November 27, 2002
Oregon State University
The Campus Crawl continues today - Chris, Nick and I are driving up to Portland, Oregon in the BootBus for Thanksgiving (Ant is staying back in Eugene). On the way up this morning, we will stop by OSU and plaster...
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November 26, 2002
Installing the Bench Seat
On Sunday, Chris and I attempted to install the bench seat. It appears to bolt right in like most people said it would. But, we do not have a drill bit, so screwing into wood is very difficult to make...
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November 23, 2002
Mini Roadtrip
Ant, Chris, Nick and I will be taking the BootBus to Nick's Going Away Party tonight....
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November 22, 2002
Rodrigo - BootsnAll SF Party
Yeah, its a little late, but here it is... He is a tour guide and owner/operator of Extranomical Adventures - Previously, he worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers but decided to screw it all and started his own travel company -...
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November 21, 2002
Catching up - Taking a Breath
Now that the Campus Crawl is over - Nick and I are back at the office, catching up on e-mail, preparing for 2003, and specifically BootsnAll's office in Bali. There are still more profiles to come....
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November 16, 2002
Road home via Northern California
We've just driven from Chico, home of the lovely Alex Brady and her sidekick Ashley, through Shasta back to Eugene. Sean and I shared the driving with me starting off in the daylight ( smart as my eyesight isn't the...
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November 15, 2002
Home Sweet Home
Nick and I enjoyed a beatiful day on our drive from Chico State to Eugene, OR. We were going through Shasta National Forest at dusk and the light was sensational. During the 9 hour drive, Nick and I maybe talked...
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November 14, 2002
BootBus spotted
Joe E. found a mention of the BootBus on this website. Is there anything Joe E. does not read?...
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Speaking gig at Stanford
Yesterday afternoon at around 4.20pm Sean and I were getting ready to pack up when an Asian student named Jai appeared and asked us if we would like to speak at the East Asian house at 6pm. He told us...
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Last Days of a Road Trip
Nick and I are sitting here, and Nick just said, "Can you believe we we'll be home tomorrow night?" I said, "Yes" while knocking on wood. Now that our last booth is complete, and we have one flyering engagement left,...
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November 13, 2002
The other white meat - Ribs
After a 12 hour day at Stanford, Nick and I arrived at the Brady's to Rib's from Misha's. Along with salad, potato salad, and corn bread, it was a real treat. Thanks so much! We also got to watch a...
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Stanford Technology
Stanford is the most tech savvy and secure school we have visited yet. This morning, we followed a maintainence truck underneath the gate so we could drive our bus next to the bookstore where our booth is today. This was...
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Found my hat
A few days ago I thought I lost my hat, you know the black and blue warm one that I found on the bike path and smelt like a bum. It is very comfortable and I'd thought I'd seen it...
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Brady bunch
Jeff & Susan Brady are letting us into their lives for another short stay and it's so cool to be able to relax in time for our last shot at Stanford here today. Susan kindly programmed the coffee machine to...
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Stanford University
Nick and I have our last booth/table of the 2002 Fall Campus Crawl today at Stanford University. We are both a bit tired after having gotten to bed around midnight and up at 5:30 - surely we can hack it...
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November 12, 2002
A New Re-Built Engine
Well, Marko and Paul from the buslab kicked some booty and stayed late to finish putting in our new motor. We finally drove away at around 8 p.m. and the bus drove like never before. Before: Tough to put it...
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Photos of the fatal last journey
Here are some pictures of where we ended up before getting towed from the Gilroy area to Berkeley. Our buddy David The bus stopped Oil slick Another view of the oil slick Sean under bus Towing the bus Towing shot...
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Evelyne Slomon - Nizza La Bella
Last night joe e and I went out for a few drinks and a feed. He took me to his Monday Night regular place - Nizza La Bella. We sat on the corner of the bar and talked for about...
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November 11, 2002
Radical Berkeley
As we were waiting outside the BusLab today we noticed a stream of young people entering the office next door. They were volunters for a Greenpeace operation. It seemed as though each one of them had some kind of message...
