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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Presidential Memorial Commission

Hey, all.

I forgot to report this from my MySpace blog (it's been a while since I last did this, after all), but here it is, finally.

I know I’ve been inexcusably incommunicado for a while. You know how life is.

But I thought I’d bring you all a ray of sunshine, a breath of fresh air amidst our daily drudgery.

The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco

Join up and show your support because I can’t think of a more apropos way to "honor" our 43rd President.

This must get on November’s ballot.

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Online Issues

Greetings from Reims, the heart of Champagne country! Since last I posted, Brandy's computer developed connectivity issues, so you'll have to wait for any substantive posts. This is just a quick hello to let you all know that we're still alive and well. P.S. - I really hate how French keyboards are laid out. A lot. You have to press shift to get a period, for God's sake.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Greetings from Poland!

Hello, all.

It's just after midnight here in beautiful Krakow, Poland. Brandy and Jamie have gone to bed, and I'm sitting at the very nice computer in the Hotel Globtroter. It's been a bit of a struggle finding convenient (and free) Internet access in Europe thus far, but this place rules.

It is really weird seeing all the Blogger prompts and instructions in Polish, though.

I'll have a longer update for you all at some point; I'll start writing out the posts on the laptop and just cut-and-paste the entries when I get the chance.

A short recap of the trip thus far...

Amsterdam was nice. That's about it. It was a little expensive, and we had a couple issues with bicyclists. The Red Light District is a bit depressing (at least during the day), and I had the best Heineken I've ever tasted (and it wasn't at the Heineken Experience, either).

Budapest was awesome. I highly recommend that everyone go visit. The same holds true for Eger and Tokaj (and I'm sure the rest of Hungary) as well. Miskolc is a bit industrial and run down, but still not too bad. Hungary's public baths are wonderful, and the next time we're back, we'll be spending whole days there. Also, the women are preternaturally good-looking. Not that I noticed, since I was in the company of my blindingly beautiful wife. But I would definitely advise any young, single men to spend a few months learning Hungarian then spend a few months in Hungary.

Krakow, however, might be our favorite city thus far. Big and cosmopolitan enough to have vibrant nightlife, Krakow still feels charming and Old World. Of course, when all the buildings are several hundred years old, atmosphere is a little easier to come by. We've still got another whole day here, so I'll tell you more about it later.

Hopefully, I'll figure out a way to post a couple of pictures from the 350+ I've taken thus far...

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Time Is Now

Happy midnight, all.

Brandy and I are in the midst of our final preparations and packing arguments. In less than eight hours, we'll be on a plane headed for... well, a layover in Chicago first. But after that, we'll be headed for Amsterdam to begin our five-week, whirlwind tour of Europe.

Despite our historically bad timing (the currency exchange rate), we're really looking forward to this trip. There will be lots of wine (and beer and liquor and fatty foods), so I'll try to keep a running blog of the trip, complete with pictures if I can find fast enough Internet access.

So keep on checking the site, and maybe you'll be able to bear witness to the Wine Tour of Europe...

 

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Ouch

Hat tip to Aaron Gleeman and Deadspin for this.

This prank was just too damn good to not post. For the blow-by-blow, click on the Deadspin link above.

 

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Well, it's about time

Well, that's done. Took my WSET exam yesterday morning. Think I did OK. Depending on what they were looking for in the short answer, I either did extremely well or extremely poorly. Either way, I learned a shitload, and if I have to retake the test, I have to retake the test. And to think, Level Four (the Diploma level) is exponentially more difficult.

Now that I've finished this round of studying, I'll be kicking into high gear for trip planning. Two weeks left...

In other news, you know how I said I'd have lots of pictures from my reunion. Umm... I didn't take any. I have some nice shots of my friends' kids from the day before, but none from the actual reunion. Ooops.

The reunion itself was very pleasant. It really was nice catching up with everybody. I might post more about it later, but honestly, there isn't that much to tell. We got together, hung out, drank some, talked, and basically just enjoyed what turned out to be some fabulous Labor Day weather.

And, of course, it was great to hang out with my parents. As I've grown older and older (and older and older... ha ha, yes, you're very funny), I've come to realize how cool my parents are. And to appreciate how nice it is to have home-cooked Korean food on a regular basis.

Hey, Jooms, Korean BBQ next week, right?

 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

OK, last excuse post

Hey, all.

I promise, I'll have a real post (short as it may be) on Friday.

T-minus ~48 hours for the WSET Level Three exam.

Off to study, study, study...

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Friday, August 31, 2007

New Pictures (at least on my MySpace account)

Not yet. But soon.

You see, in preparation for my 15th high school reunion, the magic of which will be going down on Sunday, I just bought a new digital camera. This one, actually.

I haven't used it yet, but I like the fact that it is only slightly larger than my business card holder and slightly smaller than my wallet. Now that's a small camera.

The folks at CNET really liked it. The super-geeky, super-picky folks at dpreview.com (That stands for digital photography review. Perverts.) hadn't reviewed it, but gave high marks to the similar models.

You know what that means?

It means the odds are good I'll be changing my default pic, most likely to some picture involving beer, mojitos, daiquiris, or some combination of the three. Hopefully, on the way in.

But I'm not making any promises about that.

Everyone have a lovely Labor Day weekend.

 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Well, that was a long hiatus

Good morning, lovely readers.

I apologize for the extra-long hiatus from blogging (I know you require my incoherent ramblings to function on a day-to-day basis). I was sick, then Brandy was sick, then Brandy ended up having bronchitis, and you know that no one feels like sitting at a computer typing when they're sick / nursing someone back to health.

Since the end of our long, slow recovery, we've gone into full-on trip-planning mode. We've been checking train schedules, contacting potential hotels (might have waited a bit long to do some of those), and generally plotting out the more minute details of our trip.

I've also gotten confirmation from several wineries / domaines / châteaux / weingüter about tastings and/or tours. So I've got that going for me.

In addition to trip-planning, I've been studying for the WSET Level Three exam and investigating the steps necessary to start a little side project. I'll know if I passed the WSET in mid-September. Hopefully, I'll have the project started up before October (actually, it's sort of necessary that I have it at least started before then). Of course, I'll let you know more when I've got it for you.

In other news, I'll be home this weekend attending my unofficial 15th high school reunion. I'm actually looking forward to it, if only for curiosity's sake.

Oh, and I'll probably also go to this. Tractor pull, anyone?

 

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Standing in the Way of Progress

Sorry I haven't updated the blog in a while. I've been sick. Honestly, that's no excuse since I've been able to go to work and all, but it seems that when I'm sick and at home, I don't feel creative in the least, little bit.

But Decanter Magazine's little email news flash turned me on to this site (eat-american.com) that highlights rare and nearly-extinct American agricultural products from Charbono wine grapes (naturally, what piqued my interest) to Tupelo honey to geoduck clams. Anyone who enjoys heirloom tomatoes should be all over this project, as Richard Villadóniga is basically pointing out heirloom varieties of other agricultural products that have been pushed out of the marketplace by Big Agriculture (or agribusiness, if you prefer).

In any case, it's a compelling project that deserves your support.

When I feel a little better, I'll tell you about the winery lunch at Marimar Torres, the 8th Annual Insider's Exploration of Dry Creek Valley, and tasting the wines of La Spinetta.

 

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