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Jan 5, 2013

F.O.M.#1: My Parents Slept Naked

Up to no good

F.O.M. = Flood Of Memories

Writing a blog and posting it has brought back a flood of memories:  some of them initiate in my own brain, some of it comes as the result of other people.  Writing a blog has helped me reconnect with people and the result is often gobsmaking!

Such a gobsmacker occurred over the holidays when I received an email from Betty Barton, who was in my kindergarten class in Denver about 58 years ago.  She had randomly gotten to my blogpost titled “I am Gloria Etzbach” and she  emailed me to see if I was that Gloria Etzbach.

Could there be any other?  Well, there was my mother but she would never write a blog.  Beside the point.  Betty and I have a budding correspondence going and she is reminding me that I have always been that Gloria Etzbach.

to wit:  ” I also recall one time in class when, for god knows what reason, we were talking in class about night-time rituals or habits or something.  It may have been when John Glaser announced that he watched Jack Paar every night, which everyone thought was immensely cool and sophisticated.  In any event, you announced to the class that your parents slept without any clothing…..Do you remember that????  Too funny. Whichever teacher we had then kept trying to dance away from the topic and kept making little breathless comments like, “Oh, I’m sure they wear some…thing….” but you kept swinging back to it – fairly emphatically, in fact, with this enormous grin on your face. You probably advanced all of our collective consciousness in one fell swoop – and in a much more obliquely instructive fashion than the blasted birds & the bees chat we got later (you probably missed that experience as well…think that was in 6th grade).” ~ Betty Barton

I am sure it was my mother’s idea, sleeping naked, because she always felt better without her clothes.  Still, in the times of Father Knows Best and Leave to Beaver, parents tucking into twin beds with full length pajamas … this is just another thing that points to the fact that we were not the all American family.  Or maybe we were, and other kids knew enough to keep it quiet.

This reminds me of a time I remember when Daddy took me and my brother Don out to breakfast on a cold and windy January first.  After we had settled in, I stood up and told the waitress, in my always unmodulated voice, that our mother couldn’t come because she was sick.  The entire restaurant burst out laughing.  This is how my unintentional sense of humor began to develop.


Jan 2, 2013

The Smartest People in Hawai`i

On December 5, 1990, Brook and I officially registered Garvey + Gramann .   Shown here is the mailer we sent out (written by our friend, Brian Gallagher).  It said:

“A Woman’s Place Is In the Market”

And these two know the market inside out.  They know it doesn’t take a hundred thoursand dollars to get effective market exposure.  They know how to help an independent business grow.  They know how to identify and reach the people you really need reaching, without spending too much on too many.  Take this postcard for instance.  They didn’t just pick your name out of a hat.  And they didn’t waste a penny of your,s either.  If you could use a combined 25 years worth of experience, Gloria Garvey and Brook Gramann are right on the money.

Brian wrote an alternative one that said “Two bitches who know their shit.  They will tell you you bought the wrong media.  They will tell you your strategy is non-existent.  They will even tell you you married the wrong person…”

This past year, Garvey + Gramann paid off its last bills and closed up shop.  At one point during our career as Hawai`i’s first (and best) branding consultants, we started going to conferences on the mainland, and joined the Design Management Institute.  That is one way we became the smartest people in Hawai`i.

Our first promotional efforts relied on postcards, not exactly like the one shown here.  My husband would draw them, as cartoons, and we sent them out on holidays when people did not usually send cards:  halloween and the summer solstice to name two.  The theme was always branding, and it feautured two little Eloise-like girls shouting out the message  to our customers.  One of the postcards lead to a big job in Hilo.  Others led us to the many small businesses in the state who fly under the radar, making millions of their own dollars every year.

Previously, at big agencies, we worked with people who weren’t spending their own money.  At Garvey + Gramann  we worked with people who were — it makes a big difference.  If we were to list all of the companies that we worked with we would miss someone and have to feel guilty about it for the rest of the 21st Century.

