October 31, 2002
Road Rules in LA
Tonight, while on the way to meet Delara and her mom for a drink we hit severe LA traffic. Sean said it was the worst he'd ever seen and we had a couple of little moments. The first was going...
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Odometer update
40875 miles - 9.452 gallons 190 miles since last tank divided by 9.452 = 20.10 mpg...
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Legendary Delara
We are supposed to meet the legendary Delara tonight. Looking forward to having a drink and putting a face to an e-mail address....
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Kindness of Strangers
On the may to USC this morning, Nick and I were looking for a gas station on Burbank Blvd. before we got on I-5 south. Just before getting on, we spotted a gas station and after 5 minutes of maneuvering,...
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October 30, 2002
Tara Weaver - SF BootsnAll Party
Tara Weaver - Tara is an old friend of BootsnAll and a up and coming travel writer. She hasn't written for BootsnAll (that's ok, we still like her), but she is currently in grad school to work on her writing...
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Back in LA. @ USC today
I got back late last night from Texas and Nick and I are at USC today...right across from Tommy Trojan. The USC campus is beautiful. I have a ton of what I hope are interesting blog entries...so stay tuned. I'll...
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October 29, 2002
Craig Hermes - SF BootsnAll Party
Craig Hermes - He is currently training for the Aids Marathon and is gonna do Mt. Kilamajaro within the next few months. We had enjoyed his articles for years and Nick has sent his articles onto folks who were interested...
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Amy Scott
Amy Scott - Amy wants to go on a RTW trip some day...and currently works as a editor at Avalon Publishing. They produce Rick Steves books, Moon handbooks, and Eddie Hasbrouks Pratical Nomad books. She is a awesome and friendly...
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October 28, 2002
LA traffic
LA is famous for its traffic and tonight I was re introduced. Sean is in Texas at a meeting and I spent the day plastering the campus of UCLA with our flyers. At about 7.30pm I left UCLA which is...
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Odometer update
40685 miles - 11.030 gallons 253 miles since last tank divided by 11.030 = 22.94 mpg...
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Tommy Wu- SF BootsnAll Party
Tommy Wu - I did not get to say more than "Hi" to him, so I don't have much to say about him besides he's got a big smile and is friendly....But Nick told me that his website is tommyphoto.net...
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First Day in LA
5.30am - wake up in Airport Sheraton 6.30am - pack the van with our new trolley (the one Jen recommended, we ended up buying it at Home Depot) 7.00am - drop Sean off at LAX, then dive into crawling traffic....
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October 27, 2002
Kathleen Means - BootsnAll SF Party
Kathleen Means - works in PR for Interwoven. She was a dot com-er and I guess still is. At one point she was a paper millionaire (not anymore though)....She will be going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks before the...
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Gregg Butensky - BootsnAll Party SF
Gregg Butensky - co-creator of Madnomad.com - Greg is an old member and friend of BootsnAll - He is a cool looking dude and I have known him and his wife Evelyn for a few years, but had never met...
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Anatomy of a Road Trip
We are currently one week into our 26 day Campus Crawl. And I just got on to thinking about how these trips go sometimes, especially in relation to a travel companion. For example: when we left last Sunday, Nick and...
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Pismo Beach State Park
We camped out at Pismo Beach State Park last night. As we pulled up after the World Series game, the sign said, "Campground Full". We thought that was kinda odd considering it is the end of October so we drove...
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The World Series in 2 towns
A few nights ago, Nick and I watched the World Series in a San Francisco pub, the Mucky Duck. The Giants won big time that night and it was great to be in the town of a huge sporting event...
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October 26, 2002
Wrap up in San Francisco
Just wrote a long entry and hit a button by mistake, it vanished and we're leaving SF for SLO in a few minutes. Last night was great with with all the folks associated with BootsnAll. We left a ton of...
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After the Dust Settled, 7 men lay dead
The title was from a line in some skit I did in freshman year of High School...and it keeps going through my head this morning. Here's why: We had a great time at the BootsnAll Party last night. I will...
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October 25, 2002
Photos from SF State
Joe E. sent these photos in from the lads packing up the booth at SFSU. Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Thanks Joe!...
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Leslie - Don't know her last name
Name: Leslie - Don't know her last name Age: early 20s Stuff about her: I met her at the BootsnAll booth this morning at SF State. The conversation started like most others do. What is BootsnAll? Do you sell boots?...
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Incongruent Goatee
Shaving in a strange fogged up mirror this morning, something happened. I have had a goatee or beard for like 5 years now, and never done this....but I totally hacked up my goatee beard. I cut up a large chunk...
