Home, Hot Tub and Landscape Show September 2012

Home, Hot Tub and Landscape Show September 2012

This weekend, it was once again time for the semiannual Home, Hot Tub and Landscape Show at the Raleigh Convention Center. Admission was free, although the parking – which usually only averages me a couple of hours – is $7 for all day at the garage across the street. The promoters use a marketing ploy of sticking little 3” X 3” free admission coupons on the front page of the local newspaper for several days leading up to the show. Last time, I collected those little things and carried them with me, only to learn that they’re unnecessary. There’s a box at the door to toss them in, but you can bypass it with impunity. There were all the things you’d expect from an event called “Home, Hot Tub and Landscape Show.” But this time, I decided...

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Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

Celebrity Constellation Caribbean Cruise Part One January 14, 2012

What is it about anticipating a vacation trip that makes you pop awake at an unsuitably early hour and immediately start thinking through a checklist of things to do/pack/take care of before leaving? Having an 8:10 am flight didn’t help any, either. We were mostly packed already and just had to throw in last minute crap, load the car, and flush all the toilets one more time and leave the lids up so the cat would have plenty of water. Yeah, he likes to drink out of the … well, you get it. Security was pretty crowded at the Southwest gates but moved pretty well despite one lane being closed. Most personnel were polite although some acted a bit more ‘important’ than others. This was the first time I had to actually go through one of the...

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Visit to Portland, Oregon August 2011 – Part Four

The next morning we had arranged to meet our financial guy for breakfast at Buffalo Gap, a quaint place a few blocks up the street from my in-laws’ condo. It’s where we go every year to meet with him to discuss investments, the state of the economy and the markets, and just to refresh the relationship. Buffalo Gap is old, sort of dark, sports-bar-ish, but comfortable and dependable. And they offer some breakfast choices that, every time we eat there, last us all day ’til supper. Lots of eggs and cheese and processed meats that fill you up and keep you that way for hours and hours. And the prices are reasonable. All in all, my kind of place. And did I mention that it has a parking lot!? The next morning I was again in the mood to go out for...

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