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My Hawaii postcard mystery. Quick Oscar picks. And inside the mind of a homeless man, via Twitter

So this is really bizarre.
Last week I get a postcard from Hawaii, with a picture of some dancing hula girls on it (that’s not it above, just a close facsimile).
The postcard reads: “Got your message. Happy Valentine’s Day from Kauai, Hawaii.” And it is unsigned.
I am immediately puzzled. I do a mental scan of my friends and family: No one I know is in Hawaii. And I don’t recognize the handwriting. And not many people know my new address here in Florida.
Still, I quickly deduce it must be from my friend Scoop, who goes to Hawaii once every couple years with her family.  Scoop is currently seven months pregnant, and I don’t remember her telling me she was going to Hawaii, but maybe she told me and I forgot. Plus, I had called her recently, so that would explain “got your message.”
I send her a quick email, thanking her for the postcard. She calls me 20 minutes later.
“Dude, I’m not in Hawaii. You think I’m going to Hawaii while pregnant?”
OK, so it’s not Scoop. I go back to being stumped. I scan my address book, my cell phone directory, all of it. No one could be in Hawaii. Finally, I vaguely recall something on my friend Tracie’s Facebook page about her taking a vacation. I call her, and she gets back to me Saturday.
“Nope, wasn’t me.”
Now back to square 1. I literally have no idea who sent me this postcard. And it’s driving me crazy. Wouldn’t it drive you nuts?
Anyway, consider this a plea: If you recently sent me a postcard from Hawaii, please tell me. Seriously. Thanks.
**2 p.m. update: I believe the mystery has been solved, thanks to a little birdie.

**Quick Oscar picks for tonight, with who I’m rooting for and who I think will win:
Best Picture: Rooting for: “True Grit.” Will win: “The King’s Speech.”
Best Actor: Rooting for: Jeff Bridges. Will win: Colin Firth.
Best Actress: Rooting for: Melissa Leo. Will win: Natalie Portman.
Best Supporting Actor: Rooting for: Geoffrey Rush. Will win: Christian Bale.
Best Supporting Actress: Rooting for: Hailey Steinfeld. Will win: Melissa Leo.

**There are so many ways to get your voices heard in 2011, and yet still, so many have no voice.
Which is why I loved this project by four college students, who have given four homeless men in New York City pre-paid cell phones, and asked them to Tweet about their lives on Twitter.
I’ve been following one of them, Derrick Wiggins, for a few days, and it’s a fascinating glimpse inside the mind of a person who truly is trying to get his life back on track.
The messages are simple: “I dropped off my resume at the YMCA, The contact person was unavailble. I hope to hear from him,” reads one.
But they are fascinating. Check him out when you get a chance, and really see how someone on the street thinks, and lives.

The beginning of the end for DADT. And Oscar nominees are out. Yay!

“I can not escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy that forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens” — Admiral Mike Mullen

It’s a rare day when I can look at Congress and say “Well OK then, today they made a difference, and today they matter.”

But as I watched and read about the brave and honest testimony of the highest-ranking member of the U.S. military command, talk about the foolishness and just plain wrongness of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I realized that today was such a huge day in our country.

Here we have a man who’s spent his whole career with soldiers, saying that is indefensible for America to keep hard-working gay and lesbian men and women out of the military.

All those Republican bigots and homophobes, all these years, have been saying that we should leave such a matter “to the generals,” because they know what’s best.

Well today, we had the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Defense Secretary, unveil a plan to finally repeal the hideous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

It may not happen overnight (and I think it’s crap that it’ll take a year-long “study” before the law is killed), but pretty soon, and not a moment too soon, gay Americans, who love this country as much as anyone else, will be allowed to help defend it.

That, my friends, is progress.

**Big Academy Awards fan here. Huge. Unlike the Grammys, where I have no interest and hardly have heard of most of the nominees, I love movies and try to see a lot of them ever year.

So I was excited the Oscar nominees came out today, and it seems like the voters did a pretty good job. I was very excited to see four movies I saw this year and loved (“Up,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “Avatar,” and “Up in the Air, my pick for best picture) nominated for the top award. I’d love it for “Basterds” to win, just to hear Tarantino make a crazy speech. I love that guy.

I think if Christoph Waltz, the SS military officer in “Basterds” doesn’t win supporting actor, there should be a criminal investigation. I’m stunned that an actress as limited as Sandra Bullock was nominated for best actress, but I hear she’s great in “The Blind Side.” (And hey, the other Michael Lewis wrote the book it was based on).

I think best actor has to be George Clooney or Jeff Bridges; best actress is wide-open; Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep are always worthy picks, but maybe Bullock or Gabby Sidibe (the woman from “Precious”) has a chance.

Finally, was thrilled to see Anna Kendrick get picked for best supporting actress; she was outstanding in “Up in the Air.”

Overall, I don’t see any major screwups with the nominees, but what do I know? I’m a guy who still loves “Side Out.”