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Sun
23
Jan '22

Trip Report: Two Trips To Vic

After two years of not being able to visit friends in CanadaLand, I seem to be trying to make up for lost time: Yes, I over packed, but with the chance of snow, better to take the big car rather than the hockey puck. With the Coho Ferry out of Port Angeles down for winter […]

Thu
30
Dec '21

Travel Report: A What A Variant Changes

Next month I’d planned to be in Barcelona and Dublin. Cancelled – going to Waikiki instead. March was supposed to be a Pacific Rim tour with multiple countries, all it would take is for one of them to be closed to kill the trip. Now, Granada, Barcelona, and Madrid. Just one country from the US […]

Sat
18
Dec '21

Trip Report: Vancouver, Again

Need to spend as much time as I can in Vancouver while the border is open. Took the big car. And Duty Free is a must: But the border, with added requirements like vaccine and negative PCR test: Yes, the Nexus line is longer than the others! Finally, they opened a second Nexus Lane realizing […]

Wed
15
Dec '21

Here Is What Cancel Culture Is To Me

This was supposed to be 2022 for me. At a minimum. Here is what it looks like now: That said, I’m still going to Reno to see Bonnie Raitt. And I’m doing a bunch of mileage runs. Booked Vietnam for July, not hopeful about that. In the process of cancelling the March trip around the […]

Wed
15
Dec '21

Home Report: Dinner For One

I’m not the one to grab a frozen pizza if it is just me for dinner even though I have an unused Totino’s Pizza Oven I found at the second-hand place. Tonight’s menu: beef tenderloin medallions, sweet potato fries, bibb lettuce salad. Longest prep item, the sweet potato fries. First, put the sweet potato it […]

Wed
8
Dec '21

Trip Report: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles In Santa Fe

Most every year, early in December I slip off to Santa Fe to see my sis-in-law. Last year, because of the COVID idiots, this didn’t happen. This year I’m flying Delta SEA-LAX-ABQ where sis and bro-in-law will pick me up. Delta? I have a bunch of upgrades that I need to start using, and they […]

Wed
17
Nov '21

Trip Report: Palm Springs For Pride – Part Four (The End)

All good things have to come to an end – it’s been a fun week in the sun. The last full day found Rache and I out to lunch with margaritas (his regular, mine, blood orange) We had wanted to eat at Inca – but they weren’t open (even though the website said they would […]

Tue
16
Nov '21

Trip Report: Palm Spring For Pride – Part Three

Well, today is the parade. 10am kick off right in front of the condo – which is why I booked a unit on the front of the building. It’s the reason I’m down here again this year. So, I set my alarm for 8am since they assemble right in front of the condo. And Parade […]

Mon
15
Nov '21

Trip Report: Palm Springs For Pride – Part Two

I have several things that I do most every trip to Palm Springs. A Pisco Sour and Ceviché Mixto at Inca, a Peruvian restaurant downtown: Preceded or followed by Angels Thrift Store one street over to score Aloha Shirts: And ended going back for these lounge bottoms for Rache’s “roommate”. Was also tempted by this […]

Sun
14
Nov '21

Trip Report: Palm Springs For Pride – Getting There

On the road again – escaping the dismal winter that has dumped more rain than the rivers can handle. Caesars at the Alaska Lounge as Rache and I set off for San Francisco, and onto Palm Springs. Fortunately, our 6AM flight was cancelled, and they rebooked up on a later flight – but still in […]

Wed
10
Nov '21

Home Report: Random Day At Home

Lots of things on today’s to-do list, like unearthing the spiral binder in the garage to bind travel guides: And for the ledgers for the wine shop for 2022 and 2023 – we do custom ones: This is how I get anything done in the garage – by pulling the car out. And more work […]

Fri
5
Nov '21

Trip Report: Vancouver With A Side Mileage Run to Calgary

This trip was planned months ago to see friends after the shutdown. It morphed into something else later. NO LINE at the border – Canadian’s aren’t allowed over land borders until November 9th. Made it to the condo a little before three – I’d said I’d be there between 3 and 4, but when I […]

Thu
28
Oct '21

Trip Report: 21st C Museum Hotel In Cincinnati

Rarely to I do a whole report on ONE hotel, but this one was special right down to the restaurant. Even the front desk is stunning: Not cheap to park – it’s Cincinnati for goodness sake! Room is nice: After throwing our bags down, we headed downstairs for dinner at Metropole (menu link): They have […]

Tue
26
Oct '21

Trip Report: Chicago-Cincinnati-Kentucky

We planned this trip months ago. The plan was fly to Chicago, spend the night, get on a train, spend the night in Cincinnati, get picked up in Kentucky by The Colonels for a couple of days in Kentucky. Got to Chicago, oddly, we both had Chicago Transit Authority cards with money on them. Don’t […]

Sun
24
Oct '21

Home Report: First Large Event In Eighteen Months

Couple of weeks ago saw a TV ad for the Seattle Opera production of La Boheme. Years ago, I had season tickets, many, many years ago, my late Microsoft early consulting period. I loved my seats; side box, two seats in the row, front row, view of the pit as well as 90% of the […]

Sat
23
Oct '21

Trip Report: Kansas City With A Friend For Friends

Another week, another trip. This time with my friend Sue, or, at least on the way there. Sent her a picture of the lounge entrance so she could find it: Yep, people are back travelling. Especially me! Had an hour in the lounge before boarding. Sue used miles, I used upgrades, so I got food […]

Fri
22
Oct '21

Home Report: Random Monday Wine Tasting

People ask me how we choose what goes into the wine shop (Madrona Wine Merchants). PP (pre-pandemic), Mondays were filled with trade tastings featuring sometimes a hundred plus wines – these days, there are very occasional tastings, in safer environments. Today’s tasting was my business partner Jim’s side yard under umbrellas, drizzle, and wind. Safe, […]

Wed
6
Oct '21

Trip Report: Return From Waikiki

Headed home after my 65th birthday in Waikiki. I could have taken the bus to the airport for the senior rate of $1.50 direct from Waikiki. I was lazy and took a Lyft for $23.00 – but the driver and I hit it off, he gave me a box of incredible pineapple shortbread cookies, and […]

Sat
2
Oct '21

Trip Report: Couple Of Nights In Waikiki For My 65th

The adventure continues… After a dumping our stuff in the condo, we were off to a 3PM late lunch/early dinner/happy hour at my favorite (happy hour) place in Waikiki, Tommy Bahama’s Grill above their clothing store. Normally the restaurant is pricey, but the happy hour actually has decent food and drink specials. Dirty vodka martini […]

Fri
1
Oct '21

Trip Report: Off To Waikiki – Got To Get There!

To get to this moment, there was a huge dallop of stress. Long raucous dinner party the night before, phone (not mine) left in Uber to the airport. Me boarding with both our bags hoping Dan would make the flight, but so exhausted I’d given up caring. It was a relief when we were in […]