Thursday Mote, Without Virus (almost)

A great day: Tomorrow, the first Friday of June is National Donut day of the pastry was established in 1938 to honor the Salvation Army Donut Lassies, women who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. It’s traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. I can barely get started until I have my pastry in the morning, might be a leo holdover thing.

Love of his life: French singer/actor Johnny Hallyday died in 2017, and a recent biography has revealed his life long affair with, in my humble opinion, the world’s most beautiful woman Catherine Deneuve. The two met while in their teens on the set of the 1961 movie “Tales of Paris”. Their love, and physical intimacy, continued for the next 56 years, despite numerous marriages and other affairs, their love remained.

That’s why: Someone asked me why I have so many dvd’s (close to 1K movies and such) when everything I could want was “streaming”. I always say, “What happens when the streaming stops?” And they laugh. Well, two of the three cables that Hawaii relies on to keep data flowing are nearing the end of their useful lives. The third is newer, but its ownership is tied up in a bankruptcy proceeding scheduled for a hearing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu, casting uncertainty over its future operations. That bankruptcy hearing, meanwhile, comes on the heels of a real estate fire-sale consummated on May 18 in which a company controlled by disgraced businessman Albert S.N. Hee — which owns one of the three undersea cables the entire state depends on for its data services — effectively sold parts of itself to another company controlled by the same family. The companies in question are Honolulu-based Sandwich Isles Communications and Paniolo Cable. So yeah, I got a lot of movies, and I’ll be able to watch them for a long time.

You thought the virus was bad
: Like everyone else, I cannot explain why, when the coronavirus was made public, all the toilet paper went first. But I was a cop in Honolulu during two prior “dock strikes” and at least two gas crisis and I’ll tell you this town got ugly quick. And the toilet paper went second. Rice went first. Brace yourself. Now, “Young Brothers”, the major ocean shipping firm for the state of Hawaii, is asking for $25m in federal coronavirus relief funds from the state. Young Brothers President described the company’s financial situation as “extremely dire” in a letter to the Public Utilities Commission and state officials including Democratic Gov. David Ige. The company employs 370 people statewide, and the $25 million in relief funds would keep the firm running through December. All this would indicate there was money trouble long before the virus started, but the “relief funds” are convenient, aren’t they? And I’d really like to know just how the lock down effected “YB”, as all their workers would be considered “essential”. Just saying.

Let’s do some good: Over the years I have purchased a number of books from “Uncle Hugo’s” in Minneapolis. Well, during the night of terror the building and the companion bookstore “Uncle Edgar’s” were burned to the ground. There is a Go-Fund Me page set up. Just a couple of the little guys just trying to make it in this screwed up world. Send them a couple of bucks if you can.

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