Monday, July 16, 2007


Spotted this R2-D2 themed mailbox at the mall the other day. I guess it's a promotion the USPS is doing in honor of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars -- "Jedi shipping and mailing Master" -- [groan]. Not sure why USPS has taken it upon themselves to do this, but they are releasing a Yoda stamp later this year so that could be fun.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Candy spin-off

A staple of touristy Hawaiian candies is the Caramac, a chocolate-covered caramel and macadamia nut patty, made by a company called Hawaiian Host. Quite yummy. Used to be you could only get this delicacy in Hawaii, but now airports and grocery stores on the mainland carry it as well.

On a recent trip through an airport, however, I noticed that the Hawaiian Host has spun off an "American Host" brand candy, complete with a patriotic Statue of Liberty on the box. I'm not sure how much America can claim the chocolate-covered almond as its own, but this just seemed like a strange way to utilize the popularity of the Hawaiian Host brand.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Life is just a bowl of 191 cherries

I harvested the cherries from my balcony cherry tree yesterday... I ended up with 191 edible cherries in all! Quite an improvement over last year's paltry 15 cherries. I lost some cherries to the wind a few months ago, and the birds managed to peck at a few through my protective netting, but still harvesting nearly 200 seems like a reasonable yield to me :)