Archive for May, 2008

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008

I really have to think of a shorter, more catchier name for these posts. Biting “Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego” can only take me so far. 😛 In any case, here’s this week’s challenge.

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - May 19, 2008

HINT: It is again, somewhere in town in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Tough one eh? Post your guesses now baby! 🙂 (Answer to come on Friday!)

P.S. Don’t forget to catch BJ Penn on the Countdown to UFC 84 show on SpikeTV tomorrow night @ 5PM. See full MMA television schedule for May.

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Egan Inoue Wins in Impressive Comeback!

May 17, 2008

In an exciting 59 seconds last night, Egan Inoue silenced all critics by walking right through his nearly 20 year younger opponent Hans Marrero is his return to the ring. On an otherwise lackluster card which included a Sean Sakata knee injury thrown on the very first kick of the night, a Lorenzo Moreno corner stoppage (rib), and what seemed to be a give-up by Ronald “Machine Gun” Jhun, Inoue’s fight turned out to be one of the most exciting bouts of the night. Congrats Egan!

Here’s what it looked like from VIP row. Yeah, junk camera, I know! 🙂

Egan Inoue

Road Rage

May 16, 2008

This morning I had to laugh at myself for being a hypocrite in traffic. No ack though, I bet you all do this too!

Anytime there is a known merge from one lane to yours, it is a battle between you and the car next to you. The unwritten rule is to go every other car in zipper formation. Sometimes however, the lane merging in is empty and there are always those speeding cars trying to beat the backup and cut in at the last second. If you’re the car they’re trying to beat, doesn’t your foot suddenly get heavier on the accelerator, while saying to yourself “Um, I don’t think so!”?

So this guy did that to me this morning and, because of his momentum, he was able to get in.

!#$%

To add insult to “injury” bruddah didn’t even wave or gimme some love. Da nerve!

But then I thought to myself, what a hypocrite. I’m sometimes the guy in the right lane doing that very same thing. I always give a half hearted wave, but still, I “cheat” like them too.

C’mon, am I the only one who does this or should I be chastised for driving “intelligently”? 😛 Talk to me!

Egan Inoue to Make Return from Retirement

May 15, 2008

OK, working for the cable company, I know this is a bit self-indulgent, but since this blog is supposed to include the latest and greatest in MMA, I just had to plug the X1 Legends fight scheduled for tomorrow night. Not just because Oceanic Time Warner Cable is offering this event in Pay-Per-View for Digital, High Definition as well as on the web, but because it is history in the making as 42 year old local boy Egan Inoue comes out of retirement to fight for the first time in almost 5 years.

X1 Legends - The Return of Egan Inoue

Yesterday, we had the unique opportunity to have Egan as a guest presenter on our monthly Road Runner Interactive Webinar. Following the show I got a chance to chat with him a bit and discover that he is one of the most humble, grounded guys around. It’s amazing that this very man, in the heat of battle, can turn on the fire within, and compete with the best. I mean, you’re talking a former world champion racquetball player, Navy Seal trainer and BJJ World Champion, in addition to being a former champion MMA fighter. Bruddah is driven!

Not sure exactly what the odds are against his 23 year old counterpart Hans Marrero (11-5), but you can bet that I’ll be pulling for Egan tomorrow night. Either way, I know he’ll succeed.

Fight Details:
X1 Presents Legends – The Return of Egan Inoue
Friday, May 16, 2008 @ 7:30PM
Neal Blaisdell Arena
Also, available Live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable PPV @ 7:30PM (replay at 10:30PM)
– Digital Channel 0260 – Standard Definition – $29.99
– Digital Channel 1260 – High Definition – $39.99
x1ppv.oceanic.com – On the Web – $19.99

Fight Card (subject to change):
Hans Marrero vs Egan Inoue
Brandon Wolff vs Chad “The Grinder” Reiner
Richie Whitson vs Ray “Bradda” Cooper
Michael Brightmon vs Kolo Koka
Dylan Clay vs Ronald “The Machine Gun” Jhun
Albert Manners vs Kana “The Riot” Hyatt
Chris “Red Bull” Willems vs Brandon Visher
Sean Sakata vs John “The Warrior” Visante

P.S. I’ll be going to the live event so check back for photos shortly thereafter…

Gosh!

May 15, 2008

Is it just me or does goofy/awkward American Idol finalist David Archuleta really not have that much more in his vocab than “Gosh!”?

