Friday 5 for July 29: Public Options

Squeezed August 4, 2011

OK, I know. It’s almost time for a new Friday5, but I figured I’ve been neglecting this blog for way too long. Plus, July 29 was my 39th birthday. Hopefully, I can do this once in a while in the months leading up to the big four-oh.

1. When did you last use a public restroom?

Not sure. But when I’m on a long run, say from Kapiolani Park out to East Honolulu, and nature calls, I’m not particular about where I do my business. True, the public park restrooms along the way leave much to be desired at times, and sometimes lack privacy (broken doors and such), but if you gotta go, you gotta go. Preferably in a place with running water.

2. When did you last ride public transportation?

Probably on Sunday, July 17 in Portland, when I took the MAX Green Line from my motel in Clackamas to downtown Portland. Frankly, MAX is one of the reasons I fell in love with the city. From a single line when I was in school in the early 90s, it’s blossomed into four distinct lines and more are on the way. I only wish Honolulu got with the program earlier.

3. How far away from your home is the nearest public housing?

I had to try to look it up on the Web, and unfortunately, the Hawaii Housing Authority site wasn’t too helpful. I’d guess that they’re all on the Honolulu side of the Koolaus.

4. Which of your public utilities is the least reliable?

I would probably have to say electricity, seeing that it’s subject to different failures from lighting and so on. Fortunately, we haven’t had any major water breaks lately, nor any interruption in phone, Internet, or cable.

5. What did you last view on public television or listen to on public radio?

Probably All Things Considered on HPR on the way home, followed by Evening Concert. I like classical music and it’s the only place on the dial one can get it here.

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