One for the money . . .

June 27th, 2012
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Another fund-raiser, another big haul.

Last night's Na Koa dinner raised about $70,000, of which $30,000 came from the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the UH football program.

Next up: Murphy's Pigskin Pigout on Aug. 23.

* * * * *

Na Koa should be targeting either the guy who bought Lanai (Larry Ellison) or the guy who received $600 million from the sale (David Murdock). Or both.

* * * * *

Former UH slotbacks Greg Salas (St. Louis Rams) and Kealoha Pilares (Carolina Panthers) are back in town.

"We're hanging out, working out and enjoying some vacation," Salas said.

On the itinerary is another run up Koko Head.

"We'll hit that up, for sure," Salas said.

Salas said he is fully healed from a broken bone in his leg suffered in November. He participated in the Rams' OTAs and mini-camp. He also is happy to be back at his second home.

"I love it out here," Salas said. "Whenever I get a chance to come back, I do."

Salas will be attending Joey Lipp's wedding on July 9 in Hawaii. Salas and Lipp were teammates in high school and UH.

* * * * *

It was near the end of The Greatest's career, and Muhammad Ali could no longer float like a butterfly or sting like a bee. He continued to fight, but he was no longer Muhammad Ali. It was like Journey without Steve Perry, "American Idol" without Simon.

Which brings us to the Rainbow Classic.

Eight-team tournaments, with the winners' bracket played in Hawaii's prime time, are no longer feasible between Christmas and New Year's Eve. And, yes, it is understandable if there is some cushion to a schedule, especially with a young team. Not every game needs to be like an NBA playoff. But to call a four-team tournament in November the Rainbow Classic — especially when it includes the redundantly named Maryland Eastern Shore — is just wrong.

Yes, it's sad that the once prestigious holiday format is gone. But it's also sad that gas is no longer $2.50 a gallon. Time change. Things end. And if the Rainbow Classic couldn't be brought back to its former glory, then it would have been OK if it remained a fond memory.

262 Responses to “One for the money . . .”

  1. Sean:

    Also, the Easter baseball tourney... I miss those days


  2. al:

    first


  3. al:

    or not...i shouldn't have read the post. haha


  4. al:

    ah yes...old days.
    how about those games in the old klum gym?
    same place you played your intramural games.

    old days.

    Old days
    Good times I remember
    Fun days
    Filled with simple pleasures
    Drive-in movies
    Comic books and blue jeans
    Howdy Doody
    Baseball cards and birthdays
    Take me back
    To a world gone away
    Memories
    Seem like yesterday
    ...chicago


  5. mo808:

    Chicago, one is the better bands in the day! Classic!


  6. 99club:

    The Maui tourney just got too big I guess...all the big boys head there now.

    I borrowed a text book through inter-library loan from Maryland Eastern Shore once...saved me $50 on a 53-page book.


  7. mo808:

    Good to hear Salas is healed! One if the classic receivers to play in a Warrior uniform! Best wishes for an outstanding year with the Rams!


  8. al:

    mo808...go to pandora.com and enter chicago in the station search.


  9. al:

    yah. pilares and salas two peas in the same pod.
    brothers from another mother.
    and they both love that mix plate gravy all over at rainbow drive inn.,


  10. mo808:

    Now that my fearless pit pup has gone back to sleep after the mid night pouch patrol howling...I guess all is safe and I can return to slumber.


  11. mo808:

    Al, Pandora is on my iPhone and Chicago is on my favorites!


  12. mo808:

    See you guys on the other side of sunrise!


  13. kifi:

    http://tinyurl.com/83mhoaa

    ]]=[[


  14. dcwarrior:

    Eastern Shore is actually not redundant - Maryland wraps around the Chesapeake Bay so if you start in the middle of the state and head east, you can cross over the Chesapeake and end up on the Eastern Shore - of the Cheaspeake. The crabs, fish and oysters there are really good.


  15. rage777:

    Na Koa should have been targeting Dave Murdoch a long time ago. I would say target Mr. Ellison, but he doesn't really have a stake in Hawaii football. Mr. Murdoch has been a part of the Hawaiian culture for a very long time, so he would have more vested in UH.

    Na Koa should be targeting Richard Parsons, former CEO of Time Warner, played basketball at UH, former chairman of Citigroup, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_D._Parsons.
    Or just go after the big guns The President. Where half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and his father, Barack Obama Sr., graduated from UH.


  16. gigi-hawaii:

    DCWarrior: would you like to start a DC Tsaiko chapter? Ask SteveM. He'll tell you how.

    SteveM: Are you listening?


  17. wafan:

    Super Hump Day!


  18. sjmacro:

    Good morning Tsaikos: Hope the link works. Otherwise somebody from Tsaiko tailgates made front page of section D --Today Section. Should have had some of that food yesterday too.--sj

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/featurespremium/20120627_Everything_tastes_better_at_the_beach.html?id=160473015


  19. wafan:

    Western Washington CC!

    *Friday, June 29
    *Approximately 6:00 P.M. -- watch the blog for specific time
    *Location in Lacey/Olympia area TBA -- watch the blog for more details
    *Join Izzy, wafan, and visiting M/M 702WarriorFan
    *RSVP at wafan at comcast period net

    Hoping to see some of the Washington and Oregon Tsai-kos and Tsai-kettes!


  20. wafan:

    Whoa, (J)J!

    Should have asked for his autograph before.


  21. Slugger:

    Good morning, gang!

    would I be int eh top 20 if the spam were gone? :)

    off to hi ho...

    Great to see the gang who made it to Masa's yesterday!


  22. wafan:

    Thanks for the link, sj!


  23. Slugger:

    can't type... no kope.. gotta go...

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  24. Wes'side Warrior:

    Morning, everyone!

    Actually got some time on my hands thins morning!

    Always good to hear of former students and student-athletes who return to the islands because they loved their experiences and the friendships they created.

    Thought the Rainbow Classic was doing good? That bites! Seems that lots of things we HAD going for us (in a national scope) are dying off. We need to seriously refocus our attention to this and fix it. We're going backwards.
    What do we need to do to really make an impact in Asia and the Pacific? We need to be THAT team... THE team of Asia and the Pacific. We need international money flowing in to show the bigs that we're worth something to their bottom line.

    Anywayz, hope you all have a great day! Me? Well... I'm hungry at the moment...


