Remember last week when I talked about how I’m a sucker for clever lyrics? If you’re not, you should probably stop reading here. For those who are sticking with me: It’s that weakness (or strength, depending on how you look at it) that resulted in my falling madly in love with Okkervil River. It was the song “John Allyn Smith Sails” off the Austin folk-rock outfit’s latest album The Stage Names that really got me. At first, it was just that it samples the Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B” totally out of nowhere.
photography by Rachel Berg
We San Franciscans are all too familiar with earthquakes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been following the news about Peru’s 7.9er last week. Recent reports put the death toll at more than 500, with tens of thousands victims left homeless. Tragedies like this often make me feel helpless—what can I do to help people thousands of miles away?
Christie and I promised to say no to all invitations and devote a full day to unpacking our boxes and buying the requisite furniture to store things in our new closet-drawer-and-cabinet-deprived apartment. When most was said and done, all we had energy for was to order our pizza from Escape from New York (which we found surprisingly delicious), pop in a video of the Wire (season three of which we’ve been trying to complete for about six months now), and drink a bottle of wine (De Loach 2004 OFS Pinot Noir—very good).
We made another quick jaunt up to Sonoma last weekend for the grand opening of the Patz & Hall winery in Sonoma. Justifiably famous for their Pinots and Chardonnays, P&H worked steadily to become one of the premier brands for those varieties in California. There is excellence in the bottle, of course, but part of the charm, no doubt, is the traces of the personalities of owners Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz.
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