Friday, March 04, 2022

I Am Bogey Boy

I saw on some advertisement somewhere that Seattle native rapper Macklemore was going to be doing a meet and greet at the Seattle Golf Show. I love Macklemore and his "Thrift Shop" single was pretty much my anthem for a minute. I think I must now officially qualify as a real fan because I hate golf but bought two tickets to the Seattle Golf Show.

Well I wanted some cool clothes for when I became best friends with Macklemore, so we went to a Capitol Hill pop up store selling his golfy themed clothing line: Bogey Boys. It was a pretty cool store, complete with a golf cart and a putting green.

It's a little bit amusing that one of Macklemore's biggest hit songs is about thrifting and not spending a bunch of money on designer clothes, which he is now pimping, but he was operating a thrift shop in the basement of the building as well. I think that must at least balance out his karma in this instance.

With my new digs secured, we hit a bar in town that we'd never been to before. Stella is a cozy little bar situated in the Hotel Sorrento. I believe the reason that we were here was to listen to a jazz band play Disney tunes or something, but that area was full, so we checked this area out a bit.

Our last stop of the night was the dive bar Sam's Tavern. This place seems pretty lively and has a lot of events, so I definitely would like to come back sometime. 

My team at Microsoft is in charge of cutting off access to a lot of our products in the event of an international trade dispute, and we've been very busy pulling the plug on a lot of relationships with Russian entities in the wake of their invasion of Ukraine.

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Microsoft Hot Tubbin'

So I have a fancy job as a data engineer at Microsoft, working on migrating their third party compliance operation from on-premise servers to the Azure cloud. I get to do this amazing job completely from home. This situation sometimes does not feel quite fancy enough though, so I'll head to the hot tub in order to do my very important work and other businessman meetings and so forth.

Technology in progress.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Buttery, Buttery Snails

I've been doing a lot of interviewing lately. I've been getting a lot of FAANG interest which is pretty cool on one hand, but on the other their interview process is cutthroat and gives me a lot of anxiety. I feel like they don't really care about my work experience or education, and they only thing that matters to them is that I memorize a bunch of stupid coding problems. 

I felt a little guilty that we rarely eat at the restaurants in Kirkland because I'm always tempted by the awesome stuff happening over in Seattle. The highlight of our meal at Lynn's Bistro was Lydia's very first escargot.

We have a trip to Paris on the books so Lydia had to do some training with these buttery, buttery snails.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

The Trip Back From Mexico

It's interesting I usually push for my international trips to be as long as possible in order to get the most juice out of the squeeze, but these short and sweet trips aren't bad either. It's sort of like eating the cherry and fudge off a sundae and throwing the rest away.

Houston airport has this really amazingly decorated Japanese restaurant that I am compelled to take pictures of each time I pass.

We stood at baggage claim back in Seattle for some time watching the dregs until they turned the conveyor belt off. I already knew what happened. There was a mint condition version of my suitcase remaining. Some knucklehead kid from a school group had clearly taken the wrong bag. This was especially funny because I've been using the same suitcase for like 15 years. I think Tom bought Angelica and I matching ones perhaps. It looks like total ass, all of the zipper handles are gone which I actually like because it makes it harder to open. So a person would have to be a special kind of stupid to confuse this never used thing for my green warhorse. We talked to the airline people and the police a bit. They returned it the next day but we were going to file a police report if they did not. That little puke better not mess with the half bottle of good tequila I have in there.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

A Mexican Wedding

We had another day to ourselves in lovely Monterrey, Mexico before the wedding reception that we came to Mexico for.

The Hotel Kavia Monterrey did a good job serving as our temporary home and had a great terrace. The weather wasn't really right to go out there but maybe next time.

We had an errand to take care of back at the hotel but we brought some snacks from a convenience store for our trouble.

The fact that we traveled during covid with the possibility that we would test positive and not be able to return home is actually insane. We would be trapped in any number of places by now if any of these tests went the wrong way. This was actually a really good country for it because they came and did it in the hotel lobby for us, instead of us having to navigate the Mexican healthcare system on our own, which would have been unpleasant.


We booked another fancy meal, this time for lunch, at Koli Cocina de Origen.

I've just been on a peppery drink kick on this trip. I ordered a Spicy Ananas containing Hennessy vsop, piña asada, licor de chile ancho

This was a
Passion Beer
Don Julio reposado, maracuyá y cerveza rrey mexican ipa

I liked that the kitchen had windows so I could watch the staff doing their magic in between courses. I think one team was working on our dessert the entire time were there. Also we were the only diners so it was obvious that everything all these people were doing was just for us.

This was like Bob Ross paint palette type situation.

Tropical Sour
Beefeater, citricos, te verde tropical

Open heart surgery? Nope. It's a guy working on my fish.

Mulata Daiquiri
Havana 7, licor de cacao oscuro

All of that magic was about $164, which is a pretty damn good deal if you ask me.

We checked out Parque Fundidora, built in what once were the grounds of the Monterrey Foundry, the first steel and iron foundry in Latin America.

Some sort of Pokemon Go event had drawn weirdos to swarm all over the park. I told a few of them if they were so good at catchin' them pokeymans maybe they should go out and catch a job.

A couple of pokenerds entering Museo del Acero Horno 3.

This place was a museum built out one of the actual steel blast furnaces.

There was a cool elevator ride thing to the top.

So proud to see Seattle making it in the world.

The museum part was largely for kids but it was still pretty entertaining.

My favorite part was this luchador Mexican wrestlers acting out the different chemical reactions of metal production. Why couldn't all of highschool chemistry class have been like this?

It took us a while to find Viry's brother's wedding reception inside the Punto Valle shopping mall.

This was probably the fanciest wedding reception I've ever heard of let along been to. There was maybe a ten person band on stage, there were actual friggin' fireworks, bubbles, and the food was amazing. Definitely worth flying across the continent for.

I was given the advice to bribe the waiter early on so that he would keep the drinks coming. That plan worked as expected. I got pretty drunk on fancy tequila and spent a lot of time talking to Lolo's French parents. His dad said I look like Tom Hanks, which is what I'm always trying to tell Lydia. Famous face! There was also a very funny bathroom attendant who insisted on practicing his English with me during my frequent trips to the restroom.

Our friend Amy and her dude from St. Louis also made the trip and were seated at our table, which was nice to have someone to talk to. I thought the fact that we didn't know the bride or groom and yet were all invited was pretty amusing. Our low status was made evident by the fact our table was in the far corner of the building. Fine by me. The tequila was still the same amount of wet over here.

Lolo was looking dapper. I think me and the other American guy were literally the only human males in the building not wearing black suits.

Late in the early hours of the morning there was even a hangover food course.

These people know how to party.