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Tuk Tuk
Sean and I strolled down the street from the BusLab in Berkeley to get some lunch. Our restaurant of choice, Tuk Tuk, a Thai place. For those who don't know, a tuk tuk is the 3 wheeler vehicle commonly used...
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Marko and the BusLab
As mentioned in the previous post, Marko is a partner/owner of the Buslab in Berkeley, CA - on 2036 Blake Street just of Shattuck. Stuff about the BusLab: It was just started a few months ago by Marko and Steve....
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Diagnosis - Cracked Engine Block
We met Marko (partner/owner of the BusLab) at his front gate when he arrived at about 9:00 a.m. this morning. After we had breakfast and gave him a chance to look at it, he found a crack in the engine...
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D-Day for the BootBus
I am going down to the BusLab in Berkeley this morning to see what the verdict is on our Bus...from talking with joe e and other VW Bus owners the consensus is: 1 - A broken seal - which would...
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November 10, 2002
Jack
Jack is the tow truck driver that towed the BootBus from just south of Gilroy to the Bus Lab in Berkeley. The trip was almost 100 miles so we got to talking... Stuff about Jack - married for 26 years,...
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David
David is the friendly guy who pulled over to the side of the road yesterday in his VW rabbit and helped us out for a few hours. I don't know much about him, but I will share what I do...
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Exxon Valdez - I wasn't drunk at the wheel though
Well, it really wasn't that bad but... At about 10:45 this morning just outside Salinas CA, the BootBus oil light went on full blast which is not totally unexpected considering we have gone through 15 quarts already. When Nick and...
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November 09, 2002
King City
It's Saturday night and we are camping in King City with our buddy Joe E (he's not a rapper he's just cool). Joe knows the central coast like the back of a VW van and King City is a great...
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Comida Mexicano
After a large breakfast in Pismo Beach at Margies diner, the guys and I decided that the only proper way to follow this up would be a large lunch in King City. Joe took us to one of his favourite...
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More pictures: Pismo Beach
Nick and Sean talk around the joe e inspired fire. The Campsite - from left to right: Nick in bivvy bag under bush, joe's '71 bus, BootBus, and Sean's tent. Good morning Nick - watch Nick get outta his wet...
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Relive the USC experience
(and hope that they lose to Stanford today) BootBus parked at 7 a.m. - we were not sure where to put our booth - it ended up right there, next to the Kiosk, outside the Student Union While sitting on...
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BootBus Oil Update
We have gone through 13 quarts of oil on this trip so far. I bought 5 more yesterday...hopefully that will take us through the rest of the trip....
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SLO
After enjoying a breakfast at Margie's diner in Pismo we drove to the campus of Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to do some postering. Sean and I got out there and banged away with our staple guns, while Joe...
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Creatures of Habit
As we work our way back up the CA coast, I am seeing that we, Nick and I, are creatures of habit. Having just come by these parts a few weeks ago, we have already done some of the same...
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Night in the submarine
I woke this morning to a drenched ground and grey sky. The hood of my sleeping bag was wet as I left a space open in my bivy sack for air, but the rest of me stayed pretty dry. The...
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November 08, 2002
Joe's camp
Joe arrived and found Sean and I quietly sitting drinking a homebrew and starring at the wet ground. Within 10 minutes he has a log fire going using packets of chemical that they issue only to North Face insiders. This...
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Arriving in Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach seems to be a regular stop for us now and arriving around 1.00pm Sean I decided to to check out Eminem's first movie at the 10 screen cinema in Arroyo Grande. I'm not into rap but it was...
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UCSB washed out
When Sean I got to UCSB in Santa Barbara this morning, it was like standing in a cold shower. We walked across campus and drenched after 5 minutes. We decided to forget about it. Breakfast was a couple of cheesy...
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A Downpour in Santa Barbara
We ened up crashing on Tom Cahill's floor. It has also been pouring down rain all night. Tom is a book collector and has 1000's of them. He was up at 4:30 a.m. in the garage making sure the leaky...
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November 07, 2002
Orange County
The campus at Fullerton is in greater LA but also in Orange County, which developed as a bedroom community for LA. THe demographic here is white middle class with some Asians chucked in. My friend Jay spent part of his...
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Where to stay tonight?
