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Saturday, July 4, 2015 9:39 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Clean and Smooth

Sitting in the grass with my back against a palm tree,
I watch the happy people walking by in front of me

The blonde girl that turned her head and smiled gave me a thrill,
breaking character, she might be young, but she has looks that kill

A lanky tan beauty floated by in the distance,
weaving around tents, like a gazelle in a forest

Cell phone addicts haunch over and grip their device,
as a cool wind blows through the men and the mice

American flags are flying everywhere,
when they hear gurgling they might stare

Healing and dying,
not on my terms,
but closer to clean,
when I kill all the germs

A magical, cleansing breeze
blows through the palm trees,
soft and hard,
on and off,
all day long

Bugs jump around because it's their habitat
and it's their domain too
and they like to
nibble on you,
oh yes they do

Saturday, July 4, 2015 9:39 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Girl Interrupted

A different view,
a new perspective,
while war rages on,
we're enjoying oblivion

You can't win them all, Jesus

Precious plants give off their healing essence and scent,
so it's hard to deny that these things were heaven sent

Saturday, July 4, 2015 9:39 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Trying to Hear the World

The minutes pass slowly
as the wrong station
bleeds through the radio

I'm drinking water because
I'm not eating today
and it's only two days away
from Independence Day

I'll drink coffee and watch news on TV,
after I inhale something healthy for me,
in a sauna, a steam and a shower,
to make me feel squeaky clean,
before I roll down to state library

Friday, July 3, 2015 8:33 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Renewal

When we were together for a decade,
I said if we ever split up,
I wanted a clean break

Talking would've made things easier,
but it would've made things harder too,
Who builds on a burned bridge
when they need something brand new?

What would we even build anyway?
If there's something you need to say,
I suppose that I can hear it some day.

In the meantime, I respect the silence,
it means no more influence or control,
life is too short to fill it with
all kinds of nonsense and bull.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 6:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:08 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Don Ho

The gentle breeze cools my warm skin,
as I sit and hope that she walks by again

Movers,
shakers,
brownies,
bakers

I used to play a game,
full of hormones and mojo,
but now I'm not that lame,
quite the contrary, so
it's not the same

There's nothing like the first time

Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:08 PM HST - Posted by Jason

How's It Going?

So much natural beauty is strewn before me,
as she nervously plays with her hair

Heart beating,
body moving,
feeling exhilarated

Sun soaks our skin and the process starts again
Everyone doing their thing here,
from somewhere, elsewhere

A bird pooped on me, but I'm okay
an automatic arm hit me yesterday,
but I just yelled and rode away

Saturday, June 27, 2015 8:08 PM HST - Posted by Jason

A Colorful Scene

Birds are chirping and people are stirring at the beach

Kids whine at preoccupied parents
while surfers surf and sunbathers tan

Weirdos galore,
by Hollywood's standards,
only hours before the big game

Visitors take pics and talk on cell phones,
while I play guitar and look out for drones,
another woman in spandex walks by,
as the sun prepares to set

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 9:08 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Holy Shit

If I didn't live on Long Beach streets for years,
I wouldn't appreciate being in Hawaii so much

After sleeping in a bag and wearing pants and layers, in 40 degrees,
I'm warm sleeping in shorts and a shirt, under a thin sheet in Hawaii

Riding a bike each day instead of taking the bus
has advantages, like getting tan and burning calories,
I also never need to wait to uniquely see the beautiful city

My mailbox is close, storage is cheap and open late
and the library even checks out Netbooks with WiFi

I can tell that the police don't really want to arrest me
and there is a steady stream of happy, half-naked people

Some places stay open late,
but you can sleep anywhere,
surf, swim and snorkel,
see the crater and the North Shore,
enjoy the Asian diversity
and do a whole lot more,
on the land and in the sea

Hawaii is so unlike the mainland,
it is difficult to articulate,
but I'm gonna try again
right after I masturbate

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:45 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I Smell the Grass

Inspired by the beautiful day
and the amazing ways
that people are,
I bought three pairs of shorts,
so now I'm set for days

Funds comin,
work flowin,
always enjoyin,
the summer sun

Wind moves the leaves,
making the trees sway,
I could fall in love here,
but my mind is far away

Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:24 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Wolf Alice performing Moaning Lisa Smile


Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I Do

How many people
think a string is attached
to the top of their head?

How many think
about the chakra
between their eyes?

How many people
bend over and touch
their palms to the ground?

How many people
clasp their hands
behind their back?

How many people
have completely flat feet
during down dog?

How many people
can reach their palms past
their outstretched legs?

Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Picturesque

What would you do
to keep me around you?

