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Transportation & Obesity

Transportation & Obesity

At my speech to the South Brisbane Rotaract Club tonight, I discussed the transportation-obesity link. This is the United States I have grown up in. Some scholars predict Generation Y to be the first generation in American history to have a shorter…

Ride up Mt. Coot-Tha

Ride up Mt. Coot-Tha

Last weekend was my first weekend in Brisbane since I first arrived. I biked up Mt. Coot-tha, the highest point in Brisbane. I have spent most my time in the three locations noted above. I research at the University of…

Celebrations of Life

Celebrations of Life

I celebrated the life of my grandmother by making fish with white sauce and capers, a recipe she perfected. I intentionally celebrate the life of the people I’ve loved who have passed away. Gerry Michaelson, who introduced me to Rotary…

Cycle2city Tour

Cycle2city Tour

          Brisbane’s cycle2city facility encourages bicycle commuting by providing secure bike storage, showers, lockers, repair stations, and laundry service. Open since 2008, the facility has half of its 420 spaces filled during the peak months. End of…

What I’m Researching

What I’m Researching

Brisbane City Council aims to have one in five trips taken by bike or on foot by 2030. To help achieve this goal, they initiated CityCycle, a bicycle share program, in October 2010. Bike share programs allow users to rent…

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Hoa and I traded our climbing shoes for beach towels this weekend. Hoa’s buddies Claudio & Giulia joined us for our visit to Currumbin, a quiet beach south of Surfer’s Paradise. The next day, Hoa & I went to Springbrook…

Connect Cascade Locks Plan Adopted

Connect Cascade Locks Plan Adopted

The plan my colleagues and I spent the first six months of 2012 developing was adopted by the Cascade Locks Port Commission this week. The purpose of Connect Cascade Locks is to increase the economic development prospects of Cascade Locks through…

Climbing at the Blackall Mountains

Climbing at the Blackall Mountains

James, Hoa, Amin, and I spent the weekend sport climbing in the Blackall Mountains. Finding the crag can be tricky, so James provided me with a handy map. The first climb I did was a lead up Minotaur, an overhang beginning in…