Box Full of Memories

August 24th, 2009
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So all day Friday and all day yesterday, I had to help the 'rents clean up/organize for an up coming garage sale. Their neighbors were having one so they (the 'rents) thought it would be a good idea to piggy back on that and have one of their own as well. Granted their crib has become a storage facility of sorts (hey, their house is bigger :P ), and loads of the junk in their garage is probably mine, but to have me slave over boxes and boxes of random stuff from my elementary school days!? (OK, ok, I know... it IS my responsibility.... das why I wuz dea! ;) )

As I went through these boxes, memory after memory kept appearing before my very eyes. Old cassette singles or "mixes" of songs that marked a certain point in my life, old birthday/graduation cards, yearbooks, and even photos and letters from yesteryear. If I had any kind of emotion, I may have actually shed a tear or two. 8)

(BTW, you know you're a product of the Internet when you look at old school photos and tell yourself, "That would be classic on Facebook!")

One of the funniest things was reading what my friends wrote in my yearbook, er, actually how they wrote it. We used to talk so differently back then eh?

"Wuz fun having you in my [insert class name here] class!"

"Stay cool!"

"Have one good summah!"

"K-den, see you next year. Frenz fo-evah!"

Ahahahahaha! Those made me almost cry (with laughter that is)!

But the more I read, the more I cherished the friendships I have - to this day - with all of them. We've been through a lot and will continue to go through more "for-evah"!

K, before I get too mushy on y'all let's get to the part where I ask for your feedback.

Talk to me!
* Share one or more of your favorite memories from back in the day.
* First crush?
* First car?
* Favorite hang out?

Mine would have to be when "the boys" were all single and looking to mingle. LOL! We thought we were all bomb, cruising Waiks in our hand-me-down car, complete with body kit and boom in the back. Then we'd hit up Tower Records before heading to Brian's to shoot some pool and play Street Fighter. After unsuccessfully meeting quality girls, we'd go to Zippy's late night, before heading home. Then, we'd call each other on the Wonderphone and do it all over again. When we were older, we'd replace Waiks and Tower Records with work, Brian's with Oceans, and Zippy's with Zippy's. Awww... those were the days. :P

What say you?

32 Responses to “Box Full of Memories”

  1. rayboyjr:

    Hey Ed ...

    Loved the interview with Shane!!! And thanks for the double honor of using two of my questions (even though one was unintentional) ... :D

    One of my favorite memories huh ... let's see ... my first kiss ...

    ... 8th or 9th grade ... just started seeing this girl ... to make a long story short, here's the last few things we said to each other (or as close as I can remember) ...

    HER: You know ... I have strawberry lipstick on ...
    ME: Really???
    HER: You wanna taste it???
    ME: Uhhh ... *almost fainting*

    I hope she doesn't read your blog ... ;)


  2. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    Yup, dem memories are great. Learnt how to drive when I was 15 by my grandfather on Kauai with his 49 Chevy. First car I ever had was a 1958 Chevy 2 door hardtop with a 348 engine bored out to a 369, with a dual quad carburetors, Jahn's 11:1 racing pistons, etc., etc. It was a cool car to have (of course gasoline was really cheap).

    Used to race my 65 Mercury Caliente 289, 225 horsepower car at Hawaii Raceway Park in G class! No Chevy with 330 horsepower could beat me, even the 271 horsepower Mustangs and Mercuries couldn't beat me in those days!

    I do have really good memories of you and the boys of Hawaii Kai. What a great/good bunch! Amazing how you guys have solidified your friendships all these years! Good going Ed! What's really funny is where all us parents thought that you guys were never going to get married or even have girlfriends! Boy has your bunch proved us wrong!

    I love those times where you always came out to support S at her basketball games (I remember how vocal you were)! Yup, dem were the days, soccer, basketball, bowling, softball, soft tennis, karate!

    Thanks for the good memories! Have a wonderful day!