This chase is so primal
and Hawaiians are everywhere,
imagine being in a jungle

Your glance, prance and stare,
bending over 100 ways,
it'll never get old, so be confident
because I could do this for days

We're an instant team
because of a connection
that's more real than imagined

Switching hands,
changing minds,
Ringo rolls by
and I'm sippin' water

Only one
is really balanced
and centered
because only one
can be the most

Philosophy,
anxiety
her and me

I feel
a romance
from 100 feet,
as a bronze woman
strolls by and
I hear a distant drumbeat

Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Fingerprints

A flirtatious girl hides beside a tree,
but it's just her way to play with me,
I feel her urgency, power and sexuality

One has become three,
so she confirmed with everybody
that they're cool with me

Bending over from every angle
is her subconscious, primal way
to show herself to me and find
what I think and have to say

And it was generally very positive

Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:08 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Oahu Again

I've escaped
flown the coop
rescued
arrested
again
by beauty

Intoxicated
I
see brilliant colors
in the sky
and I
inhale the clean
salty air
and stare

Orange earth
crashing waves
pink yellow glow
over Kauai
in the distance

A gentle breeze
whispers love
as a few raindrops
fall from above

Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:40 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Emerging

It's so hard to think
in situations like these

Propositioning,
left and right,
sometimes,
I say yes,
in my mind

Girls are rarely bold,
not someone too young,
or someone very old,
just one in the middle,
somewhere over here

Exactly what we want to see
stands a few feet away from me

No need to call her bluff
it's more fun that way, you see

Straining to be balanced,
in the middle, resistance,
beauty can be
a challenge to me,
but I'm used to it

The explosion of
overwhelming beauty
sometimes reminds me
of a frat party
where you mix
beer and pot
to the point
of total intoxication

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:57 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Plan B

Plans change,
but you can roll with the punches

Plan on the fly
or let a day go by,
you'll get another one tomorrow

I'm discontent when I don't get my way,
but I can wait when I don't know what to say
or exactly how to say or do it yet

Either way, Plan B doesn't have to be shitty

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 9:57 AM HST - Posted by Jason

I Might Ride the Bus a Little

I'm not paying $70
to bring my bike
on the plane,
I'm taking a break

No car
no phone
no bike
no need

Just one bag,
not just weed
and some organic
sunflower seeds
and raisins

No TSA
in Molokai,
it's a little island,
it's called the friendly island,
so I'll be its friend

What do you look for
when you've had it
and want to see
what's in store
if you go more?

When you go away
are you really gone
and when you return
how will you remember it?

Saturday, June 13, 2015 6:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Black Sun

A beautiful island,
but one of many,
each with its own
unique chemistry
and exciting identity

Green and mysterious,
with sights and sounds,
it's not too dangerous,
at least not to me

I'll find my way
while traversing cleanly,
beauty is everywhere,
so it's easy to see

Thinking,
feeling,
looking within,
without,
learning again
what it's all about

I'll be safe,
I'll be okay,
I'll sleep peacefully
before I see Ray

Never ending,
surrendering,
upending me

Friday, June 12, 2015 7:37 AM HST - Posted by Jason

In the In Between

Waiting for the first one
takes a long time,
picky people
often go without,
but sometimes
less is better, no doubt

Someone new for me
to study alive in 3D

Two songs bleed through the static,
a familiar voice is like a sweet lullaby

Defenses down,
a strong soul,
wanting to know,
what kind of challenge
I am
and if charity is involved

Juggling dreams,
discovering reality
is not as it seems

Hope,
expectation,
a grand deal,
another charade

I should run after you
I don't even know
how you do
with your hair down

Friday, June 12, 2015 7:37 AM HST - Posted by Jason

A Conscience

So many colors are slowly getting darker
not even the trees can be happy all the time
Easily getting around
without contributing
to the decline
or decadence

Monday, June 8, 2015 7:37 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Reduction and Elimination

In the land of palms and volcanoes,
when the cool wind blows,
I take cover in a quiet corner

As rain soaks the earth,
I find shelter in a covered place,
many exist around town,
you just need some luck and grace

When I want to sleep in,
I crash by the grassy park,
through the bare tree,
a rising sun warms me
or I could sleep all day

I nap near the jetty,
after I stay up all night,
because that oceanfront place
is shaded from the morning light

Different rests for different needs,
it's all a brief bike ride away,
because if you get enough rest
you have a better chance of being okay

Depending on the spot,
I secure my bag differently,
although I never sleep
with valuables beside me

I crash quickly and I get it done,
so I can awaken refreshed and become one

Sunday, June 7, 2015 8:36 PM HST - Posted by Jason

After the Rubble

An amazing breeze
blows through the enclave,
big palms tower over a hot tub,
like an outdoor oasis cave

Kids swim and pass the time,
slithering around on somebody's dime

Her tan skin,
with a tight grip,
watching from behind,
I can tell by her look
that she's one of my kind

Respect and love,
warmth from above,
charming isn't hard,
but understanding takes time,
it's more than just a well written rhyme

Needing,
wanting,
waiting,
ready to respond,
ready all along,
her palms open

Saturday, June 6, 2015 4:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, June 6, 2015 4:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Tan You

Back on the ground,
after facing me
and the sea,
what a beauty

Sun kisses her skin
and wind hugs her legs,
radiating what she soaks in
Soft and curvy,
curious and cool,
wondering if I'll
take her to school

Serendipity leads me
down the path of least resistance

Saturday, June 6, 2015 4:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Who?

