By Wayne Harada
It’s mixed bag today — thoughts about this ‘n’ that:
United We Stand:
That United Airlines-Continental Airlines merger, still being tweaked, means some imminent changes for Island fliers. My immediate discovery, as a regular summertime commuter to Broadway: United has retired the longstanding flight numbers for its Honolulu-Chicago and Chicago-Honolulu runs: for years, I’ve book United 2 from HNL to ORD, which now is United 0249, then connect to LaGuardia; the return United 1 segment now is United 0233. Auwe, not as convenient, as flight nmbers go.
And: Chicago, United’s key hub for decades, is losing ground to Houston, which is becoming a busier hub, part of the effects of the consolidation with Continental. I’m learning this, flying first to New Orleans, for a few days. To get to New York, there's a stopover in Houston — via Continental.
I’m Lovin’ It:
Have you tried McDonald’s summer time refreshment, the savory and sweet-and-sour-y lemonade-strawberry offering?
It’s like a slurpee — the tartness of the lemon, marrying the sweetness of strawberry — and yummy.
And whoa, a bit of Island McDonald's history has been demolished. The first-ever Hawaii McDonald’s, located in Hawaii and kind of a tired dinosaur compared to other more recent Ronald McDonald emporiums (it never touted a McCafe, for instance), has been razed and replaced with a 21st century McD on the townside end of the parking lot. It's a hollow tile facility, punctuated with an elongated yellow arch and striped yellow awning, which has become the standard of all redeveloped and new sites. Think Kaimuki, Waiakamilo, and Pearl Highlands.
Things to remember:
For future trivia fests, May 25, 2011 will be a date you shouldn’t forget. That’s when Oprah Winfrey’s final daytime talk show, which had a 25-year run, finally shut down with that confessional-thankya format seen by about 17 million viewers (13.3 households). Talk shows will never be the same...
For future conversations or references to Puff Diddy, who was Sean Combs when he guested on “Hawaii Five-0” earlier this year: His name is now Swag. So P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and all the rest won’t cut it...
For future viewings of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” starting this fall: No more Chris Meloni as Det. Elliot Stabler, who's opted not to sign up for another season. Mariska Hargitay (Det. Olivia Benson), who has partnered with Meloni since 1999, will be joined by a not-yet-named replacement. But “Ghost Whisperer” Jennifer Love Hewitt is being mentioned as a series regular. (Wish I could insert that L&S sound effect here — I think it’s called the “doink”) ...