September-October-November 2013
Monday, September 2, Snohomish, WA
Lunch with Nancy...
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013, Bellevue, WA
A photo touch-up job for Nancy...

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Friday, September 6, 2013, Redmond, WA
In the Commons... a photo sent to Michiko Iwaya... she knows why...

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Saturday, September 7, 2013, Redmond, WA
Microsoft Studio-D... with Spock...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Redmond, WA

Victor's Coffee Co. & Roasters, in downtown Redmond. A finer place to spend an hour on an afternoon off is hard to imagine.

New boots, from Redmond Western Wear, down the way from Victor's. Ariat Heritage Roughstocks with "buckaroo" tops...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Bellevue, WA
At the Uwajimaya with Nancy and a pair of sunglasses that served me well for many years, until this day...

And at The Crab Pot... Nancy and the 10 second birthday cheesecake...

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Saturday, September 14, 2013, Redmond, WA
Outside Studio-D, on the Microsoft campus. Trying to get this spider shot convinced me that I need a new dedicated camera with better macro capability...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Redmond, WA
A late afternoon sunbreak lights the hallway outside my work area in Studio-A...
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At Camping World... a little maintenance work and a good scrubbing for Bigfoot...
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A Dungeness crab in a friend's kitchen, just prior to the pot...
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In a community garden...
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Wednesday & Thursday, October 16 & 17, 2013, Redmond, WA
Mushrooms at Microsoft...

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At Microsoft... Geek Crossing on a Fall afternoon...
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Dinner and happy hour at my workplace in Studio-A...
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At Salon West Wind with Jane and Kay... scans of old photos from Jane's scrapbook...
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At the Bellevue Uwajimaya, where I bought a Yukata (with help from Masako-san). Is that a good price for a pig head?
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Coffee with my friend Sumana...
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A late night walk home...
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Friday, October 25, 2013, Redmond, WA
Visiting Sweet Jane at Salon West Wind, just down the way from the Microsoft campus. "Fall" is my favorite color...
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Thursday, October 28, 2013, Redmond, WA
More mushrooms observed while walking to work...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Redmond, WA
Steve's walk in the West Campus woods...
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Saturday, November 9, 2013, Redmond, WA
Sweet Jane's birthday party at Salon West Wind... with Jane and Kay Kay..
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Crossroads... Bonaca, Croatian accordion... and, the seasonal Pipeline Porter has arrived on local shelves - yet another sign that my favorite time of the year has arrived...
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Studio-A, my workplace at Microsoft. Xbox One pre-release rally...
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Dumplings... 饺子非常好吃!

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Monday, November 18
I finally got around to posting "Beware The Cuckold."

This is a little ditty from my days in the music business, back in Charlotte. Local rock legend Jake Berger stopped by my place on Greenway Ave (near the Bayou Kitchen) one afternoon, around September of 1993 as best I can recall, to see the old Orio accordion I had recently pulled out of storage. I started playing the riff that became "Beware The Cuckold", causing Jake to grab a guitar and chime in. The lyrics came fast, the chorus turned into a chant, and Jake coined the choice title. We had a rough cassette demo recording in about 30 minutes! Jake soon had his band, The Wire Mules, playing "Beware The Cuckold" at Jack Straw's, The Double Door Inn, The Stanleyville Grill, and other venues around Charlotte. A recording session at Jamie Hoover's Washiteria soon followed. I often joined the Wire Mules on stage as guest accordionist and a swell time was had by one and all...

"Beware the Cuckold"

From The Wire Mules album Against the Grain Elevator
Produced by Jamie Hoover and recorded at the Washiteria (Clover, SC)...
Music and Lyrics By: Jake Berger and Steve Thompson
Accordion: Steve Thompson
Guitar: Jake Berger
Balalaika Electric Guitar: Lenny Federal
Drums: Jeff Nesbitt
Bass: Rob Tavaglione
Lead Vocal: Jake Berger
Backing Slavic Chant: Steve Thompson and Jeff Nesbit
(Steve on the "she'll bleed you" callout)

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November 19, 2013, Snoqualmie, WA
Lunch with Sweet Jane at Snoqualmie Casino...


November 20, 2013, Bellevue, WA
Purchased at BestBuy...
Sony VAIO - Flip 15A 2-in-1, 15.5" Touch-Screen Laptop - Black
Model: SVF15N17CXB
8GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
2GB dedicated graphics
Windows 8.1 64-bit
4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor
15.5" Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
Touch screen
Backlit keyboard
HDMI output
DVD/CD drive not included
LG BE14NU40 External Blu-ray Writer
Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones

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3:00 AM... Studio-A, my workplace, as the Xbox One launch countdown clock hit Zero...
Friday, November 22, 2013, Redmond, WA
My workgroup... "Houston"...
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2nd shot: Tsehay Yinesu, Shirley-Nita Adjei, and Kathy Sun
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Some of the 24/7 "Houston" workgroup:
Shirley-Nita, Kathy, Ranger Steve, Danny, Kam, Ali, and Tsehay...

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1st shot: Scott Whipkey - "The Pride of Pittsburgh"

2nd shot: Ali Egal

3rd shot: Alan Lamon

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2nd shot: Ken Baker

3rd shot: My corner of the table
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Bellevue, WA... Crossroads... I spotted this on the wall at Firenze Italian Restaurant...

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Day... I worked... parked at Studio-D, walking through the Commons to Studio-A. "Houston" is my workgroup...
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