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Live Your Life In Chapters…

“Live your life in chapters, it’s easier that way”


I remember reading that a long, long time ago.  I’m not real sure what it means, but I can guess that the message behind it is to let go of the past and start fresh.

But this is MLC were we mostly live in the past!  I suppose it means that we should put closure to things that have happened in the past – but keep the memories alive.  That way, we can reminisce and look back at the good times – and how far we’ve come.

Ironically, as Linda Kato closes one chapter – as she is officially retired as of 09/30 – and starts a new chapter of enjoying retirement, I too have closed my chapter of being unemployed and started a new chapter of having a job.

I started a new job this past Wednesday at Kamehameha Schools.

Actually, it’s an old/new job for me as I used to work for Kamehameha Schools back in 1997 to 2000, before I started working for the Honolulu Advertiser.

And now I’m back at Kawaiahao Plaza.  Yes, I crossed South Street yet again to start a new career.  It’s not quite in the same capacity as my previous position at Kamehameha Schools, but it’s similar type of work.  Instead of working in the Information Technology department, I’m working as a Payroll Analyst.  My job is to learn the payroll application inside-out and support all the users, as well as the application itself.

I’m excited, yet scared at the same time.  Whenever starting a new job, I’ve noticed that I sometimes get down on myself because of the learning curve.  I know I can do better, but it’s all so new to me.  Luckily, I’ve always had supportive managers who understand that it takes time to get up to speed.

One thing that I do have going for me is reconnecting with some old colleagues that I used to work with.  As well as rejoining some old Honolulu Advertiser colleagues that are now working for Kamehameha Schools too.

I remember what one of my previous managers told me before I left to work at a new job.  She said to me “Rod, I know you’ll do good there.  You just have to have confidence in yourself and you’ll make it.”  I told her that she was much more than just a manager to me.  She was my mentor.

I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to work for Kamehameha Schools once again.  Imua!

So, Paula says I can keep the new Olympus E-PL1 camera that I just bought.  But I haven’t told her yet that I need to update my wardrobe.  And that means SHOPPING! 😀

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Do you live your life in chapters?  What are some of your memories starting at a new job?

232 Responses to “Live Your Life In Chapters…”

  1. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #228, GREAT IDEA ❗ 😀

    @sally #229, 😆

  2. sally says:

    LOL! Fist Bump DiO! And with that… G’nite MLCers.

  3. David In Oregon says:

    note to sally: Stand in line behind me. 😆

  4. sally says:

    Note to self: Give LINDA KATO my address. BHAHAHA!

  5. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: Do you put a mint on her pillow as well? 😆

  6. LINDA KATO says:

    Good Night MLCers ❗ 🙂

  7. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening, DIO ❗ I usually wake up early so most days I do.

    I’m getting our daughter’s room clean since she comes home on 10/8/10, the day we leave for Vegas. Just like a hotel, I put on fresh sheets, vacuum, clean their windows and ceiling fans so it is dust free ❗ What a work out ❗ 🙂

  8. Rodney says:

    @Rosette – Welcome to the Midlife Crisis Hawaii blog!

  9. David In Oregon says:

    @Linda (#198): Isn’t that the irony of things? You have all this free time, so you can sleep in as late as you want to. Yet, when you do so, instead of feeling better, you feel worse. 😆

  10. David In Oregon says:

    Good evening everybody!! Hope everyone had (is continuing to have) a nice weekend.

  11. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon/evening MLCers ❗ 😀

    Hope everyone had a nice restful Sunday ❗

  12. Rosette says:

    my new chapter …after my boys got older I got wardrobe sit around the yard doing nothing! my oldest son I give him advice when he got a job…

  13. Rosette says:

    I got an idea your new chapter you go shopping buy your wife wardrobe….

  14. LINDA KATO says:

    I’ve been cleaning out junk drawers and wanted to use my Betty Crocker coupons. I had a whole bunch. I used to get flatware since I my kids seem to throw ours out with their plate lunches. But, just checked online and they stopped their catalog in 2006. See what happens when one is too busy working and no time to use coupons. Oh well, I’ll find some other place to get flatware. They discontinued the pattern I liked anyway 🙁

  15. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles #216, thanks, I’ll try again later.

  16. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles #215, someday we will. But, for now my comps are great and familiar is nice ❗ 😀

  17. ankleBYTERS says:

    LK:

    It’s not your computer…traffic on U2B may be congested.

  18. ankleBYTERS says:

    LK:

    You need to find your way down to the other end of the strip…The Wynn, Venetian, Belagio…they offer great deals on their suites, not comps but they do treat you well.

    sally:

    We have those ‘make over’ places here…Head Shots, Glamor Shots, Baby Doll’s….

  19. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning/afternoon MLCers ❗ 😀

    Hello, DIO ❗ I’m doing laundry and cleaning house all day. Haven’t done this in a long time ❗ I sure take a LOT of breaks in between tasks 😆

  20. David In Oregon says:

    Good morning young people!! 😉

    Linda: Can’t complain with that. Anything free, is good.

  21. LINDA KATO says:

    @KAN #208, thanks for the tip about Paul Ogata. We can walk to 4 Queens from the Cal. I think we have a players card for there too. One day we walked from the Cal all the way up to Golden Nugget, signing up for the players card in every casino along the way just for the free prizes. What some people do for a FREE T-Shirt ❗ 😀

  22. sally says:

    KAN: I don’t really “know” Paul, he was our patient and he left the islands just months after I started working there. He really is nice and funny in IRL too. My boss goes to see him whenever he comes home to do a show.

    I had the pleasure of seeing him do a small performance on Perry & Price at John Dominis before he left.

  23. KAN says:

    @Sally – you DO know everyone! I had the pleasure of meeting Paul (he’s the friend of a friend) a couple of years ago – he’s as nice as he is funny.

  24. sally says:

    ankles: #197: Great vid, fun photo shoot. I saw a vid recently of a real “do-over” that showed how people are nip/tucked for magazines… and we, the audience, wish we could look like them? Funny… THEY wish they could look like them. Sad sorry state of the human mind.

    KAN: I knew Paul Ogata just before he left Hawaii. He’s apparently doing really well on the BEEG Island. yayyy for him!

  25. KAN says:

    @Linda: I’ve heard that it can take as much as 3 days to work adrenaline from stressful situations out of your system. Maybe your adrenaline hasn’t worked itself out from Friday yet. 🙂

    BTW, I heard Paul Ogata (the Mental Oriental) is going to be headlining at the L.A. Comedy Club at the Four Queens in Vegas from Tuesday, Oct. 5, thru Sunday, Oct. 10. Just an idea for you. . .

  26. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles #197, nice music but it didn’t play continuously. Maybe I need a new computer ❓

    I like lots of make up but NOT that much ❗ 😆

  27. LINDA KATO says:

    @ct, ok, entered 7 times for the UH marching band. Good luck ❗ 😀

  28. LINDA KATO says:

    Have a great Sunday everyone ❗ 😀

  29. LINDA KATO says:

    Ok, that’s enough info to get everyone started ❗

    We’ve won a trip to Disneyland California and Sea World San Diego, another trip just to Disneyland California (2 years ago), and 2 trips to Maui, Hawaii. More bicycles than we knew what to do with, gave all but 1 away.

