Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ghosts From The Past

All my life I've had to deal with ghosts from the past that try to get in the way of my life. I quiet their murmurings with positive thoughts and sayings I read from Facebook posts from gosh-oh-so-positive people. Mostly, since I am about as happy-go-lucky as that prize-winning pig in a pit of mud who just found out he was going to be used for breeding purposes instead of ending up on some farmer's breakfast plate, I just ignore the ghosts. Sometimes though, these ghosts make too big of a racket in my head, I just can't ignore them. There are times, I just have to confront these pesky things and show them that they are, SO NOT THE BOSS OF ME. Then again, sometimes, I find I just have to shut up and listen to what they're saying because maybe, just maybe, they have something important to say. If I am lucky, the ghosts from my past are there to impart some sort of wisdom or insight to a part of my life that is troubling me presently. 

Now, if you're not sure of what it is I am talking about, "ghosts from the past" are not like your average Casper the Friendly Ghost; nor, are they those paranormal ghosts who supposedly haunt homes and abandoned buildings on spooky reality t.v. shows. You certainly can't call Ghostbusters to exterminate them. I should know, I've tried. NO! *cue the dramatic music* Ghosts from the past refers to something or someone or an event that has happened to you in the past that has left a negative impact in your life. (At least, that is what I am referring to here.) This negative experience has left us weak, jaded, hurt, angry, and bitter. Sure, we find the strength to move on with our lives, but sometimes, it resurfaces. These ghosts haunt us again, and finds a vulnerable spot in our minds. We're left fearful, afraid that the past will happen again, and we will be back in that awful blackness...

As I have said, I'm not one to let these little buggers interfere with my life. I do believe, most of the time anyways, that the past just ought to be left there. Why dwell on the past, when there's so much going on in the present? Well, here is a different perspective. Everyone is familiar with the Charles Dickens story, "A Christmas Carol", right? Ebenezer Scrooge gets visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve because he was being a real douchebag and these ghosts decide to visit; one from the past, one from the present, and one from yet to come (future). The  ghosts forces Mr. Grumpy Grumps to take a close look at his life. How the past has had a hand in how he is the way he is in the present and how his present actions will then affect his future. Of course, since this is a Christmas story, Mr. Grumpy Grumps is taught a very important lesson in humility and ethics and compassion. I think these of these ghosts as more of his subconscious. They're that little voice of humanity that screams, "Hey, quit the douchebaggery or else you're going to end up unhappy and alone and these people will suffer and whatnot." We should all be lucky if our ghosts could teach us those lessons.

I know for a lot of people, these ghosts of the past only carry pain and regret. As for me, it carries a lot of childhood memories I would rather forget. But even then, somewhere deep in that muckery of unfortunate events, I find a little tiny ghostly voice that says, "Hey, this was happening to you and you're still alive. Be strong, it will be over soon." My ghosts tell me that I have come a long way. I can look at the real terrifying ghosts square in the face and say, "Hah! I've beat you. You have no say in my life anymore. You're a ghost so you're dead. I am still alive. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Anyone for a Ménage à Trois?

Now, before you get all hot and bothered, I am referring to thMénage à Trois Red Wine. This is a wine from California's own Napa Valley. My favorite is the 2007. Now, if you have not ventured into red wines before, I suggest this particular red because it is easy on the palate. It is vibrant and delicious. It's a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon (my personal favorite). The Cab gives it a hearty richness, Zin adds fruitiness, and Merlot mellows them both out. You can taste flavors of raspberry, cherry, and a smidgeon of vanilla. As far as price, it's fairly decent at $12.00/bottle. 

I know reds are usually drank at room temperature, but I find that chilling the Ménage à Trois before opening it adds a nice refreshing zing to it. As most reds, it's best if you let it breathe before drinking it. After de-corking the bottle, try putting it in a vessel filled with ice. I say vessel because I don't have an ice bucket. I do have a stock pot so I fill that up with ice and chill my wine in it. I guess watching McGyver has paid off. You should see what I can do with a stick of Juicy Fruit and a Swiss Army knife...but I digress. Anyway, so a chilled Ménage à Trois is definitely how I choose to have this liquid in my mouth. 

As for pairings, they say reds go well with steaks or pasta with red meaty sauces. So basically anything red and meaty...hhhmmm? Well, I say this, Ménage à Trois is yummy enough to go with anything. That's right, I'm going to break from the norm and say that you can pair Ménage à Trois with anything your heart desires. I've even had this wine in a Sangria. But can you drink it with fish? Heck, yes, you can drink it with fish! You can drink it in a boat! You can drink it with stewed goat! You can drink it with a fox! But, you can't drink it from a box. It's only in bottles. 

At any rate, try Ménage à Trois Red Wine; 2007, if you can find it, but 2008 and even current ones are good, too. I recommend it. In fact, I'm finishing a bottle as I write this blog. Bottoms up!