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SVBTA – Blockchain and the future of travel

I attended the Silicon Valley Business Travel Association’s event “Blockchain and the Future of Travel.”  This was a topic I am particularly interested in because crypto-currency and blockchain really are the future.  Yes, for the moment currencies like BitCoin are facing a bit of scrutiny and regulation but it is impossible to stop the tide […]

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BABTA Holiday Gala 2017

The BABTA Holiday Gala is always one of my favorite events of the year.  It is when the majority of the Bay Area business travel community get together and let loose. This year it was at the Hotel Kabuki in Japantown which was extra special for me given my relationship with Japan.  I met up […]

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SVBTA

Made it onto the Silicon Valley Business Travel Association Facebook page.  Seems like SVBTA is growing by leaps and bounds: I don’t remember the events always selling out like they seem to be doing now. This event was entitled “Getting to Yes!  The building blocks of a successful partnership,” held on May 11th at the […]

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Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

World Oyama Karate put on a demonstration at the 2017 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.  I’ve always enjoyed the festival but have never actually participated myself except for the preparation of the Japan Airlines float many years ago.  My demonstration was called ‘kihon sono 4’ and we made BaySpo, (2017年4月14日) the Japanese language newspaper in […]

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Fighter’s Cup

I participated in my very first Fighter’s Cup tournament yesterday and took second.  This is what semi-knockdown karate looks like; I never thought I’d be doing something like this; I just wanted to be a ninja with my son. But this is where the road leads in traditional Japanese Kyokushin Karate and so しょうがない as […]

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Winter Solstice sunset 2016

I took this picture at the Pacifica Municipal Pier on December 21st, 2016 at 4:52 PM.  Winter has officially arrived according to astronomers.  This year I learned why meteorologists have a different start date for winter than astronomers.  I also learned that there may be a better way to mark the seasons by having the […]

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BABTA Holiday Gala

BABTA put on another fantastic holiday gala, this time at the Fairmont Hotel.  I’d never been to the top of the Fairmont and the view was incredible, especially with the holiday lights at the Embarcadero Centers and the lights on the Bay Bridge. Looking at these pictures I’m reminded of one of the reasons why […]

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Perigee Super Moon 2016

I woke up to catch the perigee super moon setting over the Pacific Ocean at 5:00 AM this morning.  It was an incredible sight and the silence of an early Sunday morning made me think I might be the only one paying attention to this spectacular show.  The Moon hasn’t been this close to the […]

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GoPro Formula One

I was over at GoPro today and it looks like I didn’t get the job for their Formula One driver.  This new guy is a much better fit for the position.

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ABG Pride Dinner

Avis Budget Group Pride Dinner with America’s Senior Leadership Team in recognition of contributions to the company. It was totally unexpected but I won an award for my work mentoring new team members, covering vacant territories and keeping a portfolio that continues to grow year over year.