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Thu
31
Jan '13

Dinner With Devon & Alicia.

A lazy day around the daylight basement. I made a run to the Powell Street Plaza to hit BevMo and Trader Joes. Rest of the afternoon was listening to one sided conference calls that Lunetta had booked back-to-back. I’m the chef for dinner tonight and they were out of salad, wine, and whiskey. The latter […]

Wed
30
Jan '13

Up In The Air Without George Clooney.

For some reason I set the alarm for 7:30 rather than 8. I made coffee and went back to bed without much success sleep-wise. Got breakfast in me and headed to the airport around 9:30, and was parked, through the speed line at the airport and in the Board Room by 10. Still no upgrade, […]

Tue
29
Jan '13

Dinner Guest Tonight.

Damn, no upgrade to First for Wednesday’s flight to SFO – well, at least not yet. Guess I’d better get packed. Not taking any wine down for the boys, nor shine – so it’s carry on for me. Yesterday’s birthday boy is coming to dinner, which is a bacon wrapped peppercorn pork tenderloin and a […]

Mon
28
Jan '13

Wine Tasting Followed By A Birthday Party.

An intimate wine tasting this afternoon – a rarity in this business for trade tastings – no having to fight your way to the table (or more importantly, the spit bucket). These were all wines imported by APS Wine and Spirits out of Oakland whose owner was on-hand to answer questions. Two-thirds French, one-third Italian, […]

Sun
27
Jan '13

Shop, Swanda, Sunday.

What a slow day at the shop…. Luckily Friday and Saturday were good – I even opened back up after I’d closed for sell another couple of bottles. Dinner at Swandas was a couple of pork loins over a bed of roasted root vegetables… yum. We had the leftover tasting wine that didn’t get much […]

Sat
26
Jan '13

Busy Day At The Shop.

And Then The Fat Ladies Sang.

Opened the shop today after a lovely shrimp omelet: Well, that’s the omelet in process. Wish I’d had some cheese. Realized have way to the shop that I’d forgotten my opera clothes which means going back home to change before the 5:30pm restaurant reservation at Bhan Thai. Damn. Tasting was very busy with the bottles […]

Fri
25
Jan '13

Silly Project, Fun Dinner.

Well, today’s silly project is to indeed create an .ov2 (TomTom POI navigation file) of all the Burgerville restaurants in the Northwest. And found a couple of more things online. Looks like my GPS device is good to go for the next couple of road trips. Tried it out on a little road trip to […]

Thu
24
Jan '13

Radical Change Of Plans.

Well, woke up and the boy (and his xBox360) was gone – don’t worry, my wallet was still there with everything in it. There a note (text message) on my phone saying his wasn’t feeling well and headed home to lay low for the day. Bugger. No reason to hang around Seaside if he’s not […]

Wed
23
Jan '13

Rain, Rain, Rain

All The Way To Seaside.

It was raining when I left Forks, it was raining when I discovered that my beloved Dog House restaurant in Aberdeen had turned into a Thai Takeout place, it was raining as I gassed up at Safeway, it was raining when I picked the boy up, it was raining as we ran errands, and it […]

Tue
22
Jan '13

Headed to Twilight Land…

That would be Forks, Washington, setting for all the Twilight books and movies. Ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, then across the Hood Canal Bridge to a place that I’d passed many times but not stopped – but it was time for lunch. That would be Fat Smittys – just past the turn off for […]

Mon
21
Jan '13

Inauguration Monday.

I didn’t think I’d be able to get up, showered and dressed to catch the inauguration live at the party the next block over… and true that was. I did make it for the start of the parade a little after 11. By the time I needed to leave at one, the president still hadn’t […]

Sun
20
Jan '13

Work, Art, Dinner.

Opened the shop, then opened my email to find this: Hello Mr. Souder, We’re always glad to hear from MileagePlus® members like you. Thanks for writing. Congratulations! You have been awarded a trial period of Premier® Gold status in the MileagePlus® program! This will make your travel with us comfortable, simple and more rewarding than […]

Sat
19
Jan '13

Work In The Afternoon,

Work In The Evening.

Finally got the car washed today – the trip to Canada was pretty rough on it. OK day of sales at the wine shop, lots of the wine-tasting wines sold, two completely (out of the five). I even bought a bottle of the last one, an interesting grape/cherry wine that I think will make a […]

Fri
18
Jan '13

Back To The States,

To Plan For Midweek Overseas Travel.

Out of the condo a little before noon and off to the border to find no line at the border after the mandatory stop at duty free since Nexus members get 10% off at the Truck Crossing Duty-Free store. Next stop is the Safeway in Mount Vernon for discount meats (to restock what I took […]

Thu
17
Jan '13

Vancouver Day Two.

Work And Play.

First the work, yes, some real billable hours for the first time in months. It’s a project for one of my old clients: Sync up biz card design with website Make Power Point Templates Letterhead Template Print biz cards after design approval Started with the business card as the look-and-feel has to translate to the […]

Wed
16
Jan '13

Hello Vancouver.

Out of the unit a little after 11 to catch the 1pm ferry to Tawassan. Everything was going fine until suddenly the road was blocked by police and the detour was long, crowded and inconvenient – NOT what you want when you are trying to make a ferry. Instead of the ½ hour or so […]

Tue
15
Jan '13

Vic Day Two.

Just a couple of pictures for the day… The living room of the condo, and the view from the deck – notice the wi-fi antenna – no wonder my signal is so strong. And the Coho coming in and a seaplane going out. Dinner tonight with Tyson, RobinHood, Craig and TJ (the latter two I’d […]

Mon
14
Jan '13

Dateline Victoria.

Up at 5:30am for the 8:20am ferry so I can get a little breakfast at a place that I sort of panned on TripAdvisor last year with the title, “Good Food, Lousy Service”. This time the service was good (as I was the only one in the restaurant at 6:30am), but the Hollandase was a […]

Sun
13
Jan '13

Sunday Off And On The Road Again.

All packed and ready to go at 12:30….and there was still the pop in the front seat. Luckily on the return there will be less stuff after my Vancouver deliveries: First stop is at the apartment for some books that arrived from Powells. On the ferry to Whidbey Island with Cartman from South Park on […]

Sat
12
Jan '13

Saturday Closing.

Well, the “whale” picked up his wine and was full of thanks, though with a $700 charge (including tax) it was the least I could do to schlep one of the two cases out to the car (he grabbed the other one). He also had an interesting comment about the alcohol content of European wines […]