Time is 3.30pm and I'm still trying to figure out where we're going to stay tonight. My aunt Barbara who is 92 isn't well and doesn't want guests, which I can understand, my friend Tom has been out of touch...
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Someone up there is laughing at us
Ever get the feeling someone up there is laughing at us and the point of life might to realise its all an elusion? No I'm not Hindu or Buddhist but sometimes I get that feeling. This morning I went to...
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Fullerton
We're here at Cal State Fullerton today and have had a decent responce so far. It has clouded over and started to rain so I expect us to wrap up within the next couple of hours. We're planning to drive...
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Fumar Cigarettos con Estudiates
"to smoke Cigarettes with Students" en espanol or something like that. Did those joe camel ads a few years ago work that well? It is unbelievable how many students walk past our booth smoking a big phat cigarette like they...
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More Booth Music Feedback
Last night we had a vote/comment about Sting and one today about Pearl Jam - so add them to the list, but still nothing beats Tupac - our booth was very busy and active during his "turn". Not sure Nick...
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Caliornia Lifestyle for Students
The past few weeks we have spent most of our waking hours on a SoCal campus. And now that we are leaving today (after we finish our booth at Cal-State Fullerton today), I am thinking about all the cool things...
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November 06, 2002
I guess that's why they call you bitch!
We have experimented with different types of music playing in the BootBus while our booth is "going on" - and by far and away, Tupac Shakur seems to generate the most folks walking up to the booth. In fact, this...
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Fullerton, California
Our low energy for Fullerton was unfounded. Today we got up from our campsite, about a 20 minute drive away, hit almost freeflowing traffic, found a great breakfast deal for $2.99 and got a great booth position!!! Today has been...
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What year is your van?
When we are able to have our van in our booth (like we do here at Cal-State Fullerton), we get that question about a 1/2 dozen times per day. Other VW van owners and past owners take a special interest...
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Loving San Diego - Dreading L.A.
We left San Diego after only 48 hours or so in the city. We really enjoyed San Diego. The sun, big highways with very little traffic, more relaxed vibe. All the Universities rocked and it was sad to leave...especially since...
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Cal-State Fullerton
We are on Cal-State Fullerton's campus for today and tomorrow. When we arrived, no one was here, so we just drove the bus on campus and parked it in our booth. After some negative feedback from SF State about driving...
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Camping in L.A.
Yes, it is possible. Last night Nick and I camped just outside Anaheim in some RV park. Well, we slept in our sleeping bags, me in my tent, Nick in his bivy bag...it felt like we were in the middle...
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November 05, 2002
Effectiveness of Flyers
We have been posting flyers at every campus we have visited so far. I have been unsure as to the effectiveness of them though. We are not used to using so much paper and telling people about BootsnAll this way....
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My name is Bond, Jason Bond
Last night we stayed with Sean's old girlfriend Heather for a second night in her new place. It was way cool of her to let us do that considering she hadn't moved in and had other guests. The first night...
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San Diego
Sean and I have been commenting how San Diego is far more pleasant than LA. The traffic doesn't feel oppressive, the air quality is better and the town actually has a center. Last night we plastered San Diego State for...
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Students
We've met a ton of students so far on this campus crawl. They share many things in common and yet have their differnces. I find the higher level of school - USC, UCLA, Berkeley...they seem focused and more serious about...
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Read, Write, Think, Dream
As I walked into the UCSD library today - above the doors in big arse letters it says: "Read, Write, Think, Dream" 'uck yeah....
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November 04, 2002
1/2 way - I want your feedback
Today is the approximate 1/2 way mark of our Campus Crawl. Nick and I had a lengthy discussion yesterday about how to evaluate the effectiveness of what we are doing, and what we can do better in the 2nd half...
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Starting back towards Eugene
Tomorrow morning, we begin our journey (very slowly and with lots of stops) back to Eugene, Oregon. We will spend the day at UC SD and UC Irvine putting up flyers for our website. Let's hope and pray that the...
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BootBus Backfiring
It all started so innocently...after every mountain, the bus would backfire. It is not a young bus, so I didn't think too much of it and it had just worked it's arse off going up. I thought of them as...
