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Team Zissou will be doing a fund raising/concert at the Meadowlark on November 9. Dunno if there is a cover yet or just a donation or what since Britt is the driving force behind it (go Britt!). The bands that are playing so far are:

Johnny Knows Karate
Radio Jetstream

With more planned to be added soon.

Tell all your friends, family, and random people you meet. It should be fun!

A link to the Meadowlarks Myspace page:

http://www.myspace.com/meadowlarkbar
 

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All you rally crowd friends are mandated to be there and support your idiot friends. Plus, just got the word that Magic Cyclops will be DJing so it's going to be even better.
 

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special stage has been wickedly boring lately so i'm adding more crap to this thread so that people read it. this is part of an e-mail i sent to my family explaining this:


ok, so team zissou.

our website:

http://www.teamzusa.com/

our rickshaw website:

http://rickshawrun09w.theadventurists.com/teamzissou

i will first start with the name. the group of us are all wes anderson fans and he made a couple movies, one called the "darjeeling limited" which is about 3 brothers making a trip through india in search of their mother and they get their via a train. this was a bit of our inspiration (along with brian and erika's trip and a different show called "the long way round") the other movie is called "life aquatic" and it's a kind of parody about jacques cousteau and some other stuff. in life aquatic, all the team members wear these red hats and the captain person played by bill murray is named "steve zissou". britt randomly bought a bunch of red hats last spring/winter and when we all decided to do this trip the red hats and a "life aquatic" theme stuck so we came up with the name "team zissou". it's unique, funny if you've seen the movie, and hard to spell. since it's hard to spell we registered the domain name teamzusa.com since we are team zissou (team z) and we are from the usa (we will be in india).

website about the movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/

now about the adventure.

this thing is set up by a bunch of british people who wanted apparently to have some adventures in life. they i think started with something called the mongol rally in which they take a car with less than one liter of displacement and drive it from london to mongolia by any path they want. some people have gone straight there, others went all the way up through finland which isn't a direct route by anyways. the goal is not to finish fastest, but to finish and have an adventure. the cars purchased are generally clapped out pieces of junk and reliability issues make for more fun. basically they don't want you to go there with some super nice thing that will definitely get you there in comfort. when you arrive is also up to you. they have an arrival party and a departure party, but other than all leaving at the same time, the arrival is mearly a suggestion. i heard that it is generally supposed to take a few weeks, but one team took 3 months. the cars were then donated to someplace and the adventurers had to also donate a specific amount to charity in order to go.

the adventurists:

http://www.theadventurists.com/

the rickshaw run:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php

more info:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=overview

a faq:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=faq

well, after starting that and having a lot of fun with it they decided to find more adventures one of which is the rickshaw run. it was run twice a year, summer and winter, and involves going from either north to south or south to north depending upon which one someone was doing. it is quite popular and in order to be selected to do this (there are a limited number of spaces available) you have to sign up for a random lottery something like 8 or 9 months in advance and then put down a deposit almost immediately.

britt and erika signed up but only britt got selected. erika was very upset and plans started to be formulated to allow a group of 10 to go (teams are limited to 4 people). the idea was going to be to buy 2 additional rickshaws and one scooter when we got there and have 2 additional unofficial teams. well, right from the get go people started wondering if they would make it or not. britt and her husband mike were going for sure since they had already put the deposit down. grant and i said we were going also. over the course of 2-3 months or so everyone but grant, britt, mike, and i had dropped out for various reasons (all of them pretty lame if you ask me). so far we have gotten our passports, tickets, and shots. we are also working on fundraising also.

as for the fundraising.

the rickshaws i believe are later donated to the communities and the cost of the entry fee includes the deposit and is something like $1300. now the charities, every team is required to come up with $2000 (roughly since it's listed in pounds and the exhange rate changes always). there are two for this event, the frank water project and mercy corps. more money can be raised to the charities and all of it is web based and i believe they have tax id stuff so that you can make it a deduction too.

info on charities:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=thecharities

where you can donate for us:

