Coffee ready. Utterly drained from yesterday. Was reading an article about a writer/blogger who was murdered, read yesterday on lunch at the little Mexican place across the street from Oakville. He wrote about religion, from what I gathered, as well as freethinking and Atheism. I’ll confide I didn’t read the entire article, but enough to be haunted by the idea today, of going from one thing (job) to writing and blogging for a living. And he was murdered for his beliefs, essentially, and again from what I can remember. So many tell me to watch what I say and be careful what I write and post to the blog in fears of backlash, or fallout, or making it harder to find some measly job in the wine industry again that would pay spit seeds. That’s what I’m holding back for? That’s for what I’m self-muting? Not anymore, not longer. Ugh… I’m 36 nearly, and with a son who thinks highly of me, loves me, but would his opinion be contrasted and reformatted if he were older and saw what I was doing in the wine terrain? And what am I doing? What am I hoping to accomplish? Huh.. ‘accomplish’… I can’t accomplish a thing, or advance, or be promoted, how? They make sure that doesn’t happen. Even my sister who’s a winemaker for a large producer is held back or only allowed to build, or accomplish, so much. And she’s loved when there’s something highly scored but then when a bottle perhaps isn’t heralded in mainstream or is put on the cover of some drooping wine page-pool (magazine, which is focused on ads not so much or not at all the writing and the actual content, if you could call it that). And another article, where some critic of Vladimir Putin was murdered, just the other day, and he too had a blog and wrote and started his own movement, if you would. There are people dying out there for causes not even punctuated on and proximal to their heart but completely comprising their heart. And these wine industry people think that what they do and what they represent and sell makes the world. I know, I know there are exceptions, many actually, in fact I met on the other day for coffee (Friday, right? Yeah Friday..). This man, also expecting his first child, was kind, gentle, inviting of my thoughts and perspectives on wine and life, and just listened. He was in no rush and didn’t try to dominate the discussion even though I would have been fine with that as I was sitting there, at the SBUX on Vine St. to listen to him, not give him some lecture and share what I’ve shared here. So I’m reasonable, I want you knowing. But I won’t be quiet about what happened to me the 2.5 years on the estate, and with days like yesterday, where I didn’t pour or talk about one wine but rather… You know what, it’s not important. Today is new, and I’m excited to be back in the tasting room. Just know my eyes are open, I’m writing and posting all to this blog, and I’m a writer/professor before anything else, and I want Jackie and my next child to know so, to see so. Oh.. almost forgot about coffee.