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…

A Deadly Price for Being a Gentleman

Michael Bailey, 26 from Louisiana was visiting family in San Francisco. Like many young folks do on vacation, he hit up the club. After the club closed, Bailey and his friends headed to their car. A woman said she needed a ride home to Hunter's Point. The gave her a ride and she directed them to the projects. When they arrived police say a man was there with a gun. I won't tell how this story ends because you probably already know. Bailey was an engineer major at Baton Rouge's Southern University, married father of two and employee of Delta Airlines. The woman who allegedly lured Bailey and his friends was released because police say there's not enough evidence to charge her. They're still looking for the gunman and his accomplices. You can watch the story here. Somebody left two kids fatherless and for what? A few bucks, a rental car, a cellphone maybe? And some believed things would change because Pres. Obama could be a role model to thugs. Ha.


  1. i wrote about a similar incident previously. I was asked for a ride by a young man who could or could not have been a student. I was inclined to help him, but my instincts told me not to do so. I felt very guilty for having to say no, but I had to make the choice that I thought was best for me.

    It is a shame that we cannot extend a hand to help another human being anymore. But people out there are doing everything under the son.

  2. Thanks for sharing Max. Definitely be careful because I heard this is a common set up. A woman I know told me someone she thought was a friend called her in the middle of the night for a ride but her gut instincts told her not to go. In this economy people will, as you said, do everything under the sun for some change.


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