9/04/2009

Facing the Mean Streets

Posted by The Wine Whore |



Before I share some good news, I'd like to talk about something close to my heart: my fear. I absolutely hate being scared. The feeling of fear infects its way through my soul like a shiver of goosebumps penetrating my skin. By the time it reaches my head, I can't think, I can't move, I am powerless.

The worst part: when it departs, it leaves regret in its place.



I am ashamed to admit that when I was younger, I often let fear control decisions that should have been made by my head instead. I can recall one particular incident like it happened just yesterday. His name was Eric and he wasn't a giant, but he was much bigger than me. His popularity in the eighth grade was almost as large as his stature. I don't know what I did to deserve it, but for he some reason, he decided that I would make a great punching bag. Literally and figuratively. I felt paralyzed and powerless to him. Anger eventually replaced my fear but regardless of my feelings, I never once gave Eric a taste of what he really deserved. This, I will always regret.

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Maybe this belief is just a cheap form of therapy, but I think that I am a better person thanks to Eric. Although I still regret that I never kicked the ever living shit out of him, I did learn a valuable lesson in life: fear is powerless when you are in control. If I confront my fears, I will have no regret.



This week was an important week for me. I ran head-on into my fears without caring about anything else. It felt SO good!

Regardless of whether or not the words are ever met by another living set of eyes, writing from the heart is a very liberating experience. Despite my fear in exposing myself to others, it feels great to confront the world with my story by immortalizing it in print. To celebrate my transition as a Wine Whore, I have refreshed the site layout with a more risque and lush design deserving of my affairs. I am really proud of the new design. It signifies a new beginning for myself and my affairs with wine.

With all of this going on, there is something important I must not forget to be thankful for: YOU. I can't even begin to explain just how awesome it is to have friends to hang out with and drink with every week. I learn so much about wine just by hanging out and talking with other people. This week, we got together and honestly talked about "cheap" wine and what makes it taste good:



Good people in this world are hard to find but worth every bit of the search effort. It's especially cool when friends do unexpected things to help each other out. I'd like to take a second to recognize one such friend. I would like to say thank you to the folks over at ChefCommons for sharing one of my posts on their site. If you are into food, you'll want to join their network and make some new friends too!


We are all out of time for today�s session. Tomorrow, I'll talk about something I have been getting a lot of questions about. In the meantime, let's get together and share a drink to celebrate the long holiday weekend. Share your weekend wine plans here.





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7 comments:

The Happy Mrs. said...

Great Post!
And great new layout - looking forward to watching your episode (when Im not at work)

Table Scraps said...

Randy, I enjoyed last nights "get together." Looking forward to learning more about wine.

The Wine Whore said...

Hello Lynn (Table Scraps)!

I was actually just about to send you a message thanking you for hanging out last night! Really glad you enjoyed it!

Any good wine in your future for the holiday weekend?

Cheers!

Shelly said...

I was watching a movie last night (Loverboy) and I'm not one to remember movie quotes but enjoyed this one. "Where there is fear there is opportunity." Just thought I'd share that one as it seems relevant to your post.

Last night was fun and I look forward to more tastings with you.

Cheers!

The Wine Whore said...

That's a great quote! Any other wine quotes that may apply?

See you again next week!

Cheers!

The Happy Mrs. said...

Watched your video! Excellent Job - I think I'm going to seek out that Chardonnay this weekend for a BBQ we are hosting.

You packed a lot of quality information and tasting in there, so it was a little long IMO for an internet video, but it was good. I feel like each wine taste (chardonnay, merlot, cab) could have their own video. People could have the opportunity to watch just one, or all three, whenever they wanted!

Additionally, if you have a wine club, keep me informed - I'd love to join.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the feedback! That's a great idea... it wouldn't be too hard to split up the video into three separate parts. I'll give it a shot so I am ready for the next one!

I really like the wine club idea but I want to be very careful not to make it too commercial. I once joined a wine club that TOLD me exactly which bottles I had to take home every month and it totally turned me off.

Any ideas on how to do a wine club sorta like a book club without making it too "commercial"?

Cheers!

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