Im heading out today to visit the ancestral home land, Carson City Nevada. Im wrapping up work, finishing up the talkin’ ish pod cast for Chris Heller. We’ve been producing Chris’s show for 6 weeks now and it was a time to scope out the future and talk about “the plan”. In Chris’ last broadcast he recorded after an evening at a party, while sipping on Makers Mark . Chris made the observation, in his relaxed condition and feelings of enthusiasm. that if you didnt understand 90’s rap you are listening to the wrong pod cast. It’s a strong statement, but we live in such a compartmentalized, segmented world, that while we still have the same needs , we have different perspectives. My life experiences have molded me into who I am today. I believe. that the core of me, my basic reactions to situations. I was born with. I can try and smooth out the rough edges, thats gaining “maturity”. It’s our duty to step outside our selves and enjoy what others experience. Unfortunetly, it’s human to judge first. Im sure that if you were to drop me into Chris’ world by my very appearance I wouldn’t fit in. Luckily, the very nature of my work and experiences I know what the Wu Tang clan is, beyond that Im a little lost. Bring Chris to Santa Cruz and drop him down town, issue him his ukulele and see what happens. Dr. Aimee Shunney on the Green Tea and honey radio show referred to our environment as the Santa Cruz “bubble”. Chris has shown me a glimpse into his world, that I enjoyed visiting.
But, really what I wanted to talk to you about is wine. Hold on, I’ll get to the connection. I may be a wine snob. It’s a word that isnt really complimentary. But, I know no other word. I am reading “liquid memory, why wine matters” by Jonathon Nossiter. In it he tries to say he is not a “wine snob”. But what is a snob? I have better wine knowledge that many folks, but like Goliath there is always somebody to bring you down when you get too big. Nossiter is also a film snob. He has the right to be one. I guess my point is that you should know know more about the old west or bottle caps the propagation of begonias than anybody else. or 90’s rap music and basket ball for that matter. My job, and you can do as you please, is to listen and to learn from the “snobs” with open ears and heart, put MY ego aside. It’s Easter weekend. I like to take this time to reflect on the story of Christ. No matter who you think this guy was , it’s pretty amazing to think of the Romans approach to their holdings in the middle east and how they dealt with revolutionaries. I take the gnostic approach to religion and Easter is an excellent time meditate on one mans death 2000 years ago and what it means to me, and while I am visiting my Father take a breather and enjoy the desert and maybe eat too much buffet!