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Tue
30
Nov '10

The Damn Thing Is A Monster

I love a day that is jam packed with even some things that pay the bills. Meeting prep in the morning then two meetings in the early afternoon – guess what, added another title to my hat for one of my projects – prototype fabricator. Who knew that being familiar with sewing elastic would come […]

Mon
29
Nov '10

Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday and what did I buy: A replacement phone for the sorta-BF A half case of wine mailed to the parents for the holidays, $89, free shipping. A new pair of shoes – FINALLY they offered 20% off on custom shoes, might have to buy another pair. but I missed the window, so I […]

Sun
28
Nov '10

Back Home.

Seattle.

Up early, well, for me. Although I wanted to leave really early, the bed was warm, my will weak. Here is a great snowy video from yesterday of a walk around the exterior of the suite at the Crystal Lodge: What a great view from the balcony. The return drive I’m piloting Janet’s car because […]

Sat
27
Nov '10

Dinner In The Suite.

Snow on and off today… and the shovels start going at 5am to clean the pedestrian streets of the village. French toast was the “hot breakfast” this morning. Really nice since it used that Canadian grocery store oddities of the double thick bread. My after breakfast dip in the tub: Hot water with chunks of […]

Fri
26
Nov '10

Party In Full Swing.

Whistler In Winter.

Grab and Go breakfast (coffee, yogurt, bagels, etc) starts at 6:30am Hot breakfast starts at 7:30am – egg casseroles this morning, along with oatmeal and all the other grab and go stuff. And bloody maries for the chosen few. What a lazy day – I didn’t leave the room except to get more ice from […]

Thu
25
Nov '10

New Room In Whistler.

A Serious Upgrade.

My apologies for the quality of the video — it doesn’t do the room and the view justice: A total fluke. Thank Rob for asking the group sales manager for a tour of the top floor 3-bedroom unit. Thank the rest of us for gushing over it. It convinced the sales manager to call the […]

Wed
24
Nov '10

Seattle To Whistler, British Columbia

Why was I up so early? Really, 6am… the alarm was set for 7. Just couldn’t sleep with the excitement of a road trip. At Swanda’s by 7 (half an hour early) and out the door an hour later in Rob’s honkin’ Suburban which should be named Big Blue. A stop at duty free where […]

Tue
23
Nov '10

Packing For Another Trip.

Seriously.

Up at 7 with the hope of an 8am quickie…. cancelled for the second day in a row by snow… and I even shovelled the front walk! For those interested in the photo stream from the last trip (before I begin the next): As for the next trip….I’m off to Whistler in the morning. Let’s […]

Mon
22
Nov '10

From 95 And Sweaty To 25 And Freezing.

I didn’t’ leave the house today… luckily there were a few things in the fridge since it decided to snow today. Last night when I went to the dinner party I had to put the top up. Do I now put on the chains? I even had a “nooner” reschedule for tomorrow morning (we will […]

Sun
21
Nov '10

Back Home.

Slightly Dazed.

Didn’t sleep much on the plane… not surprising. Luckily I did get that four + hours of sleep in the transit hotel in Seoul, and I did update the post from yesterday with the video of it. Swanda was at the airport to pick me up – wish it had been quicker getting my bag. […]

Sat
20
Nov '10

Three Airports — Lots of Waiting.

Greetings from the Transit Hotel in the Seoul Airport — I opted for 6 hours of relaxation, peace and quiet in the hotel over: 18-holes of golf INSIDE the airport perimeter a tour of the city laying on a bench in the airport getting a massage and a shower Three airports, three shirts. Two showers. Nothing […]

Fri
19
Nov '10

Day 8 — Bad Connections.

Just a short post as I still have a few minutes on my internet connection. Up at 7, breafast at 8:30, BOB (butt on bus) scheduled for 10:30. Today’s schedule: Koh Samui to Bangkok 10 hour layover Bangkok to Seoul 10 hour layover Seould to Seattle 12 hour flight Ouch. Was planning on staying at […]

Thu
18
Nov '10

Day 7 — Beach Tourist Town Anywhere.

What a luxury to wake up at ones own pace… today that was 8ish for me, not unlike at home. And a wonderful sleep it was, one where you are worry free about missing a flight, a breakfast, whatever. Today’s funny story… I’m at the salad bar (which also holds the cheese and cold cuts) […]

Wed
17
Nov '10

Day Six — Calling All Lobsters.

And Crabs.

Really BIB at 6:40am… They had to have the hotel open the restaurant a day early to make this happen. And to add insult to injury… guess who was seated across from me on the bus and screeched the entire way to the pier? At least I am not alone in my dislike. In conversations […]

Tue
16
Nov '10

Day Five — Back In The Air.

I quote from the original trip description… “Morning at leisure with breakfast provided we return to Chaing Mail for our flight south that afternoon as we transfer to Koh Samui.” Wow — BIB (butts in bus) at 7am… leisure. Much herding cats to get us all and our luggage to the airport. Flights on time, […]

Mon
15
Nov '10

Day Four — Run For The Hills.

Man, this butt on bus at 7am has to stop. And it was even worse this morning — trying to get yesterdays post up, even without pictures, get packed, find a cash machine, stock the pack with snacks incase it’s another day of “odd” meal schedules. Our next stop — the Lisu Lodge, a truly […]

Sun
14
Nov '10

Day Three.

The Slow Train.

Well — can’t say I slept the best last night. Should have taken an Ambian. Nothing like a rocking dormitory.   And then there is the luggage crashing down through the night and then the early risers. Still glad we did the try over flying or a motorcoach, but the expected arrival time of 9am […]

Sat
13
Nov '10

Full Day Two.

Herding Cats.

Forced march today begins with butts on bus at 7 after bags out at 6 with breakfast sometime in between. The reason… a seriously FULL day. First stop, the floating market 90 minutes out of town — a least there is a little nap time on the bus. Long boat rides from the bus stop […]

Fri
12
Nov '10

First Full Day — Bangkok.

Scheduke: 7am wake-up call… out the door at 9am. Why is it that I do these forced march tours? Oh, that’s right, to actually see something of a country other than a hotel room. Great breakfast buffet — I went more towards the Asian end of breakfast rather than the Western. Lots of dim sum, […]

Thu
11
Nov '10

Flight Day.

12 Hours To Seoul.

Hour Layover For Duty Free.

5 More Hours To Bangkok.

1pm flight — set the alarm for 6, what was I thinking. Snooze, snooze until 7:30 and out of the house at 9 when Mick picks me up — GOAL — not sit in crappy preassigned middle seat, but sit in bulkhead aisle. Goal acheived. Got bulkhead middle… but then someone on the other side […]