I did some food shopping last night to cover the next few days until I pick up my rental car on Friday.
I did some food shopping last night to cover the next few days until I pick up my rental car on Friday.
I bought a portable charger for my cell phone (and other electronic devices) recently. This will be very handy for vacations when I'm sightseeing and needing to recharge my phone and camera. I also recently deleted a couple of apps I don't use which were huge memory hogs.
My mini-vacation with the cruise reunion group in Denver began Friday afternoon. I checked into the Magnolia Hotel around 1 PM. I had bought a portable DVR to record some of the programs on the stations I can't get in Colorado Springs. The hotel has WiFi, but my room doesn't have an Ethernet connection, which the DVR requires. I didn't know my room had both a refrigerator and a microwave. I had bought a couple of meals for work which don't require refrigeration. Last night, I walked to dinner at a rooftop restaurant and bar. I had already eaten dinner at my dad's house, so I just got a plate of sweet potato fries and a few chocolate martinis. Walking back to the hotel, I bought two bottles of water at 7-Eleven, both for me and my APAP.
This afternoon, I'll go with the reunion group to the Mile High Wine Fest, followed by dinner at the Thirsty Lion. I was greeted at work by the smell of burnt coffee. The Friday evening DJ forgot to turn off the coffee pot before leaving.
I let one of the KRCC engineers know the playlist system had Monday's playlist loaded when I came in instead of Sunday's. I don't know if the DJ from the night before clicked on the wrong date or the system itself auto-loaded the wrong date. I brought up the Sunday playlist around 6:20 AM. The "Weather Lady" called the studio this week. I hadn't heard from her for a couple of weeks, so I wasn't sure if something had happened to her. On the other hand, I haven't gotten a call from the "Slime Lady" in months; I hope she found something better to do on weekends. I think I may have forgotten to submit my time card this time. If I don't see the deposit on Friday, I'll add the hours to the next time card.
I went to Rocket Fizz after work to get some gummy cola bottles. I wanted to go to a downtown candy store, but there was no parking nearby (and some street closures) due to a motorcycle festival. I went to a liquor store later for some rum. I plan to soak the gummies in the rum to make rum-and-coke candies.
I'll be having dinner with the international cuisine group tonight at Uchenna, the Ethiopian restaurant we visited a few months ago. I plan to try a meat dish tonight since I tried a vegetarian dish the last time.
R.I.P. Bandit, the border collie belonging to Funday PawPet Show founder Yappyfox.
UPDATE (8:35 AM): I found a couple of Rubbermaid containers that would fit my car: the Roughneck 66-quart tote (16.5 inches wide) and a large FlexTote (15.7 inches.) The latter has a zipper closure to make it more secure for flying. Both are clear.
I still have a couple boxes of pasta left. I'll get a few ingredients today to make pasta salad for Memorial Day.
My yearly eye exam happened yesterday. The doctor said my vision is a little better than last year. After the exam, I went to dinner in Castle Rock with one of my Meetup groups. The Vista Vino restaurant had its Happy Hour during the time we were there. I got a bowl of white bean chorizo soup and sausage crostini, a couple glasses of Riesling, and caramel mascarpone cheesecake for dessert. I drove a bit further north after dinner and used my portable TV to watch some of the diginets available in Denver.
I don't have a Toastmasters meeting this week since next Monday is Memorial Day. Tonight is the monthly "Drinking Liberally" meeting in Old Colorado City.
I went to a fur meet in Denver last night. There was heavy rain at times driving to Denver and back, but the snow didn't start until after I got home. This meet was at a bar/restaurant on Colfax Ave. called Illegal Pete's. I had been to the Pete's location in south Denver years ago when a co-worker's band played there. The announcement for the fur meet had said the group would have the upper level booths to itself, so I sat near what I thought was part of the group. After some of the regular patrons left, I looked around but didn't recognize anyone else as part of the group. No one apparently recognized me, either. I stayed about 90 minutes to have a burrito and margarita, then went home.
UPDATE (4 PM): It started snowing again briefly, and the temperature is slowly dropping. This shouldn't affect any driving I have to do tomorrow.
One of the TV channels I like is no longer available. Laff was previously carried on my cable system via Blue Highways TV. I read the company that owned BHTV went bankrupt. I've contacted the local TV stations in the past about carrying channels like Laff and Antenna TV, but I haven't gotten any response from them. The "diginets" I can receive over the air are Grit, MeTV (shared with MyNetworkTV,) Ion and Cozi TV. I have regularly dreamed about owning a radio or TV station. I think it would actually be cheaper just to buy a house/townhome in the Denver area.
UPDATE: Channel 13 recently added the Heroes & Icons (H&I) channel to a subchannel.
My first flight from Colorado Springs to Chicago was very peaceful because no kids were on it. I had a cup of orange juice and a stroopwafel on the flight, then got a tomato and mozzarella sandwich and a bottle of water during the layover in Chicago. There was a kid on the flight from Chicago to DC, but it didn't make a lot of noise.
