I got an early call from Cheryl this morning that we had lost another HURT runner. Not lost on the trails, lost as in no longer with us.
Pete Martinez is much of why this site even exists. Pete's business was creating web sites. He started creating sites in 1994 for companies large and small. Back in late 2004 blogs were the newest form of web communication tools and he and I started discussing the idea of creating one for HURT. He told me to just do it! Pete was like that; outspoken, direct and very good at what he did.
With HURT, I don't think Pete cared much for the races, that isn't what he was in to. He enjoyed time out on the trails. He enjoyed being fit however he also recognized and believed that continuous and longterm running was not necessarily the best thing--at least for him.
For those of us who remember Pete, one of our greatest memories and why the nickname; "Pizza" Pete, is he had the uncanny ability to show up at the least likely time with wonderful warm cheezy, pizza. Often times in the middle of the night, on a wet and cool night, it was always a welcome sight to see "Pizza" Pete!
The other role Pete played many times was parking czar. There he would be at 0-dark hundred, not allowing any cars past him.
Pete had another passion and it was probably one of his strongest interests: windsurfing. He had been involved with windsurfing for years--back when Kailua bay was the epicenter and continued to search the island for the best wind. Click here to see him in action.
Pete was very involved in local business networking including HEA and SMEI.
While some of you (over 135 runners, and 30 volunteers) were out on the North Shore frollicing in the Heat, the world was still spinning. I attach this article from this morning's paper. ..Kalapu Ulavale
Korean Missle Lands North Shore of Oahu
Honolulu, HI., July 5, 2009
By Pika Lololo Associate Correspondent, Local News.
For Semi Kalakalaeipu it one bad day for go surf.Even before da bugga get into his stinky wet rash gard he go find he no can.For Why?Well brah, it cause da kine buggah live North Korea, went fire one super size bottle rocket which went come all da way hea.Dat right, and it come down on Semi’s almost-new-wen-steal-town-side board he find abandoned jus last week in Wallace Chun’s garage.Wallace one town side pake who never go use ‘em anyhow brah.So Semi jus liberating the juise.
So Semi went put his board down in the sun for melt da wax, and then he busy with the manogi kine rash gard, when bang!He hears one beg boom, and where his board was is now one big ass Korean Rocket Ship brah.(For see da size look pectures)For Semi dis one tramatic experience.“I wen tru too much pilikia git da board, you know.Now da kine Nort Korean pule, gone smash ‘em all up.Dis one almost-new-wen-steal-town-side board brah. Git plenty meaning to my local heritage, and I no can replace, cept for da other one I go git Chun’s garage bumbye.
Local Surfing Kahuna Ace Ka’amiloulo Fitzroy has condemned the North Korean attack.“Dis just another one time when outsiders destroy our cultural artifacts.What Semi gon do now.Cos plenty gas go townside for night visit to Chun’s garage.His almost-new-wen-steal-town-side board is a great loss to our cultural heritage; like all dah other stuff we went forget in da bush. Plus Semi no can sell da board to one stupid hauoli tourist fore Wallace and his gang buddies come northside lookin for thief went cockaroach his board. Jus another instance where locals suffer cause of outsider interference in our cultural heritage.”
Fitzroy, who one mainland lawyer who come north shore many years ago, smoke too much dope, and forget he married to wife with five kids, plans to file suit against the City and County, the State, the U.S. Government, and the North Korean Government for the loss of cultural artifacts, and the trama caused to the north shore surfing community.“This one terrible event you know”, said Ka’amiloulo.“When first happen Semi no believe da rocket wen hit his board, and he make beef wid all da braddahs on da beach for steal his almost-new-wen-steal-town-side board.Plenty people git all bus up for that.One blalah wen break Simi’s nose and two others cheap shot him when he on the ground.Simi go suffer PTS.Unlikely he ever be able to drive town side for cockaroach again you know.”
Police finally arrived to assess the threat of the missle. They no aress nobody, take a few pictures and go to lunch.Councilman Charlie Dejon has promised to seek passage ofa law against the landing of Korean Missles on the North Shore. “This is a matter that we can talk about for at least a year or two.What if it had hit more than one board?Did anyone pay a tax to land a missle on the North Shore? There are a whole host of inane issues we can debate that certainly come before how we pick up the trash or pay to have the roads paved.Excuse me, I’m late for my political fund raiser.”
Right now it uncertain what to do with the missle which went stuck just outside Jamesons Bar.In the mean time the bar has filled it with ice and is using it to cool beers over the holiday weekend.
Aloha Everyone!! I am so excited that the new TrailRunner is out and the Wilderness Running Company ad is on page TS 27. It is on the bottom right hand corner of the page. I took the picture of the trailhead and Tom Valdespino took a few photos that are on the website. I hope I did HURT proud:) Anyways, See you tomorrow at Firecracker!!!
Aloha Everyone!! I just wanted you all to know that the write up I helped with for the Wilderness Running Company is up on their website now. If you look in the new TrailRunner magazine, coming out next week, the ad will feature a picture of the Tantalus trailhead and a link to their website. It is an awesome feature and I hope you all enjoy. If you wish to check it out click here and then click on the picture of Honolulu, or click on "the life" and then on Honolulu. Anyways, hope you like it....talk story later. Jah Bless. Devon