    Wins: Nike shoes, sport jackets, Thanksgiving dinner, clock radios, land phones, jewelry, $1000 shopping spree at ToysRUs in 1996, $1200 cash, $1000 cash, $1200 cash, movie tickets, numerous VISA cash gift cards, a case of Pepsi (with a note stating I was one in a million ❗ ) That was cute ❗ Of course, my favorite win is my CAR ❗ I love that car ❗ 😀

  30. kathi says:

    @sally (#174): Kids shoveling snow for extra $ seems to be a thing of the past here in the vast midwestern wasteland. There were several times last winter that I would have gladly paid and maybe even overpaid a kid to shovel snow, but in my neighborhood they are either too lazy, too overprivileged, or too overloaded with extracurricular activities.

  31. LINDA KATO says:

    Since people on this blog are online a lot, why not try a few sweepstakes ❗

    Of course, I never pass up an entry box for a local sweepstakes. I got Rod and Paula to put a few entries in at Zippy’s yesterday. Besides the weekly drawing, they are giving away a trip to VEGAS ❗ Wouldn’t it be awesome if they won this trip ❗ 😀

  32. LINDA KATO says:

    Oops, typo, “Sweepsheet Newsletter”. I win more each year than the cost of this newsletter!

    http://www.onlinesweepstakes.com is FREE!

    My hubby used to laugh and me and think I was wasting my time until I won my 1997 4 door Geo Tracker in 12/1996 for $20K! THAT car still runs well but needs a new paint job. The parking lot at work was uncovered and the SUN was murder on the paint job ❗ I’m entering daily for another car ❗ Don’t laugh ❗ One day I’ll be boasting about driving another brand new car ❗ 🙂

  33. LINDA KATO says:

    RE: entering contests, I enter KhonTV 2’s contest for $100K daily. Publishers Clearing House daily at http://www.pch.com. There are multiple contests there. I also use the PCH search and have won cash and movie tickets there.

    I pay for “Sweepsheet Newswletter”. I enter manually and online daily. I try both methods. Postage is .44 cents so I don’t do too many of those. I’ve won many contests by a click of the mouse. 2 years ago on WheelofFortune.com, I won a trip for our daughter to the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island for 7 days plus $1K spending money. They flew her and her boyfriend from Omaha to the Big Island and back again for their Spring Break. 1 entry, 1 click of the mouse. Needless to say she loves her MOM!!!

  34. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO, dealing with difficult bosses is a closed chapter now. I felt I had PTSD “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” on Friday and Saturday and talked my hubby, Rod and Paula’s ears off ❗ Enough said ❗ Got that off my chest ❗ Today is a brand new day ❗

    The past 2 days I had 2 light meals and dropped 5 lbs already ❗ Don’t want to overdo and get sick but all this moving around now is really working ❗ 😀

    Gonna tear through the house like the White tornado today. I love a clean house ❗ 😀

  35. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning, DIO and MLCer’s ❗ 😀

    I’m up, I’m up ❗ Yesterday, I slept until 10AM and felt more tired all day ❗ How come ❓

  36. ankleBYTERS says:

    MLCers:

    …a 26 year old American contemporary Christian pop artist originally from Florida……like ❓

    To all the girls who think looks are everything…

    http://youtu.be/vXSkd8apbWM

  37. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: Wake up!!! Time is a wastin’ !!! 😆

  38. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: You sure you don’t want to start blogging like Rodney? I can think of at least two different blogs you can work on: (1) Dealing with difficult bosses (2) How to win, win, win. Enter contests and win.

    😀

  39. hydroman72 says:

    LK – How many contest do you enter daily? You’re right, if you don’t enter, you can’t win. Might as well give it a shot.
    Do you enter online contest too or just the local contests?

    I’m assuming that you’ve entered the Zippy’s Ultimate Tailgate Party Pac Giveaway since you visit often. Do they post who wins weekly?

  40. LINDA KATO says:

    Good night MLCers ❗ 😀

  41. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles, if I had a gazillion $$$$$, I would pay off our mortgages (notice the plural ❗ )
    And become DEBT FREE ❗

    Then I would donate to my favorite charities: The Salvation Army, Foodbank, PBS (public TV) Leslie Wilcox is CEO now, Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, etc.

    Who says money doesn’t buy HAPPINESS ❗ It would buy me LOTS OF HAPPINESS and I would SHARE ❗ 😀

    Just dreaming about VEGAS ❗ 😀

  42. LINDA KATO says:

    @Keoni #186, thanks for your good wishes ❗

    If you don’t enter, you can’t win ❗

    I enter contests daily ❗ 😀

  43. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod #188, You are welcome ❗ Thanks for listening ❗ You and Paula are awesome ❗ 😀

  44. Rodney says:

    @hydroman – #150 – Advice from an ex-unemployed person: Don’t get into watching 1 hour of Judge Judy from 4:00 – 5:00 everyday.

    * I recently read that Judge Judy beat Oprah in that time slot!

  45. Rodney says:

    Thanks for lunch once again, Linda! 😀
    And the very nice card ❗ 🙂

  46. Rodney says:

    Thanks for the congrats MCLers! You folks are the best. Without you, MLC would not exist.

    @OL – You know BF’s cuz too? Okay, one day when you come visit me, I’ll bring her out to say hi!

  47. Keoni says:

    KAN #184.. Mahalo for telling what ADOS is; I never would have figured that out. I a little slow on the uptake, ya know!

    By the way, congrats on the new job, Rod. Your talent will always make a place for you!

    And Linda Kato, welcome to the ranks of the retired! You’ve got a good start on keeping yourself occupied with useful and fun stuff. Now if only I can start winning some contests!

  48. Ocean Lover says:

    Hey Rod,

    Tell BF’s cuz I said “Hi” also. Used to hang out with her gang back at UH…..during the early 1980’s. Seems a lifetime ago.

    OL

  49. KAN says:

    @Sally – you may have learned ADOS (attention deficit—oooh, shiny!) from me, but I stole it from another friend. No guarantee that I was the first one to mention it here.

  50. volleymom2 says:

    @ ankleBYTERS- you mentioned round the world cruise for life.. I think I saw something like that on the Travel Channel a couple months back. You need plenty nickels, dimes, and more.. start entering those contests, you could hit the jackpot, lol!!

  51. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening MLCers ❗ 😀

  52. ankleBYTERS says:

    ASU loses, USC loses, Stanford loses, Oregon Beavers loses, WSU loses …PAC-10 teams are just beating up on each other ❗ Hope the Ducks can keep winning….