  25. Wes'side Warrior:

    this*

    Yeah, guess I need some coffee...

    Arthritic keyboard is not awake yet.


  26. Wes'side Warrior:

    Does UH conduct any field research on Lana'i on a continual basis? Perhaps we could negotiate a deal of some sort with the new owner... build and fund a research facility along with supporting structures and services.

    I don't know... I'm hungry and just rambling on at the moment...


  27. Slugger:

    Hey, J(J), BBQ king... say Hi to Jason Y. for me.


  28. Slugger:

    I hear A Brown is gonna be back in town too.


  29. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    It's great when the NFL Warriors come back in the offseason. Sometimes they bring teammates and even current CFB players and get them all "Hooked on Hawaii"


  30. d1shima:

    (J)J,

    One word: TFTI! :lol:


  31. Bulla:

    JJ

    Making the big time now bro, wow...first the Kramers Ad, now this...up up up and away!!!


  32. 3-Prong:

    Hey ST, what is UH's cut of the Stevie Wonder concert? Is it just the $10 per ticket service fee or do they get some of the ticket price too?


  33. BigHiloFan2:

    Good morning Tsaikos.

    Lanai. Great chance... a new opportunity. If only Coach Chow wouled be running more things.

    Gotta go. Hi ho hi ho.


  34. WarriorNY:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/nfl/06/26/colt-brennan/index.html


  35. Last Call:

    Big West shot down Boise State according to an article in a Santa Barbara paper according MWC fans.A link was provided but like the SA it's a pay to read article.


  36. Last Call:

    This is the quote from the Santa Barbara New Press article" The ball is back in Boise State's court. Big West Conference athletic directors held a conference call on Tuesday but opted to take no vote on Boise State's application for membership in all non-football sports. "We met on media packages, but all we asked Dennis (Farrell, Big West commmissioner) to do was take a read on the feelings of the league's CEOs about Boise,? UCSB director of athletics Mark Massari said. "There is a deadline on this, More»


  37. gigi-hawaii:

    sjMacro: mahalo for the link. Cute article and photo of James.

    Wanda Adams interviewed me and my mom for an article, too. My mom gave her a recipe for kim chee, and I told her about reactions from people passing by my house. Lol. The article with photos appeared in the Hon Advertiser years ago.


  38. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez!

    WarriorNY -

    Hope you guys have fun at your Big Apple CC!
    Thanks for the Colt link. Prayers for him.

    Beeg Heelo -

    I'll call you later this morning.


  39. bigislandkurt:

    Give 'em a chance ST!
    Arnel Pineda is actually pretty good!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJCm63KwrEo

    BIK


  40. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    (J)J -

    A smart false pordagee with model looks who cooks too?! Glad I not one wahine, bumbye be swooning all over him! :lol:


  41. LizKauai (iPad):

    Welcome home Greg and Kealoha!
    Go Colt!


  42. gigi-hawaii:

    yeah, that was a great article. GO COLT!!! WE ARE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!!


  43. WarriorNY:

    DPK, Thanks - I'm giving people a month of prep time so they won't have excuses.

    That article is pretty detailed. Colt's haters will come out of course but his story of perseverance is pretty remarkable. The thing that kills me is when Green Bay said they passed on him because he played in warm weather. They drafted Matt Flynn later in that draft. Flynn just signed a deal worth 25 mil or something.


  44. ballpicker:

    Nice $ for the football team, and morning everyone, Got's lots to do today.
    DPK mahalo,


  45. WarriorNY:

    ^^^ That's Supposed to say I'm giving people a month of prep time so they won't have excuses but I'm not really expecting much of a turnout.

    I wish we had an "edit" button...


  46. WarriorNY:

    I wish we had an "edit" button... For all the times I put my foot in my mouth...


  47. RedZone:

    So BCS denied MWC request for AQ. Not surprised. Same thing with their 4 team exclusive tourney. Why they call it a national playoff I have no idea.


  48. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Nice article on Colt - GO COLT!

    And the Best West turning down BSU - various articles here and there (MWC, etc) seem to think that SDSU may have some problems also going to the Big East without BSU. There was a suggestion of BSU and SDSU joining the WAC for its Olympic sports which would sort of "save" the WAC with its teams other than football.

    There is also a mention that if BSU does not join the Big East THIS year, the TV negotiations between the Big East and the network might result in a lesser amount. Of course the Big East - with or without BSU - has its own problems with some of its basketball teams possibly deflecting to the ACC!

    May they live in interesting times!


  49. ballpicker:

    and Kekoa.


  50. Stephen Tsai:

    I like the idea of the four-team playoff. I mean, it's inadequate and short-sighted and, yes, the SEC will fight to get two teams in, but it is a start.
    The BCS had had a playoff — it was a two-team playoff.
    So, going to four is huge. And with six BCS conferences and only four playoff spots, there will be an outcry. And when the NCAA realizes that the playoffs are exciting and make money, but they can be more exciting and make more money if they expand, they will expand. That's the reason the NBA is playing in June and the World Series is near Halloween.
    The thing is, it will never go back to two teams. So there is progress. Slight, but some progress.


  51. gigi-hawaii:

    Meanwhile, Coach Gib's team continues to be decimated.


  52. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Nice article (J)J! Our grill-master extraordinaire. :roll:

    CRW has been MIA for quite a while.
    2 is the minimum for a chaptah, right? DCWarrior and CRW.


  53. jm2375:

    btw, when was that fried food tailgate?


  54. haka:

    Gotta disagree about the Rainbow Classic. I think that trying to resurrect the Classic is an admirable effort to effect tradition and is worth a try. The teams enlisted to play may not be of the highest caliber, nor is it easy to classify a four team field a "classic", but I think it can be brought back to be a viable tournament with some grit and sponsorship. Of course there's no salesman better than winning. Even when "The Greatest" was on he decline he used persistence and ingenuity to rope-a-dope Foreman when no one thought he had a chance. A November foursome may not have the same festive glamour as a December eightsome, but maybe eating turkey is better than cooking the goose.


  55. PowderPuff:

    Wow, thanks for cleaning up the spam, ST. Another fabulous dinner last night, raising funds for football camp. Coach Chow shared the story that ST posted about before...of the man who was about to be deployed, but got to see his kids in camp because of the low cost. Kudos to Chevron's Al Chee for spearheading the dinner and Al's community relations superstar, Carina Tagupa, for putting together the silent auction - $30K just a few hours!


