Friday, September 5, 2008

Official Google Blog...

Chris has some rather touching and inspiring words to say on the Official Google Blog about our team. I suggest you go read it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Here are Eddie's photos from Hood to Coast. Enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2008

9th Place!

We ran our hearts out all night long through the Oregon back country and finished a tremendous 9th place overall!

And now, my top 9 memories of Hood to Coast 2008:

9) Finishing 30 minutes ahead of our target.
8) Finishing my last leg. So glad the pain was over and the binge eating could begin.
7) Fearing for a little bird's life as it tried to eat two whole goldfish at a time.
6) Eddie's exclamation that he had 86 kills on one of his legs. (I'm not sure what shocked me more, the number of kills, or that he actually kept count.)
5) The ginormous beach party in Seaside, Oregon.
4) Clearing out the van when the effects of flax seed oil peanut butter came to a culmination.
3) Fearing for our lives while riding in the Death Van. (Note: The "Death Van" attribution is referring to the van itself, not our highly skilled driver, Kerry. Please reference Eddie's post for further details.)
2) Welcoming rookies to the insane relay experience.
1) Seeing the team back together again.

Until next time... radio silence.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

dear enterprise rentacar

a letter I've drafted to enterprise rentacar, the agency that provided our (overpriced) vans.

"To whom it may concern: there were several deficiencies we noticed in our vans rented for the h2c race.

To begin, the child safety lock would not disengage. This is akward when we're using the vans to drop off and pick up runners-36 times. Your support staff was less than helpful in finding a workaround.

Beyond this, other complaints include, in no particular order: The lighter plugs would not work, the winshield sprayer was out of fluid (which we had to replace ourselves), the gas guage would vary depending on factors of elevation, slope of surface, and how many people were in the van.

Also, who doesn't gas up rental cars? And really, check your engines and turn off the check engine light when you do. This check should include whether the car rattles uncontrolably when the gas pedal is depressed.

I don't mean to tell you how to do your job, but with the highway robbery you call your 24 hour h2c rental agreement, we expected a little more."

All finished up

Enjoying the fine weather and refreshments at the beach.

van 1 update

Much like the moon landings in the 60s, van 1 is emerging from radio silence through the back woods of oregon. Provisions lasted, the weather held (its sunny and gorgeous), the running was superb, and were heading to seaside, OR now to rendezvous with van 2. Two questions remain: what will we place and will we make our flight back to sfo?

Car Wash!

These kids are awesome!!!