Shop and Quaff in Napa/Sonoma now


The most fun way to help the North Bay Fire Victims is to eat, drink and visit Napa and Sonoma this weekend. Both areas are mushrooming with new tasting rooms, wine stores and restaurants.

Wineries are open and waiting for you. Tell a Friend.

Restaurants, cafes, bakeries have been waiting for all of us to pop in, pop over and enjoy the hospitality.

Here are some Great Winery Ideas

Rebuild Napa Sonoma County


Here are Some Sonoma Restaurant Ideas



via Daily Prompt: Mushroom

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Honk if you love #45

The Silence is deafening.





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Who spent $77 million on golf in 1 year?


“…He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods.

He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done.

You bought it.

But in his first 9 months he has spent nearly 25 percent of his days at one of his golf properties for some portion of the day, according to Golf News Network, at a cost to taxpayers of an estimated $77 million.


That’s already more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama cost in the first 3 years of his presidency.

Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.”

Taken from Robert Reich November 8 2017 Posting Facebook


 #45 Reading important documents

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Her name was no mystery

Rocky_arty00_oIn Fourth grade our teacher, Mrs Gilliam, left in December to have her baby.

The whole class was depressed. We loved Mrs Gilliam.  Not only was she pretty and petite – she  loved Recess, Art, Spelling Bees and Choral. Naturally, the entire class did, too. She made everything fun.

The school secretary, Mrs Harriman, was our substitute teacher for a week and we had more homework and more writing assignments than ever before. Rumors were that a new, “Real,”  teacher was being hired was would start soon.

Monday morning there was a stranger on the school yard. She had long, brown, hair pulled back in a ribbon. She wore boots – not pumps like Mrs Gillliam. Her dress was floaty and floral. Mrs Gillaim wore pretty, tailored dresses with matching belts and pearls. The school principal was standing next to her and gesturing. The school bell rang and warily our class walked towards our area. We pledged Allegiance and took side glances at the new woman. She didn’t look like a teacher. She didn’t wear make up. We marched into our classroom, took our seats and stared at the the principal and the stranger. 

He announced that our new teacher’s name was Mystery. We all giggled and a few boys called out “Mystery?” Emboldened by the boys, a few of us echoed  “Mystery?” Mild hysteria  ensued. We were promplty chastised and were told our teacher’s name was Miss Turrey.

In no time, we found Mystery lived in the Haight Ashbury, loved music, dancing and art. She ‘shared’ that she didn’t like homework or tests. Our spirits were lifted. She told us all to take out a book and read. If we didn’t have a book, we could color. All she required was quiet. At recess, she joined us in kickball and four-square. She was good.

There was no homework or tests for a week. Our parents thought she was getting her ‘sea legs.’ The following week was just as much fun. She brought in cool records for music appreciation. The bulletin boards were covered with our art projects. The principal walked in twice, looked around and left the room.

Something happened and the folowing Monday morning there was a new stranger on the school yard. No Mystery.




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Flirting – 3 times a day? Double dare you

photo_1186_20060227Flirting is the gentle art of making two people happy

with a wink,  a smile, a nod or a kiss…

Spring is in the air – get your FLIRT on

George Kisses a lot…he buys bags of Hershey kisses and says he drops one or two off on tables of  ‘ interesting  women’ at the library, Peet’s or cafes when he is strolling through. George is famous  (and very popular)  for giving away free kisses and smiles.

Parking Karma Katie always has a pocket of quarters and when she sees the army of parking meter mavens in attack mode, she kindly puts a couple of quarters in each expired meter. Sweet!

Before breakfast, my pal Jack  always buys two San Francisco Chronicles. He reads one and offers a second copy to an attractive single woman in one of the three cafés he frequents each week. He’s famous for this.

Coffee, tea or me? After a month, three times a week,  of handing a double latte, to her favorite customer, Karyn M .wrote her phone number on the sleeve of his coffee cup. They have been dating ever since. Cheers.

Michael M. in CorteMadera is famous for the “I thought you two were sisters” comment to the mothers of the women he dates. Believe it or not, mothers-of an age- loves this.

Eye Contact Peggy in Petaluma  writes that she looks at man, catches his eye and turns away. She looks back and smiles. She says it works every time. Eye contact is an icebreaker and a romantic catalyst.

Edward, the dapper  SanFrancisco  crossing guard on Geary Boulevard, tells most every woman he sees she looks “lovely this morning, ma’am.” Women actually cross the street just to talk to Edward.

Kelly, the flirting waiter at Peet’s in Mill Valley,  greets and kids around with every female customer who comes in. He is always ready with a compliment and a smile. Needless to say, he’s a very popular guy.

Valerie, the tall redhead at the checkout clerk at the Strawberry Safeway, a polyglot, greets customers in their respective homeland lingo. People love this and make a beeline to her line. To say she is admired – only begins to describe her life.

      A Love Story at 80

Most mornings you can see Henry and Barbara, holding hands, walking up and down Main Street.  He wears a Cal baseball cap and she wears a red Stanford hat. The two octogenarians talk and laugh and Henry frequently picks up newspapers and tosses them up to neighbor’s front doors. The two exude an affection and attraction that most aspire to.

Some think it’s good luck to see this darling, devoted couple.

All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.


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Flirting with Pick Up Lines that sizzle…and fizzle

Pick Up Lines that Sizzle and Fizzle

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were two, and only two, tried and true Pick Up Lines.

“Do you come here often?” and “What’s your sign” were once the Holy Grail of Pick Up lines. And they worked. Now, the bar has been raised at the bar, the cafe, studio and the courts. Everywhere. Remember: creativity breeds content.