Project your worries
and your fears on me,
your voices and gods
and your flashy style,
with a painted on smile

why would we ever deny you?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 2:44 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Beach

Long soft legs,
aimed directly at me,
so much to feel and
so much to see,
subconsciously
I rank it all

Surfers shred waves and get tubed,
but the long-legged beauty lying in the sand,
under the warm sun is amazing

So perfect,
but you can't stare,
you also can't act
like you just don't care
because she's alluring and majestic

Monday, June 1, 2015 7:04 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Wind Her Up and Let Her Go

She's talking to you,
she's talking to me,
she's talking to the world and even G-o-d,
being cool and funny,
for the world to see

Look at this love,
a unique offering,
watch her dance and sing,
anything but boring,
always creating a new routine

With pics and videos,
hash tags and links,
say what you want
except that she stinks

she never stops entertaining me, gd

Saturday, May 30, 2015 9:27 AM HST - Posted by Jason

With a Word

Running out,
riding around,
like a fish,
if I never stop,
I'll never drown

Holding my breath,
eyes wide open,
as a pirate ship floats by

Lights flash and a burnt smell fills the air,
as I play guitar in a wood, beach chair

Nice and kind,
showing me everything,
she's a beautiful offering
at her feet,
it's an alpha thing,
my special treat

Friday, May 29, 2015 3:17 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:47 AM HST - Posted by Jason

God's Romance (You're All Still Here)

Breathing your scent,
I run my fingers through your hair,
you're beautiful when you're asleep

Then I push your dumb dog off the bed
and fuck the shit out of you again

THE END

(you didn't even see it coming)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:30 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:12 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Friday, May 22, 2015 3:57 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Children, But No Rings

Both batteries are dead,
but hotties line the beach
know what looks like a butt?
Twitter's emoji of a peach

Random birds surround me
and a black ant or two,
Mr. Epley said avoid end rhyme,
but what else can I do?

I'm not quite addicted,
but I could come here every day
to ride waves and pen
a poem by this beautiful bay

Friday, May 22, 2015 3:15 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Momshell

Taking it in,
the air and the beauty,
taking it in,
kinda like before

Everybody is in their own drama and connected to the world

Who ever thought we'd see this day?
We have so much that we can't give it away
We have the best, but use the worst anyway

The strong breeze cools my neck and I am intersecting two paths

Friday, May 22, 2015 11:42 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Herbs, Roots and Oils

Do you know what gross is
or do you stink up the world?
such a beautiful place
such an amazing face,
but pollution doesn't help

Right here,
but far away in mind,
winding down,
loving others in kind

Young blame the old and drink in their vices,
but just like the ancients, I come seeking spices

Saturday, May 16, 2015 11:12 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:50 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Missing You

Oh beautiful girl,
everybody is jealous,
you're the best
hands down

I know it's hard
to be far ahead
where do you look?
what's in your bed?

Powerful and free,
flowing past me,
waiting for one last glimpse
so that I can see
what I will be missing

Thursday, May 14, 2015 7:43 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Etched in My Brain

Using faculties
that use to come
naturally to me
and they still do

Looking ahead,
seeing behind,
rising up,
hope you don't mind

Move so slow
and oh so fluid,
only in front of me
momentarily,
shaking the tree,
moving freely,
I can still see
a sliver of her body,
dancing slightly,
laughing gingerly,
her and me

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:21 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 11:15 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Then, Now and Then

In a vision of my youth,
I see my extended family,
we're enjoying Turkey
on Thanksgiving day

Grandpa, tall,
grandma, small,
aunts and uncles,
cousins and nieces,
all together

I was the oldest child,
just like my dad,
I am the only Gastrich boy,
maybe that's sad,
but what's even worse makes me mad

One by one, they all left after my Grandpa passed away

Many reasons,
several faults,
passing seasons,
smelling salts
couldn't revive us

Then I was married
and fathered a child,
authoring our autonomy,
was pretty wild

We spent days at the beach,
played video games and music,
rode bikes everywhere
and took care of the sick

Until one day it was all destroyed
and now I feel annoyed

There's no kingdom,
no army, no posse,
nobody is left,
it's only me,
I can't cry anymore,
it won't help me see,
but I still wonder
if I will eventually
discover another family

Friday, May 8, 2015 9:01 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Friday, May 8, 2015 6:18 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Body

You're probably
with somebody,
but I'm alone
and it's silent
outside of my blaring headphones

You, thinking of you,
feeling the bass,
lyin' awake

Saturday, May 2, 2015 4:44 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Yes, You Exist, God

Deeply hopeless,
so certain,
yet so confused

Love,
what do I want,
who can I trust,
does it even matter

Lust, veiled in a circumstance,
joined with another in a strange dance,
sleepwalking, like in a trance

I don't care,
I won't believe,
you're all just sent,
to me to deceive

Okay, I'll do it again
I'll lie to myself and pretend it'll work

No way, I give up, I give in,
I'll listen, just don't be a jerk

You have value,
yes, I hear you,
what do you want,
who are you really,
why all the lies,
is that who you are,
just riding around
with dogs in a car

Well, whatever floats your boat,
hell, whoever gropes your moat,
I don't care, it's all lopsided anyway

Are you going to straighten it out?

Saturday, May 2, 2015 4:44 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Wait. Optimal?

