The other dog survived

As did this one.

Abby the suspicious

Abby the suspicious

It’s funny. The first seven or eight months we had Abby she barely barked at all, spent most of her time indoors, and generally was a pretty timid dog. The subsequent eight or ten months she’s gotten accustomed to being outside and barking at the passersby. Now she seems to play a game of “surprise the walkers” by lying doggo (heh) until they get right next to the fence and then barking like a mad thing for a few seconds. It must amuse her to make them jump.


My neighbor’s daughter is getting married this afternoon/evening, and her parents are staying overnight in Waikiki after the wedding and reception.

They’ve asked me to dogsit their Jack Russell terrier tonight and tomorrow morning. I haven’t done this in 30 years.

What could possibly go wrong?

Waikiki under water by 2100?

It’s entirely possible.

…a new report from the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant program states that islands in the Pacific might be unrecognizable in the coming years as climate change makes them hotter, arid, stormy and even disease-ridden.

Disease-ridden? Yes. Diseases like cholera and dengue fever which thrive in hot climates might become commonplace.

But the biggest scariest part of the study tells us that

Perhaps the most obvious change around the state will be the rise in sea levels, which have risen about 0.5-1.3 inches per decade throughout the last 100 years. The study projects this rate to accelerate, resulting in a 1-foot to 3-foot rise (or possibly more) by 2100.

There’s a nifty interactive map at the link which shows a worst-case scenario of a 6-foot sea level rise. If that were to happen Waikiki would flood, downtown Honolulu would be under water, and the ocean would reach as far inland as Moilili, the neighborhood between Waikiki and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

If you’re going to come visit us, make it soon.

Kids and Uzis?

I’m sure every one of you has heard about this story of a gun instructor accidentally shot to death by a 9-year-old girl. He was showing her how to fire an Uzi. An Uzi!

This is an Uzi:

This is a 9-year-old girl:

What idiots thought the one should be handed to the other with live ammunition chambered?

It’s appalling. I shudder to think how traumatized that poor little girl is and will be for a long time to come.

Civil War soldier to receive Medal of Honor

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing of Wisconsin will get a Medal of Honor on September 15. Various Senators from Wisconsin starting with Proxmire in the 1980s have been working for it. What did he do? Well, he was on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg on the third day of the battle, with Pickett and two other divisions marching toward him. He commanded a Union artillery battery and was shot three times during what became called Pickett’s Charge, first in the shoulder, then in the abdomen, and fatally through the mouth while leading his artillerymen against Lee’s soldiers as they marched up the slope toward the Union lines.

Personally I think if Bobby Lee had the sense given to kumquats he’d not have ordered Pickett and Pettigrew and Trimble up that hill. If you’ve ever been there (or seen the movie Gettysburg) you’d see how slim the odds of taking it were. The front was a mile wide and Lee’s men had to march 3/4 of a mile uphill to reach the Union lines, which were fortified with many artillery batteries like the one Lieutenant Cushing led. There was no cover to hide behind, either. It was Lee’s roll of the dice, and he lost.

Which state has the best local beer?

It’s certainly not Hawai’i. I grant you that I quit drinking in 2000 and had been a Bud drinker for years before that, so I’m no connoisseur. Nonetheless, I’ve had one local beer in the past year, and it didn’t impress me much. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been away from the taste of beer for nearly 15 years, but it didn’t go down well at all. My cousins bought a six-pack of Big Wave while visiting and left a few in the fridge, so I drank ‘em over the period of about a month. Meh.

I have to agree with the comments of the beer raters at thrillist:

43. Hawaii
People tend to vouch for the tastiness of the local beer they tried while in Hawaii, which is probably because THEY WERE IN #@$%& Hawaii. Kona and Maui and the like make some solid beer, but it gets a bit of a perception bump from the Hawaiian mystique.

Kona Brewing's Big Wave Ale

Kona Brewing’s Big Wave Ale

Stop with the Cowboys already

Dear ESPN:

You guys surely get attached to certain teams and lose all objectivity. For example, the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo have been mediocre for several years. The last time the team made the playoffs was 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. They’ve been 6-10, 8-8, 8-8, and 8-8 in the past four years. You still insist on covering them as though they were either your neighborhood team (like the Red Sox and Yankees in baseball) or the defending NFL champs. They’re neither.

ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating is on a scale of 0-100, with 50 being average. The highest Romo has been rated since 2006 when this calculation was first devised is 71.4 in 2011. He’s a 34-year-old QB with one playoff win in eight seasons as a starter. He’s not a first-rate quarterback.

They are not “America’s Team” anymore, no matter how hard you and Jerry Jones try to tell us so. Jones is an owner, not a professional general manager, and it shows.

If there’s an “America’s Team” these days in the NFL, I suspect it’s the Green Bay Packers.


From Events

This is a working rotary dial telephone, presented to my father on the occasion of his 1970 departure from his job as Public Works Officer, Naval Station Guam. That job encompassed many things, including keeping the utilities working from the telephone system to the electrical grid. It’s in the shape of a latte stone, a two-piece pillar used as a building support throughout the Marianas Islands.