Master_Kaina

Michael (Kaina) Lepage
HI, United States
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I was first taught how to play chess in the 4th grade & have enjoyed it ever since (tho I have never played consistently until I joined Chess.com). I love strategy games of all kinds … All board games & card games of many varieties. I also love the outdoors, nature, beach, ocean, etc. & all that encompasses the island lifestyle. My full name is Michael Jean-Pierre-Kaina Lepage. My username is Master_Kaina based on part of my middle name "Kaina" which I went by as a kid along with the title of "Master" given to me by my grandmother. The meanings behind my names: Michael = "Who is Like God" >> Jean = "Grace of God" >> Pierre = "Stone, Like a Rock" >> Kaina = multiple meanings (as with most Hawaiian words) but interpreted to mean: "Younger Brother, Leader of the Land & Sea" >> Lepage = "Knight's Apprentice" >> However, in honor of my Hawaiian heritage, I have been considering changing my last name to my father's family name: Ho'opi'iaina = very loosely interpreted: "Food of the Gods, Royal Offering of the land." I am approximately 1/4 Hawaiian, 1/4 Italian, 1/8 French, 1/8 Irish, 1/8 Norwegian, 1/8 Other; & 100% mutt poi-dog! (ʻīlio). My maternal grandmother is from Europe & traveled about until she finally immigrated from Ireland to Canada during WWII & had children there (my mother is still a native Canadian & never applied for U.S. citizenship) which makes me & my maternal siblings the 1st generation of American born U.S. citizens on her side of the family. My father's family has a long lineage in the Hawaiian Islands, whom of course, were granted native U.S. citizenship after Hawai'i became the 50th U.S. state in 1959. I was born in Wai’anae, Hawai'i on the island of O’ahu. I was raised in various cities throughout mid-southern California ... Lived several years in Arizona & North Carolina ... Spent summers in Maryland & Delaware ... Traveled most of the U.S. until finally moving back to Hawai'i where I lived for several years only to leave for love ... I then lived in the mountains of Spruce Pine (Blue Ridge Mountains) with my girlfriend at the time & her two daughters before making my way to Texas to revisit family (whom I had not seen in almost a decade) & was stuck in Lubbock (Known for TTU Red Raiders football & the birthplace of the American singer-songwriter and pioneer of rock & roll, Buddy Holly). Now I have helped relocate my mother to San Tan Valley in Arizona where I now reside (temporarily) with her & two of my brothers. My plans are to move back home to Hawai'i as soon as I am financially prepared. I graduated with honors from CPCC in 1998 under my mentor Dr. Colquitt, double PhD holder, Director of the English Honors Program; I then continued my studies for a year and a half at UNCC where I made the Dean's List each semester & was accepted into the Golden Key National Honor Society. Among my mother & her three siblings as well as all of my five siblings & sibling's siblings, I am the first & only member on her side of the family to graduate from college. I do not know my father's side of the family. In my professional career I have two decades of managerial/supervisory experience ranging from warehouse & distribution to Building Management; but most of my experience has been in Retail Store Management. However, I have worked as an SMT Technician for IBM as well as an Aerial Lineman for Time Warner. Most recently I worked for five years as a Security Manager & four years as a Property Manager while living in Hawai'i. I have also been a freelance writer with a few publications in "The Spark" along with a couple of published poems. I also took third place in the "Young Author's Day" competition for a creative short-story that I wrote. My love for animals had me recently pursuing a career as a Pet Trainer (though it should be called "Pet Owner" training!) & until 12/20/12 I was a Pet Care Specialist but now I am pursuing a teaching career. My last job was with LISD as a Teacher’s Assistant (grades 7-12). As soon as I can afford to get out of default on my student loans my plan is to continue my education & eventually apply for the Doctoral Program. My Zodiac Signs: Gemini/Rabbit/Cat >> My spirit animals: Hawk/Bear/Owl >> My Favorite Animals: I love all animals >> My Favorite Colors: Crimson Blood Red, Pakalolo Green, Royal Blue (but I love the variety of all colors) >> My Favorite #s: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (yes all the #s are my favorite) >> My Favorite Food: Seafood, especially jumbo prawns (but I love all food when it is prepared properly to my taste). My Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake! My Favorite Drink: Mudslide (made with real ice cream) >> My Favorite Cars: I'm partial to the '69 Mustang & the Stingray style; also the '50s Cadillac Eldorado Tail Fin. & I love the look of Ferraris & Lamborghinis; Porsche; most muscle cars & sports cars; etc. (& the Dodge Viper is pretty bad-ass too!) >> My Favorite Music: