Survival of the Poorest

April 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm (Comics, Economics, Education, Environment, History, Horror, Wine)

I was thinking today about what would happen to our society if we ran out of oil, and therefore could not afford to transport food between cities, states and nations the way that we currently do, and it occurred to me that the wealthiest people in the world, those inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere who have embraced the economic promise of cities and the specialization of labor, will be the group most affected, and hardest hit, by said (still hopefully hypothetical) collapse. After all, the bulk of the world’s population is much closer to the land than your average Angelino, and is either capable of, or knows people who are capable of, large-scale agriculture, animal husbandry, and other activities associated with pre-industrial human life. It’s only us city-slickers, who are used to our frozen pizzas and two-dollar lattes, who will find ourselves suddenly without food when the crash comes. Although that’s kind of terrifying, since I am one of those city-slickers, it’s also kind of heartening, since it means that, whatever happens to the population of North America, humanity will almost certainly survive and prosper somewhere else, whether it be Africa, Asia, Australia or elsewhere.
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Adventures in Riesling

July 1, 2007 at 3:22 pm (Humor, Travel, Wine, Writing)

Note: This entry is a fuller description of a story synopsized elsewhere in the blog. Please forgive me repeating myself as I play around with storytelling.

During a recent trip to California’s Central Coast region, my wife and I dined at a well-known restaurant, the name of which I feel inclined to withhold. This isn’t because our meal or the service was in any way lacking; in fact, the opposite was the case. It just seems more… polite, if you will, to grant the sommelier in question a certain amount of anonymity, since the experience, in the final analysis, wasn’t negative, just rather bizarre. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Weekend in Wine Country

June 12, 2007 at 8:29 pm (Travel, Wine)

Heather had a rare three nights off in a row this weekend, and I had been suggesting to her for days that we use the opportunity to get away, maybe camping or to my parents’ cabin. But when she countered with a weekend up in the Santa Ynez Valley, touring the Central Coast’s wine country, I couldn’t say no. So, we reserved one of the last open hotel rooms in Solvang, and away we went! Read the rest of this entry »

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November 28, 2006 at 9:21 pm (Family, Wine)

Let it be said that, although having a warm, purring cat sitting contentedly in one’s lap is indeed one of life’s great pleasures, it can make it a tad bit more difficult to type. Especially if said cat mistakes one’s tip-tapping fingers as play toys and tries to stand on the ‘m’ key. But, since Heather and I leave in a couple of days to spend a week in Hawaii, I’m trying to stock up on kitty-time, so I haven’t the heart to stop her. I’m such a softy… Read the rest of this entry »

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