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October 24, 2002
Keg of Sierra Nevada is Ordered
I ordered a keg of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for the BootsnAll Party tommorrow. I think over 30 people are confirmed for the party - so it should be a good one. I am excited to see BootsnAll members, clients,...
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My take on the Universities so far
Here's my take on the places we've visited so far. First campus, Chico State, had a feeling similar to the UO, except the weather was better. Fairly decent amount of students, definitely showing it off but you could tell there...
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Tara's
We're at Tara's in SF and feel lucky to have have such a great friend. She and her roommates are out right now and Sean is watching baseball while I catch up on e-mail. We've been trying to video /...
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SF Baseball
Here in San Francisco Giants and the Anaheim Angels. I don't usually care about baseball but Sean and I joined a bunch of local fans at a bar that gave us free sandwiches with our Guinness. My typing has gotten...
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Odometer update
40184 miles - 10.730 gallons 188 miles since last tank divided by 10.730 = 17.52 mpg...
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San Francisco State University
Nick and I are currently at San Francisco State University. It is a very cool place - both weather-wise and the folks around here. 1 - It's very diverse - seems like a meeting at the United Nations - I...
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Jamba Juice
Every morning Nick and I head to Jamba Juice. Being on the road and eating all irregular, makes for ripe conditions to get sick. So we have been starting our day at Jamba Juice as well as attempting to eat...
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October 23, 2002
Starter Scare Again
We just pulled into Tara Weaver's in the Sunset district and unloaded the van. As I went to start it up - nothing happened - just like the past few days. But, within 5 minutes I had it fixed...I just...
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David & Joe
102302 - This evening we went out with David and Joe to the Albatross for a couple of beers. Alhough Joe complained about having the video camera on him when it was on him you couldn't shut him up. Joe...
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UC Berkeley - midday update
Joe E. and I are in the library checking email and stuff. Nick is out putting up BootsnAll flyers for our Around the World Ticket Contest. We are all gonna meet at the Albatross (as stated below) in the next...
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David Baker
We have been meeting lots of folks on this trip that are full fledged BootsnAll members - or at least avid readers and travelers...so maybe I will start to publish some profiles of folks we meet. Name: David Baker (I'll...
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VW Confessional
"My name is Sean and I have a 1971 VW Bus" Phone call to the BusLab in Berkeley, CA this morning at 8:00 a.m. It felt like I was talking to a Priest and asking for forgiveness. Steve, from the...
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The Art of a Push Start
We have had to push start the BootBus almost 10 times in the first 72 hours of the trip...so I wanted to offer a few tips if it ever happens to you: 1 - If there are 2 people in...
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October 22, 2002
Grant & Tanya
Tuesday night and we're at Grant & Tanya's in Berkeley. They are great people who eat healthy and fixed us some soup. We chatted about Grant's job as a city planner and Tanya's friendships with the T Tales chicks. I...
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Hi, I am from Berkeley North
A few weeks ago - Leo told us about how the folks from USC, call Eugene/U of O - "Berkeley North". I laughed hard and out loud when I heard it. Now that we have arrived...it is perfectly apparent. These...
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Entering the Bay Area
Today we drove from Chico to the Bay Area and as we climbed a hill we hit a masive cloudbank. Before entering Berkeley we had a small picnic at a reststop. picnic...
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Joe Ehrlich
Name: Joe Ehrlich Age: older than me Stuff about him: Joe is an East Bay native and loves the area. He is currently unemployed (but looking hard for a job) after being layed off when The North Face got bought...
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Odometer update
Mileage: 40,000 Just 75 miles short of being 500 miles into the Campus Crawl....
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Odometer update
39996 miles - 10.518 gallons 203 miles since last tank divided by 10.518 = 19.30 mpg...
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San Francisco Party
Oh yeah - it looks like a good crowd for the Party this Friday at Airtreks. So if you are in town (SF or thereabouts) and want to talk travel and have a few drinks...please come by: Friday, October 25,...
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Poet or Mechanic
Tom called me yesterday with instructions on how to fix our starter problem - so while Nick brought you up to date with the last blog - I was attempting to fix the starter. There were 2 loose (sp?) cords...
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Chico
Yesterday we visited Chico state college and were impressed by the friendly and attractive people that we met. Our place on campus was not busy enough for us to stay another day so we're heading out today. We met Patrick...
