wine and cheese


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Can I just reiterate how much I truly, deeply, love my Apple AirPods Shobhit got me for my birthday? They have been a serious game changer for me, perhaps the most life-altering possession I have acquired since getting my bike in 2008 (which itself complicates trying to use corded headphones when riding), or maybe even since getting the iPod itself in 2006. It truly feels like a huge leap forward, in how freeing it is for day to day use of headphones. I walk around looking at other people still using corded ones and think of them as poor suckers now.

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Anyway. My evening yesterday was pretty well filled completely by the two-hour sparkling wine class at the Interbay Total Wine & More Shobhit now works at -- which was how he now gets me into these events for free. He was working all evening so he couldn't join me, as he had for the wine tasting in the same classroom during my Birth Week, but he still signed me up.

Basically this is how I learned a pretty valuable lesson: I'm just not that into sparkling wine. It was kind of fun learning about it, and the more I go to these things I figure the more I will learn about wine in general, and there's nothing wrong with that. There was only one of the sparkling wines we tasted last night that I truly enjoyed, which was of course by far the sweetest one -- and we were instructed to pair it with dark chocolate, which only enhanced it more.

The rest of them, generally speaking, were way too dry for me, although one had such a strong note of green apple that I found it interesting, at least, if not delicious -- but far from disgusting. And, as with the last event, plenty of breads and cheese and fruits were provided, so basically I got a free dinner. There was also a salad that I liked a whole lot, and I meant to ask what it was and where from (the Whole Foods across the street, I bet, now that I think about it), and I forgot to ask.

The lady who signed me in recognized me, which meant I met her before but I did not remember her. "Thank you for coming in," she said. "Shobhit signed you up." Yep! I really didn't interact with anyone else there the whole time, but for the brief moment when a lady sitting two chairs to my left complimented my pink sparkly iPhone case.

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I left in a little bit of a hurry, as I saw a bus was coming in nine minutes and I did not want to wait for the next one coming 15 minutes later. So I semi-rushed out of there, briefly seeing Shobhit at a register on my way out. I had already walked halfway home and then bussed the rest of the way from 4th & Pike; then bussed back downtown and up 15th after feeding the cats, barely getting there by the start time of 6:30. I've gotten too little sleep lately and so I was getting ready just about as soon as I got back again after the event, and after updating my budget based on today's paycheck.

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I've got quite the busy evening ahead of me. I'm going to see two movies -- because last week, when I suggested going to see Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with him and Tess last weekend, Gabriel said he was unavailable and suggested Saturday this weekend. So, I kept Saturday open when scheduling my SIFF movies, which start tonight. Well he didn't tell me until yesterday that, actually, he has both a nephew's birthday party and a friend's graduation party to go to tomorrow. It would have been nice to know that before I scheduled all of my SIFF movies! Because now he wanted to go see the movie tonight instead.

Well, we'll make it work. I see my first SIFF film at 7:00 at the Uptown on Lower Queen Anne, and thankfully it's short, only 80 minutes long. That should give me about 15 minutes to get downtown to the Meridian where the movie with Gabriel and Tess will be playing at 8:45. I've been thinking about riding my bike a second time from home, first to the SIFF movie and then between the movies to get there faster. Shobhit thinks I should take transit, maybe the Monorail. I'm still leaning toward biking; the Monorail only takes cash and I have no cash on me. Also it won't cost me anything to bike. Nor would it to take a bus, but with a bus I have other annoying factors like waiting for a bus to arrive to begin with and then walking four blocks from the bus stop, whereas on the bike I can literally go door to door. I still think the bike is the best option. On the other hand, what if I wind up going out somewhere with Gabriel after the movie? That could complicate having my bike. Damn it, I can't decide!

I guess I'll just think about it for a while, as I get back to work for the afternoon.

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[posted 12:27 pm]