I was supposed to be taller,
I don't know what I should weigh,
I have no weight identity,
what else should I say

Back when I was five foot three,
I sustained a painful injury,
I remember it all too well,
the end and beginning of my awkward hell

At five three and 153,
people made fun of me
for being overweight,
but by the end of the summer,
I was five eight, 135,
I looked really good,
I felt like I was alive

If I wouldn't have hurt my back,
it wouldn't be jacked up now,
I didn't realize it then,
so I didn't have a cow

Now, healing is routine and pain can be instrusive,
but my optimal weight is still somewhat elusive

Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:28 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Losing

I don't want to win one time,

but I want to lose every single time

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 8:54 PM HST - Posted by Jason

As We Know It

Through the static and the rain,
the traffic and the bloodstain,
there is shelter from the rain
and some rest from the strain
of every day life as we know it

Driving, wind, puddles galore,
weaving past a priest and a whore,
but not a single health food store

Before I began on my way,
I stocked up on good stuff,
so I had plenty for today
and actually more than enough

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:11 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Flea & Anthony - Red Hot Chili Peppers



Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:36 PM HST - Posted by Jason

NO OJ

You are pretty much perfect,
but I know you don't know it,
you compared yourself to her
and worry you don't show it,
but I see the world in you

Blooming,
ready to explode,
soft, unpainted,
strong, untainted,
I could empower you

Plain, but perfect,
curious and cool,
maybe we'll hook up,
before I go back to school

You're a dream,
the type that needs love,
smiling like you
were sent from above,
I bet you'll fit me
just like a glove

Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:36 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Gone

Jumpin' in again, but do I have to go?
Time doesn't stop, it never quits,
time flies and it never sits

Things are different, but I'm still here,
older, wiser, with even less fear

Strong before, nearly belligerent now,
wondering if I'll ever choose how

Hands up, heart open,
I'll take baby steps,
I was so broken

Now I consume and conserve,
while I think and observe
and I wanna be wet again

Saturday, April 18, 2015 7:00 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Saddam Hussein's statue falling in Iraq

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:40 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Poundcake

Inhaling deeply, I see it again,
relaxed and comforted from within,
here I go, I'm ready to win

My mind's eye, the 7th chakra,
it relaxes me and makes me me,
it helps me center, it lets me see

A beauty walks by and I try not to stare
at her tan body and her beautiful hair

She brings a smile to my face
with her bounce and her grace

Intoxicated again,
I'm ready to begin

Hands up, mind open,
always judging, always knowing,
and wanting to be showing
the way, the truth and the life,
but he's not who you think
and I'm not looking for a wife
I've washed off that stink

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:01 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Reared On Roids

Growing up,
some kids ate meat
and many parents didn't know
it was full of steroids,
but some smart ones did

The kids who ate plenty of meat with roids
developed larger, more voluptuous features,
but the kids who didn't stayed smaller

Will grandma's beard and mustache grow?
I don't know, but give her the turkey
with the steroids in it again and maybe we'll see!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:01 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Boogie

When she told me,
"until death do us part"
and wore my wedding ring,
I trusted her with my heart

I put all of my eggs in her basket
and I gave my heart away,
but when she left,
I didn't beg her to stay

I can't make somebody love me,
feeling or fact, fact of feeling,
she ended up stealing my beautiful soul

Now I am in limbo,
stuck in transition,
liking my freedom,
wondering what I'm missin',
unable to trust,
on another mission

Everyone is corrupt and love is surely dead,
I hope you understand what I just said

Nobody deserves trust and nobody deserves love,
but everybody deserves judgment from God above
and it's probably coming soon

I don't want your pity,
that's never been me,
but where do we go now?
I guess we'll wait and see......

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:01 AM HST - Posted by Jason

No Game

I am very content,
so how are you?
When you're alone,
what do you do?

Nobody seems happy alone,
everybody on their phone,
they're somewhere else in their head

Self-talk and prayer gives me everything,
unafraid to laugh hard or stop and sing

As an only child,
I was prepared for independence,
trusting untrustworthy ones
has helped me rely on myself

It is not that hard to do the right stuff,
be in the moment, forget looking tough

Nothing is easy and we all need grace,
I wonder when I'll finally leave this place

A freak of sorts,
yeah, I wear shorts,
this is America

I'm tired of fools telling us what's cool,
getting rich by killing every fool

I'm not being dramatic,
I'm finally standing tall,
but they don't get it,
they really miss it all

Sunday, March 29, 2015 1:00 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Leading the World

I just keep my head down
and do this and that happens,
like a yo-yo on a string,
it's unpredictable
within a framework

Sometimes it's unruly or shocking,
way too connected to be a coincidence

Timing and facts,
flowing, affecting,
always reflecting
on what I am doing

Many powers want to be heard,
even when their interests are absurd
Boldness and speed,
an urgent need,
to listen and lead,
again and again

One power grows
while another one knows
it can get away with something

Some are so wicked
they cannot be tamed,
only redirected

Leaders always listen,
but subjects hear too,
they want to thrive
and know what to do
Everybody wonders how their state really is,
but nobody thinks objectively with their hands tied

Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:32 PM HST - Posted by Jason

That's What She'll Remember

I'm always interested
to know what you'll say,
sometimes I laugh
and you brighten my day

You make me think
with big words and wit,
you are unique,
so I hope you don't quit

I'm lucky to know you
and your fun ways,
I see you hang out
with blacks and the gays