It’s sufficient to say that over the 20 years of our business we worked with most of Hawai`i’s most famous brands, and we made a number of Hawai1i’s brands more famous.  We are really proud of our work, the results of which you can see at Pictures Plus, Kahuku Brand, Hawai`i’s Seal of Quality to name a few here — and helped launch franchises on the mainland, including Eagle Leather in Seattle and Thinkertots in New York.

In 2005 we decided to apply our knowledge and put our own money to work, to create Hawai`i’s best bath and body brand, Lanikai Bath and Body.  Eight years later, we have a very successful business, built on the knowledge we acquired and shared with others for the previous 20 years.  Well known Hawai`i ad guy Rich Peck says that we are the only people he knows in the ad biz who put their money where their mouth is.

Garvey and Gramann are still right on the money.



Dec 17, 2012

Statement on the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye from his office…

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

His wife Irene and his son Ken were at his side. Last rites were performed by Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, his son Daniel Ken Inouye Jr., Ken’s wife Jessica, and granddaughter Maggie and step-daughter Jennifer Hirano. He was preceded in death his first wife, Maggie Awamura.

Senator Inouye’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the extraordinary care he received.

The story of Dan Inouye is the story of modern Hawaii. During his eight decades of public service, Dan Inouye helped build and shape Hawaii.

Senator Inouye began his career in public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He served with ‘E’ company of the 442 Regimental Combat Team, a group consisting entirely of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Senator Inouye lost his arm charging a series of machine gun nests on a hill in San Terenzo, Italy on April 21, 1945. His actions during that battle earned him the Medal of Honor.

Following the war he returned to Hawaii and married Margaret “Maggie” Awamura, and graduated from the University of Hawaii and the George Washington University School of Law.

After receiving his law degree, Dan Inouye, returned to Hawaii and worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu. He recognized the social and racial inequities of post-war Hawaii, and in 1954 was part of a Democratic revolution that took control of the Territorial Legislature.

Following statehood in 1959, Dan Inouye was privileged to serve as Hawaii’s first Congressman. He ran for the Senate in 1962 where he served for nearly nine consecutive terms.

Dan Inouye spent his career building an enduring federal presence in Hawaii to ensure that the state would receive its fair share of federal resources. He worked to expand the military’s presence on all major islands, stabilizing Pearl Harbor, building up the Pacific Missile Range and constructing a headquarters for the United States Pacific Command.

He has worked to build critical roads, expanded bus services statewide and secured the federal funds for the Honolulu Rail Transit project. He championed the indigenous rights of Native Hawaiians and the return of Kahoolawe.

He fought for the rights and benefits for veterans. Senator Inouye has left an indelible mark at the University of Hawaii, including support for major facilities and research assets. He has long supported local agriculture and alternative energy initiatives.

Dan Inouye was always among the first to speak out against injustice whether interned Japanese Americans, Filipino World War II veterans, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.

A prominent player on the national stage, Senator Inouye served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Commerce Committee and was the first Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

After developing a reputation as a bipartisan workhorse, who always would put country above party, he was asked by the Senate leadership to chair the special committee investigating the Iran Contra Affair. This was after a successful tenure as a member of the Watergate Committee.

When asked in recent days how he wanted to be remembered, Dan said, very simply, “I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did OK.”

His last words were, “Aloha.”

Dec 17, 2012

Brown Bag Christmas

Christmas Tree 2012

This year, Ian and I got our Christmas tree at Aikahi shopping center where they always have reliable, excellent trees.  If it were not for tradition, I would buy an artificial tree. The one we bought — about 9 feet — cost $235.  I have been saving up for it all year.    We drove home with the tree tied to the top of Ian’s Jeep and stopped at the drugstore … a tourist photographed our arrival because it is really hard for people who live in the cold to “get” Christmas in Hawai`i.

This year’s tree is pictured here, and while  it is pretty I think it is a control freak tree. If you can’t see what I mean .. oh well.

I went to our local crafts shop and also to our local Christmas shop and bought new ornaments because ours were getting old and tatty.  Ian and I searched all of Kailua  (via his Galaxy Note) and to our dismay there was no tinsel/garland left anywhere.  We ended up at Walgreen’s and bought the Hole-y Cows that Ellen is promoting on her show for Mark, who will torture his students with it, and Lily and Jack who will torture each other.

