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I didn't know this was possible and I am SICK and TIRED of the relentless barrage of credit card offers arriving daily (talk about spam). Fortunately TWC has a Tim Allen paper shredder powered by a blown Chevy 454 out of a '70 Chevelle that makes short work of that (envelopes and all).
Citibank and MBNA have spent more on postage than they could ever recoup in interest charges should we, in a moment of weakness, sign on the line for the perfect credit card.
....if you're sick and tired of getting 50 million credit card solicitations in the mail, you can now opt out at this site run by the major creditbureaus.
Eagle & Rose is a winery that TWC was not familiar with until recently and I may have never run across it except that the wine came as a gift from Mrs TWC's father last Thanksgiving.
My father-in-law is one of those redneck guys who lives on five acres in the foothills of North California that Hank Williams sang about in Country Boy Can Survive so it surprised me when he showed up with nearly three cases of wine, duct taped closed and covered with dust and grease smudges (probably axle grease or chainsaw oil, or both). Well, the duct tape wasn't a surprise I guess. And yes, he can skin a buck (his nickname is Buck) and field dress it faster than you can get to Safeway (never, ever eat anything at Buck's house without finding out what it is first). No homemade wine, though he does make pretty decent jam. God only knows how he came up with wine, probably swapped it for tractor parts or a load of firewood.
Anyway, mixed into those cases of wine were several bottles of Eagle & Rose Syrah and Eagle & Rose Cabernet. Both are quite good but the Syrah may be past it's prime so for now we'll just talk about the Cabernet.
Eagle & Rose is located in the Pope Valley region of Napa Valley (well, Howell Mountain is in the way), but the wine was done in a distinctively Bordeaux style. Pretty certain the 2000 is 100% Cabernet and it's estate grown and bottled. The wine is bone dry with a nice balance. It puts me in the mind of shades of gray (how's that for terminology?). Not dull relentless gray but beautiful hues of gray. Think gray is my favorite color as in Counting Crows Mr Jones.
Not working? Okay, it's a gorgeous hue of deep ruby running to garnet in color. In keeping with Old World style, the black fruit is well integrated and more subdued than many California Cabs. A little oak, a little pencil lead, a little tobacco (see the shades of gray?), a little earthy, a little blackberry on the back side (lingering finish for you actual wine connoisseurs). The guy Buck got this wine from told him this is a wine you won't be ashamed to serve and he was more than right. This is an elegant wine.
Here at Casa de las Rocas Grande we harvest our own mesquite for grilling and the Eagle & Rose Cab was perfect with the rib-eye and baked potatoes (served with sour cream and fresh chives from the garden). Mrs TWC sauteed asparagus with lemon, butter, and those things that are sort of a cross between onions and garlic (*CRS, sorry) along with sliced sourdough topped with a little butter, fresh rosemary, and mozzarella. Slide it under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown and you're done.
TWC is really annoyed that ATT bought out SBC so now my provider is ATT. There is the obvious sell out to NSA to be irritated about but ATT is such a crappy company and has consistently gone out of its way to snake its customer base.
Like when we disconnected our old home phone number a few months ago and ATT removed all of our discount plans and began charging fifty bucks a minute to make local toll calls. It cost three hours to get it back to where it was and although there was some credit offered it only amounted to about a third of the bogus charges. But I digress......
If you dial 611 for repair service you get a message encouraging you to handle the trouble online. But if you go online to the website you can't handle a repair problem at all because all you get is the repair service telephone number.
The repair service tests the line while you're on the phone, but won't tell you a thing even though ATT knows at this point the trouble is on their end. You have to commit to a $55.00 charge to get them to fix the problem.
True enough, since it is ATT's problem you won't have to pay the charge, but you still have to commit up front to get them off their dead asses to do anything.
Wonder if I can bill them $55.00 for the time I spent this morning figuring out that it wasn't the mice eating the line but instead some ATT technician disconnected Mrs TWC's business line at the junction box yesterday mid-day and then went home for the weekend.
Oh and don't get me wrong, everybody is entitled to a few mistakes but the process to rectify the technician's oversight is incredibly clumsy and difficult to navigate.
The Old Lady'll be on C-Span's Washington Journal to discuss the universal preschool proposal on California's June 6 ballot, this morning, Saturday, June 3, at 9 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. PDT. For more information or to watch the program online, go here.
Monday, she's scheduled on KABC's The Al Rantel Show at 2:00 p.m. Eastern/11:00 a.m. Pacific on Monday, June 5. Listen live here. BTW, KABC is home to Larry Elder and Sean You're A Great American Hannity.
I've been many times. It tends to get hot in the afternoon. Lake Skinner is pretty but the event isn't held close enough to the lake to take advantage of that. The entertainment is decent. The drawback is this: like all events of this kind, you're stuck in certain areas until you're wine glass is depleted. There is no wandering around enjoying all the event has to offer while enjoying your wine. Cuz dang, some jerk might get drunk and cause trouble. Rather than arrest or shoot the specific offender it's always better to make it less enjoyable for all the rest of us.
The best time ever was when Brian Setzer headlined
and my little son Jake danced
his little 18-month-old backside right off while the rest of the kids in our party collapsed on the grass in slumber. Setzer was gracious enough to run through all the Stray Cats stuff along with the new stuff. To this day Jake is still a Rockabilly fan.
Is it fun? Sure. Is it worth it? Maybe. Is it crowded? Generally. Is Melissa working? Probably.
Our fine legal minds over at Dewey, Screwem, & Howe, LLP asked us to alert our clients to the exponential increase of legal actions involving alcohol consumption on company premises, which would include company-sanctioned off site meetings and company sponsored events.
Consider it done. TWC recomends limiting alcohol consumption at company events to one drink per employee.