No Suits – No Service

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Traveling opens your eyes in so many ways. I always find things that show us how alike we are, and I often find things that make me ponder. Like, why are swimsuits forbidden on a pier where cruise ships dock? Today we set sail with 3 other couples on a…

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Harry & David

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I get a kick out of flipping through food gift catalogs. It fills me with some sort of childlike delight, seeing all the beautiful arrangements. Very early in my career, when I could have never afforded one myself, I was in charge of buying them for clients. I believed that…

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The Rock – Tacoma, WA

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: OK, I realize that my posts lately have an overabundance of food. I prepare to hibernate this time of year in case I go hungry…before lunch. I used to go to The Rock for pizza every time I was in Tacoma. The pizza is amazing, they brew great beer, the…

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Fluffy Stuff

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: A 4.5 hour flight can be tough, but I had serious legroom and an empty seat beside me! A woman behind me was nagging her husband something fierce, in that “just too loud” voice. Poor guy. She had something negative to say about everything. Why is de-icing taking so long?…

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Gingerbread Cookies

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Ok, it is 4:45am in Seattle I realize that cookies are not an acceptable breakfast. But how do I say no to gingerbread cookies? Travel is hard, but the little things can make all the difference. A superbly pleasant shuttle driver from the Seattle Airport Marriott. Smiling and happy TSA…

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Mama Roxy – Lush

Thoughts From The Coffee Table: By now my love of Lush products and people is not a secret. I am constantly amazed by this company. If you have a store in your city, just go watch the flow of people as they shop. They are like kids in a candy store, as am I. I…

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Lucky Charms

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: I was not allowed to have “sugared” cereal. My mother said sugar couldn’t be the first ingredient. I ate Frosted Mini-Wheats. Sugar was the second ingredient. When I would go visit my oldest brother, he bought me Lucky Charms. It was our little “secret” that apparently wasn’t too secret, but…

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DAV

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Being the shy and introverted person I am, I hardly ever meet new people. Especially on airplanes. But just this once I met someone on my Detroit to Seattle flight, and the chance meeting provided me with the most exceptional experience. Rob Lougee is with DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and…

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The Best Gifts

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Yesterday I flew to Seattle for one more week with my son and grandbabies. I sometimes see a map of the US in my mind with a pic of a plane and dots. Anyone know the reference? My son has full custody of a 3.5 and a 1 year old.…

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TD Bank

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Sales is art. You can be born with natural ability or inner confidence or complete insanity, but you have to be able to be coached, learn from masters and be willing to make a fool of yourself. Some people struggle with the fool part. Not me. I make a fool…

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