Like many couples this time of year, my wife and I have a holiday movie rotation we start right after Thanksgiving. There are probably 20 movies we try to get through. A lot of these are not “exactly” holiday movies. Also included are movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but we watch them since they premiered in December. But we do have several holiday themed movies we are guaranteed to include. Here are our favorites:
Recently I read a post that stated we all needed to “act” like Americans. The post insinuated if you didn’t stand for the national anthem; if you burned a flag or opposed Confederate monuments, you weren’t “acting” like an American.
I thought about that for a minute.
I normally keep my personal views on politics to myself. It’s not that I don’t have opinions on the subject, I definitely do. However, I believe that politics are personal, a lot like religion, so I don’t share them unless asked.
This approach has allowed me to stay friends with both conservatives and liberals and everyone in between. Political views are merely a small part of what defines us anyway. Or so I thought.
Note: I haven’t written one of these wine tasting posts in a while. It isn’t that I’m not drinking wine (perish the thought!) but we have been consuming a lot of the Baron de Ley stock we have. It has become my wife’s “go-to” wines of choice. However, we finally broke out of that “rut”, but we still haven’t left Spain. Instead of Rioja Tempranillo, we moved to Mencia grape wine from Bierzo region with the Raul Pérez Bierzo Ultreia St. Jacques.
I have noted before I’ve never been an early riser. For much of my professional career I was a computer geek, so I would often be up all hours of the night working when my users were asleep and out of the system. As a result, if I got up before 8:00am I either had an early meeting or the house was on fire. Even though I’m no longer a “practicing” techie, until recently I still refused to get up early. I just didn’t see the point. But in the past year I decided I needed to shake some things up in my life. My day was just too static and monotonous. It didn’t seem like I challenging myself in any meaningful way. I was in a rut.
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The battle begins as it always does. I sit down, roll my chair close to the edge of my desk, turn on the lamp, grab my pen and stare down at the first page of a pad of paper. Like two samurai facing each other silently in the rain, weapons drawn, we begin.