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Sat
30
Nov '13

Work & Dinner With Roxy.

Standard day at the office (aka wine shop)—today we were tasting (1) Champagne (1) White from the Loire, and (3) Bordeaux. Didn’t sell as many as we’d hoped, maybe it was because lots of people were picking up their wine club shipments. Was going to pick up Roxy on the way home, but a quick […]

Fri
29
Nov '13

Chore Day.

In addition to starting on the new bar base – which required a complete redesign, it’s time to multi-task and put up some supplies for the long winter ahead. Soldiers lines up to give their lives for Lord Bacchus: Getting ready to can: And the end product, complete with what the feed stock was: Now […]

Thu
28
Nov '13

Work & Play On Turkey Day.

Worked the shop today from 11-3pm… for those last minute wine emergencies. Did a standard Sunday’s worth of sales. Then it was off to MoonSong’s for a Turkey Day Dinner with Bunny and Nicolas. Can you say deep fried turkey? Do not do this on a wooden deck – least you burn the house down. […]

Wed
27
Nov '13

Crossing I’s, Dotting T’s.

I’ve got all these plans… and none of the paperwork printed out. And speaking of papers, I updated the Wall Street Journal suspend/resume list for my newspaper… looks like I’m travelling a bit: All those orange boxes are times I’m away between now and March. Got all the confirmations printed out for: United SEA-SFO-HKG-SFO-SEA Hotel […]

Tue
26
Nov '13

Tuesday Off.

Tuesday off, but no laying around eating BonBons. Time to redo the living room bar for the fall/winter drinking season – I mean entertaining season. The plan is to create a two by two cube of French wooden wine boxes with top access to the top two for the bottles of liquor, then on the […]

Mon
25
Nov '13

First Monday Open For The Year.

12-7 today – that’s my wine shop schedule for today – with the first couple of hours spent with Jim working on the monthly wine club shipments. The wine club keeps growing every month – which is what you want. Not a bag day at the shop – not as good as Sunday, but over […]

Sun
24
Nov '13

Late Sundays Have Been Hard For Me The Last Nine Months.

This post will be in reverse order… late evening to morning. Or maybe I should say mourning. After the Sunday 11pm news on CBS they repeat the Sunday morning political talk show – something that my buddy CaddyDaddy would watch it in real time even when we were travelling – he was the guy who […]

Sat
23
Nov '13

Another Long Day.

  Thanks goodness I close the shop today (1:30-7pm). Downside – I have company coming to spend the night. At the tail end of the ship day Julian (nephewish) and Megan (nephewish girlfriend) dropped by before their overnight visit to “Chez Uncle Marquez”. The “convoy” home needed some more “pre instruction) about following distances and […]

Fri
22
Nov '13

Long Day, Part Two.

Arrive back in Bellingham around 8am – and immediately headed to the Jack In The Box for a meaty burrito – a six hour flight with just a cheese and fruit plate and a lot of scotch leaves one a bit hungry. And I don’t know what made me think of this – but during […]

Thu
21
Nov '13

Going To Be A Long Day.

Up at 5:30 – tour bus leaves at 8:30 and I’d like some food in my belly. I was at the pickup point at 8:30 – and it was more like 8:45 when they showed up… first stop was Wiamea Falls, which I’d been to the lower free portions several times over the years, but […]

Wed
20
Nov '13

Hawaii Day Three.

Yet another Portuguese and String Cheese omelet out of the Microsoft with morning, along with the good Cuban-style coffee I packed. I could get used to this (and just as well as it’s the same breakfast tomorrow). Ran a quick errand to Whalers General Store for another bottle of Bourbon – apparently between the “company” […]

Tue
19
Nov '13

Big Day In Honolulu.

Might as well just do my day in pictures… pretty flowers waiting for the shuttle to Hilo Hatties: Hilo Hatties is the first stop – walk through the store to look for nonexistent bargains (well, I did find the hot pink 50th Anniversary shopping bag for $1.99), then walk over to the Salvation Army (three […]

Mon
18
Nov '13

Hello Honolulu.

Got the upgrade. Got my favorite seat – let’s pray for the return trip as well. Out of the house at 10:30 which means plenty of time… which usually means I won’t need the time, traffic will be fine and I’ll find a close in parking space in front of the airport at only $10 […]

Sun
17
Nov '13

Tasting/Art Reception/Packing.

Well, the post heading tells my day. Good crowds at the tasting which makes up for the $171 in sales from 11-3 before the artist reception. Suzanne (Jimmie’s girlfriend) put on quite the spread for her winter opening – Bajin Spiced Spiral-cut Ham, salmon dips, onion dip, cheese platter, chips, cookies, sliced apples…. And luckily […]

Sat
16
Nov '13

Heat Is Back On.

Slept under MANY blankets last night and got up early to wait for the gas man… not 8 but 9 is when he showed up. At least I had hot water in time for a shower before work. Worked the shop from 11-4:30 or so, then it was off to Young’s Market (wholesale wine distributor) […]

Fri
15
Nov '13

Up In The Air Again.

Dan was off to work so it was just Lisa and I running around town doing some errands. First stop was a thrift shop to look for an urn/vase for their recently deceased dog’s ashes. Scored a Japanesey/Chinesey one – but the most humorous thing happened in the men’s section with these young lads: Two […]

Thu
14
Nov '13

Colorado, Day Two.

Another sunny day with the top down (Dan also has a Miata)… …though the weather forecast is for snow on Sunday – good thing I’m leaving tomorrow. Got a bunch of work done for the shop this afternoon – made this great calendar of our holiday hours: And got the site updated with the latest […]

Wed
13
Nov '13

Denver (Broomfield) Day One.

Lazy days sleeping in. Kept looking at my watch and not realizing I was still on West Coast time, not Mountain time. Errands today: Home Depot for yet another set of parts for the suitcase – and a DepotDog with a WAY too chatty owner Total Beverage for two 1.75s of Evan Williams Black ($20.95) […]

Tue
12
Nov '13

Headed To Denver

Luckily there is a little more time in the day to finish packing the computer bag – the big one – for Denver. Taking the big wheeled one since the notebook still isn’t configured enough for being the sole device for the three nights I’m gone. Today’s humor shot is from the Alaska Board Room […]

Mon
11
Nov '13

Work Day.

Work Day – but not in the traditional sense, more in the doing lots of stuff related to the shop that doesn’t pay an hourly rate. The “got it done” list for today: Built two more rolling racks Cut all the wood for empty 6-pack box storage in the hallway of the wine shop Got […]