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…

MTV VMA 2009
Kanye, MJ Tribute, Lady Gaga

Does Kanye Kick it With Rep. Joe Wilson?
This is the first MTV VMA Awards I've watched in a while. The only reason why I tuned in was to see the MJ Tribute. But the whole tone of the show changed when Kanye ruined Taylor Swifts time to shine. She beat Beyonce in the "Best Female Video" category. Kanye interrupts her acceptance speech, takes the mic and says Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video is one of the greatest of all times. Kanye has done these sort of outbursts at award shows before and it's getting old. This was Swift's first VMA and the girl is only 19. What Kanye did was disrespectful, tacky and uncalled for. I felt so bad for Swift. One day these antics will hurt his career. Swift seems sweet and soft. I'd like to see him pull that on someone like Pink or T.I. Kanye apologized to Swift on his blog. West was reportedly kicked out of Radio City Music Hall. Props to Beyonce for graciously allowing Swift to take the stage and finish her speech after Beyonce's "Single Ladies" won for Video of the Year.

Screaming for MJ Tribute
Michael Jackson would be very proud of his little sister Janet for leading a great tribute. Madonna's appearance in the opening was a nice surprise. Her speech was sharp. She exalted his talent and did not sugar coat MJ's trials. The tribute was also a shot at the media for all of the rumors that have surrounded MJ's life and death. The highlight for me was the"Scream" performance. The MJ/JJ duet is one of my favorite videos. Janet danced the routine from the video on stage while MJ was on screen. When the camera pulled back it looked like MJ and Janet were dancing together again. It was very moving.

Lady Gaga, oh Lady Gaga
And Lady Gaga was, um, you know. Well, she scared Tracy Morgan with her blood shot outfit. But that's why people love and hate Lady Gaga. She switches it up on another level.


Tell me, what did you think of the show? Favorite moments? Least favorite moments?

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