A Tough Way To Make $575

Don Chapman
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August 29, 2007
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There’s gotta be an easier way to make $575: Did you see that the copper wiring stolen from the Campbell High football stadium, and later recovered, was valued at a whopping $575? Let’s see, you do something that could get you arrested, not to mention cause your death either by falling from a pole or by electrocution, for $575? Sounds like a heckuva job description to me ...

The kicker, of course, is that the thief apparently abandoned the wire, along with his car, and won’t make a dime. This one is worthy of our Chuck Shepherd’s Weird News column ...

It also seems a crime that the cost of repairing Campbell’s lights is estimated to be $25,000 ...

Speaking of weird news: A Mainland eco group that wants to promote a concert at Magic Island is asking the city to first take away 15 big trees. Eh, go save somebody else’s planet, pal ...

This one makes me “green,” alright - as in nauseous! ...

Driving down Kahala Avenue for the first time in a while, I was amazed that our town’s priciest neighborhood has Third World streets just like the rest of us. How about that? ...

Does anybody else feel like the city’s proposed rail plan is getting rammed down our throats? ...


I got to ride two fixed-rail lines recently - in Las Vegas, where the train is such a bust that it can’t even pay for its own debt service, and Portland, where TriMet is popular and well-ridden, largely because it goes where people want to go - including downtown and the airport, unlike the Honolulu plan. Seems to me that success or failure of a rail system - based on how many people actually ride the train - depends largely on how good your plan is. My concern with the mayor’s planned route is that it’s fatally flawed - it’s not going where people want and need to go ...

But, hey, these are the waning days of summer, so lighten up, brah ...

I’ve been learning that summer isn’t quite as much fun when your favorite baseball team - in this case the San Francisco Giants - is one of the worst teams in baseball and seems to invent new ways of losing every day. But even worse news was seeing a report that a Giants fan was tossed out of San Francisco’s beautiful bayside stadium for chanting “Dodgers suck!” Which is ridiculous, because the fan is right. And if you can’t hate the sucky Dodgers, and tell them so, what’s the point of being a Giants fan, especially in a season like this when we suck even worse? ...

Thanks to readers for appreciative e-mails regarding last week’s column on Churchill’s Folly in Iraq. It’s such a fascinating book, when I was finished nearly every page had been marked up with a highlighter ...

But I also got in some lighter reading this summer. If you’re also a fan of the delightful madman Christopher Moore, his new novel You Suck, a modern vampire love story, has some good laughs ...


Our crazy language: Why don’t we pronounce the wh in “while” as we do in “whole”? ...

No wonder UH-Manoa does big business with foreign students taking English as a Second Language classes ...

With the end of summer coming, are you ready for some football? ...

I sure am, but maybe you’re also wishing you could get more excited about UH’s weak-sister football schedule in Colt Brennan’s final year. There are only so many 62-7 games you can stand watching, even if you’re winning, and I see a bunch of ‘em coming…

But then that’s why God invented tailgating, isn’t it? ...

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