February 18, 2009

Why did I pre-order? [grumble, grumble]

Filed under: Hawaii Media,Hawaii State Politics — Doug @ 6:25 pm

Okay, I gotta admit that I’m feeling like a sucker for pre-ordering my copy of Cayetano’s memoir. After pestering the publisher for more than a year(!) while the publication date was repeatedly pushed back, I ordered my copy as soon as the website would take my money. It said books would be delivered February 13. I still have not recieved my pre-ordered copy.  A Friday release followed by a holiday weekend contributed to the slow shipping, of course. But on Sunday I see stories about the book in the Advertiser and Star-Bulletin. The Advertiser also published four consecutive days of excerpts from the book, and today we see the Capitol Notebook blogger flogging the autobiography, too. That’s a lot of free publicity and can’t hurt sales…

I feel like one of those Harry Potter dorks who did not go to the midnight release party and is forced to avoid the media and their friends (well, some of those dorks have more than one friend, anyway). When will I get my copy, dagfunnit!? :)

I did sneak a peek at the story sidebars to see that Cayetano will be signing copies of his book in a few weeks. I’ll be there! …if I have my copy in time.

UPDATE: I received my copy in the mail today (i.e. February 20). Postmarked on the 19th(!). Now I really feel like a chump for pre-ordering and paying for shipping when I could have went down the road to a bookstore last weekend and avoided shipping fees altogether…


  1. Your fascination with this AUTObiography and its author utterly elude me. Unless it’s the the dirt he dishes on other politicans and you can get that off DePledge’s ‘blog. You actually paid money for that?

    DOUG: You’re entitled to your opinion, Ted. Now go re-read your Harry Potter. [wink]

    Seriously, though, I liked his style. I cut my legislative staff teeth while Cayetano was upstairs and I missed him when Lingle took over.

    Comment by Ted — February 18, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  2. You wouldn’t say that if you had worked a major committee. But perhaps since you worked for Nestor – well – there may have been something to that particular political relationship.

    DOUG: You wouldn’t say that if you actually knew me. But perhaps since you only hear a few hundred words from me at a time – well – that may explain the presumptuousness of your pop psychology analysis.

    Comment by hipoli — February 18, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  3. Ashamed, I am. Under a rock, I have been living. Cracked the cover on a Hogwarts tale, I have not, ever. Found, and watched, an episode of “Lost,” never. Give me Faulkner and a glass of fine Bourbon, and content I shall be. OK, HGTV, History Channel and other high number cable offerings, too. I’m not THAT high-brow. But, while Ben was far more entertaining than (but just as madening as) Linda, the man had no discernible sense of humor. Taciturn, cantankerous, curmudgeonly qualities a man does not make.

    Comment by Ted — February 18, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

  4. Doug: I think you have a “man crush” on our former Gov.

    Comment by Cathy — February 18, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

  5. Doug, I DO know you.

    That wasnt pop-psychology. That was, perhaps, just perhaps, while you nestled up with Nestor – you saw or experienced a different Ben than the rest of us who were slaving away at A-bracket committees did while we were taking his ass on. I’m giving you that because maybe that just was your experience, and good for you if it is.

    That said, I do have a dear friend who swears Ben was a decent Executive Branch administrator. Ok. Possible, I guess. Thats definitely different skill sets than dealing with the Legislature.

    I wouldnt know. I was too busy being part of the crew that was taking his ass on.

    DOUG: Ha. I’m supposed to take the word of a pseudonymous person and trust that you “know” me? Lose the pseud (you have my email address) and I’ll be the judge of that. Until then, I don’t have to take you at your (anonymous) word. Why should I? Seriously, would you trust anybody who said they knew you but would not reveal his name. Sounds like stalker-kine stuff, doesn’t it?

    Comment by hipoli — February 19, 2009 @ 6:53 am

  6. Sickened by politics in general, the excerpts they have been publishing about Ben’s book confirms that politics is nothing more than petty provincial popularity pageants and that Ben, in his gesture towards lacking any tact or sense of manner, does what no previous governor could do. Tell us how idiotic and moronic our fearful leaders really are and how politics is glorified high school melodrama.

    I’m sure the Bishop Estate section is full of firecrackers the way Ariyoshi’s chapter on tree planting never could be. If I ever get around to reading it, I hope it is not an apology for corruption the way Takabuki’s book was. The end there was a real let down — “look how we fucked you all over, and I’m so proud of it, I did it for my peeps.”

    Comment by line of flight — February 19, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  7. Cayetano once remarked that he would let the historian decide about his time and place in Hawaii’s story . . . but I guess he decided why not contribute your own draft? Insiders always have great “insights” about “what really happened” and what a certain policymaker is really like, but often you can only get those over a glass of wine, a shot of bourbon, or during a deposition. BJC may have a limited perspective even from the Fifth Floor but I’ve always found it interesting to compare versions of stories (and memory can certainly be colored to protect your friends and tar your enemies).

    Comment by SamGamgee — February 20, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

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