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Sun
15
Sep '19

Trip Report: Kansas City Quickie

This picture should explain how I felt the morning of this trip: Apparently, so did the guy in the fourth row. A quick trip to Kansas City since we are running out of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ Sauce, and they won’t sell and ship to me wholesale, but if I show up at the restaurant they […]

Fri
13
Sep '19

Destination Report: Kamaka Ukulele Factory Tour

I have so many pictures of the Kamaka Ukulele Factory in downtown Honolulu that I thought a separate post would be easier. This was probably my tenth tour of their facility –yes, I drag all my friends and family on this tour, and no one seems to regret the time. They have been in business […]

Mon
9
Sep '19

Trip Report: Waikiki With The In-Laws

It feels “odd” to call them “My In-laws”, but there is no blood connection with them, just very strong bonds. Jen is my dead brother Karl’s widow. Kennan is her husband. Jameson and Julian, who you’ve read about in this blog are Kennan’s nephews. In many ways, when they married, we became a three-family unit. […]

Thu
5
Sep '19

Trip Report: PDX Mileage Run

In my quest to get to Alaska MVP Gold 75K faster than December, I decided to take a little day hop down to Portland. Even booked it in First (only a few dollars more since they are such short flights) so that I could have my favorite seat on an E175 – which is 1A, […]

Tue
3
Sep '19

Trip Report: San Diego

Hard to believe that I haven’t flown anywhere in two months. I’m surprised my hands aren’t shaking. Destination: San Diego WorldMark Balboa Park. Haven’t stayed at the location in quite a while. An inexpensive Uber ride in from the airport, oddly with a driver I think I’ve had before. Cuban. Unlike WorldMark’s Inn At The […]

Wed
28
Aug '19

Lounge Report: Alaska’s New Seattle N Concourse Lounge

Hard to believe I haven’t been in the air for TWO MONTHS. Might be a record. A couple of “firsts” for me today. The first time I’ve used CLEAR to clear security (took like two minutes – much faster than TSAPre) and my first visit to the new Alaska Lounge in the N Concourse. 16,000 […]

Tue
27
Aug '19

Home Report: Upgrading The Shop

Being home for the summer (other than a couple of trips to Whistler) give me more time to devote to the wine shop. My business partner went out of town for 10 days and I decided to remodel the shop – first by widening the entry into the bathroom, turning a doorway into an opening […]

Wed
7
Aug '19

Home Report: Blue Angels

Last post I showed pictures of the Blue Angels parked – now see them in the air! This will give you an idea of the viewing platform (aka Jonathan’s balcony): Went online and got the live feed from King County Airport which was holding all traffic while the show was going. Made some chicken salad […]

Sun
4
Aug '19

Home Report: TPG (The Points Guy) Event At The Museum Of Flight

Not on the road as much this summer, so fewer posts. This one so close to home that I could have (but didn’t) walk it. The Museum of Flight is about a mile from my house. Oddly, the parking lot was closed, as was the east entrance – and now I know why. Yep – […]

Tue
30
Jul '19

Life Report: Happy 13th Anniversary

Realized that today is the 13th Anniversary of my first blog post. Wonder what is was? I was starting a trip to China to go on a Viking River Cruise with The Colonels. Here is the link: https://blog.unclemarkie.com/2006/07/30/seattle/ What a long strange trip it’s been – thank you for coming along. [226.2] For more blog […]

Sun
28
Jul '19

Trip Report: Whistler For The Last Time This Summer

Last trip to Whistler – this time with Bliss. Nice to have someone to share the expenses and the driving. You’ve all seen the pictures of the units I stay in, so this will be a brief post. Stopped at Duty Free (as always), and since Kevin doesn’t drink much (somebody has to even me […]

Fri
26
Jul '19

Trip Report: Whistler Second Visit

One of these days I get tired of Whistler in the Summer. Not yet. Trip number two this summer, mostly in pictures. The trip started with a Sunday night at Birch Bay. Ribs on the grill, whiskey in the glass. Not a bad way to pass an evening. Morning finds us on the road again! […]

Sun
7
Jul '19

Trip Report: Return From The Big Apple

One of the downsides of the Wyndham New York Midtown is the 10am checkout. It’s a serious drag to get packed up, bags put in storage for the afternoon since my flight isn’t until 6:30. Caught an early lunch with Russ (11:30am, when they opened) at The Grand Central Oyster Bar – close to where […]

Fri
5
Jul '19

Trip Report: Big Apple

New York isn’t someplace that I really want to visit in July due to the heat and no cheap plane tickets. Flew into Newark (EWR) on United, using a ton (50,000 miles) for my First Class seat. Before the airline switched to “dynamic pricing” of its award seats, it would have been half that. But […]

Fri
28
Jun '19

Trip Report: Whistler — First Trip Of The Summer

Nothing like this on a driving trip: Had a BUNCH of 10 cent off Safeway Rewards. They only let me use 10 of them. We left on Sunday after I got off work – fortunately Mags lives close to the shop. Was only able to grab a one-bedroom at Birch Bay – Mags was on […]

Sat
22
Jun '19

Trip Report: Portland For A Food Show

Got back on the train headed to Portland (from my overnight stop in Centralia) at this wonderful 1912 station: This time I’m travelling in coach, but it was in the transition car with Bistro at the other end, so the seating layout was the same as Business, just no coupon for $3.00 or newspapers. It’s […]

Thu
20
Jun '19

Trip Report: Train To Centralia

After being home for weeks, I’m finally back on the road – well, the rails. Headed to Portland for a food show, but Centralia is the first stop. King Street Station in Seattle is as lovely as always: And there was a cool “company car” parked on a siding… It belongs to the Department of […]

Tue
4
Jun '19

Trip Planning: Around The World In Twelve Days

It feels a little “odd” to have NOT been travelling for the last month plus. It made my business partner happy as I picked up a much of Friday shifts, allowing him to putter around his garden and do house projects. That hasn’t stopped me from planning future trips. Summers I generally travel less because […]

Sat
4
May '19

Trip Report: Wedding Ramble, Part Three – Anaheim With No Ears

It sounded like a good idea at the time – a 6:55am departure from San Luis Obispo. In reality, I had to get up at 4:30, check-out, return the rental car with gas in it, and catch an Uber to the train station. A light rain as I waited for the train – the first […]

Thu
2
May '19

Trip Report: Wedding Ramble, Part Two – The Wedding

Back on the train to the reason for this whole ramble, The Wedding. Off I go way too early in the day from the Emeryville Amtrak station (chauffeured by Lunetta). And they are still serving breakfast! Followed by a nap (do you see a pattern here?), followed by a late lunch: With some scenery thrown […]