The singles group went to Whitlow's restaurant in Arlington for dinner Thursday night. I had a barbecue bacon cheeseburger, chocolate cake for dessert and a rum-and-coke. Instead of separate checks for each person, the restaurant gave checks to each table of 5-6 people. I didn't have any cash on me at that point. The bill for the table was $120; the others at the table offered to reimburse me if I paid for the table with my credit card. I figured this would still leave me with enough money left on the card for the hotel and one or two nights of dining, along with cash in my wallet (This was a few hours before I learned my loan was approved.)
Taking the subway back to the hotel, I thought the train's announcer was beatboxing and calling himself "Willie Rest-In-Peace." Looking at the signs, I realized he was saying the train was headed toward the "Wiehle-Reston East" station and the "beatboxing" was just the announcer clumsily putting the microphone in its holder.
The day started with a group tour of the Capitol building. There was nothing really going on since Congress wasn't meeting at the time. The group had lunch in one of the Dirksen Senate Building's cafes (I had chicken and fries.) A member of our group took us on a tour of the Senate's TV and radio studios.
The group went to Chadwick's bar before the dinner cruise. The cruise went up and down the Potomac river. I had the parmesan chicken for dinner. After the cruise, the group took an Uber ride to the Crystal City Sports Pub near the hotel. The pub was too crowded, so the group went down the street to Bar Louie instead. I had a couple of s'mores martinis.
I wasn't able to sign up in time for the White House tour (The deadline had passed before I committed to go on this vacation.) I was told the group would meet at Arlington Cemetery for a bus tour at 1 PM. I took the subway and got there by about 12:50. I waited inside the visitors center and asked the group on Facebook when/where the group was supposed to meet. When I didn't get a response by 2:00, I headed back to the hotel.
That night, the group had a few drinks in the hotel bar, then headed down the street to Ted's Montana Grill for dinner. I had a "Red Rock" bison burger and some "Mountain Breeze" martinis (no relation to the Mountain Dew knockoff from Safeway.)
I got back to the hotel around 10 PM, then played some of the games on Steelwoulfe's Jackbox stream for a couple of hours.
The group had a brunch buffet at the Crystal City Sports Pub. I got some andouille sausage with peppers and onions, some biscuits with chipped beef, and a mimosa. My ankles had blisters from all of the walking I'd done so far. I decided to just have two of the instant pasta cups I packed for lunch, then had dinner later in the hotel's restaurant. I couldn't stay up to listen to all of Doggy Radio because I needed to get some sleep before my flights.
United Airlines had given me two one-time passes to their "United Club" lounges for this trip. I had a two-hour wait at both DC and Chicago's airports, so I visited the lounges at both locations. I had a light snack at each location, along with coffee in Chicago. My flight from Chicago to Colorado Springs left about 40 minutes late. There was a loud kid a couple rows in front of me on this flight. I had eaten an edible before the flight, so I was thankfully relaxed and unaffected by the kid. The flight wasn't too far behind schedule, arriving 10-15 minutes late.
I thought I had lost weight during the vacation due to all the walking I did because the planes' seat belts fit comfortably on all of the flights. When I got home, I saw I had gained 11 pounds. I don't know if I have less body fat than before or United recently installed longer seat belts. I've had to request seat belt extensions on many of my past United flights, but none this time.
Another cruise reunion is scheduled for July in Denver. That will be much easier and cheaper for me.
I had lunch with the international cuisine group today at China Village. There were a bunch of dishes that were tempting. I ordered the curry chicken lunch and a mai-tai.
A co-worker's wife gave me some leftovers to have for Easter dinner: turkey, gravy, stuffing, corn, biscuit and chocolate cake.
There was another "cube it" moment during my KRCC shift today. When answering a question about calculating the age of the universe, a show's guest used "cube it" in the equation. Hearing the phrase "cube it" always reminds me of Jim Ward quoting Bill Cosby's "Noah" bit on the Stephanie Miller Show: "RIIIIIGHT! What's a cubit? Vooka-vooka-vooka!"
Tonight's weather makes me wish I could have gone to Texas for Furry Fiesta this year. Right now, the wind is picking up and I'll wake up to at least an inch of snow Friday.
Southside Johnny's restaurant is closing this weekend. I'll be there Friday night to hear The Psychedelegates play. One of the singles groups I'm in is going there Saturday night, but I already RSVP'd for another meetup that night.
Since a site I use to look up TV/radio stations for sale doesn't like e-mails from Yahoo or AOL addresses, I changed the e-mail on my Google+ account to a new Gmail account.
One of the shows I aired today mentioned a cheese called Gjetost, which the hosts pronounced as "Yay, toast!" Another show mentioned a game show on ITV called "Golden Balls."
The station's membership drive starts in 2-1/2 weeks. I'm hoping the reduction in music shows doesn't severely affect the amount the station raises this time.
I had lunch today at the Arabian Nights restaurant on the north end of town. I had the shawarma beef lunch.
Earlier on Sunday, I made a chocolate martini with coconut vodka, creme de cacao and coffee creamer.
After forgetting to do this for a few months, I've resumed keeping a food log. Instead of counting calories, my goal is to keep better track of everything I eat and drink, including zero-calorie things like water and diet soda. I previously left off the water/soda to save space. Now I'm making sure I drink enough water during the day.
I actually felt completely clean after my shower today. I took the time to make sure I thoroughly washed myself instead of rushing through the process as I often do.
I went through the rest of my old mail and found the remaining tax documents I need.