http://www.firstgiving.com/teamzusa
http://www.justgiving.com/teamzusa

our plans

we will be flying out of denver on the 24th and staying in london for 48hrs. we have no plans for that time other than cheap. we have so few plans that we actually have no idea were we will be staying. i think we are counting on it working itself out. we are then leaving london on the 27th to chennai india. all in all it's like 19 hrs of flight and we end almost completely around the world. this will by far be the longest flight i've ever been on with one flight 9hrs and the other 10. once we arrive there we have to find some way to get to pondicherry where the adventure will officially start. i think though that the adventure has already started with the shots and meetings and paperwork. after we get to pondicherry we will have a day or two to get our bearings and prepare. our current plan is to not bring many cloths. something like what we are wearing is it other than some cold weather things and just buy any additional clothes there. once the event starts, well, we have a rough idea of how we are getting to where we are going, but not much else than a rough idea. we bought a map, not that it will be much help. supposedly gps is useless since no roads are listed on them, but we are bringing one to plot the course. sleeping, i think we determined that we will be bringing a sleeping bag in case and hoteling it if we can. if not i guess we will be sleeping in the rickshaw. have i mentioned it's really built to hold 3 people comfortably? that includes the driver. our hope is to also video tape it a lot and to take many pictures. i want to use one video cassette a day, dunno if that will happen. we plan on updating teamzusa from grant's phone as often as we can and also updating the website everytime we get internet. we also are taking jounals i guess, for writing purposes. once we reach our destination, shillong india on january 15, there is supposed to be a finish party of some sort (did i mention that there is a new years party which is the start party?). by this time we will have dropped grant off along the way because he needs to get to vegas for his punk-rock-bowling tournament. we then plan on taking a train across india again to get to delhi. this is expected to take a few days. if it can be arranged we want to stop in agra to see the taj mahal. not sure if this will happen either since it involves many train hops. we depart delhi at 330 am and get back to denver 330 pm.

here is our proposed route in red:

http://rickshawrun09w.theadventuris...ay&pagemode=route&teamid=1104&name=teamzissou

they have a disclaimer on there saying that this is by no means safe and could result in injury or death. the road conditions are appalling and traffic safety is non existent. but ok, it's an adventure.
 

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reading all that looks boring...

special stage has been wickedly boring lately so i'm adding more crap to this thread so that people read it. this is part of an e-mail i sent to my family explaining this:


ok, so team zissou.

our website:

http://www.teamzusa.com/

our rickshaw website:

http://rickshawrun09w.theadventurists.com/teamzissou

i will first start with the name. the group of us are all wes anderson fans and he made a couple movies, one called the "darjeeling limited" which is about 3 brothers making a trip through india in search of their mother and they get their via a train. this was a bit of our inspiration (along with brian and erika's trip and a different show called "the long way round") the other movie is called "life aquatic" and it's a kind of parody about jacques cousteau and some other stuff. in life aquatic, all the team members wear these red hats and the captain person played by bill murray is named "steve zissou". britt randomly bought a bunch of red hats last spring/winter and when we all decided to do this trip the red hats and a "life aquatic" theme stuck so we came up with the name "team zissou". it's unique, funny if you've seen the movie, and hard to spell. since it's hard to spell we registered the domain name teamzusa.com since we are team zissou (team z) and we are from the usa (we will be in india).

website about the movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/

now about the adventure.

this thing is set up by a bunch of british people who wanted apparently to have some adventures in life. they i think started with something called the mongol rally in which they take a car with less than one liter of displacement and drive it from london to mongolia by any path they want. some people have gone straight there, others went all the way up through finland which isn't a direct route by anyways. the goal is not to finish fastest, but to finish and have an adventure. the cars purchased are generally clapped out pieces of junk and reliability issues make for more fun. basically they don't want you to go there with some super nice thing that will definitely get you there in comfort. when you arrive is also up to you. they have an arrival party and a departure party, but other than all leaving at the same time, the arrival is mearly a suggestion. i heard that it is generally supposed to take a few weeks, but one team took 3 months. the cars were then donated to someplace and the adventurers had to also donate a specific amount to charity in order to go.

the adventurists:

http://www.theadventurists.com/

the rickshaw run:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php

more info:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=overview

a faq:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=faq

well, after starting that and having a lot of fun with it they decided to find more adventures one of which is the rickshaw run. it was run twice a year, summer and winter, and involves going from either north to south or south to north depending upon which one someone was doing. it is quite popular and in order to be selected to do this (there are a limited number of spaces available) you have to sign up for a random lottery something like 8 or 9 months in advance and then put down a deposit almost immediately.

britt and erika signed up but only britt got selected. erika was very upset and plans started to be formulated to allow a group of 10 to go (teams are limited to 4 people). the idea was going to be to buy 2 additional rickshaws and one scooter when we got there and have 2 additional unofficial teams. well, right from the get go people started wondering if they would make it or not. britt and her husband mike were going for sure since they had already put the deposit down. grant and i said we were going also. over the course of 2-3 months or so everyone but grant, britt, mike, and i had dropped out for various reasons (all of them pretty lame if you ask me). so far we have gotten our passports, tickets, and shots. we are also working on fundraising also.

as for the fundraising.

the rickshaws i believe are later donated to the communities and the cost of the entry fee includes the deposit and is something like $1300. now the charities, every team is required to come up with $2000 (roughly since it's listed in pounds and the exhange rate changes always). there are two for this event, the frank water project and mercy corps. more money can be raised to the charities and all of it is web based and i believe they have tax id stuff so that you can make it a deduction too.

