Truth from Dare: Giving thanks and goodbye

Nov. 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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ASSOCIATED PRESSA group of protesters stand in front of  the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday.


A group of protesters stand in front of the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday.

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

The bad news just continues in the last leg of the year. While I’m one who is always looking for ways to slow down the hands of time, I’m ready to give 2014 the F-bomb and send it on its way.

Unrest in Ferguson since the grand jury in the Michael Brown case decided not to indict the officer who shot the unarmed teen has been heartbreaking. I completely understand the frustration those demonstrating feel. After Proposition 8 passed in California — taking away the right for same sex couples to marry — I joined thousands illustrating their disappointment with the action in a two-mile march across West Hollywood.

Of course, this group would have been more likely to paint the town in the colors of the rainbow than riot and loot. Which brings me to my point: when you destroy property in your own community and torch businesses owned by people who are part of the struggle, you do nothing to honor the memory of the victim. Furthermore, you give ammunition to the broken system that allowed the tragedy to happen by behaving like Neanderthals as the rest of the country watches.



Bill Cosby.

The other current topic I’m fixated on right now is the Bill Cosby scandal. Like most in my demographic, I grew up on “The Cosby Show” and Jello pudding pops, so I’m shocked and bothered by the allegations that have surfaced.

And yes, we’re a country that says one is innocent until proven guilty — but when one woman after another comes forward and describes very similar scenarios, I can’t help but think there’s something to their stories.

Of course, not everything going on in the world is bad right now. There’s a lot to be thankful for. I’ll try to hold on to that thought and immerse myself in those things for the remainder of the year.

One thing I’m thankful for is getting off the rock for the extended weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the aforementioned West Hollywood, so when my friends around the country suggested we meet there for Thanksgiving I jumped at the chance.

For those of you not familiar with WeHo, it’s located in central Los Angeles and is a mecca for shopping, clubbing and dining. What may be the best thing about it is almost anything you need is within walking distance.

If you’re staying in Honolulu for the holiday weekend, there’s a lot of stuff going on that doesn’t involve staying up until the wee hours to get a jump on your Christmas shopping.

The one thing I’m bummed about missing is Peter Hook and the Light on Friday. Peter was the bassist and vocalist for New Order and Joy Division; when I heard they were going to play all the hits from both bands, I immediately considered skipping my trip. I decided to forgo the concert instead, but if you’re here and a fan of the ’80s, you don’t want to miss this show.

I’ll report back on my shenanigans in the City of Angels soon. I’m sure the trip will be a welcomed dose of fun.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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