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Off Track: Best chicken katsu: Our Top 5

From the Frolic Hawaii website

Ranking a hotly contested item like chicken katsu was no easy feat. Since everyone is passionate about their favorite, I ate chicken katsu from Kalihi to Haleiwa to find the best of the best.

I focused solely on local plate lunch-style chicken katsu — not the Japan-style chicken katsu you’ll find at Tonkatsu Tamafuji, Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, Chiba-Ken, etc. (dang, their chicken’s guuud).

My original Top 5 ranking, compiled in 2015, featured Zippy’s, Sugoi, Young’s Kalbee, Queen St. Café & Grill and Nuuanu Okazuya. Only two of these are still in Top 5 territory three years later.

And the top five are:

How a wave of new tech products are making life easier for people with disabilities

From the USA Today website

Retiree Douglas Wakefield is a tech enthusiast.

The 76-year-old begins a typical day by donning his Apple Watch and listening to its synthesized voice deliver the weather. Over coffee, the Arlington, Virginia, resident catches up on overnight news on his iPhone X and consumes books read out loud on topics like coding – his goal is to write apps for the iPhone.

Blind since birth, Wakefield has been taking advantage of features on the most popular tech devices and platforms that have made them more useful to people with disabilities.

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Air Force Again Shoots Down Proposal to Make Warrant Officer Pilots

From the Military.com website

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Warrant officers are not going to become the quick-fix solution to ending the Air Force‘s pilot shortage crisis, the head of the service’s personnel center said Monday.

Citing a recent Rand Corp. study, Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, commander of the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, told an audience here during the annual Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber conference that the service is looking to other programs, such as the simulator-heavy Pilot Training Next program, as the best way to train more pilots faster and more efficiently.

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Off Track: Best fried chicken – Our Top 5

From the Frolic Hawaii website

I just like start off by saying that my one true fried chicken love is/wuz/always going be Chicken Alice.  Though this local fried chicken joint closed down in da 90s, I still get fond memories. I can still remembah that batter, reminiscent of Pioneer Chicken, but slightly Korean kine spicy. When we find good food we like for share ’em with those we love, right. Das why my faddah took me to da Pearl Kai Chicken Alice, back when dey used to get da food court overlooking Pearl Harbor. An’den later on when I went college, I found myself taking my girlfriend at da time to da Kapiolani location for share my love of Chicken Alice with her.

Da Chicken Alice recipe is out there, given to her beloved followers by Chicken Alice herself. Maybe one day, I’ll find that one place that can recreate her magic. Until then, enough about living in da past. It’s time for move on to da present.  And more importantly, it’s time to forge new food memories with my children.

So with that said. . . AURITE, hea’s my top five.

Equifax Breach: Freezing your credit is now free in all states under a new law

From the USA Today website

One of the best ways to protect yourself from identity theft is now free.

Starting Friday, a new federal law allows people to freeze and unfreeze their credit at the three major credit bureaus without being charged. Before, it cost consumers in almost half the states $3 to $12 per bureau to freeze or unfreeze their credit reports.

A freeze prevents lenders from pulling a person’s credit report – a key part of the approval process for a credit card or loan – essentially preventing fraudsters from opening a new account in that person’s name or the name of someone in their family.


Special Thanks to Gordon Lau for send Retiree News this article

The Health Benefits of Water

From the Everyday Health website

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.

The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

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Check Six: C-17 LAPES Testing – 24 years ago


The Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) is not currently in use by the US Air Force (USAF) or the US Army.

More on the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

Don’t Let a Disaster Destroy Your Retirement Lifestyle

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Whether it’s a hurricane or flood, an accident or illness, or even a market crash, a disaster could lead to a financial setback that will be difficult to recover from, especially for retirees living on a fixed income.

Retirees are filing for bankruptcy in record numbers. One in seven bankruptcy filers is age 65 or over, a five-fold increase over the past two and a half decades, according to a 2018 Consumer Bankruptcy Project report.

Adding a disaster to an already delicate financial situation can easily put retirees over the top. “There are lots of ways you can lose money to different risks,” says Dave Totah, a financial planner at Exencial Wealth Advisors in Frisco, Texas. “Your home can burn down, you can be in an auto wreck or you can get sued. You can at least try to cover yourself in most areas. For the areas you can’t cover, how do you lessen the risk?”

