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Sat
30
Jun '12

Saturday Opening The Shop.

My turn to open the shop so I was a little surprised to find Jim open and behind the counter when I showed up at 10:45 (for the 11AM opening). GlassyBaby was having their twice yearly 2nds sale so he came up to hand out flyers and open the shop early. Not a bad day […]

Fri
29
Jun '12

My Day Counterfeiting.

Which is the original and which is the counterfeit? The one on the left, but it will be good enough to be able to go back to leaving my car in the basement parking garage. Speaking of cars, saw this interesting variation on the dad, mom, kids, dogs stickers – seems like a family of […]

Thu
28
Jun '12

Another Sunny Road Trip Day.

Out of bed at 9 (long after Bro and Sis-In-Law) were off to work. Got out of the house at 10 with a little cheese in hand to tide me over until lunch called at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries in Salem, Oregon. Yes, I ate the bun, but declined the fries or the second […]

Wed
27
Jun '12

Great Top Down Day.

No boy this morning. Oh well. Out of the unit a little before 10:45 so I could make my now earlier Owner Re-Education. I opted for the group re-education, less one-on-one time with them trying to sell me more points. The promised 45 minutes turned into closer to twice that so my departure was delayed. […]

Tue
26
Jun '12

If It’s Tuesday,

It Must Be Seaside.

By the time I was done fiddling around with blog stuff, uploading a video and breakfast it was 1pm before I left for Seaside. On and off weather (sun punctuated by showers) all the way to the coast. I was amazed that the room was ready at a little before three – usually the Seaside […]

Mon
25
Jun '12

Road Trip!

Actually got out of the house at a little before ten this morning, even fed. First stop is north of Portland (while still in the city limits) to see Tony Morgan of Gunbaby Graphics. Today we are going to plasma cut the kickplate for my Wolf range. Here is the CAD setup he is running: […]

Sun
24
Jun '12

Slow Sunday.

It was a slow day at the shop so I spent some of the spare time scanning in some of the stuff mom had saved – like report cards: Of all the report cards from grade school, this is the only one I saw my father’s signature on. Odd. Didn’t scan the insides, just liked […]

Sat
23
Jun '12

Weird Weather Day.

Morning shot – debated short sleeves or long sleeves: Within two hours is was pouring down rain like nobody’s business – and yes, that is the Wall Street Journal still arriving almost four weeks after my subscription ended. When bad weather happens, the shop takes a hit, business wise — $30 shy of cracking the […]

Fri
22
Jun '12

Damn, The Rain Is Back.

Up and out early today: Yep, I’m off on a bus tour of the Port of Tacoma. Here is the link to their tour page: http://portoftacoma.com/tours No good photos of the Port as it was grey and rainy, but it was an OK tour if you are a transportation geek like me. Got home around […]

Thu
21
Jun '12

Crazy Hectic Day.

What a wonderful top down day… First up, Home Depot to price 8000BTU air conditioner for the shop. $229 (too much) Then off to the shop to meet with Randall Grahm , owner and winemaker for Bonny Doon Vineyards in Santa Cruz, California dropped in to show us his latest offerings. We currently carry two […]

Wed
20
Jun '12

Coming Together.

So nice to run around with the top down. Popped over to the South Park bridge project. It’s coming along: A fairly lackluster day, but the evening found me making more travel plans when I snagged a week in one of the three bedroom presidential units in Indio at the same time as Palm Springs […]

Tue
19
Jun '12

Here Comes The Sun (Finally).

The sun is out which puts me in the yard weed whacking. The grass is still too damp to mow, but at least I can get the edging done. 3pm finds me off on an errand run… Cash and Carry for paper sacks in advance of the July 1 plastic bag ban Jim’s to drop […]

Mon
18
Jun '12

Summer In Seattle – Rain.

Why did I cancel my reservations to Palm Springs. Sometimes 110 degrees sounds better than rain. Remember – it’s a DRY heat, unlike NO HEAT. Today’s two pictures. Look what was on my porch this morning. Hit the grocery store and ended up with new booze selections that I hadn’t seen before: Both cheap brown […]

Sun
17
Jun '12

Sunday At The Shop.

When I got to the shop this morning, looked at the totals for Saturday, we definitely broke four figures with another $400 in sales coming after I left. Phew. Here is the sign I put out for Father’s Day: And I don’t think I’ve ever seen the streets this empty – about 4:30 on Sunday […]

Sat
16
Jun '12

Weird Day In Seattle.

Opened the shop this morning… slow day until the tasting, but by the time I left we still hadn’t broken into the four figures we usually see on a Saturday. Could have been the competition with the Fremont Solstice Parade complete with the annual naked bike riders. Fremont Summer Solstice Parade | Photo by Teresa […]

Fri
15
Jun '12

Freeloaders Moving On.

Timeshare Website Coming Along.

After a trip to visit the Fremont Troll the kids are moving along – next stop in Olympia. Just in case you are wondering what they look like, here is the goodbye picture: They left me a thoughtful thank you gift of some nice whole bean coffee as a thank you for the place to […]

Thu
14
Jun '12

Rare Weeknight Wine Tasting At The Shop

And Another Night With The Global Freeloaders

Made the kids (the Global Freeloaders) breakfast this morning. Luckily they are meat eaters (unlike her mother, who is a raw food vegan), then off they went to explore the city (Pike Place Market, etc.) while I started working on the timeshare.studio403.com website to hawk all the timeshares that The Colonels are tired of. 50/50 […]

Wed
13
Jun '12

Dinner With Swanda

And Global Freeloaders

Today’s errand is to pick up all the things that I bought yesterday at the UW Surplus Sale. Thanks Swanda for the use of the car. And reassembled (the printer that is): And the rolley cart thing: Still no idea of what I’m going to do with these things. That’s for another day to decide. […]

Tue
12
Jun '12

Oh Dear – UW Surplus Sale Day.

Danger Will Robinson – it’s UW Surplus Sale Day, and I even found a free parking space. How dangerous? Five pink cones flashlights: $1 each – for the gathering parking lot folks, or maybe a talent show act. Also picked up a rolling computer table thing to see if it works better than my present […]

Mon
11
Jun '12

Bordeauxing On The Insane.

OK – that’s a line from Jimmy that he screened onto some t-shirts we have in the window at the shop, but it does talk to how my day was. I showed up at 1pm for a Bordeaux wine tasting that didn’t start until two – I went home for twenty minutes of work and […]