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Tuesday December 23, 2014

10:30 Pm: We are home from a trip up North to pick up Susie who is here now from Seattle. Pat and I stayed on the Oregon Coast for two days. The weather the whole trip was rainy all hours, so we saw no sun. Some of the restaurants were closed on our trip so we had no great food but I am easy these days, we had some nice drinks and good wine so I had a great time to escape.

My only regret is that I made a mistake on the way back on the only day it was sunny.

We were on our way home yesterday and we were starting our drive from I5 over to Lake County. It is a big transition and decision on which of three routes to take back to 101, which is more on the coast. On I5 I usually drive 78 in a 70 mile zone..............10 miles over the speed zone is OK. When we went on Highway 20 to Ukiah, I have traveled the windy roads, like 175 and decided: I don't need the challenge of driving as fast as I can on a windy road.........it is fun but a lot of concentration on every turn.

So yesterday I decided the straighter road but still it has some mountain turns, but not as bad as Highway 175.

So I get behind a car that is going 55 in a 55 mile zone. I want to drive 63 or 64 and still not get a ticket. I see a break of cars on the other direction so I dart ahead of this car and Susie goes wow, our car is fast and I look and saw I was up to 80 or so immediately AND then in back of me, this Porsche goes past me at 85 or so and darts in front of me so I thought it was cool. The next break was a passing lane, so I waited for him to pass three cars ahead of us going slow........and he hesitated, maybe to bate me? He then went out fast and I had no trouble keeping up..........I heard Pat say you are going 95. It seemed OK to me. Then I saw he had one more car to pass before the passing lane ended so I stepped on the peddle and tried to be right in back of him while he passed the last car.................I must have been going 100...............

The next thing I saw was not good, within a split second both the car in front of the Porsche and the Porsche, slowed way down and I slammed on my brakes and stopped faster than I thought, possible. All three of our cars slowed to 50 as we went around a wide curve AND we all saw a California Patrol Officer. Susie Pat and I waited for him to follow us and slap us with a BIG fine but he stayed there. We guessed he did not see any of what we did back around the curve. I will never try that again. This Model S is way too fast............I slowed way down after that   

Monday December 29, 2014

We had Pat's family here last week........it was a challenge but I really like the interaction I get from this great family. It is always fun.

Kate, Susie and Pat were all here last Friday and we opened our gifts. I saw my Mother yesterday and we had a nice visit. Pat has decided to stay in The City for two days so I am on my own and it was Sunday so I had pizza as usual.......fun

Today Matt and I will finalize our plans for bottling next week. I am looking forward to bottling some 2013 16 Month wines.

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


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