Truth from Dare: Let it go

Jan. 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

When one year ends and another begins I try my best to close the book on the previous year and look forward to what’s to come. Of course I keep the memories of the good times but don’t like to dwell on the negative things and try to start the year with a clean slate. It’s unfortunate that others don’t roll the dice and see how this practice works.

As bothered as I was about the unfortunate encounters that occurred in various parts of the country between police and men of color last year, I was hoping that in 2015 we’d spark some progressive dialog that would lead to actual change. Instead I was alerted to the latest (and lamest) form of protest some have decided to engage in: disrupting Sunday brunch.

I completely understand the frustration these people feel with the system, but I can’t comprehend how interrupting innocent people’s meals is going to effect change. Simply being annoying for the sake of being annoying mitigates the attention paid to your message and hampers the chance that your cause will be taken seriously. (On a side note someone needs to bring those Sunday brunches with DJs back to Honolulu.)

One thing I can’t believe that was taken seriously, for a little while anyways, was the threats by North Korean sympathizers that they would attack theaters if the movie “The Interview” was shown. I couldn’t believe that theaters along with Sony Pictures caved to the pressure from a backward regime. Of course we all know that Sony decided to release the flick after all, which either was the most blatant display of backpedaling in history or the most genius marketing plan of turning lemons into lemonade I’ve ever witnessed. I don’t have any desire to see the film but do think those who enjoy mindless college stoner humor have every right to.

Meryl Streep stars in "Into the Woods." Photo provided by Disney Pictures.

Meryl Streep stars in “Into the Woods.” Photo provided by Disney Pictures.

I actually haven’t seen any movies lately. The only one that remotely interests me is “Into The Woods.” Any movie with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp playing storybook characters can’t be half bad. Though since I haven’t heard much about it I’ll probably save it for a bargain Tuesday evening.

This weekend is looking like a mellow one for me. Except for New Year’s Eve, where I went way too big, I’ve been on a bar-hopping binge lately. Right before the year came to a close I spent a week in New York City and I suspect that trip has left me a little jaded with Honolulu’s nightlife scene.

For those of you who have officially recovered from New Year’s Eve and are looking to party I’m sure you’ll find like-minded individuals at all the usual haunts. Friday, check out the new set up at Rumfire Waikiki. What was already one of the prettiest places to party has gotten even more amazing. And Saturday, dance your ass off at the Cash Cash show at The Republik. Unless you have tickets to Elton, it’s the only place to be.
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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