Peripatetic Persistent Pirate Puffins' Pacific Peregrination*: SF to Tokyo (898 of 1708 hours to go!) 🐧
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Part 1. Part 2. You say it takes 1708 hours of peregrination* to get from SF to Tokyo. We're coming along! The more you (dear reader) log your hours, the sooner we'll have gone the distance. Join any time. Track our progress. Wondering what's out there with us? lemonade made an app for that. Now! With Official Puffin Mascot S.F. Tokyo, Pirate (they/them)!
*Inclusive definition of peregrination. Includes (but is not limited to) archery, biking, bouldering, canoeing, cleaning, couch to 5k, dancing with babies, dancing/jump roping/hula hooping your way down the sidewalk, geocaching, going very slowly and stopping to smell the snails, hiking, hopping, ice skating, jogging, jumping with and/or without ropes, kayaking, pacing back and forth, paddle boarding, parkour, Ring Fit Adventure, rock climbing, roller blading, roller skating, running, skate boarding, skipping, snowshoeing, swimming, strength training, surfing, treadmilling while watching TV, triking, unicycling, vacuuming, wheelchairing, X-country skiing, yard work, zebra crossing crossings, etc.
posted by aniola to Online (75 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Maybe THIS time I'll remember to log my hours daily and not have to put them in in enormous chunks! Or maybe not. We get to Japan either way.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:37 AM on March 2, 2021 [1 favorite]

We're making good progress!
posted by aniola at 12:07 PM on March 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

I just logged 2 hours from the past 3 days. Trying to log my time at least once a week. Thanks for sticking with it, aniola!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:35 PM on March 2, 2021

Well, and everyone else, too, of course!
posted by Bella Donna at 1:36 PM on March 2, 2021

I ended up listing my January and February hours in a single chunk, but I'm going to shoot for Bella Donna's goal of weekly logging. Thanks! Now when I don't want to walk, I can tell myself to take one for the team!
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:40 PM on March 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

So close to half way!!!

This has totally made me more active.
posted by kathrynm at 8:12 AM on March 7, 2021 [3 favorites]

Awesome, me too!

Puffin of the day
posted by aniola at 4:27 PM on March 7, 2021 [3 favorites]

Just logged my past 7 days of walking. Didn’t see the new entry but I think it’s just a glitch. 4:5 hours total, which is better than I expected. We can do this!
posted by Bella Donna at 10:02 AM on March 8, 2021

I have to go through and manually re-sort from Z to A before new entries will show at the top of the log instead of the bottom. Haven't figured out how to get it to do that automatically yet.
posted by aniola at 12:38 PM on March 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

If anyone cares, let me know and I will get around to figuring out how to automate it. I am operating on the assumption that I'm nearly the only one who reads the log.
posted by aniola at 7:45 PM on March 8, 2021

Who did the grocery store run for forgotten strawberries? Let me know if you want credit for it, I'll get your user name in there.
posted by aniola at 7:48 PM on March 8, 2021

(reading the log is one of my favorite parts)
posted by aniola at 10:21 PM on March 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

I did the grocery store run.,

And i like reading the log too.
posted by kathrynm at 11:06 AM on March 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

honorary puffin of the day
posted by aniola at 3:07 PM on March 9, 2021

The honorary puffin post was pretty fun! Those are my favorite kinds of posts. And science Twitter posts.

I read the log too! It's fun to see the little things people notice, and the different activities we're all doing. KathrynM, amazing job getting to Week 5 of C25K, getting to Week 5 of anything is an achievement! (I am a serial plan starter...)

Also you guys make me laugh...
'climbed a mountain, turned around'--The corpse itl
'did yoga instead of taxes'--aniola
posted by lemonade at 10:17 PM on March 10, 2021 [1 favorite]

Thank you lemonade! lemonade made a tab that auto-sorts the data Z-A for us. Thanks, lemonade! Now nobody needs to wait for me to update 'em. <3
posted by aniola at 2:46 PM on March 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

btw looks like we are legit over halfway there.
posted by aniola at 2:47 PM on March 11, 2021 [2 favorites]

honorary pirate puffin of the day
posted by aniola at 1:51 PM on March 14, 2021

If you have access to Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina, S1 E13-14 have puffins on them. They aired in December, but they've been sitting on my DVR.
posted by kathrynm at 7:03 PM on March 15, 2021 [1 favorite]

honorary pirate puffin of the day
posted by aniola at 5:31 PM on April 5, 2021

Puffin cams are coming back online for the spring! 10pm in CA is 6am in the UK and perfect for for a few minutes of puffin watching time.

Shetland’s puffins return to the cliffs at Sumburgh Head

Each morning particularly the Puffins gather on top of the Hide before heading out to sea. (Up close and personal!!!)
posted by lemonade at 10:24 PM on April 14, 2021 [1 favorite]

Is this a meetup?

If I refuse to move from my couch for whatever reason can I still attend said meetup?

Reasons include: desperation, despair, depression, demoralization, etc.

