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 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 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
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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