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Tuesday September 16th 2014

Houston Dash

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As the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) comes to a close for it’s second season, I’ve been very pleased at how their newest club has come together. The Houston Dash was in the making last NWSL season and was launched this year. Chris Canetti, the team’s CEO and President has done a fantastic job of putting together the Houston Dash! His hard work was phenomenal and in that process, hired great people to assist him in putting the puzzle pieces together to form the first ever Division 1 Professional Women’s Football team for the city of Houston. Backing him in this process were US Women’s National Team members Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan along with Houston Dynamo fans pressing him on.
In the process on forming the team, he brought on Hawaii’s own Brian Ching of the US Men’s National Team and Houston Dynamo to serve as managing director for the Houston Dash and had former US National Team head coach Tony DiCicco come on as a consultant. In this process, Brian Ching, Chris Canetti, and Tony DiCicco started the process of finding a head coach for the brand new franchise. They immediately interviewed US Women’s Under 23 National Team and Notre Dame head coach Randy Waldrum and named him head coach for the Houston Dash. I was in total shock once the news broke that the Houston Dash were officially launching and was excited to see who at all was going to be on their roster.
Time was ticking before the Houston Dash could choose players from the other NWSL teams to be drafted to the Dash roster. Since Randy Waldrum coached a lot of the women on the US U23 WNT, I knew he would pick people he already worked with or was presently working with. I was a little on edge to see who Houston would nab from the massive player pool from all of the NWSL team’s rosters. I was very happy to see Randy bring on Brittany Bock and many others from the other clubs.
Why did I become a fan and supporter of this NWSL club? I became a fan of this club cause it was being managed by a local Hawaii brother Brian Ching and knew that this team was going to rock it this season. I became an even bigger fan once I found out that a Hawaiian, Kealia Ohai was drafted to the team. Growing up in Hawaii has taught me to support teams on the mainland who are managed by or have players on the roster from Hawaii or have Hawaii ties. Since I was also raised in Chicago, Illinois, I was pleased to see two Illinois products get picked to play on the team. Those Illinois athletes are Brittany Bock and Ella Masar. This is what pulled me in even more as a supporter. I’m TRULY honoured to have been able to watch this team play beautiful football this season. Just like Seattle last season, this is a fighting team. All of the athletes had their ups and downs, but this team NEVER gave up! They have the fighting spirit in them and it shows. I’ve even had a chance to interact and become social media friends with Coach Randy Waldrum, Brittany Bock, Haley Carter, and Erin McLeod as the season progressed. I also became good social media friends with other Houston Dash fans and am blown away at the hospitality they give!
The photo above was taken by Brittany Bock at a viewing party in Houston for an away game vs. Boston and was blown away that she presented this to me! The Aloha Spirit flows DEEPLY with the Houston Dash and it shows! Over all, the Houston Dash will always be a team I support! They have a fantastic squad and a legendary coach at the helm! I feel great things are coming their way coming to the end of the season and to the next season. Mahalo Nui Loa Houston Dash owners, managers, coaches, athletes, and support personnel for a very entertaining season! Much Aloha from me in Hawaii to ALL of you in the great city of Houston! Keep up the fantastic work and IMUA!

Lahaina, Ka’anapali & Pacific Railroad

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Back on Halloween Day in 1995 when I moved to Maui from Chicago, Illinois, I found out from my parents that there was a train here! It’s called the Lahaina, Ka’anapali & Pacific Railroad aka. The Sugar Cane Train! I’m an avid rail fan and enjoy riding on all sorts of trains.

Moving to Maui and hearing about the Lahaina, Ka’anapali & Pacific Railroad was a joy to hear! I found out about this train from a couple of former American Airlines flight attendants Whitney and Karen during the flight from Chicago to Honolulu. This same crew also flew the Honolulu to Kahului route. They told me a lot about the train and how the rides were so much fun and educational! Even the Captain of the flight told me how fun it was when they would take a week off to do a mini vacation here. When we first landed at Kahului Airport, I asked my parents if we could take a ride on the Sugar Cane Train once we got to our temporary condo in Lahaina town. Unfortunately, we all were wiped out after being awake for almost 18 hours traveling. The very next day, I asked my dad if we could take a ride on the train and we did! I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a huge train like Amtrak’s trains were. It was a small narrow gauge steam train. I felt pretty let down, but that soon changed once the conductor welcomed us on board for the trip from Lahaina to Ka’anapali. Uncle Don was an Engineer/Conductor for the company and made the ride so enjoyable! Since he was the lead conductor for the train, he gave ALL of the kids a free wooden train whistle and a couple of plastic train engines! He gave us a rundown on the history of the train and the West Maui area. He even got on his guitar and played Hawaiian music for all of us. We stopped at the Ka’anapali Station to take on water and supplies. Then we had a half hour lay over while the crews swapped out shifts. During this time, Uncle Don took me and a couple of other kids to the engine where he would be taking over as Engineer for the rest of the day. He showed us how the locomotive worked and gave us a short run down on steam train operations. His fireman just got back from the water tower and gave us an even larger run down on what his job was about. Uncle Don and his fireman allowed us to play around with the hauntingly beautiful sounding whistle and the large bell the train had. I must have blacked out cause I was blowing the whistle non stop for 10 minutes. Then the fireman allowed us to play with the bell for a bit while the locomotive was warming up from the water and fuel stop. A new train conductor gave the “ALL ABOARD” call and we scrambled back to the first coach behind the locomotive. The ride was amazing and the train crew was fantastic! I was very saddened to hear that the Sugar Cane Train will cease operations on Maui effective in August. The Lahaina, Ka’anapali & Pacific Railroad will forever be missed by this rail fan. Earlier today, my mom and I took our final ride on the historic train. I had to fight back tears from this saddening final journey. I will forever miss the friendly staff and crews.