  3. hemajang:

    Last week I got an envelope from an old friend, well, actually he was my boss as a student worker at UH's Hawaii Curriculum Center back in the 60's/early 70's. I worked as one of the student artist illustrating and putting together booklets and pieces for elementary school classrooms. I had not seen him for over 35 years. He has been away working for the state department and assigned all over the world but had recently retired and returned to Hawaii. He sent a note and a black/white photo taken of me. It brought back memories of my time at UH. I think he will be contacting some of our old friends and having a get together soon...that would be nice.

    And I just got a call from my sister last night and as they were cleaning up my mother's room they discovered this old box of my stuff from my UH days with a lot of old black/white photos of ojisan. I remember using him as a subject for many of my photography projects. He used to get irritated and grumpy for taking so many photos of him. I'm going over to the house on Wednesday and look forward to seeing those old photos.


  4. frankie:

    K-den! hahahaha! I remember plastering that all over other people's yearbooks.


  5. tita leerz:

    * Share one or more of your favorite memories from back in the day.
    Riding back through the cane fields by my house...those cane fields have since turned into what we all know as Waikele. *sniff* ..one day, on our way home from the dorms, me and my friend was driving into our neighborhood when, all of a sudden, we come to a REALLY SUDDEN STOP! Deng, they put up a traffic light at this one intersection sometime during the week. We mourned that day for our old neighborhood. It was a couple years after Waikele got built. Actually, I cried with the mill shut and Arakawa's shut down.

    * First crush?
    My first crush..I met him in summer fun. hahhahha...he still my fren. Never went past the crush stage.

    * First car?
    I had to share my first car with my brother. It was an old Toyota truck. But it looked really good at the beach and driving him with my board in the back. :)

    * Favorite hang out?
    Waipahu McD's. When was next to Pizza Hut and Burger King. When had da big McDonald land. Me and my friends used to go get Happy Meals in high school then go sit closest to Lex Brodies and watch ds workers pump gas. LOL...all for the wrong reasons! hahahhha!!!


  6. Rosette:

    MY FAVORITE MEMORIES IS NOW WITH MY BOYS.

    * Share one or more of your favorite memories from back in the day.
    NO COMMENT ........stored inside my head hidden with a key.

    * First crush? a secret crush
    * First car? my hsubnad got me a ar he bought from his sister ...my mom had red mustang.....I DON"T WANT TO DRIVE ...I have car still my husband drives me around.

    * Favorite hang out? SECRET NO NEED TO TELL.


  7. Rosette:

    my box full of memories hidden inside my head so I don't have to have a bunch of books stored in the house ....my husband he brings all sorts of junk in the house drives me crazy..his mother stored his thing in stinky garage so guess what he tried to put it inside the closet so when I clean >>OMG..I DON"T TELL HIM I TOSS IT OUT ! he tells me MY don't throw my things of memory...MEMORY MY FOOT...go make another memory!


  8. hemajang:

    First crush...Marilyn Monroe
    First car...56 chevy, bought from the same guy who was on the draft board who drafted me into the army, kicking and screaming.
    Favorite hang out...park rat as a kid and later as a teen at friend's house on a chicken farm. His room was upstairs in this old house. What was unique was this little latch door at the end of his room that opened up to the kitchen below. He would stick his head through the door and talk to his mother below, like "what you cooking, ma?" We sometimes helped him on the farm, like collecting eggs and feeding the chickens. And when we could drive, it was cruising in town, hanging out at KC Drive In, Chunky's and Scotty's.


  9. tita leerz:

    @hema...i remember an old chicken farm in ewa when i was growing up. it's now called Ewa Gentry. :(


  10. tita leerz:

    @ ray....LMAO!!!! girls have their lines too!

    Ed....
    TCCIC
    KIT
    ABC
    Wuz cool knowing one chick like you. Stay cool dis summah and see you next year!

    You guys ever saved a page in your friend's yearbooks so that you could take it home and sign later?

    I always like being first to sign. We get stupid and write "First Crack" on the back inside cover.

    Or or or....you write your name in as much of the the Alphabet sections of the back of the yearbook as you can. Den someone else adds their name to yours and you get couple crossword puzzles going.


