Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

A pre-WWII picnic

Here’s another intriguing old photo. It shows my mother in the upper right, sitting up on part of the old tree, hand to her forehead, and a group of friends spread out for a picnic lunch. Note the bare feet and what looks like sand in the foreground, but no one is dressed for the beach. Meanwhile, there’a building in the background on the left. To the far right, a set of windows. Windows on an old train, perhaps the one that went around Kaena Point to the North Shore? The group does appear more dressed for a day-trip on the train than a picnic on the beach. But it’s hard to say.

Click on the photo for a larger version to examine details in the photo. If you’ve got any good ideas of where this might be, please share!


More legislative frustration: “Mailbox Full”

A reader called my attention to another frustrating incident. After preparing testimony on a bill coming up for hearing, an attempt to submit the testimony was rejected because the committee’s mailbox was full. Here’s the error message.

From: postmaster@capitol.hawaii.gov [mailto:postmaster@capitol.hawaii.gov]
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 11:44 PM
To: xxxxxxxxx@hawaii.rr.com
Subject: Undeliverable: testimony SB 1085 for 2-6-13

Delivery has failed to these recipients or distribution lists:

The recipient’s mailbox is full and can’t accept messages now. Microsoft Exchange will not try to redeliver this message for you. Please try resending this message later, or contact the recipient directly.

Here’s what the reader had to say about the experience:

This is truly frustrating. I’ve taken the time to prepare testimony, and I can’t even submit it because the committee’s mailbox is full. (In addition to the direct email method, I tried the online method as well.) I wonder if other people are coming across this with other committees.

Anyone else run into this problem or was it an unusual event?

Meanwhile, I heard back from Dave Washburn, clerk for the House Agriculture Committee chaired by Rep. Jessica Wooley. Amendments to one of their hearing agendas was cited as an example of missed deadlines for posting of public notices in a post here on Sunday.

Dave said they were trying hard to make the key deadlines, and he believed those hearing notices had been filed well in advance of the deadline.

We’re comparing notes to try to determine where the apparent delay and missed deadline occurred. It’s good to know they are as concerned as we are to find the problem and get it fixed.