Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

The Lion Rests
Sen. Edward Kennedy 1932-2009

We've lost another legend this summer. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts died at his home late Tuesday night. He was 77. Sen. Kennedy had been battling brain cancer since his diagnosis in 2008. He was one of the most influential U.S. senators, so that colleagues nicknamed the Democrat "The Lion of the Senate." If you ever watched Sen. Kennedy in action on the floor or at a rally, he was not one to hold his tongue. Whether you agreed with or loathed his left-wing opinions, he made politics interesting.

What a horrible month for the Kennedy family. They just lost Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks ago. Eunice was Edward's sister and Maria Shriver's mother. Following the assassination of his brothers JFK and Bobby Kennedy back in the 60s, Sen. Kennedy took on the patriarchal role in the family.
The man hasn't been dead 24 hours and the media are already questioning who will continue the legacy of the Kennedy political powerhouse. Read about that here. Health care reform was one of Sen. Kennedy's political passions. How ironic he died when the country is possibly on the brink of having universal health care.

I'm a politics junkie so my memories of Sen. Kennedy will be watching him play hardball on the Senate floor during debates. Sometimes I turn to C-Span to watch Congress in session and I would pause a little longer when Sen. Kennedy had the mic. Also, he played a major role in the election of the first black U.S. President.

For more details on Sen. Kennedy's life check out:

Washington Post


  1. Cocoa Fly, I was around When both Kennedy brothers were assasinated, and now we've lost another great Kennedy brother. He fought so hard for people who have very little, and I don't know who could possible fill his shoes. I know he has instilled in his children and grandchildren their obligation to public service, but I don't know if they'll seek office. All we can do is pray that the health care reform bill is passed in Congress, so people like me will no longer have to pay such high premiums.

  2. Anonymous I share your hope that our leaders can develop a good health care plan. I've been having health care drama myself with my provider. As for the Kennedy legacy, you think one of the grandchildren will step up to the Kennedy political throne?


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