They encourage you and you inspire me,
so I think we're enriched by diversity

Capturing a butterfly destroys its grace,
but I hope one day I can kiss your sweet face

Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:32 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Stop the Parade

Everybody killing each other
with their bad decisions,
fervent heat in this place,
everywhere, an insecure face

Even the strong
are as foolish as the old,
valuing the nonsense
that was foretold,
like sheep to the slaughter,
nobody is even bold

People are hobbling
from side to side,
nothing but excess
and foolish pride

Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:32 PM HST - Posted by Jason

On the Long Way Down

Reluctant to write,
reluctant to live,
when everything is
just take and give

A planet with resources
to do it right,
but we do it wrong
and we've done it that way
for longer than I can say

Clean air isn't a pipe dream,
pure food isn't a myth,
but we choose cheap and easy,
we prefer free and sleazy
and everything suffers

Saturday, March 28, 2015 4:32 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Head Love

I love her a lot,
but what does that mean?
Pert lips, lovely smile,
the best I've seen
in a long while

I want to give,
not just take,
to somebody real,
not just fake

Unshakeable morals, me
emotional feeler, her
spiritual healer, I

With my hands lifted high in the blue sky
I'm ready for a new love that nobody can deny

Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:16 PM HST - Posted by Jason

14 Day Fast - Day 1



Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:14 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 5:38 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Have Fun, Be Yourself

Cute black clothes,
absorbing the afternoon sun,
as a white bird flies by

Sitting up straight,
head down reading,
with a piercing stare
and cascading hair

Absorbing life, light and knowledge,
picturesque and she knows it,
confident and she shows it

She's the most beautiful girl in the library

Sunday, March 15, 2015 6:57 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Look

Firm inspiration
looked me in the eyes,
she warmed and excited me
from my head to my thighs

Coasting at Level One
suddenly wasn't good enough,
so I bumped it up
to two and then three,
was she bringing out
an even better me?

She was a breath of fresh air,
as she playfully flung her brown hair
and I really enjoyed her unusual, impenetrable stare,
she was firm and looked a little Jewish,
I enjoyed her, so I tried to care until she got off and left,
she probably wanted to show me her butt
and how she wasn't wearing any underwear
which I didn't pick up on until later

Sunday, March 15, 2015 6:34 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Pen to Paper

Chaos reigning supreme,
sitting down to watch the sunset,
to think, reflect and dream

Life keeps spinning,
my time is mine,
but I can barely get off,
meanwhile....
another wind brought me
a sore throat, runny nose
and a cough

Lookie lous and heat,
looking like defeat,
and all I can do is write and watch

Monday, March 9, 2015 8:16 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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March 2, 2015 7:38 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Just Like You

I can see that you have
a symbiotic relationship,
customers come in,
you happily serve them

You can barely see
over the cash register,
you smile when you see me,
albeit a little bit nervously

So small and squeezable,
but surely more than that,
I'm lucky to drink you in,
where should we begin?

Sunday, March 1, 2015 12:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:23 PM HST - Posted by Jason

The Food Chain

The Food Chain
February 25, 2015

Stretched, scarred and wounded,
I don't care about swagger or your pride

Foolish, shameful and absurd,
you should change now and fight against the tide

Facts don't lie, they scream all day,
listen and think, learn how to pray,
the truth is out there, is it on your side?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:10 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Killer Queens

They stunk on me again
and I could feel the pain
of someone stuck in a cage

Looking out,
nobody cares,
twitchy fools,
everybody stares

This Asian island,
a foreign place to me,
I flew hours to get here,
over the great blue sea

Now here I sit,
after they polluted on me again,
and they think they're really great,
while they committed another sin

Clueless, seemingly,
spewing all over me,
nobody helps or fixes it,
no one seems to give a shit

Smooth criminals
all look the same,
they think they're cool,
but they're actually lame

The clock is ticking,
to our eventual demise,
feeling all of the funk
polluting the big blue skies

No one is disciplined
and nobody is right,
no one is winning
this crazy uphill fight,
sometimes I win,
but try as I might,
it takes everything I have
to be and stay all right

Sunday, February 22, 2015 9:03 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Two Poems I Wrote at Waimea Bay

The America
February 22, 2015

Mind blown again,
one inspiring me,
not to take home,
but just to see

My demeanor, she saw,
like a brother, she knew,
it almost seemed
like I didn't know what to do,
but of course I did

A cool community,
looking out for all,
seared in my memory,
how she stood tall,
and I wonder how
I got so lucky
to get those looks
like she could fuck me


Aloha
February 22, 2015

Sad to leave
such a beautiful place,
braces and all,
what a beautiful face

Just temporary,
my visit to the sea,
I'll be back
before eternity

Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:01 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Oh My God, You

I wrote this poem on February 17, 2015.

Unrefined beauty,
young and such a cutie,
hardly audible,
when she spoke to me

Plain and covered,
curious and slow,
helping me know,
that she liked me

Expecting more,
she wrote and felt me,
I was consumed with her,
forgetting everybody,
next to her

Needing to know
how to be,
yearning to see,
I enjoyed her
and she enjoyed me

No judgment,
no fear,
time irrelevant,
feeling here,
purples, cats,
symbols, unpainted,
she was into me,
I could've fainted

The right type
to respect and love,
I want to see her again

Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:20 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 3:30 PM HST - Posted by Jason

80 Day Diet

I am fasting today and tomorrow I will begin a new diet. Although it won't be easy, I am excited about it because I will lose some unwanted body fat, gain discipline and save some money. It will also make me quicker in the water, which is always good when you catch big waves!

