An alternative look at life in the Land of the Rising Sun, coming from its southernmost prefecture, the island of Okinawa.
Posted By Dave on July 8th, 2014


Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]


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Black Onyx Pacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) Charity Car Wash Event

Posted By Dave on July 16th, 2013


Went to a nice little event this past Sunday here in Okinawa at Kadena Marina.  The Black Onyx Black Onyx Pacesetters M/CPacesetters (Okinawa Chapter) in conjunction with The Kandi Girls were running a charity bike and car wash, with proceeds going to a local Okinawan orphanage.  It was a very well run event, with food and refreshments for anyone waiting to get their car washed, and all credit to the people stood outside in the baking sun all day.  I was just stood in the shade and I was burning up.

The Black Onyx Pacesetters are a motorcycle club originally from Tennessee, but now with various chapters all over the US, and now in Okinawa.  Their goal, as listed on their website, is:

…to be positive role models to the youth and aid in the development of the community.  We will strive to represent the Black Onyx Pacesetters M/C with respect, honor and to uphold the By-Laws, as well as the laws of the community.  We do fully intend to ride, support and enjoy cycling.

887303_10151649225046245_1058497805_o.jpgIt was with this goal in mind that they decided to hold a car wash, with money raised going to charity.  You could go along, get your car washed by members of the Black Onyx Pacesetters and some of the very photogenic ladies from The Kandi Girls (a group of electronic/rave music dancers here in Okinawa), and then head over and donate whatever you can.  You then get a ticket which can be handed over at another tent for freshly fried fish, potato salad and soft drinks while you wait.  Throw some beautiful weather into the mix and it made for a perfect event, and one I hope was very well supported.  There were quite a few cars coming and going in the hour I was there, so fingers crossed that continued throughout the rest of the day.

Black Onyx Pacesetters M/C & Kandi Girls car wash

The Pacesetters have said they have plans to try and hold these types of charity events every month, and I’m sure as word gets round a little more then the numbers and amount raised will increase.  Only thing I could think of from a car guy’s point of view is maybe holding it a little later in the day.  Something from mid afternoon to early evening would get people coming out as the temperature starts to go down a little, and the chance of a great sunset if it’s at Kadena Marina again, and finally a lot of the car folks might go down there and then stay out for a drive afterwards.

But all in all a very good event, and well worth supporting.  I’ll try and post up in advance of the next one, and get the word out to a few more people.  As long as people keep coming out, these events will keep being put on and money will keep getting raised for those that need it.  A couple more pictures from the event are here, if you’re interested.


I’m now CompTIA Security+ Certified

Posted By Dave on July 5th, 2013


Another test, another pass, and another IT certification to add to the pile (of one!).  Following my CCNA exam success earlier this month (see the certification below I received this week), last Friday I headed down to Naha and took my CompTIA Security+ certification exam.  And as you can probably guess from the title of this article, I passed pretty convincingly.  Not sure if I’m allowed to state my score (these IT certs have some very secretive terms and conditions), and I don’t want to risk the wrath of anyone, so I’ll just say I didn’t drop many points.

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The current test is a little different in composition to the same test from last year, in that it comprises not only of multiple choice questions, but also a number of simulations and questions that test your ability to apply the knowledge you’ve learned in the course.  I like that kind of testing a lot, especially with me being a practical-based learner rather than a theory-based one.  So although a couple of the questions were tough, it suited me and my final score showed that.

So I now have a networking certification in Cisco CCNA, and an IT security certification in Security+, “What’s next?” I hear you cry.  Well, say.  Well, possibly just consider for a brief second before moving on.  But I’ll put you out of your misery and tell you.  The next step is going to be the Windows MCSA/ MCITP certification for Windows 7.  This certification basically tells someone that you have a very good knowledge about the installation and use of Windows 7, and then troubleshooting it and providing helpdesk support when things go wrong.  I’m thinking that as my next step, as it will give me a rounded network/security/operating system foundation to go from.  after that I can think about specializing in one or two particular areas, and I already have some thoughts regarding that.

Well, it’s a beautiful day outside so what better time to be in a darkened room, watching a video about the differences between Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium?  Hoping to be adding another proverbial feather to my cap in the not too distant future.  Until next time, thanks for reading.

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