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Subject: What would it take for you to run 26.2 miles?

Forum: What would it take for you to run 26.2 miles?
Aloha CollegeNet,

Well it is finally the weekend of the Honolulu Marathon! I have been training for the past 18 weeks and am ready to run this thing. Hopefully the excitement over the marathon will get rid of my December blues. Is running a marathon on your bucket list? Do you think you could do it? What would it take for you to run 26.2 miles? An amazing prize? Being chased? Being challenged by a friend? Finding a training group to run with? Under what circumstances would you want to run a marathon?

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Execise at home or at a gym?

Forum: Execise at home or at a gym?

Outside is my gym currently. I do my runs outside after work on the weekdays and usually in the morning on the weekends. I find places to run all over the island of Oahu. Mostly I run in the town where I work at. I have had gym memberships before but it never really stuck. I have always preferred running outside. Running is my main form of exercise and the best part is I don't need a gym membership to do it. Nor do I want a treadmill in my house because I would rather run at the beach or take a walk in the neighborhood. I do like to go to a yoga class every now and then as well so that is indoors but typically I don't go to a gym for that but rather a yoga studio. Overall, I love that living in Hawaii I can always get a run in outdoors somewhere on this beautiful island.

Thanks for the forum!

- Wanderer

Subject: What kind of things do you "like" on facebook?

Forum: What kind of things do you "like" on facebook?
Aloha CollegeNet,

As you scroll through facebook and instagram what kinds of things do you find yourself liking? Cute pet videos? Thoughtful posts about life? Quotes? Your friend's cute baby photos? What gets your thumbs up most often?

I haven't been on facebook and instagram too often recently but I often "like" quotes, beautiful pictures of Hawaii, cute baby photos of people I know. I like the thoughtful individual posts. I'll sometimes like cool news stories as well.

So what do you like to see the most on social media? What kind of posts get your "like?"

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Favorite music artist

Forum: Favorite music artist
Aloha Kaelyn Sumner,

Cool forum! Yes I do have favorite music artists and their music does speak to me. When I find music that soothes my soul I know I have found a new favorite. In fact, I am super disappointed that one of my favorite artist who usually comes to Hawaii to perform every December isn't scheduled for any shows on Oahu this month. Seeing my favorite artists live is so amazing. I feel more alive and soothed at the same time getting to watch the performance. I guess I should mention who these artists are:

Nahko and Medicine for the People- I happen to go to a Wanderlust concert and had never heard of this group but hearing their music I fell in love with it and have been listening every since

Trevor Hall- I stumbled upon this artist from listening to Nahko on Pandora and his songs started to pop up and I realized how much I liked his music and that the lyrics really spoke to me

Satsang- Again I landed on this artist when listening to Trevor Hall on Pandora, one of his songs came on and I wrote it down and made a note to look up this artist later and ended up loving his other songs as well.

Kevin Paris- Found him too on Pandora and plugged him into Spotify to hear his other songs and now I listen to him a bunch too.

I love listening to these artists but it is also fun to discover new music that speaks to my soul and I find comfort in.

Thanks for the forum!

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Do You Volunteer?

Forum: Do You Volunteer?
Aloha fa1th3rs,

I have volunteered at a variety of places throughout my life. Currently, I volunteer by doing a friendly visit once a week to this elderly woman in her home. When I signed up I didn't really know what I was getting into but I was trying to get involved in my community when I had so much free time since I was not working. Now that I have a job and am busy with running it can be a bit of a bother to do this once a week but I keep doing it because it seems to mean a lot to this lady. When I put myself in her shoes I can see how impactful it might be. If I was alone in my house 24/7 with only a few visitors and phone calls a week having a friendly face visit and help out a little would be a very welcome thing. What I do feels insignificant to me but it may mean a lot to her. I try to remind myself of this when I am tired after work and running and don't feel like going. The smile on her face and her joy in seeing me does warm my heart.

I have also volunteered at farms and gardens here in Hawaii. I like to volunteer and get my hands in the dirt. It feels good especially since I spend my work days sitting at a desk most of the time. I help pick up trash and pull out mangroves at this park that they are trying to restore to a fishpond. I clear weeds in kalo fields to help upkeep at my friends farm. Volunteering that gets me outdoors is always a welcome thing! I have been lucky enough to make some good friends when I have volunteered at gardens and beach cleanups. I have also done several beach cleanups where we are picking up trash and micro-plastic to beautify our beaches here in Hawaii. It's very convenient to be able to show up for a quick morning of volunteering rather than committing to something long-term. Volunteering overall is a good thing and without volunteers in the world a lot of things would go undone.

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Favorite thing to do when your not at school/work

Forum: Favorite thing to do when your not at school/work
Aloha Seth,

My favorite thing to do when I am not at work is to be outside! Whether I am going for a walk, hiking, running, hanging out at the beach, laying in my hammock in a park or helping out at my friend's farm I truly enjoy being outside. My job keeps me cooped up in an office all day so I soooooo look forward to any opportunity to be outside and enjoying the great outdoors! Hawaii is a great place to love the outdoors since there is usually such good weather which enables one to spend lots of time outside. It's fun to be outside with other people as well but I am fine being by myself outside too. Just yesterday I had a nice hour long walk along the beach. It was such a relief to be outside after a day sitting at my desk. I always remark to myself how I should always do something active and outdoors after work. It is such a joy to be able to enjoy nature!

