Our 10th anniversary!

So the one thing I did not mention in the last post was that Michelle and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on Thursday.  10 years and we still love and LIKE each other!

Who knew we’d be in the middle of a global pandemic and told to shelter in place!

Before I share what we did, I think I better explain why I am worried about our 20th…. Continue reading “Our 10th anniversary!”

Shelter in Place, Week one!

Good morning all. I very much hope things are going as well as they can for anyone reading this.

Update from the coast. Michelle and I are still employed. We, and ours are still healthy and, things are going well.

I think she is healthy because she is smart and careful, and makes sure to keep us out of danger.  For me it more like this

Like many of y’all, the Governor of our state has issued a shelter in place order Continue reading “Shelter in Place, Week one!”

WSU Gnome Rides Again!

Folks, this has been one hell of a long year. Due to work and a fluke in our planning, Michelle and I have not had more than one day off since our trip to Cannon Beach in April. For the record, that is ENTIRELY too long!!

So, with our Labor Weekend trip to Walla Walla in the offing, she and I have been counting down the days! Finally, Thursday rolled around, and we loaded up the rental vehicle for a trip east! Continue reading “WSU Gnome Rides Again!”

Wellllll OF COURSE I DID!!!

Without a doubt, if I picked a time of my life that had the most memories and effect on my memories or the things I say, it would be the years at WSU with Dave, Scott, Jim and I.

The Strohs Bros! I was NOT the tall one, and check out the wall paper

No matter how long its been, there are just times that a phrase, word or saying from these days just want to jump into current conversations. Today was one of those days… Continue reading “Wellllll OF COURSE I DID!!!”

It was a fun Christmas Long Weekend!

I am pretty sure I have let y’all know that I am NOT great at planning days off. Over the years, I morphed into the guy who would come into work on Tuesday, look at the forecast as decide Thursday was the perfect day to go hiking or cycling! (There were some years where every Thursday afternoon was a 3 hour, USELESS meeting of us supervisors. So even if the weather wasn’t perfect, I would still take the day off.)

Luckily Michelle IS a day off planner. Last year, when she saw Christmas was on Sunday, and therefore we would have Monday off, she had us take Friday as well. I am very glad she did!  Continue reading “It was a fun Christmas Long Weekend!”

The Storm that wasn’t!

For most of the last 25 years I have worked at the Mighty P. It is a personal lines insurance (meaning we have car, house and boat  insurance for people) company that writes policies in Washington and Oregon.

I am also a science geek, I think anything mother nature can do is simply amazing. So, when you combine science geek and insurance nerd, the news that a potentially historic storm was bearing down on us peaks my interest! Continue reading “The Storm that wasn’t!”

Will Work for Wine!

OK, as much as I hate to admit it, a man can’t ride a bike 24 hrs a day EVERY day.  There has to be more to life.  As you may, or may not have noticed, aside from cycling, one of the other things I really enjoy doing is wine tasting.  Being 12.5 miles (as the bike flies) from Woodinville, WA, the wine tasting capital of Western Washington makes this easy.

My favorite winery, is Dusted Valley.

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Michelle and I found them about 5 years ago, the first day they opened a tasting room in Woodinville.  We had been in another winery, and they told us “Hey, this place just opened, go check them out!”

We did, and ended up tasting the best damn red wine EVER!  BFM (forgive me, but its a merlot based wine called Blow your Fucking Mind (take a sip and you will understand why)) Stained Tooth Syrah, Cab Franc and Malbec, just to name a few,  You also have to love a wine named after a prostitute!  Squirrel Toothed Alice (Google her)

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She and I have had many a good night together!

Michelle and I left there the first time packing toothbrushes and members of the wine club, Stained Tooth Society.

Now, the wine itself would be enough to make us come back, but more importantly, the ladies who work their make us feel like family.  Jill, Colleen, Veronica, Heather, and Michelle.  Anytime I show up there on my bike they are happy to see me, let me fill my water bottle, let me taste one or all, and make me feel like family.  My kid brother showed up, mentioned my name, and was able to taste for free.  I was family, so he was family!

My favorite story of Dusted Valley was that they were banned from Alabama because of their label

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Someone in that state thought he saw a nipple!  I think someone finally tasted the wine and decide either A) there is no nipple, or B) the wine is too good so i don’t care!  Either way, its allowed in Alabama.

I learned about 3 years ago that DV members can volunteer to work the big release weekends.  My main job is working the supply closet.  After everyone tastes, they come up and make their selections.  My job is to pull the orders. I fly!  I pack the cases, carry the wine to cars for little old ladies, occasionally pour wine for people and “other duties as assigned!”

The best part.  I get paid in wine.  Yep, for 5 hours of work, i get 3 bottles of my favorite wines!  Rachis Syrah, BFM, or others that are available!  Last night was the volunteer night, to come in, taste the new offerings early, and review the jobs for the volunteers.  It’s fun, no crowds, and we can retaste anything.  I could give the talk myself easily, but I am happy to show up for the wine.

So, I am set up to work at the end of the month, get the free wine, and spend time with (aside from my wife) my favorite group of ladies.  If you ever see Dusted Valley in the store, or you ever get to Woodinville or Walla Walla, mention my name and try it out, you will NOT be disappointed.  AND if you get to the Woodinville tasting room on April 27, ask for me!

OK, I admit, I will work my ass off for good wine!