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Sat
17
Feb '18

Trip Report: Dublin Bound

Off again – this time on a 10-day holiday. That would be LONG for me. Off to Ireland and England to visit friends and maybe explore a new thing or two. And for those of you with questions about why I book all those “mileage runs”, it’s so I can use my miles to fly […]

Wed
14
Feb '18

Status Report: Going For Gold

Just like the Olympics, I’m going for the Gold and achieved success! Now all I need is another 34,256 miles to keep my MVP Gold 75K status through 2019. [?? ?] To see more blog posts, CLICK HERE.

Mon
12
Feb '18

Trip Report: Hawaii – Part Three

Our final day on Oahu finds me sleeping in again, and Rache exploring. This pattern works well for us. Our morning chore is to get out of the room by noon and get to the airport to pick up our rental car for our island tour – which looked something like this: We added a […]

Sat
10
Feb '18

Trip Report: Hawaii – Part Two

This morning I get to sleep in…until 10 – it feels SOOOOOOOOO good. Rache is out discovering the city. The plan is to meet back up at noon latest so we can get to our afternoon mission. What did Rache do with his usual early rising? Explore Waikiki? Nope. He grabbed an Uber to Pearl […]

Fri
9
Feb '18

Trip Report: Hawaii – Part One

When is a mileage run more than a mileage run – when you actually go someplace warm for a couple of days. This was supposed to be surprise trip number two for Rache – amusingly spoiled by the TSA agent that said, “Have fun in Hawaii.” So much for THAT surprise. Rache still didn’t know […]

Sat
3
Feb '18

Mileage Run Report: RDU, RDU, JFK

A quick post before I go off to work for the weekend. This week was another “mileage-run week”, which started off with a bit of a hiccup… The plane was there…and we were all boarded…and then we were unloaded due to a mechanical problem with the bathroom. So, there was a delay… And sent to […]

Sun
28
Jan '18

Trip Report: Hiding Out In Berkeley For A Couple Of Days

After a week of work and crazy travel, I’m taking off a couple of days to visit the boys in Berkeley. I was pleasantly surprised the morning of my flight to get an upgrade after checking in last night, but before heading out to the airport – means I’ll eat less in the lounge before […]

Thu
25
Jan '18

Mileage Run Report: JFK, PDX, RDU, RDU

More road warriors end up doing mileage runs at the end of the year to get/keep airline status to get free upgrades to the “land of warm salty nuts”. I prefer to load up my account at the beginning of the year, booking TONS of flight when Alaska puts most of their destinations (except sunny […]

Wed
24
Jan '18

Trip Report: Boston For The Rare Weekend Plus

Normally my domestic trips I don’t do weekends, as to not annoy my business partner in the wine shop. Made an exception to see Pucci. His schedule is freer on the weekends as he teaches most afternoon/evenings during the week. Got the rare upgrade to first on the Seattle-Boston run – rare because Seattle is […]

Wed
17
Jan '18

Home Report: Twelve Hours To Party

Nothing like being home twelve hours between trips – and have a dinner party. Got back from the coast at 3:30pm, got up for my flight at 3:30am the next morning. And it was a wild dinner party – thanks to a new device in my kitchen. That would be a shot chiller that dispenses […]

Mon
15
Jan '18

Trip Report: Ocean Shores With Rache

Through an odd set of circumstances, I acquired a free RCI week. Problem was that it a full week (which would mean missing a weekend of work), or more troublesome, only bookable less than 30 days out. If you think about it in inventory terms, it’s the sloppy leftovers that no one else wants. And […]

Thu
11
Jan '18

Home Report: Home For The Holidays

Yep, it’s already a third of the way through January, and I’m finally documenting my Christmas/New Year fun. After visiting friends in Forks the first two days of Mark and Onyx’s visit, I returned home to a full holiday feeding schedule. Look at the Beef Wellington that Onyx (and Mark) made for a group dinner […]

Thu
11
Jan '18

Malvirà Wine Lunchat Cascina Spinasse

  Malvirà Wine Lunch at Cascina Spinasse Tuesday, January 16th Noon to 2pm 3-courses with wine $55 per person (+ tax & gratuity)   Malvirà was established in the 1950s by Giuseppe Damonte, in Roero in the Piedmont region. Today, Malvirà’s wines are made from their Estate fruit, organically farmed on 104 acres across 6 […]

Mon
25
Dec '17

Trip Report: Forks For Friends

It had been too long since I’d been out to Forks, Washington to visit my friends, Chip and Linda. And it is a pretty drive: In theory, it’s 150 miles and 3.5 hours…but there is a ferry ride to get to the peninsula…think more like 4.5 to 5 hours. A FOGGY ferry ride… Crossing the […]

Sun
17
Dec '17

Future Report: Upcoming Travel

It’s not even the end of the year, and 2018 is stacking up to be a busy travel year. I should hit Alaska MVP Gold by the first week of March. Last year it was regular MVP by the first week of April. Looks like I’ll be Alaska MVP Gold 75K for 2019! Here’s what’s […]

Sat
16
Dec '17

Trip Report: The Train Home

Thanks to an extra car at the house, I was able to drive myself to the train station in Lamy (LMY), and just lock the keys in the truck. VERY convenient. Lamy used to have a great restaurant, sadly, closed, since Lamy is in the middle of nowhere. I always show up early – an […]

Wed
6
Dec '17

Trip Report: New Mexico For A Couple Of Nights

Plane landed early, so The Colonels were still in route by the time I’d gotten my two checked bags. Suitcase and box of wine/cinnamon brandy. Our plan for the afternoon is to hit the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History which used to be on the Air Force base, but after 911 and heightened […]

Tue
5
Dec '17

Flight Report: Probably The BEST Flight I’ve Ever Taken

Quite often I go to New Mexico to visit my sister and her husband (technically, my brother’s widow and her new husband), and then take the train back to Seattle. Amtrak schedules don’t really allow for going in the other direction if you actually want to make your connection. Poked around the Alaska Airlines site […]

Sat
2
Dec '17

Travel Steal: Auckland for $410 Roundtrip

You hear about “mistake fares”, but I’d never heard soon enough to score one, and I scored two (though cancelled one within the 24-hour free period. Got this mail from Scott’s Cheap Flights at 12:30am: An incredible late-night mistake fare to New Zealand. These fares are downright erotic. Book ASAP if you’re interested, these may […]

Sun
26
Nov '17

Home Report: Fun With Cars

So, about nine months ago I bid on a former Seattle Public Utilities Ford Escapé at a local auction house…got outbid at the last minute. Oh well, another week, another auction, or maybe I don’t need a four-door car that bad. Out of sight, out of mind. Until a week and a half later when […]