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My heart is breaking…

January 15th, 2019

My love affair, and now breakup, with cookbooks is devastating. I am crying while purging my cookbooks –
literally the recipe of my life. Hard media vs. memories.

escape Lounge – Oakland Airport. Good, Bad, and…

January 15th, 2019

So my first beef with escape Lounge is that ‘escape’ is lower case, and Lounge is uppercase. You are not cool, escape Lounge; fire your marketing people now. right Now.
Second is that if you are going to promote top of the line beverages, don’t serve bottom of the barrel house brands and then upcharge for it when customers pay $45 bucks to get in.
Which brings me to lousy ‘pretty’ food and mediocre service.
But hey, good soft seating and staff warmed the screaming baby’s bottle.

I know there is a connection to AMEX Platinum lounges, but this is a disaster. Save your $45 bucks; go to an airport table-serve, sit-down restaurant, grab a corner table, food, drink, and wifi. Unless, you want to drink a lot of free cheap liquor.

The Good:
Convenient to Southwest Gates even though it’s in an adjacent terminal.

3 years, three lessons

January 15th, 2019
  1. When you can’t help, stop trying (I struggle with this everyday.)
  2. Live your life. (It’s just that simple.)
  3. If it hurts, stop it.

Adventures in Landlording #547 Part 2

April 28th, 2018

Weelllll, looks like the second spraying will happen Monday…

Death to the Tussocks!! We shall prevail!
“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;…. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man. As modest stillness and humility.”
(WS H5 A3S1)

Fuc*&ng Caterpillars – Adventures in Landlording #547

April 23rd, 2018

Fucking caterpillars. Silicon Valley has been invaded by a nasty and destructive moth, borne from the pupa of an exotic caterpillar. To be exact, the Western Tussock Moth: https://web.stanford.edu/~siegelr/insects/tussock.html
Previous tenants failed to alert me to the first and second infestations, but last year I hired a local company to trim the tree and spray this year. They are making a fortune spraying and it takes weeks to get on their schedule. (FF) Finally the tree has been sprayed; phew. Hopefully the tree will survive and I won’t have to spend 10K to have the tree removed…

5 Keys to scaling your start-up.

November 18th, 2017

You are in the customer service business – yes, yes you are.
You are successful if your employees and customers are successful.
You know your goals.
You innovate.
You reward success.

A tale of two Wine and Roses…

October 20th, 2017

Expedia, oh, Expedia, how can you give me wine and roses and not give me wine and roses…

You know, if it weren’t about the money it would be a funny story…

On my travels, I booked via my iphone on Expedia.com place in Lodi called wine and roses. This was after searching google for it. Unfortunately after clicking on the correct wine and roses expedia link I booked the wrong wine and roses property. I ended up in with a booking at w/r in Australia! A fact not lost on the desk staff in lodi (where I had booked a non-refundable massage and dinner.) Who said, if you have enough money to buy your way out of a problem, you don’t have a problem? On this day of wine and roses it was me; albeit an expensive lesson!

Jet Lag Journal LHR – ABQ

August 3rd, 2017

Home after 25 days and return travel of 25 hours.
Travel Day: Drive from Stratford Upon Avon to LHR (London Heathrow Airport) return rental car, catch shuttle, check in, go through security, hit a bit of duty free to get rid of the last 20 Pounds, hit two airport lounges, board, fly back to US, clear customs (Global Entry,) go through security again, hit the club lounge for 4 hours, board plane, fly to ABQ, shuttle bus to rental car, pick up rental car, drive 1 hour and 15 minutes home. Left at 7am UK time Arrived home around 1:15am plus 7 hours.

Day 1: Asleep at 2:30am up at 7:30 – 5 hours sleep – good but felt like a zombie by 5pm. Ran a few errands and only got into the wrong side of the car once, but also tried to drive on the left once… ooops.
Not really functional after 8pm; 11pm to sleep.

Day 2: Awake at 5:15am, 6:15 hours sleep, ;-). By 11am I have a headache and feel like a zombie. Only tried to get into the wrong side of the car once. But also tried to downshift and clutch my automatic Prius. Asleep at 9pm.

Day 3: Awake at 4am – most excellent. I think I’m about done with a mild case of jet lag, no sleeping aides.

Friends coming into town tomorrow!

Ooops: screwed up dates – twice – blame it on the lag…

Random House Photos Santa Fe

April 5th, 2017

Cuba – 2nd world country, 4th world life. Tips and tales from 7 days in Havana.

January 9th, 2017

Time is the least thing we have of.
– Hemingway

My impressions of Havana Cuba January 2017

Arriving and exchange of money is pretty standard – they will x-ray your bags on arrival. TIPS: if there is a line currency exchange (and there will be a line,) in Terminal 1, go upstairs, a fraction of the line and time spent! Also, make sure you know your Terminal – getting dropped off at Terminal 3 for your return flight will result in trying to wrestle-up a way to Terminal 1 at 6am that won’t eat into your Exit Tax* and your wait to Check-in* 😉

I hitched a ride from the airport to my first of 3 Airbnbs, with two American teacher gals, who arranged to meet later in the week.

My first Havana Airbnb was up 60 steps on the 3rd floor of an ancient, slightly decrepit building, near Avenue 23 – a main road into the old town. The ‘hostess’ was a gal in her 20’s, who was not there or helpful, but her 87 year old grandmother was so loving and sweet, kissing me and hugging me every time we met with a gleeful exuberance and a swiftly flowing river of Spanish, where only a few familiar words surfaced. My second up 75 stairs, no kidding, but a lovely view and rooftop patio!

General hint: All beds in Havana are hard and slightly lumpy and all your hosts will tell you they are new, and by new, they mean within the last few years. Some will have a plastic mattress cover, all will have painfully thin sheets, but apparently newer than new (think mattress new) and a Janka Hardness scale rivaling Macassar Ebony.

*Exit Tax: Save 25 CUC to pay upon departure, OR confirm your Exit Tax is included in your ticket – mine was, but saved extra money Just In Case.
*Check-in: You will have to check-in, you will have to wait in line, there is no ‘elite’ line, you will not be able to change your ticket in a way that will involve money (upgrade, early boarding.)

Rooster on Plaza Vieja