Again tonight, underneath that blue moonlight
I will probably fall asleep alone
Even in my dreams, I’ll look for you
And my mind will wander as I sing this song
오늘도 파란 저 달빛 아래에
나홀로 잠이 들겠죠
꿈 속에 떠난 그대를 찾아
헤매이며 이 노래를 불러요
What if currency, one day, became boba instead of bills. People would carry around jars of boba and pick out the amount they need to buy whatever it is they would like. ATM machines would be a sticky mess. Instead of a dollar sign, we would use the letter B. One pound of egg pudding would be equal to a Benjamin. Gas stations would accept boba balls through gumball spouts instead of have credit card readers. Gloves would be readily available everywhere for the daintier customer. Drunk people would eat their money instead of blow it. What a strange world it would be.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with Stephen (: Yes, I do birthdays big, especially for him. To kickstart his 22nd, I decided to take him to visit a winery..or six. We ventured off to Temecula Valley to try wines from across the region. Our first stop was at Baily Winery, a vine encrusted block of grey slate with a much warmer interior, where a nice winemaker taught us the how-to’s of wine tasting. After six tastings of some of their selections, we were in love. Took home the 2007 M&M, a blend of Merlot and Malbec, and a delicious dessert wine named Serenity. Definitely coming back here!
Leaving with two bottles (and already feeling a hit), we bounced over to Hart Winery - a small family owned winery that began as a lovechild of Joe and Nancy Hart in the early 1970s. Cramped into a corner because of the large tour group, we quickly drank our samples and left with a bottle of 2007 Cabernet Franc. Off to Thornton Winery for a much needed lunch and of course, more wine! I took a break from red wine as Stephen enjoyed four larger tastings of some of their red wine selections - we left with a Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and a “Coat Red”, a blend of three reds. It seems like the drunker Stephen became, the more wine he wanted! (more birthday presents for him! (: ) I did, however, try a flight of sparkling peach wine which the waiter gave me for free! Thornton was a beautiful estate - somewhere to definitely see at least once.
Off to number four - Keyways! Their beautiful wooden terrace sat above a grassy hill near the large cabin-like winery, all surrounded by lush vinery and antique barrels to set the mood. Their Muscat Canelli is a must try! Stephen left with another Cabernet Sauvignon and their special blend, Traditions.
Discovering that we still had a sliver of time to make it to Robert Renzovi, we sped over. The tasting room looked small from the outside, but when in - the place was as large as a warehouse. Both of us chose the premium tasting as we stood near their never-ending black bar. This was probably my favorite winery in terms of wine. Not shying away from their prices, we left with a 2010 Arneis - a white wine blend with notes of flowers and green pear - as well as a 2008 Sangiovese of toffee and berry notes, and a 2008 Concerto infused with blackberries. They also made marinara sauce that is to die for! Strange combo, but so delicious.
Our last stop (and I still can’t believe we made it there) was Miramonte Winery. Stephen was well off already, and I was still at my constant buzz so we decided to share a tasting set. It wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take home at least one more wine, so we settled on their 2006 Four Torch, a red Meritage of strawberry, blackberry and mocha. While there, we met a guy who was fairly drunk and mentioned that Miramonte was his third winery of the day. He couldn’t believe we went to six, but no we realize why - not so many people can handle all that wine in their system as we unfortunately found out. Regardless, we finished the night at Habuya to enjoy Okinawan food and relax before setting off home to Irvine :)
why people, by nature, show no value for the written or spoken word. Literature in all forms is still so influential in the underpinnings of all things we know as a society - comedy, tragedy, epic, romance, horror, depression, whatever it may be. The world is governed by words. We have learned social constraints and normalities from things we’ve heard or books we’ve read, and would be nowhere in science or technology without language and literature. When people cast off all concerns of liberal arts as something “easy”, as a subject of no value, as knowledge that can only equate to a poor man’s job busting a table at a restaurant instead of something worthwhile. I’m sorry, but mastering the single most influential art form that has been around much longer than any engineering science you know, is damn important.
People who know how to write, who are more liberal minded, can think more objectively. We can hold much more intelligent conversations than you can hold, and we can apply our knowledge much better to varied subjects than any other major. So what if we don’t make the most money? At least we can write about our lives well, and maybe one day be remembered. Life doesn’t revolve around your salary price. Being a dick is not something that can be made alright with money - you just suck. I’m sure as hell that I’ll be much better off than you in the future, maybe not monetarily, but I’ll be damn happy doing what I love without having to be around people like you.