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Mon
31
Jan '11

Day One – Waikiki.

Wait… we are on holiday… why is the alarm going off… we just got here! Oh, right. Johnnie has a date with Miku – the www.girlswhosurf.com instructor who what the Japanese 2010 Longboard Champion (born in Tokyo, but raised in Honolulu). Out the door at 10:45am, and I’m starting to feel a little better – […]

Sun
30
Jan '11

Not The Day I Was Expecting.

It’s never a good day when it starts at 3:30am hurling your guts out and by the time everything is cleaned up you are back in bed at 4 to be up at six to catch the train. And speaking of the train, it changed to a bus… mudslides north of Seattle. Oh joy. And […]

Sat
29
Jan '11

One More Day Til Waikiki

More errands – like swinging by the apartment pick up the new “travel” cell phone (Dual SIM model). Odd thing is it took me almost an hour to figure out how to get the back off… this from a 10-year Microsoft veteran. An unexpected call with Jill means I have a dinner party (of two) […]

Fri
28
Jan '11

Quiet Friday Before The Storm.

Nice to have a day off to calmly pack for Sunday’s trip to Hawaii. Nice to be able to run a couple last minute errands. Nice to have a small steak and a salad and just spend the evening chilling out. Nice to remind myself that everyone isn’t so lucky. And today’s oddity — I […]

Thu
27
Jan '11

Cocktails At The Camlin.

Oysters At The Brooklyn.

Nightcaps And Sleepover At The Camlin.

Spent the day puttering around the house trying to get ready for this evening (and finishing the “Memory Book” for the cocktail party) and planning for the next couple of upcoming trips – Hawaii and the Trans-Canada ViaRail trip. Started running pre-party errand a little before 3pm – and the first one was a bust […]

Wed
26
Jan '11

Catching Up From Travel.

After Some Travelling.

Out of the condo at 10:30, through the border with duty-free (and three people in front of me in line) by 11:30, stopping for gas and groceries at the Safeway in Mount Vernon – some of the cheapest gas in NW Washington, and an interesting set of items on the 50% off rack: Adhesive remover […]

Tue
25
Jan '11

Shit. Pulled The Trigger…

On The Ticket.

Up late. Work. Lunch with Helene. Too much food, leftovers for the appetizer course. Nap and then analyzing business plans. Questions, questions, questions. Pulled the trigger… here is where I’m going… Yes, I booked the Trans-Canada Rail from Vancouver, BC, to Toronto, ON in late March….4 days…. I actually reregistered a ViaRail Frequent Account to […]

Mon
24
Jan '11

The Joys of Nexus.

Or Would This Be Modern Monday.

Out of the house around eleven to deliver the Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar to the girls… it turns out we are going to be in Hawaii at the same time, and within a block or so of each other. How funny. How cool. Got to the border about 2:30 after a nice little chat with […]

Sun
23
Jan '11

Old Fashion Sunday.

Used To Be Old Fashion Friday With Dancing Bear.

It is nice to have a guest bedroom. I think I would miss that were I to live in a smaller apartment. That and the BBQ on the deck. Also nice when the guest gets up before me and makes coffee. Not quite as good as getting coffee in bed, but close. This morning’s breakfast […]

Sat
22
Jan '11

Winter.

The Season Of Osso Bucco.

The usual post trip errands… Drop shirts off at the cleaner Drop checks by the bank Do a Trader Joe run Today’s humorous photo – made more humorous in light of yesterday’s post. Totally stopped in traffic on 520. Notice the variable speed signs. Yeah, in my dreams. Seems there was a Huskies game or […]

Fri
21
Jan '11

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

The Good… The view from the condo. Getting on the 1pm ferry from Swartz Bay. Finding a toy ferry with a working fog horn sound for Swanda’s office. Cheap 100 proof Canadian Club – even cheaper than the sign on the shelf said. The Bad… The traffic being one of the last cars to unload […]

Thu
20
Jan '11

Barely Left The Condo.

Cold And Damp In Victoria.

Slept in… so nice to be able to do. Didn’t even get breakfast in, just the standard holiday morning Bloody Mary. Just waited for Helene to show up at 12:30 for the first meal of the day. Went next door to the Blue Crab, and as usual had a wonderful meal. Helene had the small […]

Wed
19
Jan '11

Another Ferry Ride.

Another Country.

Up (5:30am) and out (6:15am). Ick. On the ferry at 8am, after a Bloody Mary (from that same jug of premix from Thanksgiving! Nap in the parking lot. Duty free and a nap on the boat. Off the boat at 10am. Stop by condo – not ready. Shop the fish store (salmon for dinner). Shop […]

Tue
18
Jan '11

Overnight On The Olympic Peninsula.

Spent the morning and early afternoon running errands before heading back to the apartment to await the arrival of Swanda – we are off on a mid-week holiday. First stop, the WorldMark at Discovery Bay. Out of the apartment at 3:15 or so, and caught the 3:45 ferry to Bainbridge Island – only had to […]

Mon
17
Jan '11

In The Air.

So, What’s New.

Up at 8:30 to the smell of coffee, and the sounds of lemon blueberry buttermilk pancakes being made… that’s a treat, and stunningly good. As they say, restaurant worthy – light of fluffy from having the egg whites beaten folded in. Would I be that light if I were beaten and folded in? No return […]

Sun
16
Jan '11

Of Accordians And Pesto.

Today’s odd adventure starts at 2pm with the monthly meeting of the San Francisco Accordion Club at the Oyster Point Yacht Club. I thought it was going to be a concert with half a dozen performers… which it was, AFTER the business part of the club meeting with introductions of the guests…. Odd. It sort […]

Sat
15
Jan '11

Veal Picata And More.

Man these boys don’t get up early… they work late, but not early… it’s catching. Visits to M. Lowe and Company to get the bling cleaned… finally got the mustard acidization off the Brahma Bull ring I have (and found another one), no Western Electric phontes at the thrift stores, but a nice visit with […]

Fri
14
Jan '11

Osso Bubba.

Lots of running around today, but very little purchasing… was looking for a griddle that fits over two burners. No luck. Also checked out a couple of stores for pre-made bags to hold a battery pack. In the end, just ended up with three bottles of wine and a couple of bottles of whiskey. The […]

Thu
13
Jan '11

In The Air, On The BART, In The Basement.

Up at 6… shit/shower/shave, drive to the apartment, leave car in garage with forged parking pass, get on light rail to the airport, check in bag, breeze trough security, have a couple of drinks and a couple of bagels, settle into 1st class sitting next to another gay guy… well I assume, and I think […]

Wed
12
Jan '11

My Day.

Maid brings paper to me in bed, but doesn’t put coffee on. Does a great job and goes away for two weeks. Coffee on. Breakfast and one section of the paper. Lunch. Business opportunity, or counseling, or both. Errands. Whack and nap. Book “bonus time” 2-bedroom at Discovery Bay before Victoria next week. Shop for […]