Start Living… Quit Worrying!

This recent enigma that has draped humanity in the fog of uncertainty is simply a social test. The test challenges many different aspects of life.

It tests our ability to withstand monetary confusion and diminished (in many cases) earnings, social isolation, our proclivity for the comfort of routine, and our patience to deal with those we love and those we don’t know. Through-out this massive social experiment many have lost their way.

Isn’t it just as easy to look to the positive aspects of this “Pandemic” as it is to look under the heavy umbrella of fear and closure? We are at a crossroads in the game of life looking down a path never traveled. This path can either make us stronger and more resilient or cripple our sense of direction.

It seems to me that we are at our best when we are all working together to find a way back to what was our way of life. This story will dissipate into the annuals of history simply to be replaced by another media frenzied storm capturing our attention and diverting us from living our lives to the fullest.

The positive aspects may far out-weigh the negative as we weather this virus storm.

Here are the top ten reasons why we should all stay positive:

        1. The world is a cleaner place.
        2. Traffic has diminished.
        3. Those we dislike are sequestered in their homes.
        4. I can finally sleep more than six hours.
        5. Netflix series can be watched in their entirety.
        6. Countries have stopped fighting each other and now concentrate on their own people’s welfare.
        7. Sushi rolls at our favorite restaurant are now 50% off (curbside).
        8. Friends you haven’t talked to in years are now concerned about your well being.
        9. Home cooked meals are now the rule and not the exception.
        10. Humor has displaced annoyance as the number one interaction.

If in this whole dilemma we are (according to the media) powerless to protect ourselves then we have a couple options. One is to live each moment with those we love and care about with renewed exuberance and commitment. Or, we can take the alternative route and live in fear and trepidation allowing this enigma to control every aspect of our lives.

Perhaps writing, singing, playing an instrument, or simply immersing ourselves in peace and quiet is the answer. It is time to reconnect with ourselves to find the value in others to live a life that exceeds our expectations while nurturing every aspect of whats really important… living.

Quite worrying about those things you can’t control, put on the big boy/girl pants, and dance like no ones watching!

How Fragile Is This Thing We Call Humanity?

Unbelievable how everything has unfolded over the course of the last few weeks… and how swiftly our realities have changed. It is not without some trepidation I write this blog.

What this is like is something out of a Hollywood movie. The only problem is it’s going to last longer than the two hours an average plot line might take to reveal itself. So lets look at the positives instead of focusing on the negatives.

Top Ten Reasons To Stay Positive:

      1. The world is a cleaner place.
      2. Those people you don’t like are sequestered in their respective homes figuring out the strategy to access stores that actually have toilet paper.
      3. If you don’t like people invading your space this is the perfect remedy.
      4. If you didn’t know where your kids are… now you do.
      5. If you complained you never get any time off… now you have plenty of time off.
      6. If you or your spouse complained about going out too often, now the government has solved that issue.
      7. When was the last time you binge watched “Breaking Bad”?
      8. Your pets are incredibly happy now that your home to pay more attention to them.
      9. Unemployment is not a badge of laziness but a badge of honor.
      10. You can finally star in a concert at the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM in Las Vegas and sell it out… only ten people are allowed in the doors… six feet apart.

The one thing I’m sure all of us can agree upon is that humanity is frail. The very fabric that weaves us together is the one that has ripped us apart. The human form we occupy is more susceptible to unknown influences created by things we can’t see and concepts that are difficult to comprehend.

Having said that, our caring for others, the gifts we give in the form of kindness and love will overcome all that we face in a time of uncertainty. Finally, you’re not hearing about nations trying to kill each other but you’re hearing about steps to keep all humanity safe. I thought the only thing to weave our worlds together would be an alien attack. Boy was I wrong!

As I have mentioned before, what is the real reason for the WHO (World Health Organization) calling this a pandemic?

One question and one observation:

Is the Media responsible for ratcheting up this extreme response?

Follow the Money!

 

To keep things in perspective:

      • 38,000 people lost their lives last year from car crashes.
      • 4.4 million were injured seriously last year from car crashes.

Will cars be considered a threat to our survival? Will we be asked to walk or will the government provide transportation under the guise of keeping us safe?

At any rate this too shall pass and with it another set of laws “to protect us from ourselves” very much like the patriot act.

Enjoy the show but make sure you keep your eyes on the man behind the curtain.

Corona and a Lime…??

In my life time I have never seen this kind of “pandemic disease” hysteria perpetrated by conventional and social media… and of course the World Health Organization. As the novel coronavirus continues to infect people around the world, news articles and social media posts about the outbreak continue to spread online. Unfortunately, this relentless flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction, and during a viral outbreak, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous.

In this blog I hope to produce facts about this COVID-19 “pandemic disease” and debunk false rumors and hear say.

