Archive for 2005

Final Sabbatical Thoughts

Sunday, June 19th, 2005 by Brian

Today is June 19th, 2005. One year ago I was about to witness my good friends Matt and Jenny marry each other and then set off for Europe. After being back in the States for 7 months, I finally got around to putting together a travelogue. I’m hoping I continue exploring the [...]

My first time getting Lei’d

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005 by Brian

It’s how all trips start. A click of the mouse or a reading of your credit card over the phone. The modern telecommunications infrastructure grants you your (usually restricted) pass to some place else. Last week, Jennifer and I jumped on a TravelZoo Top 20 special for a $375 5-night vacation in [...]

29 Years Young

Monday, September 12th, 2005 by Brian

Today is my birthday. For the first time since 2001, I didn’t feel the gloomy hangover of the NYC terrorist attacks. In some ways this makes me feel glad but at the same time I wonder if we’re just back to being complacent (especially in light of our poor response to Hurricaine Katrina)?
One [...]


Saturday, November 19th, 2005 by Brian

It’s time to boogey. We caught a taxi off to SFO and boarded the plane for Oahu. We sat through a 5-hour gas attack as someone near by kept ripping nasty farts. Not exactly the welcome wagon I expected. Although our descent into Oahu was pretty cloudy, the glimpses of [...]


Monday, November 21st, 2005 by Brian

Yesterday (Saturday), we rented a motorcycle here in Honolulu and rode out to the North shore across the island. It was a Shadow 600 which is more of a roadster than the Ninja I normally ride and the steering was a bit tricky to get used to. The guy who rented it [...]

Pearl Harbor and Kayaking

Monday, November 21st, 2005 by Brian

Today was Pearl Harbor day. Not officially or anything, but it was our scheduled day to see the USS Arizona memorial. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII and I really wanted to see the memorial. This was a running joke between us where I told Jennifer I would go on the [...]

An island so small, your cell phone works everywhere

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 by Brian

Ahhh… Monday. Monday was a big day with a hike starting off Pali Highway to Maunawili Falls followed by a visit to the Hanaloa blowhole. It was going to be around 6 miles in and out so we started at 9am. In the evening we had to be back for our pre-purchased [...]

Well deserved beach time; going home

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 by Brian

Today was our day of departure. We got up and walked down the beach to Duke’s for breakfast. Another buffet, but these places have buffet scrambled eggs down to a science with a little butter, some cheese, green and red peppers and onions mixed in. And despite our historically poor table karma, [...]

Gearing up for my first 25 Hour Enduro

Thursday, December 1st, 2005 by Brian

Although not exactly a trip or travels, I am going to chronicle my involvement in the NASA 25 Hour Enduro this year. This is an endurance auto race where the cars run straight for 25 hours. First place at the end takes all the glory.
My friend Marshall Pruett put together a team to [...]

Thursday Set-up & Friday Practice

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 by Brian

It’s early Saturday morning and I’m about to hop in the shower after a pretty lengthy 6 hours of sleep. Here are some brief notes from the weekend so far which, despite some hiccups, is going pretty well:

Thursday, 9:30pm – Mark and I arrive at Willows hotel, but the car is still at the [...]

Saturday Update

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 by Brian

Whew, a pretty long day so far. Some near giant problems that, through the skills of many talented and resourceful people, have been turned into minor problems dealt with in seconds at each pit stop.

Saturday, 9:00am – Hectic morning finishing up various mechanical tasks, a few more contingency sponsor stickers, getting the [...]

Sunday Morning Update

Sunday, December 4th, 2005 by Brian

Night RacingLong exposure shows the cars lapping for 13 hours of darknessIt’s 9:02am and we’re running P3. Lots has happened since last night. The lead Porsche rolled on the back straight after contact with the SSF BMW. The Hankook BMW came out at lap 440 with a rear wheel bearing failure and [...]

3rd Place Overall!

Sunday, December 4th, 2005 by Brian

A completely amazing finish for a car that had never turned a wheel in a race, the ART / Easy Street / Car & Driver / Subaru WRX STI has finished 3rd place in the ES class and 3rd place overall! It’s now 8:40pm and I’m back in San Francisco. After [...]