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Auld Lang Syne

on December 31st, 2005 by mark

I always wanted to know what that meant. Anyway, here it is the end of 2005. In many ways, it’s been a rough and difficult year, obviously. The war has claimed many lives. I continue to believe, however, that the war is correct and that it is going better than most in the MSM have […]

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No booze for you….2 weeks

on December 30th, 2005 by mark

Yes, it’s true. Here on New Year’s Eve eve, I have been informed by the doc that a minor condition I have requires a certain medication which will make wine and other such imbibables off limits. I am sad, of course, but I’m looking at this as a way to lose some extra weight and […]

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The Move On….

on December 29th, 2005 by mark

I am pleased to announce another “palpable hit.” I refer to getting attached to another magazine, this time TCS, a great online publication that if you’re not reading, you should. It’s run by James Glassman, the great free-market enthusiast and proponent whom Rush Limbaugh used to call his “favorite liberal.” That’s because Glassman is what […]

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The Obligatory Holiday Party

on December 29th, 2005 by mark

It’s a sad title, reminiscient of not having a good time. That wasn’t the case, we had a very good time at friends’ house this evening and enjoyed noshing and wining and such. It cured my desire for wanting a big New Year’s Eve party, which really didn’t need much curing. I’m not a partier […]

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Dinner and a Movie

on December 27th, 2005 by mark

Dinner out tonight with two great friends at Enoteca Toscana. Spanish Tempranillo was the beverage of the evening and it was beautiful. There were dark cherry undertones with a smoky core and some lighter, cleaner, herb notes up on top of it all. I really thought it excellent, especially for even the restaurant price of […]

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Fresno-riffic

on December 26th, 2005 by mark

Yes, I am posting from the Center of the State of California, Fresno. My brother-in- law and his family are here and we came up yesterday for Christmas dinner. The vittles were astounding! Herb outdid himself with a prime rib roast and twice baked potatoes. The meat melted in my mouth and the potatoes were […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

on December 25th, 2005 by mark

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A Silent Night of Waiting…

on December 24th, 2005 by mark

My daughter’s behavior is wanting a bit this day. She’s overly tired and any parent who has a toddler knows what that means. She knows better, of course–and I feel bad. But consequences have to happen. It’s hard on Christmas eve to think about consequences. I want to think about a happy little girl readying […]

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Your Jolly Host

on December 23rd, 2005 by mark

Yes, that is your humble servant playing the part. Being home on vacation does have its low points–and this was one of them–at least I thought. I was “asked” to play the part of Santa by my wife and her friend Christina, they of the mom’s group. Any husband and father who knows this group […]

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Dinner with the Mahler's

on December 21st, 2005 by mark

Adam Mahler became my friend in 2002. I wrote an article about him detailing how we met and you can see that here. He is my mentor in wine and food and he got me started on the path to earning my certification as a sommelier. He and his wife, Heather, are also tremendous friends […]

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