Bourne Identity vs. Bathroom Identity

Scene from 2002’s The Bourne Identity:

Jason Bourne: “I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs 215 pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?”

Scene from 2017’s TR Fire Grill Waikiki:

Diane to Claus, upon first entering the restaurant: “When Olivia and I came here for the media preview, they had the speeches on those stairs over there. Beyond those stairs is the lobby of Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, which you have to enter to get to the bathroom.”

Claus at our table. Stairwell is behind him.

Claus: “I love the sequence of your description: Stairs, speeches, bathroom. That’s what’s important to you?”

Diane: “I’ve been a mom for ten years now. These are the things I automatically take notice of. I’m that scene from Bourne Identity, except I have the location and travel times to all public restrooms mapped out for the island of Oahu. I can tell you it’s 50 paces and one minute to get to this bathroom from our table- a right turn and a right turn out the door- and that it’s a two-stall deal. I know you need a keycard to enter. I have extra tissue in my purse, as well as hand sanitizer. Of course I know or have these things, because I am a mother.”

Claus: *eye roll*

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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. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. 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. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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One thought on “Bourne Identity vs. Bathroom Identity

  • June 15, 2017 at 1:40 am

    lol — that’s pretty observant. In a way, this is similar to my Mom when we eat at the Kailua Assaggio’s because she only wants salad from ONE server, Merrit, and nobody else. 😛


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