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Wed
13
Mar '19

Home Report: Dark Matter For Lunch

Before I get to the Dark Matter, let’s cover lunch which is connected to Dark Matter, though I had the fish: That’s my crazy buddy, Seth, and, yes, we are having cocktails our lunch at Mamma Melina near U Village: I like to call this the “Tuesday Trifecta”. I get to see Seth, I get […]

Mon
11
Mar '19

Trip Report: Bay Area For Friends And Wine

Grabbed a ride with Rache to the airport – it was an hour earlier, than even I, the early arriver, arrives. Maybe I should have waited…since this was what I looked like in the lounge: No upgrade to First this time, I was number 8 on the list for only 12 seats since it was […]

Sat
2
Mar '19

Trip Report: San Luis Obispo Turned Into Vancouver, BC

The plan was to visit Jameson (and fiancée) in San Luis Obispo this week on the Amtrak Coast Starlight. This is what the overnight journey should have looked like: But I got this note at 6:50am Monday morning for my 9:45am departure: We wanted to let you know that train #11, the Coast Starlight, from […]

Sun
24
Feb '19

Trip Report: Austin For Sun!

After 10 days of mileage runs to Raleigh, including an inadvertent stop in Vegas – it’s time so stay someplace for a couple of nights…and get warmed up. Because of the weather, my original non-stop flight is now a two hop, through San Jose. Fortunately, I got upgraded on both legs, and the first one […]

Thu
14
Feb '19

Trip Report: Accidental Trip To Las Vegas

For those of you who read yesterdays’ post, sorry for the repeat of graphics, but for the rest of you, this was my Monday/Tuesday flight pattern: Vegas here I come because they diverted my flight back from Raleigh. Twenty minutes and $25 dollars in cab fare from the strip – basically in the middle of […]

Wed
13
Feb '19

Trip Report: Winter Mileage Runs

Mileage Run definition courtesy of Wikipedia: “A ‘mileage run’ is an airline trip designed and taken solely to gain maximum frequent-flyer miles, points, or elite status. If a traveler has already achieved some sort of elite status, then that traveler will earn bonus award miles or points on top of his or her actual flight […]

Sat
9
Feb '19

Trip Report: Return From Chile

The length of my overseas trips are determined by two factors: The ability to only take one weekend in a row off from the wine shop The longest amount of days that I can business class flights on all segments The upshot is that I’d have liked to leave on the red-eye a day before […]

Sun
3
Feb '19

Trip Report: Return To Santiago, Chile

Back to Santiago we go…via a different bus company: Seats were slightly more comfortable, and the same price, 5,000 Pesos…but had to use the bathroom, which had no water, but at least it had a hole to pee in. Back to the Ibis Esation Centrale, though to a different floor – where we were soon […]

Fri
1
Feb '19

Trip Report: Santa Cruz, Chile

Because I believe in sleeping in, and Rache doesn’t, I decided to grab “breakfast” at the bus station on the way to the bus. Yes, it was McDonalds. It was the Quarter Pounder Meal because I didn’t realize “solo” would get me just the sandwich, and that with the combo, I had my choice of […]

Fri
1
Feb '19

Trip Report: Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Santiago! Here is the view from our room – we are directly across from the major cross-country bus terminal. We are at the Ibis Estacion Central. Not sure why I didn’t take shots of our room – which was dormitory like in nature, with two small twin beds. Great location, a little small, […]

Sun
27
Jan '19

Trip Report: Headed To Chile

Since I know this would be a LONG post, I’ll break this trip up into three or four entries. Actually taking a weekend off from the shop! Travelling with Rache – who, as is usual when we travel internationally, is going for weeks, while I’m going for the most days that I can find a […]

Tue
22
Jan '19

Trip Report: Yellowstone In Winter

So, last week I was in the low 80’s, this week I’m lucky if it gets UP to 20. One morning it was 14 below! Fortunately, I don’t live here, but have to fly in. That’s a lot of stuff for three nights – but it includes New Year’s presents. Might as well start off […]

Mon
21
Jan '19

Trip Report: Waikiki With Friends

When you have friends that live in Indianapolis, you don’t get to see them often, so when you get a chance to holiday in the same city, you take it, even if it is six hours in the opposite direction. The gods must have been smiling on me since I got an upgrade at the […]

Wed
26
Dec '18

Trip Report: NEXUS For Rache

Final trip of the year, if you’d like to see where I’ve been in 2018, here is a link: CLICK HERE. This is a driving trip – which starts with a long drive through the driving rain to get to Vancouver and the moderately OK Rosedale at Rosemont Suites, which are part of the WorldMark […]

Wed
26
Dec '18

Trip Report: Santa Fe The Long Way

It used to be easy to get to Santa Fe…flight left in the morning, got into ABQ in the afternoon, plenty of time to drive/train to Santa Fe. Not anymore. A couple of months before my trip Alaska sent me a note saying that my flight that was supposed to get in at 1PM would, […]

Tue
4
Dec '18

Trip Report: Waikiki!

Time to head for sunshine…but first, got to bottle the holiday Cinnamon Brandy…by Christmas the liquid will be a dark mahogany color: And get the wine shop’s wine club boxing started – and I get to do it in our new space (so I can actually start it on a Sunday while the shop is […]

Sat
24
Nov '18

Trip Report: Birthday In Barcelona – The Return Home

Yet another night with only a couple of hours of sleep before leaving to the airport. Good thing my body clock is broken…and that there is a lounge in the Barcelona airport that I have access to: Must have been tired since I didn’t even take a picture of the place! The ugly truth about […]

Fri
23
Nov '18

Trip Report: Birthday In Barcelona – The City

Day one in Barcelona, found RayA making us a late lunch snack… Simple but wonderful! Afterwards, I headed to bed for a two-hour nap, while RayA had a French lesson, and then went to the gym. It was a nice way to ease into the city. I was fine just hanging out at his place, […]

Fri
23
Nov '18

Trip Report: Birthday In Barcelona – Getting There

A birthday in Barcelona, though not mine. Thank would be RayA. It was just an excuse to catch up with him as he turns 55. Ah, youth. Used 120,000 United mile and less than a hundred dollars in fees to get Business Class tickets – with the exception of the Frankfort-Barcelona leg. Here is what […]

Wed
21
Nov '18

Trip Report: Election Night In Austin – Part Tres

I should note that we were in shorts on day one, and in sweatshirts by our last day. Let’s pick up with dinner on Thursday at Black’s BBQ – we are certainly getting a lot of use out of Uber this trip! Complete with wine from Texas Hill Country. Yes, wine by the bottle, but […]