and retired in 2006. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I heard from Mike Tucker, one of the guys who bought Dr. Faust's farm.
Tucker has been refurbishing the farm, getting organic control of the weeds (cutting them), installing his own processing equipment, starting and planting his own coffee tree seedlings, getting the Hawaiian coffee farm certified organic, and much more. It's an amazing amount of work to farm anything organically, especially coffee.
Great thing about this story is that you can read the entire experience, because Mike kept a journal of the entire organic coffee farm refurbishing story, and it is now his blog. Judging from what is there already, this would be a good blog to subscribe to if you're into organic agriculture at all. All you organic coffee farmers will love it!
Or maybe you just love fresh roasted organic Kona coffee beans showing up ot your front door when there's a foot of snow outside. Like me.
Maybe you're a real coffee nut and you want to home roast your own organic green coffee beans from Hawaii... Mike says you can use an old popcorn air popper!
You don't have to Digg organic Kona coffee in order to Digg the story of organic Kona coffee farming. It's an enticing blog, like the aroma of fresh brewed... Ah, you get the idea! Plus, there are all kinds of great pictures of Hawaii, the big island of the Hawaiian Islands.
The organic Kona coffee from 1500 feet up the side of Mauna Loa near the Hawaiian sanctuary town of Honaunau is back! And it is better than ever!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
"This system, along with the winner-take-all practice used to allocate most states' electoral votes, creates the potential for an absurd outcome. In the unlikely event that all 213 million eligible voters cast ballots, either John McCain or Barack Obama could win enough states to capture the White House with only 47.8 million strategically located votes. The presidency could be won with just 22 percent of the electorate's support, only 16 percent of the entire population's."
Friday, October 24, 2008
Digg this and follow the link to the story. There's video there.
Brian Williams: Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist under this definition?
Sarah Palin: (Exasperated sigh.) There’s no question that Bill Ayers by his own admittance was one who thought to destroy our U.S. Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. There is no question there. Now others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that it would be unacceptable to, I don’t know if you’re gonna use the word "terrorist" there.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Back in the cave man days of the internet, I created one of the world's first organic gardening web sites. We lived in the mountains north of Los Angeles, and I had a great backyard garden. Then we moved to Hawaii for a year, and we had a banana tree and a small tropical garden. Then we moved back to LA, and for over 10 years I just didn't have enough room or soil to grow anything but a few flowers. So, I got a little out of practice.
Because of my recent disability retirement from the stagehand world, we moved to upstate NY, and now I'm gardening again, blogging about it in the Organic Gardening News Blog, and loving it. The fall garden of greens, peas, lettuce, spinach, and, of course, arugula for election night are all doing great, despite the four frosts we've had already. Every day is another day of fresh, local, solar powered food before a long winter.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Her new blog is Ho'okipa Aikane, or, roughly, home sharing friend. I asked her to explain who she is and why she's doing this. Here's her reply:
I am a long time resident of Hawaii, I moved here as a teenager who loved the ocean and warm weather.
After raising my family, I found myself on my own on the island of Maui. In 1994, I purchased an old run down Portuguese family home in Upcountry Maui. This gem was built in 1924, and I cried when I first saw it. I wondered what happened to the original family....? It was a beautiful craftsman style home in some MAJOR disrepair, but the bones were good. In my usual optimistic approach, I figured, why not? I can do this.
It's been an amazing journey...with a laughable budget, I have managed to restore and give new life to my home. It is now Hale Ho'okipa Inn.
I hope to share stories, and life in upcountry Maui and Hawaii Nei with anyone who wants to peek in.
A hui ho...until later!!
Be sure to subscribe to her feed. It will be worth it.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We got some great pictures from our trip. I've posted the first of those, from Yosemite National Park, over at the computer backgrounds photo blog. There are plenty more. Robin took a whole bunch of her abstract photos, including some great ones of Reno. We have some great road shots from some beautiful backroads in Wyoming. We loved Mount Rushmore and got some great pictures from there, where it snowed big, flaky snow...
We stopped for deep dish pizza on the south side of Chicago (Obama's neighborhood) and really lucked out thanks to a local man who sent us to the perfect place (Pizza Nova on 43rd). We ate that delicious pizza while we sat on the shore of Lake Michigan, in Marquette Park, near Gary, Indiana. We'll be putting those pictures up soon.
We're moved in to our new home, near Cooperstown, New York. Now that I'm out of the stage business, I'm looking for web site work. So, if you need, or know someone who needs, higher search engine rankings, please get in touch!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Of course, in the case of this particular island getaway, it's not as expensive as you'd think. While there is no shortage of luxury villas for rent in Hawaii, there are precious few Hawaii beach rentals available to the middle class family that saved all their lives for a trip to Hawaii.
Now that the home equity loans aren't there to finance your Hawaii vacation, it's time to look into the affordable side of Hawaii, which could really use some tourists right now. When the recession comes, the first thing people cut back on is travel. But if you do it right, you can still enjoy paradise on a budget. Sometimes, it's the best way to really see a place.