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San Diego State University
We're there now - we took of at 3 p.m. from U of SD - drove over and we are posting BootsnAll etc. flyers on campus. This Campus is beautiful....seems like all the buildings are new, and in the library...
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Dude, Like where is the Student Center
Just after we arrived at the SDSU campus - Nick and I were semi-wandering aimlessly - looking for the info booth and a campus map (we learned, best bet is to get a map 1st off). Nick approached a California...
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Skin Cancer
We are in front of the Student Union building here at University of San Diego. It is November 4th and the sun is blazing like a mofo. I can only imagine what it is like during the summer. The sun...
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Laurie Magree
Age: Born sometime after World War II. (Just kidding Laurie! - She is thirtysomething) Travel Stuff about her: She is full on into travel as is her boyfriend, Lou. We met up with them at a place call World Curry...
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University of San Diego
Today and tomorrow we will be at the University of San Diego. If you are nearby - please stop by and say hello. We are looking forward to meeting the faculty, students, and administrators of USD. Peace....
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November 03, 2002
Future 'crawls'
Sean and I talked about what would improve this trip and be good for future campus crawls. For starters, a mini fridge would be cool for meat and cheese (I just chucked a 2lb block which smells like moldy carpet)....
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Starter cable
The annoying starter cable is temporarily fixed. We tied it with string and I'm so happy not to have to get under the bus every time we stop. It wasn't that hard to reconnect but now we hopefully won't have...
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UCSD
We're at UCSD here in San Diego and the weather is very pleasant. We camped at San Clemente State Park and after a misty morning the skies cleared. Sean and I put up some of our posters around the campus...
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Marmot Sleeping Bag
This morning I woke at the San Clemente State park camp ground to a misty sunrise. My sleeping bag, a Marmot down bag was still partially damp from the day before but I had used my bivy sack. Coastal camping...
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November 02, 2002
Sex in the City
We set up camp at Malibu Creek State Park on Friday night. It was only about 6 miles from the LA Freeways...kinda hard to believe you can go from such an urban environment to one of such beauty so quickly....
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First Day off
We took today off for the most part, after a night of camping at Malibu Creek State Park. It was very nice to just do some laundry, see a movie, and find our next camp spot. Nick and I were...
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Malibu Man
Today Sean saw this stereotypical 'Malibu Man' at the Starbucks we stopped at after camping. I didn't get to see this fellow but from what Sean described he was early 40's, extremely tanned, sunglasses, deliberately messy hair (moosed, frosted ends....wanker)...
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November 01, 2002
Almost 20 entries today
Nick and I added about 20 entries in the past 2 hours or so...so look at the past week or so if you want to read up. We pre-dated the posts so they would show up to the date that...
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Delara Adams
Nick and I met up with famed BootsnAll writer and Board participant last night at The Fox and Hounds. She is a very spunky and cool person and we were amped to meet her. Travel Stuff about her: She was...
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Packing the van
The best way to learn is by doing. One thing we've been doing a lot is packing the bus. Last Saturday we bought 3 large plastic boxes at Home Depot. These have already proven their worth and we will pick...
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Camping tonight
Sean and I are running a little low on gas and will camp tonight at the Malibu Creek campground, as he mentioned below. There's supposedly a fair amount of land around to hike and not having to go to a...
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6 Uni's in 6 Days
I'm sitting in the library of Cal State Northridge next to Sean. Feels like I haven't touched a computer in ages. In the last 7 days, I've been to about 6 campuses, gets to be a blur after a while...
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Stoned, Drunk and Hallucinating
Well, I am not actually stoned or drunk....but I feel like it. Nick and I are walking around UC Northridge - (we closed down our booth since there were like 2 people in the Student Union during the entire day)...
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Cal-State Northridge
We are on campus today at Cal-State Northridge. Nick is coughing a lot - he thinks it is from the LA smog. Thankfully we found a Jamba Juice on the way to campus today and downed some wheatgrass. In case...
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Seth & Leigh
Sean and I were fortunate to meet and stay with Seth and Leigh (picture is Seth and Leigh, Socks and Easter are the dogs - they got up and waved good-bye to us at 6:45 this morning as we head...
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