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…

Hey Rep. Joe Wilson, YOU'RE RUDE!

I'm sorry, did I wake up in Britain this morning? Last I checked politicians don't heckle the President when he's addressing the House and the nation. I don't think that's protocol. And they definitely don't call the president a liar. But Rep. Joe Wilson (R) from South Carolina said he "let his emotions get the best of him" when Pres. Obama clarified his health care plan is not for illegal immigrants. Rep. Wilson yelled, "You lie!"

I have never seen such disrespect to a U.S. President since Mr. Obama took office. According to the Washington Post, "White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel approached two Republican House leaders, Roy Blunt and Paul Ryan and said, 'No president has ever had that happen,' and urged them to have the lawmaker 'apologize immediately.' Sen. John McCain told CNN Wilson's actions were "disrespectful."

Nastiness is not necessary. I was offended and angered by Rep. Wilson's outburst. You're not on the schoolyard Mr. Wilson, act like you're on Capitol Hill. I'm sure if citizens attended one of Wilson's speaking engagements and yelled RUDE, CHILDISH, IMMATURE, DISRESPECTFUL, POOR LEADERSHIP, etc while he was at the podium he wouldn't be pleased.
Of course Rep. Wilson issued an apology:
"This evening I let my emotions get the best of me. While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropiate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility."

Forget Rep. Wilson, he has healthcare. Last night wasn't about him. What do you think of Pres. Obama's speech? I thought it was good. One of my concerns about government getting involved in health care is that sometimes our governement doesn't operate efficiently and effectively. I got two words for you, Walter Reed. And look at how the government has handled New Orleans post-Katrina. Don't even get me started on how the economy nose dived. If Pres. Obama's health care plan is passed, do you feel that government will run it effectively?


  1. I read that Wilson called the White House and tried to apologize to the President personally but got Rahm Emanuel instead. I laughed at that because I'm sure Rahm cursed his ass out.

    As for the government getting involved in healthcare, I agree (and know from years of working on government projects) that the government isn't efficient. However, I'm sure for someone who doesn't have healthcare, inefficient is better than nothing. Also, it's not as if you have to choose the public option. You could choose one of the other insurance options. Sometimes private industry actually does well when it has to compete against the government. I've heard President Obama use FedEx and UPS several times as an example of that.

  2. @ Erika--Yeah, I bet Rahm got hood on the phone. LOL. I would have loved to have listened in on that phone call. As for the government comment interesting point. Something is better than nothing. And we'll have options. However, we're talking about our lives. And I don't want the government running hospitals like they're the DMV.


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