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Thu
30
Jan '14

Trip Report: Bozeman

This is an experiment in the style of one of the Colonels – the trip report rather than the day-by-day, blow-by-blow. Comments please. Dateline Tuesday: I love noon flights. You don’t have to get up early, lunch is set out in the Board Room when you get there, you don’t’ feel self-conscious having that cocktail […]

Sun
26
Jan '14

My Dinner With Bliss.

Someday I’ll have dinner with my friend André, but in the meantime it’s “My Dinner With Bliss”. And yes, there was a lot of talking – over cocktails before and the chicken and asparagus for dinner. How’s that for a weird selfie… at least it’s a great picture of Bliss (and yes, you can take […]

Fri
24
Jan '14

Product Endorsement.

As I prepare to fly off to Montana to visit a possible “Friend”, it reminds me that it’s time for that every six month thing that responsible people with multiple occasional partners should undertake… the HIV Test. Not wanting to deal with my doctor, Planned Parenthood, the city clinic at Harborview – all of which […]

Wed
22
Jan '14

Last Day In Victoria.

After spending ALL day yesterday in the WorldMark provided bathrobes, it’s time to check out and explore the city since check-out is Noon, and the Clipper is at 5. Time for a walk-about. Roxy with kilted bear in front of the Royal Scot: And UncleMarkie with the bear… Maybe UncleMarkie as a Totem Pole would […]

Mon
20
Jan '14

Victoria Bound With Roxy In Tow.

This week’s midweek trip is to lovely Victoria BC with Roxy who spent the night so that there was one less stop to make in the morning. Up at 5:30am, out of the house at 6:30am, checked into the ferry at 7:00am – only to find the waiting room packed with Canuck hung-over Seahawks fans […]

Sat
18
Jan '14

Long Day In Many Different Venues.

Off the boat at a little after nine to stand in line as three immigration people try and process a large cruise ship. Then onto the bus for LAX – actually had some time to hang in the lounge before my un-upgraded trip to Portland. Portland had enough time for me to get the postings […]

Wed
15
Jan '14

Los Angeles Bound…On A VERY SLOW Boat.

When I was looking at the itinerary for this cruise I was wondering why it’s an overnight to get to Ensenada on the way south…. And two nights on the way back. Why you might ask… it’s not currents (at least that I know), it’s like they are idling the engines all the way back […]

Tue
14
Jan '14

Ensenada! Woohoo!

Had the kitchen bring up a pot of coffee and a couple of Egg McMuffiny things at 9am – of which I took the tops off and combined – half the carbs, all the protein. Lolled around the cabin until after 11am when I showered and dressed – well I wanted to shower, but the […]

Mon
13
Jan '14

LA Bound.

9:30am flight to LAX – First Class upgrade number two on the list – but really no hope since they are all checked in. So I settled into the Board Room for a little breakfast: A funny thing happed as we were boarding the jet – ran into my friend Natasha who was escorting her […]

Fri
10
Jan '14

Change In Plans.

A change in plans for me. The plan was: Next week fly to LA, get on a boat to Ensenada, relax, return on Thursday for an event at the Living Computer Museum Following week, two nights in Victoria with Roxy and all the VictoriaBoys After that it was back to the Bay Area Then Lopez […]

Wed
8
Jan '14

Overnight With Jameson.

Left Berkeley in the late afternoon for the Oakland Airport with enough time for some steak fajitas and a couple of Manhattans: Poor Jameson had his flight cancelled so instead of arriving in Seattle from Reno an hour before me, he arrived an hour later than I did. Blessed be the cell phone for coordinating […]

Mon
6
Jan '14

The Boys From Berkeley.

Woke up at 1:30am this morning, asleep on the couch – and only the wine shipment was packed – not my other bag. Shit. To bed for a few hours before getting up after the alarm had been blaring for 15 minutes or so… need more sleep. But the airport calls. Took the station wagon […]

Sun
5
Jan '14

Dinner With SalamandarHellbender.

Not a bad Sunday at the shop – helped by TheBoys wine order from Berkeley to be delivered tomorrow. I’m trying to get better about posting pictures for people to match the names to from all the posts they’ve seen. Tonight’s dinner features SalamanderHellbender who walked over to the shop for a dinner date at […]

Sat
4
Jan '14

Drinks, Dinner and Power Tools.

A pretty slack Saturday at the shop… didn’t make what we needed. Sigh. But I got drinks and dinner out of DancingBear and BreticusMaximus for dropping off their monthly wine shipment. Some bourbon, a giant beef pot pie, some nice Madrona Wine Merchants supplied wine…. And a good time was had though I didn’t stay […]

Fri
3
Jan '14

Random Thoughts While Organizing.

So, putting together the papers for my upcoming trips I come across a confirmation code that amuses me: UXXXRX So, does this translate into “You Need Porno And Drugs”? It’s for my trip to Cali in a couple of weeks for a cruise to nowhere. As for the day – getting closer to getting the […]

Wed
1
Jan '14

New Year’s Resolutions.

I’m not much of a believer in New Year’s Resolutions, so I’m only going to list my “to-do list” for the coming year. That list: Achieve Million Miler Status on United Airlines, which will give me United Premier Gold status for life for me and a significant other (accepting applications). The benefits? Economy Plus seating […]