Back In The USA

Sittin' in the Portland airport for a few hours, waiting for a flight to Boise to go see family in Idaho. Got myself a week off and I plan to use it to get absolutely no work accomplished. (Ok, that's a lie of course but I swear I'll be doing very little. I just cleaned out my work inbox and am ready to shut this computer down for everything except personal fun.) Hoping to spend my time playing with the nieces, sleeping and anything involving the outdoors. There are some hot springs just south of Twin that I went to when I was a tour guide. . . sounds good to me.

Recently I spent 2 weeks in Victoria for a dry dock of the Millennium. Victoria is a great city and to have it sandwiched between time spent eating sushi in Vancouver is exceptional. I only got out a few nights in Victoria but after being on dry dock for a while every night out, even for a single beer, is a glorious victory. A buddy in Vancouver hooked up some tickets to the International Rugby Test between Canada and Ireland yesterday and thankfully Ireland was fielding it's C squad so they only beat Canada by 19. Ok, it was brutally clear how far behind Ireland is when it comes to rugby but it was still a good time.

The dry dock itself went pretty well after the first few days. Celebrity threw about 10 million into the refurbishment of the hotel side of the Millennium and the marine side saw some new bearings into both azipods and one new slewing bearing as well. Pictures up on Flickr if anyone is interested. Took a small seaplane from Victoria harbor right down town to downtown Vancouver. . . if you're ever up that way I'd strongly suggest it. Shot of Victoria as we were flying out.

Victoria From Air

Currently trying my 3rd type of beer here at PDX from Laurelwood Beers, "Portland's Original Certified Organic Brewery." Didn't know such certifications existed but I must say the Tree Hugger Porter, Space Stout and Hooligan beers offered by this company don't need any organic cert to convince me they're good.

Okay, enough procrastination. . . my gmail inbox needs cleaning even more than my work inbox did.

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