Waterbeds, where are you now?

By July 21, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

The other day I came across an odd news story about an exotic-animal keeper from Ohio who was found dead last week in an apparent accident during sexual role-play.

The 49-year-old man, Sam Mazzola, was found face down in his waterbed, tied with bondage restraints and had obstructions over his nose and mouth.

It wasn’t the way he had died that gave me pause.

It was where.

A waterbed.

People still have those?

I never saw the appeal of waterbeds. I remember my cousins had waterbeds in their home in Mililani. Even back then I thought they were odd. This coming from someone — me — who grew up sleeping on futons instead of beds. I was convinced I’d get seasick trying to sleep on one of those things.

So what ever happened to waterbeds? Do people still use them?

I found an article in TIME dated July 1987 — exactly 24 years ago — that declared, “Oh, Wow, Water Beds Are Back!”

The article reported that the $2 billion waterbed industry — up from $13 million in 1971 — was the fastest-growing segment of the bedding market, accounting for 21 percent of all mattress sales. Back then, beds ranged between $100 and $600, with nearly three-quarters of the buyers older than 30. Many of them chose waterbeds over other kinds of mattresses because of health issues including back pain, arthritis and insomnia.

So where are they now? Anyone know?

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Cat Chat: Everything fried

By July 20, 2011 Food, Videos

The phrase on the food truck said it all:

“Everything tastes better fried.”

That was enough to lure me to the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard to check out Hawaii’s Fried Musubi (@friedmusubiHI), a new food truck run by a mother-and-daughter team that boasts a menu of fried goodness.

Julia Vuong, or Mama, who has more than 30 years of culinary experience, runs the kitchen. Her daughter, Sophia, brings the innovation. Together — and with assistance from brother Alan — they have devise a fairly simple menu of complicated proportions.

Consider this: There are three versions of a fried musubi — Da Classic Spam Musubi, Hawaiian Styled Ahi Musubi and the Spicy “Bomb” Musubi, all paired with your choice of pesto or wasabi aioli. Then there are the daily specials, which often includes one of the best pork spring rolls around. And finally — and to use, the showcase item — Mama’s Home Made Fried Chicken. Easily, this is the best fried chicken I’ve had, possibly ever.

But that’s not it. Hawaii’s Fried Musubi also serves up dessert — fried dessert. We’re talking deep-fried Oreos, cupcakes and Twinkies.

It opened this week to rave reviews, long lines and a sell-out on its first day.

Here’s a peek at this new food truck sure to be a hit:

Hawaii’s Fried Musubi (food truck), 777 Ward Ave. in parking lot on corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Phone: (808) 391-3835

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Today’s happy shot

By July 19, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

Fried risotto? Yes! From SALT Kitchen & Tasting Bar.


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Old shows getting new life

By July 19, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

This may sound like an oxymoron, but there’s such a thing now as classics from the ’90s.

At least in terms of television.

Starting next Monday, TeenNick, part of the Nickelodeon family of cable channels for children (that I don’t subscribe to), will start rebroadcasting TV shows popular for kids from the ’90s.

Called “The ’90s Are All That,” this late-night time block will feature runs of shows like “All That” (shown), “Clarissa Explains It All” and ““Kenan & Kel.”

It’s like “Nick At Nite” but for the 18- to 34-year-old sect.

It’s obvious I missed the age cut. Because I don’t remember watching these shows. They don’t even sound vaguely familiar.

The channel got its initial list of shows from Facebook feedback — smart — and will continue to let the social media site influence what other shows rotate into the block. (Read more in this New York Times story.)

Too bad the age demo didn’t skew just a little bit older. Because I have my list of my favorite TV shows — not cartoons; that’s another blog — ready:

• “A-Team”
• “MacGyver”
• “Family Ties”
• “The Greatest American Hero”
• “My So-Called Life”
• “Happy Days”
• “Cheers”
• “Taxi”
• “The Jeffersons”
• “Magnun PI”

Got any to add?

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Scoop your poop

By July 18, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish, The Dog Dish

We walk our dogs, Sunny and Indy, every day around our neighborhood and take them hiking at least once a week.

And there isn’t a time when we haven’t seen abandoned dog poop along the road or the trail.

Yes, every time.

I don’t understand how people can just leave their dog poop. It’s not like they didn’t notice it. So why leave it there? Honestly, what’s so hard about picking it up and throwing it away?

This isn’t a problem specific to Honolulu. Cities around the world are dealing with irresponsible pet owners. They’re passing laws, issuing fines and posting signs.

In Hawaii, it’s against the law to ditch your dog poop. According to the Hawaiian Humane Society, the city ordinance against littering includes a provision that applies to animals. It states that if a pet deposits feces on private or public property, owners are required to clean it up. You can call the Honolulu Police Department and report it.

Aside from the law, there’s a health reason to pick up your dog poop. It has been estimated that a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness and serious kidney disorders in humans. Two or three days worth of poop from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria to temporary close a bay to swimming, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Meaning, it’s not fertilizer.

I get it. I pick up my dog’s poop. I obey the law.

But how do we convince other pet owners to do the same? Unless you catch them in the act of ditching the poop, there’s not much we can do. And that’s the frustrating part.

So we’ll continue to pick up ours and stray poop we see on our daily walks and weekly hikes. But irresponsible dog owners, you’ve been warned. If we catch you, you’ll be up poop creek.

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