Monthly Archives: June 2006

Kansas: not as boring as people say

We drove through the length of Kansas today, starting in Kansas City MO, eating lunch in Manhattan KS, dinner in Oakley KS, and we have crashed in Denver CO. Many people have told us that Kansas is a very boring drive, but we found it quite nice, definitely more interesting than parts of Texas and Missouri.

The food, on the other hand, was pretty bad. We ate at a Chinese buffet place for lunch that had many dishes, but few good ones. Dinner was also underwhelming (overcooked buffalo burger is tough).

Yuka has organized our pictures into nice albums, but we haven't captioned them or uploaded them yet.

We sold our LavaNet shares

Mostly coincidentally to this roadtrip, Yuka and I (along with all the other shareholders) sold our share of LavaNet to Pali Ka'aihue, our longtime friend and co-worker and now president. We had planned the roadtrip before this deal came up, so it's not like we sold our shares and then headed out on the trip. I apologize if we were vague or evasive during the roadtrip with regard to any questions about our ownership of LavaNet, but we were bound by the confidentiality clause of the agreement.

In case anyone is wondering, the sale is the best possible outcome for a sale of LavaNet. Pali has been an employee since way back, he embodies the LavaWay, he cares about the LavaNauts, and he cares about the customers. The LavaNet shareholders and optionholders finally got some return on their investment, while keeping LavaNet alive and intact.

I wish Pali and the LavaNet team great success going forward!

Here is the Honolulu Star-Bulletin article on the sale.

Road trip 2006 abridged version

I meant to blog about our road trip as we went along, but I never seemed to get the chance. Now we're 60% done, and I haven't blogged anything. So here is the short version of the story thus far:

Both Yuka and Robert got unemployed by March 2006. Given the opportunity, we wanted to take a big chunk of time off together to do some traveling. Since we both only started driving seriously in the last few years, we'd never done a big road trip (as adults) so that sounded like a fun thing to do.

Originally, we had planned an open-ended road trip, but Yuka went and got herself a job just before we left (the details of which can fill several entries :), so we had an endpoint in early July giving us about 2 months of time. When we were working, we both thought that we could do and see everything in North America that we wanted to do in 2 months, but once we actually got out a map and a calendar, it quickly became clear that the USA is big, and we had to start cutting things.

We picked up our car in San Francisco, drove down the coast on Highway 1, did some stuff in SoCal, hit Vegas for a few days, travelled across the southwest, visited 3 sets of people in Texas, went to Louisiana, cut across the deep South to North Carolina to see my great uncle Bob, stopped in DC for a few days with friends, drove up the East coast to Boston where I saw 2 aunts, and then on to Maine. Maine was the northernmost point, from there we've come down to southern New Hampshire/Vermont for an awesome dinner, and we head down to Pennsylvania Dutch country tomorrow. From there we head west across to central Illinois to see my parents, then across to Denver, and then across to the San Francisco Bay area.

We've taken over 500 pictures that we've yet to upload, so we'll probably start blogging about things in non-chronological order at this point.

Time to go to bed so we can get up early for the drive.

P.S. Despite its faults, we love our Bluetooth GPS system for Treo. Looks like the price went way up as we got it on special for $160, instead of the $299 they are selling it for now.

Regarding the title of this blog

So perhaps you're wondering why the blog has such a long title, and what the heck it means? Regardless of whether you are wondering, I'm gonna tell you. 🙂

"Seize the Moment of Excited Curiosity for the Acquisition of Knowledge" means that when you are wondering about something (like what is the country of Dominica, as opposed to the Dominican Republic), you seize upon that fleeting "excited curiosity" and find out more now. If you don't, the feeling will pass and you'll have lost the opportunity to learn more about the universe.

The phrase is something that my parents used to say when I asked a question (oftentimes at the dinner table). It was something my maternal grandfather used to hear from his father, and it got passed down. It's presumably an abridged version of this William Wirt quote.

Anyway, I decided that it was a good expression of what this blog is about, and what life should be about in general.