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October 21, 2002
Mid-Day at Chico State
The Governor of California is speaking on Campus at 12:30 p.m. today (now) - so the area we are in is dead...but the folks that we have met so far are really into travel. Nick and I are having fun...
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Starter Trouble again this morning
I just got back from trying to start the bus with the key - no love. So Nick and I and gonna have a bowl of oatmeal and go push start it...Not sure what the deal is. If you see...
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October 20, 2002
Ashley & Alex
Ashley & Alex are our contacts in Chico and we successfully made it their place which is a mile from campus. They gave the low down on the locals scene here, what we can expect tommorrow and what Chicono's are...
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Bootbus Mechanical Troubles
The Bootbus made it over the hardest part of the trip so far, but not without some problems... 1 - We had to push start the bus 3 times already - the starter is just not working. 2 - About...
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Mt. Shasta Rest Stop
We are well into CA now - at the foothills of Mt. Shasta. Just finished brewing a cuppa tea and on the way back from the restroom, ran into some duck fans on there way back from Eugene. They were...
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Odometer update
39753 miles - 8.976 gallons 204 miles since last tank divided by 8.976 = 22.73 mpg...
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Mile marker 80 reststop
Mile marker 80 reststop. The Bootbus made its first reststop at milemarker 80. We gotinto our sandwich making gear and whipped up a couple of cheese, turkey, avo, hummus sandwiches. A couple of dodgey looking characters parked next to us,...
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The long and winding road
Nick and Sean left this morning just before midday. All the gear in the bus packed up surprisingly well. I think we were all amazed at how much room was left over. The challenge will be to keep everything in...
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Exact Numbers before leaving
We are ready to go - the van is packed with a suprising amount of space left. It is overcast and a slight drizzle...sorry with this being Sunday, I am kinda play by play mode, as if it were a...
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The last Hurrah
Since we won't be seeing Sean and Nick around for the next 26 days, we decided to have a little party to say goodbye and kick start their trip on the right note. With some tunes pumping out of the...
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Before Departure Thoughts
I am back at the office and Chris and Nick are finishing up our laundry. We just had a great morning, doing laundry and having coffee at Starbucks before packing and taking off. I am excited and ready to go....
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October 19, 2002
Odometer update
39549 miles - 7.560 gallons 108 miles since last tank divided by 7.560 = 14.28 mpg...
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Pre Campus Crawl Kickoff
All the shopping is done, just about all our gear is packed, the bus is washed up and cleaned out. I feel about as ready to go as possible. A few folks should be swinging by in the next half...
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Let's Hope this doesn't happen to us
(submitted by joe e, thx!) the BootBus?...
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October 18, 2002
Offer from Fresno
This was a comment from the Campus Crawl Schedule Entry by John - I like it and thank you! I think Nickers and I will have to make a stop in Fresno. (Entry by John) Fresno State (= CSU, Fresno)...
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October 17, 2002
Ramping Up - Bigtime
We are just less than 72 hours from leaving on the Campus Crawl. Old BootsnAll members are in touch with us and ready to meet up. I am freakin' jacked up to meet them as well. Food - Nick and...
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Sparks will fly
Since our latest trip out to Jon's shop to fix some electrical problems, the BootBus has been running around with the odd part cadged from a '67 Camaro. One of those parts was a flasher that made the turn signals...
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October 10, 2002
U of O Street Faire
Today is the 2nd of 3 days at the U of O Street Faire. Yesterday was very fun. We met a lot of students and folks are definately interested in travelling. The BootBus is the centerpiece of our booth and...
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October 08, 2002
Odometer update
39441 miles - 11.832 gallons...
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October 04, 2002
BootBus Electrical Fix-up Rescheduled
Patience is a virtue. Last nights Electrical overhaul was canceled and rescheduled for next Tuesday. Just a few more days of "hand signalling" when I want to turn right or left. Can't wait....
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October 03, 2002
Finishing Todo List Tonight
Chris and I are off to our Jon's shop tonight to hopefully finish the todo list that we started last week. The 1st week with tunes in the Bus was excellent. 2 happy hours and one camping trip in 7...
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October 02, 2002
Lazy Leo - Camping pic
Nick, Chris and I are sitting here @ the office - it's like 10:15 p.m. and we are currently listening to U2 - Zooropa after watching the Yankees get beat by the Angels in games 2 of the division series....
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October 01, 2002
Comments from MetalWorks
(excerpt from Jon's email to us re: the BootBus after stereo installed - ) Tony and I laughed our asses of when you guys left that night. The whole bus was glowing. Cool!!! Bust a move, Jon...
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