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Tue
31
Jan '12

Another Day In The Publishing Business.

Another of the books in the Pigletté series is on its way to becoming an eBook: The Anthology, Pigletté and BoBo Visit Kansas City (#17), and Sign of the Times — A Chronicle of Decadence in the Atomic Age Volume 5, Number 3 are now all available on the Barnes and Noble Nook site. Still waiting […]

Mon
30
Jan '12

Accessory For The Ken Doll.

So far I’m liking the Ken Doll (Kindle Fire) though it pretty much gets used for the following chores: Reading The New Yorker Checking email Portable music box when I’m on the road The one thing that has annoyed me about Ken is while the folding cover makes it possible to have a landscape stand, […]

Sun
29
Jan '12

Good Sunday At The Shop.

Ah the joys of the work-a-day world. 11am start-time, just like the ponies. A good Sunday of sales, made even better with a special order of five cases of wine for an event. We need more days like this. Work, shop, home, drink, eat, drink, bed. That would make a boring blog. But to livein […]

Sat
28
Jan '12

The Fat Lady Sings

After Thai

After Drinks.

Maybe I should call this four shots and a night: Opera? Or prom date? Cool opera shoes. And the final curtain call. The view from my box seats… onto the stage and the pit. [208.4]

Fri
27
Jan '12

A Good Libboo Day.

It was a good day for getting books into the Libboo system. I completed: The Anthology of Sign of the Times One issue of Sign of the Times — A Chronicle of Decadence in the Atomic Age (Volume 5, Number 3) Piglettè Issue 17 (Kansas City) The Piglettè issue will be Libbo’s first ever graphic novel. […]

Thu
26
Jan '12

Of Cupcakes & Sherry.

Today’s oddity. A wine and cupcake pairing. Cupcake Royale released their Valentine’s Day cupcake call Deathcake Royale. Just put together a wine tasting just a couple of doors south of the shop. I was manning the store counter while he was pouring (for THIS I cancelled my trip to Berkeley on a $101.40 round-trip fare). […]

Wed
25
Jan '12

Trash Day.

First pickup since the snow storm. No problem with the garbage, but recycle is WAY over full. Appointment today are with the folks from the Evergreen Foundation to give the the report for the endowment this year. Applications come in a month and a half. The endowment has about $57,000 in it and it will […]

Tue
24
Jan '12

Hospital And Dinner.

To the apartment to pick up mail, to the bank (I found a new branch on this side of the water) to deposit a check, and then the moment I’ve been putting off for weeks, visiting Swanda in the hospital. Here is the report I sent out after my visit to the ever growing email […]

Mon
23
Jan '12

Maudlin Monday.

Actually it wasn’t really maudlin, I just liked the way it sounds. Slept in late, checked out of the Camlin at noon, leaving my luggage with the bellman and headed to DragonFish for lunch (20% for Camlin guests). A lovely bento box lunch and it was off to a Bordeaux tasting at the Washington Athletic […]

Sun
22
Jan '12

Another Full Work Day Plus.

Actually a full work day on Sunday would be 11-5 (+ 15 minutes on both sides to open and close). Today, add an hour for the port tasting. The ports we tasted: Kopke, 10 Year Old Tawny   $15/375ml   $25/750ml 1988 Kopke, Colheita Tawny   $28/375ml   $51/750ml Kopke, Special Reserve   $11/375ml   $18/750ml 2005 Rocha, Late Bottle Vintage   […]

Sat
21
Jan '12

Full Work Day.

My first Saturday working the shop along except during the wine tasting. Got the Wall Street Journal read and some of Popular Mechanics, but that’s about as far as I got. Too many good distractions like selling wine. Jill came in for a bit. Bought a split of Gruet Champagne to go with the 18 […]

Fri
20
Jan '12

Leaving VIC Sooner Than Planned.

Ah, the trip of changes. So, yesterday afternoon got an email from the Victoria Clipper (well, their reservations folks). Seems that the 5pm return trip to Seattle is now 11:15am to miss high winds (and a possible cancelling of a sailing) in the later afternoon. And a little cut and paste from an email to […]

Thu
19
Jan '12

Thursday in VIC.

Slept late, still recovering from neck issues from sleeping on the ferry yesterday. No breakfast unless you count lunch at 1pm with RobinHood as breakfast. He suggested Santiagos which I’ve been to before and love. We started out splitting the ceviche and then moved onto the chowder (cup for me, bowl for him). A lovely […]

Wed
18
Jan '12

Hello VIC.

Thank the goddess I had a wakeup call placed. I was out like a light. Despite my worries of not being able to get a timely cab — one appeared in 5-10 minutes and we took the long way (but with not much grade) to Pier 69 for the Victoria Clipper to Victoria. MUCH better than […]

Tue
17
Jan '12

The Day Of Change.

Nothing like getting woken up to the sound of “Mr. Souder, we are preemptively cancelling all our flights for tomorrow.” Thank you for not flying with us. Call the folks at the Victoria Clipper. We only don’t sail for high winds and we won’t know until tomorrow. I pray and book ticket, then call WorldMark […]

Mon
16
Jan '12

Car Retrieval Day.

Nice to be able to sleep in on a gray day, though I did have that nagging 10:30am appointment for “owner re-education”. The $100 AMEX card will basically reimburse me for the cost of the room ($36), dinner last night at DragonFish ($50 with tip), and the cab ride to Madrona ($11 with tip) and […]

Sun
15
Jan '12

Snowy Sunday.

Got out of the house at 10:30am which would have been enough time to get to store open at 11am. That would be until I encountered snow and two stuck busses, which caused me to stop, losing my traction. I got onto a side street and was thankful I threw the chains in the trunk. […]

Sat
14
Jan '12

Another Date Night?

Shop duty today. Nice crowds, and lots of friends stopping in, including Darcie & Jean, as well as Salamander, who got an invitation to dinner out of it. And that dinner: Before. After. Beef flank wrapped in bacon. Yum. Add a salad, the remains of last night’s bread and a lovely bottle of wine and […]

Fri
13
Jan '12

The Libboo Project Continues.

Unfortunately, with my continuing sniffles, I can’t visit Swanda in the hospital. There is some relief in that I don’t really like hospitals having stayed twice when I was young (three if you count delivery). When the AIDS epidemic started to hit Kansas City, I spent way too much time in hospitals in “protective clothing” […]

Thu
12
Jan '12

In The Air Again.

No, Not The Clooney Movie.

Another long day for Pucci. Luckily he moved one student around and came home to take me to the “T” saving me from a five block walk in the rain. In the Boston vernacular, it was pissing (as opposed to spitting, the other one, which is pissing, but coming at you at 30mph). Made it […]