  53. ankleBYTERS says:

    UH leading 3-0 already…

  54. ankleBYTERS says:

    sally/LK:

    If I had a gazillion $$$$ I would build me a space station and spend my retirement in outer space….just silently cruising along, orbiting the earth every 90 minutes…I’d have the fastest vehicle around… 😆

  55. sally says:

    @LINDA KATO: ADOS isn’t my word… I heard it from, um, er, uh, someone else on the blog. Snow? KAN? HNL2LAS? Will the original ADOS please stand up? lol

  56. LINDA KATO says:

    @Seawalker, hello, I post enough here. I’m a guest every day ❗ 😆

  57. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles #167, you’re right Hawaii IS expensive. So become a professional CONTESTER like me and win your car, trips, spending money ❗ 😆

  58. LINDA KATO says:

    Good afternoon/evening MLCers ❗ 😀

    Just got back from errands. Had lunch with Rod and Aunty Paula at Zippy’s. Rod told me no need buy “red underwear” for Vegas, if you lucky, you lucky no matter what you’re wearing. So okay den, save me some more money for Vegas, didn’t buy any ❗

    @sally, now I know what ADOS stands for 😆

  59. sally says:

    If ankles retires with a gajillion $$$ he can come back to Hawaii. LOL What about Denver? I loved it when I lived there. Midwest is nice. Gatta learn to shovel snow, tho’. But, if you have a million $$$ you can hire some kid to shovel snow for you.

  60. sally says:

    Mark ’75: Re Young’s Chop Suey… their son was a good friend of mine, we all hung out since jr yr in high school. The band used to rehearse there after hours. Later, Grant was the drummer at Point After for Aura (I think) sadly he passed away when we were in our mid-late 20’s.

    Mrs. Young used to always make a great big ole pot of Won Ton in Gravy for all of us. yum!

  61. David In Oregon says:

    Rod: Now you know why I sent you the joke privately. 😆

  62. David In Oregon says:

    Oh geez, I forgot…Good afternoon (and evening) everyone.

  63. David In Oregon says:

    ankles: You’ve got to find a place where you can go TOPLESS. I would have suggested the Pac NW, due to it’s rather mild climate, but not too many TOPLESS days up here. It only gets worse, the further north you go.

  64. Seawalker says:

    Hey Rod, congratulations! That is such awesome news. I think we were all waiting for that day, but hah, now it’s over with. You da man.

    LK, I agree, you should be a guest blogger now that you’re retired. Sally and Jollette did well and I’m sure you’ll have a lot of inquiries. Congratulations, again.

    @Dean (#41) – Just ran into Dennis and his family at a party the other week. Dennis is just way too cool and mellow.

  65. ankleBYTERS says:

    Now I have to see if I can find tonight’s UH game on the net….no espn360, Road Runner wants to charge $13..

  66. ankleBYTERS says:

    ASU is already behind 17-7 against Oregon State…that Rodgers is some running back for OSU, he can turn on a dime.

    LK:

    Hawaii is tooooo expensive 🙂

  67. LINDA KATO says:

    Have a great day everyone ❗ 😀

    Gotta get ready to run errands and go buy my lucky things from Macy’s for VEGAS:!: 😀

  68. LINDA KATO says:

    @ankles #161, How about Hawaii ❓ 😀

  69. LINDA KATO says:

    @dihudfan #158, walking the dog, huh ❓ In the early evening so many people are walking their dogs ❗ If you see a hapa lady with short dark brown hair watering the yard in a Muumuu, that’s me ❗ I say hello to everyone walking their dogs ❗ I remember their faces but don’t know their names. 😀

  70. LINDA KATO says:

    @M #157, Did Masako like being a secret shopper for Zippy’s ❓

  71. LINDA KATO says:

    @volleyball mom2 #156, I thought eating, well, what a plum job assignment is that ❓ 😆

  72. ankleBYTERS says:

    volleymom2:

    I’m undecided where I would live when I retire…definitely won’t be here 🙂 Mexico use to be a great place to retire in but lately it’s dangerous with all of the drug lord turf wars, shooting, kidnapping, murders….

    You think they have a round-the-world-cruise for the rest of your life ❓ 😆

  73. ankleBYTERS says:

    MLCers:

    ..a 38 year old American singer-songwriter from New York……like ❓

    http://youtu.be/luCP_DHldsY

  74. Mark'75 says:

    Rodney: Congratulations on your new job!!!!

    Like you, I had a favorite spot…Young’s Chop Suey. The waitresses always asked, “Same?” Yeah, the LARGE Won Ton Mein was the best. I miss it so much.

  75. dihudfan says:

    congrats!! Good luck!! still in the same neighborhood… check outside the window… you might see me walking my dog…

  76. M says:

    masako was a secret shopper for Zippy’s for awhile.

  77. volleymom2 says:

    @ Linda- interview for secret shopper? my daughter was one of those secret restaurant people for a while. I went with her on one of those eating outings that included drinks. It was fun. Just thought I’d share!

  78. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

  79. LINDA KATO says:

    Make that TV2 is now giving away $100K. Ok, I’ll go have a cup of coffee first so my fingers hit the right keys ❗

    Good morning all ❗ 😀

  80. LINDA KATO says:

    Oops, so many typos. TV@ is now trying to give away $100K. We enter daily ❗ 😀

  81. LINDA KATO says:

    @hydroman72, hello, thank you for your good wishes ❗

    I don’t keep snacks around the house. I give them all away because I am too “fluffy” ❗ Yesterday we ate breakfast at Denny’s. I had a Senior omelette with fruit, wheat toast and coffee. I didn’t have another meal until 4:30PM, a chef salad at Zippy’s. 2 meals only. My tummy rumbled all night ❗

    I am determined to lose 50 lbs within a year, by eating smaller frequent meals mainly of fruit and salads. And walking 2 miles a day with hubby ❗ My husband has been a Karate martial arts person his whole lifetime so he’s really fit ❗

    I used to be a very skinny lady. After I had major surgery in 1997, I was in pain for a year and babied myself too much. Now I don’t hurt at all, I’ll get into more physical activity. I don’t like weighing more than hubby!

    We always watch the TV2 morning news, then turn the TV off at 8AM. TV2 gives away Vegas trips every week and is not giving away $100K.

    Yes, we most certainly plan to have fun in VEGAS beginning the moment the plane touches down at the airport on 10/9/10 ❗ 😀

  82. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Saturday ❗ 😀

  83. hydroman72 says:

    @LK – #90 & #91 lol, LOL, lmao!!!
    It reminds me of my first day of retirement. It’s funny how similar things happen to others.

    I had some 2 advices from from other retirees which I’d like to share with you…#1 – Don’t leave snacks around the house. #2 – Don’t turn on the TV in the morning.

    Good luck in VEGAS!!! Have a great time!

  84. LINDA KATO says:

    Good night again, for real this time ❗

    Good night all you “night owls” ❗ 😀

  85. Rodney says:

    @fishhead – Thanks!

  86. LINDA KATO says:

    @ct, I voted 5 times for UH marching band. Sorry I did it after midnight so missed 10/1/10. So much time, forgot to do it. All this free time, gotta get more organized ❗ 😆

  87. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #144, if I had to drive THAT far for food, I would prefer to starve, too far ❗ 😆

  88. LINDA KATO says:

    @fishhead #141, I have a job interview next week Thursday to become a “secret shopper”. I volunteer during elections helping with campaigns and I work at the polls on election day. Between my Vegas trip of course ❗ I’ve got all sorts of plans until Christmas ❗ I’m hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year! Translation, gotta clean the house real good! We fly to Omaha for our daughter’s graduation from Grad School on 12/17/10, then to San Diego to visit our military son. Whew! Lots to do! But, all happy stuff ❗ 😀

  89. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: 😆 You forget, that is Hawaii. Over here, my friend and I used to drive 20-25 miles, to go grocery shopping. 😆

  90. Rodney says:

    @DIO – #133 – I was going to say “why don’t you just post it here?”.

