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Hey kids, now you can sound just like a real wine snob. Impress your friends as you swirl, sniff, and pronounce all the words correctly.
Many of us are less like Miles and more like Jack.....I dunno, tastes pretty good to me...... In the end, enjoying the wine is where it's at. But sometimes it's nice to look at a label or a wine list and know how the word is supposed to sound. This is probably more important on the intimate first date with that hot little honey who just moved into 3-B than it is at Greasewood Flats for Monday Night Football.
From Abruzzo to Zinfandel, you'll find a nice wine pronunciation guide here.
One kid in each class received the Principal's Award For Exceptional Academic Achievement on Friday. Katie was that one.
Jake's grades are good and he has apparently learned to compensate for his dyslexia. He reads like a maniac, something that baffles just a bit. No, it's not baffling that he reads well, I just can’t figure out how the heck he manages it.
He's a prolific and talented Runescape addict, which keeps him (and his cousin Clay) out of the bars, hones his
computer skills, and offers better real-world lessons in economics than most Econ 101 classes down at the local hotbed of revolutionary zeal.
His love of handball
has recently blossomed into an interest in tennis.
Both the kids are involved in an elaborate (read: expensive) production of Disney’s Aladdin. Jake got a third call-back Thursday to audition for the lead. This is a first try at the theater for him and he is up against several older and/or more experienced kids for the lead part. Despite that, the director had high praise for Jake’s raw talent. If you’re interested in seeing the production on November 9, let us know. Oh yeah, we’ve got plenty of tickets. We'll comp yours.
Even though they received high marks, the kids were a little disappointed at their computer science grades. Katie pointed out that nobody in her class knows MSWord except her and she thought that ought to have bought her an A+. Can’t say she’s wrong.
With family & friends scattered to the four winds it’s nice to be able to share special moments using technology. Other boring family videos, Ron Paul commercials, and a few of my favorite music videos on U Tube here.
We were out of town over Labor Day and came back to some cooked wine courtesy of a brown out or an outright power failure. See if SCE would focus on generating electricity instead of pushing the negawatt agenda using expensive, timber consuming, four color, glossy brochures that show up in the mailbox every three weeks all summer long, well, maybe the grid wouldn't collapse on scorching summer afternoons.
The cork was pushed out a good third of an inch leaving a sticky residue on the neck of the bottle when the baked wine was forced out of the bottle by the pressure of the heat. I mean, it was 95 in the house when we got home. Had to drink it. Now.
Okay, on the TWC scale, it was a great wine. That might be subjective because I was worried it was ruined. Nonetheless, this is an excellent wine and you should be able to find it for $20.00-$40.00, although on the menu of one of TWC's favorite establishments* it is $70.00. If I were Parker, I might part with a 91 or 92.
What? I Can't just say the wine exceeded my expectations? That it was a delight? That I was really sad when it was gone? Fine.
The wine is deep purple, very dry, very much in keeping with what we've come to expect from a California Meritage. Dark ripe black cherries, other black fruit, herbs, with nicely integrated oak. It is a rich Bordeaux-style blend of 61 percent
Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 percent Merlot and 9 percent Petit Verdot. Drinkable now but could easily be cellared for a few years.
It was just dam good.
*the one in Dana Point is actually at or near Salt Creek
I heard Laurie died last night. Such a sweet girl and although years have stretched to decades, she's still 19 and barefoot with long silky brown hair looking pretty much the same as it did at that party where I said to Brian, who IS that chick? Might even have a picture of her somewhere.
She and Brad eventually ended up moving in together. They didn't have much except his gorgeous '55 Nomad, a couple of bean bag chairs, and a 12 volt (car) 8 track player on the floor in the living room wired up to an old car battery. He took the free-love open-relationship thing seriously and suggested she do the same. Took her about a week to pack. Took him about two years to get over it. He dang near stalked her. Cracked the windshield after smacking it in frustration when he ran into her at that one party. No aftermarket suppliers of curved windshields for '55 Nomads back then and it took him a long time to find one.
And now she's gone. Wonder if he knows.
Brian....... Bumm'n. Think I'll take the rest of the day off and go for a ride. Wanna crack a Bottle of Zin and toast friends here and gone?
TWC.......Obligations, man. Love to, but Lisa is in Chicago all week. I’ve gotta get the kids at 4:00. Jake has a big math test to study for tonight that will have a big impact on his grade for the trimester. I’ve got a really major meeting in The OC tomorrow that I’m not ready for yet. House is a mess. Cajalco Rd is closed. Yada. Yada. Got dang Yada.
Later from Brian's Crackberry: Half way to Dripping Springs, I'll have a glass for ya R/Brian Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device.
Oh I'll get to that glass soon enough. And I have.
Life sure ain't fair now and I'm thinking of other good friends fighting the Big C tonight. Too many of them.