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

From the National Day Calendar website

In the United States, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually on the third Friday in September.

Every year since 1989 by presidential proclamation, the United States remembers and honors those men and women of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or who are prisoners of war. We are reminded as a nation to rededicate our efforts to bring our patriots home and to care for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established by an Act of Congress with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act. This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires the POW/MIA Flag be flown at all places designated by the U.S, Secretary of Defense.

The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over the Capitol, the White House, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials, the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, of the Selective Service System, and on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, every post office and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.


You can observe this day by recognizing those who were Prisoners of War (POW) and those still Missing in Action (MIA)

Check Six: Luke Field in the 1930s – 85+ years ago

click and then click again to enlarge the photograph 

More on Luke Field from the Hawaii Aviation website

The Truth About Sleep Apnea

From the Consumer Reports website

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), marked by numerous pauses in breathing during sleep, can cause daytime drowsiness and boost heart failure, stroke, and dementia risks.

And some people with OSA don’t know they have it: A study of older adults from the University of Michigan found that 56 percent of participants were at high risk for OSA, yet only 8 percent were tested for it.

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6 Factors to Consider Before Cashing Out a 401(k)

From the U.S. News & World Report website

If you switch jobs and have a 401(k) through your previous company, you may have the option of cashing it out.

Many employees choose to take the money instead of keeping it marked for retirement. Among investors, one out of three has cashed out a 401(k) before age 59 1/2, according to data from Fidelity Investments.

However, before taking money out of the account, it pays to evaluate your reasons for the withdrawal, as well as the financial consequences that could result from the distribution. Here are some factors to consider before cashing out a 401(k).

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Check Six: 1959 Aircraft Save by Lt Alexander Bell – 59 years ago

Maj Gen F.W. Makinney awards the HAwaii National Guard Medal for Merit to 1st Lt Alexander “Blackie” Bell | Hawaii Air National Guard photograph 

Taken from the HANG 25 Booklet, the history of the Hawaii Air National Guard, November 4, 1946 to November 3, 1971

1st Lt Alexander “Blackie” Bell was flying an L at 14,000 feet near Kauai per-dawn on October 19, 1959. His radar transmitting might began to fo off and on … and then there was smoke in the cockpit. The forward fire warning light came on … it was standard operating procedure for immediate bail-out when this “panic” light went on, Lt Bell queried his wingman, who reported no visual sign of fire but some sparks seemed be coming out of the tailpipe. Lt Bell throttled bak and turned towards Lihue, some five miles away, He made it son safety – a power-off landing on the then-5,100 foot runway. Lt Bell was awarded the Hawaii National Guard Medal for Merit and the U.S. Air Force awarded him the Air Medal for this deed.


Special thanks to Steve Lum who scanned this photograph.

Blackie flew with the 199th Fighter Squadron until 1968 and later retired from the Air Force Reserve. In civilian life he flew for Hawaiian Airlines until meting in November 3, 1990. During his last 20 years with Hawaiian, he was as a line pilot, check airman (Convair 600, DC-9, DC-8, L-1011) and later Vice President of Operations.

Two weeks after retiring from Hawaiian, Blackie, John Carroll, and Jim Davis started Hawaii Aviation Contract Services (HACS). The company was a crew leasing business. Blackie later bought out his partners and the company continues today as one of the premier crew leasing companies serving several major airlines.

How airplane passengers evacuate is getting a closer look

From the HeraldNet website

Passengers evacuate American Airlines flight 383 after the plane caught fire upon takeoff Oct. 28, 2016 at O’Hare Airport. | Youtube

On October 28, 2016, American Airlines Flight 383 sped down the runway at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for a flight to Miami when the Boeing 767 aircraft came to a sudden stop and a fire erupted around the right engine.

Within seconds, the plane’s flight attendants had begun to evacuate the plane, with the first passenger exiting down an overwing slide 31 seconds after the plane came to a stop.

Less than two minutes later, all 161 passengers on board were off the plane as the fire continued to burn.

But in those early moments as they went down the slide, the left engine was still spooling down, and the forceful jet blast knocked over a passenger on the tarmac, causing serious injuries.

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