  11. skycastles:

    * Share one or more of your favorite memories from back in the day.
    I remember catching the bus from Mililani to Ala Moana back in intermediate school to go shopping or all the way to Waiks for the beach. Thank goodness by the time we could drive, most of us had cars. Never did take the bus out to Waimea but we drove out there a lot in high school. Loved that we got out of school at 12:15 on Weds.

    * First crush? One of the "bad boys" in ele school. And last I heard, he was in jail so I guess he really was bad . . .

    * First car? Mom's Dodge Colt for when I learned to drive. My first real car was a Honda Civic. Aw yeah! :lol:

    * Favorite hang out? Usually at someone's house, Town Center or Pearlridge.


  12. rayboyjr:

    @tita leerz: yeah ... thank goodness she made the first move 'cause I was a bit shy back then ... sadly I've never met another girl who's made the same offer to me since then ... :(


  13. hemajang:

    eh Lourdes, I was in your hood on Sunday...had one 5k Cane Haul run to benefit Waipahu Coalition Association so kids stay off drugs and more positive image of the community. Starting on Waipahu Street by the Cultural Center and went through the industrial section behind the old mill then up Manager's Drive and went right towards Waikele and return on Waipahu Street going by August Ahrens and Hans L'Orange. It was nice going through Waipahu on foot, Waipahu has sure changed, yeah? I even shook hands with Goro Arakawa who started the run, it was one honor. And speaking of all da traffic lights, I hate going on Farrington Hwy through Waipahu town...take so long.

    btw, the chicken farm I hung around was in Honouliuli. The one where Gentry stay was owned by Kakazu, I think. My dad knew him so we stopped by the farm once in a while. I had another chicken farm friend in Ewa Beach by Hau Bush ...grew up listening ...and smelling roosters and chickens. We can talk about the pig farms around the neighborhood another day.


  14. Rosette:

    the box full of memory I kept for my boys I made sure it doesn't stink OH sure the wife would want box full stinky memory !! YEs I tried telling my husbnad a bunch of his things from his mother are stinky junk SO THROW IT OUT....omg..you think I get stuck with his stinky junk!


  15. Rosette:

    I am too old to clean so he brings more junk.!


  16. tita leerz:

    @hema...i know the pig farms in ewa. i used to work'em as a kid. if dat side of the ewa train wasn't stink cuz of the piggeries was cuz of the waste water place in gentry. ...or the slaughter house in honouliuli.

    yeah...waipahu has really change. at least the naughty theater is now a church. ....no wonder had road block yesterday! we was going back roads (cuz I hate Farrington too) and had big sign "Bridge Out." I was like, what?

    The traffic light I was talking about was at the intersection by Manager's right before Waikele. Was little bit depressing man! But wen jus freak us out like it came out of no where!

    *singing* ..this used to be my playground... la la la


  17. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.rayboyjr:
    ... 8th or 9th grade ... just started seeing this girl ... to make a long story short, here's the last few things we said to each other (or as close as I can remember) ...

    HER: You know ... I have strawberry lipstick on ...
    ME: Really???
    HER: You wanna taste it???
    ME: Uhhh ... *almost fainting*

    I hope she doesn't read your blog ...

    Niiiice! beej get game! :P

    * 2.Kel Sr.:
    What's really funny is where all us parents thought that you guys were never going to get married or even have girlfriends!

    LOLOLOL! Is that what you all thought Kel Sr.!? The nerve! ;)

    * 3.hemajang:
    And I just got a call from my sister last night and as they were cleaning up my mother's room they discovered this old box of my stuff from my UH days with a lot of old black/white photos of ojisan. I remember using him as a subject for many of my photography projects. He used to get irritated and grumpy for taking so many photos of him. I'm going over to the house on Wednesday and look forward to seeing those old photos.

    Photos (and songs) for some reason make you recall back to that period in your life for some reason. The power of photo memories eh hemmaz?

    * 4.frankie:
    K-den! hahahaha! I remember plastering that all over other people's yearbooks.

