Hilo Bay Oil Spill

From KGMB:

The Coast Guard was notified at 5 a.m. Thursday of a stationary sheen stretching from piers one and two in the harbor to more than 200 yards off shore.

Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment, Hawaii, on the Big Island, immediately responded to the scene of the incident. Investigators estimated that approximately 250 gallons of red-dye marine diesel from an unknown source caused the sheen.

Using money from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (under authorization of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990), the Coast Guard hired Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) to conduct the cleanup. PENCO is on scene with small boats and personnel on shore.

Recovery operations commenced this morning immediately after a safety briefing at first light. Divers in the water collected what was left of the oil today. Coast Guard investigators collected samples and sent them to the National Marine Safety Lab for analysis.

The thin fuel, a type of marine diesel, appears red on the surface of the water. Generally, marine diesel fuels dissipate, evaporate or burn away quickly.

An HH-65 dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 1:30 p.m.Thursday, to document and evaluate the situation. On Thursday and Friday, most of the oil had been collected with absorbent pads.

The Coast Guard is working closely with state and county officials and with the Honolulu-based Clean Islands Council. On Thursday, Coast Guard — and contracted responders — immediately deployed boom, which is a protective barrier placed on the water to prevent the spread of oil and other pollutants.

The source of the oil is currently under investigation.

When Nike’s Expire… More Census Work

Earlier I blogged that I needed to get a new pair of shoes because the work pair that I had been wearing for this census work I’ve been doing just weren’t working for me.

These are the shoes that I was wearing to work at DOE and then going off to work for the census canvassing:

shoes

After 4 hours at the DOE where I’m literally standing around most of the day assisting students I would then go spend another 6 hours canvassing Hilo in these shoes.  By the end of the day, my feet hurt as well as the rest of my body.

I didn’t have to work today, so I figured I’d bust out a pair of my old NIKE’s from about 5 years ago that I rarely used that much back then.

When I put them on, they felt like brand new and I went off to work in them.

About half way through the day walking… I noticed that the sole was coming lose.  I figured no worries… I could make it through the day.  A couple blocks later, I started hearing this “Splat” right before I would put my foot down.  Well it turned out the sole was now starting to flap around.

I knew it would only be long before the entire sole of the shoe came off, so I simply ripped it off.

Well soon enough, the other shoe started doing the same thing.  I was almost through the day… when all of a sudden the entire bottom part of the right shoe basically came off.  This was after the sole already came off!

This is what my shoe looked like when I got back to my car:

shoes-001

Luckily for me, I had a pair of slippahs in my car and it was getting late so I called it a day.

On my way home, I stopped off and got some shoes at ROSS’s so I’m good to go now.

shoes-002

These are just some basic New Balance “Walking” shoes that I was able to find.  They didn’t have a very large selection and I was pretty much in dire need.

Lesson learned here…

No matter how much you paid for your Nikes… they aint worth shit after 5 years of sitting in a closet.

On a positive note, I got to work the “Bayfront” area of Hilo so I spent a good part of the day… “At the beach”.

On an even more positive note… I finally got to meet “Gary”.

On the Agenda: Walking Shoes

I’ve been going straight from my DOE job to my Census job and I’m still wearing the same clothes.  I’m pretty comfortable at work wearing dress up clothes.  It’s not like when I was living on the mainland and I had to wear a suit and a tie or even just to be a grocery store checker I had to wear a tie!

Well the shoes I’ve been wearing just aren’t going to make 10 weeks of this census work.  They are a pair of leather shoes that I don’t know what style you call em… like boat shoes or something… but anyrate, with this Hilo weather and the walking and the puddles and the gravel roads and everything that I’m traversing on… my shoes are taking a beating.

I was thinking about wearing my big rubber boots… but there is no way I could walk around in those all day.  I remember those old “Clam Digger” shoes that people used to wear on the mainland, but I haven’t seen to many around here.

Anyone know where I can find something like this:

rain-shoe

I hate buying clothing items especially shoes off the Internet because they never seem to fit.

I’m also thinking of getting a “Poncho”… but I just want something lightweight that would dry fast.

I mapped out the area that I  covered in the last two days and it was easily over 10 – 15 miles of walking!  And yes, my calves are still aching.

They aren’t so bad once I get them stretched out and as long as I stay busy, but if I sit down for a good period of time and then stand up fast… it pulls the calves big time!  Even my son asked me why I was walking funny!