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Tue
30
Sep '08

A City Unexpected.

Late to bed, early to rise. Wake up with Pacific Place looking in your stateroom. Pray for more sleep. Wonderful has ruined me for spending time in a cabin that doesn’t have a balcony. Maybe it is that I don’t like people, or at least I don’t like people unless it’s on my own terms. […]

Mon
29
Sep '08

Astoria, But Not The Waldorf.

At 8 this morning we pulled into Astoria feeling the affects of many bottles of wine, and for some, many cocktails at the “Friends of Dorothy” gathering. I was not part of the some. Back in the United States we have to go through this very odd procedure — everyone, whether leaving the boat or […]

Sun
28
Sep '08

Hail Victoria.

We arrived in Victoria sometime in the middle of the night awaking at Ogden Point Pier. From the map we received last night I’ve discovered that Ogden Point Pier is directly across Ogden Point from the WorldMark Victoria — where I’ve walked to this morning after having our breakfast delivered to our room. I could […]

Sat
27
Sep '08

Ahoy Matey. Welcome On Board.

Bless Lynne for taking us to Pier 30 this morning… it’s nice not to have to worry about that portion of the trip. Jonathan called — he’ll make his way there on his own. As will Jeff, as will Helene. If they don’t make it, they’ve already paid me for their tickets, so it’s their […]

Fri
26
Sep '08

Pack, Work, Pack, Eat.

Was up at 7:30 — weird for me — but I was awake and there was a ton of stuff to get done. I have projects on the burner for Events and Adventures, 7RadLLC, and still need to give some thought to the Great Art Party Access Database (GAPAD). So, lots of work, and lots […]

Thu
25
Sep '08

The Oracle Speaks.

Which oracle? The company? The one from Omaha? That would be Omaha. Here is a quote from the Wall Street Journal that made me laugh out loud (that would be lol in text speak). Mr. Buffet received a call at 4:30pm that Saturday from a private investment firm trying to assemble a group to buy […]

Wed
24
Sep '08

Rainy Work Day.

Florida at 95 degrees and 80 percent humidity vs. 70 degrees and pouring rain in Seattle. My preference would be something in the middle. Actually got to the meeting with the top down — and to the apartment as well, and then the rain hit, complete with turned over semi-trucks on the ramp to I-5/I-90 […]

Tue
23
Sep '08

Boy Scout Motto In Action.

A leisurely start to the day after too much partying last night. I ended up sleeping half way back to Tampa. Luckily my flight wasn’t until 1:41pm, so that made it an easy morning. No upgrades for anyone on the Tampa/DC flight because we are on Ted — which I refer to as the “back […]

Mon
22
Sep '08

No Mickey Here, Just IKEA.

Wow, there are a lot of theme parks in Orlando. Big ones, small ones, water ones. And we aren’t even here to see them. We are here to go to IKEA. There isn’t an IKEA in the Tampa/St. Pete area (opens 2010) so that is our mission today — to check out couches and then […]

Sun
21
Sep '08

A WII Bit Of Fun On Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I shoulda brought my WII Controller, that’s all I can think about. Oh well. For today’s picture we have: And, of course, Dan’s eyes are shut — even without the flash! It is so great to get BOTH of them away for a little holiday — even if there are two laptops running 24/7 on […]

Sat
20
Sep '08

Greetings from the West Coast of the East Coast.

There are VERY few places on the East Coast that you can watch the sun setting over the water to the West. Welcome to Tampa/St. Pete/Gulf Port. A scattered day with getting dogs off to two different boarding places today — Winston to friends, and Dru for an oil change (shots, toenail chipping, etc). Got […]

Fri
19
Sep '08

Hello Florida. Glad To See Me?

Man, I hate those early flights. You arrive at the airport in a daze. You haven’t even had coffee or your morning routine (read as dump). And then you are packed on a plane with a bunch of other dazed people. At least I got a hot breakfast. Yes, you read that right. A hot […]

Thu
18
Sep '08

Another Long Day.

Reading, meetings, baking, and entertaining — oh yeah, I have to pack for Florida as well. I’m back on the schedule for weekly marketing meetings with Events and Adventuresso that was my late morning adventure — at least it left me on the eastside to deposit checks. The afternoon was detail work, packing, and baking […]

Wed
17
Sep '08

Work, Play, Work, Play.

That describes today — alternating between work and play, all day. MoonSong bangs on the door at 9am — guess it’s time to stain the deck. I just wish I knew WHEN he was planning on showing up — love the work, have plenty of hours for him — and a list of projects. Work […]

Tue
16
Sep '08

That Will Teach Me.

That will teach me to give Frequent Flyer tips… The answer is that 1 hour 25 minutes is NOT enough layover time. Not for SFO and it’s fog related delays also made worse by Ike and all his wind and rain throughout the midwest. So, yesterday I got to the airport 90 minutes early — […]

Mon
15
Sep '08

Arcata/Eureka Gay/Lesbian/Whatever Pride/Party.

Well, after much pushing and pulling, I’ve figured out how to get AVIs to play the video in addition to the audio. But, of course, the file is too big for WordPress to handle — so here is the link to the best file from today’s parade. Don’t worry, it’s short: I might redo the […]

Sun
14
Sep '08

Small Town Gay Pride.

The buckwheat sourdough pancakes (and bacon) were stunning. Guess it was a later night for the rest of the crew since I had to call from the front porch because no one was answering the doorbell. Gay Pride in Humboldt County is a small affair — the march route is about 12 blocks and ends […]

Sat
13
Sep '08

Uncle Markie’s Travel Tips

Since I’m on the road today (and in the air) I thought I’d pass along my Air Travel Tips. If you can afford it, go First Class. You don’t get what you pay for, but at least you don’t totally feel like a cow loaded into a trailer on it’s way to market. If you […]

Fri
12
Sep '08

Poker In Oly.

A long night so up later than usual and on deadline pressure to get out of town by 2pm to b eat the Friday traffic. I didn’t make it — my computer refused to upload the banner file so I had to go to Swanda’s to get that done — and even there is was SLOW. […]

Thu
11
Sep '08

Bob, Bob, Bob — More Troubles.

Early morning with Whitaker banging on the front door to get in. It was unlocked, but it sticks in the morning — you have to kick the bottom of the door, hence, all the marks. So, up earlier than I wanted, but that’s good. More time to prepare for the marketing meeting at Events and […]