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Uncle Markie out and about.

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Fri
30
Nov '12

The Casks Have Arrived! The Casks Have Arrived!

Was out of the condo around 11 and off to the border. The signs said 40 minute wait at Peace Arch and 20 minutes at Pacific Crossing – went for the Pacific Crossing as they give me a 10% discount off Duty Free with my Nexus Card. Nothing beats even cheaper duty free. And nothing […]

Thu
29
Nov '12

Dinner Party Day.

A lazy morning after last night’s rambunctiousness. The big goals for the afternoon are a little thrift shopping (didn’t find anything – was looking for some new shorts for the Hawaii trip next week) and a lemon to stuff into the cavity of the bird that Helene is bringing over (and grabbed a few more […]

Wed
28
Nov '12

On The Road After Errands.

MoonSong came to clean at 9 or so, which got me out of bed and starting to pack to today’s adventure. When I left at 10:30 or so, he was still cleaning and dusting and whatever. First stop is at the apartment to pick up a couple of pairs of custom shoes I ordered. Well, […]

Tue
27
Nov '12

Terrible Tuesday.

Another Tuesday work day for me…. Though I’m wondering why I even bothered to get out of bed. Not a single customer until 5, and I opened at noon. Ouch. Might be the worst sales day ever, but I’ll have to check that. Or that might depress me more. Mind you, last year wasn’t a […]

Mon
26
Nov '12

FrankenStand

Besides going to a wonderful Champagne tasting with a hundred or so bottle open, the other project for today was what I’m calling FrankenStand. It is a weirdly shaped shelf unit for the bathroom that will hold the icemaker and give us a little counter space. As you can tell, made all from scrap lumber […]

Sun
25
Nov '12

Dinner With Bliss And Friend.

OK day at the shop – at least I made better than last year in sales. Maybe I should stop tracking day/week comparisons to last year. People buy or they don’t, we market, sometimes hit helps. But the high spot of the day was dinner with Bliss and a friend of his. Cocktails (the olives […]

Sat
24
Nov '12

Saturday At The Shop.

Post Turkey Day crowds like at the store but the final numbers were OK, better than last years. Of course that means a late supper and an alarm to set in the morning. Since today is “Shop Small” day, I had a quick dinner next door at St. Clouds – their fall salad and a […]

Fri
23
Nov '12

Post T-Day Dinner With Swanda.

Before I get to dinner, finished up getting the MailChimp email list set up for the Winter Gathering – it’s a free service works get if you don’t have to send out tons of emails but still have a lot of members on your list. Got the call designed, send out, and only 23 bounces […]

Thu
22
Nov '12

How I Spent My Turkey Day.

By Mark Stephen Souder.

Well, Turkey Day is a working day for me – well, at least from 11am-3pm. Not expecting huge sales (last year $350), but people do really like it that we are open for those last minute wine emergencies. Jim came up around noon to hang our new sign banner: It’s still got some wrinkles, but […]

Wed
21
Nov '12

Wow – It Must Be The Booze & Buffet Season

Swanda went to the liquor store the other day and picked up some stuff for him and others…   Yes, I ordered a case of Evan Williams Bourbon, two Jameson Irish Whiskies, two McLennan Scotches – seems I was running a little low on the brown stuff. Got lots of the clear stuff, mine and […]

Tue
20
Nov '12

First Tuesday Open For The Season.

Today is our first Tuesday open of the season and it was as all days are, a weird up and down. We did 50% more than last year’s numbers… not bad. We will see how the Wednesday before Thanksgiving goes. This is the “booze and buffet” season, which Jim politely refers to as the “Wine […]

Mon
19
Nov '12

Errands And Faeries.

To the post office for $300 worth of postcard stamps, to Home Depot for a snow shovel and de-icer for the shop, guaranteeing no snow this winter, some washers for the new shop sign (see below) and a new shower curtain liner and soap dish for me. Speaking of the banner, here is what it […]

Sun
18
Nov '12

Dinner With Bliss

Most of the day was as dead as a morgue at the shop, even with the art opening for Suze’s sky paintings… luckily there were a couple big spenders at the end of the day that pulled us to where we needed to be. The odd Sunday conundrum – how to get more sales on […]

Sat
17
Nov '12

Saturday At The Shop.

Opening the shop today, which means off work at 4:30 or so. Dinner and card games (a rarity for me) at DancingBear and BreticusMaximus’s place tonight. Not much else to say about a gloomy weather day so I’ll dig out a picture from Palm Springs and warmer weather. For those of you old enough to […]

Fri
16
Nov '12

Geek Tour Day

Port of Tacoma

Up and out early this morning for a bus tour (complete with senior citizens from a local old-folks home) of the Port of Tacoma. When I last did this a year ago it was a rainy, drizzly day – at least today’s tour was merely overcast. So, today’s photos: Out on the docks in the […]

Thu
15
Nov '12

Kegs Ordered.

Wine In.

Got the kegs ordered before heading to the shop for the monthly Thursday tasting — this month it’s French from bubbles to dessert. So, here is what I ordered: You will have to imagine the logo burned onto the front of the keg. The 2-liter size measures 5″ in diameter and 7.5″ long. Well, except […]

Wed
14
Nov '12

Errand Day.

Lots of running around today getting stuff ticked off my tick-list, including a late afternoon run to the apartment to pick up a new 8-port router/switch – my old 20 port one died months ago and I’d be relying on a 4-port (in addition to the four ports on the wireless router), but it wasn’t […]

Tue
13
Nov '12

My Day As George Clooney.

If you’ve seen the movie Up In The Air starring George Clooney, that will give you an idea about my day. Out of the house at 11:30 to drive two hours north and hang out at BLI (Bellingham International Airport) for lunch before settling into Seat 1C. One of the perks of 1st Class is […]

Mon
12
Nov '12

Monday Madness

Well, there is some good airplane news and some bad airplane news. First the good: Got upgraded to first on the return leg of my Honolulu mileage run – still haven’t been able to change from 4C to 1C – maybe at check-in tomorrow. Now the bad: Redid the math for miles remaining until Alaska […]

Sun
11
Nov '12

Shop And Shoes Sunday.

VERY odd people pattern today at the shop… 11:15 husband and wife. Husband – $84.00 Amarone, Wife – two $20.00 bottles of Spanish Vermouth. Nice first sale. Then for the next three hours, not one customer. Next customer — $75.00 bottle of Burgundy. Then nothing for an hour and a half until late afternoon when […]