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Wed
31
Oct '12

Settled Into Indio.

Getting all settled in here in Indio. Didn’t leave the grounds all day. Speaking of grounds… And our breakfast: And our living room: And one of our decks: And our other deck, the one that’s always sunny: Craig ran errands during the day, be I took to the lazy river in the afternoon – pictures […]

Tue
30
Oct '12

This And That And Air Travel.

On the road again, and who is surprised. Well, actually I was a little surprised today after boarding the one-stop (SFO) flight to PSP (Palm Springs) when my friend SpaceOtter and his boyfriend also boarded to plane. I hadn’t seen them in the waiting area and had no idea they were even travelling today. But […]

Mon
29
Oct '12

Wine Tasting And Packing

1:30 found me in Ballard with a warehouse full of wine to taste. I got about half way through before a sinus headache took over. Tried, at least, to make it through the wines we have in the shop to get a better idea of how to sell them. Errands after that, like returning the […]

Sun
28
Oct '12

Dumpster Diving At Swandas.

I almost thought today was going to be a bust at the shop… luckily the last hour was busy which made up for the other 5 hours. After work it was off to dinner at Swandas – and the ritual dumpster diving (well, the recycling room on his floor). Today’s haul? A slightly used SwissTravel […]

Sat
27
Oct '12

Commuting To Work From Vegas.

Up at 5:45am. Ick. But work calls. At the airport in plenty of time for a little breakfast and a little nap, and a chance to me to get a better shot of my favorite slot machine: And here is the detail of the upper panel: This is made more funny by the fact that […]

Fri
26
Oct '12

Hoover Dam And The Eiffel Tower.

All In One Day.

Salamander and I actually made it out of the hotel a little after 9 for our drive to Hoover Dam. I’d done the tunnel tour a couple of times – and LONG ago (pre-9/11) did the Hard Hat Tour (think I still have the hardhat). Here are some of the shots from the dam tour. […]

Thu
25
Oct '12

Sin City.

First Full Day.

SalamanderHellbender wandered the strip while I slept in. It was a little after 10 when I wandered beyond the walls of this particular fantasy land. And it must be somebodies fantasy land because it’s 10am in the morning and people are wandering around with mini-Coronas in their hand – not to mention the plastic Eiffel […]

Wed
24
Oct '12

In The Air With SalamanderHellbender.

A lazy morning around the house being all packed an all – left at 12:45 to run to the shop to drop off two loaves of bread (sent one home with Lucas last night), picked up a check, stuck it an envelope and popped it in the mail, then off to pick up SalamanderHellbender. Poor […]

Tue
23
Oct '12

Packing And Baking.

The bags are packed for the Vegas trip. Even redid the travel documents cover to reflect a change of participants: Yes, we are staying at the Paris Las Vegas for three nights, all part of this $232 package I got which includes: Three nights in a superior room (we’ll see) with two queen beds for […]

Mon
22
Oct '12

Monday, Monday.

A little work today in the form of a winetasting at 1pm at Cordon Selections – lots of Italian wines, and nice appetizers to boot. Not a bad way to start an afternoon. With the tasting done I popped next door to Daniel Smith with the intention of doing some early Christmas shopping for my […]

Sun
21
Oct '12

Upside Down Sunday At Work.

Or Many Trips Before Gold.

This Sunday work day is all upside down – everyone in the morning, like $200 in sales the first hour and a special order of $200+ for a 1966 750ml Port. And the late afternoon when I usually get a ton o people? Bubkus. Who knows, the weather? It did give me time to confirm […]

Sat
20
Oct '12

Day Three Of My Long Week.

I’m on opening duty this morning so it’s out of the house at 10:15 – normally would be 10:30, but Saturdays I need to be early to put out the two additional A-Board signs announcing the tasting at 2. Today’s tasting? A line up of two whites, two reds and a dessert – all French. […]

Fri
19
Oct '12

Friday At Work.

Almost broke four digits to the left of the decimal point today at the store – not bad for a Friday. I think with the weather changing, people are drinking more wine. Well, let’s hope so. Pretty busy day with all the deliveries, getting them checked, paying for them, finding or making shelf cards, pricing […]

Thu
18
Oct '12

Of BBQ & Wine.

A little cooking this afternoon after picking up shredded beef brisket from Jims yesterday – now to brown it (this is pre-browned): Browned the brisket, separated it into three bowls to dress at the shop with the three kinds of BBQ sauce that we stock. Sliced up three rustica baguettes to apply a spoonful of […]

Wed
17
Oct '12

Back Home And Time To Sell A Car.

Steak and eggs for breakfast (I may be spoiling him for his regular diet) and we were out of the condo at 10:30 to drop him home. I continued up the coast on 101 to Astoria, then across the top of Oregon on US 30, swinging over the bridge to Longview to connect back up […]

Tue
16
Oct '12

Owner Re-Education.

Well, once again I’ve gone for the $100 Amex Card to listen to their spiel. Luckily this one is a catered breakfast and an sit-down group update which I actually get a couple of prizes for knowing how WorldMark works – gift bags with candy which I’m sure will appeal to SeasideBoy. Then comes the […]

Mon
15
Oct '12

More Driving But Lunch First

Needless to say, after the late night we weren’t moving too quickly this morning. It was a little before noon when we got to Pine State Biscuits. The boys split some grits, a hash-up and a side of black-eyed peas (think Southern breakfast) while I opted to disavow my low-carb diet and have the Money […]

Sun
14
Oct '12

A Very Long Sunday In The Rain.

Not a bad Sunday at the office – lots of late day action which I’m starting to see as a trend. Sales were over what I like to think of as the Sunday minimum ($500). But the long day really started before the office, with the final packing and loading of the trunk, and after […]

Sat
13
Oct '12

A Four Hour Commute.

Out of the motel before 9am which should put in me in Seattle in time for the wine tasting that starts at 2pm… just barely made it with the freakish Seattle traffic… that and I close today as well. Thank goodness for cruise control – just set it 5mph over and don’t worry about it. […]

Fri
12
Oct '12

Hello Oregon.

After yesterday’s 13 hour drive I’ve decided to add a stop in the journey as to not make it another 13 hour drive, merely a 9 hour drive (but I gain an hour crossing into Oregon). Not so many pictures today as Southern Idaho is not nearly as photogenic – looks more like Kansas with […]