Looks Like We Made It!

Google now shows the Trog and Pony Website when you ask for it by that name! Yaaay US!  Made it even WITHOUT a “search engine optimization” service…

Dear Cretin Who Tried AGAIN to Sell Us Something: Clearly you’re not reading notes – or articles themselves (why would we WANT to bring more attention to a POST by Trog, anyway – one imagines we would want the WHOLE SITE to be more attractive, if we cared THAT much).  You are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? 🙂

Have a Nice Day, Cretin – Most Sincerely, TaPadmin 🙂

Lavender Oil – Smells Nice and It WORKS!

I’m not sure WHAT bit me and/or whether or not it had to do with being bit in one of the few… ummmmm… publicly-accessible areas of my body, which would be under my watchband on the left wrist (I’ve have worn a watch virtually EVERY DAY since I was five — and since I got my first “skin-diver’s” watch and most watches after THAT one were “water-resistant to 10-meters,” this INCLUDED in the water), but IT HURT!!! Continue reading “Lavender Oil – Smells Nice and It WORKS!”

Food Talk

Food  is expensive here.   We expected that, it is an island in the middle of a very large ocean.   Foods that are not grown here have to be brought in from far away places.  My plan was to eat mostly locally grown foods. Shouldn’t be a problem. My research showed that Molokai has at least 2 organic farms, a coffee plantation,  a macadamia farm and a ranch that produces quality grass-fed beef.

The problem is that the stores in Kaunakakai don’t seem to carry much of the local products.  Eggs, cheese, milk, and most of the dry goods and produce are brought in from the mainland.  The stores in Kaunakakai carry Maunaloa brand macadamia products (grown in Hawaii, but not on Molokai) at prices that are very close to what they sell for on the mainland. To buy Purdy’s  macadamia products, you have to drive out to the farm or order them online.  most of the meats and produce items are from the mainland, but a few locally grown items are available. The stores do have a delightful line of jellies , and a selection of pancake mixes that are produced in Hawaii.  I really like the passion fruit jelly and the pineapple coconut pancakes. Trog likes the chocolate macadamia pancakes.

I always try to eat locally. Buying locally produced items is a good way to give back to the community that is hosting you.  Local produce is generally fresher, which means that it usually has better flavor and texture and is more nutritious than fruits and vegetables that have traveled long distances.  Being a locavore  is also a good way to reduce one’s carbon footprint.

The tree that gives us free mangoes
The tree that gives us free mangoes

Kaunakakai does have a lovely Farmers Market every Saturday morning. A great place to buy tropical fruits, fresh greens, and delicious cinnamon rolls and home-baked cookies. Some of the prices are refreshingly low and some are shockingly high.  Not all of what’s on offer is locally produced, at least one vendor is reselling commercial produce, but I buy my pineapples from her and she has given me papayas from the tree in her parent’s yard.

To save money on food, it is important to check prices, shop around, and eat like the locals. Foods that are staples of the islanders (like noodles, bean sprouts, teriyaki sauce) are priced very reasonably.

It’s Aloha Friday! Let the Battle of the Bands Begin!

As mentioned in a previous post, the Hotel Molokai does an event on Friday (the ONLY day they DON’T have a “Happy Hour,” by the way), that features Hawaiian music.

It's ALOHA FRIDAY at the Hotel Molokai
It’s ALOHA FRIDAY at the Hotel Molokai

Turns-out that Paddler’s Inn (a review on that place another time – we’re giving them an opportunity to impress us a little better) does one as well — and they HAVE a “Happy Hour” on Friday (actually it’s a little closer to “most hours” Monday through Friday, 11:30 am — when they open — to 6pm).

Pony chooses Hotel Molokai as the winner for Aloha Friday — as previously mentioned, there are local craft people with displays in the hotel “hallway” (it’s open-air, so one imagines this might be “weather permitting” and I wouldn’t count on this if it’s raining) area outside the bar.   Continue reading “It’s Aloha Friday! Let the Battle of the Bands Begin!”

Note to Pitchmen – NO!

We have received validation for our policy to screen ALL postings to this site. Unfortunately.

Some cretin thought it was necessary to “comment” on a posting by Trog (bad choice of people to do that to, by the way – he hates SPAM, trolls, junk mail and wages an on-going battle daily with it, so REALLY, you’re annoying the WRONG GUY) about how said cretin could improve the ranking of this blog with Google, blah-blah-blah.

