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Reply Steve's Girl
3:41 AM on January 21, 2018 

I watched the Five-0 episode "Just Lucky, I Guess"  from season 2.


I always agreed , and still do, with what Steve has to say about being responsible for what you say and do, giving Marty Sloane (John Randolph) a dressing down. There Steve refers to the murder of the young prostitue Sloane had watched but not reported and who, as it turns out, is about the same age as Sloane's daughter.


But I think he means that you are always responsible  for your words and deeds,even if you are having a good time (to put Sloane's intentions into decent words) far from home.


Steve's words take root, Sloane will testify against Charley Bombay although folks at home will know that he had intended to go to a prostitute and a mere girl at that.


This episode shows very clearly the values that were very important  to Steve (and Jack !) . Values that , sorry to say, tend to be not estimated very high today.

Reply Kanela
8:26 PM on January 19, 2018 
Beautiful banner H50 for Jack's passing. I will be watching "Man of the West".
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
6:54 PM on January 18, 2018 

In Jack's Blog


20 Years Ago

Reply Steve's Girl
2:09 AM on January 15, 2018 

The picture came up for me, Monday morning 8:08, but thank you the "reloading tipp".


Great idea for a challenge, Honu!

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
11:42 AM on January 14, 2018 

More web provider problems, Steve's Girl. If a picture from a ME-TV quiz does not come up, then reload the page. If you still cannot get it to come up, let me know, and I'll e-mail you the picture in question.

Reply Steve's Girl
11:19 AM on January 14, 2018 

If you are not refering to the screen shot shown in Jack's Blog in "Another Online Quiz...", and I'm sure you don't because of question 3, where is this " Challenge "screen shot ? Please, enlighten me. Thank you.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
3:08 PM on January 13, 2018 

In Jack's Blog


A Mini-Challenge Submitted by Honu


In the Comments section, tell us . . . [Answer ONLY 1]


-- The name of the episode in which this screen capture was seen

-- The season in which this episode appeared.

-- The name of the character seen in the screen capture

-- The relationship of the character to Steve McGarrett

-- The name of the character's husband

-- The name of the actor who portrayed the character's husband


Reply Kanela
7:20 PM on January 11, 2018 

I have to agree also, Queen Elizebeth.Love her horses.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
2:21 PM on January 11, 2018 

Yes, Honu and Steve's Girl, Queen Elizabeth is a very special lady, at once both refined and strong. She is serving her country -- and, indeed, the world -- well. I greatly admire and respect her.


I also greatly admire and respect Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, who seems to be to be working hard to pull the nations of the world together, even as he defends his own nation from some not-so-friendly neighbors. After listening to him speak, I find myself wishing he were our leader here, in America. Yet, I know he is where he is needed. As the old saw goes, "Bloom where you are planted." He is blooming very nicely, thank you.

Reply Honu59
1:46 PM on January 11, 2018 
Thank you for your kind comments about "Autumn Leave," Steve's Girl. I had a good clear picture of the scene when I was writing that one and it's a particularly special story to me.
Reply Steve's Girl
1:09 PM on January 11, 2018 

Honu says: "...That story was sort of a follow-up to my story "Autumn Leave" ..."


I have just finished read ing "Autumn Leave". What a poignant story! Especially the part where Danny goes through Aunt Clara's books was very moving. I have many books myself, I'm working on cataloguing them at the moment, and I often wonder which ones to choose when the time comes when...


And I like the wordplay "Autumn Leave"/ "Autumn Leaf".

Reply Steve's Girl
12:30 PM on January 11, 2018 

I agree with you, Honu. What impressed me most about her was how she reacted when someone fired at her during "Trouping the Colour", the parade honoring her birthday.

I can't remember the year, but she was there still riding her horse , sidesattle. A pistol lwas fired at her, but extraordinary equistrienne that she is, she brought her shying horse under control.

When she was asked the following year to use a bullet proof car ,, she refused, saying that risking an attack like that was part of the job of any high ranking person who is seen in public often.


Chapeau - Her Majesty, a lot of other high ranking persons don't have your courage!

Reply Honu59
11:05 AM on January 11, 2018 
I have to say that I admire Queen Elizabeth. She has lead a long life of service to her country, assuming her role as Queen of England at the early age of 25. She even served as a driver and auto mechanic during WWII, which must have been unusual for a woman during those times. Not that I know a lot about her, but from what I've read, she seems to have taken her role seriously and throughout her life put her country above her own interests, which seems to be a rare quality these days.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
10:35 AM on January 11, 2018 

Mini-Challenge


In this day and age of political uncertainty, which present-day world leader is your favorite person -- and why?


Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
8:02 AM on January 11, 2018 

I went back and read your story, too, Honu. It is excellent! I agree. A late-life marriage to a woman with a career of her own might work. Even so, there would be obstacles. Both would be set in their ways. Could they bend to accommodate someone else at that point in their lives? I suppose that depends on the couple and how much they love each other. It wouldn't be easy, though, not as easy as television and the movies make it seem like it would be.


Honu's story and others can be found in Our Challenges / December 2014.

Reply Honu59
1:52 PM on January 10, 2018 
I'm glad that you enjoyed my little story, Steve's Girl. Thank you for reading it again. The wonderful thing about writing fiction is that one can imagine and write about several different futures for these wonderful characters. That story was sort of a follow-up to my story "Autumn Leave" in which Danny considers his future in light of what he knows Steve's life is like, and Danny realizes that it might be nice to have a wife and family to balance his work life.
Reply Steve's Girl
1:11 PM on January 10, 2018 

Very interesting points, Honu. A late-life marriage to a woman with a career of her own (a military career maybe?)  after retirement may be likely.

On the other hand only  this afternoon I read your very affectionately done "When I'm Sixty-Four" (Jack's 94th birthday) in which you describe a very realistic retirement scenario for Steve. So I think he won't be lonely after he retired. But that is not the question at hand.

Got kind of carried away. Sorry...LOL.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
10:58 AM on January 10, 2018 

Excellent points, Honu! Yes, a late-life marriage just might be the answer. I've often wondered whether investigators, intelligence officers, etc. worry about their families' safety.

Reply Honu59
8:40 AM on January 10, 2018 
Wow, what a question for a challenge! It's really hard to imagine the McGarrett that we know from the series as a married man. He gives his all to the job and it sure seems like he's "not the marrying kind." If he had married, say, in his thirties, I can see lots of potential problems, given his devotion to his job. And he would have the fear of his enemies harming his wife and family to retaliate against him. So I think that it was right for Steve to remain single for the bulk of his Five-O career. That being said, I can picture Steve being married later in life, perhaps approaching or after retirement. I can see him married to a strong, intelligent woman who has also had a career of her own and I would love for Steve to have the kind of happiness that comes from a good marriage in his retirement years. When Steve retires, a huge chunk of his life (Five-O) will be gone and I don't think that sailing, tennis and golf are enough to fill that gap. Steve seemed so happy with Cathi Ryan in "Man in a Steel Frame." I'd like to think of that as a glimpse of what a late in life marriage could have been for him. I think that it could work with the right woman.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
8:02 AM on January 10, 2018 

That's an excellent response, Steve's Girl! Indeed, it is lonely at the top. McGarrett seems almost to enjoy the loneliness, for his hobbies bespeak solitude, as well, such as when we see him working on his sailboat.


Does anyone have a different take on this?

Reply Steve's Girl
7:36 AM on January 10, 2018 

Mini -Challenge


Marriage is not for everyone and certainy not a "must-have" for everyone.


Considering McGarrett's past as a Naval officer and an agent of Naval Intelligence not to speak of his present as head of Five-0, he more or less led the life that makes a loner.

Working for Naval Intelligence he certainly has been on his own quite often. To be the head of Five-0 not only means high reputation - if the unit is successful, and it is - it also means being responsible for anything any member does or doesn't. Not to mention making enemies etc. In short: it's lonely at the top.


But McGarrett is used to this kind of life and good at it, otherwise he wouldn't have survived and got this far. It obviously agrees with his personality.


So he is certainly not the marrying kind.

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
8:01 PM on January 9, 2018 

Let's Have a Mini-Challenge!


Write a few lines in answer to the following question. Post your answer here, in the Guestbook.


Given McGarrett's personality, lifestyle, and the demands of his profession, should he have married, or was bachelorhood the right lifestyle for him?

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
1:35 PM on January 8, 2018 

In Jack's Blog


Discovering the Undiscovered Artist

Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
11:20 AM on January 5, 2018 

Thank you, Steve's Girl, for letting us know about The Strange Fate of the Morro Castle.


Here is the link to that novel on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Shipwreck-Strange-Fate-Morro-Castle-ebook/dp/B00KQZY3E8


I'm glad you like the Merchant Mariner section.


Reply Steve's Girl
1:35 AM on January 5, 2018 

I 've just browsed through  the Merchant Mariner section ( very well done - btw) and remembered that there is a very good novel about the "Morro Castle":

Gordon Thomas/ Max Morgan-Witts: The Strange Fate of the Morro Castle (1972). Maybe you know it.