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…

Rest In Peace Guru of Gang Starr and
Designing Women's Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter
I've been meaning to say something about Dixie Carter. As you may know she died a few weeks ago from a form of uterine cancer, according to Entertainment Tonight. I loved, loved, loved Dixie Carter on Designing Women. Her character Julia Sugarbaker is one of those female characters from my girlhood I would watch and think, "I want to be just like her." She was sassy, funny, smart, strong, pretty and her own boss. Oooh, but don't make her mad. Julia's best moments was when she had to check someone and tell them off. No one can give a tongue lashing like Dixie Carter's character. What's interesting is that Carter reportedly was opposite from the liberal Julia and believed more in conservative right-wing values and politics. That's good acting. Carter was 70.

Hollywood lost a Southern belle and a Starr has fallen in hip hop. I can't believe Gang Starr's Guru is gone. When he went into the hospital a few months ago, reports made it seem like he was recovering. But Guru was reportedly battling cancer. So sad. I grew up listening to group Gang Starr and always put him in the category of real hip hop. Not like this fast food, microwave popcorn mess that's out today. Guru was innovative and took a chance by combining rap and hip hop in his music. CNN reports he was only 43.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I adored Guru. He was all I listened to while in High-School. His fusion of Hip-Hop and Jazz was amazing. He was innovative and a class act [Which is more than I can say about these current Negroes..] He will be missed. <3

  2. @ Nicole-- There's a unique sadness I feel when an artist from my generation passes away. It's like losing a piece of the past. I don't know if that makes sense. When he died I thought about how popular rappers today aren't, like you say, innovative or a class act. They're mass produced "artists." They all rap about sex and money, they all sound the same, their videos look the same. And Guru's death also symbolizes how REAL hip hop is dying. Thanks for your comment Nicole.


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