They always said that I had a great imagination

I wrote this charming little story when I was seven years old. 

“Once upon a time there was a little girl that was beautiful. She had a fireplace and lit the fire and it spread around the house. She survived the fire but the rest of the family didn’t. She ran into the forest crying and said, “I don’t know where to live now.” She went to find something to eat but a giant rat ripped her hand off. So she went to the hospital, healed, and later joined the army. In the army, she accidentally opened her mouth and swallowed a grenade and blood flew all over everyone else. Everyone thought that everyone else was bleeding all over and they screamed. Suddenly her cat licked her hand and she realized that it was really a dream. The end.”

The Sentimental Case of Wine: Why You Should Split a Case with Your Friends

Our wine.
Our wine.

There’s nothing like a case of wine to bring friends together.

Years ago, we were living in Chicago at the same time as one of Paul’s high school buddies, Ben. Ben is a wine lover, worked at a wine shop, and introduced us to many delicious wines. We shared quite a few memorable, wine-filled nights…drinking leftover bottles from the wine shop on the bleachers in Montrose Park on a warm summer night…blind tastings that we either failed horribly or passed with some degree of success…dinner parties when one (or two) too many bottles were opened.

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“Oh Honey…At Least You’re Still Young.” On Dealing with Unsolicited Advice Behind the Tasting Bar.

There are a few different types of people who work in winery tasting rooms. There are students, looking for a straightforward part-time job between classes and during summers. There are teachers, who are easily able to transfer student management skills to drunk management skills for the summer. There are local early-twenty-somethings, unsure what they want to do with their lives and working multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. There are retirees, looking for socialization. Continue reading “Oh Honey…At Least You’re Still Young.” On Dealing with Unsolicited Advice Behind the Tasting Bar.