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‘ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ:’ Epic swim brings new life to transplant recipient (with video)
Aug 14th, 2013 by Warren Swil

With 2 donated

lungs, dad makes

it to the mainland

Gavin Maitland swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco with two transplanted lungs. Click image to enlarge.

THERE WERE FEW more inspiring headlines in the news this week than this one:
Escape from Alcatraz: Gavin Maitland’s swim back to life.
In 2008, San Francisco-area resident Gavin Maitland underwent a life-saving double lung transplant.
On May 12, he joined a group of about 10 others (including his two children) and swam the 1 1/2 miles from Alcatraz Island prison to mainland San Francisco.
For a break from all the bleak news in the rest of the media, watch a video of his story below the fold.
Caution: it’s a two-kleenex show!


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Take-off facing backwards – an unusual way to fly (with video)

SENSATION IS SOMETHING LIKE FACING BACKWARDS ON A TRAIN
We pushed back from the gate at almost exactly the scheduled time of 5:45 p.m. PDT.
It was a short taxi, virtually no other aircraft in front of us, and a takeoff roll of less than a minute. I kept shooting, doing cutaways between the two portholes… the one with the wing in it clearly gives the sense of “facing backwards.”


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GSR 2013 run climaxes at 9,200 feet: The back story (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE CAPTURED ON CAMERA (WITH MOVIE)
Part II
The southern reaches of the Kern River in the Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 Gay Sport Bike Riders group’s annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
After lunch on Aug. 2 the fun began with a fast downhill sprint along 9 Mile Canyon Road into the Owens Valley where it meets U.S. Highway 395.
Here’s the back story on how the movie was made.


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KERNVILLE GSR RUN 2013: Motorcyclists conquer the Sierra Nevada (with movie)

CHALLENGING ROADS, SCENIC SPLENDOR, CAMARADERIE MAKE FOR ‘FUN-TASTIC’ TIME
Kernville in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains was the bucolic destination chosen for the 2013 edition of the Gay Sport Bike Riders’ annual run of motorcycle enthusiasts seeking camaraderie, hard and fast motorcycling, challenging terrain and an all-around great time.
This year’s event began in Los Angeles (and San Francisco) on Aug. 1. The focus of the weekend, of course, is the motorcycle riding.
Challenging twists and turns, roads strewn with boulders and left-over snow runoff, steep inclines and similar downgrades put the rider to the test.
Can we cut it? Find out here and watch a movie of the funtastic weekend.


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World’s premier yacht race clouded with uncertainty

AMERICA’S CUP MAY NOT BE ALL IT COULD BE
With the finals of the America’s Cup set to begin in less than five weeks – on Sept. 7 – uncertainty surrounds the world’s premier sailing race, being held for the first time in San Francisco.
The America’s Cup 2013 edition has been bedeviled with problems. Many blame Oracle mogul Larry Ellison personally, saying hiss ego got away with him.
I am disappointed to be missing the opportunity of a lifetime to see a world famous event in a sport about which I am passionate.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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Educate yourself: take a trip abroad

TRAVEL BEATS ANY CLASSROOM, ANY TEACHER HANDS DOWN

There are few better ways to get a real education than to travel abroad.
No classroom – and no teacher, alas – can offer the kind of lessons one learns from foreign lands: the cultures, the history, the social norms (all different from one’s own, no matter where you call home)… even the different currency, drinking age and favorite local beverages.
In the final analysis, it is the sum of our experiences that makes us whom we are. The “stuff” just doesn’t matter. Don’t waste a minute. Start building who you are, today! Take a trip… it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and the return on your investment will last a lifetime.


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A RARE DAY: Enjoying 2 favorite sports in 1 day (Part II)

CRUISING OFF THE COAST OF L.A. ON A LUXURY YACHT
There are few better ways to spend a summer’s afternoon than lazing on the deck of a 40-foot luxury yacht a mile or two off the beaches of Santa Monica Bay in Southern California.
On Sunday, for about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day.
Get the full story here, now.


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A RARE DAY: Bicycling in the morning, sailing after noon (Part I)

Southern California is famous for its outdoors sports offerings. What’s not so well known is how – if you wish – you can combine them on the same day!
On Sunday, it was bicycle riding and sailing on a luxury yacht – all in the same glorious day as about 25 members of the SoCal Social Club enjoyed this rare combination of two fabulous sports in one day.
Get In the (K)now here, now.


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ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY: a motorcycle rider’s perspective (with movie)

SCENIC ROUTE POPULAR WITH BIKERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (WATCH THE MOVIE)
The Angeles crest Highway from La Canada-Flintridge is a two-lane stretch of road winding its way through the San Gabriel Mountains some 66 miles to Phelan, a tiny village in the Mohave Desert.
On most weekend days, throngs of bikers from all over the region pack it full; auto drivers, beware!
Watch a video of the route from a motorcycle riders perspective. Get In the (K)now here now.


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Space shuttle Endeavour draws crowds at new home (with video)

L.A.’S NEWEST ‘ATTRACTION’ PACKS LEARNING WITH FUN
A visit to the retired space shuttle Endeavour at its new resting place in the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles sure beats a trip to Disneyland. It is proving to be a popular attraction this summer, with Angelenos and visitors alike. Watch a video of its trip from LAX across town.


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