Seattle – First Starbucks, Maximilien, and Starbucks Reserve

[January 16, 2015]

Okay so I went to Seattle for a science fiction convention… Well, the con was rather blasé… The thing I did that was way superior was to hit downtown Seattle. And go to the original Starbucks (Store #1). The crew at my local Starbucks were frothing at the mouth and wanted me to get “Pike Place Special Reserve Blend” (as opposed to standard “Pike Place Blend” that all the stores carry). So I got a few bags for them and a few of my friends. Original store: Starbucks First Store – this is a major Starbucks FAIL – they didn’t even list the address on this page. Yeah, “Pike Place” in Seattle is a short street, but still, they can give the address!!! (Go to bottom pic and click on that for more pictures.)

So after I got the coffee, I went to my favorite restaurant down there, hidden in back of the Market. I found it last time I was meandering down there in Seattle a few years ago. Anyway, it’s French. With French Staff. And the best French Absinthe :) Food is amazing. The view is amazing. If in Seattle, go there! Make reservations – limited space. Maximilien Restaurant

Lastly, went to the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery on “Pike Street” (not to be confused with “Pike Place”). Wowowow. Cool! Amazing building with amazing coffee, available any way you want. I did the Clover vacuum extracted Sulewesi Pango Pang Iced Coffee. You can tell all the subtle flavors of the coffee, and you need no sugar, no milk, nothing. Go on a weekday, weekends are beyond packed! Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Here are my pics from the trip (click on the pic or the link below for more):

Absinthe Fountain at Maximilien

Endless Night Victoriental Vampire Ball at House of Blues, New Orleans Nov 1, 2014

[Nov 1, 2014 – New Orleans, LA]

So, more fun in New Orleans: Endless Night Victoriental Vampire Ball at House of Blues, New Orleans. Been here before and it was a blast, so I returned. Here are some pics from the event (click on the pic or the link):

Endless Night Victoriental Vampire Ball at House of Blues, New Orleans Nov 1, 2014

Krewe of Boo Halloween Float, New Orleans, Oct 30, 2014

[Oct 30, 2014 – New Orleans, LA]

Hey!!! I am in New Orleans for Halloween. To kick off the weekend, I boarded the Float for Krewe of Boo. It was cool. Two hours-ish throwing stuff from the float to the gathered people. Then it was party time back at Mardi Gras World to the wee hours of the morning. Here are the pics (click on the pic or the link):

Krewe of Boo Halloween 2014 (My Float – #5 “Alien”)

Loft 2 Miami Halloween Party – Oct 24, 2014

[Oct 24, 2014 – Miami, FL]

The condominium association decided to have fun here and there so they put on a Halloween party. It was a week before the “real” Halloween weekend so turnout was pretty good. Here are some pictures from the event. I took the pictures without using a flash because I didn’t want to ruin the ambiance; so the bulk of them have a fuzzy focus, sorry… Click on the pic or link to get to the pictures page:

Loft 2 Miami Halloween Party 2014

GLOW in Oracle, Arizona 2014

[Oct 11, 2014 – Oracle, AZ]

GLOW for 2014 is over. It was weirdly cool. It’s at the Triangle L Ranch in the boonies – in Oracle, AZ. It’s about a one hour drive north of Tucson. GLOW is an yearly event. It got so big, the owner split the event into four weekend nights. The desert is lit up with lights all over. And weird glow-y artwork from local artists. And bands. And pie. No, it’s not a rave. No, there is no alcohol. It’s a family thing, it’s a young to old thing. And everyone wears something that, well, glows. It was almost like a sci fi convention. Hey, even the Doctor showed up. Well, the TARDIS was there but the Doctor must have slipped away in the darkness :) It was really different. And fun. Catch it next year.

GLOW in Oracle, AZ

Club Med Prodvinciales (Turks and Caicos Islands) with 2014

[Aug 28, 2014 – Sep 01, 2014, Prodvinciales, Turks and Caicos Islands]

This is my vacation from my vacation. Just relax and do nothing weekend at Club Med booked through No, it’s not a cruise, it was a land only thing. The picture below is from the Sunset Cruise on Friday night. For more pictures, click on the pic or link below :)

Sunset Cruise on Friday

New Years Eve on the Thames by the London Eye Dec 31, 2013

[Dec 29, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014, London, UK]

London is my favorite city (as you may have guessed by all the time I visit there). This time, London from the Thames at night – for New Year’s Eve 2013. Here are a bunch of pictures, mostly self-explanatory:

New Year’s Eve 2013 at the London Eye

Later in the week, after New Year’s Eve, my friends, Paula and Douglas, visited from Winenhoe for a (rainy night) tour of London, including Sherlock Holmes Pub by Charring Cross tube station, Waxy O’Connor’s for Caffery’s and then walked to the Parliament building and Big Ben (which is the innards of the clock) in the newly renamed Elizabeth tower.

Chicago TARDIS 2013

[Nov 29, 2013 – Dec 1, 2013, Lombard, IL, , US]

I didn’t take any picture of any of the guests – except Colin Baker, and that was by pure accident. He was walking down the hall and he decided to stop and kiss a Dalek. Luckily I was right there with my camera. I talked to Nicola Bryant for a bit, but sorry, no pics there…

However, I did get a few great costumes. There were waaaay more than I have here, but this is a great sampling…

All of the doctors – from Chicago TARDIS