Things are going perfect when the auto mechanic tells you that all your car needed was "a minor adjustment so there's no charge." And then he buys you lunch.
In a perfect dream world
You know it would make your day, but are pretty sure that day won't come.
But wouldn't it be nice if that spit roaster gizmo you ordered after watching the TV infomercial really worked? And that Neiman Marcus actually sold something you could afford?
A perfect world may not be everyone's dream, but I'd lay still and close my eyes for a couple of hours to see if that's what sleep could conjure up.
In a perfect world:
The Ala Wai Canal would be a vital part of our city, clean and alive and a promenade fun for nighttime visitors.What a dream.
The item you went to the store to buy is never "out of stock."
There'd be more locally produced TV programs, from children's shows to comedies to soaps. Why can't we see what Hawaii looks like on our own airwaves?
Preserving fruit is what comes to mind when you say "impeachment."
The Young Rascals stage their comeback concert at the former HIC Arena (that's the Blaisdell to you youngsters), with Linda Green and the Tempos as the opening act.
You can actually hear the audio from an inflight movie.
More people would have four-day workweeks to tip the balance a bit more toward exploring life.
You actually convince your wife that geckos are good to have around the house.
Political leaders run for office for the right reasons.
More restaurants feel like home, as in the days of the old Columbia Inn with owner Tosh Kaneshiro at the door, and like at his present-day successor Roy Shimonishi's Hungry Lion.
No one ever sits in the seat in front of you at the movie theater.
Waikiki again becomes an attractive place for locals, with a variety of live music venues and dance clubs.
There's always enough meat or fish in your laulau.
The ink never comes off this newspaper to blacken your fingers.
Families can survive on one income so mom or dad can spend more time with the kids.
No one ever needs Viagra.
Your disposable wooden chopsticks always split apart evenly, never leaving you to have to take a stab at lunch.
You're holding your father's or mother's hand, and get to say "I love you" one more time as they pass from this world painlessly.
Diapers never leak onto your shirt when you're miles from home, and pens never run dry when you need to write down that important number.
You always have the correct change.
High schools bring back pep squad songleaders, with the big carnation leis and white gloves.
Bette Midler re-embraces her Hawaii roots, and does a benefit Honolulu concert for the needy.
The University of Hawaii becomes synonymous with having a world-class ______ (fill in the blank).
Americans know as much about the rest of the world as the rest of the world knows about America.
Babies are never abused.
The cliffside trail to surf off Diamond Head is just a little bit easier to climb up and down.
The gun of former Honolulu resident Mark Chapman misfires and Beatle John Lennon lives on.
Dalton Tanonaka is a veteran print and broadcast
journalist who's worked in Hong Kong, Japan, the
mainland and Hawaii. He can be reached by
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