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New Year’s nit pickings

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webmaster | 01/04/13

Cliff dwellers. Despite sounding like a bunch of squabbling lemmings the last few months because no one in congress wanted to be blamed for going over what they deemed a “fiscal cliff” we were saved by the bell … uh gavel.

Among other things the dive was avoided by cutting domestic and military spending. Domestic? When are we going to quit giving billions to foreign countries and start caring for our own? Military? Okay, yes, a thousand bucks for a toilet seat is a little steep. But we can never have too many drones.

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Limousine service. This Saturday on Madera’s famous Wine Trail is a celebration of Chardonnay. It happens between noon and 4 p.m. and that’s a perfect time to cruise around our vineyard country with a group in a limo. Don’t have to worry about too much tasting and everyone arrives home safe and chardonnized (?).

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I say famous because after Meandering through the desert last year I stopped at my favorite lodging, the Dow Villa in Lone Pine, at the edge of the northern Mojave and the foot of Mt. Whitney. Over a cold brew in Jake’s Saloon I ran into a traveler from Oregon who was making a loop through the state, down Highway 99, over Tehachapi and back northward on Highway 395. He ordered a glass of the house Merlot, and said, “this is nothing compared to the Madera Wine Trail I toured last week.” I told him I was a lifelong resident of Madera and we had a nice conversation about vino, and valleys, both our Central Valley and Death Valley...


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