    I might actually have your "K-den" in mine frankie! :P Will you allow me to post a classic photo of you here? *evil grin*

    * 5.tita leerz:
    My first crush..I met him in summer fun. hahhahha...he still my fren. Never went past the crush stage.

    I thought I met you at camp leerz? 8)

    * 6.Rosette:
    * Share one or more of your favorite memories from back in the day.
    NO COMMENT ........stored inside my head hidden with a key.

    Boy, would I like to get a copy of that key... ;)

    * 8.hemajang:
    And when we could drive, it was cruising in town, hanging out at KC Drive In, Chunky's and Scotty's.

    Oooh, KC Drive In! Nevah heard of the other two though hemmaz... :\ And, oh yeah, good choice with Marilyn Monroe!

    * 10.tita leerz:
    Or or or....you write your name in as much of the the Alphabet sections of the back of the yearbook as you can. Den someone else adds their name to yours and you get couple crossword puzzles going.

    Bwahahaha! My favorite part was the "Or or or...." LOL!! I can picture you saying it!

    * 11.skycastles:
    Loved that we got out of school at 12:15 on Weds.

    Wednesdays were bomb! And what is it with girls and bad boys sky!? I never understood that one. Hehe!

    * 12.rayboyjr:
    sadly I've never met another girl who's made the same offer to me since then ...

    LOL! Maybe you can do the offering instead? 8)

    * 14.Rosette:
    YEs I tried telling my husbnad a bunch of his things from his mother are stinky junk SO THROW IT OUT....omg..you think I get stuck with his stinky junk!

    *bites lip*


  18. tita leerz:

    Ed....BWAHAHA! *sigh* that was such a good laugh! :) jus cuz I like Japanese boys....


  19. mcat:

    LOL! your story was hilarious!!!

    i found my old yearbooks recently too & had some good laughs reading what everyone wrote & seeing the old pics... :)

    brians, oceans, zippys... sounds familiar to me too! not sure what my fave hangout was... all of it was fun at the time!


  20. mcat:

    still gotta read your shane victorino one!


  21. Bre:

    My first boyfriend is still a good friend of mine. That makes it nice to share so much with someone. I remember everyone always went to this pizza place close by the school (I can't remember the name and that makes me sad) It is gone now but every time I pass the shopping center I think of it. I was on the drill team in high school and was the captain my senior year. I have scrap books from all three years which I love to look at. I still send Christmas cards and letters to my drill team teacher. I still have my plaque from being captain handing in my house as well as pictures of the dance team I was on. Very old but great memories!


  22. World Wide Ed:

    * 18.tita leerz:
    Ed....BWAHAHA! *sigh* that was such a good laugh! jus cuz I like Japanese boys....

    Suckah! :P

    * 19.mcat:
    brians, oceans, zippys... sounds familiar to me too! not sure what my fave hangout was... all of it was fun at the time!

    Hmm... I wonder if we crossed paths back in the day McCat? Maybe you hustled me at Brian's? :P

    * 21.Bre:
    My first boyfriend is still a good friend of mine. That makes it nice to share so much with someone. I remember everyone always went to this pizza place close by the school (I can't remember the name and that makes me sad) It is gone now but every time I pass the shopping center I think of it. I was on the drill team in high school and was the captain my senior year. I have scrap books from all three years which I love to look at. I still send Christmas cards and letters to my drill team teacher. I still have my plaque from being captain handing in my house as well as pictures of the dance team I was on. Very old but great memories!

    Awww! All touching stuffs Breh! You must be proud of your accomplishments too! I had my varsity letters hanging on my wall for the longest time! Actually, I think they're still up at the 'rents' crib. Woo hoo! :P


  23. Ijiwarui:

    The only thing I remember is being late to school my senior year waiting for my friend who never had to worry about being late. JA Hope this sticks. hahah


  24. bB:

    finally catching up.

    a lot of my classmates are on facebook or starting to sign up. we get one reunion coming up next year so it's nice to see current pics or chat with them.

    my first crush stayed a crush from ele to high school. i was too shy to ask her out and talk to her.

    my first car was a 80 chevy malibu hand me down. it was in pretty good shape and had a 350 v8. :)


  25. NeedaHobby:

    A common thing written in yearbooks ... "so-and-so wuz hea!"

