Saturday, January 08, 2011

Favorite Drinks

Some people would say that I like to drink wine, and a lot more would say that I like to drink too much wine. Maybe so. But last year with a swollen Achilles tendon and blood work suggesting the possibility of future heart disease I decided to cut back on wine and get some exercise. The exercise consists of a 30-40 minute walk mid-afternoon. It’s a poor substitute for the physiotherapy that I was getting for the swollen tendon. At my age there is much to be said for having a twenty-something massage your foot. And, accidently I'm sure, have it brush against her ample cleavage. The skin tight clothes were also appreciated.

But back to the walking. Earlier in the year I had also decided that I should cut back on coffee. Six to eight cups a day were just not helping my bladder. But I soon realized. As I was limping through a nearby car park and around buildings housing various biotech companies. I was passing two coffee carts. And more were likely inside buildings. Maybe one cup of coffee in the afternoon wouldn't hurt? It was a tough decision. My new health kick included bringing a healthy lunch to work. Dollars were being saved that would now go to a drink I had decided to forego. I know that some things are addictive. And my family has the addictive gene, maybe more than one, maybe all of ‘em. Alcohol can sometimes be a problem for me. Although I’m sure it will be the after effects that will be my final undoing. But a large latte mid-afternoon. While I’m out getting exercise. And cogitating about work. What could be the harm?

Today I spent a pleasurable hour. Tasting American Pinot Noir. And a few others. Some Italians. One, an interesting Dolcetto. A Turley Zinfandel. Wine was still in the glasses. As I paid to leave. To buy food from a local Vons. And nearby? A Starbucks. Mid-afternoon. The body craves caffeine. Its had alcohol. But its caffeine it wants. Maybe I should blog about coffee? Maybe I should get my addictions back under control.

1 comment:

Nolan Miller said...

Just ran into your blog and I too am a solid Shiraz lover from Port Neches, TX. I too am on a little vacation from wine enjoymnet due to major back surgery. That's why screw tops are so important as the back strain is minimal. Didn't get any young therapy during 5 days in hospital but did receive some very intimate treatment by some young nurses that I couldn't give a shit about or enjoy due to the circumstances. I just wanted to get out of that place. Would love to share my Australian and US wine thoughts. I just got in a case of 2005 Glaymond Landrace and 2006 Kalleske Greenock Shiraz. My favorite Washington Shiraz has been McCrea Cellars. Cayuse is out of my price range but I know I would enjoy it. Hope the foot gets better as I hope my back does.

Nolan Miller