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Sat
31
Dec '11

New Year’s Eve.

A couple of quiet hours with Jim at the shop following a quick but traumatic stop at the apartment. A quiet New Year’s Eve at home, with a couple of chicken thighs on a bed of lettuce while planning for tomorrow’s New Year Day meal with Swandy, Fluffernuter, TinTin and DancingBear. How does a pork […]

Fri
30
Dec '11

More Scans.

After a day of running errands for Swanda, it was an evening of steak and scanning. Me in the 70’s. Me in the 80’s. With my father’s tie from the 60’s. And the shirt had been to the cleaners — I can see the crease. Still have it, but it’s not looking too good (the […]

Fri
30
Dec '11

An Hour A Week?

Just think how clean the garage would be if I just spent an hour a week (OK, today it was 1.5 hours): I can actually open my car door the whole way. Dinner with DancingBear and Swanda tonight. Got a ride home with DB, and Fluffernutter will bring me back in the morning. Too many […]

Wed
28
Dec '11

Swanda’s Elf In Action.

Some days you feel like a nut, some days you feel like an Elf. Hence: Just a few packages to post (after wrapping them, adding cards, stuffing them, addressing them). At least it gives me the chance to get the postal crate back to the post office after having it languish in my garage. I […]

Tue
27
Dec '11

Long Slow Tuesday.

Out of the condo at 8:30am so I can get back to the house, shit/shower/shave, and get into the shop at noon. Though I’m not sure why I was rushing since the first customer wasn’t until 3:30 in the afternoon. At least they bought a mixed half case. While if wasn’t the worst day we’ve […]

Mon
26
Dec '11

Boxing Day With The Boys At Birch Bay.

So, what is Boxing Day: Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people and homeowners in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants.[1] Today, Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas […]

Sun
25
Dec '11

Christmas Is Here.

Well, Christmas is here and it’s a lazy day. Early afternoon found me over at Swanda’s making an eggnog and bacon quiche.. Next up was a quick “drive by” cocktail at Gryph & Tag’s place where they were holding a gift grab which, with company coming in for dinner I didn’t stay for. Rich arrived […]

Sat
24
Dec '11

Christmas Eve.

Well, the first item of the day is to “dress” the pie at Swanda’s place. Wow, I’m not sure that can be considered a “pie”: Then off to the shop for my standard Saturday shift (1:30-4:30), then to Greg and Patsy’s for a glass of scotch, then off to the Faerie Gift Grab (traded woowoo […]

Fri
23
Dec '11

Christmas Eve, Eve.

Today is really about tonight’s meal: Man that’s a nice piece of meat. And the table (and the wine): And my plate: We were TOO stuffed to even attempt eating the dessert, especially since it has an hour backing time: Wow ¯ when I left Swanda’s place, the oven was cooling down at the end […]

Thu
22
Dec '11

Oh, The Joys Of Xmas Traffic.

I spend my day on the Eastside — servicing cars, washing cars, FedExing Christmas presents, buying clothes, getting gas, buying booze, mailing letters, getting stuck in traffic, fetching packages, making dinner. Here are the amusing photos. The cheese course: The “meatloaf” — Bison and Beef (egg and shredded cheese as a binder), a layer of asparagus, covered […]

Wed
21
Dec '11

Holiday Disaster.

While Swanda’s place has the calm before Christmas returned to it under my hand, I’m afraid the shoemaker’s house (the old saw about how the shoemaker’s son always has the worst shoes because his father is always too busy with his customers shoes) is looking a bit like a tornado hit the place. Part of […]

Tue
20
Dec '11

Record Breaking Day At The Shop,

In A Good Way.

A record breaking day at the shop — even besting Jim’s Saturday total — and ON A TUESDAY. Must be the holiday gift giving season. Look at the wine rack for the cabernets and pinots: The is mostly the cause of these two guys who came in looking for six cases of wine ASAP and by […]

Mon
19
Dec '11

The Martinis Have Landed.

Well, they showed up weeks ago, but I just got the point of going through them and picking the ones I want. Sort of look surreal in this lighting. Each of the tags on the inside has its photo number and whether the piece is a 1st, Minor 2nd, or 2nd. Between Swanda and I […]

Sun
18
Dec '11

Shop Day.

Not Shopping Day.

Spent the day working the shop, and working the film scanner when there were no customers. I figure if I’m at the shop, I might as well be doing something worthwhile, like scanning all these old black and white negatives. And then I left them on the machine, so you’ll have to wait for historic […]

Sat
17
Dec '11

Stuffed Pig.

Well, That’s What I Feel Like.

Another full day. Time in the shop this morning cutting down big sticks into small sticks, making a base for a wine rack and packing the car with tools to fix chairs at Swanda’s place. Work in the afternoon and then off to prepare dinner with 20+ single straight people in the company of DancingBear. […]

Fri
16
Dec '11

No Rest For The Wicked.

Up, packed, checked out and on the road a little after noon. Drove aimlessly through the west end looking for “charity shops”, guess I should have looked in the yellow pages before leaving the condo. I did manage to find a string of three in Mount Vernon (Washington, not Virginia). Was tempted by the scroll […]

Thu
15
Dec '11

Vancouver, Part II

Dinner With Helene, Tom, Hummingbird & BamBam.

Slept in this morning. Wonderful. That meant “breakfast” at noon: Yum. A lazy afternoon reading my first issue of the New Yorker on the Kindle Fire. There are a couple of problems with the New Yorker app on the Fire. Problem Number One: you can’t read it in Landscape Mode which I’d like to try, […]

Thu
15
Dec '11

Hello Vancouver.

Dinner With Epick & Solus+.

Out of the house at noon, out of Swanda’s place after watering the plants at 12:30, and off to the border we go. Odd thing at the border — the Nexus line was actually LONGER than the standard lines, though it was only a ten minute wait (with no way to get out of the Nexus […]

Tue
13
Dec '11

Holiday Prep In Full Swing.

A slow day in the shop, not the slowest, but close. Tuesdays are slow in the wine business even at Jim’s old shop on Capital Hill. Finally got around to making a spreadsheet of all the sales to date, now I just have to have time to start crunching the numbers. I opened at noon, […]

Mon
12
Dec '11

My Day Off. Why So Busy?

Not enough hours in the day — I think that’s why I’ve been staying up late for the last week or so. Lots of running around town today: Port Chatham (now Trident Seafoods) for Xmas presents Across the street to the liquor store where they screwed up and didn’t charge for $38.95 worth of liquor To […]