January 2nd, 2005

Happy New Year!

The first day of 2005 was pretty good for me. My family had a potluck at my uncle's house on New Year's Eve. We popped fireworks welcoming the new year. I went home and fell asleep and woke up late in the morning and checked my business and was happy to see that I got a couple of sales. I went over to my parents house to eat ozoni for good luck. I found out that I was printed in the Honolulu Star Bulletin for the ethics bill I passed last legislative session.

That night I went to Governor George Ariyoshi's house for his New Year's dinner and met an old friend of my grandpa Maurice Karamatsu. He told me a number of nice stories about how he was so humble when he was vice president of Duty Free Shoppers (DFS). He explained that my grandpa would buy gifts for everyone. He would personally greet tour guides and drivers that brought tourists to DFS. Apparently, he had taken a liking to this person I met at the party when he was a young college student at UH Manoa from Japan who was working at Pan Am. My grandpa asked him how DFS could improve their bags for the travelers and this young person gave such good advice that my grandpa took him to DFS' board meeting and later offered him a job at DFS, which he politiely declined. I was honored to meet another friend of my grandpa's.

Later in the evening, a number of my close friends came by my place and relaxed. I am so excited for 2005!

My general 2005 Resolutions:
1. Work hard on my ideas for bettering Hawaii and pass at least one of my bills.
2. Increase the performance of my business.
3. Improve my personal finances.
4. Exercise regularly.
5. Gain more support for my political campaign.
6. Enjoy my family and friends.
7. Network.
8. Travel.