Facts:

      1. From the evidence so far the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in any area/climate.
      2. No evidence suggests that this virus was made in a lab. Sars-CoV-2 closely resembles two other coronaviruses that seem to have originated in bats. In what we know about other naturally occurring coronaviruses that have made the jump from animals to humans.
      3. Anyone can catch this virus, young or old. Obviously weakened immune systems are more susceptible to this virus.
      4. Medical analysis suggests there is no correlation between transference of the disease from your pet to you.
      5. The virus is not just a mutated form of the common cold.
      6. Getting the COVID-19 is not a death sentence. The data so far suggests that only around 2.3% of people infected with COVID-19 die from the virus.
      7. Thermal scanners are effective in determining a rise in body temperature to fever like symptoms. However, they can’t detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between two and ten days before people that are infected become sick and develop the fever.

Regardless of climate or other factors the best way to protect yourselves against the COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Having said all that there are less than 75 deaths from COVID-19 in the entire United States so far. However, this year to date there has been 85 killed by gun violence in Chicago. How many died from cancer in this country? Suicide? Automobiles? You get the point…

Another question?

Why are all these goof balls buying toilet paper which reached $15,000,000 in sales in this country produced in China? Water? Paper towels? It takes a village to raise an idiot!

I most certainly did not see the reaction coming from governments and corporations that has affected global markets. Almost everyone in some way shape or form has been affected by this virus. Whether its a conspiracy tipping the scales of political fortune, a puppet master creating monetary change for profit, or simply a bat infecting a human…

Have a Corona (Beer) and a Lime and that will be just as effective as buying toilet paper, water, and paper towels. At least with enough Coronas you will forget about the virus. Just have your significant other pin a note to your shirt reminding you where the hand sanitizer is kept.

Wine + Food = Points + Stars, PAZAZ™ STYLE

The grading of wine through a point system has become the benchmark for novices to make an educated stab at a daunting task. Considered the “Emperor of Wine” a term coined by wine writer Elin McCoy, Robert Parker perfected the 100 point grading system while evaluating various systems in their blind tasting group in the mid-seventies.

They tried letter grades A to F as well as the UC Davis 20-point scale, which had already brought numerical ratings to wine with the cache and reputation that UC Davis had already established through their Oenology program. Apparently one person in their blind wine tasting group suggested the 100 point system and so it was born. The main reason for the system was to ground the over inflated wine reviews rampant at that particular time and offer an objective review on a subjective subject.

Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate” is a newsletter that rates wine, talks about vintage charts, wine news, and other editorial wine related subjects i.e., food and travel. Typically if you go to almost any up-scale wine store you will see notes placed by the employees that parrot the wine analysis from Robert Parker’s “The Wine Advocate”.

The one caveat is that any rating system can be questionable given a myriad of different circumstances. Wine is subjective, a living breathing organism that can change from when it was rated to the current example before you. Wine ages differently from vintage to vintage and varietal to varietal. Most ratings give a period of time when the wine will offer its most delicious profile. However, if the wine has not been stored at the proper temperature in the proper position… all bets are off.

The use of the 100 point system is especially useful when dining at an upscale restaurant. Of course the sommelier can help you with the correct varietal but the final decision can be an even more educated one by looking up the vintage chart, varietal profile from XYZ producer and then finding the numerical review associated with said wine.

Most upscale restaurants have hundreds and sometimes thousands of choices. This extra tool for evaluating wine can be very helpful when determining which wine to pair with what food. If the choice is correct the wine will taste better and that will enhance the flavor of the food. Typically when someone says, “That’s a good food wine”, they are referring to the acid in the wine. The acid balances the fat in the food to produce a quality experience that can transcend your wine and food expectations. That’s the home run, that’s the mike drop.

Moving from points to stars it is very important that if you want an exceptional dining experience you need to look at the most respected food evaluating system which invokes stars as opposed to points.

According to the Michelin Guide, one star signifies “a very good restaurant”, two stars are “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and three stars means “exceptional cuisine that worth a special journey”.

The first Michelin Guide was compiled in 1900 by French industrialist Andre Michelin, along with his brother Edouard Michelin. They wanted to create a demand for automobiles… and therefore, the tires they manufactured.

The first print of the Michelin Guide was 35,000 copies which were given away for free and included maps, instructions on how to change and repair tires, hotels, restaurants, mechanics, and gas stations along popular routes in France. The guide became such a hit that in 1926 the rating system for dining began with a one star system and expanded in 1933 to two and three stars.

In 1955, Michelin came up with a rating system that acknowledged restaurants serving high-quality fare at moderate prices. The Bib Gourmand highlights dinning opportunities that are more reflective of economic standards. This gives diners a chance to eat well without breaking the bank.

To give you an idea as to how difficult it is to produce a 3 Star Michelin Restaurant, the French Laundry owned by Chef Thomas Keller was the only 3 Star Michelin restaurant in California for over 10 years. Now there are seven in all of California. At $310 per person (dinner at the French Laundry) you are making quite a commitment as that price for the nine course meal does not include wine, tip, or tax. Just figure a grand per couple to experience a once in a life time culinary trip to places you’ve never been from those that are legendary in the industry.

As you prepare for your next trip take at least one night to truly experience an amazing meal with the perfect wine so that you will have another memory that will most certainly last a life time.