Monday, December 22, 2008
We are visiting my parents place in Texas for Christmas. Dad is one of six guys that rent a hanger for their "Metal Feathers" airplane club. They build, restore and fly aircraft. Today the boys, dad and I went to Bourland airflield to see the newest addition to the Metal Feathers fleet. The plane is an RV-7 which the club has been building over the last 2 years. The plane is unpainted. It's still in its first 40 hours of flight which is the pre-certification period. After that time, the club hopes to paint the plane red, white and blue. I'm hoping I can help out some with the art video .
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
One of my bucket list items was to surf Waimea Bay. I know better to do that when its triple over head. Today it was 8' HAW, 16' FACE so.. I went for it. I had an awesome time and caught about 8 or 9 really great rides. Huge drops, long rides. No crowds. Unfortunately, the session ended with a sickening crack on a steep drop. The board split from the pressure of the water. I felt it through my feet. I got a a groin pull when the board separated, and the fiberglass scratched up my back a little. All good, but the $600 board is totaled. It was on loan too. Looks like I'm taking Greg Adams board shopping Monday.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Congratulations Olen Bruce for making it into the now infamous quinnzblog, you will be immortalized along side the Ikaika pumpkin and countless surfing scabs. I got a chance to hang with Olen Bruce, Rich Williams, and some IT guy at the Alion party following IITSEC (iitsec.org) convention at the Orlando trade center today. I'm attending the convention this week. All kinds of excellent government and industry technologies are showcased here annually.
Friday, October 31, 2008
We had a pumpkin carving contest at work today. Although the Makai engineering team didn't win, they were kind enough to let me take the entry home. Since Sue worked though, we put our kids together with the Mililani gang. No`i was a hula girl, Nate Spider-Man, and Ben a pumpkin headed -- headless horseman (sans stead). All of our kids tromped the area around Mililani Mauka Middle School, and we finished there for some community fun.
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Adams came over and watched the kids while Sue and I skipped over to Maui for a day and a half of the weekend. My buddy Ian was manning the Specialized Riding tent during the Xterra marathon over the weekend which made accommodations easy. Saturday we visited the Maui swap meet and Tedeschi Winery up on the mountain. Sunday morning we made time for a snorkle in Kihei. video
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Enjoying coffee before work with Hunny, No`i and Snowy this morning in Ewa Beach. We've got a 'system' worked out now where we get the coffee from the Buck, and a tastey breakfast sandwich at the Subway next door. As No`i's appetite has increased, we've had to cut the sandwich 3 ways. Looks like Snowy is making a move for the leftovers here. Bad bear!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We took the whole family to the Aloun Farms pumpkin patch this weekend. The farm is kind of between Ewa Beach and Kapolei just south of H1. Although the grounds are set up for hay rides and carny stuff, we only had time to grab a pumpkin for each kid. All the orbs are layed out in a tilled field, vines already cut, and no plants actually there. We suspect that the great pumpkin fairy perhaps cuts them and brings them over from the other side of the field when no one is looking. video
Monday, October 13, 2008
Ian came back from his Specialized Riders gig at the Hawaii Ironman in Kona. It's probably the biggest event in that (masochistic) sport. I don't know much about it but here's a link to Ian's blog kine and you can probably dig in for yourself. Ian and fiance Mary are stopping back through Oahu on their way back to San Jose.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Today was probably the first big North Shore swell of the season. I paddled out at Chun's just a little after sunrise. It was a good session, kind of smallish, but I did manage to drop in and get some cuts back over the lip on the small board.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It wasn't a get out swim but Ernie Challenged us with a very difficult, swim until failure set. The idea being, you'll never make the last repetition but go for it anyway! I made the free, the fly wasn't quite fast enough. No matter... it was fast enough for this old man.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The way we get to live forever is
through memories stored in the
hearts and souls of those whose
lives we touch. That's our soul
print. It's our comfort, our
emotional nourishment at the end
of the day and the end of a life.
How wonderful that they are called
up at will and savored randomly.
It seems to me we should spend our
lives in a conscious state of
creating these meaningful moments
that live on. Memories matter.
