Reconstructing Shelly

She’s not wild about the name, Shelly. I could help, I thought. We rode in the car for two days. I spoke of ordering experience from a catalog and I wanted to know if she was happy with her purchases. “Will you spend the rest of your life this way?” I asked. It sounded like … Continue reading “Reconstructing Shelly”

Wine Review: 2015 Winemaker’s Red Blend, Casillero del Diablo

I found a new wine from The Devil’s Locker, on sale at Walgreen’s for $8.99. Casillero del Diablo from Chile is one of my all time favorite winemakers. In fact, every wine I’ve had from Chile has been great but Casillero del Diablo is at the front of the pack. This bottle was also from … Continue reading “Wine Review: 2015 Winemaker’s Red Blend, Casillero del Diablo”

Wine Review: 2015 California Red Blend, Witching Hour

Shelly and her husband brought this bottle of wine with them to our house last night and the four of us made short work of it. She said she got it on sale from Total Wine for about $5.00. I say it’s an excellent value for the price. Nice notes of vanilla and chocolate with … Continue reading “Wine Review: 2015 California Red Blend, Witching Hour”

Wine Review: 2014 Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi Private Selection

“Will stay in a situation well past the point when a sane person would have quit.” That’s (always been) me, in a nutshell. I don’t know if the picture on the label is supposed to be light house or a church but either one seems appropriate for pondering a moral dilemma. Shelly recommended the Pinot … Continue reading “Wine Review: 2014 Pinot Noir, Robert Mondavi Private Selection”


And maybe I just don’t see the reason But in the corner of my heart your ignorance is treason –The Racontours Shelly once told me, “Never underestimate the value of a man who will take you home and fuck you.” See there now, that’s why we’re friends. I’ll one-up her, though. Never underestimate the value … Continue reading “Free”

Pandora’s Box

This is for Shelly, if she ever happens to read it. You know that feeling? When you walk into a dark room with a sad person and the weight of their emotion has the density of a collapsed star, you know that feeling? It hits you at the door, the seal has been breached and … Continue reading “Pandora’s Box”