Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Update: Hey folks, just found out the kind people at Well Done are offering me a free pair of tickets to Wine to Water to give away to some lucky person who comments on this post. So anyone who comments by 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 3 is eligible to win.
No, not the movie.
I meant to write this last week or, barring that, over the weekend, but the beautiful weather and many other things pushed writing a blog post down the list of priorities. Anyway, this is my Opus 300. Three hundred posts since July 31, 2008.

Hope I haven't bored you too, too much.

So much time so little to do. Wait, strike that and reverse. To make things easier I'm going to break them up into more easily readable chunks.

Drink wine, feel good about yourself

Well Done is holding a charity wine-tasting to raise money for its clean-water programs around the globe. You can buy tickets to Wine to Water (a fun name if ever there was one) and check out the squeezings from a couple of Virginia vineyards. Wine to Water is this Thursday, June 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Darlington House, 1610 20th Street NW (Dupont Circle).

According to the unsolicited e-mail they sent me inspiring this section of the post, the wine tasting will "include a raffle, silent auction - including a private tasting for six, brunch at Mie N Yu, Bacon Handmade Neckwear, Crooked Monkey T-shirts, original works of art and more...all proceeds going directly to the charity."

Tickets are $10 and you get to try five wines, or one wine five times if you're so inclined, or any combination thereof. Seriously, you're going to spend that much on one overpriced drink at your local this Friday or, worse, five bottles of water between now and then.

The commercial I currently loath

Memo to Volkswagen: Just because all your cars have a "VW" on them doesn't mean people get to punch the crap out of each other every time they seen one of your vehicles. Let me refresh on the rules: The only time you get to punch someone is when you see a VW Bug (the original Beetle or "Slugbug") or a VW Bus (punch buggy elephant). Thankfully there aren't enough of your cars on the road to make this too much of a problem. But, like any modern corporate monstrosity, you've gone and turned something childish and fun into people just punching each other for no reason.

Rolling along

I did not one, but two great bike rides this weekend. Saturday I took the Capital Crescent Trail up to Bethesda and came back down through Rock Creek Park. For me it was a nice two-hour, 25-or-so mile ride (I parked by the Pentagon and rode across the river to the G-town trail head).

The other ride was a big circle of Arlington on the Four Mile Run, Washington & Old Dominion, Custis and Mount Vernon trails. Sadly, I can't find a link to Four Mile Run which, now that the 395 bypass is open, is one of my favorite routes in the area. This ride was a quick 18 miles in about an hour and a half. In case I haven't mentioned it, I really, really love my new bike.

Well, that's all for number 300. And, seriously, check out the wine tasting. We may take turning on the tap for granted, but there's a lot of people who don't know where their next drink (of water) is coming from.

*If anyone bothers to do the math, this is not my 300th post. It's actually my 301st. The 300th was, obviously, the previous one, but I didn't want to clutter up a farewell to a friend by rambling along about numbers. Hence the asterisk. Kinda like Roger Maris in 1961.


Brando said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! The VW punching thing is as weird as "two for flinching!" which seems to be all about unchecked aggression. What next, we start burning one another with candlewax each time they don't say the magic words? Madness!

Wine party sounds like a good idea...

magnolia said...

yay 300 posts! that's a hell of a milestone. i haven't hit 100 yet. i feel so inexperienced. :)

that wine tasting sounds like a blast. i may tip on up there, now that i'm in the area. GOD, i've missed culture.

Pauline said...

300 posts! Woo!
That event sounds really great. You get to taste nice wines and raise money for clean water. Too bad it's not closer to me.

FoggyDew said...

Brando - I get the two for flinching thing, but only if it's for the regulation Bugs and Buses.

mags - I know you've been gone a while but remember, we wear shoes when we go out here.

Pauline - The best of both worlds.

A said...

Congratulations, my friend! Here's to 300 more!

lacochran's evil twin said...

I, too, HATE the VW commercials. I can't help but think their entire target demographic is, simply put, assholes.

FoggyDew said...

A - Thanks.

evil twin - Yeah, I've always thought the game gets boring about four hours into a road trip when your shoulder is black-and-blue.

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hannah said...

So I am the 300? Neat!