Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
The "taste" of wine is determined by dozens of factors, including type of grape, type of yeasts used, climate, soil, and storage methods. Some people shop for "good" wine simply by color ... a clean "white" or a strong "red." Did you know color is simply a matter of what type and how long the grape skins remain in contact with the grape juice during fermentation? ... all grape juice is white or clear. Others shop by "dry" vs. "sweet," meaning the level of residual sugar relative to acidity after fermentation is complete. And still others shop by region ... foreign versus domestic products ... or cost.
I think the most commonsense approach to buying wine is usage. We buy certain wines for cooking (sometimes just short of vinegar) and others to celebrate special occasions. And we don't always buy the same level of wine when having the boss over for dinner as we do when drinking alone. Hell, some of us just pull out a box of wine and go to town!
The world of wine is a land of subjectivity, full of snobs and pretenders who like to tell others what is good and why it's better than the bottle right next to it on the shelf. I have an older neighbor who has a good "winehead" on his shoulders. He once told me, "Good wine is something you try and you like, and bad wine is something you try and don't ever want to try again. Price and place and friends and family have nothing to do with it!" Good advice.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
And once we have tennis in its proper place, we can get those damn fancy dog shows onto Animal Planet where they belong, and develop a forensic drama channel where I can sell my pilot scripts for CSI:Cleveland and NCIS:Fort Wayne.
POINT OF RANT: Don't ever make me watch dogs playing tennis ... I won't be responsible for my actions.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Another Josh Hopkins song ... this one involving his short on-screen romance with Sheryl Crow on Cougar Town. It's great that ABC sees the merits in allowing Josh to showcase his talent as part of his character.
POINT OF RANT: I want cooler friends like the people of Cougar Town ... without having to relocate to Florida.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This year, I went old school ... old school for a seven-year-old kid, that is. I was at the "card shop" (you know your name) and couldn't believe the prices on single Valentines. Or how mushy and smoochey they all were. I wanted fun. I wanted cards with Be-Dazzled jewels and glitter and attached balloon animals. I wanted something that spoke to me.
So I ditched the fancy place and went to my neighborhood SSSSSUUUUUPPPPEEEERRRRRSSSSSTTTTOOOORRRRREEEEEE (that's "Superstore" with an echoing sound effect) and purchased a dozen boxes of the strangest cards I could find. X-MEN ... Spongebob ... fuzzy Trolls with moving eyes ... unicorns ... HotWheels ... anything that meant fun. I also rounded up Silly Putty and Slinkies. Little green Army guys. Rubber snakes. Silly String. Water guns. And playing cards in the shape of those chalky hard candy hearts with the sayings on them.
Not only was I mailing cards, but I was preparing small "care packages" for a few of my special relatives and friends. I was going all out.
I'm back home from the post office. On my entry table are the nine special "treats" I've assembled (they'll be delivered over the next few days). I sit back in my favorite chair and think, "damn ... I did good. I found things I actually like to give for Valentine's Day ... a holiday that is usually only embraced by romantically-elevated men and hormonally-heightened women." And then it hit me ... I sent lame cards and cheap little toys to people who make decisions that affect me, make more money than I do, and who haven't had a fond thought of childhood in 15 years.
POINT OF RANT: Being cute often means being screwed ... Happy Valentine's Day!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Today's teens face "maneuverability," the modern equivalent of parallel parking. In this scenario, driving students learn to move their vehicles through five "hazard" cones. Again, a bit of complex driving that rarely occurs in everyday life.
POINT OF RANT: Wait long enough, and what you need to do will be mechanized ... then you truly CAN blame computers for everything that goes wrong!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
If you haven't already, meet actor and writer/composer John Hopkins. I first "met" Josh when he showed up on an episode of Bones ... one of my ten favorite shows in the history of television ... as an old love interest of Brennan's. Next, Josh and I enjoyed his time on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, where he portrayed "Warren Salter" ... a liberal Democrat who proved a competent foil for the Republican conservatism of "Kitty Walker." (If you haven't watched it, Brothers & Sisters is pretty good, a Falcon Crest for the new millennium.) Now Josh has become a resident of Cougar Town as "Grayson Ellis, the neighbor full of charm, whit, and male snarkiness.
I really like Josh. We have a lot in common ... we're both handsome, urbane, and like saying out loud all the stuff that other people keep locked in their heads. Of course, Josh has the voice to do this in song. Enjoy this video of "Feigning Interest."
POINT OF RANT: We really do look alike ... in my head.