Friday, March 24, 2023

Something is Better Than Nothing!





"Something is better than nothing!"  I'm sure I say this at least once a day.
I had given up hope about getting a post completed this week.
I still haven't gotten around to visiting everyone who commented on last week's blog.
My apologies ~ I'm so sorry!

I've been slammed.  Certainly overwhelmed.
And then I reminded myself that something is better than nothing.
So here goes a shorter post.


Rain's Thursday Art and Dinner Date theme this week is Complementary Colors.

 2×3 grid of squares colored with the primary and secondary colors of the RYB color model.
Each tile has an ellipse colored complementary to the square that it’s in.
I've grown up with the traditional RYB color model.
This model designates three primary colors:  red, yellow, and blue,
and three secondary colors:  green, purple, and orange.
The complementary primary-secondary pairs are:  
red-green, yellow-purple, and blue-orange.

The complement of any primary color is made by combining the other two primary colors.
For example, red's complementary color is green, 
and green is made by combining blue and yellow.
Combining all three primary colors makes a black or gray color.    

Moses Harris, in his book, The Natural System of Colours (1776). 
In a color palette, complimentary colors are two colors directly across from each other. 
For example, red and green are complimentary colors. 





Primary Colors ~ Red, Yellow, and Blue
‎⁨Daniel K. Inouye International Airport⁩, ⁨Oahu⁩, ⁨Honolulu⁩, ⁨Hawaii⁩, ⁨USA
January 18, 2023, 2023
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Secondary Colors ~ Green, Purple, and Orange
Bird of Paradise


Here are three photos illustrating complementary colors:

Red and It's Complement Green
Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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Yellow and It's Complement Purple
Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 13 2023
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Blue and It's Complement Orange
Part of a Painting:  Cereus Flower and Fragrant Lei 
by Frank McIntosh circa 1930s

Matson Navigation Company Archives
Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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For Nicole's  Friday Face Off I'm sharing a beautiful face made of sand:

Sand Sculpture 
Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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Hopefully, this week will be less hectic and chaotic for me.
I plan to do much better getting around to visiting everyone. 
Have a great week!  Take care!  





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

  My next post will be on 
Friday, March 31, 2023  🤞



On the Bay of Fundy
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Friday, March 17, 2023

Mai Tais and More at the Hideout at the Laylow in Waikiki

Whenever I'm in Waikiki the first place I want to go 
after we've checked into our condo or hotel is the Hideout at the Laylow.
Over the years Terry and I have been just about everywhere in Waikiki.
I have sampled many, many mai tais.
In my opinion, you can't beat the mai tai at the Hideout.


The Quintessential Hawaiian Drink ~ a Mai Tai
The Hideout, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
January 10, 2023
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At the Hideout for Happy Hour
February 20, 2023
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At the Hideout for Happy Hour
February 20, 2023
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A Pretty Orchid
January 30, 2023
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Just Before Opening at the Hideout
January 19, 2022
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Yes, the Original Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian and
the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider have awesome mai tais,
but for taste and value, it's the Hideout Terry and I return to over and over.

We like to sit at the bar rather than at a table, 
because it's fun to talk to the friendly bartenders,
and we split a Happy Hour meal, usually the Mainlander,
which is a Wagyu beef hamburger with American cheese, 
lettuce, tomato, onion, and a house sauce with a side of fries.
At the bar we can relax, enjoy our drinks and meal, and listen to the music.

The Mainlander with a Side of Fries
January 10, 2023
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One of the Nightly Musicians at the Hideout
January 16, 2023
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Garnishes at the Ready
March 9, 2023
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Another favorite Happy Hour meal of ours is the Island Greens,
a delicious salad that fills a craving for something healthy.

Island Greens
January 10, 2023
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Watching the bartenders mix drinks is entertainment as well.
Happy Hour is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm every day of the week,
and the bartenders serve up lots of mai tais and other drinks during that busy hour.

Jeremy Making Multiple Mai Tais and Other Drinks
February 5, 2023
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Jeremy Making Multiple Drinks
February 5, 2023
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And if you're like me and can only handle one mai tai,
you can follow it up with a great mocktail:
Laylow "Virgin Style" Mai Tai."


A Delicious Mocktail:  Laylow Virgin Style Mai Tai
January30, 2023
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One of the Nightly Musicians at the Hideout
January 27, 2023
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Jeremy Making Even More Mai Tais
February 5, 2023
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Makayla Preparing a Cocktail 
February 5, 2023
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Makayla and Jeremy at Work 
February 5, 2023
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One of the Nightly Musicians at the Hideout
February 5, 2023
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Erwin helps Jeremy behind the bar. ~ More Mai Tais in the Works!
February 5, 2023
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Clouds Tinted by the Setting Sun
February12, 2023
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Erwin helps Jeremy behind the bar.
Other staff members garnish the mai tais and deliver them.
Hideout, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
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Taylor, Another Great Bartender!
Hideout, Laylow, Waikiki, Hawaii, USA
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Every night different entertainers provide a mellow musical ambience,
rain or shine.

