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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Thursday's Post for Friday

I was conspicuously absent on Thursday and a good portion of today. That was because I took my father and my fiance on a trip to Apple Hill, in the foothill country of Fornicalia above the Sacratomato Valley. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Apple Hill and its ranches.

Apple Hill lies at about the 3,500 foot level and consists of a number of farms and ranches that produce apples, pears, wines and, oddly enough, one really good beer. I'll get to that in a moment.

I took Thursday off and picked up Dad. We drove his Maxima up Highway 50 to the Camino offramp and so began our Apple Hill journey. First stop: High Hill Ranch.

We took in the various crafts booths; I purchased a fabulous print from Robert Foster, and Dad and my fiance consumed some apple pie a-la-mode. Smiles abounded. I purchased the print "Bearspective" and had it signed by the artist. Check out his site -- fabulous artwork!

They took in some wine tasting at the Lava Cap Winery vineyard, and we drove to the Jack Russell Brewery where I purchased two packs of dog brew and a dimple mug.

We concluded the day with three orders of ribs at Poor Reds in El Dorado County. Poor Reds pours more Galliano than anywhere in the continental United States -- and they are proud of that fact, via their Golden Cadillacs drinks.

When you enter the bar, the light hurts the eyes of those at the bar and you must soothe their savage souls. Buying a drink or two usually massages sufficiently -- as long as you buy yourself a Golden Cadillac as well -- which arrives in the form of a wide martini glass and another backup glass as well. It's as though you've ordered a massive milkshake and acquired the metal mixing glass. You couldn't be more fortunate.

Folks: don't do this at home. Only Poor Reds mixes Golden Cadillacs like this.

If you're lucky you've arrived sufficiently early for dinner. If you're after 6 PM you're hosed. You must wade three-deep to the bar for help. And you must fight for the ribs that fall off the rack and the baked potato and the salad with your choice of dressings -- in a dimly-lighted area insufficient for most nominal bathrooms.

But that's the way it is at Poor Reds.

Today Chris and I mixed and poured more concrete for the vertical posts.

I already took my Ibuprofen. I'll be taking some in an hour or so.

I checked out "Gridiron Gang" last night with my fiance and was impressed. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a remarkably versatile actor. And quite impressive.



Blogger Gayle said...

It sounds like you had a marvelous time, BZ. I've been through that part of the country many times. Walt and I lived in Sacramento for two years in the sixties.

I went to Robert Foster's website and his work is absolutely marvelous. I only looked at his animal pics and a few of his landscapes, enough to save the link so I can go back and check out all of the work he has placed on the web. "Marvelous" doesn't quite cut it; it's breathtaking. He even does some whimsical "fantasy work" in some of the cat pictures. Thanks for the link!

Sat Oct 14, 11:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gayle: you are quite welcome. I got his print entitled "Bearspective" and it consists of a mixture of watercolor and gouache, of a bear looking at his reflection in a pond. Great colors and it just hit a chord within me.


Sat Oct 14, 03:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

10 15 06

BZ I didn't see this post before! What a cool pic! You and your dad look well:) It is good to see him up and at 'em especially since he has gone through some episodes!

What a really neat adventure you all had! I haven't checked out Apple Hill, but you have given me an idea with which to surprise the husband;) Ha! Sounds like all the wine tasting and everything was awesome. Cool!

Sun Oct 15, 02:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mahndisa: I realize it will be some kind of major drive for you, but if you two take the time to check out Apple Hill, up Highway 50, I really don't think you'd be disappointed. If both of you have the weekend off, all the ranches in Apple Hill operate right up to December 24th -- primarily the High Hill Ranch. It's a beautiful time of year, the leaves are turning, the colors are brilliant, and you can't help but be optimistic about our country. I think you and your husband would have a really good time.


Sun Oct 15, 03:59:00 PM PDT  
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Fri Feb 16, 08:55:00 PM PST  

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