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Mon
20
Nov '17

Trip Report: Boston For A Buddy

It’s going to be a quick trip, but a friend is about to turn 60…on Thanksgiving Day. I can’t be there for the holiday (I open the shop on Thanksgiving Day from 11-3), or for the party on Saturday (also working), so I thought I’d pop out for a couple of nights to hand deliver […]

Sun
12
Nov '17

Trip Report: Uruguay – Day Four

My final day in Uruguay and I’m sleeping in again, waking to go get breakfast before they stop serving, and then go back to bed for another hour or so. Today is going to be a long day that stretches into tomorrow. Missed a market with Rache – but figured I needed the sleep more. […]

Sat
11
Nov '17

Trip Report: Uruguay – Day Three

I should mention that our hotel rate includes breakfast – and it’s not a bad breakfast: And, as it turns out, there is also a convenience store – and since they use the restaurant’s credit card machine, so it’s 22% off snacks, sodas, etc. The ice (Helio in Spanish, pronounced Yellow), they will give you […]

Sat
11
Nov '17

Trip Report: Uruguay – Day Two

One of the reasons that Rache and I travel together so well is that I sleep in (and stay up late) and he goes out and explores (and goes to bed earlier). So far, no notes by the coffeemaker – we don’t have a coffee maker (two-burner range, microwave, and an electric kettle). On this […]

Fri
10
Nov '17

Trip Report: Uruguay – Day One

After my red-eye flight in, it was time to explore the neighborhood (and find some lunch). We are just off a traffic circle that also has a tunnel under it to help through traffic: Montevideo has its roots in the Colonial Era: This would be the British Hospital, in the same block with the National […]

Tue
7
Nov '17

Trip Report: Headed South, WAY South

I always post (OK, slightly) happy, happy, stories of lounges and upgrades, but often as not, it’s merely the lounge for some “pre-func” and getting trapped behind the curtain on a completely full plane (or planes). In this case, it was a mileage redemption ticket with two back-to-back red-eye flights. Snow is predicted, and Alaska […]

Fri
3
Nov '17

Trip Report: Vegas Baby!

After last week’s quiet trip to Long Beach (Washington), this week is a little more hectic, since it’s VEGAS, BABY! Salamander stayed the night at my place since it’s an early flight (because we are all cheap, and this was the cheap flight) with DancingBear showing up at 6am for our Uber to the airport. […]

Sat
28
Oct '17

Trip Report: Long Beach Staycation

I booked this almost a year ago – figuring that it would be easy to fill four nights in a three-bedroom/three-bath Presidential unit right on the beach in Long Beach…turns out, two of the usual cast of characters are going with me a week later to Vegas, so it’s just Rache (who actually LIVES in […]

Wed
25
Oct '17

Home Report: Sometimes I’m Not On The Road Or In The Air

It is true that sometimes I’m not on the road or in the air – then it’s time to get stuff done around the house. Like fix the luggage that has broken from all the air travel. My hard-side that turns into a hang truck needed some serious re-bolting and a couple of pop rivets… […]

Sun
8
Oct '17

Trip Report: Post Birthday Kansas City

Without fail, the weeks around my birthday always involve travel. Not that it’s much different from the rest of the year. This week is a couple of nights in Kansas City. It ain’t first, but it comes with sugar coated Smurfs! And free booze… Didn’t get into KC until almost 6pm. Drop my bags and […]

Fri
6
Oct '17

Trip Report: Birthday By The Bay

Another weekday, another trip – this one to the Bay Area to visit Mark and Onyx, and celebrate my 61st birthday! It’s always lots of luggage when I visit – bringing wine to the boys. A lot of stuff for three nights! Another early morning flight…. And no upgrade to first… But plenty of room […]

Thu
5
Oct '17

Trip Report: Dallas Mileage Run Number Three

I must be growing weary of these mileage runs. Looking more exhausted than usual, taking fewer pictures. That’s it – for the entire trip. Breakfast in the lounge, exit row with seat next to me open. When I checked in, they let me move the evening flight to the afternoon flight. We were a few […]

Wed
4
Oct '17

Trip Report: Trip Report: New Orleans For Pre-Birthday Celebration – The End

Damn, damn, damn, behind in my reports! My final day in New Orleans – checked out a few minutes before noon and jumped on the street car headed to Canal Street, looking for a particular piece of tourist glassware for Randy and Kathy’s Christmas Present – I need to outdo last year. Shockingly, I found […]

Fri
29
Sep '17

Trip Report: Trip Report: New Orleans For Pre-Birthday Celebration – Part Three

Another day, another adventure. Didn’t feel like walking back to Touks or the Market – opted for The Trolley Stop Café. I wanted a Mimosa, but they were out of bubbles, so, Bloody Mary it was: I have to say, nice amount of spice (you can SEE the black pepper), olives, pickled okra, TALL. Not […]

Fri
29
Sep '17

Trip Report: New Orleans For Pre-Birthday Celebration – Part Two

There are some things that I do to immediately get into The Big Easy groove – first stop, Houstons for cocktails, food, and jazz! Always start with a Sazerac. Followed by the Gulf Coast Grouper Sandwich – yes, there is a bun in there someplace: So much for a light meal. Then it was off […]

Thu
28
Sep '17

Trip Report: New Orleans For Pre-Birthday Celebration – The Way There

Most years I use my birthday month as an excuse to travel – like I really need one after all these miles. This year is no exception. Off to New Orleans for three nights. Time to start off with a healthy breakfast in the Alaska Lounge: Noticed that they are stepping up their game as […]

Wed
20
Sep '17

Work Report: Wine Tastings, Even On The Road – No Rest For The Wicked

Now that summer is done, ALL the wine distributors we deal with are having trade tastings, mostly on Monday, mid-day. Case in point, this Monday, there were FOUR distributors doing tastings. My own personal limits are about two per day because there are often 100+ bottles open, and even if you spit (which I had […]

Sun
17
Sep '17

Trip Report: Dallas Mileage Run Number Two

In my quest for Alaska Airlines MVP Gold 75K status – I’m back on a crowded plane to Dallas for a day turn. Downside is that it’s a 7:25am flight, which means that I only have time for a glass of rosé bubbles since the bar doesn’t open until 6am in the lounge. And the […]

Mon
11
Sep '17

Trip Report: Road Trip to Eastern Washington

In an incredibly busy work week for my consulting business, but the trip to the Tri-Cities had been planned for months. Brought two laptops so I could keep up with the work. We picked a smoky week to travel with the top down… We stopped in Cle Elem for gas and a BQ Pulled Pork: […]

Sat
9
Sep '17

Trip Report: Four Lounges In Twelve Hours

Yep, that means its Fall Mileage Run time! Out on the red-eye to Dallas, back on the morning flight. But things are never simple – I had a client email this morning for a job. It wasn’t until we were on the conference call that the original job was moved to a slightly less hot […]