Metal/Rock (but I've grown to love & appreciate all music that sounds good). >> My Favorite Football Teams: 49ers, Steelers, Raiders. >> Some of My Favorite Quotations: "If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain >> "Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality" - Michael Ellner >> "When society changes from its natural state of flux, to that which seems like chaos, the inner world of the superior man remains uncluttered and at peace. By remaining still, his self detached, he aids society in its return to the way of nature and of peace. The value of his insight may be clearly seen when chaos ceases." - Tao Te Ching >> "TRUST is NOT always LOVE ... & LOVE is NOT always TRUST ... you cannot ALWAYS trust the ones you love ... & you do NOT have to love the ones you TRUST." - Me >> "When you change the way you look at things ... the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer >> "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." - Ellen Goodman >> "The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat." - Lily Tomlin >> "You're the one who pizza-rolled Tinkerbell ..." - Sam Winchester (Supernatural) >> "Common sense is not so common." - Voltaire >> "Every true genius is bound to be naive." - Friedrich Schiller >> "I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." - Woodrow Wilson >> "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald >> "What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult." - Sigmund Freud >> "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." - Plutarch >> "You can do anything, but not everything." - David Allen >> "You can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar >> "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi >> "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson >> "Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny." - Lao-Tze >> "Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching." - Unknown >> "The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu >> "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." – Albert Einstein >> "The only thing money is good for is to buy your freedom." - Humphrey Bogart >> "The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least." - Dalai Lama >> "Under the green leaf hangs a little pouch Shaped like a gourd, purple and leathery. It fits the palm, it magnetizes touch. What flesh designed as fruit can this fruit be? The plump skin gives a little at the seam. Now bite it deep for better or for worse! Oh multitude of stars, pale green and crimson - And you have dared to eat a universe!" - May Sarton >> "Write your troubles in the sand, carve your blessings in stone." - Unknown >> "I reject your reality and substitute my own." - Adam Savage >> "What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the earth. If forests were our church. If holy water - the rivers, lakes, and oceans. What if meditation was our relationships. If the Teacher was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being." - Ganga White >> "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." – Confucius >> "You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time." - Abraham Lincoln >> "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." - Anais Nin >> "The most I can do for my friend is simply to be [her] friend. I have no wealth to bestow on [her]. If [she] knows that I am happy in loving [her], [she] will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?" - Henry David Thoreau >> "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." – Hilary Cooper >> "No matter where you go, there you are." - Confucius >> "Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu >> “It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind and a man's prerogative to change it back.” - Burt Reynolds >> “Why so serious?” - Joker >> “Life is found in the dance between your deepest desire & your greatest fear” - Anthony Robbins >> “If it looks good, smell it. If it smells good, lick it. If it tastes good, eat it. If it’s that good, FUCK IT!” - Me >> “A lion doesn’t [lose sleep over] the opinions of the sheep.” – George R.R. Martin >> “Not all those who wander are lost;” - J.R.R. Tolkien >> “If it's true that there was a Big Bang, everything that each of us are was once contained in that needle tip of highly condensed matter. Over time, the Universe grew in ways which enabled it to see and understand itself. We are the universe looking back at itself.” – Unknown >> “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Buddha >> "We do not see things as they are, but as we are." - Jewish Proverb >> "We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." - Author Unknown >> “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” - Bernard Mannes Baruch and/or Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) >> “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” - Benjamin Franklin >> "If you are not prepared to program then you are being programmed." - Douglas Rushkoff

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