Archive for August 2011

Friday5 for July 15, 2011: Long journeys

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From Friday5, July 15, 2011. It’s late, I know, but I couldn’t resist.

1. What is the longest distance you’ve traveled (in one trip) by foot?

26 miles, 385 yards – the length of a marathon. I’ve made that trip eleven times, always on the second Sunday in December. Although my time in making that trip has varied widely and trended up in recent years (from close to four hours to almost six).

2. What is the longest trip you’ve taken by car?

I believe it was in February 1994 (or possibly 1993). I was in college then, and my RA asked me on a Friday night to help share in the driving from Portland, OR to Palo Alto, CA so that her mom could attend a funeral. I was reluctant at first, as I had never driven on the mainland up until then, but agreed. We picked up one of her friends in Eugene, then we shared the driving through the night and the next day. We spent Saturday night and Sunday in San Francisco, then drove back, making it back to Portland early Monday morning. It was about 661 miles going and coming back.

The longest road trip I’ve done solo was from Portland to Seattle to Vancouver to Portland in 2010 – 314 miles going and coming back.

3. What is the longest trip you’ve taken by plane?

From Honolulu to Osaka, about 3500 miles.

4. What is the longest trip you’ve taken on some kind of water craft?

Longest I can remember was on a recent passenger ferry trip from Seattle to Victoria, about 100 miles each way.

5. What is the longest trip you’ve taken aboard a bus or train?

Zero miles. I’ve never taken either between cities. Probably about 15 miles if you count public transportation.

Friday 5 for July 29: Public Options

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

OK, I know. It’s almost time for a new Friday5, but I figured I’ve been neglecting this blog for way too long. Plus, July 29 was my 39th birthday. Hopefully, I can do this once in a while in the months leading up to the big four-oh.

1. When did you last use a public restroom?

Not sure. But when I’m on a long run, say from Kapiolani Park out to East Honolulu, and nature calls, I’m not particular about where I do my business. True, the public park restrooms along the way leave much to be desired at times, and sometimes lack privacy (broken doors and such), but if you gotta go, you gotta go. Preferably in a place with running water.

2. When did you last ride public transportation?

Probably on Sunday, July 17 in Portland, when I took the MAX Green Line from my motel in Clackamas to downtown Portland. Frankly, MAX is one of the reasons I fell in love with the city. From a single line when I was in school in the early 90s, it’s blossomed into four distinct lines and more are on the way. I only wish Honolulu got with the program earlier.

3. How far away from your home is the nearest public housing?

I had to try to look it up on the Web, and unfortunately, the Hawaii Housing Authority site wasn’t too helpful. I’d guess that they’re all on the Honolulu side of the Koolaus.

4. Which of your public utilities is the least reliable?

I would probably have to say electricity, seeing that it’s subject to different failures from lighting and so on. Fortunately, we haven’t had any major water breaks lately, nor any interruption in phone, Internet, or cable.

5. What did you last view on public television or listen to on public radio?

Probably All Things Considered on HPR on the way home, followed by Evening Concert. I like classical music and it’s the only place on the dial one can get it here.