|Monday August 26, 2013
We will do some more sugar tests tomorrow and confirm we will be harvesting Pinot Thursday. We will also do our first Zinfandel test.
As some of you know I am a big Raider fan, even when they were in Los Angeles. I became a Raider fan in 1967 and attended all the games in Oakland with season tickets until the 1986 season. I have still remained a fan but have been extremely disappointed since 2002. During those 20 years from 1967 through 1986 the Raiders won more games than anyone else in the NFL, 206. Dallas had 205 and had more losses because the Raiders had several ties. Pittsburgh won 4 Super Bowls in the 70's but won less games in those 10 years than the Raiders, Miami and Dallas. Of course part of my loyalty to the Raiders was because of their outstanding record. They may be the worst team in the NFL now but I remember the past........
8:00 Pm: This day started off with a bill that was unsuspected. I did hear the company who sold me a $8000 air compressor........which I did not believe I needed........ BUT the Nitrogen Generator company said it was necessary..........I do not think so to this day.
So while I was on vacation to Orange County a few weeks ago...........I heard of this service call
here is the service invoice I did not authorize to Air TECHNOLOGY West in Santa Rosa:
1.0 KS71 Separator Maintenance Kit 176.28 176.28
1.0 KO71 Oil Change Kit 33.00 33.00
1.0 07-K0083531 Oil, CS300 Hydrovane - 1 Gal 67.10 67.10
1.0 SEP DISPO Separator Disposal 5.00 5.00
1.0 OIL DISPO Oil Disposal Charge 3.00 3.00
1.0 VEH Vehicle/Surcharge to - from shop 31.00 31.00
3.0 LABOR 112 LABOR AND TRAVEL TIME (WO 120.00 360.00
A total of $700
I am so upset.................seriously I sent back several e-mails.........$67 for one gallon of oil.................I could go on...........I do not want to dwell on this but it has spoiled most of my day
There was one thing I saw on CNN that made be very upset.
I am 70 years old. I am sorry to some of you ladies out there, but i still notice girls, ladies and..........
I Missed the showing last night. I dislike timberlech......I usually correct my misspelling but I am not impressed with him........he looks like a person I do not want to socialize with.
SO today I saw on CNN some of what was interesting last night on the VMAs awards.
Wow, I like to look at ladies of all ages but Marly was not attractive.........I don't want to look up the right spelling........ I have been open in all my life.......... about anyone doing what ever they want .........except when they do something obscene. It looked like porn to me........Just my opinion.............
Ok I do not like women flaunting themselves.
8:30 Pm: I only was coaxed to attend one porn bar back in the 60's and I was disgusted......so here is what Bill Maher who I had to look up for spelling put it after last night's showing
""Watching VMAs. Haven't been in a strip club in a while, but good to see nothing has changed"
Sometimes Bill makes sense........
Tuesday August 27, 2013
After several e-mails to and from Air Technology, my last e-mail has not been responded to. I told them my warranty is invalid so why do I owe them money for service I did not authorize. If I don't hear back by tomorrow will send another e-mail. I am willing to pay for the parts.
We just finished sugar tests in the section of Pinot Noir for our red wine. We got 24.3 sugar. We could harvest Thursday but we figured there is no rush since the acids are still high. We are planing to harvest for sure next Tuesday. We also did a sample of Zinfandel from our 3rd block and came in with 22 brix. We should be ready in two weeks.
The stock market is finally down so I may buy back some of my AAPL, AMZN and GOOG I sold a few weeks ago.
Wednesday August 28, 2013
I am holding off buying in the market. I enjoyed the festivities about 50 years ago.
Below is what i copied today from a place that sends me
e-mails everyday. I usually agree with them, especially
this time............and I agree the companies who are
traded on these stock exchanges do not receive money from
these trades. These companies have already made a public
offering and sold their stock to the public. That is why
they are called a public company. These companies have
already received the money to run the operation. Unless
the individuals running the company needs money by selling
and then makes poor judgments in running the company, if
the stock goes down to zero, it will not be
important.............My wife and I own all the stock in
our corporation. No one is trading our worth. Though, If
we die, leave, or sell, that could be a factor in running
OK here is what I copied
Saturday August 31, 2013
I drove a Tesla Model S today. A team of young people drove up from San Rafael to take appointments to test drive on a very winding road in Forestville, about 20 miles from our winery. I think I have said in the past I actually put down $5,000 on one of the first to receive a Tesla Model S about two years ago. I decided to ask for my money back when it took so long and when I found out there were few places to charge, especially up the Oregon Coast. That has changed somewhat and now Tesla is offering Supercharge stations for free which will charge 50% in 20 minutes, enough for 150 miles. Soon there will be over 100 on major highways. I could go on about my research about the possibility to navigate up the Oregon Coast but I wanted to mention the most impressive thing about the test drive......
I loved the way it handled!! As some of you know I love stick shifts and I love BMW's so I was not happy when the first thing the assistant told me was it was one speed automatic, not even a shift to control the speed BUT that does not tell the whole story........I did not use the break once even at stops!! The Tesla anticipates your style of driving. When you go around a turn and slow down it automatically acts like shifting down with compression. When you slow down going into a stop its like putting on the break as it slows to a stop. The interior is not too fancy except for the 17-inch touch-screen center console.....wow.........
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