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Things I forgot…but shouldn’t have…

When I was discharged from the military I worked a brief stint at a popular coffee company as a Supervisor.  We’ll leave it at that, shall we?  I ended up quitting because despite begging and pleading I could not get off of the opening shift, which required me to get up at about 0245, and that fucked with my sleep schedule beyond belief.  That lead to a lot of pain issues that I don’t need to get into right now…the manager was not understanding of my needs.

Had I not been on my TA 180 benefits from the military (180 days of benefits to allow me to transition to civilian life after a medical discharge) I might have paid more attention to the insurance options available to me through not only the company, but through the State of Hawai’i.

Hawai’i does this awesome thing (IMNSFHO, and you are welcome to disagree with me), that employers are required to offer health insurance to anyone working 20 hours or more per week.  Everyone who works gets insured, whether it is through the employer itself or through Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i.  I am not intimate with how the breakdown of money works out, but it is incredible to know that you can do things like go to college full time, work 20 hours a week, and not have to worry what will happen to you if you get sick or injured.  The flip side of that coin is that you must enroll in a plan.  I remember getting a notice informing me that if I was required to enroll in one plan or the other, and if I refused coverage I had to provide proof of coverage by another insurer (which at the time, and still is, TRICARE).

The linked article is correct (thanks, Wonder), there is a lot that lawmakers on the Mainland could learn from the Hawai’ian system.  There is a lot to be said for this type of system, that a person receives health care as part of their benefits package through work, and that is reasonable.  There is also a lot to be said for some small businesses who might be burdened with having to pay for it, but there should be oversight on that threshold, and it should be reasonable for everyone involved.  This, however, is why I am a huge fan of adding the public option and making health care a right for humans everywhere, and not a privilege of the rich and powerful.  A public option would allow people to choose a government plan rather than an employer plan…or possibly eliminate the need for those small businesses to have to provide one…

There is a lot I don’t understand economically about small businesses, but I do know that health care is expensive in the system we have now, and that there is a lot of misinformation being spread around out there that is meant to scare us from embracing the idea of Health Care Reform and the Public Option.  I encourage you to not believe everything talking heads tell you, and read some facts for yourself.  Even if we passed the Health Care Reform Act the way it is being introduced now, we have a lot of catching up to do before it is nearly as good as the Hawai’ian system.

Health Care is a human right…or at least it should be if we valued lives over dollars, and people over corporations.

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Things I took for granted living in Hawai’i…

No billboards.

There are no billboards in Hawai’i.

I am so sick and fucking tired of seeing those obnoxious Anti-choice billboards that I could puke.  Like two or three in a row.  Seems they could use all that money to maybe help women w/ the costs of unplanned pregnancy instead of wasting it on lies and scare tactics.  Wevs.

And the regular advertisements are bad enough…but dude…Hawai’i is really on to something there.

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…

Recognize this?

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That is where they filmed Gilligan’s Island.  I took thses as we sailed by there today w/ some of our friends on a really beautiful three hour tour out to a sandbar past The Chinaman’s hat.  It was a gorgeous trip, and fitting for some of our last days here on the Islands.

For more photos, please see BaCaW, my other home!

Malama Pono!

No blogging yesterday…

I had the evening set aside…but as you may have heard…

 

The whole island.  Might not seem like much, but that is over 80% of the population of an entire state, to put it into perspective for you.  I read through some of the comments on the CNN story, and while they might think this wasn’t any kind of important news, it isn’t exactly safe to be in downtown Waikiki when all the power on the whole island goes down due to a lightning storm.  And we rarely get lightning.  Luckily, we were only a couple of miles from home, and the Kam Highway wasn’t very crowded.

And b/f anyone goes crying…the Obamas didn’t even use the generator that was rushed to them.  They hung in there like the rest of us.

It also didn’t stop anyone from enjoying their holiday fireworks.  Those are kind of a big deal ’round here.

The power was out for most of us around 12 hours.  I know ours was back on b/f 0600, b/c I got up to go to the bathroom, and absent mindedly switched the light on, and it worked.

The outage was kind of cool in an eerie sort of way.  I have nothing to compare it to, just that when you drive at night on O’ahu, there are lights to be seen, and it is pretty, if you are into that sort of view, which I am.  Last night was just…dark.  As if the world had disappeared.  Kinda creepy when you are the most isolated piece of land in the world, and you know there is nothing around you for miles…

Luckily we always have a nice stash of candles handy, and some card games.

Today was full of rain.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

The Battle Royale

Current Score:
Roaches: 1
OYD: 1

We double dose bombed the car last night. This morning I had to borrow The Other David’s car to take The Kid to school b/c there are so many dead roaches all over the floor of mine.

Fuck yeah.

Next round: Shipping the car to Korea.

It’s winter there, fuckers. Let’s see you live through that!

On non-humans and etiquette…

My new car has roaches.

As I have noted before, in Hawai’i, this is no big deal.  There are roughly 83 varieties (I am underestimating) sharing this island w/ me right now.  What IS a big deal is that they have gone back on their end of our deal.

I don’t go out and play in their shit heaps, and they don’t go into my spaces.  If I go into their shit heaps, they are free to kill me, and vice versa.  This is why I have felt no shame whatsoever in smashing their babies all over the place lately.  

Last week two of the neighbors on our street had their houses tented (another normal thing around here), but I really honestly think the polite thing to do is give your neighbor, especially your immediate next door neighbor (I am talking to YOU pot smoking land lord calling early morning lawn work doing even though some of us are clearly military on shift work neighbors) if you are doing so.  Those ass hole roaches have to go some where…and it will inevitably be the first non fumigated place they find.  

AKA, my house and, and apparently, new (in April new) Ford Escape Hybrid (some of you remember my old car trying to kill me).

So a couple of weeks ago I had spotted one or two smallish ones in the car early morning/early night.  Nice normal bug times.  No big.  We cleaned a big of excess stuff out of the car and bombed it.  This past weekend I bring some things in from the car, some things that were previously packed in the house, taken to another house, unpacked, repacked, put back in the car, and when unpacked in our house again, they had stow aways.

Seriously.

And now the car has them again.

But not only do we have roaches in the car again, but now they seem to be cocky and bold.  It is one thing for a roach to be all brave during the pre dawn and pre nightfall moments, but it is another thing altogether for multiple roaches to get all gutsy and hang out on the dash board WHILE I AM DRIVING!!!1!ONE!

This is unacceptable.

I took the car in to get it detailed today (something we have to do for the Korea shipment anyhow, I just did it early and paid a little more than I was ready to right now), and tomorrow I will double bomb it again.

But it is almost like the roaches are all hopped up on bomb fumes.  It is almost as if I should be scared that if I am bitten by one that I don’t need to fear nuclear holocaust.  Like I might become the Spiderman of the roach world.

And I am even more scared that my brain went there just now.

Oy w/ the poodles already.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The inscription on the new Hawai’i Quarter reads:

“UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘ĀINA I KA PONO”

it means:

“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”.

It’s the state motto.

All you hosers may return to your lives and stop texting me.

Hugs and Kisses

Ouyang Dan

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