Friday, October 24, 2014

Flag designed by Mark Twain
Representing American imperialism following American colonization of the Philippines in 1899.
"And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one - our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Kitty

Tell me I am a patient man. Please, I need some support here. A few months ago, we decided that we were going to repaint the first floor of our house. After weeks of discussion and research, I thought we had decided on a sort of aged rose color for the walls. I took my wife to the French version of Home Depot...really, it is identical to Home Depot in layout and design. Here, it is Brico Depot....
We got lots of color samples and tried to match the available colors to what I thought we had agreed upon. Every version of the color my wife liked was not what I thought we wanted. It was just too damn pink! I laughingly referred to her choices as "Hello Kitty" Pink and when I got really disgusted, it became Pepto a bit of a compromise....but when we got home and started painting, it was still just too damn pink for me. My wife liked it. So with the accents, it all kind of harmonized and months later, I am beginning to kind of like it. It's an almost violently daring color statement. t actually works for me, but it took months of acceptance on my part. 
So, on Monday, my wife had the first of her cataract surgeries. A lot of trauma. There were minor complications, but as of last night, her enhanced vision with her new lens implant really began to kick in. The first thing she noticed was how the blues on the TV screen looked! Today she raved over the lobelia flowers on the window sill. Hourly, her vision improved. She said she was seeing colors she had forgotten about. Then sitting at the table, the sun hit the wall full force. Her jaw dropped! "But, that's not the pink we wanted!" she said. But that's the pink we got. She had been seeing a totally different color....Now, it's her turn to have to get used to it, because I'll be damned if I'm going to repaint the house again anytime soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The ongoing collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent (Annie Clark)
from their latest release, Love This Giant.
Now, if the pair could have a child  that they could teach to do synchronized dance moves.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Silence of The Grapes

Here's a little video shot from the point of view of my buddy, Stef of some of the work on October 2 during the vendange at Chateau Vieux Chevrol. I stumble through at some point near the end and do a grape drop....The video is kind of bizarre because of the silence. Usually there is so much noise, I must have been between songs, because that is my survival technique. My co workers always tell me that they know I'm happy because I'm singing. I want to mention also that I haven't been posting much lately because I am taking care of my wife, who immediately after I got back, was scheduled for cataract surgery in both eyes, one at a time. Yesterday was the first surgery and I have become Frankie Nightengale. Cooking, cleaning and trying to think of what else I can do to. One of the hardest things is to not be overly attentive. I tend to make a lot of noise, so I am outside doing yard work. She is at the doctors now getting a post op check up. I am going to make a chocolate gateau.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Privacy Matters......

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."