    That is, until I read it. 😯

  91. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod, glad to hear your first week went well ❗

    So is this blog becoming e-bay now ❓ 😆

    I have a 5 piece glass top dinette made in Spain I’m trying to GIVE away ❗ My niece said she wanted it but said I live too far away to pick it up. Waipahu is not CHINA ❗

  92. fishhead says:

    LK: Congratulations! I’m happy for you. Don’t forget to stay active and best of luck at vegas.

    Rod:Good luck at your new job. We all knew you’ll be OK. You have a lot to offer. Imua.

  93. LINDA KATO says:

    @volleymom2 #135, thanks for your good wishes ❗ 😀

    Lucky you, you have a job you LIKE ❗ 🙂

  94. Rodney says:

    @volleymom2 – Thank you, Cuz! Actually, to pay off my new camera, I’m going to sell off my old camera stuff.

    Anyone looking for some Canon DSLR gear? 2 bodies, 4 lenses, 2 flashes, remote control.

  95. LINDA KATO says:

    @BananaFysh #132, thanks for your good wishes ❗ 😀

  96. David In Oregon says:

    How come no one listed this stuff on that nickname blog entry we just had? Did you folks forget? 😆

  97. Rodney says:

    @BananaFysh – Thanks! I started on Wednesday and your Cuz took vacation from that day! She heard I was coming. LOL

    Actually, she played a BIG part in landing me this job. I’ll be forever grateful to her. 🙂

  98. volleymom2 says:

    @ Rod- congrats on your new job- now you can pay off that camera and go Vegas!
    @ Linda- happy retirement!
    @ ankleBYTERS- I have also been at the same job and workplace for over 30+ years, too. Still lovin it after all these years.

  99. Rodney says:

    @DIO – If I had to drive up the hill, I’d be waking up at 6:30 instead of 5:30 AM. LOL

    First half week was okay. Just shadowing the girl I’ll be replacing. Got to log in today and poke around the application. The Hands-On approach always builds confidence.

    I have one more week for her to teach me everything.

  100. David In Oregon says:

    Tuna Brown? Oh no, that reminds me of a joke. I should send it to you backchannel. Give me a few minutes, let me see if I can find it.

  101. BananaFysh says:

    Congrats on te new job, Largo! 😀
    (Tell my cuz I said “Hi.”) 😉

    Congrats on your retirement, LK! 😀

  102. Rodney says:

    Yeah, I used to order a tuna on brown sandwich from Nicole at the old Tsukenjo’s lunch wagon. She used to say “Hey, Tuna Brown!”. LOL

  103. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: no need feel shame. Gamblers are like fishermen, very superstitious.

  104. Aunty Paula says:

    @Sally #123: Another nickname? Rodney’s was Tuna Brown at Tsukenjo’s lunchwagon.

  105. David In Oregon says:

    So what, Rod, how’s it feel…first (albeit short) week? At least you’re office is there. No need to drive up the hills. 😀

  106. LINDA KATO says:

    @sally, “jello parfait” must look that up on the menu 😆

  107. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #122, not yet. Tomorrow I stop in at the Beauty Shop to pick up travel sized shampoo and conditioner. Then (don’t laugh) over to Macy’s to buy some red underwear for good luck ❗ I already have the “green frog” ❗ This time I’m bringing all the lucky charms ❗ Today at Zippy’s, a server is 7 months pregnant; asked me to rub her belly for good luck ❗ Everyone going to Vegas is doing she says ❗ Just like rubbing the Buddha ❗ I’m doing everything ❗ 🙂

  108. Rodney says:

    That’s like the lady at Queen’s BBQ: “Same?”
    “Yup, mini Teri Chicken”.

  109. David In Oregon says:

    Aigoo: Jello Parfait. 😆

  110. sally says:

    When I was going to Zips Makiki like … A LOT! … there was a waiter who worked the graveyard shift, he used to see me and yell “eh, Jello Parfait!”. Gee, that’s scary when people call you by the food you eat.

  111. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: So what, are you all finished packing? 😆

  112. LINDA KATO says:

    Good night MLCers ❗ Pleasant dreams ❗ 😀

  113. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO, I think I was born talking ❗ When I spent my summers on Kauai, my Uncle told me I was either eating or talking, my mouth was always moving 😆

    I can’t imagine someone picking up an order without talking ❗ You are so funny ❗ 🙂

  114. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: That sounds like me, before I moved away from the State. I used to frequent this one restaurant near where I used to live. Because I lived so near to the place, I’d often call in my order, then walk over to pick it up. I used to call there so often, they recognized my voice over the phone. When I’d go over to pick up my order, I’d walk up to the counter, take out my money, place it all on the counter (down to the last penny), grab my order, and leave…..all without saying a word. It got to be hilarious.

    Looking back, I wonder if other customers thought I might have been deaf, or had trouble speaking, since I never said anything. 😆

  115. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #110, the last 2 months of work, I picked up dinner every day Monday through Friday, and on weekends Sat. & Sun we eat in their restaurant. We buy mini dinners so $10 per day. Beats shopping, cooking in this heat and washing dishes so I know EVERYONE who works there ❗ 😀

  116. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod, if I have something exciting to share, I’ll take a picture of it on my camera phone and sent it to you ❗ 😀

  117. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod #113, you talking about me ❓ Only going to Vegas for 5 days ❗ I’ll be BACK ❗ 😀

  118. LINDA KATO says:

    @sally #112, I live in Waipahu, so we always go to the newly renovated Waipahu Zippy’s next to Don Quijote in Waipahu. 😀

  119. Rodney says:

    @hydroman72 – #58 – Welcome to the MLC blog! You’re retired, but went back to work?! Double-dipping? I know someone who did just that. A HI 72 member. Wait, your name has 72 in it. Hah! Outed! 😉

    Thanks for participating in the blog. 🙂

  120. Rodney says:

    Thanks for the congrats, MLCers. And for all your words of support. It’s all starting to sink in now. I have a great teacher – even though she’s leaving next Friday. But I’ll have her cell number. 😀

  121. sally says:

    LINDA KATO: which Zips do you and Mr LK go to?

  122. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: So if I make it back to Hawaii, should I just call Zippy’s, and ask them to tell you, I’ll meet you there in a short while? 😉

  123. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: I take it you’re a regular there? 😆

  124. LINDA KATO says:

    Oops, sipping not zipping….. 😆

  125. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #106, Michael W. Perry has too much class, he was very polite ❗ 😀

    @DIO #107, if my hubby called Zippy’s and asked if the hapa lady with the short brown hair in a muumuu was there eating salad and zipping a large iced tea, they would have known instantly I was there ❗ 😀

  126. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: You think being called on your cell while at Zippy’s is funny, I’ve got a better story.

