A Pretty Good Saturday

At the beginning of the week, I was really looking forward to today. My wife was going to be in Washington D.C. for the weekend, and we had all planned to join her on Saturday morning. My older son had his first playoff game on Thursday (I say first, but his team is so bad, there was really no way that anyone thought they would advance), and we had tickets to the Phillies baseball game Friday night, so we were going to hop in the Prius on Saturday morning and drive down.

A day on the mall, maybe the Air and Space Museum, and then dinner at one of a multitude of restaurants that I was researching. I was also invited to a tasting of the Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon (along with some other Wagner Family of Wines selections). I do not have a ton of experience with Caymus, only having tasted it on a couple of occasions, but it is certainly one of the standard bearers of Napa Valley Cabernet. The tasting was just a few minutes from the hotel (at Total Wine), so it would be no problem fitting the early evening tasting into the plan.

Sunday morning, my wife had planned a nice brunch for us all, followed by another day in the capital with my three favorite people on earth.

Great day, great weekend.

Then the rains came.

It seems like it has been raining non-stop all week (riding to work has been miserable). Rain on Tuesday meant that my son’s game got delayed to Friday (the game on Tuesday being pushed back to Thursday). No problem, we would have to miss the Phillies (who are horrible this year, so…), but the weekend plans could stay otherwise intact.

Then it rained Thursday, which caused my son’s game pushed back to Saturday morning.

That meant that in the end, the boys and I needed to stay home. No perfect weekend in D.C. for Father’s Day. It also meant that yes, my wife was going to be out of town on Father’s Day Weekend. And no, I was not going to let her forget it.

I was going to have to suffer through my son’s playoff game by myself. I was going to have to field my younger son Sebastian’s endless requests to buy him a treat from the concession stand.


I was also going to miss the tasting.


From perfect weekend, to comic tragedy as a result of a couple of thunderstorms.

Resigned to my fate, I emailed my contact to let him know that I would have to miss the tasting. He responded rather quickly and asked if he could send me a bottle of the 40th Anniversary Cab in order to participate in the online Twitter tasting instead.

I wondered if it were a trick question.

He assured me it wasn’t, and I happily agreed.

Maybe there was a chance to salvage part of the weekend….

As it turned out, this Saturday is looking up. We were able to go to the Phillies’ game last night (even though it had rained all day prior). Sure, the Phillies lost, but we had a great time and were out so late, both of the boys were exhausted. That meant that Sebastian would sleep for quite some time in the morning.

That, in turn, meant I could go to the local time trial (a type of bike race) that was less than a mile from my house and would be over long before Sebastian would wake up. (For all of you concerned folks out there, I have long given up my hopes for father of the year. I also informed our older son and our neighbor of my plans, in case something came up. The race only lasted about 30 minutes, and I was not even gone an hour, so please don’t call DHS).

In the end, I did better than I hoped in the race, my son’s team played well, but lost (which was really a blessing), and I have this staring at me for an afternoon tasting in my own home.



… my wife is going to owe me huge.

Maybe it is actually close to a perfect Saturday…..



About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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18 Responses to A Pretty Good Saturday

  1. Beautiful and colorful with events,and traveling ,hope your son’s team will reach the final.Best regards.JMS


  2. Expat Eye says:

    Ha ha! Sounds like everything turned out pretty well! And that looks like a bloody good bottle of wine 😉 I’m almost out – wanna come over? Your wife would have to forgive you, right?! 😉


  3. If that DC weekend resurfaces, make sure you squeeze in a visit to a Virginia winery or two! 🍷


  4. Great how things turn out sometimes… 🙂


  5. And here you thought you were going to have a glass of Caymus.


  6. Cindi says:

    Great narrative. Rain as a blessing-in-disguise!


  7. cyardin says:

    How did you go in the TT?


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