By Dave Donnelly

Monday, December 15, 1997

Twenty-nine years
and counting ...

TODAY marks a kind of personal milestone for this column. This particular batch of dottage marks the conclusion of 29 years of assembling -- crafting sounds pretentious -- a few items which readers will find of some interest. It pales in comparison to the enormous output which Herb Caen managed to come up with daily for nearly 60 years, he stood alone in his field. But there are darned few who enter into their 30th year of three-dotting as "we'll do tomorrow, God willing and the creek don't rise," as my father used to intone all too often. In the meantime, we have to complete Year No. 29: ...

THE zydeco sounds of the musical group Bon Ton Roule again got the juices flowing at the Star-Bulletin's annual Christmas party at Murphy's Bar & Grill Saturday night, luring some of the unlikeliest people onto an impromptu dance floor. That included Publisher John Flanagan and a certain gray-bearded columnist, though I must hasten to add we weren't dancing together. Don Murphy kept the food and holiday libations flowing. It's been a busy time for Murph -- his wife, Marian, had a back room craft night to sell all the handcrafted toys and Christmas ornaments she makes throughout the year. They sold out in no time. Then on Wednesday night, he hosted a party for Ronald McDonald House where patrons brought gifts and wrapped them for the kids staying at the House. Thursday night the annual "oldtimers party" for people who've been in the advertising, public relations and related industries for a long period of time gathered. It was a kind of madhouse. Then it was the Star-Bulletin party Saturday and another private celebration was held last night. Murph has to be a big fan of Christmas if only for the revenue it provides ...

Corky pops off

IF you're as bugged as many people are about all the cellular phones that go off in places like restaurants or bars, you'd love La Mariana. Owner Ann Nahinu has a parrot named Corky which can make a noise just like a cell phone going off. It drives some customers nuts, reaching for their phones. Corky also can sound like the "beep, beep, beep" of a truck backing up. But perhaps the most fun of all, the bird can say "Ordering," the word waitresses traditionally use to get the attention of the bartender, and the barkeeps there just can't stop reacting to it. Funny sight ...

JOURNALIST Joseph Reaves, an alum of the Jefferson Fellows program at the East-West Center, is a Chicago Cubs fan, so you'll forgive him any and all his sins. Due to his malady, he has written a new book detailing the unlikely career path that took him from being a Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent in Asian and European hot spots -- many a journalist's dream -- to his own idea of heaven, covering the Cubs. He's entitled the book, "Warsaw to Wrigley: A Foreign Correspondent's Tale of Coming Home from Communism to the Cubs." Now you'll have to read it to see which is worse! ...

Barking up the right tree

YES, we know it's a "dog-eat-dog" world in the retail business, make no bones about it, but one store in Aloha Tower Marketplace takes pride in going to the dogs. That would be Pet Gear, a shop specializing in "adorable" clothing for your special four-legged pal. They have such "designer wear" as Canine Klein, DKNY Dog and Tommy Dog. They even have Christmas outfits including a "Santa Paws" hat or antler ears, and even front-carrying pooch packs. What, no St. Bernard Hurtig jewelry? ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

Contact Dave by e-mail: donnelly@kestrok.com.

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