Home Sweet Home?

We landed back on the mainland last night after an AMAZING week in Hawaii. We didn’t get to do nearly everything on our list so clearly we will have to return to Hawaii soon. Everyone we encountered in Hawaii was friendly and welcoming. The island is fricking gorgeous. The weather, well I have to say it got hot and humid and was pleased to realize that the weather here at home might be my most favorite in the world. But when you can jump into a gorgeous pool or, better yet, the ocean, it’s hard to complain much about the weather. Also, I had access to many Mai Tais and fresh pineapple so…

I uploaded a whole crapload of photos to my flickr account. I’ve selected a couple of my favorites and will highlight a few places this week on the blog.

Waikiki Beach in the dusk

Coral at the aquarium

Sunset on the water

Fire dancer

Guns on the USS Missouri

Flag at the USS Arizona Memorial

View on the plane home


I saw this on NBC Nightly News last night and Yahoo! News just reminded me of it. Behold the saving power of a disco anthem (I bolded my very favorite part for you):

U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem “Stayin’ Alive” provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.

The American Heart Association calls for chest compressions to be given at a rate of 100 per minute in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “Stayin’ Alive” almost perfectly matches that, with 103 beats per minute.

CPR is a lifesaving technique involving chest compressions alone or with mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. It is used in emergencies such as cardiac arrest in which a person’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

CPR can triple survival rates, but some people are reluctant to do it in part because they are unsure about the proper rhythm for chest compressions. But research has shown many people do chest compressions too slowly during CPR.

In a small study headed by Dr. David Matlock of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, listening to “Stayin’ Alive” helped 15 doctors and medical students to perform chest compressions on dummies at the proper speed.

Five weeks after practicing with the music playing, they were asked to perform CPR again on dummies by keeping the song in their minds, and again they kept up a good pace.

The theme ‘Stayin’ Alive’ is very appropriate for the situation,” Matlock said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “Everybody’s heard it at some point in their life. People know the song and can keep it in their head.”

The findings will be presented this month at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago.

Who wouldn’t want to be saved by young John Travolta in tighty white pants?

Saturday Night Fever album

By the way, if you’ve never seen Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, you are missing some cheesy awesome 80s style fashion and dancing. And it was written and directed by… Sylvester Stallone. With costumes by Bob Mackie. And it looks like this at the end:

Staying Alive

I thought it was pretty awesome when I was 6 and laughed my butt off at it recently. Anyway, the Bee Gees are literal lifesavers now!

Fry’s Electronics

Before I moved to California I’d heard of Fry’s Electronics – it’s a GIGANTIC store full of, well, electronics. And I mean HUGE – Sam’s Club/Costco huge. And it has everything from parts to build your own computers, to televisions, to washers and driers. Also books, software, DVDs, all that stuff. But what I did NOT know, until recently, is that Fry’s stores have themes. I did some digging and there’s all sorts of different themes.

On Saturday we visited the Fry’s in Campbell. And it’s Egyptian themed. So the Macs were displayed on gold painted tables supported by prowling black panthers. Seriously.

iMacs on panthers

The “Presentation Room” looks like a tomb:

Presentation Room

The exterior evens looks like a tomb. It was unreal. I have a few more pictures up on my flickr account.

It’s really kind of trippy and a little cheesy. And yet awesomely fun and a great marketing tactic – I snapped pictures and blogged about it. And next time I’m in Palo Alto, I’m totally hitting the wild west one.

That new car smell

I was cleaning out my news reader and ran across a fun bit of trivia. What exactly is that new car smell?

Well, here’s the bad news — that aroma is actually a collection of noxious fumes caused by the various glues holding the car’s interior together. And while collectively it may smell good, it’s not at all good for you.

ABC News explains that the new car smell may cause “headaches, sore throat, nausea, and possibly cancer.” The United States doesn’t have a law against the “volatile organic compounds” that cause new car smell, but some countries do. In the U.S., “new car interiors can contain 128 times the legal limit” in Australia.

So should a gas mask come free with every new car? Maybe, maybe not. This article from CNN reports that environmental groups are calling for new regulations in the U.S. Like all things government-related, this may take a while. In the meantime, new car owners should use solar reflectors, open their car windows, and park out of the sun when possible.

Total bummer! I kinda like that new car smell!

Californians – VOTE NO ON PROP 8

I don’t often talk politics here but I feel the need to mention something for just a second.

California Proposition 8 is a proposed state constitutional amendment designed to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. The issue has already gone up to the Supreme Court of California, which ultimately ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

I personally believe that

1. this is NOT a Constitutional issue. It’s been voted on and run up to the Supreme Court, end of story.


2. Gay couples are human beings, folks, and they have the same right to get into nasty marriages and divorces as the rest of us. 😉 I’m being flip but I’ve known many gay couples who have been together as long as, if not longer than, my husband and I and it breaks my heart that they don’t have the same legal protection and rights as us. These are loving, healthy couples who deserve the happiness of being together.

I’ve been hearing this week that the “Yes” movement is gaining steam and this makes me terribly sad. SF Gate has a list of reasons why the “Vote Yes” ads are actually misleading in that they give out false information – you should read it.

And if you live in California, you better be registered to vote (the deadline is October 20 and you can register to vote by mail – check it out), and please vote NO to Prop 8.

And to lighten it up since it is a Hump Day, here’s a little Paula Abdul for ya:

Straight Up by Paula Abdul

October means…

Scary stories from The Phoenix!! He always has the most awesomely interesting scary sciency stories in October so I strongly suggest heading over there for the latest installment right freaking now! Otherwise I’m going to make you watch this David Hasselhoff video:

If that ain’t scary, I don’t know what is. (It also reminds me to tell you all that the new Knight Rider is ABOMINABLE. Seriously. Don’t watch it.)