  56. Stephen Tsai:

    I can't believe nobody bid on the Mark Sanchez football.
    Oh, well, just another incompletion.


  57. THE MAN:

    Big West denies Boise St.

    YES!!!!


  58. Hodad:

    You guys and gals should be thanking the SEC, not hating:

    from Mr. SEC.com

    College football fans can thank the SEC for finally providing the impetus for such a remarkably fast about-face. Oh, some folks out there may be sick of hearing about the SEC, but that dislike is exactly what got us to where we now stand.

    Let’s look at a quick timeline, shall we?

    * 1869 — The first college football game is played in Princeton, New Jersey.

    (Fast-forward 123 years…)

    * 1992 — The Bowl Coalition is founded to include the ACC, Big East, Big 8, SEC, SWC, and Notre Dame. It involved the Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Fiesta, Gator and John Hancock Bowls. The Big Ten, Pac-10 and Rose Bowl would not take part.

    * 1995 — The Bowl Alliance is founded to include the ACC, Big East, Big 8, SEC, SWC, and Notre Dame, but it involved only the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls. The Big Ten, Pac-10 and Rose Bowl still would not take part.

    * 1998 — The Bowl Championship Series is founded to include the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, SEC and three FBS independents. It utilized the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose Bowls. Eventually, the BCS Championship Game was created as a fifth, stand-alone game in order to allow non-AQ teams a better shot at reaching a BCS game (and to fend off lawyers and legislators representing the plankton of college football’s food chain).

    * 2008 — SEC commissioner Mike Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford push a four-team, seeded playoff idea to their fellow commissioners. They were shot down immediately.

    * January, 2011 — The SEC wins its fifth BCS Championship in a row. Conference commissioners and university presidents remained dead set against a playoff of any kind.

    * December 5, 2011 — Immediately following the announcement that LSU would play Alabama in an all-SEC rematch in the BCS Championship Game, we wrote: “A rematch in the title game. A possible split championship. A non-conference (and non-division) champion with an opportunity to grab the brass ring. With enough controversy, a seeded plus-one format might begin to gain some traction among schools. It wouldn’t be tough to do. In this year’s case, #1 LSU would face #4 Stanford in a bowl game while #2 Alabama met #3 Oklahoma State in another. The winners would advance to a national title game the following week. And for those who’ll say that wouldn’t solve all the issues, a fifth-ranked team has a lot less reason to moan than a third-ranked team. This is clearly the best plan for college football and it’s remarkable that the powers-that-be refuse to embrace the obvious.”

    * December 5, 2011 — Later that same day, Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas became the first person of power outside of Slive and Swofford to say a seeded, Plus-One system should be considered.

    * January, 2012 — SEC champion LSU faces SEC West runner-up Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. Ratings are lower than expected. The SEC wins its sixth BCS crown in a row.

    * July 26, 2012 — The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves a four-team playoff which is pretty much the same seeded, Plus-One model Swofford and Slive presented years ago.

    Notice how that timeline sped up just as the SEC’s dominance reached a crescendo?

    There has always been big television money on the table for a college football playoff. But a playoff wasn’t in the offing.

    The majority of fans have always wanted a college football playoff. But the P-word remained a dirty word to conference commissioners. Debate has always raged over a “true” national champion, whether decided by polls, Coalition, Alliance, or Championship Series. But a playoff remained a non-starter.

    Yet now we’re getting a playoff. And the only thing that changed was the SEC winning six titles in a row and — more importantly — the league landing two teams in January’s BCS Championship Game.

    College football fans of America, you might hate the SEC. You might not have been interested in watching a title game rematch between Alabama and LSU. But it was the SEC’s dominance and that very rematch that angered every college football power broker outside the South enough to change their post-season system after nearly a century-and-a-half.

    Southeastern Conference
    2201 Richard Arrington Blvd. North
    Birmingham, AL 35203

    For those of you who want to send “thank you” notes, that’s the address to use.


  59. Stephen Tsai:

    I understand the realties and the difficulties of scheduling.
    But if it's not an eight-team tournament during the holidays, it's not the Rainbow Classic.
    They should have just chosen another name.
    And, of course, Journey still sells out, especially in Hawaii, despite having the replacement singer.


  60. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome back to Salas and Pilares!


  61. d1shima:

    the plankton of college football’s food chain

    :evil:


  62. jojo ®:

    Hi Everyone! Journey is sold out? Who else is in town? I'm mean besides me?


  63. d1shima:

    I may be wrong (again) but I think Journey does well in Hawaii because of the replacement lead singer!


  64. d1shima:

    jojo is "mean" next to herself? :-?


  65. al:

    yup...in two years there will be an 8 team playoff. 6 bcs conferences (if they survive this long) plus two wild card (note: sec, big ten, notre dame).


  66. haka:

    Ahhh, remember when Hawaii beat No. 2 Kansas for the championship in the 1997 Rainbow Classic! Batman & Robin!


  67. d1shima:

    If the "playoffs" result in bigger $$$ then us "plankton" are likely to end up with a few more crumbs out of it all.

    ...crumbs that we wouldn't have otherwise!

    Q: Do dogs like bones?

    A: No, dogs like steak! But they settle for bones!

    :roll:


  68. A-House:

    I must have missed something about the "new" playoff system.

    new system and football season has not yet started and, according to the article, two BCS conferences have already been guaranteed a spot in the 6 yet to be named teams to be included in the new playoff system - "chronyism" is alive and well!!!

    would it be hilarious if those 2 conferences top teams have less than 10 wins and not ranked within the top 10 teams at year's end.

    therefore, even if UH should go undefeated in 2012, there is no way in hell that they will be considered for the national championship game - why? because the power brokers will not allow it to happen!!!


  69. al:

    jojo sighting?


  70. koakane:

    ahouse I agree


  71. al:

    d1...that sounds like one of my favorite sayings, "give a dog a bone"


  72. al:

    journey's coming?
    can old guys go to?


  73. SteveM:

    Nice photo of (J)J (a.k.a. James) grilling at the beach...

    I did mention I thought such events at a beach was like a tailgate at a different location without a game to attend. No sale.

