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November 3, 2011

Living In the Dark

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When I stepped into my house coming home from work today, I was immediately reminded of the most recent power outage with the acrid leftover smell of the fireplace. For three days here in the early part of November, lights out, traditional heat unavailable, the fireplace was my best friend.

Many thousands of people are still without power. But everyone I’ve spoken to has commented on how spoiled we are as a culture, some more than others. Few of us are required to survive with minimal creature comforts–heat, running water, lights and electricity for lighting the nearby world around us and for powering our sacred wireless devices. This latter may be the most current problem.

Before electricity and heat it must have been lonely coming home to a dark and dank house if there wasn’t someone there keeping the home fires burning, so to speak. The light seeping from the floors and running down and off the walls…

My time alone in the dark for 3 days was a little eye-opening. A love/hate circumstance that was valuable, forced me to work hard to generate heat for cold nights, change my routine for bathing, cooking, using and washing dishes.

Cheers to my fireplace. I’m sipping some Dow’s Late Bottled Vintage Port and I’m about to move onto a hugely affordable little favorite of mine: Korta Barrel Selection Reserve, Petit Verdot. “Mature fruit and candy” just like me… ha ha

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May 24, 2010

There but for the GRACE OF GOD goes every other oil mega-corporation…

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I know everyone’s like “BP sucks” “That bunch of BP losers” “What? No backup plan?” yackety, yack.

It’s only by LUCK, the shifting of the tides on that particular day at that particular minute, or the grace of God that the oil gushing forth without stop is a mess accorded BP and not any other of its competitors. They are all quite mum. And frankly if one of BP’s competitors did have a backup plan and a real working solution it would certainly be time to sally forth and play hero, wouldn’t it? Talk about some kickass advertising and good will. Exxon, Shell, Chevron….whoEVER is able to put a proper stopper in this hole will win big. So as much as I’m getting sicker to my gut everyday over the total incompetence of so many parties in charge of running things….God help us….I have no misconceptions at all about how this would go down with any other oil corporation bumbling around at the helm.

Chris Ringland 2008 Shiraz - dusty bing cherries, tobacco and spiceboxWhew! Time to get back to my glass of yet another Aussie Shiraz. (Have to say I was a little underwhelmed with the last wine I tried, but I tried to follow up the Molly Dooker Scooter merlot with a lesser wine and it did not measure up.) Last night I opened this…a Chris Ringland 2008 Shiraz. I picked it up for 19.99 at my little wine shop and it’s another that they highly recommend along with the Molly Dooker bunch. I have to say this is a much better swig than the Clancy’s. Thing is…once you taste a thoroughly super wine that throws you on your ass and has its way with you, it’s hard to find a bottle at $15 or under that even comes close. I need a big juicy bite of the Ringland…I taste tobacco, dusty ripe bing cherries, and spicebox.

Have to say I’m disappointed that I can’t find a website for Ringland. And if there is one, it’s poorly handled and marketed b/c it’s not on the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd pages of my Google search. I could go on and on about this, but that really is too much like work and I’m OFF.