Hello Humongo Nation!

Last year the Plaid Nation took the road and stopped over at the Threadless headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Since then, the ad agency formerly known as Plaid, The Greatest Agency in all the land was renamed to Humongo!

Every year, the Humongo Agency embarks on a nation wide social media tour stopping over at some of the most creative places and visiting some of the most creative people in the United States. Humongo Nation, as it is called, is a “rolling celebration of creativity and a demonstration of social media in action.” Every aspect of the Humongo Nation tour will be documented on their website, Humongo Nation, and of course they will be tweeting, checking in on FourSquare, and blogging. They will also be hooked up to live GPS so that you can view where they are on a map at all times! They will be travelling around in a Ford Flex that will be equipped with 2 live “Flex” cameras that will be set up inside the van so that you can be the number 1 voyeur of the Humongo crew.

The Humongo Nation tour kicks off on July 19, 2010  in Portland, Maine and will include stops in Boston, Washington, Miami and a slew of other cities!

Here’s a peek at the Pre-Tour video, keep you eye out for a few Threadless tee appearances!

And here’s the video of their visit to Threadless last year:

Philadelphia/San Francisco Day 7

Day 7 T-Shirt of Choice: No T-Shirt today, just a sweater :(

The 7th day of our 2010 spring break vacation got off to a very early start. We woke up at around 7:00 am to catch Baylink Ferry at the San Francisco Ferry Building out to Vallejo. From there, we caught a shuttle to the Napa Valley Wine Train Station for what was to be an awesome wine tasting tour onboard vintage rail cars. We purchased the Gourmet Lunch package which put us in refurbished 1915-1917 Pullman Cars.

Napa Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

Before we boarded the wine train, we waited inside of the station for a pre-boarding wine tasting. While waiting, I, as I have been doing throughout the trip, “checked-in” to the wine train station via Gowalla and Foursquare, both of which are location-based social networking services. Shortly after checking in at the wine station, I was greeted by Andrea Guzman aka @dreawinetrain, the “mayor” of the Wine Train on Foursquare. To my surprise, she introduced herself and then awarded me with a voucher for free wine tasting for two, which included 8 full glasses of wine on board the wine train! The President and CEO of the Napa Valley Wine Train, Gregory McManus, also introduced himself to us after he found out that we had received the complimentary wine tasting from checking in via Foursquare and that we were visiting from Hawaii! When he is not in Napa Valley, Greg resides on the Big Island of Hawaii. How cool is that!

I’ve been a regular user of Gowalla for about 3 months now and have only started using Foursquare since this trip started a week ago. After this wonderful experience using Foursquare, I think that I might make Foursquare my default location service of choice.

Napa Valley Wine Train

The ambience inside the rail cars was classy, the staff was friendly, and the food was surprisingly good! I had the salmon topped with caviar and Michelle chose the fresh sea bass with a shrimp sauce and risotto. I also experienced some great wines, including a riesling that I very much enjoyed, as well as a dessert Port that was the perfect complement to my chocolate encrusted tiramisu.

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa Valley Wine Train

For us, the Wine Train was the perfect way to experience Napa Valley with the least amount of effort on our part. We were able to sit back, enjoy the scenery while dining on a great meal and all the while experienceing some unique vino. If driving from vineyard to vineyard isn’t your thing, but you still want to experience Napa Valley, then I highly recommend that you check out the Napa Valley Wine Train.

After the Baylink Ferry dropped us off at Fisherman’s Wharf, we made sure to stop by Ghiradelli Square to pick up some chocolate squares. We had visited Fisherman’s Wharf the last time we visited San Francisco in 2008, so we didn’t spend too much time snapping photos or sightseeing. We knew what we wanted to do there and we did it! After Ghiradelli, we stopped by Trader Joe’s to pick up some snacks to take back home. Interestingly enough, our cashier briefly lived in Hawaii. What’s with all of the Hawaii connections today? He also informed us that a Trader Joe’s will be opening in Hawaii soon. That excited Michelle very much.

For dinner, we headed back toward the Wharf and ate at Boudin at the Wharf. No clam chowder for us. Instead, we had the steamed mussels with garlic frites to start and for entrees, I had the dungenuss crab mac and cheese, and Michelle had the margharita pizza. After a long day of wining and dining, we proceeded to head back to Union Square satisfied and excited for the following day.

And here’s the day in photos:

Seattle/Portland Trip Day 1 + 2

This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to Seattle/Portland. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date as to what I’m up to and what tee I am wearing! If you want to checkout the tee that I wore just click on the orange links.

Arrival/Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: It’s A Plaid Nation/Super Soaker by ReThink Clothing

Things got off to interesting start with one of my friends missing their flight from Honolulu to Washington but that’s okay because he arrived earlier than I did! This was because he was able to get a direct flight when his original flight was delayed. Our third friend, who was coming from Boston and flying Delta Airlines found out that his luggage never made it to Seattle. Poor guy, he would not receive until two days later.

Our first full day in Seattle was spent driving up to Mount St. Helens, a good 3 hour drive from Tacoma, Washington. But it turned out to be a let down since it was very, very cloudy and rainy up at the top Johnston Ridge Observatory. We got to learn a ton about the history of the 1980 eruption but unfortunately we weren’t able to see the crater. Lame!


Later that night we met up with our friends from Seattle, whom were getting married that weekend. We checked out The Parlor Billiards & Spirits at the Bellevue Entertainment Center, an upscale billiards parlor frequented by many Microsoft employees (booo!). And in case you were wondering, Microsoft owns a ton of buildings in the Seattle area – I saw Microsoft plastered everywhere. My worst nightmare.

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: American Apparel Poly-Cotton 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Shirt

Day 2 we planned to hit up the typical Seattle tourist spots. This meant visits to the Seattle Space Needle and Pike Place Public Market. I’ve been to both before so I knew what to expect. What I really looked forward to was eating at The Crab Pot located at the Seattle Waterfront. If you plan to be in the Seattle area then The Crab Pot is a must visit destination. They serve up amazing seafood that’s dumped directly on to your table, including, Alaskan King Crab, Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Steamed Clams, Pacific Mussels, Ouille Sausage, Corn on the Cob and Red Potatoes. We ordered four buckets full of seafood goodness!

The Gum Wall

This is The Seattle Gum Wall! I love this alley way in the back of Pike’s in Downtown Seattle. A wall filled with chewed gum – so ewww but so cool!

The Crab Pot

The Crab Pot

Later that evening we decided to do the Seattle Underworld Tour, which is a variation of the family friendly Seattle Underground Tour. Seattle is a city built on top of the original city. The great fire of 1889 burnt the original city of Seattle down and a new city was erected on top of the original. Because of this, the original city still exists one story below ground level. This certianly made for an interested tour that consisted of tales of sex, whores, opium and debauchery. Great stuff! Oh, and did I mention that you get to drink during this tour, well, at the end of it anyway, a free cocktail on the house!

Seattle Underworld Tour

We wrapped up the evening by consuming even more beer, but at a different location, The Ram, which is located in the University district. We had good beers and talked up a storm. Basically caught with what had been going on in each others lives for the past year. Good times.Beer at The Ram