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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 […]

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 […]