Vagobond Travel Museum – Flashback 2008

Vagobond Travel Museum – Flashback 2008

Sometimes it’s fun to look at things from the days of yore:  Like these posts from November 2008 when I was still in Hawaii. This first story is particularly funny because four years ago when Obama was in his first election contest – I saw him in traffic. Today, I almost got run down by the Queen in Bentley-1 as I stood in front of Buckingham Palace.

Shaka for Obama

Yesterday as I was driving the Oahu Nature Tours Van to pick up guests to take hiking, I was overtaken by a minivan, a black excalade, and eight police vehicles. As the Escalade went by, I realized it was probably Obama. Even though I am voting for Nader and am disappointed at the concessions Obama has made towards moderates, I am rooting for him to win. The alternative is entirely too god-awful to think about. So anyway, the windows in the back of the Escalade were tinted pretty dark, but I’m pretty sure the figure sitting back there was Obama and I’m also pretty sure that he gave a shaka back at me. For those who don’t know, the shaka is a hand sign that looks like this:

The “shaka” sign is a common greeting gesture. It is often associated with Hawaii and sports such as surfing, kitesurfing, skateboarding, skimboarding, snowboarding and skydiving. It consists of extending the thumb and pinky finger while keeping the three middle fingers curled, and raising the hand as in salutation with the back of the hand facing the person that is being greeted; sometimes the hand is rotated back and forth to emphasize the sign.

Hawaiian locals use the shaka for various meanings, like “all right”, “cool”, “smooth”, etc. Residents of states other than Hawaii who use the shaka may describe it as meaning “hang loose”. It is also used to convey what locals in Hawai’i call the “Aloha Spirit,” a gesture of friendship and understanding between the various ethnic cultures that reside within Hawai’i. It can also be used to signal a “hello”, “goodbye”, ” ’till next time”, “take care”, “Alright!”

Getting Ready for a Big Trip

As I get ready for this trip, I realize just how much the world has changed since the days when traveling was for the most part, a solitary affair. I’m meeting interesting people that are on interesting missions that are being broadcast, blogged, or shared with the world through the internet just about everywhere I go. I don’t think I will be doing anything quite as special as these folks. I’m just moving around. Looking at stuff. Writing about it.

I met Lynette Chiang, the Gal from Down Under, who rides all over the world on a Bike Friday.

Then there were the Junk Raft guys.

And Roz Savage rowing across the pacific.

Most recently I’ve met one of the Social Monks, Paul. Paul is currently biking around the Hawaiian Islands, without the monk’s habit.

Then there is the guy I met that is using facebook to sleep with girls in every city he goes to. I don’t know if he is blogging or not. I didn’t get a url.

I’ve run into some people who told me about old hippies living in the forest in Frankfurt to stop a proposed airport expansion. I may go hang out with them.

But there is more. There is the guy who is walking across America. Actually, there seem to be a lot of people doing this right now.

Then there is the guy who is walking around the earth.

This guy is hitchhiking from North America to South, then from Africa to Europe.

And believe me, there are more.