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Jah Jiang Fried Rice at Eastern Paradise

My search of comfort food on a chilly night leads me to yet another awesome spot.

My hanai Uncle Steven and his crew at EP makes the best gut warming Jah Jiang Mein( noodles covered in a black bean sauce ). I just happen to love mine with friend rice rather than noodles. Super Ono.

Jah Jiang Bokumbap (Black Bean Sauce over Fried Rice)

Jah Jiang Bokumbap (Black Bean Sauce over Fried Rice)

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I had a pre-existing condition… DENIED!

I’m posting this thing in it’s entirety because it is very important that we address this ASAP. I know first hand how the insurance companies are dicking us. Please read this and spread the word for me… for Lance… and for the Kids! 🙂

I had a pre-existing condition

Lance was denied insurance when he needed it most. Sign the petition and tell Congress that no one else should be.

Dear Doc,

Today is LIVESTRONG Day. Thirteen years ago today, my doctor told me I had advanced testicular cancer. What most people don’t know is that at the time, I didn’t have health insurance. In the following weeks, I received letter after letter from the insurance company refusing to pay for my treatment. I was fighting for my life—but also for the coverage that I desperately needed.

The legislation currently being debated in Congress is not just words on a page—for many cancer survivors, it’s a matter of life and death. Now, as this debate enters crunch time, I need your help to ensure that what happened to me doesn’t happen to any other American:


No matter what side of the healthcare debate you’re on, I believe we can all agree on two things:

No American should be denied health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

No American should lose their insurance due to changes in health or employment.

Will you sign the LIVESTRONG Action petition to make sure any legislation includes these two critically important reforms? We’ll deliver these to Capitol Hill this month as the debate reaches its climax and make sure our voices are heard in the debate:


When I received my diagnosis, I was between cycling contracts. My new insurer used the diagnosis as a reason to deny coverage after the new contract was signed. Fortunately, one of my sponsors intervened. At their insistence, I was added to their insurance company and was able to continue my life-saving treatment. If my sponsor, a powerful company, had not gone to bat for me, I may not have made it.

I was lucky. We can’t rely on luck to ensure coverage and treatment for the millions of Americans affected by cancer. Some cannot get coverage because they’ve already been diagnosed. Others get calls from their insurance companies saying they have been dropped. It happens all the time—and it’s unacceptable.

Every year on LIVESTRONG Day, we come together to take action for a world without cancer. In the U.S., a critical step is to make sure cancer survivors can get and keep their health insurance.

It has been 13 years since my diagnosis, but in some ways, not much has changed. No person should have to worry about health insurance while battling cancer. That so many do is an outrage, and we must speak out.

Please sign the petition and forward it along to your friends and family:



Lance and the LIVESTRONG Action Team

P.S. Don’t forget today is LIVESTRONG Day. There are more than 1,100 events taking place to raise awareness about cancer all over the world. View our interactive map to see events in your area:


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What I Learned About Photography From The Aloha Spirit & My Trip To Maui

I wanted all the people of Hawaii as well as those thinking of visiting Hawaii to see what great things Scott Bourne had to say about our home. He was a great speaker and teacher as well as a great guy.

If we the people of Hawaii ever decided to adopt yet another true Hawaiian-At-Heart i would nominate Scott. When we talked about Aloha he totally got it and you could see the Aloha Spirit he spoke of all awash in his face.

I hope we get more successful promotions like The Maui Photo Festival in Hawaii.

Mahalo to Scott Bourne et. al for making this weekend a rememberable one for a rookie sutterbug like myself.

Read more or Scott’s perspective on MPF09 @ www.photofocus.com



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What a week. The Maui Photo Festival just wrapped up. I spoke or taught at five sessions and the rest of the time, I got the pleasure of sitting in on other presentations from some of the best in the business or getting opportunities to photograph subjects outside my usual area of expertise.

It was a great week. The organizers of the event are some of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. The hotel (Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa) staff went out of its way to make me welcome as well as to give us great venues for the festival.

Local politicians greeted us with proclamations and the entire island appeared to be aware of the festival. In other words, this is a photo workshop that all of Maui made a big deal out of.

The facilities were stupendous. We had an outdoor evening presentation each night beachside in a beautiful garden area with a 60 foot screen. It was great seeing my images so big!

The morning and evening shooting sessions gave us the chance to shoot native hula dancers, canoe paddlers and more. All were in the sweet light of sunrise or sunset on the beaches of Maui.