A few years ago I wrote a book called, Do the Math Diet because I discovered a great system that helped me lose weight. On this diet, I could eat anything I wanted (although I found it even more imperative to eat healthy food), but I just had to count my calories. Every day, I counted the calories I ate and the calories I burned and I made sure that there was a deficit. After several months, I reached my goal weight and I even defined my abdominal muscles for the first time. I felt great and I learned a lot about my body and health in general.

I will create a nearly 500 calorie deficit each day, at least on average. At the very least, there will be some daily deficit for 80 days and when I'm done, I might decide to go longer. I will count all of the calories in everything I eat and I will also count all of the calories that I burn during exercise. Since I only eat organic food and I live in Hawaii, food is very expensive, so I will definitely save a few dollars every day. Since I'm on a budget, that will be useful.

On a typical day, I burn between 2,600-2,800 calories. Sometimes, like when I practice yoga or ride the exercise bike for three hours, I burn about 3,000 calories. I do not intend on changing my exercising habits, but I will adjust the amount of food that I consume.

Right now, I weigh about 165 pounds and I carry about 13% body fat. I know this because two days ago they measured my body fat and weighed me at 24 Hour Fitness. Fully dressed after a large breakfast, I weighed 167 pounds and I had 13.7% body fat.

I do not have a goal weight in mind and I won't weigh myself very often. However, like usual, I anticipate immediately losing some retained water weight and I will not be carrying the extra food that I typically do as I digest it. Also, I anticipate losing nearly a pound from today's fast which began last night and ends tomorrow morning.

I will have plenty of energy because I will eat lots of food from the major food groups every day. My normal diet is very healthy and I eat things like bananas, raisins, whole wheat bread, tofu, honey, black beans, peanut butter, apples and applesauce, sunflower seeds and stuff like that. Sometimes I'll eat a little granola, tortilla chips, chocolate, carrots or yogurt. For the past three years, everything I have eaten has been organic and I will continue on that path. I do not trust food that hasn't been certified USDA organic because the government has approved unhealthy and harmful food (e.g. hydrogenated oils, mono and gi glycerides, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) and they shouldn't have. They also allow growers and manufacturers to use harmful, chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and steroids. Those things are not allowed to be in organic food.

When I am finished with this diet in May, I will likely burn about 12 pounds of fat (which is roughly 500 calories x 80 days). I am not planning on fasting, but I might fast a little. There might also be some days when I create a larger calorie deficit. I anticipate my weight being around 150 when I am done. That will be a great body weight for me and I will look and feel great. I will also be in striking distance of 135-145 pounds, which might eventually be an optimal weight for me.

Wish me luck and good luck in your exercise and weight loss endeavors.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 1:50 PM HST - Posted by Jason

My 40 Favorite Saturday Night Live Cast Members




The comedy TV show Saturday Night Live has made me laugh a lot throughout the years. I know that not everyone thinks it's wholesome, but I tend to put no limits on comedy because I think it should fall under freedom of speech.

Since SNL is airing its 40th anniversary episode tonight, I decided to make a list of SNL cast members that made me laugh the hardest. It wasn't too difficult to choose them, but they reflect the years that I watched the show. In some cases, I liked and was more familiar with a cast member's movies (like Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase) than their acting on SNL.

Dana Carvey
Chris Farley
Phil Hartman
Amy Poehler
Eddie Murphy
Bill Murray
Adam Sandler
Norm MacDonald
Dennis Miller
David Spade
Will Farrell
Tina Fey
Steve Martin
Keenan Thompson
Darrell Hammond
Taran Killam
Seth Meyers
Jimmy Fallon
Kristen Wiig
Bill Hader
Fred Armisen
Jason Sudeikis
Chris Parnell
Tracy Morgan
Will Brewer
Chris Kattan
Alec Baldwin
Dan Aykroyd
Chevy Chase
Jim Belushi
Mike Myers
Chris Rock
Martin Short
Rachel Dratch
Will Forte
Colin Quinn
Maya Rudolph
Horatio Sanz
Molly Shannon
Ana Gasteyer

Saturday, February 14, 2015 7:55 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:20 PM HST - Posted by Jason

My Trip to Waimea Bay, Hawaii


On Sunday, February 8, 2015, I visited the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and I caught waves at world famous Waimea Bay. There was a heavy surf advisory and it was awesome.

A few days before my trip, I checked the surf report and I noticed a large swell approaching Hawaii. It said the waves would be a few feet overhead and the conditions would be clean on Sunday. Even though I was going to have to ride a bus for two hours to get there, I tweeted that I wanted to catch waves on the North Shore.

The next day, while I was at a cafe, one of my friends invited me to the North Shore with him on Sunday! He said he needed to go there for work and that he was driving, he could take me and that he would be there for 5-6 hours. It was the perfect opportunity, so I jumped on it.

