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Sun
30
Nov '08

On The Water, In Our Suite.

Well, the Days Inn Airport North doesn’t have much to recommend it other that a free airport shuttle and being under $100 a night. The promised shuttle to the port was full by the time we checked in, and wouldn’t have gotten us there early enough for my taste (no lines, quick check-in. board at […]

Sat
29
Nov '08

Back In The Air Again. Miami Bound.

Yes, in the air, again. 1:20pm flight to Miami with Swanda, and tomorrow morning we board the mv Nowegian Pearl for a seven day cruise of the Western Caribbean. We have a veranda suite booked — $1049 per person for the 7-days…. not a bad deal, but we could have saved $500 between us had […]

Fri
28
Nov '08

In the Air, But Home On Time.

Sleeping late — I love it. Except when it means I have to rush packing, breakfast, and booze shopping. Flights running on time today (again). One of my big worries was that today’s flights would be a mess — since I have to be on a plane tomorrow for Miami for the Caribbean trip. This is […]

Thu
27
Nov '08

Tennis Shoes & Turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving — and you know what that means for the male version of Imelda Marcos — it’s the annual shoe sale at Vans — 25% off and free shipping, but today only. Use code THXINSTOCK08 for in-stock shoes and stuff, and code THXCUSTOMS08 for those custom shoes. But remember, it’s TODAY only. Here is […]

Wed
26
Nov '08

Project Creep.

A couple of hours at the Shirts of Bamboo warehouse this morning. Dan and Lisa dealing with SOB stuff, and me dealing with E&A stuff. Nice to be able to see the staff on this visit, totally missed them my last time through. Lunch back at the house and then it was nap time for […]

Tue
25
Nov '08

In The Air Again.

I much prefer mid-day flights. The food in first is better, I’m better, life is better. Left for the airport at nine so I could be on a conference call at ten. Forty-five minutes of E&A discussions. More things for my to-do list. Nice to have a meeting with a bloody mary in front of you. Bad […]

Mon
24
Nov '08

Curtains Up, Time For Valences.

Events and Adventures work in the morning, then off to the bank, Trader Joes, car-wash, Fry’s, IKEA, Harbor Freight and then home to install the last two curtains. Now I just need to buy and stain a bunch of oak for valences over all the curtains. The one in the bathroom will hopefully have a […]

Sun
23
Nov '08

Packing & SOB Work.

The challenges for today: Pack for the next two trips Install the new curtains in SOB (Son of Bob) Trim down chopping block to make sink cover (think about replacing other cover since the particle board is dieing) Try backing a loaf of sour dough bread using the machine to kneed and the oven in […]

Sat
22
Nov '08

Saturday Shopping Spree.

Nothing like spending the whole day (or so it seemed) shopping. Needed salad and scotch for dinner (no — that wasn’t the whole dinner, just what I was out of), a letter sitting on the bench at my old house (permit renewal that I need to mail to the new folks), needed to drop off […]

Fri
21
Nov '08

Home Again

At Least For A Couple Of Days.

Checked out at 11:30. After a check of our maps — we are off on a different route home. The new route goes right past Whitaker’s place (but unable to raise him on the phone) and doesn’t go through all the clear-cut that we saw on the way down. It added about 15-30 minutes to […]

Thu
20
Nov '08

Blustery Day At The Beach.

Didn’t leave the property all day. MoonSong went out shopping, Swanda and I stayed in, The Otterwinkles were replaced by Gnarlene. How blustery? Check it out… Michael had to cancel coming to dinner as his dog is out of the hospital after gods knows how big a bill so it’s just the four of us […]

Wed
19
Nov '08

Long Beach Here We Come.

Out of the house at noon with stops in Olympia for groceries, lunch, gas, and to drop off Ross’ suit jacket with ex-Councilman Curt. Got to the condo about 3:45 — a few minutes behind the Otterwinkles who were hanging out in the parking lot. I wish I’d had a moment to take the picture […]

Tue
18
Nov '08

What A Day.

So much for last night’s quiet dinner at home (that turned into dinner with Helene and Swanda at Shanghai Garden), or tonight (put my planned steak into Thursday nights dinner). Meetings up in Snohomish Publishing, then to Naked Pigs BBQ in Snohomish (which I didn’t know had caused such a stir) for lunch, then to […]

Mon
17
Nov '08

Hail SOB!

That Would Be Son Of Bob.

Well, Sunday was an exciting day. Bob (the 1980 35′ Bluebird Wanderlodge) now has a new home up in Stanwood, Washington. What did I get? Ten large (that is $10,000) and a 1987 23′ Itasca (by Winnebago) Sunflyer Motorhome with half the miles that Bob had on him. Newer with less miles, but shorter — […]

Sun
16
Nov '08

Welcome Home Surprise!

Swanda has been exiled in Phoenix for the last two weeks, and I thought he’d need a little cheering up when he got home. So, in addition to fixing the purple chair, and re-gluing the four dining room chairs, this is what awaits when he arrives home at 2pm this afternoon: What makes this extra […]

Sat
15
Nov '08

All You Gotta Do Is Ask, Apparently.

So, yesterday while I was prepping dinner at Curt’s place, I called my United credit card provider… to cancel my card. Turns out I’d mis-read a change in conditions notice from them. I thought they were jacking up my interest rate from 16.4% to 29.9%. Turns out that’s what happens if you start missing payments. […]

Fri
14
Nov '08

Too many accessories!

OK — I think my shower has reached it’s maximum number of accessories: The latest one is a shower-based water pick, it’s the tiny white hose. Was looking for a Water-Pic(r) to improve my dental hygiene and stumbled across this gadget on Amazon. It’s called the ShowerBreeze Oral Irrigator. But enough about my hygiene — […]

Thu
13
Nov '08

Lots Of Work Including A Lighting Consult.

Today’s marketing meeting ran WAY long, and you know how I feel about meetings to start with. Oh, well, more billable hours so it isn’t all bad. Glued the rest of Swanda dining room chairs on the way back home for more billable hours. By six I back out the door for dinner at Suze’s place […]

Wed
12
Nov '08

Dinners Done, Errands Everywhere.

What a list of errands for today! Pick up shirts at cleaners, drop off Obi that I use as a table running, now covered with bbq sauce (once again they couldn’t manage to get the shirts into boxes) Head to Swanda’s with glue and clamps (two chairs glued, two more tomorrow or Friday – purple […]

Tue
11
Nov '08

Gates Possessed And Dinner Number Four.

Last night I had to trip the breaker on the GFI that controls the gate closer. Why? The gates were mysteriously opening and closing on their own. MoonSong showed up this morning to investigate. Why are the gates posessed? Radio signals from large commercial aircraft flying overhead. Specifically the code for just opening one gate. […]