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9 months 4 days ago #644703 by GaryA

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GaryA wrote:

Toby J wrote: Long day, my mind is toast.  Any of you move to electric car yet?  With all the tax credits and fuel savings, is your bank account happy?

We are thinking about getting a Tesla 3.  Starting our research.  


Gary's neighbor just received his Telsa.  He loves it and it's a fine automobile. Gary has given long and hard thought to an electric vehicle.  Presently Gary and Mary Lou drive Volvos, (the SUV and the convertible), there is nothing affordable (at least affordable for us) and equal to the SUV and nothing to equal the convertible. Electric cars are very commonplace out here, all kinds. We used to say "Look, a Tesla!" ... but not anymore.  Tesla's are everywhere out here.  Gary's main concern with Teslas is the viability of the company. 

PS- But, Gary and Mary Lou are planning to toss up some solar panels for the house.


You mind me asking who's solar panels are you looking at?  We have been considering however haven't started the research side of things yet.  


Looking at the complete solar packages, hardware and installation.

A) Sunrun
B) Solar Max
C) Semper Solaris (American made hardware)
D) Sun Lux
E) Renew Financial (a financing company which specializes in solar loans and provides recommendations and only finances hardware which meet or exceeds state and national standards) 

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9 months 3 days ago #644706 by Ian Stone
Hey your back Gary!  What sort of adventure have you been on?  


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9 months 3 days ago #644719 by Tim Wiener
Any of you getting good fresh beans from coffee of month club that is worth looking at?


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9 months 3 days ago - 9 months 3 days ago #644754 by GaryA
Hey Ian.  Gary's been pretty busy ... getting the house painted (outside), a new roof (Energy Star), new gutters (they work) the restoring all the stuff that was destroyed getting the house painted. Mary Lou, Maggie and Gary took a quick trip up to Salinas and Monterey for a funeral.
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Along the way we hit a few wineries. (iPhone)
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Purchased some new patio furniture. (iPhone)

Next there was a wedding down in Temecula, then two LA based graduations ... a few plays/musicals ... and Gary has been working his fat little tail off processing photos (Whitney High School's production of Beauty and the Beast and now he is working his fat little tail off processing a production of Grease.) Last night we entertained guests (including dogs) for Chinese.  The new patio table worked out perfect.  It was a very cool and drizzly evening, but we fired up the table and it easily put out enough heat for us to eat out side. (Gary had to turn lower the output to about 50%.)  A very enjoyable evening comfortable sitting around the table, sipping wine, nibbling on Chinese watching the dogs play and chase an opossum across the yard ... for dessert a berry tart with Colombian Supremo.  

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9 months 2 days ago #644909 by Tim Wiener
Temecula has some great wineries!  I was out there a number of years ago.  Speaking of California wines, did Napa Vally recover from the horrible fires from last year?  


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9 months 2 days ago #644989 by GaryA

Tim Wiener wrote: Temecula has some great wineries!  I was out there a number of years ago.  Speaking of California wines, did Napa Vally recover from the horrible fires from last year?  


It will be years and years for a recovery.  The fires not only affected the wineries but also entire communities.  Homes and businesses were also leveled to ash, not just farms/vineyards. 

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9 months 2 days ago #644990 by JaneK
How did that fire start anyway?


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9 months 2 days ago #645007 by GaryA

JaneK wrote: How did that fire start anyway?


There has been a number of large and destructive fires up in NorCal.  Napa Fire, which had the greatest impact on vineyards and wineries, was caused by tree limbs falling on PG&E power lines.  

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9 months 1 day ago #645014 by JaneK
Ohhhhh, what a shame.  Aren't those grape roots that are in those vineyards like very old too?


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9 months 1 day ago - 9 months 1 day ago #645021 by GaryA

JaneK wrote: Ohhhhh, what a shame.  Aren't those grape roots that are in those vineyards like very old too?


Some are and some are not. Many California vineyards are constantly in flux, keeping some vines and replanting other vines.  The oldest grapevine is actually in Los Angeles at the Avila Adobe. The adobe is located on LA's very first street, Olvera Street.

The first Europeans to descent into the Los Angeles basin/valley was the Spanish explorer/colonist Portola. Portola was accompanied by Father Crespi, his Franciscan chronicler/diarist. Crespi noted that his first impression of the LA basin was that it was a vast vineyard of wild grapes.  In 1769 the first Californian wine grapes were planted by Father Serra in San Diego.

Info/history of Napa's grapes is Here.    

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9 months 1 day ago #645139 by JaneK
WOW look at you!  You really know your history! 

Do you get up there often? 


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9 months 21 hours ago #645199 by Cory J
Temecula is a great little surprise of California, I was there a couple years ago.  Great wine and tacos there!  


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9 months 12 hours ago #645284 by GaryA

JaneK wrote: WOW look at you!  You really know your history! 

Do you get up there often? 


Maybe a couple times a year for Sonoma, (north of San Francisco), which is about 450 miles from Gary. Gary has found Napa to be overly commercialized, sorta like Disneyland with tastings. Sonoma, which is west of Napa, produces equally fine and less expensive wines.  Places closer to home the more often Gary visits. As a former journalist, Gary has a habit of doing some research on the places I go. 

In a couple of weeks we'll be heading back north to a winery up near Pinnacles National Park in Monterey County. Mary Lou, Maggie and Gary belong to wine clubs (wineries) up and down the state from Sonoma to Temecula. (Typically, members receive free tastings and significant discounts but are required to purchase around 12 bottles a year from the winery.) As Temecula is slightly more than an hour away, it has become Gary's most visited wine region.  Wine has become a bit of a hobby with Gary.  He enjoys all the various flavors, he enjoys the visits to wineries, most are quite beautiful and he always enjoys the people he meets and chats with while tasting.

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9 months 12 hours ago #645286 by GaryA

Cory J wrote: Temecula is a great little surprise of California, I was there a couple years ago.  Great wine and tacos there!  


Temecula has really grown up in the past few years.  More wineries and more places to eat ... Gary has never had Temecula tacos.  :)   Typically, he eats at Thornton Winery.  They have a wonderful restaurant.  Their wines are so-so, but the food is wonderful.  Gary is a member at Thornton because of the food.  (Their sparkling wines are good.)  

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9 months 12 hours ago #645287 by GaryA

Tim Wiener wrote: Any of you getting good fresh beans from coffee of month club that is worth looking at?

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Gary is sourcing his beans locally. But they are green and he roasts them himself. 

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