On Sunday, I met Evgeny at the Ala Moana shopping mall in Honolulu and we went to the North Shore. While I was waiting, I penned a poem that I haven't published yet. Evgeny is from Russia and he has a Russian accent and loves the Motherland. He sells real estate and he needed to show a $1.6 million house to some people.

As we drove together, we talked about all sorts of things from politics to the environment to religion. No topics were off limits and it was interesting to get a mature Russian perspective on Russia, the United States, the world and everything else. In fact, we saw things quite similarly and we got along famously and respected each other as adults should. He reminded me a little of my friend Sergei who was a poet in Long Beach.

When I rode the bus to the North Shore, it took two hours and it drove around the east side of Oahu. I went to Pipeline, caught waves there and camped with my bike before taking the bus back to Honolulu. However, this time I did not bring my bike, I didn't camp and we drove around the west side of the island to get there and back.



We hit a little traffic and after almost an hour we passed Waimea Bay and Evgeny dropped me off at Pupukea Beach Park around noon. He said he would meet me back there at 5:30 p.m. and he said he would not leave me and I trusted him. I brought money for the bus, just in case I needed to ride it back to Honolulu. Since I was catching waves in the ocean and I couldn't be with my belongings, I left my laptop, wallet and backpack in Honolulu. I brought my bodyboard and fins in one bag and some clothes, suntan lotion, a hat, a towel and some other items in a small bag. I also brought two gallons of water, although I drank one on the way there.



Pupukea Beach was beautiful, but it didn't look like a good place to catch waves. There were rocks there, no lifeguard was on duty and nobody was in the water. However, I noticed people at Waimea Bay as we passed it, so I walked there. It was a flat, easy 10 minute walk.

At first glance, I wasn't very impressed with the waves, but after a few minutes, larger sets rolled in. Like some of my sessions in the past, I didn't fully understand or respect the waves' power and energy until I was in the water.



Waimea Bay is a beach break and it was very big, so it was walling up with an infrequent corner. Even with an occasional corner, each ride typically ended in either getting tubed or thrashed because there was no good way to get off. They were just short rides in shallow water. The water wasn't quite as dangerously shallow as Sandy Beach, but it was still shallow.

One of my first rides resulted in me getting tossed into the sand and it jammed my right ankle. It hurt a little and felt like a sprain, but adrenaline took over and I didn't notice the pain until later. The swelling didn't affect my session, but it affected my walking later and it was a little sore and stiff for the next two days. It even eventually made my upper left calf sore for overcompensating.

This was my first session since my brief session at Pipeline last month. Before that session, I hadn't caught waves for a couple of years. Consequently, I wasn't in great wave-catching shape. I was in good overall shape though, so I was able to paddle pretty fast.



Before I got in the water, I applied some suntan lotion and locked my belongings together with a cable and combination lock. Somebody was flying a drone with a camera around me and I jokingly thought it would make a good alibi.

I didn't miss too many waves that I wanted to catch and very few waves crashed on me as I quickly paddled out. I caught juicy lefts and tasty rights.

My session was intense and it lasted about an hour. Several people caught waves around me and most of them looked like locals. I think they noticed a fierce intensity in me that was absent from most of the wave-catchers.

No fiberglass surfboards were in the water, but a couple were on the beach and I figured they belonged to people who opted not to go in. Only one surfer with a foam surfboard tried to catch waves. He wiped out hard by me, which caused me to instinctively put one hand on my head and one hand in the air, in case his board was airborne when I popped my head out of the shoulder-deep water. Even though he got tossed, his board didn't hit me. I encouraged him by saying, "Don't worry. You'll get the next one." I didn't see him catch any good waves and I got the impression that the break wasn't very friendly for surfers. Later, his buddy was friendly to me and I figured he might have heard me being nice to his friend and wanted to return the favor.

I wasn't sure which way the current was moving, so after I found a good spot to wait for waves, I found a palm tree on the shore that I was even with. It turned out that there wasn't much of a current, so I didn't have to fight to stay in position. Eventually, after I noticed where the good waves were consistently breaking, I found a telephone pole on the adjacent shore and I tried to stay around that spot.

I got tubed a few times and I was tossed over the falls a few times too. Once or twice I yelled as I flew about eight or nine feet off the wave, but I laughed a lot too. I was stoked that I didn't get hurt, but a lot of saltwater went up my nose. After I finished my session, I blew my nose about 10 times and saltwater slowly came out of it for more than 24 hours.



On the small hill by the pole I used to gauge my position was a high tower with a cross on top of it. It might have been part of a church or a lighthouse. Later, it inspired part of a poem.

After my session, I was exhausted. The waves were reaching heights of 10' and the session took a lot out of me. I asked one of the locals how big he thought it was and he said about one or two feet. I assumed he meant 1-2 feet overhead, meaning about 7-8 feet. That sounded about right and I think there were a few larger sets too.

I spread out a striped bed sheet on the sand, scrubbed on a second coat of suntan lotion and fell asleep. After I awakened from my nap, I spoke to a nice girl that was nearby. I asked her what time it was and then we talked about all sorts of things. She was from South Carolina and she was there with a military guy who was her friend from South Carolina. However, she said that she was originally from the country of Colombia. They were living in Kailua, which was on the other side of the island. I mentioned that President Obama was recently there and visited Eddie Vedder, although there were no pictures and she didn't know anything about it.

