In 1992, Pearl and I met Sharon and Daniel (my brother) in Eugene, and we saw the Hawaii football team beat Oregon 24-21. We then drove to Colorado Springs, but first had to spend a night in Salt Lake City, where we turned on the TV and was aghast that Hurricane Iniki was heading straight to Oahu. Panicked, we tried to call family and friends, but we couldn't get through. Thankfully for Honolulans, Iniki made a rather sudden left turn and devastated Kauai instead. Hawaii did beat the Air Force Academy 6-3.
Thus, this year (before we had lost all those games), I thought, why not catch the Hawaii-Navy contest in Annapolis and stay in DC for nostalgic reasons. But I really don't enjoy tours. You spend 90% of the time sitting or standing and waiting. You generally need to wake up early in the morning to catch the bus. All that said, I signed up with Panda Travel, and can report that they did a good job, even though all the above was still true. I could never have done this myself because I avoid renting cars these days, and how, then, do I get to Annapolis for the event.
- 2015: September 12 at Ohio State and September 26 at Wisconsin, so the in-between period will involve some expanded tour.
- 2016: September 3 at Michigan and September 24 at Kansas--this might not work out as the games are too far apart
The only good news about Super Typhoon Haiyan is that latest announcements suggest the final death toll will not be 10,000, but something in the range of 2500. The U.S. military appears to be taking the leadership in the recovery. While I decry all that defense spending, the fact of the matter is that they have responded to more than a hundred tropical storm disasters over the past few years, and, in addition to posturing, humanitarian assistance could well be their ultimate role for humanity. Of course, we certainly don't need eleven task forces, so, please, after the next one, the USS Gerald Ford, to become available in 2016 for at least $13 billion, stop!!!! The USS George Washington, now in the Philippines, brings a lot of support potential: