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Re: Holiday thread

Polka wrote:
Infinite Jest wrote:

Okay, okay, I have a trip booked and it's kind of a biggie, at least for me.  I'm hitting Northern California/the Pacific Northwest near Labor Day for 9 days and am catching the Pavement in both Portland and Seattle.  The Portland venue - McMenamins Edgefield - looks pretty cool although I am admittedly most excited for the Seattle show to see them in a theatre like venue which is still tops for me if it can't be a small, sweaty, grimey club.

Awesome!  Have you been out to Portland, Jest?  I was there for a week earlier this summer--great town.  You'll not want to return to Chicago.  smile   (In fact, the reason I was out there is that a friend just moved there from Chi-town.)  Anyhew, I haven't been to their Edgefield property, but their are "McMenamins" all over town.  They repurpose old & disused buildings into bars, restaurants, hotels and the like--really cool.

Nope.  Any recommendations?  Think we are doing a microbrew tour by bus during one of the days.  I guess Portland is just crawling with them?  Microbrews that is.  Haven't been to Seattle before either.  Planning to check to see if there is a Frasier walking tour.  Okay, maybe kidding on that

Those pills are dangerous.

Yeah, well so is geometry.

Re: Holiday thread

I went to Seattle as a kid with the winning combo of just getting into alt-rock, Nirvana just happening, and being just old enough to feck off on my own for the day.  Was amazing. 

I am reading a book on beer at the moment and he raves about a particular micro-brewed IPA from there - says it is the best beer in the world (and he is a coooool dude that knows his stuff).  I must dig out the name of it.

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Re: Holiday thread

Sounds rad Jmmr, where did you go on your day by yourself? I'm not allowed to go off on my own yet.

And what's the name of that book? Sounds like a good read.

"Shnake!"

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54 (edited by Jimmer 2010-08-13 06:57:15)

Re: Holiday thread

Get With The Realness!! wrote:

Sounds rad Jmmr, where did you go on your day by yourself? I'm not allowed to go off on my own yet.

And what's the name of that book? Sounds like a good read.

You know I can't really remember, but we were on a street that had a few galleries and I saw some cool art (not that I know anything about art, then or now) and flounced about with long hair having a coffee and looking at a few buildings.  All probably of no interest to anyone but a 16 year old me, but it was a cool time. 

Pete Brown is the author, and he has written three books on beers, two of which i have read and are fantastic (Three Sheets to the Wind and Man Walks Into a Pub) and a third called Hops and Glory, which I started two days ago and already love.  He is also a brilliant speaker on the subject if you get the chance.  I shall be seeing him again in Abergavenney Food Fest - should be fun.  I really can't recommend those books highly enough.  Oh and his blog is good too:

http://petebrown.blogspot.com/

I particularly like this piece:

http://petebrown.blogspot.com/search?up … -results=7

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Re: Holiday thread

Jimmer wrote:

flounced about with long hair

Oh yeah, i've seen the photo!

Oh, Pete Brown, that's the 'trousered' guy you mentioned before right?! Will definitely check that out. Still haven't had the chance to get that phrase into everyday coversation yet, must rectify that.

"Shnake!"

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Re: Holiday thread

Jimmer wrote:
The Breakfast in America wrote:
Jimmer wrote:

we are in York for a day at the end of the month......

Jimmer I dreamt (I'm a dreamer) you we're in a ham radio shack, communicating with Mortimer who encrypted all you said in his blog platform. Who cares? I know.

What's your plan for York?

We are holidaying for a few days in the North East and stopping there for an afternoon or longer on the way up.  Not a classic holiday anecdote, I admit.

I'm up 30th/31st, jimmifer. the plan is to drink copiously and hopefully not end up sleeping in the car this time. as for that dream of ham shacks, whatever you say to me will be interpreted and used in whatever way I see fit.

the Sun Never Sets on British Condiments.

eat cheetos, rest easy

Re: Holiday thread

Valencia is brilliant, cheap, has really nice people, good architecture, good bars, better food than usual in Spain, amazing parks and nioce weather.  Go there.

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Re: Holiday thread

Okay, 2011 holiday plans coming together.  Have booked:

March - a week in Sicily, hoping for some winter sun, doing a posh cooking class and having a massive potter about.

End of April - a week in Southern Spain, doing some cycling, and having a big BBQ.  Going to rock.

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Re: Holiday thread

2011 - hopefully Sweden. Possibly August - need to confirm with swede when's good. Probably also do something UK based, long weekend or week, hopefully the week following Royal Wedding Insania. Possibly Lake District again, or maybe Wales, somewhere quiet and beautiful.

2012 - no idea

2013 - Trinidad and Tobago hopefully, at least 3 weeks, possibly a jaunt over to Cariacou via Grenada too. Will be well wicked.

"Shnake!"

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Re: Holiday thread

Jimmer wrote:

End of April - a week in Southern Spain, doing some cycling, and having a big BBQ.  Going to rock.

