Cool Stuff: iPhone 5s, Aloha World Sevens
I'm really excited about the Aloha World Sevens to be held at Aloha Stadium on June 5-7 of 2014. What I don't understand, under the threat of bamboo shoots under my toenails, I was told not to disclose this information even to you my trusted Coolio’s until Sunday morning Samoa time.
Got on to Facebook and I saw a photo of Hawai’i's Lieutenant Governor and all the Samoans involved in this project, showcased to the world. So what am I to do? Do I hold back the information... or especially since I know that my dearest sweetest cousin, Monique Solofa, who virtually owns Facebook and knows every element of Samoa rugby... and has probably retweeted, re-Facebooked everyone in the rugby universe about this great upcoming event... so what do I do. As we say at the Savai'i school of journalism... fa’a 2AP baby!
Organizers of the Aloha World Sevens include Samoans McKay Schwenke, Reggie Schwenke, and his wife Caroline Craig Schwenke (whose dad spent 30 years in the Territory).
Mckay Schwenke is the heart and soul of all kine rugby in Hawaii. McKay has coached BYU Hawaii's 15's, women and youth touch/flag events. McKay is really good guy, and a certified IRB ref. Ironically his son Kona will be fired up with his Notre Dame Fighting Irish to beat up on my son Abe and his USC Trojans this Saturday. I think I'll just avoid McKay until 3 weeks after the game, and he forgets it ever happened. Notre Dame is favored to win. Lucky I am an old UCLA Bruin, so Trojan losses don't devastate me so much. Abe & Kona lived in the same duplex as little kids... so it should be like to brothers beating up on each other... Kona D-line, Abe O-line. Abe has it a little easier with Manti graduating to the NFL San Diego Chargers instead of facing him at Notre Dame this game.
Reg, McKay's brother, is well known for his energized marketing and promotion. I met him at the Polynesian Cultural Center when I arrived from Samoa I Sisifo in 1994. His grasp of pragmatic marketing there has never seemed to have been replaced. Coupled with the fa'a pisinisi of his wife Carolyn, I expect this event to have a successful future.
According to Reg, they've already gotten the blessing of the IRB, Aloha Stadium, and USA rugby which makes things a whole lot more kosher. Every rugby related event in Hawaii is terrific for Samoan rising stars because it is another cost effective opportunity to train and learn. The AWS will help nurture the Territory and Samoa's international rugby superstars of tomorrow.
So read our Samoa News story and their release regarding the Aloha World Sevens, then save your Hawaiian Air Miles, go ai afu off your Hawai’i relatives, eat cheap, and bring us cases and cases of Vailima for post games at my fale.
Of course we all want to be in Hong Kong for Talavalu & Manu Samoa... but the hotels are soooo bloody expensive, and the rooms are like closets... and the cost of flying thru NZ or Hawai’i is a killer. So, watch the March HK 7's at Maliu Mai, the Tradewinds Bar, or at home... then do the more cost effective June Aloha World Sevens in person.
USA Eagles worried about poor little American Samoa's Talavau? http://www.thisisamericanrugby.com/2013/10/american-samoa-qualifies-for-hong-kong.html
Well I'm in trouble again. This review was done a week ago but I guess I sort of forgot to save it. So when you don't save it, nothing automatically floats into the Cloud... all your writings just crumble into dust. Let's try again.
I never got the iPhone 5 because I knew the iPhone 6 which became the iPhone 5s might be a little more super duper. The iPhone 5s has a faster processor, a wonderful camera, superior flash, and coupled with the iOS 7.02 operating system, shared in a previous Cool Stuff, the whole package is the bomb.
The iPhone 5s cases Apple sells are not for us. I remain a Lifeproof case guy for life. Lifeproof cases are actually waterproof… and duh, we Pacific Peoples are always surrounded by oceans, immersed in tropical downpours, and blessed with the sloppy splashes of happy Vailima drinkers. The only loss I have by using a Lifeproof case, is that I lose the heralded new fingerprint identification system which is part of the whole hardware/software package of the iPhone 5s/iOS 7.02.
I really don't care if I save a couple seconds by tapping the home key with my finger to unlock it or approve certain purchases. All I care about is if I have to replace my iPhone 5s due to drops or water damage. It's going to cost over $600 for replacement, so you know I can take a couple extra seconds to punch in a four digit code on the password. Two days after the iPhone 5s debuted, some Germans faked out the fingerprint security... so yawn, who cares about it.
Moving from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5s I really really really like the new lightning charging cord which is also found in the iPad mini. The 30-pin chord it's just too antiquated and annoying (the 30-pin cords more easily fray, etc.)
There should actually be a law that says if you get a phone that costs more than $50, you must get a Lifeproof case. Lifeproof keeps hitting home runs for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini. A Lifeproof case is the best and should be the first insurance you get for a phone.
A Lifeproof case for your car? No rust, no fender benders...?
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