But I love me some puffins.
posted by bendy at 3:02 AM on April 15, 2021 [2 favorites]

bendy - you can count trips to the fridge and bathroom.
posted by aniola at 6:14 PM on April 15, 2021 [2 favorites]

... and you can watch the puffins with us and tell us about the highlights here in this thread :D
posted by aniola at 6:19 PM on April 15, 2021 [1 favorite]

This thread and the progress log are the full extent of the meetup. (But sometimes I think about how I'm actually walking across the Pacific with my internet friends when I cross the street back and forth like 8 million times when I'm out for walk.)
posted by aniola at 6:20 PM on April 15, 2021 [2 favorites]

We're just chugging right along. Go us!

Stuffed puffin update: mostly just needs to be stuffed at this point. Has button eyes.
posted by aniola at 11:27 PM on April 25, 2021 [2 favorites]

I've actually been logging again. I've been sitting on my butt at work doing busy work/data entry. Also have been too tired to actually go out running. I signed up for a 5K on July 3rd, so I need to get moving again.
posted by kathrynm at 11:02 AM on April 27, 2021


There now exists one stuffed tufted puffin in a swimming pose. My guess is it's almost to scale but not quite. Its beak does not glow in the dark or under ultraviolet light. Indisputably homemade. Mostly all natural fiber exterior, polyester fill. Comes from a home with a little dog in it. Button eyes are a pretty decent color match! Spare eye on butt.
posted by aniola at 12:48 PM on May 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

Tufts are streamlined, whoever wins it can make them sprawly if they'd prefer sprawly tufts.
posted by aniola at 12:57 PM on May 2, 2021

Do we get to see said puffin pic aniola?
posted by VyanSelei at 1:36 PM on May 2, 2021

posted by aniola at 6:00 PM on May 2, 2021

But! I did make the ballot box. Think of it like one of those "win this lawn chair!" boxes at a grocery store. Anyone can fill out a form for anyone. Traditionally, most people fill out a single entry for themselves. But there's no rule saying you have to do it that way.

Can someone else arbitrarily pick a deadline for entering to win? First arbitrary deadline wins.

I recently learned my partner was going to be a wildlife photographer when he grew up. Maybe he can take a photo of the stuffed puffin! A new kind of wildlife. Tame life.
posted by aniola at 6:27 PM on May 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

aniola's partner here: I took some photos, and aniola put them in the ballot box form linked in her comment above.

For better or for worse, the wildlife photographer aspiration didn't last much past 2nd grade... but it was really easy to catch this particular puffin in good light/poses. (-:
posted by sibilatorix at 7:24 PM on May 2, 2021 [2 favorites]

aniola, what a wonderful puffin! I salute your efforts and will break down and finally update my hours, a mere 3 weeks or so late. 😘
posted by Bella Donna at 3:59 AM on May 3, 2021

Excellent puffin and photography. Brava!
posted by VyanSelei at 4:12 AM on May 3, 2021

sibilatorix helped make it. Team effort!
posted by aniola at 7:08 AM on May 3, 2021

Love the puffin.

The deadline I'm suggesting is 5/10 at 15:20 DST (Eastern US). Or just 5/10.
posted by kathrynm at 9:21 AM on May 3, 2021

5/10 at 15:20 DST (Eastern US) is the official deadline.
posted by aniola at 10:02 AM on May 3, 2021

via metafilter chat
posted by aniola at 10:18 AM on May 3, 2021

> Maybe THIS time I'll remember to log my hours daily and not have to put them in in enormous chunks! Or maybe not.

Answer: I will not remember!
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:52 AM on May 3, 2021 [2 favorites]

I still know you're arching your way across the Pacific with us.
posted by aniola at 11:32 AM on May 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Awww the stuffed puffin is so cute!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:53 PM on May 3, 2021

PS, I know I wimped out on the walking and I'm so sorry. My leg has been giving me so much trouble the past couple months that my walking has been greatly reduced and mostly full of pain. : ( But I'm hoping to get back at it ASAP!
posted by WalkerWestridge at 12:55 PM on May 3, 2021 [1 favorite]

Preeetty sure it's not wimping out to listen to your body!
posted by aniola at 1:06 PM on May 3, 2021 [2 favorites]

it's adorable!!

i keep forgetting to log more hours! how do you feel about (honest) reporting of past hours? :)
posted by katecholamine at 10:30 PM on May 3, 2021

Yeah, WalkerWestridge, I agree with aniola. That's not wimping out. That's being smart.
posted by kathrynm at 6:08 AM on May 4, 2021 [2 favorites]

It has been my observation that allowing that practice (it is totally fine) mostly just seems to lead to procrastination of data entry, and then we don't get to see as many day-to-day notes to go along with the entries. So what I'm saying is: we'll miss you. But go for it!
posted by aniola at 6:12 AM on May 4, 2021

We have walked for 1046.1 hours and are 3138.4 miles into our 5141.6 mile journey.