Last night, the three finalists for Season 7 of American Idol (David Archuleta, David Cook, and Syesha Mercado) did the trip-back-home for the show. To me, it gives the truest insight into the character of these contestants. The phoniness of being on the show is quickly erased and replaced with real-ness back in the real world. For the most part, they all did ok. “Archie” actually seemed to have shed genuine tears when the moment caught up and overwhelmed him. I bought it. Syesha was her usual phony actress self (I didn’t buy her crying at all), while “Big” David seemed appreciative as well (her mother is what really draws me to him… I know it’s not a manly word, but she’s soooo cute the way she hugs and supports her son!). Overall the two who should’ve made it to the top 2 did: David Archuleta and David Cook. Oops, sorry for those who didn’t watch it back yet. “Spoiler alert!” 😛

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m leaning Cook on this one. David A’s voice is amazing, but I can’t picture him being a pop-star. He’s too stiff and goofy and maybe even a bit naive. Cookie is groomed and ready to go. Who you pickin’? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see eh?

On a side note, my beloved Philadelphia Phillies almost came back to steal one from the Atlanta Braves last night after trailing (by quite a bit) the entire game. It came down to local boy Shane Victorino with two on, down by 3. He unfortunately flied out, but what an exciting (almost) come back.

Talk to me:

  • Who are you rooting for to win American Idol next week?
  • Who’s your favorite team?
  • What are your plans for this wonderful Thursday? 😛
  • Are you excited for another gripping episode of “Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto”? 😉

Nice Guys Finish Last?

May 14, 2008

Last night, we were channel surfing and came across an episode of “A Shot At Love 2 With Tila Tequila.” (This was one of dem shows I gave a chance to, but it lost my interest about half way through the season.) On this night, my attention got caught by a guy holding it down, sporting a (University of) Hawaii T-Shirt. I was like “Very Niiiice!”

Bruddah’s name was Kyle and he’s a Real Estate agent from Honolulu. It soon became apparent that this dude was a little off his rocker. The other cast members referred to him as Creepy Kyle for the way he stalkingly stared at Tila. Eventually, he was booted, but this post is actually about the other guy who got booted: George.

George is a waiter from Tampa Florida and is apparently known as the “nice guy.” As he was making his tear-filled exit speech (which I cracked up to by the way), he mentioned something that resonated with me.

He angrily/tearily stated the following: “If you’re a nice guy, you do nice things, you get !#$% in the end, you get !#$% now and you’re going to get !#$% for the rest of your life.” Basically that “Nice Guys Finish Last.”

I consider myself a nice guy too, but I’m not a pushover. I think there’s a difference. I really don’t think that if you’re a nice guy you’ll get, as Georgy mentioned “!#$% in the end.”

What do you think? Do you think nice guys get walked on and finish last? What about nice girls or nice people in general?

The Hills – Season 3 Finale

May 13, 2008

So as I was helping my sis set up her computer at her crib last night, I could hear the sounds (without even looking) of the season finale of the Hills (Season 3) in the background as she flipped the channels.

I never thought it would get to this point.

One day after telling you how NOT soft I am and that I never cry, my ears now perk up when I hear the sounds of Lauren’s raspy voice trade blows with Lo’s high school giggle.

How did we get here? Well, besides MTV’s second-to-none editing of the show (making things more dramatic than they actually are), I’ve been “forced” to sit and watch it with the lady, since it’s one of her favorite shows. I guess I owe it to her for all the hours of “The Ultimate Fighter” and “Art Mann Presents” I make her watch. *grin*

Sis changed the channel so I unfortunately didn’t get to hear the show, but in the back of my mind, I was happy that, back at home, my beloved DVR was recording every juicy second.

Now remember, fellas out there in my situation, our alibi when anyone asks is to ABL: always blame the lady. Make comments like “She makes me watch it,” or “It’s my way of spending quality time with my woman,” (awww) or “I was just channel surfing and it happen to be on,” or “Dude, what’s wrong with you? I watch it for the chicks!”

Ah, one of life’s guilty pleasures I guess…

Talk to me:

  • No tell me what happened cause I nevah watch um yet, but what are some of your (tv) guilty pleasures?
  • What do you think of MTV’s absurd editing? Do you care that some scenes seem rather staged?
  • How do you and your other like to spend your tv watching hours?

P.S. No fo-get: Gina Carano on E:60 this afternoon, The Ultimate Fighter tomorrow, Inside MMA, IFL and X-1 Legends on Friday, and Hawaii’s own BJ Penn headlining next week Saturday’s UFC 84. See complete MMA (Hawaii) TV schedule for May.

