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Fri
31
Dec '10

New Year’s Eve 2010.

Run around, run around…. Costco (gas and car wash) Post Office Cleaners Wonderful’s place Grocery Outlet Jimmie’s Place Liquor store (2 – first one had a line 20 people deep at both registers) Swanda’s Place New Year’s Eve festivities at Swanda’s with a dinner of prosciutto wrapped scallops and lamb steaks with salad and the […]

Thu
30
Dec '10

Quiet Day Around The Casa.

The cold snap is in full bloom as they say. Really noticed it when I went out to lunch with a guy from the Evergreen Foundation office… always nice to get a free lunch from your Alma Mater. I’m surprised he didn’t ask me why I and my father haven’t done our contribution this year… […]

Wed
29
Dec '10

Planning For Hawaii.

Nice to wake up in my own bed. Nice to have had cocktails with Swanda after posting yesterday’s blog early so that my Amtrak attendant could read it before she headed back to Los Angeles this morning. Nice to have plans for New Year’s Eve at Swanda’s to watch the ball drop – no, not […]

Tue
28
Dec '10

Day Three On The Train.

Last Day.

The Out Of Service Day.

As a result of the various blog and FaceBook posts, friends and relatives have been asking me about my thoughts about long-distance train travel…. This year I will have done 50,000+ flight miles, mostly on Alaska Airlines…. But yet, this will be the 3rd or 4th (maybe 5th) train trip, though certainly the longest of […]

Mon
27
Dec '10

Day Two On The Rails.

Damn I hate that Amtrak LA connection…. When the dining car breakfast service runs from 5-6am… that’s just not good. Thank you Rashid for bringing me breakfast in the cabin, and thank you to the rest of the sleeper car folks for not being in the shower when I needed it. Before I forget… here […]

Sun
26
Dec '10

On The Rails Again.

Sleeping in, no Christmas rush to appease the children… and still, it was 8:30 when I drug my ass to get coffee in the kitchen. Just for the record, I believe Aunt Nancy slept in until about 11 this morning across the way. Breakfast: Slabs of beef from yesterday. Lunch: Slabs of beef between two […]

Sat
25
Dec '10

Present Day.

Breakfast with the Ortiz gang across the scrub followed by present unwrapping. Then a nap. Then start work on the Christmas Dinner. Before: After: A fun time for all, but I’m ready for tomorrow’s train back to Seattle. [? ? ?]

Fri
24
Dec '10

Christmas Eve.

A.K.A. Package Unwrapping Day One.

Wow. Out of bed at 8:30… damn sun. Not used to that in Seattle. Before: After: WOW – both photos suck. I must point out that gifts from “The Colonels” show up in both photos – the top, the live rosemary bush they sent to my parents, and below, the two license plates shey sent […]

Thu
23
Dec '10

Christmas Eve Eve.

So nice to wake up in the land of the conical fireplace, all toasty and warm. Oh fluffy bed, I do love you so. Breakfast at LotaBurger…. Just a cheeseburger, no fries, no drink. Dad at 11 for a run to Trader Joe’s to stock up on cheap liquor for both the return trip and […]

Wed
22
Dec '10

What A Weird Holiday.

A joy in my house… me, sleeping in until ten in the morning. Damn that king-size bed is comfortable. A lazy morning of working on a request (like a term paper) from the Office of Development from Evergreen for bio stuff for their annual donor report. Email me if you want copies of the question/answer […]

Tue
21
Dec '10

Christmas ClusterF.

It’s a good thing that I don’t give a rat’s ass about all this travel grief – roll with the flow. Here is the score card for today: Wake-up call came on time: +1 Hot breakfast provided by hotel: +1 Shuttle available to go to train station rather than airport: +1 Evening dinner guest cancelling […]

Mon
20
Dec '10

Not My Favorite Travel Day.

United, oh United, why must you be Untied as usual. May the integration with Continental improve your lot in life. The flight was at 10:55, but wait, they’ve changed my flights, it’s now at 12:15pm, but a direct (1-stop) flight…. But on checking my bag in… oh, that flight is now at 1:15pm, and you’ll […]

Sun
19
Dec '10

Packing, Laundry, Packing, Cooking, Packing.

Well, that’s my day in brief. Bye. Kidding. I’ve got a couple of pictures for today’s post: Cleaning out the fridge and making breakfast. Looks better than Ronny Macs. And look – the outfit matches the shoes! Dinner tonight with Fluffernutter – stir-fry beef, onions, tomaltios, over a bed a rice with a side salad. […]

Sat
18
Dec '10

Suddenly Reminded Of My First House In Portland.

Maybe It’s The Long Regular Drive.

Well, I’m afraid this trip was a bust for actually spending any time rolling around in the hay. Today’s excuse: power outage, got up too late for play time before work. At least I know its true – as the power went off in the condo as well, but I noticed the blinking clock and […]

Fri
17
Dec '10

Seaside.

For Better Or Worse.

My view: The place I drive by in Astoria that I would love to buy and restore: It was the Finnish Sauna from 1928… with a diesel fired furnace, which I’m assuming is dead. Anyone up for a $249.000 sauna in Astoria. Apartments upstairs. Tempting. http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/14865967/285-W-Marine-Drive-Astoria-OR/ I’ll swing by in the morning to do an […]

Thu
16
Dec '10

On The Road Again.

Reluctantly.

The morning was a blur of packing, posting packages, and generally trying to get out of the house by 2 for the run to Seaside. Had I thought more about it, I would have headed there a little sooner so that I didn’t end up driving the last hour or so in the dark. Damn […]

Wed
15
Dec '10

Prototypes And Performances.

After yesterday’s meeting, today was all about running errands to pick up more prototyping supplies with a little side trip to get the oil changed. The result: 3 more prototypes completed, along with a possibility for another piece of the puzzle. Sorry that I’m being so vague, but it’s hard to have folks sign an […]

Tue
14
Dec '10

Mailman Brings Christmas Early.

Up at 7, out of bed more like 7:45am when the bladder would hold no longer (thank you for sharing). I was on the road after a round of hugs by 8:30, or was it 8:45am, it was early, I’d only had two cups of coffee. Decisions, decisions…. Kingston, Bainbridge Island, or drive around through […]

Mon
13
Dec '10

The Quen Says … “Let them eat steaks!”

Up and out of the condo at 8:15, yes, it took an alarm clock to manage that. Destination, lovely Twilight driven Forks, Washington. Why? To get the zipper installed on my Wolf & Mink jacket. And silly me, I forgot to take a photo, but here is one from the archive before the zipper: With […]

Mon
13
Dec '10

Another Lazy Day In(side) Seaside.

This is what today looked like: Needless to say, I haven’t even left the condo. Which leave me time to spend catching up on all the email links I’ve been sent over the last couple of week. One that I set aside for reading is a lovely article titled How To Travel Around The World […]