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Thu
31
Oct '13

Halloween At The Shop.

Running errands before getting to the shop a little after four. The child invasion runs from 4:30-6:30pm tonight – BOOM (Business Owners Of Madrona) sponsors a Halloween Treasure Hunt (of sorts). We are the M in their Zombie Madrona Puzzle. And what a save of children looking for treats… and adults thankful for a sip […]

Wed
30
Oct '13

Back To Seattle.

Yep, it was a quick trip to the Bay Area. The original reason was: To see the boys To make three trips for an extra 10,000 bonus miles on Alaska, And then they announced a double Elite Qualifying promotion until May of next year (link to the deal) The flight was at 1:20 so it’s […]

Tue
29
Oct '13

Dinner In The Bay Area.

Up and out the door lugging a 6-pack of wine for the boys. Got upgraded on the flight down – still no word on the return flight which means it doesn’t look good. This isn’t my plane, but it is one of the newest in the Alaska fleet – dedicated to their employees: Uneventful flight […]

Mon
28
Oct '13

Full Day.

Slept in a little later than I’d planned, which meant run, run, run for the rest of the day. Today’s big chore is helping Jim with all the wine club shipments – well, not really shipments, they will be picked up—but they all need to be ready for the 1st, which is its own issue […]

Sun
27
Oct '13

Unexpected Dinner Invitation.

Shop day today for me. Took the wagon today since I have four rolling carts to integrate into the shop… which I realized wasn’t going to be that easy since there are cases and cases of wine waiting for thewine club shipments. Maybe I should have done this next week – after all the shipments […]

Sat
26
Oct '13

Saturday In The Saddle.

Celebrating Two Years Of Madrona Wine Merchants.

My how time flys. We have been open for two years now. Add at least 6 months intense planning and building bits and pieces and the six months before that of back and forth. And we haven’t killed each other (yet). We have settled into a routine flow with a list of things that need […]

Fri
25
Oct '13

MegaVirgin No More.

Long, Long Day.

5AM wakeup call. Last chance to check email for the day… well, at least until I get into US cell phone range. Transit to the airport was actually quick, and the Nexus/Global Entry was a joy. Off to the gate: Yes, we are a real flight – I love the CHARTER MEGA DO line. They […]

Thu
24
Oct '13

MegaEatingWell.

Being shut out of the Hotel Thing turns out to be good. I get to sleep in. Due date at the Marriott is 11am for lunch then god knows what. As it turns out its three hour-long break-out sessions – really I would have preferred the “boots on the ground” behind the scenes at Air […]

Wed
23
Oct '13

MegaMaybe?

Well, the Rimowa factory tour was cool. It wasn’t cool that the busses that were supposed to take us there showed up at the wrong Marriott. What’s a little waiting around – finished one paperback, time to put the other one in my jacket pocket for those downtimes… like waiting for busses. Here are some […]

Tue
22
Oct '13

The MegaDon’t?

Early morning. VERY early. Do I look tired? Breakfast on the plane: Don’t I look comfortable? On the layover in Dallas (massive airport just FYI, bought some duty-free Scotch and got some swag: Lunch on the way to Toronto: Still looking comfortable? Got to Toronto and through Nexus after several tries – remember – must […]

Mon
21
Oct '13

MegaDo Starts Tomorrow

Well, the MegaDo starts tomorrow – this is the weird flyer junkie junket from Toronto to Tucson to San Francisco on a chartered plane. Finally got a more detailed schedule of the events – two of them I really wanted to do have been cancelled: Air Canada behind the scenes tour (Marriott wanted more of […]

Sun
20
Oct '13

Sunday Sippers.

Interesting start to the day – four customers waiting outside the door at 10:50 (we open at 11). Nice sales total – birthday wines it seems. Then 15 minutes later, another couple – at least these folks got to try the tasting wines for today: Varichon & Clerc Privilège Blanc de Blanc    ($9) Made from a […]

Sat
19
Oct '13

Full Saturday.

Dropped Kizzume off at Faerie Coffee on my way to the shop. First customer to walk in the shop – 1:45pm – and we open at 11am. The days sales were OK but look great on paper as we got a big check from supplying wine to a local reception. We could use more of […]

Fri
18
Oct '13

Dinner Party!

I actually got out of “owner reeducation” at the appointed hour – well they promised 45 minutes and it was an hour, but better than the sharks at Seaside. Hit the road after putting a little more air in the driver’s side rear tire… a very slow leak. Ugly, ugly traffic getting into town – […]

Thu
17
Oct '13

Birch Bay Rendezvous.

Out of the house at noon headed to Birch Bay. Stopped in Mount Vernon for a little thrift shopping – found two logod champagne glasses for a quarter a piece for the shop. By 3 I had SeasideBoy in tow and off the WorldMark Birch Bay. The plan was for an overnight stay, but alas, […]

Wed
16
Oct '13

Whew! BART Is Running.

Got up at 7am to plug the computer in to see if BART was running today. Whew! It is. Back to bed until 9 since I don’t have to get the boys to give me a ride into the city – a long ride on choked freeways with thousands of BART stranded riders in their […]

Tue
15
Oct '13

SF Trip Two.

Lazy morning around the house. Flight isn’t until almost 2PM so didn’t need to leave the house until 11 with my need to be to the airport at least two hours in advance. Got the tsaPre line again – it does take one back to a different era: Shoes stay on Jackets stay on Laptop […]

Mon
14
Oct '13

I Am A Sick Sick Man.

It might be time for an intervention – just booked more travel. Filled in December. But before I get to what I’ve booked, let me show you what I built this afternoon: Four more rolling wine racks for the store. They still need to be sanded and I still need to build two more, but […]

Sun
13
Oct '13

Crazy Sunday At Work.

Usually Sundays are OK sales wish, a slow trickle of people through the store… not this Sunday. And all because of an Artist Reception. Normally our receptions bring in some people, but this was wall-to-wall people starting at 2 and then like magic disappeared at the appointed 4pm leaving me the final shop hour to […]

Sat
12
Oct '13

Crazy Saturday At Work.

I couldn’t believe the turn out for the South African Tasting this afternoon. The Pinotage sold out in 50 minutes and the Shiraz was gone in an hour and a half, and we were taking orders for both. The Chenin Blanc got down to 4 and the Malbec, 2. The Meerlust was the slow performer, […]