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Thu
30
Jun '11

Glassware In, Glassware Out.

Just another day of screwing around on the ranch followed by an impromptu dinner invitation from Swanda. It a great deal: I bring the protein; he provides the salad and booze. And I pick up my accumulated packages while I’m at the apartment. Of the three packages awaiting me, one was for Swanda, one was […]

Wed
29
Jun '11

The Dinner Parties Continue.

Bliss Is In The House.

Today was cleaning day with Moonsong. Slowly but surely he is scrapping 50 years of accumulated burnt on crap off my Wolfe Range. Not my burned on crap, the previous owners burned on crap. After a year of nagging from MoonSong I finally ordered replacement filters for my vacuum cleaning… the set of four set […]

Tue
28
Jun '11

Dinner With Swanda,

With A Wonderful Last Minute Addition.

I was up a little after 8, and into the studio by 9 after a piece of toast. Today’s goals — talismans for the Faerie Gatherings. The original plan for the first talisman was to be a swirled globe wrapped in a cross-hatch pattern of orange and black threads. It was an ambitious plan and one […]

Mon
27
Jun '11

More Blowing!

Out of the house at 8:30am and into morning rush hour traffic. I can’t imagine doing that drive every morning. It didn’t start to normalize until past the University District. I didn’t make it to Camano Island until 10am. By eleven the studio has been rearranged to move from a one-person blowing operation to a […]

Sun
26
Jun '11

Dinner With Jill.

Got the lawn trimmed up today… in three chucks. Trim, read novel, trim, read novel, trim. Had a long call with the HOPE folks about getting a refinance on the house. Paperwork on hold wil I scrounge up some more regular income. With the new martini glasses, guess that means we have to have martinis! […]

Sat
25
Jun '11

Registrations, Errands, Quiet Evening.

DancingBear was over just after breakfast to pick up about $10K worth of checks and PayPal transfers. Well, that, and a Bloody Mary since it’s pride weekend, or since I had some mix handy. By the time we were done, there was a change in my birthday celebration in September. Just add two days to […]

Fri
24
Jun '11

Of Lawns And DVDs.

With the lawn wet in the morning, I spent the time putting the finishing touches on the new living room drinking shrine: I still have to put the wires into sleeves (thinking of sewing some Velcro closer ones), and the ORIGNAL idea was that the ice maker would go on the counter for “one-stop-drinking”, but: […]

Thu
23
Jun '11

My Weird Day In Pictures.

Back from Bamboo Hardwoods with a piece of bamboo plywood ($52): Yes, I drove home with a piece of plywood wedged in the car, now you know why I own a convertible. The start of the bar-building process: Off to the airport to welcome the inaugural flight of Condor Airlines coming in from Frankfurt. From […]

Wed
22
Jun '11

Home And Working On Stuff.

Just a day of getting lots of things done… like additional birthday plans. The list is now: Seattle to Vancouver on the train with Dancing Bear Vancouver to San Pedro on the Carnival Spirit with Dancing Bear in a suite Long Beach to Seattle on the plane with Dancing Bear A couple of days later […]

Tue
21
Jun '11

Vancouver – Border – Camano Island – Junk Store – Seattle.

Another lazy morning with CaddyDaddy doing all the morning kitchen work (as I usually do all the evening kitchen work). We were out of the condo at eleven, and a little after noon we were through duty-free, and through the backup in the Nexus line at the border. Maybe 15 cars in front of us, […]

Mon
20
Jun '11

Vancouver — Day Two.

A lazy holiday morning for the boys in the condo. Up at nine, bloody marys and breakfast at 10ish, followed by reading and a nap, and more reading and lounging about. Tonight’s dinner guests are Solus (a priest) and Epick (a kilt-maker). And what’s on the menu after a huge poopoo plater? Veal chops, a […]

Sun
19
Jun '11

Hello, Vancouver.

I was pretty well packed by the time CaddyDaddy showed up at 10:30. Breakfast we in my, so out the door we went, destination: Vancouver, BC and the WorldMark Vancouver at The Canadian. A stop at duty-free (one bottle of Alberta Springs Rye Whiskey and one Balenie Double Wood single-malt scotch) before encountering something I’ve […]

Sat
18
Jun '11

Glassblowing, Session Two.

Lessons learned from session two. Shorter day, two food breaks but only each half the sandwich each time, more water, do the martini glasses with stems in the morning when it is cooler, and you re fresher. Who knows, maybe there will be a day three unless my billable hours pick up. Here are some […]

Fri
17
Jun '11

Friday In The Hood.

Apparently several people thought my post yesterday was a little on the cranky side. Probably. No one can be happy every day and be sane. I spent too many un-billable hours working on Cabin Assignments, but at least the cabin layout sheet is now useable and linkable to the main mailing database. As you can […]

Thu
16
Jun '11

Dinner, Drinks & Work With DB & BM.

Got all caught up on registrations for the gathering after the daily mail call and could put off no longer the dreaded lawn mowing. With storm clouds approaching it was either do it now, or wait a couple of days for it to dry out and be a foot tall. We are about a third […]

Wed
15
Jun '11

Dinner And Drinks With SurfBetty.

I should have spent the day working on concepts for a client’s launch site, but didn’t. I did get the gathering registrations up to date and made a couple of stunning loaves of bread: Fresh from the oven. SurfBetty was running a little late from one of his clients and didn’t show up until 7:30, […]

Tue
14
Jun '11

Blowing SurfBetty.

OK! Blowing WITH SurfBetty.

6am alarm. Well, OK, that means I’m not happy. Out of the house at 6:45am for a couple of Sausage Burritos from McDees to nosh on the road. 8:15am to 6:45pm in the studio being trained to be a “glory hole bitch” ¯ OK, that’s my phrase. The “glory hole” is the opening with much […]

Mon
13
Jun '11

Whistler – Border – South Park – Airport.

As all you reader know, I dislike early days, but a boy has to do what a boy has to do to have a good time. Bailed on the bed at 3am to get some serious REM sleep before TWO long days. Thank you Fernando for making coffee in the morning that eased me back […]

Sun
12
Jun '11

Uncle Markie Explores The City.

Fernando Explores The Mountains.

Nothing like sleeping in until 10am… those extra REM cycles you need when sharing a small bed with someone else. That put brunch at 11am… bacon, toast, sunny-side up eggs, orange juice. Fernando is headed off to do one of the zip-line tours. He would have combined that with the Peak-To-Peak, but we got a […]

Sat
11
Jun '11

Seattle – Border – Whistler, British Columbia

Surprisingly (for me) we made it out of the house and onto the road at 10am. That even included a full breakfast service. At Duty-Free, picked up two bottles of wine (yes, I know, wine) and a bottle of Bacardi Reserve Rum — seems that my house/road guest being from Puerto Rico originally means he likes […]