Ham Radio

Ok so what is the big deal with Ham Radio? I’ve been studying the study material for the FCC test and I have to say that I’m so frustrated by it. Why do we need to have a special license in order to use a Ham Radio? The test is over 300+ questions long and what I’m studying might not even be on the test I’m going to be taking this coming June. Any one interested in helping me out? Let me know.

MISSING PERSON ALERT

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Please help my former classmate Alexis Felicilda RECOVER her Mother.

Statement:

“This is my mother Moreira Monsalve last officially seen dropping me off at the Kahului Airport Sunday January 12th at 3:45 pm ALL CARS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR! Apparently she went to her ex boyfriends house after in Iao Parkside he dropped her car off at a car shop Monday morning he is trying to leave to San Jose police don’t have enough to detain him! People just don’t go missing like this!! Alot of people love, know, and Care about her! I just want her home and I want to know what happened!”

She is described as 46 y/o, 5’7″ tall, 170 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. The Maui County Police Department has Monsalve’s vehicle and have detectives working around the clock on this case.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Moreira “Mo” Monsalve or know anything about this case are to call the Maui County Police Department’s 911 Emergency line.

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Sources: Alexis Felicilda’s facebook and Instagram.

You’ve Ruined GOD for Me with your HATE

LGBT

As you well know, Hawaii’s State Legislature is in the process of legalizing Same Sex Marriage. The bill that it’s named in this Special Session is Senate Bill 1. I couldn’t help but listen to ALL of the testimony that Pro and Anti-SB1 supporters were saying. I tip my hat to all of the people who braved the lines and long wait times to make it to Capitol Hill on O’ahu. I am OUTRIGHT angered and infuriated by everyone who are deeply OPPOSED to SB1 by dropping the Religious scriptures and thus entering it into the political field in their testimonies. They even brought God up on those scriptures. Let me tell you something, you DO NOT go off preaching HATE to the people out there. Shame on you! Shame on you! Question, DEFINE Marriage to me. You tell me and the other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people out there where you get off telling people that, “GOD HATES GAYS, LESBIANS, BI SEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE!” Also where do you get off saying that, “God ONLY LOVES traditional man/woman marrigage and HATES Same Sex people who thinks they deserve to get married.” Tell me where it says that in the Holy Scriptures and my next question to you is DID YOU WITNESS GOD WRITING THAT IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES? Did you? I think NOT. We weren’t EVEN ALIVE back when that stuff was “Allegedly” written. All Religion does is BRAIN WASH people into following their cause. That brain washing leads to HATING people who fit into the LGBT community and other organizations! Thanks to YOU, I’m NO LONGER ONE OF GOD’S CHILDREN, I’m MY OWN person now. I’m still human, but all FAITH I have in GOD has gone down the drain. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS GOD. I’ve gone ahead and threw away the Torah, the Bible, my Jewish yamakas, and everything that has to do with religion from my life. YOU HATEFUL people have ruined God for me and now have put me in the Second Class person segement. This feels like segregation all over again! The MINORITY WILL STAND UNITED ANS STRONG! WE WILL PREVAIL OVER YOU HATEFUL PEOPLE! End Rant

Petition to get a Tegan and Sara Hawaii Tour

Aloha Hawaii Tegan and Sara fans,

I’ve been seeing that Malaysia and other countries reached out to get a Tegan and Sara concert in their country. I’m asking anyone with ties to promotions companies to really start pressuring them to bring them out here to Hawaii to get a concert or two in on O’ahu and Maui. Please be loud and request their music on radio stations and request a show here in their social media platforms! We need to be LOUD and push for a concert tour for us Hawaii Fans! We can do it!

