Transitioning

This past weekend was the club’s first long distance practice. It was awesome to see a half dozen boats in the water filled with the men and women of the club. The coach this season wants to bring the club together again and I am all for it, for too long it has been two separate programs. Looking forward to the coming weeks.

Aloha Friday

Been feeling lazy and not as motivated to go paddling in the afternoon but I always end up at the club site after work. If there are enough guys to fill a boat we’ll go out, get our workout, and if there are waves catch one at Pops and ride it in to the Sheraton. It’s still pre-season but I hope more guys will be coming out soon so we can train for a race before regatta starts in June.

Short paddle, new steersman, just so good to be on the water.
Friday night sunset gorgeous.

Hello summer my old friend

Paddling

Different name same blog I got tired of using Blogger hence the move, I’m hoping I won’t have as much trouble posting from my phone with WordPress. I’m well into summer with regatta almost done and by happenstance or circumstance I haven’t raced in nearly a month. I missed Waimanalo because of another engagement and then at Waikiki my crew’s outrigger broke during the race so we couldn’t even finish. The club is going to be transitioning to long distance practices soon and hopefully I can do two races, one in Kailua and the other in Kona. The regatta practice grind is gonna last for a couple of more weeks and maybe longer if the crew qualifies for the State Championships.

Comics read

I was doing well with my reading until I let Marvel Unlimited lapse. I’ll likely re-subscribe in August but take a break for the time being. Here are my latest reads: Amazing Spider-Man 102, Avengers 126, Captain America 176, Incredible Hulk 271, Tomb of Dracula 54, X-Factor 34.

Other activities

The big family trip is coming up soon at the end of July and I think we’re all looking forward to it. I’ve been taking the Boston to DH more often and sometimes I even manage to snap some photos, summer is my favorite time and I intend to enjoy the next month and a half.

Tuesday afternoon crowd.
Still grinding for regatta.
 

 

Out and about

Activities include:

Comics read
Amazing Spider-Man: 101
X-Factor: 25
Fantastic Four: 257
Incredible Hulk: 181
Justice League: 43, 44

Work related
I volunteered at the annual Friends of the Library booksale on Monday the 20th. A first for me and a return to the sale after close to 20 years. The school cafeteria where it is held was just as warm as I remember it and the heat took a toll on me because I was done at the end of my day. 

Paddling
On Sunday the 19th, Father’s Day, I got a sweet present from my family who spent the day with me at Nanakuli Beach the site of my third regatta race. Nanakuli is one my favorite places to race the water is so blue and clear and the start is just beyond the shorebreak so its a fast out, three turns, and back in sprint. I’m glad my family had a good time out there they really enjoyed the water. My crew did not do well again because our turns are slower than the other teams, this is where the other boats gain on us. 

My view of the race I snuck a camera on the boat and snapped this pic at the starting line.
Green flag means go Novice A crew! Thanks for the photo Dr. Pete Caldwell.


I did not attend a single practice this past week, I’m already afraid of the pain this coming Monday. No canoe race for me on Sunday the 26th because my wife has a luncheon planned.

Sunday

The second regatta race was held on Sunday in Kailua and the boy followed me. I was very grateful that he came with me and kept me company on the drive over the Pali, not much talk between us but at least he spent time with me. I had hoped my crew would do better than our 6th place finish but we had the wind and chop, along with bad timing, a collision at the second turn, and another near miss at the third turn going against us in one wild race. Live and learn, shake it off and on to Nanakuli for our third race on Father’s Day.

First turn in a three turn race.

Saturday Sunday Monday

Saturday

I went to a high school graduation for the first time in years this last weekend, well sort of. I was one of dozens of Junior parents who helped clean up the graduation site after the ceremony was done. Many hands made fast work and then the wifey and I assisted with check-in for the grad night party. The boy is going to be a Senior come August and the girl will be a Freshman. This past weekend was a little preview for what’s going to happen next June. This past school year was a successful one I felt for both my kids. The boy did a big school production and was involved in several smaller ones, he finally did a varsity sport and I particularly enjoyed going to his meets. The girl did her second year of middle school sports and she picked up the guitar at the end of the school year. The boy did well academically again and he even got a girlfriend. The girl not so strong in school like her brother but socially she’s fine with a core group of friends.

Graduation night chaos.

Sunday

First regatta race of the summer season at Keehi and my Novice A crew was the first to paddle and race in the club’s newly restored koa canoe. It was a great honor and I felt so proud to race in our canoe and not have to borrow one from another club. My crew finished fifth out of nine boats entered in our division and our time of 8m 17.5s was okay but I think we can improve on that and distance ourselves further from the pack. This is definitely the biggest and strongest crew I’ve been on and I hope we only improve, I feel really good about our chances of racing in the July 4th MacFarlane Invitational and the State Championships in August.

Rigging the newly restored Ka’ala, lashing the iako to the canoe.

Lashing the ama to the iako.

The Ka’ala’s first race in several years.

Monday

In reaction to last summer’s record breaking heat we had air conditioning installed at home on Monday and we even got to use it a little that night. The AC installer and electricians were working at the house for most of the day but after they left, in the late afternoon, I had a chance to walk the Boston at the beach and even shoot a little house porn.

Weekend wrap up

This weekend was a busy one for me. Friday afternoon I went paddling after work and it was a hard one with only eight guys split between two boats and fighting an east wind back from Kewalos to the buoy at Ala Moana Bowls. The end of practice was the best because of the wave we caught at the inside section of Pops no matter how small the wave is it never gets old.

Saturday afternoon I attended my first comic book convention at the Hawaii Convention Center. I volunteered with the Friends of the Library (FLH) which allowed me admission, $40 for Saturday only, into the event. I promoted the library system’s upcoming Summer Reading program and library card app while the FLH volunteer was handing out flyers for their upcoming book sale which benefits the library system. There were lots of cosplayers and I tried to get those with the best outfits to pose in front of my booth with a library card. I was also able to geek out a little and get some comics signed by Chris Claremont and Rick Hoberg and buy several trade paperbacks. It was a fun experience and I definitely want to attend another convention, I’m also sure I’ll be volunteering at this summer’s FLH booksale.

Sunday I went to Kamehameha Canoe Club’s final potluck of the preseason. The club will start their regatta season next weekend and I’m thinking the potlucks on Sundays will slowly fade away because their regatta race days, Saturdays, are very tiring. I would have liked to stay with Kamehameha but the Saturday race schedule conflicts with my work. Anuenue’s regatta season starts Sunday June 7th and while I’m looking forward to racing in the club’s koa canoe I will miss the paddlers at Kamehameha.

Lots of photos from this weekend especially the convention.

Friday full moon over Diamond Head just after sunset.

Rick Hoberg

Chris Claremont looks like he’s enjoying this story arc from Marvel Team-Up.

I got Chris Claremont to pose at the Friends of the Library booth!

Zatanna

Juggernaut

I know Deadpool is in the middle.

Boba Fett on the right.

The Shredder

The Punisher and the Kingpin

Wonder Woman and two Captains.

Domino

Queen Amidala on the left.

Cat Woman on the left.

Harley Quinn

Sunday’s potluck