Tip To Brickwood: Draft Vicky

Don Chapman
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February 08, 2006
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A little this, a little that, not too much of nothing:

Tip to my old pal Brickwood Galuteria, head of the state Democratic Party: You want to beat Linda Lingle in the fall, you need to draft the only person in Hawaii capable of doing so: Vicky Cayetano. Whether or not she’d be willing to take a pay cut from her booming laundry business to deal with the headaches of state government is the big question ...

But if she does, Brick, I also have an idea for her campaign manager. There’s this guy named Ben, see, and I know he’s been out of action for four years, but still yet ...

Nothing against Gov. Linda Lingle, mind you. But as an independent, I feel free to share strokes of genius with both sides ...


In case you missed it: The family of the men who were shot and killed at Pali Golf Course two years ago - after they drove there and ran onto the course during a car chase and shoot-out - are suing the city. Good call. It’s obviously the city’s fault for not having a security guard at the entrance to frisk armed hoodlums ...

Darn that pro shop, too, for not carrying Callaway’s new Big Bertha bullet-proof vest ...

If they hadn’t pulled into the golf course parking lot just ahead of their pursuers, perhaps the shooting would have occurred on Pali Highway. In which case it would have been the state’s fault ...

Things I’ve seen people doing while driving cars recently: A young woman eating a bowl of spaghetti ... A young mom spanking a kid in the back seat ... A middle-age woman reading a book ... A guy talking on a cell phone with one hand and drinking a soda with the other, while steering with his (I presume) knees ... A woman putting on makeup ... Another woman curling her eyelashes ... A couple screaming at each other ... A young woman slapping her boyfriend ... Another young couple smooching ... A guy with a cigarette in one hand and a burrito in the other (same presumption) ...

I’m not necessarily opposed to a no-drive-and-talk-on-a-cell-phone law, but if the intent is to cut down on careless driving, the problem is way bigger than phones ...

Is there a main boulevard anywhere in the U.S. where road conditions shout “Third World Country!” louder than Kapiolani Boulevard? ...

And has there ever been a worse - as in bumpier - new road than the concrete paving through the Wilson Tunnel townbound? ...

On the positive side, though, they finished the project ahead of schedule ...

Driving to town via Pali Highway the other day, I noticed remnants of the ill-fated rumble strips intended to slow down traffic, and wondered again: What, those state DoT guys thought there weren’t enough bumps in the road already? ...

It’s been fascinating watching construction of the new King Windward Nissan across Luluku Road from my Kaneohe office window during the past six months or so. Lesson learned: If you’re going to work construction, brah, drive something ...


Watching a crew paving the lot was a real eye-opener - especially compared with watching city crews paving streets in Kaneohe. Let’s just say that the commercial guys put somewhat more time and care into their work ...

Unlike this other college football team for which I cheer, the head coach at my alma mater, the University of Oregon, introduced avant garde uniforms and created a new “O” logo, but kept the traditional school colors and nickname - and had to expand the stadium’s seating capacity ...

Of course, unlike this other college football team for which I cheer, my alma mater has had no trouble selling “seat licenses” to fans. You want to play with the big boys, you pay with the big boys ...

Note to Katie Young fans: She’s still with us, but is on medical leave with a bum back. We miss her too ...

Oh, and I think this is a compliment: The daughter, home from college, and I were walking with arms around each other’s shoulders, and she said: “Hey, Dad, you’re harder than you look!”

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