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Joyful Thanksgiving–2022 | the drunken bike owner

A number of years in the past, my boys and I began a convention of happening to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade. We have been lucky sufficient to dwell lower than a mile from the parade route, which made it that a lot simpler to attend. Now, nevertheless, we’re about 1,500 miles from the Philadelphia parade, dwelling in Texas.

Our older son, Nathan, rnow a sophomore in faculty, returned residence the opposite night time, making this the primary time since mid-August that all of us have been collectively. For that, after all, we’re all grateful. Talking of which, as I’ve performed for the previous few years, I’d like to make use of this house to precise why I’m notably grateful this Thanksgiving Day.

There are far too many individuals to thank (notably given a quickly failing reminiscence), however I needed to level out just a few:

  • I’m grateful for all of you on the market who take the time to learn this weblog occasionally. I actually am humbled by the quantity of people that have mentioned they learn this weblog, which serves as invaluable gasoline to maintain plugging alongside.
  • There are some fantastic folks in New York and Healdsburg that noticed one thing on this little weblog a number of years in the past (after I thought there was nobody studying) who nonetheless encourage me at this time to maintain writing, for which I’ll at all times be grateful.
  • I’m fortunate to have met a number of folks “within the enterprise” throughout my travels who I might now take into account associates (they’re actually throughout, however there are heavy concentrations in Sonoma, Lodi, and the South of France). I’m grateful for his or her assist, encouragement, and most of all, their friendship.
  • The numerous different writers and bloggers from all around the world whom I “see” both in particular person every year on the Wine Bloggers Convention, or practically every single day whereas sitting at my pc. Their writing is just not solely a pleasure to learn however a motivation for me to repeatedly attempt to enhance. The wine running a blog “group” is an odd mix of individuals, however I’m grateful to be part of such a vibrant and eclectic group.
  • There are a lot of folks right here in Texas who’ve welcomed me to their state with open arms, and for that, I will probably be eternally grateful. I approached this transfer with greater than a wholesome dose of trepidation and the assist I’ve acquired from Texans has been invaluable.
  • A particular thanks goes out to all those that work in public relations and must cope with writers and bloggers each day. They’re actually a unbelievable breed since there isn’t a manner that I may ever face up to a number of the horrors that they’ve recounted. Whereas there are far too many to thank individually, I’m notably grateful to some who reside close to and work in New York and San Francisco, a number of of whom, once more, I might take into account good associates.
  • Final, I’m grateful for my unimaginable household: my two quickly rising boys who patiently wait (more often than not) for me to complete an article earlier than heading exterior for a catch, and my far too forgiving spouse who has by no means wavered in her assist to pursue this ardour of mine.

Joyful Thanksgiving all people!

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Thanksgiving 2014 (we flew to Detroit to visit my mother)

Thanksgiving 2014 (we flew to Detroit to go to my mom)


2013: Sebastian and Nathan making an attempt to not be chilly.

Sebastian up on my shoulder.

2013: Sebastian up on my shoulder, searching for Santa.

From 2012: My son meets one among his heroes–a donut.

In regards to the drunken bike owner

I’ve been an occasional biking tour information in Europe for the previous 20 years, visiting many of the wine areas of France. By means of this “job” I developed a love for wine and the tales that always accompany the pulling of a cork. I dwell in Houston with my pretty spouse and two fantastic sons.



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