Frank (ljtourist) wrote,

The state of the tourist

Things are good, if busier than than they have any right to be. It feels like a mantra at this point, but I keep hoping that the work insanity is over. My non-work backlog is piling up faster than ever. I have decided to trade money for time, and am investigating ways to implement that. We'll see how that goes.

But I have been doing many fun things as well! Lots of local(-ish) travel has been done, visiting random parts of the city, even if just to take a walk. I've gone to more Belltown restaurants this month than some previous years (although one of my all-time faves, 94 Stewart, has now closed its doors). Even had a (somewhat) surprise trip to Portland a month ago, mostly to see Star Trek in the Park (a group of actors do an amazing job putting on a low-budget reenactment of an ST:TOS episode, and this year's was "Mirror, Mirror"; how could I miss that?). Got to see the Seattle version of same (except with "This Side of Paradise") just today with ctseawa.

Many more travelings are happening as well! Going to visit cow in Toronto in a few weeks, and have some days in Vancouver on both sides of that. Still hoping for a week long San Francisco/Phoenix trip sometime in September/October, but that hasn't been planned yet. But the big adventure for November/December has been booked! I am so excited! I'll be taking the Empire Builder from here to Chicago (a full 2-day trip), spending a week there with my sister (and hopefully her newborn daughter; I'm going to be an uncle!!!), then take the Lake Shore Limited from Chicago to Boston, and spend a bunch of time on the east coast. I'll be back in PA for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and flying back here (first class! on miles!) for New Year's, but expect to be staying with my brother in the North End of Boston for a good chunk of late November and early-mid December, including during the LISA conference. Further dates and scheduling can be had via email!

In other fun times, I have finally, in my 4th year of trying, been able to procure many pounds of sour cherries (aka pie cherries), to turn into drunken cherries. I now have four lovely Ball canning jars of red awesomeness slowly maturing in the bottom of my closet; they (and their liqueur) should be ready just around the time I get back from my holiday travels above. Woo!

Well, that's all for now. Hope to see you soon!

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