The walk and the tour

Just a short update on two not-so-important things.

The JDRF walk was this weekend. It was a fantastic event — they’ve been doing it on the island here for something like 16 years, and it’s evolved into a very smooth, well run event. We woke up that morning to rain — and a lot of it! — but it had stopped by the time we arrived for the pre-walk run and held off until after the walk was complete.

Thank you, for all that contributed in support of this. While I wasn’t able to meet my goal, I was able to help raise over $1000, helping Taylor’s team raise more than $8000 — far beyond their original goal of $5000! The wife and kids and I were talk of the 188 walkers on Team Taylor Kicking Diabetes — with TKD being the largest team to participate.

So, thank you. We had fun doing it, we enjoyed the morning and the great company on the walk, and we enjoyed being able to not only support Taylor and her efforts, but to help support research that will someday lead to finding a cure.

The walk, if you’re interested, started and ended in Kapiolani Park, looping around it and the (totally awesome) Honolulu Zoo. Here’s the map showing the location — yes, it’s right along the beach and yes, it is that awesome and beautiful.

Me, I loved the trees that lines so much of the route.

It helps that the view from the park features Diamond Head.

And if you’re interested, Taylor and her efforts have made the news locally here and here. Who wouldn’t want to report on a cute kid taking on an awesome challenge like this?

Now, about that IBOL World Tour.

This weekend, we’re flying to Oregon. Nothing like last minute details, right? Well, the Army was involved, so things tend to work out that way. The wife and maybe MIL and maybe even the kids and I are planning to go to Beaverton on Tuesday, 24 November — yes, just two days ahead of Thanksgiving. If you’re interested, we’ll meet at the Starbucks in Beaveton (11405 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005-2929) [map] at 1400 / 2pm. I’m using my Google Ninja Skills (GNS) to ferret out where the Sew Mama Sew folks actually do their magic, in case they can’t make it to coffee. But, by all means, feel free to stop by their blog and leave a comment of “OMG! OMG! IBOL Tuesday is next week!” and help me flush them out from their secret lair. (I actually favored calling it IBOLapalooza.)

And stop two on the world tour will be 03 December at 1400 / 2 pm. The Mountain Quilters Cottage isn’t too far from where I’ll be hiding out, and they’re open something like 10 to 5 on weekdays. I figured we could just meet there and chat. If things get really out of hand, we can head on over to the Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shop, though we’d need to see if it’s still open (I heard that it’s up for sale). A little ice cream never hurt, right? Lake Arrowhead is a bit more laid back — I figure we can just play this one by ear a bit more.

Interested? Leave me a comment, or just shoot me an email. And by all means — help me recruit others to come and join in the fun. I think Happy Zombie said she’s make the drive down to Beaverton (probably just to sneak at peak at the SMS Secret Lair, if I can find it). Not sure who else would show up in Lake Arrowhead, but I do know that the shop is wonderful.


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15 Responses to “The walk and the tour”

  1. MsMauri Says:

    We looked on the map and Lake Arrowhead looks like a nice day trip down from Las Vegas – let us know when and we’ll see how many schedules we can synchronize! I’d love to see you in your new tiedye!

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      Wow. That’s a bit of a day trip! Buuuuut, it’d be awesome to met you and share a cup of Joe! Anything keeping it from being safer and overnight? I am sure that Riverside, just down the hill, has some low cost hotel options.

  2. Gerrie Says:

    You want me to interrupt my turkey day manic cooking to have coffee with you and the family? I will have to go over the river and through the city to get there, but it might be worth it!

    • IBOL Guy Says:

      I’m sure you’re in talks with the wife already on this. If you’re feeling better, we’d love to see you — on whatever day is best!

  3. Sarah in STL Says:

    Sure wish I was closer to the west coast so I could meet up with you guys. Have a safe trip!

  4. Angela Says:

    Hi Art, lucky you to be back in paradise and walking around one of my favorite places in the world. Your pictures made me homesick for Oahu and particularly the park and beach where I spent many a day while a student at Chaminade – a long time ago! Glad you got home safely and by the way, I got your thank you note – what a guy!

  5. Happy Zombie Says:

    WAIT… You guys don’t go to the SMS Secret Lair without me please! I have activated my iCNS (iCal Ninja Skills). Hey… have you ever heard that saying, “a happy wife is a happy life”? Just an FYI… that Starbuck’s you chose is just across the parking lot from Noah’s. Ahem. Noah’s Bagels. AHEM. Lox and bagels.

  6. Robin Says:

    Will have a cup of coffee (and maybe a bagel too) with you in spirit from Michigan. Have a great time!

  7. stephanie Says:

    I wish your World Tour included a stop in Seattle! Let us know if you’re ever up this way!!

  8. terry grant Says:

    I’ll be at Starbucks in Bvtn. on Tuesday! If I owned any camo I’d wear it, but I don’t.

  9. IBOL Guy Says:

    Ok, big day tomorrow!

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