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Thu
28
Feb '13

Interesting Vehicles For Sale In Port Angeles.

Ended up sleeping on the couch for most of the night and then atop the covers – one less bed for Linda to remake today. Got out of the resort a little later than I expected, must be the calming sounds of the river. By noon I was in Port Angeles trying to find the […]

Wed
27
Feb '13

Off To Forks.

Packed and out of the house headed to Forks for a little visit with Chip and Linda, and to deliver a case of wine (+1) that I forgot on my last trip. It might have been cheaper to just UPS it, but then I wouldn’t get to see them and share a lovely bottle of […]

Tue
26
Feb '13

I Swallowed.

Repeatedly

Today’s big event is a wine tasting at Marché, a French restaurant in the Pike Place Market area (across from Inn at the Market) featuring a small, but powerful, lineup of Burgundies. First up was a little Henroit Champagne Blac de Blanc to warm us up for a selection of Reds ranging from $13.99 to […]

Mon
25
Feb '13

Time To Replenish The Supplies.

Now that I’m back from the Gathering and various road trips, it’s time to replenish the stocks of shine that the boys in the woods gobbled. And time to make a few minor adjustments to the process. First off is to toast some oak chips for bottling – today I’m doing bacon smoked wood chips. […]

Sun
24
Feb '13

Sunday At The Shop.

Off to the shop this morning. Not all that good a day at the shop with various weirdness’s happening… the sudden de-hanging of artwork that was supposed to happen on Wednesday the 28th. There was also supposed to be a pickup of returned wines didn’t happen. At least I got all the nails and hangers […]

Fri
22
Feb '13

Found A Home For The Equipment.

Well, one problem sort of sorted. A home for the printing equipment. Through a buddy in Portland I got in touch with Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. The IPRCC is basically a publishing collective that offers computers, printers, letterpress classes, etc. While they don’t necessarily want the press itself, they do want the two […]

Wed
20
Feb '13

Holy Crap That’s A Lot Of Equipment.

Left Seaside at 11, quick stop for gas and was in Portland a little after 12:30. My appointment with Dean isn’t until 3, so it’s time for a little nap. Oh what a mess I found when I met up with Dean and his sister sitting in the living room of my dead friend’s house. […]

Tue
19
Feb '13

SeasideBoy Flakes.

Ah youth. Got called into work today so no fun and games beachside. I guess CaddyDaddy and I will have a relaxing day in the condo watching non-stop news. Seems he’s as much of a news junkie as I. On the upside, it does give me time to get my InBox cleaned up, a client […]

Mon
18
Feb '13

Back On The Grid.

I was off the land and on the road at noon and back on the grid 45 minutes later. One voicemail, one text, almost 200 emails. Not bad for five days out of touch. So here is the recap of how I spent my time in the woods. I slept LOTS. Coming to the gathering […]

Wed
13
Feb '13

Off To The Bush.

Apparently I needed sleep, like 11 or 12 hours of sleep because I didn’t get out of bed until noon. Another good reason to just go buy some chains today and drive to the Bush (Breitenbush Hot Springs) rather than carpooling with Mark and Onyx. Means I’ll miss Seth’s company on the return ride back […]

Tue
12
Feb '13

On The Road To Portland

With my not packing much yesterday I was figuring that my planned noon departure for Portland would be much later than that. Now THAT’S a stuffed car: The load coming back will be much lighter since the case and a half of wine and all the directories and printed good won’t be there. Actually I […]

Mon
11
Feb '13

The Last Of The Printing.

Today’s chore is to finish printing: Massage Table Sign-up Sheet Love Lounge Sign-up Sheet Talent Show Sign-Up Sheet Fashion Show Sign-up Sheet Spoken Word Sign-up Sheet Auction Sign-up Sheet Silent Auction Bid Slip Of course before you can print something you have to redo the layout so it matches the rest of the materials already […]

Sun
10
Feb '13

Sunday In The Shop.

Well, I have to say that it was an interesting Sunday… twice over last Sunday. Even if you took out $200 in special pre-paid orders, it was still a good Sunday. Of course, being out of the shop at 5 and having four additional people coming to dinner. That would be the crew coming over […]

Sat
9
Feb '13

Saturday At The Shop

Yet again it’s another three day work week – and I can tell you are all crying tears. Colonel Eric who would say… “Working sucks, it’s better to be retired on a pension.” Others saying… “Please, take my five-day-a-week 9-5 job that is sucking the life out of me and not paying me a living […]

Fri
8
Feb '13

My Monthly Friday At The Shoppe.

While I work, Jim cleans his house and bakes a big bird – think Turkey. The event? A ten-year vertical tasting of his various Syrah based wines over the years. Luckily the shindig starts at 7pm which is when I get off work so I won’t be two late since his house if 4 blocks […]

Thu
7
Feb '13

Directory Hell, Day Four.

Didn’t even leave the house at all today. Just sitting here monitoring the printer. Nothing like changing a toner cartridge in the middle of the night in your bathrobe. Magenta went out. Luckily I have a stash of 2 or 3 extra toner cartridges of each color. Nothing like getting the email that says: Oh, […]

Wed
6
Feb '13

Directory Hell, Day Three.

Making progress. All the front covers are printed, all the back covers are printed, and a couple of sets of guts are done. I celebrated with a steak dinner. Now I just need to print another 1600 double-sided pieces of legal paper. Ear getting better, no longer belching earwax, throat still swollen a bit. More […]

Tue
5
Feb '13

Directory Hell, Day Two

When I say Hell, that’s pretty close. At noon, while printing front side of the directory…the printer jammed…and the tray drawer handle broke off in my hand. Oops. Half an hour later, I was at WonderFools place rummaging through his garage (thank goodness for those keypad entry systems) for the carcass of another HPLaserJet 4500, […]

Mon
4
Feb '13

Directory Hell.

When I’m not sleeping or shopping for groceries or eating, it’s all about the directory and getting at least the covers printed since those are on heavier stock and needs to be pampered more than the guts. So what does the cover look like? The whole32-page directory is done in this Nouveau style. The inside […]

Sun
3
Feb '13

Sunday At The Shop.

Always amusing when you come home from a trip and you’ve LOST weight. 5 pounds. Not bad at all. Fairly slow day at the shop it being Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday – and on the sandwich board out from, it was Super Bottle Sunday featuring this big boy: And no, I didn’t sell it, but […]