Television and radio personality
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Honolulu Advertiser, Sept. 19, 2008: Duo Swims Pailolo Channel
O'ahu residents Quinn Carver and Bill Goding swam the 8.5-mile Pailolo Channel, from Maui to Moloka'i, in 4 hours and 23 minutes on Sept. 13. Due to the light kona winds, surface conditions for the swim were ideal, the duo reported. Maui resident Sidney Akiona provided navigational and boat support during the crossing.
More pics here
Saturday, September 6, 2008
We had the annual company lunch picnic today. This year it was held at Ala Moana park across from the mall just outside of Waikiki. Sue and I dared to bring all the kids out to the picnic which started at 10. I also brought my board but didn't use it till the picnic was over. We all had bentos for lunch and played lots of team games like volleyball, 3 legged race etc. In one of the games, teams were required to make the longest line possible using only the articles of clothing they were wearing. As you can see from the picture Nate was ALL IN! (Video)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Here is a lame exercise in how to blog on a day that was completely lame. Turn it into a lame comic strip. People will read about your lame day and maybe not even know it was lame! For more lame fun, count the number of times I said lame in this lame entry. See you lamer!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Labor Day was today. Instead of doing the Waikiki Rough Water Swim and paying the $100 late registration fee, I just got up and did big run. Whatevers, next year, bla blah. Sue made a big family breakfast and we all headed up to the top of the Westside. Destination: Yokohama Beach, the end of the road. We enjoyed the beach for about an hour and a half and then headed back South. We stopped at the Makaha Resort on the way back and found that there is a decent casual dining at the Nalu Grill restaurant right near the golf course club house. I recommend the ribs!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It was pretty small on the South shore today so I took Ben and the long board for some surf lessons. He caught one and rode it on his belly for about 40 yards. Meanwhile I tried to keep up with flippers and swim gloves.
After Sue headed out to work we went to the Strike Zone at Fort Shafter where Ilikea celebrated her 10th birthday. Pizza, bowling, cake, the whole nine yards. The kids were wired from all the sugar, lights and noise so I stopped by the park on the way home to let them run around some in the open air.
Awesome sunset tonight, and opposite it, a rainbow so wide I couldn't shoot it all in the same frame.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Suz and I went out for dinner at PF Chang's near Wards, while the kids were at home with a sitter. Afterwards, we went to a roof top party at the Windser. The party was hosted by Andrew's lady friend, Izumi. She had prepared some awesome Italian, and fusion style foods. We were full when we got there, we left REALLY full. Good times!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
The company I work for donated 26 old computer systems and monitors to the homeless shelter today. They've been gathering them up from the office and home donations. I went with three others and their pickups to drop them off at the shelter. They use the systems to help residents of the shelter access information online, and manage the resources of the shelter. Very humbling experience. Of the 290 people in the shelter this week, 99 of them are children....
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
It was pretty windy today, so despite reports of good wave size I went on a bicycle ride instead. I did a circuit through Iriqouis point and the opening of the harbor, then West on Fort Weaver, through Hau Bush, Coves, and White Plains and then back to home via Geiger road.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I took the kids to Schofield Barracks again after work, mauka side this time. We went to the Tropic Lightening museum on base. Allthough it was closed the kids did get a chance to play on some of the static tanks and guns out front. Before leaving the base and heading home, we stopped into the bowling lanes and had a quick game.
I had fun at work today, I figured out how to get a desktop Java app to take input from a Wii-mote. I proposed it as a way to demonstrate movement in a virtual training environment.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Over lunch hour I had dim sum (and then some) in China town with Eric again. We were full enough we thought it would be a good idea to take a two block hike up to Bethel St. for a cup of coffee at The Red Elephant before heading back to the office. Things seemed a little different at the typically hep coffee shop. I wasn't sure why at first, it just seemed a little more -- sparse. Then as we were fixing our Red-Eyes, Eric asked the barista for a refill in the artificial sweetener bin. The man behind the counter replied that they were closing tomorrow, and so they were just going to let stock run out, 'sorry'. Bummers.