    I was in a friend’s shop one day (many years ago). While I was in her shop, I noticed she was trying to reach her husband (by phone). He was off somewhere running errands.

    After calling him on his cell phone, which there was no answer, she got on the phone again, dialed some number from memory, and asked to speak to him. She spoke briefly with him, then hung up. I found out a few minutes later, that the number she dialed, was the restaurant she knew he’d be in. Apparently, they go there often enough, that even the staff know them. 😆

  127. David In Oregon says:

    Linda: I think Mr. K should be glad Perry didn’t play along with your husband and go, “yes, you are the 7th caller!!!” and see where the joke goes from there. 😆

  128. LINDA KATO says:

    DIO, while my husband was exercising at the YMCA for 2 hours today, I snuck over to Zippy’s for a Chef’s salad. My cell ph rings and my hubby asks, “How’s the large iced tea?” “I’ll join you for a meal in a few minutes!” I’m so READABLE, he knew exactly where I was cooling off in FREE air-conditioning! 5, yes 5 ICED TEAS and 1.5 hours later, we head for home in separate cars so FUNNY! 😀 What a wonderful life ❗ 😀

  129. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening, DIO ❗ I’m still unwinding after my hectic day yesterday! It hasn’t sunk in yet that I NEVER have to return to work ❗

    Maybe by next week I’ll be in relaxed mode.

    We leave for Vegas on 10/8/10 ❗ 😀

  130. David In Oregon says:

    Good evening everybody!!

    Happy Aloha Friday to everyone…except Linda…’cause everyday is Aloha Friday for you!! 😀

  131. LINDA KATO says:

    @Newman #101, welcome to the MLC blog, and thank you for your good wishes ❗ 😀

    Good evening MLCers ❗ 😀

  132. Newman says:

    I’m a little late to join in but congratulations!

  133. LINDA KATO says:

    Oops! Typo! I’ll enjoy and savor every moment from now until forever ❗ 😀

  134. LINDA KATO says:

    I had a nice power nap, did 2 loads of laundry, entered some contests ❗ I could get used to all of this free time ❗ Hey, this is the norm now. No more grouchy, out of control bosses ❗ It’s now heaven on earth ❗

    I’m enjoy and savor every moment ❗ I’m listening to Liz Damon and the Orient Express, heavenly music ❗ 😀

  135. LINDA KATO says:

    @M #94, ankles did tell me in a prior post that he would be making his annual trip to Hawaii in November 2010 ❗ Would be nice to meet the music master ❗ 😀

  136. LINDA KATO says:

    @M #95, what a nice boss ❗ If I had a nice boss I would have stayed until I was eligible for Social Security ❗

  137. LINDA KATO says:

    @eddyo, I’m not computer savvy like Rod, wouldn’t be able to do something like this!

    If you’re near retirement the best advice I can give you is to sock away a large chuck of your paycheck into an IRA or 401(k) for many years. I planned my escape 5 years ago and put away a small fortune so we could live comfortably ❗ Amazing how money grows over the years ❗

  138. M says:

    I have a great boss, as long as we are doing our job, he doesn’t bother us. He just walked into my office a few mintues ago and this was the first time this week that I saw him and he told me have a great weekend and left.

  139. M says:

    Time for another Triad pah-tay to celebrate!

    @ankle, aren’t you coming next month?

  140. eddyo says:

    Congratulations to both LK & Rod….

    Small kine suggestions
    Linda, you could start your own blog! Give us on the cusp of retirement some inspiration

    Rod, life is a series of chapters linked by good & sometimes not so good transitions. These chapters are inevitably connected & not to recognize the life that came in the earlier chapters deny the wisdom of living a worthwhile life. Sorry about the psycho babble but what the hell it’s Friday & weekend is about here. have a good one!

  141. KAN says:

    @Dean, #81: I left my previous job b/c of a boss who eventually was unbearable (Rodney, maybe good boss/bad boss might be a good blog topic, huh?) As nutty a day as I had today, all my bosses are good. But they certainly all have their quirks.

  142. LINDA KATO says:

    So okay, I made fun of my hubby! I was given a Longs gift card for retirement. We go to Longs and I left the $20 gift card at home. Hubby says, you did that on purpose because you wanted me to pay. Honestly, I didn’t FORGET on purpose.

    We go to Blockbuster for our movies. I had a buy one coke get one free coupon. I left THAT at home too. Fortunately the cashier had an extra one and let me use it.

    I gotta get used to all this free time, getting forgetful on the FIRST DAY!

    We went to Denny’s Royal Kunia for the first time. Their breakfast was delicious! Sorry Zippy’s, I LIKE theirs better!

    Okay, nap time, talk to you all later.

  143. LINDA KATO says:

    First day of the new chapter in my life, wake up with the alarm at 5AM just for the FUN of it. Go get the morning paper, turn on the computer, say hello to everyone on MLC.

    Khon TV 2 sponsor’s a pack your bags and leave for Vegas on Sunday sweepstakes. I program the land phone with that ph#. My husband said he programmed his cell ph. As soon as they tell you to call their ph# and the 7th caller wins, I try and call, redial, redial, busy, busy, busy! My husband yells it’s ringing I got in! Am I the 7th caller he asks the man who answers the ph ❓ Michael W. Perry of KSSK answers, I don’t know and politely tells him, we don’t have a contest going on right now but if you call back at 11:00AM we’re giving away a trip to the Hilton Waikoloa. My husband hangs up and says, OMG, I hope I wasn’t live on the air, EVERYONE at work knows my voice ❗ Senior moment, he called the wrong ph#. hahahahahahaha! Gotta say, Michael Perry is one classy guy, didn’t make him feel STUPID at all!!!

  144. LINDA KATO says:

    @Dean #80, 😆

  145. visitor says:

    Congrats Rodney! Remember…Things happen for a reason.

    Congrats to LK too! Take some time off, don’t be like me and start something new just 3 days later.

  146. David In Oregon says:

    ankleBYTERS: don’t forget, your book has to have a chapter on the Triad. 😀

  147. 4G says:

    Morning, LK – Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! 😉

  148. David In Oregon says:

    jaydee: Ah, that’s before my time. Two of my uncles were there during that time. One was in another shop, the other was in either 67 or in 95.

  149. ankleBYTERS says:

    I’ve lived my life in chapters..college degree, job, marriage, house, kids, change of lifestyle, single parent, LDR, empty nest, and now about to be a grandpa 😆 I’m probably near the end of the book, with a few chapters to go till the Index. 🙂

    I’ve only had one full time job, the one I have now for 30+ years. I was just looking over some figures and I could have retired over 4 years ago ❗ But the economy was booming back then so I decided to keep working….hard to say if that was the wrong choice or not…if I was in the defined compensation retirement plan I would have retired….water under the bridge now. And speaking of bridges, I received my job offer as I was about to leave for the airport for HI. 🙂 At that time, PHX got hit with the 100 year flood. There were only two major roads from the south to north PHX, I-10/17 and Scottsdale road. There were other alternatives but they were all washed out since the roads were built over the normally dry river bed but any heavy rainfall and it was under water. To make matters worse, the I-10/17 was closed due to cracks in the overpass over the Salt River…that left Scottsdale road and Pima Road. I left 2 hours early for my first day of work and I only lived like 15 miles away then..I was late ❗

  150. ankleBYTERS says:

    MLCers:

    …are an alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland….like ❓

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_oEYU2ORnA

  151. ankleBYTERS says:

    I was watching last night’s football game on FOXAZ, Mesa vs Horizon, and guess what I see ? The University of Hawaii “H” logo on the helmets of the Horizon players….looks exactly the same. I even heard the announcers mentioning it..Horizon has an agreement with UH to use the “H” logo???? If so, cool !!!! I thought I was watching a rerun of a UH game when I first saw it. That #21 for Mesa, he’s one quick player…61 yard TD in the 1st qtr. He kind of reminds me of Chad Owens, small , with speed and great hands.

