It’s August. I lost my job at South Seattle Community College as one of the teachers in their wine program. I had applied to be the program director but lost out to our interim director……and then for conflicting reasons I was told that I was being let go.
I really miss my students and the feeling of connection to wine, tasting wine, helping others understand wine, and just the comraderie of the classroom.
I hosted a great summer party for the students and it was really fun to see those that made it. We had great music from a very talented band cobbled together for that evening. It was very special.
At one point, I was a bit tipsy, and I was drinking a glass of red wine. I noticed that I was suddenly hungry (as I was too busy to eat). I went over to the grill and grabbed a sausage off the grill and burned my fingers. I promptly dropped the sausage into my wine glass and discovered sausage in a red wine glass; bite and sip, bite and sip. Try it sometime.
A few students spent the night. I rode into camp and dragged Chris Goh up to the tennis court. He was really good and we whipped some…you know what.
Well, August has been good. The winery has been really busy. Scott Cossu played outdoors at the winery and his piano music accompanied by flute floated and drifted up amongst the surrounding trees. It was really special.
I am very excited about David Wagoner coming on September 8. And I am anxious about how the concert will go. Wagoner is a great poet, well respected nationally. He has just produced a new play being run at ACT Theatre about Theodore Rhetcke (spelling?) called First Class.
Grapes are ripening, though I assume everything is a bit late this year with our cooler, damper summer.
I’ll let you know.