Dad vs. Jack in the Box

by Olivia Hansen

Dad was being nice by letting ME pick lunch after dance class. He said to me while driving, “Hey, Liv, where do you want to go for lunch?”

He isn’t a big fan of fast food, so I decided to take advantage of this. “Jack in the Box!” I happily yelled.

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His reply was, “Sweetie, I don’t think there is a Jack in the Box here.” It didn’t come as much of a surprise to me that he was the wrong man about fast food restaurants.

I told him, “Dad, there is one around the corner.”

Dad’s very happy (that is sarcastic) reply: “Honey, if there is one around the corner, then we can go there.”

As we turned the corner, there was a big red building with Jack in the Box words across the top. I gazed at a poster of a burger in the window.

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“Oh. OK. Fine. Let’s go,” Dad said and he didn’t sound happy.

In the restaurant, I ordered a double bacon burger with medium fries and a root beer. He asked to try my soda. “Yuck, it tastes like toothpaste,” he said as he thunked it on the table.

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Dad’s lesson from this experience – do NOT let me pick lunch.

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. One day, she might figure out how to put that master’s degree to use.

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