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18 local high school students received scholarships to attend the festival. What an honor for these kids. Not many people their age could have come up with the $695 gate fee so winning was their only option. Watching them soak it all in and getting the opportunity to teach a few of them made the whole trip worthwhile and would have even if I didn’t make a photograph while here.

I also got a very rare treat: a doors-off helicopter ride over West Maui with chances to shoot everything from clouds to mountains to wind surfers and wind farms.

I was able to photograph more here than I do at a usual workshop because of a combination of the location, the fact that I wasn’t responsible for organizing, just teaching and the welcoming people of Maui.

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But what amazed me was the dedication to tradition, ceremony, decorum, passion, and the Aloha Spirit. Now please understand, the Aloha Spirit isn’t a marketing slogan. It’s a way of life. It’s in fact, the law of Hawaii. While nobody goes to jail for breaking this law, it’s clear that the folks here – both natives and those who have moved here as converts, practice it.

Stick with me because there is a photo lesson coming – I promise.

What makes up the Aloha Spirit?

* Akahai, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
* Lôkahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
* `Olu`olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
* Ha`aha`a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
* Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.


* is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation.
* means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.
* is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.
* means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

I saw this manifested in so many ways this week I lost count. Sometimes it was simple. Here are just a very few:

* A woman at the buffet putting her hand on top of mine when she welcomed me.
* Knowing that everything here is done for a reason.
* Watching a torch lighting ceremony – just the fact that there IS a ceremony is cool. Too many times we just do the mundane without regard for its specialness. In Hawaii, you don’t just light the torches at night – you have a torch-lighting ceremony.
* Hula dancers who celebrate the true spiritual dance make their costumes – real grass skirts – they don’t just buy them at Costco!

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I was honored to photograph some young girls from a serious halau hula (hula school). They spent all day weaving the grasses and leaves that made up their costumes so that we could see how it’s really done. I was astonished at the dedication and care these young girls exercised. I don’t meet many teenagers who are this focused, dedicated and respectful.

Hula dancing is a complex art form, and there are many hand motions used to signify aspects of nature. It’s beautiful, awe-inspiring and I could watch it for hours without getting tired of it.

So here comes the photography lesson. Re-read this post and when I am talking about things like the Aloha Spirit or hula, substitute the word photography.

What if we were to approach photography with completely open hearts? With nothing but the best of intentions? With a desire to be in harmony with our subjects and the goal of merely expressing perfect beauty? What if we took the time to learn our craft so well that we approached it with the same care and concern that the young hula dancers I worked with did their hula costumes? What if we could photograph our subjects with patience, to be expressed with perseverance?

The possibilities are endless.

I have wonderful memories of this trip and I hope that the few images I post here and on Flickr will inspire you to visit this place, it’s people and its values. I also hope that the Aloha Spirit will infect your photography as well as my own.

mahalo nui loa


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Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs is washing my windows at my condo!

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs is washing my windows at my condo! Actually they are at the other of the twin towers but I got a bunch of shots as i watch him working. he is really funny and kept yelling explicatives when he kept missing the ropes need to maneuver around while up there. Hard to tell from this shot but he is actually really afraid of heights. He was yelling every time he forgot and looked down.

I love your show Mike thanks for coming to Hawaii and for cleaning my house.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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MLS fines Ching for inappropriate tweet

Major League Soccer confirmed Thursday that Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching was fined $500 US for criticizing officials on Twitter.

Ching, 31, was slated to play for the United States in the Gold Cup last Saturday night, so watched on television as Houston lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders in an MLS matinee.

When linesman Emiliano Monje ruled Dynamo defender Mike Chabala had scored into his own net to tie it at 1-1 in the 32nd minute, Ching posted his reaction on Twitter.

“Ref in Seattle just cheated the Dynamo,” Ching tweeted. “What a joke.

“Not even close. Ref is a cheat.”

Ching later posted two apologies, claiming he was swept up in “the heat of the moment.”

Ching has five goals on 21 shots with one assist in 10 matches this season for the Dynamo, who visit Toronto FC on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 1 p.m. ET).

He has totalled 62 goals and 22 assists in 140 matches (117 starts) over six MLS seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and Dynamo.

Ching is Houston’s all-time leading scorer (36 goals, 10 assists) and was named the most valuable player in the 2006 MLS Cup.