Over It Already

I usually don’t blog about this kind of stuff, but I feel as if I can’t hold it in any longer. As you probably know, I’ve been single for quite sometime now. It’s been ok for me thus far, but as of late I’ve been seeing a LOT of my former high school friends getting married and having kids. Even my own sister has it better than I do. It’s kind of depressing knowing that I’m the TRUE UGLY sheep that no one has approached yet. I know people in the past have said that I’m hansom and all, but I don’t TRULY think so now. No one just seems to want to ask me to do stuff or anything like that. I’ve asked some people just to hang out and all, but get shot down each time…. I don’t know anymore. Maybe I need to move on out of the state and try and start over.

US Football (Futbol) Observations

As I’ve been watching the football (futbol) scene unfold in our country for the past 7 years now, I’ve been kind of scratching my head with this thought. Why is the MLS league and players making bank while two women’s leagues have come crashing down hard? As a guy that loves the sport itself, the women have shown immense passion, commitment, technicality, tactically, and over all aspect of the sport. They put in just as many if not more hours of training and conditioning just like the men do. It hurts me that the US Men have a steady league while the women’s side have been struggling to keep a league of their own on. I know there is the W League out there, but it’s not the same as the MLS side. I just don’t get it. People sell out men’s games almost all of the time and have over 25,000 fans in the stands, but for the women’s games it seems like only 18,000 fans or less make it to the games. I just don’t get it. This kind of gender discrimination HAS to stop. I feel as if the women aren’t getting the FAIR treatment they deserve and have a stable league on US soil to play in.

Disappointed in our US Government…..

I don’t really post things like this, but as of late I can’t stop thinking about how “Gung Ho” President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and our Congress have been lately. President Obama stated that our armed forces would be OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST in early 2014. That isn’t happening anytime soon cause of him extending our ILLEGAL INVASION FORCES in Iraq and Afghanistan thus CARRYING ON the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney operations in both of those countries. Now with the threat of an “IMMINENT OPEN FIRE ORDER” on Syria on the horizon, I fear as if our armed forces aren’t gonna be capable of protecting it’s citizens meaning US the American People on our home soil. From stuff I’ve read, our military is spread SO THIN here in America. Even with the Reserves being called up, it’s still not helping us much. He should be THINKING ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICAN INTERESTS HERE AT HOME AND TIGHTENING UP FORCES HERE, NOT OUT SOURCING OUR TROOPS OVER SEAS! Pull a majority of our forces out of Japan and South Korea and ALL of our forces out of the Middle East NOW President Obama! Plus we are so far deep in debt and still owe our European and Asian allies money that we BORROWED TO FUND THESE ILLEGAL OPERATIONS OVER SEAS! I’m shocked that our US Congress hasn’t even done ANYTHING to override President Obama. I’m even MORE shocked that VP. Biden and our Congress hasn’t been able to get through our president’s thick skull to bring our troops home. I don’t think President Barack Obama’s goal is to stop waging war. OUR GOVERNMENT ELECTED OFFICIALS NEEDS to OPEN THEIR EYES AND EARS AND START LISTENING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ELECTED THEM INTO OFFICE AND WE SURE AS HELL CAN REMOVE HIM BY WAYS OF A MASSIVE RE-CALL ELECTION. Why have these people in office if they are NOT going to listen to us? I’m at a LOSS for words right now. There is SO MUCH Anti-Government trust right now and I’m one of the vast majority of them right now. DO THE RIGHT THING CONGRESS AND GET OUR PEOPLE OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST. So what if North Korea/China/Russia strikes South Korea and Japan. So what if when we do open fire on Syria, Iran annihilates Israel. WE LOOK LIKE THE AGGRESSORS, NOT THE SYRIAN PEOPLE, NOT THE NORTH KOREANS, NOT RUSSIA, NOT CHINA, NOT IRAQ, NOT IRAN, AND NOT AFGHANISTAN! STOP WAGING WAR ON PEOPLE WE CAN’T FULLY FUND OR SUPPORT! As a US Citizen, I feel TOTALLY BETRAYED by the US Government. -End Rant

Macklemore Featuring Tegan and Sara – Same Love

Ya know, I’m rather shocked and surprised on what occurred earlier today. THREE of my favourite music artists performed on the same stage at the same time! Award winning American indie hip-hop/rap artist Macklemore and the Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara performed “Same Love” LIVE together at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal Quebec in Canada earlier today! Talk about major music feels and praise from both fan bases earlier today! One of my great twitter pals Jaime Wojdowski (Wojo4Hitz) was at the event and filmed it once the trio hit the stage! Here is the link to watch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmdT56hgi2Y

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