A Duo at the Hideout
February 7, 2023
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There has been a lot rain in Honolulu in recent days.
That barely slows things down at the Hideout.
When the rain comes down, out come the umbrellas.


Sharing an Umbrella at the Hideout
February 16, 2023
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Sharing Umbrellas at the Hideout
February 19, 2023
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Makayla and Aaron, Another Great Bartender!
February 16, 2023
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One of the Nightly Musicians at the Hideout
January 27, 2023
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The Hideaway welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds.
It's a mellow, relaxing place with great food, drinks, and music,
and it has lots of friendly guests you can strike up a fun conversation with. 
Perhaps we'll cross paths at the Hideout sometime!



Terry and I
January 22, 2023
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I had planned to publish this post on Friday, February 24th 
Unfortunately, I decided to test my one mai tai limit 
at dinner with friends in another restaurant.
I had two mai tais.
Not a good choice.  
I made it back to our condo before the second drink slammed me,
and there was no editing or posting on the evening of the 23rd.

For Nicole's  Friday Face Off I'm sharing a few more faces from the Hideout.

Focusing on Mixing a Drink 
March 9, 2023
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Enjoying the Music
January 22, 2023
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Putting on the Finishing Touches
February 5, 2023
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Concentration
February 25, 2023
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Busy, Busy, Busy at Happy Hour
February 16, 2023
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! 🍀
See you next week!  Take care!  




Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

  My next post will be on 
Friday, March 24, 2023  🤞



On the Bay of Fundy
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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

IWSG: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 ~ Author Envy

  




It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.






To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh are Diedre KnightTonja Drecker, Bish Denham, Olga Godim, and, JQ Rose!

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.

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Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is: 
Have you ever read a line in novel or a clever plot twist that caused you to have author envy?
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Happy March, Everyone! 
I hope you had a happy and creative February.
We've been having lots of fun in Waikiki, Honolulu.

The Waikiki Area
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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This month's question about author envy put me right back into Grade Six 
when my teacher Mr. Keast taught a lesson on using adjectives in  descriptive writing.  

I fell in love with adjectives!  
I wrote a sentence about our home containing sixty-four adjectives!

I thought my sentence was brilliant; Mr. Keast did not.  
He called my mother for a conference because he thought I was mocking him. 

The two sorted out my personality, 
and I learned that the liberal use of adjectives was inadvisable.
I never wrote another sentence with sixty-four adjectives. 

In Grade Seven I read Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, 
and I never forgot its first and last sentences.
It was then that I really began to understand and accept 
what Mr. Keast had been trying to get across to me:
whether a sentence was long or short, 
it was more effective when a writer used adjectives sparingly. 


Cover of serial "Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
A photograph of an engraving in The Writings of Charles Dickens volume 20, 
A Tale of Two Cities, titled "The Sea rises."



At the young age of twelve, I wouldn't say I had author envy;
rather, I would say I had author admiration.
I realized that Charles Dickens could write an unforgettable story with powerful sentences.
Now, all these decades later, I have author envy.


Charles Dickens as photographed by Herbert Watkins, 1858


I still love adjectives.  
Mr. Keast's lesson was the first time I remember learning about this part of speech.
Perhaps it was so memorable because Mr. Keast 
had my mother come to school for a conference shortly afterwards.



After reading A Tale of Two Cities, the novel, adjectives, writing effective sentences, 
and Mr. Keast were forever linked together in my mind. 

In case you've never read A Tale of Two Cities 
or the novel didn't embed itself in your brain like it did in mine,
here are the powerful first and last sentences in the book:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, 
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, 
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, 
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, 
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, 
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, 
we were all going direct to Heaven, 
we were all going direct the other way – 
in short, the period was so far like the present period, 
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, 
for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

Wikimedia
Charles Dickens:  A Tale of Two Cities
With Illustrations by H. K. Browne
London:  Chapman and Hall, 1859


“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; 
it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” 




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Our time in Hawaii is coming to an end shortly.
I'm not ready to go back to the snow and cold.
Fingers crossed, we'll be back again next year!


Terry
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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Me
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
February 27, 2023
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Today's Rainbow Over the Waikiki Area
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
February 28, 2023
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Enjoy IWSG Day.  Stay happy and safe.



Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

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My next post will be on Friday, March 17  
I'll be flying very early on March 11