    ...and I got negative feedback from some Tsaikettes. Maybe the vision of Tsai-kos in speedos was too horrific. But maybe our famed "Man from Makaha" can change that image. :)


  74. koakane:

    THE MAN Says: June 27th, 2012 at 9:01 am
    Big West denies Boise St. YES!!!!

    any confirmation on this?


  75. d1shima:

    why? because the power brokers will not allow it to happen!!!

    This will be true until someone is able to "scrub" the internet of every last remnant of the Sugar Bowl game.


  76. jojo ®:

    Apparently I'm mean to myself, even when I'm in the same room.

    Seriously, I was never a fan of BCS but I do like the rivalries between schools, especially when they aren't in the same conference, and when they end up playing in the bowls. Does that sound weird. That's fine, because I am weird


  77. A-House:

    was it 2 years ago that BSU and TCU were ranked within the top 6 teams and the power brokers decided that they would play in the same bowl game

    this was to prevent an embrassment if both won their respective bowl game - thus casting doubt on the power of the BCS conference teams.

    thus, are we back to square 1 with the new playoff system?


  78. Kekoa:

    The Tsaiko blog dogs have been in a very reminiscent mood lately. The memory of the Rainbow Classic tourney made me wonder what has become of our fan favorite...Rainbow Cliff?


  79. Lowtone123:

    Orel Lev is leaving the hoops program. Military obligation.


  80. Last Call:

    I wish someone else would jump on this Big West story but so far just one newspaper in Santa Barbara. The reporter has a very good reputation among BW fans.


  81. BigWave96744:

    Stephen, who picked the teams for the Outrigger Rainbow Classic, Gib or Jim?
    Outrigger Hotels and Resorts are huge sponsors of UH athletics. Not too many happy campers, for sure.

    Speaking of money, the city of Stockton, California is set to be the largest American city to declare bankruptcy.
    Wonder how that will affect remaining UOP athletics?
    I remember when UOP and UH had classic football and volleyball matchups.


  82. A-House:

    Sugar Bowl 2008 was destined to be for various reasons - Georgia should have been playing Ohio State for the National Championship rather than LSU - very poor and biased officiating -Orange Bowl committee decided against Hawaii citing questionable fan support - certain coach let his team down when the players heard, in the locker room, he was leaving - players allowed this to affect their performance in the game - don't know if any UH player stood up and yelled, "let's play this game for US".

    perhaps, that's why I like the military in that even if a General or Flag officer bums out, the 2nd Lt leading his platoon will still carry out his mission - reminds me of Pork Chop Hill in the last days of the Korean Conflict where everyone was waiting for the "truce agreement" announcement and a certain command was given the order to "take this hill" - why? to show the Chinese and North Koreans that the United Nations meant business.


  83. BigWave96744:

    I wonder why such a surprise about Orel. It is mandatory for all Israeli's, male and female, to serve 2 years in the military. It's an honor they hold on to. At the end of basic training, they SPRINT in full combat attire and backpack up to the top of Mount Masada.


  84. Ipu Man:

    Wow: "Last night's Na Koa dinner raised about $70,000, of which $30,000 came from the silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the UH football program.
    Next up: Murphy's Pigskin Pigout on Aug. 23."
    Thanks to all who could afford to give. GBU.


  85. (Jesse) James:

    Good morning Tsaikos!!! Hope everyone has a great day!!!

    Geez, I didn't think the article would be that big of a deal....but at least ST and his TSAIKOS got a shout out from Wanda Adams.....LOL

    jm#### #54....I forget what game that was but it was at the upper cabana we had a couple of woks and a fryer. I think North Shore Fan brought pork chops and kalbi or something like that....I brought pickles, kim chee, jalapenos, chicken and some other stuff, I think homey brought pork belly....


  86. ReZone:

    All of a sudden I want steak.


  87. BigWave96744:

    Million Dollar Question: does grilled food taste better the beach or at a UH Football Tailgate?


  88. Ipu Man:

    Wonder whatever happened to Tenderloin Steaks?
    Used to be able to find it at all the super markets but no more.
    Rib-eye, yes, but tho ono nothing was as good as a sizzling melt-in-your-mouth
    tenderloin steak---with lots of sea salt and pepper on it...
    with fried onions and mushrooms in butter...
    and?


  89. (Jesse) James:

    Although I know that the new playoff system is a first step toward a true playoff, I still don't like the way they've set it up. It won't be long before you'll have the SEC, PAC12, Big 10, and Big XII being the four teams that will be in the playoff. Now, it would be funny if the "committee" picked 3 SEC teams to be in the playoff (which I'm not sure would be possible) and one team from another conference...I think at that point the cries for a true playoff system would be deafening.


  90. koakane:

    Beerman adds to staff Linnae Barber see UH web page for details


  91. (Jesse) James:

    #89 BigWave...tastes better in my stomach...LOL

    #90 Ipu Man....Thanks...now I want steak....LOL


  92. koakane:

    oooops see jm was on it in last nites post


  93. koakane:

    yesterday's power lunch put me out for a while

    good to see some tsaiko's and tsaikette's

    Pomai, dpk, flyer, ralph mia


  94. koakane:

    one puka puka befoa noon?


  95. koakane:

    come on al, wafan


  96. jojo ®:

    Hey koakane, TFTI


  97. (Jesse) James:

    LOL...Oh oh, gramps getting scoldings....LMAO


  98. (Jesse) James:

    Woo Hoo....100....


  99. Wes'side Warrior:

    The arrogance (or ignorance, or... disillusion) of some people...

    And I have to agree with A-House's #79. That is, unless there's some Spam dish that needs to be eaten up. In that case, that number may become smaller.

    Man, I'm still rambling on, since this morning!

    Tenderloin steaks? Sounds good just about now. Or anytime, actually.

    Yup, still me... rambling on...


  100. Kekoa:

    Just ask your friendly Foodland Meat Mgr. "George Furtado" for nice thick slices of Tenderloin. Don't tell him I sent you, he might think you were j/k!

    WW ~ (In your case, you have to go to Piggly Wiggly Stores in Georgia).


  101. LizKauai:

    https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiAthletics

    Live fb chat with Dave Shoji on NOW.


