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  • “No Bill, No Break” Protest During our tour of the U.S. Capitol, the gun control protest of “No Bill, No Break” went down. We had started our tour of the rotunda when a group of people planted themselves on the floor and started chanting, “No bill, no break,” while holding pictures of their loved ones claimed by shootings. The media was there taking picture and capturing video footage as each protester proclaimed their loved one was not a political stunt.  All the public tours at the time were somewhat confused about the proceedings wondering if this incident was planned. But being a working federal establishment and not an amusement park, this protest was indeed real. The moment was realized when the police showed up in minutes and cleared the rotunda, warning that any who remained would ...
  • Not on a Bucket List Sadly, do not add watching fireworks in our Nation’s capital on Independence Day to your Bucket List. Washington DC on July 4th – can’t get more patriotic than that right? Well, yes, but in reality, it’s also a little underwhelming. Additionally, the weather conditions were not great with light showers throughout the day making the National Mall muddy and the skies hazy. Because of the Fourth of July festivities, security was cranked up with road closures and only a few designated entry points. Of course, the public came to the National Mall from early on, visiting the monuments, and making a day of it before the 9:00 pm fireworks.  Maybe the live music of the fireworks show would have added to the experience, but we, like many others, stayed outside the security ...
  • Blogging on the Railroad This ain’t too shabby a wat of traveling. Catching the Amtrak for a few hours. A little bumpy but climate controlled, big seats, and free Wifi.So my bottled Starbucks iced coffee costs $3.25, but I’m enjoying it and the ride while blogging on the railroad.
  • Roshes Still Rule I can’t help but look at the shoes of pedestrians. What I see on NYDC16 is lots of Nike Roshes. Lots. Probably the prevalent sneaker that I’ve noticed. There are quite a few Nike TR trainers too. For all the success of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, I saw lots of GS hats and jerseys. But I saw only one pair of Curry 2. There were some other UA runners and cross trainers but very few signature Under Armours. Adidas had a fair showing. Surprised at how UltraBoosts I saw. A handful of NMD and a lot of lifestyle shoes like the Stan Smith. Didn’t come across a CrazyBoost Light 2016 or the AlphaBOUNCE. I managed to snap a pic of this cool colorway of the Nike Presto, but overall, the ...
  • Research Starry Station Note to self: Research the Starry Station wifi router. Front information display panel and the ability to manage device connection via defined rules. Kinda pricey but interface looks easy.
  • Pokemon No Go for Me Obviously I suck at this new Pokemon Go game, I’m stuck at this splash screen.
  • Signs of NYC: Please Do Not If you used this bathroom and just pooped, I think you’re in trouble now.What do you do? And dang that’s a small sink.
  • Sadness Is… Reaching the NikeLab store at 11:30 when it opens at 12:00, and you’re on a time schedule.That is sadness. 
  • Almost Paradise My eyes did not deceive. That is a Foot Locker right next door to a Starbucks. Right next door!That’s almost paradise. Almost because I couldn’t go to either since we were in a hurry.
  • Five Guys in DC Is Not New Unlike Hawaii that got its first Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Mililani this week, a location in Washington DC showed much less crowds. Maybe because it was a Saturday evening or maybe because Five Guys in DC is just not new.
  • NYDC16: Day 6 New York Arrived at New York Penn Station via a 3+ hour Amtrak rail ride. Not as nice looking as the DC Union Station though. Checked into our home base for the next few days. What a view of New York City and New Jersey!After settling in and confirming Yelp and Foursquare (which I’ve had good results with while on travel), we headed to TripAdvisor’s #2 dessert place of New York City, Levain Bakery. We almost walked by its small entryway were it not for patrons stuffing their faces on the sidewalk. There was a short line that was much longer by the time we left. These cookies are the main attraction, even at $4 each.We bought one of each cookie along with banana bread, brioche, and a mocha. Maybe we were the cause ...
  • Next Stop… Sorry Zippys, but in Washington DC, my next stop is Shake Shack.Tried their burgers, fries, a shake, a concrete, and a cold brew…oh and picked up a shirt too. Not bad, not bad at all. Crowded but the turnover was brisk. The bacon cheeseburger was a little gooey for me. I wasn’t a fan of the Chicken Shack. The crisscut fries were okay. The bottled cold brew coffee was alright but didn’t match my meal. The highlights were definitely the shake and the concrete. The burgers were good, kinda like In-n-Out but with a variety of combos. I like the fries from Five Guys out of the three. Best overall value still goes to In-n-Out though.
  • Delayed in Transit Hopefully only a slight hiccup in travel with unplanned airplane maintenance. Guess I’m stuck with this guy.There were a few people hanging out around “W” so I’m not sure if this was some kind of Pokemon stop or just an out of the way place to chill.
  • Cross Country Pastries Lugging these baked goodies across the country and across the Pacific Ocean from New York to Texas to California to Hawaii.They better be good.
  • NYDC16 Day 7: the Empire State No better way to start the day than 86 stories above this bustling city. Also, there’s much less of a line at the Empire State Building before 9:00 am.The views were clear, just obstructed by the safety bars. Here are pictures taken in between the bars.Just try not to make it a day up at the observation decks and get too comfy. There’s more people coming, so they want you to keep moving. After the views from the Empire State Building, we came across Gotham Poke on the way to the subway. Unfortunately, they didn’t open until bumbye. No, I didn’t see new Knick, Derrick Rose, at Madison Square Garden, just caught the subway at the subterranean Penn Station. From there, our next stop was the American Museum of Natural History. Had fun ...