  152. Dean says:

    I had a difficult boss when I first started at HNA. This person was a micro manager who got on my case for anything, including using “too much film”.

    I’d always address her by her first name. One day her receptionist told me, “You’re not supposed to call her ——! You’re supposed to address her as Mrs. ———!”

    I told her, “well it’s too late now, huh?” I never did address her as Mrs. ——.

    One of my duties was to photograph executive events for the newspaper. Being the new kid, my boss introduced me to the publisher, Phil Giananella. Right in front of me, my boss tells Phil, “Dean’s a good photographer but he shoots too much film.”

    Phil replied, “Well, ——–, in this business sometimes you gotta shoot some film.” Phil backed me up from day one.

  153. Dean says:

    Linda… your job was torture.

    I heard that some detainees from Guantanamo were going to be sent there to work but the UN interceded, saying it violated the Geneva Conventions. 🙂

  154. jaydee says:

    @DIO: Yeah, shop 67. It was back in the early 80’s, ’81-’85. I’m in medical electronics now in the mainland in the Biomedical Engineering field. I wouldn’t have gotten that job if it wasn’t for the shipyard.

  155. David In Oregon says:

    jaydee: Shipyard? You mean X67? If so, when did you get in?

  156. David In Oregon says:

    Good morning everyone!

  157. hemajang says:

    Congratulations on your new job. We all had full confidence that our host would land on his feet soon. Kamehameha Schools is stable, financially sound and local…great company to work for, especially after they got rid of those bad trustees.

    After reading Dean’s interesting comments on his career as a news photographer, I wondered what happened to Norm Shapiro who was one of the HA photographers that got left behind. I took a couple classes from him during his photography instructor days at UH.

  158. M says:

    Anyone knows how the BL family is doing ❓

  159. jaydee says:

    Congrats Linda on your new “career”.

  160. jaydee says:

    I remember years ago starting a whole new career at the Shipyard as an Electronic Apprentice. I had left a well paying job to get that position but it has paid off now. Everything was totally new to me, the terminology, the people, the Shipyard. Funny how the decisions we make back then affect us now. I know my life would be Much different if I hadn’t made that change back then.

  161. Kage says:

    Congratulations Rod!

    I will have to check in later with my stories. 🙂

    Little bit busy today.

  162. LINDA KATO says:

    @M, good morning ❗ 😀

    Yes, M, A NEW BEGINNING for Rodney and I ❗

    I know Rod will fit right in, he’s awesome ❗ 😀

  163. M says:

    Guud morning MLCers!

    Congrats Rodney ❗ 🙂
    Congrats to LK on her first day of retirement ❗ 🙂

    Both of you are starting a new chapter in your life ❗ 🙂

  164. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning, 4G ❗ 😀

  165. 4G says:

    Great news – congrats, Rod! I’m sure that you will do well.

    How exciting – new job! Go for it!

  166. LINDA KATO says:

    @Masako #65, Thank you for your good wishes ❗ 😀

  167. Masako says:

    Congratulations Rod on your new job and Congratulations and best wishes Linda on your retirement! Enjoy!

  168. LINDA KATO says:

    😀 😀 😀

  169. LINDA KATO says:

    Good morning MLCers ❗ Happy Friday ❗

    Happy, happy NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE ❗ grin:

  170. LINDA KATO says:

    @Dean #53 our trip cost us $320 round trip per person. Hawaiian Air was having a special. The Cal always comps our room, 3 meals a day for both of us and starts me off with $75 in slot play. If you ever played at the Cal, the player’s cards are Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (VIP level). I’ currently on Sapphire (double points for every play). I’m nearing Emerald! I think this next trip will put me over to VIP status! I’m sure we’ll have the time of our life on this stress free trip. I had my flu shot and hope I won’t catch a cold there this time!

    Thanks for all of your good wishes!! 😀

  171. KAN says:

    I remember vividly waiting at the bus stop to go to work for my first day at Liberty House (over half a lifetime ago). I was so scared I seriously thought about just going home and quitting over the phone. But I learned a lot from that first job, not just about the stock and customers, but about office politics, mentors, and whom I could and couldn’t trust. I also vividly remember who was nice to me (especially because as a floater, I was the lowest form of life there) and who wasn’t.

  172. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rob@96744, Thank you for your good wishes! You had to be on “Sunshine’s” bad side to know what I went through. I put up with her for 7 years, it was NOT easy. The trainee that sat next to me is now the chosen one for her daily torture. This past Tuesday I heard her sobbing in the ladies restroom, then she called in sick on Wednesday. I went like hell to clear my desk because I knew “Sunshine” would give all of my pending work to her. All the “junk, tedious, difficult cases” get given to her, a trainee and not to the “experienced ones” and she gets written up for anything and everything. I was constantly written up for being “rude”. For a couple of weeks in August she sat and watched me for for over 4 hours. She would get bored and walk out when I would explain something to a slow learner, 3 times. Remember I majored in Elementary Education. I explain slowly over and over again as needed. She could have watched and listened any day of the week, I always used a respectful tone of voice to the public. The ones I helped were very grateful. Some days she would scream at me, inches away from my face! I’m not DEAF! Sometimes I thought she was going to slap me! We have a “zero tolerance” for workplace violence policy. Someone should add “verbal abuse”!!! So after all of her verbal torture of me, I was totally shocked, she hugged me goodbye. If I didn’t need my paycheck, I would have left 7 years ago! Well that’s all water under the bridge now. This morning, I actually feel sorry for them, they are going to die with the added workload with an experienced worker there. We’ll see if they ever recall me to help! That’s a closed chapter now. I once told my former Representative Moses about her, he told me to “Always take the high road and continue to do good work”! That is exactly what I did until exactly 3:30PM yesterday! THE END!

    Thanks for listening ALL of you! 🙂

  173. KAN says:

    WOOOOHOOOOO! Congrats Rodney! Reading your story just made my day!

  174. losthawaiian says:

    Rodney, Congrats on the new job! New experiences are always a little scary at first until you realize how much knowledge you already have and how to apply it. It won’t be long before your comfort level kicks in.

  175. hydroman72 says:

    Good morning MCLs!
    Congrats to Rod for a new or old career!
    Congrats to Linda for a new chapter in life.

    I went through what both of you are going through starting last year. I retired last year but starting a new job this year. I know I’m nuts. But believe it or not, you have a different behavior when career & income is not a priority. And then there’s the part of meeting and getting along with new people. At an older age, you either are short tempered or very patient. It helps being a person from the MLC era. You have seen it, live it and experienced a lot.