    @ tita -

    You guys ever saved a page in your friend's yearbooks so that you could take it home and sign later?

    Yup, so true! In fact, I think I have a page or two still empty in my yearbook because my friends saved a page but never wrote in it. :(

    As far as my first car, it was a 1979 Toyota Corolla hand me down. Eh, she go!


  26. skycastles:

    @Ed - I dunno. I think it's society's influence because we idolize the "bad boys." I mean, I just watched Rebel without a Cause recently and man, James Dean was hot.

    Either that or it goes back to the animal kingdom theory - the nice lion ain't gonna live for long but the mean one is king of the jungle :lol:


  27. kuya.d:

    My first crush was this girl in 8th grade back during our Highlands inter days. Her name was Nicole W. Let's leave it at that. We were always good friends through high school, and acquaintances in college.

    I saw her at our 10 year reunion, she hung out with us when we went karaoke after. She has a boyfriend, and they live together. That's the last I heard.

    Hey Nicole, if you reading, give me a holla! .... Maybe we can catch up? Haha!


  28. carokun:

    Sup ES!

    HAGS = have a good summer
    KIT = keep in touch
    SSS = sorry so short

    Take care,
    caro kun :)


  29. World Wide Ed:

    * 23.Ijiwarui:
    The only thing I remember is being late to school my senior year waiting for my friend who never had to worry about being late. JA Hope this sticks. hahah

    Yeah? What an inconsiderate jerk of a friend yeah Ijiwarui!? 8)

    * 24.bB:
    my first crush stayed a crush from ele to high school. i was too shy to ask her out and talk to her.

    Woah! You think she ever knew beeBz? My theory is they always know! Haha!

    * 25.NeedaHobby:
    A common thing written in yearbooks ... "so-and-so wuz hea!"

    Too funny! I used to do that too! Ahahaha!

    * 26.skycastles:
    Either that or it goes back to the animal kingdom theory - the nice lion ain't gonna live for long but the mean one is king of the jungle

    Yeah, but the nice lion knows he can kick the mean lion's butt, but chooses not to sky. He makes love not war. 8)

    * 27.kuya.d:
    Hey Nicole, if you reading, give me a holla! .... Maybe we can catch up? Haha!

    LOLOL! Wouldn't that be sweet if sistah Nicole was single now and we made that love connection between her and bruddah dewz, er I mean "kuya.d"? ;)

    * 28.carokun:
    HAGS = have a good summer

    LOL! Never heard of that one carochan! Grammatically, shouldn't it be HOGS though? Have ONE good summah!? :P


  30. carokun:

    perhaps Mr. Sugimoto, perhaps ;)


  31. davebOI:

    What's up Ed! Not really "back in the day", but if feels like a long time ago :) I remember Ocean's on Thursday with the boys. Remember? It got to the point we never even needed to call each other, we just knew we'd be there! First one reserves the aquarium seat! Again, not that long ago, but look how far we've all come since then...

    As for true "back in the day", for us it was actually pretty simple for us Buffanblu alums. Park at Bishop parking lot, hit Wilson Park to play b-ball, tackle football on upper-field, cruising in my dropped Accord with our Roosevelt boys (sounds were all about Kicker and SoundStream) and of course...parties at the Banyan ;)


  32. World Wide Ed:

    * 30.carokun:
    perhaps Mr. Sugimoto, perhaps

    :P

    * 31.davebOI:
    I remember Ocean's on Thursday with the boys. Remember? It got to the point we never even needed to call each other, we just knew we'd be there! First one reserves the aquarium seat!

    Ahahaha! Oh yeah! It was usually me though you late b@stids! Sitting there all by myself with tears in my eyes! Haha, nah! Ahhh, the good ol' days!