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Mon
30
Jun '08

Roller Coaster Monday.

On this last day of June it’s time to hang on and try not to throw up. The day climbs towards at 10am presentation of the report that I’ve been working on for the last week and a half. Due to a little confusion (thankfully not on my part) the meeting begins about fifteen minutes […]

Sun
29
Jun '08

The Sunday Paper, Politics, and Reviews.

Welcome to the Sunday edition of UMTravels — your disjointed source of sometimes disturbing news. First up to today we have the Op-Ed page:   From the Weather Page— well, let’s just say a 10am it was 80 degrees in the house. Guess I’d better move the laptop to the back porch. From the Arts […]

Sat
28
Jun '08

Distracted, I Forgot To Try The Paella.

You’d think that if you are taking a cooking class learning to make Paella and several other Spanish dishes that at least you’d remember to sample the Paella. Blame it on the white sangria made with melons, peaches, and apricots. Blame on the red sangria made with lemons, limes, and oranges. At least I got […]

Fri
27
Jun '08

Four Hours And 26 Slides Later, A Rough Draft

Four and a half hours and twenty-six slides later, I have a rough draft of the Marketing Analysis for Events and Adventures. My brain hurts. And it’s just the first draft — I have two more days to whip it into shape before a Monday 10am meeting. As part of my research, tonight I’m attending […]

Thu
26
Jun '08

Gnarlene’s Video A Run Away Hit!

Gnarlene has done it again! Check out this video from her upcoming Blood & Treasure album that goes into pressing as soon as I finish the liner note artwork.   I hope you’ll all click through and view it — let’s pump up those numbers! Wishing that the damn church would close — I feel […]

Wed
25
Jun '08

No Bamboo For You Dude.

So, on the way home tonight I stopped for more bamboo screening (I need ONE 6’x8′ panel of split bamboo) — and I am greeted with “No Bamboo For You Dude” — note in the system is that they (the Vietnamese) are making as fast as they can — but you have a popular (if not […]

Tue
24
Jun '08

Kinda Fun Dressing Up!

What a change in life — all those shirts that I rescued from the church (financing in place, inspection todayaccording to my agent, close before the 9th, pushing for a week before) are now getting pressed (joke) into service. I get to play dress-up every day that I go into the offices of E&A. And then when […]

Mon
23
Jun '08

Busy Bee Monday.

Nothing like diving headlong into a new project to shift your usual day around — and it will probably shake it up for the next couple of months. At the Events and Adventures office at 10 — made good time as I left the house at 9:30! This is the first of many visits there, […]

Sun
22
Jun '08

Pushing Midnight.

Should Be In Bed.

Well, so much for getting the blog entry done after dinner and getting to bed. Right. After dinner Gnarlene and WhoreTense showed up so that I could be the camera man in the final shots of the Gnarlene Blood & Treasure rock-u-mentary. Like I’m a cameraman, or a producer. We got some good shots in […]

Sat
21
Jun '08

No Plans Turn Into A Dinner Party.

I guess that’s what happens when you have no plans — people start making them for you (with your permission, of course). My idea was to finish up printing the call and envelopes and the design for Gnarlene’s new Blood & Treasure CD project. Succeeded on the first part, and got 90% done on the […]

Fri
20
Jun '08

Weird Things From The Cellphone.

So — working all day, and cleaning up various things, I come across all those “cellphone” photos. From last night we have Charles Simoni’s place on Lake Washington: And from my (and Swanda’s) tour of the Museum of Flight for their flight attendant show — a cool rod from Ford — and Winnebago: Now THAT […]

Thu
19
Jun '08

Work And Wine (Not Whine).

Job status as of today: Great Art Party website updated Gnarlene’sLogoType for KampOut and Blood and Treasure submitted for review, templates downloaded RadFae job waiting for numbers E&A research beginning Whew! Luckily I’m being treated to a Wine Cruise from and with Swanda featuring a guest appearance by Fluffernutter. And what a menu: A Multi-course […]

Wed
18
Jun '08

Closing Delayed

And Other Interesting News.

Well — got a morning call from Lanny the Real Estate Dude. I’m warming up to him. I like the way he thinks. Seems like the closing will be delayed because the buyers were pre-approved, but the money wasn’t in the works yet. Lanny is planning to ask for more earnest money to move the date back. […]

Tue
17
Jun '08

Hurry Up And Wait.

Or How Not To Get A Prayer Card.

Up at 5:03am — switchboard transposed my request for a 5:30am wake-up call. Shuttle shows up at 6:30am — on time. Long lines at security, and no first class or premier executive shortcut line. At the gate with an hour and a half to spare. Great — until I glance at the reader board behind […]

Mon
16
Jun '08

Street Car Day In NOLA.

So — even though there haven’t been requests yet, here is the picture stream. Breakfast this morning with Ben, Mom, Wendy and yours truly at the Trolley Stop Cafe. My plan is to get the day pass and do all the street car lines in New Orleans from end to end to end to end. […]

Sun
15
Jun '08

Flood Waters Then Sun.

Wow what a day! The morning started with massive showers and lightning — and flooding. think about a foot of water on the other side of Saint Charles Avenue. The water was close to lapping up to the door of the Avenue Plaza and almost covering the Trolley Car tracks (the grassy area below). It […]

Sat
14
Jun '08

Greetings From The Big Sleezy.

Up painfully early (might have to do with the amount of scotch last night) and off to the airport by eight from Olympia — made good time so I had a couple of hours to kill eating and drinking breakfast in the Board Room of Alaska Airlines. First flight is SEA to DFW — and […]

Fri
13
Jun '08

It’s All About Water Today.

Well, it’s more about poo pumps and hot tubs than water, though both contain it. First the poo pump. Lopez Electric called this morning for work authorization (and to find out who was goign to pay for it). Looks like it will be $4-500 because they also need to install an electrical cut-off switch on […]

Thu
12
Jun '08

Clarification, Packing, and Theatre.

Just a clarification to my fellow Lopezians (well, fellow until the 20th) — when I said last trip to Lopez yesterday, I meant last trip to clean stuff out of the church. Yes, I’ll be a visitin’ fool for years to come. And speaking of all that stuff — we certainly looked like the Beverly […]

Wed
11
Jun '08

On The Road To The Island

Maybe For The Last Time.

Well, last night’s movie was something that I’d only watch alone, and it wasn’t porno (I like friends for that). Movie: The Bench Warmers. Review: Laughed my ass off, glad there weren’t other people around. Took me back to being last person chosen for any sports team in school. This morning it was up at […]