  102. d1shima:

    Pretzel Logic

    If a top-rated SEC team loses to another SEC team it just proves that the SEC is a dominant conference because any of its teams can take out a top-ranked team thus making it difficult to go undefeated in the SEC and thus their teams deserve to be top-rated....

    :roll:


  103. gigi-hawaii:

    Nah! Better than a big, hard lump of steak in your stomach is MEAT JUHN -- yes sir, thin strips of beef sauteed in egg and flour. Ono!


  104. jojo ®:

    Kekoa, I always wondered about that, is that your relation?

    Thank you for shopping at Foodland!


  105. SteveM:

    jm2375:
    June 27th, 2012 at 8:46 am
    ...
    CRW has been MIA for quite a while.
    2 is the minimum for a chaptah, right? DCWarrior and CRW.

    Committed Road Warrior is normally silent in the offseason but his travels to get to almost all UH road games is legendary. Saw CRW at the last Las Vegas game Cattle Call. click here for photo. (CRW left end, wafan & Izzy on right end)

    CRW was very busy and traveling much for work. dcwarrior and garret know each other well.


  106. Kevin:

    J(J),

    Brah, this four team "playoff" is a joke and they're still keeping the championship on lockdown to the exclusive only.

    I don't see where the hope is for something better if the same people are making the calls on how it would be done considering how this one turned out to be a giant joke.


  107. Kevin:

    koakane:

    June 27th, 2012 at 10:03 am
    Beerman adds to staff Linnae Barber see UH web page for details

    Coach Beerman?

    Something is on your mind.

    As the original stoner once sang... "you were always on my miiiiiiiiiiiind.. you were always on my mind."


  108. (Jesse) James:

    #109 Kevin ...I agree. That's why I'd like to see a true playoff with each conference sending their champion to the system. That's the fairest way of doing it. I don't see why that is so difficult to understand. And the money for such a system will still be huge....

    Will I see that in my lifetime??? I hope so, but probably not...although I'm only 30 something....MWAHAHAHAHAHA


  109. (Jesse) James:

    #110 Kevin...Good one...MWAHAHAHAHHAHA


  110. kitchen mama:

    u no saute beef in egg and flour for make meat jun. babo


  111. Kevin:

    J(J),

    To get things fair, some people making the calls behidn the scenes need to taken out back and given the Old Yeller "treatment".


  112. Kevin:

    It's sad because I think for the most part, people that have administrative power originally start out as good people with good intentions but over time, greed and ego takes over and by then you've lost sight of why you got placed in charge or how you got to the point of being able to get such power.

    "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villian".

    Some of these in "old boy" networks in many areas need to be removed.


  113. koakane:

    Kevin yep always need back room meeting is it softball season yet bwhaaaaaaa


  114. Kevin:

    koakane,

    Post game evaluations regarding the nutritional value of any sediments deposited in potable liquids to be distributed amongst concerned supporters.


  115. Wes'side Warrior:

    Howzit, Kekoa! No Piggly Wiggly in our area. Closest is up in Gainesville, out east around Georgia Bulldog country, or south of us from Atlanta on down. Our area only has Publix and Krogers, along with those mega-Wal-Marts. I don't recall these remodeled Target stores having fresh meats and produce. Think it's all shelf and fridge/freezer stuff.

    And the playoff thing? As we've discussed in years past, the one that (J)J mentions above at 10:47 am is the most sensible... playoff between all FBS conference champs. Use the polls to seed the conference champs, and that's it. Money made by the playoffs goes into a beeeeg cauldron. Pay outs are done based on final standings of the conference champs. This way, every conference shares in growing, instead of the present rich-getting-richer scheme, and the poor burning bridges behind them trying to grab onto that bumper.

    Dang it! I'm rambling again. Sorry... thinking of steak now...


  116. LizKauai:

    Now I gotta eat kalbi for lunch...


  117. Pomai:

    #95 - koakane - sorry I was not invited nor was it posted so I didn't go!!!!


  118. koakane:

    Kev # 118 say wot?


  119. koakane:

    #121 need phone or change from Pomai to recluse


  120. Kevin:

    koakane:

    June 27th, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Kev # 118 say wot?

    I meant to say... 'I deny everything'.


  121. Kevin:

    koakane,

    You can use smoke signals or written messages sent via pigeons.


  122. Pomai:

    eh you two so funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  123. jimmy the lock:

    Playoffs involving conference champs could make for short season for non-playoff teams and long season for playoff winners.


  124. WarriorNY:

    Kevin
    "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villian".
    Nice movie reference! Can't wait for the next one!!


  125. madeinhawaii:

    Hmm.. Men BB lost another player.. the guy from Israel due to military issues... too bad. The hardest thing about Men's BB is that it's so difficult to get excited about a team when you haven't become familiar with most of the players.


  126. WarriorNY:

    The next Dark Knight film I meant to say...


  127. gigi-hawaii:

    Did Riley Wallace have such a hard time retaining players? The attrition rate now is unbelievable.


  128. gigi-hawaii:

    Liz: You have kalbi, and I'll probably have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Lol.


  129. RedZone:

    . _ _ . . . . _ . _ _


  130. Kevin:

    WarriorNY,

    Yes. Dark Knight Rises looks to be good. Thank God Christopher Nolan and David S Goyer saved the Batman franchise from leaving a cartoonish legacy.

    The last Batman movies with Val Kilmer and George Clooney were just awful.

    The last two Batman Begins and Dark Knight had great storytelling and better acting, plus believeable villians.

    Sad to see that this will be the last of the trilogy.


  131. Mad Dog:

    WarriorNY: Thanks for the story about Colt. I got emotional reading the article. Colt gave a lot to Hawaii and UH athletics. I wish only the best for him. I hope better days are yet to come for him.


  132. d1shima:

    mih,

    IIRC it didn't take long for the Fab Five to catch on.


  133. primo888:

    top 60


  134. primo888:

    err......top 150.....


  135. primo888:

    all i can say is.....coach gib better be bringing in guys that are BETTER than the ones that left....and JUS WIN BABY.....!!


  136. WarriorNY:

    Kevin,
    You didnt like Arnold's Mr. Freeze? Lol... You're absolutely right. Chris Nolan's storytelling ability is phenomenal. Every time I see the last ten minutes of any of his films, I get chills... The way how all of his films come together completely at the end is great...

    Mad Dog,
    No prob. I really hope he succeeds. Whether he makes it or not, his story of never giving up is inspiring.


