J.P. Chan 

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Date Talk

Reading helps you understand things.

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Mid-flight Selfie

Mid-flight selfie with cool cat @uliang.

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In Houston

In Houston 1

It’s been a few years since I last visited, but I found myself easily adapting again to the peculiar customs of Houston.

In Houston 2

Were it not for the shirt, I believe I could have passed for a native, as you can see in these photographs.

 

101F

101F

Holy moly, it’s been a while since I had a fever this high.

The only question now is: am I finally starting the Breaking Bad marathon or the Downton Abbey marathon?

 

What I Drink When I Drink

What I Drink When I Drink

You may know I don’t drink alcohol. But until now you didn’t know the real reason why: once you drink Trump Ice, no other beverage will satisfy.

(Everlasting gratitude to my brother JJ Chan for this gift of gifts.)

 

Objects in Mirror

Objects in Mirror

Even the parking attendant can’t stop looking at my ginormous Bossypants hands.

(Manhattan)

 

Final Pro Cut

Final Pro Cut

I was so excited about my first professional haircut in six years (been DIY since 2006) that I forgot to smile.

BIG thanks fo the amazing Shin for the cut.

(Drawing Room, 148 Spring St, Manhattan)

 

Old School Deal

Old School Deal

Whoa, these were $22.05 on the clearance rack. Now that’s the best kind of retro.

(Bob’s Stores, Seekonk, MA)

 

Super-Toys Last All Summer Long

Super-Toys Last All Summer Long

If you have the choice of a flashlight set with or without headlamps, choose headlamps every time.

(Bklyn Blggng HQ)

 

Via Video

Via Video

Phew, my first student videoconference went off well. Thanks HIFF for the opportunity to speak to Hawaii youth. Great questions, y’all!

(McKinley High School, Honolulu, HI)

 

Cyclists That (Act Like A) Dope

Cyclists That (Act Like A) Dope

Today, I biked about 50 miles on the beautiful isle of Maui. Unfortunately, almost half of those miles were unintentional and extremely difficult – so much so that at one point I really thought I was going to die in a ditch by the side of the road.

Some lessons learned:

  1. Kihei to Lahaina is 24 miles, not “about 12.”
  2. Measuring mileage on a tourist map while Tweeting and using the “thumb and forefinger” method almost guarantees inaccurate results.
  3. There’s no reason to believe that the ride will be mostly flat and you’ll have a tailwind, just because you hope it will be. In fact, the opposite might be true.
  4. If you leave at 4:30ish to catch a 6pm sunset and it turns out your mileage estimate is wrong, you will be riding in the dark for a good portion of your trip. Also, Maui highways aren’t lighted.
  5. Just because the highway has Bike Route signs doesn’t mean you’re not riding in a shoulder with cars zipping by at 50mph just a few feet away from you.
  6. If your ride is an hour longer than you expected and it’s around dinner time, you will be hungry for a good part of your trip.
  7. If your ride is much harder and longer than you expected, you will finish your one bottle of water long before you reach your destination.
  8. Catching the last bus out of Lahaina will be a big relief, but means you will still be riding 9 miles from Ma’alaea to Kihei because it’s too late to make the connecting bus.
  9. You will earn both admiration and embarassment-inducing disbelief when you tell your story to the Maui Bus driver.

(Ahihi-Kina’u Nature Preserve, Maui, HI)

 

Five Boro Rain

Five Boro Rain

It’s wet but spirits are high at the 2009 Five Boro Bike Tour.

(Franklin St & Church St, Manhattan)

 
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