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Like a boat's bloated cry of its horn blaring through the clouds of dense fog filling a dark harbor, the coming of labor day always signals sort sort of change for me. It signaled the beginning of a new school year, the end of summer, and all too often, the start of a new chapter. When I got married, it brought on even more significance. I can't forget to overlook this holiday as it is also the anniversary of my wife's birth.
With the new mini-whore on the way, I haven't been drinking nearly as much wine as I did this time last year. But when I do crack open a bottle, I've been finding myself gravitating towards Chardonnay. Not only are Chards a refreshing treat on a hot summer day (usually after golfing for hours) but they are also my wife's least favorite white wine. What better opportunity to purge my Chardonnay supply than while I am drinking for two! :)
This weekend may not include much wine, but it will include lots of sun as we celebrate my wife's birthday at the beach. Who says you need to drink to have a good time? Okay, maybe it doesn't hurt, but I have a feeling that massive quantities of alcohol won't be necessary. The chance to spend some quality time with my wife and mother-to-be is sure to be all that I need.
Happy Birthday Sheila and happy Labor Day to all of my wino friends!
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It happens more often than I'd like to admit...
I always thought people would think I was crazy or even just plain weird for even mentioning it. Maybe I'm not alone... Do you ever catch yourself watching an event play out and know that you've seen it happen before? Like watching a summer re-run, you know the plot, you've seen the climax, and you already know how it's going to end. Well, this is what happens to me. Call it deja-vu, psychic powers, or just pure coincidence... I don't care because I'm convinced that there are just some things in life that you just KNOW. If only it worked on picking lottery numbers... maybe one day!
The second we found out that my wife was pregnant, I just knew that we were having a boy. I would tell everyone we met from that moment forward that we were having a boy. They would ask how I knew and I'd just explain that there are some things you just know. Well, four weeks ago, we went in for a sono and guess what... they told us it was a girl! I was in shock. Not because I was wrong, and definitely not because I wouldn't want to have a girl... but more so just because I was convinced that it was a boy. It just didn't feel right thinking it was a girl.
Today I got some reassuring news. We just went back for another sono and learned more than we thought we ever would peering through the cloudy black and white blur of a sonogram. Apparently I was right all along... it IS a boy!
Just goes to show you, life is FULL of surprises!
It's the theme that prevails through our lives...
As children, we can't wait to become older. As adults, we can't wait to retire. As elderly, we can't wait to have grandchildren. What are you waiting for? Chances are you too are hoping time will pass you by.
Why do we do this to ourselves? What's so wrong with this moment that it makes us want to fast forward to the next?
Aging a bottle of wine may take patience and self control but aging as a human being happens weather you like it or not. Patience and self control only help through the journey. While the results of the second, hours, and days gone by may be rewarding, it's still important to live for the moment.
Steal a moment of time for yourself. Stand still as the second-hand moves and the sands of time steadily fall. Feel the air rush into your lungs, the sun tickle your skin, and the fresh summer grass cut your nostrils. After all, the present is a gift and it's a great day to be alive. Drink up, enjoy every sip, and have no regrets.
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Do you remember that feeling when you were a kid?
You know, the one where the excitement battling anticipation like a Chuck Norris smackdown felt like it would never end. For me, this wrestling match took place every Christmas eve. It was as painful as a roundhouse to the jewels just waiting for each minute to pass. I was tortured by the thought that my new favorite toy was waiting out of arms reach as it lay wrapped under the grasp of the evergreen tree. It's blinking lights and poorly stuffed ornaments mocking me with distraction.
Some things never change...
This feeling has its grips on me once again but this time I'm excited today for TWO reasons. Tomorrow I find out whether or not my now sixteen week old baby in the womb is in fact the male that I've been bragging about for over 18 weeks.
I don't know if it was just because of the anticipation or just a need for a fun distraction but today I went out and bought a new putter. It's ugly, gaudy, and completely ridiculous looking but then again so are a lot of people's kids and they still love them. Hopefully I can putt with it worth a crap or I'll look like a complete idiot.
I can't wait for tomorrow's news and for the chance to get out on the course and put my new toy to the test.
... wish me luck!
It's now week 14 for Mrs. Whore and I...
After making one of the biggest and quite possibly most awesome decisions of my life, I've realized that my goals have changed drastically. I thought I'd come back from the Wine Bloggers Conference with some sort of crazy video footage, pics, stories, and whatnot. I went back and forth on how I'd put it all together before I even stepped on the plane to embark on the painfully long voyage to Walla Walla Washington. Should I bring all of my Wine Whore paraphernalia? I went in with lofty hopes but ended up deciding to just blend in and experience the event for what it was worth instead of trying to use it as a chance to network and promote this site.
I think a lot of people noticed it too. I got a lot of comments about how I was "not what they pictured". I think people expected me to be a drunken mess throughout the entire conference. While I wasn't far from it, I was relatively quiet, tame, and to myself for most of the experience. The truth was that I was far from home, alone, and a little apprehensive about the whole thing. I enjoyed the experience but was very glad to be returning home.
Instead of posting a funny video compilation of stupidity, endless seemingly redundant pictures of vineyards (if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all), and all sorts of other stuff about my trip that you probably would skim over in an attempt to get to another blog post about decanters, aging, or whatever else people are pawning off as wine knowledge, I wanted to sum up my thoughts about Walla Walla Washington in one sentence:
Walla Walla is a beautiful but dry, dessert region where many wineries chose to take root as a result of the sticker shock of other wine growing regions on the west coast.
Their wine offers good bang for the buck but if you're looking to be amazed, you may need to dig deep to find a jewel. Columbia Valley and Red Mountain are good places to start if you're looking for something impressive. I promised myself that I would bring home a few bottles of my favorite from this trip. The honor of this distinction was a bottle made by Sinclair Estate Vineyards called Pentatonic.
As we ended our first trimester, we celebrated with this bottle of this wine. My wife obviously couldn't partake but she did enjoy an orgasmic sniff and a baby sip from my glass. I told her that absence must have made her heart grow fonder but she reassured me that I had found a good one. She always had a good nose for things in life... after all, she found me! :)
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