  137. Kevin:

    Christopher Nolan is the man!

    Memento, The Prestige and Inception were my favs! Never saw Insomnia though.

    Looking forward to see his adaptation of Superman in "The Man of Steel". I don't think he's directing it, but he and David Goyer will be the creative minds behind their take of Superman.


  138. gigi-hawaii:

    Oh, I loved Christopher Reeve in the 1st 3 Superman movies! Especially the 2nd when he married Lois Lane.


  139. WarriorNY:

    Kevin,
    You're right. The Man of Steel is being directed by Zack Snyder whose films are always so styalized. I'm so curious to see how he will direct a film that Chris Nolan develops... I gotta say though I'm a sucker for the old Superman with the John Williams theme...

    The thing I like about David Goyer is he's just a regular guy who is a huge big comic book nerd.


  140. WarriorNY:

    @Gigi,
    Christopher Reeve was great. His clumsy Clark Kent was great. The one thing I loved about the Superman movies was the music.... Talk about iconic!


  141. d1shima:

    Espana!


  142. gigi-hawaii:

    WarriorNY: I love John Williams' music. He's so talented. I used to watch him conduct the Boston Pops on television.


  143. d1shima:

    Laying the ground for the exclusion of non-AQ schools
    http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=8104821


  144. WarriorNY:

    Kevin
    You're absolutely right...
    Momento = one of the greatest films ever made
    The Prestige = incredible cinematography and underrated
    Inception = WOW

    Ok I better stop rambling about movies before ST bans me from the blog.. Lol...


  145. gigi-hawaii:

    WarriorNY: nah! FILMS is one of the Tsaiko F's. Lol


  146. Kevin:

    WarriorNY,

    At the end, when DiCaprio spun his totem, I was thinking to myself "oh damn, they better not cut the film before we find out what is real and what is not". Sure enough when it did cut out, some guy in the theater yelled "damnit!!!".

    Very few movies get a round of applause from the audience right in the theater, but the end of Dark Knight and Inception the packed theater at Regal Cinemas in Pearl City applauded. It was pretty cool.


  147. jm2375:

    yikes!
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/photo-colorado-wildfire-near-air-force-falcon-stadium-110954267--ncaaf.html


  148. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Christopher Nolan is a true master of time, space and reality.


  149. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Here's wishing Kealoha and Greg a great stay in da 808!


  150. Shoko:

    Situation looks grim in Colorado. Prayers to those affected.


  151. WarriorNY:

    Gigi,
    I def miss the movies that John Williams scored. Jaws, Superman Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park all have such memorable themes and scores. I can't think of any scores recently that I even remember...

    Kevin,
    In Inception, As soon as they started pushing in on that shot I was thinking the same exact thing. I was living in SoCal when I watched the midnight screening of The Dark Knight in IMAX... Everyone in the theater was also clapping, some were standing up and clapping. No one left the theater until the lights came back on and security forced people to leave. It was great... I think I waited 8 hours in line to get good seats for me and my friends.


  152. Shoko:

    Regarding Israeli military service:

    "Leading active athletes might in many cases be granted an "Outstanding athlete" status which allows them to get a more convenient and shorter service, so they can continue to develop their career and represent Israel abroad in international competitions. The "Outstanding athlete" status is given only to athletes competing in Olympic sports"

    Wonder if this was the basis of Orel Lev's petition to push his military service back. Guess it doesn't apply for those who want to play D1 basketball. Oh well, if you got to serve then you got to serve.


  153. Stretch:

    Pomai - which email address do you use? I see your name on the email list for yesterday. It was sent to the tsaiko.com email you set up.


  154. Bowwar:

    How did Hiam Shimonovich bypass his military service?


  155. gigi-hawaii:

    WarriorNY and Kevin: Hubby would love to talk to you guys about the movies. He is a movie buff and watches movies on Netflix as well as goes to the theater every Saturday afternoon. That's something he and I don't have in common, as I don't watch movies anymore, preferring to read.


  156. mo808:

    Very complete article on Colt--thanks. WarriorNY! Somehow, I get the feeling this is not the end but the beginning for Colt! Wishing only good things, keep hope alive--GO Colt!


  157. WarriorNY:

    Gigi,
    It's always fun to chat with people about movies so give your hb my email. Darshn22@gmail.com...


  158. WarriorNY:

    I kinda feel bad for taking over STs blog comments...


  159. WarriorNY:

    I kinda feel bad for taking over STs blog comments...


  160. d1shima:

    ...you're gonna feel worse when you start getting bombed with spam!

    WNY,

    Most of us have learned to post e-mail addy's thus-ly: my(dot)email(at)blahblah(dot)com


  161. Shoko:

    It was mentioned by someon on Dayton's blog that Haim Shimonovich served prior to coming. Besides, wasn't he in his twenties when he got to UH? If so, then maybe he fulfilled his committment.


  162. WarriorNY:

    I could care less about spam. I get a ton of it anyways.


  163. WarriorNY:

    D1shima,
    I guess I didn't learn that. Thanks for pointing that out...


  164. mctruck:

    Hmmmm?, Orel Lev.....red shirt 1st yr., and out of the blue has to return to Isreal to serve military commitments??, didn't coach Gib know this was coming?...oh well.


  165. Kekoa:

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    Jojo ~ Thanks for shopping at Foodland. My 2nd cousin, George thanks you.


  166. Jeff:

    #170, the Israelis on the mens vb team also did military service before coming to Hawaii. Katz, Leoni, Milo etc. were all around 21 when they first came to UH.


  167. WarriorNY:

    Anyways I apologize for posting so much. I hope you all have a great evening...


  168. Kekoa:

    ballpicker Call me. I have important information for you.


  169. Pomai:

    #161 - Stretch - Forgot about that addy, don't use it much or check it much now, for those who want the email addy that I use now is pomai at nawahine dot com.


  170. gigi-hawaii:

    WarriorNY: Hubby sometimes reads the Warrior Beat when there is a lull at work, usually searching for gigi-hawaii's comments to see what I am up to. Lol. Not sure he saw your comments.

    Anyway, he probably won't email you, but would enjoy chatting with you in person should the occasion arise.


  171. gigi-hawaii:

    Anybody else having trouble with yahoo mail? It's frozen. I rebooted the computer, but yahoo is still frozen.