This evening Greg and I went out for a full moon session at "Threes". At first I couldn't find them; I caught a few waves and ended up over at "Canoes" before I got out and walked back over to the jetty at the Hale Koa again. (Pro-tip: if you can't find a surf break, ask one of the metal detector guys on the beach). Threes was smooth, no wind, and almost overhead. Its a long ride to the right. There were about a dozen guys out and the sets kept coming, plenty for everyone.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
After teh Suz went to work, we went back to the movie theatre and reclaimed Ben's backpack. The theatre manager at Pearl Highlands was very nice. Afterward, we had snacks and playtime at Blaisdell Park down the road. Ben played football with the kids and developed a heinous allergic reaction to rolling in the grass on the way home. Gave him Benadryl and Soaked him down in Baking Soda water before bed.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This evening we went out as a WHOLE FAMILY (epic!) to see WALL•E the new Pixar movie at Pearl Highlands Theatre. For the win, we smuggled in McDonald's dollar menu items in Ben's backpack. The kids really enjoyed the movie. Naomi got a little restless in the last 20 minutes of the film, nonetheless, I was still able to console her and watch the movie from the access aisle. Ben left the backpack in the theatre, but I called back when Sue figured it was missing. They have it and will hold onto it for us.
I did pretty well at the Waimea Bay race this morning. It's one of the four races in the North Shore swim series. Unfortunately I missed race 1 and will miss race 3 this year, so I won't be in the overall tally. There were lots of dolphins out in the bay during the race. I could here them chirping the whole time and saw four that swam right under me in a pod. After the race they were jumping out of the water and playing around, just a half mile from the beach
Friday, July 11, 2008
There was a Sharon's Horse in Muncy Pennsylvania. Who knew there is a Ben's horse in the middle of the Pacific? I took the kids to "West Loch Shore Line Park" today. It's a isthmus shape piece of land sticking out into the North East part of Pearl Harbor with beautiful landscaping and it's just off of Ft. Weaver. There are lots of gnarly trees to climb and at least a dozen small fishing piers and couple of gazebos bordering the park.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sue and I had our 15th anniversary today. Sue left the kids with Destiny and met me at work. I pau'd at 3 turtles and we went down to Aloha Tower area and got pupu's at Don Ho's. We boarded the Star of Honolulu around 5 and sailed off to Diamond Head and back over dinner (crab legs and steak .. Sue not so hungry). The rocking kind of got to us, so we went outside.. much better. I'd recommend sitting in a non-enclosed dining room if we did it again. Sue got a ton of good pictures. This one... was taken by someone who only spoke Japanese and thought that a snapping handshake was amazingly funny (actually its just hopelessly 80's). After we got back in we just malled around some more and went to Gorden Biersch for a bit before heading back home. Good Times!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A first. We took the whole family to Pokai Bai. Daddy saw some spinner dolphins while we were there and swam out to say hi. Funny the sounds they make in the water. We splashed around with the kids. Naomi is getting comfortable in the water again, and will even float for a few seconds on her back. Okay! so what, she was wearing a life preserver :) On the way back from Pokai we scored the dollar menu at a West Side McDonald's and scarfed it down at Tracks beach. This was supposed to be a picture but I set the delay setting wrong.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
With gas prices going up and my car always on the verge of break down, I opted to do my return commute on the bike today. I took the bike trail home (where I could). Here is a shot in my favorite stretch just as the trail starts coming into Waipahu at the very North West part of the harbor. This is where the ghost fleet is parked. The first time you see it it's kind of creepy. Anymore they look more like lazy giants to me.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I got into work today soooper early so that I could grab an after work session with Gene, John an dem. I cannot disclose where the session was b/c it is a SECRET SPOT (sssshS!! *spittle*). Anyway it was overhead and awesome. Gene and I had beers and pupus at Dixie Grill afterwards and I took Kam highway home. The sunset over the Waianae range was awesome. Little shafts of light came over the top like fingers.
Monday, June 30, 2008
I took the kids to Ko`olina Lagoon 4 today after work. We had dropped by Sunny D's in Waipahu to see if they could fix Trib's Euk on the way out (they can't). After we left the lagoon Ben realized his slippers were missing. We doubled back to get them. The slippers were still there, white coral rocks on them holding them down. I got out with the iPhone and the Euk walked over to them and snapped this shot as the sun was going down. Yeah -- it's like that.