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Mon
30
Apr '12

Dinner With Brother.

Day Three.

  It’s always amusing to try and coordinate your morning routine with other people in the house. Sometimes you just have to crash in while the shower is going. Brother’s quest this morning is a cast iron wok as he and Norma are moving to all cast iron cookware in their kitchen. Mission not accomplished, […]

Sun
29
Apr '12

Dinner With Bro.

Day Two.

Left Brother to his own devices today while I worked the store. Odd day. Little traffic, but that traffic was generally spending at least $50 a crack. By the end of the day, it was a decent Sunday. Lots of slow time for me to fix the typos on wine cards, read magazines and format […]

Sat
28
Apr '12

Dinner With The Bro.

Day One.

Silly me rushing around the house to open the shop on time – only to realize it was my week to CLOSE the shop not OPEN it. Left Jim in charge and went and took a nap on Swanda’s floor – seemed simpler than going home. Brother got to the shop around 3:30 for the […]

Fri
27
Apr '12

Vodka Tasting Followed By Swanda Dinner.

Today’s major event is a Vodka and Grappa tasting with Ms. Jill out in Woodinville – another Groupon tasting coupon. That would be Matthew, the master distiller and sole full-time employee of Soft Tail Distillery. For the “barrel tasting” it was actually a unlabeled (unless you count blue painter’s tape) of a Viognier Grappa. Damn […]

Thu
26
Apr '12

Thursday Madness,

Wonderful Dinner.

More running around town today – Swanda’s to drop off Handicap Placard, Jim’s in install DropBox that didn’t install yesterday, liquor store for Swanda, Wonderful’s to pick up an item of clothing for next week, and then home to start marinating the boneless country style pork ribs for dinner tonight. Today’s humorous picture – Jim’s […]

Wed
25
Apr '12

Errands & Organizing.

The day off errands and organizing: Apartment to drop off wood for chair support Shop to drop off foam to keep gate next door from banging Jimmies to attempt to install DropBox (failed, will return tomorrow) Two file drawers of jumble hardware and cables dumped on bed Cables bagged and separated by type Hardware bagged […]

Tue
24
Apr '12

Dinner With Swanda.

Elkerton and I didn’t get the scanning done until after 1pm when it was time to break for the taco truck. Torta for him, three fish tacos for me. For some reason (like looking for a pcmcia card) I decided to sort, organize, and bag all there various computer cables and small bits of hardware […]

Mon
23
Apr '12

Monday Dinner With Elkerton.

With the sun out it was time to knock back the lawn. While I was at it, I dumped four wheelbarrows full of gravel in the ruts down the alley a bit. Trust me, four is about sixteen too few. Did a little shopping in advance of Elkerton’s visit, Safeway for meat, Liquor Store for […]

Sun
22
Apr '12

Sunday Dinner With Bliss.

Opened the shop this morning and we were pouring four wines in honor of Earth Day, and on the way out I packed out some of the excess boxes – a constant problem. What you can’t see is that the front passneger seat is full of recycling as well. Tonight’s dinner is with Mr. Bliss […]

Sat
21
Apr '12

Work, Dinner, New PC.

Opened the shop this morning, pretty slow until about 1:30 when things started jumping. Got out of the shop a little after 4 so I could pick up packages at the apartment and have dinner with Swanda and Helene who is in town for ballet performances. A little low-carb Chinese food and a bottle of […]

Fri
20
Apr '12

Never Again.

Never again will I take that red-eye flight – it just ruins the next day. I slept most of the way back from Bellingham. CaddyDaddy would have liked to, but alas, he had to wait until we were back in the city and I was on my way to the shop. The first hour and […]

Thu
19
Apr '12

Thursday Means Time To Return.

Damn.

Nothing like checking email and the standard morning sites to stumble across a friend of mine on CNN: But the rest of the day is just hanging around waiting for the red-eye back to Seattle. My form of amusement is taking the Hilo Hattie Trolley to “go shopping”. Nothing is on sale, but I got […]

Wed
18
Apr '12

Wednesday With War Vets.

Well, I needed something with a W for Wednesday, since Tuesday was Tanks. The big goal today is to tour the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island, which is located on Pearl Harbor. Click on this for a 10% off coupon. Here are a couple of pictures to give you the feel of the place. […]

Tue
17
Apr '12

Tuesday With The Tanks.

We still haven’t left the grounds of the hotel. With 72 acres, why bother: Here is CaddyDaddy on the beach: And if you look closely in the background you can see one of the “Koa Beach Services” guys. Full service? And, of course, beach volleyball: Next up we are off to the US Army museum, […]

Mon
16
Apr '12

SEA-BLI-HNL-Waikiki.

A lazy morning around the house, well, not really. While CaddyDaddy made breakfast, I worked on: Making the Madrona Wine Merchants flyer for Children’s Trust two-up on 8 ½ x 11 Printing out 80+ copies Making the review forms for the scholarship reading Printing out the review, tally, and financial needs form We got out […]

Sun
15
Apr '12

Crazy Sunday At The Shop

On the way to the shop this morning, I swung by the apartment for coffee with Swanda and his sister (well, the sister doesn’t drink coffee, but you get the point). He was looking quite pleased to be back home. We started the day with about six dirty wine glasses that didn’t fit in yesterday’s […]

Sat
14
Apr '12

Two Unrelated Items.

Item One: Trinkets from my CanadaLand trip. From The Top: ViaRail Trainman badge (with clasps) Antique Canadian Pacific Railway fish knife Two Canadian Pacific uniform buttons (which I’m going to turn into cufflinks) ViaRail Pin THANKS Jasper train station gift shop! Item Two: Swanda back at home in his apartment. Needless to say he is […]

Fri
13
Apr '12

Back Home Seattle.

Damn 5:30 is early. Got to the station 6:15ish… and the guy with tickets said I had to wait for the ticket counter to open since it was an Amtrak Rewards Ticket. The downside of FREE. No worries — time for a couple of breakfast burritos from MickeyD (McDonalds) in the station. Got on the […]

Thu
12
Apr '12

Day Two In Vancouver.

Apparently, this trip is all about the entertaining. Morning shopping for lunch ingredients. Lunch today sautéed chicken breasts over a bed a greens, dinner rolls, and a nice bottle of cold white wine. Guests are Helene, The Colonels, and myself. Nap. Afternoon shopping for dinner materials. With six for dinner, it’s more like a spread […]

Wed
11
Apr '12

Good Morning Vancouver.

Slept well (and long). Made it to breakfast at about 7:30 with the wait staff looking very harried — apparently we are arriving into Vancouver almost an hour early which means they have to move a lot of people in and out of the dining car quickly. Time to say goodbye to my home for […]