info on charities:

http://rickshawrun.theadventurists.com/index.php?page=thecharities

where you can donate for us:

http://www.firstgiving.com/teamzusa
http://www.justgiving.com/teamzusa

our plans

we will be flying out of denver on the 24th and staying in london for 48hrs. we have no plans for that time other than cheap. we have so few plans that we actually have no idea were we will be staying. i think we are counting on it working itself out. we are then leaving london on the 27th to chennai india. all in all it's like 19 hrs of flight and we end almost completely around the world. this will by far be the longest flight i've ever been on with one flight 9hrs and the other 10. once we arrive there we have to find some way to get to pondicherry where the adventure will officially start. i think though that the adventure has already started with the shots and meetings and paperwork. after we get to pondicherry we will have a day or two to get our bearings and prepare. our current plan is to not bring many cloths. something like what we are wearing is it other than some cold weather things and just buy any additional clothes there. once the event starts, well, we have a rough idea of how we are getting to where we are going, but not much else than a rough idea. we bought a map, not that it will be much help. supposedly gps is useless since no roads are listed on them, but we are bringing one to plot the course. sleeping, i think we determined that we will be bringing a sleeping bag in case and hoteling it if we can. if not i guess we will be sleeping in the rickshaw. have i mentioned it's really built to hold 3 people comfortably? that includes the driver. our hope is to also video tape it a lot and to take many pictures. i want to use one video cassette a day, dunno if that will happen. we plan on updating teamzusa from grant's phone as often as we can and also updating the website everytime we get internet. we also are taking jounals i guess, for writing purposes. once we reach our destination, shillong india on january 15, there is supposed to be a finish party of some sort (did i mention that there is a new years party which is the start party?). by this time we will have dropped grant off along the way because he needs to get to vegas for his punk-rock-bowling tournament. we then plan on taking a train across india again to get to delhi. this is expected to take a few days. if it can be arranged we want to stop in agra to see the taj mahal. not sure if this will happen either since it involves many train hops. we depart delhi at 330 am and get back to denver 330 pm.

here is our proposed route in red:

http://rickshawrun09w.theadventuris...ay&pagemode=route&teamid=1104&name=teamzissou

they have a disclaimer on there saying that this is by no means safe and could result in injury or death. the road conditions are appalling and traffic safety is non existent. but ok, it's an adventure.
 

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reading all that looks boring...
i can post up stuff from my african/african american paper if you want. here's a small sample:

“African Studies is a broad field or area of studies which combines several disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social-behavioral sciences for the sole purpose of studying and understanding Africa and its people from all facets-their origins, history, culture, experiences, achievements, contributions, aspirations, and even human and physical environment.”


just let me know if you want the rest of it. it's a scorcher.
 

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aren't you studying engineering?



i can post up stuff from my african/african american paper if you want. here's a small sample:

“African Studies is a broad field or area of studies which combines several disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social-behavioral sciences for the sole purpose of studying and understanding Africa and its people from all facets-their origins, history, culture, experiences, achievements, contributions, aspirations, and even human and physical environment.”


just let me know if you want the rest of it. it's a scorcher.
 

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i can post up stuff from my african/african american paper if you want. here's a small sample:

“African Studies is a broad field or area of studies which combines several disciplines in the arts, the humanities, and the social-behavioral sciences for the sole purpose of studying and understanding Africa and its people from all facets-their origins, history, culture, experiences, achievements, contributions, aspirations, and even human and physical environment.”


just let me know if you want the rest of it. it's a scorcher.
WTF does that have to do with engineering race car parts?

We have some guys doing consulting work in Chennai. Kick them in the nutz on your way thru town!

Dave
 

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nothing at all, that's why it sucks so much.
I hear ya. I went to a school with those cluster requriements...at times it felt like I was getting ripped off. Hopefully you don't need to actually go to class that often. :)

Dave
 

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I couldn't even read all of Mark's email. I just skimmed through most of it.

Here's the short version:
Adventure, charity, scooter taxis, 2300 miles across India, possible death, party, give us money.

PS> All money goes to charity. We've paid for everything else already out of our own pockets.

PPS> I already volunteered to pay half of what we have to raise, but don't raise. If we can raise all of what we need to I plan to do the Doo *** rally in Washington in March. If not, well, the money I'd spend to do the rally will have to go toward charity. So you not only get to help charity, you get to help me rally. :)
 

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I couldn't even read all of Mark's email. I just skimmed through most of it.

Here's the short version:
Adventure, charity, scooter taxis, 2300 miles across India, possible death, party, give us money.

PS> All money goes to charity. We've paid for everything else already out of our own pockets.

PPS> I already volunteered to pay half of what we have to raise, but don't raise. If we can raise all of what we need to I plan to do the Doo *** rally in Washington in March. If not, well, the money I'd spend to do the rally will have to go toward charity. So you not only get to help charity, you get to help me rally. :)
it's seriously not that long, especially compared to some of the stuff you read currently.

and i didn't know you were going to do that, interesting and very nice.

i am donating my $11 from my witnessing a attempted murder to the charities.
 
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