  172. Stephen Tsai:

    Remember the controversy when actress Natalie Portman, who was born in Israel and lived there until she was 3, should serve in the Israeli Army?
    http://www.natalie-portman.net/index.php/news/34-announcements/456-natalie-puts-israeli-draft-controversy-to-rest


  173. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    gigi -

    My yahoo mail is ackin' up too.


  174. d1shima:

    Sen. Palpatine probably had other plans...


  175. NYUH:

    WarriorNY:

    Carmine's Theater District, NYC?
    200 West 44th Street
    New York, NY 10036

    It's a couple blocks from my office. What time?


  176. d1shima:

    Suddenly stopped craving Molokai bread. :twisted:


  177. BigWave96744:

    Orel was born on June 4,1993. Israel requires all Jewish men to serve 3 years from age 18. Maybe Orel was milking it right up to 19th birthday which was June 4, 2012. Maybe he was following Harold Camping and thought the world would end on Oct 21, 2011.


  178. WarriorNY:

    Nyuh,
    July 28 reservation is for 530pm.

    D1shima,
    Why stopped craving Molokai bread?


  179. d1shima:

    ...but then, butter does make everything better!


  180. d1shima:

    WNY,

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/160608195.html?id=160608195

    Hey! The Chinatown rats had to go somewhere! :evil:


  181. Shoko:

    In addition to the "Outstanding Athlete", Israel also has the "Outstanding Dancer" and "Outstanding Musician". So, to think that Israel doesn't have an "Outstanding Actor" exemption wouldn't be surprising. Besides, I heard that half who are supposed to serve don't even bother signing up for whatever reason.


  182. BigWave96744:

    UH coaches should study this before recruiting players from other countries, in regards to military commitments

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2024.html

    According to this, just because you are born in Israel doesn't make you required to serve. You must be either Jewish or Druze. Others can volunteer


  183. d1shima:

    Outstanding Brisket?


  184. jimmy the lock:

    I have a craving for a jelly bean.


  185. WarriorNY:

    Nyuh,
    I'm gonna have RSVP info in the next couple days when I create a new email addy. Hope to see you and other Warrior fans there...

    Goodnight all.


  186. d1shima:

    WNY,

    re: new e-mail addy

    No use Pomai(at)tsaikos(dot)com

    Da buggah no work! ;-)


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  188. gigi-hawaii:

    Does Israel force women to join the military? If so, it's unbelievable. I for one could not pull the trigger on an enemy.


  189. DaveLetterMan:

    Coach Gib on Sports Animals talking about Orel Lev.


  190. Shoko:

    Yes, Gigi. Women are required to serve for two years, instead of three like the men. Also, the Israeli Army has an open gay policy. And from what I read, it seems to be widely accepted.

    I still remember when I went to Tel Aviv once and noticed so many young adults in civilian clothing lugging around an M-16 around their shoulders. The airport was even worse when it came to military presence. Try picturing TSA carrying UZI's and MP-5's. It's such a beautiful place. To bad the beauty is marred by the constant threat of terrorist bombings.


  191. BigWave96744:

    Yes Israeli women must serve 2 years. They also carry Uzi's while on patrol


  192. DaveLetterMan:

    Coach Gib said that although he's sad to see Orel go, the team will be fine. He likes the team chemistry next year and Orel was on the fringe of being the 8th or 9th player off the bench. He will miss his athleticism and work ethic.


  193. Shoko:

    Hmm, we might be waiting for an eight-year playoff for awhile. Apparently, their are no plans to change until the four-year playoff contract ends, which is in 2025.

    http://espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/story/_/id/8104821/notre-dame-fighting-irish-ad-swarbrick-wants-college-football-playoff-selection-process-look-every-team

    Anyway, searched for quite some time about news of the BW's decision not to allow BSU to join in its non-football sports. Haven't found anything that would substantiate that rumor. If its true, guess we'll find out tommorrow.

    In the meantime, everyone have good night.


  194. Slugger:

    Kevin,
    Nice touch to receive the autographed WAHINE SB pic with the Thank You letter for the Kokua/Dingers donation.


  195. Bigislandkurt:

    Faith Yanagi was the head cheerleader at Furtado Memorial High School.

    BIK


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  198. al:

    no sense going for the two century mark...a lot of removable spam in the way.


  199. al:

    timeout for mbb...

    the latest snafu in our recruitment of student/athletes is nothing short of embarassment. there's no excuse for this one (orel lev) other than not dotting your i's and crossing your t's.

    our "young" head coach is certainly learning the ropes the hard way. you could the detect the sheepish look in the often over confident gibber in dayton's recent interview.

    growing pains or a growing pain???

    hopefully, in the end, it all turns out well for him.


  200. SteveM:

    I get #197 without the SPAM! :)


  201. wafan:

    Okay. Another MBB player lost.


  202. SteveM:

    :oops: ...maybe 200 now... unintentionally.


  203. wafan:

    'twas a good day -- massage, lunch, enjoying the sunshine, snack, bocha, dinner.


  204. wafan:

    No one interested in participating in the Western Washington CC this Friday?


  205. wafan:

    Guarantee the restaurant selected is going to be a good one -- tasty foods and lots of it. Two hallmarks of a good Tsai-ko CC.


  206. wafan:

    Anyone have lunch at the Monterey restaurant at Pearl Ridge? What is good there?

    Have a luncheon in a few weeks with some of my former students and retired colleagues.


  207. Kevin:

    Felt very uneasy about the initial hiring of Gib.

    Ask the people that I sat with during a men's volleyball game when Arnold was introduced as the new HC after the 2nd set intermission....... (yeah, they remember what I did)

    Anyway, that was based on the mutterings of a hiring process marred by supposed connections and favoritism or whatever. I felt uneasy, I felt he won the job because he had a great interview. I also personally felt he got the job because he was the 'Anti-McMackin' at the time and bringing in a young charasmatic individual made most people feel better.

    Old posts will show that I felt he'd dig out when the chance came along with another job offer.

    Well, Gib was 19-10 in his first season and it was a better brand of basketball. I enjoyed myself at the games for sure. The following season was a sophomore slump and despite the shortcomings, far too early to call for a replacement.. it was only his second season.

    Fast forward to today and the happenings since the end of the fall 2011 season.