Dear Cretin: This is being done for fun. Not for Google and not for profit, so we don’t CARE if Google finds us or not (and we suspect they will ANYWAY because they ARE Google, so thanks for nothing).

Dear Scum-Who-Troll-Comment-Pages-And-Post-Irrelevant-Crap: Wanna talk to us? We have e-mail. Pitch to us there (not that we will give you any MORE attention, but we expect it THERE and NOT contaminating content). Do some due-diligence and see “Contact Us” on the main page.  And know we STILL don’t care WHAT our Google standing is – let along how you can “help.”

Dear Everyone Else: Sorry to be so mean about hanging on to comments YOU might make that would be welcome. But now you know why 🙁

“Uncle” Trog and “Auntie” Pony!

More on “sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name:” We showed-up for Happy Hour at the Hotel Molokai — this time, our waitress recognized us and addressed us this time by the honorific “Uncle” and “Auntie.” 🙂  Apparently we are also maybe joining the ranks of “regulars,” although in a hotel environment, a “regular” may also be someone who is seen for more than a three-to-seven-day period — we’ve been in Molokai for three weeks now  🙂

"Auntie" Pony and the Hotel Molokai Tropicolada
“Auntie” Pony and the Hotel Molokai Tropicolada

As used in Hawaii, this honorific is the “friendly” form of address, usually given to persons who are older than the speaker, but WAY less-formal than “sir” or “ma’am” one is usually addressed by on the Mainland.  No familial relationship is implied, of course — just a “nice-to-see-you” unstuffy approach to being friendly without being TOO casual (as in “Great seeing you, Trog! How’s it hanging?”).  Respect for elders – a tradition LONG since lost on the Mainland – still holds sway in the family-centered traditions of the islands.

As one NEVER addresses a sergeant in the military — even one that once WAS one — as “sir” (that’s how an officer is addressed, first lesson some unfortunate new recruit would learn — to the benefit of the rest of us), it is all the MORE refreshing to be so-addressed. as something other than “sir.”  And, like most men who leave the military service will do, I’ve let facial hair grow (just because I CAN — and it would be nice to see where THAT goes) Continue reading ““Uncle” Trog and “Auntie” Pony!”

Molokai Dining 101

Some things that would be handy to keep in mind about eating on Molokai:

It’s an island. EVERYTHING is expensive in Hawaii (if you notice the small-print in a lot of ads, you might have seen the “prices slightly higher in Alaska and Hawaii) and probably even more so on Molokai as they don’t produce a lot here (and even what they DO produce is not done so in any great quantity).  So nearly everything is IMPORTED to the island.

Molokai is one of the smaller of the Hawaiian islands and has a relatively-small population. They don’t have a lot of tourists like the other islands. So this is to say that they don’t even get to enjoy some of the cost-savings that might come with having Walmart, Costco or Smart-and-Final bulk prices. Continue reading “Molokai Dining 101”

After hours in Kaunakakai

From our position on the main street we could see the shadowy figures slipping quietly into the dark alleyway. We decided to follow. There was no traffic at this time of night so we quickly dashed across the street and headed into the alley. About halfway down a passageway opened off to the left. We veered into it and were warmly greeted by the strangers cued up at the open window. They recommended the strawberry and cream cheese version, but assured us that it was all good.
To those who have visited Molokai, this may be a familiar ritual. After the others stores have closed up for the night Kanemitsu’s bakery sells hot-from-the-oven loaves of their soft white bread, cut in half and slathered with the buyers choice of cinnamon or jam, and butter or cream cheese (or both). A fun outing, and a delicious indulgence.

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RSS Feed

Trog thinks it still is voodoo, but TrogAndPony.com supports an RSS feed.

RSS, generally accepted to mean “Really Simple Syndication,” is a standardized format for publishing frequently updated information and making it available to users.  To read an RSS feed, you will need an “RSS reader” (there are a number of free and paid programs available for all platforms — iStuff, Android, Windows Mobile, and for those of you who still have one, there’s even a version for Blackberry)(an RSS reader is built-in to Internet Explorer, but not Google Chrome – most RSS readers also have a version for desktop PCs). Continue reading “RSS Feed”