After a very fun weekend of drinking and hashing I had a heck of a time getting going this morning. I’m at the Waschsalon now, about to attempt to start my work day from here to limit the amount of time that I need to be in the office.

Busy week ahead.

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18 Responses to 2019-01-14

  1. Hmm probably should have rinse the socks in which I hasher yesterday, the sudsy water in the washing machine is really brown… 😮

  2. I don’t know why I have not asked yet, but Steve are you furloughed?

  3. Steve says:

    Furloughed? Hell no. One of the reasons the Fed is independent. We are congressionally chartered (whatever that means).

    8 hours drive home yesterday (via Lagrange to drop the not very comfortable van). My main function- 150 item auction- photograph the item, enter the info into a spreadsheet, put the item photo into PowerPoint to be projected when the auctioneer calls for it, since the items were picked randomly. Weird, but they raised money.

    Not quite a vacation, just some different scenery. And the farm sitter calls Thursday evening- the furnace isn’t working! Our regular repair guy is already in Ireland, so the B team was called in. Broken fan and motor, because once the fan broke, the motor was still trying to turn it, until it burned itself out. Parts ordered. Ugh.


  4. barb says:

    busy morning –
    weekend was interesting –
    Saturday – Baby shower for Aslan (aka Double RubHer or is it rubber?)
    about 20 people – wasn’t too bad.
    Sunday – went to the AmericasMart to see a high school friend at the HUGE GiftMart – she does some very cook pottery, way too expensive, but it is beautiful. Wandered around – way too much to look at – I don’t know how those buyers do that sort of thing.
    Went to the newly opened Gino’s East for some Chicago deep dish pizza – forgot how filling it is – we have some serious leftovers!!! Met up with Dean, it was good to catch up with him.
    They don’t have their liquor license yet (damn gov’t shutdown)- so don’t get to have a beer with your pizza.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Yeah, the Gift Mart feels like trying to sip out of a firehose.

      On Gino’s East, alcohol licenses are issued locally. Why would that be affected by a federal shut down? Something else must be going on there. Good to know they don’t have it yet. I already choked down their pizza without beer once, last month when they first opened. If I’m going to spend $25 on pizza I damn well want some beer with it. Oh, and the Gino’s East in Chicago tastes much better to me. Hopefully they get things sorted out here.

      • barb says:

        Something about all the different agencies involved, and maybe the servers clearances, background checks, who knows. the manager stopped by & chatted about it – I wasn’t paying super close attention. Or – its just an excuse.
        I thought it was pretty tasty, crust had that same taste I was expecting, but its been a while since I’ve had a pizza in Chicago.

    • Steve says:

      Yeah, I’m with Lurker, unless they need the Feds to complete a backround check, you can’t blame the gub’ment.

      I’ve tried what I thought was “Chicago style” and it wasn’t my thing. There needs to be a good balance of toppings and dough, and I like to taste sauce.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        I’ve been reading raves about Nina & Rafi’s Detroit-style pizza. It just opened up on the Beltline. One owner is the guy that invented the Grandma pie that’s only available in Duluth at O4W Pizza. I missed out on it before it moved OTP.

      • barb says:

        there’s TONS of sauce – its just deep pan, and in this order from the bottom up – crust, then cheese, then toppings, then sauce.
        it’s just something different – and I really like the taste of the crust – I know its made with corn oil (which is different)

    • Unusual that I, a New Yorker by birth, am not feeling the gumption toweigh in on pizza discussions. Mmmmm, pizza!

  5. Steve says:

    Just booked a work trip to Miami in early Feb. Airfare not too bad but the Marriott Springhill Suites averages $260 a night! They ain’t all that. I guess it is high season. My choice would have been the Intercontinental, but my travelling partner is a Marriott points ‘ho.

    • barb says:

      hotel rooms just aren’t cheap anywhere anymore – but that is high season in Miami.
      the way I look at it- you aren’t paying for it – enjoy the nice hotel?

      The one night we are PAYING for in San Fran in March is about $400/night – plus parking will be I’d guess at least $50. but – it’s what we gotta do to stay down near Fisherman’s Wharf like we want.

      • Unless you are spending a Thursday night in Charlotte, like I will be in February. My room is $54 before taxes, of course I am traveling alone so I can stay at the cheapo hotels…

        • barb says:

          damn…….. don’t get bedbugs……..

        • It’s a national chain and this location has a lot of good reviews, so I hope I’m fine.

          • barb says:

            I’m sort of joking, but I just haven’t seen a hotel room that cheap in a while. (except downtown Vegas, but that’s a whole different story)
            When we were in the middle of nowhere Oregon, it was still close to $100/night no matter what.
            I’m sure you will be fine.

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