Throughout the day, the lifeguard gave several very serious warnings over the loudspeaker. He said that parents should watch their kids closely because they could drown. He wasn't kidding and although I didn't see him make any rescues, it wasn't a good day for inexperienced swimmers to enter the water.



While I was at this beach, I saw some of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I was very impressed with the way they carried themselves and obviously took care of themselves. I always have extra respect for people who stay in fantastic shape and in a small bikini, it was obvious that they were amazing specimens. The women ranged in age from tan, local teenagers to white women in their 20s and 30s. Frankly, I was blown away, yet it didn't throw me off and I still considered them like sisters that I needed to look out for and befriend instead of lust after and use. That's just how I roll.



As I sat on the beach, I wrote poems.

Sandy Me

Amazing beauty
floated by me,
so gorgeous,
so free

She glided down
to the sea,
tan and lean,
nothing but poetry

You Know

Catching the biggest
waves of the day,
at world renowned
Waimea Bay

First, I jammed my ankle
Later, I discovered the Lord
and under the cross
I couldn't afford
to be slow

At about 5 p.m., I started walking back to the meeting spot. I wanted to get there a little early, so I didn't make Evgeny wait for me. It was a nice walk and the weather was still amazingly beautiful. Unfortunately, there were lots of stinky cars on the road.



I waited about 10 minutes at the spot and he arrived and was friendly as usual. I was fasting and I hadn't eaten anything all day, so I graciously accepted a fruit drink that he gave me. Although there was cane sugar in it, it was all natural and it tasted great. He also give me two large pomelos that I ate later. I had never eaten a pomelo, but they were juicy and yummy.

The ride back to the mall in Honolulu was uneventful, yet relaxing. The sun was setting on the west side of the island, over a large crater, and it was beautiful. We didn't hit any traffic and we made it back in about 45 minutes.

The trip couldn't have been much better or smoother and I don't think I could have asked for more. It was awesome and I hope to return soon.

Friday, February 6, 2015 6:06 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:50 AM HST - Posted by Jason

Pete Carroll's Final Super Bowl XLIX Call

Some people are saying that Head Coach Pete Carroll's call on 2nd down and goal in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLIX was a bad call. A few people are even saying it was the worst call in Super Bowl history and in the history of sports.

Despite what some people say, I think Pete Carroll made the right call and I have many reasons for my opinion.

In full disclosure, I am a San Diego Chargers football fan and I didn't really care who won the Super Bowl this year. Although I attended San Diego State University and I watched Marshall Faulk play amazing football in Jack Murphy Stadium (aka "The Murf"), I am not a college football fan and I have no opinion of Pete Carroll's coaching career or his teams. However, I have watched hundreds of NFL football games and I have attended countless Chargers home games because my father has had season tickets since before I was born.

The Seattle Seahawks were losing to the New England Patriots 28-24 with :26 seconds remaining in the game and Seattle had the ball at New England's 1 yard line. Quarterback Russell Wilson had just completed two passes, one for 11 yards and one for 33 yards and Marshawn Lynch ran it on first down and goal from the 5 yard line and did not get in the end zone.

On second down, with only one timeout left, the clock was moving and a pass was a good call. If Wilson would have thrown an incomplete pass, it would have brought up 3rd down and goal from the 1 yard line with about :20 seconds remaining in the game. That is a great position to be in. In four down territory, they could have ran the ball twice and even called a timeout in between runs, in case they didn't score on 3rd down.

If Wilson would have completed a pass without scoring a touchdown, Seattle could have called a timeout to stop the clock. At that point, the coach could have given Wilson two plays, so they wouldn't have had to huddle for a long time or rush in another play on 4th down.

In my opinion, Wilson made a terrible mistake and the Patriots' defense made a great play. If Wilson would have looked off Ricardo Lockette or pump faked, he probably would have gotten a different result. Instead, Malcolm Butler read Wilson's body language, knew where he was throwing the ball and picked it off.

Pete Carroll shouldn't be the scapegoat. Wilson could have made a better play. He could have ran it in or he could have thrown it to another receiver too. One yard equals three feet and Russell Wilson is almost 6 feet tall. Therefore, he could have fallen forward and scored.

Wilson should have seen Butler and he shouldn't have thrown the interception. If nobody was open, instead of making a risky play, he could have thrown it through the back of the end zone and he and his team would have gotten two more downs to score.

I think it's easier for fans to blame a coach than a player. Good coaches are often contrite and don't mind taking most of the blame for losses. However, I don't think Pete Carroll's call was bad. I think the execution of the play was poor and that Wilson needs to improve his game. Every star wants the ball when the game is on the line, but unfortunately not everybody knows what to do with it or has the ability to do what they need to do with it.

Since Wilson is just 26 years old, he will likely have many more opportunities to redeem himself. Hopefully he doesn't let this error become a stumbling block for future success.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:20 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:03 AM HST - Posted by Jason

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Monday, February 2, 2015 4:24 PM HST - Posted by Jason

Jimmy the Groundhog bites Wisconsin mayor


Monday, February 2, 2015 12:33 PM HST - Posted by Jason

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