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Sunday November 8, 2015

Pat and I are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is a long story about our trip to Hawaii on A Princess ship..........15 days in all..........We left San Francisco on Pat's birthday on October 24, it was so neat, Princess makes celebrations special so I know being older now that is nice.............so Pat got to celebrate two days............

Over all Princess is great if like me you like to read and I do like reading...............and escape

I like action mysteries or si fi, like Pines for all three, which was interesting, and Sandra Brown is fine for great mysteries with twists, Rainwater is her best..................So I escaped and had a good time..............and discovered another great author, who made me cry  at the end of her books.............Mary Kubica


OK I had 4 days on the water with nothing around and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA big roar of waves out our Veranda which was the last place in the back of the ship as I know, now, as the AFT........I spent only a third of my time on the Veranda, but that was still as much time as eating and walking and trying to ask for water and booz, that was complicated....................

I had an ALL INCLUSIVE DRINK PACKAGE...........but I found out on the 10th day, it is good to hand a server a $5.........

All inclusive only gave me one shot at a time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,seriously that is only 1.5 ounces and I saw from the beginning they if anything were very short of 1.52 ounces............

The policy is to give only one drink at a time for the All Inclusive Drink package..........I even pleaded one time for a coke and a sparkling water at the same time......."One at a time" so I wanted to say "seriously, I am not trying to get drunk, I only want a coke and water"..........but I let it pass......I pleaded again And convinced her I deserved a coke and Water at the same time.........She finally gave me both...............So the drink package was an adventure........

Like I said I could only get one item at a time with the drink package but I went to a place at a bar the last few nights and handed a server $5 in cash, seriously only because he gave me a Margarita and then a few minutes later, I asked for another shot aaaaaaaaaaaaand he remembered the next 3 nights to put an extra big shot without asking.................

Then, after dinner, I discovered Beverly Hills Ice Tea................Wow, it is strong............

More tomorrow............It has been a long day.......catching up with Raider Games...............It is now 10:20pm................Home at last............   

Tuesday November 10, 2015

So Josh came in yesterday and we talked for a brief time.........He said the sparkling wine for 2013 that Matt made is not looking right.........it has a lot of sediment in it. It has been fermentation in the bottle for two years and if we want to disgorge now we will have to freeze deeper in the bottle and also we will need to top off the wine with more sparkling wine before we recap. We will have to figure out a new system................

I have to get ready for Thanksgiving..............My Mother, Vivien is now soon to be 94 in February. So we still head down to her house...............I will bring the turkey.

So Josh and I will talk more today.........we have to start thinking about blending in January. We have many barrels which were not used so we could add more oak to some wines and use less in others. Also we have a few customers who want less alcohol so we are making a few lower alcohol wines..........Actually I told one customer who wanted us to produce a lower alcohol wine that she could just add a little water to her favorite wine, Block 4. On our vacation our cabin was very warm sometimes so I put a cube of ice in our Block 4 to chill it down and thus also lowering the alcohol a little. I thought the wine tasted just fine.............

Time to think about blending..........I love this time of year...........planning

Thursday November 12, 2015

OK, I have another dispute with another company, as you have read in the past, I like confrontations, especially when a person I deal with is not considerate and is only thinking about the next sale. This guy Oliver was nice at first AND then he found out I was 7 days late on an option to return. I said I was on vacation and my Mother, Vivien, was 100 miles away from me so I am sorry i am a few days late............He said, there is no refund option, you are after 30 days. We got in to a loud shouting match and of course he was right, I was over the limit............I pleaded a little leave way, my mother could not speak to this thing...........He would not give in........and after 4 days now.............so, I am protesting to my credit card company.............My friend brad thinks I have no right to ask for a refund. He is a lawyer.............The question is............ DOES our credit card company like our business............??? Will they be more compassionate than the law?

OK, I bought an Around Phone. I have searched it and I have a lot of trouble finding anything about it.........The phone was back ordered which was another problem since I was charged up front but it was not shipped until 3 weeks later. My problem, I was ready for my cruise and I had no time to check out a $450 talking phone before I brought it to Millbrae, 100 miles away.

I will go on tomorrow, the phone did not work down in Millbrae and does work here???????????????......long story

Friday The 13th November 13, 2015

I just know that the Around phone will not work for my Mother so do I have to just accept a charge of $448 and live with it...................

So I bought this voice activated phone in hopes my Mother, Vivien at 93 years old is going to love it..........just think she has trouble seeing so if she can just give a command and send a phone call, she would be happy..........So I have even hooked this phone to my system, that is the problem. This phone will not work on cable. It states you have to have a land line phone in happy terms. I did not know Comcast was not a land line phone. I found out Comcast does not work with this phone, It is a VoIP phone system. I have to have an adapter. OK I am maybe going to lose this dispute because Brad says the owner states I have to return in 30 days no matter what............Well I found out the battery is defective and disconnected...........this Guy Oliver said that this is a warranty thing, so do not call me again............

He has done a strange thing, when I send an email it says I have the wrong site...........He then blocked me from connecting to him in any way............long story........How do I convince Chase so I can win................

Saturday November 14, 2015

Yesterday, being Friday the 13th was a sad in France.............

I will try to finish my account of my dispute with Assistech. Like I said Oliver is doing some strange things.

Since we use VoIP here at the winery, I was able to get the Around phone to work, but it has many problems that will not work for older people with disabilities. Like I also said the battery in the handset is defective and the wires are not connected so the only way to make a call is by voice recognition. That is not easy!! I could get it to work with my voice but when Pat tried it, the Around phone would not recognize her voice. The instructions do say the name to call must be said in the same way each time, but the instructions do not state that it must be the same person who entered the name. Also to activate the phone, a person must say "Hi Around phone"........."System set up"........"Manage phone book"........."New name".....Then the voice asked me to repeat the name twice. At times it would say "What did you say" or "Could not recognize the name", I assume since it must be repeated in the same exact way each time. SO how do I get my Mother to do these tasks. I suppose it may work by my doing the first steps and then having my Mother say the names twice. I could try it on Thanksgiving when I visit again, but I have to purchase the right adapter and get the battery replaced. I called the number for the battery replacement and I have not heard back.

So, this all will take time and I am past the return stage so do I have no recourse. If it does not work, am I stuck with this phone which cost $450 plus the adapter. BTW, this Around phone acts very weird at times. Pat and I and Catalina said a few things yesterday which activated the Around phone. The voice would say "What did you say?" and it would not turn off for 30 seconds and asked the question several times, so I guess it is sensitive to words that are not normal. I will give an update next week.

Of course some of my time has been setting up for the blending of our new wines. Josh will be back Monday and we will go over my results......... 





For any comments or questions I encourage any of you to e-mail.....david@coffaro.com

Dave


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