Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's inside is what matters

Through the years, men have changed their hair to have various styles. The fashion has gone from crew cuts to long hair to no hair.

Mustaches have been around a long time, even though some say a mustache hides a weak upper lip.

Currently, various types of beards are in fashion. Most are adornments. Many take a lot of care.

Some say beards are worn to make you appear knowledgeable and learned. Other tailored beards are to make you look upscale. Sloppy beards are just sloppy.

My view is that it doesn't matter how you groom your head - it's what's inside your head that counts.

(Letter published in The Maui News March 21, 2011 and Lahaina News March 24, 2011)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What can you say?

How often do married men hear their wives make statements such as, "You're not going to do that, are you?"

Or "You aren't going to wear that again, are you?"

Or "You're not going to make a fool of yourself again, are you?"

Any answer to those questions would provoke an argument.

There must be something we can say . . . but what?

(Letter in The Maui News Aug.16, 2007, and Lahaina News Aug.23, 2007)

On Aug.19,2007, David Olsten of Wailuku wrote the following:

This is a response to Blackie Gadarian's August 16 letter:
Blackie, the answer is "Yes, dear".

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Come to Maui to Fail Again

When you have dropped out from everywhere else, come to Maui to fail again.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Which is worse - insurance companies or lawyers?

Sign posted by Blackie at Blackie's Bar Lahaina 1981-1995.

Believe a gecko?

That cartoon gecko is everywhere on TV insisting we buy insurance on his advice.

I wonder how many of us are falling for this advertising gimmick.

Then again, some people may be dumb enough to think that getting advice from a gecko is better than getting advice from an insurance agent.

(Letter published in The Maui News Aug.4, 2007, Lahaina News Aug.16, 2007)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Who guards the guards?

These days we see more and more security guards, store guards, airport guards, border guards, school guards, etc. are being employed by industry and government.

It seems that eventually half of the citizens will have jobs watching the other half. Who is guarding all those guards?

(Letter published in The Maui News July 4, 2007, and Lahaina News July 26, 2007)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What is "homemade"?

There's always a day when you decide to go out to a restaurant instead of eating at home.

When you look at a menu, you invariably see offerings such as "homemade meat loaf", "home fries", homemade soup", "homemade apple pie", etc.

This brings up questions: What really is "homemade" food? And why did you go out to eat when "homemade" is at home?

(Letter published in The Maui News June 19, 2007 and Lahaina News July 5, 2007)