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Frustrated

Forum: Frustrated
Aloha fa1th3rs,

I'm so sorry your morning is starting off a bit rocky. I do hope the rest of your day goes well.

My morning is going pretty well, although the daily leaf blowing outside my office has just commenced and that's never a good sound let alone at 7:20am. Despite that annoying occurrence I am holding tight to my sunny disposition. I am excited as I got up early enough to make my hot tea to drink at work and I even have a nice treat- lilikoi scone for this morning. Lately, I have been really hungry given all the running for marathon training. I am rather excited that all my hard work sticking to the running schedule will be paying off soon when I finally run that course. This is also a good day because I will only be in my office for half a day and get to go out into the world to a meeting in the afternoon. Not that I'm head over heels about meetings but it is a nice change of pace from sitting in my office. I also have a doctor appointment today with a holistic practitioner that I started seeing. This was a very interesting visit last month so I am curious to find out what will happen at this visit. Overall, it should be a very good day. And the leaf blowing has stopped so that means it's an even better morning!

I wish everyone a wonderful Tuesday!

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Public Transportation

Forum: Public Transportation

Here is Hawaii there is a pretty decent bus system which runs all over the island. You can pretty much get anywhere on the island but it may take a while on the bus. When I first moved to Hawaii I relied on the bus and walking to get around. I was mainly staying in one area so that wasn't too bad but as I needed to expand the places where I went having a moped and then a car was much more useful. To really enjoy the island having a car is important so you can get to the North Shore and experience every inch of this amazing place. Currently, a rail system is being built that has been a huge controversy here in the islands. Many many people were against it and still are despite the fact that it is being built. Here is some information on the arguments for and against the rail:

The primary objective for the rail project is to reduce the amount of cars on Oahu's roads. As a result of Oahu's increasing population, traffic on the island has become a significant issue. According to the Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation (HART), the establishment of the rail transit system will take 40,000 cars, or 48,000 daily car trips, off of Oahu's roads by 2030.

The most significant argument against the production of the rail system is its cost. The HART currently estimates that the project will cost about $5.2 billion, which is about $2 billion more than they'd initially predicted in 2008. Given Hawaii's track record with major projects (i.e. cost and time overrun), this rail project should be of concern to the entire Oahu population. Furthermore, there is a genuine concern that the residents of Oahu will have to subsidize the rail on a continuing annual basis. With such an extent of its resources being allocated to the rail, how will Oahu deal with its other expenses, such as its aging sewer system and deteriorating roads?

With regards to concerns regarding traffic, the prediction that the rail system would reduce daily car trips isn't entirely false. However, when put into context, this statistics isn't too gratifying. Though the rail project would reduce daily car trips by 48,000, it would be in the face of a 520,000 increase in daily car trips due to population growth. Statistics regarding the effects of the rail system on Oahu's traffic are explained in the Statistics page of the website.

Ultimately, there is no brilliant solution to the problem of too many cars on the island.

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: One Day I'd Like To Buy_______!

Forum: One Day I'd Like To Buy_______!
Aloha Thankful,

One day I'd like to buy a house or condo! Paying rent month after month to live in someone else's house or apartment is convenient but in the long run it would be nicer to have my own place. It does seem like a lot of work to have a house so maybe a condo would be better but owning rather than renting would certainly have it's benefits. I know my mom has been so happy when she was finally able to buy her own condo rather than renting an apartment year after year. She is very pleased. I know I want to travel a lot more so owning a place might make that more difficult but there are always solutions like renting it out. Overall, owning a home is a good investment especially in Hawaii which is suck a desirable place to live. Housing values tend to go up here in Hawaii as the island is only so big and there are only so many houses that can be built here. If I ever own a house I would want it to be in Hawaii or some other tropical island where I would want to live. Whether I own a place or not, Hawaii sure feels like home!

- Wanderer

Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Day Thanks:

Forum: Thanksgiving Day Thanks:
Aloha Jon,

That's so awesome that you are taking time today to volunteer. A very noble thing to do and I applaud your dedication to serving others. Mahalo (thank you) for everything you do for others. Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful for my health, my family, my friends, my house, my car, clean running water, my job and the fact that I am happy, safe and secure in my life. I am grateful for CollegeNet and everyone on here. I am also grateful for the awesome weather and the fact that I get to live here in Hawaii. I am grateful for my family's good health as well. I am so thankful that I have such a wonderful friend to spend Thanksgiving with and that my dad is with me as well. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have had in my life for work, travel and relationships. I am really thankful for everything and my list could go on and on and on...

Thank you for the forum to give us a chance to reflect on what we are grateful for. It's always important to stop and smell the roses!

- Wanderer