I'm in the Napa Valley.
After work I took two walks. Both in small towns. The first in Calistoga, on a hunt to find a couple of decent reasonably priced bottles of wine. I walked the downtown in the rain and finally stopped at the best wine shop in the Napa Valley for suggestions. They sold me three bottles, two for a party on Saturday night, and one for me to taste tonight to see what I'm about to inflict upon my peers.
Then I traveled to St. Helena to buy some soup for supper and stop at the Catholic Church's Thrift Store. Let me heartily recommend that no visit to St. Helena is complete without visiting the Catholic Church's Thrift Store. Especially now, when all the Trustfunders of the ruling elite of the Napa Valley are scurrying for every tax break for their coffers. And always remember that a Trustfunder pays less taxes on the money they never earned, than you do---who work hard for your money. It is called Capital Gains and that is the lifeblood of the Blue Bloods.
Raining in both towns. I got drenched. Forgot my umbrella...
I can't resist tossing in a diatribe against Golf. And Tiger Woods. Give a thirty year old male with a good swing and great hand/eye coordination one billion dollars and the guy is gonna cheat on any woman who comes in to his life. Even if it is a gorgeous Swedish model. Tiger was just living up to his opportunistic name.
But opportunism is Tiger's forte'. This guy has turned himself into a one billion dollar business. From golf?
Golf is a repugnant game which is best described by Mark Twain as a "walk in the woods ruined". This game of mostly the elite, has created land hogging, ugly developments all built around a bunch of over fertilized and over pesticized terroir. Golf is still a game of the elite ( I kidded a doctor today: asking him how he ever managed to refer a patient anywhere without playing golf?).
Build a Golf Course (and hire Tiger Woods or Jack Nicholas to design it) and then put a bunch of million dollar houses around it and you have something which can only be described as a over indulgent Caligua-ish use of land. These eye sores are nothing but a Republican boil on some of the best, most picturesque land in the USA!
My hope is that Golf will take a huge dive from this scandal and that Polo shirts will go the way of other elite fads. If you want to pick a good working class sport---support bowling! Bowling takes much less land, creates a real community and requires large amounts of beer drinking!
Down with Golf; up with Bowling!