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Memorable Moments of 2011

As 2011 becomes a thing of the past, I often contemplate the memorable moments in the wee hours of new years eve. Here are my memorable moments as I tweeted them before midnight Dec 31, 2011. It was certainly a fun year and one to remember.
1st memorable moment of 2011
Unconferenz 2011
2nd memorable moment of 2011
iPad2 Launch - Ala Moana
3rd memorable moment of 2011
zen brushwork
4th memorable moment of 2011
Google campus
5th memorable moment of 2011
Day 4: Last day in Osaka
6th memorable moment of 2011
Flight over O`ahu with Moore Air
7th memorable moment of 2011
Trip to Portland/Astoria OR
8th memorable moment of 2011
soul food
9th memorable moment of 2011
CityCamp Honolulu
10th memorable moment of 2011

Top 10 Memories of 2010

As I watch what is supposed to be the last of the neighborhood aerial fireworks displays, I wonder how it will be different at the end of 2011 when the new ban on fireworks goes into effect. Granted all the aerials you see in neighborhoods around Honolulu are already illegal, so will they be more illegal this year? The ban that goes into effect in 2011 is for the consumer fireworks like the fountains, sparklers and novelty smoke makers. You won't be seeing any of these on retail shelves like you did this past year. As for the aerial fireworks and big bombs you hear, those were never in the retail stores. How they were gotten was not through your typical consumer supply chain. I would venture to say unless shipping containers are more strictly inspected, we'll probably continue to see and hear loud explosions and aerial display this coming year end. As the new year is upon us, it's become something of a tradition for me to countdown my Top 10 memories of the year on Twitter right before the clock strikes midnight. As we look forward to the new year, it's good to take stock of what happen in the past year that made it memorable. The following list is a somewhat chronological progression through the year. None are better than the others, they are all standouts. Here they are:
  1. First on my list of memorable moments in 2010 was cruising around the island with @hawaii & @mrshawaii on their special LOST tours.
  2. Second on my list of 2010 moments was the Navy ships I got to visit: USS Santa Fe, USS Chung-Hoon, USNS Mercy & Japan's DDG Atago.
  3. Coming in at number 3 was the Unconferenz 2010. That has made my list every year. It's always fun to geek out with friends.
  4. No. 4 was riding the Admiral's Barge. Courtesy of Rear Adm Dixon Smith, my wife and I cruised around Ford Is & the Arizona Memorial
  5. Enjoying the Summer Solstice with friends in Nualolo on Kauai is 5th on my list. A beautiful valley with the sweetest spring water.
  6. For #6 it's flying to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam with Gen Gary North to unveil the Global Hawk. It was a fun 16 hrs. on a C-17
  7. No. 7 was a C-17 flight during Rimpac to do a air drop over Pohakuloa on Big Island. Also got an F-16 escort with cargo door open
  8. Eight was a sesshin at Chozen-ji. With all that is going on these days it is good to take some time to nurture/calm the mind.
  9. Having the opportunity to spend the evening at Abercrombie election HQ on general election night is #9. It felt like history in the making.
  10. Last but not least, #10 was my trip to Japan. It was all about zen, ceramics, Ryoma, Musashi, food, friends and great memories.