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Sun
30
Jun '13

The “Celebration” Of My Father’s Life.

This is the day that I haven’t been looking forward to – my Father’s Memorial/Celebration – the final bookend that started with CaddyDaddy’s Memorial/Celebration on the first day of the month. Not liking June much these days. Short and sweet, the service. Learned things about my father’s Armco career about what he actually did. One […]

Sat
29
Jun '13

Pre-Celebration BBQ.

Slept in… and then lunch at the New York Deli a couple of blocks from the condo. HUGE servings. I got the Reuben:   I ate the bread, I didn’t eat the matchstick fries – should have gotten more cole slaw. Next, Mike swung by for errand time: Albertsons for: (2) 1.75 of bourbon for […]

Fri
28
Jun '13

Finally on a plane to SAF – and yes, this plane is running late as well coming in from ABQ. Breakfast at the French place in the United terminal – after a mad dash back to security because in my morning fog I’d left my cell phone and hat behind. Maybe the mimosa and eggs […]

Thu
27
Jun '13

SEA-PDX-EUG-DEN-SAF

Almost

9:30 flight this morning – lucked out, got the preTSA line which United was nice enough to print on my boarding pass so I knew what to expect. A car-heavy breakfast in the Alaska Board Room, then off to the other end of the terminal for my United flight – frequent flier miles. The Board […]

Wed
26
Jun '13

More Progress.

Besides getting another quote on the Miata damage, it’s back to work on the trailer: The roller stand mount. Drawers underneath, and hose storage – with a shut-off valve for the steam table. Lock and load – blocked it and snapped it. Steak for dinner tonight with the requisite salad. And I forgot this last […]

Tue
25
Jun '13

More Trailer Time.

Closer and closer we get to the wiener trailer. Well, the base is done…. Now it needs drawers, shut-off valves, paint. And for tonight, I’m in. UPDATE But as Swanda pointed out in a follow-up email, I’d completely spaced him and Josh coming to dinner… must have been a long week. His take on the […]

Mon
24
Jun '13

Wow. Expensive Fender Bender.

The big chore today before picking up SalamanderHellBender for dinner tonight is stopping by Fix Collision to see how much damage the woman who clipped my car on Friday will be. The answer surprised me. $1888.4.68, plus since it’s a three day job, $60 for a rental car. Ouch. Emailed her the quote with a […]

Sun
23
Jun '13

Work Then Dinner With Friends

A good day at the shop, busy with customers and setting up the next three Sunday Sippers (2 bottles open). The response to today’s Sunday Sipper – battle of the rosés – brought people in. It is rosé season after all. Kept the shop open past 5 and snagged one of our regulars who had […]

Sat
22
Jun '13

Full Big Ass Moon After Work.

Good day at the shop after a little shopping at Safeway for bargain goodies. And then at home after Szechuan sweet and sour BBQ chicken thighs over a bed of lettuce – with plenty for tomorrow’s lunch at the shop. And then the sun went down and the moon came up: Moon over South Park. […]

Fri
21
Jun '13

First Work Friday In Months.

Busy day at the shop. OK numbers for a Friday. Got back to my car, loaded up a wine shipper and my bag, set off home… noticed something attached to my wiper after a couple of blocks… a note, apparently some woman had clipped the front of my car and left a note with phone […]

Thu
20
Jun '13

Another Trailer Day (And Night).

Last free day before a three day run at the shop. Here is what I got done today/night: The lights which I thought would take half an hour… getting a good ground and abandoning their silly wiring clips for zip ties. And then I screwed up mockup of the 7″ riser I need to get […]

Wed
19
Jun '13

More Trailer Time.

11pm to Young’s Market, a Columbia Beverages store to open a wholesale account to avoid split case fees. Got some sake, punte mas (Italian Vermouth), and Regan’s Orange Bitters – but the two wines from Columbia that I wanted they didn’t stock so Jim is going to have to track down a sales rep since […]

Tue
18
Jun '13

Back To Seattle To Get Hitched.

Amazingly we had sausages left over from last night, and this morning they are in the breakfast scramble this morning…. And then it’s on the road for this boy. I’ve got a 3pm appointment for a hitch install on the Focus. Got there a little before 3 with the announcement that it might take two […]

Mon
17
Jun '13

Monday In Portland.

A long night, a late morning… Out of the house at noon for a lunch at the Big Kahuna BBQ on Lombard. Kaluha Pork! Yes, that’s a lot of carbs on my plate – and the sandwich is missing the first 3rd. Then off to Goodwill which landed me an old 5-line split out box […]

Sun
16
Jun '13

Work, Drive Fast, Play.

My morning text from Roxy. “Danger danger… missing cards… car2go and orca card with number 232 on the front last seen on or near the chaise lounge” Car2Go is a car sharing service in Seattle and Orca is the transit card for busses and light rail. Brought them to the shop with me and at […]

Sat
15
Jun '13

Four For Fancy Food.

Not a bad first couple of hours for the till, too bad it didn’t continue through the tasting of Austrian wines. Blame the weather – the sun was out which means the beach or the weeds over tasting fine wines. Roxy and Jerrod came to join the couchsurfer and I for dinner. Yes, I let […]

Fri
14
Jun '13

Trailer Day.

One order in the queue this morning; a diploma cover, not even printing… more time to work on the Takeover Plan. Came home and went to work on the trailer. To notch out for the stakes it starts with a hole: Which then gets cut into the rectangle: And now the first of several coats […]

Thu
13
Jun '13

Dinner With The Couch Surfer.

Six orders in the queue at work today. I spent the rest of the time reading the Wall Street Journal and working on a document entitled “Initial Considerations for Business Transition” which beside being a run-on sentence is meant for the owners of the business and suggesting how they turn it into a non-profit foundation […]

Wed
12
Jun '13

Couch Surfer Alert.

Work at the print shop is slow, slow, slow — definately the end of the season. I’ve started taking off the minute Roxy arrives and giving the hours to him. I have been catching up on my reading though. Been texting with this week’s couch surfer, a 21-year-old gay guy most recently from Eugene, Oregon […]

Tue
11
Jun '13

Trailer Progress & Overnight Guest.

After work today I was running errands around town, one of which was to Pacific Iron & Metal to source a piece of aluminum for the trailer bed. Needed a piece 40×48. Popped into their outside yard — lots of diamond plate, thicker than I wanted. Looked like I was going to have to have […]