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…

Are You With Her?: Hillary Clinton Makes History

Pres. Obama and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
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I hope I'm looking at the photo of the first African-American president and the future first woman president. Like her or not, she made U.S. history this week as the first woman nominee of a major political party.

Every election I think about how I was lucky to grow up in a politically divided family. On my father's side some of my relatives are liberals and some conservatives. Holiday dinners and family gatherings were always something else. But it made me be a good listener to people whose opinions I don't agree with. It made me see where the other sides are coming from. And so I don't get worked up over people who politically disagree with me. I've volunteered for campaigns. I've been to a Republican convention and had a great time.  I'm not a Trump supporter, but people have a right to support him.

This election feels like a long, dramatic Thanksgiving dinner where there's no more sweet potato pie and I'm tired of people fighting. I hate our country has become even more divided. Hatred has always been an issue, but I don't like this rise of overt hatred either.

Hillary is not perfect. I take issues with some things the Clintons have done and their resources. But Trump's xenophobia, sexism, racism and lack of experience concerns me. I've noticed some liberals and Dems say they're not excited about this election like when Pres. Obama ran. And it's because they don't fully trust Hillary. Racism, sexism and class are important issues to me. For me, I know no matter who becomes president, they're not going to end instutionalized racism, stop sexism and our rape culture or give every poor person in America opportunity. They're not. So I don't fall hard for politicians. I need to be extra hyped about a candidate to vote for them. Politicians are not the sole answer to fixing our problems. They're key, but the not the sole answer.

For me, Hillary Clinton is the best candidate. She's smart, experienced, not divisive and a strong woman. Is she perfect? No. Do I support everything she has done in her career. No. But I think she has what it takes to make a good president. This is a very important election. So whether you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump I hope you vote.

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