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Thu
30
Mar '17

Scholarship Reading: This Year’s Numbers

Every year around this time I invite friends//family over to read scholarship applications for The Mark Stephen Souder Scholarship for Information Dissemination (they wouldn’t except Academic Mediocrity). When I say “over”, I mean to the Camlin in downtown Seattle across from the Paramount. This year, sadly, we are just in a two-bedroom suite: And we […]

Wed
29
Mar '17

Shop Report: New Wine Bag Racks

Between trips for two weeks is no reason to not keep busy – though I took the measurements for this racks in November, so maybe I’m not the quickest at execution. I’ve been wanting to put together some racks to hold wine bags behind the counter at the shop – previously we had them on […]

Mon
27
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Last Post (Honest!)

Totally forgot about this video clip of driving in Havana that I took – enjoy! Well, that’s it (finally) for my Cuban Adventure. [215.8] [Translate]

Fri
24
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Architecture

The final installment of Cuba! Just to give you an idea, this starts with one of the most appropriate traffic bollards for an old colonial city, followed by a chat about the wastefulness of taxpayer dollars for large one-use stadiums, followed by some random shots of old buildings in Old Havana. Off to the bollards […]

Thu
23
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Cars!

Before I started this trip, everybody said, “Take pictures of all the cool cars!” And I did – for the first couple of days, and then I ran out of 1’s and 0’s and had to move some phone images to the laptop. My joke is that every FOURTH car is an old American car, […]

Thu
23
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Cars!

Before I started this trip, everybody said, “Take pictures of all the cool cars!” And I did – for the first couple of days, and then I ran out of 1’s and 0’s and had to move some phone images to the laptop. My joke is that every FOURTH car is an old American car, […]

Wed
22
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, The People

This post is basically just random photos of people in Cuba to give you a feel for our visit to Cuba. So, that’s it for today – just a bunch of random people pictures. Stay tuned for a long post of automobile pictures and a short architectural post. [215.8] [Translate]

Mon
20
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Headed Home

And, once again, I hand the floor over to Rache: The days of ending an adventure are a mixture of sadness and goodbyes with the anticipation of getting home and comfortable back in the routine. I know Li’l Miss loves the routine time. I’m excited to see her. Once again, I was the first to […]

Sun
19
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Part 4

Take it away Rache (I’ll just add pictures!): Markie’s and my last full day in Cuba was certainly filled with wonderful experiences. This entire trip has been just one amazing experience after another.  After another amazing breakfast, were sped off in Frank’s new sedan. Smaller than the big old cars, it’s certainly more reliable. And […]

Sat
18
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Part 3

Through the process of writing, editing Rach’s comments, add pictures, I’m still blown away by the experience of our days in Cuba. Reminds to write another thank you note to our host and extended family. Back to Rache: After another hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, mango juice, fresh papaya, cheese and ham, our driver Frank […]

Thu
16
Mar '17

Trip Report: Cuban Adventure, Part 2

One of the really nice things about travelling with Rache is the difference in our time zones. He’s the early riser, I’m the night owl. Needless to say, I was the last on out of bed this morning, I’ll let Rache start the story: Before I get started, I must say that Alain, his housekeeper […]

Tue
14
Mar '17

Trip Report: Havana Bound

When you have to be at the airport at 3:30am, of course you should throw a dinner party the night before: Don’t we look awake in the Uber the next morning – which for some reason was also carrying a large load of flowers: The Alaska Lounge doesn’t open until 5am, which is when our […]

Thu
2
Mar '17

Trip Report: Charleston Mileage Run

For the third time in six months, I’m on the plane for South Carolina…for less than an hour and $260. In return I get another 4830 flight miles toward MVP Gold (and free flights), and 4830 Bonus Miles (towards free flights). Oh, and it’s four and a half hours to get there, five and a […]