The third member of our team is Chaka.
When I got out of high school, I moved to California. I moved into a house with a friend that had moved there from Ohio a year before I got out of school. Chaka was dating my friends sister, and he was living in the house that I moved into. He and I came to be friends, and he is the one that I have stayed the closest with since I left California 18 years ago.
Chaka is the classic Southern California surfer kid. He grew up on the beach. From what I remember, the older kids called him Chaka, which was probably a slang version of “Shaka” the hang loose expression. They called his younger brother Grom- short for Grommet.
I spent a winter in Colorado, and Chaka moved out there for a short period of that time. We both went to each others weddings in our home states, and we have seen each other on many different occasions. We stay in touch about as often as guys do that sort of thing. I enjoy our friendship.
I sent Chaka a text message not too long ago and asked “Do you have a job where you clock in right now, or do you have some flexibility”? Of course, I knew the answer, and he knew his response would commit him to some random adventure.
The random adventure is Chaka being our chase driver. He is going to fly from San Diego to Akron, Ohio where I will pick him up at the airport, and we will drive 30 hours West, directly to the Albuquerque airport where we will pick up Todd, and really begin our adventure. That’s going to be a long day for Chaka!
I’m happy to have Chaka as a friend, and really excited to get to spend this much time with him.