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Wine Snob
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Not me. My friend. He's a wine snob. "I really don't drink cheap wine" he once told me. I'm trying to convince him that there are plenty of wines under $15 worth drinking. If it doesn't cost more than $30 and gets at least 98 points, the wine is not worth it to him. I admit, some of the best wines I've had cost more than $30; however, since wine production is so good nowadays, there are plenty of inexpensive great wines available to the general public. Here are a few from which to choose:

Bodegas Terrazas de los Andes Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2002 $15 91pts

Glen Carlou Chardonnay Paarl 2002 $14 91pts

Chateau Souverain Chardonnay Sonoma County 2002 $14 91pts

Columbia Crest Merlot Columbia Valley Grand Estates 2001 $11 90pts

Sebastiani Chardonnay Sonoma County Appellation Selection 2001 $13 90pts

Bodegas Palacio Rioja Cosme Palacio y Hermanos 2001 $12 90pts

Waterbrook Mélange Columbia Valley 2003 $13 90pts

Villa Mt. Eden Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley Bien Nacido Vineyard Grand Reserve 2001 $13 90pts

La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2002 $12 90pts

Inama Soave Classico 2002 $13 90pts

Rosemount Chardonnay Hunter Valley Show Reserve 2002 $15 90pts

Cusumano Insolia-Chardonnay Sicilia Angimbé 2002 $13 90pts

Peter Lehmann Shiraz Barossa 2002 $15 90pts

Georges Duboeuf Moulin-à-Vent Domaine des Rosiers 2003 $14 90pts

If you have any recommendations on wines (especially red wines) under $15, please let me know. Thank you.
posted by pimplomat @ 1:15 PM   1 comments
Walk Away in Silence
Monday, August 29, 2005
My review at work happened today, and the only negative was that I don't talk enough. It appears that our VP likes people to talk, even if it's just to hear ourselves speaking. I'm not really good at bullshitting, so I keep pretty quiet around the office. Getting my work done early, helping out when needed, and doing my job correctly is not good enough for our VP. Apparently, I need to open my mouth at meetings more. At one of our meetings, our VP turned to me and asked if I had anything to add. Since my coworker already talked about everything that needed to be said, I told the VP, "Nope, nothing else to report." The VP then rolled her eyes at me. Yes, a manager rolled her eyes at me. And she wonders why she's not well-liked around the office.
posted by pimplomat @ 10:03 AM   0 comments
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Either I can ramble on daily (or semi-daily) about odd and even things, or I can have a purpose for this blog. Maybe a purpose will help me keep the blog up to date. However, what direction should I take this space? Should I write about poetry? Music? Film? Midgets? Dirty toenails? Help me pick a blog purpose!
posted by pimplomat @ 7:58 AM   2 comments
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Monday, August 22, 2005
Saturday, I revisited my youth of 12 years ago. The venue's party was going well, and my friend, The Dutchman, and I decided to take it to a whole other level--one half each.

I feel bad that I wasn't more creative while experiencing it; however, I didn't go into the night planning on doing that. It just happened.

Yesterday, after the fact, was hell though. I forgot that that's the part that's not fun.
posted by pimplomat @ 11:40 AM   2 comments
That David Bowie song is a good one
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Let's get serious for a bit. Today, The Cupcake and her husband move. My friend, Armani Suit, plans on moving back to Chicago in five months. My other friend, Albino Red, is thinking of moving to NYC next year. Another friend, Keyboard, wants to move to Seattle soon. Either I start making plans to move or I start making new friends.

I like where I live. I have family here. I have a lot of friends here. And my roots get watered fairly often. Still, a new city, a new chance to accomplish some of my dreams is appealing.

For someone who believes that change is a good thing, I sometimes have an insane fear of it.

And where would I move? S.F., Chicago and Paris have impressed me, so those could be a good start. Oh man, but where I live now has good Mexican food.
posted by pimplomat @ 11:40 AM   1 comments
Salad Soup
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
I have a problem with salad dressing. I put too much on my salad. But it's so good. I probably pour about five scoops of dressing on it. Then when I get to my table, I move the salad around, so that all the dressing can touch every element of the salad. Then it's really soupy. Like a crunchy soup. Crunchy soup that eventually makes me sick.
posted by pimplomat @ 11:22 AM   1 comments
Human stupidity, first example
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line.

"This is total, total chaos," said Latoya Jones, 19, who lost one of her flip-flops in the ordeal and later limped around on the sizzling blacktop with one foot bare.

More than 1,000 people turned out at the Richmond International Raceway in hopes of getting their hands on one of the 4-year-old Apple iBooks, which retail for between $999 and $1,299. The Henrico County school system was selling 1,000 of the computers to county residents.

Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting for hours in line. When the gates opened, it became a terrifying mob scene.

People threw themselves forward, screaming and pushing each other. A little girl's stroller was crushed in the stampede. Witnesses said an elderly man was thrown to the pavement, and someone in a car tried to drive his way through the crowd.

Police would not immediately comment on the number of or extent of injuries, though witnesses said they mostly had scrapes and bruises.

"It's rather strange that we would have such a tremendous response for the purchase of a laptop computer -- and laptop computers that probably have less-than- desirable attributes," said Paul Proto, director of general services for Henrico County. "But I think that people tend to get caught up in the excitement of the event -- it almost has an entertainment value."

Blandine Alexander, 33, said one woman standing in front of her was so desperate to retain her place in line that she urinated on herself.

"I've never been in something like that before, and I never again will," said Alexander, who brought her 14-year-old twin boys to the complex at 4:30 a.m. to wait in line. "No matter what the kids want, I already told them I'm not doing that again."

Jesse Sandler said he was one of the people pushing forward, using a folding chair he had brought with him to beat back people who tried to cut in front of him.

"I took my chair here and I threw it over my shoulder and I went, 'Bam,"' the 20-year-old said nonchalantly, his eyes glued to the screen of his new iBook, as he tapped away on the keyboard at a testing station.

"They were getting in front of me and I was there a lot earlier than them, so I thought that it was just," he said.

What's the big deal? I urinate on myself all the time while storming the doors of Borders for the latest Harry Potter book.
posted by pimplomat @ 12:57 PM   0 comments
So, I'm supposed to enjoy this?
My first blog post. My friend, the cupcake, started a blog and convinced me to begin one, as well. I will follow one of her rules, and that is to only post things that I would say to the person's face. Or the hand, if the person is giving me that "talk to the hand" thing that was popular years ago. Can we bring that back, but pick a new body part?
posted by pimplomat @ 12:53 PM   2 comments
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