A cemetery on the grounds… an amazing vineyard walk at new property, actually more than one… selling four cases to a couple from the South Bay, people with whom I spent a lot of time, talking about everything from the Peninsula where I grew up, the drive up to Ridge Winery in the Cupertino hills… the views… walking around on the grass just realizing where I am and the new wine story ahead of me…. And, of course, dinner tonight at a soft opening of a restaurant owned by the family that owns this new winery for me…. I’m reflective, contemplative, measured. Sitting on the floor in the home office, realizing more my current reality and its currency, how I didn’t really write all day, just took notes and shot some still pics and videos with phone (which could later be translated into pages), the writer echoes inwardly, more, telling himself to not stress about times where he can’t write. Like with dinner this evening with these new co-workers of mine— would I have rather been writing while at the table with them or enjoying their company, the various bottles opened, all the new plates put before us… the oysters, that squid, the burrata, the burger I elected then the desserts, my French Press coffee. As writers we have to let the moment pervade and land, we study, then paginate later.
Dishwasher in kitchen, I take a break from my types to look at my photo’d record of the day.. wines, views, cemetery, food, friends— new co-worker’s birthday, mine ten days from now. 38. Have to not think so much about writing and who I write about, and when I write, and WHAT about— just fucking write. Right? Tannat open, glass in kitchen and not by me so I can drink slower, and less, focus more on the page and my book. Hoping to wake early, but just a hope.. but I hope not that it’s jut a hope. Make it not just a hope, Mike. And yes, the ‘NO WINE’ lament isn’t going to work, not now anyway. I need to study wine, react to wine’s character, narrate it as I told that man and his wife at day’s end. Tangled in my musings, that I’m not even sure are mine anymore but more possessions of the elements around me catalyzing them, if that makes sense. My sensibilities caution me, against me.. this overly tenacious Self that wants everything and everything in the same timedrop, plated pretty like those oysters and that colorful and cubist burrata.
The stroll around the cemetery with Nic early warned me, reminded me, that this isn’t always. That the morrow is anything but assured. That all frames and standalone moment-pieces need be appreciated and examined and written about— “That’s a lot of work.” Someone might say. “Exactly.” I return. That’s why I’m here. Now, I can have a Tannat lot. And after that what? What do you mean, “What?” Whatever the moment is is what’s to be written. There’s nothing of null gravity.