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June 16, 2003

Immortality at UH-Manoa

Well, as much immortality as a chiseled brick can give a person. (Although this is about the University, I don't think it qualifies for the "education" category.)

As Ryan mentioned sometime ago, graduates were given an opportunity to .... errr ... sponsor a brick. Well, it is happening. Despite the fact they only finished that absurd "gateway" across from the law complex, they are digging it up to replace plain bricks with named bricks.

Sheez, Ryan, by being so miserly you've denied me the chance to step on you every time I pass that way. :)

So how would you prefer to be immortalized? Cheops certainly had the right idea with an enormous pyramid. There's already an "Albert Memorial" in London, so I'll just bask in the reflected rays (although, really, the Victoria and Albert tomb, which is rarely open to the public, is far more impressive). Yes, white marble angels with drooping wings ... I like it ... and kinda fits in with Cheyne's recent entry.

Meanwhile, if you went to UH-Manoa, can get in cheap-ish and sponsor a brick!

Posted by Albert at June 16, 2003 01:49 PM


Posted by ZZ Type on June 16, 2003 2:20 PM:

"All in all you're just another brick in the wall." -- Pink Floyd

Er, "in the ground"?


Posted by Ryan on June 17, 2003 4:17 PM:

Well, I went to UHM and I'm cheap. But is it too late to get a brick?

Posted by Albert on June 19, 2003 9:05 AM:

According to this morning's Ka Leo, they are calling it the "Legacy Path".

"To check space availability and price for the three-line, 16-space inscriptions, call 956-7488 or email ur@hawaii.edu.

Posted by Albert on June 23, 2003 9:13 AM:

Took a look at the "Legacy Path". I'd estimate there are about fifty inscribed bricks now, plenty of room for more.

It would have been more effective, I think, if they had declined entries like "Market City Shopping Center" and some auto insurer.

Posted by Ryan on June 23, 2003 10:40 AM:

Interesting. I specifically remember wondering about commercial (or, at least, non-individual) messages. Sounds like we could get "HawaiiStories.com" launched into brick-based posterity! Still no reply from ur@hawaii.edu, however. Wonder if University Relations is still sore over my two colorful years at the helm of Ka Leo?

Posted by Albert on June 23, 2003 12:57 PM:

YES! Get a brick with just HawaiiStories.com!

But go ahead, splash out and get one with your own name. They'll be in different sections since they're placed in alphabetical order. *

I missed two sections over on the side, so perhaps there are as many as 100 bricks there now.

* then I can step on you each time I pass by :)

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2003 11:51 AM:

Got my form! Too bad I missed the initial Sept. 20 deadline for Phase I. The price went up to $200 and $100 from $150 and $75, respectively, for the Gateway section and Walkway section.

I actually think the whole Legacy Path idea is a bit goofy, but between a brick that might be around a few years and a cheap logo umbrella, I've seen worse ways to support my alma mater. (And they need something, to be sure, considering everything else.)

So I'll probably put one in for Jen (Class of 2004, hopefully) and I. But does anyone here want to pitch in and get a HawaiiStories.com brick, too?

After all, how many of these newfangled bloggy things will be remembered ten years from now? "How quaint," folks will say. I can just imagine my daughter stepping on us on her way to Gene Splicing 101.

It's such a crazy idea, it just might work. Post your pledges, let's do the PayPal thing. If we make $100, cool, if we make $200, Dole Street here we come!

Posted by ali on July 9, 2003 6:50 PM:

Oh! That's so way cool! Just show me the path to the PayPal button--I'd love to see a HawaiiStories.com brick in the ground!

Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2003 8:09 PM:

Oh yeah, that'd help. Thanks, Ali! To everyone in on the brick action, I say, "Hit it!"

Posted by James on July 12, 2003 7:17 PM:

I wouldn't mind chipping in for a hawaiistories.com brick. It may bring a lot of new readers (and writers) to these parts.

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