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Reboot 2019 | Are You Happy Now?

Sunrise 1-26-2019

It’s time to once again RE-BOOT this blog after months of neglect. Heh… I’ve been kind of being a little slack in my life too. Have had to cope with some life changes…. again, though none of them bad. May blog about that at a later time.

Just want to say “Happy New Year” to the few readers who may be monitoring this blog and to anyone who stumbles in. December 30, 2018 marked the third year since my surgery back in 2015. I am still here and happy to be alive.

In an effort to make this blog regular and relevant again I am going to be posting answers to questions from an Android app that I just downloaded yesterday. It is called Questions Diary and every day you are supposed to answer a question about yourself. The answer is saved to your device and at the end of one year, the app is supposed to ask the same questions again…. so let’s start… here is the first question.

Today is Saturday, January 26, 2019,

Are You Happy Now?

Pedometer Image

Some of the recorded walk steps from this morning with the Pedometer app running on my low end Alcatel device. The count is only for the return trip back to my home.

Generally speaking, I am “happy”. Happiness is relative, fleeting at times. One surely can’t be happy all of the time. Life is filled with setbacks. These can happen frequently…. death in the family. loss of a job, financial struggles and more.

Still I try to maintain some level of happiness by being with or talking to friends and relatives. Engaging in hobbies or taking short trips makes me happy. I am most happy when I am out observing my world and documenting it through photography and video.

Distracting myself is a way for me to maintain some level of happiness.

With this first post, this hopefully is the start of something new and consistent. Otherwise here are a couple of other pictures:

The path on Magic Island

The walking path on Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu HI.


See Yourself as Wonderful

See Yourself as Wonderful

More often than not I project a negative outlook of myself. I know it is not a healthy thing to do, but I do have my doubts, fears and anxieties in life.

I have a friend, her name is Lisa, and she has over the years overcome many obstacles that have been placed in front of her life. She still faces new ones head on with bravery, bravado, persistence and tenacity and does her best to keep a positive outlook despite life’s ups and downs. Her persistence in remaining positive will pay off with great rewards in the future.

One thing Lisa is really good at is helping people. She is a friend that I can count on to build my confidence, inspire me to think more highly of myself and look for the positive things in life. She recently sent me this little checklist of attributes that apply to me. They are all presented in this clever alpha list:

You are artistic, buoyant, clever, determined, extraordinary, friendly, generous, helpful, independent, jaunty, kind, level-headed, memorable, notable, outstanding, persistent, quick-witted, realistic, skilled, thoughtful, understanding, valuable, wonderful, (e)xact, youthful, and zealous. Today’s alphabet of you!

Thank you Lisa for being such a good friend.


I Need to Blog More Here

It’s been months since I last updated this blog. In a nutshell, I am doing OK. More than two years after my heart attack, I can safely say that I am still here. I am struggling with several aspects of my life, but trying my best to hold my own.

December 26, 2017 was my two year anniversary of the heart attack. December 30, 2017 was two years to the day of my open heart surgery. You can read all about this stuff at the beginning of this blog.

As I may have mentioned in the last post, I will be posting stuff that is also non-health related… Here is a questionnaire I answered from one of my Facebook friends, Marie from San Diego CA. She often posts these kinds of questions… 

Here are the questions and my answers:

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? crackers
2. Where was your profile pic taken? Huh? 😀
3. Worst physical pain you’ve experienced: hours, days and weeks after open heart surgery
4. Favorite place you’ve been? Home in Hawaii
5. How late did you stay up last night?12:00am
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would you move to? 2 miles north of Hilo.
7. Which of your Facebook friends lives the closest to you? No one within a 1 mile radius of my home location.
8. When was the last time you cried? Recently
9. Who took your profile picture? I never take pictures of myself to post in public spaces…. especially now that facial recognition is becoming more of the norm.
11. What’s your favorite season? summer
12. If you could have any career, what would it be? disc jockey on late night music radio
13. What was the last book you read? “Billionaire at the Barricades…” by Laura Ingraham
14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? God.
15. Are you a good influence? Marginally
16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza? Sometimes
17. You have the remote, what channel will you choose? Fox News
18. 2 people who you think would play ? No one
19. Last concert you attended? Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
20. Favorite type of food: steak – of course I haven’t had beef in a long time now. I can still dream. 

The first sunrise of 2018. Lately I have not been taking many photos. I wonder why.