Another crazy weekend here in Houston filled with flag football, orchestra auditions, a show in the park, and of course my obsession with college football. This week I have three reminders, please be sure to read them all, particularly the third, as it is particularly dear to me.
- As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Oregon Wine Board is once again sponsoring the Oregon Wine A-List Awards. They are looking for restaurants across the globe that have stellar representations of Oregon wines on their wine lists. Do you have any in your corner of the world? If so, you should provide the Board with all the details so they can spread the word! All the details can be found HERE.
- The new Monthly Wine Writing Challenge is up and running, with the new theme supplied by last month’s winner, Beth of Traveling Wine Chick fame. The deadline is a week from Monday, so GET WRITING! Interested parties can find information HERE.
- Friday night I found out that there is a rather special auction occurring on the Paddle 8 website. I used to manage a bike shop in Sausalito, California, a fairly nice shop that was frequented by many of the area’s better known residents, including Robin Williams. Robin was a big cyclist and a really nice guy (to put both mildly) and he was particularly fond of buying several new bikes every year. Robin would come into the shop a couple of times a year, and despite the shop was one of the busiest in California, he would manage to show up when there was not another customer in the store. He was always very quiet and reserved, nothing like his public persona.
Over the few years that I worked there, I only got to ride with him once, but I did sell him a few bikes, some of which are now among the 87 bikes that are being auctioned off by Paddle 8. There are a lot of really cool bikes available and all the proceeds will be split between two charities: the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. go over and check out the bikes and put in a bid. Even if you are not Robin’s size (he rode a 54cm), the bikes are incredible (I will be bidding on the Masi3v made for the Soviet Union Cycling team, and remembering fondly those times when our paths crossed).