Sounds great, will you be taking your bikes or hiring? Where will the BBQ be?

"Shnake!"

Re: Holiday thread

You are planning for 2013?  Yowsas!

Taking my bike to Spain.  We are going with friends who will be doing the same so we can smash up so euro roads.  Might take it to Sicily too but Mrs Jimmer is not a cyclist so she might get bored (she will care less in Spain).

The BBQ will be at the beautiful looking mountain side villa we have hired.

I have only just discovered how cheap a villa is compared to a hotel.  Am bloody furious nobody told me I could have a house instead of a room, and a pool all to myself (well me and Mrs Jimmer and the other couple, but i like them).

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Re: Holiday thread

Yeah we've planned for 2013 only because we know we want to go to T&T and know that is probably the earliest we can go.

Will you drive to Spain in oyur new estate with bikes on the roof? That could be pretty brilliant. Or you taking them on the plane? Doesn't that cost a lot?

Yeah we stayed in a villa near Barcelona, own pool, BBQ, nice.

"Shnake!"

Re: Holiday thread

Flying.  Easyjet charge £18 each way for a bike which is fine.  Ryanair charge £40 each way which is not fine. 

For Sicily we are flying BA, and they, amazingly and assuming they aren't on strike, let you take it for free in place of your hold bag.  That is a bloody good deal.

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64 (edited by mortimer 2010-12-07 06:22:18)

Re: Holiday thread

fun fact: I went to school with the only white player on the T&T international football team.

the Sun Never Sets on British Condiments.

eat cheetos, rest easy

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Re: Holiday thread

mortimer wrote:

fun fact: I went to school with an international footballer who plays for T&T. he is the only white player on the team.

kkkkk rad, I remember seeing a white guy in the team last time I saw them play. How did he manage that? They're my second team after England.

Jmmr, that sounds like a good deal on all accounts, thought it would cost a lot more than that.

"Shnake!"

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66 (edited by mortimer 2010-12-07 06:36:57)

Re: Holiday thread

chris birchall is his name. I think it's cos his grandad was from TorT. he was actually mates with big sis. I think the only interaction I had with him was when I was about 9 he said 'ay up', to which I hilariously replied 'ay down'. turns out not hilarious.

the Sun Never Sets on British Condiments.

eat cheetos, rest easy

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Re: Holiday thread

mortimer wrote:

chris birchall is his name. I think it's cos his grandad was from TorT. he was actually mates with big sis. I think the only interaction I had with him was when I was about 9 he said 'ay up', to which I hilariously replied 'ay down'. turns out not hilarious.

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk that's hilarious in my book mort. And my book is one that should be bound, published and sent straight to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

"Shnake!"

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Re: Holiday thread

Get With The Realness!! wrote:

...straight to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

simples!

the Sun Never Sets on British Condiments.

eat cheetos, rest easy

Re: Holiday thread

Probably only exciting to me, but going to PacNW/British Columbia for ten days of skiing at the end of January.  Big "I'm officially old" celebration with some cronies. 

Jim-Jim, where you heading in Spain?  By southern you mean Andalusia (note:  lisp)?


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Re: Holiday thread

mortimer wrote:
Get With The Realness!! wrote:

...straight to the top of the Amazon bestseller list.

simples!

kkkkkkkkkk exactly. If he can do it, so can I.

"Shnake!"

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Re: Holiday thread

Polka wrote:

Probably only exciting to me, but going to PacNW/British Columbia for ten days of skiing at the end of January.  Big "I'm officially old" celebration with some cronies. 

Jim-Jim, where you heading in Spain?  By southern you mean Andalusia (note:  lisp)?

Sounds rad Polk, I bet there's some beautiful scenery up there. Are you a good skiier? Must be with your swedish blood.

"Shnake!"

72 (edited by Polka 2010-12-07 06:59:29)

Re: Holiday thread

Alas, no Swedish blood, but Norske! smile  Skiing is one of my favorite things; usually get couple trips in a year (have a good friend who lives in Utah and my sister lives in Colorado, so it's pretty easy to pull off).  I'm rendezvousing with a bunch of friends in Seattle, we are going to go from there north into the Cascades and up into Whistler and then points further afield.  First time skiing that part of the world; I'm pretty excited about it.  Frantically trying to get to a reasonable fitness level--failing in this regard.  Could be kind of ugly...


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Re: Holiday thread

Ah, I always thought you shared swedish blood. Sounds like it will be great fun, but yeah, not the best time of year to be trying to get in shape! At least with skiing though, once you're up there it's just downhill all the way. kkkkkkkkkkk

http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/dre0702l.jpg

"Shnake!"

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Re: Holiday thread

More head over heels than straight down, but something like that!  smile

http://www.mountvacation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/ski_crash.jpg

Re: Holiday thread

ouch!

"Shnake!"