    So enjoy your new chapters in life but I feel that, all the old chapters never closes, we just keep adding to it.

  176. jaydee says:

    Way to go Rodney. Another chapter, another story to be written.

    I look back in my life and the past seems like another lifetime. It’s interesting, the “chapter” analogy. The stories I could tell would fill a book. I’m sure we can all say the same thing.

  177. ankleBYTERS says:

    Rodney:

    Congratulations on your new job ❗ Time for a CELEBRATION……

    http://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M

  178. kathi says:

    Congratulations, Rod! Here’s to a great new chapter in your life. Believe in yourself and your success; we all believe in you!

  179. ct says:

    @Dean – Always had such admiration for photographers. You guys are recording history, no matter what venue. Can’t say I really know what you went through but I have had my challenges with stat cameras and old technology all I can say is that I give you all the credit in the world. What a great story, you sound like such a pioneer. All I can say, is that you guys just make it look easy. Good luck in this phase in your life.

  180. Dean says:

    Linda… enjoy your well-earned retirement. Hope you hit it big in Vegas. Or at least big enough to cover the cost of the trip and omiyage!

  181. Rob@96744 says:

    Linda Kato: Congratulations on your retirement. Everyone here has been pulling for you and counting the days along with you. We could feel your frustrations dealing with your boss, and now you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your lifetime of labor…

    Rodney: Congratulations to you too! Now you can start on the newest chapter of your life. Kamehameha Schools is the winner of the Rodney Lee Sweepstakes. I really wished that OTS could have offered you an opportunity to work there, but they didn’t see in you what all of us here see every day. Like I told them, if they didn’t hire you, it was not you that was going to lose, it was them. Yup, it is their loss, not yours. They had their chance.

  182. NaPueo says:

    Rodney; Congrats on the new job. Wow, you bought a new camera while unemployed? Now you’re going shopping for new clothes? Better get up to speed on this job real quick.

  183. ct says:

    This is what it’s all about … the spirit of the UH Warrior Pep Band from a couple years ago

    The Horse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CQNjlpLO4I&feature=related

  184. ct says:

    Thanks all for voting … but the UH Warrior Marching Band still needs your support. So please vote until Monday, October 4th.

    Someone commented that they would have to cut the UH Marching Bands budget … and they heard some laughter in the background. Then someone yelled … the budget has already been zeroed out. That’s why we need you …

    The UH Warrior Marching Band at New Orleans

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj-7j5yAS6I&feature=related

  185. LINDA KATO says:

    Good night MLCers ❗ What a lovely day it was ❗ 😀

  186. LINDA KATO says:

    @ct, good evening! I made it! I bet “Sunshine” will miss me more than I will miss her! She has no one to dump the workload on anymore. The others will have to work twice as hard to pick up another person’s share.

    I will enjoy every moment from this day forward. I am looking forward to our Vegas trip! We leave next Friday night on the red eye. Wish me luck! 🙂

  187. LINDA KATO says:

    @Dean, what an awesome career you had! You KNOW that pictures are a great asset to the newspaper and tells a story of its own.

    I was there when the Star-Bulletin split from The Honolulu Advertiser. I loved the Star-Bulletin and wanted to save that paper. Although I already had a full time job with the State Labor Dept., I went to the Kaneohe Midweek office to work as a customer service representative when the changeover took place. I soon became the lead customer service representative training and assisting with staffing and management of our team. I sometimes worked 40 hours per week at this job at night and on weekends. I was their regular data entry person too to update their files. I worked 7 days a week, including holidays for 3.5 years before I pooped out. The money was good with 2 jobs and the Star paid 100 percent of my medical. I never paid a penny for medical coverage and drugs. While my extra pay help put my child through private school working all the time took a toll on my body. I have a long way to go to get back in shape again. Not having to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day will help to trim me down.

    I hope you are happy where you are. I enjoy your stories when you find time to share.

    Nice to hear from you again. Take care!

  188. ct says:

    Good evening MLCers!!! Here I am still posting on the last blog …

    @Rodney – Congratulations!!! on your new career. I knew you would land on your feet. A new chapter begins … stay tuned … hahaha

    @Linda – Congratulations on your retirement. Yeaaaaa!!! … you did it and you deserve it. Now you don’t have to deal with Sunshine anymore … hahaha

  189. David In Oregon says:

    Dean: Hopefully you won’t end up being served up at the next potluck. 😆

  190. sally says:

    Dean, you crack me up!

    Rod: New dress code is stressful yah? I could never work in an office where I had to dress nice. I only go scrubs and jeans. My boss is getting married next month and I’m stressing cuz I got nothing to wear. Unlike you, I don’t get excited about clothes shopping.

  191. David In Oregon says:

    Rod/Linda: Tomorrow night both of you can stay up late and give us the First Friday report: First Friday of Retirement, and First Friday of a new job. 😆

  192. Dean says:

    If my life were divided in chapters based on employment, then the longest was the Star-Bulletin. 24 years. 25 if I count one year with HNA.

    The shortest was at a bowling alley. 3 days. It was just after high school and I was on-call… and I got called just as I was about to head to the beach. I went to work. But i told the boss that was my last day. I wonder why there wasn’t a “retirement party” for me?

    My newspaper career stared with Hawaii Newspaper Agency as a photog for “Dining Out”. It was the first time they had a staff photographer. Until then it was done by an outside contractor. HNA didn’t have it’s own darkroom and I was hoping to use the Advertiser’s photolab since Al Miller (Advertiser photo editor) was my photojournalism prof at UH. But it was a no-go. The Star-Bulletin gave us the OK and I worked up there after their morning deadlines.

    That’s when I met Senior Photographer Terry Luke. A stern older guy (in his mid-50’s then). I was the young kid at 22. I was making 8×10 prints for Dining Out and Terry was watching me the whole time. He noticed I never made test prints and was able to “eyeball” the proper exposure by making adjustments with the enlarger lens’ aperture ring. It was a technique that a professional printer taught me a few years before.

    Of course I was nervous. Out of the blue Terry asked if I was interested in working as a news photographer — which is what I really wanted to do! He had me apply for the next opening. But Dennis Oda (we were buddies at Ka Leo) got it first. I got the next opening that came a few months later. So two Ka Leo photogs were on staff!

    Terry became a second father to me. He gave me the perfect work schedule for a part-timer. Tues-Fri. With Sat, Sun, Mon off! Every week had a 3-day weekend. It didn’t take long before I was the one who had a reputation of fixing stuff and figuring out technical things.

    I’d get the assignments that required transmitting photos from the neighbor islands. That meant hotel room bathrooms were converted to darkrooms and the phone rewired to send pictures via an analog photo scanner.

    More Ka Leo alumni came along later. Bruce Asato was hired at the Advertiser. Ken Ige joined us and became my assistant when I was promoted to Chief Photographer. I hired George Lee after Terry passed away. Terry gave me some great advice on how to run the department and I stayed true to his concepts.