    Not going to claim "I saw those people leaving".

    Not going to claim "I knew he'd try to sign non-qualifiers".

    It was other things that I never felt comfortable with from the get-go.

    Interesting how things turn out.


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  210. el burro sabio:

    "Ferd" wrote "He is at least the fifth player from the 2011-12 roster with eligibility remaining who will not return." "at least"


  211. BigWave96744:

    8th or 9th player in the game or off the bench??? Big difference. Not even Pi'i Minns or Rykin Enos was that far on the bench.


  212. wafan:

    Nytal!


  213. BigHiloFan2:

    all i know is this:

    Go Warriors!
    Go Coach Chow!
    Go Warriors!!


  214. BigHiloFan2:

    kawika49

    gota a call from DPK today. He's contacting peeps to set up da meat. maybe we can do da same thing at last year's Panaewa spot. he'll advise.


  215. jm2375:

    ST - da guy at Pali Lanes wants to know if you're still alive. He hasn't seen you in soooo long. :roll:


  216. whitey:

    prayers for the people of colorado springs and hope the fire is contained.


  217. al:

    mbb...

    joston thomas leaving was no surprise he'll probably end up in europe. the two year he spent here was the longest stint he's had in five years. he was a good college player not an exceptional one,.

    bobby miles was overmatched every game in spite of his efforts. good move on his part. interesting note is that he may be replaced by keith shamburger whom the gibber wanted before he settled for miles.

    trevor wiseman has been a hothead since his sophmore year in hs. somethings never changed he was a hustle guy who was an overachiever who would be better off at the next level.

    shaq stokes...did he really leave to be near grandma? or was he homesick? was he impatient? did he not like gibber? no one else recruited him gibber gave him a shot. oh well.

    orel lev...umm how could you have taken a chance on him knowing the playing rules of israel?


  218. jm2375:

    Just curious, since basketball is a winter sport and spans both semesters, is it possible to greyshirt?


  219. al:

    wafan...monterey bay cannery has been there decades. they do a pretty good job. ask kekoa what is best as it is one of his favorites eateries.


  220. al:

    rip...don grady aka robbie douglas (my three sons) aka original mouseketeer (long before christina aguilera) has passed away at 68 a victim of cancer.

    time flies was it that long ago?


  221. al:

    unfortunately now the gibber has to have a decent season or the boo birds could be back in the sheriff.

    he just lost a bluechip recruit who he had been pursuing for months when he failed on his third attempt with the stumbling block known as the sat. aaric armstead goes to prep school or jc, perhaps lost and gone forever.

    you could fault the coach but, it just goes to show that no matter what it is hard to recruit mbb to the netherlands of hawaii way out in the pacific. at least you can't fault him for the effort.

    going the international route is still his best avenue as history has proven that. he understands that. it takes time to build a program especially one so unique as we are.


  222. al:

    jm2375 it is possible. come in january sit out then either compete in the fall or redshirt. it is a rare situation however, i think orel did that, hoping that he'd be allowed to attend school.

    tavita could have played a partial season last year but decided to wade it out till this year.


  223. al:

    and don't you think that garret jefferson is playing the wrong sport?
    he could have been another josh "sky" walker.


  224. Slugger:

    jmxxxx,

    I have to practice bowling before the bowl-o-rama next month. What're Sundays like at Pali Lanes during the day?

    Night gang!


  225. d1shima:


  226. jm2375:

    Slugger - Sundays are usually fairly quiet. I think red pin games start at 6pm.


  227. K-Bay:

    Garrett woud do far better with a simpler sport that requires fewer skills...

    That's probably why aging basketball players with declining mobility or bad joints play volleyball...

    Al -- Good Summary and Good of You to provide a balanced, informed MBB perspective to this large knowledgeable community -- they'll help keep the water cooler talk better informed...


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  235. wafan:

    Good morning!


  236. wafan:

    It is going to be another nice day in the 70s with high clouds.


  237. wafan:

    Western Washington CC!

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  238. wafan:

    Kekoa . . .

    Any suggestions for lunch selections at the Monterey Restaurant?


  239. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

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  240. Loa:

    morning gang!

    howzit d1 & wafan


  241. Loa:

    wafan - the live music at monterey used to be pretty good. i remember oyster shooters :smile:


  242. BigHiloFan2:

    Good morning Tsaikos everywhere.

    Go Warriors!


  243. Slugger:

    Morning, gang!

    Go Warriors!


  244. LizKauai (iPad):

    Aloha Kakahiaka!


  245. tommui:

    #214 BHF2 - DPK is one terrific guy - you said "meat"? A big juicy red meat?
    Bring it on!

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    AL - thanks for the MBB comments. Hope Gib does succeed!


  246. K-Bay:

    RE: Monterey

    A lot of menus have been updated recently, to keep pace;
    (most of our preferred franchise restaurants)

    Your server should be able to recommend
    1) their most popular local selections
    2) what their chefs consider their best selections

    Used to visit there a little too often, but not recently...


  247. koakane:

    morning 808 and looking good here

    city of Lacey, the main SMU (St. Martin’s University) entrance ahhhh memories memories


  248. wafan:

    Loa and K-Bay . . .

    Thanks!


  249. wafan:

    KK . . .

    Not many bushes and a lot of the trees have been removed. Really sad how many trees have been cut down in the name of progress.


  250. wafan:

    250 -- with a lot of spam.


  251. koakane:

    wafan been hearing a lot about the SMC lately. after your return we can swap rumors


  252. 3-Prong:

    Re: Monterey Bay Canners
    Dont know if offered for lunch but had the chioppino for dinner once.


  253. wafan:

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/Riding-Seattles-Great-Wheel-160577705.html

    Seattle's Great Wheel is set to open tomorrow.

    $13 for a 15-20 minute ride (3-4 times around) and 200' high. The views, though, are supposed to be spectacular on a nice day. I would like to ride in the VIP gondola -- it has a glass floor.

    Well, then, scratch the spectacular views for 360 days per year. HA!


  254. wafan:

    KK . . .

    'k. Do not about any rumors, though. I send some of my kids there.

    They have not said anything about SMU.


  255. wafan:

    Norma's for lunch!


  256. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Morning wafan and errybody else!

    wafan, these must be the best days of the year for you! Have fun at you CC!


  257. koakane:

    new blog up


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