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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 […]

Wed
29
Sep '21

Trip Report: The Long Way Home

Because of my early flight out of Berlin to London (and back to Seattle), I booked a hotel right at the airport. When I was at the liquor store earlier in the day, I picked up some sparking German wine to have as a final toast with Horst.   And Horst was king enough to […]

Sun
26
Sep '21

Trip Report: Berlin – Part Three

Another beautiful day in Berlin, except for a couple of showers. Some shots from around Horst’s apartment: And yet another car – two-tone Miata: Had lunch at this place down the street from the apartment. I had the steak burger and an Aperol Spritz: Horst had a massive salad: Next stop was at the COVID-19 […]

Fri
24
Sep '21

Trip Report: Berlin – Part Two

Off to Potsdam we go, but we are in need of gas and wieners! Since I’m reading this book, Boys In The Boat, which deals with the University of Washington Crew team and their quest for the Berlin Olympics, we swung by the 1936 Olympic Stadium. And had I waited, I could have had a […]

Thu
23
Sep '21

Trip Report: Berlin – Part One

Such a joy to be met at the airport overseas. It rarely happens, but Horst had a car for the week, and he wanted to see the new, much delayed, airport. THANKS! Horst is lending me his “spare” apartment for the week: After throwing my stuff down, we (Horst, Ollie, Myself) headed out for Vietnamese […]

Fri
17
Sep '21

Trip Report: AY1435 (Finnair) Helsinki to Berlin

In case you need a little refresher, here is the total flight plan of my first overseas trip in 18-months: After checking in, walked past DutyFree where they were selling Reindeer Hides…oddly, I already have one: It is a late afternoon departure from Helsinki, so, of course, there is a lounge involved. And if you […]

Thu
16
Sep '21

Trip Report: Overnight In Helsinki

Just a little over 24-hours I Helsinki, and only one objective: hanging out with Viking Diva who taking the ferry across the Baltic Seat from Tallin, Estonia. Looks close, but it’s a 2.5 hour ferry ride. And Viking Diva will arrive in the morning, and me the afternoon due to boat/plane schedules. The Scandic Grand […]

Tue
14
Sep '21

Trip Report: AY1144 (Finnair) Warsaw to Helsinki

When I originally booked this trip, Helsinki wasn’t on the list of stops until I found some spare miles in another account. When I added it, it would have been quicker than taking the train between Warsaw and Berlin, even with Helsinki being hours north. And then, a couple of months ago Finnair moved my […]

Mon
13
Sep '21

Trip Report: Warsaw For Three Nights

Got my first stamp in my new covid passport. If you look at the photo of me in the passport, I have one of my homemade masks around my neck. The Mercere Warsaw Ursus Station is outside the middle of the town. Nice modern hotel: With large, comfortable rooms. One of the reasons I chose […]

Sat
11
Sep '21

Trip Report: EK179 (Emirates) Dubai to Warsaw in First

Twas a long walk from the First-Class Lounge to the gate for the Warsaw flight – and my worst fears were realized. The dreaded haul all your crap down the stairs, get on a bus, drive 20 minutes to some remote stand, and climb back up the stairs. In my case, it was a little […]

Thu
9
Sep '21

Trip Report: 14-Hour Layover in Dubai

For those just joining the story, here is an overview of my first overseas trip in 18-months: Yesterdays’ adventure was the 14-hour flight from Seattle to Dubai. Since there isn’t much demand for flying to Warsaw from Seattle through the middle east, the schedules don’t really line up – leaving me with a 14-hour layover […]

Tue
7
Sep '21

Trip Report: EK230 (Emirates) from Seattle to Dubai In Business

My first overseas trip in 18-months. The lead up was a mix of excitement and anxiety. Equal amounts. I booked the trip in early March, probably after I’d cancelled, moved out, rebooked Australia and Cape Town trips. It was a lot of miles (180,000 Alaska miles) for a one-way ticket, but in was in First […]

Fri
27
Aug '21

Trip Report: Canada – FINALLY!

The Canadian border opened to U.S. residents on August 9th – albeit with conditions: Must be fully vaccinated Must have Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering Canada That said, Canadians are prevented from driving into the US until at least September 21st. I’ve been fully vaccinated since the end of March, bring on […]

Thu
12
Aug '21

Trip Report: Day Trip To Ride Cable Cars

When I was in San Francisco in June, I saw a news segment on the reopening of the cable car system starting August 1st – and that they would be free for the entire month of August. Shortly after, I crafted a plan – go down for the day midweek and spend the day riding […]

Wed
4
Aug '21

Work Report: Trade Wine Tastings Are Back, At Least One

One of the MANY things that changed with the Pandemic is the suspension of Trade Wine Tastings – where restaurants, wine shops, etc. can sample of offering from a distributor, or, in this case, an individual producer. Mondays are generally when they happen, usually 11-3, noon-4, etc. Some weeks there are two, three, four different […]

Thu
29
Jul '21

Trip Report: Tahuya & Sequim

Took a little midweek road trip. First stop was Tahuya, on the Hood Canal outside of Belfair. Because of the free mapping software I was trying, they don’t seem to know that there is a ferry that connects Bainbridge Island and Downtown Seattle. My buddy Bliss has a place on Hood Canal… The privacy hedge […]

Sat
10
Jul '21

Home Report: Furniture Project Creep

It started with a piece of walnut furniture. A piece of furniture made by the father of best friend in high school, gifted to me by his younger sister. Growing up together I spent a lot of time in the basement woodworking shop. He bought his walnut straight from the sawmill in southern Missouri and […]

Fri
2
Jul '21

Trip Report: Manitou Springs For A Train Ride

This is just a quick trip (two nights) to see the rehabilitated Cog Railway that goes from Manitou Springs (6,100 feet) to Pike’s Peak (14,100 feet). A month or so I read an article on the reopening, and talked Dan into going with me. Dan, who lives north of Denver, picked me up at the […]