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…

Can We Live In Peace ?

Just over a week ago I was scared and praying for my sister who is a student at UCLA because some angry and unstable man decided to travel to the school and shoot a former professor. And the school reacted like it was a possible mass shooting. The incident held people's attention for a short time, then America moved on.

Then today I woke up and learned that 50 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Fifty people. Fifty people told someone they loved them for the last time, because a deranged man had a gun in his hand and hate in his heart. It's being reported as the largest mass shooting. Most of the victims were gay Latino men. I wonder if there both homophobic and racist motives behind these killings.

Will America mourn this tragedy for a few days then move on like we've done other shootings? People shouldn't be afraid to go to the mall, movies, nightclub, school, places of worship, etc. We've got to do something. A meme and a hashtag aren't enough.

The shooter claimed to be affiliated with ISIS but I'm not buying it. I think he was homophobic and hate drove him him. People just want to live in peace.

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