Let the season begin, Hula, Christmas Shoppers and Pearlridge Hawaii

Pearlridge Shopping Center is gearing up for shoppers

I’m no fool. I don’t go near shopping centers during the holiday season. I get my shopping done early or on-line. But this year I had to do some unexpected purchasing and so headed into the fray. “Just take it minute by minute” I told myself as I drove into Pearlridge parking lot.

“You always find a space” I repeated as I went up the down staircase, totally mixed up as to what way to go. But I did find a space as a man signaled to me that he was pulling out and for me to wait. After getting out of the car I headed toward the center, through the maze of drivers still going in circles.

“I’m crazy” I thought as I headed down the escalator.  “I should be at home with the dogs and a good book.” But I took a deep breath and just as I got to the bottom of the second floor I forgot all about the crowds, parking, my dogs and books as I took in all of the action going on.

Only in Hawaii of course. I doubt you would see this anywhere else during this manic shopping season. Quickly I pulled out my handy, dandy camera and started taking photos to share. I’ve been so busy this past two months I’ve neglected my blog for which I’m sorry. But I knew everyone would enjoy seeing these.

Waiting her turn to entertain the crowds. Calm and composed.

The colors are rich and the children are adorable

Taking photos was very difficult as kids were moving every which way. They were practicing their hula and so bodies were swaying and of course I could not get my camera to work properly. At least that is my excuse. It sounds better than the truth which is I don’t know how to adjust it.

This young girl was practicing her Tahitian as can be seen by the blurring

  Some were still adjusting their outfits

Calm, a real professional

Traditional Hula and updated Christmas trees

After my photo session I felt elated. I was energized. Heading into the crowd with a smile on my face  I thought, boy it’s nice to live in Hawaii. Let the season begin.

Getting What You Want For Christmas

My computer is allergic to milkshakes. It went from computer to compuker in a matter of minutes. It refused to talk to me and would only spit up dots. It had lost all it’s letters. My fault. I was upset because I did not read the fine print on a warranty for my pocket camera I ordered from Amazon. It was supposed to cost $6.00. The postage turned out to be $20.00.

After reading the bill I went in to a rage and pulled  my milkshake off the table and it dropped out of my hand and on to my computer. Yes, I know. Don’t have any liquids  anywhere near your computer. But like many who have gone before me I thought I was invincible.

So what could I do? I calmed down after an hour or two and a night of no sleep. Went to see my friend who repairs computers and found out that I could replace the keyboard and all would be fine.

The next few days I thought about it. How much could I accomplish if I had no computer at all? It turned out I had a lot of time on my hands. Enough time to do more photography, sewing and gardening and yes, cleaning the house, cooking and dog care.

As I took out my new camera to experiment with it, suddenly a light went on in my head. Where was I going to put all the photos? Both my cameras are digital and I like to manipulate the end product on my computer!

So I bought myself a very nice Christmas present. Yes, a new computer. I must admit I never thought buying myself something for Christmas would be so rewarding. I was actually gitty about it. How is that? I knew what the present was but getting something that I really want and a camera to boot was almost euphoric.

I found myself so happy with my present that I’ve actually been thinking what will I get myself next Christmas?  Oh the possibilities.

But I have to say, getting what you want for Christmas is priceless. At least until the bill arrives in January.

I am including the photos I took of the gingerbread house that was built at the Princess Kaiulani hotel. I know it is late and just about out of season but, hey, my computer was sick. This is more a village then a house and quite elaborate.

You can click on the photo if you want a closer look at this village. It is not a likeness of Honolulu that I could tell but it does have some of Hawaii’s buildings.

 

Just think, no one will ever eat any of these houses though they are all made of gingerbread.

Iolani Palace

This is a likeness of the only palace in the United States. It was where the Americans imprisoned the last reigning monarch of Hawaii. Queen Liliuokalani.

 

 

 

Fido Gives Back To The Economy And Other Foupaws

Homeless are starting to take over Waikiki Parks

 

In today’s economy I think there are some things that one should not brag about or admit too.

1.What extravagant gift you are going to give to somebody.

The Topic on the talk radio I was listening to was, what gifts to give in today’s economy. The first thing the guest speaker said was, he had best get something that will sparkle even though his wife has lots of items in their deposit box at the bank.

That comment incited the host to mention the look on his wife’s face when she saw the new car he had bought her for Christmas is still the topic in their house to this day,

Meanwhile I’m figuratively sticking my finger down my throat and saying to the radio, come on guys people are worried about where their next meal will come from and you guys are bragging about your pay checks. What kind of gift suggestions are those?

Then they suddenly came back to reality as if they remembered what the show was supposed to be about. What were the gift suggestions? Wine. What would be the best wine to give as gifts.

If I had had a gun I would have shot my radio. This is a political commentator who is supposed to be in touch with the world. But at that point I was not sure what world he he was in touch with.

2.What trappings you buy for your dog.

Then the other morning I’m sitting and reading the paper and see this article heading “Owners don’t skip on presents for Fido.” And there is a photo of this little dog wearing a crystal Necklace and a Couture dog gown.

They go on to talk about a dog who has 150 collars and leashes, 200 Couture dresses, 300 bow and on and on. This dog even has a pink mink made by Saks Fifth Ave. (Owners Don’t Skimp On Presents For Fido)

What kind of stupid, disgusting person would admit to spending that kind of money on a dog when so many people are hurting right now?

It’s a good thing  they extended the tax break to the rich again or these poor dogs might be reduced to their own fur and bowls of silver instead of gold.

3.How you choose your charities

Here in Hawaii we have lots of homeless living on the beaches. Yes we have the derelicts who would rather drink and do drugs as homeless but we also have married couples who work and have kids, old people who can’t afford a house on their social security and single parents just trying to get by while unable to find any better job then McDonald’s.

They struggle day to day trying to keep it together along with those who are disabled or kids who go to a schools that have no cafeteria and the only place to sit down and eat is on the ground or in the bathrooms. Yes, in the bathroom. They have to share text books and often times can’t even afford rubber slippers and come to school with them taped altogether.

Yes, these are a few of the problems just here in Hawaii and I am not even touching on the others states. So you can imagine what I felt when I was listening to a guest on public radio talk about how she chooses to put her money from her organization to helping people in other countries.

When the host asked her why doesn’t she give to those in need in the United States? The guest stated that her money went a lot further in other countries so she feels she would rather put it towards somewhere that can get more bang for the buck so to speak

What a sad state of affairs we have gotten ourselves into when our country has not only outsourced all of it’s jobs but now they are outsourcing their charities too! What ever happened to “Charity begins at home?”

Insensitive  people with pampered pets while children tape their shoes together and people who brag while others go without need a reality check. If you want to wallow in your wealth keep it to yourself. Don’t brag about it. You don’t have to prove to us how useless you are, we already know that. The only thing I have to say to them is, bah humbug!