Beach Walk 750 – USS Nimitz Steel Beach #7

Rox is back on the beach this week with a little “beachwalks philosophy” debriefing and looking back at the overnight embark on the USS Nimitz.

Shane has dropped in a few more clips that we also wanted to share with you. Over the past few decades, it appears the military has learned some things the rest of us are still catching up on. If you provide good training and you have reliable procedures and consequences, then just about anything is doable. The main point stressed to us was that the military exists primarily to prevent war, not win war. The appropriate show of force and the claiming of one’s authentic power, can deter the large majority of problems. In recent history, it seems to me more a problem with our civilian leaders than our military leaders in terms of making reasonable decisions. Without rehashing the tired arguments of the past (remember I was a student at Berkeley in the 70’s and an antiwar protester and still prefer peace over war), what have you learned from the Nimitz series?

Want to start at the beginning of the Nimitz Series? Click here for Episode 1.
Be sure and check out Melissa Chang’s series in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Check out our photos on Flickr.
Watch an actual takeoff here at Bytemarks’ blog.
Watch an interview with Admiral John Miller, filmed by Nathan Kam.
See other DV embark reports from Guy Kawasaki, Robert Scoble, Ryan Ozawa, Charline Li, and more links from each of those pages too.

Hawaiian word:
Kāohi: prevent

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Beach Walks 748 – USS Nimitz Steel Beach #5

Petty Officer Kayla Johnson gives us a tour of the enlisted berthing quarters and talks about the more personal side of being on board an aircraft carrier for six months. Find out about relationships and BBQ’s, and take the best seat on the boat with us. It’s a sunrise like no other.

Be sure and check out Melissa Chang’s series in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Check out our photos on Flickr.
Watch an actual takeoff here at Bytemarks’ blog.
Watch an interview with Admiral John Miller, filmed by Nathan Kam.

Hawaiian word:
Pukana lā: sunrise

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Beach Walk 745 – USS Nimitz Steel Beach #2

Meet Captain Mike Manazir, who tells us to ask any question, take pictures and videos, talk to the sailors, no restrictions. Right away with the Captain you will get a feeling for the people on board. One of my fellow travelers, Olwen Huxley, summed it up perfectly: I got on the Nimitz “wow, the technology” and got off the Nimitz “wow, the people.”

Be sure and check out Melissa Chang’s series in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Check out our photos on Flickr.

Hawaiian word:
Kāpena: captain

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Beach Walk 744 – USS Nimitz Steel Beach #1

Who knew after all my disco years dancing to the tune of “in the navy” I would be a DV (Distinguished Visitor) on a US Navy aircraft carrier? Who knew a former anti-war protester from UC Berkeley would be invited aboard a war ship, free to roam the ship unsupervised? Shane and I spent an overnight on the USS Nimitz – a 4.5 acre steel beach. We’ve got several episodes for you, as of course we couldn’t go alone! Part One is the getting there, via a COD flight with an arrested landing. This episode starts off with a briefing from Public Affairs Officer Theresa Donnelly; you can follow her (and her boxer!) on Twitter. I have to say it was especially cool having our arrival announced on Twitter too.

Be sure and check out Melissa Chang’s series in the Honolulu Advertiser.
Check out our photos on Flickr.

Hawaiian word:
Mokulele: airplane, flying ship

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Beach Walk 742 – Huli Heaven

It’s been a long time since we’ve been out on the water together. Our friends Eric, Stacey, and Kaile got a new 4-man outrigger canoe. Shane, Eric, and I took it out – saving a seat for you! I have missed being on the water, and hope you enjoy this episode – oh so Hawaii.

Huli means to roll over in Hawaiian, and though we caught several awesome waves, we also caught a 360! It was a great day, made better in my memory by the amazing song, "The Ocean" by Barefoot Truth. Please follow that link to iTunes and purchase a copy in support of them. Mahalo to MadGringo for sending us box of t-shirts and tops – Eric said of his, “This is the coolest shirt ever!”

Hawaiian word:
Huli: to turn, to curl over

More on the music in this episode:
Quickstar Productions Present: Chillout - East Coast Edition - Volume 1Barefoot Truth “The Ocean” (mp3) from “Quickstar Productions Present: Chillout – East Coast Edition – Volume 1”
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