The New ‘Five-0’ Is Can’t-Miss TV

Rick Hamada
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Wednesday - November 17, 2010

I admit it. I love the new Hawaii Five-0. I make no apologies and I will proudly proclaim that it’s “must-see TV.” Oops, can you say that about a CBS show?

Fresh eyes will appreciate the contemporary McGarrett and Danno characters. However, we oldsters who fondly recall Jack Lord and James MacArthur may get a little annoyed with the new guys. Sure, there are some issues with dialogue (flipflops) and pidgin (most everybody), but it’s like having a Ruth’s Chris steak that comes medium when you like it rare - it’s still delicious. I hope Five-0 lasts as long as the original. It’s good to see our home on display every week.

* The Oahu Interscholastic Association represented itself well during the unfortunate debacle involving the Kahuku Red Raider football team. Nobody wants to see such emotional upheaval involving kids, but a good life lesson has been taught. Rules are there for a reason. Rules are the dispassionate arbiters in the inevitable conflicts that arise, whether it’s organized sports, the business world, civic matters or personal relationships.

The respect for rules and, by extension, law, is more valuable than using litigation to get what you undeservedly desire. If karma exists, Kahuku will be the OIA champs next year.

* Two stories involving McDonald’s. First, in San Francisco, the city council (board of supervisors) voted 8-3 to ban, essentially, Happy Meals. You know, fast-food kids meals with a toy in it. Seems the mental midgets on the board believe that not only is the Happy Meal responsible for childhood obesity, but the board is more qualified than parents to determine what their kids can and cannot eat. “Our effort is really to work with the restaurants and the fast-food industry to create healthier choices,” says supervisor and measure author Eric Mar. Really? Work with restaurants? His idea of working with restaurants is to use the full power and authority of government to force compliance to a specific political policy. That’s not a conciliatory position, that’s a dictatorial one.

The second story originates in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Apparently, a McDonald’s restaurant manager has sued his company because they made him fat. The nameless man alleges that, as a manager, he was force to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards. Since the company hired “Mystery Shoppers” who randomly visited restaurants and reported on their quality, he had to consume too many calories. He also complained that McDonald’s provided free lunches to employees that added to his weight gain. Just how much did he pack on? Sixty-five pounds in 12 years. Does this sound like a frivolous suit?

Guess again. A local judge awarded the portly plaintiff $17,500. Seriously, can we not exercise self-control and accept responsibility for our own actions? I guess not. I wonder if he’ll celebrate and have a Big Mac.

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