Entries from May 2006

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building in NYC is considered to be the first and oldest skyscraper in the city, although many would dispute this claim. It is 285 feet tall, 21-stories tall and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.

With its unusual and aerodynamic shape, the Flatiron, located at E. 23rd Street between where 5th Avenue and Broadway cross, is responsible for creating one of the windiest intersections in NYC. In the years following its 1902 completion, loiterers were famous at this intersection for trying to catch a glimpse of a windblown bare ankle or two of women pedestrians. Crazy, crazy New Yorkers.

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Montauk Thank You

To our new friends in the city: Claire, Mike, Noel, Darren, Shelley-Ann, Elenor and Gizmo, thank you very much for letting us in on an awesome weekend. You all are very nice and super cool. We are glad now to have such great peeps to call friends.

Big shaka (slang for “right on” in Hawai’i) and aloha!

Beth and Darrell — NYC

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Mastheads – Montauk

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Heart doctor donates blood mid-surgery (video)

Watch this clip from NY1 of how doctor Samuel Weinstein of Chappaqua, NY, ended up making a transfusion of his own B-negative blood to his bleeding patient while doing work in El Salvador. He did this mid-surgery and helped save his young patient’s life. The operation was a success thanks to Dr. Weinstein’s heroics.

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Four Bruddahs

One big thank you to four brothers stretched across the states far from here. Though we are miles apart and our conversations are far and few between, mahalo for being there for me always and mahalo for being you. You know who you are. Aloha!

Welda — Pearl City, HI

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Cayman Island Nice

From the Cay Compass we read about yet another restaurant tab picked-up by a complete stranger.

A tourist couple, while having a great scuba diving trip to the Cayman Islands had one of their breakfasts paid by a local. A note accompanying the paid bill said, “Thank you, please accept this breakfast as a token of our appreciation for your choice of the Caymans, Sincerely a Native.”

Damn, that’s a whole country getting behind a cause.

Coincidentally, I just had a discussion with a housemate this weekend about how nice and pleasant the Cayman’s are for visiting. I’m going there as soon as humanly possible.

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Kids find bags for kids

This story from the Honolulu Advertiser (HI) reaches deep into the “damn, kids are way smarter than me” files.

Tyler Cordoni, 10 and Drake Boyer, 11, independently came up with the idea to find donated suitcases for the thousands of kids in the Hawai’i foster care system. Tyler noticed one day while visiting his mother Allyson at the hospital at which she worked that many of the foster kids in the waiting room were all holding black trash bags with what appeared to contain their worldly possessions. He later found out that most foster children have nothing more than garbage bags to tote around their belongings as they move between homes. Tyler knew this had to stop.

Meanwhile, Drake was also discovering this fact and making plans to end it.

The two now collect donated suitcases in their Suitcases for Kids campaign. Their goal is to collect 2,500 suitcases, enough for one to go to every child currently in the foster care system.

If you want to help Tyler and Drake, contact Kapi’olani CARE Program at (808) 522-4755.

Visit Suitcases for Kids if you want to support the larger national and international campaign.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Toilet paper kindness

From the Woonsocket Call in RI, this story about the Acts of Kindness club at Millville Elementary School. This popular campus club perform great deeds to help fellow families in need and the sick and ailing in the local hospital. They do it by taking up collections, saving aluminum can tabs, soup labels, cereal box tops and the like.

But my favorite bit is the Toilet Paper Tower fundraiser. All year long the kids collect donated toilet paper and stack them in a school corridor. When the Tower gets to a formidable size, a drawing takes place to see which lucky kid gets to hurl him or herself into the TP pile. A picture of the act is taken and displayed inside the school as a badge of honor for the winner. Now that’s how crazy Rhode Islanders can really be. You gotta love it. Oh, by the way, the TP gets donated to a local food pantry.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Now that’s kicking ass (video)

From the NBC affiliate in Denver, CO, this video clip about a unique martial arts program that encourages its students to perform 400 acts of kindness, spend a day in the shoes of a disabled person and right three wrongs. At the end of these tasks, along with a rigorous 16 week martial arts program, is a first degree black belt. Now that’s kicking ass.

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

9/11 College Grad Speeches (audio)

NPR’s “All Things Considered” radio program had a nice montage today with snippets of college graduation speeches from various ceremonies over the past weeks. Included are graduating speakers from The Citadel, Berkeley, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA), Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), Ithaca College (NY) and the University of Miami.

This is the first post-9/11 college graduating class and the words of the speakers are poignant and telling. Just click here and listen to the stream on NPR.org.