Robots Don’t Cry

May 12, 2008

Over the weekend, I gathered with the in-laws to celebrate Mother’s Day. We ate, we had a few, we talked story. After dinner, we started watching this interesting documentary on KIKU-TV called 30 Kid, 31 Legs (sorry, best local link I could find), a story on a popular competition in Japan that pits its communities/cities against each other in a larger version of the 3-legged race. Thirty kids (from one area) tied together against thirty kids (from another area) tied together in a 50 meter dash. The first to successfully cross the finish line together wins. Sounds simple enough right?

Apparently, it’s not.

We all know just how hard it is to do the 2-man, 3 legged version. Well, try adding 28 more peeps to that party line! That’s why these kids take this pretty seriously and practice all year long for this annual competition. Which leads me to the reason behind this post.

Because they put in so much time and effort into perfecting their run, I can see the amount of emotion that can get caught up in it. So when they cried their eyes out after losing, and, ultimately, being eliminated, I could empathize with them. Well sorta.

For some strange reason, I couldn’t help but giggle a bit when I saw the over-the-top reactions of some of them (especially the coaches/teachers). I know you’re probably gonna think I’m some heartless robot, but really, it’s just a game. It’s not life or death. I’ve been an athletic competitor my whole life and never have I once shed a tear. OK, there was that one time we took OIA champs in baseball (Go Cougars!), but those were tears of joy, not sadness a-ight? *grin* In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever actually cried-cried in more than 20 years! *knock on wood*

Anyway, I digress. My point is, why cry, when there’s so much to be happy about in life right?

Talk to me:

  • Am I being too robotic/guy-like or do I have a point here?
  • Am I normal or should I see a doctor about my broken tears ducts?
  • What makes you cry? (family is the only thing that will get me a little misty)
  • Any good movies out there that could make me weep? I challenge you to find one. 😉

Wild N Out – Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Get Married

May 9, 2008

Yeah, yeah, I know many of you are like, “Hello!? Where have you been? That’s old news already!” But this post is actually to get your feelings/feedback on the more recent news of the tattoos they supposedly got of each other’s names. Yeeeeaaaah, you’re listening now aren’tcha? 🙂

Now I’m probably the furthest thing from a celebrity news hound. I think gossip is just plain ridiculous and could care less about who is dating who or who was scene where. They’re just regular people, people. Who cares!? Leave ’em alone and let ’em be.

HOWEVER…

I was told that celebrity gossip is the way to go for blogs, so we’re testing the waters hurr…

Now I’m not really sure how much more interesting Hollywood’s finest are in comparison to photos of my ugly teeth, but it’s worth a shot eh? 😉

So back to the latest rumor. It has been reported that Mariah Carey got a “Mrs. Cannon” tattoo on her back/neck and Nick Cannon followed suit with Mariah’s name on his back (from shoulder to shoulder).

They’ve officially gone off the rocker. I give it 6 months, tops, before they both go Wild N Out!

My Question(s) to You
* What do you think of this insanity, OR
* Have you ever gotten a tattoo you’ve regretted?

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 7, 2008 – Answer

May 8, 2008

So yesterday, I challenged your Hawaii scenic recognition skillz with the contest that is gripping the nation: “Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto?” 😛 Considering the vagueness of the shot, y’all got pretty dang warm. I was surprised and impressed all at the same time.

Below is a more obvious shot which will probably give the location away. Whatchu think? Know where it is now?

2nd Hint

Yep, it’s in the Ward area, more specifically, right in front of the Starbucks/Big City Diner area. Congrats to all who played. Your prize? A virtual pat on the back and an updated photo of my grill. Lucky you.

Ed's Updated Grill
White brace with traces of my blue mouthwash in between.
Remind me to suck up my saliva next time I snap a photo of my face. *grin*

This time, the handi-work consisted of forcing the fractured portion of my mandible (and three associated teeth) back into place and bracing the teeth (that white bar looking thing in the photo) to the surrounding good teeth. All this for a lovely price tag of $658.98, putting this whole ordeal of mine over the 1K mark. Thanks a lot Mr. Batter on the other team!

Lessons learned? Don’t ever catch a scorcher in softball with your face, don’t ever play shortstop on your softball team with a crappy/unkept infield, don’t ever play softball, and/or don’t ever leave your house. 😉

Happy Day-After-Hump-Day errone!