Among our Christmas stuff, that everyone has in an attic or an obscure closet in their house, I found a box full of ornaments in brown paper bags.  So that’s where they went!    Three or five Christmases ago, I was Christmas-ed out by the time we got our tree and Christmas Eve dinner rolled around — our tree having with just lights and tinsel/garland.

Not being a game person, I nonetheless tried to make a game out of the ornament hanging to make it look like I had planned it all along.  I bagged about fifteen bags of three ornaments each and told my guest that they were  to pick a bag and help decorate the tree.  Of course, only one person followed suit, the good-hearted ever-faithful Elizabeth Lee, sister-in-law and mother of my nephew Lee Garvey.  No one  else even thought it was funny.

Oh well.  This year, found again, I un-bagged the ornaments and discovered that I had plenty of nice ornaments and didn’t have to buy new ones at all.  Oh well, again.

Mark has a field day every Christmas with this story.  I still don’t see why everyone didn’t want to help, since we had made a huge dinner as we have done for oh so many years.  Oh well.

Dec 14, 2012

Rose Beranbaum: Queen of Baking

Rose and Me. I looked better in tiny iphone photo.

Today I went to a presentation by Rose Levy Beranbaum, the Queen of Baking… she of The Cake Bible, Roses’ Christmas Cookies, The Bread Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible… at Leeward Community College.  They have a dynamite culinary program, headed up by Dave Maruyama, the former corporate chef for D.K. Kodama, owner of D.K. Steakhouse and Hiroshi (among others) in Hawai`i.

Rose gave a two hour cooking class and we sampled her Golden Lemon Almond Cake and her Deep Chocolate Passion Cake.  Onolicious, as we say here in the islands.  During her presentation, Rose told a great number of humorous stories, making specific points all along.  When questions were asked, she answered “What was your biggest influence on cooking?” by saying “Buddha.”  She was only partly joking.

She told a wonderful story about baking with her nephew who asked, when counting time, if he “counted faster, will it speed up the process?”  Baking is good for children–  because it teaches them “science, math and patience”

Evidently, when she started baking, most people (read: everybody) used baking chocolate, but she and one other person actually used Lindt chocolate bars when cooking.  When she told the store owner what she was going to use the Lindt chocolate for — baking — he didn’t understand why she wanted to use an expensive chocolate bar to cook with … Come to think of it,  I have not noticed “baking chocolate” in the baking section lately … it might be there, but I would never think of using it.

Rose and I go back a long way, without either of us knowing it.  She used to babysit for my boarding school roommates’ siblings, and made a lovely wedding cake at Mary Goodbody’s daughter, Laura’s wedding.  It was an exact replica of Laura’s grandparents’ cake … which Rose replicated from a photo — and it was beautiful.

I took copious notes, because Rose was full of excellent advice, which I share here:

  • Don’t bend down to your work, bring it up to you.
  • Don’t completely melt sugar in glazes, and it will give a “crusty” taste to your cake
  • Use an electric sifter, but don’t sift to integrate dry ingredients because it doesn’t work.  Mix them with your whisk in the bowl.
  • She does not beat whites separately for the Deep Chocolate Passion Cake — she puts them into the batter and then “beats it like hell.”  It looks like a pancake batter but rises beautifully.  I saw it with my own eyes!
  • Ganache takes hours to cool
  • Straining ganache makes it silky
  • Slivered almonds turn into paste easily
  • With the exception of chocolate cakes, she now uses non-stick pans without greasing and flouring them
  • She uses a “silicone rubber band” around cake pans to achieve a better result
  • Japanese “Wasambon” cake sugar is made soft and silky by hand massaging.  She witnessed it being done — simply spinning it in a Cuisinart does not reduce its size because sugar is such a strong crystal

P.S.  The seminar was put on by the Hawaii Culinary Foundation (I think that’s it) and Hayley Matson-Mathes who did a spectacular job organizing, and making it happen.    Local Levy-Beranbaum fanatic Hector Wong provided the kitchen equipment.


Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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