When I was a senior in high school, my mother was talking with my uncle on the phone. My name had come up in the conversation, and my uncle proceeded to tell my mom,
“If you don’t like Jeff, you don’t like people.”
My mom relayed the words to me a few days later, and I was completely flattered. That is, without a doubt, the greatest compliment I have ever received.
Those words were said well over a decade ago. Although I doubt today that neither my mother nor my uncle would recall that conversation, I’ve worn those words like a metal ever since.
That quote means so much to me, because they explain so perfectly how I want people to think of me… A genuinely nice person. That’s not always the case (just ask one of my old roommates), but I try.
Whether you’ve known me since I was a kid in Ben Lomond, met me as a punk rocker at San Lorenzo Valley High School, studied biology with me at San Jose State, or are reading my words for the first time in this blog (Hello There!), I want you to know that I’m a good dude who’s always looking to enjoy life.
That brings me to this blog.
My goal here is to highlight as many good things in life as I can. I want to tell you about what I’m watching on TV. I want to tell you about my fantasy sports teams. I want to tell you what I’m listening to on my iPod. I want to tell you how my last race or long run went.
I also want to give you focus. Because of this, I’ve decided to make this a blog about WINE. I can’t think of any one thing that does a better job of bringing all of the good things in life together.
What am I sharing with my wife when we watch TV together?
How do I celebrate my fantasy football championships?
How do I set the mood?
How do I congratulate myself for a job well done?
This blog will be THE place to find my wine reviews. I am not an expert. I am not critically acclaimed. I do, however, love wine.
You will also read about the people and places I encounter whenever wine is involved.
My hope for you, is that you simply enjoy this blog. Please subscribe to it, and tell your friends, if you like it. If you can’t get enough of me, you can also follow me on Twitter @JeffIsRad.
It’s possible that some of you could end up reading this only to find that you hate me. (Yikes!) You may think that my writing lacks pizzazz. (Ouch!) You could be frustruated by my spelling. (Yowza!) You will tell your friends that I have no business writing a blog about wine at all. (Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!)
If that is the case, please just remember what my mom once told me my uncle said to her on the phone over a decade ago…
Don’t you feel bad now?
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