It’s Monday. The start of another work week, and we both agreed that if it were Friday, we’d be very happy campers! Here in our neck of the woods, a late afternoon/early evening series of thunderstorms brought much needed rainfall to the area. Over the past dozen years of living in south and central Texas, we’ve come to appreciate rainfall. Like a lot of Texas, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, it’ll change! Truer words have never been spoken. . .the only problem is that for the last three to four years–and not five minutes–it hasn’t been changing. So, to get the afternoon thunderstorm that popped up out of no where is reminiscent of years gone by in Houston when you could set your watch to pop up afternoon thunderstorms.
Following up on Jean’s exceptionally successful Catholic Schools dinner back in January, she and the team are on the road making check presentations BACK to the schools! What a concept! Bringing people in to celebrate something as special as a Catholic education, and turning around and paying them to keep focusing on the mission! Hearing stories of young boys and girls who’ve found their niche as a result of the foundation given them through Catholic schools–it’s something you can’t bottle up, you can’t imitate, you can’t fake and you can’t believe how awesome it really is!
Brian has been focused on being a small part of promoting the San Marcos C.I.S.D. bond election. Yes, we know that we live in a conservative world–although you’d never know it coming from the nation’s capital–but schools here haven’t had the easiest time rising to the top. Under the leadership of their superintendent who started a couple of months after Brian started at the San Marcos chamber, the district is on the verge of turning a corner towards greatness. Yes, our community is challenged with an underprivileged population, BUT there are so many people who see incredible potential here. . . educators, parents, business leaders, elected officials. . .even the students themselves. No one likes to take on debt, but there are times (like buying a house instead of renting) when taking on debt makes sense. We’re at the point when it makes sense.
‘Paying it forward’ means something different to many people. In the world of Education, it means making a difference today so it can make a REAL difference tomorrow. ‘Paying it forward’ acknowledges that what’s happening today–while significant–could pale in comparison to tomorrow if we do the RIGHT things! And, it’s funny that whether we’re talking about a private school environment or a public school environment, we’re always thinking about the future with a nod to the past and our feet firmly established in the present. Ultimately, we know that their are sacrifices that have to be made. It’s just a part of who we are. . .it’s a part of who our parents were when they made decisions in the past, and who our grand parents were when they made decisions that laid a foundation for where we are today. Overly dramatic? Perhaps, but in our ever changing global economy, we sometimes forget that paying it forward has been going on for generations. . .keeping it going forward, is, well, it’s up to our generations!
Tonight we opened a really nice 2009 Chianti Classico from the Italian wine maker, Banfi. This is an amazing wine for the money. Rated between 88-90 points, the ruby red color is mesmerizing…it’s so gorgeous and clear that we could hardly believe that we were tasting a chianti! The bouquet is intense with varietal notes of cherry, plum and violet. The taste is fresh, balanced and what we had hoped for from a Banfi Chianti Classico. Priced under $17 a bottle, you’ll find yourself looking for multiple bottles of this wine just because of the value; however, we liked it for the food! As we tasted this Italian wine, we enjoyed with Chinese food, and oh how it worked so well together. When you have a good wine and pair it with good food, it really doesn’t matter where it’s from or when it was vinted–it means that they were meant to be together!! This is a really nice wine from the Tuscany region–would sure like to go there sometime–and with a price point based on value, we’d recommend this wine for family AND friends.
We really like when it rains. . .even if it means a little less sleep because of restless dogs. We really appreciate the teachers, parents and students that make up the Catholic schools in this area. . .they are committed to educating kids in a disciplined, faith-filled environment. We seek the best for our public schools–even during challenging economic times–to rise above the chatter of rhetoric and become the beacon that has made this country the best on earth. Education–paying it forward was NEVER more important.
As you try your favorite wine, please enjoy it responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.
There is no doubt that times change. We’ve admitted on several occasions that we’re a little biased towards things in the past. Now, please understand that even as we ‘age’ we still understand that the future is always going to be about change. It’s the natural order of things. However, when it comes to the medium of radio, we’ve seen a LOT of changes over the years. Consider that in the 1960’s, AM radio was the ONLY radio. Your choices were AM Radio, 45 rpm singles and 33 1/3 rpm albums…some still remember 78 rpm albums as well. Reel to reel tape decks were only for the wealthiest of music enthusiasts. AM Radio. . .when DJ’s ruled the airwaves and a singer or group could make it or break it depending on a DJ’s decision. Many were the artists that camped out at radio station studios for the ‘chance’ to get on the air. Depending on where you lived, you could pick up an AM station from miles away. . .say, living in the Chicago area and picking up KMOX out of St. Louis–and those Cardinals broadcasts! How many can remember listening for the chance to call in to win tickets to this concert or that. . .a chance to go back stage or be picked up and chauffeured to the show?
The 70’s brought about the advent of ‘album rock’ and on the FM side of the dial, there was more music with fewer interruptions–mainly because so few people had FM radios–and less ‘personality’ than their AM brethren. Some of the most remembered music of that generation was played on FM–Steely Dan, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones. . .and so many others that had followings found their fan base growing because of repetitive play on FM. Added to the mix during this time was the wildly popular–but short-lived–eight track tapes followed closely by cassette tapes. As FM grew in popularity, AM’s stronghold on the listening audience waned–significantly. FM Radio would go on to dominate listener appeal. . .until Compact Discs arrived. Suddenly, that crisp, studio quality sound was available in home and automotive audio. Something that was originally reserved for only the wealthiest of listening affecionados was now available to anyone that wanted it. An amazing transformation that has continued to evolve to this day.
Tonight we opened a 2011 Radio Boca Tempranillo from Valencia Spain. This is a young fruity wine; it’s a medium-body but has nice color and a wonderful nose upon opening. Priced at less than $11 a bottle, we were surprised by the taste, the structure and complexity of the wine. As fans of tempranillo, we thought that as young as it is, we probably weren’t going to get a lot of the fruitiness, but instead were extremely impressed with what we tasted. There is an earthiness to the wine as well, it’s something you’d expect from a well vinted Spanish wine. Clearly, this wine isn’t going to wind up in cellars for the next 50 years, but it is going to make a great Sunday afternoon even better! We served ours with grilled Portobello mushrooms and sautéed vegetables, and it was a great combination. We picked this little wine up at World Market in Bryan – while a light wine – we’d more than likely pick up another bottle at the sale price of under $10 . . . probably wouldn’t pay much more than that.
With iPods, iPads, iPhones, Smartphones, MP3 players, Sirius/XM Satellite radio and SO MANY other choices available for music, we harken back to the days of AM Radio and the beginnings of FM Radio. Sometimes, you can have too many choices. . .leaving you without a clear preference . . .and the choices may not be what you really want. We remember–going to SFA in Nacogdoches–Nocturne 92.1 FM–the mellow sound in a college town!! Wow, that’s WAY too much information!
Here’s to a new week – Please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.
Today we ventured to Kerrville to participate in a secret mission – a surprise birthday party for our good friend Kristy – this past week she hit a milestone – the BIG 60! Wow . . . while a few years our senior, she is anything but old – we prefer to acknowledge that she is wise beyond her years or better yet, like a fine wine she gets better and better the longer she’s around! In her case time has indeed stood still – she has the spirit and enthusiasm of a person 1/3 her age. We were glad that we were able to pop over and be part of her surprise!