Breaking bad and writing bad, it’s all good

Editor’s note: James ‘Kimo’ Rosen will be writing a regular column for TGI.

There is a drama series on cable TV called “Breaking Bad.” This series is about a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal stage 4 lung cancer. To pay for all of his medical expenses — and secure his family’s financial future before he dies — this high school chemistry teacher decides to start cooking Meth with a former student who he once failed. I have watched all five seasons in 10 nights — live streaming, via Netflix. I am now current with only one episode remaining.

The show is as addicting as meth itself — not that I’ve ever done meth — and is considered one of the greatest TV dramas of all time along side the Sopranos. (

The term ‘breaking bad’ is a southern colloquialism which means when someone who has taken a turn off the path of the “straight and narrow,” when they’ve gone wrong. “Breaking bad” can imply loosing the path for that day or a lifetime. The slang, also, applies when kids want to have fun; they say, “Let’s break bad.”

Everyone needs to break bad — especially on the quiet serene cosmic Island of Kauai — to help one feel vibrant and alive. Living in Kapaa town — where people know things about you before you do, is the ideal place to not only break bad, but talk bad, and write bad.

You don’t actually have to break the law to break bad, you just need to break out of your straight and narrow. Breaking bad can be as simple as speeding in your car, enjoying it, and not getting a ticket. It could be finding a suitcase with $50,000 cash — not turning it over to the police, but keeping it for yourself after making attempts to find the owner, but just can’t. Breaking bad makes one feel alive. Everyone has broken bad at one time or another, and anyone denying it is simply lying.

There is also breaking bad news — when you have to tell someone that a friend or relative passed away. Breaking bad news is never fun; however, breaking bad can create excitement, and make life overflow to capacity. Afterall, every girl has a secret liking for the bad boy.

Writing bad sounds like something a writer does not want his name associated with, however, if you apply the same principle of breaking bad to writing bad, you may just come alive with a story idea or column that makes you feel vibrant, that makes you feel accomplished — because you do not follow any rule, you wrote bad.

Writing bad is something I never liked associated with my name. However, after breaking bad, I now feel confident and delighted in writing bad, since bad is good and good is bad.

• James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in Kapaa with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby


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