Thursday, June 30, 2011

Blogger Ate My Work

A L O H A!

Welcome Back to Virtual Hawaii

" A problem well put
is half solved. "

John Dewey

" There is a bit of insanity in dancing
that does everybody a great deal of good. "

Edwin Denby

This morning while most of you slept,
Blogger decided to misbehave again.

I think I was working on today's post
when it just stopped functioning!
(Hawaiian Standard Time is 6 hours behind
New York in Daylight Savings [Summer] Time).

What a strange sensation to be told 
"ERROR 404"
that Blogger does not exist!

There is a site:
that will tell you, well,
just that.

Most frustrating of all,
I couldn't comment on YOUR posts!

So: I was there! I loved your post!

Ah Summer;

Even Blogger is lazy !

" The only thing I knew how to do 
Was to keep on keepin' on 
like a bird that flew. "


Comment please?  Warmly, cloudia

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Every Person

A L O H A !
Welcome Back To Virtual Hawaii-

"The mind I love must have wild places,
a tangled orchard
where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass,
an overgrown little wood, 
the chance of a snake or two, 
a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of,
and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind."

Katherine Mansfield

" No man is ever free,
and he couldn't stand it
if he was. "


Mother & Daughter     

" We relish news of our heroes,
forgetting that we are
to somebody too. "

Helen Hayes

" Only one letter
divides the comic
from the cosmic. "


> < } } ( ° >

Every person in your life
from parents, partners & children
to the guy in the next car
is a gift.
There are great,
and small,
Some come in 
strange packages.
But all are gifts.
How will you

             Thank YOU for being a gift in my life.  Share a comment!   cloudia

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Friend Change

A L O H A!

Welcome Back To Virtual Honolulu

"Some people see things as they are and ask
Some people dream of things that never were and ask why not?
Some people have to go to work
and don't have time for all that."

George Carlin

" The only way to let your dreams come true
is to wake up. "

Paul Valery

“Still round the corner there may wait,

A new road or a secret gate.”

J.R.R. Tolkien


If change is not your friend,
Life itself
will seem your enemy.

Enjoy your day;
It will never come

       fondly, cloudia

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Save the Queen

Theater, that is. . . 

A L O H A   &

Welcome Back to Virtual Honolulu.

Today we visit the Kaimuki neighborhood.

Even when you live in a place like this-

"There's no place like home," 

"The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

  You still enjoy going inside a dark palace of magic,
like Kaimuki's QUEEN THEATER- seen here in the 1930s.
Happy 75th Anniversary to the old dame.

I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas

"The Wizard of Oz," 1939.

Today, she is in disrepair. 
The neighborhood would love to save her!

"I am big! It's the pictures that got small," 

"Sunset Blvd.," 1950

"Here's looking at you, kid,"

  "Casablanca," 1942

"The stuff that dreams are made of,"

  "The Maltese Falcon," 1941.

View from the tiny parking lot in back: all the way to Punchbowl

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" 

"White Heat," 1949

"Built in 1936 on a 10,396-square-foot parcel of prime Waialae Avenue real estate near the top of the hill, the Queen Theater grew to two stories and went from a neighborhood movie house to a porno theater to the place where people would go to watch "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" while dressing in full cult-following regalia.
The theater has not yet been declared safe for people to walk around in, but the lobby has been cleared. "
Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Paula Devi of EVERYDAY Radiance was kind enough to share an award with me.
She wrote:

" Cloudia of Comfort Spiral Cloudia brings us beauty - both visual and written. In sharing with us her amazing photography of her Hawaii, its flowers, colors and people and sharing thought provoking quotes, you cannot but leave her blog thankful you visited. "

Thank YOU, Paula 
As Well as EACH of YOU who visit & comment here!
                                            Sincerely, cloudia

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Computer Addicts

Welcome Back to Virtual Waikiki

 " If there was such a thing
as inspiration from a higher realm
it might well be
that the neurotic temperament
would furnish the chief condition
of the requisite receptivity. "

William James

 "Few of us are not in some way infirm, 
or even diseased,
and our infirmities help us

More William James

 " Maybe there was nothing. 
But how would you know
if you didn't send out
a signal? "  

Jeffrey Eugenides,
'Asleep in the Lord'

 Congrats to Morgan Freeman
for his recent American Film Institute award.
This guy is ALL class!

> < } } ( ° >

" We must learn to balance
the material wonders of technology
with the spiritual demands
of our human nature. "

John Naisbitt

'Megatrends' 1982


Aloha, my name is Cloudia,
and I am an internet addict. 

The web is SO involving,
that I regularly need to "fast"
from the computer.

Waking up,
getting (web invisible) Husband off to work 
(thank goodness SOMEONE does!)
clears the deck 
for me to "turn on, tune in,
and drop out"
from my body.