Here are a dozen Pick Up Lines, including a clunker, a loaner, a groaner and a few fast ones.

1. Don’t I know you?

2. Have we met? Would you like to?

3. Sorry, I have to ask: how was heaven when you left it?

4. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.

5. Excuse me; if I followed you home, would you keep me?

6. What time do you have to be back in heaven?

7. Are you going my way?

8. Did we go to school together? I could swear….

9. Can I have directions? (“To where?”)To your heart.

10. Your eyes are blue, like the ocean. And, whoa, I’m lost at sea.

11. Pardon me. Are you religious? Because you are the answers to all my prayers.

12. You’re like a dictionary, you add meaning to my life.

Try one or try them all – flirting is like oxygen. What do you have to lose? Have fun out there.

Under the speed limit? Send me your best lines:

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Best pick up line: Mill Valley

A certain Mill Valley Store employee – in the Tall, Dark, Handsome category
graced her with the

“Best Pick Up Line of the Week”

Her: Hey, how are you?
Him: (looking her in the eye) If I was any better, I would be you.

Her: (momentarily dazzled) Wow…Thank you…what time do you get off work?

And so it begins..

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Speechless? Can’t think of what to say on a date?

Er, uh, hmmm….

Suddenly Single in Marin

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First Dates

Let’s say, you haven’t been on a First Date – since college. Or 10 years ago… and you really want to ‘Break the ice’ get and a conversation started.

What do you say after “Hello?”

Psychology Today has “36 Questions” to ask to get the Dating Conversation ball rolling.

Here are my Top 20 Conversation Starters

The Top 20 Questions to Break the Ice

1. Tell me about your best friend.

2. Tell me about your very worst job.

3. What was your very first car?
4. What was your very best job?
5. Tell me about your family and where you grew up.

6. Tell me about your very favorite relative.

7. Tell me the Top Five places you’ve worked

8. Who is your all-time favorite female movie star?

9. What passions / hobbies do you spend money on?
10. What’s you very favorite song?

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Now is the time for prayer

The Napa Sonoma fire – 20,000 acres ablaze – pray for the winds to stop, for the brave firefighters and for the hundreds of families impacted.


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One Man’s Story: Dating Mojo Dead?

Lost: Dating Mojo Man– last seen 2007

After another eight dead-end, awkward dates, Kevin swore off dating. His original visions of wild and sexy affairs with lurid, wanton women weren’t happening.

He had watched one too many eHarmony television commercials and thought everything was going to be a bed of roses…well, at least a bed of something.

Confused and Confounded

He was confused by things women wrote: “Not going Glamping” What the heck was glamping? “I only drink Holy Water?” What? And what was a “Burning Man- Lover?”
Always one to defer to research, he read a few “How-To” dating books and slowly realized he was out of his element and not quite in the 2017 swing of things

One woman, “SF Frisky,” responded to Kevin’s opening, email, with “TLTR.” He had to Google the acronym to learn it meant, Too Long to Read. Really, one paragraph? Kevin had lost his patience and knew he had no mojo. None.

Try, Try, Again? A week later, Krissty from Sausalito contacted him. She was bubbly, friendly and wanted to meet him. She said she really liked his picture.

Nobody had liked this picture-until now.

According to her profile she was blonde, 39+, loved skiing, tennis, wine tasting and the opera. What’s not to like?

He wrote back immediately and agreed to meet her Saturday morning at the Starbucks in Corte Madera.

Kevin was ready! Finally, a woman found him attractive and had contacted him. Things were beginning to look up. He found the Starbucks and scored a table. He sat next to a brunette woman and pretended to read his Wall Street Journal, his eye on the door.

Only a few minutes went by before the woman on his right tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he was “Kevin SF Giants.”

Startled, he nodded slowly and she announced that she was Kristty from Sausalito. Kevin stared. He was supposed to meet a blonde-39-year-old-tennis playing- opera buff.

This woman was 50 – if she was a day and she had long dark hair. She couldn’t be the blonde, tennis player- there had to be a mistake.

Kevin, flummoxed – mumbled and fumbled. Again, not knowing what to make of this total stranger.

“You play tennis?” popped out of his mouth. She laughed. It was a raspy, smoker’s voice and said, “No, but I love to watch it on TV.”

In time, Kevin calmed down and went through the motions. His mind was flapping back to the online photo he had glanced at, just this morning, and the woman sitting across from him.  There was absolutely no resemblance. This would be a one-time-only event.

Flash Forward: Six Months.

Kevin had a total of 32 first dates and no second dates.

Was he was tenacious, driven, or a hopeless romantic? Was he a klutz, a slow study or just striking out?
He claimed he had met every “possible” 35 to 55-year-old woman (under 200 pounds) within 30 miles of his ZIP code.

Kevin Learns the Ropes

In time, with practice and a spread sheet- he eventually became a more “astute dater.”

First, he devised, a formulaic introductory e-mail. Statistically, five out of 10 women responded.
Second: Two e-mails later: he invited a phone conversation and included his telephone number. He even suggested a good time for the woman to call him. Six out of ten women called him back.

Feeling  confident: Kevin developed  a “Top-Five Question List” that he nonchalantly pitched to each woman. He thought he was getting really good at this.

Never mind about the person on the other end of the phone was feeling like she was on a proverbial job interview.

Note to reader: Predictable questions are a buzz kill. They indicate no joi de vivre – no spontaneity. Consider canned questions:Dull times three.

PART TWO- Kevin the Romantic Scores…

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