  • NYDC16 Day 8: Rock, FF8, NBA, Grand Central, Body Painting Headed out to Times Square in the morning to see how many people never sleep in New York. Yes, it was crowded. Got discounted Broadway tickets from the already packed TKTS booth.Needing to get above the crowds of people, we walked to Rockefeller Center to ascend to the Top of the Rock. Overall, a much more enjoyable experience than the Empire State Building. Yes, the Empire is iconic, but the Rock is better planned. Scheduled arrivals make the crowds of visitors more manageable and distributed. Even the elevator ride is better with a see through ceiling that you can watch the animated ascent. At midday, everything went quickly, and we were atop the Rock in a matter of minutes. The views are much better with the less intrusive safety glass ...
  • NYDC Day 9: Dim Sum, Art, Cheesecake, Shooting Stars Can you guess where Day 9 of NYDC16 started?Yep, it’s Chinatown for dim sum at Jing Fong (no matter where, local Chinatowns have a distinctive¬†scent #justsaying).Word to the wise, don’t try to take the stairs up to the restaurant. You’ll either end up in the kitchen and yelled at, or you’ll come in from the back entrance getting funny looks.If you want international variety, Little Italy is one neighborhood over with cannoli.Nearby that is one of the few NikeLab locations. But be sure to check their hours. Otherwise sadness. After a morning of eating, it was time for artistic culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.This place is a maze and amazing. For a short while for me anyways. I couldn’t handle all the art of the world. ūüėČ Now that it’s ...
  • NYDC16 Day 10: 9/11, Brooklyn Bridge, and Sushi Day 10 had a somber start at the 9/11 Memorial.The magnitude of the Twin Towers memorial site is moving in itself, but the museum is another experience. It truly is difficult to make your way through the¬†museum’s exhibits. If you lived through 9/11, the range of emotions returns and resurfaces. When you hear the stories and see the collection of footage and wreckage items, it all gets too much. Plan to spend several hours at the museum…if you can handle it. Regrouping from the morning, it was something more light hearted – walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.But first, pizza!¬†Brooklyn’s Grimaldi’s is legendary, but nextdoor¬†Juliana’s was our pick. Shorter line, fast service, and great pizza. Just don’t come in the late afternoon when they close to stoke their coal oven.Up the street is ...
  • NYDC16 Day 11: Liberty, Library, Levain Our last day in New York and our last CityPass stop was the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. There’s not much to say other than this.Okay, I do have something else to say. Do these canine cutouts actually work?Unfortuantely, we couldn’t get tickets for pedestal access or climbing Lady Liberty, but the audio tour of the island is pretty good. Bring earbuds to make listening easier. Then it was off to Ellis Island which is larger than I expected. Hard to imagine all the immigrants processing through this hall.Then having to face the decision marked by “The Stairs of Separation.”Back in Manhattan, we along with the Ghostbusters visited the massive public library.I like how Ecto 1 has a swimming pool ladder, a beer keg, a rolled up garden hose, and ...
  • NYDC16 Day 12: Epilogue Our starting NYDC16 flight was direct, but this was not the case for our return flight. Instead, this flight started at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).After an unexpectedly extended layover, a replacement aircraft took us to LAX. Funnily, we had bought goodies from Chinatown in New York to tide us over during all these connecting flights. But the box remained closed for the entire trip. So these guys went from the East Coast to mid-USA. Then to the West Coast and over¬†the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Still good!What does walking in DC and NYC look like from a statistics point of view? Look at the cluster of bars approaching 12 daily miles before and after July 6.Until next time, NYDC16.
  • NYDC16 Necessities Before I forget (heck, I probably already forgot), here are some useful necessities when touring Washington DC and New York.Apple Watch Google Maps and Apple Maps Battery pack Small camera Yelp Adidas Ultra Boost ST Coolmax socksApple Watch I had just gotten my Apple Watch before our NYDC16 trip and it was good timing. Although I was still learning about the watch, the basics wear easy enough to figure out. The most useful feature had to have been the turn-by-turn navigation relayed from my iPhone. Not having to bring out my¬†iPhone to get directions was such a bonus. A tap and a bing, and I knew it was time to look at my watch for further instructions. So easy. So convenient.Google Maps and Apple Maps Do you remember navigating via a fold out paper map and trying to ...
  • NYDC16 Observations So what other nuances did I observe¬†on the East Coast in DC and NYC? Five Guys Burgers and Fries Well, I already mentioned that Five Guys Burgers and Fries is nothing new. Unlike Hawaii where lines were constantly long, there were no lines at many of the Five Guys we passed. Jordan Retros and Nike Foamposites While Nike Roshes were very popular in DC, what surprised me in New York was the number of retro Jordans and Foamposites that I saw. Retro Jordans were everywhere. Even cleaning crews at Grand Central rocked the Jordans. The Jordan 8, the Jordan 6, and the Jordan 4 were pretty popular. Unique Apple Stores I only saw one Apple Store in DC, the one in Georgetown. On the outside and immediate interior, this location was similar to other Apple Stores. ...
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