Hot Chocolate Pudding and Cold Scrambled Eggs

It seems like I was always an angry child. Not the throw-fits-in-the-grocery-store kind of angry. Not the slam doors or pull-off-the-wings-of butterflies angry. Although I did a little of the former — a couple of times, and got smacked for doing it. No my anger turned itself on me in the form of headaches — stabbing, killer headaches that constantly felt like someone was ramming an ice pick into my head. My mother gave me […]

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Tristan Risk Up for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards

There is an art to taking off one’s clothing. While you might think it all falls under “stripping,” Tristan Risk is not a stripper. Pin-up queen, actress and model; “Little Miss Risk” is a performance artist with the Vancouver troupe “Sweet Soul Burlesque.” She is also a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards for her portrayal of Beatress Johnson in the Soska Sisters and Twisted Twins Productions’ horror film, American Mary. Beatress, in […]

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Wine Blogs Are a Massive Circle Jerk

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against wine blogs, wine bloggers, nor as far as I can tell without having actually attended one, circle jerks. I did enjoy the band that went by that name, so who knows? Anyway, as redundant and unnecessary as it may seem to start with a disclaimer that the proud co-owner of a wine blog,  who is married to a wine blogger, does not hate either, I am doing my […]

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So, you want to be a blogger?

Posterior Pontifications Quite a while back Steve Heimoff wrote a piece about the state of blogging. Judging by the number of people who sent me the link, a good number of them bloggers, it was expected that I would take offense to his opinions. I didn’t take any at all. The opening statement of his post pretty much summed it all up for me…he was talking out of his ass. As that neither negates nor […]

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Dodd-Frank, Obama & China’s Wine Speculators

Gas prices have not doubled under the Obama Administration. Folks who continue to repeat this myth, including my dear brother, are simply wrong. Then why does this “untruth” keep getting repeated? Because the proponents of this urban legend are providing selective data to their audience. What? Cherry-picking facts? Comparing apples to oranges?  No, they say, my news source wouldn’t lie to me! Especially not so close to an election of Epic Importance! Well wake up […]

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Wine Bloggers’ 5-Year Reunion: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Redux

Thoughts of attending a high school reunion lead to a barrage of emotional responses. From “I Can’t Wait!” to “Not just no; but Hell, No!” and plenty in-between, a reunion is different things to different people. For one whom high school was the pinnacle of his existence, it is a chance to relive the memories and for a brief time forget that he is no longer the star quarterback, the debate team ace or she […]

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Money, Guns and Workers: The True Meaning of Labor Day

After six days of wine tasting and pairing in Portland and Carlton, Oregon, we headed on a walking tour of the city and landed at Powell’s City of Books. Since Joe and I are secretly book nerds (we used to go on dates in Houston’s West Alabama Bookstore) we spent about three hours there. It clearly was not enough time to see the whole thing — but with only one full day to discover the […]

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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

You have to choose Play with the boys You’re bound to lose A bottle in one hand A can in the other Don’t fool around ’cause they’re real mean mothers –Wild in the Streets, Circle Jerks For the past couple of months, and then culminating in this past weekend’s NFL draft, Mel Kiper Jr’s face and voice have been everywhere. For those that don’t follow football, he is ESPN’s draft “guru.” What makes him a […]

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