Sunday, December 12, 2010

Honolulu Marathon

As we speak, there's a few thousand visitors limping around in Waikiki. That's how you tell they ran in today's marathon even without their finishers' T-shirt on. Every year, the same scenario repeats itself. At any rate, around 7:20pm tonight I was riding around Kapiolani Park nearby the Honolulu Marathon finish line and the final runner was "blazing" it down the home stretch with a fanfare of tv cameras and of course me, saluting him with a beep-beep as I rode by on the opposite direction street. That's what like 14-hours after the race officially started off.



If you use Disk Defragmenter, you'll recognize the graphic below. At least for me, it's rare to get all the computer files organized in a contiguous group without a few intervening white spaces.

22 comments:

OkiHwn said...

At the Naha Marathon in Okinawa, the finish line is shut down at 12 Noon. You're out scout if you can't finish by then.

Cloudia said...

limpers, yeah

congrats on being so de-fragmented


Aloha from Hawaii

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Mokihana said...

Love the whole idea... I used to ride my horse all around Kapi'olani Park.. long time ago....

Brad Farless said...

That's a long time to finish.

I can't believe how empty your hard drive is.

RONW said...

Nate- with that cutoff, 12 noon, half the Honolulu Marathoners wouldn't finish. If you ever watched it after the half-way point most of the marathoners are walking more than running.

Cloudia- yea, figured you knew what I meant since you live down the canal from me.

Mokihana- eh, most people will think you're making the horse riding up. But there were even polo matches at the park.

Brad- that is definitely a loooong time. My hard drive might have even less on it after I reboot it and thousands of files disappear into ether.

Brad Farless said...

Why would all of your files disappear?

RONW said...

Brad- "lost in the transition" is the best I can describe it. You have to transfer the files temporarily to another hard drive for the reboot that scrubs clean the main hard drive and somewhere, some place, along the way, files vaporize for reasons all to their own (?).

Brad Farless said...

You mean you're planning on reinstalling the operating system from scratch?

Kay said...

Incredibly, Art is not limping. We've seen tired people wearing their Finisher shirts around town though. Art says that's why we have such a high percentage of Finishers in Hawaii...because they keep the Finish Line open until the last person goes through. But 14 hours? It sounds cruel almost.

RONW said...

Kay- I kid you not, the last people had an escort of several tv camera crews and this was in the dark. I actually saw marathoners on the late news later that night.

RONW said...

" I actually saw marathoners on the late news later that night."

....I meant the last people whom I saw earlier.

OkiHwn said...

Agree with Kay - it's the Aloha Spirit that keeps the Japanese keep wanting to come here.

RONW said...

Nate- Must be a heck of a lot of Aloha, because two days later, they're back at work.

owner said...

Can you take those Christmas decorations down yet?

Ann da sista said...

Hau'ole makahiki hou, Ron! Can't wait for you to return to the blogging world. xxoo

Ann da Sista said...

Hau'ole Makahiki Hou, Ron! Come back to the world of blogging!

Brad Farless said...

Hey Ron, where you been?

kahuku said...

where you at?

The Waikiki Wanderer said...

Hello - this comment is really a communication, not a comment for posting. I was interested to find a Waikiki blog. A few years ago I took out the name "waikikiwanderer" but didn't start my blog until this month. At the time there were no Waikiki blogs.

I do want to say that my intent is not to get into your territory, so to speak; I hope my effort, which is strictly Waikiki focused, will be complimentary to the excellent work I see here.

Surprisingly little is written on a regular basis about Waikiki. I'm trying to supplement that, as, obviously, are you. Waikiki needs more journalism and editorial content.

My blog is "The Waikiki Wanderer" at waikikiwanderer.com. I can be reached at waikikiwanderer@waikikiwanderer.com. With your permission, I will link your blog on my site; it's very easy to recommend it as you do excellent work at a standard which I hope some day to reach.

---Bob

Kay said...

Yae! Glad to hear you're back... sort of... (since I haven't seen a post from you). I'm happy to know your computer is fixed. You've been gone a long time.

gigihawaii said...

glad to see you back on Kay's blog. Was fearing the worst had happened to you! WELCOME BACK, RON!!!

RONW said...

Ann, Kay, Brad, Kahuku, WW, Owner- your comments were being held up in moderation for reason beyond me. See my new post for the latest mismash. I've resubmitted the photo for my banner in multiple formats, bitmap, PNG, JPEG and still it's blurry. The glich never happened before, so dunno rightly what's up with that.