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Uncle Markie out and about.

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Fri
31
Aug '12

Off To Sleepover Camp.

The alarm went off at 7am. The CouchSurfer wants to be on the road by 9am and that’s the amount of time it takes for me to get coffee on, check mail, check the news, get breakfast made. He has about a twelve hour drive to Great Falls, Montana which will put him half the […]

Thu
30
Aug '12

Another Day, Another Run, Another Couch Surfer.

Lots of packages to drop in the mail, books to drop at Swandas, burners to return to Jim and shopping for dinner with a couch surfer who is staying the night. The couch surfer and I: A 23 year-old from Calgary doing a little Northwest road trip before heading home for a job interview on […]

Wed
29
Aug '12

Odd Day.

It’s always an odd day when you get a $2765.19 unexpected check in the mail – apparently my old mortgage company was holding WAY too much in my escrow account – another reason I’m glad to be done with them. Nice to have a little in the bank, though. And speaking of the bank – […]

Tue
28
Aug '12

Train Day.

The day of trains today… First, the Coast Starlight to Portland with Solus+: And the Tacoma Narrows bridge from our roomettes (across the hall from each other). Our lovely cabin attendant who I recognized from a previous Coast Starlight trip provided each of us two mini-bottles of champagne once we were under way. I had […]

Mon
27
Aug '12

Solus+ Arrives.

Out of the house at 10:30 to pick up Solus+ at the train station and pick up my ticket for tomorrow’s train trip. Solus+ arrived on time and while he waited for his luggage I finished this morning’s Wall Street Journal – yes, it is still coming almost three months later (was supposed to stop […]

Sun
26
Aug '12

Good Day At The Shop.

A good day at the shop, which adding to yesterday’s massive day (Jim joked that maybe I should stop working Saturday) made for a really good week – may those favorable winds continue to blow. The last quiet evening before more company comes. Solus+ is due in tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, dinner was three little lamb […]

Sat
25
Aug '12

Wedding Day.

No, Not Mine.

No shop work for me today – I’m off to Joe and Ross’ wedding outside of Tacoma. Thankfully they bought all the wine for the reception from us. After 15 years of being together, you end up on the beach with an officiant: And then the reception: Great day for a wedding – with the […]

Fri
24
Aug '12

Got The Boyz Off.

Got the boyz out of the house around 10:30, they were headed to the market to see ThunderCloud before heading south to visit Seth in Corvallis. In some ways, nice to have the house back to myself – now I just need to do many, many loads of laundry – sheets from two beds and […]

Thu
23
Aug '12

Getting The Still Running.

Today the boys are out and about: Fremont Troll Pike Place Market Archtectural Tour Ferry Ride To Braindamage Island While I stay home and prep the still by: Washing with hot soapy water all three pieces Assembling the pieces (shown here with teflon tape to keep steam from escaping) Fire it up on the stove […]

Thu
23
Aug '12

Boys Settled In, Playing Tourist.

A lazy morning, it was almost noon before the frittata came out of the oven – but it was good as it had chunks of steak and was complimented by plain Greek yogurt and a roasted green chili salsa. The boys today are headed to the Underground Seattle tour which Mark had been on 14 […]

Tue
21
Aug '12

Joe Goes, Boys Arrive.

Uncle Markie’s Home For Wayward Tourists.

I got Joe up, showered and out of the house by 5am to get his car back and get to his flight. Guess who went back to bed? After I returned to the land of the living, it was time to clean up all the items that were pending – getting transportation to/from the airport, […]

Mon
20
Aug '12

JoeFico, Paging JoeFico.

It’s always fun to wake up with a straight man in your bed. Whenever we visit each other we always sleep in the same bed which the last time I was in Tucson, led to three of us in bed: girlfriend, Joe, then me. There is no sex, just some cuddling before falling to sleep. […]

Sun
19
Aug '12

Out Of The Woods And Back To Society.

No sleeping in this morning – must pack up this mess (and clean up from last night). I preloaded the briefcase and the talent show outfit so that meant two less things to worry about. Breakfast was a little cheese and beef jerky. Here is the final shot from the gathering – the middle of […]

Sat
18
Aug '12

Faerie Fee Fund Auction Saturday.

The morning routine…. Sleep in Get up Make coffee Brush teeth Shower with the dirty glasses Rinse and put them on the handicap grab bar to dry (lets air circulate in them) Put the obnoxious wine goblets on the window still to dry Make a brunch of meat and cheese Afternoon routine…. Have a salad […]

Fri
17
Aug '12

Talent Show Friday

Stomach cramps for the first couple of hours this morning. I blame the saltiness of the ham. By cocktail hour I was feeling better and we were back into full swing. Today I actually made it down to dinner, surprising people who hadn’t even known that I was at the gathering… guess they didn’t get […]

Thu
16
Aug '12

The Gathering In Full Swing.

The downside to hosting a cocktail party is the morning cleanup of glass and plastic-ware. And those big goblets in the window are truly a pain to wash as they don’t quite safely fit in the handicapped sink meaning I have to wash them in the shower with its puny water pressure. Here is a […]

Wed
15
Aug '12

The Faeries Arrive.

A lazy morning of missing breakfast and having meat and cheese at the cabin instead – the standard Breitenbush breakfast is heavy on carbs and low on protein (forgive the occasional frittata). Out of the cabin by one (though we were closer to noon), but my bags stacked by our new cabin, B2, the only […]

Tue
14
Aug '12

Breitenbush Bound

Let’s start off with a couple of shots from last night that I discovered on my phone: Think of it as Klingon weapons bread. And the guests at dinner. Up at 8:30, out of the house a little before 11 – the car packed to the gills: Got to the land a little before 4 […]

Tue
14
Aug '12

Off To The Woods

Headed off to the woods, so no posts until Sunday at the earliest when this post will be removed and new posts will backfill with the events of the day. [206.4]

Mon
13
Aug '12

Canadian Invasion

Errands during the day, Canadians by night. NeonBender, Hummingbird, and BamBam arrived a little after 4 and promptly set to work folding and binding all the directories for the faerie gathering. Light work with many hands while I worked on prepping an evening meal and getting the artwork together for towelettes to be handed out […]