Getting that next post ready
consumes me,

piles of notes & clippings
beckon like fool's gold.

Pictures suggest themselves,
captions that presented themselves 
when I took the shot
morph into "bits" of data
and giggle with electric glee
as they anticipate meeting
Y O U.

My laptop was acting weird - possibly infected -
and it seemed I might have to ship it off to my
special computer friend in Seattle!

The sense of 'emergency' was palpable;
YOU folks are my Buds, my social circle!

I can't keep up with all of you
excellent play mates
as it IS!  
Going off line seems like exile!

Well, I spent ALL day yesterday
restoring my Dell to it's factory settings
from the "image" on the hard drive - not a disk.

I installed EVERY Windows7 update,
and re-installed the programs I use
with a nifty, amazing website utility called

you really should check it out.

NINITE allows you to check-off multiple programs,
like web browsers FIREFOX & CHROME,
along with PICASSA, and many others including
'clean-ups' like AUSLOGICS,
then Ninite installs them ALL
with one click!

So I'm told that the odds are very good that I've
'repaired my computer.'

Only time will tell.
  My very clever computer helper
(the one in Seattle, who TeamViewers 
over to help me out) fears I might have an
extra-clever Chinese root virus,
and still wants to do a fresh install in-person
(goodbye laptop and friends for a week!)

He has taught me SO much!
"Working online is like making sandwiches."

It leaves "crumbs" around your hard drive
and you need to clean up 
after sandwich making.

So I run AUSLOGICS one touch repair/cleanup
and it finds things like Registry Errors,
Start Up Errors
(and the like) fixing them
with the click of the mouse.

So back to internet addiction.
Some play games, others FaceBook
and Tweet

We bloggers create & publish!

We communicate with other thoughtful folks

We make friends who we think about
when we are OFF LINE.

Yes, BLOGGER and the Web are amazing.
But sitting right down to the key board
first thing in the morning,
while it uses the richness of recent dreams 
to create,
also denies the body it's 
morning stretch.

Recently, I have started to WALK first thing.
Throwing my legs out far,
swinging my arms,
posture tall, camera ready,
being among others
in AMAZING Waikiki!

Yep, gotta care for the body first.

Don't want to get "POPCORN BRAIN
do you?!

"The worry is that life online is giving us what researcher, David Levy, calls 'popcorn brain' --
a brain so accustomed to the constant stimulation of electronic multitasking
that we're unfit for life offline,
where things pop at a much slower pace." 

Chinese research on the brains 
of internet addled youth
have shown actual changes in the brain!

So do spend time in the physical realm; 
care for your dear body.

You'll never catch up with EVERY blog post, every short story,

(after you leave your comment here,
of course :)

When I thought I might be offline for a while
I panicked.
But a secret little part
The private little part that likes to walk,
to stare,
to do nothing.
The part (perhaps)
that makes me

Are YOU such a 'Me' too?

I love you guys and our circle!
But if you go outside, or far away,
for a week or two
I won't forget you.

So clean up those computer crumbs
and spend some time off line.
*Pop*   *pOp*
there goes my brain - 
time to run!

       What say YOU?   Fondly, cloudia

Friday, June 24, 2011

We Are Friends

Aloha Friends!

" The sun, the earth,
love, friends,
our very breath
are parts of the banquet. "

Rebecca H. Davis

" Our most profound lessons
are sometimes learned
amid life's most difficult experiences.
There's a journey of the soul
that parallels
the pain in tragedy. "

Tom Corwin

" That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet. "
Emily Dickinson
                                                   > < } } ( ° >

Dear Bloggy Friends;

There are computer issues afoot

that may keep me away from 


for a small period of time.

Should I be absent,

please don't think that it is by choice.


are an important part of my daily life,

both creating & sharing with YOU,

and following YOUR adventures.

This is quite a wonderful thing we've got going here,

and I'm already experiencing separation anxieties!

Please don't forget about me.

As I remain, YOUr  friend Cloudia


Bless    Y O U,

and thanks for EVERYTHING!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Let's FLY

A  L  O  H  A !

Thanks for swinging by today.  
                                     You're just in time for our flight -
Looks like a nice day to fly somewhere

" Music fathoms the sky. "

Charles Baudelaire

What is going on up there?  Shall we find out?

" My witness is the empty sky. "

          Jack Kerouac

Always exciting just before a flight!

 " Excuse me while I kiss the sky. "

                                Jimi Hendrix

Good Bye Honolulu!

" One of my great joys in life is being a pilot.
There is a great sense of freedom 
in soaring through the sky.
You get a different perspective up there. 
Seeing things that aren't so apparent from the ground. "

Sonny Perdue 


Now On To Our Destination:

If you have time, check out the inter-island flight video
and spend some time on the rural Big Island:

If you'd like to see more of Hilo
from the air, you'll enjoy the take-off below.
I recommend you mute your speakers.