YAY! Just added my belated entries for, basically, weeks and weeks and weeks.
posted by Bella Donna at 7:20 AM on May 6, 2021 [1 favorite]

Also, thank you WalkerWestridge for modelling self-care. So sorry that walking has become so painful. Very much hope your leg improves soon!
posted by Bella Donna at 7:22 AM on May 6, 2021 [1 favorite]

SPEAKing of self-care. There've been a couple instances of this lately, so now we have a rule!

Rule #1. No flaggellation on this pirate puffin crew, not even self-flaggellation. Everyone can do this walk* the way that works best for them. Memail me if you need me to send you a licorice whip or something as a reminder of this rule.

Lots of love to all y'all!
posted by aniola at 10:00 AM on May 6, 2021 [6 favorites]

Today's the day the stuffed tufted puffin spots its home!

While you wait, enjoy this US bird migration map. There are currently 27.8 million birds in flight in the USA.
posted by aniola at 7:19 AM on May 10, 2021

The finalists are Lemonade, KathrynM, and katecholamine.

Can somebody who is not me or a finalist please pull a name out of the figurative pirate hat?
posted by aniola at 2:39 PM on May 10, 2021 [3 favorites]

First name pulled out of the figurative pirate hat wins.
posted by aniola at 4:19 PM on May 10, 2021

Real hats are okay, too.
posted by aniola at 7:33 PM on May 10, 2021

Ask your partner to do it! I can’t do it because I’m biased. I think you should keep it because you’ve done so much work. So I say outsource it to the other person in your household because I cannot be trusted to help. My apologies.
posted by Bella Donna at 9:11 AM on May 11, 2021

My partner refused. There is a new rule. Rule #2: You have to pick a finalist's name out of the literal or figurative hat.

It will be ok, we're only like 80% of the way there. There's still time. We'll just have to wait until someone comes along and finds this thread who has a hat.
posted by aniola at 9:18 AM on May 11, 2021 [2 favorites]

I just asked chat for help.
posted by aniola at 9:26 AM on May 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Aniola asked in The Chat for a disinterested 3rd party to draw names out of a hat. Names were printed, folded, placed in an ISO standard baseball cap and mixed. One name was drawn.

The winner is katecholamine
posted by Dr. Twist at 9:43 AM on May 11, 2021 [4 favorites]


Memail me and let me know your mailing address and whether you'd like your puffin in a package to protect it from mail germs, spills, and whatnot, or unwrapped so all the postal workers can admire the puffin. (I figure if they can send a potato through the mail unwrapped, I can surely send a stuffed tufted puffin that way.)
posted by aniola at 9:51 AM on May 11, 2021 [3 favorites]

Congrats katecholamine.
posted by kathrynm at 10:41 AM on May 11, 2021 [1 favorite]

Congrats katecholamine, show us a pic in its new walking grounds when it arrives!
posted by lemonade at 5:28 PM on May 12, 2021 [2 favorites]

Thanks so much everyone and to aniola for sending this along!!!! :) I will definitely take it on my walking and hiking trips this summer!
posted by katecholamine at 7:02 PM on May 12, 2021 [3 favorites]

YOU GUYS THERE'S A PUFFLING ON THE WAY!!!!! (In approx 40 days)
posted by lemonade at 11:33 PM on May 21, 2021 [2 favorites]

Oh! Oh! Oh! A puffling!!!!! Oh this is very exciting! I can't wait! In other good news I was able to walk a mile with my dog the last three months with almost no pain! So I am back! Will go log my miles now.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 7:31 AM on May 24, 2021 [1 favorite]

Ummm... That should have read, *the last three days*. How exactly is autocorrect helping us?
posted by WalkerWestridge at 7:33 AM on May 24, 2021

Welcome back, WalkerWestridge!
posted by aniola at 10:24 AM on May 24, 2021 [1 favorite]

Puffin fix of the day!
posted by lemonade at 7:27 PM on June 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

We are more than 88.88% of the way there.
posted by aniola at 8:25 AM on June 25, 2021 [1 favorite]

I haven't logged in a while because I'm resting my sprained knee. I'm supposed to do a 5K next Saturday. No idea if that'll happen or not.
posted by kathrynm at 8:28 PM on June 25, 2021 [1 favorite]

I hope your knee is 100% better asap!
posted by aniola at 8:43 PM on June 25, 2021 [1 favorite]

New puffling at the burrow cam! Hatched yesterday, and just now the voting closed for name, meet Jojo! It seems like they're having frequent outages of the live cam, but if you rewind you can see the baby as part of the highlights.

And here's the hatch video (youtube), camera freezes a lot but still. Jojo hatching!
posted by lemonade at 6:50 PM on June 30, 2021 [3 favorites]

honorary puffins of the day
posted by aniola at 4:17 PM on July 7, 2021 [2 favorites]

Ahem, ahem. We are over 90% of the way there!
posted by aniola at 8:03 PM on July 12, 2021 [3 favorites]

Part 4: the journey continues
posted by aniola at 10:37 AM on July 17, 2021 [2 favorites]

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