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Sun
30
Sep '12

Condo Review.

So, from yesterday’s post, the announced good, bad, ugly of the resort at Cabo Villas. Pluses: Only swimmable beach on the coast Walkable to downtown (expect to be sweaty) Multiple restaurants on site if you don’t want to cook Three different pools and one hot-tub The nicest, most comfortable sleeper couch I (or CaddyDaddy) have […]

Sat
29
Sep '12

Cabo Bound.

Before I start on about our butt-early departure from Seattle and a little miscommunication on my part between Swanda and I, I found this great picture from the cruise that didn’t make it into any of the cruise posts, foolish me: This is a shot with our complimentary send-off champagne – I’m assuming this is […]

Fri
28
Sep '12

Happy Birthday UM.

Technically this picture was taken yesterday afternoon, but since today is the day, here it is: We had to be packed and out of the cabin at 9am – even though our disembarkation isn’t until noon. So much for lounging around the cabin. Check bags in the Chapel and it’s off to another incredibly crowded […]

Thu
27
Sep '12

Sea Day.

A lazy day at sea today. Just what a birthday cruise should be. Some random pictures… The Lotus Pool on Deck 14: Red snapper ceviche with dinner tonight – I skipped dessert and had another one of these for dessert. And from the evening show, Down On The Bayou, this little number: And who says […]

Wed
26
Sep '12

On The Boat.

Out of the condo around noon so we could stand in various lines for an hour and a half to get all our various immigration and customs stuff done, and our travel documents. So, where are we going? Two nights at sea from Vancouver to San Francisco – this will be CaddyDaddy’s first cruise – […]

Tue
25
Sep '12

Hello Vancouver.

Up and out of the house one time at 9:15 for a 10:15 BoltBus to Vancouver – the cost for the two of us to get to Vancouver… $13. Not bad. CaddyDaddy and I on the BoltBus getting ready for the 3 hour trip to Vancouver. Got to the condo at 1:30 or so, and […]

Mon
24
Sep '12

Finally Packed.

Normally it doesn’t take me this long to pack, but I’ve got two trips to pack for: Vancouver-San Francisco on Island Princess Cabo San Lucas for a week With an overnight stop at home to swap bags. Yikes – another trip of packing heavy since I’ve got some things for hummingbird and some things he […]

Sun
23
Sep '12

Sunday At The Shop.

Sunday at the shop wasn’t bad – not spectacular, but OK. Dionysus stopped by to pick up his keys that he left on Friday night – only to discover that one of his roommates is a regular customer – too funny. Jim stopped by at the end of the day to talk a little business […]

Sat
22
Sep '12

Work, Work, Work.

Play, Play, Play.

I opened this morning and it was dull, dull, dull with only $150 in sales by the time Jim came in at 1:30. By the time I left after five we were over the 4 figure mark, most of that in the 4-5 timeframe, hence my late departure from the shop. It will be interesting […]

Fri
21
Sep '12

Asian Pear Wine Ready.

After weeks in the crock, it’s time to get the Asian Pear Wine off the lees and into the you know what. Here is a shot of the process (or two): To get the last bits out it was time to strain through a bamboo towelette, actually had to switch half way through as the […]

Thu
20
Sep '12

Wine Cooler Moving Day.

Today is wine cooler moving day. Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of it in its assembled form, but here is a shot of it in its disassembled form on the front porch that we were using as a staging area. Turns out the guy is ex-Microsoft, not unlike myself – and when I […]

Wed
19
Sep '12

A Visit To A BBQ Shrine.

Aw yes, but which shrine? Why that would be Arthur Bryants of course: Paul had the beef sandwich (he usually gets the combo beef/pork) with fries; I had the rib tip special, no fries: After lunch is was back to the condo for a bit of work, then off to the airport for my 4:20 […]

Tue
18
Sep '12

Kansas City Here I Come.

You wouldn’t think at 10:40 flight would require getting up at 5:30 (after going to bed at 2am), but once you add driving to the apartment, light rail to the airport, getting there early… it all adds up. Plenty of time at the airport for breakfast. Still didn’t get upgraded, I missed it by 1 […]

Mon
17
Sep '12

A Wine Work Day.

Noon to two, Elliot Bay Marina for a tasting of a couple of hundred open bottles (I was too lazy to count the catalog): And then Jim I were off to McCaw Hall for another couple of hundred bottles from Noble (a distributor): Both tastings had major appetizers out to soak up the wine – […]

Sun
16
Sep '12

Where The Hell Am I Going To Put This?

Yesterday morning (before I got there) a guy came into the shop and asked if we wanted a free 500 bottle wine cooler. Jim offered it to me as it’s way too big for the shop. And I mean BIG: Garage? Instructions say you aren’t supposed to, but I’m not sure if I have a […]

Sat
15
Sep '12

Odd Saturday At The Shop

Maybe it’s the Huskie Football game, but the traffic flow in/out of the shop has been just plain odd, and slow. At least we didn’t have a distributor’s representative pouring wines today. That would have been painful. By the end of the day we were a little short of four figures, but Wednesday-Friday were relatively […]

Fri
14
Sep '12

In The Air Again, Up Front.

I lazy day around the house working on the computer, reading the New Yorker – I even got Dan to chill and just read. My flight wasn’t until 8:20 so it was a lazy day. Took the Toll Road back to the airport – rush hour, no traffic, full speed (75), made good time, worth […]

Thu
13
Sep '12

If It’s Thursday, It Must Be Boulder.

Today’s excitement is liquor shopping and a run to Boulder to see about getting some herbs for a bitters recipe that Dan wants to make: Damiana Bitters by Darcy O’Neil :: [Bitters] Around 1875 a bitters based on the damiana plant was sold under the name of “Aztec Damiana Bitters” as well as “Liquor Potencial […]

Wed
12
Sep '12

Dinner With BrightHeart And Lynda-Jei.

Apparently I brought Seattle weather with me… rain, rain, rain – though they do need it. Lazy day around the house working on the computer, uploading the new Adobe Suite 6 Master Collection and downloading my e-books off the Libboo site as they rework their business model that doesn’t include a publishing engine (or at […]

Tue
11
Sep '12

Flying On A Day To Remember.

Funny how my odd act of patriotism is to fly in September 11th. Today I’m off to Denver to see Dan and Lisa – turns out it’s been almost a year since I’ve seen them. Too long. Maybe that’s why I have this huge pile of luggage for three days… That would be one roller […]