    Technology evolved. Black and White photos evolved to color. Film was replaced by digital cameras. Nikons were replaced by Canons. I figured out how to transmit photos using the “new” cell phone technology — the kit I built weighed 25 pounds and took up two cases!

    Then a new owner came in from Canada to save the Star-Bulletin from oblivion.

    As Rod knows, the business changed and it was time to leave. I gave up my press pass and Nikons in favor of sunscreen and video cameras.

    This latest chapter is now in its 6th year. Wardrobe update consisted of getting long sleeved shirts and a hat. Actually many hats. Each for a specific job, and there are a lot of jobs in this new career. All of them very challenging.

    It’s vaguely similar to what the American pioneers experienced when they struck off for the distant west. They had to face the uncertainty of seeking a better future.

    Of course some of them got stuck in the snow enroute and ate parts of their dead friends relatives to survive. Hopefully I won’t end up in the same wagon!

  193. Rodney says:

    Okay, okay. Good night. LOL

  194. David In Oregon says:

    Rod: Yeah, just hope you don’t accidentally walk into McGarrett’s office or something. 😆

  195. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod, notice THAT ❗ Go to BED, Rod, night, night ❗ Mother is talking ❗ Pleasant dreams ❗ 🙂

  196. sally says:

    So we can still do Turd Tuesdays and Turd Tursdays?

  197. LINDA KATO says:

    @snow #33, you are a treasure to offer words of comfort to Rod.

    And, thanks for all your good wishes to me too ❗ 🙂

  198. Rodney says:

    @snow – Thanks for the encouragement. Notice how the MLC girls are so nurturing?

  199. Rodney says:

    Thanks DIO. But since my new job is right across the street from my old job – I shouldn’t get lost. So long as I walk into the correct building.

  200. snow says:

    Congratulations Rod!! So happy for you! Good things come to those who wait! Everyone has a learning curve so keep the faith ~ believe in yourself and what you know and you’ll catch on in no time!

  201. David In Oregon says:

    Rod: Lemme tell you something…calm down…relax.

    If you think you’ve got it hard, imagine what it was like for me, when I first moved out here. No friends, no family. Before I even started with the company, I met with another manager, and transferred to his department.

    On my first day of work, I couldn’t even find my way from the new “home” to the job. What should’ve been a short commute, turned into something that was a lot longer, because I got lost. It was stressful, but also hilarious too.

    So I say to you, take it easy.

  202. Rodney says:

    @John Garcia – #27 – Howzit John! Welcome to MLC! Glad we’re back working together again!

    Skinny jeans and Jordans okay on Fridays, right? 😉

  203. LINDA KATO says:

    @DIO #26, we’re all trying to post at the same time and are jamming up Rod’s blog ❗

  204. Ynaku says:

    BOT ok then.

    Company I worked for changed owners and names about 4 times within the 31 years I worked here. Each time we never knew what direction they would take. The one that took us into bankruptcy was the worse. So top heavy and we the guys that suffer. They would tap managers on their shoulders, tell them grab their personal stuff and escort them off prem. So demoralizing. Our new Senior Management team is awesome. So respectful to their employees. Hope once we come out of bankruptcy, hopefully by the end of the month, they can offer us incentive to retire. I would wait until 59 1/2 so I can rollover my 401.

    So being OT, yes, I too experienced major changes in my career.

  205. LINDA KATO says:

    Good evening MLCers ❗ A new chapter begins tomorrow ❗ What does freedom feel like ❓ 😀 😀 😀

  206. John Garcia says:

    Awesome, Rodney! Glad to have you in the building. Wardrobe!? What!? No more skinny jeans and jordans? :-p lol

    Nah nah nah let’s go grab lunch sometime soon!

    Peace,
    JG

  207. David In Oregon says:

    Eh, what’s going on here? Twice I tried to post. Twice I got nothing.

  208. David In Oregon says:

    sally: ADOS

  209. Ynaku says:

    NOT. it’s my job. another chapter in my life.

  210. sally says:

    Ho, neva even reach #20 and we stay all OT already. LOL!

  211. Ynaku says:

    maybe need new doc ❓

  212. Ynaku says:

    @sally, no ask me. he da doc

  213. sally says:

    @Ynaku: Ha-come you neva cap da tooth after the RCT? awww, I no like see you cry.

  214. Ynaku says:

    it even had salami disguised as portuguese sausage

  215. Rodney says:

    Note to self – Don’t eat fried rice on Kauai. LOL

  216. Rodney says:

    @sally – Yes, I remember! Thanks for all your support!

  217. Rodney says:

    Thanks Linda! Yes, please do research for me. 😉

  218. Ynaku says:

    @LK I think I cracked a molar that I had a root canal done on several years ago. Believe it or not, I bought a fried rice bento when working on Kauai the other week and bit into a hard rice thern heard something crack. Pain followed. 🙁 Got appt tomorrow. Doc was on vac.

  219. sally says:

    Rod, remember during that tumultuous time at HA when you started doubting yourself? What did I tell you? That job left your life, and something awesome was going to replace it. Maybe not even this one, but you need to believe that you kick a$$ and someone needs YOU… not you need somebody.

    Chee HUUUU Rod!
    *waving pom poms*

  220. LINDA KATO says:

    @Ynaku, if you go dentist every 6 mos, mo bettah, no torture ❗ 🙂

  221. LINDA KATO says:

    @Ynaku, Thank you for your good wishes ❗ 😀

  222. Ynaku says:

    Eh Rod, go sleep. work tomorrow. It’s my day off and I have appt with a torture chamber (dentist). He like see me cry 😳

  223. LINDA KATO says:

    @Rod, Congratulations on your NEW BEGINNING ❗

    It will get easier as you get familiar with your new tasks. The first year is learning all you can. After that, you’ll be able to do it on automatic pilot. I have confidence in you!

    In the meantime, while you are busy learning your new job, I’ll do “research” for you in Vegas ❗ 😀 I’ll let you know which machines pay well in a couple of weeks ❗ 😀

  224. Rodney says:

    @Ynaku – Geev um. Now that’s what I call MLC!

  225. Ynaku says:

    @sally, he no can go Vegas yet. Probation then gotta work one year b4 qualify for vacation. At least with our company.

    But get plenny 3 day weekends 🙂

  226. Ynaku says:

    congrats Rod. We know it’s diificult to start anew but you have the support. geev um

    congrats to LK too

  227. LINDA KATO says:

    @Dean, thank you for your good wishes! I had a very busy day trying to reduce my workload, yet hug everyone in sight! I have worked all of my life! It hasn’t sunk in yet that I don’t ever have to report to my job again! Is that ever possible! All the paperwork I have says it is! I’ll believe it I guess when I receive my first retirement check on 10/29/10!

    This is all so new to me! Yes, I will enjoy not being stressed! 😀

    So the new chapter begins for me ❗ And, where do I begin, Vegas Baby ❗ 😀

  228. sally says:

    Congratulations Rod! I’m excited for you!

    Shopping? SHOPPING! Only one place to really go shopping… VEGAS BABY! hahaha!

  229. Dean says:

    And congratulations, Linda, on being non-employed! Enjoy the freedom of retirement!

  230. Dean says:

    Good to hear you’re re-employed. Congratulations, Rod!

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