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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Salmagundi Sandwich of Potpourri


This is where I spend six to ten hours a week, suspended in 106 degrees of amniotic mineral water bliss, imbibing 45 degrees of bottled mineral water piss (they don't allow alcoholic beverages), in outside temperatures that hover between zero and thirty degrees…vaporous mists of snow, or sunshine, or both. It's where I do my best philosophical wandering.

Occasionally, readers of the BCB send gifts of gratitude in the mail. This week I received two books... 


So I would like to thank my Sonoma County California compatriots (center of the Universe for fine wines, not to mention the brew-home for Bear Republic, makers of Racer 5, one of the finest IPA's ever crafted) for "Eleanor of Aquitaine," a read that will supposedly (hopefully?) open my baby blue eyes of appreciation and steer my inquisitive nose of motivation towards the culture, couture, and croissant capital of the world…Ah Parie. 

This, as opposed to, or, perhaps, in addition to, ragged mountains, austere deserts, and the un-tableclothed plateaus and diners of the wild wild west, Mobile Home capital of the world. "Eleanor" is on deck in my pile of reads. Merci!


And merci to travelin' man Walden Steve for his gift of "Golf in the Kingdom" (Scotland). More than a book about golf, he assures, a pathway to higher consciousness and Zen

Well, I haven't been to any of those places, ah Paris, Scotland, higher consciousness or Zen for that matter. So I am anxious to be transported, first in mind, then, if it suits me, in body. 


I've been spinning the photo roulette wheel of misfortune lately; just random shots from past adventures and/or travels. That's right, not all travels are adventures; it's not that easy nor simple. It may seem "Adventurous" to sell your house and move into a travel trailer, fiver, or quad slide class A motorhome, but, having been there and done that several times, I'm not sure it reaches "the bar." 

Maybe there are exceptions…like if you've never lived anywhere but one place, if you've never traveled beyond a few hundred miles to the beach, and that is where you vacationed every single year. Then I suppose hitting the road would seem adventurous…especially if you end up on the road from Hell, one to skinny too turn around, so narrow that meeting anything oncoming that's bigger than a VW creates mayhem, danger, and excitement that incites prayer from devout atheists and obscene gestures/verbal abominations from devout clergymen.  


Let's spin the wheel again; that's a bad memory...


























And I hope you are enjoying reruns…

19 comments:

  1. Salmagundi, okay now you have me looking up words, like another blogger we know and love.
    Enjoyed the potpourri of photos today!

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    1. Thanks guys…
      think of a Dagwood Sandwich, of sorts :))

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  2. I'm enjoying our reruns ... very much ... gorgeous!

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  3. Thanks for the great photos! Not sure I like the one with you hiking in the snow on the edge of that mt!! But since are here to show it, I know you survived:)

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    1. Actually, that's Bobbie. It was kinda icy in the shade, but as you can see we're still in shorts :))

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  4. Great photos highlighting some of your adventures. Yes, I'd call that glittery hat on Bobbie an adventure....outside her norm for sure. If you have to be stuck in Lovely Ouray for the winter, at least you're doing it up right. Keep soaking :-)

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    1. Bobbie has an affinity for hats…at one time she had thirty or more of them!
      Yes, we have a string of nice days lined up. You guy sure made a big leap!!!
      hi to Al,
      mark

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  5. Awesome photos! Beautiful churches!

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    1. I love to photograph churches…trying to get into heaven through the back door. :))

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  6. Saying Sonoma is the center of the universe for fine wines is like saying New England is the center of the universe for NFL football...watch those hyperboles!:-)

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    1. I've been told to watch the hyperbole a million times!!!
      In my defense, and this is going to upset you so you better sit down, I could care less about about "fine wines" because I'm never going to spring more than $7.95 per bottle (a couple of steps above gallon jugs of Gallo). It's the Bear Republic IPA that tweaks my palate :))

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    2. If you're willing to go up a dollar or two, I can take you to a wine shop and hook you up with about a dozen wines under $10/bottle that are as good or better than wines costing $25-$30/bottle. Wine is, after all, a luxury brand marketing game...which means it's largely smoke and mirrors when it comes to pricing. And as we liked to say during harvest....it takes a lot of good beer to make a great wine.

      Go Broncos!

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    3. Really? Just like everything else that's "marketed." Ok then, deal...cause until now I thought of good (expensive) wines as a "luxury" such that the savings would be better spent for gasoline…tho I don't much care for the taste of it.
      mark

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  7. Oh, I could sooo use that hot spring now..Right now!!....I wonder if my doc writes a script if Medicare would O.K the gas to visit you folks? "Lucy" is always loaded and ready to go..It's the pilot..and the weather that matters.......Tyre chains or swimsuits....What should be loaded?
    David

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  8. Don't know which photo I like better, the one with the taxi on the roof or carrying the bike over the massive downed tree! Sometimes life is quiet and that's okay too.

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  9. The first one is in Bar Harbor, Maine…the second was taking the long way back to camp on a trail through Redwoods, ah, really big obstacles when they fall, making a "noise" and leaving a mark.

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