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Important Notice from the Amazon Associates Program

We regret to inform you that the Hawaii state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, unless vetoed soon by Governor Lingle, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Hawaii-based Associates. You are receiving this e-mail because our records indicate that you are an Amazon Associate and resident of Hawaii. Please note that this is not an immediate termination notice and you are still a valued participant in the Associates Program. All referral fees earned on qualified traffic will continue to be paid as planned.

But because the new law is drafted to go into effect July 1st, we will have to terminate the participation of all Hawaii residents in the Amazon Associates program on or before that day. After the termination day, we will no longer pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor will we accept new applications for the Associates program from Hawaii residents.

The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on Hawaii residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and representatives in Honolulu, including the sponsors, committee leaders, and House-Senate conferees. We also have explained by letter these unfortunate consequences to Governor Lingle, and have twice requested her veto.

Note that other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’ residents.

Governor Lingle’s website is http://hawaii.gov/gov, the Hawaii legislature’s website is http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/, and additional information may be obtained from the Performance Marketing Alliance athttp://www.performancemarketingalliance.com/.

We thank you for being part of the Amazon Associates program, and we will apprise you of next steps.



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HotNews: AT&T revises 3Gs iPhone upgrade policy

AT&T iPhone 3G S: Upgrade Eligibility Update & FAQ

ATT the Crackhead Uncle that is always too high to come to Family Reunions has finally helped Grandma Apple stop making excuses for them by adjusting the Upgrade to iPhone 3gs policies.

They Say no MMS up-charge in late summer and much more issues are addressed.

Go watch the almost decent response to our complaints.

An Update for our Customers

Some customers have had questions about our plans and policies for iPhone 3G S, and we’d like to provide you with answers. We’d also like to announce a change to the date when some iPhone customers are eligible for our best upgrade pricing to iPhone 3G S.


Importantly, we want our customers to better understand our wireless device upgrade program. Like most U.S. carriers, we offer a variety of phones that we sell below our actual cost when customers agree to sign service agreements. In general, the more a customer spends with us, the quicker they become eligible for a price break on a new device. For example, iPhone customers who spend more than $99 a month per line with us generally are eligible for an upgrade between 12 and 18 months into their contract.

We also currently offer early upgrade pricing only for iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

All of that said, we’ve been listening to our customers. And since many of our iPhone 3G customers are early adopters and literally weeks shy of being upgrade eligible due to iPhone 3G S launching 11 months after iPhone 3G, we’re extending the window of upgrade eligibility for a limited time.

We’re now pleased to offer our iPhone 3G customers who are upgrade eligible in July, August or September 2009 our best upgrade pricing, beginning Thursday, June 18.

If you’re one of the many customers who will benefit from this change, please note that our upgrade eligibility tools will reflect this change on Thursday, June 18.

We invite you to come to our stores beginning Friday during normal store hours, although please be aware that customer demand may exceed supply in some of our stores. You may also preorder online on June 18 at www.att.com/iPhone, and your iPhone 3G S will arrive in 7 — 14 days. Or you can purchase iPhone 3G S at Apple’s retail and online stores, as well as at other popular retailers.

If you’re one of the customers who benefits from this change, and you’ve already preordered from an AT&T store, we’ll adjust the price of the device when you pick it up. If you benefit from the change and you pre-ordered from AT&T online, we’ll send you an e-mail and issue you a credit.

If you pre-ordered an iPhone 3G S through Apple’s online store, your upgrade eligibility will be reassessed based on AT&T’s new upgrade policy for iPhone 3G owners. If you are eligible for the lower price, Apple will issue you a credit for the difference as applicable.

So, what if you still aren’t eligible for our best upgrade pricing and you still want iPhone 3G S now? You do have options:

  • You may qualify for the iPhone 3G S early upgrade price of $399 (16GB) or $499 (32GB).
  • You can pay full retail — and not have to sign a 2-year contract — at $599 (16GB) or $699 (32GB).
  • You can wait until you’re eligible for our best upgrade pricing. We invite you to check your upgrade eligibility by visiting www.att.com/iphone, calling *NEW# (*639#) on your AT&T device (we’ll send you a text with upgrade information), or visiting any of our over 2,200 stores.

If you want more details on our pricing and upgrade policy, check out our FAQs. And as always, you may visit one of our stores to talk with a representative.

In Summary

We’ve listened to our customers — and hope our response helps answer some of your questions and concerns.

We are incredibly proud to be the U.S. carrier for the new iPhone 3G S and will work around the clock to be ready on June 19 to serve customers who are interested in the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet.

Learn more about iPhone 3G S and iPhone 3G.

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