Be sure to turn the lights off as you go…

I seriously thought I was going to die in this building.   Actually, something did happen last Spring where that was a distinct possibility…but I had that day off.  So, here I am.

After a super long run, I’ve decided to leave The River.  It wasn’t a quick decision or prompted by a singular event.  Over the past couple of years, the logistics of traveling close to 100 miles round trip by car or taking an expensive, unreliable, inconveniently scheduled train just started to chip away at my overall enjoyment.   After working a really long work week, facing another long day, made so because of transportation, became daunting.   In the Fall,  I just threw it out to the universe that I was open to something new.

From time to time, I get pinged by radio people in and out of the market, asking me if I am interested in any “potential opportunities”.  Despite having passing regrets about not taking that morning gig in Dubai in 2002 or that thing in California in 2005, I’ve been relatively satisfied with my choice to stay at The River.

The Fall passed in a blur, with me working, working, working at both jobs.  The week before Christmas, around 8p, my boss pulled me into her office and told me I had to take my vacation, starting now.  I had accrued 3+ weeks and taken one day (oops!).   All of the sudden, everything in my life just went quiet.   10 hours later, I had an “inquiry” in my email box from a station that I had been into for years.

After a few conversations and a meeting, I decided to take the new gig.   The acceptance timed out with a planned vacation; therefore, I was able to sneak away without being disruptive.  Plus, I hate goodbyes, so, it really worked out.  Initially, I just felt relief because I would never have to sit in a random yet regular Saturday morning traffic back up on 495 or pass time on a 2 hour train ride.  Although, the more it’s sinking in, the more excited I am about the idea of doing something new and making new friends.  I am all about the adventure and I know this new opportunity is going to be full of them.

Ultimately, I loved my time at The River.  I met so many great people – both coworkers & artists.   In the end, I simply had SO MUCH FUN.  SO MUCH FUN.  More fun than I ever imagined.  Even though the building sits on a giant sinkhole, it has a pretty cool vibe.   As I was leaving for the last time and turning off the lights, I meant to say thank you for all the amazing experiences.  Since I didn’t say it then, I’m saying it now.  <3

Hello world!

This blog post was already here when I when I imported my blogger blog today.

Since I say “Hello” to the world at least once a week via the broadcasts and the interwebs, I figured this is probably the best photo for this post:

Big props to my mother-in-law for finding this card at Trader Joe’s & surprising me with it in the mail.

New World vs. New World being Old World

Back in the Fall, I found myself with some free time to plow through my stacks of Netflix dvds & books.  Over the years, I’ve been given some crap that I still get the dvds, but they never stream indie or foreign films. So, je n’en ai rien a foutre.

One of the dvds was “Blood Into Wine”, the doco about Maynard James Keenan’s vineyards in Arizona.  Overall, the documentary was an interesting perspective on wine as it was half about the artistry of wine and half about responsible farming & environmental issues.  The real star was in Eric Glomski who was a river ecology major, which translated into restoring the land in Arizona.

After watching the movie, I purchased 4 wines from Caduceus – a red, a white, a rose, & an orange.  The first one we dipped into was the Primer Paso red blend, which was made in the style of Cote Rotie.  As a comparison, we cracked open a Field Theory Aglianico from Paso Robles.  The comparison I was after was not grape to grape but more new world trying to be innovative vs. new world trying to be classic. For a meal, we decided to do Pacific Rim style duck, i.e. roasted with soy sauce, molasses, and orange.

First, we tried both on their own:

The Field Theory (right) was much fruitier and simpler than the Cadeceus.  The Caduceus was complex but subtle, rich, and bit spicy with ripe purple/red fruit.  Both were really good but you could tell there was a lot more deliberate technique with the Caduceus.  BTW, the Caduceus was $50 and the Field Theory was $18.

Since the alcohol content of both were >13%, we decided to have some snacks while were cooking:

We chose truffle potato chips from MA France and white corn chips from Wegman’s.  Perhaps not surprising, aside from the salt, neither chip held up to the wines.

For the main course, we did the duck, fries with French aioli, and green salad:

Both wines complimented the duck well.  The Field Theory kept it’s fruit, whereas the Caduceus veered more dry & spicy.  Oddly, we felt that Caduceus made us feel like we were eating in Europe & the Field Theory like California.

Verdict: Either! Depends on budget and where you’d like to “go” for dinner 🙂