As wine connoisseurship evolves, I look toward developing ways to express the aspects of wine I love the most. I recognize that wine is a product of nature and science; my goal is as natural as can be: to help make the connection between joy of taste and the bountiful pleasures of life.”

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

four score and seven years ago ....


I remember writing about fetching Aryan princesses slithering into a debreeding tank filled with whirlpooling Russian vodka, something about jimmy Carter throwing barrels of peanuts at his television and eschar long before I ever really considered what it all meant. I thought in terms of things and how they related to other things that I may or may not have had full knowledge of. Things like celebration and sorrow, things like hope verses fear, madness verses sanity, and change verses complacency.
Now-a-days, I think about happiness as a general objective. The idea that life is really and truly short and fragile has become a driver and catalyst to seek out all things that feel good and bring joy…all things that feel nice and just right. Celebrating just about anything is a good way to raise the roof of doldrum and the stale. More fun might be a symposium in the ancient Greek style. This is really like a cerebral stag night: a bunch of blokes stay up late drinking, preferably entertained by musicians and naked hostesses. However, instead of watching a DVD of Die Even Harder This Time, they talk food and wine then drink and eat it all the while talking about how it feels to eat and drink it …
Perhaps on reflection, the best thing to do would be to curl up with a good bowl of chocolate pudding and a triple stout. The case is, as ever, inconclusive. But in a world where dogmatism is increasingly the greatest threat, perhaps the tentative nature of personal joy is precisely what we should be celebrating.

2 comments:

Elicia said...

Have you been to Angels Share in NYC, it's a slick bar accessed upstairs through a sushi restaurant off 3rd Ave around 9th? You'd love it.

Vajra Stratigos said...

no, but anything thats accessed through somthing else normally proves to be prety enticing...

i love sushi too!
V