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Sun
30
Jul '17

Status Report: A Decade Of Posts

Today marks the anniversary of my first post – July 30th, 2006. Ten years’ worth of posts. The first post was short (http://blog.unclemarkie.com/2006/07/30/seattle/). I’d come in from my house on Lopez Island in the San Juans to stay overnight at the apartment I shared with the now deceased Swanda. I was headed to my first […]

Sat
29
Jul '17

Trip Report: Berkeley To Get Some Work Done

An old 737-700 on the flight to Oakland – no outlets, no extra legroom for rows 7-12 (I was in row 6 which does have extra leg room since its bulkhead) and a completely packed flight. Got my one free cocktail and nursed it – and they gave me the fancy chocolate too! So, old […]

Thu
27
Jul '17

Trip Report: Headed Home, Bye, Bye To The South

Had to get up early today (another reason for sleeping in yesterday). 6am alarm as I wanted to be out of the house by 8am for the long drive from Richmond to Nashville. Here was our route this week: We did a little drive through for our breakfast after a piece of toast with The […]

Wed
26
Jul '17

Trip Report: Kentucky, Day Three

Oh, the joys of sleeping in. And sleep in, I did. Made it to 10am. Rache had advised The Colonels to not worry about me, that I’d gladly eat leftover biscuits and gravy. Luckily, the gravy was simmering when I padded downstairs in my bathrobe for coffee. No picture, sadly – but MY they were […]

Tue
25
Jul '17

Trip Report: Kentucky, Day Two

Once again, I’m out of bed before I’d like. The hazards of planning a trip with multiple sites to visit each day. Rache went for his usual morning saunter, and then had the leftover ribs from last night. I stayed in bed and then had my ribs and mac cheese. Pretty good breakfast. The Microtel […]

Mon
24
Jul '17

Trip Report: Kentucky, Day One

As is usual when I travel with Rache, he is up and out in the morning while I sleep in – though today, not as late as I’d like. Rache went to a Waffle House nearby, I opted for the free breakfast at the hotel. Nothing like biscuits and gravy to start the day! Our […]

Sat
22
Jul '17

Trip Report: Headed To The South

Well, it’s early Monday morning and Rache and I are headed to Nashville (though not staying there). I got the luck of the draw with one of the only three seats vacant next to me: Rache was less lucky: But we were in Premium Class on Alaska, so that means free cocktails (and a little […]

Sun
16
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Six – The Way Home

Shuttle showed up a few minutes early, but it was still an hour + to the airport. Smooth check-in, duty free, currency exchange – leaving with $130+ dollars in my wallet from cashing in Icelandic and Danish Kroners. Lots of Iceland-made booze in the duty free: And a last Iceland Hotdog should I need it: […]

Sat
15
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Six – Exploring Reykjavik

I did a little exploring after I got checked in since the sun was out, so, this is the church just steps away from the hotel: Love the stringy clouds behind it. Just a couple of shots exploring the city… And then I got an email from my buddy JoeLin – it is his last […]

Fri
14
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Five – Return To Iceland

Three stops from Malmo’s Central Station to the Copenhagen Airport – and soon, I’m in the lounge – sadly, the lamest lounge of the trip. It would be the SAS Lounge, NOT the SAS GOLD Lounge. The only open bar is wine and beer on tap. The Argentine Red was…ah, well, not the best, the […]

Thu
13
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Four – Malmo

For some reason, Hans was an hour early in our get out of bed and get to the station time. So I caught a train an hour earlier! Yes, me. The return to Copenhagen and then on to Malmo, Sweden is a little simpler, but slower – direct to Copenhagen on the direct train with […]

Wed
12
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Three – Excursion Day Three

Today is my final day of being a tourist in Western Jutland, Denmark. No nightlife, other than my own, but I doubt I’d have seeked it out if there were. Hans is an amazing archivist – he was able to easily pull out a photo of the Fourth of July that he, Aase, and Jonas […]

Tue
11
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Three – Excursion Day Two

Woke up to a cup or two of coffee, followed shortly by the daily spread of meats, cheeses, bread…very civilized. Today’s expedition is to a local Environmental Learning Center – at least, that’s what we would call them in the states. Very tranquil place… The have a small unmanned museum that goes into the history, […]

Mon
10
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Three – Excursion Day One

I guess I should explain who Hans (and his wife Aase) is – Hans was our American Field Service foreign exchange service student when I was in junior high. We’ve (as a family) kept in touch all these years. As a funny coincidence, my sister and brother-in-law were here just a couple of weeks ago. […]

Sat
8
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part Two

My overnight in Iceland has come to an end. Here is my example of the weather here. Damp and windy: Shuttle was on time at 9:20, and I was SHOCKED that by 9:50: Arrived at the airport Checked my bag Gotten through security Bought Duty Free Bourbon Arrived at the Saga Business Class Lounge Really, […]

Thu
6
Jul '17

Trip Report: Originally It Was Saigon, Part One

This trip was to originally planned for Saigon to visit my buddy Sean. Circumstances changed. Instead I’m meandering the world it seems. Up at 4am after the Hot Dog Party (see entry below), so I could make a 6:225am flight. When you want to change your frequent flier ticket 60 days out from Saigon to […]

Thu
6
Jul '17

Home Report: 3rd of July Hot Dog Party

Doesn’t everyone host 18 people for hot dogs the night before getting up at 4am to leave town for 10 days, taking the rare weekend off? Had the dogs stashed in the freezer, but needed buns! And some additional kinds of Ginger Ale for the Ginger Ale tasting portion of the 3rd of July Hot […]

Tue
4
Jul '17

Trip Report: Return To Whistler, Fun In The Sun

Got to the condo around noon, let them know we were here (and to call when the room was ready), and headed into town to pick up Mags Mountain Pass. A little longer line than last week, but it was also a sunny day. A great day to head up the mountain. As you can […]

Mon
3
Jul '17

Trip Report: Return To Whistler, Getting There

While I was at Whistler last week in DancingBear, I started putting together another trip to get the most bang for my buck (and have waitlist requests in for two weeks in August). Since I could only get two nights (not even in the same unit), decided to break up the trip by stopping overnight […]