Long-lost WordPress.com South America Blog

I came across an old blog of mine from 2012. It was short-lived, but documented the two months I spent in Ecuador and Colombia. Who would’ve thought in 2012 that six years later I would start working for WordPress.com!? You never know, but this was my first taste of WordPress.com. I went for a Wedding, but there was frisbee played in Colombia (of course), scuba diving in the Caribbean, and more! The blog was short-lived and has been dormant for a while, but it’s still alive!

After Worlds! A whirlwind trip around California in 9 days

It all began in Chicago, in more ways than one.


That’s my Great-Grandfather Ned Merriam’s HOF plaque, a 2011 inductee to the¬†University of Chicago Athletics Hall of Fame!

After Chicago, we had a planned five hour lay-over in Austin, TX. No, it was no accident, it was to visit my sister!

After a quick stop-over in Austin, we had some quality family time in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!

When Yosemite is closed for fires, find the closest watering hole!



WUCC 2018 Cincinnati – World Ultimate Club Championships

Kisumu Frisbee Club

Kenya nchi nzuri, Hakuna Matata.

21 players came together in Cincinnati, Ohio to represent Kisumu Frisbee club in the 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships!

We brought a team together of 9 players from Kenya, 1 player from Uguanda, 10 players from USA and 1 player from Spain. Six More Kenyan players tried unsuccessfully to make the trip, but they were denied visas ūüėě.

Highlight video from our game vs UCT Flying Tigers from South Africa!

I’ll be honest, I was busy, you know, playing at the time, but here’s a timeline of how it went!

We made this happen!

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Amazing catch from the women’s semi-final, by Laura Ospina from Revolution (Colombia)
SportsCenter #3 on the daily Top 10
I was sitting right there for the catch, amazing!

If you’re interested you can view our team page here: http://results.wucc2018.com/?view=teamcard&team=79

2018 Men’s division Spanish grass Championships

The weekend of June 30th – July 1st was spend playing in the men’s division of the Spanish Grass championships in Santander, Espa√Īa. I know, there are a lot of Spanish Championships each year, too many, if you ask me, but, that just gives you that many more opportunities to win! The reason there are so many is beacuse we have a men’s / women’s tounrament, and a mixed tournament on both grass and beachūüŹĖ = 4 a year.¬†¬†

Semana Santa, relaxing in Hontoria de Valdearados

What better to do for a five day weekend than go to a pueblo (Hontoria de Valdearados) where there's no cell service, good food and drink and family. 

On Friday we took a day trip to Burgos to meet up with a few old friends. That was of course accompanied by good food and an after lunch coffee with the beautiful cathedral de Burgos in the background. 

After lunch on Sunday, what could be better than watching some locals play "la petanca." It was an experience to say the least. It was an authentic experience, to say the least, accompanied by the main pastime of the pueblo, gossiping. 

We were even able to get a climb in before we left. I didn't have any climbing gear with me so big thanks to Angelito who provided all the gear. He took us to a climbing called "Arauzo de Miel." We only climbed a few routes, but just being out there, getting some fresh air was what the doctor ordered.

Help Get My Kenyan Teammates to Worlds in Cincinnati

There is a group of people who could use your support. The World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA / 14 - 21 of July 2018. I am honored and proud to be playing with KFC - Kisumu Frisbee Club, a team based out of Kisumu, Kenya in East Africa.

As you can imagine, the trip from Kenya to Cincinnati is long and expensive. The local players are reaching out to the ultimate frisbee community and the world for help. That is where you come in. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. You can support the cause by purchasing Team Kenya gear from their website: https://www.kenyaultimate.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Alternatively, there is a GoFundMe page that has been started if you are willing to donate directly to the cause. Again, anything you can spare is appreciated and put to a good cause! More info below:

***100% of all donations go directly to funding the tournament costs of 12 low-income Kenyan-citizen players in WUCC 2018. ***

What we need:
Kisumu Frisbee Club, one of the best ultimate clubs in East Africa, has been awarded a bid to bring a Mixed team to the prestigious 2018 World Ultimate Club Championships (WUCC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. We have fully committed to going, but it is prohibitively expensive for Kenyans, whose average annual income is about $1,200. We need donations in the form of:

1. Money: $27,480 to field a team ($10,000 by March 31st and $17,480 more by May 31st, 2018)
2. Corporate sponsorship
3. Buy our jerseys!
4. Airline miles: Let us use those miles you've been sitting on! American, United, Delta, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, and Air Canada miles can all be used for Nairobi-Cincinnati flights, and we'll handle the flight searching. Send an email to KenyaFrisbee@gmail.com to let us know what kind of miles you can donate.
5. Visibility: Help us spread the word - share our story with your friends, family and team!

Why we need support:
Kenyans' average annual income is 1/25th of Americans': USD $1,200 compared to $31,000. WUCC 2018 is estimated to cost more than twice that, at $2,590 per person:

Player fee: $400
Team fee: $80
Airfare: $1,000 (or $100-300 with help of airline miles)
Visa+fees: $250
Lodging: $360 ($40/night for 9 nights)
Food/drink: $350 ($35/day for 10 days)
Ground transportation: $150
Jerseys+shorts: $0 (thanks @DoubleHappiness!)
Total: $2,590

Kisumu Frisbee Club has 12 low-income players (7 men and 5 women) who need sponsorship, and each sponsored player has pledged to pay $300 (i.e. 3 months' salary) out of her/his own pocket. Therefore we will need $2,290 in support per sponsored player, totaling $27,480.

Where your money goes: 
100% of donations will go directly to the tournament costs for low-income native Kenyan-citizen players. All of the non-Kenyan-citizen players will be covering all of our costs individually. The primary US-based volunteer organizer, Michael McGuirk, will be managing the payment of WUCC player fees, transportation and lodging. If the team is not able to attend WUCC for some reason, all of the campaign funds will go to the Kisumu Frisbee Club to support their future efforts to develop the sport of ultimate frisbee and its community in Kenya.

More about us:
We love Spirit of the Game

We are Kisumu Frisbee Club. Thank you for helping us get to WUCC 2018!

Esther Omuseni (C)
Erick Onyango (C)
Allan Lemtudo
Mercy Mbago
Clement Masakhwe
Terence Ogendo
Michael McGuirk
Catherine Alungwa
Jack Oyando
Winnie Omollo
Kimita Gathii
John Waitumbi
Josphat Nyataya
Benard Nyadida
Rachel Githii
Ronald Ottichilo
Kyle McPheron

 
 

Snowmageddon Bilbao 2018

Surprise!

I woke up this morning to a surprising, very unexpected white Bilbao! There was talk yesterday about this happening overnight but I distinctly remember saying, "Lo creeré cuando lo vea," or "I'll believe it when I see it." Well, I believe you mother nature, you're capable of dusting Bilbao with snow.

People out in the streets seemed nervous and determined to get to work. They clearly don't know how to handle a snow day. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the snow this only happens once every 50 years here! Don't waste it stopped in traffic, or at a bus stop, waiting for a bus that will never come. 

I was lucky, my morning classes were cancelled at 6:30am and I was able to watch the sunrise from a nearby park.